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The History of Power Rangers is a web series created by Linkara of Atop the Fourth Wall as a fun side project. Being an older fan, he decided to review each season of Power Rangers and break down the elements of the story. It isn't a video review in the same style as most others on Channel Awesome, but largely Linkara doing a voiceover of the footage while pointing out elements and features he feels are noteworthy, with the occasional Fun with Subtitles or messing with the conventions of the format. The videos have grown in running time due to how complicated the series became later on (as well as his lack of familiarity with later series going in), between three and four parts pushes into 2 hours of commentary. He acknowledges that even with more time, there is likely to be something he forgets to mention.

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The video series started in April of 2010 and, partially due to Linkara's own familiarity with the early seasons, the early videos came out fairly regularly. He knows how intimidating the project is and has made it clear that there is no set schedule for the release of each installment as he also has to worry about his social life, his work on Atop the 4th Wall, conventions and crossovers with fellow reviewers on Channel Awesome (it started out about once a week, grew to about 3-4 months and the gap between Mystic Force and Overdrive was around a year and a half). And as he has not watched each season when it first aired, most of the later seasons have him reviewing it from a fresh perspective. Taking into account writing notes, selecting clips, editing, and doing the voice work, it's a colossal task indeed. But one he does out of a labor of love for the franchise.

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It must be noted that he is not reviewing the series based on how well it adapts Super Sentai. It would not only require him to watch the Super Sentai counterpart, but he also feels that any season should be able to stand on its own accord. He does seek to do research on various topics like the origin of the Super Sentai footage and behind-the-scenes material, but such information is not always reliable and he doesn't use it as hard fact. He brought this up during Mystic Force, as fans kept asking.

The following lists are the tropes he uses in each series review as well as tropes he points out that those series uses.

The most current review thus far is of Power Rangers Dino Charge, which was completed while Ninja Steel was still airing. Linkara has announced that, since the series will be completely caught-up, new episodes will only be released after a new season has aired in its entirety and the official DVDs are released (assuming seasons are normally split into two mini-seasons and that the DVDs are released on time, a new episode about every two years). There are also possible episodes depending on Patreon requests, and will likely focus more on Power Rangers "copycats" like Masked Rider, Beetleborgs, VR Troopers, and Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills. He's also going back and addressing the mistakes he'd made in earlier videos, and has tentatively announced that he plans on remastering all the previous episodes of HOPR up to Operation Overdrive.


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  • Accentuate the Negative: Completely averted. Linkara praises things when done well, and points out things that are flawed, regardless of popular internet opinion and his own nostalgia. He's said incredibly positive things about some of the most divisive seasons and gives credit to the best aspects of every series, encouraging people to give all of them a chance. Even Turbo, Operation Overdrive, and Megaforce's good moments are acknowledged, though he cracks the latter two doesn't have a lot in that regard.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Linkara has issues with this, as whenever a character doesn't know about the Power Rangers, he points out that there was a full alien invasion of the Planet Earth. It's also notable, if coincidental, that he rarely likes a character who displays this in his analysis of the Season, although for any characters who displays this pre-In Space he tends to be slightly more lenient (less for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, citing then that the Rangers had been on National TV by this point and given the Turtles' history with aliens and other abnormalities). This especially frustrated him during the first episode of Megaforce when Emma questioned what a ranger was, since it was an anniversary season and displaying this trope is just insulting in that regard.
    • This lead to some issues regarding the first couple episodes of Ninja Storm. Tori expressed disbelieve that the Power Rangers existed and treated them as fictitious characters. Linkara acknowledges that this was really a case of Early Installment Weirdness though and that what happens in early episodes rarely matters later.
  • Artistic License: One of many things Linkara is fond of doing in History of Power Rangers is lampshading and poking fun at the dozens upon dozens of times the series as given the double middle finger to science and physics.
    • Artistic License – Biology: Either this or some form of physics, as humans can breathe in space and on the moon.
    • Artistic License – History: In Samurai with the Bullzooka. Ancient samurai warriors... wielding laser guns.
      Linkara: Just as the ancient samurai intended.
      • In Operation Overdrive, he points out that a parchment that's thousands of years old bears latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates despite such having existed for the past couple hundred years only. He's more critical of the coordinates being in English numbers and not the ancient Arabic numbers.
        Linkara: I'm starting to think this parchment is as authentic as a treasure map on the back of a Denny's place-mat.
    • Artistic License – Martial Arts: Jungle Fury Rangers having jet boosters as part of their Super Modes. Though the better justification for this is that The Order of the Claw never had a Ranger team in the past, so while they use old martial arts techniques, the Ranger tech is mostly modern.
    • Artistic License – Physics: In Dino Charge when Sledge's ship anchors itself to the Earth and proceeds to tow the damn thing like a broken down car.
      Linkara: And indeed, he begins towing the planet, because this is Power Rangers, and we long ago gave the double middle finger to science.
  • Author Appeal: Linkara's fond of a few things which he brings up every now and then.
    • In his own words, he's a "complete sucker" for the original "Go Go Power Rangers" theme and has absolutely no problem with it being reused for Samurai and Megaforce despite acknowledging that people hated them because of the cheap reuses. Though he of course doesn't mind a changing main theme for each season as long as they make the new theme good. He further likes the Zeo, Turbo, and Dino Charge themes for being sequel songs that reuse some of the original chords while otherwise being new.
    • He likes it when we're told what the Rangers from last year have done since the villain was stopped.
    • Fight scenes that don't use many special effects are praised, as are fight scenes that let the Rangers fight un-morphed for a time. Related to this, he likes seasons that focus more on martial arts battles rather than guns or superpowers; while he acknowledges the latter is more efficient, relying on powers instead of hand-to-hand combat can make the Rangers seem weak, like they couldn't fight competently without their powers.
    • Chivalry and the general "Ranger values" of being a good person and wanting to protect people and stand up to evil no matter what, even if you don't have any powers. This is why he likes characters like Chip from Mystic Force, is one reason why he gave Wild Force a bit more love than it usually got, and why he considers Bulk and Skull's character arc so awesome. It's also a big turn off for him when Rangers don't display these kinds of heroic qualities, like Nick in Mystic Force, and it's a major factor why he considers Operation Overdrive the worst season; bland and boring Rangers are better than straight up unlikable ones in his eyes. He also has a soft spot for chivalric villains (or the Noble Demon), as seen in Lost Galaxy and In Space.
    • Linkara is also a big fan of Arthurian Lore, as he shared a good first impression of Lost Galaxy when the Rangers gain their powers by pulling the Quasar Sabers out of a huge stone slab on the planet Miranoi. It was also a part of the reason why he liked Chip in Mystic Force compared to the other characters, since the character is a fan of Arthurian mythology and chivalry.
    • He's also a big fan of serial continuity as opposed to starting with a new team every season or having things set in an Alternate Continuity, which is a big reason why the 'Zordon Era' is his favorite, since every season is a direct continuation of the previous one. He states that this was also a part of the reason why he initially stopped watching Lost Galaxy early on back when he was a kid, since it was starting over with an entirely new cast rather than continuing with the characters he grew up with.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Or as he calls it, "The Wasserman Factor"; playing epic music, particularly the theme song of the season, over fights and other cool moments makes them more epic, and it bugs him when they don't do it for no reason, such as in Ninja Storm in some fights or in Mystic Force. As part of The Wasserman Factor, he also notes a season can be that much weaker if the theme music is bad, such as with Mystic Force or Operation Overdrive.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile: Linkara's theory for why the Rangers give off sparks when they hit something and why there are explosions behind them after they morph during the team-ups—there's just so much energy being given off. This has actually become more or less the canon explanation Dr. K gives for the giant explosions that occur behind the Rangers in Power Rangers RPM.
  • Awesome Music: invoked One thing that is consistent in every review is addressing the quality of the opening theme, even above the Zords themselves (which he says kind of blur together). If the music is decent he tends to be more lenient on its quality. If the music is bad like with Operation Overdrive... don't expect him to hold back.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He hates it when child actors are prominent, since they usually aren't very good actors and distract from the Rangers and/or the action. Linkara notes the very idea of a Kid-Appeal Character isn't needed for a show like Power Rangers; kids are watching the show in the first place for the fight scenes and the giant robots, you don't need to pander to them further.
    • Linkara also hates when characters don't act the way they should in their roles or have an Informed Attribute that they never actually portray. This includes Power Rangers who don't act heroic, enemies who say they have a code of ethics or chivalry and either never actually act that way or confuse stupidity with nobility (like not killing an enemy in a fair fight because 'it's not noble'), and mentors who don't actually help their Rangers and confuse fortune cookie rhetoric for insight.
  • Bias Steamroller: He has repeatedly stated that History of Power Rangers is strictly from his perspective and is biased as a result.
    • He greatly dislikes morphers that are cell-phone themed. For him, morphers should be unique and out of the ordinary, which helps the Rangers feel more special. He stated in his Wild Force video that morphers that look like everyday objects just come off as sad and generic. This is why he likes morphers such as the original Mighty Morphing ones, the Zeo morphers, the Solar morphers, ironically the Gosei morphers, and the Dino Charge morphers. There are some exceptions like the Mystic morphers, though they largely get a pass for being wands disguised as phones and not actual phones.
    • His preference for more chivalric, kindhearted rangers also leads to a strong hatred for jerkass and smug rangers. Though this is largely when the negative attributes outweigh the positive ones and there isn't enough development given to improve on the negative qualities.
    • He also has a heavy preference for rock n' roll theme songs (especially if the musician in question is Ron Wasserman) and has stated that other kinds of themes don't really fit Power Rangers for him. This is part of why he was critical of the Mystic Force hip-hop theme (and most of the music in that season for not fitting an action show like Power Rangers) and especially the Operation Overdrive rap theme. Ironically, he disliked the RPM theme for going too far in the rock direction.
  • Breakout Character: Carter Grayson is one of the most mentioned characters in the post-Lightspeed reviews and is likely one of Linkara's favorite rangers. He often refers to when Rangers pull out their blasters as the "Carter Grayson technique".
  • Catch-Phrase: "...which makes sense" when a detail makes sense, despite at first looking like a Plot Hole.
    • As well as "...for some reason" a few times, when a detail doesn't make sense.
      • He also uses "Because... Because." in some cases.
      • As well as "Because... I have no idea."
    • Also, "I'm sure [villain] will neeeeeeever bother anyone again", for the villains who eventually come back. (He used a variation of this when Trent first appeared in Dino Thunder.)
    • He introduces the team-up morphs with, "And, of course, it's time."
    • "Which means it's AWESOME!" When describing the various weapons and equipment used by the season du jour's Sixth Ranger, usually a melee weapon that becomes a gun.
    • He ends each teaser with a quip and some variation of "Welcome, friends, to [series name]."
    • Sometimes, he'll say "Whoops." for accidental racism.
    • "Yeah, I know, limited by the Sentai footage", when discussing a Plot Hole or Wasted Plot that he begrudgingly admits was due to the source material. However, after he states that fact he will usually explain while that may be the reason, that it's not an excuse since the production team could have made their own footage, worked around that story element, or even skipped a particular Super Sentai if it was so difficult to translate into an Americanized Power Rangers season.
  • Central Theme: Linkara tried to find one in each season at the start of the retrospective- The only exceptions are his reviews of Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers Megaforce.
    • For Mighty Morphin, it's the classic Magic vs. Technology with the rangers using technology to defeat the forces of evil that use magic. Lightspeed Rescue also uses this theme.
    • Zeo is an interesting take on the Magic vs. Technology theme as the Machine Empire represent the technological side while Rita and Zedd represent the Magical side. The Zeo Rangers in turn are the combination of both (their weaponry and zords are built from technology, but the Zeo Crystal is a magical element that is used as their power source). A secondary theme for this season is Triumph, as the Rangers grew stronger this season from new zords, weapons, and the added strength that comes from the Zeo Crystal.
    • The closest he got for a theme for Turbo was "Cars vs. Space Pirates in Submarines".
    • In Space and Lost Galaxy are both Space Opera's and both deal with the Grey and Gray Morality of villainy. In Space focused on what makes someone evil, while Lost Galaxy focused more about the Noble Demon side of evil and chivalry.
    • Time force was about the Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate.
    • Wild Force was the environmentalism.
    • Ninja Storm was about Family.
    • Dino Thunder was about comparing and contrasting the past to the present, particularly with this season and Mighty Morphin.
    • SPD was about how the Rag Tag Band Of Misfits became true heroes and escaped their superior's shadows.
    • For as much as he hated Operation Overdrive, Linkara does admit that the story-arc with Mack's Robotic Reveal brought up some identity crisis in the final act.
    • Jungle Fury was about imperfections and how to train yourself to overcome them.
    • RPM was about how the apocalypse can bring out the best in people.
    • Samurai was about family responsibility, although he points out it mostly shows how negatively some of the rangers are affected by it.
    • For Megaforce, he says the show thinks it's about nostalgia and humans banding together to protect one another. However, he points out that the execution (or lack thereof) of these elements turns them into annoying and empty platitudes. He at first stated in the beginning that the theme was "fight scenes", but then later stated the true theme was "a bizarre form of laziness", due what little effort that was put into the series was usually put in things that did not really matter, like recreating a set to match the Super Sentai footage, instead of making better tributes, replacing Super Sentai-only rangers, or giving the characters arcs.
    • Dino Charge was about what makes someone a hero.
  • Cliffhanger: When the seasons started to have multiple videos he usually ends each one with a bait to force you to continue to the next video, such as a teaser for the yearly team-up to be reviewed or some major shake-up in the story. He also ends each series by quoting the theme song of the next series.
  • Clip Show: He generally doesn't like when they do these in the show because they come off as lazy, though he's mostly indifferent to them at this point. There are some exceptions that he found more unique than the others:
    • In Mystic Force, he actually enjoyed the clip show from a plot perspective, as it was used by the villains to display Koragg's ineptitude when it came to dealing with the rangers and why they should be rid of him.
    • In Dino Charge, having it be unknown to both the viewer and the rangers which one of them is the fake and going through there memories to see which is the one was actually considered too good an idea to be wasted on something like a clip show.
  • Critical Backlashinvoked: Has this with several shows, particularly what fans call the "Disney Era," but so far the only seasons he's said he feels are bad are Turbo, Overdrive, and Megaforce, though he admits he understands why some seasons get hate.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly on the worse seasons, but he admits in Mystic Force that sometimes he even snarks on elements he enjoyed just for the sake of it.
  • Elite Mooks: Often is discussed on whether mooks really WERE Elite when a season had more than one type of mook. For some like Mystic Force, he sees no difference between multiples types, while others like SPD he feels does this much better with some of the elites even getting speaking lines and proving themselves more powerful than the others.
  • Ensemble Dark Horseinvoked:
    • He frequently says that Bulk and Skull are "the real stars" of Power Rangers' Zordon era.
    • Outside of the Zordon Era, we get Carter Grayson: The greatest badass ever.
    • He also sometimes goes into details about certain rangers that he likes over the rest of the team, so far having done Katie in Time Force, Cam in Ninja Storm, Chip in Mystic Force, Rose in Operation Overdrive, RJ in Jungle Fury, Antonio and Lauren in Samurai, Gia in Megaforce, and singling out Zack as his favorite of the original Mighty Morphin in his Remaster of Season 1.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has noted that Power Rangers has a tendency, especially in later seasons, to give their Evil Overlord the stereotypical super-deep, gravelly evil voice. He also notes that while he understands Power Rangers does this to try to make their main villain sound badass, it usually makes them sound incredibly generic, instead.
  • Evolving Credits: Happens to the series itself, as with each new series that comes out, Linkara creates a new theme. The first theme lasted 11 seasons due to Samurai not having their Gold ranger yet, but following that he changed it after 2 and then 4 themes to keep up with the additional ranger season. However, for his youtube uploads, the full-length intro featuring all of the Power Rangers groups were cut for possible copyright issues, instead being replaced by a single bar of "Go, go, Power Rangers!" along with the HOPR title.
  • Executive Meddlinginvoked:
    • While he won't hold it over a season just because it was made during the "Disney Era", he has mentioned several times over that Disney really didn't get the franchise's appeal and would constantly interfere to try and reduce the violence, cut its budget, and at one point even wanted to just directly dub a season of the Super Sentai instead of converting it into a proper Power Rangers seasonnote .
    • He also mentions that in the "Neo Saban Era", while he is glad Nickelodeon came and saved the series, there were a lot of weird mandates that hurt the new seasons overall, the oddest of which is Nickelodeon's strict policy that seasons have to be 20 episodes long, so Power Rangers seasons had to be split into two "mini seasons", a normal and a 'Super' season. And this is without getting into all the meddling that happened in Megaforce.
  • Fan Wank: invoked Very often brought up when discussing theories about how the continuity and story elements of past seasons may connect to future ones.
    • He brings up the idea of the human-based Ranger teams — Lightspeed Rescue, S.P.D., Operation Overdrive — being interconnected in some manner, like Andrew Heartford being a backer for Lightspeed Rescue, which could be how he got access to the robotics technology of their automated rangers in order to create a cyborg like Mack. He also notes in the S.P.D. review that a photo of Sky's father wearing the Time Force uniform implies that Wes could be Sky's father, or else that Bio-lab could be a precursor to S.P.D., since they were established back in Time Force to be trying to reverse-engineer the Quantum Morpher powers. He also wonders if maybe RJ from Jungle Fury was connected to this chain as well.
    • Also in S.P.D. he discusses the time scale of the series — if one presumes that each season takes place in the year it was produced, as is usually implied, the Long Runner nature of the series means there's a continuity problem on the horizon as S.P.D. takes place in 2025 and says at the time, aliens are living on Earth alongside humans and are accepted as an everyday facet of life. Presuming Power Rangers is still on the air with new seasons by that point, he doubts that aliens will start being added to the cast rosters in order to reflect S.P.D.'s future that should now be coming to pass. He proposes the only way to reconcile this is to assume that a "year" in the Power Rangers universe is longer than in the real world, thus giving them a larger timescale to have events happen. He does concede though that after Mystic Force, it's possible that having magical creatures become integrated into human society might have laid the groundwork for acceptance of aliens in the future.
    • Speaking of timescales, he actually has 3 different ways of looking at the ending of Power Rangers Dino Charge. Ninja Steel would later confirm that the first option is the canonical one.
      • Option 1: The series is as is, meaning dinosaurs now live alongside humans. This is the full Alternate Timeline theory that much of fandom might embrace to keep the mess away from the primary continuity. The main problem he has with this is that several characters refer to the rangers as "rangers" not "the rangers". This indicates that past rangers do exist in Dino Charge's world, we just don't know if they're the same rangers in the primary continuity. Ninja Steel would later confirm this option as the canon one with the Crisis Crossover event: Dimensions in Danger, in which its established there is an entire multiverse of Power Rangers, and that like with RPM, Dino Charge takes place in a separate universe.
      • Option 2: The new timeline is "Jurassic Parked". Despite saving the dinosaurs from going extinct from Sledge's asteroids, dinosaurs later became endangered or went extinct later on in this new timeline, but via The Butterfly Effect, the main change from stopping Sledge is either the endangered angle, or that people could bring dinosaurs back to life. This keeps continuity mainly untouched, but just alters circumstances surrounding the events.
      • His personal "easier" way of looking at the ending. The paradoxes created from their actions would've gotten the attention of Time Force, forcing them to go back in time, save Earth without the problem of creating a black hole, and otherwise keep the timeline as is with the Dino Charge rangers resuming their normal lives afterwards.
    • While he is aware that RPM takes place in an Alternate Universe, he prefers the idea that it doesn't. After Venjix is destroyed, what if alien races, who have been in contact with Earth for several years across various seasons, such as the Aquitians, Mirinoians, Triforians, and to a lesser extent, Edenoians, came to help humanity rebuild? Aliens would be hailed as the saviors of the human race for their aid, while robots and cyborgs would be hated and shunned thanks to Venjix's actions — which perfectly sets up the future society of S.P.D. and even Time Force.
  • Foreshadowing/Call-Forward: Videos will sometimes contain hints or subtle comments as to his opinions of seasons he hasn't reviewed yet, and on other occasions Linkara often alludes to themes and ideas that he's going to discuss when he gets to a particular season in a future video, such as discussing the idea of a robot war happening in the Power Rangers universe in Operation Overdrive, two episodes prior to his RPM review.
  • Fridge Logic:invoked Regularly discusses these throughout the series, noting that some plot points that seem odd actually make sense when you think them over, while others make you tilt your head because they don't make sense.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: Lewis is going back and fixing some things in his earlier episodes, as well as changing the clips to clearer ones and making the videos more YouTube-friendly. Originally, everything after the first season was planned to just be a Re-Cut/Remaster with only the first season video full-on getting this treatment with him making sure to mention Titanus, Scorpina, Ernie, Ms. Applebee, Principal Kaplan, and the Radbug this time around, but then he redid the second season, opening by saying that he's going to play this by ear. He also recognized that several videos opened with a very topical discussion of the Power Rangers fandom or the HOPR series itself; as such his opening statements before his Wild Force video about how he planned to continue the series were removed for being outdated, considering that was the 10th season and he eventually got caught up with the series at Megaforce, the 20th season.
  • Humongous Mecha: Despite all the Megazords prominent in the series, Linkara rarely talks about them. His reasoning being that after a while, they all blend in and discussing them would just end up being padding. One exception is Lightspeed Rescue, where he gushes over almost every Megazord in the season.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Linkara will use this trope a lot, normally pointing out at least one episode (if not more) in a season that, at first glance, appears to be pointless Filler only to show that it actually is quite important in fleshing out the setting, gives great Character Development, or ties in nicely to that season's Central Theme. This is also the reason why he has declined offers from fans to be told which episodes in a season are important and which ones he should skip, as he likes to decide himself whether an episode is substantial to the plot or skippable filler.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!invoked: The reason why Linkara only gives, at best, a passing nod to the Rangers' individual weapons or their zords: after a while they all become so similar that they all just blend together. Although he will make exceptions for exceptionally weird weapons, melee weapons that turn into guns, Megazords that are made of two or more smaller Megazords, and/or Megazords that are enormous even as far as Megazords normally go.
  • Long Runner:
    • In part due to the Schedule Slip, but he noted with amusement in reviewing Samurai that it was the first season to premiere after he started The History of Power Rangers.
    • This is also discussed in the Samurai review as to how fans were inevitably disappointed by the show for several reasons, but his first being that as Power Rangers has been going on for so long, "Not every season is going to be good."
  • Magic A Is Magic A: There are some things in Power Rangers that just does not work with reality, but he admits it is consistent in that regard (like being able to survive in space). He does point out that a rather simple statement in MMPR season three from Zordon saying "Too much pink energy is dangerous" indicates a certain In-Universe rule WHY there aren't any repeat colors on any given team. This holds up throughout the seasons that if there are two repeat colors on a team that it causes an instability in their powers, possibly even fatal to one of them.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Repeatedly mocked when the Rangers get new equipment or vehicles, ostensibly so the toy side of the show can keep pumping out new merchandise for the kids to buy. The only times he finds it more acceptable is when the rangers are part of a military organization, where it would make sense to have teams of researchers working around the clock to make new weapons and equipment for the heroes. However, by Power Rangers Samurai he's grown really sick of the overuse of this trope, calling the season out for adding a new weapon, new zord, or new costume variation pretty much every other episode.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Defies this belief when discussing morphers, first bringing it up for the Growl Morphers in Wild Force. He prefers the Morphers to be foreign, fantastic objects set apart from normal day-to-day technology. Thus, when they're designed after cell phones (as repeatedly happens), he usually doesn't care for the idea. He doesn't mind it in Mystic Force though, since the Morphers there are actually wands that they magically transform into cell phones to be inconspicuous.
  • MST3K Mantrainvoked: Mentions several times that in order for the show to work, the series must take place in an Alternate Universe where societal progress and the laws of the science are different. The first episode alone establishes that the moon has a breathable atmosphere and that manned spaceflight to it still occurs, so there are some things you just have to go with.
  • Narm Charminvoked: "It's Power Rangers, it's supposed to be cheesy." Sometimes however, he notes that a series can get a bit too surreal.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: He frequently expresses disappointment that the series avoided any such displays of affection (except for Kimberly/Tommy) with some sort of romance happening in nearly every season. Whenever there is some sort of heartfelt confession that should lead to a kiss but never does, he subtitles it "Kiss her you idiot!"
  • Nostalgia Filter: In effect from the first season of Mighty Morphin' through In Space (with the exception of Turbo), but out the window from Lost Galaxy and beyond, as Linkara explains that was when he officially stopped watching Power Rangers as a child.
  • Oscar Bait: There are particularly well-done moments either comically or dramatically that he lists with an "Oscar Clip" subtitle to indicate their quality.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He hates this when it happens in crossover episodes, as he wants the teams to stand alongside each other as equals, not have one end up doing a lot of the heavy-lifting and look cooler than the other. As he points out in his Operation Overdrive videos:
    Linkara: The cardinal sin of a team-up episode, is making one team look better than the other instead of being equals.
  • Police are Useless: Notes we rarely see police or military attempt to engage monsters or protect people, and in one episode from Mighty Morphin' we see that Angel Grove's police department has special regulations for dealing with monsters and the Power Rangers. However, when we finally do see military forces attempting to fight a monster, we see they're not very good at it, so presumably they know better and just let the Rangers handle it. The exception of course being RPM, which due to a greater focus on the military and rangers working together avoids any Take That!, at least directly.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Discussed. He likes it when Power Rangers breaks off from Super Sentai and is willing to try its own plots and ideas rather than just adapt the Super Sentai wholesale.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: He often discusses this trope in seasons where we see the Rangers specifically recruited for a larger operation, discussing why or why not it makes sense to recruit teenagers instead of military or government operatives. In Operation Overdrive in particular he goes on a rant about it when it's lampshaded in-universe by one of the Rangers that with Hartford's money, he could hire an army to aid him instead of relying on four teenagers.
  • Rule of Cool: Discussed when certain plot elements may not be properly explained, but he doesn't care because they're cool anyway. Also brought up when discussing Megaforce in regards to "Forever Red" from Wild Force. Fans will endlessly discuss Forever Red and come up with theories to explain the plot holes in that episode, because in spite of those plot holes the episode is great. Megaforce, which was crap, gets no such attention for its plot holes.
  • Running Gag:
    • Serpentera's three AAA batteries that limit how much Lord Zedd can use it, and how he should just focus on fixing that problem over his many other, failed plans.
    • "And I'm sure <X> will neeeeever be brought up/mentioned again".
    • Pointing out whenever someone denies the existence of the Power Rangers that there was a full scale alien invasion of Earth thwarted by the Power Rangers.
    • Comments a few times that the reason Zordon kept secrets from the rangers is because he's mad at them for breaking the zords.
    • Cracks about the Abandoned Warehouse District being the site of Megazord battles.
    • After Wild Force, always pointing fun at any claims that places are in the US by pointing out that all their filming is now in New Zealand.
    • Every time a Super Mode is introduced he analyzes the cosmetic appearance, sometimes positively, sometimes negatively, but often concludes with "At least it isn't glitter!" in reference to the underwhelming upgrade the Rangers got in the third season of MMPR, which was literally a thick layer of glitter on top the suits.
    • Never forget the Ancient Ninja Electric Guitar. In his review of Megaforce he lampshades the repeated use of the reference and declares that no, he's never getting over it.
    • Anytime he mentions how the series has screwed the laws of science multiple times.
    • His usage of the Guardians of the Galaxy clip of Rocket laughing and mocking that "that's not a real plan", which he even lampshaded to have used in three consecutive seasons.
  • The Scrappy:invoked He certainly sees various characters from the various seasons as this.
    • People such as Lucas, Merrick, or Nick rub him in a wrong way, but one of his more hated Scrappies being Dax from Operation Overdrive, to the point that he said that the only way Jungle Fury could be worse than the previous seasons was if every ranger was replaced with Dax.
    • As far as villains are concerned, he hates Divatox for being a lame space pirate trying to take over the world, Bansheera for being boring and flat, Lothor for being overly goofy when the audience is obviously supposed to be taking him seriously, and Xandred for never actually doing anything, except drink 'medicine' and complain about his headache.
    • And as for mentors, while he has expressed dislike for Dimitria, Shayla, Sensei Kanoi Watanabe, Gosei, and Doctor Hartford, he seems to hold a place of hatred for Mentor Ji, whom he calls out as being elitist and basically useless to the Rangers, claiming him to be more of a glorified butler than a mentor. Then he takes that back, as Dr. Hartford's butler, Spencer, actually went out and did field work, and was one of his favorite characters of that season, so even compared to a butler, Ji comes up short.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Linkara points out the series' use of this trope since the franchise's beginning during the Jungle Fury review, stating that the forces of good seemed to not focus on permanently defeating evil, preferring to just lock Big Bads away and hope no one releases them, which rarely goes well.
  • Seasonal Rot: invoked He is pretty open when he feels a series is lackluster with serious problems that prevent it from being even just So Okay, It's Average.
    • Turbo was blasted for the inconsistent tone and radical cast turnover, and the fact that he couldn't identify a Central Theme.
    • Operation Overdrive had a plot that was lacking in many aspects along with a Ranger team who were rewarded for trying and not for actual accomplishments.
    • Mystic Force had the Red Ranger lacking in personality or even real nobility.
    • Samurai didn't bother to develop plot lines so they were either underdeveloped or lasted too long.
    • Megaforce he just flat-out despised in its entirety.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • He's taken a few shots at himself and the fact that he's doing this series.
    • He forgot to mention Titanus and Scorpina in his video for Season 1 of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. He then chastised himself for Titanus when it's used again in the video for Season 3 of MMPR and took a potshot at himself about Scorpina in the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Reversioned video he posted for April Fools' Day. However, the Titanus and Scorpina omissions were fixed in a Re-Cut.
  • Serious Business: Averted completely in every sense of the word. Linkara's a huge Power Rangers fan but he's also not afraid to make fun of the silly and goofy elements of the series as well as the plot holes and bad moments. He's also a good sport about parodies, saying that he loves most parodies of the Power Rangers, highlighting that his favorites are the CollegeHumor sketch and the Animaniacs sketch "Super Strong Warner Siblings".
  • Sequel Escalation: The videos get progressively longer and more detailed as the series goes on. The Zordon-era episodes all come in under an hour long for each season, helped by Lewis highlighting the important parts since he's going from memory and the abundance of filler earlier in the show. After that, though, the episodes are broken into three and even four-part videos, often half an hour long each, as he brings up the greater amount of character development and the way that each series fits (or doesn't) into the greater patterns of the entire franchise. As of writing, the longest episode, Megaforce, is a whopping three hours long with a 44 page script. The subsequent series, Dino Charge, was much shorter, at only two videos.
  • Shown Their Work: Though he isn't immune to error, Linkara clearly shows he's done his research and knows what went on behind the scenes during the series and how it affected things.
  • Squee!: On Twitter, Lewis said he was "holding back an epic scream of delight" after he got a package from a fan that included not only an autographed picture of Christopher Khayman Lee (Andros from In Space), but also a letter from Lee in which he said he was a big fan of both HOPR and Atop the Fourth Wall, and a comic he had written himself.
  • So Okay, It's Averageinvoked: How he seems to feel about Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Power Rangers Mystic Force, and Power Rangers Samurai.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Loves swords (or any melee weapon for that matter) that turn into a gun/cannon, and will take the time to highlight any Ranger who uses such a weapon (normally, Linkara only gives passing mention to any of the Ranger's weapons). And for the record, this does not count Gunblades, which is a sword with a hilt shaped like a gun ... which is stupid.
  • The Tag: He ends each video with a particular funny, awesome (Carter Grayson blasting a monster at point-blank range) or moving scene. The most emotional one comes from Power Rangers in Space with a line from Zordon in the early seasons: "The world is lucky to have you, and so am I. May the power protect you always."
  • The Teaser: He starts off each review with one of the sillier scenes from that season without any narration, which is acknowledging right from the get-go that there are some things you can expect from Power Rangers.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Mentions several times that having the theme song playing in the background tends to make the moment in question seem much more epic.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: During the character analysis Linkara will almost always point out at least two of the Rangers who were wasted during their season. One is usually a Ranger who gets no character growth because they were perfectly stable and relatively happy to start with (most commonly the Plucky Comic Relief Ranger or the Sixth Ranger), while the other gets passed over due to being Out of Focus, and just not getting a character arc or enough episodes centered around themselves to flesh them out (typically The Stoic Ranger or one of the two girl Rangers).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In-Universe, when a series misses an opportunity, Lewis usually has his own take on what the show could have done instead, such as making Major Havoc the end villain of Turbo, or making Bulk and Skull the Rangers' secret keepers. Taken Up to Eleven with Megaforce, where these sort of suggestions make up almost a third of his complaints.
  • Unfortunate Implications: invoked Occasionally discussed, often with the lampshade "whoops." Aside from the original Mighty Morphin' having Zack as the black ranger and Trini as the yellow ranger, Tommy, who would be established as having Native American ancestry, would become the red ranger in Zeo. Later in Samurai he discusses the caucasian Jaden having the family name "Shiba" and Antonio playing up his Latino mannerisms when his actor is an American with Thai ancestry.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: invoked Sometimes he starts a video with a short, personal monologue about the behavior of the fans watching the videos and how it is actually affecting his enthusiasm for the project, or about recent events that are related to Power Rangers but not so much specifically this project. He has admitted that this dates his videos to very specific time periods, and makes them outdated very swiftly.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: When this is averted, he calls it "The Carter Grayson Technique", after the Lightspeed Rescue Red Ranger's primary technique of "shooting the monster a lot", rather than resorting to fancy martial arts.

    Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers 
  • Adapted Out: Discusses how fans were disappointed that in Season 2 the Rangers continue using the suits of Zyuranger, as opposed to the Gosei Sentai Dairanger suits. For the record, Linkara says he's personally not a fan of the Dairanger suits aesthetically, but also thinks with Season 2 overhauling the Zords and the main villain, it was a good call by the show to not change the suits as well, as too much change to the status quo could have alienated existing viewers.
  • Adults Are Useless: Linkara says that the teens of Angel Grove are the only people who do anything in this city in his Season 2 review, especially during his rant about the baby carriage chase.
  • April Fools' Day: He posted a video about the "reversioned" version of the first season as a joke for April Fools in 2015.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Applauds the show's use of this in regards to Lord Zedd, pointing out that as the Emperor of Evil he shouldn't have to sully his own hands in combat, but when he does in Season 3 it shows Zedd is a legitimate threat which justifies why he is in charge. Even prior to that, Linkara notes that it's obvious Zedd is higher than Rita in the pecking order due to the sheer fact that Zedd can create monsters at will, whereas Rita had to evoke magic incantations or use her Mook Maker Finster to do it.
  • Breakout Character: At one point during his review of Season 2, he nonchalantly calls the show The Tommy Oliver Show (featuring the Power Rangers).
  • Continuity Creep: Linkara discusses how this occurred over the course of the three seasons. The first season didn't really have much in the way of significant storylines, with the exception of things like the Green Ranger arc, with many of the episodes just being filler Monster of the Week stories, sometimes even contradicting prior continuity from episode to episode. By contrast, the third season had a lot more multi-parters and multi-episode storylines.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While he does note that Rita was just as happy being petty and trying to ruin the Rangers' day as she was actually trying to take over the world, Linkara does point out that she was a legitimate threat when she wanted to be, such as creating the Green Ranger, nearly stealing the powers back, and once even ransoming the Ranger's parents for their power coins. He also points out Lord Zedd was a lot more successful as an Evil Overlord once he married Rita.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The three-person windmill combination used to fend off the Putties in an early episode, among other weird plot points in early episodes.
    • The Rad Bug, a flying car that Billy made.
    • He thinks that the Flying Brick powers the Rangers got in the second season were really weird, not to mention redundant since the Rangers already could teleport.
  • First Installment Winsinvoked: He regularly compares other Sixth Ranger storylines to "Green With Evil" (though he of course admits that "Green With Evil"'s dialogue wasn't very good), and up to In Space, whenever a Ranger left the team, he compared it to "A Different Shade of Pink". He also mentions in another video that as cool as the Megazords can get, to him nothing will ever top the original.
  • Flat Character:
    • Notes that the Rangers start off with distinct personalities, but Flanderization turns them into this. He focuses on Tommy so much because his character arc of going through losing and regaining his powers is the only personal storyline worth mentioning, and even later he admits Tommy ends up not having much personality outside of how he plays off the other Rangers. Later additions to the team likewise end up filling the roles they're given for the plots of the week. The worst of these probably came in the second season with Aisha and Rocky, as Aisha really wasn't anything except "Kimberly's best friend", and Rocky ... was just there (since the Ranger he was replacing, Jason, was The Leader whose position fell back onto Tommy when he left). By the time Kat replaces Kimberly, Linkara points out that 5 out of the 6 Rangers now barely have a personality (outside of Billy as The Smart Guy) which is probably why ratings started to tank in Season 3.
    • Rita's entourage barely got anything bar a passing mention as well, although Scorpina stands out in particular. Linkara outright forgot about her when he first released his review, and during the re-release when he finally does mention her he admits the reason he forgot about her is because she didn't really have any influence on the plot whatsoever.
  • Growing the Beardinvoked: He raves at length about how great the "Green With Evil" 5-parter was and how it upped the stakes, giving the Rangers a more formidable enemy in an enemy Ranger instead of a random Monster of the Week, how the Green Ranger damaging the Command Center and Zords made the story more intense, and the simple fact that it was a five-part saga, something a lot of shows, especially kids shows, don't do. Additionally, the aftermath of the struggle introduced Tommy, who would become the focus of a running subplot concerning his powers and become the show's Breakout Character.
  • Hidden Depths: He mentions during his review of the second season that despite being bullies previously, Bulk and Skull showed admirable traits, pointing out when Bulk immediately gave chase when he saw an out of control baby carriage on his own initiative, and when he and Skull, after having the Rangers foil some of their past attempts at revealing their identities, stood up to a monster to save the heroes.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Touched on when he discusses when Kat replaced Kimberly, for about an episode it was shown Katherine was clearly outside of her depth when it came to martial arts, but made up for it with her ballet training, giving her an interesting fighting style. Linkara laments this was only shown a couple times before Kat suddenly started fighting as if she had known martial arts for as long as all the others.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Discusses Zedd as having this effect — he's not only much more imposing than Rita, but is clearly more powerful when it comes to his spells, and is more intelligent and calculating, trying to split the Rangers up and using their day-to-day activities to inspire monster ideas, often transforming a personal item of theirs into a monster to give the Rangers an emotional stake in the battle.
  • Lets See YOU Do Better: Linkara scoffs at the ridiculous outfits of Zedd's Psycho Rangers (which were basically the Putties' outfits, only colored), stating that he could make a more convincing outfit. Indeed, those who watch the storyline portions of Atop the Fourth Wall know that he most certainly can make more convincing, better outfits, as exemplified by the costume he made for Lord Vyce.
  • Magic Versus Science: Discussed and named as the main theme of the first few seasons — Rita and Zedd are magic-users who employ monsters with fantastical mystical appearances to fight the Rangers, who work from the high-tech futuristic Command Center and employ technological powers like the Morphers and Zords.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Points out the reason the oft-mocked Metallic Armor (which was just the same Ranger Costumes using ill-fitting glitter fabric) were even added were to sell backstock of toys from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie. He even says the toys looked better than the actual Metallic Armor in the show since the toys used metallic paint, as opposed to just glitter.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Points out the much discussed fact that the Black Ranger was African-American and the Yellow Ranger was Asian, but also notes that the production team had gone on record as saying it was unintentional and they did not realize their mistake until several episodes into the first season.
  • Moral Dissonance: As Bulk and Skull seek to discover the identities of the Rangers throughout Season 2, whenever they came close (video footage or plaster casts of their footprints) the Rangers would sabotage their findings. You can't blame them for wanting to keep their secret identities, but at this point they were becoming the bullies....in Linkara's mind anyways. Really the Rangers were just keeping Bulk and Skull from exposing their identities to EVERYONE. He admits he was being too hard on the Rangers with his re-release of the second season, although he still thinks it could have been handled better by them.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Considers Richie's inclusion in the second season (in addition to being a Red Herring for the White Ranger identity) to be just eye-candy for the female viewers, although he does say if this is true that it baffles him, since any one of the male Rangers had a physique any male model would die for.
  • Narm Charminvoked: In his remaster of the review he talks about the incredibly goofy episode featuring the RadBug, a flying car Billy created out of no where. He points this out as probably the most silly thing the show has ever done ... and also one of the most awesome, wondering why they never thought of using the flying car again in future episodes.
  • Old Shameinvoked: Averted when he discusses about Austin St. John, Thuy Trang, and Walter Emanuel Jones being fired partway through the second season when negotiations broke down regarding union rights. While they may have differing opinions regarding how they were paid or how production was handled, Linkara states he's heard none of the actors ever felt Power Rangers was a low point in their careers, and look back on it fondly.
  • Power Up Let Down:
    • His opinion of both Jetting from Season 2 and the Metallic Armor from Season 3. Jetting was just giving the Rangers Flying Brick powers which were redundant since the Rangers could already Teleport, and the Metallic Armor was just a thick layer of glitter over their normal costumes that half the time he couldn't even tell if they were even using. Not only that, but the fact that the Rangers barely ever used both these powers before forgetting about them completely made them feel even extra useless.
    • He was also not a fan of the fact that after gaining the Ninja powers the Rangers morphed into their old costumes, since they no longer had anything to do with their powers. At the very least he argues they should have given them new helmets to reflect their ninja animal spirits.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • Points out that when Saban ran out of the original Zyuranger footage, they called Toei to make original footage for them, known as Zyu2.
    • Beginning in Season 2, Saban would use footage from the next two Sentais after Zyuranger (Dairanger and Kakuranger), but keeping it limited (zord battles mainly). Linkara doesn't mind it however as it made the Zyuranger suits the more iconic features of Power Rangers, and the new zords introduced at the beginning of each season felt like actual upgrades compared to later seasons.
    • In the Season 3 remastered review, Linakra notes that in Kakuranger, the rangers started with the Shogun Zords first and then had the Ninja Zords later on while in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, it was the other way around. Linkara doesn't mind it however, even stating that starting with the more humanoid Shogun Zords would have been a big departure from a show that had animal-based Zords by that point.
    • That isn't to say that it came without problems however. In the beginning of Season 2, they still had Zyu2 footage to use up, so the earlier Thunderzord battles had obvious cuts into the footage. Plus, the monster costumes from later seasons were limited to said Zord footage, or stand alone footage from the Sentai if they couldn't get the costumes overseas.
  • Put on a Bus: Of course he discusses the departure of Jason, Trini, and Zack for the International Peace Conference. When he remastered his Second Season Review he even shares that the reason they left was due to their actors negotiating for union rights and negotiations breaking down.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While he jokes that Zordon will occasionally make some questionable choices (and that the reason us Zordon is getting back at the Rangers for "breaking his stuff"), Linkara does point out, notably when Jason, Zack, and Trini want the leave the team, and then later when Kimberly wants to become an Olympic-level gymnast, that his intention for recruiting the teenagers with attitude was never to have them give up their lives, he still wants them to fulfill their own personal goals and dreams. This also gets brought up with much later reviews, as well, when talking about mentors who aren't anywhere near as reasonable.
  • Red Herring: Points out in the updated review that Richie and Zach's cousin, Curtis, were only included in the second season as possible candidates for the identity of the new White Ranger. Linkara even mentions as a kid he really did think it was Richie who was going to be revealed as a Ranger, instead of it being Tommy.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combatinvoked: Linkara is firmly on the Tommy/Kimberly ship as opposed to the Tommy/Kat ship.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Notes that Tommy had become this for a portion of the second season during the arc when Zedd focused on depleting his powers, with Tommy getting more development at the expense of the rest of the team.
  • Strangled by the Red Stringinvoked: Feels that way about the writers forcing Tommy and Katherine's romance, not only because he prefers Tommy staying with Kimberly, but also he felt Adam and Rocky could have desperately benefited from being paired with Kat if only to give them some sort of development as characters.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked:
    • In his season 2 video, he says that a storyline of Bulk and Skull learning the Rangers' identities and having to cover for them would be great as the duo would get Character Development, having to clean up their messes when the rangers get the glory. A step further would be them finding themselves to be jerks and not doing anything worthwhile with their lives.
    • Also notes this about the Dark Rangers, in addition to their stupid costumes, we don't get to see them do anything and the teens that Zedd planned to turn into the Dark Rangers are never seen again.
    • He laments the fact that they did not spend longer showing the growing pains of Kat suddenly taking over for Kimberly than they did.
  • Took a Level in Badass: See Villain Decay.
  • Villain Decay: He counters the complaints about Lord Zedd becoming ineffectual after marrying Rita by concisely explaining that Zedd had become no more dangerous than Rita, falling into the same rut of every plan. The only partial victory before he married Rita was draining the Green Ranger powers, but after the marriage, they destroyed the Thunder Zords, nearly killed Kimberly, disabled the Ninja Zords, destroyed the Ninja Coins, and even the Command Center.
  • X Meets Y:invoked On the look of Lord Zedd, "Just look at this guy—this is what H.R. Giger would create if he wanted to make a super-villain!"
  • You Keep Using That Word: Doesn't like how the show keeps calling the stone monolith that Rita was trapped in a "Dumpster", since he says it's obviously more of a bin or barrel, or at best a garbage can.

    Power Rangers Zeo 
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Talks about how after the teens returned to their old timeline, everyone just forgot that Ninjor from the previous season even existed. This season also introduced Auric the Conqueror, who also just disappears at some point and is then never referred to again.
  • Creator Backlashinvoked: In the updated review, Linkara admits that one of the things he didn't like in the original review was not properly talking about Tommy's brother arc. He was just tired of TV's portrayal of Native Americans as a whole, and that the story arc continues the trend that Tommy gets the most development over the others. He does admit however that when there is something that adds development, he should properly talk about it.
  • Clueless Mystery: What he criticizes the Gold Ranger arc turning out to be, see The Reveal below, bringing up all the hints that were proved pointless.
  • "Dear John" Letter: Annoyed that this is how Kimberly breaks up with Tommy, even referencing it again later in Dino Thunder.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Zedd and Rita vs the Machine Empire
  • Informed Ability: The Cogs were supposedly unrelenting and "must be completely dismantled to be defeated", suggesting they were more dangerous than the previous set of Mooks, but they were disabled in basically the same fashion as everything else... punching and kicking them a lot.
  • Magic Versus Science: As with the first three seasons of Mighty Morphin, Linkara discusses the effect of this trope here, too. In this case, however, it's been exchanged for the idea of balance between the two concepts, with the Rangers' powers being more mystical in nature and enhanced with technology, while the enemies are a technological alien empire and the magic users Rita and Zedd.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis: He brings this up in the updated video in regards to the change to Zeo, mentioning that as far less people know about Asajj Ventress or Jonathan Archer than they do Darth Vader and James T. Kirk, many people are only familiar with the Mighty Morphin' era and not what came afterwards.
  • Real-Life Relative:invoked Likes that Jason David Frank's real life brother played Tommy's brother on the show as it added realistic chemistry.
  • The Reveal:
    • Despite early indications of it being someone the Rangers knew, the Gold Ranger ended up being someone nobody knew or had even heard of up to that point (Trey of Triforia), which he admits disappointment over.
    • On the other hand, the identity of the guy to take over the Gold Ranger powers being revealed as Jason was praised for being such an unexpected twist.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!:invoked Linkara explains that this trope is unfortunately why Billy was written off. Due to David Yost being harassed by production due to his sexuality (the 90's weren't kind to LGBTQ members), he basically walked off the set one day and never came back.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: When Tanya replaces Aisha in the timeline, Tanya just automatically gains all of Aisha's history and friends somehow. In addition, Tanya is living with Kat because previously Aisha was living with Kat... except she wasn't, it was actually Kimberly who was living with Aisha. Basically, Linkara says things get super confusing and convoluted whenever Power Rangers tries to do anything involving time travel.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked: He was disappointed with the Machine Empire sticking with the same Monster of the Week plans we saw before and not launching any full-scale invasions, especially since he brings up that what we see of it is visually very impressive with numerous robot servants and giant Walking Tanks.
  • Unfortunate Implicationsinvoked: While it was the obvious choice to have Tommy be Zeo Ranger 5 (since he was the leader), Linkara does point out the faux pas of making the Native American cast member the Red Ranger, or as he eloquently puts it: "Whoops."
  • Villain Ball: When Rita gets her new Magic Staff and fails to zap Kat with it to turn her into a monster, Linkara points out how Rita has a firm handle on this ball since she doesn't think to just try and zap Kat again immediately after missing the first time (or any time after that).
  • Villain Decay: Notes the Machine Empire falls into this, despite the initial build up about them, as they stick the same plans that Rita and Zedd did and continuously fail to defeat the rangers. He even admits that Rita mocking them and saying that they're a joke is pretty much true by the finale.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked: In the revisited video, he mentions the popular, though unsubstantiated, rumor that the original plan for the Gold Ranger was for the character to be revealed as Ryan Steele from VR Troopers.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:invoked Finds the fight between Rita and Zedd's Tenga Warriors and the Machine Empire's Cogs surprisingly violent and dark, showing Tengas having their feathers ripped out and the cogs being disemboweled on-screen.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Points out that Jason is clearly weaker than Trey as the Gold Ranger, but it's also completely justified: Trey is far more experienced with the powers and they were designed for a Triforian, who despite looking human clearly have very different biology than a human (a factor that is actually a plotpoint towards the end of the series), so it only makes sense he'd be somewhat stronger than Jason with them.

    Power Rangers Turbo 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: The phone call between Divatox and Rita.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • Goes on a massive rant about every problem Turbo has at the mid-point; the experienced rangers giving their morphers to untested rookies (though arguably the Millennium Message is more the cause of this), Divatox's complete failure as a villain, and the cars coming out of nowhere, he finishes with "and we have a police lieutenant running a frigging juice bar!"
    Rita Repulsa: I HAVE A HEADACHE!
    • Also, the reasons why he doesn't consider "Scorpion Rain" as canon: "1. The movie was never completed. 2. It wouldn't have answered all of the questions raised. 3. It was not conceived by the at-the-time production team. And 4. It probably wouldn't have been that good anyway."
  • Angrish: He was forced to take a brief break to scream in anger when the Rangers were cooked into a pizza. While we never actually see him, a Skyward Scream seems likely.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Admits that while he's annoyed that Divatox is the one that defeats the Power Rangers, and the contradiction with how early shows implied that villains couldn't just break into the Command Center like in Turbo's finale, he does admit that in overall atmosphere, Turbo's finale is still pretty good.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • While perhaps not intentional, the way the clips are edited in the teaser, along with the music, makes Turbo seem like a maelstrom of epicness capable of curing world hunger, only for Linkara to chime in when it's done:
    Linkara: Welcome, one and all, to Power Rangers Turbo... the season that almost ended the franchise.
    • Normally, the teaser takes a silly scene from the season being reviewed and Linkara will riff on it, but after that point he goes on to be very fair and overall positive towards the season. The fact that the first and so far only time Linkara has opened the episode with a teaser that makes the season look totally awesome (in contrast to established expectations) winds up being for the first season that Linkara openly dislikes makes it stand out even more.
  • Characterization Marches On: He doesn't have any real problem with the new Rangers once they take over, and his In Space and Lost Galaxy reviews show that he does grow to like the four new characters and how they evolve to become worthy Rangers who take their duties and responsibility seriously, but he outright states that they did not get good introductory episodes, and their initial incarnations don't befit the characters they become, especially Cassie.
  • Evil Is Petty: Is not fond of the fact that Divatox is this.
  • Follow the Leaderinvoked: In the updated review, Linkara notes with Irony that Saban used the pre-teen turned ranger idea based off their other show Big Bad Beetleborgs, which was beating Turbo in ratings. It failed because Beetleborgs established themselves from the start that these are pre-teen children that become superheroes, while Power Rangers started with teenagers. So the addition of having a child superhero with young adults just seemed odd and stupid.
  • Idiot Ball: Contrasts Divatox's pettiness and incompetence (such as always setting her bombs to go off in an hour and that for the first half of the series, almost all her plans involved bombs) against the Machine Empire and Rita & Zedd, who even if they started out that way, learned from their mistakes and became more effective. Especially emphasized with a plan that involved her robbing a bank, when she's a space pirate. Earth currency is worthless offworld, so what was the point of that?
  • Lighter and Softer: Linkara admits in the updated review that this is one of reasons he hates this season. After four seasons of escalating the fight, villains, and powers, we get a tamer season with car powers and more comic relief villains that feels like it's pandering to younger kids.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: His angsty scream after the "cooked into the pizza" incident.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Notes that the pilot suffered from this; Zordon leaving the rangers happens in the same episode where we have a fight with giant cars ramming each other.
    • In terms of villains, he considers Divatox one of these. He explains that, well... the first villain was Rita Repulsa, an Empress of Evil. The next Big Bad to show up was Lord Zedd, who was even more powerful, and was the "Emperor of Evil." The next villains after that were the Machine Empire, which was implied to be on a massive rampage throughout the cosmos, conquering star system after star system... and they were so powerful that the previous Big Bads were sent running to the M51 Galaxy. And then the new villain, Divatox came along, and... she's a space pirate in a submarine. It's a bit of a letdown from "Interstellar Empire".
    • In terms of the powers themselves, we went from ancient animals, to the abilities of the ninja, to a crystal explicitly stated to be growing more powerful over time... to some sort of car-based powers with no explanation.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Notes this about Divatox. She's supposed to be a pirate and she keeps saying she's trying to Take Over the World, as opposed to "stealing things", like a pirate is supposed to.
  • Poor Man's Substituteinvoked: Invokes this trope when he refers to Divatox as "Rita-lite".
  • Rage Breaking Point: Throughout the first half of the review, Linkara is mostly annoyed at certain replacements (such as Dimitria and Alpha 6) but otherwise never exactly yells out these changes (aside from the unexplained reason to why the Zeo Powers were pushed aside for the Turbo Powers). It's only when the four veteran rangers decide to give their powers to four new people that he has enough and breaks into a Rant-Inducing Slight.
  • Replacement Scrappyinvoked: With the exception of T.J., he feels that none of the new Rangers are worthy to become Power Rangers, as T.J. is the only one who really embodies what a Ranger should be. Cassie was kind of selfish in the beginning, while Ashley and Carlos had little to no interaction with their predecessors to justify why they were chosen to be Rangers. It doesn't help that in his introductory episode, Carlos showed that he had problems with teamwork. That said, he does warm up to them over time, as mentioned in Characterization Marches On.
  • The Scrappyinvoked:
    • He acknowledges the problems inherent with Justin, but finds the character himself well-written: observant, enthusiastic, and overall a valuable member of the team. What he takes issue with is the premise itself: that young fans need a kid their own age, because it's impossible for boys to relate to people who aren't their age. This, of course, ignores the fact that fans never seemed to have any problem relating to the "teenagers with attitude" from the first three seasons. He does however agree that plots revolving around Justin aren't very good, but that's not the same thing as him being a bad character, and is also amused to note that Justin seems like a Marty Stu simply because he was the only character who was actually written competently.
    • On the other hand, he seems to harbor particular dislike towards Alpha 5's replacement, Alpha 6. He also finds Dimitria annoying for her schtick of presenting questions rather than answers, but admits she got better later on, and he doesn't seem to have as much of a problem with Alpha 6 once "In Space" starts... though it probably helped that they removed the Jive-Talk voice.
    • Likewise hates Divatox, calling her "Rita-lite", not liking the theme of her being a space pirate as he feels it wasn't as threatening as the previous villains, and doesn't even find her antics amusing.
    • Elgar, Divatox's Dragon. At one point he says that he "hates him more than he hates Divatox", which is really saying something. At no other point in the series (as of the production of Operation Overdrive) has he ever sounded so happy that a bad guy got killed as when the Z-Wave turned him to dust.
  • Screwed by the Networkinvoked: In the updated version of the review, he suggests that Saban should have used footage of an earlier Sentai series such as Choujin Sentai Jetman. While Jetmannote  definitely would have been practical for the Darker and Edgier plot they were trying to go for with Turbonote , the problem is that Saban was contractually prevented from doing so - Saban was not allowed to skip a Sentai series as a result of their deal with Toei, and the contract was for Zyuranger onwardsnote 
  • Seasonal Rotinvoked: The prior Ranger seasons had fairly strong themes regarding change, evolution, and victory, but almost from the beginning this season was plagued with a lack of explanation for the new powers, radical changes of characters, a step backward in villain quality, and overall no real theme or direction that the other seasons had.
    Linkara: [...] But this season?! It's... cars versus a space pirate in a submarine, and then later a giant rubber band ball! I don't get it!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked:
    • Linkara considers General Havoc this. He points out that General Havoc is competent, calculating, and took his defeats without whining about them, unlike Divatox, and states that he believes Havoc would've made for a far better Big Bad than her.
    • He also expresses disappointment that Divatox's other general, Rygog, wasn't her primary henchman over the far more annoying comedic villain, Elgar. While he does admit that due to Rygog's bulky costume he probably couldn't move around and fight as easily as Elgar, he stands firm that at least Rygog had a legitimately intimidating design.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked:
    • While he hates the Turbo powers and suits by concept, he feels that the season should have at least given some form of reasoning for switching out the Zeo powers for the Turbo powers to justify the power change like in past seasons. Since there was no reason give, this is in full effect for him.
    • Ultimately, Linkara believes that Turbo should have been the season that introduced the cast to newer struggles, higher stakes, and the rangers growing as young adults now that they graduated high school. Instead, it became the opposite, much to his frustration.
    • In his updated review, he considers the decision to adapt Carranger into a dark series to be this, pointing out that most of the moments that should be tense are ruined by the more comedic footage from Carranger, pointing out that they could have just as easily adapted a series such as Choujin Sentai Jetman instead, since both Carranger and Jetman were shot on film. As noted above, however, that couldn't have happened even if Saban wanted to.
  • Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Zigzagged trope. While he still isn't all that fond of Turbo, he admits when he finally comes upon his actual least favorite season of the show (Operation Overdrive), that Turbo did have parts that he liked, such as the season finale, the music and the fight scenes.
    • The season finale in particular is one that Linkara now considers to be one of the best endings to a Power Rangers season. Back when he first watched it, he was incredibly divided on it since of all the people who finally could have done the rangers in, it had to be Divatox.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Heroic example. When Storm Blaster and Lightning Cruiser show up to help the rangers when the Power Chamber is attacked in the finale. He notes that they could easily stop the army of Piranatrons by keeping their distance and shooting them, especially since Lightning Cruiser can fly, and questions why they don't just RUN THEM OVER.

    Power Rangers In Space 
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do not believe in the Power Rangers, claiming that they are "Pretend" and "Imaginary." Barring the fact that Angel Grove has monster-preparedness drills and evacuation plans, and that the rangers had been on TV before, or that monster attacks frequently made the news, the point is again made: These are Teenaged Mutated reptiles who train in the art of ninjitsu. Even if that wasn't enough, the people they're talking to is Astronema and Elgar, who are space aliens. And the Turtles know this.
  • The Chessmaster: Notes that Astronema is easily the most competent villain up to this point in the franchise, avoided the same petty plans that other villains did and kept her eye either on defeating the rangers or causing destruction.
  • Free-Range Children: Notes the Early Installment Weirdness of the writers of the show trying to create plotlines revolving around the Rangers still being in High School, since the Rangers were also shown being very busy in their duties as Rangers and trying to locate Zordon. He even questions outright on where their parents think they are since they are obviously not going home. That being said, he was glad when the show just dropped the High School thing altogether partway through the season.
  • Human Aliens: Linkara finds it weird that Andros is an alien from KO-35 that just so happens to be human (for the record, Andros says outright he's human, not an alien species like Trey from Triforia or the Aquitians who look mostly human but clearly have different biology).
  • I Am Spartacus: Rarely does Linkara show full scenes seriously, but he features Bulk and Skull's shining moment in its entirety.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In the beginning of the review, Linkara notes that the production crew looked at Denji Sentai Megaranger and believed that the Sentai was going to be spaced themed... except they later learned that Megaranger was a electronic themed Sentai that just so happened to have space themed zords. Since the show was going to be cancelled after this season anyway, the crew decided to go with the space idea. And based on how successful the season was, it worked out spectacularly!
  • Plot Parallel: He describes how the episode "Wasp With a Heart" is essentially Astronema's story arc told in one episode.
  • Psycho Rangers: Is very pleased to see the Trope Namers that finally gave us a team of evil Power Rangers that weren't just random villains.
  • Put on a Bus: Notes that after Lightning Cruiser and Storm Blaster are saved by the Rangers they just disappear and are never heard from again, even though they likely would have been very useful to keep around.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heapinvoked: While Linkara wasn't nearly as hateful towards Justin as regular fans, he admitted that "True Blue to the Rescue", Justin's last appearance in the franchise, was an excellent episode showcasing all the good points of the character while also resolving hanging elements from Turbo.
    • He is also happy with the new voice chip and personality given to Alpha 6, considering the change an improvement over the annoying faux jive-talk of the previous season.
  • Take That, Scrappy!invoked: Multiple times to Elgar. He replays the scene where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kick him out of the way multiple times while laughing and crowing "That's for Zordon's energy tube, you cone-headed freak!"
  • The Un-Twistinvoked: Notes that Astronema being Karone is pretty obvious by the time it's revealed.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked: Talks about how this season (and the next one, for that matter) planned on finally resolving the mystery regarding the Phantom Ranger, but that the story arc had to be scrapped.
  • Win Back the Crowd: invoked After noting Turbo almost killed a struggling franchise, In Space was planned to be the Grand Finale to the series. But it was just so grand it brought the fans back in droves, and the series continued on. This isn't actually correct though.

    Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Admits that scene with Trakeena watching Scorpious die manages to be a good Tear Jerker despite Scorpious mostly being a generic villain.
    Linkara: "[...] it almost makes you forget that one of them is wearing a bug on her head and the other is a tentacle hentai monster..."
  • Angst? What Angst?invoked: One issue he takes with Maya's character. She barely reacts to her home world being turned to stone from that point on. Not that Linkara thinks there's anything wrong with having an upbeat personality, but it comes off as being in denial of what happened to her planet rather than someone who just managed to move on with a positive outlook following a tragedy.
  • Arc Fatigueinvoked: Has this feeling about the Lights of Orion arc, feeling that it went on too long and was only saved by the presence of the Magna Defender.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: After Karone's tears heal a man she previously turned to stone (and after Andros's tears healed Karone in In Space), Linkara just gives up trying to rationalize it and just assumes all humans from KO-35, in addition to telekinesis, have magic healing tears.
  • Cannon Fodder: Dislikes the Stingwingers, not only for their uninteresting design and lack of personality, but also because they were completely ineffective. Even the Piranhatrons could be a threat in a large group, whereas Stingwingers always died in droves. The only time the Stingwingers were even kind of effective were when they had bombs strapped to their chests, but even then Linkara points out the Galaxy Rangers tanked a few of their explosions with little damage.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Shakes his head over the fact the caves for the Lights of Orion happen to have already been on the Lost Galaxy space station, since it would require the viewer to not only assume to build the station they took entire chunks of the Earth and put them in a dome, but that one of those chunks just happened to include a fully intact cave that housed a millennia old artifact inside of it.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Kendrix's death. Complete with a brief shot of his reaction.
  • Evil Virtues: He notes that the season's theme was virtuous villains.
  • He's Back: As mentioned directly above, Linkara rarely shows entire scenes, but decides to do so due to the sheer epic of the Psycho Rangers return.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Karone becoming the Pink Ranger was mirrored with Astronema's statement in the previous season "I wouldn't want to be a Power Ranger anyway!"
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Praises that even though Captain Mutiny is a Generic Doomsday Villain, he, unlike Divatox, he is actually a subversion is the trope and acts like an actual pirate.
  • Plot Hole: Linkara does point out the fact that Scorpius and his minions somehow avoided destruction at the hands of Zordon's energy wave with no explanation, but just assumes these particular evil forces were outside of the wave's effects.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Riding off the success of In Space, the production crew decided to do another space opera themed season with the Seiju Sentai Ginagman (which was natured themed).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Notes that this is the reason for Kendrix's Heroic Sacrifice; her actress was diagnosed with leukemia and had to leave the show to undergo treatment (she got better, and is currently still alive; she wanted to come back for the 20th anniversary, but couldn't sort out arrangements to look after her children, which is Heartwarming in itself.).
  • Sixth Ranger: Discussed- Linkara, like some fans, doesn't see the Magna Defender as a full Sixth Ranger.
  • Special Effect Failureinvoked: Continuously refers to the planet of Miranoi and its people being turned to stone as an "Adobe Photoshop Filter" due to how poor the effect looks.
  • Stunned Silence: His response to Kendrix's death.
  • Training Montage: Trakeena's training sequence, along with "You're the Best" from The Karate Kid (1984) playing, as he said that it was just "begging to be supplied with an 80's song."
  • Troubled Productioninvoked: Makes a note that the series was apparently a nightmare behind the scenes, particularly around the Lights Of Orion Saga. Episodes and scripts were apparently struggling to reach completion in time for the show to go to air on schedule.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked:
    • Notes that it was originally planned to have Cassie taking Kendrix's place, but that Cassie's actress walked off when she discovered she was going to be paid significantly less per episode then the rest of the cast.
    • Also says that many ideas were thrown around at the beginning with the writers about just what would happen; one of the big ideas was that the whole show would take place in the "Lost Galaxy," which would have justified the title of the series better.

    Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue 
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The lady in the Lost Galaxy Crossover: "There is no such thing as monsters," who got the award for "Dumbest Person in Power Rangers EVER".
    • Specifically, the woman claimed this in the first series in the franchise where the rangers are publicly known figures, have no secret identities, and frequently fight monsters out in the open. Oh, and this also happened in the team-up episode, where it's made clear that this season is canon with all previous ones- including the one where aliens nearly took over the entire planet were it not for the Rangers' intervention.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Discusses this a bit with the Titanium Ranger, the first American created Power Ranger. Even though he notes they couldn't do much with him as it would mean shooting a lot of original footage for him, he's still glad that they did create a ranger without being tied down to the Sentai footage too much.
  • Awesome McCoolName: The Omega Megazord, which Linkara says is "the most freaking awesomest name for a Megazord ever!"
  • Continuity Nod: Calls back to In Space when he jokes that Lightspeed's Humvee is actually Tankenstein.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: His main problem with the series, the villains aren't very interesting. Notes that it feels a little worse than it might be, as the two previous seasons (In Space and Lost Galaxy,) had villains with very strong characterization, from Astronema to Trakeena.
    • Also notes that with the exception of the invasion of Lightspeed's headquarters at the end, the villains never really won major victories against the Rangers.
  • Memetic Badassinvoked: Carter Grayson. The Tag shows Carter shooting a monster at close range with two BFGs and the resulting explosion takes out a shipping yard, with the subtitle "The Lesson: Don't Screw with Carter Grayson." He refers to this in later videos as well.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Like many seasons, he points out that the Rangers get new weapons (toys to sell to kids) every other episode... but says it makes sense in this particular series. These Power Rangers were created by a military institution, so it's logical they would continue to develop new weapons on a regular basis for the Rangers.
  • Revisiting the Roots: After two seasons of space odysseys, Lightspeed Rescue felt very reminiscent of Mighty Morphin' especially in its return to Magic Versus Science as a major theme, and the Sixth Ranger saga feeling a lot like "Green With Evil" (but in a good way).
  • The Scrappyinvoked: States that the villains of the season weren't all that interesting, but he loathes Vypra the most because of the actress' terrible performance.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: His main criticism of the "Trakeena's Revenge" team-up, the episode focuses mostly on the little girl whose parents were kidnapped and not the rangers.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked: He shows disappointment that no one tries to fix the problems with the Robot Rangers to provide backup, even though that would have been a pretty good idea.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked: Claims to have heard this season was originally going to be another space opera like In Space and Lost Galaxy, but for one reason or another was changed to take place back on Earth, instead.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Carter's "Thumbs up" victory pose being interrupted by a not quite defeated Bansheera was a deliberate Call-Back to Lost Galaxy, when that was the end of the fight.

    Power Rangers Time Force 
  • Anti-Climax Bossinvoked: Notes this about the end of the team-up, the rangers just fire a bunch of weapons and kill Vypra and her monster.
  • Anti-Villain: He discusses fandom's perception of Ransik as this. It's pointed out that Ransik himself was not that sympathetic; he has a sympathetic backstory, but his general actions in the main story were awful. Most of Ransik's claims of mutant oppression didn't hold up in all the various flashbacks, after being attacked by his own kind and rescued by a human (and repaying said kindness with hatred). Still, he is shown to care for Nadira, and that is what fueled his eventual redemption.
  • Character Derailmentinvoked: Despite being a well-written season overall, Linkara notes several characters change with no explanation. Eric starts off as being cold and rude, but mellows out towards the other Rangers halfway through the season for some unknown reason, Alex was a heroic Red Ranger when the season started, but then turned into a "douche-nozzle" when he came back from the future, and Katie spends one episode paralyzed in fear that her actions in the past will alter the future and cause her to lose her family, but in a subsequent episode is sent back to the 1900's where she happily changes small things without worry.
  • Character Development: Admits that this is one of the series strong points.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Notes that this does help make Ransik more than a generic villain in that we see a bunch of moments where he does care about Nadira, noting the overall goofy filler when she has a crush on Lucas in which Ransik lets her see him rather than trying to kill him.
  • Hype Backlashinvoked:
    • While he thought Time Force itself was a very good series, he didn't find the villain as sympathetic as everyone said.
    • The two-parter with the Rangers stuck in movie scenarios also didn't impress him much, including the reference to Vernon Wells' past role in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. He largely glossed it over, feeling it was just filler.
    • Time Force itself fell into this for Linkara- while he admitted it was a great season, the amount of hype he'd heard from fans made him concede that he still preferred In Space.
  • It Makes Sense in Context: At Power Morphicon 2010, actor Vernon Wells (who played Time Force Big Bad Ransik) called Lewis a jackass. Turns out it was totally innocuous and meant in jest—Lewis was doing his best to remain low-key and inconspicuous during a panel when his own cameraman pointed him out to everyone. After Wells asked about this, Lewis said he was not making a big deal out of who he (Lewis) was because he did not want to look like a jackass, to which Wells cheerfully replied "Okay, jackass, what's your question?"
  • Out of Orderinvoked: The series made a conscious effort towards strong Character Development, where switching around character-based filler episodes disrupted Katie's development. One episode had her scared to do anything out of fear of changing the timeline while a later episode had her gleefully changing the past when transported to the early 1900's.
  • Shout-Out: Wes and Eric's escape from the clock tower while flying through the clock face and everything behind them blowing up came with "John McClane Eat Your Heart Out."
  • Show, Don't Tell: One of his biggest gripes with this season is that the Rangers are told that what they're doing in the year 2001 is severely altering the future, but they never actually show what those alterations are.
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Linkara identifies this as the Central Theme of Time Force, the Rangers fighting their fate as dictated by the future vs. the free will to make their own life choices. Although ... Linkara does point out this theme is a little flawed due to the season never revealed what the consequences from changing the future were exactly.
  • Tragic Monster: While he doesn't consider Ransik sympathetic, he agrees that Frax is this.
  • Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked: Provides the page quote when he discusses Ransik, while he does have a sympathetic backstory, his actions and behavior undermine that sympathetic backstory, particularly him killing Dr. Fericks when Fericks was a humble scientist who saved Ransik's life out of the goodness of his heart. He does agree that Frax is a sympathetic villain, however.

    Power Rangers Wild Force 
  • Alternative Character Interpretationinvoked: He calls Animus, Big Good in giant robot form, an Eco-Terrorist who talks as though he wants to attack humans for harming the environment, and even if it is a Secret Test of Character, taking the Rangers's powers away pretty much dooms the Earth.
  • Anvilicious: invoked He was not impressed with the very heavy-handed environmental messages, and had no love for Animus as described above. However, it should be noted he only hated the Green Aesop for being heavy-handed in said Animus arc specifically, he says that otherwise the season wasn't too bad with it.
  • Arc Fatigueinvoked: While the Zen-Aku Arc really wasn't that long, it was just so repetitive (Zen-Aku defeats the Rangers and steals a Zord, and nothing is learned about the character) that he got bored with it, especially when compared to how dynamic his favorite Sixth Ranger Arc, "Green With Evil", was able to be despite being made at a time when kid's shows really didn't have multi-episode arcs.
  • Continuity Nod: While it serves as a stark contrast to the martial arts used by the other Rangers, he liked how Carter's unmorphed fight scene was largely just shooting the Cogs, as that was what Lightspeed Rescue was all about.
  • Critical Backlashinvoked: He said that, while inferior to Time Force, Wild Force was nowhere near as bad as the Internet said.
  • Crossover:
    • While almost every season has a team up with the previous team, he specifically points to "Reinforcements From The Future" as the absolute best team up episode that he's seen thus far (as of Operation Overdrive), noting that not only were the fights excellent, the character interactions were great, music was superb (even commenting that the "horrible singing" that he had criticized Shayla for managed to sound pretty good once remixed), and most importantly, it continued the story of both Time Force and Wild Force.
    • Likewise was pleased with "Forever Red", how it got nearly every previous Red Ranger actor back (Along with a Bulk and Skull cameo), character interaction between them, and showcasing their different fighting styles during the climax. Though does show annoyance at the fact it was hampered in it's potential because Disney wouldn't give the special more budget to make it into a two parter like the producers wanted. explanation 
  • Dawson Castinginvoked: While certainly not the only season to cast adult actors as teenagers (this is actually very common), Linkara notes that the actors in Wild Force looked about college-age, but the content seemed more suited for Rangers still in junior high, or even middle school.
  • Easily Forgiven: When Shayla tries to convince Dr. Viktor Adler/Master Org to stop being evil, she mentions that Cole already forgave Dr. Adler for murdering his parents ... seriously confusing Linkara since said forgiveness never happened (on-screen, anyway).
  • Edited for Syndicationinvoked: When the video was reposted on YouTube, the opening section addressing schedule-related complaints was removed, since it didn't stop people from pestering him about the schedule and the information was outdated anyway.
  • Executive Meddlinginvoked: Notes that this is what caused "Forever Red" to shorter, Disney not being interested in funding the episode that they only saw as just promoting a bunch of toys that weren't sold anymore, which sadly prevented a planned battle with a bunch of old Zords taking on Serpentera.
  • Fanservice: Compared to "Once A Ranger" and Megaforce as a whole, Linkara considers "Forever Red'' to be the one to do this correctly. It answered long unanswered questions, brought back multiple red rangers (minus Rocky due to Real Life Writes the Plot), some small references that long time fans could recognize, and had great fight scenes that showed the evolution from MMPR to this point.
  • Hand Wave: Ransik being healed of his mutation made no sense, "But hey, I like a happy ending."
    • His answer to how Bulk and Skull were reunited is "SHUT UP AND DON'T QUESTION IT! BULK AND SKULL ARE BACK!"
  • Internal Homage: Even if unintentional, he loved the Wild Force Power Ranger suits (especially the helmets) for being very reminiscent of the original Mighty Morphin' suits.
  • It's What I Do: Of a sort. He actively wondered why he got so many people asking if he was going to cover "Forever Red" when such a thing is the very premise of the video series.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Theorizes that Wild Force was made to appeal to really little kids, as the season was wrought with child actors (all of them terrible, in Linkara's opinion).
  • The Load: Shayla, who he rants does nothing besides getting kidnapped.
    • He actually criticizes her about this later on, near the end, when she does fight back when a kidnapping attempt is made on her, claiming that she's not weak. He does this since, well, why would she suddenly be competent now when all those other times would have been really useful for her to not be kidnapped?
  • Mood Whiplash: While the Zen-Aku story arc had its faults, Linkara at least liked how serious the story felt ... until it was just suddenly concluded by the Rangers getting two new Zords with the power of soccer, complete with a badly rendered CG-soccer stadium.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Really annoyed by this ending. Shayla's But Now I Must Go didn't bother him so much but since, among other things, it means the Wild Force Rangers have so far never gotten their jackets and morphers back and it's entirely possible that none of them except Max and Danny ever saw each other again, he's still displeased about this while doing the next review. Whilst Power Rangers Megaforce would later show this wasn't the case, the Wild Force review was made several years before Megaforce began.
  • Needs More Love: invoked His general assessment; there are certain things that could be better, but overall, there's a lot to love in this season.
  • Prop Recycling: invoked
    • Notes that the Mut-Orgs from "Reinforcements From The Future" were actually from old costumes, even noting they were reusing old costumes by that point.
    • Linkara does not hide the fact that the Machine Empire Generals from "Forever Red" used the suits from Big Bad Beetleborgs, even referring to them as the Beetleborgs for that episode.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Finds it odd that Cole is made the leader of the group since he's the newest member. Linkara also finds the explanation for this, that 'the lion is the king of the jungle and so Cole is the leader because his Zord is the lion', very unsatisfying.
  • The Scrappyinvoked: Lewis showed a special dislike for Animus/Kite, noted above, as he takes the Wild Zords away thus leaving humans defenseless against the Orgs & ignoring that there are humans that try to help the environment to justify his actions, and also noting that his offer to go another world wasn't extended to Shayla, and that he's never called out on his actions. Linkara was especially frustrated that the rangers actually agreed with him that they weren't doing enough for the planet despite all their efforts to it keep safe from pollution, and that the rangers' devotion should not have needed to be tested when Animus revealed it was all a Secret Test of Character. He also points that Animus never took back what he said about humanity.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: Mentions the depths to which this happened, with the producer even bringing in Japanese directors to work on the show to recreate it. In a case of Tropes Are Not Good, he mentions that this might have contributed to the lower quality acting due to some direction issues since many of the directors didn't even speak English.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: While normally having a sword than turns into a gun is an instant-awesome button in Linkara's book, he was not a fan of the Lunar Wolf Ranger's sword that turns into a gun that turns into a pool cue (?), disliking the overall design for lacking any flash or substance.
  • Tranquil Fury: Linkara starts his review of Wild Force with this while addressing the overly demanding fan base of the series asking for the new episode.
  • Wangstinvoked: Feels this way about Merrick's constant need to distance himself from the other Rangers and seek 'atonement' for his actions as Zen-Aku, since not only have the Rangers and Shayla forgiven him from the start, but Linkara points out the fact it was quite obviously the Wolf Mask in the driver's seat, anyway, not Merrick.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked:
    • All the possibilities of what became "Forever Red" are outlined.
    • At the end of the review, Linkara states that Wild Force was supposed to be the final season as Disney bought the rights to Power Rangers, and intended to end the show with the previous seasons of Power Rangers played as reruns with a lot of other Saban based projects Disney bought. As we know however, the production crew convinced Disney to keep the series running by moving production to New Zealand which would save them money.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Merrick for playing pool with his Power Animal Crystals, which he says is just about the most disrespectful thing you could possibly do with them.
  • Wild Mass Guessing invoked:
    • In the Forever Red review, Linkara goes through several theories on how some of the older red rangers got their powers back, focusing a bit more on Jason's. There are three possibilities he has laid out:
      • 1) The Sword of Light didn't exactly transfer the powers to Rocky, but merely copied them (as evidenced with Jason leaving the command center still morphed).
      • 2) During Zeo, Rocky gave Jason back the damaged Tyrannosaurus Power Coin when Jason came back as the Gold Ranger, and Jason would later find a way to repair the coin (as hinted back from In Space when Adam used the damaged Mastodon Power Coin).
      • 3) The official confirmation by Amit Bhuamik is that Jason got a new Power Coin from one of Lord Zedd's Dark Rangers that appeared in the comic book series. Linkara does admit though that may not be plausible given the circumstance of comic continuity to the show.
    • On a lighter note, he makes a theory on how Bulk came back to Miranoi and reunited with Skull.

    Power Rangers Ninja Storm 
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Similar to Lightspeed Rescue, the first episode suggests that it is a Continuity Reboot unrelated to the past seasons, that Power Rangers were fictional or at most an urban legend. This season is eventually tied in to the rest of the franchise, so it seems like it's skepticism despite all of the monster attacks and alien invasions over the last decade.
  • Ass Pullinvoked: Kanoi's explanation for why he turned into a guinea pig.
    "That is not an explanation."
  • Cool Helmet: Gives praise to the collapsible mask feature of the helmets since it allows the viewers to see the actors and helps build the idea that the characters are genuinely in the suits and in the action, rather than it just being stunt doubles or dubbed over stock footage.
  • Continuity Reboot: It was originally assumed that the season would be a reboot of the series, thanks to some comments from early interviews promoting the show and dialogue in the early episodes. However, while it was slated as a "new beginning", it was never outright called a reboot or anything along those lines. Linkara does bring up that it led to some confusion and Early Installment Weirdness though.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He later notes during Dino Thunder that though he considers Lothor an incompetent fool who engages in far too much comic relief, when he gets into a fight, he's a very powerful combatant.
  • Denser and Wackier: He felt this worked to the season's detriment. As the greater focus on comedy and wacky antics from the villain's side made them come across as incompetent and nonthreatening. That, and he didn't really like most of the humor for this season since it resulted in Mood Whiplash.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Talks how the first episode actually failed in this. Linkara gets that the writers were trying to push the whole inexperienced thing for the three Rangers, but notes they pushed it too far especially in them messing up their first transformation sequence (when said transformations only consists of four words), which makes them come off as borderline incompetent, instead.
  • Franchise Original Sin: invoked
    • Of a sort, he mentions his disapproval of Ranger "civilian powers" as it dilutes the need for morphing. But within this season (where the civilian powers started) the premise is of ninja students and thus having unusual abilities sort of works.
    • He brings up in his Mystic Force video that the "villains must battle the rangers one at a time" excuse for both that series and this one are incredibly stupid, but Ninja Storm was actively trying to be comedic, so it could get by with that excuse compared to the darker and more serious Mystic Force.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Considers Zurgane this, to a degree. He feels he's the only smart villain in the series and is Surrounded by Idiots, including his boss.
  • Irony: Brings up how funny it is that despite being filmed in New Zealand to save on budget, Power Rangers is banned there due to the violence of the show.
  • Mood Killer: States the show's humor, especially in "Samurai's Journey", could be this.
  • The Scrappyinvoked:
    • Was not a fan of Lothor and his group due to his frequent Breaking the Fourth Wall jokes and Mood Whiplash. He openly calls Lothor a "Male Divatox," and shows glee when Dino Thunder claims that the Thunder Rangers were the biggest threat that the Ninja Rangers, "Thus proving how worthless Lothor was as a villain." though he does admit Lothor was a impressive fighter in his Dino Thunder review and even compared him favorably to the villains of Mystic Force.
    • Linkara also shares a distaste for the Team's mentor, Sensei Kanoi Watanabe. In particular, he questions the generic "wise sayings" that Kanoi gives out as advice (in particular him chastising one of the Rangers for stopping criminals alone, instead of with the group). He also remains confused as to how Kanoi was turned into a hamster in the first place (or how one of Lothor's blasts changed him back to human, for that matter).
  • Sound Defect: Notes that this was before they got a handle on the sound quality for Power Rangers, so as a consequence, everyone sounds like they had their microphones way too close to their faces and the audio was put through some abysmal processing.
  • Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Downplayed in Lothor's case. He still finds him to be a terrible villain, but acknowledges him as a great fighter. This inadvertently makes him better than Master Zandred, who spent the entire first season of Samurai and most of the second as an Orcus on His Throne and was never impressive in any case.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked: In the beginning of the review, Linkara mentions Amit Bhuamik's "Hexagon" proposal. He ultimately puts it into the Awesome, but Impractical category. While it sounds like the ultimate Power Rangers continuity porn, and the premise sounding a lot like the Justice League, a couple of factors would keep it from actually working.Explanation 

    Power Rangers Dino Thunder 
  • Anti-Climax: Admits this the show's main weakness, the conclusion to plots involving its villains tend to be very anti-climatic.
  • Alternative Character Interpretationinvoked: He interprets Tommy as having been driven to the point of Shell-Shocked Veteran suffering from a massive identity crisis as a result of his near-decade of fighting evil, identifying himself more as a set of powers than as a person.
    • Fan Wankinvoked: He admits he might be looking too deep into the symbolism behind Tommy's mental battle with his past Ranger selves, but he feels it helps to explain a lot about the character and the whole event.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He notes the "vision from the future" from the bonus Dino Thunder episode as one for SPD.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Lothor vs Mesogog in the "Thunder Storm" team-up, which he feels is better than the fight that occurred with the actual ranger team-up.
  • Fantastic Racism: Mentions that Mesogog was probably the first villain definitively motivated by this, adding to his quality as Big Bad. (Also notes that Ransik technically doesn't count since he seemed more concerned with power rather than actual racism.)
  • For Science!: Questions why Tommy was doing research into making cybernetic dinosaur clones "unless [you're] planning to become a super-villain." He later references the trope by name in a Call-Back to Tommy in the Mystic Force review.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Notes that that Zordon's line back in MMPR's second season "Too much pink energy is dangerous", became this due to the white dino gem having problems from there being two white rangers.
  • Idiot Hero: Considers Conner to be this.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He interprets Trent's vision of a superhero as being something like this, explaining that this can be one of the reasons for his refusal to receive help from the other Rangers.
  • Informed Ability: Linkara inadvertently demonstrates how the trope can become subjective if handled improperly. Trent's artwork is genuinely good and looks professional, but Haley gushes over them a bit too much.
    • He was also rather ambivalent towards Kira's musical talent and supposed "artistry", but also admits that it's probably just his taste in music being different.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: This is his problem with the team-up episodes with Ninja Storm. The Ninja Storm rangers end up solving the hypnosis problem with their teammates and the Dino Thunder rangers don't do much until the team-up fight near the end.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Notes this as problem with Zeltrax's character, he doesn't really seem to have a reason for hating Tommy since he had nothing to do with the accident that almost killed him.
  • Stock Superpowers: This was the season that introduced "Civilian Powers" and he makes it clear that he doesn't really like them since they cause the morphing to seem like an afterthought given that they now have powers without being in ranger mode and makes the idea of morphing pointless.
  • Take That, Scrappy!invoked: Shows immediate love for Mesogog when one of his first lines is that his attack will be blamed on "That idiot, Lothor."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: With the White Ranger clone, who is just a Flat Character (he doesn't point out that he was created because the white ranger was a villain in most of Abaranger) that didn't do much and felt the plot with him could have been better, like if it had Trent lose his powers when the clone was made.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Linkara's examination of "Fighting Spirit" really drives it home how important that lesson was to Tommy. Tommy has never given up at any point in his Ranger career, so it may seem like an empty Aesop, but going through several periods of gaining and losing powers may have created a level of existential crisis in that he isn't a hero without his powers. The Green Ranger has also almost always represented either regrets or mistakes as a Ranger, so having that Ranger form be his final confrontation was also very symbolic.
    • Book-Ends: On a non-symbolism note, it also serves as a nice Bookend to his pre-Turbo Ranger duties, essentially going through his three longest Ranger forms in reverse.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked: Mentions that side character Devin was suppose to be the Triassic Ranger, but that idea got scrapped when it was revealed to the production crew that it was a power up for the red ranger.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?invoked:
    • He brings up that he's not really a fan of the Dino Thunder suits, due to the goofy dino-footprint emblems on the center, and the white shapes on the sides not matching the coloring of the black and gold symbols on the chests.
    • Linkara shows disbelief at the silver stripe on the Mighty Morphin' Green Rangers' helmet in the episode "Fighting Spirit", especially since the suit was featured in the Clip Show, that mistake really shouldn't have been made. This is brought up again in the Megaforce review.
    • Triassic Ranger outfit was fine for him, but the battlizer mode made it needlessly silly due to the ridiculously huge shoulder-pads and rubber arms.

    Power Rangers SPD 
  • Angrish: Complains that Gruum's dialogue often comes off as this and he has difficulty understanding it.
  • Boring, but Practical: States that one of the reasons why he likes it when the rangers pull out their blasters is because of how practical a solution it is. However, he goes into detail of how this (specifically the reliance on special effects through "Kalishsplosions") can make fights boring, which is a problem for a show that's 75% fight scenes.
  • Continuity Nod: Mentions several nods to previous seasons, including a Monster of the Week coming from KO-35, one of the trainers in the SPD Academy being an Aquitian, and the Blue Senturian popping up in a video game the SPD Rangers are playing fighting Cyclopter.
  • Creepy Good: An initial problem he had with the rangers outfits at first was that the helmets made them appear evil due to the large visors, even drawing comparisons to the Psycho Rangers.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Felt that this was a very good way to introduce the villains.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The A-Squad. He gives kudos to the writers for not overturning this or hand wave it off as the result of brainwashing, feeling it was a great plot twist and a nice final challenge to the B-Squad to come into their own as true heroes, though he admits he's it's disappointing that we never learn much about The A-Squad or why they turned evil.
  • Fan Wankinvoked: Discussed, since SPD takes place in the future (and a specific year at that, 2025), and all the fan theories on timing and parentage are discussed, as well as an alternate theory that a timescale in Power Rangers is nearly impossible since the B-Squad's parents were apparently working in Time Force to make powers.
    • Wild Mass Guessing: He attempts to reconcile these issues by theorizing that the Power Rangers universe has different timing, in that a year is not the same length of time as in our universe (he puts the length of a PR year in the ballpark of 700-800 days). He notes that this could be just one of several other differences in the same vein as the moon having earth-like gravity and an atmosphere in the Power Rangers universe.
  • Flat Character: While he liked Grumm as a villain, Linkara notes that he doesn't really have a defining personality.
  • Fridge Horror: Invoked, he notes that if Sky's father was Wes, that unfortunately means that Wes was killed by Murloc.
  • Hero of Another Story: How he views the A-Squad & B-Squad, noting that A-Squad are the best of the best and would normally be the characters the story followed, with B-Squad being the characters this would normally apply to.
  • Living Prop: As evidenced by his comments when summing up the Character Development for the season, he (Much like the SPD writers) seems to view Sam/Omega Ranger as this.
    "Sam... Has no Character Development. He's a ball of light. Moving on."
  • One-Word Title: Nitpicks at this aspect for SPD, since it doesn't really lead to interesting titles and in some cases leads to outright generic titles since the first and last episodes for this season are Beginnings and Endings respectively. This becomes a thing for the rest of the Kalish era, since the later seasons would just add one more word to each of their titles.Explanation 
  • Only in It for the Money: Praises Broodwing for having this as his motivation, noting that it made a refreshing change to the other villains throughout the series, who have mostly had the same goals of conquering something.
  • Personality Powers: Does a very nice, in-depth look at why the Ranger's civilian powers match their personalities.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Sees SPD as this kind of team done very well.
  • Shown Their Work: When talking about the "Kalishsplosions;" he notes that the person actually responsible for them was Koichi Sakamoto, though he still calls them "Kalishsplosions" since Bruce Kalish would have had to approve of such ideas, as well as the fact that they became particularly prominent in the Kalish era (They have since shown up in RPM and Samurai).
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: Says that Grumm is higher up on the scale compared with other villains thanks to his use of diversionary tactics to help get what he wants, and even getting an entire team of rangers on his side BY CHOICE.
  • Static Character: Notes that Bridge doesn't have any significant Character Development compared to the rest of the team, but he didn't have any huge flaws to overcome in the first place and his general quirkiness is what made him appealing in the first place.
  • Stock Superpowers: Linkara states that the reason why he actually likes the civilian powers this time is because they avert this and are rather unconventional for a superhero team. Instead of Super Strength, Super Speed, and Super Toughness, there's powers like Barrier Warrior, Intangible Man, and Aura Vision.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Discussed extensively with "Kalishsplosions", and how this is actually very much an annoyance for its lack of creating suspense, and makes the Rangers look weak for being sent into the air by explosions behind them, which have logically missed them. Linkara also notes how it makes fight scenes BORING, by focusing on explosions instead of the martial arts of past seasons, making the point that you could splice together any random fight scenes & it would be hard to tell that they weren't from the same fight.
    • Plus the occasional shots of explosions off to the side, which make even less sense.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: Comments that Mora is sadly underdeveloped, with the viewer never learning how Grumm found her, why she worked for him or why she hated being a grown up so much. Didn't help that her final fight in the finale was rushed and was the last we would see of her.
  • Unintentionally Sympatheticinvoked: He views Syd as this during "Dogged". We're supposed to see her as in the wrong for how she treated R.I.C. in the episode initially, but Linkara brings up that he was a "malfunctioning piece of crap" and was in desperate need of an upgrade.
  • Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked: Since Piggy frequently betrays the rangers and almost never shows remorse (not to mention he had plenty of opportunities to get out of town and lay low if he didn't want to work with Grumm or Broodwing), he finds it too difficult to sympathize with him, especially since the show tries to make him sympathetic and fails.

    Power Rangers Mystic Force 
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Linkara is annoyed by how Nick has trouble believing in magic at the beginning, especially seeing as how he'd seen Udonna use spells to fight Foot Soldiers by that point, not to mention that he's just observed his other companions transform into Power Rangers.
  • Badass Cape: Points out the addition of capes to the Rangers' outfits is the biggest change to the Mystic Force uniforms from past teams. Though he knows some fans dislike the idea, he approves of it, as it fits with the Power Rangers being superheroes, and the capes aren't long enough to get in the way but are still long enough to look regal and cool.
  • Black and White Morality: One of the problems he has with this season is that the entire morality runs on this. Characters are either noble good guys or evil monsters with no shades of grey. This effectively makes almost all the characters boring for him.
  • Cliché Storminvoked: Says that one of the biggest things holding back this season is that every plot is just so damn cliché that you can see the resolution coming from a mile away.
  • Compressed Vice: He points out how the humans and the forest creatures' distrust of each other only shows up at the very beginning and end of the series.
  • Critical Backlashinvoked: He notes that series is a hugely divisive and understands why fans dislike it, but states in his opinion, it isn't terrible and feels it's worth watching.
  • Crossover: Expresses his disappointment that there wasn't a crossover with SPD, especially given that SPD is strictly rooted in science while Mystic Force is rooted in magic, and would have liked to see that dynamic come into play. Though he does acknowledge that making a crossover between the two would have been difficult given the timeline.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Feels this way about the Rangers, who get very little, if any, character growth or focus outside of Nick. Instead the season focuses on Udonna's family and allies, their backstories participating in the ancient war, and them coming back together to fight again.
  • Executive Meddlinginvoked: He actually contacted Ron Wasserman (who'd previously done work for Atop the Fourth Wall) to get the real story about what happened with this show's theme song. Turns out Wasserman's original version, which is his typically epic work, was turned down because the producers wanted to hop on the rap bandwagon. Wasserman complied, but was quite unsatisfied with the result, and so were they, so they went with another composer. And then they chided Wasserman for putting his first version online, despite never creating a soundtrack album, so it's pretty clear their only problem with it was that he was exposing how stupid they were to reject it.
    • Likewise he mentions that Disney wanted to use more magic as they didn't like the frequent physical contact of the show... despite the fact they already had done four PR seasons doing this and should've known by now how action heavy the series was. Disney, the most kid friendly and smartest company around.
  • Flat Character: Thinks of the Rangers as this.
    • Also has this criticism towards the villains.
  • Honor Before Reason: Linkara's major criticism of Koragg: he talks a good game about being honorable, but he seems to define it more as being a horrible tactician than actually hewing to any chivalric code.
  • Fan Wankinvoked: Mentions that seeing the mystic creatures of the forest moving into civilization to live alongside humans probably contributed a lot to humans and aliens learning to get along easily in the backstory of SPD.
  • In Name Only: Linkara considers Mystic Force a fantasy story, a sadly generic one, that has Power Rangers in it, rather than a fantasy-themed Power Rangers series.
  • It's Been Done: His opinion on the Fallen Hero/Noble Demon aspect of Koragg is that previous villains such as Astronema, Villamax, Merrick or Ryan did the story-line before, and not only that, they did it better.
  • The Load: Subverted, despite making jokes about Udonna getting kidnapped, he states she never felt like this.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Points out that this works against the season- due to only having 32 episodes, and spending too much time focusing on the side characters and the lore of the universe, the Rangers themselves don't have much to do.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Notes he's okay with the Mystic Morphers being this in this instance as they're magic wands disguised as cell phones and thus the mundane part actually makes sense.
  • The Scrappyinvoked: Does share the dislike for Nick, calls him out as a Designated Hero given that he's supposed to be the Chosen One even though he's no better than the rest of the team and is often the first one to quit when things get hard. He doesn't, however, mention the common criticism of Nick stealing the spotlight (For reasons mentioned below).
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: A more minor thing that he harps on for this series is that it seems to be more on the side of fate than free will.
  • Sound Defect: One aspect of the fight scenes he doesn't like is that when someone kicks something, it makes a laser noise instead of an actual kicking sound.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Notes that the side characters have more focus than the rangers, aside from Nick (and even then, only his mythical heritage is given focus rather than his development as a ranger). He goes further to say that the ultimate conflict between good and evil here is nearly superfluous to the Rangers themselves, and just feels like "All the people who fought the last war trying to get together to finish what they started."
  • Supporting Protagonist: Again with the exception of Nick, Linkara says this season is less a season of Power Rangers, and more a fantasy story that just so happens to have Power Rangers in it.
  • Take That!: Compares the introduction to the four rangers, besides Nick, to an MTV reality TV show, and talks about the filming of one in progress as though it were a crime.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked: Feels this way about Chip, whose desire to be a Knight in Shining Armor who actually embodies those traits unlike Koragg, what it meant to him could've been more explored.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked:
    • Notes this on a few things, with one of the main problems with the season being that the show didn't give the Rangers themselves enough focus, and the final two episodes had enough plot points that could have been fleshed out in place of some of the filler episodes.
    • Specifically laments the lack of an SPD team-up episode, since seeing the team of space cops from the year 2025 interacting with the team of wizards from 2006 could have made for plenty of great material due their contrasting themes, environments & philosophies. Especially frustrating when Piggy shows up in one episode living on the Earth long before the future timeline of SPD and only shows up as more comic relief to interact with Jinji. The most we get from him beyond that is just foreshadowing of what went down in his series. He does however, admit that given that SPD is set in the future, that creating a setup for a team up would be more difficult than other shows.
      • Then again, Dino Thunder and SPD had the time gap as well, and they had two crossovers...
  • Tranquil Fury: While not on par with his speech in the Wild Force review, there was a definite edge in his voice when he was talking about people spoiling the surprise of the Mystic Mother's identity.
  • Unintentionally Unsympatheticinvoked:
    • His opinion of Nick, who he even describes as an "arrogant, unsympathetic, overemotional douchebag." He initially feels the same about Leelee, who basically only had a Heel–Face Turn for selfish reasons, but redeems herself when she goes with Phineas and Claire to rescue Udonna.
    • Also feels that LeeLee is this, since she tried to make the rangers her pets and doesn't seem to care about atoning for her actions and is only switching sides out of boredom.
  • The Un-Twist: Invoked with the identities of Udonna's long-lost husband & son; the same episode revealed Udonna's son was taken to the human world as a child, and that Nick is an orphan and his Orphan's Plot Trinket is the same blanket Udonna's son had in the flashback. Coupled with the revelation that Udonna's husband was an honorable warrior and a flashback of Koragg where we find out he used to be human, and it's very obvious where this story-line is going, even if it takes some time to get there.
  • Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Linkara stated during the "Once a Ranger" video that he feels Mystic Force is a good theme song in comparison to Operation Overdrive's more rap-based theme.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?invoked: Has this reaction to the voice of the Mystic Mother, more specifically the crew not getting Barbara Goodson back, given they'd revealed the Mystic Mother to be the reformed Rita Repulsa.

    Power Rangers Operation Overdrive 
  • Alternate Character Interpretationinvoked: Theorizes that Doctor Hartford, due to his familiarity with Zord and Morphing technology, as well as his personal wealth, may have helped with the various ranger groups in Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force.
  • Anti-Climax Bossinvoked: Among the many other problems with the season, Linkara states that Flurious was defeated too easily. This is especially disappointing since he gained the Corona Aurora's power and almost the entire season built up to its immense power. Yet the final fight amounts to Mack just hitting him really hard and nothing else.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Hates the Overdrive Rangers' insignia on their chests, noting it looks more like corporate branding than anything else.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Perhaps the most plain confusing part of the series for him is that the Rangers do this with their blasters.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • Dissects how badly "Once A Ranger" distorted series continuity.
      • Thrax's existence is a big question mark. Though he offers the idea Zedd and Rita had and raised him during Turbo, that Thrax was sealed by the Sentinel Knight, who was sealed away centuries ago at least, ruins that idea.
      • Alpha 6 is boxed up in a warehouse in Angel Grove. Last we saw him, he was on Mirinoi at the end of Lost Galaxy.
      • Is utterly bewildered by the presence of the Veteran Rangers. Not only were several of them left without their powers at the end of their respective seasons, but Bridge is from S.P.D., meaning the Sentinel Knight pulled him through time to recruit him. And restoring the powers of past Rangers who lost them, and bending the space-time continuum to get one of them from the future, was easier than calling up any number of other past Rangers who still have their powers and live on Earth in the same time period?
    • Later, in part four, Linkara questions why the Rangers think Norg is Bigfoot and want to capture him so they'll be famous. Not only have they met Norg before and know who he is, but they've been on television by nature of being Power Rangers.
    • He also points out in Rose's character analysis section that the writers seemed to completely forget her personality and backstory and decided she only started to learn things to feel special (even though she was always a super genius), that being a super genius apparently didn't make her feel special or gifted, and later that she was ashamed of being smart. Even though her job was being a super smart college professor. Linkara figures the writers were paying zero attention to what they were doing by that point.
  • Designated Monkeyinvoked: While Linkara is certainly not a fan of Dax, he is quite annoyed with how the movie crew treats him (giving him a condescendingly small actor's chair, leaving him strung up halfway through a stunt and abandoning him), pointing out that stunt men are typically very physically fit and that their job description includes taking a punch or being lit on fire on a regular basis; basically not the kind of person you dick with.
  • Designated Heroinvoked: Points out early on that the Rangers had to actually be told to save people from an erupting volcano rather than go after a villain, and that throughout the season the Rangers come off poorly as they don't lose this trait as the season goes on. Lewis has a field day when he gets to the "Once A Ranger" anniversary special, as the Overdrive Rangers decide to go back to their normal lives when they lose their powers; he responds by showing clips of Rangers from nearly every prior season deciding to do the right thing even though they no longer had their powers or otherwise had the odds heavily stacked against them, and explaining that a real hero doesn't do noble things because they have powers but rather that the powers are merely a tool to assist them as they do noble things.
  • Development Hellinvoked: 14 months and counting from the previous episode, although given his hatred for this season it is understandable why he would procrastinate. Having said that, he also had to wait until the DVDs came out due to being part of Saban's Power Force and them requesting that footage from legitimate sources be used for any future projects (i.e. no ABC Family or Jetix recordings). In addition, he has other projects going on that keep him pretty busy as well; he's dedicated first and foremost to Atop The Fourth Wall.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Notes that it was a Zig Zagged Trope for the season, as while Mack had earned his humanity through his Heroic Sacrifice in the final battle, Tyzonn doesn't have to do anything after finding out his long thought dead fiancée was still alive as she's rescued by the comic relief villain and just turns up at the Hartford Mansion.
  • Ensemble Dark Horseinvoked: Spencer was the big saving grace of the series for him, with his (sometimes) clever disguises and genuinely witty lines.
  • Fanservice: Considers "Once A Ranger" an example of this done wrong, and an example of how fanservice alone isn't enough of a redeeming quality to save a bad episode or make it enjoyable. He even goes on to explain how this can hurt an episode, by introducing multiple continuity snarls, create massive plot holes, or make the characters look worse (either by comparison, or by, say, showing that you left a fully-sentient and operational android trapped in a crate for years on end for literally no reason).
  • Fan Wankinvoked:
    • Notes that if what is mentioned in Alternate Character Interpretation is true, then it's entirely possible that the robotics technology used to create Mack was descended from the "Robot Rangers" used in Lightspeed.
    • Due to the sirens of the Flashpoint Megazord and police motif of the Rescue Runners, Linkara theorizes that Hartford may have gone on to become a major funder and researcher for SPD in the future.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • After noting the premise of the Power Rangers fighting an army of machines hellbent on humanity's extinction sounds interesting, Lewis tells the viewer to hold on to that idea for a few seasons.
    • Shows several of the moments foreshadowing Mack's true origins as they appeared in the season, to show it wasn't a twist the writers pulled out of nowhere.
  • Franchise Original Sininvoked: Points out that Operation Overdrive established a lot of elements that the Neo Saban Era would get criticized for[[note]]although it's possible that Dino Charge may have avoided these elements - most notably that Character Development is informed as opposed to shown.
  • Head Desk: Lewis's reaction to Dax letting Miratrix get away with a scroll without even trying to stop her is to cut to footage of himself walking up to a wall and start banging his head against it. The footage of him banging his head against a wall is reused for the reaction to Alpha 6's recast.
  • Humanoid Alien: He once again brings up how Power Rangers only has two different types of aliens: humanoid and "Oh God, Run away!"
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: While he will admit that as far as Dax being a stunt man, stunt men are known for being very fit and capable of performing a physically demanding job, he does point out that choreographed stunt fighting is very different from actual combat training that someone should have to justify them being drafted into the Power Rangers.
  • The Load: As far as initial skills go, Linkara accuses Ronny of this. While the other Rangers were a thief, a super genius, and a stunt man (all arguably useful on their own, but that's besides the point) Ronny's 'skills' consist of "drive cars really, really fast."
  • Most Annoying Soundinvoked: Alpha 6's new voice. It's so bad that Linkara head desks just from listening to it.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Finds it irritating that Hartford can just make new morphers and Zords out of nowhere, which further leads him back to Rose's point of "You're rich, buy an army!"
  • Nice Character, Mean Actorinvoked: Invoked when Lewis brings up the Samuel Benta/Power Morphicon incident during Will's character analysis. explanation  Although he wouldn't say that Will is a nice guy, as he still berates his various flaws (most of it on-par with the other Rangers of the series), he does note that out of all the Overdrive Rangers, Will is the only Ranger to actually do anything to help people after the Rangers leave Operation Overdrive in "Once A Ranger" and return to their normal lives by improving museum security, which is step up from being a thief.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Points out that Mack and Hartford aren't very good at hiding their New Zealand accents.
  • Plot Coupon: Most of the plot of the show revolves around the Rangers collecting random items that will help them find the jewels of the Corona Aurora. Lewis is quite happy to skip over most of these episodes because few if any of them have any real impact on the overall story, and most of these finds serve no purpose except to lead to the next episode's Plot Coupon, and perhaps eventually a jewel, which are the only plot coupons that matter since they're the only ones the various factions have any real interest in.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to the Overdrive Rangers on their decision to leave just because they lost their powers, even showing clips of the rangers before them continuing to fight despite the odds against them.
  • Recycled Scriptinvoked:
    • Comments that the first episode is similar to the first episode of Lightspeed Rescue, but if it had been done wrong. The main point Lewis makes is that while the Lightspeed Rangers had skills that made them feel like they were suited to the job, the Rangers Hartford recruited didn't have such skills and thus they didn't feel like they belong on a superhero team.
    • Lewis also notes that Mack's relationship with Hartford is similar to the one between Wes and Mr. Collins in Time Force, but rather than handling it gradually over the season, it's done in one episode.
  • Running Gag:
    • "You're rich, buy an army!"
    • "Shut up, [X]!"
  • The Scrappyinvoked:
    • Shares the fandom's dislike of Dax, noting that he is the character he hated the most from the season.
    • He overall considers the Overdrive team to be the worst Power Ranger team due to their incredibly selfish and moronic actions throughout the series. Most exemplified in "Once A Ranger". This factor is a big part as to why he considers Overdrive the worst series, even if he considers Megaforce pretty terrible: the characters in Megaforce may be bland and forgettable (with the exception of Robo Knight, Orion, and Gia), but at least they're not unlikable like the Overdrive team was.
  • invokedScrewed by the Network: Mentions at the start of his Jungle Fury review that this was a factor in how the season turned out as the showrunners really were trying to give their all for the adaptation. But Disney was less then supportive, giving the show half its budget to really bring out its potential, and thus forcing them to cut costs and juggle the story the best they could with what they had. Heck, one of the executives they pitched it to even suggested to just dub GoGo Sentai Boukenger and be done with itnote .
  • Senseless Sacrifice: His opinion of the episode where Dax runs away from a starring role in a film to help the Rangers. Besides the fact the idea an entire movie's film production would be done in one day just sounding shady, he points out Dax leaves the movie set 5 seconds before his final scene would have been finished anyway. Basically, instead of an Aesop of realizing his selfish ways to save the other Rangers, he just selfishly leaves the movie crew in the lurch after wasting their time when he could have, at that point, just finished the scene and left with about the same conclusion.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Points out that Mack was the Ranger who got the lion's share of the Character Development, consequentially leaving the rest of the cast without any solid individual character arcs or growth.
  • Static Character: Accuses Ronnie & Dax of being this specifically, but notes that Mack gets most of the character development for the season.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Linkara is very fond of Rose's statement to Mr. Hartford: "You're rich, buy an army!" This becomes especially obvious after it's revealed Mr. Hartford can upgrade human DNA (in his basement) to provide superpowers, can do so without limits, and can supposedly make as many morphers as he wants since he just so happens to build a new one for Tyzonn and can even make new Zords with seemingly no hassle.
  • Stock Superpowers: He doesn't like the civilian powers here because of how generic and outright basic they are. He does complemet the fact that they are at least used effectively.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: He notes how the Kalishplosions reach their illogical extreme here, as they often have no source at all.
  • Tempting Fate: After going through the numerous reasons why the Overdrive team failed to impress him prior to "Once a Ranger"...
    "But these are isolated incidents. It's not like the Rangers will be douchebags in this anniversary episode, will they?"
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked
    • He notes the ideas behind Overdrive were solid; it was the execution that made it so awful.
    • Comes up while discussing "Once A Ranger" — Lewis notes that he felt that the idea of a team of veteran Rangers returning to duty would have been more interesting than the Overdrive Rangers, particularly since the latter had proven to be uninteresting Designated Heroes. Furthermore, while the episode is full of fanservice and could have been a great team-up, the fanservice is not done well and the two teams barely interact. He specifically cites the episode as an example of how to do a team-up episode wrong.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: At the end of the Mystic Force video, Lewis notes that as many problems as he had with that season, he feels that Operation Overdrive is the worst that Power Rangers has to offer. He also expresses this at the beginning and end of the review.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While the team were generally selfish and jerkish most of the time, he does applaud their group reaction to Mack being an android. They are immediately supportive of him and tell Mack nothing is any different between them.
  • Vindicated by Historyinvoked: While he doesn't have much good to say about the season, Lewis praises the twist revealing that Mack was actually a machine instead of human, specifically noting that the arc plays out for several episodes in a season that rushed most plot developments, that the Rangers (who Lewis points to as being dicks for most of the season) were immediately accepting of Mack not being human, that the reveal was unnerving, and that the ultimate pay-off to the story was earned.
  • What an Idiot!invoked: He considers Dax letting Miratrix walk away with a scroll while making absolutely no attempt to stop her absolutely mind-bogglingly idiotic, with footage of Linkara literally banging his head against the wall.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Calls the Overdrive Rangers out during "Once A Ranger" for quitting, citing numerous examples of when other Rangers had no powers or otherwise had the odds heavily stacked against them and kept fighting (with at least one from nearly every prior season).
    • Calls out the producers on the decision to have the Veteran Rangers retrieve Alpha from a crate in a warehouse in Angel Grove, since it means that the Rangers had left Alpha to rot in a box for several years.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!:
    • As of the Dino Charge review, Linkara considers this to be the worst season of Power Rangers he's ever seen, stating it during the stinger of Mystic Force and saying it in the beginning and ending of the review.
    • Before Megaforce's "Legendary Battle" came along, he considered "Once A Ranger" to be the worst team-up special ever, especially on the 15th anniversary season.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?invoked: Brings this up in regards to the voices for Thrax & Alpha 6 in the "Once A Ranger" special - Lewis explicitly questions why they didn't bring back Robert Axelrod to voice Lord Zedd's son, or any of the previous voice actors who voiced Alpha, since they were already bringing back 5 former Rangers (Including flying Johnny Yong Bosch out to New Zealand) for the episode.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?invoked: Absolutely hates the Overdrive Ranger's suits for several reasons, including the weird insignia on the chest that looks like corporate branding, the gaudy use of chrome, and the useless and oddly square-shaped shoulder pads. Tyzonn's Mercury Ranger suit is even worse, as Linkara says it took what was already wrong with the Overdrive Suits and turned it Up to Eleven with even more chrome, bigger shoulder pads, and the odd choice of orange and purple accents.
  • Word of St. Paulinvoked: Notes Johnny Yong Bosch's own Alternate Character Interpretation regarding Adam's actions since his last appearance on the show (namely that Adam was traveling the world doing good deeds, instead of Adam running a dojo).

    Power Rangers Jungle Fury 
  • Alternate Character Interpretationinvoked: Notes that the nature of Dai Shi's possession of Jarrod means that it's unclear just how much of what was seen through the season was actually Dai Shi and how much was an amalgamation of the two personalities, with one example being Dai Shi's code of honor and if it was actually his code or just part of Jarrod's personality shining through.
  • The Atoner: He thinks Casey has elements of this, what with his viewing Jarrod being possessed by Dai Shi as his own fault, and that his attacking Dai Shi's palace was atonement for his actions.
  • Awesome Musicinvoked: Likes the theme song, and considers it a step above the Overdrive theme (though given his hatred of that theme, that's not really saying much). Alongside this, he really likes the overall fight music, barring a few odd cases like the Spirit Ranger's debut fight.
  • The Cast Show Off: Loves the greater focus on strict and straight-forward martial arts, rather than the excessive use of "Kalish-splosions" and Wire Fu.
  • Character Development: He was very pleased with the character development this season, as everyone got an arc or at least a strong demonstration of their personality and contributions to the group.
  • Continuity Nod: He speculates that R.J.'s Hand Wave about how he created the morphers was meant to tie into Doctor Hartford of Operation Overdrive. He also notes that Dai Shi's flag actually has a pizza on it, believing it might be the source of the evil pizzas that could not withstand a red light in Turbo.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: R.J. is about as far removed from what you would expect a martial arts master to be as you can get, but proves to be highly skilled and a great teacher in his own right.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Praises the use of this trope in R.J., feeling that it's a good change of pace from the usual serious mentor as he manages to have an entertaining laid-back personality while still being an effective teacher.
  • He Really Can Actinvoked: Praises the cast for their work, and notes that there was very few instances of cringeworthy acting in the season, outside of a few one-shot characters. While reviewing Samurai, he talks about actors who have played different roles in more than one series, and admits that he did not even recognize actress Holly Shannahan, who played Camille, as the same actress who played Lee Lee in Mystic Force until someone actually pointed it out to him, noting her (and every other repeat actor's) versatility.
  • Inferred Holocaustinvoked:
    • Points out that by the end of the pilot episode, the Rangers haven't done anything to solve the problem with the city getting flooded.
    • When the Megazords are fighting Grizzaka, he notes that they sent him flying through several buildings.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucksinvoked: Averted - Lewis notes that Jungle Fury uses some of the same tropes as the preceding Operation Overdrive in several instances, such as the season's serialized nature and the use of multiple villain factions, but feels that it comes across as Operation Overdrive being a dry run for several ideas that Jungle Fury used in a much better fashion.
  • Koan: Discusses this trope, implicitly comparing it to the Meaningless Meaningful Words used in Ninja Storm. R.J. always offers advice that is useful, even if it takes some time for them to understand the lesson. The Stinger for the video even shows a scene of R.J. mocking Dai Shi by saying "By tomorrow, today will be yesterday." and capping it off with saying he likes to leave people with a phrase that confuses them.
  • Moral Dissonance: Complains about this with regards to Dai Shi/Jarrod breaking a code as a child to not use martial arts skills on bullies because they were inferior opponents when Power Rangers is about using violence against evil.
  • Narm / "No. Just... No" Reactioninvoked: Responds to the Spirit Masters transforming into anthropomorphic animals as their highest level by just repeating "No. No. No." in a disappointed tone for about a minute, and later notes that the idea was just kinda dumb with how little the animal forms are on screen.
  • Needs More Love: invoked He brings up how this series is sandwiched between the highly disliked Operation Overdrive and the Crazy Awesome RPM, and as such is rarely discussed. But he found the acting to be above par with some great character arcs, and that it returns the series' focus more to martial arts skills instead of excessive explosions and wire work.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Considers both sides of the debate to have good points in regards to Casey's skill level at the start of the season; Theo for saying that a beginner shouldn't be holding the team back, as the villains won't wait for them to catch up; and RJ for saying that if they don't work as a team, they won't win anyway.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Is bothered by the Rangers knowing who Grizzaka is when they first see him since they haven't actually met him before like they have the other overlords.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Points out that the trope is again used with Casey, and that Jungle Fury deconstructs the concept by having it immediately pointed out that the skill gap between Casey and his teammates is a major problem when the team is faced with the immediate threat of Dai Shi.
  • Running Gag:
    • Dubbing Master Mao over with Shadis from Attack on Titan Abridged due to visual similarities.
    • Being unable to remember the names of various martial arts words that are brought up, screwing up the names deliberately.
    • Brings back the "Neeeeeeeever coming back again" gag when one of the baddies is sucked into a crystal.
  • Strawman Has a Pointinvoked: As brought up in Pragmatic Hero above, Theo is treated as being wrong for not wanting Casey's inexperience to hold the team back, and while Lewis admits RJ has a point, Theo also does since the villains won't wait for Casey to catch up.
  • Take That!: He takes several jabs at the Neo-Saban era of the show (particularly Megaforce) during this review.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!invoked:
    • Averted - Lewis notes that Jungle Fury plays against several longstanding conventions of the franchise, such as the team consisting of the original three Rangers until the halfway point being the longest Power Rangers has gone with such a small group of Rangers, but praises the season for doing so.
    • Lewis makes a point of mentioning this being the fan reaction to the season's morphers; however, he states that he's okay with the changes to the morphers from Gekiranger, liking the sunglasses design as a change of pace after the standard fare with the morphers, plus that they're objects that are easy to conceal and won't stand out.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked:
    • Notes that the subplot of R.J. transforming into a werewolf is wrapped up too quickly, lasting a total of two episodes.
    • Praises the introduction of the Spirit Master Rangers and their addition to the team, but notes that since they were original creations for Jungle Fury and their actors were still guest stars, the show was limited in what they could do with them by both their budget and Gekiranger footage.
  • Trash the Set: Notes that in an interesting inversion, in this season it's not the Rangers' headquarters that get trashed, blown up, or otherwise destroyed, but the Villains'.
  • Troubled Productioninvoked: Notes that the difficulty with the TV Strikes made some plot points kind of drop out in the middle episodes and resurface towards the end, But also that he can't tell any discernible change in quality between any given episode, making it not so big of a problem.
  • Truth in Television: Referenced when talking about Jarrod in the character section. "He was a bully because of the bullying he received when he was younger, showing how damaging and detrimental that can be to children."
  • Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Ends by describing Jungle Fury as an underrated season that's rarely spoken about and by praising the fight scenes, story, music and acting.
  • What an Idiot!invoked: Considers Master Mao pulling the box containing Dia Shi out to show the students as the equivalent of giving someone a big red button and telling them not to push it.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?invoked: While he praises the Ranger uniforms this year, Lewis notes that R.J. and Theo's Ranger suits look more like tracksuits than a superhero costume (which ironically was indeed the case in Gekiranger, where the costumes were made by a sports company). This was eventually acknowledged in the 2018 YouTube re-upload. He also makes the point that the Rangers' standard uniforms (primarily their color with a black design) using a white collar while their Jungle Master uniforms (primarily white with a design in their ranger color) use a black collar doesn't make much sense.

    Power Rangers RPM 
  • Aborted Arc: Notes that with the change in showrunner and writer during the show's production, a few plot points didn't go anywhere or went different places than they would have under the original crew.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: While not taken with "Power/Rangers" spoof film overall, he did laugh his ass off at its take on Hip-hopkido.
  • Adapted Out: Points out that in Engine Sentai Go-onger the giant robots were fully sentient and could talk (which explains the big googly eyes), which was removed from RPM almost entirely (Dr. K explains while there is some living matter inside the Zords, there was not enough for them to be considered truly 'alive'). As a result, only the bare minimum of the Zord Super Sentai footage could be used.
  • Alternate Character Interpretationinvoked: When Jungle Pizza is shown being shaken down, Lewis speculates that either a) Jungle Pizza is a chain restaurant, and this isn't the one RJ works at, or b) the RJ of this universe never became a Pai Shao.
  • Alternate Universe: Goes into detail at the start of the review about how he personally dislikes alternate universes in franchises, as he prefers a serial continuity (partly in regards to the fact RPM is officially an alternate universe as of Samurai). He does, however, lament that making RPM take place in another reality was about the only way to have any future Power Ranger seasons (since it took place After the End of the Robot Apocalypse).
  • Anticlimax: In his opinion the final fight with Venjix was a letdown, especially since the Rangers had destroyed Venjix's bodies before and there was nothing in the show that insinuated this time was any different ... although he does like that it was Dr. K who ultimately led to his downfall, as he enjoyed her getting that critical act of atonement for creating Venjix in the first place.
    • He also disliked the ending to Summer's episode with her parents, mostly because it had such a token ending for being a (in his opinion, unnecessary) two-parter.
  • Arc Welding: Whist Lewis notes that Power Rangers Samurai firmly placed RPM into it's own separate universe, he notes that the destruction caused by Venjix could be quickly undone by some of the alien species seen over the course of the previous seasons heading to Earth & helping humanity rebuild, which would subsequently mean that they would be seen as humanity's friends whilst cybernetics would be persecuted due to Venjix's actions, which would explain their places in society as seen in Power Rangers S.P.D..
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Discusses that Venjix came the closest out of any Power Ranger villain to pull this off due to pretty much taking over Earth.
  • Body Horror: Points out Tenaya was pretty much the victim of this by Venjix, since by the time it's revealed she is Dillon's sister it's been shown at least one of her legs and hands have been removed and replaced with cybernetics (her hand now detachable, by the way) and her eyes had also been replaced to remedy her blindness.
  • Broken Baseinvoked: Despite that popular opinion online seems to treat RPM as the fan favorite season of the Disney Era, Linkara points out during his research of the season he found fans were a lot more divisive. He cites that many fans he talked to not liking the Darker and Edgier story mixed with the levity and Lampshade Hanging of Power Rangers tropes. He also notes that the reason the season was much more positively viewed after the fact was likely due to it no longer being the final season as it was originally intended to be. With that in mind, fans no longer had to look at RPM with the knowledge that this would be the last season of the show.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: He found the "Believe it will work" method of using the ranger powers to be much better implemented here than in Mystic Force thanks to Dr. K's more logic rooted explanations for it and because it actually played a role in Dillon's development. Since he was a cynic so used to not having hope, it would make sense for him to need to learn to have faith in something.
  • Darker and Edgier: Linkara notes that this season was particularly dark in response to Disney wanting to appeal to older audiences instead of just little kids. At one point after a pretty heavy and emotional backstory episode for Dr. K Linkara says he's finally ready for some levity ... only for the next episode to feature a rather gruesome nightmare involving Dillon losing his blind sister in one of Venjix's factories.
  • Executive Meddling:invoked Again discusses that by this point Disney had long since stopped caring about the series and would've stopped at Jungle Fury if a clause from their European Jetix branch didn't state they had to a least make one more Power Rangers series. Luckily they decided to give free reign to the producers and let them do whatever they wanted since they figured it was the last season anyway. But for some odd reason fired Eddie Guzelian in the middle of the season with no explanation, forcing Judd Lynn to take over for the rest of the series. It thankfully didn't effect too much as Judd managed to play catch up and work with what they had, but it did alter some intended plot points.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Praises the show for doing this well with Dillon. To get into specifics, in his first scene Dillon sacrifices the last of his water to a flower in the desert, which Linkara points out was a great way to establish him as an ultimately compassionate and human character, despite his dark and brooding attitude.
  • Fan Film: He spends some time talking about the graphically violent independently made Power/Rangers short film that was released within a few weeks of this installment. He stated outright he was not a fan, especially that the satire was not made by a fan but someone making a statement about the Darker and Edgier reboots Hollywood does. Among many things he listed Poe's Law and Shallow Parody in how so many people were saying it was actually the Power Rangers "fans wanted." "Yeah, Zach doing drugs, sleeping with prostitutes and violently murdering enemies is what we always wanted to see." He does admit he laughed hysterically at the "Hip Hop Kido Dance Video." In the conclusion he compares how the two handle similar ideas, listing RPM as actually being enjoyable while being darker and okay for kids to watch.
  • Filler: Points out the behind-the-scenes episode was this due to Judd Lynn taking over and needing something to stall for time while he got caught up with the series.
  • Fridge Logicinvoked:
    • Is baffled at how Summer's parents (and by extension, the rich family they wanted Summer to marry into) were able to survive in the post-apocalyptic city, since they weren't skilled or smart, they were just rude, snooty rich people (in a time where, logically, the money from before the end of the world would really have little to no value anymore).
    • Linkara also muses on RPM's status as being in an Alternate Universe, whether that its just an Alternate Timeline where previous Ranger teams did exist but were destroyed by Venjix's forces, or if this is a completely self-contained reality where the RPM team is the first Power Rangers team to ever be formed on Earth.
  • Grand Finale: While this was long released after it was known that RPM isn't the grand finale, and, by extension, this isn't the finale of Linkara's series, it's still treated as such (with Linkara even adding a music video at the end with that sort of effect).
  • Jitter Cam: While RPM does lessen the Kalishplosions, it's biggest weakness in the action scenes is the infamous Shaky Cam.
  • Manchild: Theorizes that Gem and Gemma were intended to be this, as a counterpoint to Dr. K being socially awkward and introverted from being locked away in the government think tank, Gem and Gemma due to having each other in the same environment grew up socially awkward but very extroverted. This is also the reason for them never seeming to think about the consequences of their actions: they simply don't know any better.
  • Misaimed Fandom: invoked Discussed when he talks about the Power Rangers fan film that had come out since the last vid. He notes the maker of that vid intended it as a parody of Power Rangers, noting that if Hollywood rebooted it as a movie, they would probably try to play it seriously and make it Darker and Edgier at the cost of the cheesy charm and humor that makes Power Rangers what it is. However, Lewis also says that a lot of news articles and viewers missed that point, took the film seriously, and actually thought it was a good idea.
  • Necessarily Evil: Describes Fresno Bob and his mafia as this in Corinth, and praises the show for giving a nod to the fact criminal organizations actually would be useful in a post-apocalyptic society (unlike, say, Summer's parents just because they were rich) since they could get much needed supplies and materials using unscrupulous means that the government themselves couldn't use (although Linkara does point out the mafia's presence does show possible corruption in the governing forces in Corinth).
  • Nightmare Fuelinvoked: Admits that the scene with Tenaya casually cornering Ziggy all while whistling a happy melody was pretty terrifying.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Lewis points out how the name RPM suggests a car theme but has very little to do with a show set After the End due to the robot apocalypse.
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Lewis gives one before he reads Eddie Guzelian's profanity-laden rant when he saw the incredibly goofy Go-onger footage he had to adapt into a show that would appeal to an older audience. To quote Guzelian below:
    Holy sh**! I just promised Disney I could turn this into a show that would appeal to an OLDER audience! I must be out of my f***ing mind! Holy sh**! Wait, what's on the front of that Zord? Are those motherf***ing eyeballs?!
  • Obliviously Evil: While more anti heroes than evil, Lewis comments that Gem and Gemma's problem with not considering the consequences of their actions is that due to how they grew up, they simply don't know any better and are mentally children.
  • Out of Focus: Notes that it's one of the seasons where the Red Ranger isn't the show's focal point.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Lewis comments on how different the source footage from Engine Sentai Go-onger was from RPM. He also points out that Eddie Guzelian was unfamiliar with the series, he did watch some episodes before hand. This combined with the vastly different original footage led to script delays. This is actually rather ironic compared to Power Rangers Turbo which did something similar.
  • Recycled Script:invoked Notes the similarities of the brother-sister storyline from Power Rangers in Space
  • Romance on the Setinvoked: Makes a typical "Aww, they should get married" joke about Ziggy & Dr. K's relationship, but expands it to note that the actors playing the characters actually did.note 
  • Running Gag: Is (jokingly) bewildered that this is now the third Power Rangers season in a row to have the mentor messing with their team's DNA (after Operation Overdrive and Jungle Fury).
  • Sequel Hook: Talks about the fact that Venjix's AI was hiding in the Red Ranger morpher as this, as the production team were holding out hope that Disney would change their mind about the series (they didn't).
  • Shallow Parody: invoked Discusses the mean-spirited and superficial way the Power/Rangers short film treated the subject material with how RPM had an intimate understanding of Power Rangers tropes and made it self-aware but also something of a reconstruction by being self-aware and explaining how it all works.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Discussed. Linkara believes that they went with the (much crappier) theme for RPM rather than what he felt to be the better theme due to said track not matching with the Darker and Edgier tone of the season. He points to Blake's 7 as an argument against that since it's one of the darkest Si-Fi ever yet has a very upbeat theme. Not to mention he judges it based on how pleasing it is to listen to and not whether it matches with the show's tone.
  • Take a Third Option: Most fans are split as to whether Summer is either a badass and one of the best characters of the season or a Mary Sue who inserts herself where she's not needed/wanted and gets in the way of other Rangers development. Linkara thinks she's... Underdeveloped. He argues that most of her Character Development happens in her backstory episodes and barring that she's just sort of there.
  • Troubled Production:invoked Coming off the writers strike, with producer Bruce Kalish leaving to do his own things, Disney always looking for ways to get rid of the show and hiring an untested producer Eddie Guzelian who promised to make an especially goofy Super Sentai series into a mature show that would appeal to older audiences. Said producer was replaced mid season over undisclosed reasons and veteran Judd Lynn took over. Linkara notes that, while it does show up in a shift in writing, the series is exceptionally strong regardless. If anything, he considers the fact that this season was finished at all as evidence that miracles exist.
  • Vindicated by Historyinvoked: Discussed at the beginning. Linkara received confusion when he said that the season was divisive since many fans consider it to be one of the best. He states that he received loads of people on both sides hoping for praise or hatred. One of the reasons he believes that the backlash went down was due to Power Rangers continuing after RPM, so people didn't have to worry about this season being the last.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked: Claims that despite the obvious conclusion of Tenaya being Dillon's sister, he had heard ultimately this was going to be a Red Herring in the original script and she was not going to be. Although Linkara does seem quite a bit dubious of this.
    • As mentioned above under Sequel Hook, The Stinger of Venjix hiding in the the Red Ranger morpher was done in hopes of Disney changing their mind about cancelling Power Rangers.
  • When Things Spin, Science Happens: Why is Dillon spinning on a turntable while the exposition on the ranger suits is given? Science.

    Power Rangers Samurai 
  • Actor Allusion:invoked During his rant against Mentor Ji, he calls him a "sack of Grumm".
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite not liking Xandred, Linkara admits the joke about him talking without moving his mouth is this due to the Xandred suit not having a very movable mouth.
  • Adapted Out: He notes that the original Shinkenger had the Rangers accompanied by a massive support staff, including stage-hands carrying flags and banners to their battles. These people were not present in Samurai (minus a cameo in one of the Halloween specials), but fragments of this remain in the overall infrastructure.
  • Alternate Character Interpretationinvoked: Discusses how screwed-up he thinks the Samurai Rangers must be due to the heavy burden placed on them by their families, citing Kevin's perfectionism as an example, even looking at Mia's cooking as a way for her to break out of that routine and do something for herself.
  • Arc Fatigueinvoked: Feels this way in general over Deker's story arc. While impressed with the backstory and a surprising finale, Linkara felt it was dragged out longer than it should have been.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: When Antonio has his consciousness implanted into a dead fish about to be eaten by a stray cat, he becomes deathly afraid of fish, and the other Rangers try to help him with what they call "Aversion Therapy". Not only does Linkara point out that Aversion Therapy is something completely different, but what they are doing (Exposure Therapy) is supposed to be done slowly over a long period of time, and all shoving what someone is terrified of in their faces will do is likely cause the person to have a panic attack.
  • Badass Decayinvoked: Averted in terms of Bulk. While Linkara notes that many fans considered this a severe step backwards in Bulk's character (especially from In Space), he points out that Bulk still has the same development and gumption he gained throughout the series, and his reactions to battle isn't cowardice per se, but just a realistic reaction to facing a dangerous monster when you have no special powers or weapons, like the Rangers have (again, noting that In Space was a situation of it being humanity's last stand, so of course Bulk would have an excuse for Taking a Level in Badass there).
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: In Part 1, Linkara says, "To quote another web video show, 'You may not have noticed, but your brain did.'"
  • Call-Back: Reminds us why Jayden and Lauren can't be the Red Ranger at the same time by pointing out what happened with the White Ranger Clone.
  • Child Soldiers: Linkara notes that due to the heavy burdens of familial responsibility placed on the Samurai Rangers and the clear pressure they've been under due to their duty to fight the Nighloks, to the point where they're pretty much told to drop everything to answer the call, he considers them this. He also notes that while he joked about Zordon previously, it's worth noting that Zordon (and practically every other mentor) offered their Rangers a choice in the matter, and that while Jayden technically offers that choice, their families still spent their lives forcing them down the path of the samurai, meaning that for them, there really was no choice at all.
  • Christmas Rushed: invoked Because of the last minute Uncanceled, the show had about half the normal production period. This results in truncated filming and scripts that are almost direct translations from the original Shinkenger.
  • Conflict Ball: He hates the artificial issues brought on by Jayden actually leaving the team after the reveal that he was not the proper heir to the Red Ranger legacy. Especially that Lauren is incredibly sympathetic throughout (she's equally skilled and does nothing poor as a leader to earn their ire) and that Jayden acts as though everyone is upset over the deception, when they don't care from the start.
  • Ending Fatigueinvoked: While he does give credit to the 'team-up episode' Clash of the Red Rangers despite its numerous shortcomings, he does note that the driving force for the plot was resolved halfway through the second episode, and thus all that was left was 15 minutes of a rather uninteresting fight scene that just seemed to stretch on forever.
  • Ensemble Dark Horseinvoked:
    • Out of all the rangers, he enjoyed Antonio the most due to him actually choosing to become a ranger and fight evil while everyone else was forced into the life and suffers an absurd amount of emotional baggage because of it.
    • Once again, he felt that Bulk was the highlight, despite his inclusion being last minute since he almost never interacts with the rangers.
    • Lauren was actually Linkara's favorite ranger for this season due to being the first female red ranger as well as her actress's incredible performance.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Linkara says that Jayden's first scene as the Samurai Red Ranger was handled very well, since he came off as badass... and then laments the fact that Nickelodeon skipped the first two episodes of this season, starting viewers off on the third episode and thus wasting the whole purpose of the scene.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Points out that since Mentor Ji doesn't really have a first or last name, all the Rangers just call him "Mentor". He also points how that this really annoys him since it sounds really awkward whenever a Ranger calls him this, every single time.
  • Fake Nationality: invoked Linkara points out that the show tried really hard to push the fact that Antonio was Latino... even though the actor who played Antonio is actually Thai.
  • Fake Shemp: Brings this up in regards to the "Clash of the Red Rangers" two-parter, how the RPM Red Ranger Scott remained morphed the entire time (and Antonio was not seen out of costume). The reasons for this were complicated, as Eka Darville, Scott's actor, had become a SAG member and Power Rangers has always been a non-union production, so he got around that by using an alternate stage name and providing the voice over. But Linkara does say that while the set-up could be extremely disappointing, there was some value in that staying morphed supported the plot-relevant distrust, and there was still effort made to show the personality clash between the vehicle-oriented RPM ranger and the mystical Samurai rangers.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Jayden's secret that lasts the entirety of the series was not so bad that it obviously needed to be kept secret, and when it is discovered, Jayden himself is distraught that he had to hide it from his friends while they understood exactly why.
  • Freud Was Right: Linkara mocks Deker's obsession with his phallic symbol — he-he means his sword, Urumasa.
  • Fridge Horror: invoked He talks about how the Rangers were drilled into being ready to fight as Samurai Rangers from a young age, and as a result they had significant emotional scars and took failure extremely hard. Linkara's fury at how Mentor Ji treats Antonio as unworthy for not having that long tradition is among his biggest rants, since Antonio is not merely self taught but also the only Ranger who joins out of personal desire and not from longstanding family pressure.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Despite not having seen Shinkenger, Xandred's "medicine" doesn't fool him for a second.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Really doesn't find Xandred impressive. He doesn't even lead plans, he just sits around drinking "medicine", and does this for over 99% of the season. And even then, he doesn't have any redeeming qualities like an awesome voice or a humor factor that other villains could at least hold claim to. He even goes on record to say that with his other least enjoyable villains (Divatox, Lothor, Bansheera), at least they would do something with their time, making him perhaps the worst lead villain up to this point.
  • Guttural Growler: Dislikes this aspect of Xandred's voice since it's so generic.
  • He Really Can Act: invoked Not too surprising for the actress herself, but Linkara comments that Lauren is so well performed compared to the rest of the cast (being Power Rangers, most of the acting rarely gets above just "okay", and even then, some of the acting in this season was pretty damn bad at points) it makes her that much more sympathetic for their bad attitude towards her.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Gets quite annoyed about the Samurai Rangers being this for Jayden, especially when Lauren enters the picture and is clearly trying her best, but the others barely give her a chance because 'she's not Jayden'.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Even he admits the almost sexual undertones between Jayden and Antonio, and shows the infamous clip of Antonio eyeing Jayden while saying "I'm ready for some action", ostensibly for sparring.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Finds this incredible annoying as the characters don't stop making puns in a fight.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!:invoked He points out how Samurai really suffers from largely being a straight translation of Shinkenger's story, with occasional plot holes when something was changed, plus massive Values Dissonance of a bunch of non-Asian people acting like they're Japanese.
  • Insult to Rocks: During his Rage Against the Mentor towards Mentor Ji he refers to him as more of a glorified butler than a mentor before saying that's unfair since Spencer from Operation Overdrive actually was a butler and was one of his favorite characters that season.
  • Karma Houdini: For all the reasons Linkara has to dislike Mentor Ji, one thing in particular that irks him is the fact that he never gets called out when he makes a mistake. There is even an instance where both Mentor Ji and Jayden are in the wrong, and only Jayden ends up called out and apologizing, Mentor Ji just standing in the background avoiding the blame.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: This season's problem with the fight scenes? The Rangers keep invoking this trope for the audience.
  • Last Minute Hook Up: There are some hints that Mike and Emily would end up together, but this comes mostly from a few instances of characters talking about it rather than actually showing them interacting and having chemistry throughout the season.
  • Manchild: Says that since Spike's actor was clearly trying to channel Skull from the first season of Mighty Morphin' (keyword: trying), he comes across this way, despite the fact that Spike is obviously supposed to be around 17 or 18.
  • Magic Versus Science: Linkara notes that the team-up has elements of this, even leading into a minor tangent stating that these were the two basic styles of Power Ranger shows (listing Mighty Morphin, Zeo, Overdrive, SPD and RPM as falling on the science side, while Mystic Force, Wild Force, and Samurai fall on the spiritual side). He also claims that the difference between the two methodologies, and even the way the command centers are decorated (and how Ranger Red reacts to them) increase his enjoyment of the episode.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Got rather annoyed with this through the season, as new zords and power-up after power-up happened in every other episode. He didn't mind the armored form used to pilot the zords or the white jacket super mode (feeling that both were distinctive and "At least it isn't glitter!"), but the new battle discs and weapon variations wore thin.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Talks about his disappointment over not getting to see the Samurai Ranger team visiting the RPM Ranger team's command center (although he understands the previous set was likely destroyed and it wasn't cost-effective to rebuild nor bring back all the RPM actors). In particular, he would have loved to see how Dr. K would have reacted to the Samurai Rangers and the more spiritual origin of their powers.
  • Out of Orderinvoked:
    • Decided to go with the official first episodes "Origins" (which aired at the end of the series) instead of the third episode that was first aired. He notes that "Origins" isn't a great episode, but it does have a fantastic opening scene that would have endeared audiences to the show much faster.
    • Also noted is that, despite premiering between seasons, "Clash of the Red Rangers" uses power-ups and Zords that wouldn't be properly introduced until Super Samurai.
  • Plot Hole: Points out that sometimes the writers would forget important plot points between episodes! For instance, in one episode Xandred mutates one of his monsters for betraying him and sets him loose on the Rangers, but in the next episode Xandred has no idea why the monster was mutated and what it was doing on Earth. Another one has Lauren joining the team because she finally mastered her sealing training ... only to be still needing to train to master the technique in the next episode.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Linkara points out two major instances of this.
    • The first is that Jayden insists on keeping the fact that he's not actually the head of the Shiba family a secret from his team, even though there was no reason to keep that a secret and he just ended up orchestrating drama where it didn't need to be.
    • The second is Dayu and Deker's sub-plot, in which Deker has forgotten all about his former life with Dayu and Dayu keeps wanting him to remember... but never bothers to just tell Deker who he was and actually try and help him remember.
  • Power Glows: He liked the unique morphing style of the season, writing colored symbols into the air and them becoming the Ranger's helmet. The grand Sealing Symbol used against Xandred near the end also had additional fire effects, which made it feel like something special and unique.
  • Race Lift: Zig-zagged, he actually has no fundamental issue with the team being multicultural instead of all Japanese, rationalizing that one of their ancestors may have been adopted or just not Japanese and married into the family, although he does admit that Jayden having the very Japanese last name of Shiba while being Caucasian was just odd. Given that Power Rangers hasn't had an Asian Red Ranger (white or black, with some argument towards Native American and Hispanic) yet, it would have been a nice touch and probably more appropriate. He also calls out the fact that Kevin acts bigoted towards Antonio at first due to him not having any "Samurai heritage", despite the fact that Kevin is clearly not Japanese himself.
  • Rage Against the Mentor / "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Oh my, Linkara does not like Mentor Ji. He goes on an angry rant about the fact that Ji is one of the most useless mentors in the series, seems to have no right to even call himself a mentor (since he's not a Ranger himself, nor is ever explained as having any samurai heritage), acts unnecessarily elitist towards Antonio when he wants to join the team (including "confiscating" Antonio's morpher, which he had no right to take given that Antonio made the damn thing, right in front of him), and typically gives pointless rhetoric as advice (and once even gave the exact opposite advice later in the same episode).
  • Recycled Scriptinvoked: Relates Lauren's arrival to replace Jayden as the same "Originally-destined Red Ranger replaces established Red Ranger" plot as Alex replacing Wes in Time Force. However, he does call attention to the fact that Alex was an ass so the other Rangers wanting Wes back was understandable, but in Samurai Lauren is quite nice and sympathetic, so the other Rangers not giving her a chance and being obsessed with trying to get Jayden back comes off as jerkish.
  • Relationship Writing Fumbleinvoked: Calls the writers out for pairing Mike and Emily up in the final episode when, with the exception of a single line of dialogue halfway through the series, the two had pretty much nothing hinting that they felt that way about each other.
  • Revisiting the Roots: This was the first season Saban were making since Disney gave up the rights to the show, and it was obvious they were trying to invoke Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in Samurai. Linkara points out that this was actually a terrible idea, since the series had evolved so much since the first season, and that forcing it to regress away from its development resulted in, according to him, an awful entry to the franchise.
  • Rewatch Bonus: invoked He admits that after being disappointed watching it when it first came out, seeing it a second time for the purposes of the review let him appreciate certain things a lot better. In particular, he didn't catch Jayden's character arc in how he preferred relying on himself over trusting his teammates, only to build that trust and bring it through the finale.
  • Rule 63: After the introduction of the dimension-crossing subway train, Linkara ponders if there's one for any alternate universe, including a gender-swapped one.
  • Running Gag:
    • Showing the Bulk and Spike clips with Bulk talking about his many adventures with the Rangers ("Spike, did I ever tell you about the time...?").
    • Any time the Rangers get a new Zord, Linkara notes that it commonly gives the Megazord a big, clunky helmet.
  • The Scrappyinvoked:
    • He loathes Mentor Ji for his stubborn elitism, inconsistent teachings, and goes on a massive rant when he takes Antonio's morpher away. Keep in mind, Antonio made the morpher himself, so unlike the Samuraizers, which belong to the Shiba family, Ji has zero right to take it away.
    • He finds Xandred to be one of the worst villains in Power Rangers, as all he does is whine on his boat and drink. He comments that even Lothor actually got out of his ship and fought.
  • Screwed by the Networkinvoked: Linkara points out that for reasons that baffle him, Nickelodeon aired the third episode as the first, and notes that in comparison to the first episode that was aired on Nickelodeon, the actual first episode was a better start, and that if the first episode had been the one that had actually aired, people would've probably had a lot more faith in the series. Also, due to showing the episodes out of order, he notes that the Sixth Ranger is spoiled by the openingnote .
  • Serendipity Writes the Plotinvoked: Brings this up in regard to Clash of the Red Rangers, noting that the inability of Eka Darville to be present on set, resulting in Scott being morphed for the whole special, aligned nicely with the plot revolving around the Samurai team's distrust of him.
  • Shallow Parody: invoked Again refers to the Power/Rangers film in that despite the franchise being built on characters who are teenagers or thereabouts, the franchise has never had their characters trained from birth and forced into being Child Soldiers, and they were always given the opportunity to leave if they so desired. This is in discussion of how the characters in this season were trained from a young age to be warriors fighting evil, but are the exception rather than the rule.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: Concedes that a lot of this season's issues stem from it being a rather poorly translated copy of the original Shinkenger.
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Linkara discusses the fact that unlike other seasons, the Rangers here were pretty much browbeat by their families from a very early age to become Power Rangers, and thus really had no choice but to take the responsibility. He also claims that Jayden giving the other Rangers a choice to leave in the first episode doesn't count as actually giving them a choice, since by then their parents had been pressuring them for years to accept their Samurai duty.
  • So Okay, It's Averageinvoked:
    • His opinion of the season as a whole. Although he decries it for being obviously rushed, having mostly uninteresting villains, and having way too many power-ups, his ultimate verdict is that Samurai is still perfectly watchable and at least succeeded in targeting its intended demographic of little kids.
    • A more specific example would be his opinion of the first two episodes. While he did enjoy Jayden's badass Establishing Character Moment, overall the episodes were just average.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Characterinvoked:
    • Expressed disappointment that it was fairly obvious that Bulk and Spike were added late in production, since they have very little interaction with the Rangers, and almost no bearing on the plot.
    • He also expresses disappointment in the amount of wasted potential with Emily, stating that her background of being chosen to replace her sick sister, who was originally supposed to take on the Samurai duties, could've been expanded on, especially with how she already seems to have depression or an inferiority complex because of said background. He specifically mentions that Emily replacing her sister as a Samurai ranger would have made a great foil to Jayden, and his not being the 'real' inheritor of the Red Ranger legacy.
    • As with Turbo, he feels that Serrator is a better villain than Xandred and should have been the real Big Bad.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plotinvoked:
    • Says that the biggest problem with the Deker/Dayu subplot is that while the Deal with the Devil idea was interesting, the whole thing didn't really go anywhere and had almost no bearing on the main story. To make things worse, the subplot doesn't even have a satisfying conclusion (Deker and Dayu just die separately and never resolve anything between each other), making it feel even more pointless after the fact.
    • While it was more based on Linkara's own invoked personal interpretation of the characters, he feels there was a lot of lost opportunity in exploring how screwed up the Rangers must have been from being trained to be Samurai Rangers from such an early age. In particular he says Emily's relation to her sick older sister or her possible depression could have been explored, and he would have really liked to see Jayden have more prominent daddy issues, or have a troubled father/son relationship with Mentor Ji.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Despite mentioning in a previous review he was actually enjoying Samurai, he prefaces this review stating his opinions had changed and that this season just was not very good.
  • Troubled Production:invoked Linkara notes that due to the season being Christmas Rushed after being uncanceled, the writers had a truncated pre-production period and had to bank heavily off Shinkenger's transcripts instead of creating their own work. This resulted in more than a few Plot Holes and Values Dissonance.
  • Values Dissonance:invoked One of his biggest problems with Power Rangers Samurai is the lack of care in adapting Samurai Sentai Shinkenger's heavy focus on uniquely Japanese cultural values such as Pillars of Moral Character and familial honor being put on children to drive them to inherit the family business, so to speak, for a more global perspective. It comes to a head during his discussion of Antonio's post-introductory episode, with him regarding Antonio as the most heroic of the Rangers, since he willingly chose to become a super hero of his own free will despite the risks and worked his ass off to do it, while the script is steeped in more-traditionally-Japanese notions of obligation and deference. It gets even worse when you learn in Dino Charge that Jonathan Tzachor originally wanted the rangers sequestered in the Shiba house, and one episode that had a video game console was met with shock and horror.
  • Viewers Are Morons: He conjectures that the Rangers shout out their names during the Theme Song because the production team assumed little kids would be too stupid to remember them otherwise.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: invoked Notes that this is the first series filmed in high definition and looks gorgeous for it.
  • What Could Have Beeninvoked:
    • Although he claims to have gotten the information second-hand, he explains that Bulk and Spike were likely added to the cast to fill certain future roles in the show, specifically Bulk in a Brown Ranger sub-plot that ended up not being used, and/or Spike intended to be the Samurai Gold Ranger.
    • He also shares that he heard that in pre-production, ideas were thrown around about the team being billed specifically as an International Team, as well as the show being set in Stone Canyon (the neighboring city to Angel Grove mentioned several times in Mighty Morphin').
    • During his "Dino Charge" videos, he mentions that he saw an interview that revealed that the Child Soldiers undertone of the team would have been even more blatant if Jonathan Tzachor had gotten his way. Tzachor wanted the team to be permanently sequestered in the Shiba House with no contact with the outside world, to the point where apparently a proposed plot with the rangers playing with a video game system resulted in a "horrified" reaction from Tzachor.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • He calls the other Rangers out on being jerks and borderline shunning Lauren just because 'she's not Jayden' when all she wants to do is fulfill her family duty and be their friend. He then calls out Jayden for leaving the team (in the middle of Lauren's welcome party, no less) when there was no reason to and turning the situation all about him while also causing his teammates to resent Lauren for "making" Jayden leave (she didn't, and wanted him to stay and still be part of the team).
    • Calls out Mentor Ji for a lot of problems, such as him never getting called out on his flaws, conflicting advice, bad advice, and taking the Gold Ranger's Morpher because "he wasn't from a Samurai Clan" (the morpher was undeniably Antonio's property, so it was literally stealing), despite the Gold Ranger being the only one who chose to be a hero of his own free will, without any familial prompting.
    • Points out that the families of the Rangers put so much pressure on their kids to obey the family obligations that they come across as emotionally broken child soldiers who never had a choice in the matter.
  • The Woobieinvoked: Lauren Shiba. Linkara states that if she had just been a jerk like Alex from Time Force things would have been different, but her actress (Kimberley Crossman) played her so sympathetic that it made the other Samurai Rangers look really bad when they kept ignoring her and trying to get Jayden to return to the team.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?invoked: While he admits that he enjoyed how the Moogers' top-half looked Lovecraftian in design, he says that the mustard-yellow pants were pretty tacky and made them look strangely bulky.
  • You Look Familiar:invoked After Deker appears, Linkara goes on a brief tangent about how Power Rangers is fond of reusing actors during the New Zealand years (highlighting Kelsen Henderson, Michelle Langstrom, Rick Medina and Holly Shannahan).

    Power Rangers Megaforce 
  • Actually Pretty Funny: While he admits that Vrak's "Far too complex for you to understand" and Gosei's "There's a simple explanation for that ..." were pretty funny, the fact that Megaforce was overflowing with Hand Waves made them a lot less funny in hindsight.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Was not only irritated that the original Mighty Morphin' suits weren't used during the first outing with the Ranger Keys, but when the team finally does use the original MMPR suits, they get their asses kicked pretty easily by the enemy.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:invoked
    • In terms of Gosei, Linkara mentions that instead of being The Mentor of the team, Gosei really was built by Zordon but as a true 'last resort'. Gosei misinterprets the situation and creates the Megaforce Rangers, and due to only being able to function as a 'last resort', starts just throwing every tool and resource at the Rangers without any restraint.
    • The way he saw Emma was as a vapid Granola Girl Cloudcuckoolander, and while he says there's nothing wrong with being a 'tree-loving hippie', she was always talking about how "beautiful the world is, guys" and was easily distracted during their missions.
  • Angrish: His maniacal laughing at Robo Knight's Unexplained Recovery in the finale gives away to screaming and shooting a wall with a gun.
  • Anticlimax: Most of the big battles, or at least what were supposed to be big battles, ended up this way, since the Rangers were constantly being thrown new Zords and weapons by Gosei and none of the villains ever got the chance to really show themselves as any sort of legitimate threat, so there was no suspense in the battles.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: As soon as the first episode, Emma questions what a Power Ranger is. Que anger from Linkara.
    Linkara: You can't acknowledge the long history of the show, and have people act like they've never heard of the Power Rangers!
  • Ass Pull:invoked
    • Gosei just hands out new powers and weapons and Zords every episode, sometimes because the Rangers sorta 'earned' them, but usually for no reason at all. Although Linkara does state that in Gosei's case this would have to be more of a Mouth Pull since Gosei doesn't have an ass.
    • Robo Knight coming back to life in the finale with no explanation what-so-ever. It's so much of one that Linkara completely goes insane from it.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:invoked
    • Linkara was shocked and confused when Troy suddenly screams and goes Super Saiyan, before "I am a man!" punching Robo Knight's programming back to normal.note 
    • invokedAlso, when Robo Knight comes right out of nowhere during the finale, despite the fact that he was destroyed in a previous episode. He just magically appears without any explanation or foreshadowing, and then disappears again with only Troy noticing he was there (and not commenting on the sudden resurrection). This comes so out of left field that it leads Linkara to suffer a Creator Breakdown for a few minutes.
  • Call-Back:
    • Has some fun with his own call backs while watching the finale. He's thrilled when he sees Carter Grayson, saying that all they need to do is give him two guns and a water bottle and he'll single-handedly have this whole alien invasion thing cleaned up in no time. Then he sees Karone and jokes about how she used to be Astronema and asks her if she remembers when she attempted this exact same plan back in In Space... except, y'know, it being much better when she did it.
    • Points out that the super mutants are entirely plausible, since the existence of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in In Space shows that mutation of creatures is not only plausible but has happened before in the Power Rangers universe.
  • Character Derailment:invoked
    • Linkara goes on a short rant about the 'bizarre form of laziness' of the season when the show manages to do this in the first episode! Emma, the Pink Ranger, joked about not wanting to join the team because the helmet messes up her hair, a Call-Back to Kimberly from Mighty Morphin... the problem being, Kimberly was a Valley Girl so it made sense when she said it, while Emma is a BMX-biker nature lover who in a previous scene was wearing a bicycle helmet, so it didn't make any sense coming from her.
    • Also expressed disappointment they didn't stick with the whole "prideful to the point of refusing to accept loss" thing they had going for Prince Vekar during his debut, quickly derailing him into a prissy whiner by his second episode and staying with that characterization from that point on.
  • Creator's Apathy: invoked
    • Considers "laziness" to be the main theme of the season, with how little effort was put into making it. This is later expanded to "a bizarre form of laziness" where the creators care about innocuous details but overlook huge plot holes.
    • Brings up the infamous usage of the Megazord's Japanese name on the power card featuring it, as well as the usage of the Samurai theme instead of the Megaforce theme when the Rangers destroy a monster. For the former he doesn't really care since it's only a brief glimpse of it anyway and would be a pain to digitally correct every episode. For the latter, he's absolutely livid.
    • The season not only constantly uses footage of Sentai-only teams, but the teams are never given an explanation for where those powers come from. They also name the teams inconsistently when morphing into them in different episodes. This despite the fact that in scenes where the Rangers each morph into a member of a different team, if one of them was in a Sentai-only costume originally it was often digitally edited to be a Ranger from an English season. He also points out that if they had to keep them in, the franchise provided plenty of opportunities to turn it into World Building they could have easily used but didn't.
    • The Rangers get no significant backstory or development, nor does Gosei. He notes the actors had asked for more character-focused episodes, but were ignored.
    • How all the past Rangers take part in the Legendary Battle when many of them don't have their powers anymore. And if these past Rangers do still have their powers and are all around the city in time to take part in the battle, why didn't any of them help before now?
      • He also notes the creators at least try to play with the editing to avoid showing Tommy's other morphed forms since he's here as the Green Ranger, but they ignore that the Turbo and In Space teams shared members too and show the two teams together in multiple shots.
      • The return of only a handful of former Rangers' actors; apparently the invitations to appear in the episode were only sent out a month before filming. He questions how that's possible when it's obvious the creators knew they would be doing the Legendary Battle right from the start of the season and would have had several months to organize more actors taking part.
  • Creator Breakdown: invokedHis attempts at reviewing the seasons get progressively more heated and in-depth, and he admits by the halfway point that he kind of lost track of reviewing anything specific about the show and it dissolved into a long rant about everything it did wrong on a fundamental level (no character development, no consistent villains, fight scenes replace actual story). One moment in the climactic battle (Robo Knight returning to the fight despite being destroyed previously and being given no explanation for his return) cuts to video of him losing his mind and going off to laugh maniacally while randomly firing a gun, blowing off steam before collecting himself and finishing the review through gritted teeth.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: invokedThis is the first season since Mighty Morphin to integrate two different Super Sentai series together. What was done differently was Mighty Morphin utilized Zyuranger costumes as the primary outfits for the first three seasons and used the mecha footage of the two other series to flesh out the story (which required American made footage with them still in Zyuranger outfits). Megaforce used Goseiger for the first 20-episode season and then blended Goseiger and Gokaiger, the big anniversary season where they switch costumes constantly, for the second season by using Goseiger suits as the base costume and then upgraded to Gokaiger just to upgrade to all the other costumes. In addition, the season used Stock Footage of the Super Sentai anniversary paying homage to past shows that were never made into Power Rangers series (pre-1992). It made for quite a headache in trying to juggle all these costume changes. Linkara suggested it would have been easier to keep the Goseiger outfits as they already had a "mystical card" system in play with their motif, which would be easy to modify to include new Ranger powers, rather then complicating it all by switching to Gokaiger just to use a separate device altogether. That, or just destroy the Goseiger powers altogether and make a clean switch to the Gokaiger powers, to avoid the need for switching between the costumes at all.
  • Dull Surprise: While none of the acting was really all that good (with the exception of Gia), Linkara singles out Troy, the Red Ranger (Andrew Gray), as being exceptionally wooden and unable to emote his lines. Sometimes when Troy and Robo Knight share a scene, Linkara will even jokingly challenge audience to guess which of the two is actually the robot! In his wrap up at the end he actually spends a couple minutes specifically on just how little Troy emotes, being the only time in the entire HOPR series where his criticism of a performance includes a monologue with editing of clips together.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: invoked He points out in frustration that he has little regard for anyone in the season beyond isolated moments, but does admit to having a couple of soft spots. Gia was well-acted and had a much more distinctive personality beyond the most obvious. And Vrak in Super Megaforce had the only plan against the Rangers that was even marginally interesting and achieved a pseudo-victory with actual tension.
  • Executive Meddling:invoked
    • In his Dino Charge review, he goes on a tangent that an interview from writer James W. Bates confirmed his suspicions from the previous reviews that Jonathan Tzachor was uninterested in letting the writers give the characters story arcs, or any connections to other seasons despite Megaforce being a 20th anniversary season because in his mind it was "too boring". However, Haim Saban had other ideas for the show, and Tzachor was fired and replaced with Judd Lynn for Dino Charge (even though there's no official reason, Linkara strongly believes that to be the case). Bates even left after Super Megaforce started because he got frustrated from not giving the characters any development.
    • Of course, the "twenty episodes per season" mandate of Nickelodeon also played a role here like it did in Samurai, though to a lesser extent.
    • Another one revealed in the same interview was that the production staff wanted to get to Gokaiger immediately for the anniversary and skip over Goseiger, but their contract with Toei at the time prohibited them from skipping over a Sentai.
  • Fan Boy: Notes during his rant regarding the Sentai only teams showing up despite not being Power Rangers that one of the reasons he heard for their inclusion was that Jonathan Tzachor was a Sentai fan boy and refused to have any footage altered to keep it the same as the Sentai. He also states that if this is truly the case, then that makes the inclusion of the Sentai only teams even worse.
  • Fanservice: Similarly to his review of the episode "Once A Ranger", Linkara explains how the 20th Anniversary season Super Megaforce does fan service wrong, as instead of celebrating the history of Power Rangers, it just throws random Call Backs and Continuity Nods at the audience as if to say "Hey! This existed!"
  • Fan Wank:invoked There's a fair bit more of Linkara's own personal theories and spins on unexplained facts here... but he explains that's only because this season gives so little explanation he has to make up his own to try and make any sense of it. A rather notable theory comes from the "Legendary Wars" finale in which he conjectures that the returning Rangers weren't actually the real Rangers, but instead physical manifestations of the powers... although he does admit the whole Karone/Astronema "I love being a Power Ranger" line throws a wrench into that idea.
  • Flat Character: Notes that with the exception of Vrak and Robo Knight, no one really changes or has an arc. Though he does admit the Rangers' default personalities, while they don't change, still make them more likable than the Overdrive team and consequently he doesn't consider it as bad.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • Linkara grows increasingly annoyed when the Rangers are shown walking or running everywhere (even showing up late to fights) because they forgot they could just teleport in the first few episodes.
    • When the season changes into Super Megaforce the Rangers forget all about the weapons and powers they obtained in the first half of the series, despite all of them being available and intact. This in particular annoyed Linkara since there were multiple openings to destroy the powers and actually justify the swap to the new powers.
    • One episode had the bad guys stating with their Make My Monster Grow technology they could enlarge multiple enemies at a time instead of having to resort to only using one. This never gets used again after the single aforementioned episode.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In the third instance of Lewis being on camera for this, this is his reaction to Robo Knight's unexplained return in the Legendary Battle, going from Laughing Mad and firing a gun to screaming.
  • Granola Girl: He states that Emma is a really obnoxious version of this since she won't shut the hell up about the environment and seems "vapid to the point of airhead status."
  • Growing the Beardinvoked: Discussed. He states that since the days when the original MMPR was on the air, children's television has become a lot more sophisticated and ambitious, tackling more mature themes, creating more complex characters, and striving to create legitimately emotional and heartwarming moments. This includes Power Rangers itself, which since then has had more substantial stories and characters compared to the often bland and goofy writing from MMPR. He cites this as one of the big problems with both Megaforce seasons, which mostly focus on spectacle and having as many action scenes as possible in lieu of actual depth or compelling storytelling, meaning it can't compete with shows like Steven Universe or Avatar: The Last Airbender, which have a lot more to offer.
  • Hand Wave: This season was wrought with them, with every time this happened in the first two parts he'd insert Vrak's "Far too complex for you to understand", and from Part 3 onward Gosei's 'There's a simple explanation for that ..."
  • Informed Attribute:
    • Gosei stated that he awakens when the Earth is in grave peril. Linkara is very quick to bring up the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many times the Earth has been in grave peril, but no sign of Gosei forming a team.
    • He notes that Gia stated that Emma always knows what makes others happy, but then she immediately ignores people's discomfort to take photos. In fact, her imagining a world without humans while smiling makes her come across as sociopath who wants to wipe out humanity in his eyes.
    • Troy was stated to have overcome great adversity, but it's never seen on-screen nor talked about. Linkara brings up that we did learn about his hardship only through external interviews.
  • Informed Flaw: Noah had an episode where his flaw was supposed to be that he didn't have a sense of humor, but the "humor" in the episode was so bad that Linkara couldn't help but sympathize with him.
  • It's the Same, So It Sucksinvoked: Subverted. While he acknolwedges that people hate the Megaforce theme for being almost identical to the Samurai theme, he doesn't mind since he's a self-admitted sucker for the "Go Go, Power Rangers" theme and feels that if they're making a cheap knock-off of a song, at least it's a knock-off of a good song. He also notes that given that this is the 20th anniversary, it actually makes sense to use a remix of the original Mighty Morphin' theme since harkening back to the era and history of the franchise is all the more important here.
  • Laughing Mad: As mentioned above, his reaction to Robo Knight's Unexplained Recovery involves insane laughter, as he goes for a gun and unloads a clip before devolving into screaming.
  • Merchandise-Driven:
    • He had already mentioned the show was pushing this in Samurai, but Linkara goes as far as to scold the makers of this season for going too far in Megaforce, marketing too many toys for any kid watching the show to ever actually be able to afford.
    • He also mentions how the marketing department seemed to do a better job with handling the anniversary aspect of the season, including the Legacy Collection, individual Ranger Keys, including one for the American-exclusive Titanium Ranger, and items that were exclusive to certain events.
  • Narm:invoked
    • Power Rangers has its own sense of silliness, but he comments that Andrew Gray as Troy never seems particularly invested, making silly dialogue sound worse and what should be epic, intense moments into boring action. His strange, awkward, unmorphed "Super Saiyan" power-up punch when fighting Robo Knight is the highlight.
    • To a lesser extent, he points out that due to the fact that many of the power ups will slap "mega" or (starting in the second season) "super mega" on the names, it comes off as something you'd expect from a parody of Power Rangers.
    Troy: "Ultra Megaforce Red!"
    Linkara: "Why does every power-up sound like it's something you'd expect from a parody of Power Rangers with the over-simplistic, goofy names?"
    • Points out that the plot of episode 17note  loses all impact because of the fact that trains don't have as much of a presence in the US as in Japannote . He points out that not only is the episode the worst of the first season, but the plot doesn't even last until the end of the episode. As he had noted earlier, there was no reason why they had to adapt this episode in the long runnote .
  • Power Up Let Down:
    • A minor gripe, as although Linkara didn't actually mind the pirate-themed Super Megaforce costumes (despite the season not being pirate-themed), he did think that aesthetically they were less grand and interesting than the previous Megaforce suits (which were based on angels in Goseiger). He also said the switch in fighting style from martial arts to over-reliance on weapons actually made the Super Megaforce Rangers seem weaker than they previously were. He even states that it seems like it should've been the other way around, with the Megaforce suits being the pirate-themed ones and the Super Megaforce ones being the angel-themed ones.
    • The combination of the Q-Rex and Legendary Megazord, which is not so much the Megazords combining as it is just the Legendary Megazord replacing its arms with the Q-Rex's, as opposed to other times where the Sixth Ranger's Zord actually, you know, combined with the main team's Megazord.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: A chunk of part 3 of the review consists of Linkara ranting about the "bizarre form of laziness" of the show creators. This includes:
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: In a Call-Back to Mighty Morphin', Gosei requests Tensou bring teenagers with attitude. While he does ask for "energetic and unstoppable" humans, which Linkara admits is a much better description than "overbearing and overemotional", he asks if Gosei has actually met teenagers, as "energetic" is not what he would use to describe "the demographic that's forced to get up at 6 in the morning after multiple hours of homework and the regular stresses of puberty".
  • Recycled Script:invoked Mentions several times over that he considers the finale of Super Megaforce as a blatant rip-off of "Countdown to Destruction" from In Space, only with everything done wrong. He introduces the finale as "Countdown to Destruction: the Lame Version", tells TJ and Cassie that it's their finale Super Megaforce is ripping off, and when Karone appears he asks her if she remembers when she tried the exact same plan in In Space... only it was much better when she did it.
  • Revisiting the Roots: Like with Samurai, he calls this out on being a bad thing since it's pretty much regressing rather than evolving as a good show should. At the time he finished the Megaforce videos, he stated that this is the main problem of the "Neo-Saban Era" as a whole; children's tv has evolved to the point where they can bring forth a great deal of depth, emotion, and complex story-telling, all of which didn't really exist during the original Mighty Morphin' series. Samurai and Megaforce completely lack these aspects and the most morally complex or sophisticated they get amounts to is standard good vs. evil with a Monster of the Week formula, and they simply can't compete with modern children's television as a result.
  • Running Gag:
    • A clip of Vrak saying "Far too complex for you to understand" in Parts 1 and 2 whenever there are serious questions about something which go unanswered by the show. Replaced by Gosei's notorious 'There's a simple explanation for that...' from Part 3 onwards.
    • Referring to the Megaforce Rangers' nameless hometown as "City Town"note .
    • Replacing any of the Ranger's battle speeches into just a generic "Never give up, never surrender!" since Linkara says that's basically all whatever they say translates to anyway.
  • Scapegoat Creatorinvoked: Averted. In the end, he states that it's hard to pin the blame on a single person or group of people, and you can't really blame one person for all the problems Megaforce had. Though in his Dinocharge video, he acknowledged that he heard that Tzachor was at fault for vetoing any and all character development in favor of just copying the Sentai, as well as flying in multiple celebrity actors and doing barely anything with them.
  • Sequel Escalation: The video review itself. Prior reviews topped out at around 2 hours or less for the entire season. Megaforce is around 3 hours. This is in large part due to having to analyze so much of the structural problems and how it permeates the entirety of both seasons, talking about the use of Super Sentai footage to the use of non-Power Rangers Super Sentai footage to filming new footage with non-Power Rangers Super Sentai costumes, speculating about unexplained plot points, speculating about the Troubled Production, offering better alternatives to what we got and including retrospectives on how prior seasons knew how to do it right. This is on top of being something of a Grand Finale for HOPR, as while he plans on reviewing Dino Charge, this is the first time he can be considered "caught up" with all Power Rangers seasons.
  • Sixth Ranger: Stated the fact that despite the series officially recognizing Robo Knight as an official sixth ranger, in his mind he shouldn't fit (like the Blue Senturion and Magna Defender, as he doesn't wear a spandex suit, nor does he have "Ranger" in his name). He is also confused that the White Dino Thunder Ranger is considered a sixth ranger (since he was the 5th member of the team, not the 6th), and the Jungle Fury Rhino Ranger was not (and just for clarification, Linkara does not care what Gokaiger stated for their definitions of sixth rangers).
  • So Okay, It's Average: Invoked but ultimately averted. Under normal circumstances while Megaforce as a whole just wasn't very good, Linkara says it really is just weirdly lazy and poorly produced, just a really average season overall. However, because this season was advertised so heavily as the 20th year milestone celebration for Power Rangers, and the fact that it fell so very short of actually celebrating it, it crosses the line from just kinda okay to being one of the worst seasons Power Rangers has to offer (although he still thinks Overdrive is worse).
  • Stock Footage: Because each mini-season of Megaforce had its own full season of a Super Sentai to pull footage from (Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger), there was an influx of Super Sentai footage, with Linkara feeling like the makers of the show felt like they had to cram as much Super Sentai stock footage as possible into every episode. Linkara says some episodes honestly felt like 90% Super Sentai footage with only 10% original footage, which just ended up being incredibly boring.
  • Stock Footage Failure: invoked Mentions that for some reason, the cards that the Rangers use to summon their zords keep their Goseiger names, but says it doesn't bother him (but it did bother a lot of other people), since he'd rather have them focus on the writing than on fixing something as minor as thatnote .
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:invoked Probably the first season of Power Rangers Lewis has claimed to have almost every character on the show lack any sort of arc and development. As such, all were a waste, from the Rangers themselves, to the villains, to even the comedic side characters. In fact, about the only characters in the entire show he thought had at least some decent development were Vrak and Robo Knight. That being said, he did feel the show's transition from Megaforce to Super Megaforce wasted Robo Knight's character development, and that he would have been much better suited to become the Super Megaforce Silver Ranger as opposed to introducing some new humanoid alien to take the role (especially since character development was already too thin to try to introduce a new character into the mix).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked
    • The coda of the entire review; despite this being the 20th anniversary celebratory season of Power Rangers, there wasn't much thought or planning put into it, resulting in loads of wasted potential.
    • Points out multiple incredibly easy ways they could have called back to old seasons with minor lines of dialogue... and just didn't.
    • The changeover in powers occurs for no reason, when it would have been easy to write in their original powers being destroyed at the end of the first half of the season. After all, that was usually how Mighty Morphin' handled power changes, and it would have served to highlight the danger the Armada posed.
    • While he dislikes the show using suits from Super Sentai seasons that weren't adapted into Power Rangers seasons, if there was no way to get around using those suits, they could have built some backstory from it. They could have explained that these powers were used by Rangers from before the Mighty Morphin' era, or by Rangers from another planet — both are things established to have been done, after all. Or maybe there was a Ranger team whose exploits were lost to history, or they could have met a representative of another Ranger team who gave them the powers. When Orion joins the team, he particularly mentions they could have written that the unexplained powers were from Ranger teams once based on Andresia, and Orion brings the powers with him when he comes to Earth.
    • While "Ernie's Juice Bar" is a place againnote , it's an entirely different character and an entirely different location. They couldn't get Lieutenant Stone or Bulk back to own the juice barnote ? Likewise, why couldn't the season have been set in Angel Grove, instead of the nearly unnamed town it is in? There could be a Power Rangers museum, monuments to the past teams, adults who grew up knowing the Rangers.
    • The Q-Rex Drill is vaguely stated to have been based on the Q-Rex from Time Force. However, it bears more similarities to the original Dragonzord, so why couldn't it have been rebuilt from that Zord, or the Dragonzord be modified into the Q-Rex? It was never destroyed like so many zords were, it's still sleeping in the ocean last we saw.
    • He constantly speculates on plans the showrunners had that they later abandoned, because a lot of plot points seem like they're going in one direction, and then don't. These include killing off Vrak, extending the tenure of the insectoid villains to last the full season, and destroying the Rangers' powers at the end of the first season. In the next installment, he reveals that some of his suggestions were ideas that the writers wanted to pursue, but Jonathan Tzachor shot downnote .
    • Most of the Legendary Ranger highlight episodes were pretty bad, normally lacking any of the original actors from the actual seasons they were putting in the limelight. Special mentioned goes to the Samurai episode; apparently the original Super Sentai also had an episode dedicated to Shinkenger, which not only resolved whatever happened to the last remaining Nighlok, Octoroo, but also only featured Sentai Rangers that were featured in Power Rangers, yet the producers still threw that out to make their own footage. Linkara is baffled since the Super Sentai practically gift-wrapped the episode for them. note 
    • Gosei being mentored by Zordon, or the one-off line about him being "of the earth" and that the giant tiki head not being his true form, all go nowhere.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Like with Overdrive, Linkara had made no effort to hide his feelings towards Power Rangers' embarrassing anniversary season. Tweets made before the video's release also indicate this. Both seasons were split into five videos (RPM & Samurai had four), the script was 43 pages (Samurai was 31), and the audio recording was around three hours long.
  • Troubled Production:invoked He admits it's mostly speculation on his part, but Linkara looks at the final product and despite the fact that they had three years to prepare for this anniversary season (ever since Saban had reclaimed the rights to Power Rangers), the final product just seemed very haphazard. This is also part of why he's much harder on Megaforce than he is with Samurai, since with Samurai, it was an uphill battle what with Saban having been out of the game for so long, the season being rushed to meet deadlines, as well as the "twenty episodes per season" mandate that Nickelodeon has. With Megaforce, there's much less leeway due to having had far more prep time and the fact that this was supposed to be a celebration of the past twenty years of the franchise. To note:
    • He guesses on multiple scenarios that resulted from this, feeling like the producers either had no intention of using the Tensou Sentai Goseiger footage but were forced to by contract, that they actually had no intention of using the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger footage this season but felt pressured to due to the anniversary, and/or never planned on using the Legendary Wars at all, since so often plots and storylines seemed created at the last minute or would suddenly change with absolutely no set-up beforehand (the transition from the insectoid villains from Megaforce to the machine space armada in Super Megaforce in particular feeling forced and disjointed).
    • Editing seemed to go back and forth on whether they wanted to include pre-Power Rangers Super Sentai costumes that appear. In one episode they carefully replace one costume with another via editing and green screen, and in another they are just running around with costumes that had no PR counterpart.
    • He mentions that he had heard secondhand that the actors in this season more than once begged the writers for more Character Development-focused episodes, but were often ignored, leading to the overall Flat Characters we got.
    • His biggest evidence for this is that Jonathan Tzachor left after this season, with cited "budget issues" and reports of him being overly slavish to the Super Sentai at the expense of the production leads Linkara to guess he was actually fired.
  • Two-Teacher School: Introduces Mr. Burley as the only teacher in the entire city. Later brings it up again when one of the students ask where Mr. Burley is while the school is being rebuilt... and there is no mention of any other teachers or faculty members.
    Linkara: Is there really only one teacher in this entire school? Criminey, not even Angel Grove High had it that bad.
  • Values Dissonance:invoked Points out that the episode where the villains hijack a train to sabotage the humans' method of transportation is an example of this. In Japan, trains actually are a very major source of transportation for everyone, so in Goseiger this actually was a great plan. In the United States, however, trains are primarily a major transport for industrial needs. While trains are used by people to get around, it's far less common than in Japan, and even the Rangers (when they hear the villain say they are going to sabotage human transportation) head to the airport first. In the end, all 'hijacking the train' does is annoy a handful of people due to making them late, and the villains themselves abandon the scheme midway through the episode due to how pointless they realize it is.
  • What an Idiot!:invoked
    • Lewis dubs Megaforce!Ernie "The Second Dumbest Person in Power Rangers" for failing to recognize an unmasked but blindfolded Troy.
    • He also rolls his eyes at Troy who, when the team is faced with a monster that can use Hollywood Magnetism to steal their weapons, refuses to let anyone try and work out a strategy against it beyond his own "plan" of "Power Rangers never drop their weapons, we just won't drop our weapons next time".
    • Not even the 'Legendary Rangers' are beyond this, with Linkara pointing out how several of them could reclaim their powers at any time or already have them, but just blindly trust in the new Rangers and don't lift a finger to actually help until the very end (to add salt to the wound, Linkara points out that they joined in against an army of Mooks, which the Megaforce Rangers should have been able to handle on their own, anyway).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Points out that during the finale, Gosei and Tensou just disappear without any explanation, after one final communication partway through the episode.
  • Written by Cast Memberinvoked: Linkara points out that Jason Smith, who played Casey in Power Rangers Jungle Fury, is one of the writers of Power Rangers Super Megaforce. note  Linkara speculates that this is probably the only reason why the Super Megaforce episode Spirit of the Tiger even happened, but he is glad that Jungle Fury is being acknowledged as part of the series' continuity.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?invoked: He considers Orion's power up to be "the most butt-ugly power up in the world", because it just consists of an armored vest with the faces of various Sixth Ranger helmets on it and would "make for a nice if tacky display in a home, not something to wear into combat".
  • World Building: While he isn't a fan of the Sentai-only teams being used, Linkara points out that if they had to be used, they could have easily used them to provide this by having them be alien Ranger teams or past Ranger teams, both of which were already established to exist in canon.
  • X Meets Y:invoked Describes Tensou as a cross between Wall-E and Johnny 5 with the voice of Orko.

    Power Rangers Dino Charge 
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: invoked
    • He theorizes that Lord Arcanon was a relative small fry who came into some power but eventually got in over his head, as he seems fearful and tries to bargain with Sledge for his life in the end.
    • Linkara believes that Kendall has an elitist attitude in the beginning of the season, as shown with her hostility to Shelby, also believing (in a joking manner) that she's jealous that a waitress became a Power Ranger.
    • Linkara also believes that Tyler's excitement and adventurous personality are in part due to his dad's disappearance, and wanting to live life to it's fullest.
  • Author's Saving Throw: invokedFeels that Dino Charge is a direct counter to all the problems of Megaforce; likable characters that get time to shine and develop, interesting villains in reasonable numbers with unique personalities and designs from each other, the mentor actually being someone who helps and advises the team, and new zords and power-ups are given in natural flow with the developing story.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Theorizes that Lord Arcanon is actually this.
  • Call-Back:
    • The "That is not a plan!" clip shows up for the third consecutive time in the reviews of the Neo-Saban era. Linkara even notes how strange it is that he's able to keep using it.
    • In reference to Kruger in his SPD review, he asks how a bird-human like Xenowing can fit into a ranger costume.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: How he views the best lead villains. Sledge is good, but Heckyl is a delight!
  • The End... Or Is It?:
    • He talks about Dino Charge, saying that it was a pretty good season although at 22 episodes it was pretty short... and then comes the Snide stinger.
    • Notes that the finale isn't actually the final episode of the show, but rather the second Christmas episode, Here Comes Heximas.
  • Flat Character: Laced with Generic Doomsday Villain. These are his final thoughts on Arcanon, and he was glad that he wasn't around for very long because of it.
  • Fridge Logic:invoked Struggles to wrap his head around Heximas, a villain from 65 million years in the past who happens to be based on the traditions of modern Christmas, let alone that he's based on a holiday for an entity who wasn't even born yet by millions of years!
  • Guttural Growler: Notes that Sledge has the gravely villain voice that he typically finds generic, but feels that it works for Sledge given that he's not a supreme overlord, but a thug with too much power on his hands.
  • HA HA HA— No: Linkara's reaction to Keeper declaring order is restored after the Rangers stop Sledge's plans from the start of the series.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Linkara notes that after all of the jokes he made about Serpentera running on AAA batteries, there is actually a Zord (the Dino Charge Ptera Zord when it was under Fury's control) that suffers a similar problem.
  • Hurricane of Puns: He uses soundbites from Mr. Freeze anytime Iceage crops up.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: He finds several interesting things about the Heckyl/Snide dynamic. Not only do they have 2 different ways of doing evil, but due to Snide's aggressiveness it gives Heckyl's acting an extra psychotic edge.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to Megaforce, Linkara doesn't have an angry vibe in this review (except for the first 5 minutes, and even then it's directed at Megaforce rather than Dino Charge), and feels more relaxed. Also, the review only contains two parts compared to Megaforce's five.
  • The Load: Subverted. While he points out that the Keeper wasn't a particularly good fighter, he could still fight, so he never came across as this.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: With 10 core rangers and three main villains (one of which has a fiancée and another who is technically two characters by way of Jekyll & Hyde), Linkara notes that there just wasn't enough time to give everyone Character Development. He does, however, note that while many characters don't develop, almost all of them at least had fleshed out personalities (a huge improvement over Megaforce) and that the story of the show doesn't suffer for it. He is also thankful that despite there being so many characters, there was only one primary 'villain general' this season in Fury, as opposed to other seasons that usually have several that rotate on a regular basis.
  • Mind Screw: Declares the finale will "make your head explode if you give it any amount of thought". He then spends several minutes discussing how liberally the Timey-Wimey Ball is tossed around, including Set Right What Once Went Wrong being pulled on multiple events in history despite the fact that some of those "Wrongs" caused other ones, so the Rangers go back to change events that shouldn't even have happened because of other events they changed. Also, ya know, the whole idea that the dinosaurs didn't go extinct and are still alive in modern times.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Rangers destroy the Dark Energem! Hooray! Then it creates a black hole and sucks the Earth in, wiping out the entire human race. Oops.
    Linkara: Good work, guys, I was worried about the gravitational stresses before, but holy crap, you made it a billion times worse!
  • Official Couple: He notes that despite Tyler and Shelby being a couple, the show does not actively mention it, not even in the finale when it is so blatantly obvious.
  • Static Character: invoked Linkara notes that Tyler and Ivan don't get that much character development, but he doesn't find their personalities too annoying (even liking Ivan's chivalrous personality). After previous series, he's just happy they have personalities.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: invoked Linkara believes that Dino Charge is the answer to what Megaforce failed in, and is pretty happy that after two mediocre to terrible seasons, he reviews a season that while not groundbreaking, improves on the problems and fixes them (minus the finale of course).
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The first five minutes are basically one long one to Megaforce/Super Megaforce, or to be more precise it's directed towards Jonathan Tzachor whose handling of that season and Samurai were the key reason for their lack in quality.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invoked
    • Isn't too happy that the plot about Heckyl working at the Amber Beach restaurant with the Rangers ended by the third episode of Dino Super Charge, but does considers Heckyl an excellent villain, even after his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Is a little disappointed that Albert didn't stick around longer, as it would have been a good dynamic for a senior Power Ranger to interact with the young adult members.
    • States that he wishes that the Halloween clip show's premise was the plot of an actual episode, noting that it could've been a Power Rangers version of The Thing (1982). However, he doesn't hate the episode, since at least they have a good premise this time around.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball:
    • The finale, where the Rangers go back in time and stop the asteroids that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs from hitting Earth, thus returning to the present to find dinosaurs alive and kept in zoos. A major part of the season wrap-up is spent dissecting the many ways this finale basically sets fire to the entire continuity of the season and the series as a whole, and bringing up Fan Wank theories to try and reconcile those consequences.
    • Expresses confusion regarding Sledge and his crew's forced departure from Earth and then their re-arrival some 65 million years later, in just what they were all doing during that time. At the very least, Linkara states shock Sledge had not married Poisandra out of sheer boredom, if for nothing else.
  • Troubled Production: Lewis briefly brings up interviews about the behind-the-scenes of Samurai during this review that had surfaced in the interim between Megaforce and Dino Charge. that wound up proving him right on some of his suggestions (namely that the Child Soldier aspect of the Samurai Rangers was deliberate and that Tzachor was planning on having them live isolationist lifestyles in the Shiba Manor, to the point where he was allegedly horrified at the idea of an episode where the Rangers played video games).
  • What Could Have Been: invoked Much like with the proposal for Hexagon, he mentions Power Rangers Cyber Corps, the proposal Amit Bhuamik made for a Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters adaptation note . He notes that while it would've been awesome for people who were into Continuity Porn like him, it wasn't for the younger audience, which is who Power Rangers ultimately is for.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When the Rangers claim to Prince Phillip that a robot doesn't have the same abilities or wisdom of a human, Linkara needles the show by noting Mack from Operation Overdrive (who was a robot and was basically indistinguishable from normal humans, not to mention was the Red Ranger).
  • World of Weirdness: Linkara notes that due to the Power Rangers universe being one of these, he isn't sure if Shelby was lying or not with her excuse for delivering food to people who hadn't ordered yet being that she read their minds. He then uses the fact Koda has Super Strength as an example of why he feels this way.

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