Jan 29, 2014This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. When a franchise has been going on for as long as Power Rangers has, at least some shoddy series are inevitable—and that’s exactly what Power Rangers Time Force is to the Power Rangers franchise. Time travel can be a difficult thing to handle in a children’s TV show, and since it is, after all, intended for children, some slip-ups are to be expected, but Time Force handles it atrociously. They’re almost 1000 years in the past, and though it is distant, they can’t let anything affect their future. That’s just how time travel works, at the simplest level. Time Force, however, ignores this almost completely, almost never bringing it up, not allowing the Rangers any second thoughts to what they’re doing at any point. Even if it is a children’s show, this is the basis of time travel, that even children can and should understand.
The other major sin of Time Force is the fickle villains, Ransik and Nadira—particularly Nadira. The series begins with Ransik being in trial and condemned to being cryogenically frozen forever, and it’s constantly brought up how evil he was and how difficult he was to capture. From the very beginning, we know that he’s a very evil man, and that he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with. His daughter, Nadira, helps him escape, and is constantly doing a lot of the field work. She knows what she’s doing, but she keeps doing it because, like her father, she hates humans. Toward the end of the series, Nadira helps delivering a human baby, and has a sudden change of heart. Suddenly, all the hatred she had for humans disappears. All the terrorization and hatred that had been instilled in her by her father have suddenly disappeared. This is a children’s show, however, and such slipshod writing is to be expected. The part that makes this terrible, even for a kid’s show, is when Ransik nearly kills her by accident, which suddenly makes him decide to abandon all of his work, the work that he escaped prison for, what he’s been working his whole life toward, and surrender to the Rangers. Even for a kid’s show, that’s transparent writing. Although his daughter is the only thing he seemed to ever care about in the series, to abandon everything he’s been doing up until that point so suddenly without trying to think of some other alternative, is all very sketchy.… Full Review »