Recap: Power Rangers Dino Charge, Episode 15 – Rise of a Ranger
Prince Philip is training with a robot, hoping his moves will impress his Ranger friends. A huge fossil that has been found is brought to him and he dismisses all his people so he can open the skull himself.
And inside the fossil, he finds the Graphite Energem! He is excited to make his kingdom proud… but he can’t morph.
Up on the ship, Sledge has ordered Fury to clean the cellblocks. Poisandra comes along to order Fury around some more, but then gets grabbed by the thing inside the mysterious cell. Fury takes this opportunity for some brownie points and saves Poisandra just as Sledge arrives. For his continuing loyalty and servitude, Sledge gives Fury another chance to destroy the Rangers.
A group of Maori children from New Zealand, including Chase’s little sister Chloe, are performing at the museum. Chloe hopes to go skateboarding with her big brother, but he has to go.
Ivan is fighting Fury downtown. The Others arrive to fight off Vivix. But Prince Philip’s robot, G-BO, arrives to help… sort of. It actually gets in the way. Fury retreats and Prince Philip appears.
The Rangers thank him for the attempt at helping, but no thanks.
Ivan goes after Fury, but the Rangers go after the group of Vivix that’s just kidnapped G-BO.
Fury has Wrench reprogram G-BO into a fighting machine THEY can control.
Back at the museum cafe, Prince Philip talks to Koda about how he got his Energem to work. Koda explains how the Energem chose him and must be worthy.
Prince Philip donates crates full of fossils to the museum, donates food to a soup kitchen, donates wheelchairs to a hospital, donates a park to the city and loads of money to various charities. But the Energem is still unresponsive. Though he’s got lots of thank you letters.
Chase is trying to spend time with Chloe, but Shelby calls with an emergency.
Really, just to meet with Prince Philip who tells them about finding the Graphite Energem. He tells them about hoping to bond with it, but since he hasn’t been able to, maybe they can find someone “more fitting” for it.
Just then, Fury arrives and attacks them with some Spikeballs, Vivix and nuG-BO.
Prince Philip’s security detail ushers him away as the Rangers battle. Chloe comes running to her brother to give him her gift. But she gets caught in the crossfire.
For some reason, Fury tells G-BO to kill the girl. The others can’t help her.
But Prince Philip can! He runs over and carries Chloe to safety. Chase hurries over and thanks Prince Philip while telling Chloe to go with the bodyguards to the museum.
Suddenly, the Graphite Energem glows and flies over to Prince Philip… and bonds with him! He gets his own Dino Morpher.
The SEVEN Dino Charge Rangers morph. Prince Philip takes on G-BO.
Fury combines the Vivix into a Vivizord. But Tyler is hurt. Kendall tells Prince Philip to summon the Pachy Zord.
Pachy Zord easily destroys the Vivizord and Prince Philip easily takes out G-BO with a Royal Dino Punch.
Fury returns up to the ship and is met by Sledge’s yelling.
Chase finally is able to spend time with Chloe. But she has to go now. Before she does though, she gives him her present for him: a plane ticket to New Zealand so Chase can visit mum and her for Christmas.
Prince Philip is in the command cave and expresses his realization about how he was able to become the Graphite Ranger. He has to return to his kingdom to fulfill his royal duties. The Rangers can use the Pachy Zord and Graphite Chargers while he’ll keep the Energem safe. And if they ever need him, they can just call.
Now that was a fun introduction! Off the top of my head, I can’t remember another character who actively worked to become a Ranger. I guess the Samurai Rangers were prepared to follow in their parents’ footsteps. But Prince Philip had zero connection to, I dunno, the Morphing Grid or whatever. (lol) Yet, he did what he could to become a Ranger. It’s an interesting and refreshing angle.
And I think the episode played out very well.
The New Zealand kids were great. And I guess the message was: You can’t buy yourself a morpher even if you’re royalty. (But you can buy one at Target and Toys R Us hehe)
But there were plenty of details that didn’t make sense like how Prince Philip did all those good deeds including full construction of a park while also flying back to his kingdom in the same period of time Chloe waited for her big brother at the park.
But the overall story of the episode worked well enough that the details can be overlooked without affecting the end result.
How different was Dino Charge from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger?
Corresponding episode(s): Brave 15 – How Irritating! Dogold’s Ambition, Brave 17 – So Serious! Kyoryu Gray, Brave 18 – Caught! Kung-Fu Finishing Strike
So they borrowed G-BO from Brave 15 which was a Nobu-focus episode and used him in a completely different way. And they took Pachy Zord’s debut in Brave 17.
I don’t think there was any footage from Brave 18, but that was KyoryuGray’s full debut episode. But really, again! Dino Charge was completely different from Kyoryuger. I’d say I like Graphite Ranger’s debut better than Kyoryuger with Ramirez just randomly finding KyoryuGray in China. Uh… okay. lol
That also means lots of original NZ footage! Woohoo!
Back to the details though, after rewatching the Kyoryuger episodes, Graphite Ranger’s arms are a more blue shade than KyoryuGray’s. I did a double take watching the Dino Charge episode and now realize it really does look different after seeing Kyoryuger again. It’s interesting because it’s happened in the past where the footage is to sort of to blame. In Megaforce for example, the Gosei Blue suit is a dull shade of blue, while Megaforce Blue was 5x brighter and more vibrant. I think in general, the NZ footage has all the Ranger suits brighter than the original Sentai footage.
So the blue arms on Graphite are a little jarring, maybe? But it’s okay.
Overall, a good, fun debut for Graphite Ranger and a re-debut of Pachy Zord (after last week’s out of order Halloween episode lol).