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Power Rangers SPD

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Heroes battle bad guys in campy sci-fi series.

What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

Violence is the only means of conflict resolution throughout the series. That said, the Power Rangers do rely on each other's individual strengths to battle their enemies.

Positive role models

Even though they fall back on violence as a means of conflict resolution, there are some positive notes here -- for example, female characters are strong, and the cast has some diversity.

Violence & scariness

Plenty of violence -- martial arts style fighting and high-tech shoot-outs -- with little to no consequences.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Power Rangers merchandise (toys, games, clothes) gets a lot of publicity from the series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series contains plenty of violence -- martial arts style fighting and high-tech shoot-outs -- with little to no consequences. It's unrealistic, and there's never any blood. The Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but they're better suited for kids a year or two older.

What's the story?

The Power Rangers -- familiar from previous series, a movie, and too many action figures to count -- are back in POWER RANGERS SPD. In the year 2020, five fully trained Rangers clad in their signature colors -- red (Brandon Jay McLaron), blue (Chris Violette), green (Matt Austin), yellow (Monica May), pink (Alycia Purrot) -- form a futuristic police patrol to battle monsters, robots, and aliens; save the planet; and keep the peace. The villains du jour are the alien Emperor Grumm (Rene Naufahu) and his ally, a spoiled and spooky little girl named Mora (Olivia James-Baird) who can create monsters out of her imagination. They hatch evil schemes to take over Earth, which the Rangers heroically foil.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The dialogue, costumes, and sets are so campy they make the original Star Trek look sophisticated. The show takes itself so seriously that it's funny, although kids young enough to find it entertaining will probably miss the unintentional humor. Little attention is paid to character development or interaction; instead, the show glories in extended fight scenes, combining martial arts combat with sci-fi shoot-'em-ups.

The series plays into kids' fantasies of empowerment, and some viewers may revel in the excitement of one fight scene after another. Still, the fighting is all the show really has to offer. The characters seem to exist only to do battle and have little to occupy themselves with when they're not clobbering the bad guys. Viewers young enough to find the simplistic plots entertaining may still be young enough to blur the line between real and fantasy violence, which makes this show problematic.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between real and fantasy violence. Is it ever OK to fight in real life the way they do in the series?

  • Is it ever OK to hurt bad guys? Who do your kids think "bad guys" are in real life?

  • What are some other ways you can settle your problems with other people?

  • What makes a good team?

TV details

Cast:Brandon Jay McLaren, Chris Violette, Matt Austin
Network:Toon Disney
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byperfectionist October 28, 2010

I love this show as kid

TWO STARS?!?!? Are you KIDDING ME?!?! This was my all-time FAVORITE SHOW, when I was 8. IT IS MORE THAN EPIC. I probably couldn't stand the show now, but I still love the intro. AWESOME SHOW
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 June 28, 2010

Decent enough

I used to watch it. Pretty good, but the season finale wasn't good. Again like all PR series you have to watch out for violence (lots of sword fights, blasters, etc.) but there is no blood or gore.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bydexhenry11 March 6, 2009

where is my spd?

power Ranger spd is one of the greatest show I have seen besides naruto the reason besides naruto because i love rock lee with his extra speed.now back to spd!I like how characters can do there powers.It was diffrent than the other power rangers show because jack and Degato known as z grew up in the streets.I think it was very intersting seeing these people work together in the headquarters. You have the cool guy Jack,the guy who sticks to rules sky, the weird guy also funny brige, and the town girl Degato known as Z,and Sid the princess,and also the people taken orders from the dog and the cat is halarious.

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