Dang, that’s a lot of Sentai Senshi. And it’s also one of the biggest hurdles (figuratively AND literally) to adapting Go-Kaiger into a Power Rangers series. So much of the footage features all of these other Sentais that either existed before Power Rangers was finally able to get off the ground or were just never adapted, and so much of the storyline is wrapped up in getting the Grand Powers from all 34 of them that trying to reduce that number to fit the current number of Ranger seasons would be a monolithic task that would end up diverging almost too much from the source material. So that once again begs the question that many have been asking for months; how will Saban end up handling Go-Kaiger? What will they have to do in order to adapt Go-Kaiger into a new Power Rangers series?
At present, there are really only two possible solutions to this conundrum: 1) Either try to do what they can to adapt most of the series they can by trying to incorporate the older Sentai series into the Power Rangers franchise, or 2) Try to redo most of the show from scratch, keeping only the footage they could get away with using while working around the clock to create hours and hours of brand new material that focuses just on the series that have already been or will be adapted. And either way will end up becoming a massive production, as so hinted in the recent memo that was sent by Power Rangers Casting Director Iris Hampton to casting agencies. So what should Saban do?
While I can’t predict what Saban will end up doing, I can offer a suggestion for how they could go the first route, how they could adapt the whole of Super Sentai in one sweep, and the best part about my proposal is that Saban would have a lot less work.
My proposal is: Fan Video Contest!
Yes, a fan video contest, but not just any fan video contest. No, the main goal of this video contest will be to have fans shoot, direct, and create their own “Rangerized” version of the yet-to-be-covered Sentai series past and present. This is how I imagine a contest like this working: Saban would put up stock footage from these previously unrecognized series on a special contest website, where potential contestants could download and try to create a short 10-15 minute “pilot” for whichever series they want, coming up with a name, setting, and plot line for the series based on the footage, just like the way Saban comes up with ideas for a new Power Rangers series. Then the contestants would either upload the video onto the contest website or send it to the SabansPowerRangers YouTube page (for ease of access purposes). And from those submissions, Saban would choose the best videos, one for each series. The winners of this hypothetical contest would get a chance to sit in the director’s chair and help create, and possibly star in, a mini web series (around 10 or so episodes) for the series.
The perks of Saban Brands holding a contest like this: 1) It would give fans a chance to be part of the creative process, 2) That would be less time Saban had to spend coming up with a storyline for each of these new series, 3) Fans already make videos like this and post them to YouTube all the time, so Saban really wouldn’t have to wait too long for submissions to come in, and 4) By using these pilots to make new mini web series for these past Sentai series, it would act as a point of reference for adapting the whole of Go-Kaiger when trying to explain where all of these previously unseen and unheardof Ranger Teams came from. The only real drawbacks from holding a contest like this would be either dealing with a lack of decent submissions, or having to further spread the fact that Power Rangers IS an adapted series (which is common knowledge to anyone that spends five minutes researching the series online, but then again, some people in the US still don’t know that “The Office” is an adaptation of a BBC Comedy, so there you go).
Now no one can predict what Saban will ultimately do (trust me, I’ve tried many, many times with utter failure), but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t do something like this. But imaginary contests aside, if they are planning on adapting Go-Kaiger as the next Power Rangers series, then they do have quite the Herculean task ahead of them, and I wish them the best of luck.
My only suggestion to them: don’t be afraid to ask your fans for a little help. 😉
-M.C., the Quantum Twin