The first trailer is here and it’s… kind of bittersweet?
As unapologetically cheesy Mighty Morphin Power Rangers may be, the hit ’90s TV series left a bittersweet legacy, one of which is the first real trailer for Netflix’s reunion special Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once and Always is completely inclined to. It’s time to suit up and go through all the motions, but maybe cry a little too.
This is one of the surprising things about the plot of the trailer, which is, on the face of it, pretty silly stuff. Original villain Rita Repulsa returns in a robot body with a cunning plan to go back in time and take out the Power Rangers before they become Rangers, so Billy (David Yost) and Zack (Walter Emanuel Jones), the original Blue and Black Rangers , reunite with the Red and Pink Rangers from the second season of Powerful MorphineRocky (Steve Cardenas) and Kat (Catherine Sutherland) to stop him.
In this setup, Sometimes and Always ended up being a reminder of what was lost along the way, as the new character introduced in the trailer, Minh (Charlie Kersh) is revealed to be the son of Trini, the Yellow Ranger (the late Thuy Trang) who was killed by Rita. Also, while it’s not explained in the trailer, the Green Ranger footage also hints that there may be some sort of homage to the late Jason David Frank, who died by suicide last year.
More than anything, the trailer looks enthusiastic — something a 30th anniversary special of a niche franchise like Power Rangers, which has a sometimes less-than-glamorous history, deserves.
You will catch up Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once and Always on Netflix when it premieres on April 19.