Welcome back everyone! Another delayed (but not yet late) installment of our ongoing Power Rangers conversation has arrived. Once again due to work being ridiculous I don't have any fun off-topic stuff to talk about so let's get straight into the episode.
Things kick off where they left off last week; in the ruins of the command center. Zordon is still messed up, Alpha is still deactivated and the rangers are walking around recapping what happened last week. Billy is working on Alpha's circuits trying to get him up and running. Billy connects the right doo-hickey's and Alpha seems to be recovering. Before anyone can celebrate too much Jason (AKA Mr. Sad-sack) reminds everyone that everything still sucks and they have no idea who the Green Ranger is.
On the moon, Rita announces the beginning of phase 2 of the big plan. We learn that part of this phase involves giving Tommy the evil sword of darkness. It has the power to keep the Green Ranger under her power forever, so long as the sword is not destroyed.
Back on Earth, Rita instructs Tommy to keep his identity as the Green Ranger a secret. Just as Rita departs Bulk and Skull walk up with intention to bully Tommy. (Apparently they both forgot how intimidating Tommy was the last time they fucked with him.) This time he glares at them really hard. This makes their feet turn green and make them run into a dumpster. Seriously.
At the gymnasium/juice bar, Jason is pissed right off. He's venting his frustration by beating on a punching bag. Zack asks Jason if he thinks it's possible that the Green Ranger is the one responsible for the destruction in the command center? I didn't actually realize that there was any doubt about that. I mean it seems kind of obvious... Anyway, the lads continue their chat and leave off with Jason saying he can't wait to get his hands on the evil jerk.
Back at the command center, Billy and Trini are working on the consoles. Alpha tells them that if Billy can get the generators back online they can fix the communicators and Alpha can begin searching for Zordon. At least we have a plan.
At school, Kimberly sees Tommy and confronts him about missing their date. How very like Kimberly, their mentor is missing, their base destroyed and they got their asses beat by the Green Ranger, but ol' Kimberly is still more concerned about her love-life. You suck Kimberly. Luckily Tommy totally blows her off. It's nice to see someone giving Kimberly shit. Tommy informs her that she's not the center of everyone’s universe. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING OVER 17 PREVIOUS EPISODES DUDE! I like this Tommy guy. Kimberly responds with the awesome “well, excuse me for living” cliché. Heartbroken, she walks away to mope and we see Tommy's eyes flash green (just in case we'd forgotten the reason he's being a douche.)
On the moon, Goldar suggests testing Tommy's strength against the putties before giving him the sword of darkness. They all head down to the planet (to a nice scenic beach)) where they inform Tommy that he must defeat the putties before being given the sword. After a few minutes of putty-ass-kicking Rita bestows upon her Emerald minion the sword of darkness. (What an awesome sentence that was.) The sword of darkness is pretty badass. Tommy announces his intentions of disposing of the Red Ranger first.
Speaking of Red Rangers, Jason is walking through the halls of Angel Grove high looking for Tommy. When he finds him he informs Tommy that he has to cancel their plans to work out together, Tommy acts ridiculously suspicious and then, with Jason's back turned, shoots him with some kind of green lazer which transports Jason to a wacky jail cell. But, he's not alone, Goldar is there too, and he has Jason's power coin for some reason!
Meanwhile, Zack and Kimberly are waiting in Billy's garage for Jason. Before long they decide they can't wait any longer for him and take off in the Radbug to the command center. While they fly Zack notices Kimberly's sour mood. He tells her not to worry, they'll solve all these problems soon. Oh Zack, I think you're being far too optimistic about what Kimberly is upset about, which is what he finds out moments later. Kimberly informs Zack of Tommy's behavior. But, of course they're both too stupid to put jerk wearing green and Green Ranger together.
At the command center, Alpha and Billy decide to test some of Billy's repairs. They have managed to reactivate the wacky crystal ball! They see the Green Ranger posing. What is it about those costumes that make teenagers want to pose? Anyway, Alpha says that he's managed to get limited power to the generator and the morphing grid has locked onto the Green Rangers energy source (I love Power Rangers techno-babble.) Kimberly points out that they can't defeat Greenie without Jason.
Back in county (which is what I'm calling that jail that Jason's in) Goldar is taunting Jason. Jason and Goldar tussle a little bit before Goldar explains to Jason the reason he hasn't killed him yet is that Rita has given Jason to Goldar as a reward for his service... ew.
Back at the command center the rangers decide to go into battle sans Jason.
IT'S UNENTHUSIASTIC MORPHIN' TIME FOR EVERYONE BUT JASON!
A cool fight scene (or rather an ass-kicking) ensues. Greenie makes pretty short work of the rangers and blasts them with some power from the sword of darkness. During the fight Rita informs her goons that she has a green surprise for the power rangers.
WE NEED DINOZORD POWER! NOW!
Despite not saying the cool summoning catch-phrase, the rangers do indeed summon their zords. Zack gives the order to form up the Megazord. One thing about this bothers me... HOW THE HELL IS JASON'S ZORD THERE?! Seriously, that is really irritating! Tommy shoots a big laser out of his sword at the Megazord, but the Megazord reflects it back and forces Tommy to retreat. Rita seems annoyed as hell, but her mood brightens when her goons remind her that she has Jason held prisoner.
Back at the command center Alpha explains has made progress on the generator and it's locked onto something. Zordon's voice starts to crackle through, but it's very staticy and they can't really understand him. Before they can understand anything he fades out again.
Back in county Jason makes an attempt to get the power coin back. He fails and Goldar readies himself to finally do away with Jason once and for all. But, before he can kill Jason he freezes in time and the words TO BE CONTINUED appear. SUSPENSE.
Decent battle sequences and it's nice to have a story be given so much room to breathe.
Well, Jason's zord appearing really irritated me.
There wasn't a lot of hilarity this week actually. I guess Tommy being tested with such a pathetically easy challenge was kind of funny.
Overall, not as good as last time, but it was a lot of exposition so we can forgive it that. I give this one 3.5 power-coins out of 5.
Well, that's it for today, see you all on friday. I leave you with more Douglas Adams goodness:
“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young."
"Why, what did she tell you?"
"I don't know, I didn't listen." - Douglas Adams “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy