This is taken from a post I made over on Rangercrew where one thread blossomed into a topic of how BADLY PR fans need to be validated.
“As I’ve brought up many times before on here and on various podcasts, the Power Rangers fandom (And toku fandom in the US in general) wants validation. And badly. It’s the main reason a lot of people want PR to be “DARK AND SERIOUS” so they can show PR to their friends and say, “LOOK! This show I like is meant for OLDER PEOPLE. It’s not DUMB AND KID LIKE.”
When PR fans can’t get validation from their own friends or families? They turn to the people who work on the shows. It feels like a punch to the gut every time I hear a fan ask a PR cast member, “DO YOU WATCH SENTAI?!” That’s how badly PR fans need validation. THEY NEED someone besides themselves or other fans to say, “Yeah, what you like is cool.” Fans desperately want these actors and even the crew to say, “Yeah, I watched Sentai and LOVED it. YOU ARE SO COOL DUDE HIGH FIVE.” Not even that, but having the actors say they loved the show or be willing to talk about it says to a fan, “SEE! What I like isn’t dumb!”
It’s one of the main reasons the HJUish crowd went nuts when Dragon Knight was about to premiere. LOOK, the producers are making this show for us! Look! Nathan Long is talking to us and promising something NOT FOR KIDS. So when the show premiered and it was awful? They ate it up anyway because hey, what the nice man said to us must be true right?
I remember when Hector was first announced as the green ranger and he was all over twitter all ready I said on a podcast, “This guy is going to be popular. Fans will love him.” Fans love that connection because once again, it validates them. Many fans are so afraid their friends or even families will make fun of them because they like PR. So they hide it and look for validation elsewhere.
I’ve always found that interesting because every single person I know is aware I love Power Rangers. Friends, family, co workers, and professors at college. They all know it and still respect and treat me no different then they did before. You know why? Because I mention I like it, and maybe will bring it up once awhile, but I don’t go up to them every week and say, “ZOMG THE NEWEST EPISODE AIRED IT WAS SO GREEEEATTTTTTTT.” I don’t need their validation (And especially not the cast and crew) because I embrace my love for the show.
I’ve tested out of high ranking production classes at college citing Power Rangers as a teaching tool I’ve used in learning how to make film. People may think it’s a bit silly at first, but if you take it seriously (to a point) and embrace how silly it is, so will they.
To wrap this all up, you don’t need ANYONE to tell you it’s okay to watch the show. WATCH IT BECAUSE YOU ENJOY IT. Or don’t watch it because it’s crap and you can’t stand this season. Or watch it because you’re a dirty completist .”