Series / Power Rangers Dino Charge
It's about to get wild!
"It's Morphin' Time! Unleash the power!"
The 22nd and 23rd seasons of the long-running Power Rangers
franchise, adapting footage from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
. This is the third season with a dinosaur motif, following Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
and Power Rangers Dino Thunder
65 million years ago, the alien Keeper arrived on Earth while being pursued by ruthless bounty hunter Sledge and his evil forces, who hoped to steal the powerful Energems from him. Keeper was able to give the gems to ten dinosaurs for safe keeping, but they were soon lost when asteroids hit the Earth and wiped out the dinos. Now in the present day, five young adults are discovering the lost Energems - and at the same time, Sledge and his forces have returned to continue their hunt. Fortunately, local museum curator Dr. Kendall Morgan has partnered with Keeper in order to harness the Energems' power for the earth protection, turning those chosen by the Energems into the Power Rangers Dino Charge.
For episode recaps, go here
Common Power Rangers tropes:
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Dinosaur-themed, in this case.
- Chest Insignia: Unique this year in that the insignia is formed by a shoulderpad and "sash" pattern across the chest that together resemble a dinosaur head.
- City of Adventure: Amber Beach, though the Rangers travel to Auckland following a sighting of one of Sledge's ships at the beginning of "World Famous! in New Zealand" and return home on the Plesiozord at the end of the following episode, "Deep Down Under".
- Color-Coded Characters: As usual, the Rangers all dress almost exclusively in their signature color. For a bit of Foreshadowing, future Rangers can be seen with items of their upcoming Ranger color as well.
- Evolving Credits: Has the usual additions of new zords, power-ups and rangers, but also when Dino Super Charge started, they actually changed the typeface of the credits, after having used the same one since Samurai.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: As per usual, the Super Sentai guns have had laser effects added to them for Power Rangers.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Five-Man Band:
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: It's been 11 years since the last dinosaur series; we're overdue.
- It's also likely the reason they got away with having a main villain in Dino Supercharge (Snide) that looked a lot like one of the main villains from Dino Thunder (Zeltrax). Of course, on the Kyoryuger side of things, the connection was the point of Snide's counterpart, being the personification of the Abarangers' villains' regret at not beating them. His name is even Neo-Geildon (an early user of the Cursed Armor/Zeltrax's counterpart was Geildon).
- Humongous Mecha
- Animal Mecha: Of the prehistoric variety.
- Combining Mecha: The T-Rex and Spinozords combine with two of the six "expansion pack" zords to form the Dino Charge and Spino Charge Megazord respectively; and the Dino Charge Megazord can also then attach to the Pterazord for Ptera Formation. When the T-Rex combines with all four of the other main Rangers' zords and the Titanozord, it makes the Dino Charge Ultrazord. The Plesiozord also has an alternate formation by combining with the T-Rex; it always uses the Pachyzord as well and is therefore called Pachy-Rex Formation, but can theoretically use any of the expansion zords or even none at all.
- Leader Forms the Head: Exaggerated; the T-Rex zord makes up all of the main Megazord but the arms.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Stegozord, Tricerazord, Parazord, Raptor Zord, Ankylozord, and Pachyzord. What's unique this time is that unlike other mecha with expansion packs, the Dino Charge Megazord doesn't have a plain vanilla combination and must use two of the provided weapon sets.
- Transforming Mecha: the Pterazord, Plesiozord, and Titanozord.
- Limited Wardrobe: Reverted back to earlier limits of Ranger color scheme instead of the exact same outfit like in most previous series. Also justified in certain cases since the Rangers sometimes wear standard brown work coveralls when on museum business.
- Make My Monster Grow: This year Sledge fires a "Magna Beam" from his ship in space as opposed to the Sentai which had the monster be sprinkled with a watering can.
- For Dino Super Charge, Heckyl fires the Magna Beam from Sledge's destroyed ship and it bounces off an orbiting satellite to grow the monster.
- Motifs: Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
- Artistic License – Paleontology:
- The show is inconsistent on whether the T. rex has feathers or not; material recycled from Kyoryuger has them, while original footage does not. The Velociraptor also lacks feathers in both recycled and original footage.
- The Para Zord and Pachy Zord are based off of Parasauropholus and Pachycephalosaurs respectively, but in the show they dinosaur names are shortened to Parasaur and Pachysaur. The Pteranodon and Brachiosaur are also called semi-valid but dubious names of Pterodactyl and Titanosaurus; though both of those may be intentional nods to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
- The Cretaceous Is Always Doomed: Of course, Sledge and the Keeper reach Earth the day the asteroids hit. Though there's a very good reason for that: they're responsible for the asteroids.
- Domesticated Dinosaurs: The dinosaurs in the prologue, especially the T. rex, seem to be this way; acknowledging and following the Keeper's requests. Though their may actually be some justification for this. For example, when the Keeper speaks to the Rex the first time, he appears to form some kind of psychic connection with the animal.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: The Zords are this. They possess some degree of sapience, and if they aren't regularly exposed to their Energem they can get sick and die. However, it's established in "Deep Down Under" that, as zords, they're entirely different from real dinosaurs. It's implied that they were the original beasts that bonded to the Energems, and were transformed.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: Nobody involved particularly wanted to kill the dinosaurs, but Sledge was hauling a load of asteroids when the Keeper bombed his ship...
- Stock Dinosaurs: Zigzagged; while the Rangers draw power from stock dinosaurs there are also a series of Dino Chargers based on non-stock dinos.
- One Steve Limit: Enforced. The Red Ranger was originally going to be "Lucas", and some early merchandise even uses that name; but it was later changed to "Tyler" because the franchise already had a Lucas back in Time Force. Similarly, the casting sheet listed the Green Ranger as "Ryan" when there was one in Lightspeed Rescue; while early merchandising says "Quinn" and his final name is "Riley". Averted for the Sixth Ranger Ivan, who shares his name with Non-Serial Movie villain Ivan Ooze. You've also got Kendall Morgan, who shares a lot in common with Lost Galaxy's Kendrix Morgan.
- Recycled In Space: Power Rangers with DINOSAURS... A THIRD TIME!
- The Smurfette Principle: The core team only has one female in the group - the first time that this has happened in a major five-man team.note Previously, when Sentai had only one girl in five, Saban would use She's a Man in Japan to gender-flip a male Yellow Ranger. Kendall is later promoted to the Purple Ranger, but with the series' other guest Rangers the ratio is still one-to-five.
- Super Mode: The Dino Drive armored vests are partial examples, since they're only used as Megazord powerups. The second season adds an upgraded version, Dino Super Drive. Unlike the previous version, one Dino Charger activates the mode for the entire team. The Ranger who activated it also gets a new weapon, the Dino Super Drive Saber. Later, Tyler gets the T-Rex Super Charge mode.
- Thememobile: The Dino Cycles.
- Transformation Trinket: Surprisingly, Dino Charge kept the team gun as the morpher as it was in Kyoryuger; despite speculation that they'd make a new morpher and leave the gun as only a weapon due to violence concerns. However, starting from episode 3, insta-morphs without the gun are done as well. The Gold and Silver Rangers get their own unique morphers, called the Gold Ptera Morpher and Titano Morpher respectively.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Sword and Gun: The Dino Sabers and Dino Charge Morphers.
- Bifurcated Weapon: Which can be combined into the Dino Blade Blaster.
- Bayonet Ya: The Dino Blade Blaster's Power Blade, done by extending the Saber blade. Kendall favors this configuration, though Chase also used it once when making a long-range shot.
- Power Fist: Tyler's T-Rex Smasher.
- Automatic Crossbows: Chase's Para Chopper.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Koda's Stego Shield.
- Wolverine Claws: Riley's Raptor Claw.
- This Is a Drill: Shelby's Tricera Drill.
- Cool Sword: Ivan's Ptera Saber.
- Epic Flail: Prince Philip's "Royal Power Punch" attack summons one similar to his Zord's tail mace just for the duration.
- Drop the Hammer: James gets a hammer-based special attack similar to Philip's.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Ivan's Gold Ptera Morpher can both fire projectile bolts and strike with a blade. Also the Super Dino Drive Saber, a sword with a revolver barrel built into the hilt.
- Cool Guns: Tyler's T-Rex Supercharge Blaster and Zenowing's Titano Charge Morpher. Similar to the Dino Blade Blaster, the Supercharge Blaster can be combined with the regular Morpher to make a bigger gun.
- Word Power
"Power Rangers, charge!"
"Tyrannosaurus Rex! Power Ranger, Red!"
"Parasaur! Power Ranger, Black!"
"Stegosaurus! Power Ranger, Blue!"
"Velociraptor! Power Ranger, Green!"
"Triceratops! Power Ranger, Pink!"
"Pteradactyl! Power Ranger, Gold!"
"Dinosaur might, ready to fight! Power Rangers Dino Charge!"
"It's about to get wild!"
This show provides examples of:
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Tyler's dad James hasn't aged in 10 years thanks to the Aqua Energem.
- Adaptational Badass: From a meta perspective. This is the 3rd Pterazord in the franchise. However, previous pterazords were mostly add ons to the megazord, with their best use being a weapon to use. The pterazord in Dinocharge however is its own megazord, and is strong enough to take on the dinocharge megazord in normal mode with lightning blasts.
- Adapted Out:
- Torin and Chaos have been removed; replaced by Keeper and Sledge. They do end up appearing in Dino Super Charge as Zenowing and Lord Arcanon.
- The Aqua Ranger was cut out of the first half and not seen until Dino Supercharge, despite the fact that his zord debuted in "Let Sleeping Zords Lie" and his counterpart KyoryuCyan had been present in the corresponding Kyoryuger episode. He finally makes his appearance in Roar of the Red Ranger
- The Ageless: As it turns out, a perk of being bonded to an Energem. Just look at Koda - looking pretty spry for someone going on 100,000. Of course, being a Human Popsicle for most of that time probably helped.
- Air Vent Escape: Riley and the others in "When Logic Fails". Possibly justified, since Puzzler's Reality Warping may have had the side-effect of making the air-vents larger. Or because Puzzler was so busy warping rooms, covering doors with walls and altering maps that he forgot about the vents.
- All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: Averted. Koda is a 100,000 year old caveman yet is anatomically indistinguishable from modern humans. Considering he is 100% Homo sapiens, this and him not having stereotypical traits like grunting speech or a huge brow ridge is quite accurate.
- The Artifact: Though there have clearly been steps to avoid this through Pragmatic Adaptation, some aspects of the original sentai appear here without explanation.
- Ivan having a different morpher from the other rangers is never explained, even though everyone other ranger who appears gets a Dino Blaster and he has a crossbow-like device. In the sentai it was because his morpher was created before guns were invented, but in Power Rangers his morpher clearly doesn't materialize until present day.
- Phillip's and James' suits have a muted sash instead of bright yellow like other rangers. This is never explained in the show, though in Kyoryuger it was because Kyoryu Grey and Aqua were spirits.
- The show goes through great ways to cut around the Sentai's carnival theme (The Red Ranger's T-Rex Super Charge mode is literally called "Carnival Mode" in the Sentai). This leaves a few strange artifacts, such as the T-Rex Super Charge mode sequences featuring confetti and colored fireworks while the regular morphing sequences do not, and the fact that in some of the footage, the red ranger is clearly dancing (Carnival mode has the red ranger dance alongside the zords in the Sentai).
- Artistic License – Paleontology: Besides the general naming issues and lack of feathers on dinos that should have them (Or Double Subversion in the T-Rex case), the first episode has multiple flubs:
- There is no scientific reason for the various species of dinosaur in the prologue to exist in the same scene together, much less get along peacefully. Conveniently, the most problematic of these, the water-dwelling Plesiosaur, is kept off-camera. Also in the prologue, aerial shots show the continents as they look in the modern day rather than how they looked in prehistory.
- Later on, a dinosaur skeleton is shown in the museum that Chase states was uncovered nearby. Its head crest identifies it as a Cryolophosaurus, which was native to Antarctica.
- Shelby tries to impress Kendall with her in-depth knowledge of dinosaurs by explaining that only two of Triceratops' horns were bone with the other being made of keratin. In reality, all ceratopsian horns consist of a large bone core covered in a keratin sheet with there being no evidence of any dinosaur possessing purely soft tissue horns.
- Later still, the Plesiosaur is repeatedly referred to as a dinosaur, with two of the people doing so consisting of a professional paleontologist and Shelby, who is a self-professed dinosaur nerd.
- That said, averted in the case of paleoanthropology. Koda being portrayed as identical to a modern human despite being 100,000 years old is actually quite accurate; as anatomically modern humans have been around for about twice that long.
- Baby Carriage: A flashback in "Breaking Black" shows Chase earning his Energem saving a baby from a runaway carriage about to be hit by a bus. It contains a kitten rather than a human infant, but still.
- The Bad Guy Wins:
- "Double Ranger, Double Danger" ends in a mess for the Rangers. They lost the Energem scanner, forcing them to destroy it in order to keep it out for the bad guys's hands, but Fury recovers the Dino Charger they still had in the machine, meaning they can find the Energem now.
- "Wishing for a Hero" doesn't turn out much better. The monster was destroyed, but they lost the purple energem in the process, and still aren't any closer to finding a new ranger for it.
- Badass: Keeper. If it weren't for the fact Sledge's ship was hauling asteroids, he'd have taken out the entire enemy faction in a few minutes and is able to get dinosaurs to listen to him!
- Riley, in the second episode, attacks Fury when Fury tries to kill his dog, Rubik. He does get kicked around at first, but once he gets the power of the Energem, Riley manages to go toe-to-toe with Fury and fights him to a standstill, all while unmorphed. I guess he wasn't playing.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The rangers all made wishes on wish cards which were cursed by the monster in "Wishing for a Hero". Unfortunately, a Wish monster had cursed them so that they came true at first, but then turned bad afterwards. The worst, of course, was Kendall wishing for a purple ranger. She almost got one... With a bad guy.
- Bodyguard Babes: Parodied with Miss Sandra in "Riches to Rags". The oversized Femme Fatalons are just part of it.
- Body Horror: Curio, who is made from spare monster parts.
- Bounty Hunter: Sledge, the Big Bad of the season. Also a very Bad Boss to work with, as Fury can attest.
- Boxed Crook: A variation (as they are in the employ of the Big Bad). The Monsters of the Week are held captive in Sledge's prison ship, and sent out to fight the Rangers as a sort of probation.
- Broken Streak: This is the first Power Rangers series to not have a Yellow Ranger.
- Call Back:
- In "When Logic Fails", Riley comments on how all the villains are on different paths but they're leading to the same destination. This is the same lesson that Keeper taught about him and Chase in "The Tooth Hurts".
- The ending scene in "One More Energem" is one to the first scene of "Past, Present, and Fusion" with Tyler playfully calling Shelby a 'Di-know-it-all' and Riley's moped not working prompting the other two to offer a ride. Tyler also happens to be wearing the same shirt in both instances. Shelby even lampshades this:
Is this déjà vu or what?
- Cast from Hit Points: Fury uses the being inside of him to charge the Ptera Charger. This drains the being, which in turn seems to harm Fury as well.
- Clingy MacGuffin: Yet again, we have a powerful item that "chooses" to bond with people who just happen to find them. For bonus points, this is just like the last dinosaur Power Rangers series in that regard. Keeper later demonstrates that he can break the bond if the host wishes it.
- Clip Show: "The Ghostest with the Mostest", which doubles as a Halloween Episode, has one of the rangers kidnapped and replaced by a monster in disguise. In order to determine who the fake is, Kendall asks the rangers questions about previous events in the series. Clips from those points are shown as the rangers answer them.
- Also, when Poissandra, Curio and Wrench watch the ranger´s nice or naughty assessment on Santa´s computer in 'Race To Rescue Christmas', it involves footage from other episodes detailing their achievements.
- Compressed Vice: Riley suffers from this in "Home Run Koda", living vicariously through his teammate's success at baseball because he was never any good as a child. While Riley has mentioned his less-athletic past before, this is the first time he's been so drastically focused on proving himself.
- Conspicuous CG: A few pop up, as it's easier to make some original footage using CGI instead of the suits, especially when it comes to the zords.
- The dinos in the first 10 minutes of Episode 1.... do not look good on a real background.
- Rexy in the end when he rampages through the woods and attacks Iceage.
- The sabre-toothed tiger in Koda's Dream Sequence in "Return of the Caveman".
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Sledge has a shipful of the galaxy's most wanted criminals. Will he either (a) turn them in, become insanely rich, and be hailed as a hero for capturing them, or (b) lose them all by sending them against the Rangers one by one? You get no points for guessing which he's going to do.
- To be fair, the Energems are implied to be way more valuable than the criminals. Plus, he actually does consider it at times.
- Furthermore, in "The Ghostest With the Mostest", Wrench is shown to have adapted a machine that can re-animate destroyed monsters, so in theory, Sledge can now get both the Energems and all the bounties - just re-animate all the monsters once the Energems are secured!
- Demoted to Extra: The most dangerous criminal on Sledge's ship is Deboss, the Big Bad of Kyoryuger.
- A Dog Named "Dog": There's a monster among Sledge's crew called Bones...because he's a monster made of bones. There's also a ninja among the criminals whose name is....Ninja. And working with him is a big-game hunter named...Hunter.
- The Dreaded: Heckyl, made obvious by the reactions of Fury, Wrench, and Sledge's prisoners when Sledge declared he was releasing him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Because Sledge's ship has ALL its prisoners in open faced cells, this means that monsters that will be sent out later in the season can be seen as early as the first episode before they get their chance to fight the rangers.
- Empathic Weapon: As in Kyoryuger, the Rangers' powers seem tied to an emotion, but unlike in Kyoryuger were it was bravery, the Energems seem to react to selflessness and altruism.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: In episode 2, Riley's dog Rubik goes crazy and chases after something in the woods. It turns out to be Fury.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Tyler uses his catch phrase as one in "One More Energem" as he prepares to jump out of Sledge's crashing ship even though he doubts he'd be able to survive at all. "It's about to get wild!"
- The Fellowship Has Ended: The first season ends with everybody except for Ms. Morgan, Ivan, and Koda (who stay in Amber Beach to seek the two remaining Energems) going their separate ways. With Sledge defeated there are no pressing threats to the Energems, and they can all return to their own lives... At least until Snide appears on the scene.
- Foil: Chase and Riley. The latter is The Stoic, type A, and extremely disciplined. The former is The Casanova, relaxed, and tends to unconventional methods of training.
- Foreshadowing: Sledge taking Spellbinder's amulet for future uses. It was used to fuse Spellbinder and Gold Digger together into a new monster, Spelldigger, although this happens in Supercharge, meaning Sledge isn't around anymore.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- Sledge's cell blocks. If you're familiar with Kyoryuger's monsters, chances are you might recognize some of them, including D.
- One bounty poster in the first episode has the picture of the monster Monkeywi from Power Rangers Jungle Fury.
- In Wishing for a Hero, Beevil and Necrolai can be seen among the prisoners.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Tyler and Shelby are cornered by Iceage in the premiere, Tyler pulls out a banana and a pair of underwear before finally finding the weapon he wants.
- The origin for Curio (someone with similar personality traits to Poisandra for her to befriend and be distracted by) makes him out to be more of a Pet Homosexual than before.
- Also, it's mentioned in such an offhand comment distracts from the Fridge Horror of it: Wrench said he made Curio from spare monster parts. Who are this year's monsters? They're not robots, they're not some kind of magical construct made on the spot, they're alien criminals. How can that not mean Dismemberment of living sentients + Frankensteining = Curio?
- Fury taking the E-Tracer from Poisandra and using it on his own so that "Sledge will love [him]".
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: This series has the rangers searching for the ten Energems before Sledge does, as well as people worthy enough to bond with them and become rangers themselves. This is downplayed, since by the second episode they already have a five-ranger team and, therefore, five Energems.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": The keeper of the Energems, named Keeper.
- Hot Scientist: Kendall, who works at the museum and is involved with engineering the Rangers' tech.
- Human Popsicle: This is how Koda made it to modern times, as we see during his flashback that he was falling into an ice filled ocean when his Energem activated.
- I Ate WHAT?!: In "Gone Fishin'", Shelby and Chase eat noodles while they watch Riley and Matt's line casting contest. Or so they think - they're actually eating worms, and don't even realize until Koda points it out when Matt asks for them.
- I Call It "Vera": Tyler takes to calling the T-Rex Zord "Rexie" after getting friendly with it.
- If It Swims, It Flies: The Plesiozord, though justified as it's also part-spaceship.
- Ignored Aesop:
- "The Royal Rangers" involves the crew tricking Fury into stealing a fake Energem by disguising themselves as foreign royalty and entourage. It works, but Shelby didn't want to play a "spoiled princess." After the whole thing, Keeper ends the Episode by stating that "princesses don't have to be spoiled." It seemed like an attempt to address negative stereotypes; except said stereotypical portrayals were what tricked Fury in the first place. Plus, only Shelby's case is addressed in detail.
- "Knight After Knights" bungles it's message of "courage isn't fearlessness" by the simple fact that the Rangers' bravery immediately returns to them once they realize Keeper is right instead of actually putting said message into practice by nervously approaching the battlefield for Shelby's sake first. This also defeats the entire logic behind the MOTW note and renders it harmless in the process.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In "No Matter How You Slice It", the monster Shearfear is able to snip apart the bonds of friendship between the rangers...except for Koda's. To him the rangers are more than just friends, they're his family.
- Kick the Dog: Fury would have killed Riley's dog Rubik for no other reason but that Rubik annoyed him had Riley not jumped in.
- Local Reference: In an interesting inversion, the American Dino Charge has actually lot more references to its country of production than in years past including Chase himself (averting Fake American outright), his little sister (averting The Kids Are Kiwi), Moana, and the two-episode arc that takes place almost entirely in New Zealand.
- Love Triangle: In "Sync or Swim", Tyler and Ivan begin competing for Shelby's affections. She'd shown some friendship and attraction to both of them before, so naturally the two were rivals for the episode, before working together against Sledge had them put aside their harsh feelings for each other. Though Shelby still hasn't decided who she likes more...
- Loves My Alter Ego: "A Date with Danger" revolves around a girl with whom Chase has just broken up falling in love with the Black Ranger.
- Made of Explodium: All of the Monster of the Week Game Face's sports equipment is explosive, which serves as a plot point when he plans on detonating the baseball bat that Koda accidentally stole from him.
- Money Spider: The Monster of the Week Spelldigger is this, generating gold coins that cause people to turn greedy. The rangers actually plan on using this to pay off a large debt that Ivan accidentally gained, guessing that the monster's destruction would also break the spell on the coins. It works, but only for a moment before the coins disappear as well.
- Mythology Gag:
- Doesn't Wrench sound a lot like Baboo?
- This is also isn't the first time a T-Rex zord was summoned from a volcano.
- Tyler using "It's about to get wild!" as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, just like his own counterpart Daigo.
- Likewise, in "A Fool's Hour" Wrench wipes his Ocular Gushers while proclaiming "That stings!", which was the Catch Phrase of his Kyoryuger counterpart, Aigallon.
- And in "Double Ranger Double Danger" Fury calls a megazord-sized copy of himself "Infuriating!", borrowing the Catch Phrase of his Japanese counterpart, Dogold.
- And, in "A Date with Danger", Chase gets to utter his counterpart's "Oh my!" after being shocked on a Van de Graaff generator in the base. For the second time.
- At the start of "A Fool's Hour", Chase is singing a song to the tune of Kyoryuger's opening theme; Koda can be heard humming it in the last scene as well.
- Sledge has a little problem with his left shoulder, just like Chaos (or maybe not as bad).
- In episode 4, "Return of the Caveman", a Saber-Toothed Tiger attacks Koda's brother. Trini and Aisha (and Boi, if you want to include Sentai) would've been disappointed.
- Curio's name is just two syllables away from his Sentai counterpart's name, Luckyuro.
- The first Monster of the Week is named Ice Age, which is what his sentai counterpart's name translates to.
- In this season, the rangers work in a fast food restaurant, they have a megazord that is comprised of 3 Zords with red as a major component, and the megazord is controlled via motion capture. Not a first time in Power Rangers history.
- Also, Sentai fans have seen a team of dino rangers working for a dinosaur-themed restaurant before. Of course, PR fans have as well in "Lost and Found in Translation," the episode where the Dino Thunder team got to watch an Abaranger episode (as an episode of a show based on their exploits).
- In episode 5, after destroying the monster, Tyler said "We're the invincible ones!". The very first line of Kyoryuger's theme song is almost exactly that ("We are the invincible superstars!").
- With a subtle tweak, the coordinates produced by the Energem tracker built by Kendall and Shelby in episode 7 can be made to correspond to the actual location of Saban Brands HQ.
- In "When Logic Fails", Riley is sneaking around in an air duct and looks down through a vent to see Fury lying in a medical chair powering the Ptera Charger; in a scene reminiscent of Mighty Morphin''s "White Light" where Billy saw the White Ranger being prepared from the same angle.
- The way Fury says "After 800 years" in episode 11 is really reminiscent of Rita's first words in the opening.
- Another reference to Kyoryuger is with the kingdom of Zandar, which shares its name with Zandar Thunder, the name of Ivan's sentai counterpart's weapon. Also a Pragmatic Adaptation, as the giant "ZANDAR THUNDER" that shoots out of the sword for his Finishing Move was left unedited (it's just not as clearly visible as in Kyoryuger).
- Heckyl is kept in a heavily reinforced cell with a large X on it, referencing the X-Vault from Power Rangers Time Force.
- In "Forged Under Fire", Singe calls Tyler a "walking carnival" while he's in T-Rex Super Charge Mode. A reference to the mode's Kyoryuger name "Kyoryu Carnival".
- Also, after beating down a ton of mooks easily with the Tri-Ankylo Supercharge Mode, Tyler calls it "Morphinomenal!"
- The planet the Dark Energem was hidden on was named Sentai 6. Funnily enough, the 6th Sentai season, Goggle V, also had the rangers using gemstones as a power source.
- As another reference to the source material, Badussa offhandedly mentions destroying the "Kyoryuger Galaxy".
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Keeper tricked Fury into bringing a bomb onto Sledge's ship instead of the Energems; not a bad plan. But then that caused the ship to drop the asteroids Sledge was collecting...
- Out of Order: "The Ghostest with the Mostest", since it featured a Zord (the Pachy Zord) that wasn't officially obtained by the Rangers until the following episode, "Rise of a Ranger" (chalk this one up to Executive Meddling, since it was a Halloween Clip Show that was meant by the creative team to air closer to Halloween itself).
- The Christmas Episode "Race to Rescue Christmas" has a background shot of the Purple Energem in storage in the Rangers' base. Kinda jarring since it aired in between the two episodes that essentially served as the first season finale - during which said Energem is stolen by Sledge and his minions. Besides, the episode is really hard to fit into the continuity (if it's not outright out of it), since Chase is ready to return to New Zealand in this episode... Just as he was in "One More Energem", which came after.
- Pop Culture Pun Episode Title: "Breaking Black"
- Pragmatic Adaptation: While there are some similarities in the characters, Dino Charge has a completely different story than Kyoryuger, much like the last dinosaur themed show.
- Pure Of Heart: The Energems are attracted to people who display this, but they won't necessarily work properly for the user if they stop being pure. Chase finds this out in "True Black" when he relentlessly mocks Shelby for liking a boy band (a New Zealander one, at that), and later finds that his power-ups don't work because of it.
- Putting the Band Back Together: Done in "When Evil Stirs" in a unique way: Rather than calling everyone back together to fight Snide, they are thrust back together when he starts hunting them down.
- Reality Ensues:
- Played for laughs in "The Tooth Hurts". Chase is hit with a blast that causes him extreme tooth decay, but he's still able to morph. During the roll call, Chase fails to finish his line because his mouth is in serious pain and has to let the other continue. Even during the big catchphrase and explosions, Chase's pain still prevents him from actually taking on his Asskicking Pose with the others.
- Imitating the Prince of Zandar during "The Royal Rangers" didn't hold up so well with the country. The next episode they show up to take the treasures back.
- Rearrange the Song: "Go Go Power Rangers" returns yet again, though the Dino Charge version inserts more lines into the chorus and has entirely new verses.
- Reckless Gun Usage:
- Right after he gets his morpher, Tyler starts fiddling with it and nearly shoots Shelby by accident. She's upset, but her anger is cut short since they're under attack by an ice monster and they decide to turn their guns on him.
- Worse, even right after Tyler nearly accidentally puts a hole in Shelby's face, they still do a lot of dramatic posing and such with their guns (fingers on triggers, too!) that would make anyone who's ever even been in the same room as a real gun hold their breath. Maybe they should have made the Dino Coms the morphers after all...
- In "Return of the Caveman", Sledge launches Slammer's space pod by shooting the launch button with his beam gun.
- In "The Ghostest With the Mostest", Shelby accidentally shoots Chase with a Dino Cupid blast while trying to figure out how to get the Cupid Charger out of her Morpher. Probably would have been better to fiddle with it in a private corner of the base (and with Kendall's help), even though ultimately it had no lasting harm besides giving Chase a case of temporary Acquired Situational Narcissism.
- In "Wishing for a Hero", Wrench makes Sledge a new Hand Cannon; Sledge waves it around for a bit as Wrench warns him to be careful and tries to divert Sledge's aim away from him and the Mooks.
- Roar Before Beating: The Dino Charge Megazord, although silent, appears to roar every time it's about to use a finishing blow on a monster.
- Second Episode Introduction: While not aired together or titled as such, the premiere very much follows a two-part structure with the first episode only having the setup and A Taste of Power and the second episode having the real debuts. Riley didn't even appear in the first episode at all. Even after that, the personal weapons and Megazord were delayed to get their own feature introductions in episode 3. And Curio didn't show up until episode 4, with his absence until then leading some to think that he had been Adapted Out completely.
- Ship Tease: A subtle one during episode 7. Tyler was really worried when he found out Shelby fell into a hole with a brainwashed Zord inside.
- And then brought into full swing thrice in episode 8:
- Tyler admitting in his narration that Shelby is cute.
- Shelby happily hugging Tyler after he showed up to complete the Dino Spike and destroy the monster.
- Shelby recovering Tyler's bracelet and even putting it back on him.
- Shovel Strike: The main characters have a thing for always finding a spare shovel somewhere to use as a weapon—to the point where it is now a Running Gag. Which makes sense, because they are frequently going on archaeological digs - ostensibly for fossils, but in actuality to find the Energems. So it's natural they'd be lying around handy a lot.
- Shout-Out: While fighting a monster in space thanks to the Plesio Charge Megazord's flight capabilities, Shelby's Pre-Mortem One-Liner is "Let's make space his final frontier!"
- Shown Their Work:
- Chase's Kiwi slang (Such as calling Riley "You beauty!" in "When Logic Fails", which is slang for "Good job!") is quite accurate. To be fair, James Davies is a native New Zealander, which sort of makes it Real Life Writes the Plot, not dissimilar to Richard Brancatisano (Xander) in Power Rangers Mystic Force.
- The Chekhov's Gun in "Riches and Rags", a gold bar deposited by Ivan circa 800 years ago that since then accumulated so much interest that it was enough to pay off the millionaire, has some basis in reality. Interests existed in the medieval age, and the price of gold has spiked since the US did away with the gold standard in the seventies.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Koda usually wears a tank top. And he sometimes brags about his "caveman strength".
- Stage Mom: Amusingly, Riley slowly mutates into one in "Home Run Koda".
- The Starscream: Heckyl/Snide is shown to be more ambitious than the other Monsters Of The Week that the Rangers have fought. With Sledge out of the way, he's now the new Big Bad for Dino Supercharge.
- Storming the Castle: Done in epic Power Ranger fashion. At first, the Rangers were planning to smuggle a small robot on board Sledge's ship to recover the Purple Energem. After Sledge captured Keeper and stole the Red Energem from Tyler however, he, Shelby, and Kendell boarded Sledge's ship to recover the Energems and save Keeper. In addition to Kendall becoming the Purple Ranger, after helping the others get off safely, Tyler stayed behind to recover his Energem before Sledge could use its power to destroy the other rangers and the Dino Charge Megazord, culminating in a Final Battle between him and Sledge that caused Sledge's ship to fall out of orbit, with Tyler leaping out and safely caught by the Ptera Zord while Sledge and his crew perished in the crash of their ship.
- Toilet Humor: The Oviraptor Dino Charger releases toxic gas, and the Rangers can't help but compare it to farting. The fact that the gas is discharged through the Megazord's left shoulder (corresponding with the T-Rex's tail) rather than its right (the head) does it no favors.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Koda is almost always shirtless when he's in the Dinolair - which is most of the time.
- Weak, but Skilled: the monster Nightmare is a joke in battle. Not even managing to throw a single good punch at the rangers. However, its power to control people's dreams and make them sleep through his pillows made him quite dangerous as a force, and almost gave Heckyl a victory.
- We Are as Mayflies: Keeper and all the villains have been around at least 65 million years.
- Wham Episode:
- "One More Energem": Sledge comes close to victory: he kidnaps Keeper, steals Tyler's Energem, and unleashes the other solitary monster Greenzilla, nearly destroying the rangers. However, Kendall manages to sneak onto Sledge's ship, and in the rush, becomes the new purple ranger. With Shelby and Tyler's help, she and Keeper escape, and then Tyler steals back the red energem. Together, they destroy the monster with a new formation, and after accidentally destroying the control panel, Sledge's ship crashes. With Sledge supposedly gone, the rangers return to their normal lives, with Ivan, Kendall and Koda staying behind to find the last two energems. However, as the credits roll, the camera pans over the smoldering wreckage of Sledge's ship and into a familiar corridor and a "Danger" sign flickers. The door opens, and Snide (Heckyl's monster form) appears and says "It's my turn, now" rather ominously.
- Nightmare in Amber Beach: Shelby exposes Heckyl's deception to the Rangers.
- Roar of the Red Ranger: While testing out a battleizer mode for Tyler, a monster ninja sneaks a virus into the charger, turning Tyler feral. The team finds him, but he's too strong. Suddenly, the Aqua ranger finally makes his debut an reveals himself: It's Tyler's long lost dad.
- Gone Fishing: While half the ranges are on a fishing trip, the other half receive a message from deep space: The Silver Ranger is there in space, and to find him, they have to revive the titanozord. The message is destroyed by Singe before they can find its location, but it turns out Singe already knew where the zord was....at the lake where the other rangers are. After a fierce battle, the rangers revive the zord, and Heckyl, not being as single minded as Snide, asks Singe how he knew where the zord was. Only saying that his boss is far more evil than he can imagine, Singe retreats back into space, Heckyl giving Fury new orders: destroy Singe on sight.
- Worgworld reveals that Sledge isn't dead, and he's come up with a new master plan.
- Wham Line:
- From Roar of the Red Ranger: "It's me. I'm your dad.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: James Davies constantly fluctuates between Kiwi and Aussie, made worse when the many genuine New Zealand characters show up and actually do it right.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Apparently not much, since Sledge nonchalantly kills one just so it's out of Poisandra's way.
- What's Up, Prince Dude?: Koda's relationship with Phillip in a nutshell, after the latter comes around.
- Whole Costume Reference: Tyler's prince outfit doesn't scream Prince William so much as beat you in the face with it.
- You Fight Like a Cow: These are some of the quippiest Rangers since the Ninja Storm Rangers.
- You Have Failed Me: Sledge uses this on Fury after what happened with Ivan escaping and losing control of the Ptera Zord. His method? Having a monster steal his courage away, making him functionally useless. After said monster was destroyed and his spell on Fury was broken, Sledge had him mop the floors.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Poisandra says, "You have got to be joking!" when she sees Sir Ivan leading a ridiculous group of civilians into battle in "Knight After Knights".
- You Look Familiar: Shelby's father is played by James Gaylyn, who also played Colonel Mason Truman on the "RPM" season.