The Yellow Power Ranger
Ok so, I’ve seen a lot about this and I wanted to give my thoughts on the scene.
This scene kind of got blown up by the media and I got sucked into it before seeing the movie but having finally seen the movie…
The scene goes as follows:
Power rangers are each spilling personal details about themselves and Trini is being quiet until she says that she prefers moving a lot cause it prevents her parents from getting involved in her relationships.
Zack jokes “boyfriend problems?”
Trini responds “yeah…BOYFRIEND problems…”
Zack looks around wide eyed before asking “girlfriend problems?”
And she diverts the conversation about how perfect her family is, too perfect, and how she can’t tell them she’s not like them. That she doesn’t want to act how they want her to, or dress how they want her to.
Ok, so there’s no moment of her saying she’s queer, but as someone who has spent their life not talking, this scene was very spot on.
It was honest and very well performed. It’s easy to look over if you’re not queer, or if you are naturally an open person who had no problem admitting who you are to yourself, let alone everyone else, but this scene was very relatable. She’s a teenager who knows she’s not like the girly straight girl her parents want her to be, and she knows her parents won’t listen to her no matter what she says. There’s even a scene where she tells her parents she’s a power ranger and her mother makes her take a drug test. She guards herself by holding back info and speaking through sarcasm and its sold as humor but I don’t think I’ve related with a character more.
So, if you’re expecting a flying rainbow flag or even some wlw action, you’re going to be disappointed. But representation matters in all its forms and this is pretty darn relatable. Not to mention the movie was just fantastic. It defies stereotypes with the exception of the white dude who’s just so tired of being popular… I love the backstory it gave, stuff the series ignored and it was so fleshed out. I recommend everyone watch it