What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Lost Galaxy -- like most other Power Rangers incarnations -- is an action-adventure series marked by violence that's centered on teens with superpowers who battle full-grown mutant villains. There's hand-to-hand combat, plus weapons (swords, guns, etc.), and some characters -- including at least one main character -- die in the exchanges. This installment has an independent storyline, so kids don't have to have seen the earlier ones to get the plot. Bottom line? This is a real "know your kid" situation; it's too scary for the littlest viewers, and the creepy bad guys are too much for sensitive kids, but if yours can handle the occasionally dark plot, they'll also see some positive themes like friendship, equality (two of the five Rangers are girls), and the value of a common good.
What's the story?
POWER RANGERS LOST GALAXY is set in a futuristic space colony called Terra Venture, where a group of teens is thrown together by fateful events that send them through a dimensional rift to the planet Mirinoi, which is under attack from the evil Scorpius (Kim Strauss). Led by Mirinoi native Maya (Cerina Vincent), the would-be defenders -- Kai (Archie Kao), Damon (Reggie Rolle), Leo (Danny Slavin), and Kendrix (Valerie Vernon) -- pull five mystical Quasar Sabers out of a stone and transform into the Power Rangers, using the weapons and their accompanying control over the elements to wage war on the villains on Mirinoi and throughout the galaxy. (In later episodes, Kendrix was replaced by Karone, played by Melody Perkins.)
Is it any good?
Lost Galaxy was the fifth TV series bearing the Power Rangers name; it originally aired in 1999 and falls in sequence behind Power Rangers in Space, though it doesn't continue its predecessor's storyline. A few characters cross over between the two series, but overall Lost Galaxy charts its own course in the Rangers timeline. The premise is fairly simple: Five teens become galactic superheroes through their own courage and some mighty cool powers from a set of legendary weapons, and they travel the universe in colorful unitards fighting a line-up of mutant bad guys. For older kids -- and boys especially -- there's plenty of action and adventure to like here, and with a clear visual distinction between good and evil, there's little gray area to complicate the process.
That said, the show is violent, and a few integral characters are killed as it plays out, so there are some dark themes to consider. What's more, despite those trademark cheesy costumes and weapons that mark many of the Power Rangers series, some of the villains will be pretty scary to sensitive kids. If your older kids do watch, you can help offset the effect of these messages by drawing their attention to what's good about the show, including the Rangers' teamwork, their unselfishness, and the friendship that develops from their common goals.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about teamwork. What qualities must exist for a team to be strong? How is a leader identified? Does every team need a leader?
Tweens: How does this series reflect how you imagine the future? Does the idea of space travel and colonization interest you?
How does this series compare to other Power Rangers shows? What differences exist between this team of Rangers and others? Why do you think this franchise has been so long lasting?