On August 28, 1993, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered on Fox Kids. I was eight years old and whether or not I was the intended demographic for the show, I was instantly hooked.
It all started with five teenagers with attitudes summoned by Zordon to
defend the world against evil forces led by intergalactic baddie Rita
Repulsa. Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John), Kimberly Ann Hart (Amy Jo
Johnson), William “Billy” Cranston (David Yost), Trini Kwan (Thuy Trang)
and Zack Taylor (Walter Jones) called on the power of the ancient
dinosaurs and became a team of superheroes called the Power Rangers and the world was never the same.
Nearly twenty-five years later, those of us who became acquainted with the Power Rangers discovered there would be a reboot of the franchise in the form of a gritty re-imagining of the original team. While initially thrilled about the idea of seeing my childhood superheroes on the big screen, a part of me wondered just how loyal this new film would be to the original source material. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a totally kick-ass TV show but even the most die-hard fan has to admit there were some problematic elements in regards to the original series, many I will address later on in this recap.
On March 31, 2017 a couple of friends and I went to our local theater and saw the new film, Power Rangers. One of my friends admitted he was not even born when the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first debuted and my other friend announced he would have been too old to watch such a show despite only being four/five older years than me. I expected them both to hate it and even braced myself for disappointment of epic proportions. The three of us exited the theater two and a half hours later each raving about how amazing the film was.
Below, I will list seven thoughts I have in regards to the film. For
those who have not seen the Power Rangers, there will be spoilers in this post. You have been warned…
In the original series, Zack, Trini, Billy, Kimberly and Jason all knew each other and were the best of friends before becoming the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In the latest film, our heroes know of each other before discovering Zordon (voiced by Bryan Cranston) but they are certainly not friends. Jason (Dacre Montgomery) is a football star before he winds up in detention (and with an ankle bracelet) after a brush with the law. It is in detention where he meets Billy (RJ Cyler) and Kimberly (Naomi Scott). Trini (Becky G) is a recent transplant in Angel Grove and Zack (Ludi Lin) is a loner who rarely attends class. Instead of Jason being the rallying force behind the five teens coming together, it’s actually Billy who is responsible for the event that eventually leads them to each other…and the power coins.
These ain’t your older brother and sister’s Power Rangers. Our heroes have been re-imagined as more of a modern day Breakfast Club. Jason is a star athlete who loses everything after a prank gone awry. Jason is prone to fits of anger which often-times leaves him incapable of leading the team. However, underneath all of the muscle and bravado there’s a good guy there will a strong moral core who feels the weight of fear, a fear of disappointing those he cares about, most importantly his father (David Denman). Our dear Kimberly, like Jason, used to be one of the popular kids until a sexting scandal rendered her an outcast at Angel Grove High. Billy is a bullied autistic teen who spends a lot of time at the rock quarry because it reminds him of his dad. Trini, the new girl, wrestles with the fact she is not normal like her parents and her two brothers. Zack is trying to deal with the fact that his mother is sick and could possibly die. Instead of our rangers having that established relationship with each other, we get to see them get to know one another before tapping into the power that will ultimately transform them into the Power Rangers.
One of the things my friends and I would joke about in regards to the TV show was how Jason, Trini, Billy, Zack and Kimberly always were together wearing clothing the same color as their respective ranger identities. Anyone with eyes and a shred of common sense in Angel Grove could have put two and two together and figured out these five were the Power Rangers. The movies pays homage to this concept by having each of the rangers wear a pop of color corresponding to their ranger’s color. It’s both effective and subtle.
Morphing is like totally hard, you know? The five of them discover the hidden power coins in the rock quarry and develop superhuman abilities almost immediately. Summoning the armor they will ultimately don in their battle against Rita Repulsa and Goldar takes a lot of time and even after a lengthy training montage (WE NEED A MONTAGE!!!!) our teenagers with attitudes are still not successful in becoming the rangers. I actually like this idea of them not being able to become rangers right away because it forces our characters to learn one another. A team is only effective when it accesses the strengths and weaknesses of it’s individual members. It is only after they are able to truly bond with each other they are able to tap into the power that morphs them into Power Rangers.
Rita Repulsa is freaking terrifying. So yeah, the original Rita Repulsa was a total bad-ass but I never really found her particularly scary. The film’s version of Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) is wicked and not above murdering any and everyone who gets in her way. Rita even goes as far as to kill one of the rangers. No joke. Another added detail I quite enjoyed about the character was how she was the original Green Ranger who served alongside Zordon, the original Red Ranger. This also makes me wonder, when they debut the Green Ranger in the sequel (of course there will be a sequel) will it be Tommy Oliver…or Tommie Oliver?
The Zords were awesome. I enjoyed the sleek look of the design and their free range of movements. In the TV show, most of the Zords were reminiscent of actual tanks and were big and blocky and a bit cumbersome. One of my favorite moments in the film was the creation of the Megazord and how each Power Ranger controlled a particular part of the machine, i.e. the legs, arms, etc. It really took some coordination between all five rangers in order for them to control Megazord.
The last thing I want to address in regard to the Power Rangers film is how cool it was to see a black nerd character on the big screen. Growing up, I always resonated with the character of Billy because my favorite color was blue and Billy was very intelligent and he wore glasses. Billy was this nerd character who was accepted by those we would call popular. As the resident science geek, Billy also plays a vital role to the team. Another thing I thought was pretty cool was Billy being autistic in the film. I was talking to a coworker of mine yesterday and we were talking about the importance of having visibility in regards to autism in TV and film. Her son is autistic and how coll is it he has someone like him on the big screen as a superhero. Another thing I would also like to point out is the importance of having a LGBT character in the film. Trini is not only the new girl but she also likes girls and because of her sexuality she feels somewhat detached from her family. I also detected a bit of something brewing between Trini and Kimberly. Then again maybe it was all in my head. However, I was so glad they did not play out any kind of romance between any of the rangers in this film. I know there were talks about Kimberly and Jason possibly being romantically-involved in the film which would be a great departure from canon but first and foremost Power Rangers has always been the story of a group of friends coming together to save the world. I would be interested to see if future films do further address Trini’s sexuality because how great would it be to see a young woman fully embracing her sexuality and being a total bad-ass in the process. I know there will be a part of the fandom who will wonder why there needed to be an autistic ranger or a lesbian ranger. Some will even ask, why did they have to make Billy black? These are the same people who flip out whenever there is a character introduced on Sesame Street who has two dads or two moms or a parent that’s incarcerated. Representation is so important because in order to eradicate homophobia and racism and bigotry in our society, we have to acknowledge these people exist! So thank you Power Rangers for going there.
I am thirty-two years old and I have never felt more like that eight year old sitting on the floor of my living room watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers than I did last night sitting in that movie theater.I recommend Power Rangers to all of you who share the same memories as I do in regards to the TV show. Even if you were never a fan of the show, the story is amazing, the acting was great and it was packed with action. My friends and I definitely had a great time and this is a film I would definitely consider seeing again in theaters and also purchasing once it comes out on DVD. If you have any thoughts or comments in regards to my thoughts, fill free to comment.
Second (Third?) Growth Forest, Denman Island, British Columbia, 2016.
Easily accessible from Georgia Strait (Salish Sea), Denman was an early site for clear cut logging in coastal BC. The small size of the present trees suggest it was subsequently logged again, probably sometime after 1950.
Greg: So many people expected Jim to kiss Jan in this scene.
Jenna: I know!
Melora: I know. They did.
Jenna: You guys must have some chemistry.
Rainn: Everybody has chemistry with John Krasinski.
David Denman: How can you not?!
-Nice quality wig (protect your identity!)
- Moisturizing conditioner
-Protein Recontructor (use every six weeks)
-Sealant (oil, shea butter, ect)
-Comb set (check to make sure they have no seams)
Bleecker Street is partnering with Steven Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing to distribute his upcoming comedy Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as two brothers who attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race. The film, currently in postproduction is set to open wide Aug. 18.
The cast also includes Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, and Daniel Craig along with Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, Macon Blair, Jack Quaid and Brian Gleeson.
The film’s original screenplay was written by Rebecca Blunt. Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Reid Carolin and Tatum served as producers. Zane Stoddard of NASCAR is an executive producer, along with Michael Polaire and Dan Fellman.
The production shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, as well as at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Six NASCAR stars pop up in non-driver cameo roles in the film.
Fingerprint Releasing, founded by Soderbergh, is piloted by Fellman, former longtime head of distribution for Warner Bros. In making Thursday’s announcement, Soderbergh said, “This is the result of 16 years of conversations I’ve had with Dan about creating a new distribution paradigm for star-driven, wide-release projects. With Logan Lucky I have the right movie, the right team and the right partner in Bleecker Street to test some personal theories I’ve accumulated. It’s put-up-or-shut-up time.”
Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street, added: “We’re thrilled to be working with Steven and the team at Fingerprint to break new ground and bring such an exciting film to audiences this summer.”
The deal was negotiated by Karpen with Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street and Ken Meyer on behalf of the filmmakers.
Glen Basner of FilmNation is handling international sales. FilmNation previously handled Magic Mike and Side Effects for Soderbergh
Length of cotton with design of crested waves in white on a
blue ground created by stencil resist-dyeing (katazome or chûgata). Mid-19th century, Japan.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection; gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA
on September 1, 1993.
On this day in music history: February 23, 1985 - “Diamond Life”, the debut album by Sade is released (UK release date is on July 16, 1984). Produced by Robin Millar, it is recorded at Power Plant Studios in Willesden, North West London from Late 1983 - Mid 1984. Formed out of the remanants of the Latin soul band Pride, Sade centers around its Nigerian born (and British raised) lead singer and lyricist Helen Folasade Adu along with guitarist and saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, bassist Paul Spencer Denman and keyboardist Andrew Hale. The band sign with the UK division of Epic Records and US subsidiary Portrait Records in the Fall of 1983. The album is issued in the US following its success in the UK, it spins off three singles including “Smooth Operator” (#5 Pop and R&B), “Hang On To Your Love” (#5 Club Play, #14 R&B), and “Your Love Is King” (#35 R&B, #54 Pop, #8 AC). US and UK versions of the album differ slightly, with the original UK release containing an earlier version of “Smooth Operator”. The US version contains the second recording of the track, first issued as a UK single, which becomes the common version around the world. First editions of the US vinyl LP come packaged in a gatefold jacket, which are discontinued briefly after its release, being replaced with a single pocket sleeve with the inner gatefold contents regulated to the inner sleeve. “Diamond Life” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number five on the Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Trying out some Lyatt again because the finale killed me. Based on this headcanon by @victoria-tonks, slightly modified to make it work as a post-finale drabble, I hope you don’t mind!
His skin itched with a restlessness he couldn’t shake, even now that everything was
safe. He kept looking up, into doorways, around corners, expecting Lucy to come
back, to confirm that she’s safe.
She is, obviously, but that’s not going to stop Wyatt from worrying.
He stalked the corridors until the techs started shooting
him odd glances, and that was when Wyatt knew he needed to get some air before
they all convened again for their last trip.
sounded so final, it was final. This
was it, once Lucy had her sister back there would be no more stomach rolling
trips through time, thrown into different worlds and fighting to protect the
past. Ask him a few months ago and he would’ve said that he was glad everything
was finally coming to an end, but now…
Now he’d miss it. No point in lying to himself.
Wyatt came out into the large space that housed the charging
Lifeboat, easily spotting Rufus near his computer. He collapsed in a chair next
to the Pilot, noting the worry that was written all over his face. Jiya,
probably, but the last Wyatt had heard, she was making a great recovery.
Rufus snapped his head up, like he hadn’t even realized
Wyatt was next to him. “She’s fine,” he finally replied, and he meant it, but
the worry was still there. Wyatt couldn’t blame him.
“One last trip huh?” Rufus asked, changing the subject.
Wyatt nodded absentmindedly, his mind still running a mile a
minute from their last jump. He noticed Rufus watching him oddly and raised an
eyebrow in question.
“Look, don’t take this the wrong way, but you look like you
could use a drink.”
Wyatt snorted, “We’re going on a mission soon.”
“Pretty sure you were drunk the first time we took this
thing out,” Rufus pointed out, and they both cracked up at the same time, the
pressures of the last forty-eight hours relaxed for a moment.
“Come on man, you need this,” Rufus stood up and shrugged on
his jacket, leaving Wyatt no choice but to go along and follow. They didn’t go
far, only wandering to the bar they liked to frequent after missions, when
they’d nearly been killed by somebody who’d been dead for fifty years and they
all just needed a drink. It felt wrong to do this without Lucy, but Wyatt knew
they’d do this again. Rufus would drag Jiya along once she’d been discharged, they’d
talk Agent Christopher into loosening up for a night, invite Mason now that
they knew he wasn’t a complete ass, and maybe even Amy too because he doubted
Lucy would want to leave her sister’s side for a while once she got her back.
(For a moment though, he wondered what it would be like for
it to be just the two of them, him and Lucy for one night with no one else to
interrupt. It’s kind of startling how much he wants to know what that would be
Five minutes later and there’s a glass of bourbon in front
of him, enough that he knows it’ll take the edge off, but not enough to make
him useless. He’d promised Lucy that he’d see their last ride through, he
doesn’t want to let her down. Rufus watched him across the table, and Wyatt
could feel the other man’s questions practically on the tip of his tongue.
“Spit it out.”
Rufus fidgeted for a moment before finally speaking his
mind. “I just – I wanted to know how you were holding up.”
Wyatt looked up, frowning. “You were the one that got shot. And nearly lost his girlfriend.”
Rufus winced, but pressed on. “Yeah, and I know I’m fine. But when we came back
Wyatt closed his eyes, realizing what Rufus was getting at.
To say that leaving Lucy behind with Flynn was hard was an understatement. It
had literally taken every fibre of willpower he had to turn around and walk
away from her in 1954, to watch the Lifeboat’s doors close with her on the
other side, to not buckle her in and know with absolute certainty that he was
doing everything in his power to keep her safe.
Their first priority had been getting Jiya medical
attention, but as soon as they knew she’d be fine, Wyatt had been left to
wonder and worry and wonder some more about Lucy, whether she’d be fine and if
Flynn was keeping her safe or if the bastard had double-crossed her. He’d sworn
on the graves of his grandparents that if Flynn did anything to her, he’d hunt
him down with the single-minded obsessiveness that had driven his hunt for
Bleecker Street will distribute Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” in partnership with Fingerprint Releasing, the director’s newly formed entertainment company. The heist comedy stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, and a platinum-coiffed Daniel Craig. It also marks Soderbergh’s return to the big screen after a four-year hiatus, during which he flirted with retirement, did a spot of painting, and oversaw the very bloody medical drama “The Knick” for Cinemax.
The film is about two brothers Jimmy (Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Driver) who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during a widely watched car race. “Logan Lucky” will hit theaters on Aug. 18. It will face off against “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.”
The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, Macon Blair, Jack Quaid, and Brian Gleeson. The original screenplay is by Rebecca Blunt. Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Reid Carolin, and Tatum served as producers. Zane Stoddard of Nascar is an executive producer, along with Michael Polaire and Dan Fellman.
Fingerprint Releasing, created by Soderbergh, is piloted by Fellman, who oversaw distribution at Warner Bros. for decades. Says Soderbergh, “This is the result of sixteen years of conversations I’ve had with Dan about creating a new distribution paradigm for star-driven, wide release projects. With ‘Logan Lucky’ I have the right movie, the right team, and the right partner in Bleecker Street to test some personal theories I’ve accumulated. It’s put-up-or-shut-up time.”Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street, said, “We’re thrilled to be working with Steven and the team at Fingerprint to break new ground and bring such an exciting film to audiences this summer.”The deal was negotiated between Karpen with Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street and Ken Meyer on behalf of the filmmakers. Glen Basner of FilmNation is handling international sales.