Monday, October 4, 2010

Faithful Adaptations any good?

It has been a subject of debate amongst fans whether if Power Rangers seasons that are faithful to their Sentai counterparts are good or not. Let's take a look:

Power Rangers in Space (Psycho Rangers Arc)

While the first five seasons of Power Rangers, as well as Power Rangers in Space were indeed original, the only part of Power Rangers in Space that copied from Megaranger was the Psycho Rangers arc. The plots were very similar to the Nejiranger arc episodes, with only some differences here and there. During the time that this was airing, most fans did not know about Super Sentai, thus not many people made comparisons. Most fans loved the Psycho Rangers arc, as it was something that fans had always wanted from Power Rangers. I'm kinda surprised that something like this hasn't been re-done in either Super Sentai or Power Rangers. But anyway, the only minor criticism that this arc tends to receive is that the whole story came to a halt, just to focus on this arc.

Power Rangers Lost Galaxy

Indeed, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy had a completely different motif from it's Sentai counterpart, Gingaman. However, if looked closely, 2/3 of Lost Galaxy's story is copied off from Gingaman's story. In fact, many scenes were copied word for word. Many fans often criticize Lost Galaxy, saying that Gingaman's scripts did not work well with the Space Colony motif. There were several scenes where the Lost Galaxy characters would start talking about something nature related (Gingaman's motif), which lead to many awkward and random looking scenes. Fans often say that Lost Galaxy was at it's best when it was original, and that for 2/3 of the season, the story halted just for the sake of using up Gingaman footage. The only scenes that were actually re-written the most were the Magna Defender scenes. While Magna Defender's story is very similar to BullBlack's story, there are some key differences in the plot and dialogue, which can slightly give off a different experience. Something that the fans have indeed praised. Overall, fans are divided over whether Lost Galaxy did an okay job or not with handling Gingaman's footage.

Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue

This was the very first season that was noticeably much more faithful to it's sentai counterpart. Even though most fans weren't aware of Super Sentai when this show was airing, today, Super Sentai plays a huge role in people's views on this season. When Lightspeed Rescue was still airing, fans were very divided on this season. And to this day, fans still are, to the point where this season is most definitely underrated. Lightspeed Rescue had some pretty good actors and characterizations in the show. Not to mention that the plots were actually pretty good. The only major weaknesses of this season would've been the villains and the pacing of the plot. Going back to the topic of "Faithful Adaptations," Lightspeed Rescue picks up the rescue motif that GoGoFive had. And it also copied certain plot points like Queen Bansheera arriving on Earth. But what made Lightspeed Rescue different from GoGoFive was that it created it's own individual stories by working around GoGoFive's existing footage. And thanks to sharing the same rescue motif, it worked pretty well. Plus, Lightspeed Rescue managed to squeeze in it's own original Titanium Ranger. Another major element that made Lightspeed Rescue different from GoGoFive was the lack of the family theme (which was the main driving force for GoGoFive). Comparing Lightspeed Rescue's work with the Sentai footage compared to Lost Galaxy's, there's a huge noticeable improvement. And I think this is something that the show deserves lots of credit for.

Power Rangers Time Force

Even though Lightspeed Rescue did a good job with the Sentai footage, it still had a lot of problems concerning it's overall story and characters. To many fans, Power Rangers Time Force was "THE perfection" of Power Rangers. It had strong powerful characters, great villains, exceptionally good acting, a much darker and grittier atmosphere, and an overall intense storyline. Like Lightspeed Rescue before it, most fans weren't aware of Super Sentai when this show was airing (though by this time, more fans started to get aware). Today, since most fans are aware of Super Sentai, many fans kind of view Time Force as a watered down version of Timeranger, due to how closely the plots were copied, while not being as powerful. Regardless, Time Force already received a good number of fans who are now nostalgic for this season, and is considered a classic. Despite Time Force pretty much copying Timeranger's plots, like Lightspeed Rescue, it does a rather excellent job at working with the source material, while still making the dialogue original. Many fans praise Time Force's scripts for being very well written.

Power Rangers Wild Force

Unlike the last couple of seasons, one of Wild Force's biggest criticisms is that it copied Gaoranger word for word. Thus, there wasn't much originality in the scripts or the handling of the source material like Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force attempted. It just became a copy of Gaoranger, which happened to be very watered down. Most fans blame it on the poor below par acting for this season.

Power Rangers Ninja Storm

Once again, the plots for this season were very similar to it's Sentai counterpart, Hurricaneger. But unlike Wild Force, Ninja Storm didn't copy the scripts word for word. The scripts were more original, and leaned in more towards the parody style like Carranger. Thus, most fans often ignore the handling of the source material and instead decide whether the comedy is the right style for them or not.

Power Rangers SPD

During the early episodes, Power Rangers SPD would work around Dekaranger's footage and try to create original dialogue to help develop the SPD cast. Unfortunately, Power Rangers SPD took a turn for the worse and started to copy Dekaranger's scripts word for word, while still being watered down compared to Dekaranger.

Power Rangers Mystic Force

This season has also been criticized for blatantly copying Magiranger's scripts so closely. Though a major difference would be that any cheesy scenes from Magiranger would be cut out. Fans felt this season was just merely a watered down version of Magiranger. The only slight bit of praise that this season ever receives is whenever it tries to be original.

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

This season tried to be more original at the start, but failed very quickly. Once again, just blatantly copying Sentai's scripts and mixing it up with terrible acting and plot pacing. Not even the whole Mack being a cyborg plot made things any better. The show was a complete mess.

Power Rangers Jungle Fury

This season was another season that pretty much copied it's Sentai counterpart's plots. But like Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, and Ninja Storm before it, Jungle Fury attempted to make more original plots while working around Gekiranger's footage, as well as making original dialogue. And frankly, the dialogue for this season was actually quite good. And it got even better as the season progressed. And like Lightspeed Rescue, Jungle Fury managed to bring in their own three original rangers, the Spirit Rangers into the story. The characters however were average, but were still passable. Most fans tend to lump Jungle Fury up with the other Kalish seasons, but I personally don't think this season is THAT bad. Like Lightspeed Rescue, I think it's rather underrated and much better than what fans keep making it out to be.

Power Rangers Samurai

According to the information released so far, Power Rangers Samurai is expected to be a faithful adaptation of Shinkenger, with Jonathan Tzachor as the head producer. We'll soon find out if this season can do a good job with it or not. I personally of course would much rather see a completely original story rather than a re-telling of an already existing story, but oh well. I suppose the most I can do is watch and see if it handles the footage properly.


  1. Great post. I actually, had been thinking about making a post on this topic for a while, but I never got around to it.

    As for my opinion, Lost Galaxy did quite well with the plots. The handling of the Sentai footage wasn't always the greatest but it was much better than how Turbo handled Carranger during the early portions of the season.

    Time Force I think is a carbon copy done well. This is partly thanks to great acting, but also because of the addition of Ransik and cutting some of the filler episodes that are present during the first half of Timeranger. But still, Timeranger does a much better job imo in character development, and I think the ending in Timeranger is better than Time Force.

    SPD does ok for a while, and I generally think it's an ok series. But SPD completely butchers Dekaranger with Doggie's costume and the whole Omega Ranger scenario.

    The rest, I don't really care for.

  2. I really hate it when Sentai fanboys claim all Power Rangers series' should be carbon copied. Lost Galaxy and Lightspeed Rescue did an excellent job with having a good plot.

  3. Yeah I agree. I think the better PR seasons are the ones that aren't carbon copies.

  4. @ Mr. Smith

    Thanks. ^__^

    My personal opinion on Lost Galaxy handling Gingaman's footage... it's okay. I don't think it's good. But it's not bad either. I think it could've been so much better. But ah well. And yeah, it did WAY better than Turbo. xD

    I don't ever remember Timeranger having any filler eps. I felt like it was moving at a fast pace the whole way through.

    @ DancingAlienDude

    Hey, nice seeing you again! ^__^

    Basically, I wanted to show that even though I'm a person who prefers Power Rangers to be original, that one can still find many things to admire about the seasons that copy Sentai.

  5. It depends on how it's executed. For example, I believe that a certain degree of faithfulness should be executed together with personal creativity- which IMO made Lost Galaxy the greatest Power Rangers series ever followed by Time Force.

  6. i agree with some of these adaptions they just copy the sentai plots at times and they completely water it down, for me this is the biggest flaw in power rangers, it barely brings any creativity the only reason they copied it because they thought kids wouldnt give a crap, but there are ppl who do

  7. The problem I have with faithful adaptations is that sometimes it feels like I'm watching Sentai with a different cast and in English. I want to watch something that's more original and interesting, not saying Sentai isn't interesting. I don't mind the seasons that are a direct adaptation of Sentai, but it makes the writers look lazy and unorginal.

    This is why I strongly dislike Tzachor. Tzachor loves literally adapting Sentai. He wants everything about the PR season to mirror the Sentai. And that's lazy. I wish we had someone like Eddie as the EP. Someone who has different ideas and will take risks with the show. RPM was a breath of fresh air, it wasn't the same old same old. RPM was a tightly written series. Eddie basically disregarded with what Toei told him, and he did his own thing with the footage. That's basically what I would like for PR 2011, but I whatever happens, happens. I'm fine with whatever.

  8. Where is Dino thunder and rpm