For a little back story, Power Rangers is an American series that utilized stock footage of zord battles and the heroes in costume from Japan’s Super Sentai series, the first being Might Morphin’ Power Rangers that utilized both the Zyuranger series in the beginning and Dairanger and Kakuranger in the later seasons. The show has been on since 1993 and is currently in its 18th season (discounting the revamped Might Morphin’) titles Power Rangers Samurai. Note, this is just a very brief blurb about the history and if you want more info, check out Wikipedia or Linkara’s online video series History of Power Rangers where he goes into each season.
Now you’re probably wondering why I consider Power Rangers to be the new Star Trek and I have two major reasons. One, it’s longevity and managing to avoid being cancelled for long and two, it’s expanded universe. Expounding upon my first reason, Power Rangers has survived being almost cancelled, came back from cancellation after Saban bought it back from Disney and has lasted for over 17 years now. Personal opinions aside, for a franchise to last this long and still produce episodes is rarely seen. Like Star Trek, even though casts and storylines change, the same premise is kept and a universe is established. This brings me to my 2nd reason in that with 16 different Power Rangers series, what started as a story about one ranger team in Angel Grove, has now a multitude of teams that work within the same universe, each knowing of the other, with the exception of Power Rangers RPM, and all having the same premise of five young adults gathering together to fight evil with giant robots. While Star Trek has fewer characters running around, at least in the television universe, the same idea applies. A group of adults are part of an intergalactic space military organization, exploring new worlds, dealing with bad guys and finding solutions. There’s also the fact that Star Trek’s universe has been explored through countless novels, comic books and even video games, creating new stories for existing characters or creating new characters to follow, something that has happened to Power Rangers with each new series but not as multimedia packed. Frankly, I’m surprised no one’s tried to expand the series into other mediums like cartoons and novels, and while there have been a few comic books, I feel like they could go much further. But in summary, Power Rangers has become this Star Trek, I mean it has its own convention known as Morphicon, you must have a pretty big fandom to get that to happen.
So there you have it folks, a short history and analysis of Power Rangers as a series. Don’t believe that it’s completely untouched, I still have more to talk about but for now I’ll give you a preview of the next parts in the series:
Gender in Power Rangers, Race and Ethnicity in Power Rangers, Why In Space might be my favorite, How to Make Power Rangers appeal to older audiences while keeping its child fan base, and Improving SPD: Disney dropped the ball and it would’ve been better.
Any suggestions are welcomed and leave a comment on which ones I should tackle first. Thanks for reading and remember “May the power protect you.”
- Power Rangers Commentary: Turbo and Zeo (mibreviews.com)
- History of Power Rangers: Wild Force the finale (bwmedia.wordpress.com)
- Man in White Review: Scorpion Rain (1998) (mibreviews.com)