Saturday, October 24, 2020

Power Rangers Beast Morphers - Grid Connection - Episode Review

 Episode Summary: 

Kepper arrives at Grid Battleforce and warns Devon he had a vision from the Morphin Grid that he would be hit by a meteor. He doubts it and leaves for a video game competition. He leaves on Cruise and indeed gets hit by a meteor. The Grid Battleforce receives a message from Tyler from the Dino Charge dimension that they are being attacked. The BM Rangers morph and enter the portal. They find Goldar Maximus, Snide, Triptoids, Putties, and Tronics fighting the DC Rangers. Tyler is unmorphed but the other Rangers are morphed. The villains demorph Chase and take his black Energem. Goldar fights Koda and takes his blue energem. The BM Rangers fight but are quickly unmorph. Ravi calls for help. 

Devon arrives at Grid Battleforce and his com was busted. Shaw updates him on the situation. Keeper comes in and Devon says he should have listened to him. Shaw tells Devon he needs help. Devon says all the Rangers are connected to the Grid and wants to know if he can call for help. Keeper says his staff is gone and can't connect. Cruise shows the meteor disrupts energy, he brings it in a lead case. Devon thinks of using the meteor to shield him from the overflow in the tower to connect to the Morphin Grid. Keeper tells him to trust it. Devon enters and see the pure green Morphin Grid stream and puts the meteor in. The meteor lets him in. He asks for help. The meteor becomes the Red Power Coin and an energy wave goes throughout Earth and into space. A portal opens and Jason comes out. Jason asks why he called for help. Devon explains. 

Jason says he will bring legendary Dino power. Meanwhile, Scrozzle gets geodes. He is following Keeper's mind control advice. He has 6 Dino DNA, Geodes, and Energems to make a new zord. Goldar splits open a geode. Evox arrives. Tyler and Chase are spying on them, they report to the other Rangers. Shelby mentions the zord she created. Riley and Shelby are the only ones morphed. Jason and Devon pop out of a portal. Devon and Jason give them morphers and Dino Chargers charged with Morph X. The Dino Charge Rangers go with Jason while the BM Rangers go elsewhere. The Dino Charge Rangers and Jason are met by Goldar Maximus and footsoilders.

More footsoliders arrive and Goldar calls it an army. Jason flips his power coin and portals open revealing Dino Thunder and Mighty Morphin Rangers/ They form a line. Jaosn calls it an army. He morphs and the other Dino Charge Rangers morph. The Rangers fight the Triptoids, Viviks, Tronics and Putties. The Pterdactyl Rangers fly. The other Rangers fight. Ivan fights Roxy. Koda and MM Black do a smash attack. The Dino Thunder Rangers form the T-Rex Blaster and defeat Snide. Robo Blaze goes to warn Evox. Evox wants to call the zord Chimera Zord. The BM Rangers arrive and are blasted down by Evox. Blaze comes to warn Evox. Evox creates the Chimera Zord. Blaze is destroyed by Devon's bow. The Dino Rangers line up again, all the blasters are formed into the Dino Power Ultras Blasyer amd destroy Goldar. Evox arrives.

The Chimera Zord is formed and Evox enters it. Evox pilots the Chimera Zord. Jason compares it to Serpentera. It blasts at the Dino Rangers. Devon tells the BM Rangers they are in no shape to fight. He calls Shaw. The Dino Rangers call the Dino Charge Megazord, Dino Megazord, and Thundersaurus Megazord. They pilot their zords and fight the Chimera Zord. Thundersaurus goes down. Dino Charge Megazord goes down by the Pterazord makes it fly. Devon calls the Best-X King Zord. Tyler says to join forces. Dino Charge Megazord Beast-X King Formation is formed. All the Megazords destroy the Chimera Zord. Devon thanks Jason. Tyler reveals he has his Energems back and Keeper has his staff. Jason says Rangers Forever and the others say Defenders Together. The Dino Thunder Rangers and MM Rangers go through one portal. Jason foes a little speech and leaves. Devon thanks Keeper and hugs him. The BM Rangers leave the DC Rangers through a portal. Devon says it was better than any video game. Keeper says so long friends.  

Episode Review:

Most adult fans already saw this from the international airings. It was good but some fans wish it was a little longer or two parts. Fans did complain about Dino Thunder Ranger actors no being present. Most understand why the Mighty Morphin Rangers were not present. Walter Jones and David Yost have said they would not return unless the script was solid, included them significantly and the pay was worth going to New Zealand. It is unknown about Amy Jo, but I feel it probably has to do with scheduling, travel, and pay. Thuy Trang passed away but it is still debated if Trini is still alive. The Episode leaves it open if they are Aisha and Adam. This episode mostly only focuses on Jason. Hasbro probably only had enough money for Jason and four Dino Charge Rangers. Brennan Tyler says Shelby and Riley's actor did provide voices but were unable to travel to New Zealand. 

I don't think it deters too much from the episode since their presence is quick. Ideally yes I would like them back but I know the reality. Would you fly to New Zealand only for one line and not enough compensation? Sure, if they paid probably and Hasbro had enough budget, they would probably have more lines and more scenes. But that is ideally. It is what is. What concerns me is the Morphin Grid. The Morphin Grid never displayed visions (unless you count Troy), meteor deploying capabilities or being able to call Rangers. It does display a magical element that was present in Mighty Morphin. Zordon often used advanced technology that was like magic. It was an interesting episode nonetheless and shoutouts to Dino Charge and Dino Thunder. Now, would I put it up there with Dimensions in Danger? Yes, I would. But where I put it with classic teamups like Forever Red and Once a Ranger? What do you think? Comment below. 


KRDemigodZ-Warrior said...

Well, I think this is an alright crossover. It is nice that they finally got around to adapting Kyoryuger vs Gobusters after all this time and it is nice to see Jason back. As for where I place it, I feel like it's around the same ranking as Dimensions in Danger, but at least above Legendary Battle.

SunnyC247 said...

Despite the overall plot felt weak and short, with full of plot holes and inconsistency, it was great to see Austin St. John reprising his role as Jason, the original Red Ranger, whom we haven’t seen since “Forever Red” (Wild Force), 18 years ago!
While it was nice to see Rocky as MMPR Red in “Dimensions in Danger” on Super Ninja Steel, I prefer Jason the OG for Red Ranger.
It’s nice to see a Veteran MMPR that is NOT Tommy for once, whom I gotten really tired of.
It’s kind of weird that Jason got Dino Coin that Devon found from meteor, where he had his morpher (and coin) in past, even after he left the team and appeared in later story; does this mean he has TWO T-Rex Power Coin? Whatever happened to Rocky’s coin then? Was it destroyed/deactivated? But I digress.
His quote at the end was very memorable and rewarding though. Jason (still) rocks.

Watching 4 teams together, I noticed that each team represents different era of the franchise; Saban (MMPR), Disney (Dino Thunder), Neo-Saban/Saban Brands (Dino Charge), and Hasbro (Beast Morphers). Interesting.
It was kind of shame that none of the 3 actors from Dino Thunder reprised their role; it would have been nice if James Napier reprised his role as Connor/Red, to see 3 Red T-Rex Rangers together (the only part of I liked from Kyoryuger vs. Go-busters). Dan Musgrove (James/Dino Charge Aqua) did a decent job as voicing Connor though.

The ending was nice way to wrap-up the 5-part episode arcs (sort of) that started from “Intruder Alert”, and I think pay-off worked decently. Was it perfect? Not really, but I at least give credit for Hasbro for putting effort, compared to Neo-Saban/Saban Brands. It’s kind of weird that this season handled crossover special/aspect better than anniversary seasons in last decade (Megaforce and Ninja Steel). I’m curious how Hasbro would handle anniversary season in 2023 (whatever the Sentai they adapt), which marks 30th anniversary of franchise.

Despite its flaw, it’s still better than “Dimensions in Danger” and all of Saban Brands crossover specials in past decade, due to better build-up and storytelling; it’s certainly beats Kyoryuger vs. Go-busters without doubt. I give Hasbro a credit for trying this time and I’m looking forward to see how upcoming Dino Fury would handle crossover, with potential/possible 4 dinosaur team crossover, which (surprisingly) hasn’t happened in Ryusoulger.