Wall Bangers: Power Rangers
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- Three-quarters of the seasons contain the exact same example: the Big Bad only attacks the city where the Rangers live! (Averted in "SPD," where Grumm used a misguided Fish out of Temporal Water as a distraction in Japan so the Rangers would ''all' be out of the way in New-Tech City, and "Operation Overdrive," where the Big Bads searched all over the globe for the jewels, hardly ever attacking San Angeles. Justified in "RPM," where there was literally only one city, and in "Lightspeed Rescue," in which there was a special reason to focus on Mariner Bay.) Why don't more of these "galactic conquerors" attack somewhere that doesn't have super-powered teenagers?
- Because the Rangers are their specific targets before they conquer the whole planet?
- Most of the ranger teams have displayed the ability to go where ever the villain is so it'd be pointless. Most evident in the original series where they could just teleport any where they want.
- Another instance of Word of God that painted a few walls red. Disney never really liked the Rangers franchise. Depending on who you ask about Disney, their description of Disney's feeling toward Power Rangers range from "confused" to "apathetic" to "ashamed" to "disgusted." However you slice it, Disney apparently felt that the violence in Power Rangers clashed with their ultra-wholesome image. However, after a few years of lackluster and unimpressive seasons, which the more cynical might call "running the show into the ground," they decide to turn around and buy Marvel Comics, which is considered to be the more gritty, cynical, and violent of the two major comic-book houses.
- Even worse, the Disney years have left a ripple effect. If you believe the rumors, Disney tried to push back against the violence in Super Sentai, which infuriated the Japanese creators. This led them to basically saying "Adapt this! and creating Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, a season heavily based around samurai and Japanese legend. This has forced Saban, who are trying valiantly to resurrect Rangers stateside, into something of a "Square Peg, Round Hole" situation by making them have to adapt a very, very Japanese season into something palatable for mainstream American audiences.
- As a general example, the sheer amount of times in Season 2 that old monsters were reused. Lowered Monster Difficulty is in full force, as supposedly an "army of our best monsters" loses in constantly ridiculous ways, like getting beaten by the White Ranger on his own, or getting beaten by a net, or the most common one of all, getting beaten by Stock Footage of the Thunderzords
- They were taking advantage of the fact that they had the Zyu2 suits to film American footage with. To make up for the fact that they didn't have the majority of Dairanger monsters to use.
- In the episode "The Power Stealer", an otherwise typical episode of early Season 2, we see some shots of the Thunder Megazord in the same shot as the episode's monster. What makes this a Wall Banger? Well, it's not what they did, but rather what they didn't do. They obviously had access to the Zord costumes, and yet they didn't use them to create original fights with monsters until the tail end of Season 2 and the early portions of Season 3. Getting the Thunderzords destroyed in Season 3 I understand, it makes it easier on the budget, especially with all the original footage they were filming. So why didn't they just save the Zord fights for the Dairanger footage whenever both logical and cost-effective (emphasis on "both"), while filming their own original footage for the battles with Zyu2 monsters and revived monsters? Was Saban that cheap? Probably, but still...
- In "Fourth Down and Long", when the monster Centiback is destroyed, Rita and Zedd blame Finster for it all. But, wait a minute, aren't they forgetting something? Finster didn't even create that monster on purpose! Although it was his idea alone to just create a centipede monster, he accidentally dropped the monster mold on the football which caused it to become Centiback. In fact, Zedd himself had pointed that out, so why pawn it off on Finster for something that he didn't even intentionally make, let alone the failure of it?
- You mean besides the fact they're the villians of the show, and they blame their underlings for everything?
- The Movie Ninjazords. And the movie Ranger suits. They spent a goodly chunk of costume budget on making the Ranger suits look more like sci-fi space armor than spandex. The result was too flimsy to do proper fight scenes with and looked... off. Instead of that, they should have spent the money on making new helmets to match the Ninja coins. But no.
- They were never going to make new helmets because the suits were iconic. That is what the Power Rangers looked like in 1995. The idea of changing the look was unthinkable until 1996.
- The infamous scene where Kat and Tommy are married with grandchildren, not for the fact they are married, but because their son is using a Zeonizer when they knew they were getting rid of those powers next season and the implications of the communicator going off.
- Except he doesn't have a Zeonizer and the communicator means nothing other than the Rangers are using communicators....
- The Dear John letter Kimberly wrote Tommy. The least they could have done is not have it come out of left field.
- Made worse by the fact that Kimberly sent the letter to the Youth Center. That's right, a letter that deeply affects Tommy's life wasn't even sent to his home where he could read it in privacy.
- The shift from Zeo to Turbo was incredibly clumsy and ill-explained, with the changing of Zords and powers being entirely unremarked upon.
- Worse yet, the change wasn't even necessary; there was nothing wrong with the Zeo powers. The crystals were supposed to be growing stronger over time, and in the tie-in transition movie, the Pink ranger even attempts to morph with the Zeo powers.
- The reason for the power change (however flimsy it may be) is that they needed to cross through the dimensional barrier to where Maligore was sealed and the Turbo powers were made with this ability in mind. A line from Zordon saying that the Zords wouldn't be enough to stop Diva and 'Gore's combined force suggests the Zeo Zords were starting to become outdated. As for after the movie, either Catherine shorted out her powers, the morph was interrupted, or their own rules about escalation prevented them from taking advantage of two fully functional power sets. Remember, they were led by Zordon, who failed to restore the Green Ranger powers even though he knew about the Zeo Crystal and could've sent someone to go get it.
- Rita and Zedd's absence was a wallbanger at the time, but ten years later one of the writers explained that they had taken the time off because Rita was pregnant with Thrax after beating the Machine Empire,.
- One wonders how they were meant to do that when they couldn't beat the rangers when they had access to their fortress and all their minions and equipment, prior to being reduced to driving around the moon in a camper van all season. See above about the jump from one set of powers and zords they still had to another, in regards to the rangers still being powered and fully-armed after defeating the Machine Empire.
- So, why did Zordon select Justin as a replacement for the injured Rocky? Because he stumbled upon the secret of the team's identity? Heck, was there ever an in-universe justification for it? This is made worse by the final arc of Season 3. There, the Rangers were de-aged by Master Vile. They retained all their memories and fighting knowledge, but lacked the age-appropriate bodies and any powers. Zordon explicitly stated his opposition to giving the de-aged Rangers powers out of concern for their safety, leading to the Alien Rangers defending Earth until things could be restored. So, de-aged Rangers with experience aren't fit to have powers, but a bonafide kid with zero training or experience is? Maybe Zordon wasn't counting on Justin coming back from that island.
- One popular fanon theory is that Zordon knew having Justin know the Rangers secret was a liability (a 12 year old being able to keep his mouth shut that he knew who the Rangers were?) and he was purposely trying to get Justin killed.
- Or he didn't expect Rocky to turn around & decide to step down as Blue Ranger. Either way, it's still stupid.
- The decision to set a very obviously nature themed Sentai series in space.
- The secretary in who claims there is no such thing as monsters in the Lost Galaxy crossover, ordinarily a stupid line, but the episode in question is likely the worst to use it in 1:The rangers are public knowledge in this season 2.It's the annual crossover, so at least it should remember that Earth has been you know, invaded by monsters regularly for the past few years. Maybe she was just in denial, but that is the best case scenario.
- No, the best-case scenario is she was a Ghoul disguised as a human who was deliberately obstructing Heather.
- Best-case scenario: She was trying to avoid scaring a little girl and had made an offscreen call to 911 about it. Worst-case scenario: she's the Power Rangers equivilent of a Truther and thinks the monsters are all part of some government coverup.
- Even worse, not only was Earth invaded on a weekly basis, a giant alien invasion happened at the end of In Space. How, exactly, does one forget this?
- When Alex comes to the past in order to stop a Humongous Mecha built by Frax, because it is such a big threat, what does he do? He uses the same zords the team was already using in order to try and Attack Its Weak Point instead of taking a purpose built weapon to do it.
- Alex is also a considerable Jerk Ass to everyone (including his beloved Jen), which runs counter to his previous characterization. It's not even explained why - he's just barking orders and blaming the others when things go wrong.
- Also, considering Alex is Wes's descendant, he seems... rather okay with the fact that his ancestor "didn't make it." And then he tries to erase the team's memories as some sort of "rehabilitation." Mindwiping is apparently SOP for Time Force. Sooo... what's the point of traveling through time if no one's going to remember anything about whenever they traveled to? Especially since there's no real way to prevent any memories from coming back...
- Cole becoming leader immediately, just because the lion chose him.
- Um...does anyone want to explain how Zen-Aku came back at the end of the series? Or why he's suddenly wanting to redeem himself? What, did his bromance with Merrick become so strong that it transcended death and evil?
- With his last line of, "Old friend", it's believed that "Zen Aku" is simply the form of a reincarnated Animus. It isn't like Animus came back from the dead before and it kind of has a bit of irony to it.
- Continuity issues in the otherwise excellent episode "Forever Red".
- Jason getting the Mighty Morphin powers back, and T.J. getting the Turbo powers back. These could have been explained in 2 lines of dialog (each) but instead were ignored. (Word of God did provide an explanation, but not having it clarified in the actual episode obviously doesn't help.)
- Oddly there are other explanations for how they got their powers back. When Jason originally left, he was still morphed. It was meant to have Jason and not the actor, but it suggests his powers were copied for Rocky and he still had the original version. Turbo showed that the powers could be duplicated in the Robot Ranger episode. And Justin's return in In Space had him getting a replacement morpher, so TJ probably did so as well off screen.
- Serpenterra getting taken out in less than five minutes by Cole's new toy... er, new bike. The official reason is a little more complicated than "We need to advertise a new toy," but it's still idiotic.
- Yes it is. It's a pity they didn't remember to not break the bank on the Time Force teamup so that they'd have a better budget for the 10th Anniversary episode and not have to beg Bandai for funding. Hell, why not Take a Third Option and use toys? They're bricks but it would work if you used the ones that shoot coupled with Stock Footage, and went with Japanese releases or customs for certain Zords. Seriously, it wouldn't have been that hard. Dino Ultrazord, Shogun Megafalconzord, Super Zeo Ultrazord, Astro Megazord, Zenith Ultrazord, Supertrain Megazord, and Wild Force Megazord all join forces to blast Serpentera out of the sky, having it die a Technicolor Death akin to Cyclopsis'. If they hadn't been so insistent on CGI, they could have done something great. Plus, having the Wild Force Megazord (or possibly one of the other Megazords of the season) would still allow them to advertise a new toy, maybe by having the Wild Force Megazord deal the final blow or something.
- The sheer ballsitude it took for the writer to decide that fanfiction he had written years before was going to become series canon and based the 10 year teamup on a lousy story that few people have heard of and even fewer liked.
- Every other ninja and ninja student in the various academies has been captured by Lothor at the start of the season. The Rangers proceed... to do nothing about it. They did lack the means then, but they never even spoke of it, nor did they seem to care about their comrades.
- The Thunder Rangers believed that Sensei murdered their parents. Their source? Lothor. Problems:
- Lothor offers no proof; they just take his word for it.
- The Thunder Rangers know that Lothor wants to conquer the world. They are Rangers and ninja students, and thus probably should be made uneasy by this plan. Instead, they don't seem to care much about his or his army's stated intention to conquer.
- It is later stated that they knew that their academy was attacked by Lothor when the attack took place. These Rangers just accepted the word of a would-be conqueror who attacked a place that was like a second home to them.
- Conner summoning his Battlizer, effectively turning himself into a Person of Mass Destruction allegedly for kicks to take down a handful of mooks that were never a threat to begin with. What the Hell, Hero?
- For 15 episodes, Tommy Oliver's actor, Jason David Frank, had to go on hiatus. So Tommy, as the Black Dino Ranger, gets frozen in amber by the White Ranger. Okay, fair enough. But then he was thawed out during the next episode, only to get stuck in Ranger form. This lasts twelve whole episodes. Every misfortune that happens to Tommy from here on out is stated to be caused by his morpher being on the fritz. So where's his assistant, the one who made the morphers? Working on other gadgets for the other Rangers. She doesn't even try to fix things until Tommy finds some slime in episode 12 that she confirms could undo his morphing. Shouldn't she be able to diagnose and fix this problem easily? More than that, shouldn't Tommy be able to fix this? After all, it was his machine that was used to encase him in amber, in the first place.
- When they use the slime, it does allow Tommy to demorph...but also turns him invisible. Why? He's already suffered two indignities in a row; why add a third one?
- His assistant finally helps by using a machine she invented that drains power from his morpher to undo the problem. Why didn't she use that gadget earlier — oh, wait, it landed him in a life-threatening coma. But why didn't she take the time those twelve episodes Tommy was stuck in Ranger form to make it safer?
- He was in that coma so a Battle in the Center of the Mind could be staged there with Tommy and his past Ranger identities, which gives him his spiffy new Super Mode. Um, yay? Tommy may be a God-Mode Sue, but his character arc was full of Deus Angst Machina this season.
- In the final episode, a combined blast from all the zords fails to kill the Monster of the Week. This wouldn't be so bad, but the monster starts to die, complete with the traditional PR/SS death effects, and then comes back from the brink completely unharmed.
- After that, the Rangers immediately assume that their only option is to kamikaze the Zords even though there were 2 megazord configurations they hadn't used against it yet.
- Sam the Omega Ranger condenses into a ball of light while in the present (even the real-world reasons for the decision to make him like that are worthy of slamming someone's head through a wall...).
- Originally, Doggie's supposed to be The Last of His Kind. His kind had been wiped out by the destruction of his home planet. But the Sirians had space travel — they had the original Space Patrol Delta!
- Assuming the Troobian Empire could drive all but one Sirian extinct, why would they deliberately spare exactly one other Sirian? Worse, it's a she who can be used for an Adam and Eve Plot, but the series ends before we see it followed through. Worse yet, the person who ensured her survival had no reason to. We have an enemy who saved a single member of Doggie's species from genocide for no reason, and we're supposed to accept that she's the only other. And to put the final nail in the coffin, Doggie's rival, the only one who could benefit from the survival of that one Sirian, has no idea she's even still alive, or if he does, is forbidden from mocking Doggie with it. Doggie's entire backstory just had a huge Plot Hole ripped open. No wonder the Furry Fandom keeps making him a Hard Gay in Fan Works.
- In "Recognition," a monster switches bodies with Sky in S.P.D. headquarters. Sky is locked in a cell (but soon escapes), while the monster searches for the Deltabase Megazord cockpit to unleash havoc. No one else knows the monster is in Sky's body, but the other Rangers ignore what appears to be increasingly unusual behavior for most of the episode. Even worse is the final confrontation where they all try to find out who is in which body, where they rely on R.I.C. the robotic dog to do so. The problem? Bridge has the power to read auras, yet he and no one else thinks to make use of it.
- In "Perspective," the monitoring equipment briefly fails, so the five Rangers relate to Cruger the events of their most recent mission. Each version builds up the one telling the story, while short-changing the others. This is a problem because they're not doing so in the context of telling a story for entertainment value. Remember, they're law enforcement cadets reporting to their superior. They each essentially tried to falsify a police report! And in the end, when it's revealed a certain white orb had a hand in the victory? Well, instead of awe over a new factor in the fight for Earth, the Rangers are still arguing over who deserves credit for the day's victory.
- There's also the fact that the use of the stock footage was very poorly done, basically repeating the same few minutes over and over, with the only real change being the ADR changing to reflect who was being praised.
- Speaking of the Rangers as law enforcement...why in the bloody hell are they fighting an Evil Empire?! SPD is supposed to be an intergalactic police force, but Grumm is the emperor of another sovereign power. This is like calling in the FBI to defend the US from a full-scale invasion by North Korea.
- It doesn't affect the plot or derail any characters, but it's so overwhelmingly stupid that it deserves a place here. Tyzonn, the Mercury Ranger, and Crazar, an alien cat beast, are grappling in a desert when Crazar throws a handful of sand in Tyzonn's face, which is currently encased in a helmet with a full faceplate and no visible openings. Tyzonn inexplicably reacts by yelling and clawing at his visor, just as if he had just gotten sand thrown in his eyes, as opposed to having some grains bounce off his helmet. Head, meet wall. What makes this worse is that the beginning of the episode featured Crazar trying to split up the team by trapping Tyzonne in a fantasy that he was still on his home planet with his fiance and had never left - his adventures on Earth and career as a Ranger were nothing more than a hallucination. This is a great idea, except Crazar doesn't remove the morpher, attempt to turn it off, change the volume, or anything like that. The attosecond the other Rangers call for Tyzonne, the whole scenario falls apart. There is a reason Crazar earned the title 'world's dumbest Fear-cat', and her messy destruction later on is thoroughly deserved.
- If you want one that does derail the characters, you want Just Like Me. Ty fanboying Will, Will suddenly being Mr. Teamwork, and Mack acting like a general leading his army (yeah, Red is usually the leader, but nobody put Mack in charge; and for the first half of the season, they made a point of giving everybody a turn to initiate the Transformation Sequence - a typical Red privilege) is all kinds of wrong. For tropers who aren't familiar with Power Rangers, imagine Luke Skywalker circa Return of the Jedi suddenly being Han Solo's biggest fanboy, taking it to a "lovesick puppy" level. Now imagine Han acting like your average character from a 1980s-to-early-1990s cartoon, all about teamwork and The Power of Friendship, And Knowing Is Half the Battle. Now imagine Lando (post-Heel-Face Turn, pre-Generalship) acting like Qui-Gon. And top it off with everybody acting like all this has always been the normal state of affairs. Head, meet wall. Preferably Bruce Kalish's head.
- Oh, Operation Overdrive is a gold mine for these, isn't it? Well, "Pirate in Pink" brings us the oh-so-logical and coherent sight of our heroes protecting the ghost of a pirate from being hit by attacks or smashed by buildings. Yeah, because they were afraid the ghost would... die... harder?'
- The whole thing about Mack not being human came completely out of nowhere, with little to no build up... near the end of the series. Thus, we had next to no time for Mack to develop as a result of this sudden shift. And then, at the end, the Sentinel Knight makes him a real boy, rendering this plot twist entirely pointless.
- Actually it wasn't. There was plenty of foreshadowing in the cases of the Halloween party where he was a robot with Spencer and hartford looking on worriedly, as well as them wondering how he could be effected by bad luck. and there was plenty of development with him trying to deal with this blow to his reality. Whether or not you like it isn't the point. It was foreshadowed and was developed.
- When all the Rangers aim their weapons at the main villains, Adam (the Black Ranger, the only Mighty Morphin Power Ranger whose weapon doubled as a rifle)... puts his hand on Mack's shoulder. After he'd been saved by Sentinel Knight, who effortlessly killed Thrax, who Adam had been fighting almost on-par with. Adam's sudden and unnecessary Badass Decay in the space of perhaps one minute of screentime is jarring, considering how awesome he'd been for the rest of the team up.
- Speaking of Tyzonn obsessing over his team-mates, "One Fine day." Not only has Tyzonn been reduced into a Stalker Without a Crush, ("Just Like Me" notwithstanding) but it goes out it's way to hammer in the fact that "Tyzonn is different" just because he's an alien, when his intro episode had him competent enough to have his own identity and having a socially-aligned rescue job that undermines the Stalker aspect they're going for. Unlike everyone else, who are pop culture punchlines from the get-go, Tyzonn only becomes a blithering idiot because his Boukenger counterpart was. The episode tries to give the moral of personal space, but instead presents Rose and the Overdrivers as unnecessarily mean-spirited and isolative; (since they suddenly care that he's different when past episodes had them accepting him just fine) Rose due to treating Tyzonn as though "he has cooties" in the first scene and instead gossiping about him behind his back, waiting until the end of the episode to tell him why she's acting the way she is; And the other Rangers for not even giving a crap, even prolonging Rose's awkwardness (And Tyzonn's confusion) "for a larf." It's Flanderization is just so blatant, so forced, and so horrendously Hand Waved that as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't exist.
- A monster can manipulate the field that gives the rangers their powers (allowing it to deflect the energy from the rangers ranged weapons back at them). A logical plot has Dillon and Ziggy separated from the group ambushed by the monster during the fight the two rangers attack it with their combination weapon, which they already knew wouldn't work.
- The monster could only manipulate the energy of what he saw and the rangers destroyed him with a simple-yet-effect surprise attack.
- This season finally fixed the civilian powers, but instead gave the Rangers special abilities as part of their ranger powers...except they also uses up the rangers power supply, extremely quickly. And to further the absurdity, when the RPM Gold and Silver rangers appear, it turns out that their powers are prototypes and, thus, have none of the power-draining anemities. Oh, and they prove far more useful than the other Rangers combined.
- Why did Venjix, a super smart computer virus make one of his henchman mentally deficient and another one of his henchman misogynistic (when his Dragon was female)
- The Unfortunate Implications of the season. Being a direct translation of the Sentai show, there's some HUGE Values Dissonance regarding the female characters. Did someone not point this problem out to Tzachor? To list a few:
- "Forest for the Trees:" Mia (Pink Ranger) gets the Beetle Zord, part of the newly acquired Samurai Battlewing. Mike, who wanted the Zord for himself, becomes a huge Jerkass and costs the team a battle when he tries to take the disc for himself. At the same time, we have Mia feeling sorry for getting the disc over Mike, and later on relents the disc to Mike, with Jayden agreeing to the choice.
- What really makes this a wallbanger is that...they had absolutely no reason they had to do it this way. If they were using the Sentai footage, it would make a bit more sense; but all Samurai cockpit footage is brand new, made specifically for Power Rangers!
- In "Room For One More," Ji confiscates Antonio's morpher because he wasn't properly trained as a Samurai and Jayden agrees. Aside from the fact that he has already proven himself in battle, Antonio built that morpher on his own. The Zord was one thing, but the powers were by all accounts rightfully his. What the Hell, Hero? doesn't even begin to describe the way Jayden and Ji behave.
- Arguably, Ji and Jayden took the morpher for Antonio's own good, knowing that he would try to join battles if he could still morph despite not being a member of the team. Having him randomly appear during a fight could cause trouble for the team.
- That still doesn't excuse them from taking his rightful property rather than trying to talk things out like the reasonable adults they should be.
Megaforce / Super Megaforce
- Super Megaforce introduces the idea of using the Dairanger suits in the second episode; fair enough, the Mighty Morphin White Ranger was taken from there, so when the Silver Ranger shows up maybe younger or unfamiliar viewers can learn something interesting. The real problem comes in three episodes later in Samurai Surprise, when they use suits from Flashman and Maskman, pre-Zyuranger Sentai series', with no basis in Power Rangers whatsoever! It's like they're not even trying!
- And they just keep doing it! In Power of Six, we see Jake turning into Green Flash to give Orion time to access his Super Megaforce Gold form for the first time, they go Dairanger again in The Perfect Storm (with a "Mighty Morphin" call from Orion, to boot!), and in The Grass Is Always Greener or Bluer, the main Rangers use the Changeman suits! All of this is yet to be given an in-show explanation.
- All this comes to a head in The Wrath when the Rangers face Levira. We get ORIGINAL FOOTAGE of four pre-Zyu suits (specifically, Changeman, Flashman, Maskman, and Fiveman). The only difference from the Gokaiger footage is that Red turned into MMPR Red instead of VulEagle from Sun Vulcan. Likely done so the only original footage they had to shoot was Troy in MMPR Red fighting, while the other fights can be stock footage.