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Power Rangers is a long-running children's TV show adapted from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise, but is not simply an English dub of the original. Rather, it is a 'new' production with English-speaking actors spliced in with the original Japanese footage in varying ratios. Due to the very Japanese nature and maturity level of many of Sentai's stories and design, the American shows are always at least slightly changed to fit a Western and younger audience. However, the action sequences featuring the characters in costume, and the scenes featuring daikaiju and mecha] (referred to as "Zords" in the English series), are typically dubbed.

The series that began the franchise was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which began broadcasting as part of the Fox Kids]group of programs that aired on Fox. It lasted for three seasons. The franchise has continued, and as of 2007 has consisted of fifteen television series and two theatrical films. The fifteenth series, Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive, debuted on February 26, 2007.

The Power Rangers series was orginally distributed by Saban Entertainment from 1993 until the end of 2001 and was broadcast on Fox. The franchise was purchased by Disney as a part of a Saban buyout between 2001 and 2002, and the show continued to air on Fox until its Fox Kids package was dismantled in the United States. Since Fall 2002, all Power Rangers shows have aired on various Disney-owned networks (ABC Kids, Toon Disney, and Jetix channels worldwide). Disney owned ABC Family also used to air Power Rangers until it did away with its Jetix timeslot after August 31, 2006.

When Disney took over PR they moved production from America to New Zealand. Since they they have hired variuos actors from Austrila, America, Canada, and New Zealand. Several Tribe cast members, core and minor, have had various appearnces and roles in the show.

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What is a Power Ranger?

A Power Ranger is a person who morphs from an unpowered form into a powerful superhero wearing a brightly colored battle suit featuring a helmet with an opaque visor; in many cases, the helmet serves to protect his or her secret identity. A morphed Ranger generally possesses superhuman strength, durability, and hand-to-hand combat ability; unmorphed Rangers may possess other innate abilities (such as telekinesis, super speed, invisibility, great hand-to-hand combat ability, etc.) that are usually not directly related to his or her Ranger powers.

Rangers appear to retain their original physiology beneath their suits when in morphed form, as Rangers' helmets have been seen removed or broken on numerous occasions, revealing his or her natural form underneath (there are exceptions to this rule: Justin, the Blue Turbo Ranger, was in his early teens and was much shorter than his Ranger form when unmorphed; Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, the S.P.D. Shadow Ranger, has a muzzle [he is a humanoid dog-like alien] that seems to disappear beneath the helmet). Helmets aside, the suits are donned and removed nearly instantaneously with a glow of light or some other effect. Sometimes, Rangers "de-morph" involuntarily due to powerful physical attacks.

Rangers regularly operate in teams of five, with a special sixth Ranger frequently joining the team part way into the series; sometimes a core team of three will later be joined by additional Rangers. Each Ranger's suit and energy spectrum will match a specific color, with red, yellow, and blue being joined by some combination of pink, green, black, or white. Rangers may be named after their respective colors, such as Red Ranger, Blue Ranger, etc., but numbers or other names may also be used. There is usually no more than one Ranger of a given color on a team, but exceptions of this rule are generally given alternate names (in Time Force, there were two Rangers with red-colored costumes; the first was the Red Time Force Ranger, the second was the sixth ranger the Quantum Ranger). Each team's costumes are nearly identical aside from color, helmet design (most notably the shape of the opaque visor) and perhaps a numerical designation. Any additional Rangers will regularly have additional costume modifications, usually some form of additional armor.

The Rangers' color designation also influences their wardrobe throughout the series, as their civilian clothing is often the same color as their Ranger color. This correlation was joked about in Dino Thunder when Tommy Oliver (a former Green Ranger, White Ranger, and twice a Red Ranger) became the new Black Dino Ranger; he said that he had to go shopping because he did not own enough black-colored clothing.

Power Rangers Ninja Storm

Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (often abbreviated as PRNS and often simply called Ninja Storm was the twelth incarnation of the Power Rangers franchise and first to be filmed in New Zeland. It was based on the Super Sentai series Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger.

Synopsis

A skateboarder (Shane Clarke), a surfer (Tori Hanson) and a motorcyclist (Waldo "Dustin" Brooks), are students of the Wind Ninja Academy, under the tutelage of Sensei Kanoi Watanabe and his son Cameron Watanabe]. Although it seems as if they will never be good enough to be full-fledged ninja, they are the only three left when the evil ninja master, Lothor arrives on Earth and captures all the other students. Their sensei, who was transformed into a guinea pig by Lothor, decided that they would become Wind Power Rangers and gave them Wind Morphers to allow them to transform. As the Wind Rangers, they fought to save the world from Lothor and his space minions, using Zords created by Cam for emergencies.

Over time, they were joined by the Thunder Rangers, Hunter and Blake, as well as Cam, who gained Green Samurai powers in a trip to the past.

The show marked a turning point for the franchise with a willingness to make fun of itself and its history (a theme that would return in "Dino Thunder"). Of special note is that Lothor, instead of the standard melodramatic evil emperor, had a sense of humor and often got lines that sent up the show. After making a monster grow, he seems to turn to the camera and say "What'd you expect? It wasn't going to get smaller." In the final episode, when piloting a robot against the Zords, he yells "This is the most fun I've had all season!"

Eventually, the Rangers managed to defeat all of Lothor's minions, unwittingly overloading the Abyss of Evil (to which they were all sent upon their demise). The Wind Rangers were able to stop evil from spreading across the Earth, and sealed Lothor away in the Abyss of Evil... along with their own powers.

Now powerless, Shane, Tori and Dustin became teachers at the rebuilt Wind Ninja Academy, aided by Cam and a newly human Sensei. Hunter took a job as the head teacher at the Thunder Ninja Academy while his brother Blake continued his racing career.

Actors who appeared in Ninja Storm and The Tribe

Tori Hanson (Sally Martin) The Blue Wind Ranger] a surfer, she was the only Wind Ninja student of her class to survive Lothor's attack. She wielded the power of water, weiled the Sonic Fin, and piolted the Dolphin Zord. She also returns in Dino Thunder along with the rest of the rangers during the crossover.
Eric McKnight (James Napier) Helped the Rangers fight in the last episodes of the season. Joined the Wind Ninja Acadmy. His twin brother is Conner, Red Ranger of Dino Thunder, who we tells his teammates that he had flunked out.

Power Rangers: Dino Thunder

Power Rangers: Dino Thunder (often abbreviated as PRDT and often simply called Dino Thunder) was the 13th incarnation of the Power Rangers franchise. As with all Power Rangers series, it was adapted from a series from the long running, Japanese Super Sentai franchise, in this case the 27th, Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger.

Plot summary

A soccer player, a computer expert, a singer, an artist, and a teacher with a long history of such situations join forces to become Power Rangers and help save the Earth from mutant dinosauric beings that wish to eradicate all human life and return Earth to the age of dinosaurs.

In this season, Tommy Oliver, of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers: Turbo fame, returns as a paleontology professor in Reefside, California. When he is assigned three detention students, Conner, Ethan, and Kira, they end up finding the Dino Gems, paving the way for them to become the Dino Rangers. Conner gains the power of the Tyrannozord, as well as super-speed; Ethan gains the power of the Tricerazord, as well as the ability to make his skin super-strong; Kira gains the power of the Pterazord, as well as a sonic scream. Tommy (known often as Dr. O) himself joins the team as the Black Dino Ranger, and they are also later joined by Trent Mercer as the White Dino Ranger, with the powers of invisibility and camouflage, respectively. Trent Mercer must deal with the inner struggle of good and evil, as he gained his powers from a raw Dino Gem in Mesogog's lab, with the powers originally intended to be Mesogog's. Mesogog is in fact, Trent's adopted father Anton Mercer, who in a faulty lab experiment began to mutate into Mesogog. Trent later sides with good and saves his father from the mutation. During the course of the series, the team adds to its arsenal Zords based on the Pachycephalosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Dimetrodon, and Stegosaurus, the last of which combines with Trent's Zord, a Tupuxuara to form the Dino Stegozord. Tommy pilots the Brachiosaurus Zord, the carrier for all the other Zords. At the end of the series, Conner, Kira, Ethan, Tommy, and Trent finish off Mesogog with their raw Dino Gem power, but the gems are burned out in the process.

Actors who appeared in Dino Thunder and The Tribe

Conner McKnight (James Napier)
The Red Dino Ranger; a soccer player and one of Dr. Oliver's students. The power he got from the Red Dino Gem was super speed. He later gains the powers of the Triassic Ranger. According to the episode Back In Black, Conner can't swim. Returns in two episodes of S.P.D.
Devin Del Valle (Tom Hern)
Cassidy's subservient sidekick and cameraman; he has a slight crush on Cassidy but seems very reluctant to do her bidding often.
Principal Randall/Elsa (Miriama Smith)
An woman with a mysterious past. She doubles as Principal Randall, who runs the Rangers' school, Reefside High. Towards the end of the series, she revolts from Mesogog and turns back into a human on the side of good.
Krista (Antonia Prebble)
Conner's love interest in Dino Thunder.
Derrick (Dwayne Cameron)

Eddie (Kelson Henderson)

Power Rangers: Space Patrol Delta

Power Rangers: S.P.D. (often abbreviated as "PRSPD" and often simply called "S.P.D.") was the 2005 incarnation of the Power Rangers television series, based on the Super Sentai series Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. S.P.D. stood for Space Patrol Delta (in Dekaranger, it stood for Special Police Dekaranger).

Synopsis

The story takes place in the year 2025, after Earth has welcomed alien beings to live peacefully with the human race. But peace is short lived, as the planet-conquering Troobian Empire turns its destructive attention to Earth. When the Earth's first line of defense, the S.P.D. A-Squad Rangers, vanishes without trace, the protection of the planet falls to their replacements: the B-Squad Rangers, and their doglike alien commander, Commander Anubis "Doggie" Cruger.

When two reformed thieves join the team as the Red and Yellow S.P.D. Rangers, tensions threaten to tear them apart. With the alien threat growing stronger every moment, the Rangers must put aside their differences and go into action as one!

Using teamwork, intergalactic weaponry and light-speed Zord vehicles to battle evil, they unite to become one of the ultimate forces for good: Power Rangers Space Patrol Delta!

Actors who apperead in SPD and The Tribe

Nova Ranger (voiced by Antonia Prebble)
Power Ranger from the year 2040.
Boom (Kelson Henderson)
A former cadet who flunked out of the Academy and currently serves as Kat's assistant and "Chief Gadget Tester." He dreamed of becoming a Power Ranger, and even masqueraded as the "SPD Orange Ranger" to impress his parents.
Ally Samuels (Beth Allen)
She is the daughter of the owner of Samuels Clothing. Jack found her one day loading up her truck with clothes. He first thought she was stealing the clothing, but after realizing his mistake, Jack offered to help Ally in her work of giving out clothes to homeless. Furthermore, it was strongly inferred that they have a developing romantic relationship. After the final battle was won, Jack resigned from S.P.D. and went into business with Ally, helping those in need. They were also joined by Piggy.
Dru (Dwayne Cameron)


Power Rangers: Mystic Force

Power Rangers: Mystic Force (often abbreviated as PRMF and simply called Mystic Force) was part of the Power Rangers franchise. As with all Power Rangers series, the show is adapted from a series in the long-running Japanese tokusatsu franchise, Super Sentai. Mystic Force is adapted from the 29th series in this franchise: Mahou Sentai Magiranger.

Synopsis

Twenty years ago, in a magic-filled dimension parallel to our own, the forces of darkness came into power and a war called the Great Battle began. An army of the undead, led by a powerful warrior, swarmed into the land with their sights set on taking over the magical realm, the human realm and beyond, but they would have to combat a legion of brave and powerful wizards. The Mystics battled valiantly against overwhelming odds until they drove the evil back from the edge of the human world. The strongest wizard of all, Leanbow, cast a spell and sent the evil warriors into the Underworld, having the Gatekeeper seal the gates for all eternity. The forces of truth successfully thwarted the dark forces' attempt to take the surface world, but they lost Leanbow, as he made sure the evil forces did not escape by sealing himself on their side of the Gate. The human world would never know of the Great Battle, nor of the sacrifices made to spare their lives from destruction. Even to this day they live in peace and tranquility, totally unaware of what is about to awaken.

The city of Briarwood was struck by an earthquake, which was just enough to break the seal, allowing evil to renew its attempt to invade the human world. The sorceress Udonna, realizing that the forces of evil had returned, sought out the warriors of legend, five teens living in Briarwood, to become the Power Rangers alongside her. While one of the teens was reluctant at first, he realized his destiny and joined the others in the fight against the Master of the Underworld and his numerous minions.

When Udonna loses her Ranger powers to the mysterious Koragg, it is up to Nick, Chip, Madison, Vida, and Xander to save the Earth on their own. They are assisted by Udonna's bumbling apprentice Clare, and eventually Jenji the Genie and his master Daggeron, the Solaris Knight.

Using their powerful magic and incredible martial arts skills, the Mystic Force Power Rangers must rely on teamwork to save the day.

Actors who appeared in Mystic Force and The Tribe

Clare (Antonia Prebble)
Udonna and Leanbow's niece, Nick's cousin, Niella's daughter, and the Gatekeeper to the Underworld. Becomes a full sorceress in the finale thanks to the Mystic Mother.
Phineas (Kelson Henderson)
A troblin (half-troll, half-goblin) who roams the woods. Later becomes Leelee's boyfriend, and begins working at the Rock Porium. Very cheerful and familiar. Fond of hugs.


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