I have to say that Hasbro really continues to impress me with their take of Power Rangers. So far for me, everything has been positive. While nothing is totally perfect, Power Rangers Beast Morhpers Episode 2 was a killer episode, I enjoy it. This weeks episode which aired Saturday morning on Nick called Evox’s Revenge. The episode was good, it wasn’t super amazing or anything, but I enjoy it.
Beast Morphers Episode 2 Evox’s Revenge
Today’s episode of Beast morphers was actually really good it did suffer a little bit when it came to the dialogue. For example, Devon’s enthusiasm was extremely over the top but thankfully I feel like I made up because he’s a likable character. The episode was essentially about teamwork. This is one of the more common themes in Power Rangers that I feel that in the last couple of seasons have been lacking.
While the episode continues to build on the relationships between Zoe, Ben, and Devon it also showed a little bit of their work leadership skills between each other. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a whole lot of Commander Shaw who I felt was one of the better parts of the first episode.
I’m also very enjoyed that this season isn’t feeling like it’s rushing for the sake of simplicity. Generally, the formula has been in the last few years especially when I was actively watching. Episode 1 generally is getting their powers followed by a Zord battle in the second episode. I’ve always felt that not only the chosen leader of the Ranger team plus gaining their swords was unfulfilled and unearned.
Changing it Up
We didn’t get to see the training facility on how they train as rangers. Basically, it’s a danger room. But we did get a non-morphed fight which is always welcome in Power Rangers. It’s always welcomed to see them put effort into the show than just reusing the Sentai Footage to save money. Also, there was less wirework and less random expositions which never made sense to me. Especially when it came from the rim of a car door. It also gave me a bit of nostalgia when they actually did switch to Sentai footage.
The reason I’m saying this as the original Power Rangers series every single time they switched from the USA to Japanese footage you can see a clear representation of the difference in quality. Remember Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is based on Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. Which aired between February 21st, 2002 and February 12th, 1993. It was mainly shot in 1991. When you consider the cameras available in Japan at the time and the format filmed on. Compared to the United States even for television in 1993. When Power Rangers actually originally aired there’s a very noticeable difference in quality.
Beast Morphers is base on Go-Busters, which originally aired in February of 2012 and ended in 2013. So notably it was originally filmed in 2011 and 2012. While there was a little bit of filming probably done in 2013. Still, that was 7 years ago.
Of course, you can make the argument that the show was mainly filmed last year making it only about 6 years ago I didn’t really think that there was that difference in the quality of footage from 7 years ago.
What am I talking about?
There is a fight between the monster and Ben and you can clearly see the switch between what they had been shooting and the Sentai footage. why are some people might consider the drop in quality to be bad I found the nostalgic trip to how Mighty Morphin Power Ranger was to be a blessing.
For the most part, the rest of the episode was your typical Power Rangers episode. It was full of a lot of one-liners and jokes geared towards the demographic of a children’s TV show. I wonder if the filmmakers and corporate Executives actually believe that younger children are that stupid. but they’re not smart enough to get more mature jokes and I don’t mean in a bad sense. I’m saying simply better-written material.
The Best Red Ranger?
This is probably the first time I can think of since probably SPD where the Red Ranger wasn’t thinking about being the leader of the team. That for me was actually a pretty decent thing that they did. For the most part, the last couple of a Season’s red rangers have been pretty bad but nothing compares to the one we had for Megaforce and Super Megaforce.
The Zords are pretty decent and I actually like the Beast Bots. Ironically I was curious if they’re going to cut them out. Considering they’re talking robots and it just seemed like something that Power Rangers never risked on. For example, in RPM the Zords are animals for the most part and any scene from the Sentai where they talked was removed. Considering in the Japanese version the Zords were actual characters with their own individual personalities which were too bad that RPM actually skipped out on.
The last thing I will mention is the villains. They’re pretty bland as I said earlier the episode didn’t take any risk and played it by the book. Was I expecting Hasbro to take a lot of risk with the show? Not really considering that we got a non-morphed fight as long as we did. The charismatic characters are likable and the acting from a Power Rangers TV show in 2019 is remarkable. My final thought for this week’s episode is a good one. While there is still room for improvement it’s not as bad as I actually feared it was going to be.
If you haven’t given Beast Morphers a chance yet I would recommend giving it a chance. Even if Power Rangers really isn’t your thing anymore. I’m actually looking forward to the reissues of the Zords from Hasbro as well as all the other cool new Power Ranger merchandise they are putting out this year.