TELEVISION: Power Rangers Megaforce Premieres in 2013

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For fans of color-coded superheroics, Major Spoilers has glad tidings of kung-fu joy!

Saban Brands has announced that their latest offering, Power Rangers Megaforce, will hit the airwaves in 2013, and will serve as a 20th Anniversary season for the Power Rangers franchise.  Megaforce will be adapted from Tensou Sentai Goseiger, the thirty-fourth entry in the long-running Super Sentai television series, which featured the story of five apprentice angels fighting an ancient starfaring empire to save the Earth and return to their extra-dimensional home.

LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2012) – (Virtual Press Office) – Saban Brands will launch the newest version of Power Rangers, the number-one kids action series on television, with Power Rangers Megaforce . The all new series, which premieres in 2013, will deliver mega action, humor, excitement, and entertainment, in addition to the core themes of friendship, teamwork, fitness, and helping others. Power Rangers Megaforce will air as Saban Brands celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise.

“Power Rangers continues to delight fans of all ages, even nearly 20 years after it was first introduced to kids across the world,” said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. “We are excited to continue the success we’ve experienced with our partnership with Nickelodeon and introduce fans everywhere to a MEGA- installment in 2013.”

Power Rangers Megaforce introduces a plot line that is sure to captivate audiences with exciting new characters, villains, and high-octane action. The new series features Gosei, a supernatural guardian who for centuries, has protected the earth with his robotic aide, Tensou. But when the evil Warstar aliens begin their massive invasion, Gosei calls upon five teenagers with attitude to form the ultimate team…the Power Rangers Megaforce!

When the teens morph into Power Rangers, they gain superhuman strength, agility, and mastery over martial arts. In addition to defending earth against the Warstar aliens, other monstrous factions emerge to challenge the Megaforce Rangers. Under the leadership of a malevolent alien, toxic beasts rise from their slimy underground lair to attack the Earth and a ruthless robot army launches an offensive from their deep sea compound. In order to face these new threats, the Power Rangers Megaforce unlock powerful battle modes to fight their adversaries. Go Go Power Rangers! – fans can look forward to all new MEGA adventures in 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.powerrangers.com.

While I’m uncertain how faithful the plot adaptation will be to the Goseiger source material (the whole ‘fallen angel’ motif having the potential for controversy) Saban’s plans for Megaforce reportedly include the return of previous Power Rangers for the 20th anniversary season.  As a fan of both the Japanese and American incarnations of the show, my only sadness stems from the disappointment that we won’t get to see an American anniversary adaptation of the awesome Pirate Sentai Gokaiger season that followed Goseiger in Japan.

Power Rangers Megaforce is scheduled to premiere on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons in early 2013.

via Media Connection