Tommy calling for the first morph. We get a closeup of each teen calling on their prehistoric animal and as each coin flies towards the camera, there's an absolutely badass roar from each. One by one, each ranger strikes poses and Audible Sharpness sounds as they move their fists, in their incredible looking new and enhanced suits for the movie. Throughout, the revamped MMPR theme plays with serious hair metal intensity. And as the song peaks, they fly through the air ready to confront the ooze creatures. Basically, everything awesome from the show, given an HD makeover. Watching this in the cinema as a youth, this was the moment where you knew the Power Rangers had made it to the movies, alright.
It obliterates the laws of physics, but the Rangers' plan to destroy Ivan Ooze was pretty awesome in and of itself. Trick him into taking solid form, lure him into outer space, then shove him into the path of a runaway comet (there's a particularly brilliant moment when Ivan is recoiling from the groin attack, spins around, sees the comet and says softly, "Oh no"). What makes this even more awesome is that, when the movie was released on DVD, the sound effects had been improved. So when the comet slams into Ivan, the resulting explosion is so loud, the windows in your house rattle. It's awesome!
The season as a whole may not have been awesome, but the finale was awesome. Eltar falls. The Rangers pull a suicide bomber attack, and lose first their weapons and zords, then their powers. The villains storm the Power Chamber and destroy it, cutting the Rangers off from any potential aid. The much-maligned Justin sneaks into the NASADA base, gets all the way to the command center, and manages to talk the others onto a shuttle to venture out and try to do something to stem the coming tide, despite flying blind and totally unarmed... and, end scene. To be continued in Power Rangers in Space.
The Megazord vs. Megazord battle, and then T.J. breaking into the hijacked Megazord and fighting the crew.
The Rescue Turbo Megazord formation's sole fight, against Count Nocturne. Carlos declares, "You may have bitten me, but I will never fight on the side of evil!" right before the Megazord's sword chops Nocturne's weapon in half, and then he summons the artillery cannons. The music accompanying the fight adds just the right touch, especially the riff that plays as the Rescue Turbo Megazord takes the villain's "Now I'm mad!" attack without flinching and Carlos blasts the Count into oblivion.
Haim Saban repurchasing the rights to Power Rangers from Disney and bringing the series back with new episodes on Nickelodeon is something nobody saw coming and is definitely a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for Saban and the series.
A slight bit of Foreshadowing (and a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming) are found in this clip. Cheryl Saban mentioned that she and Haim had something of a difficult time letting go of the franchise (and made it sound as if she didn't really want to) and that they had been keeping track of the series under Disney's helm and referred to it as their child.
Even better, he called Disney out for wasting the series' potential, and bought back the franchise specifically for that reason.
Turns out he led Disney to believe that Power Rangers would be aired on The Hub, a lesser known channel, not their big-time rival Nickelodeon. While Disney still probably would have sold the series back to him, this move, at the very least, cut the price tag significantly.
Haim Saban gets another Crowning Moment Of Awesome for that, since he pulled this on Disney. The sheer cajones of pulling a fast one on a company the size and caliber of Disney makes him braver than any Ranger.
He also made Disney look like fools in the process as The Hub is co-owned by Hasbro and a lot of its programming is (effectively) half-hour long commercials for its toys, while Power Rangers toys have always been made by Bandai, making it highly unlikely that Hasbro would finance a show whose merchandise is one of their biggest rivals.
Which leads into the latest CMOA- Power Rangers toys are selling like hotcakes!
The ENTIRE SHOW gets some awesome points for the simple fact that it seems to be unkillable at this point. Most shows do not survive being canceled once. On rare occasions, a show will be brought back, but usually doesn't last very long after that (The best of circumstances will often let an Uncancelled series get a final season or movie that does little except tie up loose ends before going back to the TV graveyard.) Power Rangers has been canceled at least FIVE times, and hasn't stopped yet. At this point, it's become so ubiquitous in American culture, it's almost like Sesame Street or Saturday Night Live; it seems like it'll never stop.
The series was started as a 40-episode limited run on Fox Kids, when the show took off, the original ending (in which the Rangers defeat Cyclopsis and seal Rita away in a urn, similar to the ending in Zyuranger, and then go to senior prom, thus making an exception to Dawson Casting) was scrapped and Saban went to Toei to write up a new contract that's still going, (even operating under Disney's rule)
Turbo was supposed to end it, but when they were able to drop the silly and get much higher ratings during In Space, it kept going.
It was supposed to happen again after Wild Force, due to the Disney buyout, but a couple of former PR producers were working at Disney and convinced them to move it to New Zealand, slicing production costs and making it worthy of saving.
Yet again after Jungle Fury. It was saved again after outside forces (Jetix Europe and Bandai) and one final year in the contract with the New Zealand production team pressured Disney to make another season.
Finally, after RPM, the show was as close to OVER as its ever been. The stunt crew was let go, production in general was shut down, and (save for the reversioning) the show was off the air for the majority of 2010. However, as mentioned above, Saban called out Disney and brought the show back again.
In the words of some Crowning Music of Awesome from seasons two and three - no one will ever take them down; the power lies on their si~ide.
Rangers kicking the crap out of monsters? Cool. Kicking the crap out of monsters with "Go Go Power Rangers" playing? Awesome. Kicking the crap out of monsters with "Go Go Power Rangers" playing in the background for the first time in 15 years?! Crowning Music of Awesome.
And now the series is streaming on Netflix! Just in time for Summer break! Thank you, Saban!
As of January 2014, the entire series is available to purchase a la carte for downloading or streaming. If you don't feel like making a commitment to Netflix or buying whole seasons, you can choose and buy specific episodes. Look on Amazon.com or iTunes.