Stronger than before! Go, Zeo! I love that theme song. I have another Power Rangers holiday episode for us today. I called this Merry Christmas, Movie House and I haven’t reviewed a movie yet. Power Rangers Zeo is the fourth season of Power Rangers following three years of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Some changes have happened since I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger. Tommy is now the Red Ranger. Adam is the Green Ranger. Rocky has moved to the Blue Ranger. Tanya has replaced Aisha as the Yellow Ranger and Kat has replaced Kimberly as the Pink Ranger. None of that even matters in this episode because they don’t morph. I guess the writers of this show had something against the Rangers morphing in holiday episodes. Most have been because they had Tommy as the White and Green Ranger in Alpha’s Magical Christmas.
The episode starts with an old man telling his grandson a story about the Rangers during the holidays. He sadly did not tell of the time the Rangers actually met Santa. The Rangers and Raymond (a recurring character during Zeo) are throwing a party at the Juice Bar promoting different holiday traditions. They are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and probably others. Power Rangers once again does a good job of showing off all the holidays. The Machine Empire led by King Mondo are the big bads this season. Of course they don’t understand Christmas since they are robots and stuff. Mondo sends Prince Sprocket to mess with the Rangers’ minds. Sprocket makes them not respect other religions leading them to argue. It’s a bit comical listening to Tommy tell Raymond to go pick a Christmas tree instead of worrying about his Jewish stuff. Tanya is pretty hilarious too being really angry that nobody is respecting Kwanzaa. Mondo also makes all their holiday items disappear making everyone want to cancel the party. Mondo’s plan is working until a little girl convinces the Rangers through a bad song that diversity and having friends is good. Mondo’s plan is foiled. They have the party and all is well in Power Ranger land. There’s two other quick things I want to discuss. One is a subplot where Lt. Stone tells Bulk and Skull to find the missing fruitcakes. There is a running joke about Skull’s Aunt Millie who loves fruitcake. They eventually follow the crumbs to a giant fruitcake which was created by Goldar and Rito since they have amnesia and they believe Bulk and Skull are their masters. It’s funny but stupid at the same time. The last thing I wanted to mention was a scene where Zordon and Alpha are in the Command Center. Alpha has the place decked out in Christmas lights. Somehow Zordon gives Alpha a present which is a pair of slippers. I guess the magic wizard in a tube can do that. Alpha gives Zordon a Christmas hat. It’s another silly scene, but I will take Alpha and Zordon over the bores that are Gosei and umm…I can’t remember the name of the robot in Megaforce. Oh, it’s Tensou. It took me a minute.
I already mentioned that I liked the different holidays aspect. It’s good to see Power Rangers go above and beyond just focusing on Christmas. I liked that old school holiday special feel of an old man telling his grandson the story. It’s sweet. We find out in the end that Tommy is the old man and that he’s married to Kat. They make a cute old couple. You might ask what happened to Kimberly after their mistletoe kiss yesterday. Well, she sent Tommy a “Dear, John” letter. That was the end of that relationship. The best part is when the older grandson comes to pick up his brother, but is called away because of his communicator. When it goes off, Tommy is ready to get into action. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger!
It’s not as fun as I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger. They don’t morph in this episode like in the other holiday special. That’s once again unfortunate. I like when the Rangers fight the bad guys! There isn’t any fighting at all in this episode. The most interesting parts might have been Bulk and Skull trying to find the missing fruitcakes. The Rangers as a whole seem to all get a little more equal time in this once. Tommy, Kat and Tanya seem to get the most time. Tanya because she is promoting Kwanzaa and Tommy for arguing with Raymond. Raymond gets a good deal of time in this episode. Kat is important for the end with Tommy and she talks with the little girl the most. Rocky makes some funny jokes and Adam is just kinda there. In conclusion, watch the MMPR Holiday Special over the Zeo one. This was the last holiday special until Samurai, and I can see why. It’s okay, but it’s not great.
- Tommy Oliver (en.wikipedia.org)
- Merry Christmas, Movie House! 25 Days of Christmas Day 1: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers – I’m Dreaming of a White Ranger (thegreatnodnarb.wordpress.com)
- Trailer for Gritty POWER RANGERS Web Series (geektyrant.com)
- 98 DVD Power Rangers Legacy Set: Bonus Features Revealed (thepowerscoop.wordpress.com)