What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Power Rangers Wild Force is very similar in content to the numerous other Power Rangers series, so if your kids are already fans, there's no reason to worry about adding this one to their repertoire. Though explosions, energy rays, and weapon play are focal points in the battles and the bad guys often perish, a central character's pacifist tendencies remind kids that violence may not always be the answer to conflict. The recurring fighting coupled with the fact that the costumed characters transform into giant versions of themselves likely is too much for very young kids, but grade schoolers likely won't be fazed by it.
What's the story?
POWER RANGERS WILD FORCE is the 10th incarnation of the Power Rangers characters, originally airing in 2002. The story opens as Cole (Ricardo Medina Jr.) leaves his jungle home in search for answers about his long-lost family but instead winds up on an airborne island Animarium, where he meets four new Power Rangers and learns of his destiny to join them in their ongoing struggle against the invasive Orgs. Alongside his new teammates -– Danny (Jack Guzman), Taylor (Alyson Kiperman), Alyssa (Jessica Rey), and Max (Philip Jeanmarie)- – and under the guidance of the wise Princess Shayla (Ann Marie Crouch), the Wild Force Rangers set out to protect the planet from Master Org (Ilia Volok) and his minions. They're helped in their quest by the Animarium's Wild Zords, animal avatars who leap into battle when the Rangers call. When they're not facing off with villains, Cole continues his search for his missing parents and clues to his mysterious link to the Rangers.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the Rangers work as a team. Who is their leader? Does he always call the shots? What is it about Cole that qualifies him to lead even though he's the newest inductee to the group?
Kids: Have you seen other Power Rangers series? How does this one stack up? Would this show have worked as a cartoon rather than a live-action one? Would the fighting feel any different?
Is it always easy to distinguish bad guys from good guys? What about in the real world?