Remember when you were young and Power Rangers was on TV? Yes, those glorious days when massive Zords would fight over flimsy sets. Cheap effects would also trigger whenever a power ranger powered up. Well, forget those days. The production team has revealed the new look Alpha 5, via IGN‘s Twitter, and it sums up exactly how far away the new reboot is from that original franchise.
Before you read on, take a long look at the Alpha 5 at the top of this article. Notice how over-the-top and ridiculous he appears? Now scroll down and view the new Alpha 5, in all its strange, alien glory.
In keeping with the new rangers’ theme, Alpha 5 has become less of a man in a robotic suit and more of an actual (slightly creepy) alien. The production clearly wants to sever as many ties with the original TV series as they can. Not only has Alpha 5 had a complete overhaul, the Rangers and their Zords appear more like extras in a game of Halo or Star Wars than they do Saturday morning entertainment. It’s not just the darker direction that these redesigns suggest, though. This new theme also suggests that Lionsgate wants the Rangers to be taken seriously.
The pressure is high. We have Star Wars firmly planting itself in box offices for the foreseeable future and Marvel producing hit after hit as well. Lionsgate is going to have to pull all of their tricks out of the bag if they want the Rangers to succeed.
Seeing Alpha 5’s reboot definitely puts Bryan Cranston’s Zordon into question. We’ve seen every Power Rangers character except the large floating head. In the original series, Zordon was a mysterious blue head. Will he, too, take on alien features? Might the production take Marvel‘s Thanos as an example and create the new Zordon in a similar light?
However Zordon turnw out, one thing is very clear: Jason, Billy and Co. are old news.
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