Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Episode 13: Green No More, Part 2

Previously on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Tommy lost his Green Ranger powers.  Lord Zedd took them to create his own Dark Ranger team.  The rest of the Power Rangers got trapped in his Otherworld, and an unpowered Tommy had to save them.  We were also quickly introduced to Zack’s cousin Curtis, who will likely have a role in the guessing game about the White Ranger’s identity.

We follow these events with the second part of the Green No More story.  This episode will conclude the story of the Green Ranger.  Tommy will leave his role on the team.  But what will happen to the trapped Power Rangers?  Will Lord Zedd stand triumphant?  Will the Dark Rangers cause major problems in Angel Grove?  The only way to find out is to watch the episode.

Season 2, Episode 13: Green No More, Part 2
Let’s just get the whole Dark Ranger thing out of the way right off the bat.  They don’t do anything.  The Dark Rangers don’t play into the fights or story at all.  They get defeated before they can even begin.  Okay?  Okay.  Moving on.

Tommy was the big story.  His powers were already taken away.  Now powerless, he fought his way out of danger from the snail monster and Goldar.  He then discovered that he was the only person who could stop Lord Zedd, since he was the only unpowered person on the team.  Tommy’s lack of powers allowed him to transport into the Otherworld and destroy the green crystal.  Thus, Lord Zedd’s plan was ruined and the Dark Rangers were stopped.

The Power Rangers themselves didn’t do much besides fight in their Zords.  They were trapped, then they weren’t, then they fought.  That was it.  There was no real story.  It was solely fights.

The characters got a slightly better storyline in the final moments as we returned to the Angel Grove Youth Centre.  They were hanging out when the bully group came in.  Jason thought that the bullies needed friends.  He smoothed everything over by offering to buy their drinks.  On a side note, Richie sold them the drinks.

You probably want to know how the fights went since I’ve said that a good chunk of the episode was devoted to different fights.  The episode kicked off with Tommy going toe to toe with the slug monster.  He didn’t have his powers anymore, but he still kicked butt with his martial arts skills.  Goldar soon arrived and Tommy still managed to kick butt.  He quickly knocked Goldar’s sword away and beat him silly.  The rest of the fights would be Zord vs giant monster, with a quick break to have Tommy go inside the monster and blast its stomach with a heat ray.  It was some of the most interesting fighting this season.

Much like the previous episode, Green No More, Part 2 will have a lasting effect.  It was the final episode for the Green Ranger powers.  I jumped the gun last time by saying the same thing, but this episode is the definite end.  The characters make note of that.  Tommy made note of it throughout the episode.  He said that it wasn’t the Green Ranger powers that made him a hero.  He didn’t need the powers.  It was himself.  He was the hero.  He was a kind, caring person who wanted to help people.  It didn’t matter whether or not he had powers.  What mattered was what was inside him.  He doesn’t have the powers anymore.  That’s a big change for the show.

This episode also had some strange moments.  The one that made me laugh was when Tommy had to get inside the snail monster.  He jumped into a truck full of watermelon and hid among the fruit.  The single shot of Tommy in the Green Ranger suit sitting in the watermelon made it look like he was either dead or sleeping.  Also, when Tommy was expelled from the monster’s belly, he gave the heat gun he used to Billy and thanked Billy for making it.  At no point before was it established that Billy made the gun.  It was thrown nonchalantly into that moment to explain where it came from without any setup.  The show is setting up the White Ranger with Richie and Curtis, even if it isn’t outright saying it at this point, but the writers didn’t take the time to set up the heat gun.

As we come to the end of the Green Ranger era of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, we also come to the end of this episode.  It’s been a long and winding road with the Power Rangers as they’ve dealt with Tommy losing his powers.  In the coming episodes, we’ll see how they move on from this event and build their way back to a team that can defeat Lord Zedd at every turn.  Come back next time and we’ll start that road together with the episode Missing Green, where Jason deals with his guilt over Tommy’s power loss.

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