Like, all of them. Every single one. Do you remember watching this show as a kid? Then gradually getting bored with it after about a hundred episodes? Then forgetting about it for several years. Then hearing about it and thinking to yourself, that show’s still on?! Then forgetting about it for several more years. Then discovering that they’ve been releasing iteration after iteration all this time, like an episodic Land Before Time saga with crappy effects and Japanese stock footage? Then hearing that the show is finally getting canceled as you lay on your death bed?
Yeah, me too. And guess what. Every episode you watched, and every episode you never even heard of, as well as the movies you’ve forgotten all about are all available on Instant Watch. Perhaps the only show to actually have more episodes available than Saturday Night Live, Power Rangers is now available in its full, half-Japanese glory on Netflix.
That’s my childhood right there. I have vivid memories of squeezing as much entertainment as I could out of a VHS tape with 3, maybe 4 episodes on it. I recall the saga that resulted in the addition of the Green Ranger taking up way too many tapes. I remember the degraded quality of the videos after I’d spent hour after hour watching what few episodes they put to tape. And now, all of them, every single one of the over 700 episodes of this series is all available at the push of a button.
Dear the internet: I love you.
Get this. Remember that one company, Viacom? The one that had all those TV shows that they put on basic cable and stuff, like The Daily Show? And then you remember that other company, Google, that put up this site called YouTube that everybody then filled up with episodes of The Daily Show, making it effectively pointless to buy basic cable to see the Daily Show if you happen to be one of those lucky few people to have an internet connection? Yeah. Well, it turns out that one of those companies doesn’t really like the other. One of those companies sued the other for billions of dollars. To Viacom’s credit, they did create a rather nice website where you can go watch all the episodes of The Daily Show for free. Way to join the digital age!
Well, now they’re back at it again. Google makes Google TV. Google TV offers to let you stream any Flash video from the internet to your TV. “any Flash video from the internet” happens to include . Google TV was set to enable you to watch The Daily Show on your TV without basic cable.
Google TV was going to expedite the process that YouTube started a few years ago.
Of course I say “was going to” because, naturally, that process is now blocked. Who saw that coming, though? Really.