Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Episode 23: The Ninja Encounter, Part 2

During the last episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, we were introduced to three new characters.  Adam, Rocky, and Aisha have arrived with their ninja skills and roller blading badassery.  They were kidnapped by Lord Zedd, though, so things weren’t going so well.  The remaining Power Rangers tried to find a way to save them.  Also kidnapped was a Mr. Anderson character.  His son was left behind.  Bulk and Skull took it upon themselves to take care of little Jake Anderson.  We left on a cliff-hanger of the new trio attempting to escape the bad guys.

The next episode is part two of the Ninja Encounter storyline.  It will see more of the new characters, though they won’t yet become Power Rangers.  Will they help in the fight?  Not the big monster fight, but they’ll likely team up with Billy, Kimberly, and Tommy to fight off a few putties.  That should be fun.  Let’s get to it then.

Season 2, Episode 23: The Ninja Encounter, Part 2
The Power Rangers spent this episode working in two teams.  Jason, Trini, and Zack went to the park to fight the Terror Blossom, Lord Zedd’s newest monster.  There was a new reveal during this story that they could fly between locations while in their suits.  The Terror Blossom resurrected the Hatchasaurus, a bird/dinosaur monster that the Power Rangers defeated in an earlier episode.

The other team was Billy, Kimberly, and Tommy.  They tried to free Aisha, Adam, Rocky, and Mr. Anderson from the clutches of Goldar, but were continuously called back to help the other Power Rangers when trouble was encountered with the Terror Blossom.

The fights in this episode were fairly simple.  There was a quick fight between the Power Rangers and the Terror Blossom that didn’t do much.  It was followed by the full team of Power Rangers taking on some putties in the park while the Hatchasaurus watched.  Then Lord Zedd grew his bird-brained monster and a Zord battle began.  The Power Rangers defeated it and then split up again, with Jason, Trini, and Zack going to fight the Terror Blossom again.  The monster froze them in a mannequin-like state and they needed to be saved.

Meanwhile, Aisha, Rocky, and Adam were in a tricky situation.  Aisha managed to pick the lock on their chains, freeing them.  They got into a fight with the putties that were holding them captive.  Goldar found out that they escaped and recaptured them.  He put a snake in front of them.  If the snake bit the new allies, they would be filled with darkness and turn to Lord Zedd’s side.  The episode ended with the snake slowly approaching them.

All in all, it was a standard middle episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  The story didn’t move forward too much.  It was about setting the stage for a big finale.  The Power Rangers defeated one monster, but there’s another, more dangerous one to fight.  The friends escaped their chains, only to end up in a tougher situation.  Three of the Power Rangers were left helpless, and the others had to work on saving them.  It isn’t too much story.  It’s mostly setup.

The show is getting interesting in how it covers up for the three missing actors.  Some scenes used footage from older episodes.  The remaining actors made sure their costumes lined up with the old footage.  Then there were moments like the flying thing.  It would be much easier for the Power Rangers to just teleport, but they used the flying because they needed to be in their suits for that to happen.  Anybody could be in the suits.  You don’t see faces.  It was an interesting cover that didn’t make much sense for the characters.

Anyway, I should get onto part three.  It’ll have more going on as it finishes the introduction of Rocky, Adam, and Aisha, while also concluding this story of Lord Zedd wanting to turn teenagers evil again.  I’ll see you soon with another episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

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