Power Rangers Ninja Storm

Common Sense Media says

Kids will love this violent, rather clever superhero show.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

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).

Sexy stuff

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.

Language

Some insults, particularly from bad guys and gals: "Stupid!" "You want a piece of me? Well, bring it on!"

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

POWER RANGERS NINJA STORM is a live-action children's television series, based on a set of costumed superheroes originally introduced as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which ran three seasons from 1993 to 1995. After the end of that show, the decision was made to take the franchise in a new direction each year, with a shifting main cast and storylines. In Power Rangers Ninja Storm, the Rangers consist of Tori (Sally Martin), a surfer who commands the power of water; Shane (Pua Magasiva), a skateboarder who holds power over air; and Dustin (Glenn McMillan), a motocross biker who commands earth. The three are students at the Wind Ninja Academy when all the ninja students on earth except them are captured by evil villain Lothor (Grant McFarland). To stop Lothor, Sensei Kanoi Watanabe gives Tori, Shane, and Dustin the key to becoming Power Rangers, superheroes with color-coded costumes and special powers. Now the three must band together to defeat the evil Lothor and his minions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Power Rangers Ninja Storm 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: 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.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes the Power Rangers different from their enemies. What makes ninja master Lothor evil? How do the tactics of Lothor and other villains differ from those of the Power Rangers?

  • Have you ever seen realistic depictions of battles in real life? What is war really like? Does it look like the Power Rangers battles? How are real life battles different?

  • The costumes for males and females differ on Power Rangers Ninja Storm. Can you see some of the ways they are different? Why can you see more of the female character's bodies in their costumes?

TV details

Cast:Glenn McMillan, Pua Magasiva, Sally Martin
Network:ABC
Genre:Drama
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 December 7, 2012
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8
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Okay PR series

It's just like all the other PR series. It's alright; some of the story lines are interesting, but I find so much of it incredibly cheesy. There is a lot of violence, mostly with swords and other weapons, but it's not too bad for kids (blood is never shown or anything).
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Adult Written byyiklongt October 12, 2014
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10
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Its really just a commercial

The Power Rangers are simply just iconic and amazing. I loved the concept and the format of every series. However, I cannot avoid the fact that these shows are really starting to blend together. The story really just follow the same plot. But what really stood out and made this my favorite power rangers show was the zords. They were flashy and well designed giving so many configuration which is different from those like Wildforce where there are multiple zords to interchange. As a child I was always impressed with the design and that is really the whole point. Though power rangers are iconic in the television, like the Transformers franchise, it is there to sell toys that can successfully transform the same way. But I still agree that its an OK show. Its just that you don't see that much thought in the script writing and not much money being pumped in. It could have potential, but as usual, it comes off as slightly cheesy and just cheap. But if you are just there to see mindless violence, and need to past the time, I would recommend such shows for they both have no strong educational values and no bad messages. Just an empty story to enjoy the explosions
What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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