So “reboot” may not actually be the right word to use when describing how the Japanese TV series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger became Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, but it’s pretty close. Essentially, the Power Rangers series we all know and love from our childhoods wouldn’t exist without the original Japanese show, and in many cases the footage from Sentai Zyuranger was outright reused for the US Power Rangers series. So let’s call it a reboot and then say that Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was a lot better.
By toning down some of the more insane Japanese elements of the original, which included witches and humans that evolved from dinosaurs, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers actually invested in regular characters and played with the classic trope of giving them superpowers. As delightfully cheesy and dated as the show now appears, by smartly reusing Japanese footage the US series was allowed to show the badass Japanese martial arts that we all loved, while still giving us a semblance of story that kept us coming back week after week.
While Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger is by no means a bad show and certainly has its appeal, there’s a lot to be said about how Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers took its legacy and kept it going to this day.