In all seriousness, though, Dr. K’s backstory episode from Power Rangers RPM is one of the darkest things I’ve ever seen on screen.
I still can’t believe it’s an actual Power Rangers episode.
I still can’t believe it’s Power Rangers.
The episode had one long giant mecha fight, but take that away, and you have this dark and depressing backstory not for the main hero or the main character (though they had dark backstories of their own), but for the team’s mentor figure.
That’s not something that’s seen very often in this franchise.
I’ll elaborate on this more in-depth someday. But just the fact that the episode “Doctor K” exists as it is still shocks me to this day because this isn’t what one expects from Power Rangers.
And I think it’s pretty amazing.
If you ask me, hands down, what is the most well written and crafted and casted episode of Power Rangers. Doctor K wins hands down. I don’t care that the Rangers are not the focal here, this is the person who is mean to look after them, created the team and tech. This is a girl, a mere CHILD when she was kidnapped and force to create such horrors she must have understood (its not like she could say no) manipulated and abused all her life.
And the most heartbreaking thing is her driving force was to go outside. And then it was to remember her name. That is the most powerful moment.
"I wish I remembered my name"
She had NO identity out of what they made her into and when she did open and did love, and to have it ripped away and the world destroyed because they stopped her and then to try to kill her for (what was technically their) her mistake…ughhhhhhh. Too many feels that are SO hard for me to articulate. Honestly typing and saying this doesn’t do it justice. I just…
I’ll shut up now…
YES TO ALL OF THIS.
There’s this interview with Eddie Guzelian from Cinequest that I listened to (which you can check out here). When asked about his favorite Power Rangers episode, he brought up “Doctor K”.
And it’s for the same exact main reason that I love it so much.
This wonderful lady right here:
She made the character her own. Even with the occasional accent slip (expected from an all-Kiwi and Aussie cast), she nailed it.
Bless you, Eddie Guzelian, for finding her and casting her as Dr. K, and for continuing to believe in her.