Wow… this is blast from my past. If you were an American adolescent in the early 90s, odds are you were begging for Power Rangers action figures and scandalously-overpriced Zord playsets for your birthday. The show, of course, was a repackaging of Toei’s long-running Super Sentai series. Literally a repackaging. The actual mecha vs. giant monster battles were straight from Japan, while other the story material in between was newly shot to feature American teens. The series has been continuing, quietly, over the years at Disney, but now Saban has got the Rangers back and its gearing up a new series and a collection of re-runs to play on Nick later this year. It’s really not just limited to that. They’re also looking to do new feature films and live-action touring shows.
Sheesh… I can remember lil’ Tommy P attending one of the original live action touring shows back in the 90s. All the lights, choreographed dance-fighting and power rock endures in my mind. I don’t feel too nostalgia about it, though - - certainly not as much as kids my age feel about something like, say, the Ninja turtles. Obviously, a lot of us are still watching shows we enjoyed as kids, but I don’t think Power Rangers is something that people really hold on to. Am I right? Who else wanted to morph in their misspent youth? Does it make you smile fondly over the memories or cringe with embarrassment?