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Correcting the Power Rangers canon

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The first handful of seasons helped keep the Power Ranger canon pretty decent. But as each season went on, as Disney had control for awhile, and as each season become stand alone with some minor references to past seasons while also retconning them, Power Rangers has become a hot mess. 

The recent Power Rangers movie was meant to help fix some of that. But with a somewhat lackluster response at the theater a sequel is still in question. 

So how can we re-align previous seasons and events with the current one and help get Power Rangers canon back on course? The ending of Dino Charge essentially wiped out previous events. 

What do you think?

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Megaforce and Super Megaforce were the opportunity to get the Power Rangers canon back on course. However, splicing two different Sentai seasons together and compressing them to a 40-episode format didn't help, it actually made things worse. Obviously, Saban couldn't do the anniversary season like it should have been done, so he opted to do what could be done.

 

Gokaiger had references, tributes and even sub-plots of its previous seasons in it. It was the perfect season to adapt into a PR anniversary season. According to JDF, Saban could not license all the Ranger teams and it's the reason of why we got what we've got as the anniversary season and so much hyped, expected and anticipated Legendary Battle. Gokaiger even did PR references and their season was mostly focused on newer teams, while the older ones were featured in 199 Hero movie and in various episodes throughout its run. Toei basically delivered both footage and story elements for Saban to use. It was the perfect opportunity to get the cannon back on track and to wrap up some long-running storylines and finally fix some potholes that have been bothering the fandom for two decades. 

 

While I don't think Toei will ever do a season like Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, I think Saban has a lot of homework to do on that area. The next big Super Sentai anniversary season that will feature at least the suits from the past seasons should be fully adapted for Power Rangers and that means no pre-Zyu, and Dairanger (except Kibaranger) stuff and of course, exclude the newer unadapted Sentai seasons. The franchise needs a TV season that actually gives a crap about what came before. From MM 1 and all the way to the season that precedes the anniversary one. Well... that and actually a well-written current season, where the main characters and villains are actually involved in a proper storyline and have proper character and season's plot and storyline development. Also, whenever a chance, use at least sound effects and soundtrack songs from the early seasons if not the actual themes of previous seasons during battle scenes. 

 

However, for that, Saban needs to start actually caring about the canon rather than just making tons of money. Because if Saban doesn't give a crap about the PR canon, I don't think the writers and the producers ever will. Especially since re-visiting old plots and storylines involves the usage of classic characters from the classic seasons (both Saban's and Disney's) and that means Saban would have to open a giant money bag (especially for some of the MM cast members), so I would'n exactly count PR canon as "fixable". 

 

The only true way to "fix it" or "get it back on the track" is for every fan to just write their own versions of the TV series (for those that truly desire it and are true fans of the TV show and the franchise). Which is something that I'll be contributing to on my PR-based board once it launches. If not anything else, it could offer a decent closure to the PR canon issue-based discussions and a chance for those fans to move on to other topics about the franchise. 

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The problem is that Power Rangers is essentially consuming itself and almost becoming a mockery of itself. It's sad. 

It's hard to say what caused the movie to under perform, but we could be a seeing a slowing of interest in Power Rangers as a whole. 

I think if the fans worked together and helped write and re-write the canon, the writers of the show could help use that as a guideline. I dunno. If nothing else it helps the fans.

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If you were to correct the canon what way do you feel would be best?

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Unrealistically thinking: 

The only way (in my opinion) to correct the cannon is to create a season dedicated to correcting the cannon. Start the season with the plot of the various Power Rangers Multiverses being altered by a new powerful foe who wants to wipe the Power Rangers from existence and make sure the United Alliance of Evil (from PRiS) succeeds in conquering our Galaxy in all Multiverses. Establish that all the seasons (except R.P.M.) are in a single multiverse, which is later established to be the main one. Have a mentor-type of leader bring a new Power Ranger team together and later, bring in some Rangers from previous seasons (at least 1 PR cast main member from each season) to wrap up some long-running storylines and end the season with a proper version of Legendary Battle where the veteran Rangers actually give a crap about stuff rather than just standing in the crowd and look worried and alerted/alarmed. Maybe have the season show various versions of some Rangers in various Multiverses just to make the whole thing more interesting. Use the various Multiverses concept to fix some of the potholes from earlier seasons. Maybe even have various versions of the same Rangers present at the final battle against the main villain or selection of versions of the Ranger characters from every season from various Multiverses and the final episode(s) explore how they function in the final fight together. I say go all out and make the new LB episode a 2-hour movie all 199 Heroes movie, just without the Pre-Zyu and the core 5 Dairanger teams. Bring in Ninjor, Auric, Blue Centurion, original Magna Defender, Titanium Ranger, Sentinel Knight and Spirit Rangers in suit-only just for the heck of it (well, maybe have their original actors just do the ADR or just use the ADR from their own seasons). Have the Veteran Rangers actually aid the new PR team in their fight not just in the main Multiverse, but in others as well. Use the season's plot to bring Zordon back by pulling him out of another Multiverse and bringing him into ours for a couple of episodes. No Gosei/Tensou crap, no Overdrive Alpha, bring back the original, but an upgraded version of Alpha 5 too with a new voice actor.  Then have the next season set in the main Multiverse and each other season in one of the other Multiverses. 

 

Realistically thinking:

The show needs better writers, better composers, each new season needs to have an original theme song and catchy soundtrack music. Those problems need to be fixed first because the Power Rangers Franchise has given up its true identity and desperately needs to re-claim it. That will be the foundation for actually making any cannon corrections.        

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