Saturday, May 15, 2010

Power Rangers Originality: Disney Seasons

Wild Force copied many elements from Gaoranger, more so than Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force. Wild Force had the exact same villains (minus Master Org), and almost every plot was copied from Gaoranger's episodes. Wild Force was pretty much the exact same as Gaoranger, with a few key differences. Whether this was for better or for worse is up to the viewer. Wild Force happens to be more remembered for it's two original team up stories.

Ninja Storm also copied key episodes from Hurricaneger. The original things about Ninja Storm was how the show was a self-parody of the Power Rangers franchise, just like how Carranger was to Sentai. So the writing was much more original than Wild Force was before it. The villains were also much more humorous. Lothor being the prime example, and becoming a fan favorite because of that. Another bit of originality on Ninja Storm's part was Cam. His Japanese counterpart never really had a consistent identity. So this was definitely different. And like usual for Power Rangers, the finale is different as well.

Like MMPR before it, Dino Thunder also used the High School setting, instead of it's Sentai setting. There were no talking dinosaurs like Abaranger had. Dino Thunder also had completely original villains. Dino Thunder also decided to bring back a veteran Ranger as a main character (Tommy) and had episodes like "Fighting Spirit." The stories were completely original. Such as Trent's story (which was homage to Tommy as the Green Ranger). Like Ninja Storm before it, Dino Thunder also slightly parodied itself (not as heavily as Ninja Storm).

Power Rangers SPD pretty much had the same exact setting as Dekaranger. The major difference for this show was the characters. The cast of characters were all very original and unique, which was especially shown during the first 13 episodes. SPD used original stories during the first 13 episodes. But after the first 13 episodes, SPD started to copy Dekaranger's plots more and more. The episodes that were noticeably original were the Team Up episodes, and "Reflection," and the finale. Another major difference was that the Omega Ranger didn't have an actor and was just a ball of CGI light. Whether this was for better or for worse is up to the viewer.

Mystic Force's story was pretty much the same as Magiranger, with a few differences here and there. Most notably the finale. The cast is different from Magiranger's. Though many of the villains are copies of Magiranger villains.

Operation Overdrive is sort of original in terms of it's plots. It usually goes in it's own directions while using bits of Boukenger's plots. So in a way, it's original and unoriginal. The cast is different from Boukenger's as well, which does make the plots different in many ways, since Boukenger was very character driven. Operation Overdrive gets more original towards the end, starting with the episode, "Things not said."

Jungle Fury also copied Gekiranger's story. But it did have some differences here and there. A major difference was the Spirit Rangers. Also, the cast was different from Gekiranger's.

RPM was pretty much original in every single way, compared to Go-onger. People who weren't fond of RPM often say RPM was unoriginal for being too much like Mad Max or the Terminator.


  1. Actually, I think SPD started copying Dekaranger well before Episode 13. The story with Sam and Z are nearly the exact same as Jasmine and Hikaru. The only difference is that Hikaru doesn't become a ranger. Also, the episodes Idol and Stakeout are very similar to Episodes 9, 10, and 11 in Dekaranger.

  2. It seems like pretty much every Power Rangers season is a "carbon copied" version of Sentai, with some originality...except for MMPR-PRiS, little bit of Lost Galaxy, NS-DT, and RPM.

    The Kalish seasons (SPD-JF) did a terrible job on copying their counterparts. There were so many plot holes and the acting was bad, not all but most bad. On RangerBoard, Kalish announced that him and his team were "paid to translate, not tell original stories," that's why those seasons are so close to their counterparts.