It’s the 25th Aniversary of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and we’ve had more than 200 Power Rangers morph to take on evil with the aid of giant robots and flashy martial arts.
Though, what you do you know about the franchise? You probably know that the show borrows footage, plots, and props from a Japanese superhero TV show called Super Sentai. And now you know that here are four facts about the first season of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the show that kicked it off.
The season that begun it all with Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini, Kimberly and later on Tommy in the battle against Rita Repulsa.
The show had an unaired pilot.
It’s probably no surprise that most people know that a TV shows have a pilot episode. A pitch of what could come if the show is liked. Season 1 of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers had a pilot which had a more violent tone and featured Audri Dubois as the Yellow Ranger and not Thuy Trang.
Though a little rough around the edges, the show did get picked up.
The Yellow Ranger is actually a man.
The Pink Ranger wears a skirt, but the second girl Power Ranger… doesn’t?
Did you ever notice that? Well, that’s because in the Super Sentai (known as Zyuranger) season the first season is based on, the Yellow Ranger is actually a male and if you look at the footage, the body type makes it pretty obvious.
Rita was supposed to be defeated.
The migraine-prone witch was not supposed to leave season one without a defeat. This was changed when the show was found to be super popular and the original ending, which would ultimately see Rita and her minions defeated, was scrapped.
What happened next? Well, we move to number 4…
The show was extended.
After the Doomsday two-parter, Saban approached it’s Japanese partners and requested some action footage to be produced exclusively for the use in Power Rangers which extended the run of the show since the toys and alphabet soup sold like hotcakes full of free sweets.
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