Kim goes for flying lessons with her pilot uncle Steve, with Bulk and Skull tagging along. Rita’s henchman Squatt spikes Steve’s drink with a sleeping potion, which kicks into effect while in the skies over Angel Grove. Kim nervously takes over flying the four-seater plane, but even with a little guidance from Alpha 5, can she land safely? Meanwhile, her teammates face the dreaded Snizard. To make matters worse, the bow and arrow Kim wields as the Pink Ranger are the only means of destroying the Snizard.
This is one of those episodes I remember watching as a child which is strange because it’s not really one that stands out in anyway. That’s not to say it is a bad episode but rather it is quite mediocre and very flawed. So Kimberley is excited about going flying? Not that she does a lot of flying having the Pterodactyl zord. I suppose flying a zord is different to piloting a Cessna. Having flown in a light aircraft myself I think I would take the Pterodactyl every time thank you.
In fairness the Uncle’s Cessna story is fairly interesting to watch although why the writers felt they needed Bulk and Skull to tag along is anyone’s guess. Their whole inclusion is extremely forced, not very funny (which is odd for them) and when they become an inconvenience to the plot they simply have a double-faint so Kim can talk to Alpha without them catching on that she is a Power Ranger. The whole flight sequence is quite exciting to watch and is well played out making it feel like Kimberley is in mortal danger. One thing that made me laugh was when Zordon describes Kimberley as “bright” when she has proven just another bimbo so far in the series…just saying.
Snizard is definitely one of the creepiest baddies of the first season although I sense that a lot of his scenes from the Japanese source material were cut and in the end he becomes an easily defeated bad guy thanks to the timely arrival of Kimberley/Pink Ranger who apparently was the only one who could shoot that apple off his head.
This was the first episode I’ve watched of the so-called -re-versioning of the show. If you don’t know, in 2010 the series was re-aired in a new format that included cartoon style captions. Why they felt this was necessary I don’t know but what I will say is they are terrible. It makes the whole thing feel like Batman the 60s tv show. OK – Power Rangers has always been a bit campy but this is just too much.