I’m taking my 6-year-old to see the new Power Rangers movie tomorrow but, really, I’m gonna be the kid that’s going :D
I was 8 when Power Rangers debuted in Canada. Twenty four (!) years later, I still remember the first episode and my hyper-excited reaction to it. It instantly became my favourite thing… like, EVER. I imitated everything they did – from the way they talked to the way they drop kicked monsters (though I had to launch myself from the couch). I begged my parents for all the toys – all my presents from that point were Power Rangers-related. I followed the series, the movies, and the characters until the franchise had to inevitably change everything up with new actors, zords, bad guys, etc. I just lost interest at that point, especially after my all-time favourite Ranger, Tommy aka the Green/White Ranger, left the cast (and became an MMA fighter, go figure).
With this reboot – which looks god-awful, by the way, but I don’t care :D – I can feel a little bit of that 8-year-old spark creep up with excitement. When I hear the throwback tunes and cheesy lines, I get goosebumps! But, when I see my own little boy watch Power Rangers on Netflix, I don’t see the same reaction in his face. I believe that with the insane amount of content he has access to – endless Netflix shows on demand, games like Minecraft and Terraria that rely on his own imagination and storytelling, infinite YouTube videos – his interests and passion are spread way more diversely. He hasn’t latched on to one thing as strongly as I latched on to Power Rangers. Back then, all I had was scheduled TV shows and a few games on SNES. So, clearly, I’m going to be the fan-boying little kid going to the theatre tomorrow :D
Anybody else gonna go see it despite terrible-looking trailers and poor reviews?
Enjoy Scene 38 – “Middle of the Night”!
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