You’re probably laughing right now, aren’t you.  It’s okay, go ahead.  Yes, when I was five I began watching the latest kids craze of the 90s—Mighty Morphing Power Rangers.  Why?  Till this day, I can’t tell you.  Maybe it’s because of the simple reason that no matter how bad a show is, once I’m invested, I follow it till the end.  Or,…at least until I get way too old to watch it.

And as you probably are aware, just last year, my long-time pal Haim Saban (please note, he’s not my actually pal, I just know he’s the producer responsible for this global phenomenon) partners with Lionsgate and made Power Rangers, a reboot of that classic 90s show.  Did I see it?  Well, let me put it this way….YES!!!  Why?  One word—Nostalgia.  I will admit, my heart warmed up a little in the movie theatre when I saw.

Prior to the movie’s release I went back and took a look at the old Power Ranger episodes I used to watch as a kid.  While my stomach churned over how badly the show was made, I did have a smile on my face while watching it.  Granted, I only got through a quarter of the season because that’s how much I could take of the cheesy dialogue and subpar acting.  That’s what happens when you grow up, you start demanding more.  You start wanting less Ernie and Bert and more Eastwood and Brando.  When you’re a kid, anything that blows up and beats each other up is enough for you.

Now, I am going to admit something I never told anyone.  While I, as a child in the 90s, watched Power Rangers, religiously, it would play during the school year, and then go away over the summer.  Now this was how much in love with this show I was.  When the school year was over, and summer began, I would miss the characters from the show.  I would miss them so much, that I start making up stories about them, just so I could keep them around.

Power Ranger was where I started dabbling in storytelling.  And you know something, as bad as the show may have been, I still learned a lot in those early years of my storytelling.  Power Rangers gave me the formula to storytelling I needed to begin this journey.  Here’s what I learned.

Story Progression

Every story, as we all know, have those 3 basic elements—Beginning, Middle, and End.  Now, let’s be honest, if you’ve seen one episode of Power Rangers, you’ve seen them all…literally.  It’s the same thing repeated again and again and again.  The aliens want to invade earth, so they send a monster.  The Power Ranger see the monster and go to fight.  The Ranger battle the monster and defeat, but, uh-oh, it’s not over yet.  The Aliens throw down a magic doohickey and make the monster grow really big.  So, the Power Rangers jump into their equally big robotic machine and defeat the monster once and for all.  The End.

Now, what does that teach us about storytelling?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Four things.

  • Crisis

Every story has to start with one, otherwise there is no story.  A Power Ranger adventure can never begin without the Aliens sending the monster to earth.  Without a crisis a story is boring.  If everything remained bright and sunny in the city of Angel Grove, there’d be no reason to watch this show.  We watch it for the sole reason that we are counting on the fact that a monster will come and break things.

  • Conflict

And once that monster comes to break thing, the Power Rangers spring into action and go after that bad boy.  You would think that after months of the sending monsters and watching them get blown up (which is what happens every time), the aliens would have learned a lesson, or at least come up with a different strategy.  But anyway.  Once the problem starts, it must be dealt with, appropriately.  Since these monsters are so powerful, only someone equally as powerful can stop them, thus, the power rangers and not the Angel Grove Police Department or the US Armed Forces.

  • Rising Tension

It’s never enough to simply deal with a problem.  There got to be a point in the story where drastic action is taken that keeps the reader…or viewer, on the edge of their seat.  We gotta take the action to a level of excitement where people wonder, “how in the world are they gonna get out of this?”

Side Bar:  You know what annoyed me so much, when I went back and watched the old episodes before the 2017 film came out?  The Rangers always acted so surprise when the monsters grew large.  Like they never seen it before.  Even though it just happened in the last episode.  But I digress.

  • Climax

So, once the problem escalates to an even bigger problem, we need a resolution that is equally as big.

“We need Megazord power, now!”  Oh jeez, that just came out…

Nothing is more unsatisfying to a reader or viewer than for a gigantic problem to be fixed by a tiny solution.  And I’ve read David and Goliath boat loads of times.  But the thing about David and Goliath’s battle, those stones David throw were empowered, I believe, by God’s might.  So even though, they were small, they had a huge impact.

Fixing a gigantic problem needs a solution that has great impact, not an inferior one.  A solution has to be so well developed that with it, everything would fall apart.

This show was that launching pad where I took off into a lifetime of telling stories.  From here I went on to learn more about these points.  I learned different mechanics from other shows and books.  Those we’ll talk about in future blogs.

Okay, now this might surprise you, but there are several other things Power Rangers taught me that I’ll share in another blog.  So, stayed tuned for that.  And until next time, “may the power protect you.”

……….I really need to stop………..

 

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