Linear Ranger's Final Power Rangers
Thoughts & Thank Yous

 

Wow, that's probably the first word that comes to my mind.  I still to this day can remember when I started watching Power Rangers.  It wasn't with the first episode, but it was still the first season.  The episode was "Doomsday Part I" and it was being shown on a Saturday Morning on Fox Kids.  I remember all the hype about a show called Power Rangers, but I didn't care to watch it at first.  Then that one fateful Saturday, I just wanted to see what all the hype was about.  From that day, my life changed.  I was a die hard fan from that moment on and I never stopped being a fan.

I always say that I would not be the man I am today were it not for the show The Real Ghostbusters opening up my mind at the tender age of 2 to 8.  Well I look at it like this.  The Real Ghostbusters laid the foundation, and then Power Rangers built the house.  Throughout my life I have not hidden the fact that I watched the show, collected the toys, and ran a website for the show.  I held it as a badge of courage, knowing that if people saw me as less a man because of it, they were not people I needed in my life.  

In the dark times of my life, when all seemed lost and I felt like giving in, I needed only to look around my room.  I'd see all the posters & toys of the show looking back at me.  I'd hear all those Ranger voices in my mind reminding me that just because times get tough, that doesn't mean you give in and give up the fight.  My parents like to say that I'm too stubborn and don't know when to quit.  They're right, because I know the time to give up is never.  Any time I feel like I can't go on or want to give up, I just reach deep inside, pull myself back up and continue the fight, just as every Power Rangers season has taught us all.

Throughout the 17 seasons, I have laughed and cried, smiled and scowled, and through it all, I would not change a thing.  I wouldn't change a single solitary thing that happened throughout all of the 16 years of Power Rangers.  From the days of Saban Entertainment and Fox Kids, to the present with the Walt Disney Company, I've enjoyed it all.  It's been a ride of a lifetime.  There were seasons I loved and are my favorites, seasons I just enjoyed and those seasons that I still liked, but I think could have been better.  I would gladly watch any of the 700 episodes of Power Rangers over any primetime adult comedy or drama or reality show.  

Power Rangers has affected my life and the lives of thousands, if not millions of children and fans.  Think about this.  Most people would scoff and just call Power Rangers a kids show.  While they are correct in the most simplest terms, does that take away the meaning the show has to any of its fans?  If a little child watching the show suddenly gets inspired to be a fire fighter like Carter, a police officer like Sky, or a High School Teacher like Tommy, then is Power Rangers still just a meaningless kids show?  If someone is having a bad day, but they're able to escape those troubles and relax while watching Power Rangers, is the show still so simple?  And for so many of us who try so hard to make this world we live in a better place because of what the show taught us, is Power Rangers still just a kids show?  I know it is just a child's show in the simple terms and that is who the show is made for.  But for every single Power Rangers fan, past, present & future, it's more than a show.

So I must thank everyone, no matter how big or small your role, that helped bring Power Rangers to the television airwaves.  From the production assistants, to the hundreds of stuntmen, actors & actresses, to the writers and producers, to Fox & Disney Executives, and to Haim Saban & Shuki Levy themselves for bringing ZyuRanger to life in the United States as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  I sincerely thank every single one of you.  You truly changed children's television and impacted millions of fans.  You all helped bring this show to life and make it a part of my life, and the lives of all Power Rangers fans.  Words will never be able to truly express how thankful I am to all of you.

Now here we are, with 16 years, 17 seasons, 2 theatrical movies & 700 episodes of legacy.  Am I sad that Power Rangers has come to an end?  I am somewhat, but really I look at like this.  As long as Power Rangers is still on the air in some way, and there are still new toys at stores for kids to have their parents buy, then the Power lives on.  I hope that a whole new generation of youth watch the remastered Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season, and they come to love it just as much as we Adult Fans did, and still do.  Will Power Rangers ever come back with new seasons?  I believe in time it is possible, but as for how long that will be, only time will tell.  For now I will continue to watch Power Rangers, wherever and whenever it airs and I'll still do all I can to help promote the show & the toys. 

For now, this is the end, but I feel that there is one song that sums my feelings on this great adventure.

"At The Beginning"
by Richard Marx & Donna Lewis

We were strangers, starting out on a journey
Never dreaming what we'd have to go through
Now here we are, I'm suddenly standing,
At the beginning with you.

No one told me, I was going to find you.
Unexpected, what you did to my heart
When I lost hope, you were there to remind me
This is the start!

And life is a road, and I wanna keep going.
Love is a river I wanna keep flowing.
Life is a road, now & forever wonderful journey.

I'll be there when the world stops turning,
I'll be there when the storm is through.
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you.

We were strangers, on a crazy adventure
Never dreaming, how our dreams would come true.
Now here we stand, unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you.

And life is a road, and I wanna keep going.
Love is a river I wanna keep flowing.
Life is a road, now & forever wonderful journey.

I'll be there when the world stops turning,
I'll be there when the storm is through.
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you.

I knew there was somebody somewhere
Like me alone in the dark
Now I know my dream will live on
I've been waiting so long
Nothing's gonna tear us apart

Life is a road, and I wanna keep going.
Love is a river I wanna keep flowing.
Life is a road, now & forever wonderful journey.

I'll be there when the world stops turning,
I'll be there when the storm is through.
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you.

Life is a road, and I wanna keep going.
Love is a river I wanna keep going on. . .
Starting out on a journey.

Life is a road, and I wanna keep going.
Love is a river I wanna keep flowing.
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you.

I leave you with the words a wise Inter-dimensional Being from Eltar once said,
"May the Power Protect You"