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Power Rangers Mystic Force (often abbreviated as "PRMF") is the fourteenth season of Power Rangers, based upon the Super Sentai series, Mahou Sentai Magiranger. The series aired exclusively on Toon Disney's Jetix block throughout the year of 2006.

In 2012, a Japanese dub of the show had aired in Japan on Toei's TV channel, which was narrated by Atsushi Hashimoto, who portrayed Kai Ozu/MagiRed in Magiranger. [1]

Production

According to executive producer Bruce Kalish, he started work on Mystic Force immediately after wrapping on SPD but he was more familiar with the production after SPD. The choice to make Mystic Force more fantasy inspired with magic and mythical monsters was reportedly his own decision as, although Magiranger used a lot of the same elements, they introduced the idea of Briarwood and the monster world which is a PR exclusive idea. To help with writing, he made Jackie Marchand story-editor which was a position that she had wanted for years but never obtained and she remained in the position until partway through Power Rangers RPM two years later. Producer Sally Campbell has stated that this is her favourite season because of how creative they were able to be with the more fantastical elements allowed by a magic-based season.

Casting for Mystic Force is notable since it was the first season of Power Rangers to have an entirely Australian or New Zealander cast whereas prior seasons had at least one American. The cast were asked to do American accents although Richard Brancatisano/Xander Bly was allowed to retain his thick Australian accent since "my American accent was very bad." Peta Rutter had mostly worked in theatre up to this point under her own company before being hired as Udonna. Antonia Prebble had previously voiced the Nova Ranger in SPD and played Krista in Dino Thunder and was brought back to play Claire and her mother Niella for Mystic Force since she is reportedly a gifted actress. Firass Dirani was reportedly a very hard and determined worker who took his role as Nick Russell "very seriously and intensely." John Tui, who returned to play Daggeron, reportedly preferred this role over his previous role as Doggie Kruger since "I couldn't properly express my acting [as] I was covered by that dog head and costume."

Mystic Force's sets were designed by two people; Shayne Redford (lead set designer in Ninja Storm) and Dino Thunder's head of set design Miro Harre. The Rangers' base of Rootcore was mostly filmed in the car park outside the studio with blue screens for the background and a miniature for Rootcore itself. However, the surrounding scenes of the Rangers entering and exiting Rootcore through its dragon-head entrance as well as the forest scenes were filmed on the island of Puketutu about forty miles from Auckland. The interiors of Rootcore were all sound-stages although plaster was used in lieu of fibreglass because they "always try to go with the old-school manner of making organic shapes." Udonna's crystal ball which she used throughout the season was only a real crystal ball in close-ups as distant shots with it just being set-dressing instead used a hard-shell dome.

Due to the budgetary issues of SPD caused by the CGI final battle, Disney told the crew to use as much Sentai footage as possible and "make bottle episodes." SPD had a final battle so expensive that it cost almost the entire season's budget and Disney didn't want to repeat the same mistakes so butchered the budget and told the crew to use the Sentai footage whenever possible. To compensate for the recycled footage, they decided to make the season much grander in scale which is where the idea of Nick being "the light" came from.

The final two episodes of Mystic Force ("Mystic Fate") introduced the character of the Mystic Mother as played by Machiko Soga and dubbed by Susan Brady. Soga is most well known for playing Witch Bandora in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger and by extension Rita Repulsa in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but the Mystic Mother's counterpart Heavenly Arch Saint Magiel had no relation to Bandora besides having the same actress. In the Power Rangers adaptation, this was changed to have the Mystic Mother be Rita herself as a tribute to Soga who died of pancreatic cancer during the Mystic Force's production with Magiel being her final acting role.

Synopsis

Legend says when the Darkness arises, five brave teen Sorcerers will be called to fight for the planet's survival. With guidance from their wise mentor and the ancient Xenotome, Book of the Unknown, they will embark on magical adventures, befriend mystical dragons, battle dangerous beasts, encounter pure evil, and transform into the Power Rangers Mystic Force.

Characters

Rangers

From Left to Right: Leanbow, Chip, Madison, Daggeron, Nick, Vida, Xander, and Udonna

Main article: Mystic Rangers
Color Role Actor
Red Mystic Ranger Nick Russell Firass Dirani
Yellow Mystic Ranger Charlie Thorn Nic Sampson
Blue Mystic Ranger Madison Rocca Melanie Vallejo
Pink Mystic Ranger Vida Rocca Angie Diaz
Green Mystic Ranger Xander Bly Richard Brancatisano
White Mystic Ranger Udonna Peta Rutter
Solaris Knight Daggeron John Tui
Wolf Warrior Leanbow Chris Graham

Allies

Gatekeeper NiellaClare

Villains

Main article: Morlocks
Koragg Koragg, The Knight Wolf
Fire Evil Red Mystic Ranger
Lightning Evil Yellow Mystic Ranger
Water Evil Blue Mystic Ranger
Wind Evil Pink Mystic Ranger
Earth Evil Green Mystic Ranger

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Mystic Force)

Morphers

Sidearms

Other Items

Power-Ups

Vehicles

Zords

Main article: Zords (Mystic Force)

Mystic Titan System

Legend:◆ zord form; colors are in reference to Rangers who piloted them and not the physical color of the zords

Solar Streak System

Legend:◆ piloted zord ; colors are in reference to Rangers who piloted them and not the physical color of the zords

Legend/Manticore System

Legend:◆ zord form team-piloted zord

Mounts System

Legend:◆ summoned zord, ❖ aux zord, ◆ zord form; colors are in reference to Rangers who piloted them and not the physical color of the zords

Alternate Combinations

Alternate Megazords

Episodes

  1. Broken Spell I
  2. Broken Spell II
  3. Code Busters
  4. Rock Solid
  5. Whispering Voices
  6. Legendary Catastros
  7. Fire Heart
  8. Stranger Within I
  9. Stranger Within II
  10. Petrified Xander
  11. The Gatekeeper I
  12. The Gatekeeper II
  13. Scaredy Cat
  14. Long Ago
  15. Inner Strength
  16. Soul Specter
  17. Ranger Down
  18. Dark Wish I
  19. Dark Wish II
  20. Dark Wish III
  21. Koragg's Trial
  22. Heir Apparent I
  23. Heir Apparent II
  24. The Light
  25. The Hunter
  26. Hard Heads
  27. The Snow Prince
  28. Light Source I
  29. Light Source II
  30. The Return
  31. Mystic Fate I
  32. Mystic Fate II

VHS/DVD Releases

DVD

  • Power Rangers Mystic Force (Complete Season) [RC2]
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)

Notes

  • The show is noted, and often criticized, for heavily focusing on the Red Ranger over the others. Jackie Marchand says this was down to the sheer amount of MagiRed stock footage compared to the others.[2]
  • Ron Wasserman was originally in talks to do the theme for the shows theme
    • On September 21, 2005 Ron received word from Disney that the rap-style theme he submitted was denied, but his other, more rock-style theme was still being overlooked. He then posted the rap-style theme on a fan message board.
    • On October 11, 2005 Ron Wasserman was informed by Disney that they will not be using either of the themes he submitted. He then posted the rock-style theme on a fan message board.
  • On November 7, 2005 Toon Disney aired the first teaser promo for "Power Rangers Mystic Force."[3]
  • On November 14, 2005 Toon Disney aired a 30-second and a 1-minute promo for "Power Rangers Mystic Force."[4]
  • Following S.P.D., whose episodes had one word titles, Mystic Force's episodes (with the exception of The Snow Prince) all have two words in them as an in-joke to director Bruce Kalish.
  • This is the first Power Rangers team not to pilot their Zords but rather become them.
    • This is also the first series in which the auxiliary Zords do not combine in any way with the Ranger's primary Megazord.
  • This is the first Power Rangers team to feature capes as part of their uniforms.
  • It was the first series to be part of a joint-project between Disney and Toei.
  • In one of the Mystic Force promos, the Rangers' Japanese counterparts are visible.
  • Madison and Vida are sisters. Mystic Force is the first series with two sisters as Power Rangers. It is the first to feature both siblings as active members of the original core team; the previous seasons had one sibling as a core Ranger and the other as the Sixth Rangers.
  • This is the first series to have a whole family as active Power Rangers.
  • Mystic Force is the first Power Rangers series to have a father and son as active Power Rangers.
  • This is the first series to start a trend of 32 episodes per season, which would continue through RPM.
  • This was the final series to air on ABC Family.
  • This is one of the few Power Rangers shows that does not have original U.S. Zord footage.
  • This series marks the last time individualized personal vehicles for each Ranger are featured.
  • This is the first Power Rangers season whose Sentai counterpart was simultaneously shot in New Zealand.

See Also

External Links

References

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Mighty Morphin (s01)Mighty Morphin (s02)Mighty Morphin (s03)Alien Rangers (mini-series)ZeoTurbo
In SpaceLost GalaxyLightspeed RescueTime ForceWild ForceNinja StormDino ThunderS.P.D.
Mystic ForceOperation OverdriveJungle FuryRPMSamuraiSuper SamuraiMegaforceSuper MegaforceDino ChargeDino Super ChargeNinja SteelSuper Ninja SteelBeast MorphersDino Fury

Power Rangers: The Movie (alternate continuity)Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie2017 movie (alternate continuity)

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