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  • The only Disney-made season of the franchise where all of the main actors were all North American.

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  • Acting for Two: John Tui portrays both Doggie Cruger and Sergeant Silverback.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Due to Name's the Same as mentioned below, there was much confusion caused between Doggie Cruger and his Japanese counterpart for a number of media not doing proper research. This commonly resulted in them mistakenly using the Japanese Doggie Kruger's image to promote the series.
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  • Creator Backlash: Bruce Kalish has gone on record to say that in hindsight, the treatment of Sam was not his finest moment.
  • Creator's Pest: The creative team hated Sam so much that they tried to work around him as often as possible. If it weren't for the Sentai footage, they would have just written him out entirely.
  • Development Gag:
    • "Abandoned" ends with a friendly alien saying "Maybe I'll go to New Zealand. No one will ever find me there!"
    • Piggy gets teleported there in another episode.
  • Doing It for the Art: Greg Aronowitz designed a lot of the alien makeup for background characters on his own time and dime.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In "History", the Dino Thunder cast was not allowed to see the Doggie Cruger suit until they actually started shooting scenes with him so that they really would be surprised by his appearance.
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  • Executive Meddling: Disney wanted to save money and didn't want to hire a seventh starring actor, so it was written in that Sam the Omega Ranger, as a side effect of time traveling, was either stuck in his suit or transformed into a ball of light. This meant he was played on set by a stuntman in a bulky helmet and had his dialogue recorded later in ADR, making interaction between him and the other characters incredibly awkward. Apparently, the crew was so frustrated by this that they tended to write around Sam as often as possible; they probably would have written him out entirely if not for stock footage constraints. Additionally, Jason David Frank was not happy when he was not invited back for the team-up episodes as a cost-cutting measure.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The four unnamed A-Squad Rangers = Rachel (Pink), Cliff (Green), Ivan (Yellow) and Beevor (Blue) (the last being the most visibly alien one), To which Bruce Kalish approved at a convention so they are somewhat canon.
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    • Tinkersam, due to being portrayed as a ball of light throughout the season. Alternatively, calling him Navi, due to both of them being light blue.
    • The Sentai version, Dekaranger, was known for its vehicles with names like Machine Husky and Machine Bull (as in bulldog), but these never made it into SPD except by accident (and the opening credits in CGI form). Enter the Jeep Wrangler, already a staple of the filmed-in-New Zealand seasons, now repainted in SPD colors, which led the fans to dub it Machine Dingo. Never mind that the dingo is native to Australia and not New Zealand...
    • The Battle Thong. Due to this season's battlizer including (at least in its first mode) a, well...
  • I Knew It!: Charlie turning out to be a girl was meant to be a surprise. However, one member on the Rangerboard forum, who was an expert in digital voice manipulation, guessed — and posted — that he thought A-Squad Red was a girl. After the reveal, he ended up printing a t-shirt of Charlie that said "I was right!" and got several SPD cast and crew members to sign it.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Doggie Cruger had his name almost unchanged from his Dekaranger counterpart, Doggie Kruger. The main difference being that "Doggie" has been relegated to a nickname, while he was given the first name "Anubis" (originally Kruger's home planet). Nevertheless, most characters still refer to him as Doggie Cruger.
    • Katherine "Kat" Manx should not be confused with Katherine "Kat" Hillard.
    • The second Dino Thunder teamup episode "Wormhole" shares the same name with the first episode of the children's Sci-Fi show Black Hole High, which also used one-word episode titles. Coincidentally, both episodes were written by Bruce Kalish.
  • No Stunt Double: A downplayed version. John Tui voices and physically potrays the Doggie Cruger costume, but as Shadow Ranger he has a stunt double portraying the Ranger suit.
  • Prop Recycling:
    • A number of alien extras have been seen using parts of previous monster costumes. One of the most noticeable was in "Dogged", where a guy on Gruumm's ship had Deviot's head.
    • The flashback with Cruger wielding a Spiral Saber and wearing a similar cloak to Andros's.
    • The monster on Sgt. Silverback's planet aka Silverback, testing the Rangers by using a hologram is actually Beetleborgs monster El Scorpio.
    • Hey look, a bunch of furry suits we've never seen come to help us along those we do know! Yeah, they'll be immediately recognized by Dekaranger viewers. Two of them were replaced by redesigns, the other two didn't make the cut.
    • The A-Squad's duty uniforms are the jumpsuits worn by the Dekarangers, which presents an odd contrast with the much fancier uniforms worn by the rest of SPD.
    • Piggy's cafe is a treasure trove of this. Monsters from Time Force, Lightspeed Rescue and other seasons, along with a Tenga and a gatekeeper from the MMPR movie (which, incidentally, executive producer Greg Aronowitz worked on). Even an unused GoGoFive (Lightspeed Rescue's sentai counterpart) monster made an appearance.
      • It Makes Sense in Context: Well the premise for this series was that Earth had become a haven for many extraterrestrials by this time, so many of the aliens in existence from Morphin' on being around is actually plausible.
    • The usage of In Space helmets for the A-Squad and Time Force suits back when Sky's father was a cadet.
    • Parsnippity is made up of different costumes such as Lost Galaxy's Deviot, In Space's Tankenstein, and the unused Timeranger monster Boribaru.
  • Recursive Import: The show was dubbed in Japanese (And the 1st Disney-era PR to be dubbed in that language, Mystic Force would come later) — the last case of this was Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue. The Dekaranger cast dubbed their Western counterparts, save for Kat Manx, who was voiced by Rie Tanaka, and Broodwing, who's now voiced by Masami Iwasaki.
  • Troubled Production:
    • Executive Meddling led to a good chunk of the series' budget being placed onto the series finale, which had a major CGI battle with the SWAT Megazord. However, this led to them being unable to do a number of things, including hiring an actor for Sam, the Omega Ranger. As well, many episodes were taken wholesale from its Super Sentai counterpart Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. When Canada accidentally aired the second crossover episode between SPD and Dino Thunder, ABC held back that part for a good length of time before finally letting it air. Speaking of that episode, budget problems led to them to not even consider bringing back Jason David Frank who was back in the States. Frank has stated he was never asked to return. He was never seen out of his suit, and his voice was shemped by Trent's actor Jeffery Parazzo, as they couldn't afford to bring in a specially cast voice actor and Parazzo was already available.
    • The first day of filming with the Doggie Cruger head nearly set John Tui on fire. Due to unfamiliarity with the equipment, someone put the battery in wrong and caused a short in the electronics which caused them to start smoking.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page
  • You Look Familiar: Kelson Henderson, who appeared as a one-shot character in Dino Thunder, gets a regular role as not-quite-Ascended Fanboy Boom. You'll be seeing him in every series for a while.

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