This, the 5th installment of the Dino Thunder series on DVD, is about what you’d expect. That is to say, there are plenty of outrageous plot devices, lame monsters, bad campy dialogue, and teamwork. This version of the popular Power Rangers franchise started strong, initially capturing some of the feel and excitement of the very first series (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) but quickly fizzling out and becoming routinely weak. The core characters aren’t that likeable; especially Kira, the angst filled teenage girl whose rebellious sensibilities lead her to perform her own rock shows on occasion, as well as serve her duties as the yellow ranger. Not that everything is bad, though, don’t get me wrong, this DVD as well as the series has it’s share of highlights… although personally, I don’t think it compares to some of my favorite past incarnations like Power Rangers: Wild Force and Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue. The bonus features don’t change much at all from one volume to the next; a couple lame trailers, an atrocious dojo seminar segment, and a sneak peak at the next series Power Rangers: SPD rounds out the bonuses. Overall, you know what you’re getting into, so if you’re a Power Rangers fan, give it a shot. If you’re not a fan, find one, and then beat him up… or any random stranger will do.
Overall Grade: B-
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