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"It's morphin' time! Activate beast power! Unleash the beast!"
Morphing call, Power Rangers Beast Morphers
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The 26th and 27th seasons of the long running Power Rangers franchise, adapting footage from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, succeeding Power Rangers Ninja Steel and Super Ninja Steel in 2019. Announced by Saban Brands and Hasbro at the 2018 Toy Fair on February 17th, 2018, Beast Morphers is the first series produced under the latter company, after Hasbro later announced they were buying the entire franchise from Saban in May 2018.

For over 25 years, the Power Rangers have been powered by a mythical source of energy known as the Morphing Grid. Now, the city of Coral Harbor is ready to use it for civilian purposes as an infinite source of clean energy. But the city's mayor has his doubts, as he's worried that yet another overlord wannabe is going to crawl out of the woodwork to claim the power for himself. While the power plant had planned for this by preparing Power Rangers of their own, the mayor is quickly proven right: a sentient computer virus named Evox infects the system and knocks out two of the Rangers-to-be, making digital copies of them to serve as his Co-Dragons. It's up to a squad mostly made of untested rookies to stand in Evox's way and make sure he can't take control of the source of all Rangers' power.

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Common Power Rangers Tropes

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The main Rangers and their robot companions are themed on a Cheetah, a Gorilla, a Jackrabbit, a Mantis, and a Scarab Beetle.note  There is also a Lion mecha.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": The Rangers sport Grid Battleforce "GB" logos.
  • Chest Insignia: The Grid Battleforce logos are on the belts and one of each Rangers' shoulder straps (the latter also serves as the trigger for teleportation of needed weaponry).
  • City of Adventure: Coral Harbor thanks to repeated attacks by Evox and his henchmen and the Rangers battling to protect them.
  • Combining Mecha: The main three Rangers form Beast-X Megazord, and Gold and Silver form the Striker Megazord; and they can then combine into the Beast-X Ultrazord. Later, the Beast-X King Zord can replace the Beast Racer in the Beast-X formations to form the Beast-X King Megazord and Ultrazord.
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  • Leader Forms the Head: As per usual, the Beast Racer Zord forms the core that the rest of the zords attach to. Subverted later on, as the more powerful combinations use the Beast-X King instead, and Racer is left out of the formation entirely.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Averted. Unlike previous seasons, Beast Morphers does not do this. Instead, Scrozzle summons a Gigadrone from the Cyber Dimension with data from a Robotron installed. SPD is the only other season to have done this.
  • Mooks: Tronics, mechanical foot soldiers of Evox created by Scrozzle in the Cyber Dimension.
  • New Season, New Name: This happened the last four times, but this time, it's actually an Averted Trope.
  • Recycled In Space: Downplayed, as the espionage aspect isn't as strong as it was in Go-Busters (the Beast-X Sword for instance has only been used in binocular form once and it wasn't even referenced in dialogue, and the toys, from what little information we have, seem to drop the whole "disguised as other objects" gimmick).
  • Sixth Ranger: The Gold and Silver Rangers.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: For the third time in the franchise's history,note  and the first time in a TV series in the franchise, the team will not don spandex suits. Instead, the team will be donning suits made out of leather.
  • Transformation Trinket: The main team uses Beast-X Morphers; which are the first major Super Wrist-Gadget morphers in over a decade.note  Gold and Silver instead use Striker Morphers, a cellphone/gun hybrid. Both set of Morphers require the U.S. exclusive Morph-X Keys to activate.
  • Transforming Mecha:
    • All the Zords can transform between vehicle and animal modes. The Beast Racer, Beast Wrecker, and Beast-X King Zords also have humanoid warrior modes.
    • Cruise can transform into a motorcycle for Devon to ride on.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Sword and Gun for all Rangers, with the main Rangers using Beast-X Blasters and Beast-X Sabers and Gold and Silver using Striker Morphers and Striker Sabers. The core Rangers' weapons can combine into the Beast-X Cannon.
    • Picking up the habit of Zord cockpit weapons from the last few seasons, Devon also has the Cheetah Beast Blaster.
    • Later in Season 1, Devon acquires the Cheetah Claws.
    • Season 2 introduces the Beast-X Ultra Blaster and the Beast-X King Ultra Bow.
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This show provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Species Change: The Gold Ranger's animal theme is a mantis, rather than a horned beetle. Similarly, the Silver Ranger's theme is a scarab beetle rather than a stag beetle.
  • Adapted Out:
    • In Go-Busters, the Busters' weapons had the gimmick that they transformed from everyday objects. Beast Morphers cuts this aspect out and they're just weapons. The binoculars prop (the alternate form of the Beast-X Saber) does show up in episode 2, but it's treated as an entirely separate object; when the Rangers start fighting later in the scene they don't do anything with the binoculars and instead have their weapons teleported to them from the base.
    • The Mesiahnic Metaroid plot of the 2nd half of Go-Busters is dropped and those Metaroids were turned into regular Robotrons. This is most likely due to the fact Evox is Spared By Adaptation unlike Messiah who originally died halfway through.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Season 1 ends with Evox, his Avatars, and his base destroyed, but afterwards, Mayor Daniels is seen with purple-white energy coming out of his hand, possibly implying that Evox lives within him. The next season, however, makes it absolutely clear that Evox has taken over Mayor Daniels.
  • Ambition Is Evil: "Sound and Fury" features Megan, a Grid Battleforce employee who is currently head of Zord Maintenance, but wants a higher spot in the organisation, leading her to apply for the position of Nate's new assistant. She is perfectly willing to Blackmail Zoe into recommending her for the position, and once she gets it, she decides to sabotage one of Nate's experiments in the hopes of getting him fired and taking his place as Grid Battleforce's chief scientist. While not as villainous as Evox's forces, Megan's willingness to do whatever it takes to get what she wants marks her as a very unpleasant person.
  • Another Dimension: The Cyber Dimension, where Evox and the Blaze and Roxy avatars are sent by Nate. It becomes their base of operations after they meet and gain the allegiance of Scrozzle, a robot who's been hiding out there and has developed his own army of robots and Gigadrones to protect himself from enemies.
  • Artistic License – Biology.
    • Cats don't have an instinctive fear of dogs, and cheetahs especially wouldn't, being much larger.
      • That being said, there are dogs that are bred specifically to scare large predators away from livestock.
    • Carrots aren't actually all that healthy for rabbits, being too high in sugar and water content. But besides that, jackrabbits aren't actually rabbits; they're hares, which are surprisingly distantly related. Wild jackrabbits would not find carrots in their natural habitat and would likely eat the greens rather than the root if they did.
    • Both of the above can at least be Handwaved as corruption from Evox's damage to the system.
    • For massive Irony, scientifically speaking, the (Japanese) rhinoceros beetle, Gold's motif in Go-Busters, is the actual scarab rather than Silver's stag beetlenote .
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Enter's One-Winged Angel form in Go-Busters, Dark Buster, appeared only in the finale. In Beast Morphers, it's the Ranger form of Evox’s Blaze avatar from the start and eventually Blaze himself.
    • Likewise, Escape Evolve wasn't introduced until the second half of the series and only appeared a handful of times. Here, it's the morphed form of Evox’s Roxy avatar from day one.
    • Similarly, Evox's body from Evox Upgraded only appears once in Sentai (if we don't count another villain taking on that form in one battle in one movie's post-credits sequence.). Evox looks to be keeping it indefinitely.
    • Vargoyle was originally a Monster of the Week in Go-Busters by the name of Danganloid. In Beast Morphers, he's a recurring villain. (On top of that, Danganloid wasn't even the main threat for the episode, just a distraction for one Ranger in a plan Enter, Blaze's counterpart, mostly ran personally. That last battle with Devon? That's literally all of Danganloid's appearance!)
  • Big Bad: Evox, the malevolent AI bent on taking over the Morphin' Grid.
  • Big Little Brother:
    • Ben is One Head Taller than Betty, who only comes up to his armpit and had to use a small stepladder to stand behind the front desk.
    • Steel, who is considered Nate's "brother" by virtue of having some of his human DNA, is a head taller than he is when they're unmorphed.
  • Blackmail: In "Sound and Fury", a Grid Battleforce employee named Megan spots Nate and Zoey at the movies together, records a video of the scene, and uses it to blackmail her way into becoming Nate's new assistant so she can Sabotage him and take his job as head of the science division. Once her plans are found out, Commander Shaw has her fired for her actions.
  • Canon Foreigner: Scrozzle, a tech whiz who supplies Evox with his robots, was created for Beast Morphers and didn't exist in Go-Busters.
  • Child Prodigy: Nate, who joined Grid Battleforce at age six and is now their chief scientist as a teenager.
  • Composite Character:
    • Blaze and Roxy combine some elements of Jin with Enter and Escape. Though Enter and Escape were Avatars in Go-Busters, Evox using Blaze and Roxy as Avatars is similar to Jin’s use of his own Avatar while his body is incapacitated. They even end up in stasis pods pretty much the same as the one Jin uses in Go-Busters.
    • Nate takes some elements from Hiromu’s father - mainly, trapping the villain in another dimension - in addition to being Jin’s counterpart.
    • Evox himself is capable of the careful, patient planning that went to Enter (in Go-Busters, Enter was a Hypercompetent Sidekick to a Bad Boss whose impatience and impulsiveness would end up interfering with his plans. Evox has a temper, to be sure, but he is very much the brains of this operation.)
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Mayor Daniels notes that most, if not all, Ranger villains sought to take control of the Rangers' powers to rule the universe. He even name drops Rita Repulsa, Sledge and Galvanax as his examples.
    • Ravi brings up NASADA in episode 6 when they're launching model rockets.
  • Cool Bike: Cruise can transform into a motorcycle.
  • Cool Key: Unlike its Sentai counterpart (the Morphin Brace), the Beast-X Morpher is activated by the insertion of a Morph-X Key, which also serves as the collectible trinket for the toyline.
  • Cool Shades: A design motif of the season; the Rangers have sets built into their helmets and all the Megazords also have some.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than Ninja Steel, at least. The first episode alone has Evox corrupt two Ranger candidates and turn them into evil Avatars. The second season begins with Evox secretly possessing Devon's father.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Evox's Revenge". While succumbing to his weakness for the first time, Ravi attacks Zoey after she makes a playful joke regarding his aim.
  • Doting Parent: General Burke takes exceptional pride in Betty and Ben, believing them to be "geniuses", and a great asset to Grid Battleforce.
  • The Dreaded: Scrozzle came to the Cyber Dimension to hide from a robot named Vargoyle, and created the Tronics (and presumably the Gigadrones as well) to protect himself.
    Scrozzle: "Trust me, if Vargoyle was after you, you'd hide too."
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • They are the first Ranger team to make their first official appearance before their series. However, unlike Sentai tradition, their first appearance is not on the television series, but in comics; during the final fight of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Shattered Grid.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Played with; When unmorphed, Blaze and Roxy's Avatars wear black versions of the outfits their human counterparts wore when Evox infected them.
  • Evil Knockoff: Evox's servants are "Avatars", essentially evil copies of Blaze and Roxy (who were intended to be the Red and Yellow Rangers before Evox got into the system and stole their minds to create his two servants) with new battle forms.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: During the fight between Zoey and Roxy in "End of the Road". Roxy fires past Zoey, who snarks at her opponent before realizing the shot hit the fuel of her X-Bike. Not to be outdone, Zoey throws the fuel canister past Roxy. This time Roxy mocks Zoey before realizing that Zoey just set off an entire barrel of Morph-X, forcing Roxy to retreat.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: "End of the Road" has Zoey try to promote Morph-X-powered bicycles. Blaze tries to steal the fuel, which results in a stunt-filled chase scene (and naturally cuts through a skate park at one point).
  • Fake Memories: In "Rewriting History", the villains project a memory-altering wave to convince the people of Grid Battleforce that Blaze and Roxy were never infected by Evox, and became Rangers like they were meant to, allowing the avatars to take what Evox needs without suspicion.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father:
    • Mayor Daniels isn't too happy about his son's interest in video games and karate, feeling there's no future in it. He's quickly (albeit unknowingly) proven wrong, as these skills are essential to being a Power Ranger.
    • On the Mother side of things, Commander Shaw believes that any form of art is worthless, hence why Ravi had to hide his passion for it from her. Eventually, certain circumstances forces Ravi to tell Shaw this, and she admits that she was too hard on him.
  • Foreshadowing: A lot of this goes on, a prime example being Nate talking about wanting to have a brother in Episode 3.
  • Glass Cannon: Robo-Roxy and Robo-Blaze are just as powerful as their Avatar counterparts. However, they're more vulnerable defensively, though Scrozzle can revive them easily.
  • Grand Theft Me: In a sense. Evox uses the devices intended to turn Blaze, Roxy and Ravi into Rangers to turn Blaze and Roxy into his Avatars. Nate later points out that Blaze and Roxy are still alive, but since their Avatars are active, they are essentially "asleep" and can't be revived until the two are destroyed.
  • Green Aesop: There's a small one running throughout the series, as Morph-X is used first and foremost to generate clean energy for the city and the Rangers are primarily its protectors.
    • It takes a step up in "End of the Road". Zoey tries to get the citizens to ride Morph-X powered bicycles in order to cut down on traffic and convince the mayor not to solve the issue by plowing a road through a forest.
    • An even bigger step up is shown at the start of season 2, with Morph-X being utilized all over the world; Mayor Daniels pointing out what a big step this is towards a greener Earth.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Evox Upgraded", Grid Battleforce rebuild the Cybergate Scrozzle originally created to allow Evox to return to Earth, and use it to travel to the Cyber Dimension, rescuing Devon and foiling Evox's plan to invade Earth with his new body.
  • Inappropriately Close Comrades: There's an actual rule against Rangers fraternizing, quite possibly a first for the series. Roxy wants to keep things going on the down low despite the rule. Ravi breaks up with her despite both of their wishes, just wanting to follow the rules to avoid conflict.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In "A Friend Indeed", Railtron steals Cruise and Smash's memory data, reducing them to mindless drones.
  • Logical Weakness: Attempted, at least. Devon, being a cheetah (and therefore a cat), develops a paralyzing phobia of dogs. Ravi overheats and becomes aggressive due to his increased muscle mass and gorilla instincts. Zoey's jackrabbit powers use up her energy quickly since rabbits have faster a metabolism than humans. However, all of these rely on Artistic License – Biology.
  • Magic Is a Monster Magnet: Mayor Daniels points out that every enemy in Ranger history (which spans two-and-a-half decades) has gone after the Morphing Grid. Needless to say, he's not happy that Grid Battleforce has built a gigantic target.
  • Monster of the Week: This season’s villains are Robotrons, along with their titanic counterparts, the Gigadrones.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The opening scene from the first episode starts out in a karate class in a youth center. Hmm...
    • The way Nate says "affirmative", his role as the team's Gadgeteer Genius, his overall personality and demeanor, even his appearance (right down to the glasses) seems to blatantly evoke Billy Cranston. He also says "Phenomenal" a lot, as a reference to the original Rangers' old catchphrase, "Morphinomenal."
    • Ravi losing his girlfriend to something terrible, with the prospect of getting her back turning into motivation, actually mirrors some second-banana heroes from across toku, like Kamen Rider Knight, Kamen Rider Brave and LupinBlue.
      • Adding the fact that he was the only successful original candidate for a Super Soldier experiment who lost his lover (another original candidate) to the villains mirrors Ryu Tendo/Red Hawk from Choujin Sentai Jetman.
    • In "Sound and Fury", Zoey and Nate see the film "Revenge of the Hydra Worm". In Power Rangers Mystic Force, the Hydra Worm was the second monster the Mystic Force Rangers faced. The Hydra Worm on the film's poster is, in fact, clearly the same critter.
    • A poster for a Levi Weston concert is seen in "Boxed In."
    • The same episode features the Pan Global Games, the Olympics stand-in first mentioned in Mighty Morphin'.
    • Glitz Magazine returns in "Secret Struggle," having been quite important in an episode of Lightspeed Rescue after having been seen once before in Lost Galaxy.
    • In "Target Tower", Mayor Daniels saves Ben and Betty from Tronics by attacking them with a shovel.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: Defied; Evox and his forces are not averse to trying the same tactics again.
    • In "Silver Sacrifice", they rebuild the Cybergate and capture Steel so Evox can once again attempt to download himself into Steel's body. Unfortunately for them, Steel's human DNA prevents the process from working.
    • In "Sound and Fury", Blaze sends a second Tubatron after the Rangers, upgrading it to be even stronger than the original. Steel even quips, "Kudos to them for recycling."
  • No-Sell: In "Rewriting History", Steel, as a result of his part-human/part-robot mind, is immune to the memory-altering frequency that convinced everyone Blaze and Roxy's Avatars are Rangers.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: The Go-Busters toys are used for the Beast-X Morphers— and since the Morphin Brace had no key gimmick, the Rangers' Morph-X Keys are seen to turn from solid to holographic as they hit the button on the side (a proper keyhole replaces the button for the Hasbro toy).
  • Pac-Man Fever: Downplayed. The game Devon plays on his phone in his dad's car in the first episode makes 8-bit beeps and boops, and we don't see what game he's playing. However, many smartphones have emulator apps and indie games that are retro throwbacks, so he could just be playing one of those.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Roxy and Blaze use the Escape Evolve and Dark Buster suits, respectively, because they hadn't fallen apart. The unusually high amount of original footage is partly due to other monster suits needing to be repaired or rebuilt, so more scenes were filmed to justify the cost of construction. And since new footage was being made anyway, new power-ups and weapons were introduced so that more toys could be sold.
  • Properly Paranoid: Mayor Daniels is right to worry that making the Morphing Grid readily available means drawing a huge target on their backs. Rita Repulsa is indeed the biggest example as she's used Ranger powers, stolen Ranger powers, hijacked Zords and so much more. And then Evox comes along to prove him right.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Brilliant, but Lazy son of the mayor, a heartbroken By-the-Book Cop, a laundry girl, a Teen Genius with distant parents, and a hammy and boastful robot. And only one of them was originally recruited to be a Ranger. The others were just in the right place at the right time.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mayor Daniels. While he may not always agree with the Devon and the others, he's always willing to hear their side, can be persuaded, and generally wants the best for everyone.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Subverted, for once. A major hurdle that our heroes contend with is the fact that Mayor Daniels would rather use normal methods and stay away from things running on Morph-X. Grid Battleforce prove themselves useful in showcasing the wonders of Morph-X and letting the people use them. As such, real world problems like city traffic and an eco-friendly electrical grid are the main uses while defending the city from monsters is just kind of a byproduct.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The show's main villain, Evox, takes the form of a snake. Averted with the lizard Zoey and Nate take care of in episode three, who's used to demonstrate the innocence and importance of keeping the local forests intact.
  • Robot Buddy: Known as "Beast Bots", each of the Rangers have one, and they transform into Beast Zords' control panels. The Red Ranger's is named Cruise, the Blue Ranger's is named Smash, and the Yellow Ranger's is named Jax. The Gold Ranger also has one named Steel, who doesn't transform into a control panel but instead becomes a Power Ranger himself.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • Attempted, at least - one of Grid Battleforce's rules is that "Rangers can't date Rangers". Roxy and Ravi aren't happy with this since they're dating and have been chosen to become Rangers, but Ravi intends to comply and breaks up with her. Shortly thereafter, her mind gets stolen and used to create one of Evox's "avatars".
    • Also gets in the way of Zoey and Nate's mutual attraction. They confess their feelings, but can't really do anything about it.
  • Spanner in the Works: If not for Devon and Zoey's interference, not only would Ravi had become an avatar, but nothing would've stood in Evox's way of seizing the Morphing Grid and conquering the world.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Zoey eats carrots to recover her energy, since the jackrabbit data that was bonded to her was partially corrupted.
  • Synchronization: In "Target Tower", it is revealed that the Avatars' human selves were connected mentally to their counterparts, seeing and hearing everything they did. When Roxy awakens following her Avatar's destruction, she is able to tell the Rangers all about Evox's master plan.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Blaze and Roxy do not like Scrozzle, and the feeling is mutual from him towards them, but they're forced to work together under Evox's rule.
  • The Something Force: It's not applied to the show title this time, but Grid Battleforce is still an example.
  • Those Two Guys: Ben and Betty, a pair of bungling GB security guards. Uncommonly, they actually become friends with the Rangers rather quickly and sometimes important to solving the weekly ordeal.
  • The Unchosen One: Devon and Zoey, two of the three Rangers, are last-minute substitutes after the intended ones, Blaze and Roxy, essentially have their minds stolen and used as the basis of Evox's two "Avatars", while Devon and Zoey step in to stop them from taking Ravi, the intended Blue Ranger, as a third "Avatar".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: After being bonded with Rabbit DNA, Zoey develops a hankering for carrots.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action:
    • Knowingly averted in "Hangar Heist" where the Rangers undergo a training simulation revolving around them combining their Zords while under enemy attack. When they combine their Zords for real, a shield is generated to protect them from interference from the Gigadrones.
    • Averted again in "Sound and Fury"; Devon's transformation into Fury Mode is very slow. The other Rangers are forced to hold off Tubatron 2.0 long enough for the transformation to finish.
  • Van in Black: Ravi and Zoey get one in episode 6, since they're not giving everyone bikes this season. It's got a not-too-obtrusive Grid Battleforce logo in white.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The civilians don't pay too much attention to Steel or any of the other Beast Bots when they're out in public. This is understandable, though, since sentient robots are pretty common in the Power Rangers universe (common enough that there's actually a law forbidding robots from running for political offices).
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In Evox's Revenge, it's revealed that when the Rangers first morphed, they also inherited a little bit of corrupted data from Evox's infection in the previous episode, giving them weaknesses. These include:
    • Devon freezes up whenever he sees a dog, even a picture of a dog. The show justifies this by saying he has feline DNA now, and has inherited a natural fear of canines.
    • Ravi overheats and goes berserk when overusing his powers.
    • Zoey runs out of energy when she overuses her powers, and has to eat carrots to restore her energy levels.
  • The Worf Effect: In "Evox Upgraded", the Beast-X Ultrazord tears through an entire squad of Gigadrones, but is taken down by Evox's human-sized new body in a single hit.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Devon says this even as he's being dragged off by the security team while he's trying to warn them about the snake-like virus that's invaded their systems.

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