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Power Rangers Megaforce: The Mysterious Robo Knight

Lionsgate // 2013 // 92 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 22nd, 2014

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Editor's Note

Our review of Power Rangers Megaforce: The Great Dragon Spirit, published April 28th, 2014, is also available.

The Charge

The team transforms in these four robo-charged adventures.

The Case

Power Rangers Megaforce, the latest incarnation of the never-ending Power Rangers saga, features a new quintet of feisty "teens" waging a brutal, bloody battle against an extraterrestrial force hell-bent on conquering Earth.

Everything is present and accounted for: important life lessons, giant laser weapons, plastic swords, gratuitous pyrotechnics, Megazords up the hoo-ha, and a super robot that hates pollution.

• "United We Stand"
The Pink and Yellow Rangers are best friends. Like, they can't keep their sweaty paws off of each other. But the diabolical Beezara concocts a scheme using magic and awfulness to turn them against each other. It will take their Ranger friends to remind them of their affinity for each other to prevent a full-scale girl-on-girl cataclysm.
Important Life Lesson: friendship is more powerful that alien bee magic.

• "Harmony and Dizchord"
The evil Dizchord is out to menace the Rangers with his face-melting tuneage, rendering our heroes immobile and clutching their ears. Luckily, the Pink Ranger is a gifted singer and her melodious vocals harsh Dizchord's mellow in a big way.
Important Life Lesson: the electric guitar is of the Devil.

• "Who's Crying Now"
Troy, the Red Ranger, steps up to defend a hapless kid from bullying and is frustrated that he can't use his super karate powers to turn the dickheads into ham salad. Beezera and her horde key in on this weakness and send a bullying monster down to wreak havoc.
Important Life Lesson: bullying is terrible, but withholding an epic beatdown that could have been used to make a couple of juvenile delinquents wet their pants is more unfortunate.

• "Robo Knight"
Much to the Rangers' chagrin, a toxic waste dump that should have been clean up is still spewing dirty chemicals into the river. Incensed at the humans' lack of ecological sensitivity, the aliens come down to liberate the Earth from our pernicious indifference to green tech. Luckily, an ancient automated Ranger called Robo Knight shows up with his Lion Zord to start wrecking fools.
Important Life Lesson: if you don't recycle, robots will kill you.

In a way, Megaforce reminds me of the old-school Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers; the acting is terrible, the moralizing is blunt and unsubtle and the monsters are corny. By the way, those aren't complaints.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (French)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Subtitles:
• English (CC)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Action
• Adventure
• All Ages
• Fantasy
• Science Fiction
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

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• Official Site
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