Katee Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek Will Make You Love the Power Rangers, There's No Way Around It
Remember that “super secret job” Katee Sackhoff teased us with back in August? It turns out she wasn’t hinting at playing Carol Danvers; it was a completely different type of action role.
Sackhoff and James Van Der Beek star as two former Power Rangers all grown up in this dark, bloody, definitely NSFW short film, Power/Rangers. This is not the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers you remember from the 90s.
Yet it still fits surprisingly well within the show’s canon. Joseph Kahn, the director, definitely took the show’s roots into account when making his new version.
There were a couple of things that were appealing to me. One, as opposed to like taking something like Barney and doing your dark version of Barney, there’s at least a mythology there. The original mythology is really expansive and kind of silly in how many different… I mean, these guys turn into dinosaurs. How do you take that seriously? But there’s enough of like a groundwork of the original source material that they based off this repurposed Japanese show that has like norms of anime and kung fu and all that stuff that appeals to me because I’m an anime and kung fu guy anyways. I just took pieces that I liked and then streamlined it and made a bare bones version and really expressed the versions that seemed like they naturally fit within the down-the-middle dark and gritty reboot.And yes, he does know that this sort of reboot isn’t exactly new. But he wanted to embrace the tropes and clichés wholeheartedly.
And by the way, the dark and gritty reboot thing is such a cliché that the intention was not only to make it dark and gritty but make it even darker and grittier than you could possibly imagine, hence the brains, the blood and the violence and the sex.
H/T Vermillion, from CBR.