Anyone who follows me on Facebook would know that over my last weekend while rebuilding the website I decided to start watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from the start. In my three days, I was able to get to episode 4 of season 2. I totally forgot how long season 1 really ends up being!
For anyone who has watched the stream for the last few months you’d know about Red Skinny Bitch, our good buddy who also made fun of as being the red ranger. We even got him to wear a version of the Might Morphing Red Ranger mask on stream and even the new one from the new movie.
Ninja Steel Thoughts
I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t been keeping up with the Super Sentai in the last few years. I was really big into watching in 2006 with GoGo Sentai Boukenger, which was what Operation Overdrive was base off. From that point, I hadn’t really even watched Power Rangers since SPD, to be honest. I did watch a little of Mystic Force. I loved the hell out of Boukenger and as such, I also loved Juken Sentai Gekiranger (Jungle Fury) and Engine Sentai Go-onger (RPM).
However, right around that time other things sort of got in the way you could say of watching. I also had sort of jump into watching Kamen Rider and went back and watched some Super Sentai’s base off Power Rangers I had watched (Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, Mirai Sentai Timeranger, Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger and Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger).
The new age Power Rangers/Sentai which I’m gonna say started with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (which also was a semi-reboot of Power Rangers too) up to what is Shuriken Sentai Ninninger or Ninja Steel. To be honest I have been really disappointed with Power Rangers overall so my impression of Ninja Steel has not been great. While I understand this is a kids show, it just goes to show how different growing up for me a kid from the 80s and 90s is compared to you younglings today.
The one thing I will say about it, I do like how the monsters this season are not just trying to ‘destroy or rule’ the world. It’s a game show and that is pretty much the only thing the show has going for itself right now. Everything else is very cookie-cutter.
That is the only way I can put it, they say kids these days are so spoiled and to be honest not really, but when I think about it maybe. A good amount of themes and what was shown in MMR in the 90s would never fly on TV today. The Green with Evil Saga and even Doomsday Part 1 and 2 were really dark episodes. To be honest it wasn’t too bad watching those old episodes, other than just outright bad editing mistakes which I guess I never noticed as a kid.
A bit off topic but I did watch some of Samurai, a little of Megaforce and half of Super Megaforce. Dino Charge had promise but I think it suffered from having too many rangers and not enough episodes to flesh them all out. Which I feel is the problem with the neo-Saban Power Rangers. I am seeing the same thing happening with Ninja Steel.
I want to like Ninja Steel, the theme song is REALLY long, really longer than any opening theme. There is a point I think well that’s it and it just starts again. Maybe it’s just the way they did it. I feel it’s different than Samurai and Megaforce which was pretty much the same theme song and Dino Charge which had a charm with it.
Really I just feel that Saban is missing a beat here. I won’t even get into them skipping Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters in favor of doing Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (Dino Charge) and then skipping Ressha Sentai ToQger in favor for Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. I have not watched ToQger and yes the suits when I first saw them years ago was meh to me. But so was the Go-Onger suits and I end up loving that series.
Will Ninja Steel Follow Suit?
From what I have seen, reusing the same themes that were started in Samurai, lackluster characters, lack of following any sort continuity. I’m not even complaining about the whole Power Rangers continuity which, to be honest, has been broken since Forever Red. Yes I know it was cool guys, but there is really NO way half of them would have their powers to even be able to do such a team up and it’s even more skewed up with Megaforce. It really pisses me off because I watched Gokaiger and it was freaking AMAZING! Thanks, Saban!
You also have the zord fights, with them removing the Japanese footage of the rangers in the zords to this room with them gaining special armor? I mean, I guess I could see it with Samurai it sort of made sense.
Then you had Dino Charge that did it, which was strange because they really didn’t change it, a bit but I feel they could have just used the footage and used that money for something else.
I was rather happy that Megaforce didn’t use a new cockpit but I’m also okay with them changing things to make them different than the Super Sentai version. To be honest they could use all the footage and add new to make the season longer. I feel that like with Dino Charge they missed out on so many things. Like a team up!
Ninja Steel Team?
I won’t bother trying to take about the missed chance to make Dino Charge super awesome with a team up with MMR and Dino Thunder. It’s over and done with now or how they really dropped the ball with Super Megaforce. With Ninninger they have a team up with two past teams. Given Ninninger is a ninja theme sentai they did a team up with the past two ninja teams which were Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (Alien Rangers) and Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (Ninja Storm).
The biggest issue I know with doing these teams up and even more so with shows that are so old. I mean it’s hard to believe how many years it’s been since we had Ninja Storm (2004) and even more so for the Alien Rangers from way back in 1995. So yes, they likely aren’t going to get those actors to return.
Like with Dino Charge, I thought it would have been cool to either make it sort of another universe introduce new members of the same team. I mean damn it worked for Kamen Rider Decade!
For those confused, Decade introduces or I should say reintroduce the past 9 series before him, the same in some cases a different twist on them using the same powers from another universe of the original universe. Doing a whole multiverse deal.
Give me Ninja Storm and Alien Rangers!
I’m totally find if Saban can’t get any of the past actors. Ninja Storm was a school of ninja’s they can simply say the powers were restored and given to a new team to carry on the legacy. Same for the Alien Rangers. What I think would be awesome is if Billy had a return. That would never happen, as I know the actor while he doesn’t hate Power Rangers itself he hates his time working on the show and the people behind it.
Hate maybe a strong word but that is what I got from it. I mean they could have very easily introduce us to this multiverse of Power Rangers in Super Megaforce. It could have very easy explain them using suits from Super Sentai seasons they never did in the US. I mean for long time fans who know it was kind of cool but to new fans it was confusing. Do I think we’ll get a team up with both or at least one of the teams?
Honestly no, I don’t think there are enough episodes being done and they will either make Super Ninja Steel like they did with Super Dino Charge. I do feel they will skip Zyuohger for Kyuranger to be honest. I wouldn’t even be shocked given the ‘space’ theme they are doing with Ninja Steel, Brodie the Red Ranger being from space that they try to make Super Ninja Steel use Kyuranger footage. Which is too bad because I think right now what Power Rangers needs is a hard reboot.
Again that’s another topic for another day, but for now, I think Ninja Steel can be good, I do like the zord. I did even buy both the America and Japanese Zord (base anyways) and I think it’s kind of cool, to be honest. I do feel the whole Zord building thing is stupid and would love them to go back to how they used to do it. Just give us the Japanese versions, if they need to take out electronics or some paint to save on cost fine. But they are so bad it’s not even funny!
Starting next week I’ll be doing weekly reviews/impressions of Ninja Steel for you guys. If you enjoy them I may also add on videos with my written reviews as well. That is something I’m looking to start doing so please let me know on Twitter if you like that idea.