So all the praise got me reading the Boom stuff, which is indeed really great even though I have never been a PR fan - saw some of the original stuff when the first season or two aired, but was never really into it. Given how much fun the books are, I figured I'd dip into the show, just pick a random season or two depending on what caught my attention in Shattered Grid. One of the first things that seemed interesting was Corinth, this post-apocalyptic Last City thing - I did not really understand that there were elements of Power Rangers that extended beyond Kids In School. RPM was cemented as my starting point when I discovered that it featured a Neighbours alumna.
So I watched the first episode and liked it a lot. It was, on several levels, obviously About What I Expected A Power Rangers Show to be - cheap, cheesy, Not A Classy BBC Drama, etc. But there was plenty of stuff that worked.
I really don't need another fandom spilling junk onto my shelves, but there is definitely a set of these in my future.
I'm not sure if starting with RPM was such a good idea, unless you're only interested in getting involved with a single season, as RPM, while quite good, is a rather exceptional season, being the most different a season of Power Rangers has ever been, being the least representative of the show overall.
That said, if you're interested in possibly checking out any other seasons of the show, I'd recommend any of the following for a newcomer looking to see what the show is like at its best:
- Season 7: Power Rangers Lost Galaxy - the first season to begin with an almost wholly new cast and which saw a lot of dramatic twists and turns in its story that were meant to up the show's age demographic from little kids to big kids and preteens, as well as an (eventually) engaging cast of villains and a few ties to the previous seasons meant to establish continuity connections.
- Season 9: Power Rangers Time Force - arguably the best season Saban ever produced, involving a cast of mostly complex-written characters, some of the best acting of the Saban era, and heavier subjects such as the question of whether we have free will or if our future destinies are set in stone, the ethics of vengeance vs. forgiveness, and the evils of discrimination and prejudice.
- Season 12: Power Rangers Dino Thunder - the second season to be filmed in New Zealand (the first ten were filmed in California) and IMHO the only season to come the closest to how teenagers in high school really behave, with the mentor being a returning veteran ranger from the original first three seasons (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and a level of writing that seemed like it was trying to make the story and characters really develop well.
- Season 13: Power Rangers SPD - set in the future, this season saw the rangers as officers of a futuristic law enforcement training academy and featured a rather unique villain who played the long game with diversionary tactics and strategies uncommon to the typical main villain of a Power Rangers season, as well as well written characters, a rockin' music score akin those of the early seasons, and some (at times) layered storytelling.
- Season 16: Power Rangers Jungle Fury - the penultimate season of the Disney Era, this one is considered to be a more underrated season as, while not as great as most of the others on this list, it was pretty solidly and competently done overall despite complications that arose from a writer's strike that went on at the time, and featured a heavier focus on martial arts, good character growth, an interesting cast of villains, and a serialized storyline.
Others that most would recommend that I omitted from this list would be the fan favorite Season 6 (Power Rangers In Space) and the also underrated Season 8 (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue). The reasons I left these two out is because, while both are considered good seasons, In Space was the season that was originally meant to end the show and featured a heavily amount of continuity connections and continuations of things from the preceding seasons that might confuse new viewers unfamiliar with the first five seasons and the significance that both In Space and its ambitions have to them... And Lightspeed Rescue is considered to be the weakest season of its era (what's known as the Post-Zordon Era), having been book-ended between two very strong seasons that its level of quality just doesn't match up to when set against them. It's not a bad season at all, it's just not as strong as it could have been, being a season themed around the rangers being a government-based team of first responders fighting to protect not the whole world but just one city from a band of kinda boring villains, and newer viewers may find its more grounded-in-reality tone a bit less intriguing than the more fantastical tone of the galaxy-spanning Lost Galaxy and the much heavier tone of the destiny-defying Time Force. Still, both In Space and Lightspeed Rescue are among the better seasons of the show (which include all of the other listed above, and maybe others depending on opinions), both featuring their own doses of drama, tension, twists, and cleverness. But I wouldn't recommend them to a first timer.
Edited by Sabrblade, 28 June 2018 - 11:12 PM.