In a world where money is tight, you can’t afford the next boxset until JB Hi-Fi does a 20% off sale, or you’ve watched everything on a streaming service and you’re hankering for some gritty childhood nostalgia that doesn’t cost a thing.
Grab your device that has YouTube access and hop on down to Angel Grove so you can watch teenagers don superpowers and colourful suits to fight baddies, all thanks to some hovering head.
The American superhero action series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came to our Australian screens in 1994, playing at 4pm on Channel 7 after kids got home from school and should’ve been doing their homework. The original series consisted of 5 regular school teenagers selected by Eltarian breed Zordon, with the assistance of his robot Alpha 5, gives them Morphing emblems to summon particular powers influenced by dinosaurs, which turns them into ‘Rangers’ – a full bodied suit with helment and arsenal of weapons.
They use these powers to fight off Zordon’s arch nemesis – Rita Repulsa – who has been released from a sealed dumpster after 10,000 years in confinement on the moon. Rita keeps attacking Earth with her ‘Putty Patrol’ army and vast baddies who eventually grow gigantic to be more destructive. Not willing to be defeated, the Rangers summon their ‘Zords’ which, once connected together, turn into Megazord – a giant robot that can fight the evil-doer. After each baddie is defeated, Rita goes back to the drawing board and the teens go back to their everyday school life. Wash, rinse, repeat.
The series has been so popular, it has ‘morphed’ into many different variations, spun-off 3 blockbuster movies, and has nearly 30 seasons under its belt. But we love the original series, and thanks to toy manufacturer Hasbro, you can watch the original series on YouTube – all for free, legally.
But trust me, you only need to watch the first three seasons and don’t bother moving on when it changes into “Alien Rangers” because you will fall down the rabbit hole and never come back.