Power Rangers – A noob’s review PART 1

Mike Matei / February 16th, 2017

James takes his first in-depth look at the phenomenon of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! There will be two parts. The main review of Power Rangers will be in Part 2.


  • Weldin Dunn

    February 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Holy shit. This is more complicated than the history of European dynasties. I figured Linkara would come up.

    • Don Skiver

      February 16, 2017 at 8:19 pm


      That made me spit my salad all over my monitor!

  • Satnav

    February 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I felt kinda the same way you did in the 90s, James, seeing Power rangers as just this weird thing some people were annoyingly obsessed with…since then, though I can’t say it all appeals to me, I have grown to appreciate some aspects of it, like the kickass music. 😉

  • February 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I given up hope that you’d even mention Kamen Rider or Ultraman, but then you come in with this video! You’ve made my day, James!

  • February 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Never thought a prologue to a review could be this hilarious! I especially love when you get worked up about how all shows are intertwined with one another. Great stuff, love from Sweden!

  • frostare

    February 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    These were MY Ninja Turtles back in the day! Well, I did watch some episodes of the original TMNT cartoon but… I don’t remember too much of it. I think there was an episode where the turtles turned into kids and one where they worked together with a detective lady. But… not much else, besides the usual villains and heroes. And now I’m watching the newest Nickelodeon Ninja Turtles reboot and… holy crap it’s AMAZING.

  • February 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I remember watching this as a kid =) was pretty good back then.

  • frostare

    February 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    But yeah man… best of luck. I’d recommend you STOP at Power Rangers Zeo, when King Mondo and the Machine Empire are the new bad guys. Or even before if you can.

    • Ryan Ferneau

      February 20, 2017 at 1:57 am

      I never watched a full episode after Zeo myself until the middle of the Disney era, but I’ve heard that In Space is supposed to be really good, so maybe it helps to skip over most of Turbo.

  • Butters Stotch

    February 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Then there’s the movies…

    • Allen Lucas

      February 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      I hope he likes the one with Belloq as Ivan Ooze!

  • February 16, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I actually did this 2 years ago. I went back to college and wanted something running in the background while I studied. It took me about 3 months to watch every season. Now up to date and watching Ninja Steel. I too was inspired by Linkara to watch the series again. I had stopped during after Lost Galaxy back in the day.

  • sutekh22

    February 16, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Doctor who needs to be next James! Certain stories you would love, they are classic Universal or Hammer films with a science fiction twist. Start out with Pyramids of Mars, The Brain of Morbius or The Talons of Weng Chiang. Having been a fan of yours for ten years, I am confident you would love them.

    • February 17, 2017 at 6:21 am

      I too would like to start that off from the very beginning. Just a shame I can’t seem to find all the episodes.

    • Satnav

      February 17, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Doctor who is so big that it’s better to go through the ‘highlights’, of both the best and perhaps the shittiest instalments along the way.

  • February 16, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    haha that show was so cool when i was a kid, but i just cant take it seriously enough to get past 3 episodes now.

  • Icespider

    February 16, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Very cool episode/review. I like where this is going.

  • Kriss Nunez

    February 17, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Late to the party but better late than never! hope you enjoyed watching this, it was one of my childhood favorites. Can’t wait for part 2!

  • Lastor

    February 17, 2017 at 7:09 am

    You know, I was about to drop a line and ask if there’s anything in the works other than Mike’s playthroughs and shooting the shit every Monday – like perhaps something scripted and performed, God forbid – and then you shut me up.

  • February 17, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Welcome to the world of anime which have series of 700 to 800 episodes, like One Piece or Naruto. And guess what they are all Japanese xD.

    • Pablo1989

      February 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      May the god-emperror of mankind pray afterme im gonna watch Doremon from beginning 🙂

  • Fred . Fuchs

    February 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I never understood why other kids liked this show, I always tought it was lame, ugly and repetitive: the school part was pointless, the fighting moves were melodramatic, the monsters were grotesque and silly, and the battles always ended with the monster becoming giant and the rangers calling the robots.
    Nonetheless, this review could be fun.

    • Brian Ramsay

      February 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Fred Fuchs! Oh my damn, its Fred Fuchs!

  • Brian Ramsay

    February 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I’m sure you have heard this already, but after you watch about four episodes then you have seen pretty much all of them. Pretty much. It always ends the same exact way. The show doesn’t really get good until the introduction of Tommy. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but yeah… just skip ahead to where Tommy is introduced.

  • Brian Ramsay

    February 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Now I can’t really say much for the episodes once the car Zords are introduced or anything past the original cast though. I’ve tried watching the new seasons wanting to like it buuuuut… even when they brought Tommy back to the new seasons. I just cant seem to do it now.

  • klaus84

    February 17, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Best episode in a while. Returno del nerdo!

  • February 18, 2017 at 1:48 am

    Hell yeah. This just sucked me right back into Cinemassacre. If you start reviewing all these Toku whatchamacallits then I’ll be so happy.

  • laser

    February 18, 2017 at 5:14 am

    back in the day, I thought Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the two stupidest franchises in existence. After about 20 years of contemplation and further exposure to various facets of these franchises…I STILL think they’re the kings of stupid.

    No offense, James.

  • laser

    February 18, 2017 at 5:19 am

    BTW, have you ever thought about reviewing some Japanese game/variety shows? There’s some pretty insane stuff there! Try looking up some segments from Gaki no Tsukai, especially their “batsu” games… XD

  • Anthony33

    February 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    HAHA. I love the expression of your fandom, James.

  • Tross

    February 19, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Wow…my past with Power Rangers is pretty much the same. I saw maybe one full episode once when I was 6, and a few clips here and there with friends…again when I was 6. I remember it being really popular, and was excited to get a couple Power Ranger action figures for Christmas, and even went as the red guy for Halloween in a costume my aunt made for me, but I think it was just a fad thing for me as I never saw an episode again, didn’t know any of the characters, and kind of had it fade into distant memory after that year, which was 1994. Um…good luck James? It figures a comic book guy could follow a series like that since comics are notorious for being impossibly long continuities that no one who has a life can follow for the life of them.

  • February 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Excellent episode! Best one in awhile!! Thanks Nerd

  • N0M4D

    February 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Go, Go Cinemassacre!

  • February 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    quick we need help james has a case of POWER RANGER OVERLOAD

  • joysynthesis

    February 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I was four years old when MMPR launched in ’93; I rode that wave hard. It was my introduction to giant monsters kicking the dogshit out of each other, so I can’t help but love it, warts and all. I’m more excited for Part 2 of this than I’ve been for a Cinemassacre video in a long time. Great job, James!

  • February 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    What happened to your Zone Fighter Video? I can’t find it anymore.

  • danblukk

    February 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    This was like a AVGN episode.

  • February 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Love it!

  • Paulballsftw

    February 23, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Hey James, I just saw a trailer of a new Power Rangers movie coming out. Better hurry and catch up to watch that. lol. It does look like a new updated version though so maybe that’s all people need to watch and not the series.

  • March 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I can’t believe James is getting into this crap. I mean I know he likes cheesy stuff but I thought he had standards.

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