DVD Verdict
Home About Deals Blu-ray DVD Reviews Upcoming DVD Releases Contest Podcasts Judges Jury Room Contact  

Case Number 25757: Small Claims Court

Buy VR Troopers: Season 2, Volume 1 at Amazon

VR Troopers: Season 2, Volume 1

Shout! Factory // 1997 // 390 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 31st, 2013

• View Judge Johnson's Dossier
• E-mail Judge Johnson
• Printer Friendly Review

Every purchase you make through these Amazon links supports DVD Verdict's reviewing efforts. Thank you!


All Rise...

Judge David Johnson is a VR Trooper. The VR stands for "Voraciously Ribald."

Editor's Note

Our review of VR Troopers: Season One, Volume 1, published November 1st, 2012, is also available.

The Charge

"Forces of darkness empower me. Take me back to my virtual reality."

The Case

Grimlord is back and he's insistent on carrying out his evil plan: Invade Earth and subjugate the masses. Grimlord has a couple of problems, however. In the Earth realm, he's unable to achieve his full frightening demon form and must masquerade as a run-of-the-mill industrial tycoon. His second problem is even bigger: The VR Troopers.

Charged with defeating Grimlord and his minions, Ryan Steele, Kaitlin Star, and JB Reese—seemingly mild-mannered karate-loving youths with fresh hairdos—take up the mantle of VR Troopers, high-tech fighters in battlesuits who journey to the Virtual World to wage violence against the interlopers.

This is yet another Haim Saban joint. Despite existing in the same production company as its Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers brethren, it's difficult to see VR Troopers as anything other than an also-ran. The creatures aren't as cool, the character designs are underwhelming, and no one joins together to form gigantic plastic robots.

The first half of Season 2 is a gaudy 20 episodes, with a hefty five-part story arc called "Quest for Power" anchoring the run. The rest are standard-issue VR Troopers fluffernutter: Grimlord talking trash, some karate action, followed by a laser-blast and explosion-laced finale filthy with footage from a Japanese kids show.

While I can make peace with incoherent plots and dodgy lifted footage, what makes VR Troopers the red-headed stepchild of the Japanese-import kids show racket is the generally crappiness of it all. The main characters are stiffs, and the big bad is so poorly acted you end up clamoring for his plans to succeed, if only to be spared from his clunky head-vein-popping diatribes.

The DVD: standard def 1.33:1 full frame, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, English CC subtitles, and mercifully no extras.

The real tragedy in all of this? It's Season 2 and someone thought the stupid talking dog was still a good idea.

The Verdict

Guilty. Exile these Troopers to the nearest AOL chat room.

Give us your feedback!

Did we give VR Troopers: Season 2, Volume 1 a fair trial? yes / no

Share This Review

Follow DVD Verdict

DVD Reviews Quick Index

• DVD Releases
• Recent DVD Reviews
• Search for a DVD review...

Scales of Justice

Judgment: 60

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (CC)
Running Time: 390 Minutes
Release Year: 1997
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Action
• Adventure
• All Ages
• Comedy
• Fantasy
• Science Fiction
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None


• IMDb

DVD | Blu-ray | Upcoming DVD Releases | About | Staff | Jobs | Contact | Subscribe | Find us on Google+ | Privacy Policy

Review content copyright © 2013 David Johnson; Site design and review layout copyright © 2016 Verdict Partners LLC. All rights reserved.