Could it be that the Time Force Rangers turn out to be the supervillains of the future? Let’s discuss…
The year 3000 in the Power Rangers continuity is a place I wouldn’t want to live. Society genetically engineers babies to perfection and gives them special traits. Mutants are shunned by society. Even worse, people don’t kiss! I know what you’re thinking, these reasons aren’t enough for the Time Force Rangers to be the bad guys, but hear me out.
Let’s break it down to its simplest form. While heading for the year 2001, Ransik builds an army out of mutant outcasts from a prison containing cryogenically frozen mutant “criminals” serving life sentences. Wes finds Ransik and wonders if he’s a sympathetic villain. Suddenly Jen shouts out with future propaganda: “He’s evil! Through and through!” It’s almost as if she has a deep-seeded hatred for the mutants. That, or she’s learned such a sentiment from the present time that she lives in.
Look at this from Ransik’s point of view. Maybe he’s traveling back in time not to take over the world, but to make the future better. A world where mutants and humans can co-exist.
He’s accused of Alex’s murder. However, you can also view Ransik’s killing of Alex as an act of self-defense from being hunted for being a mutant. Even in the Wikipedia entry, they reference mutants as a societal outcasts:
In the year 3000,Time Force is a police agency that deals with the crimes of mutants, outcasts of society who have developed super powers.
Are the Time Force Rangers Really Sentinels?
This very much feels like the plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past. In that post-apocalyptic future, Sentinels – killer robots – hunt Mutants for being different. The Time Force Rangers storyline also takes inspiration from the dystopian future seen in Blade Runner. There cops hunt down and “retire” Replicants as well.
To make matters worse, the DNA of one of the Rangers, Katie, is altered. This gives her super-strength in order to hunt these mutants down. These elements also bring to mind the novel, Brave New World. That story features a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy.
The villains of the week aren’t actually villains either. They are reanimated back to life and Ransik basically forces them into fighting the Rangers, whom Ransik views as mutant-hunters. All-in-all, Power Rangers Time Force is X-Men: Days of the Future Past, with a dash of Blade Runner, mixed with Brave New World.
We know this theory is out there but what do you think? Were the Time Force Rangers really the villains? Leave a message in the comments below.