POWER RANGERS: 20 Morphinominal Years - A Look Back Pt. 2

20 years of Power Rangers, a look back at the Morphinominally popular super hero series which spawned toys, clothes, lunch boxes and comic books. The retrospective continues after the jump..

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By Shannon Cornthwaite - 12/6/2012
When Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit television screens across the country, there was something the separated it from everything else that was on tv. We were given a rare program that balanced great stories and action with lessons. The lessons didn't appear at the end of the broadcast like with He-Man and GI Joe, it appeared through out each and every episode. Eventually, the Power Rangers lost that after Andros destroyed Zordon's tube and the Z wave eliminated all evil in the universe during the final episode of Power Rangers in Space.

Prior to Lost Galaxy, the Power Rangers were about friendship, trust, kindness, physical/mental and spiritual health, and most of all it was about always being the bigger person. In the early days, the rangers rarely fought amongst themselves nor did they make fun of each other. In fact, this style of Power Ranger completely changed after Rangers in Space. Gone were the days of promoting the good nature of others and here to stay are the days of only kicking monster butt. In the early days, we received something special something that kids today probably wouldn't understand. When the Rangers weren't morphed and fighting evil, they were busy working at the Angel Grove Youth Center, teaching children karate or gymnastics or even how to eat healthy. It was all about being able to accomplish anything you put your mind to in those days and treating others the way you want to be treated.

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers didn't just stick to the same old routine of battling monsters all the time, in fact Jason David Frank did several Power Ranger Karate Club videos as the Green Ranger and as the White Ranger. All of the Rangers did a live tour when promoting the movie, similar to what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had done back in the day, which you just don't get anymore. They not only taught each and everyone of us while on tv, but lived it in their real lives. It seemed they took a page straight out of Bill Cosby's handbook by teaching kids the importance of exercise and learning.





In my last article, I didn't really give very much time to the comedic duo of the show, Bulk and Skull. I'd like to correct that now. During the early days of MMPR, Bulk and Skull were bullies who continuously had to make fun of and try to pick on the rangers as well as others in the series. To me I felt this was important because it showed children that everyone get's picked on from time to time even Super Heroes. Gradually, Saban changed Bulk and Skull from dim witted bullies to loveable funny friends of the rangers. It was this that showed children, that no matter how bad you are or how mean, there's always time for you to change your ways and be a better person. Over the years, we see bulk and Skull go from being High School bullies who try and discover the true identity of the Power Rangers to recruits in the Angel Grove Police Department, to Private Detectives and then working in the Youth Center with Sergeant Stone. We've seen them transform into monkeys and become scientific researchers on Terra Venture, then somehow come back to Earth and take on management of a tiki juice bar named after Bulk but actually owned by Tommy. Then we get Skull's son, being trained to be a Samurai by Bulk in Power Rangers Samurai. Currently, the future is unknown for this Dynamic Duo of laughter, but I'm sure Saban isn't finished with them yet.



Where Are Bulk and Skull now?



Paul Schrier is still acting "when ever the need should arise" according to his facebook profile. He also enjoys performing with his band and "I currently have my feet in Art" also according to his profile. He and Jason Narvy are best friends in real life.

Jason Narvy is currently a Doctor of theater studies and a Masters and Bachelors degree in other fields. He is currently the assistant professor at Concordia University, Chicago's theatre department. Still acting on television in minor films occasionally.

In Part 3 I will be explaining just how much Power Rangers has changed over it's 20 year life span and do a where are they now for Rocky, Adam, Aisha, Tonya, Cat and Justin.


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Thevenominside - 12/6/2012, 10:22 AM
I actually really enjoy these.
MisterNiceGuy - 12/6/2012, 10:26 AM
Ernie from the slurpee shop is my dads cousin. He said Kimberly was a little slutbag... my god i loved her as a child. If Pacific Rim Succeeds i can see this getting a movie.
TheLight - 12/6/2012, 11:06 AM
Ah, I miss these moments of the 90s. When decent shows were enjoyable and hardly any reality based tv series didn't mess up your day. Whatever how you see it, the 90s were epic.
lanternstorm - 12/6/2012, 11:33 AM
Because this is the Power Rangers 20th anniversary article series... and I did give Super Sentai mention in my first article.
TheBeard - 12/6/2012, 12:42 PM
i would watch the power rangers religiously when i was i kid. i even had all zord toys that would combine and yes most importantly dragonzord
bfprimetime - 12/6/2012, 12:49 PM
Met Jason David Frank twice and he really is cool and down to earth.
PeterParker1991 - 12/6/2012, 12:53 PM
Mighty Morphin' is always gonna be the best. 'Nuff said
lanternstorm - 12/6/2012, 1:52 PM
here's the link to part 3



Ghaleonausa - 12/6/2012, 3:32 PM
found this site some time ago where they do a season by season break down, was kind of interesting.
http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/linkara/hopr

as well as the very terrible tmnt episodes
Gnyah123 - 12/6/2012, 4:15 PM
i went to middle and high school with the pink rangers nephew! his mom is her sister..
me n him been rapping together since we met back in 2001
i met amy jo...2004/2005/2006 1 of the two but she is still HOT! and looks even BETTER! in person!! i came my pants when i met her!!...we went to the cape cod where she lives during da summer n had a lil bbq! it was sick she said she still talks to the blue and black ranger every1 else she doesnt i think...
she got married last year though...she has a kid! i havent seen her since i only met her once but it was worth it!!
Codeseven - 12/6/2012, 4:48 PM
^ Wow...
Codeseven - 12/6/2012, 4:48 PM
"i came my pants when i met her!!" Hahaha! Priceless!
JorLBola - 12/6/2012, 8:30 PM
Wow, The Power Rangers were the coolest thing I ever met when I was a little kid, I'll be really glad if someone make a new movie about this original team :')
janitra - 12/6/2012, 11:47 PM
Really liked these articles :)
Keep them coming!
lanternstorm - 12/7/2012, 7:56 AM
there's more in the feature section

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