So, was there a point to putting the Megaforce rangers in high school? Yes, I know the point was to do an homage to MMPR where it was all started but the school feels less like a setting and feels lifeless.
‘Tis another example of Saban Brands’s copying MMPR’s surface material, but leaving out the reason as to why it worked in the first place.
It reminds me of a comment I saw on io9 where they said that one reason why a lot of remakes and reboots don’t work is that they’re trying to capture that nostalgia without understanding why it worked in the first place and you’re right about PR doing that now.
MMPR is cheesy, no doubt about that, but it also had enough of a grounding in reality that people watching weren’t completely put off by it. Yes, the rangers did a lot of extracurriculars but at least we show them involved with their school because some high school students would be and characters like Emma and Jake seem like they would be heavily involved.
Hit the nail on the head. MMPR had three locations: Angel Grove High, the Youth Center, and the Command Center, and made sure they were all use. We hardly ever see Harwood County High or Ernie’s Brainfreeze, and even Troy lampshade the rangers don’t even go their own HQ that often. Ernie, Ms. Appleby, and Principal Kaplan all mattered in the show, whereas Mr. Burley and New!Ernie might as well not even exist. Zordon was more than just a head that gave them stuff, he actually acted like a mentor and told them what they needed to know and how the beat the enemy, whereas Gosei just a glorified merch dispenser. Alpha pretty much ran the CC, whereas Tensou… does stuff? Also, for all the pollution PSA MMPR liked to do, they actually practice what they preach. We SAW them doing fundraisers and physically cleaning up litter, whereas the Mega Rangers will do these big preachy speeches about how the Earth is beautiful and pollution is wrong, yet never do a damn thing about it (I really think a better ending to the Toxic Beasts “arc” would be them getting the power plant that was seen in Robo Knight
closed as a bookend as oppose to that lame dance scene).