Oh god damnit. >:
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Its funny, because while the story is Grimdark, the underlying intent is less Grim and Dark For Grim and Dark's Sake, but rather an issue of disillusionment.
I'm a backstory guy (whenever I write anything, I usually invent the entire world in some form in my head.), and when I wrote this, I basically conceptualized two reasons that these Rangers became the people they did.
The first, as it says in the story, was the increasing complaints from people. The jokes we, as viewers, make about those giant robots / monsters crashing into buildings? Well, think about all the people who would be in those buildings, all the deaths from it.
The second one, unmentioned because its only my own backstory, would be the death or Zordon. Not in some dramatic, evil-destroying way that it did in the actual show (I'll admit to watching Power Rangers In Space; I had a crush on the latex-wearing villain chick), but in some dead-and-gone way that not only robbed the Rangers of their Obi-Wan, but also the floaty-head-guy that helped them recruit new members, make new robots, and balance the budget in terms of magically repairing / maintaining everything.
Taken together, these two events quickly changed the Ranger's attitudes. They can't waste time teleporting civilians out of the buildings before they fight, because the Monsters of the Week are actually Monsters Of Painful Deathgiving Abilties. They have to fight back hard from the get-go, because they barely have enough time to repair their robots after a drawn-out kung fu fight.
Is the story funny? I think so, and I'm glad you people think so too. But maybe its because I grew up with the Power Rangers (the originals, mainly, like I said, I only returned because of a latex-wearing villain), there's an element of sadness to it in my mind. The Supermen have become Sinestro Corps villains; doing horrible things because their enemies are even more horrible.
Really? I'm curious, why? Don't confuse my commentary with a statement of This Is What You Should Have Thought or Realized. Like I said, I'm a backstory wonk that thinks up things that 90% of it never reaches the story. The core of this story (which I've re-written whenever I find myself watching the random PR episode on youtube) is the joke that is the final line.
I can't dispute your reasoning; all I can say is that I find it amusing to fanwank something inherently so silly as Power Rangers. The last-line joke is the core of the story, the rest of it is personal fluff. You're not supposed to care about that Wall of Text I posted above, because it turns out the story is about the Goddamned Power Rangers.
I remember seeing this on /tg/ on some thread about postapoc stuff.
is /tg/ a 4chan thing? Because I never visited it..