Power Rangers Jungle Fury is the 16th season in the Power Rangers franchise, adapted from Juken Sentai Gekiranger. Millennia ago, an evil spirit called Dai Shi waged war to determine whether man or beast would control the earth. A group called the Pai Zhua (aka "Order of the Claw") won the war for humanity, and imprisoned Dai Shi, appointing new guardians every generation to watch over his prison.Unfortunately, the masters never thought to put a lock on the prison, and Dai Shi escaped when the box was knocked over. The three current guardians are directed to a Pai Zhua master in Ocean Bluff, a city close to Dai Shi's old lair. With Dai Shi weakened and the guardians still just students, both sides have to seek out the masters who fought in the Beast War and hone their skills before their enemies can destroy them.This was the final series to be produced under Bruce Kalish, bringing an end to his divisive tenure. Though Disney considered pulling the plug on the franchise with his departure, Bandai successfully lobbied for another season due to contractual obligations. It was also the first season since Power Rangers Turbo to not give any ranger a battlizer; instead, the budget went into creating three rangers who appeared in the toyline, but never Gekiranger: The Elephant, Bat, and Shark Spirit Rangers. It also made history by giving the show its first ever canonical violet Ranger (the Wolf Ranger - hey, Sixth Rangers can get away with not having a Color Character name).Jungle Fury has an interesting reputation among the fans: due to it being a Kalish season, many of the more vocal fans didn't bother watching and thus declared it to be So OK It's Average. Fans who actually looked into Jungle Fury found that some of the best characterization of the entire franchise - it's helped that many of the Rangers are liked by most of the fandom (RJ and Casey in particular were well received), and Fran, friend of the team, is one of the most liked non-Ranger characters in the Disney Era. Alongside that, the plot had some dark storylines concerning Dai Shi, RJ, Jarrod and Casey, bringing an air of maturity to the season that hadn't been in the franchise for quite a while. The music is also highly praised going back to guitar-heavy rock themes supplemented with lots of African drums, as well as the impressive stunt work in the series.Although the series had no team-ups (Making it for a long time the only season to not have any connection with past or future seasons outside of a Jungle Karma Pizza sign in the next season), Casey returned in the Milestone Celebration season, Power Rangers Super Megaforce. His actor, Jason Smith, even wrote several episodes for the season!Succeeded by Power Rangers RPM.Has a character sheet.
Transformation Trinket: Instead of a wrist or phone device like the other series, this time it's the Cool Shades. (For the Power Trio. The Wolf and Rhino Morphers are wrist-worn - the Rhino Morpher going from a small bracelet to one of the largest morphers ever, a huge glove weapon that also serves as arm blade and missile launcher. This means all or most of his attacks are in his morpher, similar to an earlier Ranger in white.)
Two Guys and a Girl: The core team. There's some jealousy from Theo about the new guy taking up his friend's time (he and Lily get together later, but his exact words are "trying to steal my best friend"). Lily is unimpressed.
"I mean, come on, guys. We are in charge of protecting the world here! This isn't the prom."
Adapted Out: The GekiChangers were replaced by the Solar Morpher sunglasses and largely reduced to just a design element on the Ranger suits. One guess as to why is that it was due to violence concerns; the idea that an iconic element like a morpher should be a tool, not knuckles to punch with.
Armed Legs: The Wolf Pride Megazord - the Wolf Zord leg has a bladed shin.
Ascended Fanboy: In the first episode, when RJ gives the three their morphers, Theo says "Ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to be a..." and then shuts up when the others look at him laughing.
Badass Normal: Fran. Cumulates in her staring down a frickin werewolf, and verbally tears the Rangers a new one in another episode.
Check Please: Used in the premiere, when Casey, Theo, and Lily make a wrong guess on who their supposed new master is going to be.
Composite Character: RJ is somewhat a combined version Gekiranger's Gou (Geki Violet) and Master Sha Fu even though the latter's Power Rangers counterpart is Master Mao. Since Mao dies in the first episode much of Sha Fu's role gets shifted to RJ instead of Mao.
Continuity Nod: Although this season didn't get a team up episode, RJ does mention the Morphing Grid in the first episode.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: In the final battle, every single "special" monster, like Phantom Beasts, Five Fingers of Poison, Red Shadow Guards and Overlords is revived. The Rangers and their masters deal with them quite easily, considering how much trouble some of them caused alone.
Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Notable in a season where most of the Rangers distinctively practiced Chinese-based martial art. Despite this, none of the other Rangers felt the need to bother with this, but Theo loved it.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: In one episode they fought an "eel" monster who flopped around on the ground like he was dry-humping it, and then shot white goo all over them. It was arguably even lampshaded when the Yellow Ranger said "This guy's a freak!"
If It Swims, It Flies: Mostly averted as the Shark Spirit only flies to combine with the Megazord, or when they use all the extra animals in an Ultrazord-type formation.
Kinda played straight by the Penguin Spirit, which flies around on a surfboard.
"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Master Mao first tries to do this with Jarrod (possessed by Dai Shi) and fails. Casey does this later and succeeds, although this might be down to the fact Dai Shi was starting to lose his grip. Fran does it when RJ becomes a werewolf, also invoking the Morality Chain.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: As Bruce Kalish's fourth season, every title had four words. This led to strange titles like "Pizza Slice of Life" and "One Last Second Chance".
Knows A Guy Who Knows A Guy: This is the only explanation for where the martial artists got their hands on high tech morphers. Y'see, the substitute mentor knows a guy who knows a guy who has an uncle...
Master of Delusion: Averted; Fran starts getting annoyed at her coworkers running off, and eventually discovers what they're doing.
Meaningful Name: The Pai Zhua masters: Master Mao (cat, think "meow"), Master (ele)Phant, Master Swoop (bat), Master Finn (shark), Master (go)Rilla, Master (ante)Lope, and Master (pen)Guin. Also Camille the chameleon.
Mythology Gag: Not just the reference to the Morphin' Grid. Let's see, we've got a White Ranger (well, Rhino Ranger, but he's in white) whose glove thingy has finger missiles (just like the Zord of a certain Green Ranger who became a White Ranger later.) Also, the Rhino Zord has Dominic riding on its back until he's ready to convert it to Warrior Mode (a term we're hearing for the first time since 1995-6, perhaps) by entering the cockpit and inserting the dagger that controls it into a slot. In other words, it pretty much is the White Tiger Thunderzord. Also, it uses the same kanji for its finisher as the White Tiger used in its main attack.
Negated Moment of Awesome: When Lily is under a spell that makes her act lazy, Fran takes her morpher to go save the day. Sadly for Fran fans, this is when Lily snapped out of the spell and took her morpher back.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Master Mao appears to Dai Shi in an attempt to convince him that Jarrod will overthrow him. The last word of his speech is 'nexus' which echoes as he vanishes and reminds Dai Shi of the Rhino Nexus. Dai Shi spends the next couple of days trying to break into the Nexus and, though he never actually gets in, he does master the zocatto power that allows him to overthrow Grizzaka and get back to making the Rangers' lives as difficult as possible.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Jarrod gives one to RJ several episodes after a humiliating defeat, largely because RJ won't fight back (Due to this releasing his Animal Spirit, which Jarrod wants). This leads to Jarrod wrecking RJ, before messing up RJ's Animal Spirit and turning him into a werewolf.
Dai Shi gives one to the Rangers in the episode prior, tearing though all three and all of their power ups without taking a scratch.
Platonic Life Partners: Theo and Lily, though Theo is hoping for a Relationship Upgrade (He finally musters up the courage to ask her out in the final minutes of the last episode, leaving it vague if they work out together).
Right Behind Me: Dom needs information from the pretty scientist. Sadly, despite the fact that he's facing all his teammates, he doesn't react to the door opening in time and boasts about how he's got her eating out of the palm of his hand. She's understandably upset and walks off.
Dom: The girl likes me. I mean, she really likes me. She'll tell me everything, and I'll tell you. She's putty in my haaaannnn - she's at the door, isn't she?
Sealed Cast in a Multipack: The series had both sides searching out new masters to train them to be stronger. This was more pronounced with the villains, as Dai Shi's search for masters took up several episodes, while half of the Rangers' teachers weren't actually sealed in the first place and the other half were only consulted in a two-parter.
Dai Shi, who has been stuck in an (unlocked!) box for 10,000 years. The box was kept by a secret order, but opened when a disgruntled student barged in and attacked the order's master, knocking the box out of his hands. Unusually, however, Dai Shi is significantly weaker than he was, and has to struggle to regain his powers before the Rangers become strong enough to destroy him.
This season also had other sealed cans. The Crystal Eyes for the Phantom Beasts, The Overlords lifeless bodies/shells & two of the "5 Fingers of Poison" urns with broken remains (both revived by Naja's life talons), the various statue soldiers brought to life as monsters of the day, and the Spirit World (at the finale) which acted as both a sealed can of evil (for Dai Shi's fallen minions) and a sealed can of good (for the fallen Masters).
Grizzaka, the Land Overlord, also qualifies as a Starscream. Naturally, he blames Dai Shi for losing the war 10,000 years ago and hates humans even more. This makes perfect sense as, after being revived by Camille, he, upon arriving at Dai Shi's temple, is surprised to see that Dai Shi is now using the human Jarrod as a vessel. Jarrod wants Grizzaka to teach him Zocato, but, naturally, Grizzaka isn't too thrilled about that and simply refuses to take orders from any human. Guess what he does next?
Interestingly, out of all the Starscreams in the Power Rangers series, he is one of the few who actually succeed in overthrowing the Big Bad, and after his success, he becomes the ruler of the other evil forces until Dai Shi returns and takes back his throne.
And after him come the Phantom Beasts. They are actually loyal to Dai Shi - having thought like Grizzaka back in the original war, and now believing they'd have won if they had followed Dai Shi. (Yes, villains blaming their failure on themselves. You don't see that every day.) However, they believe Dai Shi has been compromised by the will of Jarrod.
But before any of them, there was Naja. He made the mistake of trying to recruit Camille, and his Starscreaming career lasted two episodes before she finished him.
Wax On, Wax Off: In "Sigh of the Tiger", RJ has Casey doing seemingly menial tasks while his friends are fighting for their lives. When Casey finally has enough, RJ demonstrates how all but one of them can be applied on the battlefield.
Casey: Whoa, what about the whole shoulder-rub-thing, how does that help me?
RJ: Oh, that doesn't - I just slept funny last night.