I have a confession to make: I was a jumbo-sized Power Ranger fan way back when. I had an army of toys and a large stockpile of video. I have since given them away to children who would enjoy them more. The Rangers are still going strong on the ‘net, it seems, as I can find both movies and just about every episode on torrent sites. There are a few that the fans seemed to have overlooked, though. I am speaking of several direct-to-video specials produced in the series’ infancy. A couple have already made their way to the 'net. One, “The Good, the Bad, and the Stupid: The Misadventures of Bulk and Skull” has a self-explanatory title (mostly stock footage of their best gags with a new frame story). Another, the “Power Rangers World Tour Live On Stage” was the official video of a stage adaptation of the series. Then, of course, there was the unaired pilot that was shown on TV during the sixth season. Two others, however, I have been unable to find. Other than these, I don’t think any other in-character (i.e. not making-of) specials have been made, but if you know of any others, feel free to say so.
1.) Alpha’s Magical Christmas
BARF!!! This is unbelievable. Alpha feels lonely on Christmas because the Rangers are off helping Santa Claus get ready to make his yearly trip (as opposed to, say, saving children from a burning building or stopping mass deforestation). So what does Zordon do? He teleports some kids to the Command Center (you know, the one that’s supposed to have SECURITY CLEARANCE) so they can sing Christmas carols with Alpha! It is notable that the action is nearly nonexistant in this little rough among diamonds.
2.) Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads: The Greatest Villains of the Power Rangers
This is the single biggest con in the history of the show! Nowhere else will you find a piece of Power Rangers media made COMPLETELY out of stock footage! There are a few instances of new dialogue over the title character’s footage, but the rest is just a selection of the best of PR’s worst. Hey, at least someone gets hit in this one.
Well, there’s the shopping list, but where’s the goods? If anyone on the OT forums is a reformed PR fan, would you check your old collection and see if you can get these on the 'net somehow? You would have the gratitude of myself and everyone else who clings to childhood memories for dear life.