Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×19 “Green With Evil: The Rescue (Part III)”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

NOTE: This being what I call “The Green Ranger Saga.”  The next 6 weeks will focus on this saga alone, five episodes and one big closing post of analysis and thoughts.  Subsequently, there will no closing commentary for each individual episode beyond the final thoughts.

Episode: Green With Evil: The Rescue (Part III)
Director: Robert Hughes
Teleplay: Gary Glasberg & Stewart St. John
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: October 7, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Introduction of the Green Ranger/Tommy, plus being a pretty epic 5-part series

Previously: The Rangers slowly attempt to fix Alpha and find Zordon.  Jason gets kidnapped by Rita and Goldar and is imprisoned in another dimension without his morpher.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×18 “Green With Evil: Jason’s Battle (Part II)”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

NOTE: This being what I call “The Green Ranger Saga.”  The next 6 weeks will focus on this saga alone, five episodes and one big closing post of analysis and thoughts.  Subsequently, there will no closing commentary for each individual episode beyond the final thoughts.

Episode: Green With Evil: Jason’s Battle (Part II)
Director: Robert Hughes
Teleplay: Gary Glasberg & Stewart St. John
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: October 6, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Introduction of the Green Ranger/Tommy, plus being a pretty epic 5-part series

Previously: New kid Tommy shows up in Angel Grove with mad karate skills.  Kimberly crushes on him.  Rita does too, and kidnaps him and makes him the Evil Green Ranger.  As Evil Green Ranger, Tommy trashes the Command Center, exposes Alpha 5 to a virus and sends Zordon to dimensions unknown.

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×06 “Boys II Mensa”

Episode: Boys II Mensa (1×06)
Production Code: B607
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Janette Kotichas Burleigh
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: Jane Carr, Marty York, Sam Horrigan, Dusty Gould
Original Air Date: October 29, 1993

Teaser

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Way to be literal, Cor!

Mr. Feeny is handing back class assignments.  This time, it’s book reports, and I can only hope that most of the class did theirs on Peter Rabbit.  While Mr. Feeny is talking to the class, Cory is wearing a clown nose and pulling grotesque faces.  Mr. Feeny calls him out by using a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer quip, as Cory grins sheepishly.  Cory says it’s the wrong holiday for that, as Halloween is will be here soon.  He explains that he was experimenting with the clown nose as a potential costume.  Mr. Feeny decides to go the Shaming route of discipline and says Cory must wear the nose for the remainder of the morning.  As the students giggle at their exchange, Mr. Feeny resumes handing back papers.  Minkus’ featured a haiku with the subject being Captain Ahab’s preoccupation with Moby Dick.  Ugghh.  I’m having unpleasant flashbacks to Junior Year, right about now.  Minkus emotively recites his haiku:

“The calm, blue ocean
Sun lights up the monster’s eye
He sees me–whale food.”

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He should submit his work to Dot’s Poetry Corner.

Mr. Feeny gives his appraisal: “It works on so many levels.”  Shawn calls Minkus a “brown noser,” and Minkus calls Shawn a “troglodyte.”  Mr. Feeny hands Cory’s assignment back, saying it wasn’t one of Cory’s finest achievements.  Cory looks at the paper, then asks Mr. Feeny why, although he and “Rick” both got “C’s,” “Rick” got good feedback but Cory got negative feedback.  Mr. Feeny asks “Bozo” to approach the “center ring.”  At the front of the room, Mr. Feeny quietly tells Cory that “Mr. Lewis” put in a lot of work just to get the “C,” earning his respect.  He says Cory diverts his resources into class clowning instead.  Cory asks why Mr. Feeny picks on him so much, and never on, say, Minkus.  Incredulous at the completely stupid question (yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question, and this is a prime example), Mr. Feeny reminds him that Minkus would earn higher than an “A,” if possible.  Cory mutters that he supposes that is how Minkus gets away with everything, as he returns to his desk.  Mr. Feeny asks what Minkus gets away with.  I should point out that every single student is intently studying during this entire, loud, interesting, two-way conversation.  And that is how you know you’re  on a TV show, folks!  Cory asks why he gets detention for throwing paper airplanes (as he demonstrates his prototypical triangle-shaped model), when Minkus doesn’t.  Camera cut to Minkus, who has fashioned a bi-plane (I think it’s called, anyway), complete with propeller.  Cory soberly says, “I withdraw the question.”

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I think that paper airplane design is precisely what was used in the Flying Down to Rio finale.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×17 “Green With Evil: Out of Control (Part I)”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

NOTE: This being what I call “The Green Ranger Saga.”  The next 6 weeks will focus on this saga alone, five episodes and one big closing post of analysis and thoughts.  Subsequently, there will no closing commentary for each individual episode beyond the final thoughts.

Episode: Green With Evil: Out of Control (Part I)
Director: Robert Hughes
Teleplay: Gary Glasberg & Stewart St. John
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: October 5, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Introduction of the Green Ranger/Tommy, plus being a pretty epic 5-part series

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Boy Meets World (1993-2000): 1×05 “Killer Bee”

Episode: Killer Bee (1×05)
Director: David Trainer
Teleplay: Susan Estelle Jansen
Main Cast: Ben Savage, William Daniels, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, Rider Strong, Lily Nicksay
Guest Cast: DeJuan Guy, Nikki Cox,  Gisele MacKenzie, Branelle Dahl, Laurel Diskin, Tom Kelly, Thomas Wilson Brown
Original Air Date: October 22, 1993

Teaser

Mr. Feeny is announcing who earned the highest geography grade.  Before he can get the name out, Cory loudly interrupts, saying it must be Minkus.  And, it was Minkus, who tells Mr. Feeny that the quiz’s bonus question was tricky.  Shawn throws a wad of paper at Minkus’ head.  Mr. Feeny hands back the assignments.  Cory’s indignant that he got a “C” because he studied for this exam, for once, and wants to know why.  Mr. Feeny points out that “East Germany,” one of Cory’s answers, no longer exists.  Two episodes in a row where Cory sucks at geography, now.  Cory asks if this occurred while baseball season was happening.  Cory says that his textbook has East Germany adjacent to West Germany.  Mr. Feeny agrees, because the textbook also says that Alaska and Hawaii will make excellent states in the future.  Oh gosh, so apparently I wasn’t the only 90s kid learning about The Soviet Union from “current” maps, after all!  Mr. Feeny explains that the Board of Education is not in a financial position to regularly update textbooks.  Cory wants to know how he’s supposed to stay up-to-date.  Mr. Feeny suggests watching the news and increasing classroom involvement.  He reminds the class that he gives them mimeographs (!), and suggests that the students refrain from using them as paper airplanes.  Shawn sails one into Minkus’ head.  Cory asks what the point of learning geography is if it’s constantly changing, and he compares it to math (2 + 2 is constant), science (Earth orbiting the Sun), and history (Lincoln gets shot).  Mr. Feeny wryly says, “Lincoln got off easy.”

Shawn is a regular Curt Schilling!

Shawn’s a regular Curt Schilling!

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×12 “Power Ranger Punks”

MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Go Go, Power Rangers!

Episode: Power Ranger Punks (1×12)
Director: David Blyth
Teleplay: Mark Hoffmeier
Cast: Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost, Walter Jones, Thuy Trang, Austin St. John, Paul Schrier, Jason Narvy, David Fielding, Richard Steven Horovitz, Richard Genelle, Barbara Goodman
Original Air Date: September 20, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Geoffrey’s absolute favorite episode

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ACT ONE

Billy, Trini, Zack and Jason are playing sand volleyball.  Kimberly shows up with “drinks” for everyone (that look suspiciously like water).

Meanwhile, on the moon, Baboo is brewing up a special Punk potion in his stereotypical evil genius lab.

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ACT TWO

The Rangers are, naturally, attacked by Putty Patrolers.  Whilst they battle, Baboo puts his Punk Potion into the drinks.

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After the brief battle, Kimberly and Billy drink from the now contaminated glasses, and experience a change.  Their former sunny dispositions have been replaced by snotty “punk” attitude.

Great face there, Billy.

Great face there, Billy.

Meanwhile, on the moon, Rita is pleased.  She asks Finster to make her a monster.  He decides on a Terror Toad.  He likes to eat things and is mean.  So basically, a good pre-requisite.

He also was the understudy for Kermit during filming of "A Muppet Christmas Carol."

He also was the stunt double for Kermit during filming of “A Muppet Christmas Carol.”

The next day at school, we see Bulk and Skull struggling with their lockers.  Skull ponders on Yorick…

Why is he called Yorick?

Why is he called Yorick?

…while Bulk gets buried in…ick.

I can't judge too hard...my locker in 6th grade was pretty bad.

I can’t judge too hard…my locker in 6th grade was pretty bad.

Kimberly and Billy show up with entirely new wardrobes.  Kimberly flirts with Skull and demands he go on a date with her to “tear up the town.”  Skull agrees quickly.

Apparently punk in 1993 is the same as punk in 1987.

Apparently punk in 1993 is the same as punk in 1987.

On the viewing globe, Alpha 5 notices the problem. Zordon instructs him to teleport the Rangers to the Command Center and to place Kimberly and Billy into a transparent force field.  Understandably, this angers them.

That is a horrible outfit, Kim.

That is a horrible outfit, Kim.

Zordon explains what has happened to Kimberly and Billy, and tells them that only sap from the Singing Squash can heal them.  However, before they can set out to find this Squash, the Terror Toad appears on Earth.

ACT THREE

Jason, Trini and Zack morph into action to fight the evil Terror Toad.  And discover that he will actually eat them.  Poor Trini is the first to go.

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Zordon sends Alpha 5 to find the Singing Squash, which he succeeds in doing.

In the land of trash bag flooring...

In the land of trash bag flooring…

Back in battle, Zack and Jason aren’t doing so well and before too long, Terror Toad has eaten Zach as well.

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We cut to the Command Center where Alpha 5 has prepared the sap of the Singing Squash to rescue Billy and Kimberly.  A few snide remarks and one big drink later, and our Rangers are back to their usual selves.  Zordon catches them up on what is happening and they head into battle.

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After destroying his horn, the Terror Toad uses his tongue to capture Jason.  However, he reveals his weak spot below his neck, and they quickly make plans.  However, before Billy can take him out, he too is eaten.

Nightmare fuel?

So many comments….

Kimberly uses her power bow to free the others and then with one final arrow, takes out the Terror Toad, effectively ending his reign.

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Meanwhile, on the moon, Rita complains of a headache.

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Back at the Juice Bar, Skull comes to pick up Kimberly for their date.  Angry that she refuses to go out with him, they challenge the guys in volleyball, and wind up tangled in the net.  All is once again right in the world, and the Rangers have saved the day.

I can sympathize with this.

I can sympathize with this.

COMMENTARY

This has been my favorite episode for years.  It started when I got the storybook adaptation of the episode.  That was actually my first exposure to a couple of the episodes, but this one in particular.  I liked it because it was Kimberly-heavy, and the story was pretty fun over all. I also liked the fact there was no use of the Zords and that the minor character of Baboo got played up.

The nice thing about this episode is it’s not quite the standard episode.  A lot of the minor characters have stuff to do, and it isn’t focused on Jason being the clear leader.  It gave Kimberly a chance to really shine, and it gave Alpha a chance to be a hero of sorts.

Interestingly, the American episode and the Japanese episode are basically the same plot.  The storyline and footage sync up with each other, which is one of the few times this ever happens.

On a side note, I always wanted a Terror Toad action figure. I thought he’d be highly marketable with accessories.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I give the episode an A+.  It still holds up as my favorite, and despite some really bad acting when they’re punks, I really don’t find much fault with the episode.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996-2000): 1×05 “A Halloween Story”

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Episode: A Halloween Story (1×05)
Director: Gary Halvorson
Teleplay: Nell Scovell
Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Michelle Beaudoin, Paul Fieg
Guest Stars: Sally Jessy Raphael, Emily Hart, Robin Riker, Diane McBain, Linda Kash, Jay Kogen, Phillip Glasser
Original Air Date: October 25, 1996

Cold Open

Hilda and Zelda are giddily duetting on “Halloween, O Happy Day,” when Sabrina comes downstairs to the kitchen, asking why Salem was yowling.  Hilda says that he doesn’t like their Halloween caroling, and asks Sabrina if she is excited about the holiday.  Sabrina’s excitement level is not high enough, so the Aunts start in on “Have a Jolly Hallo-hallo-halloween.”  Sabrina insists that she’s attempting to get into the spirit, and demonstrates her Sally Jessy Raphael costume.  The Aunts aren’t impressed, as the “costume” merely consists of a pair of red-framed glasses, so Sabrina challenges them to improve the costume.  The Aunts use their magic, and the part of Sabrina is now being played by Sally Jessy Raphael.  Sabrina-as-Sally Jessy Raphael checks her appearance out in the mirror.  In character, she announces, “Next up, we are going to talk to a teenage witch and her aunts who take things too far!”  The Aunts carol their way into the opening credits.

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Claudia: I’d say that a Sally Jessy Raphael cameo places this show firmly in the 90s era, because I don’t think her red glasses have been seen much of anywhere lately.

Geoffrey: The last thing I heard about was when she stepped in for Dick Cavett in the revival of Rocky Horror. I miss trashy daytime TV with a heart.  Also, SJR has great gams.

 

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