No matter what people tell you, we all have to grow up at some point. That doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy that which we loved as kids, as though revisiting childhood loves isn’t always the best thing to do (as I found out the hard way with Masters of the Universe), it can be a joyous form of nostalgia. The most recent trip down memory lane comes in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, something that I’ve been meaning to re-watch for a good few years.
Growing up in the ’90s there was a whole host of shows to fall in love with, as on top of the respective animated series for Batman, X-Men and Spider-Man, we also had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Goosebumps and Rugrats, just to name a few. Pretty stiff competition. Though Mighty Morphin Power Rangers may not be the best amongst this bunch, it’s in good company, being a true gem of the decade.
When an evil sorceress named Rita Reputa is released from 10,000 years in confinement, Zordon is forced to put together a new band of Power Rangers to face her. This results in five ordinary high school friends getting whisked away to Zordon’s Command Centre, where they are briefed on the situation at hand. This leads to the five Power Rangers defending the Earth against Rita’s plots, with the eventual emergence of a Green Ranger shaking things up big time.
But what is it that made Mighty Morphin Power Rangers such an awesome show, being beloved by millions? For this fan growing up, it was the emergence of the Green Ranger, Tommy, that had a lot to do with this, as though the show did more than enough to excite me up till this point, I just couldn’t get enough of this character, wanting to become him to a certain extent. Moving forward, and all grown up, this isn’t quite the case anymore, with the idea of good triumphing over evil, and the general teamwork from the Rangers having me hooked. Add to this the Zords that they use to fight Rita’s mega monsters, and you have a powderkeg of reasons why to love this show (and that’s only the tip of the iceberg).
The main question that I had re-entering this series however, was had it stood the test of time? Or was it something best left in the past? The answer to that is that it was well worth the trip down memory lane, as though I’m sure I enjoyed these adventures much more as a kid, there was plenty to keep me occupied. Yes, it was a little cheesy, felt a little repetitive, with certain aspects that were unoriginal, but in all honesty that’s neither here nor there. This was a show meant for kids, with the fun, exciting action making any form of unoriginality fly out the window. It’s just a shame that I personally can’t share these sentiments with many of the series’ that followed.