‘Power Rangers Samurai’ looks for fighting chance with new generation

Feb. 07, 2011 | 5:24 a.m.

Los Angeles Times television writer Yvonne Villarreal looks at Nickelodeon’s new fight club…

Najee De-Tiege, Alex Heartman, Ct, and Hector David, Jr. (Ricardo DeAratanha)

Eighteen years — and 15 iterations — after they premiered, the Power Rangers are still demonstrating their mighty morphin’ abilities. Now Nickelodeon is introducing a new generation of kids to the long-running franchise of teenage costumed heroes with the prime-time premiere Monday of the live-action series “Power Rangers Samurai.”

“The show has been a point of entry into action adventure, sci-fi and fantasy for young children for so many years,” said Pete Danielsen, executive vice president of programming for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. “And we hope that remains true as we add it to our lineup.”

In the new edition, shot in New Zealand, five spirited teens battle monsters under the guidance of a samurai mentor to save the world. “There’s no other show for kids that has this kind of action and adventure,” said the newly minted red Ranger Alex Heartman, who as a kid dressed as the original red Power Ranger for a few Halloweens.

As Saban Brands reboots the Japanese import on a global scale, plans are to have the series run over two seasons — about 40 episodes — before rotating in a new edition…

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– Yvonne Villarreal

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10 Responses to ‘Power Rangers Samurai’ looks for fighting chance with new generation

  1. Bmn says:

    Oh. My. God. I cannot believe that I enjoyed the Power Rangers somewhat when I was younger.

    Much, much younger.

    I have always wondered why it is that their enemies never attacked them during their transformations, which seemed to take an inordinately long time to complete.

    I was hoping that the series got a bit less cheesy as time went on.

    That's what I get for hoping.

  2. Xstrike0 says:

    It did get more serious for a while, but the main story from the first season ended in 1998.

  3. fenyx4 says:

    One reason the Monsters don't attack the Rangers while they're morphing is that…they're incompetent villains, LOL. They're too dumb to know such a tactic…

    A better explanation could be that the elaborate "morphing sequences" that viewers observe onscreen only serve as visual metaphors for morphing.
    In the past, it has been common in many Power Ranger seasons for the morphing process to be truncated greatly, and sometimes the stock footage morphing sequence isn't even shown. The Rangers just perform an instant morph – AKA "insta-morph". The insta-morph just involves a brief flash of light around the person morphing, with the Ranger donning his/her suit in seconds.

    One could say that "all" the morphs depicted in the series are actually "insta-morphs" in real-time that hardly take up any time at all. The morphing sequences shown in the series are just flashy presentations for the viewer, attributed to the medium that Power Rangers is shown in – television.

    In any case, GO GO POWER RANGERS! I'm glad the article's author gave exposure to such a cherished TV series, and I'll be tuning in, hoping that the venture of Power Rangers Samurai succeeds with Saban's endeavors! :)

  4. xavier says:

    power rangers samurai

  5. Aaron says:

    Such a dissapointment. Weak character development. Slow story and cheesy and boring episodicals. I hoped it was gonna be so much better

  6. Charles says:

    I agree, man — it seems like they're just trying to feed children corny jokes and kitschy slapstick. I had high hopes for it, too, especially with many of the major players back on the production team, not the least of which is Saban himself. I miss when Power Rangers used to be REAL — like Space, Lightspeed Rescue, and Time Force.

  7. Karen says:

    my young kids are loving this show…they are totally hooked. Sure my husband and I think it's cheesy but we aren't in the kid stages. Our 4 and 7 yr old are absolutely and totally fascinated and loving this new show. We have already bought them the new action figures and other toys but they want more…they want to "be" the Red & Blue Rangers. Keep it coming Nick and thanks for bringing back some ole' memories for mom & dad too!

  8. Dale says:

    My son (7) and I think this is one of the very best power rangers series. I actually am crushing on Jayden, and Antonio is a good comedic talent. It may be cheesy, but as Alex says, it is one of the few for children with action and adventure, w/o blood and gore, that also shows teamwork, values, and goals. I don't think that's a bad thing for our children to learn, do you?

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  10. abbie says:

    I love jayden ie alex heartman

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