Another year, another series of Power Rangers gets retired. This year, it is the retirement of Power Rangers Samurai. The finale of the season "Samurai Forever" was great in terms of wrapping up the story and nostalgia for older fans.
As to how it wraps up the story, it does not start out with a "previously on" segment. The episode begins in media res with an unmorphed fighting sequences. I like this purely for the fact that it is a strong throwback to MMPR, including the fact that they played the theme for the show during the fight. Moving on, Mentor shows up and gives Jayden a replacement Shiba Disk to fight Xandred. Jayden also gets the Double Disk to amplify his power. So they find Xandred and a bunch of Moogers and fight them unmorphed. Then, after the Moogers are defeated they fight Xandred. He gets held in place by a combination of Symbol Power and Jayden attacks him with two Fire Smashers. Jayden gets knocked back and, in a random act of epicness, Kevin uses the Shiba Disk to do massive damage to Xandred. Jayden finishes him off with Shogun Mode. Xandred activates his second life and the rangers become the Samurai Gigazord. They unmorph in the cockpit and attack head on. Xandred keeps knocking off zords until they are down to the Samurai Megazord. They combine all their Symbol Power for one final strike with the sacrifice of their zords and their powers. They do their victory call with hands in and jumping in the air, similarly to the end of every multi-part MMPR episode. The show ends with Spike going back home with Skull (Jason Narvy returns for a cameo and some slapstick with Bulk), Kevin goes to train for the Olympics (Setting up for him meeting Kimberly in Megaforce I believe), Mike goes home with Emily, something that anyone with two brain cells called months ago, Mia goes to culinary school, Lauren returns to where she came from, and Mentor decides to teach Jayden the guitar. The episode ends with the portion of the MMPR theme that everyone knows.
As for the season as a whole, people overreacted to the quality of the series. It was not one of the best, but it was definitely not the worst. Also, people complain about the writing on forums and such but what these people don't realize is that it is not written for them. It was written for the children. It served its purpose to keep the franchise relevant during the transition between ownership by Disney and Saban Brands. The best thing that could be done by the series is not to move to Vortexx but to Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network allows the TV-PG rating, something that the franchise could take full of advantage of.
Final Rating for the Episode: 9.5/10
Final Rating for the Season: 8.5/10
Two final notes: one, the Power Rangers/Super Sentai Fandom is probably the worst in existence in terms of accepting the Canon, complaining about what the series is doing and complaining about the future. Two, next week on Nickelodeon, the Christmas episode airs and looks to be...interesting to say the least. In terms of Christmas episodes, I would rank it up there with "A Season to Remember" from Power Rangers Zeo.
Tune in Saturday at 1 on Nickelodeon for next weeks episode, "Stuck on Christmas."