Sunday, May 26, 2019

Original Red Ranger May Return for 'Power Rangers Beast Morphers' Team-Up Episode

Power Rangers Beast Morphers is off to a morphinominal start. And while the show is currently taking its annual summer hiatus, fans' wait for big news didn't end up taking too long, as a new report indicates that the original Red Ranger himself Austin St. John will be making a return to the long-running Power Rangers franchise in a new team-up episode!

That's a huge deal for several reasons, but a big one is that St. John hasn't returned as his character Jason Lee Scott since the beloved team-up episode "Forever Red", which is still regarded as one of the best episodes in the franchise's history.

The report comes from That Hashtag Show, which says a source close to production indicates that the team-up will happen and that St. John will reprise his role as Jason. The report doesn't say about who is returning to the franchise with him, but all arrows point to Brennan Mejia from Power Rangers Dino Charge being in the mix. Update - Davi Santos has also recently been spotted in New Zealand! This definitely furthers many fans speculation on Power Rangers adapting the Super Sentai Dino team reunion.

Previous photos and footage have suggested that Hasbro is working on adapting the one-shot film Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: Dinosaur Great Battle! Farewell, Eternal Friends. That's quite the title, but it's fitting since the film fits in all of the previous Dinosaur themed Sentai series - Zyuranger, Abaranger, and Kyoryuger - and Go-Busters into one place. For fans, that means Dino Charge, Dino Thunder, Go-Busters, and of course Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and it seems we're two big steps closer to having this become a real thing.

Update (5/19) - Sources close to production have confirmed with That Hashtag Show that none of the Dino Thunder Rangers will be returning in person. James Napier (Connor), Emma Lahana (Kira), Kevin Duhaney (Ethan), Jason David Frank (Tommy), and Jeffrey Parazzo (Trent) made up the Disney-era team on that season of Power Rangers. That Hashtag Show were told that there were early plans to have JDF return as Dino Thunder Black, and that the Blue Dino Thunder Ranger, Ethan, played by Duhaney, would be part of the show.

The episode is currently done shooting, and many of the American Rangers are already back in the States. This doesn’t mean the Dino Thunder Rangers will not be included in the episode, however. Just like in other team-ups prior, like Super Megaforce’s ‘Legendary Battle’, the Dino Thunder Rangers may never demorph. It is still a possibility they could lend their voices to their characters, like ‘Clash of the Red Rangers’, in which Eka Darville reprised his role of Scott, RPM Series Red. This would be more cost productive to Hasbro and there’s still time to get these deals in place.

St. John played the role of Jason throughout the first two seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but then left in season 2 over contract disputes. He then returned to the franchise in Power Rangers Zeo as the Zeo Gold Ranger and would also return for appearances in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and the Power Rangers Wild Force episode "Forever Red".

Since then though he hasn't made an appearance in the show, though many other classic Rangers returned for Super Ninja Steel's 25th anniversary special, "Dimensions In Danger". Now it seems the original Red Ranger is about to make a surprising return, and fans can't wait to see him interact with the cast of Beast Morphers.

St. John returning will continue the big tradition from past seasons of Power Rangers where the current Rangers team up with the previous seasons cast. During the Neo-Saban era, the Samurai team join forces with RPM Series Red. (Eka Darville, who played Scott on Power Rangers RPM, voiced the character). Last season’s epic team up "Dimensions In Danger" featured the Ninja Steel cast and various Rangers throughout the shows long history. Last season also brought the second return of Yoshi Sudarso. He reprised his role as Koda from Power Rangers Dino Charge.

Earlier this year these pictures surfaced which many began to speculate a team up was in the works. As you can see below, the head of Keeper from Power Rangers Dino Charge’s costume appeared on set along with the Vivix from the same season.

Fans have clamored for this team up ever since it was done in Go-Buster, and many fans have even petitioned to bring back the original leader of the Power Rangers. It looks like Hasbro is giving the fans what they want, or at least a version of it, in the second season of Power Rangers Beast Morphers. A few days ago we reported that past Dino Charge Rangers have been spotted in New Zealand.

Most fans know that the Black Dino Charge Ranger, Chase, played by James Davies is already a New Zealand native, but two of his cast members have recently posted on social media that they are there also. Brennan Mejia has recently been posting to Instagram from New Zealand, wearing his classic red vest. There’s also a rumor that Yoshi Sudarso has also been spotted out there.

In addition news, Power Rangers star Chris Cantada has joined the Avengers! Kind of.. Avengers: Endgame doesn't lack for heroes, but with all that firepower it still came down to a thin margin of victory against Thanos and his hordes. You understand then why the Avengers would still try and recruit a bit of extra power to join them in the fight, and that includes some Power Rangers. Well, one Power Ranger, but when you recruit Chris Cantada you get several Rangers in one, and the team will need all of them to go up against an Infinity Gauntlet wielding Thanos, as you can see in this awesome new fan film.

The fan film is titled The Avengers Audition and combines the world of Avengers: Endgame and Power Rangers. Iron Man, Thor, and Captain Marvel are looking for reinforcements to help take on Thanos after what he did in Avengers: Infinity War, and they end up at Cantada's door. He's game to take on Thanos and uses the powers of Zeo, Time Force, and In Space when he faces down a simulation of the Mad Titan.

He switches up the powers as Thanos adapts to each one, and ultimately defeats him in epic fashion. The Avengers then figure out if he's a worthy candidate to join the team, and while the answer is a resounding yes, the real Thanos crashes the party before anyone can even have some cake to celebrate. That's just rude Thanos, simply rude.

"Do I have what it takes to defeat Thanos? Maybe not. LOL. Check out my new fan film called THE AVENGERS AUDITION featuring Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Thor, and Thanos himself!"

You can check out the full video below, and you can find more of Cantada's films on his YouTube channel.

Update (26/5) - The first photos from the set of Power Rangers Beast Morphers' upcoming teamup have surfaced online!

In the photos from New Zealand, fans can see four Rangers from Power Rangers Dino Charge returning to fight off an army of evil footsoldiers – including Putty Patrols (from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Triptoids (from Power Rangers Dino Thunder), and Vivix (from Power Rangers Beast Morphers).

The four returning Rangers seen morphed in their Ranger suits are Brennan Mejia who played Tyler the Dino Charge Red Ranger, Yoshi Sudarso who played Koda the Dino Charge Blue Ranger, James Davies who played Chase the Dino Charge Black Ranger, and Davi Santos who played Ivan the Dino Charge Gold Ranger.

Austin St. John, who played Jason the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger, is also expected to return for the episode.

At this time, no actors from Power Rangers Dino Thunder are expected to return, as reported by That Hashtag Show.

Fans can check out all of the photos from the set of Power Rangers Beast Morphers‘ filming in New Zealand below, courtesy of Ngakupenga Grace on Facebook via

Content from Power Rangers NOW:

Power Rangers Beast Morphers stars Rorrie D. Travis (Devon/Red), Jacqueline Scislowski (Zoey/Yellow), Jasmeet Baduwalia (Ravi/Blue), Abraham Rodriguez (Nate), Liana Ramirez (Roxy), Colby Strong (Blaze), Cosme Flores (Ben), Kristina Ho (Betty), Kevin Copeland (Mayor Daniels), and James Gordon (Handyman), and you can check out the official description for Power Rangers Beast Morphers below.

"Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun."

Power Rangers Beast Morphers airs on Nickelodeon USA Saturdays at 8 A.M. (ET/PT).

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Originally published: Saturday, May 04, 2019.

H/T: ComicBook (II, III), Additional source: That Hashtag Show, Power Rangers NOW.
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