Mighty Morphin WHAT?!




Twenty-Four years ago, five “Teenagers with Attitude” graced our television screens, sparking a phenomenon like none had seen before. Derived from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, it would take five years for a station to finally pick up the series for American audiences, titling this Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. At the height of its popularity, the series would spawn comics, figures, toys, clothing lines and video games, of which I personally had owned much of. For me, the Pink Ranger was my favorite, I liked how she was pretty and she could kick ass like the guys. I loved the color pink. She was agile, she was strong, she could stand up for herself, and she wasn’t a damsel in distress. Coming back to the series as an adult, my favorite has since changed to the Blue Ranger, Billy. He’s not the conventional teen; he was, in short, a dork. He was scientific, he was smart, but he was also a loner. While all the kids were out playing football, or doing normal teen things, he was at home doing projects, doing science. I felt as I grew older, I related to him more. Not to mention, he could kick your ass ten times into the next meteor shower!


As the series progressed, I noticed my peers had fallen out of the series, and moved on to the next big thing. Girls in my school were watching 90210, swooning over the handsome boys who roamed the halls on TV. I watched Power Rangers. I watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I watched Transformers, Beast Wars, Legend of Zelda, Street Sharks...we could go on forever. I didn’t just watch, I wanted to be a Power Ranger. I wanted to be a Teenager with Attitude.


A series revival has been going on, thanks to social media, revitalizing my love for the series, a series long forgotten, but still dear to my heart. Sure, it’s 90’s, sure it’s terribly corny, the jokes are outdated, and the combat is silly. But it’s still heartwarming and nostalgic to look upon the series and laugh about it, and fall in love all over again. We all screamed when the Green Ranger almost defeated the Rangers, we all posed like the Rangers, we all wanted Saba, we all wanted to talk to Zordon and Alpha 5. We all laughed at Bulk and Skull each time they tried to discover the Power Rangers and failed every time.


And we did it all together.


The series has now come full circle with the release of a movie on March 24th, 2017. I have yet to see this movie, but once I do, I’ll return with a full review.

Until then, I will be streaming the SNES versions of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers games, I hope you’ll join me in this celebration! 

EDIT: You can watch that stream here if you like:

 

-Nikki Tuonela -
 
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