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The Borgified Corpse wrote:
BTW, what did you mean by, "It was dark, but it was also funny, with great witty dialogue (Guzelian has a knack for it) and hilarious, biting deconstructions of longstanding Power Rangers tropes. Yet even as the show made fun of PR conventions, it simultaneously managed to concoct almost plausible-sounding scientific explanations for them — reconstructing even as it deconstructed"? What kind of conventions did it deconstruct?
Everything. Every cliche of the previous fifteen years of Power Rangers
. The multicolored costumes, the transformation phrases, the animalistic giant robot vehicles, every trope and silly stylistic gimmick you can think of. The most brilliant and hilarious example was an episode that made use of the gimmick of having random explosions go off behind the Rangers when they transform and pose. They rationalized it as a release of excess energy from the transformation process. And then, when the other Rangers were menaced by the monster of the week, the Blue Ranger figured out he could use this effect -- by transforming with his back to the monster!!
Awesome! What were some others?
Personally, I used to always be bothered by why the giant monsters never seemed to attack the Megazord during the seemingly vulnerable transformation stage. At least, on Power Rangers in Space,
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To use an animated version, the very first Lion Voltron attempt was blocked by the monster; A much later attempt by a monster to block it actually caused damage to the monster.
One of the extreme lesser sentai lights, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills, had the hapless henchman use an ingenious scheme to wear the heroes down by pulling the monster back and letting it heal while sending down a fresh creature. The big bad came back and quickly reimposed the status quo. For some reason, sometimes these little shows make that odd turn their better-made cousins miss.