When the Rangers face a monster with a magnetic power to wrench their weapons away from them, Jake and Emma turn to quiet local Zoo Keeper named Casey to learn a special form of martial arts that helps them channel their personal animal spirits. They soon learn that Casey is no ordinary martial arts teacher. He is in fact the Jungley Fury Red Ranger.
Can a visit by Casey from Power Rangers Jungle Fury save Super Megaforce from yet another mediocre and dull script? Not in this universe.
This episode is billed as a tribute to Jungle Fury but it ends up being yet another sub-par Power Rangers Super Megaforce episode and that’s a real shame. Jungle Fury is one of my favourite Power Ranger shows with its blend of action, adventure, interesting heroes and arguably the most interesting villains in Power Rangers history. These are all things Super Megaforce desperately needed but not even Jason Smith reprising his role as Casey (Jungle Fury Red Ranger) could deliver it. Honestly, as much as I praised his performance in Jungle Fury it feels like he sleep walks through this whole thing and honestly I don’t blame him for it.
The script tries to tie in to the Jungle Fury premise of us all having animal spirits inside of us that we can call upon in time of need but Jungle Fury showed how this was a progressive thing and that even when we achieve it we still have a long way to go to learn to harness it. This was actually Casey’s story for the first quarter of Jungle Fury with several episodes dedicated to him learning his inner strength and mastering the spirit of the tiger and yet in this episode Jake and Emma (yes Jake and Emma; two of the most irritating Power Rangers ever…EVER!) seem to learn it in all of five minutes. Casey must be an awesome teacher at this point.
I will give this episode its kudos for having a villain with a genuinely useful power; magnetism. In this respect Power Rangers Super Megaforce has its Magneto from X-Men and he uses this power to disarm the good guys. This actually made me realize that more than any other Power Rangers show Super Megaforce relies on gun action to defeat the bad guys. Now I don’t want to sound like a member of the nanny state but what kind of message is that sending? Ok maybe the writers are long time members of the NRA, I don’t know, but what has always been a key point of nearly all Power Ranger shows before it is that weapons are always a last resort yet these kids seem rather too trigger happy for me.
And in the end Casey disappears. Woooooooo. Magical. No it’s just a lousy script that doesn’t know how to end.
Rating: 2/5 (just because it is an homage to Jungle Fury)