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A Star is Born is the thirty-second episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Synopsis

Tommy eagerly auditions for a karate commercial especially when he sees that he's up against a clueless Bulk. Meanwhile, the rest of the Rangers are enjoying a day at the beach.....until Scorpina crashes the party and traps them in a cocoon from which they can't seem to escape. To make matters worse, no one can contact Tommy since he took off his communicator!

Plot

Tommy and Bulk both announce that they are trying out for a Martial Arts commercial, and the auditions are being held at Angel Grove High School. On the moon, Rita is feeling under the weather, and instructs Goldar to take over the world and destroy the Power Rangers as she rests.

Bulk obviously flunks the audition, but is told by an exasperated and sarcastic judge, "looks like we found our man." Believing her, Bulk flaunts this information in front of Tommy, somewhat distracting him and causing some doubt.

The other Rangers are playing ball at the beach when Scorpina arrives with a platoon of Putty Patrollers. The Rangers morph and do battle at the beach as Tommy prepares for his audition. Scorpina traps the Rangers in some sort of cocoon, through which they are unable to communicate or teleport. The Putties proceed to roll it off a cliff. Zordon and Alpha attempt to contact Tommy, but he left his communicator in his bag out in the hall as he goes in for his audition. However, he aces the audition and is spoken to by the judges afterward.

The Rangers manage to escape the cocoon as Zordon has Alpha summon the Zords. They are teleported into the cockpit as Goldar sends down Babe Ruthless, a baseball-themed monster. They first attempt to attack using their individual Zords, but the combined power of Babe Ruthless, Goldar, and Scorpina is too much. Zordon does manage to contact Tommy, however, and he arrives with the Dragonzord. The Zords merge into the Dragonzord Battle Mode, and with the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord in remote control, they manage to destroy Babe Ruthless, causing Goldar and Scorpina to retreat.

However, Scorpina quickly comes back, attacking Angel Grove in human form, commanding a large buglike monster which jumps off of her hand and grows into a giant hideous freak. The Rangers disassemble Dragonzord Battle Mode and form the Megazord. The monster traps the Rangers' Megazord in another cocoon, but the Dragonzord's tail drill breaks them free. Then forming the Mega Dragonzord and finish off the bug monster. Rita is furious that Goldar failed to defeat the Rangers and forbids him from ever doing so again without her presence.

Back at the Youth Center, the commercial airs. Bulk did indeed get the part; the part of the bumbling untrained karate wannabe, contrasted against Tommy's skill.

Cast

Notes

  • This is the last episode aured in the 2010 reairing of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  • This is the first time in the series where monsters grow without the help of Rita with Babe Ruthless technically being the first.
  • This is the first episode in which Robert L. Manahan provides the voice for Zordon. It would become permnant beginning with the episode "Birds of A Feather."
  • This is the last episode to have the Dragonzord Battle Mode destroy a monster. Ironically, the monster it destroyed was the first battle its Super Sentai counterpart had, the same with the Shogun MegaFalconzord/Super Muteki Shogun.
  • The reason that this episode had two monsters is because neither Babe Ruthless nor Weaveworm's counterparts had much usable footage prior to their Zord fight.
    • Babe Ruthless was a small Japanese kid for the entirety of his small sized screentime and only existed for a single shot in this form before growing which wouldn't have been worth using.
    • Dora Silkys spent all of his small size as the small larvae and much of his footage also involved brainwashing small Japanese children and the very Japanese Mei dueling Lami/Scorpina.
  • The concept of a bug like creature turning from a bug form to a more humanoid form (the Weaveworm) would later be copied by the Barillian Bug monster in the In Space episode "The Barillian Sting."

Errors

  • Despite the Pink Ranger being trapped inside the cocoon, she is missing from the battle with Scorpina and the Putties on the beach and is also not seen getting trapped in the cocoon with the other Rangers either.
  • Saban didn't understand the concept of insurance shots so uses different takes of the same action in this episode. As a result, Tommy will randomly flip to one position and then the next shot has him in a previous position. For example, during the final of his audtition,Tommy nearly lands but the final shot where he actually lands features him restarting from the mid-point of his back-flip.
  • Goldar and Scorpina completely vanish from the Babe Ruthless fight with no explanation after he charges once his ball attack fails.
    • The reason for this is that Zyuranger possessed the same error and all shots of them teleporting in previous episodes were filmed in the countryside so weren't usable in this countryside.
  • Tommy disappears when the Rangers leave the Zords and go to face Scorpina and doesn't reappear until after the Weaveworm traps the Megazord.
  • When showing off to Bulk, Tommy backflips in two different shots but they didn't cut the shot correctly so he almost lands on the ground in the first shot before immediately starting his flip again in the next one.
  • Despite it being on the scene as part of the Dragonzord Battle Mode when Weaveworm grows, the Dragonzord vanishes until after Megazord is trapped in the cocoon and is then seen emerging from its hiding place when Tommy summons it.
    • However, since they didn't need it, they may have hidden it to prevent it being attacked in their absence.
  • When the Rangers first get trapped in he cocoon, the cocoon is stood upright, but the shots of them inside suggest the cocoon is on its side as all the Rangers are stood in a line.
  • Inside the cocoon the Rangers wear their communicators on the outside of their suits, something they’ve never done before (they’ve always just spoken into their glove gauntlet as though the communicator was underneath).
  • The Dragonzord Battle Mode’s cockpit has the combined Dinozord emblem on the back wall in several shots due to footage of the Megazord cockpit (with the emblem) and DBM’s cockpit (without the emblem) being used interchangeably.
  • For some reason, the karate commercial uses Bulk and Tommy’s audition tapes, rather than being properly shot versions on a set instead of an Angel Grove High School classroom.

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