Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 1, Episode 52: Two Heads Are Better Than One

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a show about high school aged teenagers fighting off monsters sent by a woman who lives in a castle on the moon.  That’s a pretty crazy idea in itself, but having watched this far into the series, I am used to it.  It’s routine for me at this point.  A monster comes down, the teenagers fight it, everyone moves on with their lives.  Few things really stick around in the story of the series.  Most things that happen are simple, dumb, episodic fun.

This episode doesn’t seem like it will be any different.  Any change that happens in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers usually happens in the multi-episode story arcs.  Those stories usually carry the weight of the series while the single episodes bring the mindless fun that the series is known for.  They bring in cheesy stories that work well alongside the cheesy fights.  Everything blends together as one and is self-contained in the episode in which it happens.  That might change in the future, but for now it’s quite alright.

The episode I’m about to watch sounds intriguing from the title.  Again, what happens probably won’t be sticking around.  It would be weird if any of the material from an episode with this name did.  I mean, I’m expecting to see two of the Power Rangers using one body with both their heads.  I’m likely not going to get that and be a little sad.  It’s surely a two headed monster instead.  I can be hopeful though.  Here’s to seeing if I’m right.

Season 1, Episode 52: Two Heads Are Better Than One

I was not expecting this episode to start with Tommy and Jason teaching a women’s self defense course to a bunch of middle aged women, one of whom is very enamoured by them.  This feels more like a bad lifetime movie than Power Rangers right now.  They end their class with the title of the episode.  Rita takes that message to heart and decides to make a two headed monster.

Bulk and Skull show up because they want to join the self defense course and meet some MILFs.  Jason and Tommy agree to let them in, then head off to the park to get their next lesson ready.  Rita decides this is the perfect time to attack them, and sends some chicken monster thing after then.  So, this chicken monster… Its second head is a face in its stomach.  That’s weird.  It defeats the two Power Rangers and they flee to the Command Center.  There, the other Power Rangers meet up with them.

The plan is to get fruit to distract one of the heads.  Tommy goes off on his own into the park to find some fruit.  He’s ignoring his own lesson of the buddy system.  The other Power Rangers go to fight some putties.  Putties also attack Tommy and take all of the fruit he’s trying to get.  Tommy then goes to the Youth Center and gets some fruit from Ernie.

Tommy brings the fruit to the fight, and the two monster heads start fighting over the fruit.  Rita grows the monster.  Zords get called.  You know the drill.  Power Rangers win.  Fight over.

The episode ends with Bulk and Skull joining the self defense class.  Just the way Tommy and Jason had planned earlier in the episode, they put Bulk and Skull as the attackers for the women.  The guys get their butts handed to them as the women out-maneuver them in every way.  The end.

Okay.  So the episode didn’t go as goofy as I expected.  With past episodes like Switching Places, where Billy and Kimberly switched bodies, I was expecting this episode to have two Power Ranger heads on one Power Ranger body.  Alas, it was only a monster with two heads.  One of the heads was in the stomach.  Still a fun episode.

The only thing that got built up in this episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was the relationship between Tommy and Kimberly.  It was built up in a rather minor moment where Tommy was getting fruit from Ernie and said that he had gotten a pet parrot for Kimberly.  This reiterated that the two were a couple without beating the audience over the head with it.  The show isn’t known for being subtle, but this relationship isn’t as big a thing as I would have thought.

That’s it for this post.  I have eight more episodes to watch for the season.  One of them is the Halloween episode.  At this pace, I’ll have watched and written about that one in the next few days.  So that’s good.  It’s lining up with Halloween, sort of.  A few days before, but whatever.  The next episode is Fowl Play, so it almost certainly has a chicken monster of some sort.  Hoo-ee!  Let’s get this Mighty Morphin Power Rangers train a rolling.

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