“20th Anniversary Favorites”

August 28, 2013



In honor of today being the day of Power Rangers' very first nationwide broadcast, I thought I would go through and list some of my favorites, and not-so-favorites from Power Rangers. The idea for this list came from this Tumblr, though I have replaced a few items on the list that I did not have an answer for. So let's get started.


FAVORITE SEASON - Power Rangers SPD

I love SPD. I admit the season has it's problems and flaws, and I fully acknowledge and agree with some of the critics' complaints. However, that doesn't stop me from holding this season as my favorite. I love the designs of everything, the cast is one of the all time best, the stories were fun, and the general feel of the season fit together well.


FAVORITE RANGER COLOR - Red

Yes I know it's cheap, but this stems from even before Power Rangers existed. I have always liked red, and each Ranger team is meant to be fully embodied by the leader, who in most (not all) instances is red.


FAVORITE VILLAIN - Astronema

Astronema was the a more complex villain. She didn't just I want to conquer Earth, she wanted revenge on the Power Rangers after years of brainwashing by Dark Specter. Her backstory still stands the test of time, and her & struggles are some of the series' best.


FAVORITE THEME SONG - SPD

Once again Power Rangers SPD, with a theme song by the original & great Ron Wasserman. The song captures the tone of the series from the very beginning of "SPD EMERGENCY!" The energy and beat works well in fights and battles in the show too.


FAVORITE BATTLIZER ARMOR - SPD Battlizer Sonic Mode

Are you beginning to see a trend? The Sonic Mode of the SPD Battlizer captures the whole future police battle gear feel. Some don't care for R.I.C being split into pieces, or the "Battle Thong" as fans call it, but I think it is some of the best looking armor Power Rangers has given us.


FAVORITE MORPHER - Power Morpher

Now this is not because the Power Morpher was the original. I love Morphers that have a large unique identifier for each Ranger. The majority of Morphers we have had are identical, with no distinguishing elements to tell which Morpher belongs to which Ranger. The Power Morpher has that identifier front and center. The Power Coins just always pop, and give that feeling that the powers are held within. A very close second for me are the Dino Morphers/Thundersaurus Morphers.


FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL WEAPON - Flacon Summoner

I love falcons, so when Wild Force got a Red Falcon that was specially summoned via a bow, I was ecstatic. The design of the weapon is superb with the wings for the arms, and the body for the center. Plus having it be able to combine with the Crystal Sabers is awesome.


FAVORITE TEAM POWER-UP - SPD S.W.A.T. Mode

Back to SPD we go. The SWAT Mode looks just like you would expect a futuristic police SWAT armor to look like. The use of all the various scanners and tools built into the armor just takes it to another level. To top it off, it gives the Rangers access to the Delta Enforcer.


EASIEST VILLAIN TO DEFEAT - Scorpious

I admit I did enjoy the Lost Galaxy Ranger's fight with Scorpious. However, when you have what had been the main villain of the season, go down in his first & only battle with the Rangers, that kind of makes him the weakest to me.


HARDEST VILLAIN TO DEFEAT - Venjix (RPM version)

While I have my issues with RPM, Venjix proved to be one of the toughest villains in the Power Rangers Universe. Each time he took on the Rangers it was intense, and he continued to improve himself. Each new body brought a stronger threat to the RPM team. Even with his final defeat, we were still left wondering if he was truly gone.


FAVORITE SIXTH RANGER - Gold Ranger from Power Rangers Zeo

This was, for me, the best Sixth Ranger Saga in the show's history. There was so much mystery, wonder and power to the Gold Ranger. The design of him is amazing, his Zord is a massive, larger than life Carrier Zord, and his attacks and Golden Power Staff make him one of the best. While the reveal may have been a bit odd, it still did not detract from just how amazing the Gold Ranger is.


FAVORITE MEGAZORD / MEGAZORD COMBO - Delta Max Megazord

I always enjoy it when the main Megazord combines with the Sixth Ranger's Megazord. So while Omega Ranger may be the 7th for SPD, the combination of the Delta Squad Megazord & Omega Max Megazord made for a power house formation with the Delta Max. This just screamed power and force, and towered over most evil robots.


FAVORITE COMMAND BASE - Delta Command Base

You have a base, that can Morph into Megazord that towers over everything else in a city, and it even has the power to rapidly transport itself. What is not to love? The Delta Command Base has everything for SPD; living quarters, training room, Kat Manx & Boom, and all the technology a Ranger team could ever want.


FAVORITE INDIVIDUAL RANGER ZORD - Wild Force Falcon Zord

While Tommy's Falcon Zord may have been the original, it wasn't red XP. The Wild Force Falcon just look amazing and was one of the largest Wild Force Zords.


FAVORITE SCENE - "The Power Rangers as you have known them are gone forever."

To this day, this moment gives me chills and almost makes me tear up. This was the mark of a whole new era for Power Rangers. Gone were dinosaurs, space aliens, and the small Command Center. Now a whole new adventure was about to begin. The majority of the cast may have stayed, but everything else just felt like it was going to go to a new level.


CHARACTER YOU RELATE TO THE MOST - Andros

Andros was not easy to be friends with, and not one who was open to trusting new faces. Yet he still was a brave fighter and wanted to save the universe from evil. That is a lot of how I am in life. I am not the easiest to get along with, and I certainly do not give out trust easily, but I have a fighting spirit in me that will never quit.


SOMETHING IN POWER RANGERS

YOU WANT TO EXIST IN REAL LIFE - SPD

Are you surprised? I think having a full universe police force would be amazing. Even if it would exists, and if I would just be like Boom, at least I would be involved an a great force.


FAVORITE ACTOR OR ACTRESS - Entire SPD Cast

You can always tell when a cast gets along well off set, and the SPD cast did. Their bond and friendships carried through to the show itself and I greatly appreciate all the effort they put into the season.


LEAST FAVORITE SEASON - Mystic Force

This was when the episode count first got cut down to 32 episodes, but yet it had more packed into it than what a 32 episode season should have held. It just felt too cramped as far as story and characters went. But I would still watch it over many other shows on television.


FAVORITE MONSTER - Mirloc

This wasn't just another monster of the day. Mirloc was very evil. He reveled in the evil deeds he had committed, and had no conscious. His methods of escape and transport were clever, and his ultimate defeat was great.


WHAT KIND OF SEASON WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE - Space or Police

I would like to see another space or police based season. I'm not saying I want another SPD, but another season that draws for space technology would be enjoyable.


ONE CHARACTER YOU DID NOT LIKE - Loouie Kaboom

This was a very annoying and grating character to me. I felt he was a waste of time and really served no real purpose, other than another short attempt by Rita & Zedd to retake the moon.


SIX MEMBER TEAM OF ONE COLOR - Reds

-TJ

-Jack

-Andros

-Wes

-Tommy

-Carter


These are basically my favorite Red Rangers, and if there were to ever be a mini "Forever Red" style episode, I would like to see these six team up together.


FAVORITE MORPH CALL - "SPD Emergency!"

It's simple, yet effective for me. It signifies the urgency of needing the Morph.


FAVORITE MENTOR - RJ

RJ was a breath of fresh air. He was very zen and balance, all while still allowing the Rangers to have fun and learn before they were granted new powers and weapons.


LEAST FAVORITE MENTOR - Gosei

While we have only seen his mentoring talents for nine episodes, I am not impressed. The moment that stands out to me, is when Troy, Noah and Emma are looking for Creepox, and all Gosei tells them is that he "is in the area". He does not seem to be remotely useful, other than for some short expositions.


FAVORITE MORPH SEQUENCE - SPD

This fits the future technology feel, but the Lightspeed Rescue sequence comes in a close second.


FAVORITE SUIT & HELMET DESIGN - Super Megaforce

Yes I'm cheating a bit on this one, but I love the suits. They are both simple & a bit complex at the same time. The balance of each Ranger's color, black, white, silver and gold just brings everything together. These suits just give off the feel of heroes.


REUNION DREAM TEAM OF 6 -

-TJ as Turbo Red

-Billy as Mighty Morphin Blue

-Ziggy as RPM Green

-Taylor as Wild Force Yellow

-Kendrix as Lost Galaxy Pink

-Commander Cruger as Shadow Ranger


I just think these six would make for a great reunion team. TJ because he didn't get enough time as a leader, even though he always showed great tactical leader skills. Billy for being the best powerful nerd. Ziggy is a great accidental hero. Taylor is a strong and tough as nails Ranger. Kendrix has a great caring heart, and didn't get a full Ranger career. Finally Commander Cruger because he is one kick butt blue alien dog.


HOPES FOR POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE - Be good

I hope the writing and production team make good use of the Gokaiger footage, and try hard to give both strong stories, and good tributes to the past seasons of Power Rangers. I don't want anything dark, but I would like to see some serious moments and scenes where the team proves why they too belong in the long line of true Ranger heroes.



So that wraps things up for that list. It's been 20 years since we found out what Power Rangers were. The franchise has had its ups and downs, been through a couple of owners, had two theatrical movies, aired 754 and counting episodes across seven networks, and had tons upon tons of toys & merchandise. I have loved this ride, and I can't wait to see what the next twenty years hold for Power Rangers.


Long Live the Power Rangers

May the Power Protect You



ALLONS-Y!

 

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