Power Rangers Dino Charge, Episode 17 – “World Famous (in New Zealand)”
Chase hurries into the cafe to show everyone a newspaper report of a UFO sighting by one Albert Smith. The UFO looks exactly like Sledge’s transport pod. But the most exciting part for Chase is that the sighting was in Auckland, New Zealand!
The Rangers fly to the land of Kiwis and decide to do a little sightseeing before getting to work. They hop onto a ferry. Chase gets off the phone with his mom and Riley says it’s too bad they can’t visit them since they live in the south islands.
Shelby sees dolphins in the water and Koda wants to jump in to swim with them.
Later, the Rangers drive into the wop-wops to find Albert Smith who also gives Bigfoot Tours. He doesn’t seem to be around. That is, until they get trapped in a net.
Ooops! Albert thought they were Bigfoot.
He lets them out and shows them his unicorn horn and Bigfoot footprint. But they want to know more about his UFO sightings. He shows them more photos and excuses himself.
The Rangers think Albert’s a little weird, but they just want the info and they can go. But Tyler is more interested. While Albert checks the police scanner, Tyler tells him about going Bigfoot hunting with his dad once.
“How many did you catch?”
“None. But I did catch a cold.”
Tyler says it was a great adventure at least and Albert agrees. Life should be one great, big adventure.
The Rangers leave after Albert gives them the locations of the sightings. They head back into the city. But while they’re planning what to do next, a thief steals a woman’s bike. The Rangers pursue.
But the thief has already been stopped and tied up.
By the Purple Ranger! So Sledge wants the Purple Energem!
The Purple Ranger runs and the Rangers follow. But Meteor, whom Sledge has tasked to find the Purple Energem, arrives. He summons Vivix, but the Rangers jump in to help.
The Purple Ranger hides behind a park bench while the others take care of the Vivix. Meteor escapes back to the ship.
The Rangers demorph and approach the Purple Ranger who apologizes for the trouble. But wait…
The Purple Ranger recognizes them… because he is Albert!
“So you’re a Power Ranger?!”
“Is that what they call it when I change?”
Albert shows them the Energem and they explain what’s going on. He says he just wanted to do some good deeds for the town.
“Now you can do good deeds for the world!”
“Sounds like a grand adventure.”
His words say one thing, but Albert’s face says another.
Back on Sledge’s ship, Wrench reanimates Iceage and Sting Rage to help Meteor take the Energem.
Over in the wop-wops, the Rangers decide to help Albert train. But he shows them that he actually doesn’t need it and it’s the Rangers who need to keep up with him.
While resting, Albert tells them how he found the Energem. A year ago, their town was hit with a freak snowstorm. While hiking in the mountains, his friends’ daughter Cindy got lost and he was the only one who could find her since he knows the mountains well.
Albert found her and that’s when he found the Energem. He picked it up and it bonded with him. Once he was able to become a Ranger, he got a police scanner which helped him know who to go and help in town.
Their DinoComs alert them to alien DNA in downtown Auckland. It’s time for them to jump into action. But Albert isn’t as eager.
Meteor, Iceage and Sting Race are rampaging downtown and the Rangers arrive to face them.
It’s Morphin’ Time!
They all morph. But Albert freezes. Tyler asks him what’s wrong. Albert says he wants to fight, but he’s too afraid. He runs around the corner as Tyler promises to protect him.
Tyler goes over to Albert. He says it’s easy to take on a bike thief or a purse snatcher. But fighting a monster that wants to kill him is a different story! Tyler says he was able to face a giant squid though.
But Albert admits that he’s a fraud. None of that ever happened, everything’s fake. Even his eyepatch.
“I’m nothing but a coward.”
Tyler says that’s not true. The Energem doesn’t make mistakes. It bonded with him because he saved Cindy. And that proves he’s not a coward.
Tyler goes back to help the others. Riley takes Meteor’s meteor ball and they start playing keepaway before Tyler Royal Punches the meteor back at the three stooges.
Sledge embiggens Meteor and the Rangers, minus Tyler, hop into the Megazord.
Tyler goes to Albert to prevent Sledge and Co. from getting the Energem. But Iceage shoots Tyler and freezes his leg.
Iceage and Sting Rage approach, but Albert helps Tyler up.
The Rangers summon the Pachy Zord to help in the fight. They eventually initiate the AnkyloPachy Formation which easily takes care of Meteor.
Albert takes Tyler into the forest, but Iceage and Sting Rage easily find them. Tyler tells Albert to leave him and run. But Albert says no. He tells Tyler to trust him.
Albert pretends his back hurts, but morphs and charges toward the two monsters. Iceage and Sting Rage just laugh at him, but that gives Albert the opportunity to show them they should respect their elders.
Albert knocks them right into a trap and they get hoisted up a tree by their ankles.
Albert gets rid of the ice on Tyler’s leg.
“You tricked them, you sly dog!”
They thank each other. Albert says Tyler helped him find his courage. But he also made him realize that he can’t remain a Power Ranger.
Later, Keeper arrives as Albert explains he can’t leave his home in New Zealand. There are plenty of people who can be a Ranger, but no one can replace him here. Keeper says Albert’s duty was to keep the Purple Energem safe from the enemy. And his work is now done.
Keeper tells Albert to hold the Energem to the head of his staff which will unbond him from it. Keeper thanks Albert and says he has made them all very proud.
Keeper disappears back to Amber Beach.
Tyler hugs Albert who tells him to bring his dad here someday for a Bigfoot hunt.
Damn, that was a great episode. Albert is awesome. I really like the twist on the idea of having a power and responsibility thrust upon you. It’s definitely not new to Power Rangers. But I thought it was very well done here. They were plenty of great lessons for the kiddies (age is nothing but a number –hehe-, you don’t need a morpher to do good deeds, etc.), but they didn’t hit you over the head with it. It wasn’t done in a condescending way like, honestly, Samurai and Megaforce did.
Tyler’s sincere excitement and interest in Albert’s “travels” was great. He’s like the innocent adventurer. He and Mack would be “awesome” friends I think. (Yes, I love Operation Overdrive. hehe)
Though I do think Tyler’s “you sly dog” comment was kinda awkward. He and Albert are kindred spirits, but I don’t know if they already established that relationship yet to welcome that kind of rapport. lol
Anyway, it was fun actually setting the episode in New Zealand. It would’ve been even more awesome if they did an extended tour of Auckland rather than that quick 30 second tour. I think the episode could’ve spared a few minutes.
Speaking of New Zealand, all the original fight scenes were very well done.
But overall, the episode developed well and had a great payoff at the end. One of the very best episodes of the season I think.
How different was Dino Charge from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger?
Corresponding episode(s): Brave 18 – “Caught! Kung-Fu Finishing Strike” and Brave 21 – “Zoom! Plezuon’s Back”
So I thought I had made it up to around Episode 25 of Kyoryuger during my catching up a few months ago, but it turns out I’m still at Episode 17 or 18. I definitely do not remember watching this introduction of KyoryuViolet. But I do remember tweeting about falling asleep while in the middle of my Kyoryu-Catch Up. (Sorry Kyoryuger! lol)
So I ended up watching these two episodes for the first time (or at least, it felt like the first time). And while they were both okay, I do prefer Dino Charge‘s introduction to Purple.
These episodes also reminded how goofy Kyoryuger really was. Which then makes Dino Charge even that more amazing that they are able to take a perceived “goofy” season and turn it into something less goofy and more serious, but still fun. Not to the extreme of Go-Onger-to-RPM of course. But in it’s own way, Dino Charge really makes the Sentai footage work for them while still borrowing plot points and making it work in the context of the Dino Charge world they’ve created.
It is definitely a big accomplishment.