Power Rangers Super Megaforce Finale wasn’t as super as it could have been

Great_Legend_WarI might be a bit late to the game, since I only just finished watching the Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale a week after it was aired. After watching it I felt underwhelmed and a bit cheated out of something that has been receiving so much anticipation and publicity for the last year.

Based off the first Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger movie titled Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle, the movie brings together all the  super sentai members to face off against the armada, and obviously due to changes between the Japanese and English versions of the series, there would be many changes. The end result felt very cheaply done, especially with how great this could have been.

Let’s take a quick look at episode 19 titled “The Wrath.”

Emperor Mavro looks to capture the Earth by destroying the Super Megaforce Rangers and crushes the hopes of every human being. Orion leaves Earth to return to his “destroyed” planet in hopes of rebuilding it and starting a new life. Towards the end of the episode he hears a transmission that causes him to quickly return to help his friends. During this time the Rangers do everything they can to defeat waves of the Armada with their zords before getting decimated. As the Rangers lay defeated, Emperor Mavro tells all the humans on Earth to enjoy their last night.

maxresdefaultNow for the finale episode 20 “Legendary Battle.”

The Rangers are wounded and somewhat broken in spirit as they regroup. At this time familiar faces are lending their aid in helping people who need it. One of the biggest focuses is on Tommy (Jason David Frank), who is the most well known ranger. There’s a scene where a large platoon of Loogies march towards the rangers. JDF appears in his Green Ranger outfit, along with waves of Power Rangers to help them fight off the final wave of enemies and save the Earth. Now as a climax the whole thing felt too rushed, rather than spread out what they could over the course of a few episodes and create something fans would be excited about, the whole thing was broken up into two episodes. The finale was just cameos from a few of the previous Power Rangers and then a final fight scene.

Even though it was a fanboy’s dream, it left so many questions. The whole point was to have the legendary Rangers come to help, but it didn’t seem the power of the keys had anything to do with it, instead all the Rangers just knew and decided to arrive. Maybe Rangers have the power of the force or something we don’t know about. It was also funny to see Tommy appear and say, “You aren’t alone,” to the Super Megaforce team and calling out series. It began with Mighty Morphin’, then Zero and Turbo….but wait a second, aren’t they roughly the same people? How is Tommy in White, Zeo Red, Turbo Red and even Dino Black while in his Green outfit?

We saw some good fight scenes and “unknown” Rangers who never appeared in North America which of course came from the Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle. It just felt like the writers did as little as they could with such a great cast to work with.

Was it enjoyable? Yes it was but only partially since we got Jason David Frank showing up. It’s a nice final battle but everything in between was just filler that felt like they wanted to do everything they can in a short amount of time to get to this battle, especially defeating a whole Armada and a boss character in the matter of minutes. (They spent all season trying to defeat Vekar). It just felt like Saban dropped the ball on what could have been a really epic finale for a season that had so much possibilities.

Rating: 2.5/5 Atoms
NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

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