REVIEW: POWER RANGERS DINO SUPERCHARGE (SEASON 23)

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MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23)
Ryan Carter (Curious-City)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
James Gaylyn (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Ross Girven (Ngati)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Paul Harrop (Power Rangers Samurai)
Gerald Urquhart (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Stig Eldred (Hercules In The Underworld)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Elizabeth Dowden (Step Dave)
Jay Simon (Filthy Rich)
Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit)
Paul Gittins (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Shara Connolly (Go Girls)
Adam Gardiner (Legend of The Seeker)
Alex Walker (When We Go To War)
Mark Wright (Nothing Trivial)
Sophia Huybens (The Last Saint)
Ilona Rodgers (Sons and Daughters)
Andrew Grainger (Spy Game)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Alistair Browning (Rain)
Jeff Szusterman (Power Rangers Samurai)

I have been an immense fan of the Power Rangers ever since the first show aired and I have also been following and critiquing the show since I have had access to a computer. With that being said, I am the first to say that my hopes for Power Rangers Dino Superchargee were very high. Upon watching the first few episodes of Supercharge, I’m satisfied to say that my expectations were met and in some ways exceeded.

The Characters: Lets start out with the Rangers themselves. These characters are amongst the best I’ve seen since RPM, which to me, was the last truly great season and in many ways, they break all the molds that have plagued the series. As an African-American woman myself, I was most impressed to see the first Pink Ranger of African-American descent who brings a rare non-stereotypical portrayal that seems to be so common to African-American characters these days. She’s a rebellious tomboy whose intellect and knowledge of dinosaurs sometimes puts her at odds with the rest of the Rangers and especially Kendall Morgan, the resident Team Mom. There’s Tyler, the Red Ranger who brings a subtle comical portrayal to the traditional no-nonsense attitude Red Rangers have. Following nearly in the Red Ranger’s place is Chase, the Black Ranger and a cocky, ladies man whose native New Zealand accent makes the character a sleeker, more refined and lovable version of Zander from Power Rangers Mystic Force.

There’s Koda, the Blue Ranger, a caveman who has survived into the modern era due to the effects of the Energem he was bonded to. I cannot find Koda comical nor can I take him seriously, more on that later in my critique section of this review. Riley is the logic minded Green Ranger who brings a quiet intellectual approach that seems to make him stand out in contrast to the other Rangers who are very upfront and in your face in terms of personality. Rounding out the Rangers is Kendall, the resident Team Mom and technological expert who reminds me of a younger Mrs. Fairweather from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue whose constant squabbling with Shelby in the first few episodes gives her a rare depth that is rarely found in television nowadays. Lastly, there is Keeper who functions as the Zordon equivalent but who has not seen much character development as of yet, something I hope will be expanded on later in the series.
42As for the villains we have the mysterious Heckyl/Snide who showed up last season, with sledge MIA, Heckyl takes over, he is a cold calculating villain and having half of him be human is brilliant similiar in ways to Jarred from Jungle Fury, as the season goes on he becomes a more complex villain. The overall storyline and premise of Supercharge is rather simple but played pretty much straight in that Heckyl/Snide wants the Energems, which are the most powerful objects in the universe and the source of the Ranger’s powers when Keeper bonded them to dinosaurs. In addition to this main storyline, there are smaller story lines scattered throughout such as Tyler’s missing father and his quest to find him, and there eventual reunion early on in the season. With a great Finale this season and Dinocharge have brought forward a great storyline that ran through these two season, a great team, great villains and a great ending. All I can say is bring on season 24 (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

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REVIEW: POWER RANGERS: DINO CHARGE (SEASON 22)

MAIN CAST

Brennan Mejia (Kaboom)
Camille Hyde (Killer Kids)
Yoshua Sudarso (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Michael Taber (The Legend of Hell’s Gate)
James Davies (Someone to Carry Me)
Claire Blackwelder (101 Ways To Get Rejected)
Davi Santos (Don’t Trust The B— In APartment 23)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS

Eve Gordon (The Almighty Johnsons)
Adam Gardiner (Legend of The Seeker)
Paul Harrop (Power Rangers Samurai)
Estevez Gillespie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Jackie Clarke (The Semisis)
Richard Simpson (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Gerald Urquhart (Power Rangers Operation OVerdrive)
Alex Walker (When We Go To War)
Campbell Cooley (Vertical Limit)
Toni Potter (Shortland Street)
Jeff Szusterman (Power Rangers Samurai)
Nic Sampson (Power Rangers Mystic Force)
Patricia Vichmann (The Dark Horse)
Kelson Henderson (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Peter Daube (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Paolo Rotondo (Xena: Warrior Princess)
Jarred Blakiston (The Hobbit)
Bruce Phillips (Power Rangers RPM)
Jazmyne Van Gosliga (Deadly Women)
Mia Simons (Legend of The Seeker)
Arhur Ranford (The Piano)
Kirk Torrance (Outrageous Fortune)
Stephen Butterworth (Evil Dead 2013)
Ryan Carter (Power Rangers Dino SuperCharge)
Reuben Turner (Rush)
Lori Dungey (Hercules: TLJ)
John Sumner (District 9)
Beth Kayes (Perfect Creature)

I’m quite pleased with the cast of “Dino Charge,” the 22nd season of the Power Rangers franchise, which premiered on Nickelodeon on Feb. 7, 2015. The new actors all have high degrees of charm, energy and charisma and their characters are more interesting and more layered than the individual rangers have been in some time. They’re also older than the Rangers have been in a while. These aren’t high school kids but young adults just past college age and venturing out into the working world for the first time. InThe female ranger here is the Pink Ranger, of course, and the character, Shelby, is played by a black American actress (Camille Hyde), making her the first black Pink Ranger ever. Not only that, but she’s the first black female ranger in 14 years—since Yellow Ranger Katie Walker (Deborah Estelle Philips) in “Power Rangers Time Force” back in 2001.

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Shelby also happens to be the most compelling character here given her extensive knowledge of dinosaurs and the constant need to prove herself in her efforts to make a real impact on the Rangers’ mission. She also expresses dissatisfaction at having to work as a waitress in the cafeteria of the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum during her downtime when she’s got so much paleontological knowledge to share. Their supervisor, Kendall Morgan (Claire Blackwelder), also director of the museum, which houses the laboratory base of Power Rangers operations, who has some prickly exchanges with Shelby.

The four male rangers are all personable, endearing characters, each with different backgrounds. Tyler, the Red Ranger (played by Brennan Mejia), Tyler’s father was an archaeologist who disappeared after tangling with one of the lead villains here, a monstrous armored warrior called Fury, who Tyler gets into a serious battle with in episode #8 (“Double Ranger, Double Danger”). Tyler hopes to find his father or at least learn his fate. He keeps a journal and sometimes narrates his thoughts about the others.Blue-RangerKoda, the Blue Ranger, is a caveman who has somehow been revived after being buried alive a few thousand millennia ago during a confrontation with one of the ancient villains they’re now facing. (It’s all explained in #4: “Return of the Caveman”) He’s played by Yoshua Sudarso, from Indonesia, as someone new to the modern world and struggling with the language and the new technologies he witnesses around him.

Riley, the Green Ranger, is a white farm boy (played by Michael Taber), newly arrived in the city, who has a very precise way of doing things, which sometimes puts him at odds with the Black Ranger, Chase Randall (James Davies), a slacker from New Zealand given to riding a skateboard with headphones on. One episode (#6: “The Tooth Hurts”) shows their contentious relationship and how they learn to adapt their working methods to each other. It’s a highlight of the series so far because of the way it develops the characters and their working relationships, something not always given much attention in past PR seasons.


Even though the series is shot in New Zealand, as have the previous eleven seasons (since “Power Rangers Ninja Storm,” 2003), this season appears to take place in California. The series is adapted from “Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger,” the 2013 sentai season in Japan, one of three sentai seasons with a dinosaur theme, the first being “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger,” the basis for the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Since I’m following “Kyoryuger” episodes as well, I am happy to note that much of the Power Rangers fight footage in “Dino Charge” and most of the villain scenes seem to be newly shot in New Zealand for this version while the Zord battles, which take up the last five minutes, are, as usual, taken from the Japanese original. When we get to the back half the season  Three new Rangers appear, with one (Gold Ranger) joining the team as a regular member and the others appearing intermittently (“Graphite Ranger” and Purple Ranger). This means there have been a total of eight Rangers so far this season. That’s gotta be a record. And based on its conclusion.maxresdefaultPower Rangers Dino Charge certinally is a great season and the little cliffhanger leaves you waiting for Season 23: Power Rangers Dino Supercharge.Dino-Drive-Purple