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Power Rangers Samurai
PR Samurai logo.png
The logo for Power Rangers Samurai season 1
Genre Action
Adventure
Fantasy
Created by Haim Saban
Toei Company
Based on Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
by Toei Company
Directed by Peter Salmon
Luke Robinson
Jonathan Brough
Akihiro Noguchi
Jonathan Tzachor
Nobuhiro Suzumura
Starring Alex Heartman
Erika Fong
Hector David Jr.
Najee De-Tiege
Brittany Anne Pirtle
Steven Skyler
Kimberly Crossman
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 (List of Samurai episodes, List of Super Samurai episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jonathan Tzachor
Producer(s) Sally Campbell
Production location(s) New Zealand and Japan
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) SCG Power Rangers
Power Rangers Productions Ltd.
Toei Company, Ltd.
Distributor Saban Brands (previously)
MarVista Entertainment
SCG Distribution/Hasbro Studios (current)
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07) – 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.[1] With Saban Brands buying back the franchise, the show was 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.[2] 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 (Boukenger being the 1st Super Sentai series to be in HD in Japan, which leaves Operation Overdrive, Jungle Fury, & R.P.M. almost to be 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,[4] and is called Power Rangers Super Samurai,[5][6] Super Samurai is considered the nineteenth season.

By 2012, the show had an average of 2 million viewers on Nickelodeon.[7] The highest rated episode was the May 15, 2011 broadcast of "The Blue and the Gold", with 3.7 million viewers.[8]

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.[3][9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Paul Schrier has a recurring role in the season, reprising his role as Bulk originating from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[12] Jason Narvy subsequently reprised his role as Skull in the final episode.

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.

Cast

Samurai Power Rangers

  • Alex Heartman as Jayden Shiba/Red Samurai Ranger I and Red Super Samurai Ranger I.
  • Erika Fong as Mia Watanabe/Pink Samurai Ranger and Pink Super Samurai Ranger.
  • Hector David Jr. as Mike/Green Samurai Ranger and Green Super Samurai Ranger.
  • Najee De-Tiege as Kevin/Blue Samurai Ranger and Blue Super Samurai Ranger.
  • Brittany Anne Pirtle as Emily/Yellow Samurai Ranger and Yellow Super Samurai Ranger.
  • Steven Skyler as Antonio Garcia/Gold Samurai Ranger and Gold Super Samurai Ranger.
  • Kimberley Crossman as Lauren Shiba/Red Samurai Ranger II and Red Super Samurai Ranger II.

Allies

Villains

Comic book

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

The Samurai Rangers will also play a role in the 2018 comic Book Event "Shattered Grid", celebrating 25 years of the Power Rangers franchise.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Alex Heartman Nominated

Home media

The complete season of Super Samurai was released on Blu-ray by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on December 4, 2012.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Power Rangers | Seasons | Samurai". Power Rangers Official Website. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ ""Power Rangers Samurai" premiering in February 2011". Retrieved December 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Loveday, Samantha (September 23, 2010). "Saban reveals new Samurai theme for Power Rangers". Licensing.biz. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Power Rangers Super Samurai Promo". Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  5. ^ The Licensing Book, October 2011
  6. ^ "Saban Brands Super-Charges the #1 Kids Action Show". The Business Journals. January 30, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Harris, Jim (2011-12-19). "Saban". Retail-merchandiser.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (July 26, 2010). "MarVista to sell 'Rangers' TV library". Variety. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ Power Rangers Facebook
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "Original Powers Rangers Cast Member Returns - TV News at IGN". 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  13. ^ Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Complete Season Blu-ray, retrieved October 10, 2016 

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