Seeing the new trailer for Power Rangers, I do have mixed feelings about it if I’m being honest. It just seems like they are going for a more mature and darker feel to it. Nothing wrong with that – but I think the main appeal with Power Rangers was because it was so silly and that you didn’t need to take it seriously. There was a certain charm in that. Plus, as it’s been shown in the past, if you try and make things too serious and dark, they can end up falling flat on their face – Fantastic Four being a good example of this.
Ignoring the trailer for the moment, I can’t deny that Power Rangers was a huge influence on me. So much so that I did a comic at school called The Abbey School Avenger, which pretty much ripped off Power Rangers! That being said, there are a few things about the show that – irked me.
Now again, Power Rangers is not a show that you can take seriously – and believe me I don’t. But in my older age, I do tend to be a bit more analytical and questionable of things. So for todays blog I give you the Top Five – actually no, Top TEN Power Ranger Headscratchers!
Yup! I’ve teamed up with my Author Buddy and fellow Power Rangers fan girl Morgan Straughan Comnick in a special Top Ten blog where we look at ten things about Power Rangers that just leave us scratching our heads. I WILL attempt to try and find an answer to these though, so that it doesn’t look like I’m being mean!
Alright! Grab your Zords and prepare for battle – It’s Morphin’ Time! Here are the Top Ten Power Ranger Headscratchers!
(DAN) Why didn’t the Power Rangers just use their special weapons at the BEGINNING of a fight?
Here’s my question – if the Power Rangers had weapons that could destroy monsters in one go – why did they only use them at the end of the fight? Why not use them at the beginning? I understand they didn’t get their power gun until a bit into the series, but couldn’t they have just gotten their zords and crushed the monsters before they grew? Heck, this is how most if not ALL their fights went – even the ones when they looked like they were losing – surely this would have saved them all the trouble?
Possible Answer: They probably needed to be charged up or something like that – and considering how big the Zords were, the Rangers probably wanted to limit the damage to the city as much as possible (we’ll get to that later). And to be fair, certain monsters were immune to these attacks at first, so I guess they were planning to see what would work.
(MORGAN) What was up with the explosions?
Possible Answer: Because heroes always walk away from explosions!
I also would have questioned why there were so many explosions from when they hit each other, but this was probably done for a visual effect, considering it was only the 90’s and special effects weren’t as advanced as they are now. But anyway, moving on.
(DAN) Why put the Putty’s weaknesses on their chests?
Here’s a question – why put such an obvious weakness in such an easy place to hit it? Wouldn’t that be like putting your heart in an easily breakable glass cage?
Possible Answer: As mentioned, Putty’s were just used to soften up the Power Rangers and tire them for the big fight with the big bad. Maybe the Z thing was a side effect of their creation, or an oversight in Lord Zedd’s part. Hey – no one said Lord Zed was a genius!
(DAN) Regarding Rita Repulsa’s wand
Anyway, during a Power Rangers episode, Rita would sometimes throw her wand to Earth to make her monsters grow to fight the Rangers. However, next time you saw Rita, she often had her wand again. The question I’d like to ask is – how did she get it back? Did it teleport back? Or did she just have a stash of them hidden away?
Possible Answer: Being that Rita was supposed to be a witch, it probably just magically appeared back in her hand once it was done with! Though I do like the "stash" idea. I have images of her going "Make my monster-" awww crap I'm outta wands!
(MORGAN) Regarding Rita and her minions
Possible Answer: Given that the show was aimed at children, murdering them seemed a little extreme. Then again, the Rangers murdered a different monster each week, so go figure. As to how they met – maybe they went to school together and decided to hang out! I like to think her and Goldar had a thing going on. Come on! You can't tell me there wasn't any unmentioned sexual tension between the two of them at some point. No? Oh well, that's what fan fiction was made for! XD
(MORGAN) Regarding Lord Zedd
Possible Answer: Maybe he takes his food in soup form? And maybe he’s on nicotine patches? Would make sense as he’s always so peeved all the time – probably just missing his cigarettes! Still, that would explain his deep, growly voice! (I’m assuming Morgan meant how does the ACTOR do all the above – to be honest I’m more worried about how he goes to the loo in an outfit like that? XD
(DAN) Why didn’t the Power Rangers just go to the moon to fight Rita Repulsa and her goons?
Possible Answer: Maybe it would have caused Zordon too much power to do that. Or perhaps they just never thought about it. Considering they still had their studies to focus on, I guess they wanted to concentrate on that in between fighting aliens.
(MORGAN) Zordon and the power grid. Ancient tech?
Possible Answer: I guess Zordon must be from a more advanced race or something like that. However, this doesn’t hide the fact that Zordon may be a casual racist – as he made a black guy the Black Ranger and an asian the Yellow Ranger. Just saying! XD
(DAN & MORGAN) Why didn't anyone mention the destruction the Power Rangers left in their wake?
During fights with monsters, especially during the big fights with monsters, the Power Rangers caused a LOT of destruction in the city, usually levelling buildings and other places. However, after the fight, everyone seems to be calm and collected. Why was nothing made of the destruction in Angel Grove? It’s not as if the fights were clean ones and yet NO ONE mentioned it. Not once did you ever hear something like:
“Dude did you see that fight with the Power Rangers and that giant tentacle monster?”
“Yeah! They trashed the hospital and orphanage building! Now we have nowhere to take the injured and no homes for the children.”
“Those bastards! They are a threat to us!”
“But they are protecting is from aliens…”
“They’re just as much a threat! Something must be done about them!”
Or, something like that!
More to the point, where were the police in all this? I don’t recall seeing a single police officer during an episode of Power Rangers? Does this suggest that Angel Grove HAS no police force? If so then no wonder it’s an easy target! What is up with that?
Possible Answer: Maybe Angel Grove has building contractors that work really fast? XD
Ok, but seriously. Just because we never saw any police, doesn’t mean they weren’t around. They were probably busy evacuating the people to a safe distance – considering they were under constant attack, it seems logical they would have an evacuation plan! And considering that the Power Rangers were able to stop the monsters without anyone getting hurt, I think that’s a pretty good achievement myself. And, I guess the police realised that they weren’t any good trying to stop these evil space aliens and that the Power Rangers were pretty solid at that thing.
Possible Answer: Actually, this was planned from what I’ve heard – but for some reason or other it didn’t happen. But Paul Schrier directed a few Power Rangers episodes over the years and he and Jason Narvy have carried on acting in some capacity so that’s awesome!
So those are our Top Ten bits in Power Rangers that left us scratching our heads! Any others we missed? Let us know!
On a side note, I AM actually looking forward to the Power Rangers film – and will be interested to see what they do with it. But, I can’t lie – I do have my reservations. Still, benefit of the doubt and all.
Thanks for reading guys. Have a wonderful weekend!
PS – if the Green Ranger doesn’t appear in the Power Rangers film then I WILL be p****d! Green Ranger forever!!!
PPS If Rita Repulsa ends up being the Green Ranger then I will be super p****d!
PPPS I am by no means an angry fanboy. Not really. Honest.
PPPPS Why are you still reading this? Go out an enjoy your day! XD