It’s happened: the Power Rangers are heading back to the movies. And with luck, this time around Ivan Ooze won’t be anywhere within a twelve-mile radius of the theater.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers remains one of the last glorious bastions of my childhood. Somewhere deep in my bedroom back home, there’s probably at least one expensive action figure (I got the kind that morph, because I was spoiled) hiding away. Although the brand has survived dozens of tinkerings and reboots over the years (Jungle Fury? Really?), the original three-season series is unsullied — in my mind, at least. I can’t speak for the current series, but the old-fashioned Rangers delivered my necessary weekly dose of action, fantastic creatures, high school ennui, and a theme song that refuses to be forgotten.
With the announcement of a new movie franchise, I hope the brand I knew and loved will find its way to a new generation of fans who are currently settling to enjoy whatever form the modern Power Rangers take (which is Power Rangers: Coffee Shop Force, apparently). Frankly, they don’t even know what they’re missing — so my actual deepest wish is for Lionsgate to base its new films (likely a trilogy, likely with a love triangle, likely in some ridiculous dystopia) on the original Mighty Morphin series.
As with any revival, it’s always fun to look back and see what the franchise’s original cast members are up to. Diehard fans of the 1993-96 series should wonder whether we’ll get to see any cameos from some of the first Rangers (sorry, Rocky and Aisha). Spoiler alert: They’re almost all available. READ FULL STORY