Tommy, a new kid in town with martial arts skills that rival even Jason's, catches Kimberly's eye. Not just her, but Rita Repulsa also sees potential in him. She has her Putties kidnap him, and bring...
Four athletically able teenagers along with their brainy friend Billy are selected by Zordon to fight the evil of Rita Repulsa, her monsters and her minions after the witch is accidentally released from imprisonment in an intergalactic dumpster on the moon. Later in the series, the rangers are joined by Tommy, the once evil Green Ranger designed for Rita's evil, but later was deprogrammed and spent two portions of the series briefly as the Green Ranger. Over time, some rangers had to pass their powers to others as well. Action scenes and scenes with Rita were edited from footage based on Japanese action sagas. Replacement villain Lord Zedd was designed in the U.S.Written by
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The USA show received early criticism during its early run as a rip off of Voltron. However critics were surprised to find out the Power Rangers had been on TV in Japan many years before Voltron was even conceived in the 1980's. See more »
In some episodes, the school principal's name is spelled Caplan, while in some others it is spelled Kaplan. See more »
Tommy, I know. I know you're the Green Ranger.
Well then, Pink Ranger, you should also know that you, and the other Power Rangers, will soon be destroyed.
Let us help you. We can break Rita's spell!
Rita is my empress, and she will soon rule the world.
Tommy, please let us help you...
You have been warned.
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Every time a new Ranger was added to the team, or a Ranger changed, or in some cases, the zords were changed, on-screen, the credits changed to reflect this alteration to the cast. This system continues throughout the series, with only Power Rangers SPD (It excludes Omega and Cat Ranger completely) failing to keep up with this. See more »
The pre television pilot version of the first episode, 'Day of the Dumpster', was shown on the Fox Kids programming block in 1999. There are several differences between it and the tv series:
'Trini' was played by a different actress, Audri Dubois, and was completely different personality (and nationality) wise to the 'Trini Kwan' in the TV series played by Thuy Trang.
'Zordon' was named 'Zoltar' and the image of his head in a tube was also blurred and somewhat pulsating.
There was no Juice bar (and hence no Ernie). Instead the Earth based scene took place in a bowling alley.
The Command Center's interior had different control panels and lighting.
The plating on Alpha 5's upper torso was notably larger and didn't have the familiar "lightning bolt" logo.
'Flyguy', renamed 'King Sphinx' for his eventual appearance in the TV series, appeared in the episode to battle the rangers with 'Goldar'. -The Dinozords were known as Dinodroids'.
There was a Bulk character, but no Skull character. Instead there were three other bullies/punks alongside Bulk.
I Will Win
Written and Performed by Ron Wasserman See more »
I can't believe I watched this!
I'm ashamed. I was young and foolish to be pulled in by this show. Looking back on it now I realise what a load of rubbish it is! The acting is so lame and cheesy and OH MY GOD!!! And did you ever notice that they did the exact same thing in very episode, but with a few substitutions made?
Typical Script -
Scene 1: Power Rangers doing something wholesome and good like homework or building a youth centre.
Scene 2: The bad guy is plotting to destroy the city and wondering how to do it.
BAD GUY WITH CHEESY NAME I know I'll create a monster, but while I'm busy doing that I'll send the Putty Patrol to deal with the Power Rangers.
Scene 3: The wholesomeness is interrupted by the Putty Patrol. The Power Rangers kick bottom then decide to go see Zordon (who happens to be this big head in a jar) because something's not quite right here.
Scene 4: Zordon says stuff, whilst Alpha makes stupid noises.
Scene 5: Monster attacks city.
Scene 6: Morphing time! Takes up about 10 minutes of screen time ...
BLACK RANGER "I'm the hip-hop, all dancing, unlucky-in-love, token black guy of the group ... MASTADON!" (Hey isn't that the name of a heavy metal band?)
PINK RANGER "I'm the girlie, cute one who not-so-secretly fancies the green/white guy. He looks hot in all that Lycra! I get to do all the screaming and I always get captured by the bad guy. Why the heck am I Power Ranger in the first place? ... PTERODAYTL!"
BLUE RANGER "I'm a geek. I talk like a computer ... TRICERTOPS!"
YELLOW RANGER "I'm the token Asian ranger. My only other function is to provide a translator for the geeky one and a shopping buddy for the pink ranger. I hate my life ... SABRE-TOOTHED TIGER!"
RED RANGER "I'm the leader of the Power Rangers. I used to be cool until this green/white ranger came along. Grrr ... TYRANNOSAURUS!"
GREEN/WHITE RANGER "I'm the super powerful Power Ranger who makes the other characters look rubbish. I'm not the leader of the Power Rangers, but I should be because the kids love me ... DRAGONZORD/WHITE TIGER"
Scene 7: Power Rangers fight monster and beat it back for a few seconds using their weapons and some well choreographed arm movements.
Scene 8: The monster grows big with help of bad guy. It's magic!
Scene 9: Get the Zords out! Connect them all together to form a Megazord. (Does anyone else think that they stole that bit from Transformers?) This takes another 10 minutes of screen time.
Scene 10: A little sword fight with the monster. The poor monster has no chance! The monster is defeated, and the bad guy is rather angry because they've lost ... again.
Scene 11: Everything is back to normal and everyone learns a valuable lesson.
*End credits and cheesy theme music*
For a show that lasts 25 minutes, they've done well to cram all the plot into 5 minutes in 30 second bursts throughout the show. To think that something so cheesy and lame as this caused the downfall of Biker Mice From Mars - it's depressing!
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