Exactly 20 years ago yesterday (Yeah I know, i’m a day late! Busy life is busy…) the first episode, “Day of the Dumpter” of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered. After that, it’s all history.
It’s crazy to think that this show is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. I’ve already celebrated Jurassic Park’s 20th anniversary this year (June 11th, respectively). Man do i feel old. I think i’m gonna go cry now…
Where was I? Ah yes, I remember coming home from school and rushing through my homework just so I could watch the Power Rangers in action. It was something that I could look forward to and I always had my toys with me when the show was playing just so i could re-enact the show as it went. I would even transform my toy Megazord when it would on the show.
As a kid, the show was entertaining, fun and awesome just for the fact that 6 teens got to morph into awesome costumes and control amazing machines (Zords) while defeating Rita and Zedd, whilst saving the city that the love.
20 years later however, there is more to this show than meets the eye.
I want to say that I acknowledge that the show can be campy, and have some lame dialogue at times, but this show has a lot of heart and teaches children, and adults for that matter, some really great lifelong morals.
One of the many things this show has taught me that has stuck with me is the importance of not abusing power. One of the things that Zordon, the Power Rangers leader, taught them is to never abuse the powers that have been given to them, otherwise they lose that power. For my generation, this is the equivalent of when Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker that with great power comes great responsibility. It taught me to never abuse power and I feel that 20 years later, that’s a very important message.
However, the most important messages that I took from the show and what I still think of when I watch it is, team work, self sacrifice and committing to something bigger than yourself.
Throughout the run of the show, it was stressed that team work was very important to the success of the team, but also very much needed as a community and as friends. It teaches us that we can put faith and trust in others and allows us to help others in need when they need it. It also teaches us that we don’t have to be selfish and that being a team player pays off for everyone.
These characters were thrust into a position to save the world and while initially reluctant, they know that saving the city and others from evil is the right thing to do, even if it means putting themselves in harms way or possibly facing death. Numerous times throughout the show the Rangers gave up their power coins just so that Rita and Zedd wouldn’t cause anymore harm than they had already. It’s these messages that makes this show last, even if it has a kind of cheesy exterior.
These are the kinds of role models I grew up with. These guys, and girls, were my heroes. The generation before me had Superman and comic books, I had Power Rangers.
When I was a kid I wanted to be a Power Ranger as an adult. As an adult, I can be a Power Ranger. I just don’t need the suit or the Zords to do so.