It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means: Tokusatsu Tuesday, Volume 2 Issue 12.
R.I.P. Super Sentai
One of the most pivotal moments in the 17 year history of the Power Rangers came at the close of the In Space Rangers’ arc. The death and sacrifice of Zordon is, by far, the most mature treatment of death and the ultimate dangers of superheroing so far presented by the franchise. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, Zordon’s death has been the only instance of “perma-death” among major characters. This isn’t counting the many monsters and grunts or any characters that were technically already dead or were dead because the story needed them to be (the Masters of Jungle Fury for example). Death is unusual in Power Rangers, but this isn’t the case in the original Super Sentai series. People die. Regularly. And not just innocent civilians, rangers die:
Many of these are quite sad, and with a few exceptions, they are all permanent. Epic indeed.