It’s March and usually by this time, a new season of the spandex wearing Power Rangers would have begun airing. Alas, Disney has given up (more or less) on producing new seasons of the suited heroes, but has instead begun re-airing a ruined embellished version of the very first Power Rangers team, Mighty Morphin.
I was a huge fan of the show when it first debuted. I was six years old. I lost touch with the show two or three years into its run but randomly found it again in 2002 and since then, (with the exception of the 2nd half of SPD) I have not missed an episode.
Like any television series, there’s good seasons and bad seasons. But it was a nice little guilty pleasure, and sometimes even good television.
Now that the show is dead, I found myself looking for a fix. Watching my favorite Power Rangers seasons (DinoThunder and RPM by the way) was an option, but I decided why not check out the series from which Power Rangers was born; Super Sentai.
The Japanese series, a Sunday morning fixture in Japan for more than 30 years, is what Haim Saban first adapted for American audiences in 1993 by dubbing the suited action sequences and filming new footage of American teens for the story portions.
You never appreciate things until they’re gone right? Well, I guess I never realized Power Rangers would leave such a gaping hole in my TV life. So I decided on checking Sentai out.
My only previous experience with Super Sentai was the “Lost and Found in Translation” episode of Power Rangers DinoThunder. The episode was a tongue-in-cheek reference to Power Rangers‘ origins and featured the three Rangers watching what was supposed to be a Japanese dramatization of their lives, but in essence a satirical English dubbing of Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger, the Sentai season from which DinoThunder was based on.
The impression that episode left on me was that Sentai was as wacky as a Japanese game show. And a lot of fan comments online reinforced my feeling over the years.
Even so, I had no expectations when I chose to start my Sentai viewing with the season that was supposed to be Power Rangers 2010, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
Thanks to the magic of the internets, after a weeklong marathon of all 49 Shinkenger episodes, its two crossover episodes with Kamen Rider Decade (another Sunday morning Japanese fixture), the special toy commercial DVD, and the Shinkenger movie (which is actually shorter than a regular episode of the series), I think I’ve found a new Continue reading