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Power Rangers Turbo: Volume One

Shout! Factory // 1997 // 450 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // April 28th, 2014

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Editor's Note

Our review of Power Rangers Turbo: Volume Two, published June 5th, 2014, is also available.

The Charge


The Case

It was the late '90s and hot on the heels of the Power Rangers' feature film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, comes the TV series to continue the Morphmentum. The Turbo Rangers, led by the omnipresent Tommy (Jason David Frank) deploy their tricked-out Zord vehicles to unleash the usual Rangers mayhem. Their opponent: the bodaciously-attired Divatox, who's a space pirate with legions of monsters and cannon fodder at her disposal.

Power Rangers Turbo: Volume One brings the first 23 episodes. Here are some random thoughts on this series and then I'll be done.

Who invited the kid?
The Blue Ranger is some middle school kid, a precocious weenie with a monster bowl cut and captivating plotlines that involve riding his bike. When he transforms he undergoes a Big-like mutation, advancing like 10 years to turn into a hulking space ninja. It's definitely weird to see a full grown man in a Ranger costume beating up goons and talking in a high-pitched pre-pubescent voice.

Tommy can't be stopped.
In a series known for its massive cast turnovers (every year, essentially), no one had more staying power than Jason David Frank. Towards the end of this batch of episodes virtually the entire cast gets swapped out (save for the stupid kid, of course), including Tommy, but he will re-appear again. If there is a Mr. Ranger, it's this dude.

Divatox looks like a cast-off from a cover band of Lea Thompson's band in Howard the Duck.
That's all.

The new Alpha is terrible.
It's not like the old "Ay-yai-yai-yai" Alpha was a pleasure, but someone thought it would clever to make this new robot talk like a streetwise kids from the hood.

Zordon goes bye-bye.
The long-time guide for the Rangers, that wavy ethereal blue head that barks out orders, departs, replaced by…a belly-dancer I think? Huh.

The rest of it is what you've come to expect in any Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers adventure: fighting, transforming, robot fighting, and so forth.

Nothing much with the DVD set: full frame, 2.0 stereo, no extras.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 70

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (CC)
Running Time: 450 Minutes
Release Year: 1997
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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