The Best Power Ranger Won’t Return For The Anniversary Special, Here’s Why

Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Ranger, will not be in the Netflix 30th anniversary special.

By Douglas Helm | Published

The original Power Rangers are coming back for a Netflix anniversary special, but one important member will be skipping out. Amy Jo Johnson, who played the Pink Ranger, won’t be along for the ride. It seems like Johnson’s reason is fairly simple, as they didn’t make an offer that she wanted to take.

While it’s unfortunate that we won’t be seeing the original Pink Ranger in the Power Rangers anniversary special, there are still plenty of other cast members coming back. The special, titled Might Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always will feature David Yost as Billy Cranston/the original Blue Ranger, Walter E. Jones as Zack Taylor/the original Black Ranger, Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos/the second Red Ranger, Catherine Sunderland as Kat/the second Pink Ranger, Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell/the second Yellow Ranger, and Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park/the second Black Ranger. In short, there are plenty of favorites to see in the new special.

Others joining for the Power Rangers Anniversary Special are Barbara Goodson and Richard Horvitz. Goodson provided the American voice for Rita Repulsa while Horvitz voiced the robot sidekick Alpha 5. Charlie Kersh will play Minh, the daughter of the original Yellow Ranger.

Unfortunately, the original Yellow Ranger and the original Green Ranger will be missing from the Power Rangers anniversary special, as their actors have both passed away. Thuy Trang, who played Yellow Ranger Trini, passed away after a car accident in 2001. Jason David Frank, who played Green Ranger Tommy, committed suicide in 2022.

Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger, tragically passed away in 2022.

The Power Rangers anniversary special will see the Rangers facing off against a threat from the past that reemerged to cause a global crisis. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always Netflix special is celebrating 30 years of Power Rangers, as the original series first aired on Fox Kids in 1993. Since then, there have been over 20 iterations of the superhero TV show and several films.

Along with the Power Rangers anniversary special, Netflix will also be bringing us a new series in 2023 with Power Rangers Cosmic Fury. The renamed Cosmic Fury is technically the third season of Netflix’s Dino Fury series, as it continues the same storyline. Cosmic Fury will see the Dino Fury team traveling through space, gaining new cosmic powers, and battling the villain Lord Zedd.

Cosmic Fury will also introduce new costumes for all the Rangers, and the Dino Fury Pink Ranger (Hunter Deno) will be taking on the Red Ranger suit, making her the first full-time female Red Ranger in the history of the show. While we don’t know when Cosmic Fury is going to air, it’s set to hit Netflix in late 2023. Meanwhile, the Power Rangers anniversary special is set to hit the platform on April 19.

If you’re looking for more content while you wait for the Power Rangers anniversary special, you can check out the first two seasons of Dino Fury on Netflix now. You can also check out the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, and Power Rangers Beast Morphers on the platform. Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming special and Cosmic Fury as their release dates get closer.