Power Rangers Samurai TV Show Review
Before you roll your eyes and flip to another website, hang on a second; yes, Power Rangers is a kids show, and yes, you are correct in reminding me that I don’t normally review kids shows on my website. But, c’mon...I review Sci-Fi and Fantasy titles all the time, and let’s face it: Power Rangers hits both genres right on the head. And, well, I also have to admit...I’ve liked the Power Rangers for over a decade now. So I obviously had to jump on this set when given the opportunity to review it.
If you are not familiar with POWER RANGERS SAMURAI, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the DVD cover:
Master Xandred, the evil Nighlok leader, has reawakened and it’s up to the Red Ranger and Mentor Ji to form a new Samurai team. Bound by ancestral duty, Kevin, Mike, Emily, and Mia join Red Ranger Jayden on a quest to abolish evil, working together with their Symbol Powers to battle Nighlok monsters. Meanwhile, Xandred continues his plan to cause the Sanzu River to flood the Earth. The Power Rangers must risk it all to protect their friends and family. With nonstop energy, incredible transformations, and the power of teamwork, these adventures are filled with serious Samurai action!
When I first heard about the Power Rangers series way back in 1993, I was intrigued. The premise is definitely one that most kids (well, boys) have fantasized about for a long time; what guy doesn’t remember dressing up in some sort of costume at a young age with full intentions of saving the world? I did on many occasions as a youngster.
But that is only part of the huge allure that POWER RANGERS SAMURAI has for me. The other aspect is the martial-arts piece. Many of the actors under the Power Rangers armor are not actually martial-artists, but first-degree gymnasts and acrobats. But still, the stories infuse heavy martial-arts action along with first-rate mythologies, both actual and made up. I’ve been a martial-arts fan for a long time and still love to see wire-work in action films; the Power Rangers deliver with gusto.
If you’ve got kids, there’s a good chance that you’ve already watched Power Rangers in one of their incarnations. The show has gone through several transformations over the past two decades and it seems to just get better and better. Prior to SAMURAI, my favorite generations were NINJA STORM and DINO THUNDER.
I highly recommend POWER RANGERS SAMURAI for those adults looking to spend some action-themed time with their child(ren) or anyone just looking for some low-impact fun. There’s no blood, no guts, no profanity, and no hyper-violence...instead, there’s plenty of world-saving, fast-paced, grin-inducing melee. Both volumes 1 and 2 hit store shelves today.