Power Rangers Injustice: The Dear John Letter in Power Rangers Zeo!
One of the greatest injustices in Power Rangers is the "Dear John letter" which for me was more of a F*CK YOU AMY JO JOHNSON than an actual plot mover. I was wondering, was Catherine Sutherland lacking popularity over Amy Jo Johnson, they wanted her back but couldn't get her back? Probably. But let me tell you what is downright wrong with the Dear John Letter!
One must admit that one of the running plots that go with Power Rangers is Tommy and Kimberly as a couple. It made me think it's very OUT OF CHARACTER for Kimberly to just dump Tommy like that. If they had to break up... it could have been done back then but it's still a bad idea. Again, it's nothing more than an attempt to replace her with Kat and it's a pretty forced thing to do.
What I thought is that, this was character derailment to an otherwise really popular character. They could have just kept the relationship a distant one, where Kimberly writes to Tommy every now and then... rather than write that stupid Dear John letter. For one, Kat may be Kimberly's replacement slot-wise but she is NOT fit for replacement for replacement's sake. Writing Kat as her OWN character would be better. Doesn't mean she replaced Kimberly doesn't mean she has to be dating Tommy too.
So what's the logic behind it? Now we can understand why Kat was coming in. Amy Jo Johnson wanted to leave so she applied for it. There was no choice really. Now if Kat is not as popular as Kim then they should at least write better reasons to make her better. For example, what they could have done was to make her, her own character. She could have dated any of the other guys. For example, she can be dating Adam or Rocky. It doesn't have to be Tommy. Kat is Kat, Kimberly is Kimberly.
Entering into Zeo, they do not need to write that Dear John letter. Tommy could STILL continue to be in a relationship with Kimberly off-screen. Like in Zeo, she could write to Tommy she misses him but understands that he still has to fight. They could have at least, one way or another create a strong impression of the relationship. Amy Jo not returning to the set is NOT a reason to write a Dear John letter. She could at least send some more letters to Tommy every now and then, at least that shouldn't derail her character into the position of OOC.
And those writers? Well, at this point I think even Shoji Yonemura from Toei no matter how lousy he is... or a burnt out Toshiki Inoue still has better writing to offer than Douglas Sloan. Again, executives are probably spiting her for leaving the set which is very, VERY unprofessional.
Updated on: November 25, 2014