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I may be in the minority on this (as usual) but this series is my sixth
favorite in the franchise and the second one I really like in the
Disney years. This is a show that sort of ran under the radar.
One of the things I really like about the franchise is in it's creative
freedom. Each show is always different and can go any direction it
wants to go. This show once again takes the fantasy direction and to me
it's the best on in that sub category so far.
In a way you could say the show is Power Rangers mixed with "Big
Trouble in Little China" kinda sort of. Like with that movie it was
mixing in Chinese fantasy with contemporary reality and that's cool and
makes this series different.
I really love how the show touches upon the martial arts aspect again
which I feel was something sorely missed in the past shows. As well as
the animalistic aspect for the Rangers. It makes sense since Power
Rangers was normally a Martial Arts show and martial arts is based on
the movements and behavior of the animals.
The action I think is great and choreographed well, I really like that
they utilize the kung fu style and the different systems used. Each of
the Rangers utilize a different system which makes their uniqueness
more distinctive not just by costume. Even like the weapons, my
favorite was Casey/Red Ranger using the nunchukus which was awesome and
I personally feel is a weapon not used enough in action films and
shows, both sorely need some nunchuku action again. Each have chi
superpowers based on their animal totem which is cool and really helps
give the show a sort of Shonan Anime feel. Zords are of course cool
though I'll admit the battles with them are just a bit too brief, which
is the only weak point of the show for me. Music is also very good, I
really like the theme song which I thought was fun.
But what really powered it was in the characters as well as development
in both the story and characters.
The protagonist Casey/The Red Ranger I really like. He's sort of an
underdog because he is a bit illconfidant, passive aggressive, he's not
as skilled as the rest of his team, but he really does try. But I feel
that's something different in the Red Ranger aspect because most of the
time the Red Ranger is always the strongest because he's the leader of
the pack. But in this show this time he doesn't take the lead, here
he's basically a rockie. I really like how we see this character slowly
and gradually grow in both skill and psychologically. At first we see
he doesn't do well, let alone really be willing to take on his role but
as things go further he really starts to take the lead, which is great
and a good lesson showing how leadership isn't something given but
Jarod and Camile (on a side note think the actress is hot) both these
characters are my favorites in the show, they both have a rather
fascinating character arc. I'll admit these two are another one of my
favorite couple in the franchise. Both of them I feel just have genuine
chemistry together, there were sparks flying ricocheting off each
other, and have the most significant development.
When we see them both at first we think both might not be capable of
good as we see Jarod as an unlikeable ego centric power tripping
douchbag and Camile seems just plain evil. But then we see as both
interact and exercise feelings for each other as well as discover more
about their past more that when we begin to forgive both of them a bit
and see that both really aren't bad people they've just been on the
wrong path. And this just all the more makes us want both to do the
right thing not just for the Power Rangers but themselves.
In a way this also give the show a bit of a throwback feel, because
Tommy/Green Ranger also use to be a bad guy. And the show does have the
morality quality back as we see Jarod and Camile are seeing there is a
better and right path to go. For Casey it's to gain confidence, believe
in himself more, and exercise aggression. For the rest it's to see that
good exists in most people even one's that we think are bad.
Overall this is a hidden gem in the jungle to check out. "Power Rangers
Jungle Fury" is roaring fun.
Rating: 3 and a half stars
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