Power Rangers Samurai

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Power Rangers Samurai
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Top: The logo for Power Rangers Samurai season 1
Bottom: The logo for season 2, Super Samurai
Format Action/Adventure
Fantasy
Created by Haim Saban
Toei Company
Written by Yasuko Kobayashi (original Shinkenger scripts)
Directed by Peter Salmon
Akihiro Noguchi
Jonathan Tzachor
Starring Alex Heartman[1]
Erika Fong
Hector David Jr.
Najee De-Tiege
Brittany Anne Pirtle
Steven Skyler
Rene Naufahu
Felix Ryan
Paul Schrier
Rick Medina
Opening theme "Go Go Power Rangers"
Composer(s) Ron Wasserman
arranged by Noam Kaniel
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 45[2][3] (List of Samurai episodes, List of Super Samurai episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Tzachor[4]
Producer(s) Sally Campbell
Location(s) New Zealand
Cinematography Ilan Rosenberg
Production company(s) SCG Power Rangers
Power Rangers Productions Ltd[5]
Distributor Saban Brands
MarVista Entertainment (Internationally)
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Picture format 1080i HDTV[6]
480p EDTV (downconverted widescreen)
Original run February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07)[6][7][5] – December 15, 2012 (2012-12-15)
Chronology
Preceded by Power Rangers RPM
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Re-version)
Followed by Power Rangers Megaforce

Power Rangers Samurai is the eighteenth season of the American children's television series Power Rangers.[8] With Saban Brands buying back the franchise, the show is produced by SCG Power Rangers and began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on February 7, 2011, making it the first to use the Saban name since the first half of Power Rangers: Wild Force.[1] As with all Power Rangers programs, Power Rangers Samurai is based on one of the entries of the Super Sentai Series; in the case of Samurai, the source series is Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. Saban Brands have said the show will have a "brighter tone and gets an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn't present in seasons 16 and 17."[3]

Power Rangers Samurai is the first Power Rangers season to be shot and broadcast in HD and to be airing on Nickelodeon. Samurai is split into two 20-episode seasons; the second set of 20 episodes began on February 18, 2012.[9] and is called Power Rangers Super Samurai,[10][11] Super Samurai is considered the nineteenth season.

By 2012, the show had an average of 2 million viewers on Nickelodeon.[12] The highest rated episode was the May 15, 2011 broadcast of "The Blue and the Gold", with 3.7 million viewers.[13]

Plot

The Samurai Power Rangers–Red Ranger Jayden, the stoic leader; Blue Ranger Kevin, the devoted second-in-command; Pink Ranger Mia, the big sister; Green Ranger Mike, the creative rebel; Yellow Ranger Emily, the youngest and most innocent; and Gold Ranger Antonio, the expressive fisherman/tech wiz– fight the evil Master Xandred and his army of Nighloks, who want to flood the planet with the waters of the Sanzu River to bring about the end of civilization.

Promotion

Saban announced they would be enacting an "aggressive" multimedia focus, with planned apps, games, streaming content, and social media content in addition to live shows and a feature film.[2][3] The run-up to the new series was promoted by 145 Days of Power Rangers, a daily airing of every Mighty Morphin episode in order. An official Power Rangers Facebook page was also created.[14]

On November 24, 2010, the Power Rangers website placed a trailer for the show online, hosted on Yahoo! Kids. The new Samurai Rangers also appeared at the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[15]

Paul Schrier has a recurring role in the season, reprising his role as Bulk originating from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[16]

For the second batch of episodes airing in 2012, Saban began promoting the season with the title of "Super Samurai" to reflect the upgrades to the Rangers powers (glimpsed already in "Clash of the Red Rangers The Movie"). Actor Hector David, Jr., released an official teaser poster for "Super Samurai" on his Facebook profile.

Amit Bhaumik proposal

Saban had originally asked Amit Bhuamik, script editor for Power Rangers Wild Force, to work out a treatment for a Shinkenger update; this went unused as Jonathan Tzachor had other plans. The Bhaumik treatment would have had an international team of Rangers (US, UK, Austria, Nigeria, Mexico) with samurai backgrounds uniting to defend Stone Canyon against the Ashura Clan monsters; Master Xandred would have been defeated years ago (and return for the final) and Octomancer (Octoroo) was in charge, with the Red Ranger's friend Keiki Awakawa (the Deker equivalent) being the heir to the Ashura throne and happily taking the role. Bulk's return was in this treatment but as a comic relief ally of the Rangers, while his "eager idiot" son Eugene would become the Gold Ranger. The female Red Ranger would become permanent leader in the last ten episodes, while the male Red would learn he was descended from the Ashura clan and use this to end the feud. [17]

Cast

Comic book

Papercutz produced two issues of a comic book based on Power Rangers Super Samurai.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ a b ""Power Rangers Samurai" premiering in February 2011". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (July 26, 2010). "MarVista to sell 'Rangers' TV library". Variety. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Loveday, Samantha (September 23, 2010). "Saban reveals new Samurai theme for Power Rangers". Licensing.biz. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "SABAN BRINGS "POWER RANGERS" FRANCHISE TO NICKELODEON". Saban Brands. May 13, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Nickelodeon Presents Next Generation of Iconic Power Rangers Franchise, Power Rangers Samurai, Premiering Monday, Feb. 7, at 8 p.m.". PR Newswire. January 12, 2011. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b TV Guide, January 10–16, 2011.
  7. ^ "Power Rangers Samurai". Nick.com. Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Power Rangers | Seasons | Samurai". Power Rangers Official Website. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Power Rangers Super Samurai Promo". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  10. ^ The Licensing Book, October 2011
  11. ^ "Saban Brands Super-Charges the #1 Kids Action Show". The Business Journals. January 30, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ Harris, Jim (2011-12-19). "Saban". Retail-merchandiser.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  13. ^ "Cable Top 25: Lebron/D-Wade, ‘Pawn Stars,’ Durant/Westbrook, D-Rose, ‘WWE RAW’ Top Weekly Cable Viewing - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  14. ^ Power Rangers Facebook
  15. ^ "The 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is Set to Feature New... -- NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --". 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  16. ^ "Original Powers Rangers Cast Member Returns - TV News at IGN". 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  17. ^ Amit Bhaumik: Original Power Rangers Samurai Proposal (Aug 31 2012)

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