Nickelodeon is set to close out the latest installment of Saban’s hugely popular Power Rangers franchise this weekend. Power Rangers Super Megaforce will close out this Saturday on Nickelodeon. Before it closes out Saban and Lionsgate have released a new featuring a holiday episode from this season. Power Rangers Megaforce: Robo Knight Before Christmas brings to audiences yet another new holiday tale from what has over the years become a worldwide phenomenon. What audiences will appreciate most of all in this episode is the fact that yet again, the people behind the franchise have switched things up in this episode instead of repeating the same story as in previous Power Rangers seasons. This is especially important considering some of the redundancy that can be seen in the seasons that followed the franchise’s original seven-season run. The lessons taught in the central episode tie directly in to that originality. It’s another reason that audiences will appreciate this installment from the Megaforce Rangers. Speaking of lessons being taught, the lessons taught in the companion episodes are just as important to the overall presentation. The episodes themselves may not be Christmas-themed. But the lessons shared in said episodes are just as applicable during the holidays as they are any other time of the year. Those lessons coupled with the lessons taught in the DVD’s central episode and said episode’s originality combine to make this DVD one that any Power Rangers fan will enjoy whether during the holidays or any other time of the year.
Over the course of its now twenty-ne years on television, Saban’s Power Rangers franchise has made a tradition of running a new Christmas-themed episode in every season. And every season’s Christmas episode has proven to be different from the last. This applies both stylistically and in terms of their stories. Power Rangers Megaforce: Robo Knight Before Christmas is no different in that fashion. Given, it is for all intents and purposes a clip show. And it’s not the first time that Saban has used clip shows in previous seasons of the Power Rangers. But through the use of the various clips, the story is more than just another typical clip show. For that matter, it’s also not just another piece telling about the “true meaning of Christmas.” The show’s writers incorporate the values commonly associated with Christmas into Robo Knight’s own attempt to better understand humans. The end result is something of a third person vantage point that helps to better illustrate the morals and values that are so important not just during the holiday season but during any time of the year. The show’s writers accomplish this goal without being overly preachy about it, either. Sure there’s some sappiness. But it’s still a good non-traditional piece that focuses on the holiday season and its associated values.
The lesson centering on Christmas’ values and Robo Knight’s own attempt to understand those values couple to make Robo Knight Before Christmas another enjoyable Christmas episode of Saban’s Power Rangers franchise. Staying on that same train of thought, the two Power Rangers episodes included as bonuses offer audiences their own positive lessons. Neither episode takes place during Christmas or even the holiday season. But they still teach invaluable lessons. Power Rangers Wild Force’s episode “Team Carnival” teaches an important and invaluable lesson about self-worth. The interesting thing of the episode is that the writers behind that season actually also took a non-traditional route in presenting said lesson. In the case of this episode, that season’s writers presented the lesson through the use of the season’s villains Toxica (Sin Wong) and Jindrax (Danny Wayne). When Jindrax sees that Toxica has her own family in the fight against the Power Rangers, it makes Jindrax feel worthless. He ends up teaming up with his own family member to fight the rangers and still learns his own valuable lesson about self-worth in the long run. It’s interesting to see any episode of the Power Rangers make a villain a sympathetic character. But it works here. That and the lesson centering on personal self-worth makes this episode its own invaluable addition to this DVD. It’s one more reason that this latest Power Rangers is another *ahem* mega-hit for audiences.
The second of the bonus episodes included in the new Power Rangers Megaforce DVD, “The Spirit of Kindness,” comes from Power Rangers Jungle Fury. The most important lesson taught through this episode could be argued to be that of the golden rule so to speak. As audiences will see in this episode, Casey (Jason Smith) finally wins over an old nemesis in Whiger (Jared Turner) and convinces Whiger to join him in fighting Whiger’s own former evil ally. Whiger admits before disappearing that he fought alongside Casey because Casey was kind to him unlike the season’s other villains. He finally realized in that final moment before his own demise the importance of kindness. It taught Casey that kindness can be just as powerful as fighting, too. That in itself is an extremely important lesson to be taken away from this episode. It’s one more lesson that is just as important during the holiday season as any other time of the year. This lesson combined with the others presented on this DVD shows once more how much the Power Rangers franchise has to offer audiences even two decades plus after it first debuted.
If the lessons taught in each of the DVD’s trio of episodes isn’t enough for audiences, then the fact that the DVD comes with a bonus digital copy will win over audiences. Having that digital copy means that audiences can take all three of these episodes with them wherever they go. So the lessons and the entertaining stories can be shared with any viewer without having to lug around the DVD. It is the finishing touch to yet another DVD that any Power Rangers fan will appreciate.
Power Rangers Megaforce: Robo Knight Before Christmas is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from Lionsgate’s online store at http://www.lionsgateshop.com/product.asp?Id=31609&TitleParentId=9994. More information on this and other titles from Lionsgate is available online at:
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