The girls lead a drive to clean up the environment, but Rita has other plans when Kimberly and Trini walk into her waste dump. She also sends the mighty Minotaur to defeat our heroes.
This is one of many unremarkable early episodes that really seems by-the-numbers. Basically Kimberley and Trini want to close down an industrial dump site and this inspires Rita (or so its implied) to use humanity’s own pollution to bring down humanity – did they borrow the scriptwriter from Captain Planet and the Planeteers or something? This is a plot that really harks back to a time in the early 90s when the world first really started taking notice of what we were doing to the environment and like a lot of new things it was suddenly cool for the cool girls to rally to the cause. This episode actually highlights that trend with the guys all having no interest in joining in. Another example of this set up would be Saved by the Bell with Jessie’s character. Put simply it got old really fast and the same thing happens in this episode. The girls become so preachy and whiny that you lose interest and you just want them to shut up. Also why is there no security (or employees for that matter) at the industrial dump. Do they just let teenagers wander around their dangerous site?
Who is Bulk and Skull’s female friend? According to RangerWiki her name is Sharkie and she will only make one more appearance before she is gone for good. The actress’ name is Stella Angelova and while that sounds like a pornstar name she is in fact a Bulgarian-born world and European champion gymnast. While her acting career didn’t exactly take off she is a prolific stunt performer having done stunts for major movies such as Avatar and Transformers; Revenge of the Fallen as well as numerous TV shows.
OK so Rita sends down her Minotaur and we have our climactic fight scene. It starts off promising as I always like episodes where they use their individual Zords for a bit. The problem I have with the whole ending is how Zordon now decides to tell them about some weapons he has been keeping from them. Really Zordon? You are not telling your warriors who have to face vicious monsters on a weekly basis everything that’s available to them. If I was one of the Power Rangers I would have to ask Zordon, “Anything else you’re not telling us before we face the next killer monster for you?” You can argue that in Power Ranger lore the rangers are forbidden from escalating the situation themselves (like calling for the zords before the monster grows) but he could at least tell them about the weapons.
As usual we have to bring up the point that its a kid’s show but to me that is just a sell-out. Newer series are never as patronizing as these early episodes. Even when I was a kid I used to pick up on some of these points and it used to annoy me. Unfortunately we know that MMPR and….shudder…Turbo only make it worse before it starts getting better.
Oh one other thing….Once again we are reminded Zach can dance.