A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The group relies on teamwork and exhibits respect for each other, but violence always seems to be the answer to any dilemma. The Rangers are moderately diverse -- two of the five are Latina females.
Violence & Scariness
Fantasy hand-to-hand violence is central to the show, and swords and gun-like objects are used. There's no blood, but consequences are likewise lacking.
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Products & Purchases
Rangers use cell phones to access their morphing power and to cast specialized spells. The show itself is a marketing tool for action figures and other toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Mystic Force relies heavily on martial arts fight scenes for its success, as the plot has very little substance to offer kids. Fantasy violence includes punching, kicking, sword battles, and firepower, none of which has serious consequences. The Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but they're better suited for kids a year or two older. Little kids may find some of the monstrous villains scary, and occasionally a Ranger turns into a vampire or similarly frightening being. Lessons on friendship and teamwork are muddled in the midst of the show's suffocating violence.
Is It Any Good?
Kids old enough to weed through the plot and find a few lessons will likely be turned off by the show's corniness, and younger viewers will get the wrong message from the fighting. The Rangers tout teamwork and illustrate the adage about the whole outweighing the sum of its parts, but the show is so dominated by violence that it's hard to feel good about the weak attempts at morals.
A trip down any toy aisle will remind parents of the powerful partnership between product marketing and successful TV programs. Power Rangers Mystic Force is another example of marketing leading the way and a sub-par show enjoying second-hand success.
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