Database Ranger's Power Reviews is an online video series created by Jacob Brode ("Database Ranger") which reviews episodes of the long-running Power Rangers franchise. The pilot episode launched on October 13, 2012, with a review of the Power Rangers Samurai season opening episode "The Team Unites". Since then, the series has reviewed many episodes from Samurai, Super Samurai, and Power Rangers Megaforce. During the Megaforce Summer hiatus, the series has reviewed episodes from older seasons of Power Rangers, with Database Ranger and/or his co-hosts sharing his thoughts and analyses along the way.This video series also follows the life of Database Ranger, an aspiring author who does episode reviews as a side hobby. He is frequently accompanied by Dr. K from Power Rangers RPM as a technical advisor. Along the way, he begins interacting his next door neighbors: Guy (who may or may not be a spy); Mayo, who looks suspiciously a lot like Dr. K; and Mitch and Mary Morpotzner. Over time, he faces doubts about Dr. K's existence—along with possibly his own. Eventually, Dr. K leaves Database over this issue, and Guy, Mayo, and the Morpotzners fill in as substitute co-hosts. During the Spring 2013 finale, things begin looking up for Database, but they take a turn for the worse in the Summer 2013 season as he confronts a group of men in black suits who are after him for reasons yet disclosed.The episode reviews themselves, though containing healthy doses of snark, are actually very fair, highlighting each episode's (or season's) strengths and weaknesses. Although comparisons can be made to other Power Rangers review series, including Linkara's History of Power Rangers, this particular web series reviews individual episodes instead of entire seasons, though Database and/or his co-hosts do provide thoughts about the season the episode is part of.In addition to the episode reviews, there are two spin-off series titled Ask DB and Ask Dr. K in which either Database Ranger or Dr. K answer fan questions related to Power Rangers from all seasons. On occasion, Jacob, sometimes accompanied by co-star and girlfriend Marisa Gallego, posts video updates titled "Jake Says 'Hi!'".You can watch episodes on Database Ranger's YouTube channel.
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Acting for Two: Marisa Gallego as both Dr. K and Mayo. Jacob Brode, in addition to playing Database Ranger, also does the announcer's voice.
Buffy Speak: Mitch and Mary Morpotzner tend to speak this way at times. While watching a choreographed fight scene during the review episode of "The Wild Wipeout" from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Mitch describes the Rangers doing "punchy flippy kicky things."
"Greetings, Ranger fans, and welcome to Power Reviews!" is how Database Ranger typically opens each episode, though variations do happen, especially as of late.
Before going into the episode review, Database opens with, "And that's the end of the episode! What did I think of it?"—although variations occur when either Dr. K reviews an episode, or Database has a co-host.
Borrowed Catchphrase: Database closes almost every episode with "Farewell, Ranger fans, and may the Power protect you!"—borrowing the line from the source material.
Chekhov's Gunman: Guy, who is introduced as Database Ranger's neighbor, but later begins playing a more important role in the story by the Summer 2013 season.
The Spring finale has Database Ranger getting his apartment back, as Guy finally moves out; getting a date with Mayo as she asks him out; and getting a publisher for his book. Dr. K also comes back.
The review episode for "Silence Is Golden" from Power Rangers in Space ends with one wham of a cliffhanger. Surrounded by Guy and several men in black, Database Ranger suddenly gains martial arts skills well enough to take them all down.
The review episode for "Man and Machine" ends with Database's eyes glowing and the SQUEE shorting out.
Deadpan Snarker: Both Dr. K and Guy. Guy possibly more so. Database also has his moments when commenting on the episode being reviewed.
Deus ex Machina: Towards the end of the review episode for "Undercover Rangers" from Power Rangers Time Force, Database and Mayo, trapped by Alphabet Soup agents, get saved at the last minute, apparently by the agency's own Bleach Protocol, which ends up shutting down the facility, but not killing its agents.
Exact Words: During the review episode for "Legacy of Power" from Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Database Ranger promises never to question Dr. K if she helps him find Mayo and her kidnappers. After he does so, she reminds him of that promise using his exact words before she tells him about her theory behind her existence.
Large Ham: Database occasionally ventures into this territory.
Limited Wardrobe: In every episode thus far, Database Ranger wears a t-shirt with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers underneath a Power Rangers in Space jacket. Dr. K, of course, wears her uniform and lab coat ensemble.
The Men in Black: Both Database and Dr. K suspect Guy of being one when he moves in with them, one is present in the Diner when Database, Mayo and Guy go out to a restaurant, and after Database gets called for a meeting with a book publisher, he encounters more men in black, with Guy being one of them.
During the episode review for "Another Song and Dance" from Power Rangers Zeo, Database and Mayo sing the episode's summary, just like Tommy and Tanya could only sing because of a spell cast on them by Queen Machina.
While watching the episode "The Wild Wipeout" from Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Database constantly corrects the Morpotzners after they mistake Sensei Kanoi Watanabe for being any small, furry, rat-like animal other than a guinea pig—just like Cam had to correct Shane, Tori, and Dustin in the show.
During the episode review for "Silence Is Golden" from Power Rangers in Space, Database, on the run from Guy and some men in black suits, keeps quiet to avoid being found, mirroring the In Space episode's premise of the Rangers having to keep quiet or else they would be found by the Psycho Rangers via voice recognition.
Odd Couple: Database and Guy, after Guy has to temporarily move in with Database after his apartment caught on fire. This becomes especially noticeable during episode reviews when Guy co-hosts.
Oh Crap: Played for Laughs at the start of the Power Rangers Samurai Halloween Episode. Database is hard pressed to find anything good about it.
Only Sane Man: Mayo, in comparison to the eccentric Database, mysterious Guy, and the Morpotzners. Database is slightly below Mayo, again in comparison to the other characters.
Portmanteau: The last name "Morpotzner" is a fusion of Morehouse and Opotzner, the last names for the actors playing the Morpotzners.
At the end of the review for "Legacy of Power" from Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Dr. K tells Database that those men in black suits come from Alphabet Soup, the same agency which kidnapped and raised her.
After Database rescues Mayo from Alphabet Soup, Dr. K reveals the theory behind her existence: she belongs in an alternate universe, specifically the one in Power Rangers RPM, and has no idea how she got from that world to Database Ranger's world.. Mayo is a version of her in his world.
Marisa Gallego's performance as Dr. K is based on that of Olivia Tennet, the New Zealand actress who played that role on Power Rangers RPM.
As Dr. K is basically carried over from Power Rangers RPM, shout-outs to that season are naturally expected: Dr. K's desk has a laptop with the red Venjix eye and an action figure of Ranger Operator Series Green. She also plays the violin on occasion and makes references to her childhood growing up in Alphabet Soup throughout the series and in Ask Dr. K.
Shown Their Work: Throughout the series, it becomes apparent just how knowledgeable Jacob Brode is regarding Power Rangers. In fact, he was asked to run the Trivia Contest at Power Morphicon 2 in 2010, and Power Morphicon 3 in 2012, specifically to prevent him from entering after he swept the competition at the first Power Morphicon in 2007.
Spin-Off: Ask DB and Ask Dr. K, in which either Database Ranger or Dr. K answer fan questions related to Power Rangers while in character in sixty seconds or less. Guaranteed. In K's case, she promises that she'll answer questions in sixty seconds.
Dr. K: Precisely!
Spirit Advisor: Dr. K, who is only visible to Database Ranger. None of the other characters can see her. Although she explains that she comes from an alternate dimension, specifically the one in Power Rangers RPM.