For those who aren’t aware, an unlicensed short film surrounding characters from the Power Rangers universe has been circulating the web recently. The film stars Katee Sackhoff as original Pink Ranger Kimberly Hart and James Van Der Beek as the second incarnation of the Red Ranger Rocky DeSantos.
Note: my Power Rangers mythology knowledge is rather limited, so some of these characters may be mis-labeled.
The film takes the children’s television show to the extreme with hyper-violent and incredibly dark subject matter. In an early scene, Kimberly and original Red Ranger Jason Lee Scott (I believe), not yet a day married, are shot at by rowdy cussing thugs, who cut Jason to ribbons with bullets. In another scene, original Black Ranger Zack Taylor is seen lying in bed with two half-naked women, whom he then leaves to have sex with each other while he snorts a few lines of coke and engages in some stone-faced martial arts practice. Needless to say, this isn’t your Saturday morning Power Rangers.
The main plot of the story is that the Machine Empire, which is a conglomeration of super villains in the Power Ranger universe, have succeeded in taking over the world (I think), and some of the Power Rangers have even surrendered to join the winning side. The narrative is told through an exchange between Rocky and Kimberly, the latter being a prisoner of the former. He tells her of the fates of other Power Rangers, most of them not too uplifting.
This short is actually pretty interesting. There are some decent (not to mention bloody) fight sequences. The first scene is cut together well, and the dialogue between Kimberly and Rocky is intriguing, as it is not at first clear what is going on in this distorted Power Rangers universe. The acting is fairly solid across the board. The sound creates a mechanical, dark atmosphere.
However, this Power Rangers all grown up scenario is a child’s worst nightmare. The Rangers are older and battle scarred. They swear, have sex, and do drugs. Most of them come to a merciless end. It is a gritty re-imagining that should never be expanded into a feature with theaters in mind, even though it is a novel approach to an old kids show. Apparently, there is a Power Rangers feature being made by Saban Entertainment set to hit theaters in 2016. Don’t expect any of this in that adaptation.
Note: Saban Entertainment has been ripping this video down from sites, apparently, due to copyright infringement. So, the link below may be broken.
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–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)