Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Official Thread
So Netflix added the original Power Rangers (and the spin offs) to its library and I found myself watching it again. Wow, I remember as a kid thinking this show was dreadfully cheesy, and going back to it now, I honestly don't know how I made it through 4 seasons and a movie, and an SNES game.
The bizarre 90s soundtrack, coupled with awkward voice overs from the young American actors (of the original Japanese footage) was laughable. The combat dialogue was ridiculous and the entire premise was just crazy. Dinosaurs, robots, power crystals, martial arts, monsters, demons, aliens, sorceresses, and high school. What a mess! Alpha was excruciating to watch! He was like the love child of C-3P0 and Orko.
The monsters were nuts. I remember enjoying some of the earlier creatures like King Sphinx and Madame Woe, then game a menagerie of beasts belched from the bowels of some bizarre children's nursery rhyme book. Virtually every episode followed the same formula. Monster shows up. Rangers fight. Monster gets blasted to giant city stomping format. Rangers get into Zords, stomp monster. The end.
Yet still, it has some charm to it. The original cast were great for a group of virtual unknowns. Who didn't want to hang out with Zach (Walter Jones)? Do math homework with Billy (David Yost)? Or take a karate lesson from (swoon over gorgeous) Jason (Austin St.John)? I'm sure a few guys around here gave Trini (Thuy Trang) or Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) a second glance.
Somehow I managed to hang in there to see the Tommy, the Green Ranger, (Jason Frank) who kind of stole the spotlight from the Red Ranger, and eventually the White Ranger. At least thats how I felt about it at the time. What happened after that, I don't remember. Oh wait, at some point Goldar's face was given a massive visual update. That was cool. I think he was my favorite villain. While I do recall some of the martial arts sequences being surprisingly cool for a television budget, its hard to choke down with all the bad humor. Maybe this thread will bring together some other fans together.
... oh wait now I know why I watched this... His name was Austin St. John, the Red Ranger
I'll adimit it LOL, I onced like the show!
Wait what!? David Yost got bullied behind the scenes by the crew?! Um, why? Didn't they know it was part of his character anyway :hmconf:. I mean he actually hung around after the original lineup into Zeo if i recall as a base support with Alpha....ugh....Alpha, it's like if Twiki form Buck Rogers somehow got ever more annoying.
But I'll admit to watching this, as I said up to Zeo on/off, until Turbo when I just plain lost interest. There were a few knock-offs as well like VR Troopers (which I thought was even lamer and felt out of date compared to others) and Big Bad Beetleborgs which I kinda liked, it felt more self-aware of how silly it all was, like the house full of dysfunctional Universal Monsters that seemed to have escaped from a Goosebumps episode led by that Casper/Jay Leno amalgam Flabber, and yes I'm sure everyone made that same comparison :sklol:. But just like Sailor Moon the thing I really liked about those shows were the monsters of the day, I even had Black Knight, Eye Guy, and that big Spider thing action figures which IMO were cooler then the PR figures. Yeah some of them were pretty silly, but then there were ones that genuinely creeped me out like the Terror Toad, who actually ATE the power rangers, and their faces appeared on his belly :hmeek: and obviously has become the subject to some vore enthusiasts artwork, no really Google it if you're into that kinda thing LOL!
But one elephant in the room that more people bring up today, in particular Linkara's awesome guide, the whole controversy over Yellow and Black ranger being played by a black guy and an asian. Did anyone besides me not really notice that back when it debuted? It really seemed innocent enough, but then they realized it and that was part of the reason Zach and Trini were eventually phased out of the series and replaced, which was a shame cause I really liked Trini (plus I was deeply saddened to learn about Thuy Trang's death in 2001 :hmsad:) , in fact after re-watching some clips I had forgotten how hot her and Kimberly were, of how funny it was to hear Kimberly impersonate Rita in a certain episode.
Just for fun, were there any MMPR monsters that you thought would have been perfect in MOTU as a Horde member or of Skele's crew, id be funny to see Snizard under King Hiss's control for example.