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Monday, 11 February 2013

Power Rangers and Super Sentai

Ok since I am done with the Zelda Series I might as well do another series I liked.  There are gonna be some changes however.  For starters unlike Zelda, I am not gonna do an entire series dedicated to Power Rangers. If you wanna know about every single series, visit Linkara's Atop the Fourth Wall Site.  His History of The Power Rangers series, should help with the know how on the series.  For those who would like a quick summary anyway here it is.

The series revolves around Earth constantly being attacked by evil forces. The mentor of the year recruits 5 - 6 people to become superheroes known as the Power Rangers to combat it.  Usually it would be teenagers with attitude, or aliens, or graduates with attitude, or space travelers, or space colonizers, or rescue services, or time traveling cops, or ecoterrorists, or Ninjas, or Teenagers again, or a police force, or wizards, or an agency, or a kung fu squad, or freedom fighters, or samurai, or all of the above once Megaforce airs on TV.  The formula goes like so, foot soldiers attack, they morph, they fight the main monster, it grows, they summon a zord (giant vehicles to combat giant monsters.)  the then lament on a problem or situation they had prior to the danger.   It was a great series through and through and it has different versions so if one generation didn't like the old ones, they would at least like the new ones.  What most people don't know was that Power Rangers originated from Super Sentai, a popular Japanese Series in which Power Rangers used the stock footage from. 

Now on for the fun part. Could It Exist In Real Life?

Now because I don't know much about Super Sentai I am gonna stick to Power Ranger, but what I do know I will say for all the Sentai fans out there. Could Super Sentai Exist For Real?  Yes, and I'll tell you why. For one, Sentai means "Task Force" Which arguably be translated into Soldier.  While the Super in Super Sentail on the show refers to their Mechas (Zords of their show) It gives a double meaning hear.  You guessed it right. Super Sentais are Super Soldier, which has been the dream of every nation in the world, to come up with the perfect soldier so that it won't take thousands of us from either side to die in the battle for good and evil. Sadly though the Super Soldier only exists in theory.

Now on to the concepts, first is Morphing. Morphing involves using a device that allows a suit of armor to form on your body, enhancing your natural abilities as well as providing extra protection.  While it was nothing more than flashy lights and camera tricks on the show, there is however a theory on how morphing works that I can use both examples on the show and real life examples.  First let's start with the suit, flashy colors aside its really just an armored exoskeleton. Something every scientist around the world is working on trying to make possible, from making the armor itself to making the exoskeleton that enhances the abilities of its wearer.  The second part of morphing is Teleportation, the ability to transmit an object or a person from one spot to another.  Teleportation has existed on the show frequently. In real life however, Teleportation is not impossible, but its very complicated. Scientists have been working round the clock in order to do so and they have figured out two possibilities. One Solid objects are possible, living beings aren't. The reason being is that a solid object is dead matter meaning, the molecules used in making them stay still, so teleporting them would be no different than moving them with your hand. However living beings, such as animals and humans have cells that constantly reproduce, if one cell was out of place the result would be horrifying. I once heard an urban legend that 3 astronauts volunteered, however what came through didn't live long fortunately. However in the case of Power Rangers these factors are eliminated because, the aliens and humans on the show became so advanced with technology, that they solved many flaws of it.  As for morphing. They managed to just teleport suit and fit it around the person wearing it.  Where's my proof of this? Well if you look at the pilot for Zeo, notice that the old Mighty Morphin Suits were on display even though the rangers lost their powers for them.  The reason being is that in the Command Center/Power Chamber, the suits are put in a storage room somewhere in the Center and when called upon they get teleported from that room to the Ranger calling it.  When the Ranger is done the suit gets teleported back for maintenance and repair. As for the reason why the visors get shattered one day and then become intact the next.  Long story short, master making the suit, and master teleportation and you got Morphing down. 

The next concept is the weaponry while it's obvious they are enhanced and exaggerated versions of melee and firearms. There are also things that seem impossible to use such as lasers and energy projectiles.  For example. Mighty Morphin first introduced Blade Blasters. A pistol that can be folded up into a small knife.  The concept itself was based around the bayonet rifles, since in a battle, if the soldier ran out of Ammo, they would use the but of their gun or the knife on their barrel to keep the fight going. In this case it's a laser gun that can fold into a dagger. The Power Axe used by the Black Ranger shares a concept similar to the bayonet rifle only instead of the blade being on the barrel its on the butt of the gun. The laser it self is possible since there has been lasers used as cutting tools and surgical equipment so using it as a weapon is not so unrealistic as portrayed in shows like this. The con however is that, using a real laser as a weapon is dangerous for both the person it's used on and the person using it. I don't advise anyone to try to make their own blade blaster. The individual weapons are just electrically charged variants of their non electrical melee counterpart so not much to explain there.

The last concept is the one people are waiting for the Zords. I can surely say that they can exist in fact one actually did. Before I mention it though what exactly do we see in a Zord?  We see a giant vehicle with weaponry, sort of an exaggerated version of a tank or fighter plane.  However the zord I am about to tell you about would blow your mind so brace yourself.  In 302 BC Polyidus of Thessaly created a war machine 130 feet high and 65 feet wide. This machine was armed with catapults and dart throwers and was protected on three sides with Iron Plating. He called it Helepolis which means taker of cities. Which is Ironic since many of the Megazords fighting often demolish buildings and other structures.  This could arguably be the first Zord in the world.

As usual debate, argue and let me know if I missed anything, stay tuned for whatever else I could find.

20 comments:

  1. man i think that power rangers are real

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    1. If Power Rangers were actually was real, I would want to be the red ranger. Power Rangers are actually are cool!!!

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    2. Well learn about, Weapons, Technology, Magic and Martial Arts and you pretty much got it.

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  2. I think that power Rangers are real. And I really wanna be one among them.

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    1. Whatever makes you happy. Thanks for reading.

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    2. Power Rangers are my life. I play like I am a ranger. I want to become a real Power Ranger and save people.

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    3. Red and Black are my favorites. The latter because he's got an Axe with a gun rigged to it. How can one not find that awesome?

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  4. these lasers do their damage by remaining on a single point and heating it up with an intense stream of photons. So when you rotate the beams, you're actually decreasing its effectiveness.best laser tag sets

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    1. There's also an issue of power as well. The beam is important, but the battery is even more important. In order to make an effective laser weapon you'd either need a car battery or the Batteries used in E-Cigs.

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  5. I be I live they could be the next more trusted police force soldiers in the world like SPD except the s an d will mean something different. Cause even though they could be real just helps the US's defenses much greater for the us of earth as well. That's what I think. An yes I'd loved to be the red ranger as well. Maybe all some of us can. Just in different division teams. Like in SPD again. So what you think?

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    1. First off nice Link Avatar, I'm a Zelda fan myself.

      Second of all. I personally liked where they were going between Mighty Morphin and SPD and how they transition from Superheroes to Police force. When they started out, despite being the only ones that could stop the monsters, they were basically vigilantes. They don't operate in law and order. Then come Lightspeed Rescue where they become civil servants, operating within the law to battle evil while also performing other duties in that service (I.E. Carter being a firefighter.) Then they become local Law enforcement with time Force then Universal with SPD. So I think it's possible to be a power ranger either way. If I were in it I'd either be the Red, the Green or the Black.

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    4. That is the thing though. No Ranger team has EVER been tied down to one place. I mean yeah, in the shows, they are seen only defending their home turf (home towns). But (and correct me if I am wrong (though I don’t believe that I am because I have been watching this stuff for the last 16 years)), the mission of a power ranger is to defend THE EARTH. Not a select town, state, country, or even continent. But the ENTIRE EARTH! Can you expect a ranger to turn a blind eye (or deaf ear) to a call for help from people? Even if those people are enemies of your home? NO! Because that isn’t what a Power Ranger does. They don’t CHOOSE who to defend and who not to defend. They just defend the Earth and her people as a whole. This is why I believe that if the Power Rangers were real, then they wouldn’t be connected to a single government. I believe that the Power Rangers would be seen as their own entity. For evidence, look back to the Lightspeed season of Power Rangers when they were replaced (for a very short period) by the “cyborg rangers”.

      And keep in mind that ALL of this is under the assumption that if the Power Rangers (as well as the Morphing Grid) were real, then all of that Power would draw attention towards the Earth. And not in a good way

      Note: I don’t count SPD as a form of government. This is due to the fact that the show comes right out and says that Space Patrol Delta is a form of Law Enforcement. While the organization itself originated from the Planet Sirius (Commander Crugers home), it is stated a bit later in the show that it became the host for multiple inhabitants of different planets and galaxies (with MULTIPLE branches all over the galaxy). While yes, they do have a chain of command like all forms of enforcement do (government or otherwise), notice that they never answer to anyone outside of the angency (it is an agency, right?). (Does this make sense to everyone?)

      Note: Time Force on the other hand.....that one has me stumped for some reason. Are they an actual Law Enforcement? And are the Ranger powers a part of the angency? Or are the powers given to those that are deemed worthy, and then that team becomes its own entity; entirely separate from Time Force?

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    5. Bare in mind my answer also applies to only Power Rangers, because I only seen one Sentai show in my life. The way I see it and this is more or less based off every show in the Saban era prior to Disney and Neo Saban. The Rangers started out as a secret society. Even in Mighty Morphin there were hints dropped throughout that Zordon's Power Rangers have been around since long before the Old West. Because the battles back then were short lived compared to what happened in the early 90s it was easy for them to disappear as fast as they arrived and fought. Unfortunately, since the battle was between intergalactic forces rather than the entire Earth, they could only cover so much ground. They couldn't stop say muggings, mass murders and things like that because human crimes at the time weren't their business and best dealt with law enforcement. The new movie even emphasized that when the cops tried to capture or kill Rita. They tried their best, only problem was she was too strong to handle. Because Rita was free in the 90s, the threats became bigger and battle and the current Rangers had to step out into the shadows. It's why their coins lasted longer than they should up till then. They were a secret society. Then they became public vigilantes. Which was no problem for the Law enforcement, because they only came out to deal with specialized threats like Rita's monsters. When the Rangers became public on In Space, it took the public a while to let sink in that these vigilantes are ordinary kids chosen to fight evil. Come Lightspeed Rescue, when the humans were able to replicate the tech Zordon gave the Rangers years prior, they tested the tech out trying to see if they could be a civil service on top of being heroes. Hence why their zords comprised of fire trucks, ambulances and rescue planes. Once they saw the possibility that's when the seeds of them becoming a law enforcement on their own came about in the future with Time Force. Now Time Force is a unique example, because it was the end result of Lightspeed's dream, but they were able to create it earlier because Time Travel allowed them to do good paradoxes (Where something turned out to be created for the better because of time travel. Like how Kyle Reese was meant to protect Sarah Connor only for him to be John Connor's father.) As for them being law enforcement in their time, that's pretty much it. At that time, the human race was advanced enough that they could replicate Zordon's tech in a grander scale. The people selected to be Rangers, were originally known as the Time Force Police. Basically a special kind of Law Enforcement tasked to stop evil beings from using Time Travel for crime. Rangers were mainly the highest of the Rank so odds are there were other organizations in that future that had Power Rangers in their high ranks. As said before Time Force was in a future where Lightspeed Rescue's dreams were realized and if you were to count SPD, that was the dream expanded into a galactic scale.

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  6. Or some kind of crystal or mineral that can create the beams. Maybe even something as advanced as Fusion Technology (or something like that). Because notice that the blasters used by the Power Rangers NEVER run out of power. This leads me to believe that their “ammo” comes from a self generating, sustainable source.

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    1. As for how the originals powers came to be. Also bare in mind that their powers fall under the category of Weird Science or Magitek. A genre of Sci-Fi mixed with fantasy elements that often involved Technology infused with magic. So Crystals and Coins wouldn't be out of the ordinary for their tech because Crystals, pure metals and minerals, have often been used as a major power source in both Sci-Fi and Fantasy mediums. That self generating source in the Ranger's case, is their raw power generating into their weapons. Hence why they are called Power Rangers.

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