Recording artist and tokusatsu fan Ricardo Cruz is back again, with another offering of musical splendor for fellow devotees of all things loud and explodey. This time, he jumps from one end of the global entertainment pond to the other. Instead of tackling hits from Japanese action titles like Kamen Rider and Space Sheriff, he's teleporting into the midst of the Teenagers With Attitude themselves: the original high school heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Taking his their cue from the seminal opening theme track by Ron Wasserman, Cruz and his team are offering their own take on the iconic song that kicked off a new era in kids live-action entertainment for many viewers in the western world. Check it out.
They don't make themes like they used to. N...
As we wait to see what shape the Power Rangers television franchise takes next, it might be fun to have a look back on one of the brand's recent offerings. The title about a group of young heroes tasked with defending the world from evil in multi-colored outfits has been molded onto many grafts over the years. From the surprising success of the comics by publisher BOOM! Studios to the continued push for more fresh content on the Power Rangers Legacy Wars mobile game, fans new and old have had a lot to sink their teeth into, depending on their preferred niche. Chief among them was the 2017 film that arrived with far too little fanfare not to be swallowed up by the Disney adaptations, Marvel super-smashers, and generally flashy spectacle flicks all screaming for the attention of moviegoers...
After Power Rangers Turbo failed to reignite the Power Ranger Mania that had swept the early 90s, a new season would emerge that saw the protectors of Earth launch their franchise to new heights. Setting controls to outer space, the show took on new challenges, broadened the scope of its story, and created a new style that recaptured the imaginations of many viewers, keeping the Power Rangers name alive for years hence.
Youtube channel The Disney Brain deconstructs this shift from the mild fender-bender of the Turbo season to the rocketing fan-favorite adventure that was Power Rangers in Space, examining the innovations of plotting, characterization, and overall expanding ambition of this benchmark in Ranger history.
... Okay, maybe that title was a little over-the-top, but I just couldn't help myself.
Part of me has dreaded tackling this review. As a longtime fan of the Power Rangers franchise, it's not always easy to bring tough criticism to this thing I've loved for years, a huge influence on my life and how I see the world. It's even worse knowing that a number of people may have hoped to hear something quite different from me on this subject, and would be waiting to get my take on such a momentous occasion as this, the 25th Anniversary special episode. Certainly, it'll be an unpopular opinion with some, a few of which I'd count as friends. It's worse even still when one takes into account my opinion of the current season, Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel.
The brutal truth is that I hesitate...
It's all come down to this. Power Rangers Unworthy takes us on a trip through the multiverse, taking a slice out of the spandex-clad heroes known as the Power Rangers by way of the Shattered Grid comic book series from BOOM! Studios. In which, the evil Lord Drakkon (a twisted version of original Green Ranger Tommy Oliver) travels to other dimensions to defeat alternate versions of his old Ranger team. But what he didn't count on was the Arbiter.
Kamen Ramen Studios presents this action-filled take on the Power Rangers, featuring nods to the franchise in at least three major entertainment mediums, from the TV series, to the recent film, to the comic, while introducing us to an original character who knows them all like the back of his armored hand.
For years, the Youtube channel Triforcefilms has been pumping out one rendition after another of TV show theme songs, all in the acapella style, performing every aspect of these classic pieces without the use of traditional instruments. This includes some series openers that may prove familiar to us here at Henshin Justice Unlimited. Check em out.
First up is the gateway drug for many western fans of the madness that is the tokusatsu action show subgenre, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Next, we make a Megazord-sized leap several years forward to Power Rangers Dino Thunder. Do we think musically-inclined Yellow Ranger Kira Ford would approve?
Completing the dino-themed trifecta is Power Rangers Dino Charge.
The new Dino Mega Charge fanfilm brings standout heroes of two entries in the recent Saban Brands era of the Power Rangers franchise together for the first time in live-action, fighting evil once again. This time, they face an enemy from distant Ranger history in the form of the Wizard of Deception of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Brennan Mejia slips back into the spandex of Red Ranger Tyler Navarro from Power Rangers Dino Charge. And we can't get enough of Ciara Hanna lately, as she comes back for another mini-production playing in the Ranger sandbox, as Yellow Ranger Gia Moran from Power Rangers Megaforce.
Tyler and Gia are BACK to join forces against an old enemy from the Mighty Morphin' days, the Wizard of Deception. But what what will they do when t...
Everybody's passing out anniversaries this summer. Whether you're a longtime fan of Kamen Rider and hyped for the nostalgic rollercoaster sure to roll out from the latest Kamen Rider Zi-O, or are a fan of their American cousins in live-action, the Power Rangers, it's not the worst time to be someone who can quote whole episodes that aired years ago on command. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Ranger franchise, the current Teenagers with Attitude (or something) and some of their predecessors are meeting up for the sort of adventure that is rather rare these days. At least as far as their television exploits are concerned.
We're speaking, naturally, of the special crossover episode of the Nickelodeon and Saban Brands title Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, which promises to ...
The geek multiverse is slowly fusing.
Already, fans of the popular Power Rangers: Legacy Wars mobile game were treated to an unexpected announcement that several characters from the enduring Street Fighter franchise would be invading the Morphin Grid as selectable fighters among the game's roster of combatants duking it out for supremacy. Now comes the news that one such character will not only do battle with the heroes and villains of the Power Rangers film and television franchise, he will be joining their ranks as a morphed Ranger. What in the actual Netherworld...?
But wait, there's more. To mark this momentous crossover event, the gods have seen fit to send a messenger from on high, to tell us of this challenge to the status quo, in the form of a teaser trailer for Bat in the ...
I got a little surprise in the mailbox today. In a brown shipping envelope was a review copy of Go Go Power Rangers vol.1! The first trade paperback from BOOM! Studios collecting the first four issues of their hit spin-off comic book.
Already owning every issue of Go Go Power Rangers, I opened the book to check out what extra goodies are contained within and found myself rereading the comics. Still just as good as the first time I read the adventures of our favorite "Teens with Attitude," the team of Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora tell the story of what the days were like when Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, and Billy first got their powers.
Sprinkled throughout the TPB are the variant retro movie covers as well as a variant covers gallery at the end. Not a lot of extras but what I come t...