This concept is actually very difficult for me. I have never been able to grasp simple concepts because I over think them by my very nature. I have probably spent over 4 hours all together trying to point of the obvious, going so far as to ask help from friends to help me create a list. My friends all found the pointing out the obvious part very easy and were quite amused at my genuine inability to grasp the concept. The only thing that I was able to come up with was, ‘I cannot point out the obvious.’
My list composed by friends, which I refused to use because I am stubborn and wanted to figure out how to do it, included gems like, dirt is dirty, rees have leaves, cars with no A/C in the summer in Richmond are hot, The Earth is big to a human, The Earth is small to the Sun, 3 is less than 5, and one is the loneliest number.
While watching The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, because I own the first two seasons and love 90’s nostalgia, I turn to my friend and say “Why are they called power rangers, they aren’t even rangers?! Look at them!” She laughed and told me that was pointing out the obvious. And thus my concept trial was born.
Power Rangers are not Rangers.
Why are Power Rangers not Rangers?
Well, first what is a Power Ranger?
A power ranger is by the show’s definition a teenager with attitude, then being selected by the ancient space wizard Zordon’s assistant Alpha 5 to battle Rita Repulsa, and other space menaces bent on conquering Earth. They are granted with the power of prehistoric animals, although over the years, they draw power from other powerful things in history like samurais. These powers grant them superpowers to fight evil.
What is a ranger?
Ranger, while there are many definitions to ranger, the most relevant one is a person who has jurisdictions and control over a certain area and is supposed to enforce the rules and protect the life in that area. The most popular example is a park ranger.
So what I basically learned is that although power rangers are superheros in spandex suits and helmets, fighting an evil alien empress to protect earth, they are basically rangers, but their jurisdiction is Earth. This is why they are rangers. They also do promote a lot of recycling and taking care of the Earth. The name is completely justified.