Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×21 “Green With Evil: Breaking the Spell (Part V)”

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: 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.

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-1997): 1×20 “Green With Evil: Eclipsing Megazord (Part IV)”

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: Eclipsing Megazord (Part IV)
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 8, 1993
Reason for Inclusion: Introduction of the Green Ranger/Tommy, plus being a pretty epic 5-part series

Previously: Rita brings in Scorpina to the party.  Jason manages to escape from Goldar.

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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

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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

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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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