Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Episode 56: On Fins and Needles

I only have five episodes left of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  That is including this episode.  Will anything big happen in these five episodes?  There will probably be some sort of big event in the finale to propel me into the second season.  The other episodes, not so much.  They will likely end up being the same, run of the mill, self-contained episodes that I have grown used to in the series.  But, hey.  They’ll have action and fighting and all that fun stuff.

This is also the week that I have set a goal for myself to get at least one of these posts up per week.  That’s right.  I hope to be back on a weekly basis with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers posts.  You can expect one next week, one the week after, one the week after that, and so on.  I’m making this goal because I want to move forward.  I have spent too much time stalling with these posts and it has only led to long periods of dormancy.  That is going to change.

The first step in changing that is to write about this episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  Why don’t I get to it then?  Here we go.

Season 1, Episode 56: On Fins and Needles
The episode starts with Tommy and Jason teaching a free martial arts class at the Youth Centre.  Zack says it’s a good thing that they’re doing it because martial arts is a good way to keep children out of trouble.  But there is trouble on the horizon, like always.

Rita Repulsa is watching the gang from her moon castle.  Her dastardly plan for this episode is to send down a monster shark with some sort of spell that can turn Tommy and Jason against each other.  That would be a big problem for the Power Rangers.

Jason and Tommy are walking through the park.  Putties appear and they end up in a brawl like they usually do.  The difference this time is that there’s an electrified boomerang that shocks the two Power Rangers.  They then end up under the spell of the shark monster and begin bickering with each other.  It’s basically just the two of them complaining about how good the other one is and saying they are better because they aren’t as obnoxious about being good.  Something like that.

While Jason and Tommy fight, Rita sends her shark monster down to Earth.  It says something that I can’t understand because they put an effect over the voice that sounds sort of like gurgling.  It’s tough to understand anything through that.

At the Youth Centre, Bulk and Skull have set up a match of fisticuffs between Tommy and Jason.  Lots of people show up, paying a dollar a ticket.  Zack tries to break up the fight, but it doesn’t work.  Luckily, Zordon calls the Power Rangers away.

The only way to overcome the anger is for Jason and Tommy to set aside their anger.  Zordon sends them to fight the shark monster first.  They agree that if Jason defeats it, Tommy leaves his power coin behind, and if Tommy defeats it, he gets to lead the Power Rangers.  This seems like a good idea.

Obviously the shark monster is kicking their butts because they’re not working together.  Tommy and Jason fight some more before realizing they have to work together to not get their butts kicked.  It breaks the spell and the other Power Rangers join in the fight.

The Power Rangers put their power blaster together at the same time that Rita Repulsa sends down her staff, so obviously it doesn’t work.  The monster grows, they get their Zords, they fight, they win.

For the final scene, Tommy and Jason have teamed up again to teach the martial arts class.  Bulk and Skull show up claiming that they are owed a fight.  To get Jason and Tommy to fight, Bulk and Skull try to punch them but end up punching each other instead.  The end.

The moral of this episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was that friendship means more than anything.  Fighting is something that should only be done when there is no other course of action.  That kind of stuff.  It’s good stuff to be teaching children.  It is an attempt to get rid of violence and spread a peaceful sort of environment.

Did it further the series?  Not really, no.  Though it did sneakily establish Tommy’s leadership qualities.  His desire to become leader would be fulfilled later in the Power Rangers saga, but I’m not at that point yet.  He is not leader yet.  Jason is still around and there is other stuff that has to happen to Tommy before he becomes leader.  He still has that issue with the fading power coin, don’t you know?

I have no idea what the next episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is.  What I do know is that there will be a monster, there will be a fight, and there will be more shenanigans with Bulk and Skull.  That’s every episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers so far.  Why would they change it at this point in the season?  I’ll see you soon for another episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Episode 55: Second Chance

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers keeps chugging along as I near the end of the first season.  It may have taken me years to complete the first step on my trip through the franchise, but I’m almost there.  I’m near the end of the first chapter of the Power Rangers legacy.  And what do I have to show for it?  I have 55 posts about 55 episodes of a series that I watched as a child and bought to relive.  That’s something.

The episode coming up promises a second chance at something.  I don’t know what that thing is.  Could it be something that I already know about, or will it be something that the characters mention for the first time in this episode?  I don’t know the answer to that since I am going to watch it after writing all of this stuff.  All I know is that I’m probably going to see the Power Rangers fight some putties and defeat another of Rita Repulsa’s monsters.  That’s all I could really expect of an episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  And I do have fun with it every time.

So let’s get into this episode and see what it’s all about.  I know you’re as excited as me to see.

Season 1, Episode 55: Second Chance

The title of the episode comes up pretty darn early in the dialogue.  As Jason and Zack are hanging out at the Youth Centre, they see Ernie posting a list of children who made it through the try-outs for the soccer team.  When one child is left sad, Jason and Zack convince Ernie to give the kids a second chance.  I’m not sure how that would work, but I’ll go with it.

Rita, meanwhile, wants to send some sort of monster ball to destroy the Power Rangers.  It needs to charge first, so we’ve still got a ways to go before that happens.

Bulk and Skull think that they should be the ones to train the kid, whose name is Roger, to be on the soccer team.  They decide to show everyone in the school hallway why they should be the trainers by kicking a ball.  As he dodges out of the way, Tommy breaks his communicator.  That has to come up later in the episode.  In fact, in the next scene, it keeps making noise in class and a teacher takes it away.

The Soccadillo isn’t charged yet so Goldar says they should send down putties to fight Jason and Zack, who are in the park.  This brings up the question about why Rita doesn’t reveal the Power Rangers’ identities, since she knows them.  I’ll discuss that later.  As soon as the putties arrive, Rita wants to send the monster down even though it isn’t fully charged.  This leads to one of the strangest fights I’ve seen so far.  There’s a floating rock armadillo ball being kicked and punched.

Did you know that not only do the Power Rangers wear clothes in their colours, but they also drink out of cups that are their specific colours?  The more you know.

Kimberly, Trini, and Billy show up at the park to help and the weird fight continues.  They need Tommy’s help but Tommy can’t be reached since he doesn’t have his communicator.  The Power Rangers fight without Tommy.  When he gets his communicator back, he shows up and the Power Rangers kick butt.

In the final scene, Roger makes the team because Ernie makes two teams instead of one.  And he’s the captain!  Bulk and Skull say he didn’t need to train and to prove it, Skull is going to show them his skills.  But his hand gets stuck to the ball with some sort of slime and when he tries to throw the ball away, it comes back and hits him in the face.  Everyone laughs.  The credits start.

This episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was another episode with weird visuals.  Much like the heads stuck in the pumpkins from the previous episode, the floating Soccadillo ball that was in the fights is something that won’t leave my mind for a while.  The way that the Power Rangers ducked and weaved to avoid it while fighting putties made for one of the more entertaining fights of the season.

Other than that fight, there wasn’t much else to the episode to make it stand out in any way.  Nothing that happened was meaningful at all.  We’ll probably never see Roger again.  The Soccadillo won’t be back.  The relationships between the characters weren’t furthered in any way.  Everything is as it was before the episode.

My question to you is this: Why is everything the same?  My second question: Why doesn’t Rita reveal the identities of the Power Rangers?  If she knows who they are, she could reveal who they are and cause problems in their high school lives.  With so much attention on the Power Rangers, you would think that it would be easier for Rita to attack Angel Grove.  But nope, she just keeps it secret.  I feel like that’s only hurting her in the long run.

The next episode will probably be more of the same.  But, hey!  I’m nearer the end of the season than I was before this episode.  And I’ll be even closer after the next episode.  That’s how it works.  I’ll be back sometime soon to write about the next episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  Until then, go Green Ranger go!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Episode 54: Trick or Treat

(Heads up before you read this post. The summary for this episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was written before Halloween 2015.  For whatever reason, be it laziness or other things coming up, it has been sitting in a Word document on my computer for three months.  I thought that I would finally get around to finishing the post and getting it up for the few people that read these things.  Up until the end of the episode summary is what I had already written.  The three final paragraphs are what I have just written to finish the post.)

With Halloween coming up at the end of next week, I am happy to be watching the Halloween episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers during October.  It seems right.  Even though I never meant to take the nine month hiatus I took in writing these posts, I’m glad that I came back when I did.  Everything lined up rather perfectly for this one.  The time, the episode.  It’s all right.

Now, this episode probably won’t leave a lasting effect on the series.  It’s a Halloween episode.  Sure, it’s going to be in canon with the rest of the series, but I don’t see it changing anything in the show.  Nobody is going to die.  The costumes, weapons, and Zords won’t change.  There won’t be any new additions to the team.  This is going to be a standalone episode that fits into the overarching story of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers without pushing it forward.  I can see that happening.

So, let’s get spooky with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as I dive into the next episode.  The Halloween episode.

Season 1, Episode 54: Trick or Treat

Kimberly is going to be on a game show!  It’s called Trick or Treat.  I don’t know what it involves, but it sounds like Halloween.  Tommy can’t go, though, since he has an inner city karate tournament that he can’t miss.  His words, not mine.  Kimberly will be going up against Skull in the game show.

All of this Trick or Treat stuff gives Rita Repulsa a great idea.  Her newest monster will be the Pumpkin Rapper.  The seeds for the monster have already been planted in the park and it’s only a matter of time before it goes after the Power Rangers.

The game show is a show that involves trying to stump the host with questions.  The whole gang, excluding Tommy, is in the audience to cheer Kimberly on.  For some reason, Tommy is walking through the park and stumbles upon the pumpkins.  Rita sends some putties after Tommy and he fights them.  The fight scene is intercut with bits and pieces of the game show.  Tommy beats the putties and warns Zordon that something is happening.  Zordon tells Tommy to go to his karate match.

Kimberly fakes fainting so that she and the Power Rangers can defend Angel Grove from the Pumpkin Rapper.  The monster will “try and distract you with his clever raps and rhymes.”  The Power Rangers go to investigate the pumpkin patch, and in the creepiest thing in the series so far, end up with their heads stuck in pumpkins.  Kimberly uses her gun to cut the pumpkins off.  The Power Rangers then fight a bunch of putties that have pumpkins on their heads.

The rapping is really bad but it distracts the five Power Rangers enough that they get wrapped in vines.  Tommy ditches his tournament because he has to come and save them.  He cuts them loose and fights the Pumpkin Rapper long enough so that the other Power Rangers can put their weapons together and shoot the Pumpkin Rapper dead.

The episode ends on Bulk and Skull who won the prize at the game show when Kimberly left.  Someone from standards and practices shows up to take it away.  Bulk ends up in his boxers.  Tommy tells Kimberly that you don’t need to win a prize to feel like a winner.  The end.

I was quite right in my assessment at the start of this post.  This episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers seems like it won’t have any lasting effect upon the series as a whole.  Anything that could have changed by the end of the episode reverted back to its original state by the conclusion.  The monster was defeated, Bulk and Skull lost their new car, and all of the Power Rangers are alive, healthy, and sticking around.  Without this episode, nothing in the series would be any different at all.

The closest thing to something in the episode that will stick around is the memory of the truly horrendous rapping that the pumpkin rapper does.  Well, I guess that and the horrific imagery of the Power Rangers with the pumpkins stuck on their heads.  The episode is otherwise entirely forgettable and meaningless.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will move on from this low point.  In fact, it will get two more seasons, then spawn 20 more years of Power Rangers on television.  This is one of the longest lasting continuous franchises at this point.  Hopefully, I will soon take a step forward and watch another episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and write about it for all of you to read.  That is my goal.  We’ll see how that works out.