Ranting on Non-Zyuranger Suits in Power Rangers Super Megaforce
Power Rangers Super Megaforce had done something imo wasn't really called for which was using non-Zyuranger suits. While a Sentai purist may rant it's desecration, for me it's not desecration but just plain laziness. I mean, Saban Brands has the resources to film their own footage. Consider the fact that for some time under Saban and even under Disney, Power Rangers has had its own original fight scenes. Even MMPR can be remembered for having original fight scenes which they filmed themselves. For a similar entry, you may also check out this entry.
For me, there is a thin line between Super Sentai and Power Rangers, even for a person who loves/likes both shows. So I do remember that Zordon said there were rangers on other planets BUT come on, most MMPR fans had grown up. I'm already 29 and I'll be going 30 next year and my fellow MMPR viewers are already all grown up, either forgetting about it or two, still remembering it. Which of course, it's really just lazy to add in the non-Zyuranger suits into Power Rangers. For me, it's because it can create a whole lot of confusion. The use of the suits may confuse the younger viewers, remember Power Rangers is mainly for kids.
Plus be reminded that Power Rangers was created for America. Most Americans may be out of the blue when it comes to Super Sentai, or should I say pre-Zyuranger Sentai. Or again, these are kids. Maybe an American kid today would have heard of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger BUT he may be virtually clueless about MMPR or any show before MMPR. Age gaps and generations may create or not create familiarity. I mean, when I was eight I even thought Bioman was the first Super Sentai and I only heard of Goranger after I researched about it. My parents only knew of Goranger as Star Rangers back then! At this point, how many percent of Power Rangers fans really know much of pre-Zyuranger Sentai anyway? Maybe some Power Rangers fans who already know of them would argue it's lazy fanservice!
One may argue it's a good way to introduce them but for me, it's just creating confusion based on my reasons above. If Saban Brands wants to introduce pre-Zyuranger Super Sentai, there are many other ways to do it. They could do a video presentation on the history of Super Sentai or a magazine publication that will at least familiarize people with Super Sentai. I mean, Power Rangers as a show only acknowledges its Super Sentai counterparts used, not anything that was never used for Power Rangers. Do you find Power Rangers Lost Galaxy ever crediting Flashman or Changeman in its credits? No! Even if Astronema and Shiima share a similar situation of being brainwashed and crazy, you never get Changeman credited as part of Power Rangers in Space because those shows were not used for Power Rangers!
At this point, Saban Brands really needs to reevaluate its actions whether or not they are being lazy in how they currently handle Power Rangers to save the franchise. Hopefully they will be able to get things straight with Dino Charge, assuming Judd Lynn hasn't burned out beyond belief.