The texts were also written to be as vague as possible so Roxy could get mad at him. That didn’t get me more engaged with the conflict; it just made me wonder why these two are even together. If they can’t even try to be honest with each other why are we rooting for them?
The show did provide a brief glimpse into why this conflict might have been taking place. Roxy did mention they haven’t been able to see much of each other lately, which could have been some great set up but it’s only mentioned once and never brought up again. To make that the reason this misunderstanding kicks off we’d need it built up more but instead the whole thing just feels like a reach and I didn’t buy it.
Roxy being portrayed as the one more in the wrong also harms it. While yes, her snooping on Ravi’s phone was wrong, Ravi was stupid not to be more clear about was happening with the gift and he let his anger get out of control and I’m not just talking about overheating. I don’t blame Roxy for being suspicious after that! Ravi should have had a bigger apology at the end. The episode as is makes it seem like Ravi is more in the right when I didn’t get that feeling at all.
I’m bummed that was my reaction because I’m usually all for conflict in Power Rangers, especially character conflict. I like that Ravi and Roxy got into an argument, I just wish it were about something else. If it were rooted in not getting to spend enough time together that would have been great! They use the misunderstanding as an excuse to not talk about what’s really going on with them. That’s when something as simple as a misunderstanding can work.
With all of that I’m sure it sounds like I’m ready to give this episode a very low score but besides that one deep flaw? The rest of the episode is amazing! The conflict, flawed as it is, is handled very well. Seeing Ravi get overheated outside of the suit worked as a great way to show off his anger. That anger fueled the intensity with which he battled Evil Roxy on the beach and in the forest. It gave an extra punch to fights that have been mostly pretty forgettable in Beast Morphers.