Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Episode 29: Goldar's Vice-Versa

When we last left Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the team was shaken up.  Jason, Zack, and Trini left for the World Peace Conference and were replaced by Rocky, Adam, and Aisha.  They were immediately thrown into a battle against Silver Horns and Serpentera.  Things turned out fine.  Angel Grove was saved and the Power Rangers lived on.

Now we have come to the new era of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  The transition started back when Tommy got his White Ranger powers.  He was the new leader of the team, and around that time, the show began to phase out Jason, Zack and Trini.  Now that whole section of the story is behind us.  We’re moving forward with a new team.  What will this new team bring?  I’m not sure.  I’ve enjoyed the three newer characters so far, but they haven’t had any storylines to themselves.  They’ve always just been the people needing to be saved, or the friends of the Power Rangers who were willing to help.  We’ll get to see them in action as we dive into…

Season 2, Episode 29: Goldar’s Vice-Versa
Angel Grove High School was throwing a Vice-Versa dance, where the girls asked the guys to go.  The only problem was that Adam didn’t have a date.  Even Bulk and Skull had potential dates, as two girls who seemed like female versions of them wanted to go to the dance.  Bulk and Skull spent the entire episode avoiding the girls, but lost out in the end when the girls found them at the dance and forced them into kisses.

Aisha told Adam that she knew someone who thought he was cute.  She told Adam to watch the volleyball practice after school and the girl would ask him out.  He didn’t make it to the practice.  Luckily for him, when he went to the Angel Grove Youth Centre later, there was a new girl practicing martial arts.  She immediately took a liking to him and asked him out.  During that date, which Aisha tagged along for, the girl revealed herself to be Scorpina.

The rest of the Power Rangers quickly figured out that Adam and Aisha had been trapped.  They morphed up and headed to the park to take on Goldar and Scorpina.  Billy freed the two trapped Power Rangers with his Power Lance.  Tommy told everyone to fight the putties while he went one-on-two against the big bad foes.  When the putties were defeated, Lord Zedd grew out his minions.  The Power Rangers got their Zords together and created the Thunder Ultrazord.  Goldar and Scorpina fled before they could be attacked.

There was one other fight in the episode that I haven’t mentioned.  The reason that Adam missed the volleyball practice was to fight a group of putties.  By the time he was done, he missed his opportunity.  It didn’t matter though.  When he got to the dance, the volleyball girl walked up to him and said she didn’t have a date.  Aisha told Adam to ask her to dance and everything ended happily.

This wasn’t a huge episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  It didn’t move the storylines forward in any real way.  That’s not a big deal though.  This episode was about getting to know the new characters.  Specifically, it was an episode devoted to letting us know a little bit about Adam.  We learned about his relationship woes and that Aisha is one of his best friends.  Not that we didn’t know that last part.  Over the past season and a half, the show has learned how to properly introduce and build characters.  This episode did a better job than almost any time the show focused on Trini or Zack.

Something that the show has also realized is how to blend the comedy into the action.  When Adam was fighting the putties by himself, the way that the putties appeared was one of the better comedic moments that the show has had.  They teleported into the park doing some sort of funky dance.  That didn’t last long.  It wasn’t an extended dance sequence.  They just appeared dancing, then went into the fight.  It was good stuff.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ second era has made a strong start.  It’s already building out the new characters in a way that feels earned.  The characters aren’t boring.  They’re likeable, and they have distinct personalities.  It looks like there will be a good future going into the remainder of season two.  These characters are here to stay and they’ve already got my approval.  What will the next episode bring though?  We’ll find out next time.

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