First and foremost I wanted to set the record straight. The reveal that Kaizouku Sentai Gokaiger footage would be used as second season material of Power Rangers (UNOFFICIALLY CALLED!!!) Super MegaForce (MEANING IT MIGHT NOT BE CALLED SUPER MEGAFORCE!!!) was NOT revealed at the SDCC Power Ranger panel. This information was told directly to myself in a conversation I had with Saban Brans President, Elie Dekel afterwards. There are some media outlets that have reported otherwise, negating that this was actually an HJU Breaking Exclusive and falsely stating that took place during the panel.
Next…. You guys are flipping the FUCK OUT about this announcement and speaking all manner of doom and gloom, but if the record of Power Rangers series holds… this could be a VERY good thing! Here… is why….
We all agree that Power Rangers has had its ups and downs. I myself am not a fan of Power Rangers Samurai, but there are reasons why this might not be the best. This is Saban Brands’ first shot in a looonnng time at producing Power Rangers and they don’t yet have the resources they used to. Kiiiinda like a certain MMPR show that took the planet by storm. And to its credit, Power Rangers Samurai did veeeery well with toy sales. And also to it’s credit, while us older fans might be more critical of what we get out of a Power Ranger show… This show has been badass for children! My friends kids are BLOWN AWAY BY IT! For them, this is their own “Saved By the Bell” only with teenagers slicing monsters with actually bladed swords! So while it’s not yet catering to us currently, it is rocking the minds of the new rising fandom it’s meant for.
But here is why I think this unofficial announcement could be a VERY good thing: Power Rangers is AT ITS BEST when it is forced to be creative and make its own stories. From the height of the shows popularity with MMPR through to Lost Galaxy, those could arguably be called some of the finest Power Ranger seasons we’ve got. Reception on Power Ranger seasons in the Disney era that adhere more to the Super Sentai stories and plots have not really gotten all that much of a positive response from the fandom.
Then we got a little show called Power Rangers RPM that totally jettisoned its Go-Onger storyline and was arguably one of the best seasons PR has produced.
Approaching Mega Force with the intention of a continuing universe is the fun stuff we had when we went from MMPR Power Coins to Zeo Crystals or when we lost the Turbo Morphers to take up Astro Morphers, boarded a spaceship and took the story intergalactic.
“Power Rangers Super MegaForce” IS NOT THE NAME. This was also a problem with other outlets mis-reporting our news. Super MegaForce MIGHT be the name, but it might be called anything at this point. This is an unofficial title used to just… have a name that the producers can use so they don’t have to keep saying to each other, “that show we haven’t officially named yet that will be taking place after MegaForce.” This is also two years out. ANYTHING could happen where maybe.. just maybe things might change.
I think this is a good idea. With Super Sentai… I’ve seen those stories. It’s really hard for me to enjoy those stories again, when it’s just a new cast going over again what’s already been done and just not in that… way only the Japanese culture can truly nail. If MegaForce evolves in to Super MegaForce, this would force Power Ranger to truly need to flex their story telling muscles and go all out to push the universe to reveal a new war none of us have ever seen.
And that sounds like good news to me.
If you have any questions…. you know where to find me. 😉