T.V. Series Review: Power Rangers Dino Thunder Season 1

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Power Rangers Dino Thunder Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1 and 2: Day of the Dino

Former Veteran Ranger Tommy Oliver takes a teaching job in Reefside years after escaping the evil and mysterious reptilian monster Mesogog. He is assigned to look after three detention students: Conner McKnight (soccer star), Ethan James (hi-tech prankster), and Kira Ford (singer). The trio stumbles upon a secret hideaway during a trip to the museum and finds the Dino Gems. Kira rejects her Gem, only to be abducted by Mesogog’s forces. Kira then escapes from Mesogog’s lair, and he reveals his powerful Bio Zords and unleashes them on the city. Tommy grants the students the means to become Power Rangers and sends them to tame the wild creatures. They succeed and combine their Zords into the Thundersaurus Megazord to halt the evil warrior Zeltrax’s attack and save the day.

Season 1, Episode 3: Wave Goodbye

Conner resigns as the Red Ranger when his Ranger duties interfere with his dreams of being a soccer star and cause him to miss a vital try-out. However, he reconsiders after saving a little girl and defeating Mesogog’s Birdbrain mutation with help from Ethan and Kira and the Raptor Riders given to the Rangers by Tommy. Meanwhile, Mesogog kidnaps Tommy to force him to unleash the power from within a stone.

Season 1, Episode 4: Legacy of Power

Mesogog kidnaps Tommy to find out how to access a mysterious power source. As Hayley searches for a way to rescue Tommy, the Rangers watch a video diary on the Power Rangers’ history with footage from the past eleven seasons.

Season 1, Episode 5: Back in Black

The Rangers rescue Tommy, who steals the stone and discovers the power within is another Dino Gem. Harnessing the powers of this black gem, Tommy reignites his past and becomes the Black Ranger. To defeat Mesogog’s latest creation, the Rangers are sent the Cephala Zord as a boxing glove.

Season 1, Episode 6: Diva in Distress

Kira is reunited with her old friend and celebrity, Kylee Styles. The snobbish teenage star falls victim to the youth-draining Donkeyvac monster, and Kira comforts Kylee by reminding her of better times while the others confront this new menace. When Kira helps her friends take down Donkeyvac, everyone’s youth is restored, and Kylee and Kira reunite and perform a duet at Hayley’s Cyberspace.

Season 1, Episode 7: Game On

Mesogog’s latest plan takes advantage of Ethan’s obsession for a video game by transporting him into the game’s virtual world where he meets a strange wizard and the even stranger Triptoids. Kira also gets sucked into the game, but they manage to return to the real world and discover that the Triptoids and the wizard have followed them. After the Rangers deal with the Demagnetron monster, Hayley sends the wizard back to the virtual world.

Season 1, Episode 8: Golden Boy

In his effort to enhance himself, Zeltrax accidentally creates his own “son” who calls himself Golden Rod. While Tommy’s former partner Anton Mercer, adoptive father to Trent Fernandez, purchases the Cyberspace Cafe, the Rangers head to City Hall to stop him only to run into Zeltrax and Golden Rod. As the Thundersaurus Megazord struggles against the enlarged Golden Rod’s might, Tommy steps in and destroys the son of Zeltrax with his Brachio Staff. Afterward, the city councilwoman prevents Mercer from taking over the cafe.

Season 1, Episode 9: Beneath the Surface

Dr. Oliver and Principal Randall take the students on a dig, using that pretense to hide their real motive of finding a Dino Egg. Pulling a bait and switch on the Rangers, Randall, who is Mesogog’s henchwoman, Elsa, in disguise, manages to steal the real Dino Egg and hatches the Dimetro Zord. After a brief battle, the Rangers tame the Dimetro Zord, who helps to defeat Scorpex, the latest monster with the saw blade ability.

Season 1, Episode 10: Ocean Alert

When famous actress Nikki Valentina is captured by Mesogog to be used as a part of his evil schemes, the Rangers must save her and face off against the Megaldor monster. Meanwhile, Hayley uncovers a new Dino Egg, which hatches into the Stego Zord.

Season 1, Episode 11 through 13: White Thunder

When the powerful White Dino Gem goes missing from Mesogog’s fortress, a monster is sent to lure out whoever stole it. Mesogog’s plan works, and the renegade White Ranger appears, easily defeating the beast and forcing the Rangers to retreat. Conner and Kira are sent to locate a new Dino Egg, only to find it in the White Ranger’s possession. Hayley alerts the team to the Angor monster’s presence, and the Thundersarus Megazord duels it while Tommy goes to confront the White Ranger and retrieve the Dino Egg. While the Megazord defeats the monster with help from the newly-hatched Parasaur Zord, which gives the Megazord the scissor blade, Tommy fails, and the Drago Zord is hatched. The White Ranger steals the Rangers’ Stego Zord and combines it with his Drago Zord to form the Dino Stegozord, which blasts the Thundersarus Megazord apart. While a trio of auxiliary Zords is sent into battle, Conner dukes it out with the White Ranger and unlocks his Super Dino Mode. Later, Tommy discovers the White Ranger’s true identity as Trent but is encased in amber before telling the others.

Season 1, Episode 14: Truth and Consequences

As the Rangers attempt to free Tommy from his amber prison, Trent starts causing trouble. In a battle against the Rangers, Trent stops himself from hurting a demorphed Kira and later tells her that he is the White Ranger. While Kira is initially shocked, she offers to help him, but he declines and decides to leave the city, citing that he is too dangerous to stay around. The Ankylo Zord reveals itself and strongly beats the Dino Stegazord with the ability of another drill.

Season 1, Episode 15: Leader of the Whack

As Trent leaves, he notices a meteor crashing into the woods. The Rangers show up to investigate, hoping that the meteor will help free Tommy, and are greeted by Tyrannodrones and the Rojobot monster. During the ensuing battle, the meteor blasts everyone with a strange energy that reveals their personalities’ hidden sides. Conner becomes a brainiac, Ethan, a jock, Kira turns into a valley girl that loves shopping, Cassidy becomes a nerd, and Devin becomes the coolest kid in school. The Rangers face off against the now-aggressive monster and defeat him with Trent’s help, who has been turned good by the meteor’s rays. The Rangers destroy the meteor, revert to normal and use a fragment to set Tommy free. While Tommy is glad to be free, he now finds himself permanently morphed.

Season 1, Episode 16: Burning at Both Ends

Trent, now completely overwhelmed by the evil influence of his Dino Gem, joins Mesogog. After tricking the Rangers into believing he has reformed, he presents them with brand new Dino ATV’s as a gift of goodwill, but Tommy discovers his ruse. Meanwhile, Mesogog is revealed to be Anton Mercer’s unwilling alter-ego.

Season 1, Episode 17: The Missing Bone

A failed, fossilized experiment of Tommy and Anton’s is revived and brainwashes Kira into retrieving its missing piece. Once it is complete, the Fossilador monster wreaks havoc on Reefside and battles the incomplete Thundersarus Megazord. Once free from Fossilador’s control, Kira saves the day with the help of the Pterazord.

Season 1, Episode 18: Bully for Ethan

Ethan is bullied by one of his classmates while Trent and Zeltrax forge an uneasy alliance to destroy their enemies. Tommy tries to reason with Zeltrax after discovering his true identity as “Smitty,” his old friend that was lost in an accident but was reconstructed by Mesogog. Trent is singled out by Mesogog, who warns him not to betray him.

Season 1, Episode 19: Lost & Found in Translation

When Conner, Ethan, and Kira find a show about Power Rangers in Japan, Conner is appalled at its portrayal of them. Meanwhile, the Japanese Rangers must go up against a money-hungry monster named Ka-Ching.

Season 1, Episode 20: It’s a Mad Mad Mackerel

Kira gets an internship on the Funky Fisherman Show, only to realize how unhappy she is with her job. Meanwhile, Elsa kidnaps the fisherman’s sidekick, Marty, the Mackerel, and transforms him into Mad Mackerel to battle the Rangers.

Season 1, Episode 21: Copy That

Mesogog attempts to destroy Trent when Zeltrax, through Copyotter, frames the White Ranger for destroying his lab. However, Anton Mercer breaks through and destroy the White Dino Gem’s hold over Trent. Trent returns the favor by promising to use his powers for good. Later, Zeltrax reveals an evil, soulless clone of the White Ranger.

Season 1, Episode 22: Triassic Triumph

Zeltrax manifests the White Terrorsaurus from the evil White Ranger clone. While Tommy and Trent search for a powerful new energy source, Conner is discouraged when his plan to defeat the Terrorsaurus costs the Rangers their Dinozords. Sensing a new power calling out to him, Conner steps up to accept the Shield Of Triumph and, with it, the ability to become the Triassic Ranger. With a whole new level of power at his command, Conner quickly destroys the Terrorsaurus.

Season 1, Episode 23: A Star is Torn

Kira scores a deal with a famous record producer but isn’t satisfied with her new image. Meanwhile, Hayley tries to get a new vehicle up and running, while Tommy and Zeltrax duel in a fierce battle aboard his Aerial Assault Vehicle.

Season 1, Episode 24: A Ranger Exclusive

Kira tries to get Cassidy a job as a reporter for the local TV station, which falls victim to Mesogog’s newest creation. As the monster infiltrates the satellites to destroy Jupiter and thus causes such an incredible impact to leave the Earth devoid of human life, the Rangers must prevent Mesogog from accomplishing his goal and reverting the Earth to the age of the dinosaurs.

Season 1, Episode 25: Tutenhawken’s Curse

Ethan is hit with a string of bad luck after uncovering an ancient curse and awakening Pharaoh Tutenhawken. The Rangers battle Tutenhawken in their search to break the curse, and the Pharaoh takes Cassidy as his queen. Ethan comes to the rescue with his new Hovercraft Cycle with the Rangers at a tactical disadvantage.

Season 1, Episode 26: Disappearing Act

Elsa retrieves some strange slime that matures her new creation; Thornox and Tommy gathers a sample for himself. After Hayley analyzes the substance, she prepares to use it on Tommy in the hopes of demorphing him. The process is a success, but now the good doctor is invisible.

Season 1, Episode 27: Fighting Spirit

Tommy informs the Rangers of an experiment that he hopes will restore him to normal. A hesitant Hayley activates a machine that draws power from his Dino Gem and makes Tommy visible again, but unfortunately, he is left comatose. Meanwhile, as the Rangers are stripped of their powers by a new White Terrorsaurus, the hospitalized Tommy finds himself in a strange dream-world where he must fight three of his past Ranger alter-egos in a battle for his life. This episode – rather appropriately – aired on the eleventh anniversary of the first episode of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.

Season 1, Episode 28: The Passion of Conner

A young environmentalist named Krista is protesting to save an old tree. In his efforts to impress Krista and win her heart, Conner finds himself wishing for the same passion she has. When Zeltrax returns and powers up using the serum inside the tree, he transforms the tree into a monster named Deadwood, whom the Rangers kill with the new formation of the Triceramax Megazord. When Zeltrax endangers Krista, Conner’s determination to save her grants him access to his Triassic Morpher and Battlizer, originating from Conner’s Triassic power.

Season 1, Episode 29: Isn’t It Lava-ly

Volcanologist Dr. Morton is captured by Elsa as a part of her latest scheme to activate a long-dormant volcano. Meanwhile, an overconfident Ethan takes part in a video game competition and is shocked to discover his opponent is Devin.

Season 1, Episode 30: Strange Relations

As Mesogog and Anton Mercer battle for control, a fluctuation in the Morphing Grid forces the White Ranger and his evil clone to meet in a final battle. Meanwhile, the other Rangers battle Mesogog’s Jade Gladiator.

Season 1, Episode 31 and 32: Thunderstorm

Lothor manages to climb out of the Abyss Of Evil and, with his corrupt Power Discs, brainwashes the Ninja Storm trio into servitude. After the Wind Rangers lay waste to their Ninja Academy, Cam alerts Hunter and Blake while the Dino Rangers face off against the Wind Rangers in the ultimate Ranger showdown. As Cam, Hunter, and Blake venture into the Abyss of Evil to retrieve their lost powers, the evil Wind Rangers challenge the Dino Rangers to a rematch. Just as both teams are about to morph, Cam, Hunter, and Blake appear and snap the Wind Rangers out of their trance. Meanwhile, Lothor and Mesogog unite to take over the Earth, only to turn against each other once all eleven Rangers, including Marah and Kapri, foil their plan.

Season 1, Episode 33: In Your Dreams?

Elsa invades the Ranger’s dreams to destroy them for good. With each Ranger facing off against a unique monster, will they be able to overcome their fears?

Season 1, Episode 34: Drawn into Danger

Trent attends a comic convention to show his work to famous artist Carson Brady. Elsa is also there and gives Carson a pen that possesses him, making him draw a comic where the Rangers face Elsa’s latest ally, Fridiga. With the Rangers trapped within the comic and forced to live out the storyline, will Trent be able to help them escape?

Season 1, Episode 35: House of Cards

Trent arouses the suspicion of his teammates as he tries to keep his promise to his father Anton and keep his identity as Mesogog secret. When Elsa uses a card she confiscated from Ethan as the basis for a powerful new monster, which is the Ruby Dragon, Trent’s secret is on the verge of being exposed. Although the Rangers defeat their opponent, their real troubles are just beginning as they discover that Anton Mercer is Mesogog.

Season 1, Episode 36: A Test of Trust

Conner, Ethan, and Kira recall how much they’ve changed since becoming Rangers, while Trent faces losing his powers unless he finds a way to redeem himself. Will Trent succeed, or is this the end for the White Ranger? Meanwhile, Mesogog uses a potion to separate himself from Anton Mercer. To make things worse, he sends the Ugly Monster that easily beats the Triassic Ranger and creates an evil clone of the Megazord, the Replicant Zord!

Season 1, Episode 37 and 38: Thunder Struck

Mesogog tortures Anton Mercer and shows Elsa his latest plan. This giant cannon can defeat the Rangers and transform Earth into the age of the Dinosaurs. For that, he will need the powers within the Dino Gems. But he will also need the power he gave Elsa. So he drains Elsa’s power, turning her back into a human no longer under his control. She is rescued by the Rangers and taken to the Dino Lab. Trent pretends to make a deal with Mesogog, allowing the Rangers to invade and destroy Mesogog’s cannon. Trent returns with Anton Mercer intact. Zeltrax comes to the Dino Lab and kills it, and takes Elsa away. The Rangers return from Mesogog’s island to the Dino Lab, where they find it destroyed. Hayley finds their hidden camera, and they learn that Zeltrax has taken Elsa. Meanwhile, Zeltrax unleashes his Zelzord. Ethan finds the Zelzord, reports it to the Rangers, morphs, and joins them. As Zeltrax destroys the city with the Triptoids, Trent fights them, while Tommy summons the Zords and they form the Thundersaurus Megazord. Tommy goes into the Zelzord with Kira, where they destroy Zeltrax, but the Zelzord survives, and the Rangers sacrifice their Zords to destroy it. The Rangers meet on the ground, where they find Mesogog, who survived the battle. He tells them that they have foiled his plans. Still, he absorbs enough Dino Gem energy to complete his transmutation, the Mesomonster, and fights them until the Triassic Ranger knocks him down. However, he clones himself, so the Rangers use their Dino Gems to create an unstoppable power that destroys the Mesomonsters, sacrificing their powers in process. Cassidy and Devin discover the Rangers’ identities, but do not wish to expose it because the Rangers are their friends. The Rangers who have no longer their power, go to prom, where Conner says he will open a Soccer camp, and Ethan will take part in a video game competition, and he is practicing now since he will not lose again. Trent is going to Art School, and Anton is the happiest to hear it. The series ends with Kira singing a song with memories about their life.

Power Rangers Dino Thunder Season 1 Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

While it is another spin off it is better than the other because they do bring back Tommy as an adult.

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