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Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Based onBakuryū Sentai Abaranger
by Toei Company
Developed byThe Walt Disney Company
Toei Company
ShowrunnersAnn Austen
Doug Sloan
Directed byCharlie Haskell
Andrew Merrifield
Paul Grinder
Douglas Sloan
Britta Johnstone
StarringSee below
Theme music composerBruce Lynch
ComposerBruce Lynch
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes38
Executive producersAnn Austen
Douglas Sloan
ProducersJanine Dickins
Koichi Sakamoto
Production locationsNew Zealand (Wellington, Auckland)
Japan (Greater Tokyo Area (Tokyo, Saitama, Yokohama)) and Kyoto)
CinematographySimon Riera
Running time20–21 minutes
Production companiesBVS Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
Village Roadshow KP Productions Limited
Original release
NetworkABC Family
ReleaseFebruary 14 (2004-02-14) –
November 20, 2004 (2004-11-20)

Power Rangers Dino Thunder is the twelfth season of the television series, Power Rangers. This incarnation of Power Rangers was based on Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger, the 27th entry of Toei Company's long-running Super Sentai franchise.[1] Dino Thunder was also the subtitle of the Korean dub of Abaranger in South Korea and had a similar/identical logo to the American version as well. The series is notable as it features the return of Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver[2][3] as a main character and a dinosaur theme for the powers, abilities and assets from most of the series' protagonists and antagonists. It was the first series to be aired on ABC Family part of ABC.[4][5]


A soccer player, a computer expert, a singer and eventually a teacher with a long history of such situations become Power Rangers to help save Earth from the ruthless scheming of the dinosauric Mesogog who wishes to eradicate all human life and return Earth to the age of dinosaurs. Mesogog is assisted in his ways by Elsa, Zeltrax, and an army each of both Tyrannodrones and Triptoids as well as monsters that they call their Mutations.

In this season, Tommy Oliver, from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Turbo fame, returns as a paleontology professor in Reefside, California and so he is known as Dr. Tommy Oliver (sometimes called by some in short as Dr. O). When he is assigned three detention students by Principal Randall (the human disguise of Elsa): athlete Conner McKnight, computer expert Ethan James and singer Kira Ford. They end up finding three Dino Gems - one for each teen, paving the way for their destiny as the Dino Thunder Power Rangers. Conner gains the powers of both the Tyrannozord and super running speed, Ethan gains the powers of both the Tricerazord and energy-formed skin-shield defense and Kira gains the powers of both the Pterazord and sonic screams.

Five episodes into the series, Tommy once again becomes a Ranger by bonding with the Black Dino Gem and receives its power of invisibility as the Black Dino Ranger. They are also later joined by Anton Mercer's adopted son Trent (some media reveals his family name, after 'Mercer', to be 'Fernandez' - 'Fernandez-Mercer') as the White Dino Ranger, whose White Dino Gem grants him the power of camouflage - before he joins, he must deal with the inner struggle of good and evil (as Tommy himself once had to do as the evil Green Ranger) because he gained his powers from a raw Dino Gem in Mesogog's lab, with the powers originally intended to be Mesogog's. Mesogog is, in fact, Trent's adopted father, who, in a faulty lab experiment, began to mutate into Mesogog. Trent later sides with good and saves his father from the mutation.

The Rangers morph by drawing power from their respective Dino Gems, which Tommy grants Conner's, Ethan's and Kira's the ability to morph into Dino Morphers whenever needed (Morph call: "Dino Thunder, Power Up!"). They use their abilities to battle Mesogog. By calling out "Super Dino Mode", the Power Rangers tap into the power of the dinosaurs, with spikes extending into view on their suits and, in the case of Kira, wings with Trent's own Super Dino Mode possessing an exclusive extra factor: bladed thin spikes extending from his hands. Each Dino Gems has a special power; red is speed; blue is armor; yellow is hyper screeching; black and white are similar, being invisibility and camouflage, which means Tommy and Trent both use stealth-themed powers with their Gems. In Power Rangers Dino Fury, the Dino Gems are revealed to be created by the Morphin Masters.[6][7]

During the course of the series, the team adds the following to its arsenal of Zords: Cephalozord (based on the Pachycephalosaurus), Dimetrozord (based on the Dimetrodon), Stegozord (based on the Stegosaurus), Parasaurzord (based on the Parasaurolophus), and Ankylozord (based on the Ankylosaurus). The Stegozord later combines with Trent's Dragozord (based on the Tupuxuara) to form the Dino Stegozord, effectively stealing the Stegozord. Tommy is paired with the Brachiozord (based on the Brachiosaurus), a carrier Zord for most, but not all, of the other Zords. Conner is also later given the powers of the Shield of Triumph to morph into the Triassic Ranger for extra power and pilots the Mezodon Rover/Megazord (based on the Styracosaurus), the Zord that corresponds with the Triassic Ranger powers, which can combine with the Cephalo, Dimetro, Parasaur and Ankylozords to form the Triceramax Megazord.

At the end of the series, the Rangers destroy Mesogog with their raw Dino Gem powers combined into a single last-resort attack which burns out the gems in the process. Just before this final battle, they are forced to sacrifice the Zords in their last battle with Zeltrax. Finally they return to their normal lives.

Cast and characters[edit]

Dino Thunder Rangers

  • James Napier as Conner McKnight, the Red Dino Ranger and Triassic Ranger.
  • Kevin Duhaney as Ethan James, the Blue Dino Ranger.
  • Emma Lahana as Kira Ford, the Yellow Dino Ranger.
  • Jason David Frank as Dr. Tommy Oliver, the Black Dino Ranger, and previously the Green Ranger, the White Ranger, the White Ninja Ranger, Red Zeo Ranger and the first Red Turbo Ranger.
  • Jeffrey Parazzo as Trent Fernandez-Mercer, the White Dino Ranger.

Supporting characters


Guest stars

  • Pua Magasiva as Shane Clarke, the Red Wind Ranger.
  • Sally Martin as Tori Hanson, the Blue Wind Ranger.
  • Glenn McMillan as Waldo "Dustin" Brooks, the Yellow Wind Ranger.
  • Adam Tuominen as Hunter Bradley, the Crimson Thunder Ranger.
  • Jorgito Vargas, Jr. as Blake Bradley, the Navy Thunder Ranger.
  • Jason Chan as Cameron "Cam" Watanabe, the Green Samurai Ranger.
  • Grant McFarland as Sensei Kanoi Watanabe and Lothor.
  • Peter Rowley as the voice of Zurgane.
  • Katrina Browne as Kapri.
  • Katrina Devine as Marah.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4971"Day of the Dino"Charlie HaskellDouglas SloanFebruary 14, 2004 (2004-02-14)
4982Ann Austen

Former Veteran Ranger Tommy Oliver takes a teaching job in Reefside years after escaping the evil and mysterious dinosauroid monster named Mesogog. He is assigned by Principal Randall 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.

The episode title alludes to "Day of the Dumpster," the first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
4993"Wave Goodbye"Charlie HaskellDouglas SloanFebruary 21, 2004 (2004-02-21)
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. In the end, Mesogog kidnaps Tommy to force him to unleash the power from within a stone.
5004"Legacy of Power"Andrew MerrifieldAnn AustenFebruary 28, 2004 (2004-02-28)

Continuing from the last episode, Mesogog has kidnapped 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.

This is the 500th episode of Power Rangers.[2]
5015"Back In Black"Andrew MerrifieldAnn AustenMarch 6, 2004 (2004-03-06)
Continuing from the last episode, 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 Pollinator, the Rangers are sent the Cephala Zord as a boxing glove.
5026"Diva In Distress"Andrew MerrifieldJackie MarchandMarch 13, 2004 (2004-03-13)

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.

Guest Star: Morgan Reese Fairhead as Kylee Styles
5037"Game On"Andrew MerrifieldJohn TellegenMarch 20, 2004 (2004-03-20)
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.
5048"Golden Boy"Paul GrinderAnn AustenMarch 27, 2004 (2004-03-27)
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.
5059"Beneath the Surface"Paul GrinderJackie MarchandApril 3, 2004 (2004-04-03)
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.
50610"Ocean Alert"Paul GrinderJohn TellegenApril 10, 2004 (2004-04-10)

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 Megaldor. Meanwhile, Hayley uncovers a new Dino Egg which hatches into the Stego Zord.

Guest Star: Chantal Gaiqui as Nikki Valentine.
50711"White Thunder"Charlie HaskellDouglas SloanApril 17, 2004 (2004-04-17)
50812Douglas Sloan & Jackie MarchandApril 24, 2004 (2004-04-24)
50913Douglas Sloan & Jackie MarchandMay 1, 2004 (2004-05-01)

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.
51014"Truth And Consequences"Andrew MerrifieldJackie MarchandMay 8, 2004 (2004-05-08)
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.
51115"Leader of the Whack"Andrew MerrifieldJohn TellegenMay 15, 2004 (2004-05-15)
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 Rojobot. 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.
51216"Burning at Both Ends"Andrew MerrifieldAnn AustenMay 22, 2004 (2004-05-22)
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 as Anton fails to purge Mesogog from his body.
51317"The Missing Bone"Paul GrinderDouglas SloanMay 22, 2004 (2004-05-22)
A failed, fossilized experiment of Tommy and Anton's named Fossilador is revived and brainwashes Kira into retrieving its missing piece. Once it is complete, Fossilador 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.
51418"Bully for Ethan"Paul GrinderAnn AustenJune 12, 2004 (2004-06-12)
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 when working for a rival company and was reconstructed into a cyborg by Mesogog. Trent is singled out by Mesogog, who warns him not to betray him.
51519"Lost & Found in Translation"Paul GrinderSteve SlavkinJune 13, 2004 (2004-06-13)

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 and have an encounter with a baseball player named Whacker Wilson.

Note: This was an English dubbed version of the 10th episode of its Sentai counterpart Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger; the episode in the original series was Abare Leaguer Bind.
51620"It's a Mad Mad Mackerel"Paul GrinderMark HoffmeierJune 19, 2004 (2004-06-19)
Kira gets an internship on the Funky Fisherman Show, only to realize how unhappy she is with her job due to the actor portraying the Funky Fisherman being demanding. Meanwhile, Elsa kidnaps the fisherman's sidekick Marty the Mackerel and transforms him into Mad Mackerel to battle the Rangers.
51721"Copy That"Douglas SloanJackie MarchandJuly 10, 2004 (2004-07-10)
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 that he made from Copyotter's salvaged cloning technology.
51822"Triassic Triumph"Douglas SloanAnn AustenJuly 17, 2004 (2004-07-17)
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 White 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.
51923"A Star Is Torn"Douglas SloanDouglas SloanJuly 24, 2004 (2004-07-24)
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.
52024"A Ranger Exclusive"Andrew MerrifieldDouglas SloanJuly 31, 2004 (2004-07-31)
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 Jupitor 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.
52125"Tutenhawken's Curse"Andrew MerrifieldJackie MarchandAugust 7, 2004 (2004-08-07)
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.
52226"Disappearing Act"Andrew MerrifieldAnn AustenAugust 21, 2004 (2004-08-21)
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.
52327"Fighting Spirit"Paul GrinderJackie MarchandAugust 28, 2004 (2004-08-28)

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.

Note: This episode – rather appropriately – aired on the eleventh anniversary of the first episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
52428"The Passion of Conner"Paul GrinderAnn AustenSeptember 5, 2004 (2004-09-05)

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.

Guest Star: Antonia Prebble as Krista
52529"Isn't It Lava-ly"Paul GrinderBruce KalishSeptember 18, 2004 (2004-09-18)
While Tommy is busy, volcanologist/substitute teacher Dr. Morton is captured by Elsa and turned into the Horn-Rimmed Monster 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.
52630"Strange Relations"Charlie HaskellJackie MarchandSeptember 25, 2004 (2004-09-25)
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 who manages to create Skortch and revive Deadwood.
52731"Thunder Storm"Charlie HaskellDouglas SloanOctober 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)
52832October 9, 2004 (2004-10-09)

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.

Guest Stars: Pua Magasiva, Sally Martin, Glenn McMillan, Adam Tuominen, Jorgito Vargas, Jr., Jason Chan, Grant McFarland, and Katrina Browne.
52933"In Your Dreams"Britta JohnstoneJackie MarchandOctober 16, 2004 (2004-10-16)
With the Geno Randomizer hooked up to her dream machine, Elsa invades the Ranger's dreams to destroy them for good. Tommy's dream of the calamari he had for causes him to fight Squidrose, Kira's dream about a reptile report due has her fighting Croco D'Vile, Ethan's dream about looking at a picture of a monkey has him fighting Rhumba Monkey, and Connor's dream about doing early Christmas shopping with his mother has him fighting Rude Elf. With each Ranger facing off against a unique monster, will they be able to overcome their fears?
53034"Drawn into Danger"Britta JohnstoneJackie MarchandOctober 23, 2004 (2004-10-23)
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 the villainous Fridiga. With the Rangers trapped within the comic and forced to live out the storyline, will Trent be able to help them escape?
53135"House of Cards"Britta JohnstoneDouglas SloanOctober 30, 2004 (2004-10-30)
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. The Rangers find out that Elsa has been using the form of Principal Randall when Tommy goes to get the confiscated Ruby Dragon card back. Elsa escapes while advising the Rangers to tell the board of education that Principal Randall has resigned. When Elsa uses the Ruby Dragon card as the basis for a powerful new monster based on the Ruby Dragon, Trent's secret is on the verge of being exposed. Although the Rangers defeat the Ruby Dragon while regaingin the card, their real troubles are just beginning as they discover that Anton Mercer is Mesogog when Anton.
53236"A Test of Trust"Britta JohnstoneAnn AustenNovember 6, 2004 (2004-11-06)
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 that Elsa created 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!
53337"Thunder Struck"Andrew MerrifieldDouglas SloanNovember 13, 2004 (2004-11-13)
53438Ann AustenNovember 20, 2004 (2004-11-20)
Mesogog tortures Anton Mercer and shows Elsa his latest plan. This giant cannon can defeat the Rangers and transform Earth into the new Age of 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 transfiguration, 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.


Jason David Frank, formerly a main cast member from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Turbo, returned to portray Tommy Oliver as a mentor for the new team as well as a fellow Power Ranger.

The episode "Legacy of Power", the 500th episode overall, featured a look back on all previous Power Rangers seasons. "Fighting Spirit" saw Tommy encounter his previous Ranger forms and aired on the eleventh anniversary of Power Rangers.

Dino Thunder was the first Power Rangers season to overtly acknowledge its Super Sentai roots with an episode entitled "Lost and Found in Translation," which featured a Japanese show based on the Power Rangers dubbed in English. In actuality, the footage used in that episode was from episode 10 ("Abare League Bind") of Dino Thunder's source series, Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger, dubbed in a manner similar to the comedic parody dub of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman in the late 1980s.

Video games[edit]

There were two games produced for Dino Thunder. On the Game Boy Advance, there was a sidescrolling game, which was a platformer involving fighting several villains from the series. The other game was produced for the PlayStation 2 and the GameCube. This was the first Power Rangers game produced on a sixth generation console. All the action takes place inside the zords. This game also had some inconsistencies with the television series to allow the action to take place in the zords while battling the regular enemies who were human size.

Home media[edit]

In the United States, the series was released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on five volumes, consisting of the first twenty-four episodes, except for Episode 10:

  • Day of the Dino (June 1, 2004, episodes 1-3, also includes Episodes 37-38 of Ninja Storm)
  • Legacy of Power (September 7, 2004, episodes 4-8)
  • White Thunder (September 7, 2004, episodes 9, 11-14)
  • Collision Course (December 7, 2004, episodes 15-19)
  • Triassic Triumph (December 7, 2004, episodes 20-24)

These volume sets were also released in regions where BVHE held distribution rights, however, Volume 1 does not include the bonus Ninja Storm episodes. In countries where licensing was held by Jetix Europe, releases depended on the region or distributor.

BVHE released the complete series in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2008, on a seven-disc boxset.[8] In the United States, Shout! Factory released the complete series on a five-disc set on October 18, 2016 in the United States.[9]


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