04-01-2012, 11:23 PM
Someone needs to take their anti-depressant and seek counseling.
04-02-2012, 12:14 AM
You know, before anyone seriously dogpiles on this statement... Rangermon, speaking as someone who had to deal with depression issues as a child, and as someone who has had partners with depression? You can't look at a joke like this as cruel. The bipolar rollercoaster of ups and downs where you hitch all of your hopes to the manic train and then come toppling down under the gravity of disappointment? Other people don't mean to say that one magical thing that is your button for the moment. People don't go through life constructing edifice just to bring it toppling down on you. That... Disconnect between the world, where you go from euphoria to crushing hopelessness? That's just your mind playing trick and casting shadows where none exist. There is no boogeyman haunting the corners of the fandom with malicious intent, just the usual trolls and jerks every other place in the world has to deal with. The basic infections that make an immune system work.
Originally Posted by Rangermon
I don't want people to yell at Rangermon for this. It's not what he needs to hear. Nor do I want the mods to feel bad about having done this, because it was hella funny. This needs to be a safe place for Rangermon to say what he's feeling, and I really would appreciate you guys letting us continue this line of dialogue. Rangermon, PR has been there for me through some of the lowest times in my life too. The good memories I've had of this show? They still mean the world to me. I wouldn't be the man I am today were it not for Power Rangers. I wouldn't have my wife and child if not for PR. There is nothing in this world that can take those experiences away from me. I KNOW how you feel, believe me I do. Violent upsets and change are terrifying for anyone, especially when you're sad. No one would mock you for that. Loneliness is the most universal emotion. Look out at a crowd of people, especially the happy ones in groups. They've all felt alone too. Someday that will be you among them too.
I live with a very simple understanding, and have since about a year ago. Power Rangers is never going to be good by my standards again, ever. This is the show Jonathan wants to be making. The staff thinks the show is awesome and we're just jealous for some nebulous and ill-defined reason. There is no longer any reasoning with these people. It's like a conservative on MSNBC's website or a liberal on Fox News': even the most rational, valid dissenting voice will be silenced by the parroting idiots. No one working on this show has the slightest incentive to improve the product. And you know what? That totally sucks. But I don't love Power Rangers because of the quality of the current season. I don't do Power Morphicon because of what the current season is, or who the biggest jerks in the fandom are.
I watch this show because there are great swaths of this show that I adore, and there are hundreds of people I've met, or who are in my life who WOULD NOT BE HERE were it not for Power Rangers. And there is not one person in this world who can take that feeling away from me. No callous action or cruel words. So what if the show sucks? So what if I deal with an idiot or two from time to time? I've met HUNDREDS of fantastic people - many of whom NEVER post on these kinds of boards and ONLY do conventions - who were brought together by a shared love. The same love you feel right now. You think it's cruel that Mesh and co. did this joke? They love PR just as much as you. Mesh spent a fortune on the original Starpoints. He had streaming games and episodes in 1999. He didn't make money on that. He did it all out of that same love. Mesh didn't want to hurt you. He played a joke at the expense of PR, sure, but you're given a permission to be cruel to your closest friend. Sometimes they're who need it the most.
I don't need Power Rangers to still be good to love Power Rangers. I don't need Power Rangers to still be on the air to love PR. If I did, this season would have broken me. I love Power Rangers because I love Power Rangers. I used to argue there had to be something "wrong" in PR fans that far outside of the target demographic, some unifying damage that brought us together... But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe there's something right in us. Maybe there's something that separate us from the rest of the lonely, damaged, emotionally stunted freaks out there that draws us into this beautiful, hopeful fictional world. Maybe it's because we're less damaged in some way that we can still love PR. I couldn't tell you. But I do know this... No one is ever going to be able to hurt the memories you share of PR. No one can EVER hurt the platonic, idealized version of PR you carry in your heart. I promise.
Mods, I beg of you, please don't lock or spin this off into its own thread or delete this. I want him to know he's not alone. Thank you.
04-02-2012, 01:52 AM
They fooled Jefusion aswell!
Originally Posted by Y2j1915
04-02-2012, 03:38 AM
Really? When he spoke at AFO last year he indicated he was pretty devastated at not being asked back, being told that Chase into Space would be his last episode. You're probably right in that the truth is somewhere in the middle. However it works, I surely can't imagine Space with Justin as a regular, even though I did very much like the character.
04-02-2012, 05:07 AM
Ugh, I feel churlish for what I was about to say to Rangermon.
04-02-2012, 06:47 AM
WHile I didnt by into the whole thing, I have to admire the passion and hard work they put into it. It was pretty clever.
04-02-2012, 07:06 AM
I had my suspicions, but I really was impressed by the scope of this prank. I would have bought into it if it was kept up. Well done
04-02-2012, 07:30 AM
If any post deserved a standing ovation, it's that one.
Originally Posted by Rev Cmdr Crayfish
And to throw one more example as to the power of this franchise we love so much, Mystic Force was such a special season for me because it was pretty much the only thing that kept me going in 2006 when my brother's battles with drug and alcohol addictions were at its worst and he ended up OD-ing more that once.
For those 30 minutes, none of the crap going on around me happened, because Power Rangers was on.
04-02-2012, 07:51 AM
Saban Brands has asked me to remove the press release from Samurai Cast and RangerCrew. We truly hope that you guys enjoyed the prank. We understand that it wasn't the most believable prank, but apparently we fooled a large number of fans.
04-02-2012, 08:09 AM
I have to say, I was impressed with the hoax. It was far above the fandom standards I had come to expect in sheer quality. The promotional jargon? Spot on.