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Well, episode 1 of Megaforce was... not too bad.
Puns were far and few, so that alone already makes it a huge step up from the pun-happy Samurai.
Theme song was pretty cool and, again, better than Samurai's by its being a bit more diverse and unique instead of just being the classic "Go Go Power Rangers" with a verse or two changed. It reminded me of Zeo's theme with how it took the base song and modified it to bigger extent.
The characters have good potential and, in typical PR tradition, look too old for High School.
As for the story itself... it really REALLY walked a thin line being a homage to "Day of the Dumpster" and flat out ripping it off. Gosei's voice, Emma's hair joke, Gosei's lead up to the "Teenagers" line, Noah's initial reaction to Tensou, Gosei giving personal descriptions of each teen and which power they'd each get, A juice bar owner named "Ernie"... I'm surprised they didn't pull out a new Bulk and Skull duo with the rate they were going.
Look, I'm all for nostalgia, but if wanted to watch "Day of the Dumpster", I'd just go watch "Day of the Dumpster". A little more subtlety in the homages wouldn't have hurt in the slightest, and really would have been an improvement, imo. I wanted to judge this episode based on its own merits alone, not by how many components it could swipe from MMPR instead of trying to be a bit more unique in its own regard.
Aside from the above homages going a bit too far, I was also disappointed by the name of the enemy footsoldiers. Is that honestly the best name they could come up with? They're practically daring
the viewers to make a "hock a loogie" joke, if they themselves don't do it first. Sure, it sounds as silly as "Putty" does, but they were made of clay and the times were different back then. Does this mean that the new enemies are now made of phlegm?
During the "Summon Battle Gear" moments, all I could think of was Kamen Rider Ryuki/Dragon Knight with the various Card Vents and such. And that fact that Gosei's face is on their morphers and they shove cards into slots that resemble his mouth gives off some very mixed messages about the so-called Freaky Tiki
(no, not referring to the PRLG monster of the same name).
Also kinda found it a bit lame that they just recycled the Samurai theme song with the "Rangers Together, Samurai Forever" line muffled so as to be inaudible during the fight, instead of using the new Megaforce theme song instead.
I did find it a bit curious that it was the Time Force and Lightspeed Ranger statuettes that were focused on the most of them all, especially considering that Troy's vision focused more on the other ranger teams beside those two.
I liked the name of this team being the "Mega Rangers" (my Closed Captioning spelled it as "Megarangers"), and I loved the combined weapon being called the "Megaforce Blaster". Simple, straightforward, and a VERY good example of how to do a subtle homage (to the name of the "Power Blaster
The new HQ looks... odd. The primitive stone walls of the hollowed out cave contrast with the rather high-tech look of the rest of it in a way that makes it look like it was hastily constructed. Like they just cut open the cave and stuffed Gosei and control panels in there with only a single fan to provide ventilation and little regard to interior decoration. And it looks rather... empty. Not exactly the most exciting-looking base the Rangers have had.
Gosei states that he and Tensou were put on Earth to awaken and protect it whenever it would come under threat from a new enemy... Where
were they during all the previous enemy attacks? Bansheera's demons, Ransik's gang, the Orgs, Lothor, Mesagog, the Underworld forces, Flurious/Moltor/Kamdor/Miratrix/Fearcats, Dai Shi, and the Nighlok were all credible threats to the planet over the years after Zordon's demise. Then again, Zordon was a flawed mentor as well, so I guess it makes sense his successor would be as well.
Also, this episode confirms it! Gosei is the first mentor to explicitly
request teenagers who have "attitude" as part of their job description. Despite what the original MMPR opening stated, Zordon never
asked for that. He specifically asked for "five overbearing and over-emotional humans," to which Alpha responded with, "No! Not that! Not teenagers!
Regarding how they don't know about aliens or Power Rangers despite "Countdown to Destruction" and all, that particular invasion happened back in 1998, which was 15 years ago. Depending on how old these new Rangers are, they may have been too young to fully grasp the severity of that invasion and/or just forgot (as is a common ailment of humanity in the PR universe). But there's still no excuse for them not knowing about the Power Rangers unless each city keeps media coverage of their respective ranger teams confined to themselves or something. I mean, the Time Force and Wild Force ranger teams didn't know about each other until they met each other in their crossover team-up, despite the Time Force Rangers saving Silver Hills just one year before and the Wild Force Rangers being active in Turtle Cove while Wes and Eric were active members of the Silver Guardians.
Was kinda surprised they didn't manage to sneak in the Megazord despite their mentioning it. Was "Prelude to a Storm" way back in Ninja Storm the last single-episode season opener to not have any zords appear in battle at all?
All in all, not perfect, but a good start, nonetheless. I will keep watching and hope to enjoy it more.
Edited by Sabrblade, 03 February 2013 - 11:53 PM.