Like most people my age, I watched it as a kid, and eventually grew out of watching it. I can even pinpoint the season I stopped caring back in the day. But that year, I decided to catch back up. I watched every season starting with my favorite at the time, Power Rangers in Space, and the goal was to catch up all the way to where the brand new season was going to be, Power Rangers Samurai. I ... didn't make it. Ultimately because I got bored again and because I started doing things other places. The real world caught up. But I always wanted to finish. I'm a rank-er and critic, and a completionist for a lot of things. So in the back of my head, I've always wanted to come back. And on a whim last week, I did. In the future, I'm sure there will be an Arbitrary Numbers ranking all of them, or perhaps just as a shorter article as part of something else. But let me talk in depth about what I just finished.
Spoiler, there's a Shark Ranger! :D
The actors are all pretty good, and the characters are all memorable. I especially like the Red Ranger, Casey, who was not as high ranking as the other two students called upon to stop Dai Shi, but becomes a leader and a hero in his own right. The bad guys were very cool, too, as Dai Shi possessed the bully kid Jarrod and there was a great episode, all be it a little rushed, where Jarrod was taken through his past to destroy the remaining good in him. Dai Shi's right hand woman, Camille the Chameleon, was a cool secondary character as well, and both Camille and Jarrod were nicely complicated. Really, all the characters were, which is great because you could easily just use broad strokes to characterize everyone under the guise of a "kids show" and Power Rangers has done that in the past.
Training and working hard ... and jet powered cat suits with claw fists!
There are a whole heap of rangers, which is great. There's the 3 main ones, then their new master, RJ, becomes the first ever purple ranger, which is cool. Then they get a 5th main one, the White Rhino, who I really want to like but he didn't get enough character support. He looks rad, though. But then you have the three masters that the three rangers all trained under all having their spirits being turned into rangers as well, which was flipping cool. That's 8 rangers. I think only SPD had more in one roster, and even then that includes one-offs. The Jungle Fury 8 are all in multiple episodes.
Shark Ranger is sooooo cool!! LOOK AT HIM SURF SLASH PEOPLE!
Elephant chain-mace trunk smash zord power, yeehaw!
That's the biggest complaint. I wanted more. Which is technically good, when it delivers. The biggest problem with this speed was that nothing ever really felt like it challenged the Rangers. Problem happens, they get more powerful in the same episode, problem stopped. Even the finale felt like that. The only time it didn't work that way was a little mini-arch near the end where the Red Ranger's tiger spirit was taken by a tiger villain. He was underpowered, and basically benched, and the Red Ranger is the leader. It was cool, but resolved the next episode. The resolution was a great episode, but it all could have been played out a little longer.
This isn't the ending, it's just cool. Jet powered cat strike from the sun!
So yeah, that's a lot of talk on Power Rangers! And I plan to do more! RPM is next, which is considered one of the best by a lot of folks I've talked to. And then Samurai, then Megaforce, which I just found out rushed my favorite of the Sentai's into their second half ... which makes me sad. But I'll get there and document it all!