Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: 1.17 “Green With Evil” Part 1

Part 1 – Out of Control

Season 1 Episodes 17-21
Airdate: October 5-9, 1993

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I liked the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for a couple of years. Mind you, I was in elementary school at the time. And I was initially resistant to watch it. I remember in the summer months leading up to its debut in 1993, Fox Kids aired promos for it as well as The Animaniacs. All my little friends were getting pumped in anticipation about this exciting new show about giant fighting robots, but I was like, “No, The Animaniacs is where it’s at. That show is going to be way better.” My friends called me a gaywad for arguing this, but I feel that history has crowned Animaniacs to be the superior show. Oh sure, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had karate and robot fights, but The Animaniacs had musical numbers that named all 50 states and their capitals.

But almost every other little kid I knew was into this dumb craze, so I had no choice but to get into it too. I did my best to resist that fucking pog fad that lasted all of four months, but pogs were nothing compared to Power Rangermania, which was the Beatlemania or David Lee Rothmania of my generation. God, that shit was everywhere.

I used to watch the show in the morning before school. My fondest memory was watching Power Rangers one morning when the film reel apparently broke. You could see the actual tear frozen on screen, the top and bottom of the film strip split in two and the middle of the screen was black. It stayed that for about ten minutes and then my local Fox station replaced it, not with another episode, but with a 20 year anniversary special about The Beverly Hillbillies. That is my fondest memory of both Power Rangers and The Beverly Hillbillies.

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ABC has recently begun re-airing Power Rangers on Saturday morning. I caught this when I came back home after a long walk (Yes, I am also surprised that I exercise, as well as wake up before noon). My little 6-year-old cousin is into the Power Rangers. It’s nice to know that he is able to immerse himself in the same stupid shit I did at his age. He’ll watch an episode and then want to jump around and punch everyone. Oh, that takes me back.

ABC altered the episodes somewhat for the 21st century by adding a new logo and “comic book” style graphics splattered throughout the episodes. It’s totally unnecessary and I hate it. Re-imagining TV shows that were popular with Millennials when we were kids is big with Hollywood right now, and I guess no one is interested in a Power Rangers movie, so this is the most ABC will do. I don’t like it, but I don’t want to complain too much because that would just be sad of me and I come off like a basement dwelling virgin way too much already.

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left: 1990s logo | right: 2010s logo

I’ll be using the 2010 version of the episodes to review one of the most epic events in Mighty Morphicana, the five part “Green With Evil” mini-series event. Keep in mind, all five episodes aired in the same week. Power Rangers usually aired new episodes Monday through Friday. When I was younger, I thought that must be an insane amount of work for the actors. When I got into my teens and had internet access, I learned that the Ranger and robot scenes were actually re-edited footage from a Japanese show. The only original scenes were the ones that showed the out of uniform kids around school and the Youth Center, and I’m sure those were all shot in one take without much rehearsals.

It was years before I got to see all five episodes of this mini-series together. My family would always go on vacation or to my grandparents who didn’t get Fox, and I would miss one or more episodes. I only saw all of them when I downloaded them in college. Yeah, I admit. I did that. Shutup, I had just entered adulthood, I was feeling nostalgic. It would have been embarrassing if I got in trouble for illegally downloading Power Ranger episodes. Imagine what the head of my school’s IT department would say. “Our logs say you downloaded five episodes of ‘The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.’ Oh dear, you’re not one of those grown up Power Ranger fans are you? They usually get in trouble for this, in addition to constantly staring at the female students from Japan and stealing their panties out of the laundry.”

Let’s begin.

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The martial arts expo is underway. Jason the Red Ranger karate-offs against a new boy, named Tommy, and they fight to a draw. None of the still frames make it look like they are having gay sex, so this is the best screenap I can provide.

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At school, Kimberly the Pink Ranger is minding her business when Bulk and Skull start harassing her/asking her out. Do they want to get with her at the same time? Bulk and Skull just need to drop the horn dog act and go have sex with each other. I mean, they’re dressed in leather, they are halfway there. If they came out and were honest with themselves, maybe they wouldn’t be so angry all the time.

Tommy feels the need to help Kim. He does this by flailing his arms in some karate chops to scare the other boys away. Usually the kid who flips out and does karate moves in school to other kids is the type of student who is headed for alternative school. But Kim is grateful for the help and crushes on Tommy.

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From the Moon, Rita watches Tommy through her telescope and gets turned on by him too. We see her looking at Tommy while he is doing karate stuff, but you know Rita was also watching in the shower afterwards. Rita wants Tommy, and who can blame her? It’s not like she’s had a real man in her life for 10,000 years. Look at who she has to live with: there’s that that wart covered blue thing, the whiny (what I think is a) bird-thing who makes incompetent monsters, and not one, but two winged monkeys who were fired by Wicked Witch of the West.

Rita decides to test Tommy by pitting him against a gang of Putties, her clay based pawns. Tommy is attacked while walking home from school. He is completely surprised but easily kills them all with karate. The 2010 comic book effects kick in here, which include flashing onomatopoeic words. That’s not modern. That’s just recycling a gimmick from the live action Batman show from the 60s, and that was almost 50 years ago.

Tommy doesn’t know what just happened. He asks himself, “Man, why me?” Tommy is new to town so he doesn’t know how to handle Putties. The locals know they are just annoying pests, like seagulls, and to simply ignore them. The main thing to remember is not to feed them, or you’ll never get them to go away.

Rita teleports to Earth and tells Tommy, “I have chosen you!” She then zaps him to her Moon castle.

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Rita casts a spell that places Tommy under her control. She has summoned the Green Ranger Power Coin, which she uses to turn Tommy into the evil Green Ranger. She tells them the identities of the other good Power Rangers. Rita knows the secret identities of all the Power Rangers. The Power Rangers never seem all that worried about this. Then again, the last time Rita was on the Earth was the 8th century BC. She thinks people still sleep in mud huts surrounded by knives and spears, are trained on how to stab a deer to death by the time they are 8-years-old, and have no fear of death. Rita doesn’t want to mess with that. Better to stay on the Moon and let her clay monsters take care of things.

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Evil Green Ranger teleports into the Command Center because only Power Rangers can do that. He shoves a CD into Alpha the dumb robot, which causes Alpha to malfunction, but Alpha is so worthless that the line between Alpha functioning and being broken barely exists. So that was thirty seconds that Tommy just wasted. Tommy starts trashing the Command Center. Cordon the floating head pleads with him to stop. Cordon address Tommy by name, so he knows who the Green Ranger is. Cordon also knew that Rita possessed the Green Power Coin, but took no steps to prepare a defense. Cordon is incompetent. Tommy smashes the consoles, which causes Cordon to disappear. Good.

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The Ranger kids are waxing a VW Beetle. They find that they can’t teleport to Command Center. But it turns out that car is a flying car, which they use to enter the Command Center. They see the Command Center fucked all to shit, Cordon gone and Alpha disabled. The Rangers should be glad about the last thing because Alpha sucks ass. But Billy has to press eject on Alpha’s back, which pops out the infected disc and the robot to come back normal, sort of. Alpha is still broken but less than before. Did I mention that I hate Alpha?

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Rita makes Goldar the monkey thing grow to giant size. Goldar stomps around the mountain country, acting all fierce, but by the time the Rangers get to him, he is still there and not anywhere close to the city where he could actually cause damage. Goldar is lost.

The Rangers morph and battle some Putties while normal sized. Giant Goldar watches them but does not think to crush them. Jeez, Goldar, even a normal gorilla, living in Africa, would know enough to do that. The Rangers call on their Zords to form Megazord to battle Goldar and…Gol…you see Goldar…he goes and…um…OK, I have to stop and look at Green Ranger’s bulge. I don’t want to, but once it enters your field of vision you just can’t look away. Dear God Japan, this is a children’s show. I didn’t even think your men had bulges.

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Green Ranger jumps into Megazord. He enters the control room and just starts punching everybody. That scene is brief but it is all kinds of awesome. The Rangers fall out of the Megazord and fight Green Ranger on the ground. The Green Ranger kicks their asses.

The Rangers return to the Command Center, defeated. They want to know about the Green Ranger but they don’t have Cordon to help them. “We’re only made it through round one what’s about to be a major battle,” predicts Jason, totally pumping up the little viewers for what an awesome week this will be.

Alpha malfunctions again, not that anyone should care. Haha, now I have a screencap that looks gay.

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