Power Rangers Original Cast Members Disappointed with the Reboot
Posted 2017/04/28 2801 0
Walter Jones, who played the original Black Ranger, and David Yost, who played the original Blue Ranger, were both in attendance at the C2E2 convention recently. As reported by Comicbook.com, Jones took issue with the portrayal of the new Black Ranger. Specifically, the decision to not include his "Hip Hop Kido" fighting style. Here is what he had to say about it.
"I was a little disappointed that they changed the characters around a little bit because I wanted Zack to be with his kido because Hip Hop Kido was a really important element of who I was on Power Rangers. I think if they would have added that then there could have been some parkour and there could have been so many other elements to that character that it would have been awesome."
The movie had changed around the races of some of the characters to avoid the troubling racial associations (the original Yellow Ranger was Asian, the Black Ranger was black, etc.), so this change in Zack’s character is a whole other issue that it sounds like Jones has to work out for himself.
As for Yost, his criticisms had to do with the overall tone of the movie, and its reluctance to lean into the camp that made the original series so famous.
"The only thing I care about progression wise when they do a sequel and they morph they better bring it and they better say 'It's Morphin Time.' When we said, 'It's morphing time!,' it was like, 'Shit's about to go down;' when they said it in the movie it was so lackadaisical I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'"
They both also commented on how the Megazord did not live up to their expectations. On the original show they would all combine into one large machine with all of them sharing the cockpit. In the film, they stayed separate. This complaint and Yost’s feelings about “It’s morphin time” both speak to the characters being separated. On the series, the Rangers were vastly different, but always worked as a team in the end.
Two of Jones and Yost’s “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” castmates, Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson, cameo in the reboot.