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Thoughts on The Power Rangers Teaser Trailer

Toa Smoke Monster


(I know this came out last weekend, but I didn't have time to make an entry on it until now.)


I don't know if I ever talked about this here, but I used to be a big fan of the Power Rangers back in the day. My first season I ever watched was Power Rangers: In Space. I continued to watch the following seasons all the way up to SPD Emergency. From there, my interest had gone down in the show, probably because I didn't enjoy SPD that much and I was getting into other interests. But still, I remember really enjoying the seasons that I watched before it.


But for many people, their favorite Power Rangers will always be the first seasons of the show, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I believe the show held this title for three seasons before becoming Power Rangers Zeo. But regardless, these seasons of the show are still held in high regards by many fans of the show. (Even if they are a bit dated IMO.)


So in this age where anything that can be turned into a movie is, well, turned into a movie, it was only a matter of time before Power Rangers found their way back to the big screen. And in a movie that is attempting to start a new franchise, at that.


Warning, spoilers for the teaser are below. Read at your own risk if you don't want to be spoiled.


Now normally, I'd link the trailer in this entry. However, there are one or two words mentioned in the teaser that aren't allowed to be typed on BZP, so no link here. But that does lead into one of the things I want to mention about the teaser. It shows us that this is going to be a little bit of a darker origin story than the one from the show. All five rangers (Jason, Zack, Billy, Kimberly, and Trini) are all shown to be going through various situations that many teenagers found themselves in in high school movies. Bullies, anger issues, being an outcast, etc. All of them are shown going through at least one of these problems.


Another darker aspect of the movie is the villain, Rita Repulsa. Anyone who seen the original show knows about her. And, well, she wasn't the best villain to ever face the Power Rangers. :P But you wouldn't get that from this teaser. Played by the actress who voiced Wildstyle herself, Elisabeth Banks, Rita has a completely new look here and actually says that she has killed Rangers before. I don't recall the original Rita ever saying something like that.


The teaser also reveals that the rangers obtain some powers from simply getting the coins. These powers being super strength and I guess the ability to super heat stuff. (Though that second one may have to do with the coins being placed on a counter.) When I first saw this, I thought to myself 'Why are they taking a story page out of Chronicle?' But then I remembered that in some of the seasons of Power Rangers, the Rangers did have powers aside from the ones given to them after morphin. (Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, and SPD Emergency are examples of this.) So this could be a callback to a concept from those seasons.


But I think one of the best things about this teaser is what it didn't show us. It didn't show us Zordon, Alpha 5, Megazords, or even Jason and co. in their Ranger Suits. In fact, the only hints we really get that this is a Power Rangers movie are that the characters find power coins, Rita shows up for a second, and at the very end of the teaser we start to see Jason morph into the Red Ranger, but then it cuts itself off right there. It actually does a good job of just teasing us of what the movie is going to be about, as a good teaser should. Now most or all of these things mentioned will probably be shown to some extent in an upcoming trailer. I have no doubt about that. But I'm surprised that this teaser didn't give us more than it did, and I think that's a good thing.


Overall, I don't think I'll ever get as excited about something Power Rangers related than I would've when I was younger. But that being said, this teaser did get my interest, more than I thought it would have done before I saw it. I'm not jumping out of my seat in excitement for it, but it has made me a little more interested in seeing it when it comes out in 2017.


What did you guys think of the teaser?


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I think that Lionsgate was smart in leaving the Power Ranger-y elements out of the trailer. They're definitely aiming for the YA Hunger Games Divergent market with this trailer, and the suits or Zords or what have you may have made it look like a movie just for kids.

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