MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS (1993-1997)
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: Breaking the Spell (Part V)
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 9, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Introduction of the Green Ranger/Tommy, plus being a pretty epic 5-part series
Previously: After finding and then losing Zordon again, the Rangers attempt another battle with Rita. Rita, however, uses a solar eclipse to bring Megazord, and the Rangers, to a grinding halt.
The Rangers are in shock and awe that Tommy is the Green Ranger. Alpha explains that while Tommy is inherently good, he is under a spell. Jason tells them they can not give up; they have to save Tommy.
On the moon, Rita and company are all partying it up in glee over their defeat of the Rangers.
Back at the Command Center, Alpha is having a panic attack. After reassuring him they will succeed, the Rangers decide to split up and look for Tommy.
At the Juice Bar, everyone is watching in horror as Goldar destroys things. Bulk and Skull try to take credit for scaring away Goldar at the beach…but Kimberly shoots them down. Kimberly finds Tommy and confronts him about Rita and his alter-ego. Tommy threatens her and refuses to take their help.
On the moon, Rita is summoning the dreaded Dragonzord. There are plenty of action shots of him destroying things and being intimidating.
Back at the Command Center, Alpha is still trying to find Zordon. Fortunately, he’s able to find Zordon, and can now just wait for him to return.
The Rangers re-group at Billy’s garage, where Kimberly informs them of her encounter with Tommy. Trini rushes in to tell them about the attack on the Business District. They morph into action and arrive to discover Dragonzord.
At Tommy’s command, the Dragonzord being shooting laser torpedoes at the Rangers.
We get some awesome action cuts of Tommy monologuing about how he must destroy the Rangers, Rita wondering what’s taking so long, and Dragonzord causing things to explode and crumble.
Buuuuuuut, there is good news! Zordon is back and has a plan!
Using his awesome powers, he manages to summon the Zords back from the grave.
First, Jason and Tommy go to battle with their respective Zords.
After getting Dragonzord on the ground, the others join in to form Megazord….who promptly lifts Dragonzord over its head and throws it around.
They also spin it by its tail.
Zordon tells Jason they must destroy the Evil Sword of Darkness to free Tommy from the spell. So, down on the ground, he and Tommy begin an epic duel….
….and Jason is the victor!
The Rangers de-morph and go to help Tommy. They invite him to join them in their quest to stop Rita.
Naturally, he accepts. Zordon tells Alpha it is history in the making, and The Rangers morph all together for the first time.
Zordon instructs them to call Dragonzord to combine with Mastadon, Triceratops and Sabre-Tooth Tiger to create the Dragonzord Battle Mode.
Meanwhile, on the moon, Rita is angry that she has yet again been defeated.
Back at the Command Center, the Rangers, Zordon and Alpha are celebrating a job well done. At long last, the Green Ranger Saga has ended and a new chapter in the Power Ranger History can begin.
This is probably the weakest episode, due to expansive action shots that aren’t overly necessary and a less than awesome conclusion. I give it a B+/A-.
Stay tuned next week for my overall commentary 🙂