The final chapter in Saban’s original Power Rangers franchise is also one of the franchise’s best installments. And thanks to the partnership between Saban and Shout! Factory, the first half of that final chapter is finally available on DVD in the form of Power Rangers in Space: Volume One. Power Rangers in Space: Volume One is one of the best of Saban’s original Power Rangers franchise first and foremost because of its writing. All of the elements that made the Power Rangers franchise so beloved early on in its run are still present. Making things better is the expansion of the Rangers’ world so to speak. For the first time ever, the Rangers’ adventures aren’t limited to just Angel Grove and Earth. There’s even a crossover with Saban’s short-lived live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series in this volume to sweeten the deal. The episodes’ presentation is just as important to the overall success of this box set as the writing of each episode. That is also worth noting concerning this box set. And last but not least is the set’s packaging. As with Shout! Factory’s previous Power Rangers box sets, this set has also been packaged in a manner that saves space on audiences’ racks. All things considered, Power Rangers in Space: Volume One proves in the end to be one more welcome addition to any Power Rangers fan.
Power Rangers In Space: Volume One is a welcome addition to any Power Rangers fan’s collection especially if said fan doesn’t already own Shout! Factory’s previously released twenty-one disc megaset containing the full original seven-season Power Rangers run. The primary reason for this is the writing incorporated into this half of Season Six. All of the elements that made the franchise’s first five seasons so enjoyable are still present in these episodes including both the life lessons incorporated into each episode and the comic relief on the part of Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy (Bulk and Skull). In “A Ranger Among Thieves,” Andros (and viewers) learn an important lesson about right and wrong and the consequences connected to doing wrong. The season’s two-part premiere incorporates the familiar lesson of teamwork into the story. These are just a couple of the lessons included in this season. There are plenty more included across the episodes spread throughout all three of the discs that make up Power Rangers in Space: Volume One. And those lessons are not all that the show’s long-time fans will appreciate in this latest installment. Just as welcome, is the inclusion once again of the comic relief from Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy as Bulk and Skull. Having left behind their short-lived careers as junior police officers and then aids to Detective Bullock at his own private eye office, Bulk and Skull are now assisting a crazy professor in his search for alien life. The duo’s Laurel & Hardy style comic routines are just as funny as ever this season, and help to lighten the mood anytime that the pair is on screen. The comic relief provided by Narvy and Schrier does just as much as the lessons taught throughout each episode, leading the two factors collectively to show solidly just why the writing in this half of Season Six continues to be just as impressive as in past seasons of the Power Rangers franchise.
The writing that went into each of the episodes presented in Power Rangers in Space: Volume One is highly important to the success of this latest Power Rangers release. Just as worth noting is that the episodes presented here are presented exactly as they were in their original broadcast on FOX’s weekday afternoon FOX Kids programming block. Unlike so many other series that see changes and edits here and there, none of the seasons of Power Rangers released so far by Shout! Factory have seen those edits. It’s one more reason that Shout! Factory has continued to remain at the forefront of home releases for so long. Audiences will see for themselves when they purchase this three-disc box set for themselves.
The writing and general presentation of the episodes contained in Power Rangers in Space: Volume One are both of high importance to the set’s success and enjoyment. The last factor to examine in the success and enjoyment of this set is its packaging. Just as Shout! Factory has made a tradition of presenting the Power Rangers’ episodes in their entirety, so has Shout! Factory also made a tradition of proper and respectful packaging. While there are only three discs in this set, each one is placed on its own spindle inside the standard single-disc DVD case. Two of the discs are placed on either side of a single insert while the third rests on its own spindle on the back of the case. As with every previous Power Rangers release, this protects the discs from one another, thus preserving them and allowing for enjoyment for quite some time. It is the final piece of the whole that makes Power Rangers in Space: Volume One a welcome addition overall for any true fan of this landmark franchise.
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