Created by stars Mark Little and Dan Beirne for web series aggregator iThentic, Space Riders: Division Earth is a 13-episode Canadian web series.
It tells the story of Ken (Little) and Phillip (Beirne) - two utterly incompetent slacker friends chosen by the "Galactic Ministry" to protect the earth from the cosmic threat of villain Orson Ooze (Kayla Lorette).
Even to someone like me who wasn't ever a fan, it is obvious this entire project is a spoof of the wildly popular '90s kids program Power Rangers.
The good news is It is completely irreverent and funny as hell.
The Power Rangers phenomenon has been revisited a lot lately, with the most recent homage being the ultra-dark (and very controversial) reboot short film Power/Rangers.
While that project succeeds by remaking the campy original into an impressive visual effects-laden adult drama, Space Riders: DE goes to the opposite extreme - and is equally as entertaining.
Space Riders: DE creates many laugh-out-loud moments by duplicating - and in many instances exceeding - the campy narrative hallmarks of its source material.
- The production value mimics that of the original Power Rangers television program, complete with cardboard space sets, and monsters amounting to actors stumbling around wearing costumes
- Extremely cheesy theme music
- Silly superhero uniforms with accompanying transformation scenes
- Ridiculous "hero" poses
Space Riders: DE is played strictly for laughs, and people are noticing.
Check out the official series trailer ...
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