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As a child of the 80s, Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers initially passed me by when the series debuted in 1993. Perhaps due to continued loyalty to the Ninja Turtles. What I didn't miss however, was the huge hit that the franchise morphed into. A film followed in 1995, followed by various spinoff TV series, including Dino Thunder, Mystic Force, Alien Rangers, Operation Overdrive and Samurai. The original series was also given a visual makeover in 2010.
The story introduces five teenagers in the town of Angel Grove. Jason (Dacre Montgomery) has a bright future ahead of him but a reckless mistake puts it all at risk. He meets the highly intelligent Billy (RJ Cyler) in detention, who may have a solution to his house arrest issue. Also on detention is Kimberly (Naomi Scott), a former cheerleader. Their paths all collide one evening at an abandoned gold mine, along with Zack (Ludi Lyn) and Trini (Becky G).
When Billy detonates some explosives, they uncover five mysterious glowing objects encased in rock. The following morning, each find that they are suddenly blessed with new powers, including greatly increased strength. Like other superhero origins, it's fun to watch them discover and explore their abilities.
Soon after, they discover a buried spaceship, inhabited by a robot called Alpha 5 and a computer called Zordon (performed by Bryan Cranston). He teaches them the history of the Power Rangers, and warns that an ancient evil called Rita (Elizabeth Banks) has awoken and plans to destroy the world. She also has an insatiable thirst for gold. But can they master their skills and learn to work as a team in time to stop her?
Far from just generic heroes in brightly coloured spandex, each Ranger also has surprising depth and personal struggles to contend with. Moments of drama are complimented with plenty of humour to keep the overall tone light throughout.
By Sarah O'Connell on 30th July 2017