The long-awaited second part of Power Rangers Dino Fury Season 2 is finally here, and it sets up what fans can expect in the future of the series. Warning this review will contain spoilers for the final 11 episodes of Power Rangers Dino Fury. If you do not wish to be spoiled, you have been warned.
Let’s start off by saying this is probably one of the strongest batches of Power Rangers episodes since 2009. The story this season actually feels like it is going somewhere and no episode feels wasted.
The cast is definitely at their best during these episodes. It feels like each character is given their moment to shine and each cast member was able to seize their moment. One that really impressed me was Jordon Fite as Aiyon, especially in the later episodes. During the scene where Zayto sacrifices himself for the rest of the world, Aiyon showed more emotion than we have seen in the past 10 years on Power Rangers.
One of the weaknesses of Beast Morphers Season 2 was how lopsided it felt. In the beginning, it felt like there wasn’t much going on, while in the second half, that’s where it felt like the entire plot was. I feel like the second season improved on this nicely. The front half felt like it was there to set up everything that we got in the second, while in Beast Morphers, it felt like they put the whole plot in the back half.
Dino Fury Features Many Callbacks; However, Some Come Off As Forced
I do think Dino Fury tried a little too hard with the callbacks. In the first episode of this half, General Shaw from Grid Battleforce comes back to warn the Rangers of a monster that escape their facility. The monster is later revealed to be the nephew of Lokar from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1. This relation really has nothing to do with the overall plot and felt like it was just thrown in just to have a random callback to a previous season. While it’s nice to have some sort of continuity, finally, I just wish they made more of an effort to make it make sense.
I think the use of Lord Zedd was handled much better; however, it’s clear that we haven’t seen what the rest of his story will entail. One thing I didn’t like about the Lord Zedd arc is how, once again, we have to go through the bit where Aiyon goes off on his own, which pretty much allows Lord Zedd to destroy Rafkon and almost gets Zayto killed. This isn’t the first time that Aiyon has had an episode focused on his impulsiveness and it feels like his character just isn’t really going anywhere at this point. He never learns anything.
The whole point of Aiyon being awakened was to take on Lord Zedd, but then it was just turned into yet another lesson about teamwork. Of course, I understand that this is still a kid’s show and the lessons will always be a part of it, but it gets pretty annoying when it’s the same lesson over and over again.
Some Relationships Hit And Some Relationships Miss
Another thing that I was pretty mixed on was the relationships featured this season. I thought Izzy and Fern’s relationship was handled extremely well and is one of if not the best romantic relationship in almost 30 seasons of Power Rangers. However, the relationship between Amelia and Ollie left more to be desired.
I feel like the show was teasing their relationship since episode 1; but, when they finally got together, it felt pretty underwhelming. Up until now, we see Ollie and Amelia constantly arguing with each other, with potential feelings implied. When they got together, it felt like their playful banter went away, which is what made their relationship interesting.
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I feel like this story is missing a falling out or break-up, which is something that is rarely featured in Power Rangers. I like that they got together, I just don’t feel like these two were meant to be together forever, which is a very real thing that people go through.
Dino Fury Season 2 Features One Of The Best Twists In The History Of Power Rangers
Those were really my only gripes with the season, I thought most of the other twists were executed extremely well. Especially the reveal with Amelia’s parents.
While I feel like a lot of fans had easily predicted that Tarrick and Santuara would be her parents, the reveal that they all were from Rafkon was a huge surprise. It made the villains’ motives make a lot more sense as it felt, with Void Queen in particular, that they were just attacking Earth for no reason. Having the humans leave them to die and think their daughter has died is incredibly deep and made the rest of the season make more sense.
While this season featured some dark and serious moments, the comedy was also cranked up to ten. This is seriously the most fun I have had watching Power Rangers since I was a kid. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments in this season that didn’t feel stupid but legitimately funny. Izzy probably will go down in history as the Ranger with the greatest one-liners, and I’m here for it.
The strongest aspect of this season was how it felt like you needed to watch every episode to really get a grasp of what is going on. In more recent seasons, such as Power Rangers Ninja Steel, it felt like you could skip entire chunks of the season just to get to the story bits. Dino Fury does a great job of still having filler episodes but also leaving little snippets in there that will connect to a later episode or have a callback to something that happened earlier in the season.
The scene where Zayto died was incredibly intense and featured some amazing performances from the cast. But the emotional gut punch was diminished when Zayto came back almost immediately as the White Ranger. I wish they would have at least saved this for the Cosmic Fury premiere to leave some suspense for the audience. Although I am excited to see what this means for the future of Power Rangers. It seems to finally confirm that the footage from Super Sentai, the Japanese show that Power Rangers derives from, will be no more which will be a massive change for the series.
Overall, Season 2 has quickly made it to the top of the list of my favorite Power Rangers seasons. I would give Dino Fury Season 2 a 4 out of 5. I am hoping that Cosmic Fury will be able to improve on some of the minor grievances I had and make it one of, if not the best, Power Rangers season of all time.
Power Rangers Dino Fury stars Russell Curry as Zayto the Red DF Ranger, Kai Moya as Ollie Akana the Blue DF Ranger, Hunter Deno as Amelia Jones the Pink DF Ranger, Tessa Rao as Izzy Garcia the Green DF Ranger, Chance Perez as Javi Garcia the Black DF Ranger, Jordon Fite as Aiyon the Gold DF Ranger, Jared Turner as Tarrick / Void Knight, Jo Davidson as Solon, and Siobhan Marshall as Santaura / Void Queen.
Power Rangers Dino Fury Season 2 Part 2 is available to stream now on Netflix.
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