Former ‘Power Rangers’ On What Disappointed Them About The Reboot

Power RangersFormer Power Rangers Walter Jones and David Yost who played the original Black Ranger Zack Taylor and the original Blue Ranger Billy Cranston on the hit Fox Kids series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were not thrilled with Lionsgate’s darker, more mature reboot of the colorful and campy children’s show.

Both Jones and Yost were guests at the C2E2 Convention this past weekend in Chicago when they made clear on stage the elements from the original series that they felt the feature film reboot lacked.

When fans who grew up watching Mighty Morphin think of Zack Taylor, the first thing that comes to mind is the unique fighting style the character created that combined martial arts and dancing to form Hip Hop Kido.

Jones explained that he felt Hip Hop Kido was an integral part of his character on the series and that the reboot missed the opportunity to include it:

“I was a little disappointed that they changed the characters around a little bit because I wanted Zach to be with his kido because Hip Hop Kido was a really important element of who I was on Power Rangers. I think if they would have added that then there could have been some parkour and there could have been so many other elements to that character that it would have been awesome.”

Some dancing did manage to make into the film when Billy (RJ Cyler) made the Megazord dance after defeating Rita Repulsa and Goldar in the climactic battle. Jones added that he appreciated it but ultimately was a change that didn’t work for him:

“I thought it was cute that they added that element in but it wasn’t true to what the original was.”

As for Yost, he explained that what ultimately disappointed him was that he felt the most crucial turning point of the entire film: when the Rangers all finally morph together and become the Power Rangers, lacked the power and excitement he thought Mighty Morphin packed into the morphing sequence:

“The only thing I care about progression wise when they do a sequel and they morph they better bring it and they better say “It’s Morphin Time.” When we said, ‘It’s morphing time!,’ it was like, ‘Shit’s about to go down.’ When they said it in the movie it was so lackadaisical I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Both Jones and Yost agreed that issue in the film was not seeing the Dinzords form together to create the Megazord:

“I want to see the Megazord come together, I want to see the pieces come together and click and combine,” Jones continued. “I don’t like the fact that they were little bubbles I wanted them to be together, I felt like all you had to do just take out Billy.”

The Zords emerging from the fire combined as the Megazord was a bit jarring but it was clear the production did not have the budget it needed to showcase the Zords’ transformation making it understandable and somewhat forgivable. On the same subject, Yost also shared that the Rangers not having a shared cockpit was odd:

“The cool part for us being in Power Rangers is that we were all in a cockpit together so the fact they were in their little pods… well, it was weird”

There doesn’t seem to be a logical reason for the lack of the Megazord cockpit. It was very strange, especially given the emphasis on teamwork in the film.

But on a positive note, Yost added that he absolutely loved the reimagining of Billy Cranston and RJ Cyler’s portrayal of autism.

“I was like totally over the moon about RJ and I think he really hit it out of the park. I really loved what he did with the character.”

So what do you think? Do you agree with Jones’ and Yost’s comments? Could Hip Hop Kido have worked within the tone of Power Rangers? Were you disappointed with Dacre Montgomery’s delivery of the iconic “It’s Morphin’ Time” line? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Comicbook

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.

  • Jacob McMillan

    So the fact that they had real characters and good acting is what disappointed them

    • Ruben C Barron

      How exactly did you arrive at that conclusion based on their comments?

      • JetpackJesus

        It probably involved not actually reading their comments.

        • Ruben C Barron

          That’s what I figured. Considering they actually praised one of the actors for their role and how they portrayed the character.

  • Darthmanwe

    I thought we had buried this …*sigh* ‘franchise’ together after the movie flopped?

    • Jacob McMillan

      It didn’t

    • Dan K

      This franchise has been going non-stop for almost 25 years. What makes you think one movie flop would stop it?

      • Darthmanwe

        fanboys detected.

    • Duke

      Er…how is Power Rangers not a franchise? It’s been on the air for 24 seasons, about to get a 25th, has had legions of toys and video games, hundreds of actors and actresses throughout the show, and is still popular even today.

      If you don’t like the show, that’s fine. But it is a franchise, whether you like it or not. I don’t like the Fast and the Furious films, but I’m not gonna say it’s not a franchise.

  • Brandon Hunter

    Movie flop? Where? It actually got me interested and i can’t standy MMPR. The movie had its issues but connected more with people than the lame crap from back in the day.

    • Duke

      It flopped because it only made $135 million worldwide on a $100 million budget.

  • angelajoh

    I like that the movie modernized MMPR and added stories behind the characters as opposed to just random kids we are supposed to care about like the tv show. The actors and director have all said that this is an origin story so the fact that the fighting styles of Zach and others isn’t clearly defined makes sense to me. This franchise has been going for over twenty years and the movie has done well (it’s a Power Ranger movie for cryin’ out loud) and it hasn’t come out in China or Japan yet where it is sure to do well. I hardly think this movie flopped. I personally love the movie (I’ve seen it twice); I grew up watching the original. I think the spirit of teamwork, accomplishing a goal and the power of friendship all shine through which is what I got out of the original.