MagiRed grew as a character over Magi and it's clear he matured even more since the end of the series. They even kept his hairstyle from the last episode of Magi to keep with continuity in a good way. Compare that to Faiz and Kaixa just appearing in the show for no reason, despite some sources citing that they died. All of the early Gokaiger team-up episodes were good. They weren't amazing, but returning characters had reason to be the episode and actually contributed to character development of the team. They combined Shinkenger tribute with first actual plot-related two-parter and Kaoru still managed to leave an impression and feel like a part of Joe's story there. Weakest one was probably Gekiranger, but it still brought back one of the villains back and we saw Jan actually teaching Ahim and Doc something, instead of focusing on "insert name of that victim of the week guy from Zi-O you can't remember". The best character interaction in first 10 episodes of Zi-O was when Takumi and Sougo wandered about school for some time (Now that's what I call proper crossover material!). Because they at least spent some time together, even if they didn't do anything interesting. ...then why do anniversary series at all? Are they actually stupid? You're advertising old toys anyway, since the whole deal of Zi-O is "hey, our guy transforms into X guy from the past, isn't this cool?". They've been releasing legacy versions of items every year since freaking W and used pretty much all of them on-screen since Rider Medals, they've specifically advertised returning characters in Heisei Generations Final. Are those guys aware of which people would be interested in anniversary series at all? And IF they had their fears... why bring back past heroes at all? Let them sell all their obligatory toys at first and test the water with guys like Decade and those Future Riders. Then you can start doing actual crossovers at some point like guess what show? Mebius, which did exactly that. And even this side, if they didn't want to make heroes transoform, there was still a way to make them relevant like maybe focusing on them instead of one-note Another Riders show seems to like so much more than its actual predecessors. Geiz could have brought all Watches they needed to shill from the future and used them/given them to Sougo one at time, so that show could have been more more free with its approach, but no one was clearly interested in putting any effort into this. And why exactly need to shill toys suddenly became an excuse for bad writing? It doesn't matter what you do as long as Zi-O uses the damn watch. Why couldn't we have more "past-involved" tributes from the start? They spent TWO episodes on each Rider, while Gokaiger managed most tributes in one. You could have done so much with Build first two-parter. Setting up future big movie crossover in a interesting way, Build loosing to Time Jackers and sacrificing his powers/memories/whatever for Sugo, setting up actual stakes and tension for the story (imagine if Sugo's journey was a hard choice between saving Riders and their history which would ultimately lead him to becoming Oma Zi-O in the future or letting Time Jackers change things that would destroy past Riders as we know it, but in the long run things may not end up as bad as Oma Zi-O future. That truly could have been story with the franchise legacy at stake). Instead the whole thing is treated like a joke. Everyone keeps deleting Riders from history and one one really cares all that much. I agree that Marvel humour can be hit and miss (Guardians 2 was just painfull for the first like half of an hour), but I always thought people overblow how bad it is with the whole franchise. It's Whedon-esque yeah, but people constantly name Buffy and Firefly some of the best TV Series of all time and they are just as quippy as MCU. It doesn't bother anyone there? I think it's mostly Guardians that up humour to insufferable (though second Antman movie and Thor stuff in Endgame were almost just as bad). Then are MCU movies like Doctor Strange and Black Panther which are mostly devoid of humour compared to the rest of MCU (BP had like three jokes in total?). Doctor Strange movie even acknowledged that Strange's jokes aren't particulary funny and tied it to character development in a small way. I thought it was pretty neat. Yeah, I had similar issues. People constantly talk how amazing it was that movie had "a tree and a talking raccoon" but... so what? I've kinda warmed up to the characters over time (and following movies) I guess, but I just don't see what's the fuss about them. I always saw GOTG as just a weaker version of Firefly and it didn't have story nearly as good as any episode of that show.