Recap: Power Rangers Dino Charge, Episode 11 – Break Out
While Sledge tells Fury to get on fixing his zord power problem, Kendall is at the museum giving a talk about the Stone of Zandar. She repeats the story of Sir Ivan protecting the young prince when they found the Energem. A hooded figure attacks them and Sir Ivan fights it off.
What happened next? No one knows. Sir Ivan and monster mysteriously disappeared. The young prince found the gemstone, took it home and named it after Zandar, his country.
The Rangers stay close to the exhibit just in case Fury tries taking the Energem again. But suited men suddenly arrive to collect everything from the exhibit.
In charge of the collection team, Prince Philip III of Zandar. The REAL prince. He insults the commoners, especially an oblivious Koda, before taking the Energem and leaving.
The Rangers are helpless as they watch them drive away, but they see that Vivix are following.
The royal motorcade is attacked and the Prince is met by Sledge and Co.
“Look! They’re all dressed up!”
“Dressed for their own funerals!”
Fury demands the Energem from the Prince, but Koda jumps in and fights Fury. The others arrive and Poisandra sics the Vivix on them.
After rolling down the hill after Fury’s attack, Koda takes the Prince into the forest. The Prince can’t believe Koda would save his life after all the insults he hurled at him.
“Everyone has good on inside,” Koda says.
Fury appears and attacks them once more. And this time, he is able to grab the Energem. Finally, after 800 years. The Prince realizes Fury was the hooded figure who attacked Sir Ivan and the young Prince.
The others arrive and Fury runs off. Kendall calls to say she’s developed a new Dino Charger that should give them the edge they need against the Ptera Zord. Tyler heads to the command cave while the others chase after Fury.
The Prince watches as the others Rangers morph when they find Fury, Poisandra, Wrench, Curio and two Spikeballs.
Fury summons the Ptera Zord. But Tyler arrives with the T-Rex Zord and uses the new Dino Stretch Charge to extend Rexy’s neck to subdue the Ptera Zord.
The Rangers first focus on the Gang. Tyler takes on Fury. Shelby gives Riley her Tricera Drill to fight off Poisandra and Curio. Koda takes on the two Spikeballs and Chase fights Wrench.
Riley, Koda and Chase team up, combine their weapons and Riley delivers a Triple Spike Dino Pierce to take care of the Spikeballs.
Tyler manages to push Fury back to give the others enough time to join him. But suddenly, the golden blob appears once again. This time, it looks like a fully formed human. Tyler is anxious to see if it is his father.
But one big explosion from the separation of bodies forces the Rangers to demorph.
Tyler hurries over to the now-human thing that has come out of Fury.
“You’re not my dad!”
The man introduces himself as Sir Ivan, knight of Zandar. He gets up and says it’s finally his time to morph.
Taking the Gold Energem, he tosses it in the air and summons the Gold Ptera Morpher. With a shot, he morphs into the Gold Ranger.
The Rangers are in awe. Poisandra and Curio try fighting him, but he summons the Ptera Saber. He summons Ptera Saber.
“He fried my brain!”
“Luckily, I don’t have one!”
He fries Wrench as well before facing off against some Spikeballs.
Watching from his ship, Sledge is livid. He orders the magna beam to embiggen two Spikeballs.
Sir Ivan stops the others from summoning their zords. This is his fight, he says. He hops into the Ptera Zord and the evil spell is instantly broken.
With a Ptera Lightning Slash, Sir Ivan vanquishes the Spikeballs.
Sir Ivan demorphs and meets the Rangers. Shelby introduces herself and welcomes him. Koda says he’ll like it here and he’ll show him burgers.
Prince Philip approaches. Sir Ivan hands him the Energem and explains he was captured for 800 years. Only now with the stone was he able to escape. The Rangers explain that it’s not some ordinary stone, but an Energem, the 6th of ten missing.
Prince Philip gives Sir Ivan the stone to use how he sees fit. Prince Philip’s ride is here and says he hopes the Rangers safely find the remaining four Energems.
Sir Ivan also turns to leave. They ask where he’s going.
“It matters not what path I take, so long as it is the path I have chosen.”
They allow him to enjoy his freedom.
Nice! Definitely one of the better episodes this season. Lots of great excitement and I think a good debut for Ivan aka the Gold Ranger.
I guess for me who has at least watched up to this part of Kyoryuger, it wasn’t a surprise that the golden blob was Ivan and not Papa Navarro. But I think them continuing to naturally develop that part of the story is good. It is completely in sync with how the season overall has developed and helps solidify Tyler’s foundation as a character as well.
The real Prince of Zandar was a nice, fun little way to help Ivan’s introduction and expand on the fairytale storytelling of the Stone of Zandar last episode.
My nitpick though is how Sir Ivan knew to easily summon a morpher when he didn’t even know the Stone of Zandar was an Energem. That should’ve been explained a little bit. And I’m not sure they will do it in the next or future episode. While it was a good character introduction, the introduction of the actual powers wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.
The unmorphed fight scene was awesome. And it’s great to see them actually fighting and engaging with the villains themselves and not just the monsters of the week or the simple Vivix.
Great performances, especially by Brennan Mejia when Tyler realizes the blob is not his father.
Sir Ivan at the end of the episode was also great. But hopefully he’ll have a better “loner”/integration story than Orion’s was in Megaforce. (And I totally had to look up what the alien Silver Ranger’s name was. Sorry Megaforce!)
How different was Dino Charge from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger?
Corresponding episode: Brave 10 – Zandar! Gold Revives
Like the last episode, Dino Charge did not use the original plot of the Kyoryuger episode. And that’s definitely for the best.
Dino Charge simplifies Gold’s debut a great deal. On one hand, it’s unavoidable because Ucchi’s past on Kyoryuger is connected to Torin’s. And they certainly could’ve made Sir Ivan or any other Gold character somehow have been related to Keeper. But I think I prefer Sir Ivan’s introduction more as its simplicity helps make it more accessible while still being interesting. There was too much going on with Ucchi’s character as he’s being introduced I think. Plus there’s all the magic involved with Torin’s power and Ramirez popping up again with Ankydon.
Being close to the Energem allowing Ivan to break free is simpler than Kyoryuger‘s entire deal, but again, it leaves less possibility for plot holes and deus ex machina-type of storytelling.
But what Kyoryuger did better was the explanation of how Utsumemaru knew how to morph as he already fought alongside Torin before he was trapped inside Dogold of course. Ucchi just morphing is not surprising whereas Ivan knowing anything about Ranger powers and all the weapons and attacks is “not logical!” (as Puzzler would put it. lol)
Having Ivan be influenced by Ucchi as a character, from his way of speaking to being from the past, is good. But I hope the rest of the Rangers that will pop up in the future aren’t all frozen people. Two is enough, I think.
Overall, this really was one of the stronger episodes of the season. Good story, great introduction for Ivan and great action.