I think the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers are a waste of TV time. When I watch kids go nuts over it, I think "What do they see in this?"
Then a few years ago, I had an epiphany. I saw an episode of a childhood favorite, Speed Racer. I used to get up at 5am in the mid 70’s to watch Speed, and it was AWESOME. But when I saw it as an adult, I thought to myself "This must be a cheap knock-off, Speed was much cooler than this. Wasn’t it?" It wasn’t really. My childhood imagination was able to fill in all the cracks in the credibility.
I started thinking back to other shows that were similarly schlock-laden (is that german?). I loved Batman and Robin. What a mess that was. But boy did I love it. Jonny Quest was also a hero for a while. Out of the realm of cartoons, there’s A-Team, and Knight Rider. I’m afraid to watch Airwolf again, I don’t want to sully the great memories I have.
Thoughts like these made give shows like MMPR a little slack. These kids are going to remember these shows as perfect, and wonderful. And then they’ll get them on holo and realize what a mess they are.
UPDATE: On the other hand, we bought Season 1 of The Dukes Of Hazzard, and fully enjoyed it despite the obvious schlock.