An oddly-dubbed space witch escapes from a trash can after many, many years of imprisonment — what is her enemy, a disembodied head made of light, supposed to do to stop her? If you watched a certain show in the '90s, the answer is simple: find five teenagers with attitude.
Such is the way that the classic series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers began, and it is celebrating its 25-year anniversary today. Created by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, the show reused footage from the Japanese program Super Sentai and added in sections shot for American audiences. Voices were changed, and any time the heroes were seen without helmets, new American actors were featured. This odd blend of remixed Japanese/American programming really should not have worked, but it defied the odds and became a raging success.
Premiering on August 28, 1993, the show was a hit, with American audiences loving the adventures of the original five Power Rangers and their giant mechas, called "zords." The fact that almost every episode followed the exact same formula didn't matter — kids (and many adults) couldn't get enough. Once Tommy the Green (then White) Ranger was added into the mix, the deal was sealed.
The franchise was popular enough that it spawned Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, a very odd adventure starring most of the original cast (and Paul "Belloq" Freeman). There was a reboot film in 2017 and there have been a wide array of comic book tie-ins. All the while, toy manufacturers have kept grinding away, providing a seemingly endless stream of merchandise. Though the show continually changes its name and focus, the "Power Rangers" brand (and general aesthetic) is still going strong today.
Can we get through all of the ups and downs of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in two minutes or less? Check out the video above (or below) to find out. Happy anniversary, Rangers! It's... come on, say it with me... MORPHIN TIME!