Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: Power Rangers Samurai/Power Rangers Super Samuari

Centuries ago in Japan, Nighlok monsters invaded our world, but samurai warriors defeated them with power symbols, passed down from parent to child. Today the evil Nighlok have risen once again and plan to flood the earth. Luckily, a new generation of heroes stand in their way. They are the Power Rangers Samurai.

Power Rangers Samurai was the eighteenth season of the Power Rangers franchise. It was based on the Super Sentai series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. It debuted in February 2011 and ran for two seasons (45 episodes).

A new generation of Power Rangers must master the mystical and ancient “Samurai Symbols of Power,” which give them control over the elements of: Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, Earth and Light. Under the guidance of their all-knowing mentor and the aid of their devoted animal Zords, they battle the dark forces of the Netherworld and a mysterious warrior who is bent on destruction.

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

Actor Ricardo Medina Jr. who portrays the evil Deker in the series was actually the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force.

In the opening episode the Nighloks are revived and begin to attack the mortal realm, Jayden of the Shiba Clan takes arms to fight them as the Red Ranger. After defeating a company of Moogers, Jayden is informed by his mentor, Ji, that he must assemble his team of Samurai Rangers instead of fighting on his own.

Meanwhile, on the Sanzu River, the incredibly powerful Master Xandred finally awakens, and upon learning that the Samurai Rangers still exist, becomes enraged and sends the Nighlok Tooya to attack the humans with an army of Moogers. Ji summons four other warriors: Olympic swimmer Kevin, kindergarten teacher Mia, carefree gamer Mike, and pure-hearted country-girl Emily.

Upon meeting the four, Jayden gives each one a chance to back out of his crusade, and when all four decline, he gives each one a Samuraizer phone. Jayden, Emily, Kevin, Mia and Mike then take on Tooya and his numerous Moogers. Red Ranger defeats Tooya, but in spite of that, he tells his teammates to remain on their guard. Sure enough, the Nighlok is reborn as his secondary form, a titanic mega monster, so the Samurai Rangers enlarge their Foldingzords to confront and destroy him.

After the battle, Ji welcomes Emily, Kevin, Mia and Mike into the Shiba House and all five warriors become full-fledged Power Rangers.

As the season develops a Gold Ranger soon joins the fold:

In the second season the show becomes Power Pangers Super Samuari reflecting their upgrade in powers, weapons and zords.

In the Super Samurai episode (Season 2 Ep. 16) Fight Fire With Fire, Mia watches as Jayden trains alone. She notices a monk delivering a message with the Shiba Crest. Mentor Ji gives the message to Jayden, who carefully reads the document. Jayden is worried that his friends will finally learn his secret. Meanwhile on Master Xandred’s Ship, Octoroo is glad to see Dayu returning as he tells her Xandred is still recovering in the Sanzu River. Octoroo summons the Nighlok Fiera to ambush the Red Ranger. He gives her an artifact that is filled with evil flames from the Sanzu River and was designed to take down the leader of the Shiba clan. When she attacks with a group of Moogers to bring the Rangers into the open, Jayden is protected by the others against his wishes.

The pain from Fiera’s attacks begin to take their toll on Jayden. With the other Rangers down, Jayden uses the Black Box to finish the fight, barely surviving as he destroys Fiera with the Super Bullzooka. Dayu wonders why the fire didn’t consume the head of the Shiba Clan while Octoroo has an idea on why it didn’t work. Fiera grows to Mega Mode and Jayden gives Kevin the Black Box. Super Samurai Blue Ranger summons the Claw Armor Megazord. Fiera is too quick for the Claw Armor Megazord.

Jayden remains injured on the ground as he sees a blurry vision of a girl walking towards him who reveals a Shiba Morpher. Fiera continues to fire against the Zords. The Lion Folding Zord attacks Fiera on its own as the others realize that Jayden is not the one piloting it. After Fiera is destroyed, the Rangers help Jayden before seeing another Red Ranger who powers down to reveal her true form. Jayden introduces the Rangers to his big sister Lauren, and she is pleased to see her younger brother.

 

 

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