Recap: Power Rangers Dino Charge, Episode 4 – Return of the Caveman
A prehistoric Koda is adding to the petroglyphs on the wall when he finds the blue Energem.
Suddenly, he hears growling and hurries to his little brother Taku who is about to be gobbled up by a saber-toothed cat. Koda tackles the cat and they both fall over the cliff. But his Energem glows before he hits the bottom.
Koda wakes up.
He walks out into the lab where the others are looking at the new Dino Cycles Kendall has developed. Chase tells him to come over and “take a squiz.”
The others have no idea what’s talking about. “Sometimes I wonder if I’m speaking English.”
Anyway, Koda apologizes for being so startled by noises since his instincts tell him danger. Shelby says they understand. Just then, Shelby’s phone rings on the table and Koda smashes it to bits. He apologizes.
“Some modern things still give me nervous.”
Chase offers to help him with some pointers on riding.
Meanwhile up on the ship, Fury introduces Sledge to Slammer who can capture things in cages. Poisandra zings Fury about not even being able to find a single Energem in 65 million years.
Sledge sends Slammer down in a pod. Poisandra tells her Sledgums that she can’t take another day in this rust bucket without more companionship. But Sledge has a surprise for her. He calls in Wrench who has built Poisandra a new friend out of old monster parts.
Poisandra is very excited.
Down at the park, Chase is helping Koda learn how to ride a bike. But he’s having a lot of trouble. Actually, Koda’s been having trouble with a lot of things. Like TVs and combs and glass.
Chase says it’s okay. Koda has nothing to worry about. Except to look good for the ladies who are walking by right at this moment. But the moment is broken when Koda is startled by the sprinklers.
Koda questions why the blue Energem would even choose him. But suddenly, Slammer appears with his cages. Koda manages to duck out of the way, but it’s too late for Chase.
Slammer tries capturing Koda too, but he kicks the cage out of the way and grabs a shovel. He tries to fight Slammer, but he gets eventually gets knocked down the stairs. Koda gets back up on his feet, but a kid comes riding by on his bike. Koda shields him, but they both get caged.
They are transported into some kind of cave where Chase already is. He says he tried morphing, but can’t.
The cage landed on the bike, so Koda and the boy can crawl out. The little boy, Peter, thinks his leg is broken. Koda lights a fire and fashions a brace onto Peter’s leg. Chase unsuccessfully tries using the Dino Com to call the others.
Koda picks Peter up and follows the wind blowing the fire of the torch to find a way out.
Kendall meets the others at the museum cafe and tells them Koda and Chase are late. She suggests Riley and Tyler take the Dino Cycles out to look for them.
Koda tells Peter that he promises to protect him and they continue through the caves as Slammer is hot on their heels.
Peter hands Koda his cell phone and says the GPS might still work. He shows him how it works.
Tyler and Kendall both see a magnetic field near the mountains on their scanners and they believe that is where Koda and Chase are.
Koda and Peter make it to the opening and hurry out just as the others meet them outside. Koda hands Peter over to Kendall so she can get him to the hospital.
Slammer appears and hurls his cage at them, but Koda grabs it and tosses it aside, taking Slammer down with it.
The Rangers morph and they fight off the newly arrive Vivix before taking on Slammer with their Dino Cycles.
Sledge orders a Vivix to fire the Magna Beam and Slammer embiggens before the Rangers can go in to save Chase.
They initiate the TriStega Megazord formation, but Tyler says it’s also time for Riley to try out his zord.
Riley summons his Raptor zord and combines with the Megazord for the StegaRaptor formation. The disconnected Tricera, meanwhile, drills into the mountain to free Chase.
The Rangers finish Slammer off with a Raptor Zord Final Flame Strike.
Later, the Rangers drive Koda to see Peter who is telling his friends all about his new friend. Koda brings him his bicycle and Peter hugs him.
Peter offers to help Koda learn how to ride a bike. Koda says it’s a bit scary for him, but Peter says not to worry, “once you learn it’s easy-peasy.”
“I’ll protect you, I promise.”
Koda remembers his little brother and he agrees to let Peter teach him.
Wow. Another great episode. Is this even possible?
It was definitely a great Koda-focus ep. All of the characters have been great so far, but I think Yoshi’s been doing an amazing job as Koda. Plus, you know he’s having fun and it shows. Very charming and likeable.
I do hope we get to see more of Koda basically watching the world go by for millions of years. That would be very interesting.
As is everyone else. Even Sledge and Co. Speaking of, woohoo! There’s Luckyuro… I mean, Curio. Isn’t it amazing, seriously, how things have developed this season so far. Things don’t randomly pop out from thin air. (Well, except Keeper I guess, literally lol) But instead, characters have been introduced well, the weapons and powers have been introduced well. And even though we’re slowly getting the backstory on the Rangers, they still immediately had a positive first impression and impact.
That really is a huge change from the last four years. You can feel there’s actual effort being put into the show from everyone involved. I don’t know if that’s just an excited exaggeration on my part, but one thing’s for sure, I am enjoying Dino Charge very much. And if they continue like this, then it’s going to be a good season.
Meh at all that talking during the fight against Slammer and the Vivix. That was probably the most chatty they’ve been in four episodes while fighting. But, like I said, it’s minor when everything else is perfectly fine.
How different was Dino Charge fromZyuden Sentai Kyoryuger?
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It was absolutely different. Again, they took the Sentai footage and actually adapted it for Power Rangers. They used the footage, which was pretty minimal, such as the megazord footage (of course) and that morphed battle in the end, and crafted a brand new story around it.
Again, maybe out of necessity. (Thank you Toei!) But lots of original NZ footage is always good. And it’s NZ footage that actually matters to the story. Not some random scenes. They actually wrote something brand new and filmed scenes accordingly. SHOCKING right?
Just amazing all around. Dino Charge is off to a WILD start.