Earlier this week Shout! Factory released yet another installment of the Power Rangers franchise when it released Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series. While not the first time that this tenth “season” of Power Rangers has been released it is the first time that it has been released in its own standalone season set. Compared to it first nine “seasons” this installment of the Power Rangers franchise is noticeably different. One area in which that is most obvious is the “season’s” writing. This includes its story and the elements therein. The “season’s” overall look is quite different in comparison to previous seasons of the Power Rangers, too. That will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note about this season is the work of the “season’s” cast. While a lot had changed in this season from the franchise’s previous installments the cast’s acting boasts its own balance of camp and class. It rounds out the “season’s” most important elements. Together with the “season’s” writing and its look, all three elements combine to make this “season” of the Power Rangers franchise one of its most important love it or hate it.
Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series is an important addition to every hardcore Power Rangers fan’s home DVD library. This is the case because in comparison to every previous “season” of Power Rangers this “season” stands out unlike any of them all the way around. That begins with the “season’s” writing. The writing includes the “season’s” story and the elements therein. The “season’s” story marks the first time in the franchise’s history that any of its installments had gone full on fantasy. By comparison every season that came before was either largely science fiction or a hybrid sci-fi/fantasy hybrid in terms of their stories. In the case of this “season,” the story centers on the Rangers’ conflict with the resurrected spirit of one Master Org and its org minions. Master Org was originally defeated three thousand years prior to the story’s setting. But thanks to the jealousy of a character who turns out to be close to Red Ranger Cole Evans, Master Org is essentially resurrected and made able to carry out its evil ways once again. Again, this is a story that is completely unlike that of any previous season of Power Rangers. It’s just one way in which the “season’s” writing proves to be so important to its presentation. The smaller, more intricate details of the “season’s” writing are just as important to its presentation as the story itself.
Looking at the story’s smaller, more intricate details, it is even clearer just how much this “season” of Power Rangers stands out from its predecessors in regards to its writing. Cole’s relationship to the man playing host to Master Org’s spirit is just one of those smaller, yet still important elements of the “season’s” writing. The pair’s surprising relationship is so important to note to the “season’s” writing because it is another first for the franchise. It marked the first time that one of the franchise’s main villains had presented such a close relationship to any of the franchise’s protagonists. On a related note, the “season’s” multi-part “Lunar Wolf” story arc is just as important to note in the “season’s” writing. That is because of its ability to balance the arc’s own identity with its obvious throwback to the Green Ranger story arc from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the series that started it all for the Power Rangers franchise. On yet another note, this “season” of the Power Rangers also marked the first time that the Rangers were given so many options for zords and all within the course of a single run. It has since gone on to become the precedent for every “season” to come after in terms of the Rangers’ wide array of zords from which to choose. It’s just one more way in which the smaller details of the “season’s” writing proves so important to its presentation. Together with the story itself all, the writing incorporated into PRWF proves to be hugely important to its presentation. It is noticeably different from that of any of the previous installments of the Power Rangers. But that clearly noticeable difference is a big part of what makes this installment of the Power Rangers so interesting. It is just one part of what makes PRWF such an interesting addition to the Power Rangers legacy. The “season’s” look is just as important to note in regards to its presentation as its writing.
The writing behind PRWF is in itself a rather important part of the “season’s” presentation. That is because it shows the clearly different route taken by the show’s creative heads this time out in comparison to the previous Power Rangers “seasons.” Love it or hate it there is no denying that the writers and creative heads are to be commended for even taking the risk and changing things up so much this time out. It’s just one part of what makes this installment of the famed franchise stand out. The “season’s” look makes it stand out just as much. Audiences will note in viewing this “season” that being that its footage is taken in large part from its source in the Japanese action series Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, there is also even more reliance on CG elements in this “season” than in any previous “season” of Power Rangers. Yes, the live action material is still just as prevalent here with the models and explosions. But there seems to be even more focus on CG special effects incorporated into the writing than ever before. As with the “season’s” writing that increased of computer graphics even within the course of the show’s major fight scenes this is a brave step both in terms of the program’s source material and in the bigger picture of the Power Rangers universe. It definitely gives the show a different feel as well as look in comparison to its predecessors. Again to that end, this “season” of Power Rangers is just as worth the watch as any of the Power Rangers previous installments if not more so. Even as important as the look and feel of the show is to its presentation it still is not the last of its most notable elements. The work of the “season’s” cast plays its own part in the show’s presentation, too. It rounds out the “season’s” most notable elements as a matter of fact.
Both the writing behind PRWF and the show’s production values present their own value to the program’s presentation. Both elements are so important to note because they present an installment of the long-running Power Rangers franchise that is largely unlike any that has come before. Even with so much changed exhibited in this “season” of Power Rangers not everything has changed. The cast’s take on the scripts is just as entertaining as that of previous casts in their respective installments. Jack Guzman is wonderfully entertaining as the gentle giant type figure Danny. Here is this really built figure who looks like he could effortlessly break a person. Yet he is the total opposite. Instead he is just a kind, gentle soul with a somewhat childlike sense of humor. In the same vein Alyson Sullivan is just as impressive as Taylor Earhardt. Taylor is a strong female lead that even today’s female viewers will appreciate watching. What’s really impressive about Sullivan’s take on Earhardt is that she was just as believable in the role as Erin Cahill was as Jennifer in Power Rangers Time Force. The two characters are very similar in their strong personalities. On another note, Philip Andrew is a little bit over the top in his take on Merrick, the conflicted three-thousand year-old Wild Force Ranger. But there is good reason for that. The actor that originally filled the role on Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger was just as much over the top. Now whether that was intentional or not is anyone’s guess. Even as campy as Andrew’s acting seems there’s something endearing about it that still makes it entertaining in its own right surprisingly enough. Whether through Andrew’s acting or that of Guzman, Sullivan, or any of their cast mates, an examination of each cast member’s work on camera shows why the cast’s work in whole is so important to this “season’s” presentation. Together with the work of the “season’s” writers and those behind its special effects, all three elements combine to show in whole what makes this installment of the Power Rangers stand out from both the shows that came before and after. Keeping that in mind, they serve to show why this installment of the Power Rangers is just as worth the watch as the franchise’s other offerings if not more worth the watch.
Power Rangers Wild Force is one of the most interesting offerings from the Power Rangers universe to be released to date. This is proven in part through the show’s writing, which includes both the show’s story and the story’s smaller details. The show’s special effects stand out just as much from other Power Rangers offerings. That is because there is a noticeable increase in the use of CG elements within this show as any other from the Power Rangers. The work of the show’s cast is just as notable as its writing and special effects. There are some quite believable portrayals in this season and some that are just as enjoyable for their entertainment value. Each element is important in its own right to the whole of Power Rangers Wild Force: The Complete Series. Altogether they present this full series/season set as one of the most interesting of the Power Rangers series/seasons to date. In turn this makes it just as worth the watch as its counterparts if not more worth the watch. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/power-rangers-wild-force-the-complete-series. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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