Anyone with a vague recollection of the 1990s – fondly or otherwise – will surely remember a certain TV series surrounding a group of teenagers fighting extra-terrestrial foes while donning multicolor outfits and dinosaur insignia. On paper, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was always a fairly off-the-wall concept – and based on the long-running Japanese Super Sentai series, there was more than enough material for the Power Rangers of Angel Grove to come back fighting again and again. In fact, the original series spun off eighteen separate new incarnations, the latest of which is set to arrive on TV screens next year.
As this appears to be a decade crammed full of nostalgia, reboots and re-imaginings, however, it was only truly a matter of time before the original Power Rangers from over twenty years ago were brought back for an entirely new audience to enjoy. A teaser trailer has emerged over the weekend for a theatrical re-imagining of the genesis of the Power Rangers, with acting talent in Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks in the ranks – and as it appears that, from a visual perspective, the original concept is to get a grittier, more elaborate re-imagining.
Power Rangers (2017 Movie) Official Teaser Trailer – ‘Discover The Power’ (Lionsgate)
Certainly, from the trailer that has emerged, it seems that there is a deliberate effort to try and retain elements from the original series, while upgrading others to turn what was once regarded as cheesy into viable big screen entertainment in 2017.
But how much of the original series will be adapted? Will hardcore fans be treated to cameos from long-running comic foils Bulk and Skull? Will there be a glimpse of the popular Green Ranger? No one knows for sure – but two decades on, the original show remains a cult if cheesy classic that many people now in their twenties and thirties remember fondly as a part of their (albeit bizarre) televisual childhood. But which audience is the new movie aimed at – the hardcore fans, the nostalgics, or the entirely uninitiated?
The bigger question is, of course – with or without Bulk and Skull – will the movie create the same magic and mania that the original series did so long ago? As tastes and standards have changed over time, will the movie be perceived as ‘too violent’, like its predecessor? Once again, we will have to wait until Spring to find out – and rest assured One News Page will be there with a review.