Friday, December 23, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Episode 28: The Power Transfer, Part 2

Last time we left Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Lord Zedd was destroying a distant planet that the Power Rangers were on.  They were after a sword that would help with the power transfer.  Jason, Zack, and Trini were about to leave for a World Peace Conference, and someone was going to replace them on the Power Rangers team.  Meanwhile, back on Earth, a sleeping gas was released through Angel Grove.  The only people who escaped were Adam, Aisha, and Rocky.  It was up to the three of them to keep Angel Grove safe.  The only problem was that a group of putties chained them to a tree.

Now we’re at one of the most important episodes of the series.  The lineup of the Power Rangers will change with the exit of Jason, Zack, and Trini.  Three new teens will be chosen as replacements.  There will also be the first defeat of Serpentera, as the Power Rangers need to stop it to escape the planet that is being destroyed.  There’s a lot of things that need to happen.  Let’s see if they come to fruition in…

Season 2, Episode 28: The Power Transfer, Part 2
Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were quick to get out of their chains.  Adam kicked a soccer ball at a putty, and it dropped a set of keys.  They unlocked themselves and disposed of the putties.  They then used the same soccer ball to destroy the sleeping gas machine.

On the distant planet, Lord Zedd once again began his destruction.  The Power Rangers needed to get the sword quickly before the planet was fully destroyed.  Billy figured out that a ring they were given was the key to unlocking it.  They placed the ring on the finger of the statue holding the sword and were able to free the sword and be teleported back to the Command Centre.

Things quickly picked up as Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were teleported to the Command Centre and given their new powers as Power Rangers.  Jason, Zack, and Trini were sent off to the World Peace Conference.

Immediately following the transfer of powers, a monster named Silver Horns appeared.  This began one of the biggest battles to ever happen in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  First, Rocky decided to go up against the monster in his Zord.  He was no match for it, so Tommy joined in with his Tigerzord.  They still couldn’t defeat it, and the looming threat of Serpentera was growing closer.  The rest of the Power Rangers and Tor joined the party.  They created the Thunder Untrazord and defeated Silver Horns.  Luckily, there was no power left in Serpentera after destroying a planet, so Lord Zedd just took it home.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers chugged along for the past few episodes.  Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were introduced in The Ninja Encounter.  Tor was introduced in A Monster of Global Proportions.  And now the team has switched out three members with these new friends.  The show has entered a new era.  The original team is now behind it, and this new team with some old friends and some new is going to lead us through the rest of the season.  You could even go back to White Light as the moment when the show began to change.  Tommy became the new team leader.  The behind-the-scenes stuff had happened and they knew while editing that three of the stars were leaving.  Since then, they’ve been working toward this moment.

That said, this episode wasn’t without its strange moments.  Serpentera began the attack on the distant planet, even though that attack had already been started at the end of the previous episode.  But the one I want to focus on more is that you never see people wake up after the destruction of the sleep gas machine.  It would have been an easy ten seconds to show people wake up, have Bulk make a quick comment, and go back to the action.  Why they didn’t show that, I’ll never know.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is a different show now.  It’s like reading The Avengers comics and getting to the point when Iron Man, Thor, and Ant-Man/Wasp are replaced with Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch.  The team is different and it will take some getting used to.  But there’s no doubt that the show will overcome this initial hesitance and give me the same entertainment I’ve always had.  The next episode will begin that.  See you soon.

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