The year: 1998. The show: Power Rangers in Space. The backroom dealing: Power Rangers owner Saban tries to get their failing live-action version of the Ninja Turtles Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation some publicity by having the Turtles - including female turtle Venus De Milo - guest-star in their flagship Saturday morning show. What's that, you say? You didn't know that two of Saturday morning television's greatest teams had teamed up to save the universe? Gaze upon the beauty under the jump.
For all the potential that the crossover presented - I mean, come on, who wouldn't want to see the Pink Ranger share pizza with Michaelangelo? - the show itself relied on dubious star power instead of anything like, say, good writing, to make its case. Yes, there's some weird pop-cultural win in seeing grown men in rubber turtle suits wrestle grown men and women dressed as Power Rangers, but the plot pretty much follows the standard superhero team-up formula - One side (In this case, the Turtles) get mind-controlled and fight the other, before teaming up and defeating the bad guy - and the dialogue isn't any more impressive. I'd complain about the writers not taking pride in their work, but then I remember that their job was to write Power Rangers In Space, and that it probably took all of their willpower to not shoot themselves in the head when they woke up each morning.