How would you react if you stepped into an alien structure so buried in rock it must be thousands of years old? Oh, and it's dark. And huge. And the walls move in ways you can't fathom. Even with friends along for the ride you'd probably be pretty spooked.
And it happens like that for the new Power Rangers, as seen in the first long clip from the film, which plays with just enough of a sci-fi / horror element to make us wonder what's up... until a friendly face appears.
This new movie looks a lot darker than the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, a property near and dear to '90s nerds. Sure, there was reason to be skeptical of Lionsgate's movie reboot, but we've become more optimistic after seeing the first few trailers.
This film still seems to have a playful attitude that coincides with the original show. We have already been introduced to the updated characters, Ranger suits, and Zords, but haven’t seen the new crew interacting all that much. With the film inching closer to its release date, Lionsgate released brand-new posters, along with the first clip from Power Rangers, and you can see it all below.
First Official Power Rangers Clip
The first official clip shows Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Zack (Ludi Lin), Billy (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G.), and Jason (Dacre Montgomery) after they have found the power coins. They stumble upon Zordon's ship, the new command center, which grants entrance to the teenagers with attitude after it senses the presence of the power coins. This is much like in MMPR, where the coins allowed access to the command center.
We get a better feel of the group dynamic of the five teens, which hasn’t changed much from MMPR. We see that Billy is still a science wizard, Jason is the go-to leader, and Zack is energetic and bold, if yelling “we’re gonna be famous!” after finding a spaceship is any indicator of his personality. We don't really get to see much of Trini and Kimberly's personalities, besides screaming and running.
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The new command center is huge, dark, and looks like it belongs in the 1997 Lost in Space reboot. The new rangers awaken the sleeping ship, and begin to flee when they hear something moving around. This sort of horror element is actually pretty cool. In MMPR Zordon teleports the teens to his command center and they don’t seem phased by it at all. Kids in Angel Grove in the ‘90s were accustomed to robots and giant floating heads stuck in time warps.
All the teens are hiding when something approaches, in a scene ripped straight from Aliens. Something with long tentacle arms grabs Trini, and pulls her away. Luckily it's nothing nefarious, just everyone’s favorite saucer-headed robot Alpha 5 (Bill Hader), who exclaims with joy that the teenagers are real people. (Probably because they have been trapped underground for thousands of years.) Overall the clip is a great introduction to the new lore, even if it only showed us a little more of the world the new Power Rangers inhabit.
Brand New Posters
Along with the first clip, Lionsgate released these 5 shiny new posters, which showcase the power ranger suits and close-ups of the zords. I must say; the new ranger suits look badass. They look more like future-tech battle armor than the suits of old. From a practical perspective, however, they make more sense than the low-budget lycra jumpsuits in MMPR – which sparked far too much for fabric.
The zords are a little hard to get used to, but as we see in these posters, they look a bit more like animals then they have in previous footage. Some of these posters are also reminiscent of a time when movie posters were a bit more artistic, and not just giant blown up heads of the actors in the film – even if these are just blown up pictures of the Rangers. These posters look pretty awesome, and certainly get me more excited to see the new Power Rangers in action.
Everything we have seen so far from the Power Rangers lines up with the bill of goods we were sold from the start. It is darker than the original, but still has the feel of the original MMPR – and thankfully probably won't have badly-dubbed Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger footage spliced in. In any case, as a huge MMPR fan, I am optimistic that Power Rangers will be as entraining as the original series. Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
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