YMMV / Power Rangers Megaforce

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     Broken Base 
  • Fans are split on whether or not it was a good idea to adapt Goseiger (since Power Rangers adaptations of what are considered "dull" Sentai, are usually good; however, Goseiger is considered a very dull Sentai by Western fans) over the much more desirable Gokaiger (which would have been perfect for an anniversary series). Trying to remind them that Sentai fudged their numbers as well and had their 35th anniversary in their 36th/37th year goes nowhere (Goranger debuted in 1975 and ran for three seasons, meaning technically, Gokaiger's 2011-2012 schedule was a year or two late anyway) - mainly because they can shoot back that Gokaiger was the 35th seriesnote .
    • The base broke even further on this issue as a result of the next series, which became the first series to outright skip a Sentai, with arguments flaring up over if Saban should've pressured Toei to let them skip Goseiger or at the very least, adapt the 2 Sentai out of order and have Gokaiger adapted first.
  • Also, the news that the Goseiger suits are staying through both seasons outside of Gokai Silver since most fans find the Gokaiger suits among the best in the series and the Goseiger suits... not so much. Though after Super Megaforce episode 3 establishing that the Rangers can skip the Megaforce suits and jump straight to Super Mega, continued use of the Goseiger suits may unify the fanbase to the negative.
  • Of all things, the presumed morphing call (moreso the "Go Go Megaforce!" part rather than the "It's Morphin' Time!" part) is also a point of disagreement - some fans have no problem with it, while others dislike it, seeing as the preceding season, Power Rangers Samurai, just used that format with "Go Go Samurai!". While it made sense to reuse Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers's call in Power Rangers Zeo (due to the latter season being with direct continuity with the former), some perceive the re-usage of "Go Go (team name)" in Megaforce to be improper since Megaforce and Samurai are unlikely to be directly connected outside of a potential crossover and being a part of the Power Rangers franchise. Some also feel that reusing "Go Go (team name)" seems like a lazy effort compared to past morphing calls.note  The "It's Morphin' Time" phrase has fared much better in terms of reception, considering the Milestone Celebration and the numerous references to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers already.
  • And now some footage of the Megaforce version of the Legend War has been released... with Saban and the producers doing their damndest to not show ANY of the pre-Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger teams (and arguably not doing a particularly good job of it). Some fans are NOT happy about that. Others think the footage was extremely well cut, in that the only way you would notice the pre-Zyuranger teams at all is if you were specifically looking for them.
  • Despite being under Awesome Music, this applies to the theme song, another remix of the iconic "Go Go Power Rangers" theme. It's either fitting because it's the twentieth anniversary, or receiving flack for using the song after two seasons of Samurai, taking away from it being something special for the anniversary; and for using an adapted version of Samurai's remix instead something unique for Megaforce.
  • It was revealed that the Gokaiger suits are in Super Megaforce as a Super Mode of sorts. Essentially the rangers transform into these suits in order to then transform into past rangers. Some people think this is great, others wanted the Gokaigers to be their own team, some of those wanted that team being the powerless Megaforce team.
  • During the Super Megaforce filming, reports started coming in for many former Rangers not appearing, for various reasons. A Q&A session with Austin St. John (Jason of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers) revealed he was invited for the finale, but declined saying that what he was being offered "wasn't worth the price of a plane ticket". However, he clarified that it was less because of ego and more out of self-respect. While some fans were absolutely furious—some of the complaints bordering on ridiculous and mis-blame—others seemed to give Saban Brands the benefit of the doubt and reserved judgement on the finished product and even pointed out how some fans were blowing things out of proportion.
  • The news that Super Megaforce wouldn't be using the pirate motif has become a sore point for many fans who were looking forward to a unique set of rangers and the narrative potential therein. On the other hand, some people don't mind this because they believe it will force Jonathan Tzachor to come up with original storylines, which even Megaforce itself has barely been doing.
  • "End Game", the final episode of the first half of Megaforce is either a great ending for the first half with a great cliffhanger, or an average episode that just marks the end of a so far average season.
  • The leaked documents which contain summaries of the first 15 episodes of Super Megaforce have split the fanbase- in particular, many are translations of Gokaiger episodes. In particular, while more Disney seasons are getting episodes (Wild Force and RPM are confirmed), Casey's episode has him as a zookeeper - not working at Pai Zhua, or in RJ's pizza place, a zookeeper. Which isn't even what Jan was doing in the corresponding Gokaiger episode (he was actually training some students).
  • Episode 2 of Super Megaforce reveals that they can now morph into the Dairanger suits, with the only explanation being that they're from an alien planet. Many fans call this lazy, some are okay with it, and a few are glad that the Dairanger suits are being used. Three episodes later we're treated to the PinkFlash and YellowMask outfits, without so much as a Hand Wave, probably hoping viewers would just remember the "never seen on this planet" spiel.
  • As the series has gone on, fans of the Saban Era are irked at how little suits from MMPR - Time Force are used over the Disney suits (SPD was used once an episode for the first three, which didn't help). A lot of this can be blamed on Saban's over-reliance on the Gokaiger footage (which used 2000-era Rangers a lot early on) but the under-use of original footage really stands out.
  • After episode 10, many fans are upset that Dairanger has appeared more often than fan favorites like Time Force, In Space and even MMPR. Don't even get them started on the complete lack of Lightspeed Rescue.
  • Opinion on Megaforce is split. Either it's an alright season though nothing special, it's bad but not as bad as Samurai, or it somehow manages to be worse than Samurai.
  • An extended version of the finale with 15 minutes of additional footage for "Legendary Battle" was released... but only being broadcast on Nicktoons, not Nickelodeon proper, and Nick.com the next day. While some fans feel this is better than nothing and general consensus seems to be that it's an improvement, others are ticked off it wasn't broadcast on the more easily accessible Nickelodeon channel.
     Critical Research Failure 
  • In general, there seems to be a problem in keeping the continuity of Power Rangers and Super Sentai straight in the fine details, with problems in names, technical details and so forth not quite matching up with the way they were presented in previous Power Rangers series. This is especially a shame since this is supposed to be the anniversary season! It's especially jarring and disappointing when you take the facts that Saban had put the previous seasons on Netflix, was releasing DVDs through Shout! Factory and Lionsgate, they most likely had some of the previous writers of the past seasons on the staff, if not some of the production crew, Linkara had many of his History of Power Rangers videos out at the point the show went into production, Tzachor was not only a member of the production staff of not only the initial Saban era, but also the previous season, Samurai, and the fact that there's an entire wiki on the internet dedicated to keeping track of little details that they could've looked up in case they didn't know what the details were that's just a Google search away into account.
    • Doesn't help that Jonathan Tzachor considers every season to be in their OWN continuity, save for the Disney-era (as he considers those seasons to be non-canon).
    • In "A Lion's Alliance", Gosei sends the Rangers to the Animarium, the home of the Wild Force Rangers. Not only does he get the name wrong, calling it Animarianote , he doesn't even pronounce it correctly.
    • In "Samurai Surprise", Troy and Noah were using the Double disks given by Jayden earlier on. Noah duplicates his sword (that's fine and all) while Troy is using it to power up his Fire Smasher. Samurai and Shinkenger fans would recall that the double disk is only used to duplicate a weapon, not simply amplifying its powers (although, it could be duplicating the Smasher's power).
    • In "The Perfect Storm" the rangers do a Zeo change with a team attack with the Ohranger attack name (translated as "ZEO dynamite") instead of the one used in Zeo (it was called Zeo Spinning Power Kick) the only difference being that the Gold Ranger never was in the combined attack in either series.
    • In "Spirit of the Tiger", Jake refers to RJ's powers as Purple Wolf. In Jungle Fury, it was always called Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger, without reference to the color.
    • Troy refers to the charged attack that the rangers use as the Jungle Fury Rangers as the Jungle Fury Claw Booster. The Claw Boosters were actually the devices the main Jungle Fury Rangers used to enter Jungle Master Mode. He should've instead referred to it as the Battle Claw.
    • In "United as One" Super Dino Mode is called Dino Rampage. Rampage is a translation of Abare, as in its Japanese name Abare Mode.
    • The Tyranno Staff appears to be "sentient" in this episode, unlike in Dino Thunder where the head of the staff is animated, as shown with the staff's head biting Desloar.
    • EVERYTHING about "In the Driver's Seat", especially with how hard they wanted to convince the audience that Go-Onger's Machine World was really Corinth.
    • In the final battle with Mavro, Emma as the Pink Mystic Ranger Legend Mode yells out "Magi Bolt!" An attack from Magiranger, but not from Mystic Force.
    • In that same scene, the Rangers refer to their last Ranger change as "Legendary Battlizer Mode". Of the six forms chosen, only Silver's Super Megaforce Gold mode could reasonably be considered as a Battlizer (though it was never referred to as such before). Most of the other forms are Super Modes from teams that had their own specific Battlizers already, including the SPD Battlizer, Mystic Force's Red Dragon Fire Ranger and arguably Samurai's Shogun Mode.
     Stock Footage Failure 
  • As usual, reused Sentai footage doesn't always match the new version:
    • You can tell whenever it's switched from American to Japanese footage because of the quality of video. The New Zealand cameras have a richer texture to it. Not only that but a lot of the Sentai footage is shot in the morning which makes it very noticeable if the American footage is in the afternoon.
    • In the first episode when the Rangers have their debut fight, it switched from an intact town plaza to a wrecked site with cracked concrete and crushed buildings.
    • Whenever the Rangers use their Gosei cards, the cards all clearly still have the original text from Tensou Sentai Goseiger (including that title). This is probably why so much of the Rangers' arsenal keeps their Goseiger names in the first place.
    • Similarly, the recurring footage from Gokaiger's Legend War includes heroes from Super Sentai that have never been adapted for Power Rangers. Most are way in the background where they're not as noticeable or have been edited to make them less conspicuous, but "Stranger Ranger" clearly shows Ryu Ranger fighting behind the Red Jungle Fury Ranger. Officially subverted in "Earth Fights Back" when the Dairanger suits debuted as "powers never seen before on Earth."
    • In episode 3, after the Rangers defeat the Monster of the Week with the Megaforce Blaster, they disassemble the blaster and then run to a completely different area where they had quarantined the infected civilians. After that, when Vrak summons the zombats to make the monster grow, the Rangers are suddenly right back in front of the monster's corpse, holding the assembled Megaforce Blaster.
    • The second battle against Dragonflay (played out at the same time as the Red Ranger fights Creepox for the first time) in episode 4 still has plenty of Japanese text on signs and on the road. Okay, that would've been pretty taxing to edit out without anyone noticing, but you can't help but notice how glaring it is that an American city has Japanese traffic signage.
    • In "United We Stand," Sentai footage is used when Beezara kicks Gia and Emma across the soccer field. Before this, Troy was knocked to the ground; however, if one looks closely at where Troy was, it's very obvious that it's Alata lying on the ground.
    • Speaking of Alata, his distinctive red-and-white jacket is very noticeable in the first few seconds of the opening sequence, as seen in this screenshot.
    • The loss of Datas leads to a problem with Ultra Gosei Great Megazord. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice that there's a brand new Mechazord head that's just there with no explanation as to where it came from; not to mention the Zord mountings on the shoulders and the odd design on the robot's back. The card that summons it is labelled HYPER Gosei Great, due to total failure to edit the footage.
    • The Robo Morpher has a lot of Japanese Hiraganas left unedited.
    • Since this series adapted two Sentai seasons that have members that contrast each other blended into the same team this is bound to happen, resulting in minor character inconsistencies:
      • Emma is a understated character while her Goseiger counterpart Eri is more hyperactive. There's times when Goseiger footage is used and the Pink Ranger is gesturing animatedly like Eri but with Emma's understated performance, causing this. Should be less apparent when Gokaiger footage is used and Emma is being played by Ahim, also more understated than Eri.
      • Troy has a relaxed-yet-confident stance and overall body language which really doesn't jell well with Alata, who is usually timid and has his arms clenched together like an angry child. It gets better with Marvelous's body language, though not all that well as Troy's a bit more stiff and Marvelous is always ready to battle.
      • Jake's Gokaiger counterpart is Don, the team's Plucky Comic Relief Butt-Monkey; the first episode handles this simply by passing the Green Ranger's uneasy motions as Jake's enthusiasm over his new powers. In later episodes, it becomes even more pronounced with the Green Ranger inexplicably acting like Don at times to the point of being incompetent in direct combat, even though Jake has never been depicted as that goofy of a character.
      • Noah's Gokaiger counterpart is Joe, the team's master swordsman. While Don would fit better for Noah as does Joe to Jake, the reasoning for Noah being a master swordsman is to improve himself and be better at helping the team out. However, this is problematic on another layer due to Noah's Goseiger counterpart, Hyde, being a bow-wielder, resulting in Noah going from one extreme in combat to the other without any explanation. This is a little funny due to the fact that Joe...well, let's just say that he won't be winning any marksmanship competitions.
      • Gia's body language usually fits her Gokaiger counterpart Luka, but not so much with Moune whose gestures reflects her childishness and over-energetic personality, something Gia is not shown doing out-of-suit, even when around her best friend Emma.
      • While Robo Knight subverts this in regards to his Goseiger counterpartnote , the same can't be said about his replacement in Super Megaforce, Orion - his Gokaiger counterpart, Gai, is a very hyperactive Sentai fanboy who was always energetic, whereas Orion's personality would be more akin to that of Joe Gibken/Gokai Bluenote . There's also the fact that Orion is taller than Gai, and due to the inexplicable decision not to film any original footage whenever Orion uses Super Megaforce Goldnote , whenever Orion uses the aforementioned powerup, he will inexplicably shrink about a foot.
    • The third commercial in this video contained footage that was obviously lifted straight from a TV-Nihon fansub release of Gokaiger. A newer version of this commercial fixed this problem.
    • Episode 2 of Super Megaforce just had Japan as the place where the rocket was launched when clearly the show takes place in the United States, or New Zealand in terms of where it was shot. This was because of the unedited transition between the local shots and the pool of stock footage that was found in Gokaiger (though this is far from the first time this has happened in the franchise's history).
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment comes when you see the Wild Lion Zord knocking the rangers off. Stop at the right time, and you'll notice they're not even in their Wild Force outfits, but rather the Turboranger ones.
    • In "Silver Lining, Part 1" when Jake (as Galaxy Green) uses his Quasar Saber to disable Gorgax's shield, for a brief moment you can see the tip of the Green Mighty Morphin Ranger's Dragon Dagger hit the shield instead of the Quasar Saber's tip. explanation 
    • In "The Perfect Storm", the Legendary Megazord throws the Q-Rex into space to destroy an incoming asteroid. We then get a shot of Earth, and it's blatantly obvious that the Q-Rex was leaving Japan.
    • Another one with Turboranger occurs in "Love is In the Air", based on the first Jealoushito episode - you can make out a black Ranger key being used as the Rangers morph into Power Rangers Turbo, which didn't have a black Rangernote .
    • During Noah and Argus' final battle in All Hail Prince Vekar, you can see a shot of Joe's long black hair after he hits Argus.
    • In that same episode, during the formation of the Ultimate Legendary Megazord, you can spot the words "Super Sentai" written on the wheels of the Turbo Falcon.
    • The "Super Sentai" wheels were also present in the Turbo Falcon's debut In the Driver's Seat, along with "Go-Onger" (though one could handwave this as something related to RPM's "GO-ONGER" or Ground Outdoor Operational Network General-Purpose Explorational Rover).
    • Another Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It moment, this time from The Wrath: during the fight with Levira, Troy changes into the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger. This differs from the corresponding Gokaiger episode, in which Marvelous used Vul Eagle's Ranger Key, not Tyranno Ranger's. Inevitably, eagle-eyed (no pun intended) viewers noticed Troy pull out Vul Eagle's key, as well as the Sun Vulcan logo briefly appearing when he activates Legendary Ranger Mode.
      • Also, in the same episode, if one looks quickly before the Legendary Megazord uses the Battalion attacknote , Variblune is visible on the back of the Legendary Megazord.
    • During "Earth Fights Back", it's pretty obvious that the footage of legendary ranger teams that Noah is looking at isn't from the series said teams come from, but rather, the Gokai Changes of said teams - to be specific:
      • The changes into Jungle Fury and SPD do not have a blue rangernote .
      • The Jungle Fury Rhino Ranger is shown with a skirt, despite the fact that said ranger is malenote .
      • Orion, despite not having been introduced in the series proper at this point, is present when the team turns into Operation Overdrive. More damning, however, is the presence of the hybrid of the Gold and Silver RPM rangers, which never appeared in RPMnote .
     They Wasted A Perfectly Good... 
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Gosei has been less a character and more a plot device, only speaking up every few episodes to tell the Rangers of some new powerup they've acquired. The fact that he apparently has history with Zordon was never expanded on.
    • It's gonna happen no matter what, as many previous actors have confirmed that they rejected the invitation to appear for The Legend War. In particular, of the ones who returned, Damon, Karone, Emily and Mike didn't even have any speaking lines or contributed to the plot in any way, shape or form. Karone at least got one pretty decent line in the extended cut.
    • From his Nickelodeon character bio, it's mentioned that Troy had a tough upbringing; we never hear of this or any of the other character's home lives whatsoever. For that matter, we barely hear much about the rest of the Rangers' lives outside of their heroics, which has been listed as one of the major downfalls of this season.
    • Orion. He has an interesting back-story and personality. And yet, he's very much underutilized throughout the season, so much that even his actor complained about it.
    • Gia is also notable for having no focus episodes dedicated to her. While the first half has the excuse of Goseiger having minimal focus on her Sentai counterpart, Super Megaforce has no such excuses.
    • In general, one could argue that this applies to all of the rangers sans Robo Knight due to the lack of character development - while the first season could at least be excused due to the fact that it's source material also faced the same problem, it got even worse with Super, since the change in fighting styles due to a new source material being adapted could've
been used to explain how the rangers were developingnote .
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In "Vrak is Back", Vrak captured Orion and harnessed "the Sixth Ranger power", corrupting it for his own purposes. This would have been the perfect time to add Gokaiger footage where a villain brought every one of the Sixth Ranger keys to life and forced them to fight the core five en masse. And yes, the fighting included Robo Knight, whom Vrak corrupted in the episode. Not only would this have been one of the most epic fights in Power Rangers history, but they seemed to have done all the work in setting it up, even having Vrak meet them in a quarry that looked just like the one in the Gokaiger footage!
    • Given that Samurai was the previous series and they were adapting Goseiger first, you'd think they'd adapt the Goseiger-Shinkenger crossover, especially since it wouldn't have caused a continuity snarl with Samurai's ending (either as the tribute episode to Samurai or as a crossover between Samurai and Megaforce), but nope.
    • Given the fact that Gosei mentioned Zordon was his mentor earlier, you'd expect them to try and expand upon this and give some more backstory on Zordon - one particularly obvious example comes in the form of the Squadron Rangers, the first set of powers never before seen on Earthnote ; since we know that Zordon used to be a warrior himself, an extremely easy explanation for them would have been for Gosei to have said that they were the team of Power Rangers that Zordon originally served in, and the White Ranger was either a close friend/love interest of Zordon's who perished in combat (and he wanted to honor their memory), OR it was the powers Zordon himself used (and was most familiar with, thus making it the easiest to recreate) - not only expanding upon Gosei's connection to Zordon, but also giving an in-universe explanation as to why the suit looks so different from the original Mighty Morphin suits. But no, Gosei's "simple explanation for that" is just fine.
      • Hell, if they wanted to keep it simple, they could have said that it was the Power of Thunder.
      • Having the White Ranger in the Squadron team would cause its own Continuity Snarl, however; Zordon and Alpha 5 created the White Tiger Power Coin so that Tommy could be brought back to the team. That said, they could have said he was one of the past Rangers, perhaps Squadron (just not White), which lines up with popular fanon and the new movie continuity.
    • This is the overall reaction to the season in general (especially Super Megaforce) with notable Gokaiger tributes (Timeranger, Hurricanger, Megaranger, GoGoV, Kakuranger with Ninjaman/Ninjor) getting completely ignored.
      • Tying into this, the decision NOT to adapt Basco comes across as this - it seems like Vrak was meant to be a stand-in for Basco. However, what makes Basco not being adapted this instead of just simply "What could have been" is that Basco's actor, Kei Hosogainote  reportedly expressed an interest in playing his Super Megaforce counterpartnote . Without Basco present, the aforementioned Megaranger and GoGoV tribute episodes were not usable.
    • The Legendary Battle itself was hyped for two years...and it lasted not even 5 minutes and was against foot soldiers that weren't destroyed yet. Even worse was that the majority of the battle was already seen in the first episode of the Megaforce half. The extended version is at least somewhat better, as while not a lot is added to the fight, the lead in is enhanced a bit to add to the weight of it with an extended shot of the old Rangers prepping to don their helmets for battle and Karone a One-Scene Wonder line, as well as making the army Mavro's backup plan rather than just being random, but it's still far less awesome than it should have been.
    • Wow, they can turn into all the past Rangers? Too bad we never do see full team morphs for In Space, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, and Operation Overdrive. But, we do get to see non-PR adapted Sentai teams multiple times, for no apparent reason.
    • Man, these Super Mega suits sure look "pirate-y". Any chance this would be addressed? No? We're just going to completely ignore the obvious pirate theme that even 5-year-old kids can recognize? Fine.
    • When Casey returns, he offers to train Jake and Emma, helping them to harness the power of the snake and phoenix spirits respectively, obviously a reference to their original zords. But wouldn't this have made more sense if the episode had him train Gia and Noah instead? Because their zords are a tiger and a shark...animal spirits that were both used by Casey himself in Jungle Fury! It would have matched up perfectly (as well as give Gia an extra focus episode, which she was sorely lacking in), but no, they just had to make the episode a near beat-for-beat remake of the Gokaiger episode.
    • The 'New Powers'. While there's Fridge Brilliance to infer it, wouldn't it have been a great way to flesh out the Power Rangers universe? We know from the first series that there were teams BEFORE the original group and other planets have their own Ranger Teams, it would've been a great time to flesh them out and actually show that. But they're never explained, barely even getting names. And half the time when they do get names, they're completely inconsistent (with "Blitz" being used for both the Maskman AND Changeman suits, the latter itself initially being referred to as "Legendary Dragon", and the Maskman suits later referred to as "Lightning").
    • Orion is shown to be able to combine sixth ranger keys - first we see him combine the keys for the Gold and Silver Rangers from RPM, and later we see him combine all the keys...yet we never see him combine the 2 ranger keys of Tommy's 2 Mighty Morphin keys. To be fair, this is somewhat of a carryover from Gokaiger, since they never try and create an Akared Key in that series, but at least they have an excuse there, since no two teams share rangersnote , not to mention that in that series, Gai was given the mode to make up for the fact that he didn't have as many keys as the 5 core Gokaigers; with the exception of Jungle Fury, there's a Sixth Ranger (or some corresponding character) in every season of Power Rangers. While in theory, they could have tried to combine, oh say, the keys for GoseiBlue and GoseiGreen, in the case of that series, the latter's key didn't appear in Gokaiger. While it's understandable why he doesn't combine all of Tommy's keys (since Orion is restricted to Sixth Ranger keys for no apparent reason, and aside from his 2 Mighty Morphin powers, Tommy had the red Zeo and Turbo powers as well as the black Dino Thunder powersnote ), there is no given explanation for why he doesn't combine Tommy's two Mighty Morphin keys. This could've easily been used in combination with original footage of Super Megaforce Gold to include the Titanium Ranger on that mode, but unfortunately that didn't happen.
      • Speaking of ranger keys, aside from the team never transforming into In Space, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, or Operation Overdrive, the team never transforms into any other all-motif themed rangers outside of the all-red change in episode 1 or the changes from the Legendary Battle against Emperor Mavronote . While it's understandable why some of the all-motif changes were cutnote , there are some that one can't help but wonder why they weren't includednote . Not helping is the decision to limit Orion to Sixth Ranger keys for no explained reasonnote , meaning that changes such as an all-Sixth Ranger or all-silvernote  were not usablenote .
    • The handwaving of why Jake's Ranger Key is a different color from his Megaforce color (the latter was black, while the former is Green) comes off as this if you remember the fact that Goseiger (the series that the first half of Megaforce was adapted from) DID have a Green Ranger - Gosei Green, who died before the start of the series and only appears in flashbacks. A much better explanation would have been to say that before Gosei recruited the 5, there was a Green Megaforce Ranger who was originally going to receive the key Jake ended up receiving, but he was defeated by a much more powerful foe and perished, and Gosei decided to honor his memory by not repainting the key so that he could serve alongside them in spirit. This also could have been a much better way to introduce the Sixth Ranger instead of Orion; reveal that the Green Megaforce Ranger did survive the battle, but his Morpher was destroyed, and have Gosei give him the Legendary Silver Morpher. But instead, no explanation is given, and instead we get an extraterrestrial to be the Silver Ranger as an homage to two series that the Megaforce Rangers ironically never do full morphs into.
    • Given how much the series seems to be hearkening back to the original Mighty Morphin days, you'd think that the team would be switched out once they got new powers (much like how Mighty Morphin switched out it's team midway through the season) and have the Megaforce rangers stay the same, while the Super Megaforce powers go to a new team, but nope.
    • The Toxic Mutants could have been easily linked back to the Orgs of Power Rangers Wild Force (especially since they were basically created the same way), in particular it could have resolved the long unknown fates of Toxica and Jindrax, who walked into the sunset at the end of Wild Force and had never been seen or heard from again.
      • They would have also been the ancestors of the Mutants from Time Force.
    • Despite Megaforce clearly trying to harken back to the Mighty Morphin days, and the first series adapted, Goseiger, is angel themed...the series does not take place in Angel Grove. Admittedly, it would've had to have been an inside joke, since Goseiger's angel motif would remain the Elephant in the Roomnote , but considering that in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, at least had one episode where the team visited Angel Grove, there's no reason why Megaforce couldn't do the same.
    • They could have taken advantage of the Megazords vs. Black Cross Colossus scene from Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle for "Legendary Battle". The final battle would have happened after the Rangers defeated the remaining X-Borgs by having Emperor Mavros reveal to have survived the crash and used his last trump card by transforming into a One-Winged Angel (Black Cross Colossus). The trump card could have been something like a fragment of Dark Specter, which Pink Galaxy Ranger Karone would have immediately noticed. And used to revive his son Vrak, and somehow summon the Venjrix Virus, Generation 12 Energy Bot, Kilobyte, Sculpin, Magma, and Oculous. Lastly, the final attack on Mavros would have been empowered by Zordon's spirit (including an original footage of Zordon's face appearing on the beam from the Zords.
      • To be fair, it's worth noting that there are 13 mechs that appeared in that scene that do not have Power Rangers counterpartsnote , and although Bladerun does have a PR counterpart, his form from the Shinkenger crossover does not; although considering that the lack of a PR counterpart didn't stop them from introducing the "Powers Never Before Seen On Earth", it's still valid.


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Quite a bit considering how bland the Rangers actually are:
    • Emma being a Psycho Lesbian who kills anyone who even looks at Gia the wrong way. This wasn't helped by a short film Christina Masterson (Emma's actress) took part in where she acts as bait to lure people into a basement for a serial killer. The fact she spends so much time alone in the woods wasn't missed by fans.
      • Some fans interpret her as an ecoterrorist a la Ra's Al Ghul after seeing a scene of her imagining how the world was before human development, implying she wants that world back.
    • Troy being a robot and having a passionate hatred of water bottles. He may or may not be in love with Robo Knight.
    • Noah is a Robosexual.
    • Jake being a creeper who won't stop his advances on Gia, even when it's shown she really isn't interested.
    • Conversely, some feel Gia is a tease who, despite not looking like she'll ever date Jake, uses his affections to get stuff and have him faun over her.
    • When Orion first appeared, his long hair caused him to be called a space-hippy. There are also suggestions that the trauma of losing everything combined with spending several months alone with only thoughts of revenge on his mind, that Orion has at least a few screws loose if not outright insane.note 
    • After All Hail Prince Vekar, it opened a lot of possibilities about Vekar. To some, his narcissism and irrational strategies seem to stem from his father putting him down while putting Vrak on a pedestal.
      • It almost makes you feel bad for the prince, and makes Vrak even more of a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Emperor Mavro is powerful enough to take on two rangers while sitting down... but gets destroyed when Troy and Orion shoot a console, blinding him with sparks, and giving them the opportunity to finish him. The extended cut averts this, as he survives the ship's crash and has one final battle with the rangers.
  • Anvilicious:
    • In the episode "Robo Knight", the Rangers are appalled that humans are polluting the earth, the Toxic Mutants are created as a direct result of a toxic factory polluting the earth, and the Sixth Ranger is introduced whose sole mission in life is to punish those who pollute the earth. About every third line hammers home the message, just in case kids didn't get it. Since then the "environmental" message has been toned downnote .
    • The series also likes to hammer home the "teamwork is awesome" message a lot. Almost every line by the Rangers during a monster fight—directly with the monster—often relates to how teamwork can overcome anything.
    • Speaking of overcoming, Troy is generally used as a speakerphone for perseverance and "never giving up," mentioning how formidable the Human spirit is ad nauseam.
  • Ass Pull:
    • How the Rangers and Robo Knight get their Power Cards in each episode. Right when they're about to get hosed, or learn about the power of teamwork for the umpteenth time, Gosei gives them a new card that's just what the Rangers need at the moment. Granted, it's mainly because of the writers only adapting the bare necessities of Goseiger.
    • Gosei conveniently has a new set of powers and zords for the rangers that are not only stronger than the ones they've been using but can also utilize the powers of every other ranger in history. One wonders how he got them, why he never made this info privy before, or how having multiple copies of the same powers doesn't cause a glitch in the Morphing Grid when it's happened before ala Power Rangers Dino Thunder.
    • In "Blue Saber Saga", it looks like Emma will learn that sometimes, teammates have to fight on their own. Sounds a bit dark for this season, but cool. Nope, the Monster of the Week pulls a fast one on Noah, forcing the others to bail him out. So the episode's lesson gets screwed up, just so Emma would be in the right. Again, the Sentai footage is to blame, but it made more sense, as the Aesop for that episode was to let friends help you when you need them.
      • This isn't the first time this happened. Kimberly had to deal with a similar monster back in Mighty Morphin.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Despite being a remix of a remix, the theme song definitely qualifies, managing to provide a few unique parts as well, similar to Zeo, with a Lost Galaxy-esque Title Scream as well.
    • Emma's song in "Harmony and Dizchord".
  • Better Than Canon: Like with Samurai, fanfiction novelizations have gotten better reception than the actual seasons—in particular, the works of Darian Fawkes and Lily Hanson have been seen as far superior to the show.
    • The self-proclaimed Fix Fic, dubbed Power Rangers: Pirate Crew, by Scsigs for Super has had some pretty positive feedback for maintaining what worked with Gokaiger while also adapting the episodes to fit within the context of Power Rangers.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Emma turning into Pink Flash from Flashman and Gia turning in Yellow Mask from Maskman. Unlike Dairangers which at least got a Hand Wave, these modes come from nowhere. Emma even lampshades this by saying: "Bet you didn't see that coming".
    • "Power of Six" starts with Orion in a montage of dancing and movie references, just 'cos he's alone in the high school after hours.
    • Troy's inexplicable "Super Saiyan" punch to restore Robo Knight back to the side of good. No prior explanation is given about how he can do this, nor after he performs the punch. Comes from copying the event in Goseiger, where there was an explanation and it was a Moment of Awesome for Troy's counterpart.note  Some have theorized that Troy was literally tapping directly into the Morphing Grid, which makes a certain amount of sense, but we'll likely never get an official explanation and Troy doesn't even wonder how exactly he did it.
  • Complete Monster: Vrak is the youngest son of Emperor Mavro, and the most dangerous and hated enemy of the Megaforce Rangers. Originally The Dragon to Admiral Malkor, Vrak arrived and was the Evil Genius who came up with plans to take over the Earth. His plans involved sending a virus that turned humans into their Loogie foot soldiers and using a monster of the day's music abilities to potentially kill as many humans on the planet at once. He frequently manipulated his allies like Creepox and the Mutants, eventually leading to their ends. When Malkor is defeated and Vrak is killed in the destruction of their spaceship, his robot servant Metal Alice finds him and brings him back as a cyborg, eventually taking a blow meant to kill him. Vrak "thanks" her by telling her he never cared for her before leaving her to die. He resurfaced in the season 2 two-parter "Vrak Is Back", after his older brother, Prince Vekar, is defeated, cruelly mocking him for being too weak and actually thanking the Rangers for killing him so that he could claim the throne. Having kidnapped Robo Knight and Orion, he drained the life force of the latter, forcibly reprogramming the former to attack his former friends while constructing drills that burrow into the Earth's core. He tricks the Rangers into destroying his two remaining monsters, who become new drills to complete his plan quicker. Lacking empathy for both allies and enemies, and aiming to destroy the Earth, Vrak is one of the franchise's cruelest aliens to invade the Earth.
  • Epileptic Trees: In Super Megaforce, the Sixth Ranger is named Orion. Fans started snarking that the Lost Galaxy connections made themselves. (A plot device in Galaxy was the Lights of Orion.
    • Similarly, when it was announced that Megaforce would be adapting both Goseiger and Gokaiger, instead of just doing a full adaptation of the formernote , many fans began speculating what elements of Gokaiger would be adapted - one of the earliest theories was that they'd keep the card system from Goseiger and drop the key system from Gokaigernote , with many fans pointing that the Megaforce Morphers came with cards of rangers from previous teams as proof of this happeningnote .
  • Foe Yay: Robo Knight and Metal Alice in "The Human Factor".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When it was announced that Gokaiger would be adapted into Super Megaforce, many fans began wondering what Saban would do about the teams that hadn't been adapted into Power Rangersnote , with some fans predicting that unless Saban did the same thing with these teams that they did with the Showa Riders in "The Invasion of Leawood"note , they would either have to disregard or explain away all the other 16 teams. Turns out that while most of the teams were discarded, some of them ended up being included - seemingly at the cost of In Space, Time Force, Lightspeed Rescue, and Operation Overdrive.
  • He Really Can Act: In Super Megaforce episode 17, Andrew Grey really brought it as Troy when pleading for Robo Knight to snap out of his mind control. It's disappointing Saban never let Andrew really show his acting talents besides this one scene.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Prior to Megaforce being announced, many fans were expecting that Goseiger would be skipped.
    • Jake's crush on Gia can be this for those who watched Goseiger, wherein Agri and Moune were siblings.note .
    • In this photo of the cast's christmas party, Andrew Gray and Azim Rizk (who played the red ranger and green ranger respectively) can be seen switching their attire's color with each other's, and this was posted on Cameron Jebo's (who played the silver ranger) Instagram. In Gokaiger, the silver ranger created a new ranger key dubbed Gokai Christmas by simply combining the red and green ranger's keys.
    • Orion's time alone before he found the armada ship involved him training on a beach for a very long time, growing increasingly shaggy, and even becoming a crack shot (with a catapult, but still).
    • The reason for why Goseiger and Gokaiger were adapted in the same season is because Saban was explicitly told not to skip Goseiger due to Executive Meddling. Cut to a couple of years later and revel in the irony of Go-Busters being skipped over for Kyoryuger and skipping over ToQger for Ninninger.
    • One of the "New Powers" was Dengeki Sentai Changeman, who technically become the first Power Rangers team without a Yellow Ranger. Something it shares with the next official Power Rangers series.
    • A video parodying the hand wave of certain Sentais being "new powers" had the villain declaring that the "new powers" will be his. After Super Megaforce ended, Dino Charge and Ninja Steel both had Big Bads whose primary goal is to grab the MacGuffins.
  • Ho Yay: Noah really wants to see Orion's spaceship.
    • Female example: "United We Stand" has a lot of hugging between Emma and Gia. And while the Monster of the Week in that episode turned Emma and Gia against each other with the intent of creating a fight to the death between the two girls, the actual result was them bickering Like an Old Married Couple. Even in "Mega Mission", there's bit of this: Gia has Emma's drink order memorized and they engage in overly long staring into each other's eyes without speaking in a manner that is quite similar to Rizzoli & Isles.
  • Humor Dissonance: In Last Laugh, Noah is criticized for over-analyzing jokes rather than simply relaxing and laughing at them. The problem is, the jokes in question are legitimately awful (unless you're, say, a seven-year-old), and he comes off more like the Only Sane Man in some sort of world gone mad, where people will break into laughter at the slightest provocation. Especially the monster's last resort: a good old-fashioned fart. It gets Troy, but not Noah.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks:
    • Many fans complain that it tries too hard to be a remake of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, others argue that it fails as an homage emulating MMPR only in the most superficial way.
    • Emma and Gia's names sounding a lot like Emily and Mia gets this reaction from some fans, since it implies that the writers are running out of ideas among many things.
    • The "Go Go Power Rangers" remixes for five years in a row since MMPR 2010.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Vrak promotes himself to this trope when he returns in Super Megaforce by defying So Last Season, playing the Rangers like pawns, and doing half his sabotages of the Rangers before they even realize he's back. He even makes the Rangers do his dirty work by placing the last two drills in two of his monsters.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • [Insert a name of a past Power Ranger actor] Refused the invitation/ was not invited to do a cameo in Super Megaforce (Due to many actors not coming back for various reasons).
    • "At least it's not Samurai."- What many fans say when trying to be nice about this season.
    • "At least Samurai had a story" - What many fans say after the season ended.
    • "Troy is the real robot."- a joke among the fandom was that Troy was an actual robot thanks to his stiff behaviour and Andrew Gray's acting- the "Real" part comes from after Robo-Knight appeared.
    • "There's a Simple Explanation for that" usually comes up whenever we see any pre-Zyuranger suits or to explain logical fallacies in Power Rangers.
  • Mis-blamed: Nick is responsible for the 20-episode quota per year and huge summer hiatus, not Saban.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Narm:
    • "This is what we humans can do when we believe in ourselves!" Possibly one of the worst lines in the entire franchise.
    • The second season's insistence on putting the prefix "Super-Mega" on everything gets annoying fast. Naturally, Vekar makes a snark about it:
    Vekar: Super-mega hurry up and destroy them already!
    • Half of the dialogue in "Dream Snatcher", as expected from Emma.
    • Robo Knight sounds like they recorded a drunk man and used a synthesizer.
    • As pointed out by Linkara, a lot of the names used for the weapons sound more like something you'd expect from a parody of Power Rangers than an actual show - i.e., the Super Mode for the first season is called "Ultra Mode", but instead of calling themselves "Megaforce Ultra (ranger color)", the team calls themselves "Ultra Megaforce (ranger color)". Gets even worse in the second season, where they add "Super" to everything.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Karone's 'I love being a Power Ranger' line in the extended finale seems to be well received, in part because the Legend Shift to Astronema adding a lot of weight to the scene. It's only a short scene, but it definitely hits home.
  • Padding: Super has an odd mix of both this and rushing through things. While episodes will combine multiple episodes into one from Gokaiger with very little changed ['Super Megaforce', 'Samurai Surprise', 'All Hail Prince Vekar', 'Emperor Mavro', 'The Legendary Battle' (the episode 20 version, not the DVD that fused the last 2 episodes together)] with often rushed pacing as a result of deleting things from the original Gokaiger scripts, there are a few episodes that either have this in spots, or are entirely this ('Spirit of the Tiger' has several minutes at the beginning dedicated to nothing but teaching the kid audience facts they wouldn't most likely know about animals at the zoo the rangers visit and 'United as One' keeps in the cosplay quick changes from the Gokaiger episode it adapted for no real reason, while 'The Perfect Storm' and 'Love is in the Air' are both wholly superfluous to the season overall). It, honestly, leads to the question of what exactly the writers were thinking when it came to adapting Gokaiger, since they only had 20 episodes to do so, but still had two worthless filler episodes, and one later episode was dedicated to wrapping up the few dangling plot threads from Megaforce left over, with Vrak coming back after not being in the show for 15 episodes that adapted the remaining Goseiger footage left over.
    • For comparison, none of Gokaiger's episodes had pacing problems. Bad or worthless episodes, sure, but not pacing problems. The first movie did, with many of the fight scenes going on so long that it felt like Ending Fatigue, but that was due to having over 200 ranger costumes, 34 years of history, and the director and producers, most likely, wanted to do some fight scene stuff that they couldn't do in an episode's runtime, or budget, so that was understandable.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Troy has so far gone down as one of the worst Red Rangers of all time due to him having absolutely no personality. (Ironically, his similarly-disliked Goseiger counterpart Alata was hated for having too much personality. Marvelous came off as not having much of a personality most of the time too, but he was written to be generally reserved in his emotions, plus had the badass credentials to make up for it and an actor who did more than just stood there stoically when the scene wasn't focused on him, while Troy is the result of a first time nonunion actor combined with poor scripts and, most likely, mediocre direction.) This wasn't helped when, in "Spirit of the Tiger," he became a massive jackass out of nowhere for insisting that "A ranger must never let go of his weapons". (That wasn't even in the Gokaiger episode either. Marvelous was more of the type of leader to, more often than not, let his teammates figure their problems out on their own, only helping when needed. Maybe it's a result of the writers injecting some personality into him, as some of the actors wanted, but not understanding what kind of personality was required and where.) The other four Rangers are exempt for at least having more personality and development than Troy (especially Emma and Noah), and Robo Knight and Orion seem to be avoiding it altogether.
    Linkara: "Here's a little game. Which of these two characters is the robot?" (In a scene between Troy and Roboknight)
    • Gosei as well, since he only exists to tell the Rangers when they have a new power up.
  • Seasonal Rot: While people agree that Megaforce was passable, Super Megaforce was where things started to fall apart.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Seems to be this between Emma and Troy, possibly due to the stock footage. Although, Gia and Troy did have a moment together at the end of episode 11 where she purposely switched places with Emma to talk to him, and got him to dance. Which is actually refreshing.
    • Noah and Emma in "Blue Saber Saga", which is more believable as it showed Noah being insecure of what he can do for the team, and actually wanted to prove himself to someone.
    • Orion and Emma in "United as One", in which they had a (fake) wedding. While one could say that it was just a Shot-for-Shot Remake of the Sentai episode, the "The Wrath" episode has Emma kiss Orion (albeit on the cheek) before he left for home.
  • So Okay, It's Average:
    • This seems to be the general opinion of fans as the first half of Megaforce draws to a close- while everything's a step up from Samurai, it's still not up to the standards of previous seasons outside of some impressive visual effects (The acting and plotlines are frequently mentioned victims of this). Alongside that, Megaforce has had various pacing issues- the first half spends too much time bringing in new toys, the second half refuses to move plot along except where it must, and Malkor made very few appearances during the season, not to mention the insane hiatus that ensued throughout mid-2013 all caused by Nickelodeon imposing the 20-episode per year rule.
    • Super Megaforce was even less well received, thanks in part to the above mentioned problems, lack of focus episodes on past seasons and multiple pre-Zyu suits appearing thanks to Saban's insistence on following the Gokaiger footage. However, the Extended Cut of the Finale is generally considered an improvement.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • In Gokaiger episode 2, the all-Red morph included Gosei Red (AKA Megaforce Red); when this scene occurs in Super Megaforce episode 1, Saban used mediocre green screening to swap in Operation Overdrive's Red Ranger.
    • In Super Megaforce episode, While the special effects artists and editors tried to use original footage with Gosei Ultimate in orer to blast the drill, Gosei Ultimate is way too small in proportion to the drill.
  • Spoiled by the Format: It was pretty obvious Metal Alice would survive her fight with Robot Knight, mainly for the sole reason that she didn't explode as she fell to the ground.
  • Tear Jerker: Orion's backstory. Watching all of his friends/coworkers die and then running back to his village only to see that it's already been destroyed and that his family is gone.
    • All Hail Prince Vekar. First, we learn that Vekar was always The Unfavourite in his father's eyes. Then we have Vekar's Villainous Breakdown as his Zord explodes. Finally, the end of the episode when Damaras lifts his charred corpse from the wreckage, vowing to avenge him.
    • Robo Knight's death. Notable that not only did he die in a Heroic Sacrifice to save Orion, but he's one of only three main Rangers in the franchise to die in action (the other two being Kendrix and the original Magna Defender). However, for some reason he's Back for the Finale.
    • The destruction of the Q-Rex in the finale. Remember that this isn't a new Q-Rex, but supposed the original modified for Orion's use in the future. While the Red Lion can be presumed to have survived given Cole still has his powers (which are TIED to the Red Lion), there's nothing to say the original Q-Rex wasn't just destroyed. For fans of it, that's pretty dang sobering.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Crosses with It's the Same, Now It Sucks for this one, as it's some weird combination of the two, but when it comes to Super, the fact that the writers took stuff away from Gokaiger without replacing those things with anything really stands out, as the show feels wholly incomplete as is.
    • For instance, Gokaiger's biggest draws are always going to be the interesting characters and their dynamics, the tributes to the past seasons, the fact that the overall plot didn't get lost in the shuffle of the day-to-day plots (which would've been easy to even accidentally do), and Basco because the other villains weren't nearly as well-written, or entertaining, as he was the only halfway competent villain the series had. Super Megaforce only kept in the tributes, such as they were, and a gimped version of the overall plot (Gokaiger was more about character development and depth than a simple alien invasion story), but, as said, didn't really do anything to replace, or do a variation, of the other stuff or what was still there, leading to a good portion of the criticisms lobbed at it.
    • Not only that, but the fact that, to make sense of a lot of what happens in it, you'd have to look up the corresponding Gokaiger episodes to see what happened there really doesn't help the "Power Rangers has to stand on its own" argument. The fact that Linkara pointed out that he felt that several episodes felt like rushed two-parters (which they were, since they were the corresponding Gokaiger episodes, translated into English with very little changed, but with an episode's worth of material cut out) really speaks to the fact that the season overall didn't actually feel like it was trying to do anything new with its version of Gokaiger's events and just wanted to skirt by just doing the absolute minimum needed to make a season of the show to make a quick buck on the merchandising. Doesn't help that the main characters were the best part of Gokaiger, but the ones for Megaforce were never really written to be given genuine chances to shine, or actual characterizations outside of their base personality traits and body language, and the villains were nothing more than carbon copies of their Gokaiger counterparts, only with a layer stripped away even there (Look up Barizorg, Argus' Sentai counterpart, for that one). Even the most hardened Gokaiger fan will say that the main villains were the worst part of the season and Basco saved it from being overly repetitive with the villains.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Sundai Love, an actress trying out for Power Rangers says she was told that they couldn't cast her in the show, since they already cast a black actor. They did end up casting a black girl as the Pink Ranger next season.
  • Vindicated by History: Inverted for the second half - much like Samurai before it, many previously disliked seasons note  were vindicated as a result of Super Megaforce bombing so hard. However, like Samurai, odds are that the next time a bad Power Rangers show comes along, this trope will likely be played straight, definitely for the first half, and possibly for the second half. Though for Super to be vindicated, that future season is going to have to be pretty bad to outdo Super's genuine amount of awful to wash the bad taste of it out of people's mouthes.
  • The Woobie: Orion. His planet, family, and everything he knew were wiped out by the Armada making it real easy to sympathize with him.

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