Recap: Power Rangers Dino Charge, Episode 12 – Knight After Knights
Sledge decides to punish Fury for the bang up job he did in losing the Ptera Zord and essentially giving birth to a 6th Ranger. Sledge calls on Bones to literally remove Fury’s backbone.
Now Fury is, as Poisandra puts it, “a little scaredy cat.”
Sledge tells Bones to do the same thing to the Rangers.
Ivan is in the command cave as Kendall shows how she will make Dino Chargers from his Gold Energem. They fill him in on how Dino Chargers work.
Tyler is writing in his journal, telling his father how he wished it was him who escaped from Fury. Shelby reads over Tyler’s shoulder.
“Hey! That’s not cool!”
Shelby and Koda just want to know what’s on Tyler’s mind as he hasn’t spoken much since Ivan arrived. Ivan will help them be stronger, find the Energems faster and hopefully find his dad as well.
Tyler feels a little better.
Ivan thanks them for the magical afternoon, but he must go. But isn’t he part of their team? Ivan says he has not joined a team. He is a Knight of Zandar and that is a pledge for life. He apologizes, but he can’t make such a hasty decision to join them.
Ivan leaves and the alarm sounds. The Rangers head to the boat docks where Poisandra, Curio and Bones are waiting.
The Rangers first take care of the Vivix. They turn their attention to Bones, but Bones easily overpowers them. He prepares to take their backbones, but Ivan arrives to help.
Poisandra and Co. retreat and Ivan jumps away. Shelby decides to follow and try to talk to him.
Ivan tells her he cannot join their merry band until they show him proof they are worthy. Shelby counters that if it wasn’t for them, he’d still be stuck inside Fury. If that isn’t proof enough!
Ivan believes she’s made a valid point and he asks her to bring him to the others.
Across town, Riley teases that Chase is jealous of Ivan’s skills. But suddenly, Bones wraps them in bones. He takes Chase’s backbone out first.
Ivan and Shelby arrive just as Bones finishes the backbone extractions of the guys.
Poisandra tells Curio to scare them. Curio says “Boo!” and the guys are shaking and huddled together.
Ivan can’t believe it. “What a pack of lily-livered fools.”
Shelby says this is not normal, but Ivan has seen enough. As Poisandra, Curio and Bones leave for fear of getting beaten by the Gold Ranger again, so does Ivan.
The Rangers are at the entrance to the command cave. None of the guys want to get into the mouth, but Shelby does her best to shove ’em in.
Ivan is walking downtown again and is amazed by the crossing guard. He approaches and commends him for his power over the metal beasts aka cars with just the wave of a hand.
He asks the crossing guard to join him in his quest.
“I’ve always wanted to go on a quest!”
Ivan says the man’s dream is about to come true.
Up on the ship, Bones reports their success to Sledge. Well, their 2/3 success. Sledge shoves Bones into a pod and sends him back down to Earth to finish the job.
Meanwhile, Ivan has found another comrade, a street performer who has just blown fire and swallowed a sword.
At the command cave, Kendall has no luck finding Ivan and tells Shelby that she’ll just have to fight with the boys whether they’re ready or not. But that doesn’t seem like it’s possible.
The four guys scream their heads off when a mouse comes scampering out of the cave.
Over at the park, Ivan and his two men see a snatcher try to take the purse of an older woman in a wheelchair. Ivan and his men go to help, but the woman uses her bag to hit the guy who ends up running off anyway.
Ivan’s found another person to join his team.
The alarm sounds. Kendall and Shelby have found Bones, but they also see Ivan is heading straight towards him. Shelby hurries.
Poisandra, Curio and Bones are waiting as Ivan and his band of five merry men and women (now including a trombone player and a referee/Foot Locker employee) arrive.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” Poisandra laughs.
Ivan pulls his sword out and tells Poisandra and Co. to prepare for the wrath of the Knights of Amber Beach!
His merry band is ready to fight as well… until Vivix pop out of the ground. Ivan’s recruits run the hell away!
The older lady wheels away as fast as she can. “Where is your loyalty?!?!?!” Ivan screams.
At the command cave, Kendall is trying to get the guys to go. But they refuse to go. Keeper emerges and tells them that Bones only took a symbol of their bravery, but not their bravery itself.
“Is there a battle you would not fight to save your friends?”
“Of course not.”
“You see. Everyone has fears. But true courage is finding the strength even when you are afraid.”
The guys start to muster up the courage.
Bones walks toward Ivan, but the guys’ bones fly out of his pot and back into their bodies.
The Vivix hold Ivan and Bones prepares to take his backbone. But Shelby arrives on the Dino Cycle and helps. Ivan is amazed by her courage in coming here alone and still fighting.
Bones knocks Shelby aside and she is forced to demorph. Bones turns back to Ivan, but the guys arrive to stop him.
Bones can’t believe the guys have gotten their courage back after he took their backbones. Poisandra and Curio get the heck outta here.
Ivan thanks the Rangers and says he shouldn’t have doubted their courage.
“‘Tis morphing time!”
The six Rangers morph.
The Rangers take on the Vivix. Ivan hands Shelby a Ptera Charger and together they deliver a final strike at Bones.
Sledge embiggens Bones. Ivan hops into the Ptera Charge Megazord and activates Dino Drive.
The others, meanwhile, hop into the Dino Charge Megazord also with Dino Drive.
They work together to finish off Bones for good.
Back at the museum cafe, Ivan tells the Rangers the story of the day he found the Energem and was attacked by Fury. The Energem sent a bolt of energy up Fury’s sword and across Ivan’s which bonded him with the spirit of the Pterodactyl. That’s when Fury engulfed him. But not including the Energem which the Prince found.
The Rangers are enthralled by his story, but Ivan is more interested in getting fries with Koda to go with his Bronto Burger.
Ivan tells them he is honored to be a part of their team.
Another good, fun episode. A simple, yet effective way to get Ivan with the team.
I enjoyed Shelby and Kendall basically taking the lead. Plus them trying to get the guys to overcome being scaredy cats definitely provided for some fun scenes.
And I enjoyed Ivan’s recruiting of random people. But at the same time, that was pretty dangerous, yes? Putting civilians in danger like that? lol That could’ve been a disaster real quick. Vivix attacking Grandma?! On one hand, you’d love to see Grandma and the crossing guard fighting off the Vivix and winning. But then again, Bones could’ve easily wrapped them up and yanked their bones out. Eeek.
You know that would never happen. But even the possibility of it made me feel a little weird. Hehe. But it’s okay.
And for some nitpicking, Ivan telling the Rangers the story at the end felt really repetitive. This is the third time in three episodes that we’ve heard the story. And it’s not like Ivan’s version was any different from Riley or Kendall’s versions either.
Also, like I noted last episode, it feels weird seeing Ivan knowing exactly what morphing is and how to do it in the last episode, but then needing a crash course in how everything works in the beginning of this episode. Then ending with Ivan knowing exactly what an Energem was when he was first attacked by Fury all those years ago. Those are some contradictions yes?
It makes me think about how Sentai and Power Rangers always turn to introducing new characters for new Rangers instead of just having existing characters become Rangers. Or, have the character a part of the story from the beginning instead of bringing them in when needed.
How different was Dino Charge from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger?
Corresponding episode: Brave 11 – Utchi! How Cool!
Another completely different episode. We had Candellira’s singing and Amy trying to get the very olden timey Utchi into the modern world. None of that here on Dino Charge. And admittedly, it was another episode of unusable footage. So replacing all of that with Ivan searching for a brand new band of merry men (and women) was a good and creative alternative.
This Kyoryuger episode was one of those featuring a whole bunch of random sight gags and such that it regularly had.
I think Dino Charge definitely did the concept of backbones much better. Especially with Keeper’s great pep talk to the guys. (More Keeper awesomeness! Yay!)
So I definitely prefer Dino Charge‘s tale on the episode to Kyoryuger‘s. And overall, this was a good, solid episode.