The Original Green Ranger Returns In ‘Power Rangers Super Megaforce’ Finale
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.
This, of course, isn't the first time Frank has returned to the series that made him a household name among kids in the '90s. After a long career in action as a Green, White, and Red Ranger, 2004's Power Rangers Dino Thunder recast him as a mentor for a team of younger heroes, whose interest in robot dinosaurs led him to a doctorate in paleontology, eventually becoming the Black Ranger for that team. Still, it's that original armored costume that showed up in "Green With Evil" that he's most strongly identified with, from the show that brought the Power Rangers to America.
Interestingly enough, the source material for Super Megaforce, the Japanese Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, doesn't have the same emphasis on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. On that show, there's a much stronger connection to the heroes of Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, the first Super Sentai show, which makes a lot of sense. Mighty Morphin's source material, Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, was the 16th Super Sentai series, and as a result it doesn't have nearly the connection to fans that it does on this side of the Pacific, where it's a Pretty Big Deal.
Either way, it's a lot of fun to see the characters back in action celebrating the legacy of the series. The final episode airs this Saturday, November 22, at 12 PM.