Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME! Sorry I just had to get that out… okay onto the list…
Ever since debuting in 1993, the Power Rangers have run non-stop, boasting a total of 18 series’ to its name. Throughout its legendary run, it has had many ups and downs a lot of meh along the way. I began watching Power Rangers when I turned 5 years old. I, along with Artur, have grown up with the “tight group of teenagers with attitude,” watching them take on whatever evil was thrown at them. With the Power Rangers returning to the silver screen with an all-new cast and a darker edge, I thought it was time to rank the 10 best Power Rangers seasons!
- Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue
Kicking off our list is one of the four Power Rangers series’ that I watched extensively as a kid, Lightspeed Rescue. The series featured solid characters (including an exciting and conflicted red ranger), thrilling action sequences and the fan-favourite Titanium Ranger. The series suffers from some questionable acting and villains that flip-flop between being riveting and sub-par but it is an overall solid entry into the franchise. It was also exciting to finally see man-made zords instead of them coming from under the earth.
- Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
Honestly, the theme song alone earns Lost Galaxy a spot on this list. Being one of the most expansive series’ made, Lost Galaxy remains popular with fans thanks to its darker tone, exciting new Rangers (who are searching for a new planet for humanity to colonize), and exhilarating villains. The series also played home to the famous Magna Defender, a refreshing, grittier ranger who wasn’t afraid to play the role of an anti-hero and has one of the best series premieres and finales in Rangers history.
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3
Mighty Morphin still remains as the of the only Power Rangers series to have multiple seasons. I decided to split them up for this list because each season is basically a series on its own with the same characters. Season 3 of Mighty Morphin essentially flipped the entire show on its head, opening the season with one of the finest multi-parters in the history of the franchise, “A Friend in Need.” It then moved on to introduce new Rangers including Kat, who replaces Kimberly as the Pink Ranger, the Alien Rangers, new zords, and stunningly builds the overall Rangers universe. What more can you ask for?
- Power Rangers: Ninja Storm
The second series that I watched quite often when I was younger, at number 7, its Power Rangers: Ninja Storm. A series that played more to the whacky side of things, Ninja Storm was one of the more hilarious entries into the Rangers franchise. The show was comprised of thrilling action sequences, heartfelt moments and two of my personal favourite rangers ever, Hunter and Blake, the Thunder Rangers. And seriously, those morphing sequences were just plain awesome.
- Power Rangers: Time Force
A series that featured a Pink Ranger leading the team, a villain that was the victim of genetic engineering and more mature themes, Power Rangers: Time Force was a great entry into the franchise. Despite the Green, Blue and Yellow Rangers not getting enough screen time, the show’s focus on Wes and his journey to accepting his role as the Red Ranger, Eric Myers’ descent into becoming the anti-hero Quantum Ranger and seeing a female lead the Rangers makes Time Force one of the stronger entries into the Power Rangers series.
- Power Rangers: Wild Force
Wild Force was the third Power Rangers series I grew up with. The entry was the tenth anniversary of the Power Rangers and it took full advantage of it. Wild Force is remembered for its zany storylines, environmental awareness and its fun main protagonists, led by jungle man Cole Evans. The designs of the zords are incredible and the introduction of the Wolf Ranger remains as one of my favourite “sixth ranger additions.” And then there’s the anniversary special episode “Forever Red.” I mean seriously, how incredible was it to see all those Red Rangers on the same screen fighting the Machine Empire?
- Power Rangers: Zeo
Power Rangers: Zeo is remembered by fans as the culmination of everything that happened in the previous three seasons of Mighty Morphin. The series proved that it has grown up since the Mighty Morphin days, containing stronger stories, better development of its lead characters, Rita Replusa driving around the galaxy in an RV and Tommy Oliver taking his rightful place as the Red Ranger. It also features the return of Austin St. John as Jason (the original red ranger) as the famed Gold Ranger and honestly, his introduction was close to perfection.
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1
The one that started it all. A solid mix of action, drama, and a lot of campy, the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers screams nostalgia. The season introduced Saved By The Bell inspired heroes and pitted them against the evil, but still comedic villain Rita Repulsa and it made for some very fun television. The “Green With Evil” storyline, which introduced Tommy Oliver to the world, still holds up as one of the greatest stories in Rangers history. It may not all be perfect, and it can be a bit too campy, but Mighty Morphin season 1 is still one of the best ever.
- Power Rangers: In Space
Talk about game changing eh? Power Rangers: In Space did what no other series before it dared too. It took the series off Earth for various periods of time and explored the vast and mysterious Power Rangers universe. Acting as an end to the era of Zordon Rangers, the series featured incredible character driven stories, complex and exciting villains, darker themes and stunning action sequences. Add in the introduction of the Psycho Rangers and a series finale that can only be described as phenomenal, In Space is one of the best Power Rangers series of all time.
- Power Rangers: Dino Thunder
The fourth and final Power Rangers series I watched growing up, Power Rangers: Dino Thunder ranks at number 1 on our list. Where do I even begin? The character development, the enthralling action, the dramatic performances, the coolest looking Megazord ever, it’s just all fantastic. Seen as a spiritual successor to Mighty Morphin, Dino Thunder opts to bring the Rangers back to high school and demonstrates how much the series has truly grown. It re-introduces Tommy Oliver as the Black Dino Ranger and mentor to the three new Rangers, features a fantastic debut for Trent Fernandez (the White Dino Ranger) and includes a truly terrifying and often hilarious main villain. Plus, its got one of, the best opening themes for a Power Rangers show ever. It truly doesn’t get any better than this.
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Power Rangers opens on March 24th 2017.