The culture behind a Megazord: multiple motifs for a season

12 Mar

Welcome back to my blog.

I was thinking about how the Power Rangers movie will come out in 12 days, so I wanted to write two “The culture behind a Megazord” for those who are basically returning to this world after they watched Mighty Morphin’ as kids (don’t worry, I was one of you until half a decade ago).

This is the one who talks about motifs. You see, in 24 years, Power Rangers repeated itself sometimes, I guess because you can’t create something for a quarter of century without repeating yourself. There are TV shows who keep doing the same stuff and they lasted way less than 24 years. Think about the recently ended The Vampire Diaries, and look at how many times the plot was reduced to “Elena can’t be with the one she truly loves”.

Anyway, let’s get back to the topic.

DINOSAURS

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It isn’t surprising that the most used motif is dinosaurs, right? After all, it was the main motif of the original season. In fact, other than Mighty Morphin’ season 1 and 2 (though the latter mixed it with martial arts and legendary beasts), we’ve had 2004’s Dino Thunder and 2015-2016’s Dino Charge and Dino Supercharge.

NINJAS

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Season 3 of Mighty Morphin’, which included the miniseries Mighty Morphin’ Alien Rangers, had a ninja motif that returned for 2003’s Ninja Storm and the currently airing Ninja Steel, which will have a second season next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Power Rangers.

CARS

1997’s Turbo and 2009’s RPM, which, ironically, are considered among the worst and best seasons respectively, had in common that their design was racing cars-themed, but with a twist. You see, while Turbo was a light-hearted season, RPM was actually set in a parallel, post-apocalyptic dimension in which almost all of humanity is extinct, so it is more similar to the world of Mad Max or Death Race.

SPACE

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In 1998 and 1999, we’ve had two seasons with a motif of space opera, with the Rangers going from planet to planet to fight evil. They were Power Rangers In Space (which actually concludes a huge storyline that started with Mighty Morphin’) and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.

PARAMILITARY

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Even though saying that Time Force is simply a paramilitary season is wrong, as it involves time travel (like the title suggests), this is what links it to its immediate predecessor, 2000’s Lightspeed Rescue, and 2005’s SPD, which is about a police force that fights evil in 2025, a year in which aliens live on Earth.

WILDLIFE

There have been three seasons whose motif was wildlife. 2002’s Wild Force (which is the 10th season), 2008’s Jungle Fury (which also had a motif of martial arts) and 2013’s Megaforce (which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the franchise). The latter, though, had a dragon-themed Red Ranger and a phoenix-themed Pink Ranger, so it wasn’t “wild animals” 100%.

SAMURAI

Due to this season lasting two years, Samurai is also one repeated motif. Also, did oyu know that, from 2002 to 2010, Power Rangers was owned by Disney?

In fact, the seasons from Ninja Storm to RPM form what is called the “Disney Era”, and 2011’s Samurai is the season that saw the franchise returning to Saban, the company who started it all. It’s crazy to think that there’s a property that Disney bought but sold back, right?

OTHERS

There have been seasons with unique motifs. 1996’s Zeo was a continuation of Mighty Morphin’, and the motif was magic vs technology, with the Rangers using the powers of the Zeo Crystals to fight the Machine Empire.

2006’s Mystic Force was a fantasy-themed season, with the Rangers actually using magic.

2007’s Operation Overdrive was all about adventure.

2014’s Super Megaforce had a pirate motif, but with another twist: the word pirate is never even uttered.

What do you think about those motifs?

See you, next time, here, on the Empty Blog!

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