Did I get your attention? I hope so. As long as your a child of the 90’s then you know about Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, regardless if you liked or it not, this sure was the best thing on the Kids block anywhere, for years. Even long after the show ended, and was subsequently rebooted thanks to the original from Japan, the show continued to impress. Now the show finally returns, in addition to Saban regaining the franchise, the show is better than ever. (almost. Nothing beats the original)
Power Rangers is a long-running American entertainment and merchandising franchise built around a live action children’s television series featuring teams of costumed heroes. Produced first by Saban Entertainment, later by BVS Entertainment, and currently by SCG Power Rangers LLC, the series took its initial premise and much of its footage from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise. Its first entry, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, debuted on August 28, 1993, and helped launch the Fox Kids programming block of the 1990s, during which it catapulted into popular culture along with a line of action figures and other toys by Bandai.
I want to start off by saying, Thank you Haim Saban for regaining the ownership of Power Rangers. I have watched almost all of the Power Rangers, and honestly, it show started to fall dramatically as the years under Walt Disney passed (no disrespect to Walt Disney, they just couldn’t do it like Saban could.) As I watched all of the Power Rangers it began to stray away from the Power Rangers that I once grew up with, the show I once woke up at 8 in the morning to see. That I watch still to this day. Honestly, it no longer felt like Power Rangers, I honestly couldn’t bear or understand it. It had lost a lot of the key features that made the show great, in my opinion. I know it sounds harsh, but it just didn’t feel like Power Rangers.
Power Rangers Samurai is the nineteenth season of the American children’s television series Power Rangers. With Saban Brands buying back the franchise, the show is produced by SCG Power Rangers and began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on February 7, 2011. As with all Power Rangers programs, Power Rangers Samurai is based on one of the entries of the Super Sentai Series; in the case of Samurai, the source series is Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. Saban Brands have said the show will have a “brighter tone and gets an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn’t present in present in seasons 16 and 17.”
Samurai is split into two 20-episode seasons; the second set of 20 episodes began on February 18, 2012 and is called Power Rangers Super Samurai, which is being called a new season.
Since the Start of the Power Rangers Samurai, the show has recaputured me, I feel as though I am watching the original Power Rangers, the comic relief of Paul Schrier who plays Farkas “Bulk” Bulkmeier, and Spike Skullovitch (played by Felix Ryan), the son of his best friend Eugene “Skull” Skullovitch which was played by Jason Narvy, is a throw back to the olden days of Bulk And Skull, they are brilliant comedic relief which was missed from the past seasons, is very welcomed.
The entire feel of the show, the camera work, the lighting all of the production elements, make the show seem as though you are following straight right from the older series, the ones from the original Saban Entertainment. The actual production of the show amazes me, this is the first Power Rangers in the whole franchise (english) to be shot and distributed in High Definition. Even the little quirks of the post production, such as the stuttering and the scene transitions are still reminiscent of the past. Or it could be my nostalgia, but you’ll have it too, trust me.
Even that horrible voice acting is still there, well the slightly off speech thing that all of the characters have while in costume (you know because most of it is actually the scenes from the original Super Sentai show.). You know when they speak and you can’t tell if its that what their saying? Like with the monsters? Still there, and I am loving it.
My only real complaint is that in the past, the zoids trasformation was in Full Reality. As in they built the suits and the toys and then recorded the zoids transforming in Real LIFE! However in the new one, they only show piece of the Full Reality transformation while everything else is done in CG animation. But all of the fights are done in Full Reality with real persons, and it really gives the show a sense of reality, well more like “Yes I know its fake but it looks awesome and real Fake.”
One of the most favorite things about the Power Rangers Franchise is that it teaches children so much more values, like its okay to be different, and everyone has a part to play, and it promotes teamwork etc. Those little life lessons are all here now. Just like how the older series subtly (sometimes not so subtly) taught kids these nice morals and values, this new series do the exact same thing, except AWESOME! People think that all this show promotes is violence, but you need to pay and attention and then you get some serious life lessons. Take a peek and you’ll see.
Now the music, the opening theme was redone from the original, and it absolutely amazing. I have to give that theme song a million thumbs up. I absolutely love it. Its like a more metal version of the original, and while the subtle sounds have been extended with additional notes, it just makes the theme song so much more epic. In addition to that, a fan did a full version of the song and the solo blew me away, you should check it out. I got it, its right below.
Honestly, the new Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai is just like a upgrade on an old favorite, and if your a new Power Rangers fan, then you can truly feel what Habim Saban wanted you to feel, because this is how he does Power Rangers. And if your an old time Power Rangers fan like myself, you will find yourself sitting at the tv, buying it on iTunes, singing along in the middle of street and reading a review :).
I have no real Complaints about the show and I recommend Nickelodeon holds on the franchise as long as it can, because Saban will return it to its former glory!
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- Far, Far Away: Commentary on Power Rangers in Space (mibreviews.com)
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