Power Rangers Mystic Force

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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"Magic beyond belief"? More like unbelievably bad.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byninacl April 9, 2008
Adult Written byJsivaches October 24, 2016

Mediocre and forgettable even by pr standards.

Ignoring the fact this show gave us one of my favorite main megazord toys; it's kinda boring. Not like they had much to work with though as it's super... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

The least favorite tv show youll watch

POWER RANGERS MYSTIC FORCE IS THE WORST TV SHOW IN THE UNIVERSE. BUT LITTLE KIDS LIKE IT! YOU WOULD EVEN GET BORED WATCHING 1 MINIUTE OF IT! AND ALSO ITS ALW... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 June 28, 2010

Another Power Rangers series

I watche a few episodes. It's alright, though I like some of the characters. It doesn't seem like it suits Power Rangers. Violence: Typical marital ar... Continue reading

What's the story?

POWER RANGERS MYSTIC FORCE is the 14th incarnation of the long-running Power Rangers kid TV series adapted from a Japanese martial-arts show. Years ago, a war raged in a magical parallel dimension, and good wizards battled evil forces bent on controlling the human world. Eventually the good guys drove out their enemies, sending them into the Underworld for all eternity, and humans prospered happily, oblivious to the efforts made on their behalf by the magical beings. But now evil forces are seeping back into the world through a magical forest, forcing the sorceress Udonna (Peta Rutter) to recruit five teens to battle these new enemies. The teens use cell phones (their own request -- no surprises there) as modern-day magic wands, keying in a number sequence that morphs them into brightly clad Rangers, and they also rely on martial arts, weaponry, robotic vehicles, and their own individualized mystic powers.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about effective ways to settle disputes. Why do the Rangers rely on fighting to solve their problems in Power Rangers Mystic Force? Does it ever totally defeat the enemy? How do you resolve differences with siblings or friends?

  • Parents can also discuss the difference between fantasy and real violence, reminding kids that in the real world, fighting can have severe consequences.

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