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Nickelodeon USA to Premiere 'Power Rangers' 25th Anniversary Special on Tuesday, August 28 | First Look [Updated]

Power Rangers 25th Anniversary: First Look at the Rangers Returning for Super Ninja Steel Reunion Episode

Saban's Power Rangers franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and longtime fans already know what that means: An morphinominal team-up episode bringing together Rangers past and present, as the Super Ninja Steel Rangers join forces with their legendary predecessors to save the world!

IGN has revealed three of the returning Rangers - and the premiere date for the anniversary episode - to give you time to prepare yourself for the wave of nostalgia that's about to hit you.

As some fans have speculated, Nickelodeon USA will air the anniversary team-up at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, August 28, the date that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first premiered on the Fox Kids Network.

Update (8/7): The Power Rangers 25th anniversary reunion special will be titled "Dimensions in Danger"! Below is the official synopsis for the episode:

In a very special 25th Anniversary episode, the Super Ninja Steel Rangers team up with Legendary Rangers in an epic battle to save the world.

Three of the Rangers that fans can look forward to seeing during the episode are Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank), who served as the original Green and White Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, the Red Zeo and Turbo Ranger, and the Black Dino Ranger; Kat Hillard (Catherine Sutherland), the second Pink Mighty Morphin Ranger and the Pink Zeo and Turbo Ranger; and Wes Collins (Jason Faunt), the Red Time Force Ranger. More iconic legacy Rangers from past seasons will be announced in the coming weeks.

It is interesting to note exactly what Power Ranger forms Frank and Sutherland are morphing into for the special. Frank, who has reprised his Green Ranger several times (most recently in the 2014 special for Power Rangers Super Megaforce), will once again become the Green Ranger instead of his White Ranger, his Red Zeo Ranger (from Power Rangers Zeo), his Red Turbo Ranger, or his Black DinoThunder Ranger (from Power Rangers DinoThunder).

Sutherland’s Kat is also interesting, given that Kat has been three different Pink Rangers: Mighty Morphin, Zeo, and Turbo. However, the only powers that survived their respective season finales was Zeo; both Mighty Morphin and Turbo were destroyed through various means. How Kat will transform into the Pink Turbo Ranger currently remains a mystery.

The photo also shows Tommy holding his traditional Morpher and Kat holding her Turbo Morpher. Collins will also have his Chrono Morpher.

Check out an super first look at Tommy, Kat and Wes preparing to morph below.

Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel returns for its midseason premiere on Saturday, August 25 at noon on Nickelodeon USA.

Update (8/19) - 10 Rangers will return for Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel‘s 25th Anniversary episode.

All 10 Rangers have now been revealed!

Check out the complete list of returning Rangers below, as they team up with the cast the Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel to fight a powerful foe.

- Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver, Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)
- Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos, Mighty Morphin Red Ranger)
- Catherine Sutherland (Katherine Hillard, Turbo Pink Ranger)
- Selwyn Ward (TJ Johnson, In Space Blue Ranger)
- Jason Faunt (Wes Collins, Time Force Red Ranger)
- Jeff Parazzo (Trent Mercer, Dino Thunder White Ranger)
- Li Ming Hu (Gemma, RPM Silver Ranger)
- Steven Skyler (Antonio Garcia, Samurai Gold Ranger)
- Ciara Hanna (Gia Moran, Megaforce Yellow Ranger)
- Yoshi Sudarso (Koda, Dino Charge Blue Ranger)

And if you can't get enough of classic Power Ranger team-ups, check out the ongoing Shattered Grid storyline currently unfolding across BOOM! Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Go Go Power Rangers comics, which includes the teams from MMPR, Zeo, In Space, RPM, SPD, and Ninja Steel.

Update (8/1): The 25th Anniversary episode of Power Rangers has a lot to live up to, but the cast wants you to know that it will be much better than the previous special, "Legendary Battle".

"Legendary Battle" was the 20th Anniversary celebration episode, which took place during Super Megaforce, and despite having a massive amount of Rangers in it, some fans found it underwhelming. had the chance to chat with Jason David Frank, Catherine Sutherland, and Jason Faunt, who will be reprising their roles in the upcoming 25th Anniversary episode. From their comments, it looks like the episode is shaping up to be pretty great.

"Power Rangers is up to the standards of where it needed to be," Frank said. "When I first heard about it (the episode), I was thinking, 'Man, I hope it's gonna be better than Super Megaforce.' Because I was so excited about that reunion episode and we had some glitches in there. They worked with me on coloring the helmet back to the original way it was supposed to be. When we shot Megaforce, it had the gray stripe in the helmet and gray Morpher, and I was like, "Ah, guys, I think, we need to make it the legit way." Because when Disney got it, somehow it put a stripe in the helmet, and the Morpher was silver, so they actually fixed that in post."

Frank holds this episode in some pretty high company, referencing an all-time classic.

"The episode by far is probably one of my favorite episodes, probably out of the whole franchise, I would imagine," Frank said. "Evil Green was really great, but I think coming back and reuniting with everyone has gotta be a good feeling for me and fans; here we are 25 years later and we're stronger than we were before. Like that song, Stronger than Before. ... I just realized that."

While he wouldn't provide exact details, Faunt did tease some big things from the episode when we asked if it would be bigger than the 20th Anniversary episode. "Yes, It's very safe to say," Faunt said.

"It was great," Faunt said. "This Power Rangers family is definitely a fraternity. And once they selected the people that were coming back, I'm very close with a lot of them. And it's just such a great time. And we were filming out in New Zealand for like two and a half weeks. Filming, hanging out, playing pranks, having a good time, hiking and just doing a lot of fun stuff. So it's just amazing. We're all so close that it's just kind of like going back to a high school reunion with a lot of close friends that you really enjoyed being around. So we had a blast. We had a blast out there."

For Sutherland, it was just great to meet the new cast, who look at them as legendary Rangers.

"It's really cute when we meet the newer ones because obviously they could be my children," Sutherland said. "They're so young. Immediately when we meet each other, it's just an immediate rapport we have. You're invited into the family and it's really a special thing. We are like one big family. It's wonderful. They were so excited to meet us and we were so excited to meet them and it was really fun. Really, just exciting. Exciting for them to have these legendary rangers in their eyes they're legendary. And we're excited to be meeting these new stars and seeing their careers unfold, so it was fun."

The 25th Anniversary special airs in primetime on Nickelodeon USA August 28th at 8 pm. ET/PT!

Update (8/11): Thanks to That Hashtag Show we know some of the bigger linchpins of the upcoming episode, and if you've read Shattered Grid you're very much going to recognize some of the themes:

"The anniversary episode, “Dimensions in Danger”, will focus primarily on two returning cast members – Jason Faunt (Wes, Time Force Red Ranger), and Jason David Frank (Tommy, Mighty Morphin Green and White Rangers, Zeo Red Ranger, Turbo Red Ranger, and Dino Thunder Black Ranger). A new villain – Lord Drayvon – makes his debut. While exact specifics were not given to us, his ultimate goal is to destroy the multiverse. That’s right Power Rangers fans – it is now “show canon” that there are multiple universes in Power Rangers (as opposed to just two … the regular and RPM universes). To achieve his goal he has started kidnapping Power Rangers throughout the multiverse. Wes, the Time Force Red Ranger, detects the disturbances and heads through time and space to recruit other Power Rangers to defeat Lord Drayvon.

These kidnapped Power Rangers are used to create evil copies that Lord Drayvon controls. “BUT WHAT ABOUT TOMMY!?” you cry. Never fear – evil Tommy returns! “OMG – LORD DRAKKON!?” Not quite. The evil Tommy you will see in the episode is actually an evil robot clone. But don’t worry – the Tommy you know and love will show up packing some old familiar toys … and maybe a new one. Will he be the one to save the day?

Now before you scream “THIS IS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED” we would also share with you from our sources that aside from Wes and Tommy there isn’t a ton of screen time or dialogue for other returning Power Rangers. We’re not saying this is a repeat of the over-hyped Legendary Battle from Power Rangers Super Megaforce. But we are advising caution as this is a standard run-time single episode featuring 16 total Power Rangers as well as their allies and a brand new villain (and possibly Sledge as well). Its just a lot of people to fit in to a single episode. Word has also reached us that it’s possible Netflix will be receiving an extended cut of “Dimensions in Danger” (release TBD) much like “Legendary Battle” had (though unlike “Legendary Battle” we have not heard of an extended cut airing later on Nick Toons).

The Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special will air on Tuesday, August 28th at 8 P.M. EST on Nickelodeon. Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel returns on Saturday, August 25th, at 12 P.M. EST also on Nickelodeon."

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Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Episode Behind The Scenes Footage & Commentary Revealed

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We now know three of the Rangers featured in the upcoming 25th Anniversary episode, and had the chance to speak with them about the big event.

Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver), Catherine Sutherland (Katherine Hillard), and Jason Faunt (Wes Collins) will be three of the classic Rangers making an appearance during the episode, and we've got an exclusive behind the scenes look at the anticipated episode in the video above. You can see Wes, Kat, and Tommy filming some of their sequences for the episode, and the crew couldn't be more thrilled about working together.

"Working side-by-side with Faunt was really cool because we worked together in Forever Red, but we haven't worked together since, although we do a lot of comic cons together," Frank said. "To bring him in was like, "Oh, wow, Wes, that's crazy, that's cool. That's something new." Then, of course, Catherine was the pink. She was a different pink. Again, go to the picture and it will tell you what she has, I just don't want to say anything."

"There are a lot of other team members, part of the franchise, I think people are going to be excited about," Frank said. "I think it is reaching different age groups. Power Rangers has been around for 25 years, so it's just going to make people wonder, 'Who's involved?'"

Sutherland couldn't be more honored to be a part of the big event, and her character Kat has a well-known history with Tommy, as both appeared not only in Mighty Morphin together but also Zeo and Turbo.

"Yeah, it's a huge honor," Sutherland said. "There's so many of us now that I was very honored to be one of the very few they selected and super excited 'cause fans have been wanting this for so long and I know there was some disappointment with the last one so I was very excited to be a part of it and especially in the twenty-fifth year. It was so fun. It was like hanging out with my family again. And just fun because obviously I worked with Jason but I hadn't worked with the others so it was really fun to be able to work with them."

Faunt's season was Time Force, but no matter what season one appears on you become a member of the Power Rangers family for life.

"It was great," Faunt said. "This Power Rangers family is definitely a fraternity. And once they selected the people that were coming back, I'm very close with a lot of them. It's just such a great time and we were filming out in New Zealand for like two and a half weeks. Filming, hanging out, playing pranks, having a good time, hiking and just doing a lot of fun stuff. So it's just amazing. We're all so close that it's just kind of like going back to a high school reunion with a lot of close friends that you really enjoyed being around. So we had a blast. We had a blast out there."

You can see more of the behind the scenes footage in the video [HERE].

"In “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel,” the heroic teens find themselves face-to-face with an old enemy when they discover Madame Odius is still alive and more determined than ever to steal the Ninja Nexus Prism and revive its powers for her nefarious purposes. Now it’s up to the Rangers, and some unexpected help from new friends, to use the power of teamwork to protect the Prism, defeat Odius and save the world!"


The special anniversary episode will follow previous Power Rangers anniversary episodes including "Forever Red", "Once A Ranger", and "Legendary Battle".

Power Rangers Ninja Steel is BACK on August 25th!

It's a blast from the past on Power Rangers! Suit up for new episodes of Super Ninja Steel, starting August 25th! 💥

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Originally published: Monday, July 30, 2018.

H/T: Inverse; Additional sources: ComicBook (II), Den of Geek, Twitter /@TheAGames10 (via ToonZone), Power Rangers NOW.
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