Power Rangers

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses RUMORED plot points from ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ which could be considered SPOILERS.  If you want to avoid them, turn back now.

‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ teleports into theaters in March but so far not much is known about it beyond the obvious.  One teaser trailer has been released, but focused on the main characters before they become the titular superheroes.  We do know that the new movie retains a sense of fun, but a lot of the gaudier (and cheesier) aspects of the original kids TV series have been updated.  The Rangers’ suits have been shown in photos, but we have yet to see them in action.  And what role does Elizabeth Banks‘ Rita Repulsa play?

power-rangers-rita-repulsaBelow we have some information, some of which was previously rumored, but that now appear to have been confirmed.

As was previously reported, there is a close connection between Rita and the Rangers’ mentor Zordon (Bryan Cranston).  And as many have guessed, it’s the fact that they are both former Power Rangers from millions of years ago.  Rita– described as being 65 million years old– was the Green Ranger who went rogue.  Zordon meanwhile was the original Red Ranger who becomes trapped in energy form.  (Surely Rita has a hand in this.)

Rita’s main objective is the Zeo Crystal, “an artifact that channels the Morphing Grid —  a dimension that weaves through all things and what gives the “Power Rangers” their power. The crystal was hidden on Earth to keep it out of the hands of those who would use it as a weapon.”

But the Zeo Crystal is locked inside of a force field.  Rita is going to need help.  And who will she turn to?

goldarNone other than Goldar, her chief henchman on the TV series.  Goldar apparently pops up during the film’s opening action sequence but is vaporized when he tries to seize the Zeo Crystal.  He is turned into gold dust particles that is scattered around the globe.

In the present, after Rita returns, and sets about collecting this gold dust to reconstitute her lackey.

Normally, the teens that become the Power Rangers spend years training to assume their roles but in the movie, Zordon only has 71 hours to stop Rita, forcing him to recruit the teens closest by.

Also aiding Rita will be her chattering Putty Patrol, the faceless goons that usually try to beat the Rangers by simply outnumbering them.

Now this next part is news to me, but it appears that Rita isn’t simply attempting to gain the Zeo Crystal for herself.  She has a master herself.

zeddandritaLord Zedd!  In the original series, Zedd was Rita’s replacement as Big Bad on the show, only for them to join forces.  They were also kinda boyfriend/girlfriend.

In the movie it is said, “Rita Repulsa has been trying to deliver the Zeo Crystal to her master, Lord Zedd, for a long time. It would make quite a statement, as he burned half his face off trying to steal it himself.”

So far, Rita is the only bad guy we’ve seen, so we don’t yet know what Goldar or Zedd will look like or if Zedd will even physically appear in the movie.

How does this plot sound so far?  Do you like the idea of Rita as a former Green Ranger?  Or the connection between her and Zordon?

‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ is directed by Dean Israelite and stars Banks, along with Bryan Cranston, R.J. Cyler, Becky G., Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, David Denman, Lisa Berry, Caroline Cave, Fiona Vroom and the voice of Bill Hader as Alpha 5.  It opens on March 24, 2017.

Source: The Wrap via Comic Book Movie