Go! Go! Power Rangers!
On this day in 1993 our televisions were blessed with the first episode of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Our lives would never be the same.
I have to admit, I didn't really watch the show that much, but when they made a feature length movie, I played it out! It was cleverly titled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers:The Movie. It hit theaters in 1995.
The Power Rangers morphed thanks to their dinosaur zords, kind of like their spirit animal. And Tommy became the leader/white ranger much to the chagrin of some fans. Many fans thought Jason should be the leader. But, you guys, Jason didn't have a love story with the pink ranger so that just wouldn't work.
The movie, in 1995, transitions the Power Rangers from using dinosaur zords to being ninjas! Dulcea taught them about their new powers and thus giving me my favorite line of the movie, "I'm a frog."
It seemed that the cast was a revolving door of sorts. Except for Kimberly and Tommy. They seemed to stick around for awhile.
I must admit, Power Rangers went on to have like a million different morphin options. There was Ninja Steel, Dino Charge, Turbo, Zeo, Hyper Force, Jungle Fury, and so on. I didn't really stick with it.
However, the movie adaptation in 2017 brought me right back! I loved the movie. It was updated enough to be relevant, but kept enough of the 90's awesomeness so that us aging millennials would enjoy it! It was a more adult version. Kids could still enjoy it, but it wasn't cheesy or kitschy like the 90s Rangers. It added relevant themes as well. Trini was representing the LGBTQ community, Billy was autistic, and honestly all the Rangers had stuff they were dealing with whether it was sick family members, school stress, or just trying to fit in.
Here's to hoping the sequel is just as good and they don't screw up Tommy's introduction.
My one piece of advice for the new movie, the pink ranger didn't wear enough pink. I mean, if they all have to wear their color all the time, she should try a little harder. Just saying.