The History of Power Rangers is a web series created by Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall as a fun side project. Being an older fan, he decided to review each season of Power Rangers and break down the elements of the story. It isn't a video review in the same style as most others on Channel Awesome, but largely Linkara doing a voiceover of the footage while pointing out elements and features he feels are noteworthy, with the occasional Fun with Subtitles or messing with the conventions of the format. The videos have grown in running time due to how complicated the series became later on (as well as his lack of familiarity with later series going in), but even pushing 1 ½ hours for some of them. He acknowledges that even with more time, there is likely to be something he forgets to mention.The video series started in April of 2010 and, partially due to Linkara's own familiarity with the early seasons, the early videos came out fairly regularly. He knows how intimidating the project is and has made it clear (repeatedly) that there is no set schedule for the release of each installment as he also has to worry about his social life, his work on Atop the 4th Wall, conventions and crossovers with fellow reviewers on Channel Awesome (it started out about once a week, grew to about 3-4 months and the gap between SPD and Mystic Force was almost a year). And as he has not watched each season when it first aired, most of the later seasons have him reviewing it from a fresh perspective. Taking into account writing notes, selecting clips, editing, and doing the voice work, its a colossal task indeed. But one he does out of a labor of love for the franchise.It must be noted that he is not reviewing the series based on how well it adapts Super Sentai. It would not only require him to watch the Sentai counterpart, but he also feels that any season should be able to stand on its own accord. He does seek to do research on various topics like the origin of the Sentai footage and behind-the-scenes material, but such information is not always reliable and he doesn't use it as hard fact. He brought this up during Mystic Force, as fans kept asking.The following lists are the tropes he uses in each series review as well as tropes he points out that those series uses.The most current review was of Power Rangers Mystic Force. Linkara is currently trying to get through all the seasons up to Power Rangers Megaforce before 2013 ends, but up next is Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, a particularly disliked season that he has already said he "has words" for. On top of that, Linkara is so far busy with Atop the Fourth Wall (And is making a DVD for it), meaning, as of August 31st, 2013, Linkara hasn't seen any of Overdrive aside from the team-up Milestone Celebration, Once A Ranger.
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Accentuate the Negative: Completely averted. Linkara praises things when done well, and points out things that are flawed, regardless of popular internet opinion and his own nostalgia. He's said incredibly positive things about some of the most divisive seasons and gives credit to the best aspects of every series, encouraging people to give all of them a chance. Even Turbo's good moments, like the end of the season, are acknowledged.
Still played straight with Turbo.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Linkara has issues with this, as whenever a character doesn't know about the Power Rangers, he points out that there was a full alien invasion of the Planet Earth. It's also notable, if coincidental, that he rarely likes a character who displays this in his analysis of the Season, although for any characters who displays this pre-In Space he tends to be slightly more lenient (Less for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, citing then that the Rangers had been on National TV by this point).
Author Appeal: Linkara's fond of a few things which he brings up every now and then:
Considering his praise for the Time Force/Wild Force team up, Linkara likes it when we're told what the Rangers from last year have done since the villian was stopped.
Fight scenes that don't use many special effects (He derided the Kalish era for the infamous "Kalishplosions," and didn't really care for the Dino Thunder/Ninja Storm team-up fight due to it being a "special effects-fest"), and seasons that have good unmorphed fights.
Autobots, Rock Out!: Goes into details on Ron Wasserman's music and how it makes a lot the fights more entertaining by including it.
Even gives it a name - the "Wasserman Effect," where playing awesome music over fight scenes (and especially an awesome theme song) can make epic scenes more epic.
Note that this trope is averted in the case of Mystic Force, according to him - despite Ron Wasserman creating no less than two different types of theme, Disney went with neither... and the end result was not very good. Still, he says that this isn't the worst opening theme.
Awesomeness Is Volatile: Linkara's theory for why the Rangers give off sparks when they hit something and why there are explosions behind them after they morph during the team-ups—there's just so much energy being given off.
Power Rangers RPM would explain this as "clearing out the morphing channels" of excess energy.
Catch Phrase: "...which makes sense" when a detail makes sense, despite at first looking like a Plot Hole.
As well as "...for some reason" a few times, when a detail doesn't make sense.
He also uses "Because... Because." in some cases.
As well as "Because... I have no idea."
Also, "I'm sure [villain] will neeeeeeever bother anyone again", for the villains who eventually come back. (He used a variation of this when Trent first appeared in Dino Thunder.)
He introduces the team-up morphs with, "And, of course, it's time."
"Which means it's AWESOME!" When describing the various weapons and equipment used by the season du jour's Sixth Ranger, usually a melee weapon that becomes a gun.
He ends each teaser with a quip and some variation of "Welcome, friends, to [series name]."
Central Theme: Linkara usually at least tries to discover one of these in each season. The only exception is his review of Power Rangers Turbo. The closest he got for a theme was "Cars vs. Space Pirates in Submarines."
Cliff Hanger: When the seasons started to have multiple videos he usually ends each one with a bait to force you to continue to the next video, such as a teaser for the yearly team-up to be reviewed or some major shake-up in the story. He also ends each series by quoting the theme song of the next series.
Critical Backlashinvoked: Has this with several shows, particularly what fans call the "Disney Era," but so far the only seasons he's said he feels are bad are Turbo and Overdrive, though he admits he understands why some seasons get hate.
Deadpan Snarker: Particularly on the worse seasons, but he admits in Mystic Force that sometimes he even snarks on elements he enjoyed just for the sake of it.
Ensemble Darkhorseinvoked: He frequently says that Bulk and Skull are "the real stars" of Power Rangers' Zordon era. Outside of the Zordon Era, we get Carter Grayson: The greatest badass ever.
He also sometimes goes into details about certain rangers that he likes over the rest of the team, so far having done Katie in Time Force, Cam in Ninja Storm, and Chip in Mystic Force.
Executive Meddling: Occurring after the franchise was bought by Disney, with them wanting to cancel new seasons and just show old ones and had been actively trying to cancel the franchise, and had been forcing the show to be "less violent."
Also cited as the reason "Forever Red" was shortened and Serpentera was defeated by Cole's motorcycle.
Follow the Leader: The series is extremely similar in style to the reviews of SF Debris. Linkara definitely knows about his existence, due to the fact that he asked for permission for the use of Under Pressure in a similar way that SF Debris did for In Space.
In regards to Power Rangers, the fanbase has changed its opinion on several seasons, characters & aspects of the show following Linkara's retrospectives - For example, Carter Grayson used to be considered one of the more boring Red Rangers, but now has the reputation of a Memetic Badass.
MST3K Mantrainvoked: Mentions several times that in order for the show to work, the series must take place in an Alternate Universe where societal progress and the laws of the science are different. The first episode alone establishes the moon has a breathable atmosphere and manned spaceflight to it still occurs, so there are some things you just have to go with.
Narm Charminvoked: "It's Power Rangers, it's supposed to be cheesy."
Sometimes, he notes a series can get a bit too surreal.
No Hugging, No Kissing: He frequently expresses disappointment that the series avoided any such displays of affection (except for Kimberly/Tommy) with some sort of romance happening in nearly every season. Whenever there is some sort of heartfelt confession that should lead to a kiss but never does, he subtitles it "Kiss her you idiot!"
Oscar Bait: There are particularly well-done moments either comically or dramatically that he lists with an "Oscar Clip" subtitle to indicate their quality.
Running Gag: Several, including Serpentera's three AAA batteries and "This'll neeeeever be brought up/mentioned again".
Pointing out whenever someone denies the existence of the Power Rangers that there was a full scale alien invasion of Earth thwarted by the Power Rangers.
Comments a few times that the reason Zordon kept secrets from the rangers is because he's mad at them for breaking the zords.
Cracks about the Abandoned Warehouse District being the site of Megazord battles.
The Teaser: He starts off each review with one of the more sillier scenes from that season without any narration, which is acknowledging right from the get-go that there are some things you can expect from Power Rangers.
Theme Music Power-Up: Mentions several times that having the theme song playing in the background tends to make the moment in question seem much more epic.
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Adults Are Useless: Linkara says that the teens of Angel Grove are the only people to who do anything in this city in his season 2 review, especially during his rant about the baby carriage chase.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The three-person windmill combination used to fend off the Putties in an early episode, amongst other weird plot points in early episodes.
First Installment Winsinvoked: He regularly compares other Sixth Ranger storylines to "Green With Evil" (though he of course admits that "Green With Evil"'s dialogue wasn't very good), and up to In Space, whenever a Ranger left the team, he compared it to "A Different Shade of Pink". He also mentions in another video that as cool as the Megazords can get, to him nothing will ever top the original.
Growing the Beardinvoked: He raves at length about how great the "Green With Evil" 5-parter was.
Hidden Depths: He mentions during his review of the second season that despite being bullies previously, Bulk and Skull showed admirable traits, pointing out when Bulk immediately gave chase when he saw an out of control baby carriage on his own initiative, and when he and Skull, after having the Rangers foil some of their past attempts at revealing their identities, stood up to a monster to save the heroes.
Knight of Cerebus: Discusses Zedd as having this effect — he's not only much more imposing than Rita, but is clearly more powerful when it comes to his spells, and is more intelligent and calculating, trying to split the Rangers up and using their day-to-day activities to inspire monster ideas, often transforming a personal item of theirs into a monster to give the Rangers an emotional stake in the battle.
Lets See YOU Do Better: Linkara scoffs at the ridiculous outfits of Zedd's Psycho Rangers (which were basically the Putties' outfits, only colored), stating that he could make a more convincing outfit.
Those who watch the storyline portions of Atop the Fourth Wall know that he most certainly can make more convincing, better outifts, as exemplified by the costume he made for Lord Vyce.
Magic Versus Science: Discussed and named as the main theme of the first few seasons — Rita and Zedd are magic-users who employ monsters with fantastical mystical appearances to fight the Rangers, who work from the high-tech futuristic Command Center and employ technological powers like the Morphers and Zords.
Moral Dissonance: As Bulk and Skull seek to discover the identities of the Rangers throughout season two, whenever they came close (video footage or plaster casts of their footprints) the Rangers would sabotage their findings. You can't blame them for wanting to keep their secret identities, but at this point they were becoming the bullies.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Notes that Tommy had become this for a portion of the second season during the arc when Zedd focused on depleting his powers, with Tommy get more development at the expense of the rest of the team.
Informed Ability: The Cogs were supposedly unrelenting and "must be completely dismantled to be defeated", suggesting they were more dangerous than the previous set of Mooks, but they were disabled in basically the same fashion as everything else... punching and kicking them a lot.
Magic Versus Science: As with the first three seasons of Mighty Morphin, Linkara discusses the effect of this trope here, too. In this case, however, it's been exchanged for the idea of balance between the two concepts, with the Rangers' powers being more mystical in nature and enhanced with technology, while the enemies are a technological alien empire and the magic users Rita and Zedd.
The Reveal: Despite early indications of it being someone the Rangers knew, the Gold Ranger ended up being someone nobody knew or had even heard of up to that point (Trey of Triforia), which he admits disappointment over.
On the other hand, the identity of the guy to take over the Gold Ranger powers being revealed as Jason was praised for being such an unexpected twist.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked: He was disappointed with the Machine Empire sticking with the same Monster of the Week plans we saw before and not launching any full-scale invasions, especially since he brings up that what we see of it is visually very impressive with numerous robot servants and giant Walking Tanks.
Villain Decay: Notes the Machine Empire falls into this, despite the initial build up about them, the fact that they stick the same plans that Rita and Zedd did and continuously fail to defeat the rangers, he even admits that Rita mocking them and saying that they're a joke is pretty much true by the finale.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Goes on a massive rant about every problem Turbo has at the mid-point; the experienced rangers giving their morphers to untested rookies (though arguably the Millennium Message is more the cause of this), Divatox's complete failure as a villain, and the cars coming out of nowhere, he finishes with "and we have a police lieutenant running a frigging juice bar!"
Rita Repulsa:I HAVE A HEADACHE!
Also, the reasons why he doesn't consider "Scorpion Rain" as canon: "1. The movie was never completed. 2. It wouldn't have answered all of the questions raised. 3. It was not conceived by the at-the-time production team. And 4. It probably wouldn't have been that good anyway."
Angrish: He was forced to take a brief break to scream in anger when the Rangers were cooked into a pizza. While we never actually see him, a Skyward Scream seems likely.
Bait and Switch: While perhaps not intentional, the way the clips are edited in the teaser, along with the music, makes Turbo seem like a malestrom of epicness capable of curing world hunger, only for Linkara to chime in when it's done:
Linkara: Welcome, one and all, to Power Rangers Turbo... the season that almost ended the franchise.
Idiot Ball/Villain Ball: Contrasts Divatox's pettiness and incompetence (such as always setting her bombs to go off in an hour and that for the first half of the series, almost all her plans involved bombs) against the Machine Empire and Rita and Zed, who even if they started out that way, learned from their mistakes and became more effective.
Replacement Scrappyinvoked: With the exception of T.J., he felt that none of the new Rangers were worthy to become Power Rangers, as T.J. was the only one who really embodied what a Ranger should be. Cassie was kind of selfish in the beginning, and Ashley and Carlos had little to no interaction with their predecessors to justify why they were chosen to be Rangers. It didn't help that in his introductory episode, Carlos showed that he had problems with teamwork.
Characterization Marches On: He didn't have any real problem with the new Rangers once they took over, and his In Space and Lost Galaxy reviews show he does grow to like the four new characters and how they evolve to become worthy Rangers who take their duties and responsibility seriously, but he outright states that they did not get good introductory episodes, and their initial incarnations don't befit the characters they become, especially Cassie.
Mood Whiplash: Notes the pilot suffered from this, Zordon leaving the rangers happens in the same episode where we have a fight with giant cars ramming each other.
In terms of villains, he considers Divatox one of these. He explains that, well... the first villain was Rita Repulsa, an Empress of Evil. The next Big Bad to show up was Lord Zedd, who was even more powerful, and was the "Emperor of Evil." The next villains after that were the Machine Empire, which was implied to be on a massive rampage throughout the cosmos, conquering star system after star system... and they were so powerful that the previous Big Bads were sent running to the M51 Galaxy. And then the new villain, Divatox came along, and... she's a space pirate in a submarine. It's a bit of a letdown from "Interstellar Empire."
The Scrappyinvoked: He acknowledges the problems inherent with Justin, but found the character himself was well-written: observant, enthusiastic, and overall a valuable member of the team. What he took issue with was the premise itself: that young fans need a kid their own age, because it's impossible for boys to relate to people who aren't their age. This, of course, ignores the fact that fans never seemed to have any problem relating to the "teenagers with attitude" from the first three seasons. He does however, agree that plots revolving around Justin aren't very good, but that's not the same thing as him being a bad character.
Linkara was also amused to note that Justin seems like a Marty Stu simply because he was the only character who was actually written competently.
On the other hand, he seems to harbor particular dislike towards Alpha 5's replacement, Alpha 6. He also found Dimitria annoying for her schtick of presenting questions rather than answers, but admits she got better later on.
He also hates Elgar and cheered when he dies in the next series.
Likewise hated Divatox calling her "Rita-lite" and not liking the theme of her being a space pirate, feeling it wasn't as threatening as the previous villains, and doesn't even find her antics amusing.
The Bad Guy Wins: Admits while he's annoyed that Divatox is the one that defeats the Power Rangers, and the contradiction with how early shows implied that villains couldn't just break into the command center like in Turbo's finale, he does admit that in overall atmosphere, Turbo's finale is still pretty good.
Seasonal Rot: invoked The prior Ranger seasons had fairly strong themes regarding change, evolution, and victory, but almost from the beginning this season was plagued with a lack of explanation for the new powers, radical changes of characters, a step backward in villain quality, and overall no real theme or direction that the other seasons had.
Linkara: [...] But this season?! It's... cars versus a space pirate in a submarine, and then later a giant rubber band ball! I don't get it!
They Wasted A Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: Linkara considers General Havoc this. He points out that General Havoc is competent, calculating, and took his defeats without whining about them, unlike Divatox, and states that he believes Havoc would've made for a far better Big Bad than her.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Heroic example in this when Storm Blaster and Lightening Cruiser show up to help the rangers when the power chamber is attacked in the finale. He notes that they could easily stop the army of piranatrons by keeping their distance and shooting them, especially since Lightening Cruiser can fly, and questions why they don't just RUN THEM OVER.
Power Rangers In Space
Arbitrary Skepticism: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do not believe in the Power Rangers, claiming that they are "Pretend" and "Imaginary." Barring the fact that Angel Grove has monster-preparedness drills and evacuation plans, and that the rangers had been on TV before, or that monster attacks frequently made the news, the point is again made: These are Teenaged Mutated reptiles who train in the art of ninjitsu.
I Am Spartacus: Rarely does Linkara show full scenes seriously, but he features Bulk and Skull's shining moment in its entirety.
The Chessmaster: Notes that Astronema is easily the most competent villain up to this point in the franchise, avoided the same petty plans that other villains did and kept her eye either on defeating the rangers or causing destruction.
Plot Parallel: He describes how the episode "Wasp With a Heart" is essentially Astronema's story arc told in one episode.
Psycho Rangers: Is very pleased to the see the Trope Namers that finally gave use a team of evil power rangers that weren't just random villains.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heapinvoked: While Linkara wasn't nearly as hateful towards Justin as regular fans, he admitted that "True Blue to the Rescue", Justin's last appearance in the franchise, was an excellent episode showcasing all the good points of the character while also resolving hanging elements from Turbo.
He is also happy with the new voice chip and personality given to Alpha 6, considering the change an improvement over the annoying faux jive-talk of the previous season.
Take That: Multiple times to Elgar. He replays the scene where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick him out of the way multiple times while laughing and crowing "That's for Zordon's energy tube, you cone-headed freak!"
The Untwistinvoked: Notes that Astronema being Karone is pretty obvious by the time it's revealed.
Accidentally Accurate: Linkara states that he doesn't consider the Magna Defender to be an actual ranger, and instead thinks of him as an extra character. This perfectly matches the status of the Black Knight from Gingaman, who is considered to be an extra hero associated with the Gingamen rather than a full-fledged sixth ranger.
Alas, Poor Villain: Admits that seeing with Trakeena watching Scorpious die manages to be a good Tear Jerker despite Scorpious mostly being a generic villain.
Arc Fatigueinvoked: Has this feeling about the Lights of Orion arc, feeling that it went on too long and was only saved by the presence of the Magna Defender.
Evil Virtues: He notes that the season's theme was virtuous villains.
He's Back: As mentioned directly above, Linkara rarely shows entire scenes, but decides to do so due to the sheer epic of the Psycho Rangers return.
Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Karone becoming the Pink Ranger was mirrored with Astronema's statement in the previous season "I wouldn't want to be a Power Ranger anyway!"
Real Life Writes the Plot: Notes that this is the reason for Kendrix's Heroic Sacrifice; her actress was diagnosed with leukemia and had to leave the show to undergo treatment (she got better, and is currently still alive).
Sixth Ranger: Discussed- Linkara, like some fans, doesn't see the Magna Defender as a full Sixth Ranger.
Specifically, the woman claimed this in the first series in the franchise where the rangers are publicly known figures, have no secret identities, and frequently fight monsters out in the open. Oh, and this also happened in the team-up episode, where it's made clear that this season is canon with all previous ones- including the one where aliens nearly took over the entire planet were it not for the Rangers' intervention.
Memetic Badass: Carter Grayson. The Tag shows Carter shooting a monster at close range with two BFGs and the resulting explosion takes out a shipping yard, with the subtitle "The Lesson: Don't Screw with Carter Grayson." He refers to this in later videos as well. invoked
The Scrappyinvoked: Invoked With Vypra, criticizing her actress's terrible acting.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: His main criticism of the "Trakeena's Revenge" teamup, the episode focuses mostly on the little girl whose parents were kidnapped and not the rangers.
Anti-Climax Bossinvoked: Notes this about the end of the teamup, the rangers just fire a bunch of weapons and kill Vypra and her monster.
Anti-Villain: He discusses fandom's perception of Ransik as this. It's pointed out that Ransik himself was not that sympathetic; he has a sympathetic backstory, but his general actions in the main story were awful. Most of Ransik's claims of mutant oppression didn't hold up in all the various flashbacks, after being attacked by his own kind and rescued by a human (and repaying said kindness with hatred). Still, he is shown to care for Nadira, and that is what fueled his eventual redemption.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Notes that this does help make Ransik more than a generic villain in that we see a bunch of moments where he does care about Nidara, noting the overall goofy filler when she has a crush on Lucas in which Ransik lets her see him rather than trying to kill him.
Hype Backlash: invoked While he thought Time Force itself was a very good series, he didn't find the villain as sympathetic as everyone said.
The two-parter with the Rangers stuck in movie scenarios also didn't impress him much, including the reference to Vernon Wells' past role in Mad Max. He largely glossed it over, feeling it was just filler.
Time Force itself fell into this for Linkara- while he admitted it was a great season, the amount of hype he'd heard from fans made him concede that he still preferred In Space.
It Makes Sense in Context: At Power Morphicon 2010, actor Vernon Wells (who played Time ForceBig Bad Ransik) called Lewis a jackass. Turns out it was totally innocuous and meant in jest—Lewis was doing his best to remain low-key and inconspicuous during a panel when his own cameraman pointed him out to everyone. After Wells asked about this, Lewis said he was not making a big deal out of who he (Lewis) was because he did not want to look like a jackass, to which Wells cheerfully replied "Okay, jackass, what's your question?"
Out of Order: The series made a conscious effort towards strong Character Development, where switching around character-based filler episodes disrupted Katie's development. One episode had her scared to do anything out of fear of changing the timeline while a later episode had her gleefully changing the past when transported to the early 1900's.
Shout-Out: Wes and Eric's escape from the clock tower while flying through the clock face and everything behind them blowing up came with "John McClane Eat Your Heart Out."
Tragic Monster: While he doesn't consider Ransik sympathetic, he agrees that Frax is this
Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked: Provides the page quote when he discusses Ransik, while he does have a sympathetic backstory, his actions and behavior undermine that sympathetic backstory, particularly him killing Dr. Fericks when Fericks was a humble scientist who saved Ransik's life out of the goodness of his heart. He does agree that Frax is a sympathetic villain, however.
Continuity Nod: While it serves as a stark contrast to the martial arts used by the other Rangers, he liked how Carter's unmorphed fight scene was largely just shooting the Cogs, as that was what Lightspeed Rescue was all about.
Critical Backlashinvoked: He said that, while inferior to Time Force, Wild Force was nowhere near as bad as the Internet said.
Edited for Syndication: When the video was reposted on YouTube, the opening section addressing schedule-related complaints was removed, since it didn't stop people from pestering him about the schedule and the information was outdated anyway.
Executive Meddling: Notes that this is what caused "Forever Red" to shorter, Disney not being interested in funding the episode that they only saw as just promoting a bunch of toys that weren't sold anymore, which sadly prevented a planned battle with a bunch of old Zords taking on Serpentera.
Hand Wave: Ransik being healed of his mutation made no sense, "But hey, I like a happy ending."
His answer to how Bulk and Skull were reunited is "SHUT UP AND DON'T QUESTION IT! BULK AND SKULL ARE BACK!"
It's What I Do: Of a sort. He actively wondered why he got so many people asking if he was going to cover "Forever Red" when such a thing is the very premise of the video series.
The Load: Shayla, who he rants does nothing besides getting kidnapped.
Needs More Love: invoked His general assessment; there are certain things that could be better, but overall, there's a lot to love in this season.
The Magic Goes Away: Really annoyed by this ending. Shayla's But Now I Must Go didn't bother him so much but since, among other things, it means the Wild Force Rangers have so far never gotten their jackets and morphers back and it's entirely possible that none of them except Max and Danny ever saw each other again, he's still displeased about this while doing the next review.
Mundane Made Awesome: Defies this belief when discussing the Growl Morphers appearing as cellphones, as he prefers the Morphers to be foreign, fantastic objects set apart from normal day-to-day technology, and designing them after cellphones robs them of that effect.
The Scrappyinvoked: Invoked with Animus/Kite, noted above, in that he takes the Wildzords away, leaving humans defenseless against the Orgs, ignoring that there are humans that try to help the environment, also noting that his offer to go another world wasn't extended to Shayla, and that he's never called out on his actions. Linkara was especially frustrated that the rangers actually agreed with him that they weren't doing enough for the planet despite all their efforts to it keep safe from pollution, and that the rangers' devotion should not have needed to be tested when Animus revealed it was all a Secret Test of Character. He also points that Animus never took back what he said about humanity.
Tranquil Fury: Linkara starts his review of Wild Force with this while addressing the overly demanding fan base of the series asking for the new episode.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Similar to Lightspeed Rescue, the first episode suggests that it is a Continuity Reboot unrelated to the past seasons, that Power Rangers were fictional or at most an urban legend. This season is eventually tied in to the rest of the franchise, so it seems like it's skepticism despite all of the monster attacks and alien invasions over the last decade.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Though he considers Lothor an incompetent fool who engages in far too much comic relief, when he gets into a fights, he's a very powerful combatant.
Franchise Original Sin: invoked Of a sort, he mentions his disapproval of Ranger "civilian powers" as it dilutes the need for morphing. But within this season (where the civilian powers started) the premise is of ninja students and thus having unusual abilities sort of works.
Mood Killer: States the show's humor, especially in "Samurai's Journey", could be this.
The Scrappyinvoked: Was not a fan of Lothor and his group due to his frequent Breaking the Fourth Wall jokes and Mood Whiplash. Though he does admit Lothor was a impressive fighter in his Dino Thunder review and even compared him favorably to the villains of Mystic Force.
Fan Wankinvoked: He admits he might be looking too deep into the symbolism behind Tommy's mental battle with his past Ranger selves, but he feels it helps to explain a lot about the character and the whole event.
Early-Bird Cameo: He notes the "vision from the future" from the bonus Dino Thunder episode as one for SPD.
Evil Versus Evil: Lother vs Messogog in the "Thunder Storm" teamup, which he feels is better than the fight that occurred with the actual ranger teamup.
Fantastic Racism: Mentions that Mesogog was probably the first villain definitively motivated by this, adding to his quality as Big Bad. (Also notes that Ransik technically doesn't count since he seemed more concerned with power rather than actual racism.)
For Science!: Questions why Tommy was doing research into making cybernetic dinosaur clones "unless [you're] planning to become a supervillain." He later references the trope by name in a Call Back to Tommy in the Mystic Force review.
Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Notes that that Zordon's line back in MMPR's second season "Too much pink energy is dangerous", became this due to the white dino gem having problems from there being two rangers.
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He interprets Trent's vision of a superhero as being something like this, explaining that this can be one of the reasons for his refusal to receive help from the other Rangers.
Informed Ability: Linkara inadvertently demonstrates how the trope can become subjective if handled improperly. Trent's artwork is genuinely good and looks professional, but Haley gushes over them a bit too much.
He was also rather ambivalent towards Kira's musical talent and supposed "artistry", but also admits that it's probably just his taste in music being different.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked With the White Ranger clone, who is just a Flat Character (he doesn't point out that he was created because the white ranger was a villain in most of Abaranger) that didn't do much and felt the plot with him could have been better, like if it had Trent lose his powers when the clone was made.
"World of Cardboard" Speech: Linkara's examination of "Fighting Spirit" really drives it home how important that lesson was to Tommy. Tommy has never given up at any point in his Ranger career, so it may seem like an empty Aesop, but going through several periods of gaining and losing powers may have created a level of existential crisis in that he isn't a hero without his powers. The Green Ranger has also almost always represented either regrets or mistakes as a Ranger, so having that Ranger form be his final confrontation was also very symbolic.
Book Ends: On a non-symbolism note, it also serves as a nice Book End to his pre-Turbo Ranger duties, essentially going through his three longest Ranger forms in reverse.
Power Rangers SPD
Angrish Complains that Gruum's dialogue often comes off as this and he has difficulty understanding it.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Notes that despite being kind of dull in personality, Gruum is one of the most effective villains in the history of the franchise, distracting the Rangers with attacks in one area so he can steal something somewhere else, not being hesitant to get in the fight himself, controlling a powerful empire that has blown up planets, frequently getting away with his plans scot-free, and having an entire team of Rangers join his side by choice.
Face-Heel Turn: The A-Squad, he gives kudos to the writers for not overturning this. Feeling it was a great plot twist and a nice final challenge to the B-Squad to come into their own as true heroes, though he admits he's it's disappointing that we never learn much about The A-Squad or why they turned evil.
Fan Wankinvoked: Discussed, since SPD takes place in the future (and a specific year at that, 2025), and all the fan theories on timing and parentage are discussed, as well as an alternate theory that a timescale in Power Rangers is nearly impossible since the B-Squad's parents were apparently working in Time Force to make powers.
Wild Mass Guessing: He attempts to reconcile these issues by theorizing that the Power Rangers universe has different timing, in that a year is not the same length of time as in our universe (he puts the length of a PR year in the ballpark of 700-800 days). He notes that this could be just one of several other differences in the same vein as the moon having earth-like gravity and an atmosphere in the Power Rangers universe.
Fridge Horror: Invoked, he notes that speculation that Sky's father was Wes means that Wes was killed by Murloc.
Hero of Another Story: How he views the A-Squad & B-Squad, noting that A-Squad are the best of the best and would normally be the characters the story followed, with B-Squad being the characters this would normally apply to.
Living Prop: As evidenced by his comments when summing up the Character Development for the season, he (Much like the SPD writers) seems to view Sam/Omega Ranger as this.
Only in It for the Money: Praises Broodwing for having this as his motivation, noting that it made a refreshing change to the other villains throughout the series, who have mostly had the same goals of conquering something.
Personality Powers: Does a very nice, in-depth look at why the Ranger's civilian powers match their personalities.
Stuff Blowing Up: Discussed extensively with "Kalishsplosions", and how this is actually very much an annoyance for its lack of creating suspense, and makes the Rangers look weak for being sent into the air by explosions behind them, which have logically missed them. Linkara also notes how it makes fight scenes BORING, by focusing on explosions instead of the martial arts of past seasons, making the point that you could splice together any random fight scenes & it would be hard to tell that they weren't from the same fight.
Plus the occasional shots of explosions off to the side, which make even less sense.
They Wasted A Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: Comments that Mora is sadly underdeveloped, with the viewer never learning how Grumm found her, why she worked for him or why she hated being a grown up so much. Didn't help that her final fight in the finale was rushed and was the last we would see of her.
Power Rangers Mystic Force
A Day in the Limelight: One odd thing he notices is that the side characters have story arcs (major and minor), while the actual rangers themselves don't.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Linkara is annoyed by how Nick has trouble believing in magic at the beginning, especially seeing as how he'd seen Udonna use spells to fight Foot Soldiers by that point, not to mention that he's just observed his other companions transform into Power Rangers.
Compressed Vice: He points out how the humans and the forest creatures' distrust of each other only shows up at the very beginning and end of the series.
Critical Backlashinvoked: He notes that series is a huge Base Breaker and understands why fans dislike it, but states in his opinion, it isn't terrible and feels it's worth watching.
Executive Meddling: He actually contacted Ron Wasserman (who'd previously done work for Atop the Fourth Wall) to get the real story about what happened with this show's theme song. Turns out Wasserman's original version, which is his typically epic work, was turned down because the producers wanted to hop on the rap bandwagon. Wasserman complied, but was quite unsatisfied with the result, and so were they, so they went with another composer. And then they chided Wasserman for putting his first version online, despite never creating a soundtrack album, so it's pretty clear their only problem with it was that he was exposing how stupid they were to reject it.
Likewise he mentions that Disney wanted to use more magic as they didn't like the frequent physical contact of the show...despite the fact they already had done four PR seasons doing this and should've known by now how action heavy the series was. Disney, the most kid friendly and smartest company around.
Honor Before Reason: Linkara's major criticism of Koragg: he talks a good game about being honorable, but he seems to define it more as being a horrible tactician than actually hewing to any chivalric code.
Fan Wankinvoked: Mentions that seeing the mystic creatures of the forest moving into civilization to live alongside humans probably contributed a lot to humans and aliens learning to get along easily in the backstory of SPD.
In Name Only: Linkara considers Mystic Force a fantasy story that has Power Rangers in it, rather than a fantasy-themed Power Rangers series.
It's Been Done: His opinion on the Fallen Hero/Noble Demon aspect of Koragg is that previous villains such as Astronema and Merrick did the storyline before, and not only that, they did it better.
The Load: Subverted, despite making jokes about Udonna getting kidnapped, he states she never felt like this.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Points out that this works against the season- due to only having 32 episodes, and spending too much time focusing on the side characters and the lore of the universe, the Rangers themselves don't have much to do.
The Scrappyinvoked: Does share the dislike for Nick, calls him out as a Designated Hero given that he's supposed to be the Chosen One even though he's no better than the rest of the team and is often the first one to quit when things get hard.
Take That: Compares the introduction to the four rangers, besides Nick, to an MTV reality TV show.
Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked: His opinion of Nick, who he even describes as an "arrogant, unsympathetic, overemotional douchebag." He initially feels the same about Leelee, who basically only had a Heel-Face Turn for selfish reasons, but redeems herself when she goes with Phineas and Claire to rescue Udonna.
Notes this on a few things, with one of the main problems with the season being that the show didn't give the Rangers themselves enough focus, and the final two episodes had enough plot points that could have been fleshed out in place of some of the filler episodes.
Specifically laments the lack of an SPD team-up episode, since seeing the team of space cops from the year 2025 interacting with the team of wizards from 2006 could have made for plenty of great material due their contrasting themes, environments & philosophies. Especially frustrating when Piggy shows up in one episode living on the Earth long before the future timeline of SPD. The most we get from him is just foreshadowing of what went down in his series. He does however, admit that given that SPD is set in the future, that creating a setup for a team up would be more difficult than other shows.
Then again, "Dino Thunder" and "SPD" had the time gap as well, and they had two crossovers...
Tranquil Fury: While not on par with his speech in the Wild Force review, there was a definite edge in his voice when he was talking about people spoiling the surprise of the Mystic Mother's identity.
This Is Gonna Suck: Already his feelings on it at the end of the Mystic Force review thanks to the hatred he's seen fans give it. Operation Overdrive does not sound like it's gonna be fun looking over. He states it's probably the worst season. And considering that his opinions on Turbo were already pretty bad and he at least admitted it had some good elements...
Un-Person: An entire season of this- during Mystic Force, he said that no-one seemed to talk about it all that much.