The Power Rangers are coming back with a new movie on Thursday (23 March), and it’s already garnering attention online as it’s the first blockbuster film to feature a major LGBT hero.
Saban’s Power Rangers brings together our favourite Power Rangers and pits them against Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), the powerful witch that plagued our heroes across a few series.
Of course, the Power Rangers series, being one of those which borrowed scenes from Japanese shows to make an entirely new one, is a pretty complicated place to be. Here’s a quick refresher on the various Power Rangers, and the Japanese shows they were lifted from. Also, quick note, there are spoilers for the various series in this article.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993-1996)
The original series saw five spunky teenagers battling against evil witch Rita Repulsa and her minions, who wants to invade the Earth. The first season uses footage from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, the second season from Gosei Sentai Dairanger, and the third from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers (1996)
Rita’s father Master Vile descends on Earth and he turns back time, transforming the Power Rangers back into children. Zordon calls upon the Alien Rangers to protect the Earth from Master Vile and work on a machine to restore the Rangers to their original ages, but only Billy returns to normal. This series uses footage from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
Power Rangers Zeo (1996)
With the Zeo Crystal restored, time is brought back to normal and Master Vile is defeated. Goldar and Rito (Rita’s brother) destroy the Power Rangers HQ, and the Rangers must use the power of the Zeo crystal to become Zeo Rangers to battle them. This season uses footage from Choriki Sentai Ohranger.
Power Rangers Turbo (1997)
Following the events in “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie”, the Turbo Rangers decide to retire and choose their replacements, who are assisted by the Phantom Ranger. This series uses footage from Gekisou Sentai Carranger.
Power Rangers in Space (1998)
Inter-galatic pirate Divatox succeeds in destroying the Command Center, and is called off-planet to help Dark Specter’s evil alliance conquer the universe. The Rangers travel into outer space to stop him, and join up with Andros to become the Space Rangers. This season uses footage from Denji Sentai Megaranger. The Power Rangers was one continuous series until this season. It culminated with a season finale that brought back all the villains from the previous five seasons as well as all their allies in a battle that spanned the galaxy. It also ended with the death of Zordon.
Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999)
The governments on Earth decide to send out an experimental space colony and encounter a wormhole. The Rangers go through it and some of them get stranded, leading the others to initiate a rescue mission. They battle against the Scorpius and later fight Captain Mutiny and his space pirates in the Lost Galaxy. This season uses footage from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman. This was the first season to star an entirely new set of characters (rather than having characters from the previous season carry over with new powers and Zords). Subsequent seasons would “reset” with a brand new cast each time.
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (2000)
The Rangers are hired by Operation Lightspeed to protect Mariner Bay from a group of evil demons, led by Queen Bansheera, from taking over the world. This season uses footage from Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive.
Power Rangers Time Force (2001)
Mutant Ransik and his daughter Nadira escape the custody of the Time Force Police in the year 3000. They travel through time back to 2001, killing Red Time Force Ranger Alex in the process. His subordinates do their own timey-whimey thing and seek out the Red Ranger’s ancestor, using his DNA to unlock the Time Force Morphers. This season uses footage from Mirai Sentai Timeranger.
Power Rangers Wild Force (2002)
Princess Shayla of Animaria handpicks the new Wild Force Power Rangers to fight the evil Orgs, and they are later joined by Merrick Baliton, one of the original Wild Force Power Rangers who used a forbidden power in the past. This season uses footage from Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger. This series was notable for the episode “Forever Red”, which saw the Red Rangers from the past 10 series joining forces to defeat an unstoppable evil.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm (2003)
Shane Clarke, Tori Hanson, and Dustin Brooks are students at Wind Ninja Academy. They have to rise to the occasion after the other students are kidnapped by Lothor, and the trio are all that remains to protect the Earth. They are later joined by Hunter and Blake, who come from the rival Thunder Ninja Academy, and the Samurai Ranger. This season uses footage from Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger.
Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004)
When the evil Mesogog appears to bring the Earth back to the Mesozoic age, Dr Tommy Oliver (the original Green Ranger from the first series) enlists his students to help as the Dino Rangers. This season uses footage from Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger.
Power Rangers S.P.D. (2005)
In the year 2025, the Space Patrol Delta police force protects the galaxy. When the A-Squad rangers fall in battle, the B-Squad members have to take over to defend themselves against the Troobian Empire. This season uses footage from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. This series was the first one where the featured Power Rangers were actually a secondary team that was assembled to replace a more powerful and experienced team of Power Rangers. The more powerful team ended up being revealed as traitors as the series progressed.
Power Rangers Mystic Force (2006)
The sorceress Udonna enlists the help of Chip Thorn, Madison Rocca, Vida Rocca, Xander Bly, and Nick Russell to become the Mystic Rangers to protect Briarwood and its nearby magical forest against the evil forces of Morticon. This season uses footage from Mahou Sentai Magiranger. This series saw the return of Rita Repulsa, now turned good. She was now the Mystic Mother, the protector of all good magic.
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (2007)
A wealthy adventurer, Andrew Hartford, tasks 5 teenagers, including his own son Mack, to act as the Overdrive Rangers searching for the jewel of the Corona Aurora. This season uses footage from GoGo Sentai Boukenger and also features and anniversary episode with the return of several characters from previous seasons. The son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, Thrax, appeared in a two-parter in this series, “Once A Ranger, Parts 1 & 2”. To defeat him, a team of Power Rangers made up of different members from previous seasons was assembled.
Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008)
The Pai Zhua has protected the world from the evil spirit Dai Shi for nearly ten thousand years. Jarrod, Lilu Chilman, and Theo Martin are tasked with guarding the container of Dai Shi’s spirit, but Jarrod is soon deemed unworthy and replaced by rookie Casey Rhodes. He is angered by this slight and becomes possessed by Dai Shi’s spirit. This season uses footage from the Juken Sentai Gekiranger.
Power Rangers RPM (2009)
A malicious computer virus known as Venjix has ravaged the Earth, leaving the remaining dredges of humanity to huddle for safety in a force field located in Corinth. The Rangers strive to stop Venjix’s attacks. This season uses footage from Engine Sentai Go-onger.
Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai (2011-2012)
To prevent Master Xandred’s Nighlok forces from taking over the Earth, Mentor Ji trains Jayden, Kevin, Mia, Mike, and Emily to become the Samurai Power Rangers. These two seasons use footage from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
Power Rangers Megaforce (2013)
Zordon’s protege Gosei calls on 5 high school students to become the Megaforce Power Rangers in order to battle the invasion of the Warstar Empire. This season uses footage from Tensou Sentai Goseiger.
Super Megaforce (2014)
With the Warstar Empire ramping up invasion efforts, Gosei gives the Rangers new morphers to assume Super Mega Mode. This season uses footage from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
Power Rangers Dino Charge and Dino Super Charge (2015-2016)
When an intergalactic bounty hunter comes to Earth looking for the Energems, the Dino Power Rangers are formed to find the valuable resources first. These two seasons use footage from Zyuden Sentai Kyoruger.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017)
The Power Rangers are tasked with protected the Spirit Crystal from the Galavanax, who wants the crystal in order to become invincible. This season uses footage from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
There have also been two Power Rangers movies – “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” (1995) and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” (1997). The former tied in to the original Mighty Morphin seasons, while the latter served as a bridge to Power Rangers Turbo.
The latest Power Rangers film will hit cinemas on 23 March.
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