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Tokusatsu talk - Part 1: Power Rangers with a crisis? Power Rangers - my views
We all love ourselves some tokusatsu now,don't we? It's 1993 and the first thing that caught our eyes is the words: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTFfkb…
Yup,Power Rangers took not only America but every country on the planet by storm. IT was crazy,huuge and really nuts insane of a concept but it worked. Sure tokusatsu hitted on well in other countries that were not USA-based but it was completely noticed thanks to Power Rangers giving Sentai the push it needed and especially the toku medium in general. Like any other 90's comic book hero,the Power Rangers were extreme and some of the packaging and illustrations did gave the regularly-physique teenagers odd muscle structure thanks to our ol' friend,Rob Liefeld,at least they weren't given pouches which is possibly better not to have but instead gained an emblem on their chests...no clue why but to describe it,I say it's a live-action comic book. That's the only way to describe Power Rangers...a comic book which was the second intention of Haim Saban that not a lot of people get with Power Rangers as a whole anyway. Sure the Power Rangers did receive comic books especially by Marvel but somehow,they weren't story-based or any character developed for that matter but maybe because they didn't want to deal with another franchise that is not their own 'hint hint' Transformers Generation 1 and 2. You can see why here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B2SnQ…
I guess is maybe because Marvel was dealing with the speculator boom decline and that they weren't doing well..not after what happened with Jim Lee,Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld left the company.
Oh well,at least the Power Rangers didn't fall flat and end up dead like Marvel's 2099 line. Marvel,you might wanna slowdown on the crossovers in the 90's..at least Power Rangers introduced a new franchise by doing it in the first episodes of Season 3 and it wasn't much. Now back to the topic at hand,why am I still hung up on Power Rangers? It's because people didn't regard much of it at all. They think its kids stuff but the truth is,it's a LIVE-ACTION COMIC BOOK ON TV!! People often forget that it is hard to make a live-action comic book hero look good and not look stupid without making it look too awkward like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgPjoJ…
It needs a LOOOOOT of money to do so and was there even a wonder why movies like Spiderman from the 90's and Superman Lives never came to being? Guess we'll never know but if you can take a man dressed as a bat seriously,teens becoming titans seriously and a man being the size of an ant seriously,why not the Power Rangers?
I'll never know. So I know you people wanted to know what my feelings are on MMPR to Zyuranger so let's get these things outta the way...MMPR was originally going to be something dynamic and crazy great,much of a live-action X-men/Teen Titans/Generation-X before G-X began. Galaxy Rangers was the pitch where Jason was called Victor Lee,Zack was a detective finding terrorists,Kimberly is an aerobics teacher,Billy an athlete and Trini a reporter ala April O'Neil which is funny considering she's the yellow ranger. ^_^ That didn't work out...so the MMPR Pilot came out. It had good intentions like making Trini a lot more cynical and much more brash kinda like Raphael from Ninja Turtles,well,she's like a combo of the wise-cracking,confident Raphael of the 1987 TV cartoon and the violent Raphael from the comics which I like and I definitely wanted to see this incarnation of Trini someday used in some format,not saying that Thuy Trang's character was terrible in anyway but may she rest in peace. -_-
Zack was much more of a disbeliever when the gang was approached by Zordon in the pilot,giving him much more of a third dimension which I approve. Billy is still the same person as he was in the show,Jason is still the same but Kimberly in the pilot was much more of a scaredy-cat when the attack happened which I find baffling considering that the entire series,she is confident enough to be a second leader. I guess Saban Productions wanted to develop Kim from a fraidy cat to an awesome leader. Aww,poor Kim. XD Alpha too was quite different...in design and also,tries to mingle with the teens at the time of the pilot and tried to be hip. XD I do like this. The morphers were called the Trans-morphers and obvs a reference to Transformers because why not? It was awesome and the powers came from space as does the robots. The only thing that gets my attention was of course,the story of the episode where the teens do what teens does until problems happened. I can definitely see why some TV executives wanted Saban to change this,only because it was 'too intense' for kids to watch it but had Power Rangers been for teenagers,this would make a good intro to the Power Rangers for the general audience. I watched the 'Generation X' pilot and oddly enough,it had same elements of angsty teens which possibly was the intention of someone in Saban in the first place and it does make sense why the pilot was like this considering at the time,X-men and Batman animated series were completely dark and edgy so why not make a live-action hero like their style?
But of course,things changed and Audrey Dubois was then replaced by Thuy Trang and everything is history,this from the dark and edgy heroes fad which was going on to much of a pro-active and positive super-hero show which is quite different from the heroes with guns and pouches by Liefeld and Jim Lee and even Todd McFarlane and hell,the entire Image comics group for that matter in the comic industry. It was quite a success for Saban. But to compare this to Zyuranger which was much of a run of the mill toku and disappointment is clearly smiting in comparison to the successful Jetman before it. Zyuranger's story was waaay not there,it focuses waaaaay too much on children of all things,the main heroes were too 1 dimensional as the Gundam Wing boys and it was too children-oriented compared to the much more adult-themed story of Jetman. I can see why Zyuranger was 2 wings short compared to its previous Sentai. After much research and that I meant watching Akibaranger Season 2,it turns out that when Zyuranger failed,the adventures of Zyuranger made it up and toy sales went up,giving me an impression they could have done something better.
While Zyuranger was much of a minor success,Power Rangers dealt better because it was completely alien and unorthodox to almost anybody in America,being a gateway to all tokusatsu in general. The characters are identifiable and fared much better in anyone's minds. We can say that Season 1 of MMPR was like the Golden Age for Power Rangers because it is.
Season 2 of Power Rangers was much more of a Silver Age where the Green Ranger loses power until its gone,the Megazord is no more and Rita has been replaced and banished into space by Lord Zedd but luckily,Zordon gave new Zords and even a much powerful Ranger for the Ranger team called the White Ranger and his much stronger Tigerzord where the Dragonzord seems to use much of his power,no doubt that it runs on evil energy in order to move. Jason,Trini and Zack becoming more aware of their responsibilities to the outside world,replaced by new upstarts and Rita's return.
Season 3 is much more of a story power-house I can't tell you because its huuge but let's put it as the Dark Age of Power Rangers. Now Power Rangers has been accused of stock footage errors and such like skipping to another scene and using monsters against a robot which was not meant for it...the truth is its acceptable back in the 90's because it gives the illusion and imagination and EXTREME-ness...while nowadays,it just doesn't work like Super Megaforce did thanks to a certain George Lucas of Power Rangers - Jonathan Tzachor. This possibly was the reason why people prefer Zyuranger
but I see much of a problem in Zyuranger than it is with MMPR since story,characters and action is what I need to see.
MMPR's editing was meant to evoke a fast paced action and thrill of combat while Zyuranger's was much of a slow but mixed martial arts with some medieval fighting styles. The story for Zyuranger is that a witch from millions of years ago has woken up after her banishment,raises hell on earth,a wizard then wakes up 5 heroes to fight her,only to save any child that is being harassed by her. The final story is...much of the same thing but the kicker is that the eggs they were meant to catch for all the duration of the series...is what is making the Guardian Beasts exist...and the Zyurangers let the villain do it. WTF? The ending isn't even spectacular as they defeat a robot, Satan's destroyed,they give eggs to kids who don't DESERVE such eggs with dinos in 'em and floated away into heaven. In Power Rangers,the same happens but the difference is that the teens had to cope with various situations in real life and must work together as a team whereas the Zyuranger are skilled buut not what you say,very-smart. Sure they are skilled but most of the time,they shouldn't have any problems with the monster they're facing. The excuse for MMPR is that they're teens and are inexperienced with fighting makes sense and does give us some compliments to the teens.
Jason is the tough leader who is skilled at martial arts,makes decisions for the team and a very good leader at that. Although,sometimes when things get down,he does feel he's responsible for not being the ideal leader he was meant to be as seen in 'Missing Green'. Geki is a courageous leader and is the powerhouse of the Zyurangers but a lot of times,he doesn't make the right decisions and even ignores Dan and Mei who went on a killing spree without being noticed by the police!! When a plant monster attacks,he hesitates to kill the monster and the monster kills a woman and no,she didn't come back. Geki's relationship with Burai starts off good when Burai wanted to kill him buuuut after the Dragon Ranger saga,the relationship isn't quite there. Jason's relationship with Tommy however,is a lot more stronger than that. Tommy is the toughest new kid in town and is able to punch out Putties where Billy was unable to in his first try. Tommy was the catalyst for Rita's new project called Green Ranger and he was unbeatable. I've seen a comic called Going Green and it shows a lot of details on how Tommy came to be,giving Rita more of a reason to use him since Tommy at the time gotten out of some situations such as gang violence: blog.samuraicast.com/mighty-mo…
Makes sense to why the Green Ranger was evil since Tommy was unsure of himself about high-school life and possibly hated some people and thought the world was against him,giving his character much more points. This comic also gives us a reason to why he doesn't join the rangers since he feels that he is better off improving himself or he feels that he is not worthy to join the rangers since his arrival to Angel Grove. His relationship with Jason as the strongest out there next to Jason,both are proving each other who's the strongest (better than Ninninger in my opinion). Still,the two were much of sportsmen at heart despite both Austin and Jason have problems with each other in real life.
Funny thing in the MMPR version after the Green Ranger's power loss after the Cyclops,he calls upon the Green Ranger Shield Armor and subtly, grasps it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHNMi5…
obvs honoring Tommy's courage,proving that not every character must spout out what he's doing for and the fact that he summons the shield is proof of his friendship with Tommy whereas in Zyuranger,Geki constantly scolds Dragon Caeser to forget Burai even though the Dragon's sad. Dick I might ask? I know he didn't tell you much but your brother wanted what's best and telling his Guardian Beast to forget the owner,just is sad. I know people would like to see Tommy die or something valiantly but considering how comic book heroes always LOSE THEIR POWERS especially Hase in Kamen Rider Gaim,I'd say losing a power is much more disheartening considering that the villain will come after you for their insurance that is or do something despicable.
Billy is much of a nerd in the start but in Dark Warrior,he wants to improve..odd character development here but he also took his time to study in the command center to see what he can do. Think of him as the Peter-parker of the group,minus the photo taking and love-life aspect and voila,you got it. He got better in fighting Putties and even the Super Putties who are much harder since the Z on their chests and they have high defense,taking out the green-horn Aisha in Season 2 in some occasions. Dan is a capable fighter but the weakest of the Zyuranger group because no one is turned off by his constant complaining and whining and doesn't hit him that he constantly callin' on Dragon Caesar as a prick? Get out of here!! Also,why is working? Why is he laid back,finding girls? No one knows and I find him to be quite annoying too.
Trini is what everyone loves..the tough girl and is much of the middle-finger to misogynists and feminists everywhere.
Thuy speaks good english too and is confident in her abilities to fight. In the second episode,she does have a fear of heights despite her doing a flip in the first episode. I'm guessing all that power must have blinded her at the time,she can't help it. Also a good friend to Billy,constantly translating Billy's techno babble and complex talking and is much of the Watson to his Sherlock Holmes. Boy...well..he's a cook...and a positive guy..and...yeah,no one cares about him.
Zack is the life of the party and what you need in your group of friends since his dancing kicks ass!! A smooth talker and is definitely the hero-type since he keeps on saying 'We're the Power Rangers!' In Zack's Birthday,he is completely shutted out by everyone since he thinks people are too busy about life and doesn't care about his birthday and speaks about how 'everyone is thinking about their own lives' which is one of the philosophies that Power Rangers threw in where Zyuranger doesn't about real life without showing it to you. Real Life isn't that kind to you so Zack does feel that way and that's something a "kids show" doesn't teach people. What if the world turns their back on you? Goushi is the wise-guy of the Zyurangers and is...yeah...second leader where he should have been leading the group properly when Geki is too much of a puss. Goushi does have a back-story unlike the rest of the others but his sister's death was only to sympathize with a kid with the same problem of sister telling him to stand up to problems. That's really pathetic considering he is saving a girl from a lion guy. He should be interesting but he doesn't do much but get infatuated by a Dora Pixie.
Kimberly is often called the stereotypical girl-type where I don't see it...do you? Well,it could be due to her talking about malls and such but frankly,she's much of a compassionate,motherly and a capable second leader when Zack left and she's best friends with Zack from what I see. She's also Tommy's love at fist sight and the two seems to make a good battle couple often in Season 2 especially in Best man for the job. I don't know why people call out Kim as the 'stereotypical girl' when the japanese ver. with Mei is even more prevalent. Her back story is that she skips across her kingdom with lots of flowers...riiiiight. So yeah,Kimberly is a "girl" when the princess is much more of it. You Sentai-tards and people are idiots!! What's even funnier is that the episode I watched as a kid called 'Friends Forever is more detrimental to their complaints of Kimberly where Aisha's best friend Sean and Kim get hostaged by Goldar and we find out that Kim's parents are divorced long ago...yeah,this is...really sad for her. I watched the episode 'Spit Flower' and I can definitely see why she was crying to begin with...her parents divorced long before this happened and like Haruto and Eiji from Kamen Rider Wizard and OOO,she was actually trying to bring hope and joy to Angel Grove since maybe her dad and mom watched the float together with her. Funny thing,the japanese stock footage for 'Best Friends Forever' had Ryo's dad sacrificing himself to save Ryo while Baron of saws is down and the American version has Kimberly knowing that somewhere,her dad loves her. It's really funny how it's so sad that the fans are really stupid...no I'm serious. In 'Return of an Old Friend, Part 1',Kim's parents won't see each other and Kimberly's status of 'stereotype girl' is lost...I'm gonna fuck some shit UP!!! >: ( So who's the better Girl here...one who lost her parents and is trying to bring hope to everyone or a princess who is given everything she has? Also,Kimberly doesn't know that Rita has a grudge against her..jealous maybe? No wonder she ruined Kim's float and make faces at her in 'Best Man for the job'. One question,does Rita like bullying little girls?
One thing about Rita is that unlike her Japanese counterpart which I have no qualms with except her excuse in the end of the series,Rita says she has done several conquests but she is much more of a petty witch than anything else but when she gets mad in 'Island of Illusion',you know this character is capable of doing much more and is not one to be trifled with when she gets pissed off to the extreme which is much more interesting than her Japanese counterpart. She is also constantly blaming her subordinates when she could have just turn Baboo or Squatt into frogs,she just kept having them around. Hmm..guess she needs someone to wash the dishes. XD
There are shows where violence isn't needed to provide human nature and spirit,you can show it like how PIXAR does it. For e.g. UP where Fredreckson saw his photo album and realizes that Russell and Doug are what he needed in his life,a family but in piece of shit like Zyuranger,you get nothing!!! It's all a glorified marketing campaign!! A LIE!! They could have gotten something else after Jetman but instead we got Zyuranger. Sometimes,a story doesn't have to be shown but can be felt too and this is why I prefer MMPR because the characters are able to relate to the viewers,they are like the Spiderman of the 90's..people to aspire to be better and would not rest until these villains are down. I have a feeling on why the Rangers always seem to not kill Lord Zedd and Rita is maybe because both of them have human characteristics that are similar to human beings but that thought was thrown out the window at the end of Season 3. This feeling of post-traumatic stress would continue in Zeo where they find ways to stop the Evil Machine Empire and the finale of Zeo,they took Mondo down,subtly recalling of Zedd and Rita's success in destroying the Command Center,almost killing them. That won't sink well with the Rangers now.
So yeah,I just theorized the MMPR in a nutshell and analyzed everything on the Power Rangers,the gateway to Japanese action shows but this won't be the end of Tokusatsu talk as we have only just begun.