With Dean Israelite’s reboot looming over our heads (only 15 more days!!!), it is certainly an appropriate time to celebrate the legacy of Power Rangers.
Clocking in at over 830 episodes over 24 years, the series at its best has delivered some absolutely breathtaking displays of heroism that would put even Captain America to shame, and occasionally, sombre defeats for the heroes that have shocked generations of young viewers into tears.
In this article, we hunt down five such moments, good and bad, that have defined Power Rangers as a genre and sometimes, set it apart from the original Super Sentai source material.
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5. The Destruction of the Power Chamber
A new team of Rangers took over midway through Power Rangers Turbo, and for the first time ever in Power Rangers history, no original members remained on the team. Not long after, the Ranger rookies were thrust into the midst of an invasion of the Power Chamber by Divatox.
4. Landing on Mirinoi
3. The White Ranger’s Introduction
2. 10 Red Rangers Teamup
A gathering of ten red rangers to clean up the Zeo Rangers’ trash on the Moon to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the series, Forever Red was fittingly written by a fan-turned-TV writer, Amit Bhaumik, who also wrote two other episodes in Wild Force.
1. Countdown to Destruction
Countdown to Destruction remains my favourite Power Rangers episode till today, because it was truly the culmination of everything that was set in motion since Day of the Dumpster. With the entire universe coming under attack by the Alliance, the Space Rangers were overwhelmed and forced into making their toughest choices ever, which led to Zordon forcing Andros to shatter his tube, stopping the invasion by spreading his good energy throughout the universe.
The danger faced by the people of Earth, for the first time ever, also felt real. It was even referenced in the Lost Galaxy teamup as ‘the day the Rangers saved the Earth’, even though previous teams of Rangers had done that over and over again by that point. Though the gravity of the situation could have been done better with a few cameos from retired Rangers doing their part as civilians.
Again, not bad for a series whose source material was about high tech videogame heroes.
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