Originally Posted by timegold
"Mommy, is that food taster my daddy? Is he still traveling for work?"
I think somehow Mirai had a lot of things not mentioned during those first 11 years of life.
Not sure I should make a new thread for this but...
Well, it's finally happened. After everyone else has finally had their say (and maybe due to just wanting to try it himself with the movie coming out and a bunch of DVDs and time he has to do this on occasion) and having survived nearly 32 Super Sentai series (the 32nd will be done next weekend), StrangerAtaru has finally decided to do something long overdue: a review of the Power Rangers franchise! It's probably not going to be as comprehensive as everyone else whose done this, but I hope that I do have some fun with it and maybe get some things written out and thought about that maybe could be an eye-opening...besides, I haven't seen these episodes in years and the last I actually watched Power Rangers was a couple episodes of Ninja Storm early on; though I have seen MMPR 1-3, Zeo and Time Force in full.
So journey back to 1993, when a jock, a dancer, a gymnast, a nerd and...whatever the heck Trini was were recruited to save the world from an evil space witch and began a legacy (well...a legacy as first seen by us considering all the groups that came before them) that continues to this day!
StrangerAtaru's (occasional) Power Rangers Franchise in Review!
Day of the Dumpster
Seriously, teenagers with attitudes...does Zordon really know what he's saying in that opening? (yeah it's from the opening but still, it's the first thing that strikes me)
One thing I never got from the opening: I know it's "you Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"....but I always misheard it as "NEW Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"...which considering 1993 and that this was a new franchise, did...sort of make sense.
Those are the dumbest looking space outfits ever...even if Zyuranger used them originally.
Space dumpster, really? Do they even know what a sealed container looks like? Did they even have concepts of dumpsters in space?
I like Baboo's concern, despite the puddle nearby.
And here's where in Zyuranger the astronauts were killed mercilessly...Rita's a bit more merciful than that.
"Mori-Mori-Mori-Mori-Morio-cho Radio!" (so, when's Kira Yoshikage showing up?)
The radio man knows about Ernie's fruit shakes? Must be something more in them.
Really like Zack does feel very much an equal to Jason.
And Billy looks like that a karate lesson loser.
And here come Bulk and Skull...and their epic theme.
Um..the dancer is a fighter, Hip-Hop-Akido?
And there goes the karate move of...dodging.
Meanwhile on the moon...
And why aren't Kim and Trini doing anything...heck even Zack feels more part of the class than them...yeah not their thing but still.
Um, Jason, you were a beginner when you were a kid; Billy is...um, late teens, or older.
And now we get our Tai Kwan Leap lesson from dumb and dumber.
That's not advanced Jason; it's a side kick. See even Bulk can do that.
And on the mat! This comedic timing is classic.
Billy didn't do...anything in his first lesson.
Spinach juice; no fruit or anything? (must explain Billy's growth spurt later)
It's California, these things happen all the time.
And meanwhile...annoying robot and talking head. (and teddy bear...wait what?)
Overbearing and overemotional youths? At least Sentai heroes tended to be young adults in this era.
Seriously if it wasn't for Zordon I would expect Billy to recite a certain bit from "Troll 2" about not moving.
Dunno, Kim; could be the Mall of America or that one in Dubai. (at least Billy likes it; see no need for martial arts and he has a purpose already)
Seriously, Alpha's only reason for existance is Saban regret he didn't do Bioman earlier. He's just like Peebo!
Trapped in a time warp; never made sense but roll with it.
Eh, I don't see anything wrong; she's just flying around on a magic bicycle.
You call dinosaurs? How the hell does Zordon know about what they are? He could have called them "giant lizard things" if he's interdimensional and trapped in a time warp.
Metamorphosis: so...they're going to be butterflies?
Mastodon's aren't dinos!? And clever...never thought a mastodon was clever. Elephant, sure but mastodon?
Kimberly is smart? Um....the valley girl?
Seriously if Zack and Kim leave, you could just use the other three as Sun Vulcan or Liveman!
And...Zordon still acts like they're his team when they decline. Seriously, they'll be back.
And that could explain why he didn't teleport them back into town. Stalling!
I like Finnster. He at least feels like a working class guy.
I'm with Zack: giant floating head is reeeely suspicious.
Putties go...um....bloobidy bloobidy bloo.
Get her chest!
And Zack is...dancing.
And there goes the glasses. That starts a trend.
Trini almost got one....heck she was more competent then Jason.
IT'S MORPHIN...no wait, too soon.
Um...what about the Putties? Teleport them to Angel Grove when the Putties are still...back near the command center?
Like how casual Jason's "we're going to save the world" is. If he knew...
And Goldar appears there...because....stock footage?
Zyuranger, Zyuranger, Densetsu no senshi-tachi yo.
Hey, Squatt gave her the growth idea? Guess he isn't just some dumb orc.
Stock footage time for the Dinozords....first appearance, thus it's going to be a long one
What stereo? Zordon didn't install that!
Find it weired it took to ep. 6 for Zyu to get the Megazord but here we get it in ep. 1 of Power Rangers...toy commercials.
The tank mode was always weird in Zyuranger.
(Animaniacs voice) RIGHT!
Goldar's first voice is weird.
Hey Zordon didn't mention the sword! And there goes Goldar. Wimp. Chicken. Griffin thing.
And thus the first of many, many headaches.
About rule #3....um...you do realize how many public service Sentai squads there are right? Heck even the Zyuranger were too! (sort of)
No it's luck. Zack's right.
Kim, shut up. You're such a brat...NOT!
Knock off the second-rate Peebo bit Alpha.
And freeze frame, fade to black.
Nothing bad to say about the episode; it's a classic opener to the season, the series and the franchise. Kids sent to save the world from an evil space witch, what's not to love? The valley girl bit for Kim gets annoying fast but she'll change (same with Billy the super-nerd but at least he feels right in the Command Center from the get-go); Zack at least is probably my favorite though.
So Trini...is she like some sort of kung fu or something?
Trini, your class...what about your class? All to watch Jason climb a rope?
It's called acrophobia, Kim.
Billy likes that, you know it.
Geek clowns? Is that a thing?
Monkey man....(sees season 3)...yeah, that works for the Red Ranger.
"The Bulk"...so now he's a fat Fonz?
Hey neat, an '84 Olympics punching bag.
And down goes the juice bar. Ernie better have this place ensured.
Rangers in a time warp...so we'll have an army of talking heads? Maybe they can all sing "Once in a Lifetime"
Great, Billy's already hacking into Zordon's stuff...there goes their privacy.
Trini: your perfect translator for Billy-speak.
And...right on top of Alpha.
Seriously, street talk? Sure this isn't how ALL the Alphas start out until reprogramming? (or is the Command Center near Watts?)
Congrats, Billy...I should have thought of it first but...giant floating head.
Stop that Alpha; it wasn't funny with Peebo! Heck it wasn't even funny in Robot Holocaust!
That plan makes no sense whatsoever but...the footage dictates it. (it's that or annoying kids that were sent to space)
"The babies"...boy I love her care for Finnster's creations.
Don't call him ugly; Bones is awesome!
Nah, he's fine. The removable head makes him more appealing.
Time device; it's a SPACE SHUTTLE!
Hey look it's Japan....or not. Hey it even has a Japanese flag on it!
And Zordon knows about the time device....how?
What are they doing? Um, being Putties.
Camoflague with those bright colors?
Jason and Zack: bros forever.
Right, let's have Trini split up...right around...a very high cliff area...seriously, whose plan was this?
At least Billy's more courageous Seriously, Trini may have acrophobia but when Billy's outdoing her...
Billy's calling for Alpha why?
Not the Morpher! Butterfingers.
Billy, you really need a more secure landing up there.
Kumbaya with Putties!
Dirtbag....good nickname for it.
And down goes the gray Momanschantz.
Morphintudinous? Stop making words up, Billy!
Oh this silly move....it's effective but still silly.
And never send your minions to a cactus patch.
And Zordon is congratulating them when there's still a crisis...why?
Zordon knows it's name and abilities already?
And there's our catchphrase...and it's Zordon who says it.
Nice, laser swords (yeah but they look like it)
And how did Squatt and Baboo get there again?
And that's the problem with skeleton men: easily collapsable.
Well that was a short MotW...then again it didn't last long in Zyu either.
And oh yeah; here's a giant...and Rita's castle on Earth. (dang I wish the used the proper footage means).
See, the problem here is that this giant fight was BEFORE they got any of the Shugozyu; thus why Jason shooting it in the face was neat...in it's original context.
Now you're playing with Power. DINO POWER!
See, he really wants Zack. And that's even after what he did with Billy.
Zombie? Sure it was the Power Rangers? They fought a skeleton man and a giant but no zombie.
So 90s? Wrist communicators are at least Dick Tracey and he was way before your time!
Hey Zack, where did you get a mask of those skeleton men?
The episode was fun but disjointed; a big problem being the footage used and some stuff beoing done out of order (namely introducing the Megazord last time when the giant fight was before they had all the mechs in Zyuranger). Trini's fear of highs sort of just felt "there" as an excuse for a storyline to have her pull through; and the footage from that point in Zyu really felt like they were trying to make something to use it but it still really..didn't work. Was still fun though.
And now we go to high school...and we see Trini and Kim on an environmental committee...hoo boy, here we go.
Hey look it's that Rudy Rotton guy from Lazy Town!
Your pollution? Um, Rita...what pollution?
Something tells me Trump and the Koch Brothers would sabotage their campaign if this was 20+ years later.
You didn't ask them from the beginning?
Hey the boys have good excu...Zack wants to talk to Alpha? I thought that would be Billy's schtick? (and talking about Alpha in earshot of Angel Grove High students? What about Rule #3!?)
Eh, Bulk's being just repulsive, not evil.
Where did all that colored paper come from?
I'd say no gymnastics in the halls but...
More like recycling, not trash. (and who is that girl with Bulk and Skull?)
Rita has a waste dump on Earth...why?
Angel Grove Industrial Waste Site...yep, even in a perfect town like this, we have green slime and algae running amuck. And sinister synth music.
Hey maybe they'll fall into something and mutate into some cute animal mutants.
Why would you deliver petitions at a waste dump for environmental protection?
Always liked Trini's kung fu abilities.
You send a monster because they're fighting...why?
And this is about dance moves? Why does Alpha need dance moves? See, I knew the Alphas were all "hood bots"! (Dudettes?)
Seriously, they listen to Zordon at a moments notice and not the girls? Then again...environmental petition and all.
That's a very non-descript Minotaur.
Now Billy's naming monsters before they know their names! Are they all psychic?
Clayboys? I like "dirtbags" better
They didn't even get the contact or nothing! Everyone is psychic!
I don't care if it's a "male Zyuranger", the coloring and Trini always made it female to me.
Um Zordon, why didn't you give them the weapons two episodes ago?
Well at least Rita knows to kick them while they're down.
Least Trini knows to fight and summon at the same time. And Kim...is psychic...as is everyone in this episode.
Why don't they show the images of Trini and Kim logging in?
Hey, it's a Voltron Lion!
This fight makes me wish they used the individual mecha more often in Zyu.
Wait what!? The tank mode? They didn't use that yet!
RETREAT! And the Minotaur is...
You should have given them these weapons sooner, Zordon!
They're talking while teleporting...why?
Hey the Minotaur's small again. If Rita kept it big, she could have won.
And again another non-contextual PR moment thanks to...Zyuranger's whole weapon arc.
Zordon's making the sword talk...sure that isn't Saba?
MOTH BREAKER! PTERA ARROW! SABRE DAGGERS! TRICERA LANCE! RYUGEKIKEN! HOWLING CANNON!
Nah this isn't Finnster's fault. I blame sending the Minotaur somewhere away from Trini and Kim!
That mess...seriously, why didn't Bulk clean it up? Oh and of course Mr. Kaplan runs off before they clean it up.
Alpha, you're not Peebo...YOU'RE NOT EVEN COLON MOONWALKING! CUT OUT THE DANCING AND THE HOOD THING!
Thank you Zack for shutting that nutty bot down.
This is sort of where the high school stuff...and the obsession with the clubs and environmental mess...begins. I don't get Rita's plan here and, again, the footage just feels very mix and match. The cast works but the stories so far still feel rather weak and random as heck...but hey, still great at least seeing where the footage from Zyu got used.