Actor Allusion: During the Legendary War, Leo (played by Danny Slavin) rescues a little boy's dog. What's the boy's name? Danny.
Creator Backlash: Cameron Jebo (Orion) has stated some of his negative feelings towards the season on Twitter - namely, he points out how Orion is barely there, and the show's writing issues.
Creator's Apathy: Ciara Hanna and Cameron Jebo revealed in their No Pink Spandex interview that this was a pervading thought from the producers. Whenever an actor or writer brought up something they felt didn't make sense, they would be told "Who cares? The audience is five years old."
Dawson Casting: Not a single actor whose age is known is an actual teenager; Ciara Hanna (Gia) and John Loudermilk (Noah) are 21, Andrew Gray (Troy) is 25, and Christina Masterson (Emma) is 23. Azim Rizk (Jake) is 23, but he's the only one who looks like he could pass for a teenager.
Development Gag: Mr. Burley is named after Lee Burley, aka DarkBlaze, a longtime fan and member of the show's "Power Force" (a group of fans who function as combination consultants/street team.) Confirmed by him on Twitter during the premiere.
Executive Meddling: A large amount of the problems this show faced can ultimately be traced back to this - the writers recognized that Goseiger, the first show to be adapted, was largely considered a dull show, and wanted to get to the elements in the much more desirable Gokaiger. However, Saban's contract with Toei strictly forbade them from outright skipping Goseiger (which became extremely ironic given what happened in the next series)note while the contract didn't require them to use all the footage, it did require them to use some, so Saban would've had to have adapted the Goseiger Megazord footage or the suit footage at the bare minimum if they had wanted to adapt Gokaiger; since pulling a Thunderzords with the Samurai rangers and switching over to the Goseiger mechs in Super Samurai wasn't an option, they had no choice but to use the Goseiger fight scenes and mech footage, and producer Jonathan Tzachor forbade the writers from expanding upon the characters, and outright rejected many of the ideas listed below in What Could Have Beennote as shown in Wild Force, where he had direct control, Tzachor seems to favor the idea of shot-for-shot remakes as opposed to pragmatic adaptations; while this idea works fine when adapting a sci-fi Sentai like Timeranger, Goseiger, a fantasy-themed Sentai, wouldn't be as easy to pull this off with, and while Gokaiger was more tech-heavy, that series was heavily rooted in Sentai mythology. The decision to adapt Gokaiger in the second half as opposed to stretching Goseiger out over 2 years (like what happened in Samurai, and what would happen in Dino Charge and Ninja Steel) and adapting Gokaiger separately was made so that Saban could catch up with Sentainote had it not been for Nickelodeon requiring them to limit each season to 20 episodes, or had Saban taken Rangers to another network, Saban would only have been 2 years behind at most, and it's possible that the adaptation of Gokaiger would have aired at the same time as Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger aired in Japan; however, due to the aforementioned rule, Megaforce began airing right before Kyoryuger, which was adapted into Dino Charge, began airing, meaning that Power Rangers was 3 sentai behind by the time Super Megaforce aired it's last episode; had it not been for Kyoryuger being seen as more marketable than Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Saban opting to skip the latter for the former, Saban would've possibly wound up being even further behind. Of course, this was somewhat problematic - aside from the fact that not all of the Goseiger plot threads that had been adapted into Megaforce had been resolved (hence the reason why midway through Super Megaforce, they go back to using Goseiger footage to resolve the plot revolving Robo Knight and Vrak, despite the fact that the season had pretty much abandoned using Goseiger footage in favor of Gokaiger footage at that point), tone-wise, Goseiger and Gokaiger were two vastly different series, the core 5 didn't use the same colors, resulting in one of the rangers (Jake) changing color (going from a black ranger in Megaforce to a green ranger in Super Megaforce) when the footage changednote ironically, there was a green ranger in Goseiger, but due to the fact that he was a Posthumous Character in that series, he was not adapted in Megaforce, and the apparent need to burn up as much sentai footage as possiblenote combined, Goseiger and Gokaiger had 101 episodes worth of footage that could've been adapted - if Saban had given the 50 episodes of Goseiger, and the 51 episodes of Gokaiger the treatment they gave Samurai, Megaforce would've ended in 2017, so some episodes had to been dropped regardless. Of the two, Gokaiger was seemingly made to be as easy to adapt as possible, due to many of the tribute episodes being for seasons that were adapted into Rangers seasons, and many of the mech configurations the Gokaigers obtained from said tribute episodes were the ones that got the most use, whereas ones from tribute episodes to unadapted series like Choujuu Sentai Liveman or Hikari Sentai Maskman weren't present in adapted series tributes; the majority of Goseiger, which was made when no future adaptations had been announced, on the other hand, wasn't.
RoboCop Knight for Robo Knight due to having similar voices and mannerisms.
"Cameo Rangers" for the group of actors that came back to, at the very least, show up during part of the Mega War.
Some fans referred Super Megaforce as "Goseikaiger".
Some fans refer to the Dairanger mode as Power Rangers New Powers for Gosei simply referring to them as New Powers and Gia saying "Bring on the new powers!" this ceased when the show started calling them Squadron mode.
This lead some fans to snark about how New Powers as if it was a real season, complete with Nostalgia Thread.
And now some fans are referring to the unnamed Maskman mode as "Power Rangers Blitz" from Gia's line "Legendary Ranger Blitz!"
Subverted in Brazil with the Flashman and Changeman suits, as both seasons were already well-known there before Power Rangers.
Milestone Celebration: The series is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. Thus, there are several references to all seasons, such as "It's Morphin' Time!" and Samurai's "Go Go Samurai" as "Go Go Megaforce".
Speaking of Samurai, the season's theme is similar to the Samurai theme. But proven different with a scene from "Who's Crying Now" when Troy activates the Ultra Gosei Great Megazord's Victory Charge, part of the theme is playing in the background and is similar to In Space's theme.
Name's the Same: The Gokaiger suits are referred to as Super Mega Mode. This name was also used in Samurai for when a ranger accessed Mega Mode while already using Super Samurai Mode.
Schedule Slip: The tenth episode was scheduled to air on May 18th of 2013, but was pushed back to an unknown date for equally unknown reasons. It wasn't until mid-August that a new airdate of September 7th was announced.
And in the UK, Megaforce's premiere on Nickelodeon was delayed so much that it still hasn't started, and now Channel Five is going to be doing the UK premiere instead. Again, the reason why Nick let this happen is unknown.
And both Channel 5 and Nicktoons dropped the show after that. Super Megaforce instead airs on Pop, which is owned by the same company as Kix, which airs old seasons (Currently, they air all seasons between Time Force (Season 9) and RPM (Season 17). There was only a week's notice of this, and therefore a lot of viewers will likely miss the show due to not expecting it to be on that channel. It's also not on cable and isn't available nationwide on Freeview. Screwed by the Network and Bad Export for You come to mind.note Pop has been available nationwide on Freeview since 2016, two years after it was available on the service in selected areas. It has also returned to cable since August 2016 after a five-year absence.
Ironically enough, Viacom bought Channel 5 the same year Super Megaforce aired.
Shown Their Work: The stances that Emma and Jake learn while training with Casey are at least based on the stances of Phoenix and Snake Kung Fu, which are their animal spirits.
Troubled Production: The series was hit with major problems with almost everything but the actual filming.
After Power Rangers was canceled by Disney and bought back by Saban Brands, the show Channel Hopped over to Nickelodeon... who then slapped the show with a "20 episodes per season" limit that split each adaptation in half (Rangers is one of the few shows to exceed the typical 22-episode limits of American television, often having 32 to 40 episodes per season, which is still less than Super Sentai's typical 50), and a massive summer hiatus. This didn't affect Power Rangers Samurai too badly, but it created a cascade of problems that piled up and broke the back of Megaforce.
Power Rangers found itself slipping further and further behind the Sentai source material. Furthermore, the next seasons in line to be adapted were Tensou Sentai Goseiger, a rather mediocre season, and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, a 35th anniversary milestone celebration. Although Gokaiger's 35th anniversary would dovetail nicely with the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, Saban was apparently not allowed to simply skip Goseiger and go straight to Gokaiger. In an attempt to square the circle and catch up to Sentai, Saban decided to fold together the two series, starting with Goseiger for Megaforce and moving to Gokaiger for the second half of the season, Super Megaforce to line up the respective anniversaries.
This created new problems, not helped by issues hitting the show hard. Taking 100 episodes of two different stories and condensing them down into a single 40 episode story arc resulted in massive pacing problems. Additionally, the two series varied widely in terms of tone and characterization, with Goseiger being more light and fun and Gokagier being a little more dark and complex. Combining stock footage from both created wildly inconsistent characterization, with characters bouncing back and forth from calm and stoic to hyper and energetic and vice versa (the Pink Ranger got the worst of this). Additionally, Gokaiger had a gimmick of being able to morph into past Rangers and using their powers. Super Megaforce kept this, along with several ranger teams that never actually made it to North America who simply appeared with no explanation outside of being "new powers" On top of all this, the anniversary aspect left the door open to cameos and appearances from past Rangers (as happened in Gokaiger). Of the hundred or so actors who played Rangers in the past 20 seasons, they brought back roughly 10, with actor after actor announcing they weren't returning either because they simply weren't asked or they declined the (apparently really bad) offer, and some of those that did return didn't even have speaking parts to show for it (it should be mentioned that these appearances were no small feat, as the show now films in New Zealand). An anniversary season with an interesting theme and incredible Stock footage built right in has sadly turned into a massive case of What Could Have Been.
Many fans have been utterly vocal over the fact that a number of former Rangers didn't return for Super Megaforce, mostly due to the fact that they weren't asked or they declined the invitation. Among those who didn't return were David Yost (declined because of how he felt the invitation was an insult because it was the same as everyone else's and felt that they should at least have apologized for harassing him during filming of MMPR), Walter Jones (Out of support for David in regards to how he was treated), Steve Cardenas (declined due to the low pay for the brief cameo, which is a reason many others declined), Rhett Fisher (invited, then uninvited due to budget constraints), and almost everyone from the Disney era (most of them were never tapped) and others still were adamant about saying their issue wasn't specifically money, but other extenuating circumstances (Valerie Vernon wanted to do it, but now has children and wasn't given enough time to prepare arrangements to allow her to make the trip to New Zealand. Erin Cahill also wanted to return, but had to refuse because Rangers is a non-union production and she is currently a SAG member.) Amy Jo Johnson was also contacted, but her agent didn't give her the invitation because it was the same as everyone else's. Johnny Yong Bosch was also contacted and he responded, but they never replied back. Christopher Khayman Lee (Andros) was contacted as well and expressed interest, but he couldn't make it either because of scheduling conflicts and because he also wasn't given enough time to prepare.
Speaking of low-pay, Austin St. John and Karan Ashley, two major MMPR names (especially the former), were also contacted — and like Cardenas plus a number of others, they also declined for this reason. It's not that none of the three didn't want to come back (they really did, and they want the fans to be happy), but the pay barely covered the plane ticket expenses to-and-from New Zealand and they just didn't think the long trip was worth the brief cameo. They also didn't feel respected by the company executives.
It's been rumored that Saban wanted to skip adapting Goseiger and go straight to Gokaiger for the 20th anniversary, but Executive Meddling prevented that.
Orion's actor, Cameron Jebo, originally tried out for the part of Troy.
If the casting sheet is to be believed, there was originally going to be a subplot where Jake wanted to tell everybody he was a Power Ranger, only to be stopped by the secret identity rule.
Early press release describe the non-high school side of the plot as being nearly beat for beat the same as Goseiger with the three different villain factions instead of the first villain faction being the main one, the second being reduce to side villains and the third faction being reduced to an emissary for the new villains in Super Megaforce.
Basco from Gokaiger was nearly adapted- the only evidence left of him in the show is his ship is reused for Orion.
And of course the big one: One wonders what could have been if Toei had let them skip Goseiger so that Saban and Nick could adapt Gokaiger with 40 episodes instead of 20 or better yet what if Saban had just spread out the Goseiger adaptation over 40 episodes instead of a compressed 20 episodes and THEN adapt Gokaiger for 2015 and 2016 especially since then we would of had Judd Lynn as EP by then...
According to writer James W. Bates, there had been plans for Vrak and Vekar to interact, along with Robo Knight returning earlier in Super Megaforce.
Casting sheets suggested that when making Super Megaforce, there were plans to adapt Basco (and presumably Sally) and the Greater Powers from Gokaiger in the form of a character named Silas and items named the Zaferia Stones. If he had been adapted, the footage where the team would do full-team morphs into LightSpeed Rescue and In Space to fight against him could have been used. Not to mention one of the examples under the "They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot" example on the YMMV page, regarding the battle where Basco brings all the Sixth Ranger Keys to life, could have been used. Ironically enough, if the Zaferia stones had been used, they would have had to have focused more on the Zaferia stones of the pre-Zyuranger teams (and possibly the PR version of the Dairangers)note assuming they still kept the pre-Zyuranger teams, since Basco never got his hands on a greater power of a Sentai that was adapted into Power Rangersnote he did attempt to, but none of his attempts were successful - the only powers he was able to successfully obtain were those of the Dengeki Sentai Changeman, Choushinsei Flashman, Hikari Sentai Maskman, Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, and the Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman. Instead, it seems that Vrak was chosen to fill his role instead, and as a result, they ended up wasting one of the easiest methods of paying homage to what's regarded as one of the best Power Rangers series...
In the corresponding Gokaiger episode that A Lion's Alliance was adapted from, Gao Red is the returning cast member. As that episode was adapted, it's possible that at one point, there were plans for Richard Medina, Cole's actor, to reprise his rolenote Cole had played Dekar in Samurai, so he was available, and at the time, he was not facing legal problems. The reason for this change, however, is likely due to the fact that the Samurai tribute episode used Jayden instead of Laurennote in the corresponding Gokaiger episode, Lauren's sentai counterpart, Lady Kaoru, was used instead of Jayden's sentai counterpart, Takeru, and the producers not wanting to have 2 Red Ranger cameos in a row.
Speaking of Gokaiger, much like with Machiko Soga, had Richard Genelle not died of a heart attack in 2008, it's possible that he would have returned to reprise his role, and we would have seen the actual Ernie run Ernie's Brain Freeze, instead of a character named Ernie.
Similarly, in Time Force and Mighty Morphin, Eric and Tommy were supposed to die like their sentai counterpart, but the decision was made not to kill him. Had he been killed off like in the Sentai, it's possible that Orion might have received the Sixth Ranger powers from them in a dream, similar to the source materialnote in the source material, Gai received them from the deceased Abarekiller, but Naoto and Burai were also present, albeit with no speaking lines.
As noted by Linkara, there were many plans that were scrapped due to Jonathan Tzachor vetoing them - for example, Troy was originally going to be The Chosen Onenote he was going to be linked to the Morphin Grid, and his infamous Super Saiyan Punch was going to be part of his powers; similarly, Robo Knight would be linked to him as well, and Mr Burley was originally going to be replaced by a Ranger Alumninote specifically, the plans were for David Yost to come back and play Billy, acting as a mentor to Noah.
Written By Former Cast Member: Jason Smith, the Red Jungle Fury Ranger, wrote a few Super Megaforce episodes (although not his own tribute episode, where he was temporary a cast member again).