Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Power Rangers' New Era

The Power Rangers have more lives than a cat. The series' creator Haim Saban has re-acquired the series from Disney for the new entertainment company Saban Brands. A new twenty episode season of Power Rangers will premiere on Nicktoons in 2011. The 700 existing episodes will start airing on the cable channel before then.

A year ago the series faced cancellation after years of getting the short shrift from the higher-ups at Disney, but I guess you can't keep those teenagers with attitude down.

Obviously this announcement will make a lot of fans happy but I find it a little bittersweet. A couple of days ago I was in a Disney Store and I thought it was neat to see the section of Power Rangers toys next to merchandise for Iron Man 2, Toy Story, the Muppets and a myriad of other popular characters. Now I see that Disney owning Iron Man and the other Marvel characters made the Power Rangers less important at the company. They could give up the Power Rangers since they could still get into the boys' market with the Marvel heroes.

A lot of fans were disappointed that we didn't get a new season this year and dislike Disney's goofy remastering of the early Mighty Morphin episodes. I, on the other hand, hadn't watched the series in a decade and wouldn't have become a fan again without the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers revival. I don't know if I'll be sticking around for the next season on Nictktoons.

So what's the story on this new season? Twenty episodes is even shorter than Disney's 32 episode seasons that fans complained were too short. Maybe the twenty episodes are only he first "part" of the season? And what will this new season consist of? An adaptation of Shinkenger? These question still need answering.

I want to point out that some time next year Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dragonball Z will all be back on the air and on the same station. It's like something out of my most insane fever dreams.

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