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Cult TV Essentials: Power Rangers Dino Charge/Power Rangers Dino Super Charge

Power Rangers Dino Charge (Power Rangers Dino Super Charge from Season 2) was the twenty-second season of the Power Rangers franchise. It ran for two seasons (44 episodes) beginning in February 2015. Like all Power Rangers shows it was based on a Super Sentai series, in this case Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger.

The series opens 65,000,000 years ago where a dinosaur looking alien named Keeper (Eve Gordon in costume/voice by Richard Simpson)  is on the run from an intergalactic bounty hunter named Sledge (voiced by Adam Gardiner). Keeper has the ten magical Energem stones with him and Sledge wants them! Through their chase Keeper ends up crashing on Earth and gives the Energems to dinosaurs for protection whilst he plants a bomb that explodes Sledge’s ship. Unfortunately the explosion causes asteroids to fall to earth and make the dinosaurs extinct.

In the present day, archaeologist Kendall Morgan (Claire Blackwelder) finds Keeper and together they set up a command centre beneath the Amber Beach Dinosaur Museum and set out to find the Energems. As luck would have it, five Energems have already been found by teenagers, who use them to morph into the Dino Charge Power Rangers:

  • Tyler Navarro, the Dino Charge Red Ranger (played by Brennan Mejia)
  • Shelby Watkins, the Dino Charge Pink Ranger (played by Camille Hyde)
  • Koda, the Dino Charge Blue Range (played by Yoshi Sudarso)
  • Riley Griffin, the Dino Charge Green Ranger (played by Michael Taber)
  • Chase Randall, the Dino Charge Black Ranger (played by James Davies)

As the series develops more rangers join up as they find more Energems. These include Sir Ivan of Zandar, the Dino Charge Gold Ranger (played by Davi Santos), Prince Philip III, the Dino Charge Graphite Ranger (played by Jarred Blakiston), and later Kendall Morgan even gets a ranger suit when she takes over as the Dino Charge Purple Ranger.

As the second season begins, Heckyl (Ryan Carter) and his armoured other half, Snide (voiced by Campbell Cooley) take over leadership from Sledge and set out to find the final two Energems. The Rangers aim to find them first and are soon joined by the Aqua Ranger – James Navarro- who happens to also be Tyler’s missing father (played by Reuben Turner); the Silver Ranger: Keeper’s apprentice, Zenowing (voiced by Alistair Browning). The Rangers also gain access to new Super Charged modes and thus become Power Rangers Dino Super Charge.

Sledge later returns using the Dark Energem to get his ship fly back to space. The Rangers, Keeper, and Heckyl finally destroy the Dark Energem with the sun but as a result of its explosion a black hole is created that sucks in Sledge’s ship and the Earth. The Power Rangers learn the true powers of the Energems…Time Travel. They arrive to the dinosaur era to defeat Sledge in the past once and for all. After celebrating their victory the Rangers go their separate ways as Koda and Ivan finally go back to their home times, Heckyl becomes the guardian of the Dark Energem as he and Zenowing return to Sentai 6. Keeper gets to finally return to his home planet and the present day Rangers arrive back to their own time but soon discover a zoo with live dinosaurs in it. By doing what they did the Rangers stopped Sledge’s ship exploding and the asteroids thus never hit the earth and made the dinosaurs extinct!

 

 

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