Power Rangers: RPM

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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New take on familiar kids' show has lots of noise, action.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Passing lessons about teamwork, but no concrete educational value.

Positive Messages

The Rangers are determined to thwart the evil computer Venjix, which controls an army of robots that want to destroy humanity. But violence seems to be the only method they use to tackle problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The group works as a team and has worthwhile goals -- but they rely too much on violence as a problem solver.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of action sequences, including martial arts-style combat, gun battles, jet fighters, hostile robots, and lots of really big explosions. Many robots are destroyed, but no people are hurt, and the fight scenes include lighthearted banter.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The Power Rangers are part of an enormous toy franchise, and there are many product tie-ins.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Power Rangers: RPM is part of the long-running children's franchise that offers up plenty of big, fiery explosions, armies of hostile robots, martial arts, and more -- but the action delivers a lot more noise than danger. The fact that nobody seems to get hurt is appropriate for a show aimed at kids, but it also diminishes the consequences of violence. And, while the Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, they're better suited for kids a year or two older, as the youngest viewers might find some of the villains too scary. On the up side, the Rangers do work well together as a team.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTVoutlet July 7, 2010
This was an interesting series. It was quite different from the standard "group fights a bad guy who wants to take over the world," since the villain... Continue reading
Adult Written byDarkRanger99 October 18, 2009
This version of the long running Power Rangers franchies goes where no Power Rangers season has gone before. It takes place during a post apocalyptic setting, a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2018

A bit too dark for a kids show

This season includes dark themes too dark for a show for young children. The Terminator-like destruction of earth is very scary for a younger viewer. It does in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDerek101 February 13, 2016

Best Power Rangers Series Yet!

Power Rangers RPM is very different from other Power Rangers series. Power Rangers RPM beautifully executes the backstory of all the rangers and other character... Continue reading

What's the story?

In POWER RANGERS: RPM, the evil supercomputer Venjix has taken over Earth's electronics and is out to destroy humanity. The last people have taken refuge in the domed city of Corinth, and only the Power Rangers can fend off the repeated attacks from Venjix's armies of robot soldiers. Can the multi-colored heroes -- led by the brilliant but mysterious Dr. K (Olivia Tennet) -- defeat the seemingly never-ending hordes of automated attackers?

Is it any good?

The show will entertain young viewers but not tax them and will probably spur many requests for Power Ranger toys. The long-running Power Rangers franchise has been through many incarnations over the years, but the basic nature of the show has changed little: Athletic and appealing young people are transformed into superheroes, creating a nearly unstoppable team. The primary difference between each character is the color of their uniform, and the brightly colored costumes -- especially the bulky helmets with their opaque visors -- make the individuals seem almost interchangeable. One Red Ranger (Eka Darville, in this series) is much like another.

Power Rangers: RPM's simple structure and very basic storylines make it easy for kids to follow (an episode's plot typically goes like this: The Power Rangers encounter robots; fisticuffs and explosions follow; the Power Rangers emerge victorious), but the show is loud and action packed, which makes it a bit intense for the youngest viewers. Still, there's never much doubt about how the battles will end, and the Rangers trade witty quips during their fights, so even they seem to know there isn't much conflict in their conflicts. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork in Power Rangers: RPM. The Rangers, more than most superhero squads, work best together. Kids: Does watching them inspire you to cooperate with your peers?

  • Are lessons about teamwork presented differently here than in other superhero shows that focus more on individual adventures?

  • The Rangers have been through many changes over the years. How does this version differ from earlier series? How is it the same?

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