It's Morphin Time! The Power Rangers franchise has been a remarkably durable one, which has gone through many different iterations -- and it's about to get yet another overhaul. This time, the show is reconnecting with its past, as Haim Saban, the original producer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and several of the subsequent seasons, has purchased the series back from its most recent owner, Disney.
Saban has already secured a deal to bring the series to Nickelodeon, where new episodes will be produced, along with airings of the 700 (!) previously produced episodes from the show's first seventeen seasons. Premiering in 2011, the new Season 18 of Power Rangers (which will, per usual, feature a new cast) will consist of 20 episodes – a shorter run than previous seasons, which most recently ran about 32 episodes each.
I grew up with this franchise, but obviously couldn't keep going after five years worth of fatigue. But the fact that Saban's back in the fold is really interesting stuff. I believe I'll get the niece and nephew around the TV and catch this one next year.
Sing this special song. It's just for you. That's... not enough episodes. Mystic Force ended up feeling really rushed and all I do when I think of it is wonder how it would rank if it'd been given the time Overdrive was.
Gosh, I haven't watched this show in 15 years, since what I believe was the original series to air (in America at least). I remember only one other person I knew watched this show because were were a couple or so years above the target age group. Can't be a big bad cool middle schooler if people know you watch Power Rangers. Ha!
I'll probably catch some of the original episodes again for nostalgia's sake, but whoever mentioned fatigue basically summed up how I feel about shows like this that go on for seemingly forever. I just can't keep up.
I know it'll never happen because Saban wants the revenue from a new line of toys every year, but I was much more into Power Rangers when I saw the same characters for three years, and even from then up until the conclusion of "Power Rangers in Space", there was a lineage going. Then they changed teams completely every year, and they had virtually nothing to do with each other save for an occasional team-up episode.
I think people would be more invested in the characters, and thus the series as a whole, if they kept the same team together for two or three years once more. Of course, that's an intangible thing, and new toy sales every year are far more tangible.
Maybe Saban will finally start releasing complete season box sets on DVD. That'd be nice.
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