How Power Rangers has Shaped my Life

Today I’d like to talk to you about Power Rangers. No, that’s not a joke.  This is a testimony to the lasting positive impression the early years of the show left on me, and why I remain a fan, even in my late 30s.

Before I begin I’d like to say that this hasn’t been the easiest topic to write about, but it’s an important one. These are the years of my life where I discovered writing, and it’s therapeutic properties.

It began towards the end of middle school. That’s when I discovered Power Rangers. I had discovered five teens who were vastly different yet had the same, positive goal which was to keep the world safe from Rita Repulsa. When they weren’t fighting bad  guys, their real lives were full of lessons on how to handle everyday challenges such as cheaters, bullies, and disabled individuals.

In my life, I was being bullied on two sides: At school and at home. In school, I was misunderstood, called retarded, crippled, and a slew of other bad things that I have forgotten for good. At home, my stepfather refused to acknowledge my disability and made me stand in corners, sit in chairs, took reading away from me as forms of punishments that I probably never deserved. It escapes me now what the various reasons for them were.

My one happy place was  Fox Kids at 4:30pm every weekday and 9:00am every Saturday in Angel Grove where I joined forces with the Power Rangers to beat down my own demons. Even if it was only for thirty minutes at a time. It seemed to me that only the Power Rangers understood what I was going through, and they helped me through it.

Let’s fast forward to High School. High School is full of people trying to be what they aren’t. I just wanted to be me, and unfortunately, “me” didn’t fit into the mold everyone w wanted me to fit into. They didn’t understand that I was just pretending when I “played” Power Rangers. They believed I was talking to myself. And I guess in a sense, I was asking for trouble doing that in public, but back then, I didn’t see any difference between doing that and being on stage performing with invisible props. (I was also a theater geek in middle school, so this leap wasn’t far off.)

Eventually, I discovered a new way to channel my imagination. I began to write Power Rangers stories in blank books and notebooks. They were full of all the adventures I had previously “played” out in public. And I never did that again. It was here that I realized that writing was a “safe” outlet. No one could hurt me in my writing. No one could say I was “crazy” in my writing. There was nothing to explain there. It was just words. Of course I didn’t call it Fanfiction back then. We didn’t have the internet. I didn’t start typing my “fanfics” until much later. Actually, my Power Rangers fics have never been typed out. I don’t even have those formative fics anymore. I guess that could be a good thing considering they were probably crappy and full of Mary Sues.

Recently, I saw the 2017 Power Rangers movie, and I have to say that I’ve been mostly  pleased with it. Truthfully, I didn’t want the movie to be made, so I was pleasantly surprised with it’s success. And it’s message. The biggest thing with Power Rangers is that no matter what season you’re watching, the core values and messages remain the same. You’re still learning to be kind to each other. You’re still learning how to work together through conflict. You’re still shown that friendship can overcome diversity. The 2017 movie definitely proves this in a big way.

In the movie, the five would be Rangers meet in detention for varying reasons. They all came from vastly different backgrounds.  Jason,Billy, and Kimberly meet in detention. Billy is the first autistic ranger to ever be introduced. I have my reasons why I love this and if you’re friends with me, you can guess why. Trini is the first homosexual ranger to be introduced. Again, this is important for a lot of reasons, but on a personal note it’s important for me because of the friends I keep.  Zack takes care of a his ill mother, Jason deals with being cut from the football team (I think it was football? It might’ve been baseball….), Kimberly deals with her actions after spreading an unflattering picture of a classmate.  These are much deeper reasons for detention than would’ve been allowed in the TV series.

Were there things I didn’t like about the movie? Absolutely. But they are so minor that they’re not worth mentioning. Will I be buying the bluray? Definitely! Why wouldn’t I? This movie definitely worth seeing over and over again, if not for the  Michael Bay effects, the comedic timing with some of the actors is dead on par with some of my old favorites.

And that’s basically it for this entry. I hope you all are doing well. 🙂

Heather

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