Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a live-action martial arts-themed show aimed at children and aired on Fox Kids from 1992 to 1995. It is the first entry in the Power Rangers franchise and was adapted from the Super Sentai series Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger for the first season, Gosei Sentai Dairanger for the second season, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger for the third season.
After Rita Repulsa, a powerful galactic sorceress, is freed from her prison after 10,000 years, she sets her sights on conquering Earth once more. Zordon, the wizard who imprisoned her, empowers five teenagers with attitude, Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini and Zack, to become the only hope Earth has against Rita and her army of monsters: The Power Rangers.
Eventually, after numerous failures, it is revealed Rita was merely a servant for the emperor of all evil, Lord Zedd. Zedd takes over the job of conquering Earth and reseals Rita before banishing her to the depths of outer space. With new weapons and Zords, the Power Rangers fight back against Zedd and his minions. However, Rita manages to escape from her prison once again and, with the aid of her loyal minion Finster, tricks Lord Zedd into marrying her, becoming more dangerous than ever.
Why It Rocks
- It started the Power Rangers franchise.
- Adapting Super Sentai for North American audiences worked incredibly well.
- Intense action while maintaining a family-friendly image.
- Tons of great monster designs, though some are kind of laughable (especially Eye Guy).
- Though it's an adaptation of a different series, it creates its own different story.
- While future seasons retain the Zyuranger costumes, the Zords and monsters of those seasons are from Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, mixing three Sentai shows into one, which is an awesome idea, to begin with.
- The most memorable and recognized Power Rangers of all: Jason Lee Scott (the Red Tyrannosaurus Ranger), Kimberly Hart (the Pink Pterodactyl Ranger), Zack Taylor (the Black Mastodon Ranger), Trini Kwan (the Yellow Sabre-Toothed Tiger Ranger), and Billy Cranston (the Blue Triceratops Ranger). A sixth Ranger would later be added: Tommy Oliver (the Green Dragon Ranger and later the White Falcon Ranger), regarded in-series as the greatest Power Ranger of them all.
- Memorable villains such as Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Goldar, and Master Vile.
- Adam was played by Johnny Yong Bosch, who's not only a great martial artist but is now also famous for his many voice-acting roles, including Hajime Hinata in Super Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Vash the Stampede in Trigun and Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass.
- The actors who played Jason, Zack, Aisha, and Kat met their Zyuranger counterparts at the 2014 and 2016 Morphicons.
- Barbara Goodson and Robert Axelrod are utterly hilarious as the voices of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd.
- Machiko Soga and Ami Kawai (both from Zyuranger) provided new footage by Toei that was exclusively for the adaptation to make them sound like they're speaking English without bad dubbing, which coined Zyu 1.5.
- Was often a target for moral guardians.
- Jason, Zack, and Trini's actors quit the show due to a pay dispute, as they were being paid absolute minimum wage for their work, so when Haim Saban wouldn't concede to give them more money, the three walked off set, and Saban wrote them out.
- While impressive at the time, the use of Sentai footage on the show is painfully obvious and it's poorly aged now.
- The infamous 2010 re-version made by Disney was poorly edited and was thankfully canceled after 32 episodes.
- Rito Revolto can sometimes be annoying.
- Sadly, it never used the five core Dairanger suits, being the only adaptation to not use the adapted season's core rangers' suits due to The five original Dairanger suits left on the cutting room floor, Haim Saban only took footage of the Dairanger monsters, zords, and what would become the White Ranger.
- Some of the villains seem to be off-putting for an action show, especially Eye Guy.