Power Rangers Megaforce

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fun action show joins long-running but violent franchise.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 55 reviews

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Educational value

The show's primary intent is to entertain, but there are strong messages about friendship, teamwork, and strong work ethic worked into every story. 

Positive messages

Kids see a playing field on which good and evil have clear distinction, which makes it easy to root for the heroes. Teamwork is key to the Rangers' success, and in every episode, they must overcome a challenge that threatens their ability to work as a team. Learning lessons not only helps them defeat their enemies, but it also earns them additional Zords they can call on in battle. Mild gross-out humor (like a guy gagging as he sloughs off dead skin from an alien's feet) is to be expected.

Positive role models & representations

Each Ranger has a distinct personality, many of which challenge what you might assume from their outward appearances. Even more powerful than their considerable martial-arts skills are their abilities to solve problems creatively in battle. What's more, they're not above admitting their mistakes and learning from them, which makes them stronger as individuals and as a team.

Violence & scariness

Lots of physical battles between the Rangers and a variety of alien invaders. Martial arts-style fighting escalates into explosions and weapon play, with both sides using laser guns that kill when they hit their mark. The Rangers also call on Zords that can fly, crawl, and shoot at the enemy independently and can be added to the heroes' weapons for extra firepower. Insect-like villains also fight with their own brand of bio-warfare like life-threatening bee venom.

Sexy stuff
Language

Rarely, comments like "shut your mouth." 

Consumerism

Megaforce joins the longest-running American kids TV program and its equally extensive product line, which includes games, toys, apparel, books, and just about every other item that can bear the characters' images.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Power Rangers Megaforce is the 20th offering from the longest-running American TV program, and its cartoon-style violence is on par with that of its many predecessors. Modern touches give the weapons a bit more realism, fighting sequences are even more briskly paced, and some of the bad guys still die (no blood, though) while the heroes usually emerge unscathed. Violence aside, though, this installment is a very pleasing addition to the Power Rangers lineage, thanks to multi-dimensional characters who challenge stereotypes, value teamwork, and think quickly on their feet. Longtime fans of the franchise will also notice that modern special effects greatly enhance the characters' costumes, the sets, and the action sequences, giving the show a very polished look and feel.

User Reviews

Adult Written byreeseoliver. May 27, 2014

power rangers is the best

power rangers was my all time favorite show growning up an it sill is i can't wait to see new episods of supers Megaforce
Parent Written bylucyhopkins May 24, 2014

My kids love power rangers

I got two kids that love the power rangers they great role models for my son and daughter. Ever since they started watching the show the more confident &a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byGokaigerShinkenger48 December 6, 2014

Just Cheap, Lazy and Lackluster

When Megaforce came on originally, it was okay for me. But, as the show comes to Super Megaforce, the first thing I think of is lazy writing. With both series t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byjayden0 August 15, 2014

Power rangers super megforce fun to watch

Power rangers is one my show of all time and this one is by far the best since mmpr and turbo I love how can things change into my favorite power rangers from... Continue reading

What's the story?

In POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE, Earth is threatened by a new round of alien invaders, prompting the long-dormant guardian spirit Gosei (voiced by Geoffrey Dolan) to call on five teens to protect the planet as Power Rangers. Together Troy (Andrew Gray), Gia (Ciara Hanna), Noah (John Mark Loudermilk), Emma (Christina Masterson), and Jake (Azim Rizk) form Power Rangers Megaforce, sworn defenders of Earth against Admiral Malkor (Campbell Cooley); his underlings, Creepox (Mark Mitchinson) and Vrak (Jason Hood); their legion of minions, the Loogies; and the revolving cast of alien allies who join them in their quest to overtake the humans' planet.

Is it any good?

Say what you will about the spandex-clad Power Rangers, but the show's staying power is no laughing matter. This longstanding franchise has reinvented itself 20 times over, and this installment proves to be the culmination of the best qualities from each of its many predecessors. It's fast-paced but not frantic, action-packed but offset by humor and poignancy, and, best of all, it finally manages the perfect balance in the life-size costume department with insect-inspired villains that come across as more insidious than idiotic, thanks to elaborate modern effects.

But that's not all that Power Rangers Megaforce brings to the table thanks to the lessons of those that came before it. Sharp writing complements thoughtful stories that teach kids about friendship, teamwork, and self-identity, and each theme is driven home by the fact that the characters are rewarded when they express that they've gotten each message. All in all, an upstanding show to round out two decades of Power Rangers action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Power Rangers Megaforce compares to earlier Power Rangers shows. Are the villains any more or less scary than those in the past? What, if anything, is different among the Rangers team members?

  • Why do you think this show has been so successful for so long? Can you relate to the characters' struggles as teammates? Why is there so little relation between the story or the characters from one series to the next?

  • What is this show's ultimate message? Does a movie or TV series have to have a purpose other than pure entertainment? What do you learn from some of your other favorites? 

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