A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intended to entertain, not educate.
The Power Rangers are always on the side of good and protecting the earth and its people. However, their work is accomplished through force and cartoonish battles, so it's not very applicable to day-to-day life.
Positive Role Models
Rangers are powerful and dedicated to good causes. The cast boasts ethnic diversity, with a major Pacific Islander cast member, a Latino Ranger, and several Asian main characters. There are only a few women in the cast, and most of them are shallow, mean and relatively powerless.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy, nonstop cartoonish violence. Many staged martial arts battles in each show. The Power Rangers shoot bolts of electricity from their hands or from stylized guns, which can cause enemies to explode into pieces (no blood or gore is shown).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female Ranger Tori has a crush on another Ranger, which is eventually reciprocated, with some onscreen kissing. She also wears a skirt while her male counterparts wear pants. Female villains sometimes wear slightly sexy outfits.
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Some insults, particularly from bad guys and gals: "Stupid!" "You want a piece of me? Well, bring it on!"
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Products & Purchases
Ninja Storm is just one in a line of more than a dozen Power Ranger adaptations. If kids enjoy Ninja Storm, they may want to see others, or buy the many Power Ranger toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Ninja Storm is a fast-paced and pretty violent live action series about cartoonish superheroes battling the forces of evil. During stagy battles with no gore, combatants kick, choke, and shoot each other with bolts of lightning and sparks, crush each other with objects, throw each other high into the sky. The Power Rangers can shoot electricity from their hands and use stylized guns to shoot enemies. There are several battle scenes in each episode, often with anonymous ninjas dressed in identical costumes. That said, the show boasts great ethnic diversity and one female Power Ranger, though other females are often quite stereotyped as bratty "mean girls," with sexed-up costumes to match.
Is It Any Good?
This installment in the Power Rangers universe is loud and violent, but oddly clever at the same time. The costumes are eye-popping, though some of the giant lizards or other bugaboos may unnerve younger or sensitive children. And the actors inside the costumes are personable and fun to watch, even relatable. Plus, some of the storylines are positively sci-fi brilliant, such as when Sensei Watanabe's son, Cam, makes a virtual replica of himself to keep an eye on the homefront while he is out on Ranger missions. It winds up that Cam made a virtual replica with a personality opposite of his own (laid back, great at sports) because he feels insecure about his real personality. Pretty heady stuff for a kid's show.
Kids will be enchanted by the battles, the glorious eye-candy costumes, and the heavy mythology and jargon in Power Rangers Ninja Storm: guns are not guns, they're battlizers, weapons aren't weapons, they're zords. Parents may not be so sure about all the violence. Talk to your kids, and monitor their behavior after watching. If he comes straight out after a go-round and tries to shoot his little brother with a battlizer, it might be time for a Ninja Storm break.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.