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Power Rangers Admit the 1 Upgrade Better Than Their ’90s Weapons – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Power Rangers Admit the 1 Upgrade Better Than Their ’90s Weapons


Zordon granted the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers incredible powers, but the teenagers actually preferred a different set of abilities. While being a superhero might seem enticing, especially for high school students, Kimberly, Trini, Tommy, and the other Rangers found that having superpowers was not always what it seemed.

In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Power Rangers II #5 by Ryan Parrott, Dan Mora, Raul Angulo, and Ed Dukeshire, the Power Rangers face an existential conflict. Rita Repulsa and MegaZord Krang have agreed to conquer and rule Earth together. Even with the help of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Rangers face overwhelming odds. However, thanks to Donatello and Billy Cranston, the Rangers gain the ability to transform into animal forms, similar to the Turtles’ mutation. This ability amplifies the fighting skills they acquired as Power Rangers and makes them the “Mighty Mutant Power Rangers.” To master the intersection of Power Ranger and mutant abilities, the Rangers endure intense training overseen by Master Splinter.

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Membership In The Power Ranger Corps Has Its Problems

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In the final issue of the miniseries, after defeating Rita, Krang, and an evil Casey Jones, the Power Rangers return to their human forms. While fans might assume the team would be relieved to become human again, the opposite is true. While all agree that the transition was tough, none of them say they disliked their animal forms. Trini and Kimberly even prefer their animal forms, finding it simpler to operate outside their human limits. This is a revolutionary point in the story.

It’s telling that, despite knowing the hardships of being a mutant, the Power Rangers still prefer their animal forms. It must feel exhilarating to operate outside their human limits. Even for a superhero like Tommy, being able to fly or breathe underwater at will must be amazing. This is especially shocking because all six Rangers are popular in their human forms. It takes a game-changing element for a teenager to become an outcast voluntarily. The team put a lot of effort into becoming adept in their new forms, and it was not an easy task. But they felt deserving of the increased powers that came with their animal transformations. Surely they would not want to give up all that “blood, sweat, and tears” for nothing or for the unlikely chance they would meet the Turtles again.

Despite their powers and abilities, the Power Rangers are young people. It’s normal for them to prefer something different, especially when having superpowers is a normal part of their lives. In this case, having overpowered abilities and not wanting to waste their efforts makes them feel that reverting to superpowers version 1.0 is a letdown. For Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans, this story provides an interesting lesson in the joys and sorrows of being a superhero.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is available now from BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing.

The powers that Zordon bestowed on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were life-changing, but the Teenagers with Attitude actually preferred a very different set of powers. While being a superhero might seem really cool, especially to high school students trying to figure out their life path, for Kimberly, Trini, Tommy, and the other members of the Power Rangers, having superpowers are, at times, much different from the hype.

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In Ryan Parrott, Dan Mora, Raul Angulo, and Ed Dukeshire’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Power Rangers II #5, the Power Rangers find themselves in an existential conflict of the highest order. Rita Repulsa has come to an agreement with the MegaZord Krang to jointly conquer and rule Earth. Even with the help of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the odds are still not in the Rangers’ favor. However, thanks to the work of Donatello and Billy Cranston, the Power Rangers gain the ability to transform into animal forms, much like the Turtles were changed from turtle to human form. As such, the fighting abilities they learned as human Power Rangers are amplified by the inherent abilities of their animal form to make them the “Mighty Mutant Power Rangers.” Naturally, in order to learn how to harness the intersection of Power Ranger and mutant abilities, the Rangers endure a grueling training regimen overseen by none other than Master Splinter.

Related: Power Rangers’ New Dinosaur Forms Merge the Team with Their 90s Zords



Membership In The Power Ranger Corps Has Its Problems

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After overcoming Rita, Krang, and an evil Casey Jones, the Power Rangers revert to their human forms in the miniseries’ fifth and final issue. While most fans might assume that the team would be relieved to become their human selves again, the vibe from the team is actually the opposite. While all are in agreement that the transition was difficult, not one states that they did not like it. Indeed, both Trini and Kimberly state that they actually prefer their animal forms. According to them, it simply makes life so much easier. While this might seem a minor point in the story, it’s actually quite revolutionary.

It’s telling that, despite knowing the hardships that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles endure as mutants, the Power Rangers still prefer their animal forms. This says a lot about how exhilarating it must feel to operate outside their human limits. As Tommy mentions, even for a superhero, being able to fly at will or breathe first must be amazing. This point is even more shocking considering the fact that all six members are quite popular in their human forms. That is, only a game-changing element would make a teenager voluntarily become an outcast. Perhaps more importantly, the team put a lot of effort into becoming adept in their new forms. It was not an easy task, especially when considering the training Splinter and at times Shredder put them through. They obviously felt deserving of the increased powers that they gained from their animal transformations. Surely they would not want to give up all that “blood, sweat, and tears” for nothing or for the possible, but unlikely, chance that they would meet or need the Turtles again.

Despite their powers and abilities, the members of the Power Rangers are people, and very young ones at that. Accordingly, it’s only normal for them to find the grass greener on the other side of the tracks – especially when having superpowers seems absolutely normal to them. In this case, having overpowered abilities and not wanting to waste their efforts, makes them feel that reverting to superpowers version 1.0 is a letdown. For Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans, however, the story provides an interesting lesson in the joys and sorrows of being a superhero.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II is now available from BOOM! Studios and IDW Publishing.

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