This is something I've wanted to post about for a while now, I just couldn't put it into words. I don't mean for this to sound harsh in anyway. Its just something that I feel needs to be said.
One of my main gripes with any franchise (not just MMPR) is its reliance on nostalgia to carry it through certain seasons. There is such a thing as too much nostalgia. I know Power Rangers MegaForce (the first half) is supposed to be an anniversary season and that its only had 9 episodes air at the time of this post, but I can't help but feel that its riding the MMPR nostalgia wave too much. It feels like a complete rehash of MMPR with hit or miss writing. As I said in my RoboKnight post a few months ago, writing like that is unacceptable when you have 19 seasons to guide you. Anyway, that's not exactly the point of this post. Time to show you all my thoughts on the section of the fanbase that treats MMPR like its the only season that matters.
I've had talks and debates with MMPR fanboys quite a few times and their arguments usually boil down to the same old tired things: "Its the best because its the original", "Because it started the whole thing", and variations of those reasons when the real answer is most likely "Because I grew up with it". I grew up with MMPR as well but even I can see that its not the best. Some fanboys even want the franchise to return to the MMPR formula completely and just carry over the cast and characters from season-to-season while only changing the suits, essentially pressing the reset button on the entire franchise. Don't get me wrong, nostalgia can be a good thing in small doses but sometimes I have to wonder if the franchise is beginning to rely too much on its past success. Lately it feels like Saban Brands is trying too much to recapture the glory days of MMPR. I get very irritated when I read cast interviews and all six rangers list MMPR as their favorite season (happened in a Power Rangers Samurai interview a couple years ago) when I highly doubt every one of them just stopped watching after MMPR. Especially when I read that one of them had seen up to Power Rangers Mystic Force a few weeks later. I'm not trying to say that their opinion is wrong but for all six to give the same answer just strikes me as odd. Sometimes it makes me wonder if Saban Brands is spoon-feeding them their answers and telling them to promote MMPR over any other season.
MMPR isn't bad but its certainly not the best. There have been far better seasons with better writing, more complex characters, better acting, and better story arcs. Sometimes I wonder if the die-hard MMPR fanboys have taken the time to look into each season or even watched something not MMPR related. Half of the arguments I've had with them sound like they're typing with nostalgia goggles on. Saban's insistence on constantly promoting MMPR as the best season isn't helping matters much either. I understand that promoting MMPR may indeed be a way for him to try and draw older fans back into the franchise as well as show little kids where it all started, but he runs the risk of alienating some of the older fans who like me get sick and tired of everything about Power Rangers being forcefully led back to MMPR. MMPR has had its time in the sun and nothing will ever make me forget the years I spent watching and I will always be grateful to MMPR for being my introduction to tokusatsu, but its time for the fans, Saban Brands, and the franchise to move past it. This also leads me back to a post I did a few months ago about fans complaining that some of the 90's era rangers wouldn't be coming back for Super MegaForce. If a lot of the actors have moved past their time on the show then its time that the fans do as well.
Over-reliance on nostalgia is a very bad thing for a long running franchise. When you basically only feed people nostalgia you risk alienating that part of your fanbase that wants to see something new, the ones who want to see the franchise move forward. It only serves to add fuel to the fire so people only see your past success and compare everything to your first work. It makes people think you're stuck in the past and that you have no intention of moving forward anytime soon. I'm not saying that you shouldn't like MMPR but you should look at the franchise as a whole without the nostalgia goggles clouding your vision/judgement. Otherwise your arguments come off as being heavily biased towards the past and they lose all merit. If your favorite season is MMPR, that's fine but at the very least acknowledge its flaws. While I may get some hate for this post from that section of the fanbase, it needed to be said. So I will end this post with a message to the MMPR fanboys: This over-reliance on nostalgia has to stop, otherwise the franchise and the fanbase risk getting stagnant. If you do not move forward you cannot evolve. I am actually fine with bringing the some of the MMPR feeling back into the franchise as long as they keep the advancement that the franchise has made. You must do it in a way that doesn't alienate the fans who want to see the franchise continue to grow.