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Samurai
Samurai
Number 18
Number of episodes: 22
First episode: The Team Unites
Last episode: Christmas Together, Friends Forever (other later episodes continued in Super Samurai)
Intro: Samurai Intro
Adapted from: Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
Original airing: February 7, 2011 (US)
May 7, 2011 (UK)
Producer: Saban Brands
PRS-Poster
Production Order
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Super Samurai

Power Rangers: Samurai (often abbreviated as PRS or Samurai) is the eighteenth series entry of the Power Rangers franchise. It is an adaption of the 33rd Super Sentai season, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. The second set of 20 episodes finished airing in 2012 and was called "Super Samurai".[1]

After the cancellation of the series by Disney after RPM, the show was reacquired by Haim Saban's company, Saban Brands. Samurai premiered on its new network, Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, on February 7, 2011 in the US and May 7, 2011 in the UK. The season is the first to be shot and broadcast in HD and the second series to be split into more than one season without the changes made common in Turbo's second half since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Produced by SCG Power Rangers, the production's aim with the tone of Samurai is a "brighter tone and gets an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn't present in Jungle Fury and RPM.[2]

In 2012, the show had an average of 2 million viewers on Nickelodeon.[3] Ratings in 2011 were higher, close to or slighter more than 3 million [4] [5] [6] but were down starting in October[7] The highest rated episode was May 15th 2011's "The Blue and the Gold", with 3.7 million viewers. [8]

The series also marks a return of Power Rangers dubs in Japan as it is slated for release in fall of 2013. [9]

Synopsis

"Centuries ago in Japan, Nighlok monsters invaded our world, but samurai warriors defeated them with power symbols, passed down from parent to child. Today the evil Nighlok have risen once again and plan to flood the earth. Luckily, a new generation of heroes stand in their way. They are the Power Rangers Samurai."
―Narrator[src]

A new generation of Power Rangers must master the mystical and ancient "Samurai Symbols of Power," which give them control over the elements of: Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, Earth and Light. Under the guidance of their all-knowing mentor and the aid of their devoted animal Zords, they battle the dark forces of the Netherworld and a mysterious warrior who is bent on destruction.

Characters

Rangers

Main article: Samurai Rangers
Gold-ranger-5

The six Samurai Rangers

Rangers Together, Samurai Forever!

The Samurai Rangers Morphed.

Color Role Actor
Red Samurai Ranger Jayden Shiba Alex Heartman
Blue Samurai Ranger Kevin Najee De-Tiege
Pink Samurai Ranger Mia Watanabe Erika Fong
Green Samurai Ranger Mike Hector David Jr.
Yellow Samurai Ranger Emily Brittany Anne Pirtle
Gold Samurai Ranger Antonio Garcia Steven Skyler

Allies

Villains

Nighlok

Nighlok

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Samurai)

Morphers

Zords

Legend:◆ piloted zord, ❖ aux zord, ★ battlezord




Episodes

  1. The Team Unites
  2. Deal With a Nighlok
  3. Day Off
  4. Sticks and Stones
  5. A Fish Out of Water
  6. There Go the Brides
  7. I've Got a Spell on Blue
  8. Forest for the Trees
  9. Test of the Leader
  10. Jayden's Challenge
  11. Unexpected Arrival
  12. Room for One More
  13. The Blue and the Gold
  14. Team Spirit
  15. The Tengen Gate
  16. Boxed In
  17. Broken Dreams
  18. The Ultimate Duel
  19. Origins, Part 1
  20. Origins, Part 2
  21. Party Monsters
  22. Christmas Together, Friends Forever

DVD Release

PRSjaplogo

Japanese logo

Games

Notes

  • It is the first season in which all Rangers are Samurai and the second group of Rangers to have Samurai powers, preceded by Ninja Storm's Cameron Watanabe. Cameron's Green Samurai Ranger title is used by Mike as well.
  • Production is still set in New Zealand and maintains a American, Canadian, New Zealander and Australian cast.
  • It is the first season broadcast on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons.
  • Originally Antonio Garcia was to be named "Wesley", the name of the Red Time Force Ranger from Time Force. Jayden's name was originally "Reese"; The name was instead used for one of Mike's friends in The Team Unites. [Citation needed]
  • Some portions of the first season were aired out of chronological order. The first two episodes, Origins, were aired in October, acting as a faux-prequel for the original five Rangers' inductions.
  • This is the first season to employ it's Enemy Foot Soldiers in a fight against a Megazord in giant form.
  • Samurai (and Super Samurai) lasted two years, making it the first series since Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers to last more than one year (this is because Saban had to divide the Samurai series into two parts because of episode limitations on Nickelodeon). However, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers has 112 episodes in its first two seasons, 69 more episodes than Samurai and Super Samurai's planned combination of 43.
  • With the exception of Antonio Garcia, Jayden Shiba and Mia Watanabe[13], this is the first time the last names of Rangers from Earth are unknown (all previous Rangers with unknown surnames hailed from other planets).
  • It is the first season since Zeo and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to have a Christmas and Halloween special, entitled "Christmas Together, Friends Forever" and "Party Monsters" respectively.
  • This is the first season since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to feature a gold lightning bolt on the logo.
  • Depending on the episode, the Megazord cockpit footage tends to be wildly inconsistent. Rangers will often appear to be using an incorrect console for their zord. This can be noticed by looking at the animal ornament on each console. Sometimes there will be several console changes in a single episode. Antonio ends up the most frequent victim of this, as the Clawzord console, which normally has a lobster on it, would have a star instead.
  • This is the first instance where a Power Rangers season does not air the year following it's respective Super Sentai counterpart.

See also

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References


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