What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Turbo closely resembles its many sibling series with its constant martial arts-style fighting sequences and bizarre cast of antagonists. Despite the incorporation of weapons such as laser blasters, ray guns, and cannons, none of the characters suffers any lasting injuries, and there's a certain comedic element to most of the exchanges. The main antagonist treats her subjects with contempt, often calling them names sucha s "lamebrain" and "losers." What does stand out in this incarnation is illustrations of teamwork and mentoring at their best, as well as examples of how showing kindness to others can have happy results for all.
What's the story?
POWER RANGERS TURBO sees the five Power Rangers face off with Divatox (Carol Hoyt), a vengeful space queen who's come to Earth to plot the Rangers' demise, forcing the spandex-clad quintet to band together to protect themselves and the world. The heroic team consisting of Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch), Kat (Catherine Sutherland), Tanya (Nakia Burrise), and Tommy (Jason David Frank) take newcomer Justin (Blake Foster) under their wing, teaching him the ropes of being a Ranger even as they're threatened by Divatox's head minions, Elgar (Danny Wayne Stallcup) and Rygog (Ed Neil). Later in the series, the four veteran Rangers retire, handing over their powers to a new generation of peacekeepers to join Justin in their fight against evil.
Is it any good?
Power Rangers Turbo is situated in the franchise's lineage following the feature film Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and before Power Rangers in Space. All four of the veteran Rangers will be familiar faces for those who have seen the preceding movie and series, although that changes as the show evolves and new heroes take their places. But the show doesn't stray from the tried-and-true recipe of colorful spandex, absurd costumes, and lots of martial arts-style sparring.
Like its plentiful counterparts, this bizarre fantasy series is an acquired taste, particularly for older kids who will see through the transparently choreographed battles. Special effects take a backseat to corny dialogue and truly strange plot points -- including recurring characters who are transformed into chimps, of all things -- and there's nothing so striking about Turbo's plot that sets it apart from its peers. But it is always refreshing to find an action series that strives for some meaningful content as well, and that's evident in how the show effectively highlights positive behavior among the Rangers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about teamwork. What are some characteristics of effective teams? Do teammates always have to be friends to work well together?
Are the villains in this show meant to be scary? How do they compare to other TV bad guys you've seen?
Why do you think the Power Rangers have had such staying power? Do you like their adventures? If you've seen some of their other series, which ones were your favorites?