Episode 12 – Go! Go! Loser Ranger!


Man, it is wonderful how a lot the entire vibe of Go, Go, Loser Ranger! improves once we get to return into the sunshine of day and breathe in a few of that candy, recent air of The Lands Past the Parking Storage. All the return to the floor world on the finish of this episode, mixed with the opening flashback to Fighter D’s creation and life because the performing puppet, make for a season finale that enables this present to really feel like itself for the primary time in lots of weeks. It solely additional convinces me that the laboriously dragged-out nature of this complete Cadet Arc was the present’s greatest misstep. That mentioned, I can at the least see the place the present felt prefer it wanted to finish as much as transfer F.D.’s story ahead, and I am genuinely excited to see the place his quest for vengeance and freedom goes from right here.

Nonetheless, if it wasn’t a bumpy highway to get right here. On an emotional and thematic stage, this arc’s lopsided writing and pacing signifies that “By no means Cease, Fighter D!” typically feels extra like a mid-season finale than a correct decision to an entire first season. We have solely simply barely gotten to know the Cadets that F.D. has allied himself with, and the Dragon Keepers themselves felt like an afterthought more often than not. Even Keeper Blue, whose demise by the hands of F.D. and Peltrola is the massive climax of the season, did not find yourself making a lot of an impression. Part of that is because of G!G!LR! leaning into considered one of my least favourite action-anime tropes: Solely giving us the naked minimal of a personality’s backstory within the moments instantly earlier than they’re killed off. It additionally does not assist that we ended up spending a lot time working round in that damned parking storage that we barely obtained to see the Dragon Keepers operate as a maliciously omnipresent unit of darkish justice earlier than the present began killing them off. Additionally, why did Fighter XX get launched again in Episode 5 if she would barely get something value doing for the following seven weeks?

If I had my druthers, this season would have had room for at the least yet one more storyline that helps us set up the brand new established order now that we have gotten all of this desk setting out of the way in which. Heck, even yet one more episode would have had time to get the job carried out. The Dragon Keepers would get extra time to do their factor; we might have extra than simply coy teases about what Yumeko and that one Purple Junior Ranger dude are as much as, and the story would get a extra satisfying push of ahead momentum going earlier than leaving us to attend for the following season.

That mentioned, regardless that I used to be sometimes pissed off with how this primary season selected to spend its time, I can recognize the worth of creating D’s rising bonds along with his new teammates, to not point out creating the compelling twin battle towards the Keepers and the Boss Monsters alike. Now that we’re not caught within the underground, the present may have loads of alternatives to flesh this forged out right into a extra memorable and likable Rangers crew. Most significantly, a second season ensures that we’ll get much more possibilities for Yumeko to sinisterly devour scrumptious pancakes! On the finish of the day, that’s all I can hope for when Fighter D makes his wonderful return someday subsequent 12 months.


Go, Go, Loser Ranger! is at the moment streaming on
Hulu in the USA and Disney+ in different areas.

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