Article By: Alex J. Rosolowsky
We have some interesting news today courtesy of Power Rangers On-Air Central. First, for those of you who missed the initial Power Rangers Samurai promo, you can see it below, or you can (and should) watch it on Yahoo! Kids, via the link at the official Power Rangers website. This is the same promo that aired on NickToons; whether or not it’s the same promo we’ll see over the weekend remains to be seen.
Power Rangers Samurai Promo (NickToons & Nickelodeon)
Power Rangers Samurai Promo (Nick.com)
In addition to the new promo, the Power Rangers Samurai logo appears to have been updated. The newest logo, which appears to be final, features the word “Saban’s” as it appeared from Power Rangers in Space–Power Rangers Time Force added to the Power Rangers Samurai logo that we’ve all become familiar with over the past few months. The previous version of the logo, and the one I’ll be sticking with for this site, lacks the word “Saban’s” on the top–left side, and is consistent with the Disney–era logos.
A third variation of the Power Rangers Samurai logo appeared in the show’s promo when it was briefly available on the official Power Rangers website last night before the site switched to a link to the promo on Yahoo! Kids with the logo mentioned in the previous paragraph. The third logo sported a slightly more symmetrical lightning bolt that was more consistent with the one we’ve seen since Zeo, although still slightly redesigned. This logo also contained the word “Saban’s” in its iconic location; whether or not Saban Brands pulled the promo from the official Power Rangers website, and switched to a link to Yahoo! Kids because of the logo, or for other reasons remains unknown.
Up until now many fans have been speculating over whether or not Power Rangers Samurai‘s standard definition cablecast would be displayed in a panned and scanned 4:3 “fullscreen” aspect ratio, or if it’d be displayed in a 16:9 “widescreen” aspect ratio letterboxed to fit a 4:3 standard definition television. If the promo itself is any indication, the show will likely be presented in a letterboxed format. My recording of the aforementioned promo from NickToons, a standard definition channel on my standard definition DiSH Network receiver, was presented in this very format. This news will likely please fans who were unhappy with Disney’s rather noticeable use of “panning and scanning” of Super Sentai source footage that started with Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, and was met with rather harsh criticism.
The really “big news” though comes from BurgundyRanger’s Power Rangers On-Air Central, or PROAC as noted above. According to PROAC, several viewers spotted a countdown clock on the official Power Rangers website that was quickly removed. The exact date and time that the clock was counting down to are in slight dispute, but most people calculated it out to the weekend of February 5–6, 2011 with a premiere time of 11:00A.M. Eastern and Pacific time. For the time being, The Power Rangers Samurai Times is going to treat this as a “tentative premiere date” until further scheduling information is available, but we advise against setting your recording device of choice just yet.
Finally, in case you slept in and missed it as the author of this article did, the Power Rangers‘ appearance in the Macy’s Parade can be seen below.
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Power Rangers Samurai in the Macy’s Parade
Update 1: After reviewing the promo on Nick.com, it would appear that it was pulled from the official Power Rangers website for reasons other then the differing logo designs.
Update 2: It would appear that the promo shown on Nickelodeon was the same as the one shown on NickToons and Yahoo! Kids. The Nick.com promo is the one that was briefly available on the official Power Rangers website; note the slightly more traditional lighting bolt in the logo.