Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Episode 33: Lights, Camera, Action

In the previous episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Rocky just wanted to have fun.  He forgot about his duties as a Power Ranger.  He danced around the battlefield, putting everyone’s lives in danger.  He was under a spell from Lord Zedd.  It eventually got broken and the Power Rangers defeated a monster based on a pachinko machine.  It was an episode that wore its Japanese influences like a badge of honor and it was better for it.

I have no idea what to expect from the next episode.  I’m hoping that it goes into some movie based places.  The title makes me think that it might.  At the same time, I would like it to help Rocky become a full character.  I want to know who he is.  It should also further Bulk and Skull, since they have been becoming better written characters.  We’ll find out what’s in store as I dive into the episode.

Season 2, Episode 33: Lights, Camera, Action
Aisha gave a presentation in Mrs. Appleby’s class about the power of television.  It was relevant to what was about to happen.  The Power Rangers would be on the Harvey Garvey talk show that night to talk about how important education was.

Bulk and Skull were excited because they were going to sneak backstage and execute a plan to reveal the identities of the Power Rangers.  They were going to drop bags from the rafters of the set onto the Power Rangers heads, then pull off their helmets.  They couldn’t figure out the right bag to drop, though.  At the end of the episode, Bulk and Skull got a week of detention after being late for class.

While the Power Rangers were on the Harvey Garvey show discussing how they defeated Pudgy Pig, Lord Zedd created a monster from one of the television cameras.  The Power Rangers cut their public appearance short to take on the monster and the putties that it came with.  They teleported to the park to fight.

None of the fighting was all that good.  There was an early putty fight that involved the Power Rangers defeating a bunch of putties easily.  The same thing happened when they left the talk show.  They took down the putties in no time.  The giant monster battle wasn’t much more exciting.  The big difference was that it happened during a sunset.  The monster ran at the Megazord with a sword.  The Megazord dodged the attack, did a quick slash of its own, and killed the monster right away.  Tommy was busy fighting Goldar, but Goldar fled before anything could happen.  Nothing stood out as all that entertaining.

There was nothing important about this episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  The story wasn’t moved forward.  No new fighting aids were introduced.  Bulk and Skull did not reveal the identities of the Power Rangers.  Everything at the end was exactly as it had been at the beginning.  Even the introduction of Harvey Garvey and his talk show doesn’t mean anything to the show as the character and show never return.  It was as standalone as an episode could be.

The only thing that happened in Lights, Camera, Action that felt special was a letter that came from Jason, Zack, and Trini.  Ms. Appleby read the letter to the class.  The three former Power Rangers said that the only way to achieve world peace was through education, and that the Power Rangers had done a good job by telling everyone how important education was.  It was the first time that the three former Power Rangers had been mentioned by name since they left the show.  There will be another mention later in the season, but the characters won’t return.  Except Jason.  He’ll be back.  We’re a long way away from that, though.

That’s the episode.  Lights, Camera, Action is now behind us.  What’s ahead?  That’s an interesting question.  Hopefully something that moves the story forward or lets us know more about the characters.  Standalone episodes are nice, but this one was too standalone.  There should be some growth, even when the episodes are meant to keep everything the way it is.  Maybe there will be growth in the next episode.  We’ll find out soon.

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