Well, for those of you in the know, and maybe a few of you who aren’t, tonight was the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai on Nickelodeon. Now, for those of you who regularly read my posts and visit the site, you’ll notice that I didn’t end that sentence with an exclamation point. It’s not because I was disappointed by it. Far from that, in fact. No, it’s because, and I may be wrong on this, that didn’t seem like the first episode, for a lot of reasons. Let me tell you what happened.
For those of you who watched Shinkenger, essentially this episode was modeled after the first episode that focused on Chiaki. It started off with all of them training at the Shiba house (can you say reference?), and Mike, the green Samurai Ranger, basically keeps getting hit in the head, because he can’t sense the attack coming. Jayden tries to demonstrate with Kevin how it’s suppose to work, but after a minute, Mike sneaks off in the middle of training. Cut scene to the boat on the Sanzu river (in some ways, I’m glad they kept some of these names, but in other ways, it just feels like lazy writing, you know?) where you see everybody hanging out on the boat going on about how they need to flood the river with human tears to fill it and enter the human world. And that’s when Nylock-of-the-week (no name mentioned) pops up and says “Hey, I’ll beat everybody up with my special super-punchy fists”, or something like that. Back to the Shiba house, where Takeru (no ranting this time) tells Jayden how nobody has seen Mike since practice. Turns out he’s in an arcade with some friends he had before becoming a ranger, and tries to explain to them where he went and what he’s been doing. And that’s when fist-face pops up and attacks a crowd of people right next to Mike (how convenient!). He goes to fight the monster alone, gets the snot beaten out of him, his friends get hurt, and the Nylock leaves because he was drying out. Mike’s upset that his friends got hurt and that he couldn’t sense the monster’s attacks, and runs off to practice on his own while Jayden meditated under the moonlight. It’s the next day, and the Nylock attacked again, this time the other four go to morph and fight him, when Mike flips over everyone and says “I can take this guy alone”. Big fight scene where he eventually tangles the monsters arms around a building and takes him out. Then the monster grows bigger, they change into mega ranger mode and summon the Samurai megazord and take out the monster again. Then at the end there’s a big lesson about teamwork and how they can accomplish anything together. There’s also a scene in the middle of the episode with Bulk and Spike, but everyone’s scene it at this point and it’s inconsequential to the rest of the story. In fact, most of the episode made its way online by now, sooooooo…………….
First things first, that couldn’t have been intended to be the first episode. The whole time I watched it, it felt more like the second or third episode. Everything had already been established, they all knew each other and developed a team dynamic. I’m not sure why they skipped ahead, or if they’ll eventually show the episode where they team up later in the series, but I had a hard time getting past that.
Even if it felt out-of-order, it was still a good episode. It had all of those Saban characteristics that Power Rangers has been missing since 2003. The cheesy jokes, the poorly edited transition scenes, the slapstick humor. It’s good to be home! Although I still want to find the person who thought that the whole “mega ranger” thing was a good idea and beat him with a stick. Rangers Together, Samurai Forever!
-M.C., the quantum twin
UPDATE: Apparently, the proper spelling of Nylock is “Nighlock”. Just fyi. I will try to remeber that spelling in the future.
UPDATE: (2/10/11) After seeing the episode again, I realized that they’re actually calling Takeru “Master Jii”. Still a reference to Shinkenger, even if it’s not a shout out to ShinkenRed.