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Lora is a teacher and mom of three busy boys. She recent had the opportunity to check out Saban’s Power Rangers “Super Samurai – Volume 1, The Super Powered Black Box and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Samurai – Volume 2, Super Showdown. Here’s what she said!
Living in a house full of boys, I have learned to harbor the little girl inside of me and accept the fact that for the next 10+ years, I am destined to watch fighting shows, play with cars, and throw a mean spiral. Although I haven’t been a part of the Power Ranger family since their birth roughly 19 years ago, I have found that that this series has some pretty good meat on it’s bones. The characters have good morals, wants and desires that are individually driven, and are genuinely good-hearted. Here’s a little bit about both collections.
Saban’s Power Rangers “Super Samurai – Volume 1
The Super Powered Black Box
Join the Samurai Rangers when their ongoing conflict with Master Xandred reaches epic proportions as he sends more dangerous Nighlok monsters to finish the Samurai once and for all. It’s up to Mentor Ji and Gold Ranger Antonio to uncover the secrets of a legendary black box that will morph the Rangers into SUPER SAMURAI! By combining their extraordinary power symbols and Megazords to create new and incredible combinations, the Samurai become better and stronger. But will that be enough when a new villain surfaces, determined to defeat the Rangers once and for all? Includes 4 Megazord-powered adventures!
Saban’s Power Rangers Super Samurai – Volume 2
Get ready for more Super Samurai showdowns with Jayden, Kevin, Mia, Emily and Mike in their ongoing quest to keep the city streets safe from Master Xandred, Serrator and more menacing Nighloks! When a young guardian accidentally releases the ancient and dangerous BullZord, the Rangers must work together to tame the Bull into becoming a powerful new MegaZord! And after Antonio and Mentor Ji get kidnapped, the Rangers must face a daunting army of Moogers to save their friends. Jump aboard the Samurai Battlewing for these four adventures morphing with unstoppable action and mega mayhem!
There are a few moments that have stayed with me after watching all 8 episodes roughly 7 times (my boys really like this series!), that make me thankful there are still good-natured children’s shows out there. While the crew is fighting the ‘Armadevil’ in the Shell Game episode, they learn that individually they cannot conquer this beast. In order to break through his tougher than tough shell, they must work together in a specific order. One of them weakens the shell with their power, another heats it, while another cools it and so on, causing the monster to shatter into a million pieces. I thought this was pretty cool, and a great example of team work and order of operations. They weren’t just fighting, but explaining why they did what they did and what the effect would be on the bad guy.
Another favorite episode of mine was The BullZord. Here the crew stood up for a human boy for being picked on and saved him from the the Bull before it was too late. Again, a great display of teamwork and using a very powerful gift for good, and not evil.
The episode Trading Places definitely received the most laughs from my motley crew. Here the the SwitchFace character transferred spirits of bystanders as well as Rangers into useless junk. It was fun to see a local hero frozen in a ballerina poise wearing a tutu, and another posing as a garden gnome. Several of the rangers wereout of commission during this episode, but the remaining few stepped up and still managed to conquer the beast. My only concerned moment out of all 8 episodes came during this particular show. There is a moment where the Green Ranger and SwitchFace trade bodies, and the bad guy holds his sword to his throat, threatening to kill the PowerRanger. The rest of the episode was great, it would have been just as great without such a drastic end.
If you have boys, or are a boy at heart, this series is a must have for your video library. The special effects are amazing, the costumes are extraordinary, and the story line is really pretty good. It held the attention of my crew ranging from 3-12, and I’m proud to say that I even continued to watch the show after bedtime. Great run!
Look for Saban’s Power Rangers “Super Samurai – Volume 1, The Super Powered Black Box and Saban’s Power Rangers Super Samurai – Volume 2, Super Showdown at retailers near you and you can also order from Amazon..