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Day of the Dumpster is technically the first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, filmed in 1992.[1] This episode, however was initally unaired and would not be revealed for nearly six years after the premiere of the official pilot, "Day of the Dumpster".

Synopsis

Five teenagers, who hang out in an average bowling alley, and occasionally use their karate skills to fend off a gang of mean bullies, are summoned to save the world by an intergalactic being named Zoltar. He gives them the power to become Power Rangers, and to call upon giant dinosaur robots called Droids to combat the forces of space witch Rita Repulsa.

Plot

The teens are hanging out at the bowling alley. Billy gives Trini some tips on getting a strike. Zack and Jason are clowning around, then turn their attention to Kimberly. The bowling ball slips out of her hands and onto a plate, getting food all over a nearby thug. The thug approaches Kimberly, and demands some form of payment, and Kimberly objects. A fight ensues, and Trini lays the thug out on the floor. Zack shows one of the thugs some of his moves, just before kicking him down. Jason takes over, and sends the thug flying down the lane. Strike! Kimberly flips out, and sends the girl thug reeling. Even Billy gets in on the action, with a nice punch to the gut.

Meanwhile, on the Moon, two astronauts open a mysterious container. The container holds Rita Repulsa, and she is now free. She wastes no time in attacking Earth. Zoltar senses that Rita has returned, and tells Alpha to initiate plan B. Alpha locates five worthy candidates to become Power Rangers, and teleports them to the Command Center. Zoltar explains to them the situation, and what they must do to defend Earth, giving them Transmorphers.

The teens aren't convinced, and they leave the Command Center. Rita sees them, and sends down Putties, who easily defeat the Rangers. Seeing it as their only escape, the Rangers pull out their Transmorphers. They are transformed for the first time into Power Rangers! They are teleported to downtown Angel Grove, where they fight an army of Putties. The monster Flyguy is transformed into a giant, and is accompanied by Goldar. The Rangers call on the Mega Dinodroid, and destroy Flyguy, as Goldar flees the battle. Dino-mite! The Rangers celebrate their first victory back at the Command Center. A legend is born... 

Cast

Errors

  • Flydar is supposed to be down on Earth, however when the scene cuts to Rita's moon base he can clearly be seen behind Rita who is about to throw her wand to Earth, which makes Goldar and Flyguy grow.
  • When the Rangers morph, you can see thier Zyuranger counterparts behind them.
  • You can clearly tell when stock audio replaces the Dinodroids and Mega Dinodroid's names because the audio awkwardly cuts.
  • After Jason says "watch the ball", Bulk is standing in front of him but the camera cuts and he's suddenly gone before then appearing to be kicked down the bowling lanes by Jason.
  • After Rita says "I think we should pay the Earth a visit and then destroy it", she blasts the Earth but is suddenly much bigger and the sky around her has shifted from a pure blue sky to a light browny green.
    • This is because it used footage from Zyuranger episode four which was fused with episode three (as they were originally a two-parter in Zyuranger) to become "Teamwork" and this segment was later used for the episode "Island of Illusion-part II."
  • The beam Rita shoots at Earth is pink but, when we cut to it hitting Angel Grove, it is green.
  • None of the Rangers reacted to them being teleported away (especially Trini who was there the longest before being teleported).
  • According to dialogue when the Rangers are being teleported, after Jason asked what demolecularised meant after Billy said that was what the teleportation had done, Billy doesn't know what demolecularisation is. However, he did know that Zoltar was "an inter-temporal cross dimensional super being with outward verbal communication."
  • The Rangers were able to talk when teleporting but, if they were demolecularised like Billy said they were, they shouldn't have been able to talk.
  • On Zoltar's Viewing Screen, Rita laughs with her teeth clenched.
  • Trini refers to Rita's tricycle as a "flying bike."
  • Flydar is down on the ground fighting alongside the Putties but is then up in the Moon Palace with Rita when she throws her wand.
  • Flyguy grows despite not having been present beforehand.
  • Jason has an unnamed crystal when he calls on his Zord.
    • Additionally, he's also now near some cave when he does this despite just being in the city.
      • The Rangers are also in a quarry before they jump into their Zords.
  • None of the dialogue during the Zord roll call syncs up with the shots being displayed due to frame rate issues.
  • Billy says "this is quite emulant" after they formed the Megazord. "Emulant" isn't actually a word.
  • Flydar is suddenly with Flyguy despite not having been shown growing.
  • At the start of the final scene, the audio starts off very quiet and suddenly jumps several decibels.
  • Billy describes either one of them or the Megazord (the technobabble makes it unclear) doing the splits but none of them actually did.
    • Also, after he does so, Billy says "I think I pulled my medial gracillis tendon." There is no such thing as a medial gracillis tendon although there is a gracillis muscle in your right thigh.

Notes

  • This episode is a favorite of Austin St. John (Jason).
  • This pilot is notably slightly more mature than the actual show would turn out as, with the lead bully calling Kimberly a "spazzo" (an altered term of the insult "you spaz") and trying to force her into a kiss.
    • This was presumably changed after the higher-ups complained that this was imitable behavior although this is unconfirmed.
  • The entirety of the dumpster scene, starting from the astronauts reacting to the newly released crew, was recycled for the aired episode.
    • However, Finster's line "after 10,000 years, it's good to be free again" was changed to "oh, it’s good to be free after 10,000 years." This was probably changed to make the line sound less clunky.
  • Squatt's voice is identical to the Terror Toad who would appear in the show proper.
    • This is because both were voiced by Michael Sorich.
      • Additionally, Steve Kramer's portrayal of Finster sounded a lot like his later portrayal of the Gnarly Gnome.
  • Alpha's voice here is the same as it would be in the actual show and the script for the first scene in the Command Center where he panics is recycled for the aired pilot.
    • However, references to a "Plan B" were removed (probably because what Plan A is never made apparent) and Zordon telling Alpha to "just push the button" was removed. The latter was probably because Zordon in the proper show was supposed to be wise and patient whereas this line makes him seem more impatient and hotheaded.
      • Additionally, Zordon's command to "teleport to us the most dangerous group of ruthless, underhanded, overbearing, self-absorbed and over emotional humans in the area" was changed to just "teleport to us five overbearing and overemotional humans" when it was remade for television. The reasons this was changed probably relate both to his changed characterisation and the fact that they'd basically be directly insulting their target audience.
  • The teleportation effect in this episode were the Rangers elongating and rubber-banding off-screen whereas the actual show used bad energy effects to engulf them and leave the screen. This was probably changed because it looked utterly ridiculous.
    • Similarly, the Ranger's faces warp into their dinosaurs counterparts instead of an electric wave travelling along them in the aired pilot. This was likely changed since it is horrifying to watch.
      • For this same reason, the part of them changing into dinosaurs is replaced in the TV pilot with them changing into their Ranger forms.
  • The dinosaur images the Rangers warp into during Zoltar's explanation of their powers are lifted straight from the Zyuranger intro but loop so it doesn't cut to the next dinosaur.
  • For some reason, during the Jones and John segments, the Catzord suit from Power Rangers Turbo can be seen. They even stand around it at one point in the episode.
  • The first scene of the episode features a brief part of the Red Hot Chili Peppers's cover of the Stevie Wonder song "Higher Ground", which was removed in the aired version. Ironically, this song would end up on the soundtrack for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie two years later. The song was used for the skydiving scene in the film.
  • Footage cut for The Lost Episode that appeared in the pilot includes numerous punches and kicks to the bad guys's heads - during the bully fight at the bowling alley, the unmorphed Putty fight, and the morphed Sentai Putty fight. The Sentai head-shots didn't end up appearing in the normal aired version of "Day of the Dumpster" either.
  • Although the scene where the future Rangers meet Zoltar had much of its script re-used in the actual pilot, Billy's line "an inter-temporal cross dimensional super being with outward verbal communication, how prodigious" (in reference to Zoltar) is removed. Instead, Kimberly's line about asking for someone to come and pick her up as she was lost is moved up to replace it.
    • This was probably removed both to not confuse viewers and because it's completely unnecessary given they'd already established Billy's intellect.
      • As well as this, when Billy says "wow, a fully functioning automaton", Billy pokes Alpha in the chest instead of staring him in the face like in the aired pilot.
  • Kimberly wears a black tank top and pink shorts in this pilot. This outfit is found in the picture on the back of the first five MMPR original VHS releases as well as some of the original posters released, as well as stock drawings of the character. All the outfits they are wearing in the pilot were seen in a lot of cards and merchandise in the show's early days, but the teens were never seen wearing them on the show. In some photos taken after the pilot was filmed[2][3], Thuy Trang is shown wearing the same outfit as Audri Dubois in the pilot.
  • Billy wears different glasses in this episode. They are the same glasses found in the picture on the back of the first five MMPR original VHS releases as well as some of the original posters released.
  • Paul Schrier, who will go on to play Bulk on the show for many years, has a small role as an unnamed bully with very wild hair. Also, the lead gangster played by Bob F. Vavla would later become retooled to create Skull. According to Jason Narvy, Vavla was brought back in to portray Skull in the next pilot, but his performance was deemed "too intimidating" for Skull's comedic personality, so Narvy was cast instead.
  • The only scenes (aside from Sentai footage and the teleportation sequence) from this pilot to make it into the final version of "Day of the Dumpster" are the long shot of the five teens departing the Command Center into the mountains and the explosion in the desert when Rita fires at the teens as they walk away from the Command Center. Along with the scene, a shot of the morphed Rangers in the desert and a close-up of the two confused Putties also ends up appearing in "Foul Play In The Sky".
  • When Alpha 5 briefly informed the teenagers on Zoltar and his own backstory, Zack jokingly claimed he was a Ninja Turtle.
  • The TV in the bowling alley shows an episode of Samurai Pizza Cats, an anime dubbed by Saban.
  • Rita's voice is not nearly as screechy or loud as it is in the actual series. Barbara Goodson mentioned that she was fired after her performance as Rita in the pilot because "it didn't sound angry enough". When she returned to recording, Goodson said "You want angry? I'LL GIVE YOU ANGRY!" She has used this voice for Rita ever since.
  • Steve Kramer (who would go on to voice Darkonda in Power Rangers in Space) voices Finster for a single line in this pilot. Robert Axelrod would replace him in the series proper. Dave Mallow uses a deeper more vampiric-sounding voice for Baboo (whose original name was Mongo) and Michael Sorich uses a deeper, more monstrous voice for Squatt (who was originally named Grock). The monster Flyguy (who was renamed King Sphinx for the series proper) was voiced in this pilot by Tony Oliver, while in the actual series he is voiced by Richard Cansino.
  • The Command Center is slightly different: there are bolts of lightning coming from the floor to the walls whilst in the series the walls are colored with blue, red and yellow tones. It was redesigned to look less cheap in the TV version.
    • The redesign also introduced the Viewing Globe for the Power Rangers to see the goings on in Angel Grove. In this pilot, Zoltar just summons a screen out of thin air for his exposition.
  • Clips of the pilot were used in an early MMPR toy commercial, such as the moving building and the Rangers turning into their prehistoric animals (which in turn were taken footage from the opening of Zyuranger).
  • The footage of the scientists evacuating the building during Rita's invasion was from the first episode of Choudenshi Bioman, which marks the first and only time Power Rangers used footage from an unadapted Sentai season before Zyuranger.[4]
    • Apparently, it was a leftover clip from the Bio-Man pilot that Saban made in 1986.
  • The bowling alley used for the bowling alley scenes here would be revisited in Power Rangers Wild Force for the episode The Tornado Spin.
  • When aired as part of The Lost Episode, stock audio from the final product replaced the dinodroids' and Mega Dinodroid's name. The original names are only known because the scripts for the episode were released online and thanks to cast interviews.
  • Kimberly's line "hey, nice stereo" when she enters her Zord was carried over into the aired pilot.
  • The Morphers are called "Transmorphers" in this pilot, while in the series proper they would be called "Power Morphers" instead. The name "Transmorphers" would be reused for the Galaxy Rangers' Morphers in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.
  • Flydar does not actually speak in the episode and is completely silent and Flyguy only communicates in growls and "uh oh" and "that hurt" when confronted by and then destroyed by the Power Sword (which isn't actually named in this pilot. The Megazord just suddenly has it).
    • It's entirely possible that it was in fact called the Mega Sword (as Jason referred to "mega dino power" when performing the finisher) which may be why Season 1 infamously called the Power Sword the Mega Sword on many occasions.
  • Although the actual pilot kept Kimberly's joke about not wanting to be a Power Rangers because of shopping, it is shortened to just her worried about her hair and then ending the joke instead of this episode talking about the clothing.

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