For those of you who don't devote at least a half hour a week to the adventures of Teenagers With Attitude, Power Rangers Super Megaforce is the latest series in the long-running franchise, built around the core idea of the current rangers teaming up with the previous heroes from the past 20 years of the franchise. As you might expect, there's been a lot there for adults who grew up with the Power Rangers (ie, me), and this Saturday on the show's series finale, they're dropping the biggest nostalgia bomb of all: Jason David Frank's return as Tommy Oliver, the original Green Power Ranger.
And he's not alone, either. As revealed in a clip from the final episode, he's joined by Rangers from 2001's Power Rangers Time Force, 1999's Lost Galaxy, 1998's In Space, 2000's Lightspeed Rescue and 2012's Super Samurai. It's a lot of dang Power Rangers, folks.
20 years ago, the Green Ranger kicked down the back door of the Megazord, punched everyone in the head, and immediately became the coolest dude that any of us had ever seen on television. I mean, seriously, the guy had a knife that was a flute and rode around in a robot dragon, and that's all we've ever wanted out of life. At San Diego, Jason David Frank, who played the Green, White, Red, and Black Rangers at various times sat down with us to talk about his character's enduring popularity, why he thinks the Green Ranger can stand as its own franchise, and his MMA challenge to professional wrestler CM Punk.
Bandai churns out scads of serviceable Power Rangers/Super Sentai toys every year in both the US and Japan, but its S.H. Figuarts line is where collectors go for the cream of the crop. A variety of rangers from some of the most recent series from the tokusatsu franchise have made their way to the US -- namely a pair of Power Rangers Samurai imports -- and now those two could be joined by two of the most recognizable rangers to US fans...
Other than Kiefer Sutherland ditching acting to become a counter terrorist agent and Terry O'Quinn fleeing civilization to live as a boar hunter on a remote tropical island, I can't think of a single possibility of life imitating ridiculous television that I'd enjoy more than Jason David Frank's new gig as a mixed martial artist...
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