It’s morphin’ time: a need for change in the franchise?

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Female Blue Ranger? Preposterous!

Back when I was a little Chin, there was one TV show that ruled them all: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Damn, did I love that show back then. Over here in Europe, it used to air every Saturday morning, and you could bet your action figure collection I would sit in front of the telly then and witness the epic fight between good and evil. Everything about Power Rangers just spoke to me: the over-the-top fight scenes, the gigantic robots and monsters and the inspiring teamwork of the Rangers. Back then, I didn’t want to be a firefighter or astronaut; I wanted to be a Power Ranger.

Eventually, I grew up though and discovered how cheesy and corny most of the show was. The acting was just bland (even for a kid’s show), the plots overused and the effects were…disappointing. However, no matter my age, something still fascinates me about this recycling of Japanese stock footage. When I subscribed to Netflix yesterday (yes, we finally have that in these parts of the Old World), I discovered that service offers the entire show. Not just the original seasons, but everything up to Samurai. Am I tempted to marathon those? Well, does the Red Ranger like to shout “It’s morphin’ time“?

Anyway, it’s hard to pinpoint what it actually is that still intrigues me. There’s something underneath those layers of cheesiness and bad acting that gives the show its appeal. What if someone was to cut away those cheap elements, and actually invest into creating a new, yet true-to-the-original show? What if someone took some time to write some decent characters and plot, giving the show some depth while keeping it accessible for children?

Shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender proof that it is possible to create children entertainment that takes its viewers seriously, while also being intriguing enough to attract an older audience. Even before that, the comic industry has evolved from its cheesy beginnings to some really deep and challenging graphic novels. Where’s that evolution in the Power Rangers franchise? Is it because the producers want to play it safe, or am I truly the only one who would like some more depth with his Zord fights?

Fortunately, I’m not. The fan production MMPR is on its way, which will provide a darker re-interpretation of what it means to be a Power Ranger. Though I think that it will visually stray too far from the original, it seems to give some more depth to the universe. And hell, I’m always game when it comes to a return of Lord Zed!

So, fellow Rangers out there, what do you think? Would the world be ready for a more challenging, dramatic Power Rangers story, or should the Rangers stick to their screaming, arms-waving combat scenes? Shout out in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “It’s morphin’ time: a need for change in the franchise?”

  1. I’ve been keeping an eye on this new MMPR since they first started their Kickstarter. I’ve always been interested in a darker interpretation of the show, and I’m enjoying the direction this project is taking. It’s obvious that they’re serious about making a quality product, and the support they’ve earned is incredible!

    I like the fact that they’re creating a new cast (not to mention a female blue ranger just sounds awesome), but it’s amazing that they’ve gotten the original voices of Zordon and Lord Zedd to participate as well. It’s a nice slice of new and old and if done right, I think it could really attract the fans of the original MMPR back to the universe.

    It’d be cool if they could obtain other actual Power Rangers actors from the series. I know some are definitely interested.

    1. I just noticed that they have indeed both Zordon’s and Zedd’s voice actors on board. How cool is that? Also, fans have pointed out the project to Jason David Frank a.k.a. the Green / White Ranger. If he’s not too busy sky-diving or preparing for MMA fights, who knows what he’ll do…

  2. Used to watch Power Rangers all the time as a young kid. Never cared for the plot though. I watched for one reason and one reason only: Pink Power Ranger. Kimberly Hart ❤

    With that said, a darker version seems like it could be pretty cool.

  3. They should. I’ve seen power rangers for years seen it from the beginning to now and I have to say the early 90s was good now it looks to fake but it sells. If they make a darker movie it would be cool. Who wouldn’t want to see the return of an original villain lord zed:) if they have an orginal ranger or rangers in the movie cool.

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