This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guests are Jason Narvy and Paul Schrier, perhaps best known for their roles as Bulk and Skull on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Both have appeared in several hundred episodes of Power Rangers, making them by far the iconic show’s longest running characters.
In this episode we discuss being on one of the planet’s most popular TV shows when you’re 18-years-old, the classical origins of Bulk and Skull’s slapstick, and what they’re up to now. Here’s some quotes from the episode -
“I think the second season in some ways was the most flattering and exciting because we were like, ‘Oh, we have a super objective!’ Well we had a super objective but, going back to Stanislovsky, you can’t play just a super objective. You need smaller objectives in a scene so you can attempt to achieve that objective, and either succeed or fail.” - Jason Narvy (Skull)
“Just because you are 25 or 30 doesn’t mean your dreams are out of reach. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do what you want to do.” - Paul Schreir (Bulk)
Forget Kimberly for a moment (I know it’s hard) and let’s just focus on Jason. Because, goddamn, look at this GQ motherfucker. The sleeveless flannel shirt with the sweater tied around his shoulders? Fuck me sideways. I can’t handle this ferocity. Work it, bitch.
Space Cases was a sci-fi television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1996-1997 about a group of misfit students trapped on board an alien ship and the adventures they had trying to get home. It starred Jewel Staite (Firefly, Stargate Atlantis) as Catalina, a rainbow-haired Saturnian (whatever that is), and former Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger’s star Walter Jones (who we also spotted in an episode of Buffy) as Harlan Band, a human who wants to become a Stardog (whatever that is) like his father, who was killed by an Andromedan during the Andromedan War (whatever that is).
In those prepubescent days, before legitimate addictions like sex and drugs kicked in, Power Rangers served up an amalgam of boy-child obsessions: dinosaurs, explosions, giant robots, and toys. Especially that last bit. While recently slogging through three seasons of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, one fact became increasingly clear: Story and character don’t matter. It’s all about the toys.
Wait, wait, wait…”boy-child”? I’m a girl and I fucking LOVED Power Rangers and dinosaurs. I still love Power Rangers and dinosaurs (and I’m still a girl, but that’s irrelevant) and I resent the assumption that Power Rangers was a show for boys. Also, I was never allowed to have the action figures as a kid because they had weapons, so for me, no, it wasn’t about the toys. It was about being a part of a team of friends, having an active imagination, and miming karate kicks in the backyard to save the world. And as heavy handed as the lessons on that show could be, when I was 6 they totally resonated with me.
In other news, The AV Club is on Tumblr now and I think that’s pretty cool.