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As a gritty, more realistic take on the franchise, Power Rangers (2017) has pulled no punches about depicting the potential repercussions of the Rangers' actions.

  • Played for Laughs:
    • Trini's mom wants a urine sample from her after she suggests she has superpowers.
    • After forming the Megazord, it takes the Rangers a moment to figure out how to control it since they're in charge of individual limbs.
    • The Ranger's first attempt at moving the newly formed Megazord has them falling flat on their face, since they have no idea what they're really doing and don't have a clue right away as to what part they or the others are controlling.
  • The tie-in website reveals some of the events to have serious consequences:
    • The Rangers fleeing the mine damage some of the equipment there and delays work at the site by weeks. In addition, the police ask the school for assistance after discovering that students were involved in the incident which causes other students to have curfews placed on them by their parents.
    • Billy, Kimberly, and Jason's Power Coins reacting in the cafeteria causes it to be closed until repairs are completed.
    • Fellow students take notice of the Rangers hanging out together since they're all from different social circles and most likely never interacted with each other before.
  • Jason's prank at the beginning of the movie not only gets him in trouble in school, but also places him under house arrest for several months and the car accident he gets in messes up his knee.
  • The Rangers try to pull a Train Escape when fleeing from the police at the gold mine. They get hit, their car is reduced to scrap, and the only reason they don't go home in a coffee can is because of the Power Coins.
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  • Jason ends up damaging his bathroom sink while still adjusting to his powers and Kim likewise crushes her phone in anger after she gets a text from her former friends.
  • While all the Rangers are enhanced by the power coins, it's giving all of them the same power-up so Muscles Are Meaningful. Billy seems to be the weakest of the rangers, barely making a jump, and Kimberly is faster and more agile than the others from her cheerleader training.
  • Rita going around killing homeless people for their gold teeth is noticed, and reported on as a serial killer, averting Disposable Vagrant. Justified, as Angel Grove is a small fishing town, and Rita does not really bother to hide evidence.
  • Unlike the original show, here Zordon is quite unhappy when he learns that the fate of Earth and by extension the rest of the universe, rests in the hands of a bunch of undisciplined and inexperienced adolescents.
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  • When the unmorphed rangers go to take on Rita with only improvised weapons, they are quickly beaten without landing a single hit. They may have outnumbered Rita, but they've only had ten days worth of training and are up against someone who not only has years of actual fighting experience under her belt, but can use magic, and can still tap into her Power Coin.
  • Jason may be chosen as the leader, but he's still a teenager, not a soldier. His decision to try and challenge Rita without a plan ends in disaster, and he leaves his Zord in the middle of a battle when his father is in danger.
  • People see a giant robot defeat a giant monster destroying their town and pull out their cellphones and take pictures in lieu of the usual applause.
  • As shown in the tie-in comic Power Rangers: Aftershock Rita's attack on the city and the resulting battle between Goldar and the Megazord has left many people homeless and living in a tent city and the US Government is wary about both Rita, along with any other threats similar to her and the Rangers themselves.
    • Also in the comic, Jason soon learns being the Rookie Red Ranger in a more realistic version of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits is not easy. It causes him to doubt his ability to lead as well as his ability to think for the group rather than just himself.
  • Unlike their 90s counterparts, who took becoming the Rangers more or less in stride, the five teens initially have the reaction you'd expect to being thrust into such a situation: They want nothing to do with it.
    • Though in the first episode, the Rangers (except Jason) initially did want nothing to do with it, until Rita forced their hand.


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