Power Rangers Wild Force

Common Sense Media says

Rangers and animals team up in solid installment.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Strong messages about teamwork and finding common ground in spite of physical differences.

Positive messages

Viewers see five very different personalities look past differences and form a powerful team to eliminate villains who threaten the world. Unity and equality among the diverse (both in gender and ethnicity) Rangers prove to be strengths in their battles. Though nearly every encounter between the bad guys and the heroes ends in fighting, at least one character is conflicted over the use of force to resolve differences.

Positive role models

Cole steps into the leadership role because he's told to, but he doesn't let it get to his head. He respects his teammates' input and often asks for their ideas. Minor infighting among the Rangers weakens the whole, but they recognize and correct these mistakes. Each character brings unique abilities to the group, reflected in their distinct animal counterparts.

Violence & scariness

Many martial arts-style exchanges, often with weapons like swords and staffs. Fires, electrocution, and explosions take down sections of the city. Bad guys die from stabbings (no blood, though), energy rays, and explosions. Most of the violence occurs between the Rangers and the Orgs, but sometimes the villains target everyday citizens, who react with terror.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Number 10 in a long line of Power Rangers series, Wild Force inspired some action figures, video games, and other accessories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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The Power Rangers have reinvented themselves so many times it's hard to imagine a creative distinction they haven't already explored, but Wild Force's incorporation of animal spirits in the Wild Zords is a welcome change to the norm. Each Ranger is linked to an animal whose traits complement his or her own fighting style, lending greater definition to their own personalities and individuality to their costumes. What's more, the Zords have their own personalities, and their interactions with the Rangers offer some touching moments of self-discovery.
 
Power Rangers Wild Force maintains continuity with its predecessors in most every other aspect of the show, bringing together five strangers to create a team powerful enough to ward off a rotating cast of comically costumed villains episode after episode. Things don't always go according to plan for these newbies, tempers flare, and differences of opinion arise, but the players are in it for the long haul and stay true to their sense of duty. Plus there's the ongoing drama surrounding Cole's quest for the truth, which keeps kids guessing along the way. Yes, the whole "costumed crusaders" platform is still a little hokey, but all in all, Wild Force isn't a bad pick from the Power Rangers smorgasbord.

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?

TV details

Cast:Jack Guzman, Jessica Rey
Networks:ABC, Fox
Genre:Action
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Space and aliens
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old May 26, 2013
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6
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"Not really the best... but better than the rest."

I've never really been a fan of Power Rangers myself, I always thought that they were mediocre with poor acting and too much emphasis on pyrotechnics. This... is kind of just that. But it's the story that makes this TV show a little bit better than the rest in the series. The story is miles of improvement than others in the series and that's really all I can say. I wouldn't really recommend this but It's better than the rest.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old May 6, 2014
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10
QUALITY
 

Power Rangers Wild Force (2002, ABC Family and Jetix)

Boys will love the action and adults will be happy that there are also good messages in the show to (Saving the environment and working together). But it can get annoying when it gets shoved in your face. Like I said, this show has action. Alot of it. Martial arts, laser blasters, explosions and even an on screen death of a child. (The child is actually the god of nature disguised as a kid, so it technically isn't a child death.) It is also clearly stated later in the show that the Red Rangers' parents were killed by the villain years before the first episode took place. So some parents might wanna show kids a different Power Rangers season or just something different all together. The acting is alright and the theme song is pretty catchy. Overall I give the show a 6/10.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 5 year old Written byashalthoff January 11, 2015
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6
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What other families should know
Great role models

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