|Someone should have told Tommy it was Red Ranger day.|
While I love the concept, it kind of falls over on itself. When they say 'Power Ranger all-star team,' what they actually meant was 'Disney Power Ranger all-star team with an MMPR added for credibility.'
Seriously, they go with Adam in the old Mastodon Black Ranger suit, and then a representative from Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, S.P.D. and Mystic Force. If they could have gotten away with using a Wild Force representative over Adam, they totally would have.
It was a nice effort, but one that Disney squandered in order to try to push their own seasons over the original Haim Saban work. And since seeing this, I have sometimes though about who I would put on an all-star team of Power Rangers.
That's what I'm listing today. I do have a few rules for how I'm going about this. One is that I'm only letting characters compete for colored suits they've already worn in their series. None of this "Oh, Bridge got promoted to Red Ranger, so..." crap.
Second, the character is primarily judged by what they did while wearing the color up for grabs. Third, the Nickelodeon seasons are too new, and therefore will not be competing just yet. Finally, I am NOT allowing multiple representatives per season. There are more than a dozen ranger teams and see no reason to have repeat members.
Let's knock out the obvious one now:
|Who OK'ed the silver trim on the Dragon Suit?|
Any list not utilizing Tommy is severely flawed, but the question remains as to which ranger he should go in under. You could argue he should be in his Black Ranger suit from Dino Thunder because it's when he was most recently seen, but he also kind of accomplished the least personally, so it's hard to buy this as his best effort.
I could definitely understand him taking the leadership role as Red Ranger, but his time in Turbo sucked, and while his time as Red Zeo Ranger was his most powerful and most successful, it's probably the role he's remembered for the least, and given that his whole character has existed for Power Rangers marketability, that just doesn't feel right.
Besides, he wasn't all THAT great of a Red Ranger and the one I go with, I feel, deserves it even more than Tommy does. So that leaves us the Green Ranger and White Ranger. I'm going with Green Ranger Tommy because I see him at his most lethal in that role.
Don't believe me? Watch the special in Season 2 where Green Ranger/Dragonzord kick White Ranger/Tigerzord's ass. It's the ranger that got a lot of people in and it feels only right to have the Dragon Ranger on an all-star team.
That said, having him as Green limits my options in a way White wouldn't, so I'll give my picks in both situations.
The roles of Red and Blue Ranger are two of the toughest to fill because a lot of really legit rangers have taken on these two roles. Red, Blue and Yellow have been in every season, but while yellow has occasionally taken a back seat to Pink Rangers, red and blue generally get great character development and are given plenty of chances to shine.
Most would assume I'd be upset that Tommy's selection eliminated Jason and Rocky, but honestly, Rocky failed A LOT in the role and while Jason was solid, he never won with the stakes at their absolute highest because he left as quickly as he did.
Carter Grayson would be a great pick from Lightspeed Rescue by sheer virtue of his desire to shoot crap, but in the end, he ended up taking a back seat to the man who should be, by all accounts, THE standard of success as a Red Ranger: Andros, from Power Rangers in Space.
What? You don't think so? Look at his record. He was single-handedly fighting the United Alliance of Evil before the rest of his team came along. Although he initially struggled in a team environment, he adjusted quickly. And most importantly, he destroyed every villain of the first six seasons in one fell swoop.
His backstory involving his sister is tremendously relatable and helped develop his internal fortitude. I wouldn't have any other ranger leading if I had to pick one.
Much like the Red Ranger, this is a hell of a competition. Disney had used Tori from Ninja Storm, and honestly, it's not a terrible call. She was really good in the role and could easily be a top 3 candidate.
However, as much as I like Tori in the role, there was no Blue Ranger done better than Sky Tate in Power Rangers S.P.D.
When Sky gets passed over for the leader's role, he has to deal with a second-place concept on multiple fronts while learning to correct the arrogant behavioral flaws that cost him the role in the first place.
By the end of the season, Sky has the leader's mentality but is humble enough to know that leader or not, it's still a team. He can fill any role by the end of the series and is by far one of the most competent fighters and strategists in the franchise.
I don't think there's much contest here, but hey, I could totally be wrong and I wouldn't be surprised if a debate started up here. I would understand if people did think Tori was the best, so consider her the understudy if you'd like.
3rd Color Male Ranger (Black/Green/etc.)
Here's where going with Tommy as Green Ranger opened up a slight logistical problem for this spot. Adam Park was originally going to be my obvious selection, but I wanted him in his Zeo Ranger IV Green suit. That can't happen with one Green Ranger in place. (So Adam only works with White Ranger Tommy.)
I could use Adam in the Black Ranger MMPR suit, but while the networks seem content to pretend the whole "Black Ranger is a black guy" thing never happened and just keep Adam in the role, I still consider Zack the true MMPR Mastodon Ranger.
But Zack is not all-star caliber, so I'm left with a pretty weak set of Black Rangers. So I'm expanding to every third color male ranger to fill this last role. (Note: This only includes teams where multiple rangers were added. Sixth Rangers do not count.)
Trent had tremendous development into the kind of self-sacrificing hero you'd want in a ranger, and that's because - like Tommy - he started evil and now has a better understanding of the opposing mindset. He also knows that most villains have a motivation for their actions and that the ones who have more depth than simple Machiavellian conquest can be reasoned with.
In either Adam's or Trent's case, I think it's a solid pickup.
The logistical issues of the Dragon Ranger team will continue the rest of the way, sadly.
However, I just used a Dino Thunder ranger for the Dragon team, so she is limited to Tiger team. So who can I use for the other unit?
Walker isn't anywhere near as good as Kira, but she showed excellent fighting prowess over the course of her season. Admittedly, though, she's the weakest pick on my entire list, as all the best yellow rangers came from seasons already burned.
|Screwed by the rules. Sorry!|
Katie Walker, as such, is my fifth choice, and once Mia from Power Rangers Samurai can be considered, she'll fall to sixth. But she's still solid enough to warrant being on this team.
Lastly, we come to the Pink Ranger competition. Yes, I know everyone on Earth will only think of Kimberly Hart in this role, but her season's been used, so get over it!
If any Pink Ranger has done more in her time on a team, I don't know who. Jen was competent to a level no Pink Ranger has really ever been before or after. And she will easily join the Tiger team.
... THAT... SAID... I've burned a Time Force ranger already and I am NOT going any farther down the line with Yellow Rangers. Thankfully, one season provided the Dragon team with not one, but two legitimate choices: Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.
As Astronema, she was the only person to ever conquer the entire universe. If anyone gets the evil mindset better, they aren't in this franchise.
|Honorable Mention, Kendrix|
I really feel like I should go with Kendrix considering she held the role longer and proved to be the most noble of all rangers, being the only one to ever sacrifice herself. (Don't worry. She somehow comes back.) But Karone not only defeated the main villains of the series and not only proved to be nearly as competent as Kendrix, but her intel is just too tempting to pass up. It's a tough call, but Dragon Team gets Karone.
Tommy Oliver, Green, MMPR
Andros, Red, In Space
Sky Tate, Blue, S.P.D.
Trent Fernandez, White, Dino Thunder
Katie Walker, Yellow, Time Force
Karone, Pink, Lost Galaxy
Tommy Oliver, White, MMPR
Andros, Red, In Space
Sky Tate, Blue, S.P.D.
Adam Park, Green, Zeo
Kira Ford, Yellow, Dino Thunder
Jen Scotts, Pink, Time Force
|A legacy that will never be forgotten by generations.|
But the seven series who got on one of these teams provided some of the best characters in Power Rangers history, as well as the best villains. They're the reasons I love the franchise and will be watching this year's Megaforce season.
Let me hear your opinions. Which of these teams is better? Who would make your team? Leave them in the comments below, on my Twitter @seantherebel or at my Facebook, www.facebook.com/SeanNetworkBlogs.