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8/10
Fun so far
jwwalrath-227-8548728 January 2017
So far, it feels a lot like Dino Charge, for better or worse. I expect the rest of it to be fun and entertaining, but not to have as much substance as RPM or Time Force.

I really like the new cast. They know they're not doing Shakespeare and roll with it. The only ones I'm not fond of are the comic relief, the self-involved guy and his nerdy sidekick. They feel too much like the showrunners are trying to revive Bulk and Skull. They waste time. The villains have yet to really stand out, either. Though, I do like the whole game show set up.

I'm also liking the Zords. They're more diverse this time than one unifying theme.
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2/10
Meh.
Ultra_Collectibles22 June 2018
Ok the Power Rangers parts are fantastic but when the comic relief comes on screen then it gets bad. Its like this- The rangers on screen I smile when the comic relief comes on then i facepalm and shake my head. If they got rid of them then I think this show would be more awesome!
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6/10
It's decent not good but decent.
uqailmahari3 November 2018
This show is good I guess. I mean the story's fantastic. But the actors not so good. The blue ranger especially. He acts like he's at a kids party all the time. The other are also not so good actors. But what I liked about this show is that the morphing sequence is awesome. They didn't rely heavily on super sentai footage. The most recent crossover was great too.
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1/10
Cringe
mussayab22 October 2018
Power Rangers should've stayed in 90s. This was a terrible idea, nobody knows how to act in this show at all!
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2/10
Good ideas, little execution, and sloppily written disappointment.
striderxanthos31 July 2018
Plot: What's this, a show about the son of a ninja kidnapped by the champion of the intergalactic game show who killed his father escapes the ship? Then after 10 years of captivity he escapes with his alien friend and humanoid robot, becoming super-powered ninjas with the help of a magician, mechanic & his girlfriend, scientist, and later a cowboy to combat the staff of the game show? It sounds crazy enough to work, but the show doesn't allow it too. The plot appears to have a mix of ninjas, game shows, and space. However, Ninja Steel combines those ideas with high school filler plots and comic relief, so the plot disappears for half of the season in favor of not telling the story it should. As a result, this season ends up with underdeveloped characters, villains we learn nothing about or care about, and a heavy focus on side characters that distract from the narrative with divisive jokes and fart humor.

Characters: The characters have so much potential but don't have the time to grow.

-The Red Ranger, Brody Romero (William Shewfelt) has a sad and tragic backstory, being kidnapped on an alien spaceship for years before finally escaping. But a few episodes after he returns to Earth, he does nothing except shouting "EPIC" and has no focus episodes until the second season, ultimately ending up forgettable and bland in his own show. His actor is very low energy and almost chance for him to grow as a professional with his character is lost. -The Blue Ranger, Preston Tien (Peter Sudarso) is a magician with father issues, is quiet, and kind to his friends. His gimmick relies around that magic and Peter delivers a good performance but is harmed by episodes that dumb down his character and fails to establish an arc.

-The Yellow and White Rangers, Calvin Maxwell (Nico Greetham) and Hayley Foster (Zoe Robbins) are the first rangers who are dating. That opens a stormy of possibilities, and their relationship is noticeable, with the delivery of the actors having strong chemistry. That being said, their individuals don't have much growth or layers to them. Calvin's lackadaisical nature, mechanical prowess and Hayley's love for nature aren't used much in the plot outside of a fun high school episode and a generic face your fears episode. Hayley's episode in particular tend to share focus with another character and receives the least impact in the majority.

-The Pink Ranger, Sarah Thompson (Chrysti Ane) delivers her lines and character with enthusiasm and character. There are three flaws to Sarah: her benefits to the story are used to attack her character for the sake of forced drama, she can be too perfect at times, and her characters.

The side characters are a mixed bag. Mick Kanic (Kelson Henderson), the mentor is a good character and without getting into spoilers, fans of the series and newcomers will enjoy him although his messages are questionable. Redbot on the other hand has no purpose in the show. His two episodes are decent to terrible and serves little purpose in the show. As for Victor/Monty, they aren't terrible, but because their antics create their own mini show in a show about Power Rangers. You can make good to decent side characters without having them overshadow the people of a show you should be watching.

The villains are ultimately one-note. The main villain and host, Galvanax is one note with a generic gravelly villain voice despite starting the plot and being the host for a game show, and his relationship with Brody is hardly explored, with his death just serving as anti-climatic.

His second-in-command, Madame Odius fares better being manipulative and intriguing but only has a big impact in the first half of the story with plot holes and even as the main villain in season 2, the writing makes her plans feel sloppily put together.

Ripcon is the generic muscle for the villains and a supposed rival to the red ranger but the show never takes him seriously, and his voice makes him more annoying then menacing. He dies in 12 episodes with little fanfare.

Finally there's the side villain and announcer Cosmo Royale: he's a fun character that doesn't do much, but is somehow more memorable than the main villains we're supposed to be following.

Morals of the Day: Some kids shows either spread morals to kids, or teach them ideals about life, help them grow, etc. while telling a story. Ninja Steel for some reason adds this and it hurts the show. Outside of not being subtle, alot of these morals exist for a character to act stupid and then learn a lesson PBS Kids style except not as well done. In fact, most of the morals are bad messages to children: technology is bad, magicians are bad for entertaining people, trusting strangers is okay, doing every activity with your friends is important even if you don't want too (imagine that but with drugs to see the implications), video games are evil, and watching people nearly die from being thrown into the stratosphere is funny. Oh and getting an orphan off the streets only takes around 11 minutes.

Reception: Ninja Steel and to a lesser extent Super Ninja Steel have garnered mixed reception, heavily learning towards negative. Children of different ages have admitted to either dislike the show, or finding problems such as in the writing, acting, and story. Older critics and reviews have praised the ideas presented and actors, but have questioned the writing and progression of the narrative, morals presented, and the lack of build up for their plots The characters of Victor and Monty are constantly viewed as unnecessary to the show but the discussion of whether or not their characters are good depends on the viewer.

Overall Thoughts: Ninja Steel and Super Ninja's Steel first half isn't very good. The ideas are there but the writing ultimately falls flat. What should be a show about teens growing up and learning ninjutsu is dampened by boring characters, underdeveloped villains, comic relief caricatures, and a story that doesn't give itself any time to shine. There are some good moments and a few surprises, but overall, skip it or watch to see the wasted potential.
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8/10
Ninja Steel better than the new Power Rangers Movie (2017)
vickybee-1283028 May 2018
I'm gonna be honest here, this is more on key to what Power Rangers is then that movie that came out in 2017. Growing up with Mighty Morphin and then trying to watch that movie was hard. But this series embodies more of the ranger spirit. Good series.
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A lighter-hearted, more kid-friendly Power Rangers season
BrianDanaCamp29 December 2017
I watched all 22 episodes of "Power Rangers Ninja Steel" and while I enjoyed them as they were broadcast on Nickelodeon and re-watched most of them, I can't say it's a particularly good season, especially in the wake of the last two cycles (Megaforce, 2013-2014, and Dino Charge, 2015-2016), which turned out to encompass four exemplary seasons, arguably the best since "Time Force" (2001). "Ninja Steel" puts the five Rangers (with a sixth one joining later) back in high school, but dumbs down a lot of the stories with an eye to pleasing the kiddie audience. It also adds two comic relief characters, a conceited jock and his obsequious sidekick, whose antics will make the kids laugh, but try the patience of older fans who may have fond memories of the original comic PR foils, Bulk and Skull.

An interesting angle has the Rangers' exploits serve as material for an intergalactic reality show called "Galaxy Warriors," in which miscreants from other planets can watch on TV as the monsters employed by alien warlord Galvanax descend to Earth to try to defeat the Power Rangers. When their efforts invariably fail, the program host presses a "gigantify" button that causes the vanquished monster to come back to life and grow into giant size, at which point the Rangers call in their Zords to finish the job.

A lot of episodes revolve around problems the five Rangers, Brody, Sarah, Preston, Calvin and Hayley, cause themselves. Brody (Red Ranger) uses his "datacom" device to cheat on tests. Sarah (Pink Ranger) creates clones of herself to do some serious, if misguided multitasking. Preston (Blue Ranger) gets hold of some ancient spells, but thinks he can learn them quickly without paying attention to the fine print. Calvin (Yellow Ranger) is in awe of a local driver with a cool car and offers to fix the engine at a time he needs to be available to help the other Rangers. Hayley (White Ranger) and Calvin get into an argument which leads to them running against each other for student government president. Even their robot ally, Redbot, oversteps his bounds when he writes a book taking credit for the Power Rangers' achievements. They all have to learn from the messes that result from their hubris or irresponsibility.

One of the best episodes has the five banding together to take on a local crisis, caused when Preston's father, a real estate tycoon, buys the land that's home to the town's sacred Ribbon Tree, on which the citizens traditionally hang ribbons with their wishes on them. While two of the Rangers rally the townsfolk and another two occupy the tree to keep the bulldozers away, Preston tries to change his father's heart. It's actually quite a moving episode and features excellent performances by the actors playing Preston and his embittered father.

There's an emotional backstory involving Brody and his long-lost brother, Aiden, who were separated as boys when their father, a ninja warrior, disappeared while fighting Galvanax and preventing him from attaining the prized ninja steel. Brody is held as a slave by Galavanax until he's a teenager and manages to engineer an escape with the help of another human slave, Mick, a wild-eyed, wild-haired mechanical genius from another galaxy. They wind up in Summer Cove, where they set up shop at the local high school and find the ninja steel stored in a clever hiding place. Brody never gives up the hope of reuniting with Aiden, which, if you know your Power Rangers, is bound to eventually happen. There's a significant obstacle along the way, but when the reunion finally happens, it packs quite a punch.

In a most unusual development for Power Rangers, two of the Rangers, Calvin and Hayley, are in a committed relationship before the series starts and remain so throughout. They display a lot of affection--holding hands, hugging, putting their arms around each other, etc. It also happens to be a black-white interracial relationship, Calvin being white and Hayley being black, which makes it something of a first in the Power Rangers universe. The Blue Ranger, Preston, is Asian, Sarah is white, and Brody and his brother are of indeterminate ethnic origin. Even though the characters don't have much depth and their relationships lack the intensity of those in Power Rangers Dino Charge, I thought the actors were, for the most part, pleasant and engaging, with special marks going to Chrysti Ane (Sarah), Peter Sudarso (Preston), Nico Greetham (Calvin), and Zoe Robins (Hayley). They were warm and fun to spend a half-hour with.

The series was based on its Japanese sentai counterpart, "Shuriken Sentai Ninninger" (2015), although its connection to that series is slight. Some fight scenes from the original are used, although many more fight scenes are restaged in New Zealand for the Ninja Steel scenes. The Zord battles offer the only consistent use of Japanese footage in the whole series and are, as usual, quite imaginative and exciting.

ADDENDUM: The new season of Power Rangers premiered on January 27, 2018, under the title, "Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel," so it's a continuation of the previous season with the same cast and some of the same villains, but with the ninja steel upgraded to "super."
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