Back in May, the news came out that the long-running Power Rangers franchise was making the leap from Disney to Nickelodeon after the entity was bought back by original owner Haim Saban of Saban Brands. Well, now the new reboot of the series is coming to delightful consumer fruition, with the Power Rangers Samurai — the series 19th season! — launching soon, on Monday, Feb. 7, on Nickelodeon. As a run up to that premiere, EW has obtained an exclusive sneak peek at the intro to the new series, which explains some of the mythology behind this new generation of samurai warriors.
What’s different about this Power Rangers reboot? “We wanted to get back to the original core DNA of the show that made it so powerful and resonant in the ’90s,” explains Saban Brands president Elie Dekel. “We made sure that moving forward we drew on the best possible elements that we knew kids responded to, so we embedded a lot more humor in the show, a lot more charm and fun. Bringing back some of the silliness of the original series was a goal, and now it’s in high-def, which has never been done before, which gives it a really great new look.” Beyond that, Dekel continues, “We really wanted to pay homage to, if you will, the show’s Japanese origins with Samurai.” Take a peek at it here:
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