The first Power Rangers season to be filmed in New Zealand debuted on this day in television history.
Power Rangers: Ninja Storm is the 11th season of the long-running Power Rangers action-adventure franchise, that dates back to 1993 and the debut of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. This season debuted on February 15th, 2003. Like all Power Rangers series, its footage, costumes, and some props come from the even-longer-running Japanese Super Sentai Franchise. In this case, Ninja Storm is based off of Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger.
This season employs actors in New Zealand, the first season of Power Rangers to do so. It also is the first full season produced by Buena Vista Television, known commonly in the fan community as the “Disney Years” of the franchise.
In the series, three young ninja students are the only ones left after an attack. Their mentor, who has been turned into a Guinea Pig, grants them the power of the Wind Rangers to battle the forces of the villainous Lothor. They are Tori (Sally Martin), Shane (Pua Magasiva) and Dustin (Glenn McMillan).
The season would last 38 episodes, with new rangers and foes joining throughout it’s run through the year of 2003. The next season to debut would be Power Rangers Dino Thunder in 2004.