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Power/Rangers is a 2015 Short Bootleg Universe Fan Film, written by Joseph Kahn and Dutch Southern, and directed by Kahn. It was produced by Adi Shankar and Jil Hardin, and released on YouTube and Vimeo on February 23, 2015.
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We all know Power Rangers, right? That kids' show where goody two-shoes teens fought the Monster of the Week every Saturday morning and was always on the idealistic side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism? Well, this isn't that kind of fan film. This fan film chooses instead to be a Satire of Hollywood blockbusters that adapt kid-friendly franchises, but make things Darker and Edgier to attract an older audience, taking it to a logical extreme by presenting a vision of what an R-rated version of Power Rangers might look like.

In this Alternate Continuity, the timeline diverged from the events of Power Rangers Zeo when the Machine Empire actually defeated the Power Rangers. With nothing left to stand in their way, the governments of the Earth agreed to permanently disband the team as part of a peace treaty, as the surviving members are left to adjust to a life under their occupation. Years later, many of the former Power Rangers have been killed under mysterious circumstances, and Rocky DeSantos, now working for the Machine Empire, has to interrogate Kimberly Ann Hart in order to find the whereabouts of Tommy Oliver.

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The film stars James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, and Will Yun Lee.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Sexuality: Billy comes out as gay in this universe, almost certainly a reference to the harassment faced by his equally-gay actor David Yost on the set of the original series.
  • Adaptational Villainy: A lot.
    • The most upfront case comes with Rocky DeSantos, who betrays the Rangers in favor of the Machine Empire, seeing the team as nothing more than Child Soldiers.
    • Zack goes from an upbeat guy with a fighting style called "Hip-Hop Kido" to a sadistic Blood Knight who turned to the Machine Empire to satisfy his bloodlust.
    • In the original series, Bulk and Skull were comic relief bullies that received a copious amount of Character Development and eventually became heroes. In this film they kill Jason and join up with the Machine Empire because they had better Meth.
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  • Art Evolution: As the movie is made over two decades after the source material and a dedicated team looking to avoid the No Budget look of the show, with some sharp cinematography and special effects. The Red Ranger’s original actor even compared it to Star Trek.
  • Artificial Limbs: Rocky is now sporting a robotic leg.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The start of this story is that the Machine Empire won, and many of the Power Rangers are dead. It gets even worse by the end, as Rita has successfully killed off all of the survivors except Tommy.
  • Child Soldiers: The bread and butter of any Power Rangers Dark Fic, Rocky points out that Zordon made them Rangers because of the fact that five teenagers were easy to manipulate.
  • Cliffhanger: Rita is alive! And she wants Tommy back.
  • Dark Fic: The film is a large-scale Deconstructor Fleet of Power Rangers, with themes of drugs, murder, and Child Soldiers just to name a few.
  • Dead All Along: The ending reveals Kimberly died before the start of the film. The person being interrogated by Rocky is really Rita in disguise.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Bulk and Skull kill Jason to get meth from the Machine Empire.
    • Billy commits suicide for unknown reasons.
    • In a Flashback, the Rangers attend Trini's funeral.
    • Kimberly died in Tommy’s arms, the Kimberly seen in the film is Rita in disguise.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Among other things, a flashback shows that Zack is sleeping with Divatox and Scorpina.
  • How We Got Here: The film is mostly told in flashback, as Rocky interrogates Kimberly about their history together and Tommy's whereabouts.
  • Indecisive Parody: The film is not sure if it is a satire of Power Rangers with a Darker and Edgier approach, or a parody of Darker and Edgier Hollywood remakes while using Power Rangers imagery and terminology. The Framing Device with fragmented Flashbacks and slick cinematography means it never quite settles on one angle (which may have been part of the joke).
  • Last of His Kind: By the end of the film, Tommy is the only surviving Power Ranger.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Rocky was the first to join the Machine Empire for the purpose of self-preservation and is actively hunting down Tommy. Zack also willingly joined them to fight against their enemies.
  • Race Lift:
    • Rocky was Latino in the original show, but played by the very white James Van Der Beek (Steve Cardenas was Mexican-American).
    • Rita was played by a Japanese woman in the original series, and the Latina Carla Perez fills the role here.
  • Ruder and Cruder: This movie uses language the actual franchise wouldn’t go near with "fuck"s and "shit"s being common and bordering on Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Satire: It's intended to be one of Darker and Edgier film adaptations of franchises primarily aimed at children such as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy and Michael Bay's Transformers. However, the demographics of those movies have enjoyed it unironically.
  • Villain World: The Machine Empire won and the Power Rangers are disbanded. Everything gets a whole lot worse and the short is under no illusion that the surviving Power Rangers will be able to fix things.

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