Recap: Power Rangers Dino Charge, Episode 6 – The Tooth Hurts
While Riley is training and exercising at the local stadium, Poisandra is up on the ship tasting cakes for the wedding. She thinks the chocolate cake is absolutely divine, but it will absolutely not be her wedding cake. She tosses all the cakes into the trash and Curio jumps in after them.
Poisandra tells chef Cavity that she wants an awful, disgusting cake so the guests will remember her wedding for a long time. No problem. He brings her a cake of tooth decay.
She is very excited. Fury comes in and scoffs at Poisandra setting prisoners free to bake her cakes for a wedding that’s a waste of time. She offers a slice for him to try and he’s not one to turn down a nice piece of cake. But…
“Owww! My teeth!! What have you done, you pink bridezilla?!”
Sledge comes in and tells Cavity to bake the decay cake for the Rangers and to grab their Energems.
Riley is back at the command cave, but still training, this time with tennis balls. But he is distracted by Chase who’s just lounging around. Chase says Riley’s been practicing the same sword moves over and over. Riley says he has a reason.
When Fury attacked him to get the Green Energem, he couldn’t keep up. So he wants to be ready the next time they meet. Chase says they both want to defeat Fury, but instead of anticipating the same attack, he should just use his instincts next time.
Riley does not appreciate getting training advice from someone who doesn’t even train. Chase says just because they train a different way, doesn’t mean he doesn’t train. He leaves in a huff.
The Rangers are at the Dino Bite Cafe. While the guys are talking about possibly finding the Gold Energem, Shelby is serving people some free cake samples she happens to see on the counter.
She brings some to the guys, but Riley slaps down Tyler’s piece before he eats it. Chase tells him to chill out, but Riley points to every single customer in the cafe whose teeth are hurting. The Rangers must have missed the strange looking chef in the kitchen.
The Rangers split up to try and chase after Cavity. Riley and Chase find him out back and they morph.
“Out of the frying pan and into the firing zone.”
They corner him, but Cavity shoots at a tree and it decays. A very excited Tyler arrives to help, but has to deal with Vivixeses first.
Riley says he’ll take care of Cavity.
“Be my guest. Let’s just hope he shoots tennis balls at you.”
“Is that supposed to be funny?”
Riley and Chase argue and Cavity takes his shot. He knocks them aside and escapes.
Shelby and Koda arrive. Riley tells Chase he needs to quit messing around. He runs off. Chase tells them Riley just doesn’t get him.
Back at Dino Bite, Riley and Kendall are studying the half-eaten cake slices to figure out if the poison is in the frosting or cake itself and how to find an antidote. But when their backs are turned, Chase throws all the cake slices into the trash.
They argue and Kendall tells them to leave and sort this out.
While Chase hops on his skateboard, Riley heads back to the command cave to train some more. Keeper pops in and tells Riley that his anger dulls his skill. He asks what’s distracting Riley and gets him to open up.
Riley says Chase doesn’t take anything seriously. But Keeper says they both have sincere intentions, yet Riley judges Chase’s approach.
“Tell me this Riley. Is it not possible that two different paths can lead to the same destination? Maybe you and Chase are not as different as you think.”
Across town, Poisandra and Curio are shocked when Cavity rips off his chef’s clothes and pledges allegiance only to Sledge.
Chase is skateboarding through downtown looking for Cavity when he finds him rampaging. He calls the others and Riley is the first to hear, surprised it was Chase that found Cavity when he thought he was just off on his board.
“I could smell your decay a mile away.”
“Just a mile?!”
Chase morphs, but Cavity hits him with some decay and he demorphs.
But before Cavity can finish him off, Riley arrives to save him. Chase tries to help fight, but Riley says he’ll protect him. Riley tries to apologize, but Chase says it’s fine.
The others arrive to help as well.
“Even when we do things differently, we fight for the same thing.”
The Rangers morph. They first fight off Vivix before turning their attention to Cavity. Tyler, Shelby and Koda’s shots at Cavity’s teeth ricochet back to them.
Riley suggests using Chase’s Para Charger in his Dino Saber. He tries it and manages to smash all of Cavity’s rotten teeth. Riley then tosses Chase his Raptor Charger to use too. And Chase finishes Cavity’s first life.
Cavity embiggens so the Tyler, Shelby and Koda hop into the Megazord. But Cavity’s attacks are too much for them. Riley and Chase want to help, so they tell Tyler to use the Dino Blaze Charger to give them time to hop into the Megazord too.
They use the Stego Saber to finish Cavity off for good.
Later, Chase comes to the stadium to join Riley for a run. While Chase puts his shoes on, Riley apologizes for having wrong assumptions. It’s just he too had people assume wrong about him back home as well.
But Chase didn’t hear a single word of Riley pouring his hear out since he had his earbuds on.
The others also come to train with Riley. Riley says there’s only one rule… No rules.
The Rangers start parkour-ing it.
I thought it was an okay episode. I do like the character stuff with Riley and Chase and it was a fine, if not typical Power Rangers story. Though I think it would’ve been better if this episode didn’t happen right after another entire episode of everyone doubting Chase already.
Riley’s “everyone used to make assumptions about me, mostly wrong ones” felt too tacked on at the end and could’ve used maybe a few extra lines earlier in the episode to make this a really great Riley-focus episode instead. The way it played out, it could be interpreted a whole number of ways, not the least of which being something that fuels homoerotic fanfics and shippers out there. lol
The Poisandra, Curio and Cavity stuff was fun. Though I guess they’re making Curio a huge buffoon who dumpster dives for cakey instead of a cute, precocious little kid. I don’t know how I feel about that even though that cake diving moment was hilariously random. And I still love seeing all that original ship footage.
Lots of great, legitimately funny quotes.
And I especially loved Keeper’s great pep talk. We need more Keeper.
How different was Dino Charge from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger?
Corresponding episode – Brave 5: Boom! The Cavities of Ankydon
Watching the Kyoryuger episode again, I completely forgot this was the episode we first meet Ramirez and Ankydon. Now while I liked this Dino Charge episode well enough, I think I enjoyed the Kyoryuger episode a little more. If only for Ramirez. Should be interesting to see how they’ll introduce Ankydon in the future.
Also, I did wonder what that sudden surge of energy was through Cavity in that one scene with Poisandra and Curio. It made sense in Kyoryuger, but the context was completely gone in Dino Charge. They could’ve used a little more exposition there too.
So I guess this is the first episode where they didn’t use the Kyoryuger footage as seamlessly as they’ve been doing the last five weeks. Still much better than Samurai or Megaforce of course, but definitely could’ve been a really great episode with just a few more tweaks.