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  • Ass Pull: The writers were very forthright that the last four episodes of the season (drawing many seemingly insignificant plot threads together) were rewritten in response to fan whining. Though the precise mechanics of Lothor's Evil Plan do fall close to a Gambit Roulette of the highest order, the little details don't work and it's clearly a retcon. (Most of) The fans don't seem to care, making this a fine example of Author's Saving Throw.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Lothor. People seem divided on whether he was a brilliant Chessmaster in his own right with an awesome Evil Plan (and making use of a plan with an obvious and hidden goal) at the end of the series making him one of the most memorable villains in the show's history, or a complete joke who did nothing but sit around and complain most of the series and his plan towards the end was nonsensical and came out of nowhere. There's also a third faction, that loves him for his personality, plan and fighting skills, but dislike him for not getting out and fighting much.
  • Broken Base: The humor. While there are viewers who enjoy the season didn't take itself seriously as the two that preceded it, other viewers felt it was too jokey and the attempts at humor didn't work.
  • Crossover Ship: While not a romantic ship (mostly), Dustin and Chip from Mystic Force are commonly written together as good friends due to their nerdy nature (as well as being the only two Earth male Yellows in the franchise, at least prior to Ninja Steel, thanks to Power Rangers gender swapping Male Yellow Rangers from MMPR through Wild Force).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Tori is probably the best-liked Ninja Storm Ranger, and one of the best-liked Blue Rangers (if not the best-liked) in general. Fans like her for (among other things) being a Tomboy with a Girly Streak, the first female Blue Ranger, and both The Kirk and The Heart of the team on occasion.
    • Zurgane, due to being a competent dragon with some humorous Surrounded by Idiots moments.
    • Marah and Kapri (particularly the former) are considered pretty iconic parts of the season.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Kapri and Marah (If they're even competent enough to be considered evil).
  • Growing the Beard: Usually considered to either be when the Thunder Rangers joined the team or "The Samurai's Journey" three-parter.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Eye of the Storm", Shane (Pua Magasiva) is subjected to a fear-induced hallucination of his older brother Porter, who is played by Pua Magasiva's real life brother Robbie Magasiva, scolding him for being a disappointment to their family. This scene can be harder to watch with the knowledge that Pua Magasiva was frequently abusive to his wife before his suicide and had even attacked her in a drunken rage on the night of his death. Magasiva's wife also mentioned his diary was "full of haunting images, tortured thoughts and self-loathing" which puts the turmoil Shane is in during the episode in a whole new light.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode has Marah dreaming of being a ranger herself, complete with a shot of her in a pink version of Tori's suit. A pink ninja-themed ranger? Give it about 12 years. Of course, give it an additional two years and you don't need to leave ''Power Rangers''.
    • A samurai ranger who can become a Super Samurai? It Will Never Catch On.
      • He also isn't the last Green Samurai Ranger with a Super Samurai Mode.
    • The proposal for Hexagon would've included a dark yellow member of the Thunder rangers, but as said proposal was scrapped, the idea wasn't used. Toei apparently thought it was a good idea, since when the Gouraigers (the sentai counterparts to the Thunder rangers) appeared in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, they were accompanied by a Canon Immigrant third member, TentoRaiger, whose color was, you guessed it, dark yellow.
    • This won't be the only time Sally Martin portrayed someone named Tori.
    • This was the first series produced completely under Disney. The Rangers used Power Discs to summon weapons and tools for their Megazords. About 10 years later (after Disney had sold the franchise back to Haim Saban), they would have their own versions of Power Discs.
  • Ho Yay: Hunter is shipped with Cam, Dustin, or both.
  • Informed Wrongness: Dustin in "Tongue and Cheek". He does develop some Acquired Situational Narcissism, but he gets chewed out well-before then (which could explain why he would let the fame go to his head). And the one character really letting him have it is Shane, who later admits he was being jealous.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Colonel Truman sent Lothor into space!
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The theme song sounds a bit like "Help Me, Rhonda" by The Beach Boys.
  • Villain Decay: Lothor, built up as a big bad threatening character...but yet has his moments of over the top hamminess.. He suffers it BEFORE the series even begins.
  • Vindicated by History: Inverted like Lost Galaxy. It was considered a fan favorite when it first aired but has lost a few ranks due to having better received seasons since (though it's far from being one of the more disliked seasons). However, some fans do adore this season for various reasons (The tone, Lothor's plan, the designs, the Rangers themselves...), and many appreciate the Lighter and Softer approach after the drama heavy Wild Force.


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