What was your first Power Rangers episode? Answer in the comments. Mine – “Day of the Dumpster” – 8/28/93
On August 28, 1993, the world was saved for the first time by the Power Rangers. The first episode of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers – titled “Day of the Dumpster” – aired on the Fox Kids block and mixed together popular trends of martial arts and super heroes with dynamic action, bright colors, entertaining practical effects, and just enough camp about high schoolers trying to do the right thing while coping with bullies and everyday life.
Adapted from the Super Sentai 1992 series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, MMPR isn’t technically the first Sentai series to make it state side. That goes to Dynaman, which aired on USA Network’s late-’80s late-night block Night Flight, which parody dubbed over the original dialog. The Power Rangers franchise though proved more successful, as the original MMPR series lasted for three seasons, and the franchise then followed in its Sentai roots by changing the series out about once a year (with a couple of exceptions and breaks). The franchise continues to this day with the current 18th/19th series: Power Rangers Samurai/Power Rangers Super Samurai.
Here’s to next year, the big 20, and the next series Megaforce.
The second intro to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, including the Green Ranger
Trailer for Power Rangers Megaforce, from this year’s Power Morphicon convention, courtesy of Samurai Cast
With the Power Rangers brand getting new life jolted into it, what are you all wanting to see come from the franchise in the future? (Leaning towards season box sets, myself)
No, this isn’t about the annual Vs. team up between Super Sentai teams (that would be the other way around with the current series first).
If you haven’t heard, Saban has bought back the rights to Power Rangers from the cold clutches of the Mouse. In addition to moving the 700-episode reruns over to the premium channel Nicktoons (hopefully original first season instead of the remastered crap), Saban is in talks to start a new 18th season of the franchise on Nicktoons and its older sibling network Nickelodeon later this year.
Here is where the question lies. With this year gap in the franchise, will Saban pick up with the series next in line after its last adaptation – Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (Shinkenger followed Go-Onger, the basis for Power Rangers RPM), or will it go with the current (less obviously Japanese but more lackluster) Super Sentai series Tensou Sentai Goseiger? Or maybe, just maybe, it’ll be something…original. *gasp* (Or it’ll go with Jetman)
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I’m glad to say my favorite tokusatsu series of 2009 hits close to home – Power Rangers RPM. Undoubtedly the best Power Rangers series in recent years, Power Rangers RPM is sadly the final entry in the 16-year-old franchise for the foreseeable future. Disney is giving Power Rangers a break, beginning with re-airing the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series in its place. Remarkably enough, RPM ended its run on the last Saturday of the year and decade, as well as on the 700th episode of the franchise.
Bandai has unveiled their new Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers toyline, to be released in 2010. Cheesy narration aside, the video got me excited. The figures themselves look nice, and I’m jumping for joy for a chance to finally have the original MMPR Megazord.