by T. Mack
Honestly, I never thought much about it, But if I had, I would not have thought a Power Rangers major motion picture would happen… Until recently, that is. Because recently, Hollywood has stopped trying to have unique ideas. Instead, the Hollywood machines seem to be focused on having their cash cows regurgitate my childhood, throw it up, call it fresh and see if I’ll swallow it. With that strategy firmly in place, we now have a Power Rangers movie coming in 2017 (I’ve got details on that film below). But in truth, this show already got the most amazing movie it will ever have. And you’ll never see it in theaters. Fortunately for you, I’ve got the entire thing for you to watch right here a the bottom of this article.
In the early 90’s, when I came home from middle school and turned on the television instead of doing my homework, one of the shows I tuned in to was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The show was built on a ridiculous concept, fairly atrocious acting and absolutely ludicrous villains. I remember watching the show and thinking to myself, “Why am I watching this?” But even while thinking that, I kept watching. And when the episode ended, I knew I’d watch again the next day. Even now, I can’t tell you for sure why I liked the show. But I did. And I remember it fondly as a crucial part of my childhood. Back then, I assumed the show would likely be gone by the end of the nineties. However, it has managed to keep a foot-hold in our culture and evolved again and again over the last 20 years to be something that every kid born since the late 80’s recognizes.
That recognition is bankable. And likely, lots of money will indeed be made from the project. This week, Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak peek of what we can expect to see in the new film that’s coming 2017. I am pleased that the diversity of the cast is being maintained, though the character races are being moved around a bit so as not to be quite as on-the-nose as the original series (the pink ranger was a blonde white girl, the yellow ranger was Asian, the black ranger was… wait for it… a black guy). Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games) will play the film’s villain, Rita Repulsa.
The director, Dean Isrealite, has confirmed the movie will be an updated origin story beginning before the group become friends. I don’t know about you, but with that news, I immediately smell a franchise. After all, if the team doesn’t come together until the final 3rd of the movie, there has to be a sequel that gets to highlight the team dynamic from the beginning. Right? With 30 years of staying power behind this source material, it’s nearly unfathomable this film could bomb with enough force to keep there from being at least one additional film. Likely, there will be many.
Truth be told, I’m not particularly excited about this new movie. But I will probably watch it, if for no other reason than to feel young again when I find myself in the middle of it thinking, “Why am I watching this?”
Besides, I already got the Power Rangers movie I wanted. Power/Rangers Unauthorized, released over a year ago on YouTube and directed by Joseph Kahn, starred James Vanderbeek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica). Let me say that again. This unauthorized short-film follow-up to the original series starred James-FREAKIN-Vanderbeek and Katee-HELLA-BADASS-PLUS-SUPER-SEXY-Sackhoff!!! It is a grittier, bloodier, more vulgar and much more damaged version of the silly show I remember from my childhood. And I ADORE it. Since I can claim that movie, I’m okay with the new one that’s coming, no matter how it all turns out. Check out the short film that I will forever claim as my Power Rangers movie below.
Did you watch Power Rangers as a kid? If you did, which iteration of the team do you remember best? Will you check out the new movie when it comes to theaters in 2017? And what do you think of the Joseph Kahn short film? Let me know in the comments.