After ten years Power Rangers has found a new home. Since 2011 the long-running franchise has been on Nickelodeon but, according to Deadline, starting in spring 2022 the second season of Power Rangers Dino Fury will premiere exclusively in the U.S. on Netflix. This is a major shift that could have long reaching impacts for not just the show but also the franchise as a whole. Let’s explore some of what this could mean moving forward.
More Serialized Stories
While it’s likely that Dino Fury’s second season will continue with its mix of light serialization and stand alone stories, if Power Rangers continues to be made for Netflix this could change how the show itself is written. For the past ten years Power Rangers has had to stick to a mostly episodic structure to make it easier for Nickelodeon and broadcasters around the world to air the episodes in whatever order they wanted whenever they wanted. This meant there couldn’t be huge cliffhangers mid season (when the show would often go on upwards of five month hiatus’) nor could there be long story arcs.
With the move to Netflix, the show could have more freedom to tell longer and more complicated stories, knowing that the audience will be able to binge a group of episodes at a time. The only thing that might prevent this from happening is that, as far as we know, the series is still set to air on broadcast TV in other countries, which may keep some of the episodic demands in place. Even still, if Netflix is the primary home we hope that this will free Power Rangers up to tell bigger and longer stories.
A Return to Longer Seasons
Trying to talk about Power Rangers “seasons” has been tricky ever since Nickelodeon began airing the franchise. Instead of one season being aired over one year, the traditional 40ish episodes for a season were broken up into two seasons of 20ish episodes a year. Thus, for example, you’d get 20 episodes of Power Rangers Samurai one year and then 20 episodes of Power Rangers Super Samurai the next year. While technically two seasons they still formed a whole season of stories.
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