RangerCrew Interview with Eugene Son
We would like to thank Eugene Son, the writer of Power Rangers: Super Samurai "Something Fishy" for answering a few questions.
Q: Have you seen Power Rangers before writing for Power Rangers: Samurai?
A: Of course! I was never a huge fan, but my little sister was an enormous fan of Mighty Morphin' and I spent a lot of afternoons watching it on Fox Kids with her. And of course a couple years ago I got to visit Toei Uzumasa Movieland in Kyoto, so I got to wander around and see a whole mess of the classic costumes and vehicles and monsters up close.
Q: Did you watch the Shinkenger version of "Something Fishy" before writing the episode?
Q: How much of your own input did you have for the episode?
A: A lot. I mean there's a team in place starting with story editor James Bates and his bosses, so it's a collaborative effort for sure. But yeah, I had plenty of input. The Bulk and Spike scene was one that I pitched that went through really smoothly with almost no changes.
Q: What were your thoughts on the episode?
A: As a writer, I tend to be hypercritical of my own work and wish I'd done everything differently. But once I get past that it was mine, I thought it turned out great. I owe James Bates a huge thanks for letting me play in the Power Rangers sandbox.
Q: Is there anything else that you can tell us about the episode?
A: All stories have some back and forth where you're trying to nail down the right decision or point for each story. We had three such points in the episode.
One was what fears the Rangers would overcome to help Antonio. Man, we must've gone through dozens and dozens of different phobias from hilarious to weird to scary. It took a long time before we settled on those.
Second was how Mentor would help Antonio finally overcome his fear. Should it be serious or funny? Should he talk him through it and convince him with reason and wisdom? Should he tackle him and smash the fish in his mouth? In the end, short and sweet worked well.Third was whether or not the Light Zord should talk. In Shinkenger he can, and it's a little odd. In the end, they decided it best if he didn't.