Published: 17.01.2019 to 21:24:42
Growing up, TV played a pretty big part of my life. While traveling for work, when I got back to my hotel room I turned the TV on as either background noise or if it was something I’d seen before, the comforting sound of an old friend. One show that became a bit of a companion was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, although I took a fair amount of ribbing from some co-workers. Depending on the particular time zone, it was almost always possible to catch it. One trip in the mid-90s, introduced me to a new character. The introduction of Lord Zed, who was to me, one of the greatest and most evil and cool looking villain the Power Rangers ever faced.
That first episode was fascinating to watch. It reminded me in so many ways of many meetings I’d witnessed with managers vying for a chance to become trusted, like Goldar and not ignored, like Rita Repulsa. In that episode, Lord Zed shrank Rita Repulsa and put her into a space dumpster and set her into space.
Years later, I saw that first interaction as an allegory to the scenes I saw played out over and over at a variety of high tech companies I worked for in Silicon Valley. Mid-level managers who groveled before powerful upper management out of fear of having the wrong opinion or not doing what the boss wanted.
Imagine my surprise when I attended the World Series of Cosplay this past summer and saw what looked like the back of Lord Zed walking into the venue. I was in a rush so couldn’t stop to look, but when the Cosplay contest started and out walked Lord Zed, I was taken aback. Could this really be LORD ZED? In the flesh, standing so close.
Congratulations to @Nerd_Alert_Cosplay for winning and for qualifying for the big show in Las Vegas. I know who I’ll be rooting for another win!
Published: 17.01.2019 to 07:19:37
Published: 17.01.2019 to 06:49:17