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Lights, Camera, Action was the thirty-third episode of the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Synopsis

The Power Rangers take the special message of the power of education to the airwaves but Zedd tries to stop the show by changing a TV camera into the evil Showbiz Monster.

Plot

As Aisha completes her report on the history of television, Ms. Appleby reminds the class that the Power Rangers will be appearing on television tomorrow to promote the power of education across the country. Adam is nervous about being in front of the camera while Bulk and Skull are planning to unmask the Rangers on live TV and be famous. Meanwhile, Lord Zedd intends to create evil twins of the Power Rangers and put them on television to spread a much more malevolent message. When Goldar and his Z-Putties are quickly defeated by the Rangers as they head for the television studio, Zedd is forced to abandon his plan due to lack of time.

On the set of The Harvey Garvey Show, host Harvey Garvey introduces the Power Rangers as the audience chants for their heroes to arrive. After some introduction, the heroes begin talking to the audience that being a Power Ranger requires not just physical strength, but the power of an educated mind. To demonstrate, Kimberly and Billy tell the tale of their early battle with Pudgy Pig and how they outwitted the monster. Backstage, Bulk orders Skull to drop a sandbag to distract the Rangers while he pulls off their helmets, but Skull pulls the wrong rope and nearly hits Bulk. They trade places and try again as the Rangers teach Harvey how to do a jumping kick, only for Bulk to get hit by a bag of feathers.

Lord Zedd decides to ruin the show by creating the Showbiz Monster, and Zordon is forced to call the Rangers off the set so they can deal with the crisis. The heroes remind the audience to stay in school as they teleport away, just missing Bulk and Skull as they barge onto the set and tackle Harvey. In the park, Showbiz and a gang of Z-Putties are ready to start a fight scene, and Goldar is also present to deal with Tommy personally.

The Putties are dealt with, Goldar retreats, and the Thunder Megazord is summoned to destroy Showbiz. The next day at school, Ms. Appleby asks the class what they learned from the Rangers and also shares a fax sent from Jason, Trini, and Zack in Switzerland. They agree that education is the key to world peace, a feeling which their fellow Rangers share. Then Ms. Appleby wonders where Bulk and Skull are, before they enter the classroom acting celebrities because appeared on the show until Ms. Appleby tells them to sit down. After they comply to her request, Ms. Appleby tells Bulk and Skull that they have detention for all of next week for being 10 minutes late to class, much to their anger.

Cast

Songs

Notes

Clip-show Related

  • This episode was originally meant to be the 100th episode of Power Rangers (which is why it is almost entirely a clip-show). Due to the Power Transfer fiasco, FOX Kids butchered the airing order of episode which is why this ended up becoming the 93rd episode instead.
  • The footage used in the retrospective montages was;
  • The common shot of the Megazord posing used in basically every episode that had a Zord fight in Season 2 that originated from Dairanger's 10th episode (which was adapted as the third and final part of the earlier three part episode "The Ninja Encounter.")
  • Aisha fighting the Putties when trying to rescue Kimberly and her friend Shawna from "Forever Friends."
    • The shot of Magnet Brain frying the Thunder Megazord from the earlier Season 2 episode "Opposites Attract."
    • Rocky flipping over and then fighting the Putties from "Forever Friends."
    • Silver Horns blasting the Red Dragon Thunderzord from the second and final part of the earlier episode "The Power Transfer."
    • Tommy jump slashing Goldar (though Goldylocks isn't actually shown here) from the cave fight in "Forever Friends."
    • The Jaws of Destruction taking a devastating energy slash across the chest from "Forever Friends."
    • Kimberly jumping in and spinning down some Putties from "Forever Friends."
    • The Thunder Megazord catching the Thunder Saber from the earlier episode "Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park" (though it doesn't show the Thunder Saber frying Trumpet Top beforehand here).
    • Adam kicking a Putty in the Z from "Forever Friends."
    • The stock shot of the Thunder Megazord finishing a monster with the Thunder Saber slash (this in particular being sourced from "Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park.")
    • Billy front-flipping and dramatically reacting to Putty reinforcements from "Forever Friends."
    • The stock shot of the Thunder Megazord posing after defeating the Putties which originally occurred in Dairanger's 11th episode (which became "Opposites Attract.")

Ordinary Notes

  • This episode is well remembered for having one of the dumbest Bulk and Skull plans in all of Season 2 (even by thier standards).
  • This episode is notable for being the first appearances of two Power Rangers mainstays.
    • Kim Strauss played Harvey Garvey and would later go on to famously voice Ninjor in the third season.
      • This was also his only non-voice acting role in the franchise.
    • The late Bob Papenbrook voiced the Showbiz Monster and would later voice Rito Revolto in Season 3 and then several other monsters (most of which shared Rito's voice).
      • Ironically both Rito and Ninjor debuted in the same four parter (albeit in different individual parts).
  • Footage from the episode was reused in a recently-produced Ford commercial to advertise the Ford Escape. What's interesting is that Jason David Frank, Steve Cardenas, David Yost, Amy Jo Johnson, Karan Ashley and Johnny Yong Bosch return to reprise thier roles.
  • Word arrives from Jason, Trini, and Zack from the World Peace Conference in Switzerland, the first the Rangers were heard from them since "The Power Transfer." They were mentioned again in "The Great Bookala Escape."
  • The shot of the audience yelling "We want the Power Rangers" was repeatedly used by Fox Kids for Power Playback commercials.
  • The footage featuring the Rangers fighting Pudgy Pig still utilized the substitute voice actors for Jason, Zack and Trini, as Saban was not willing to pay royalties to Austin St. John, Walter Jones and Thuy Trang by using the dialogue in it's original context.
  • The score that plays when Skull accidentally drops a bag of feathers on Bulk is the same theme from the James Bond franchise.
  • This episode marks the first time a Zord battle takes place during a sunset. The next would be "Forever Friends."
  • General David Sarnoff, who is referred to as the father of television on the video at the beginning, is the grandfather of Daniel J. Sarnoff, one of the writers of this episode.
  • A similar plot from this episode would later be used in the Power Rangers Operation Overdrive episode "Behind the Scenes".
  • Bulk mentions Captain Kangaroo, AKA Bob Keeshan, who hosted a successful kids' show for many years.
  • An earlier script draft featured a bigger focus on Adam's fear of cameras and an extended version of Bulk and Skull's sandbag antics. Both were removed for time.

Errors

  • The episode is supposed to be a PSA about education like the preceding episode (which was about gambling) but then uses false information about the founding of television.
  • The message the episode expounds is that the Rangers is that education helped them save the day by using thier intelligence. However, they use just two examples; the Pudgy Pig and the Jaws of Destruction. However, the former was defeated by sheer dumb luck and Trini happening to find that the Pudgy Pig didn't like spicy food and the Jaws of Destruction (nor that episode's plot as a whole) required anything more than blunt force to resolve.
  • The episode's message about education being beneficial is being delivered on a talk show, something that no children and the vast majority of teenagers (who this message is aimed at) do not watch.
  • Bulk and Skull's plot in the episode is assault a superhero on live television while five more of them are in close proximity and then just hope they’re too busy gawking to notice him approaching long enough to unmask them.
  • The first line of the preview is literally "as you all know."
  • The narrator repeats Mrs Appleby's preceding line about the Rangers being on television.
  • The episode's first line (from Aisha) says that "and television as we know it was first introduced at the World’s Fair 50 years ago in 1939.” Television was actually invented in 1928 by Philo Taylor Farnsworth though it was correct about the World Fair part.
    • Also, the "fifty years ago" is inaccurate. This episode came out fifty five years after television's founding (or depending on the month this episode is supposed to take place during).
  • The documentary Aisha plays for the class is grainy and in black and white like a 1930-1950's documentary but the audio is far too crisp and clear whereas actual documentary footage that old is garbled to the point of near incomprehension.
  • Why did Mrs Appleby let Skull bring a metal baseball bat into her classroom?
  • Adam and Aisha openly discuss thier appearance as Power Rangers in the middle of the school corridor.
  • The footage of Zedd stepping down from his throne is clearly footage of him stepping down from the observation balcony as it has several more steps than the throne.
  • Billy and Aisha decide to the Putties and Goldar when they are right in front of the Rangers.
  • Rocky spiral kicks Goldar but the actual kick that knocks him away is a normal jump kick.
  • Adam decidees to point out that Goldar said he'd return literally ten seconds after he said it.
  • Billy wonders why Zordon didn't call them about the attack. This is despite the fact that this was a one-off ambush which they are never warned of (unless one of the other Rangers is attacked) and there hasn’t been a monster sent down yet or they would have been told.
  • Harvey Garvey only put out four seats (three on the couch and one chair) for the six Power Rangers, forcing Rocky and Aisha to sit on the arms.
  • Footage from the yet-unaired "Forever Friends" are shown during the montage (down to the point of outright showing that episode's monster at one point) due to that episode being originally intended to air prior to this one).
  • Some of the footage in the montage would be near-impossible for a TV show to get hold of and it wasn't just there for our benefit given there was a cue card warning of a montage in-universe beforehand.
  • Even after the montage before the Power Rangers enter ends, the cue card presenter is still holding up the "stand by montage" card.
  • Immediately after the Rangers are introduced and seated, the in-universe episode goes to commercial break after about two minutes of episode.
    • This wasn't leading in from a bigger segment since the presentation is of the episode beginning when the real life episode cuts to it since Harvey enters from off-stage.
  • Tommy states that "every single monster that we faced had some special skill that required us to use our heads." This is despite the fact that (amongst others); the Robogoat, the Octophantom, Trumpet Top, The Mirror Maniac, Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel/AC/DC, the Lipsyncher and finally Doomstone and all of his revived monsters required just plain brute force to defeat.
  • Trini says in the flashback with no interest whatsoever.
  • Due to needing to redub lines to avoid paying royalties, several mistakes are made;
    • Zack is completely silent in the flashback even when being hit.
    • Trini says when her Power Weapon is stolen. In the actual episode, Trini says "nooooo! Billy! Get him while he’s eating.”
    • Jason is mostly silent even when hit.
    • Jason yells no when his Power Sword is taken when he said “man, my sword.” in "Food Fight."
  • Who puts feathers in a SANDbag?
  • It becomes sunset when the Thunder Megazord battles the Showbiz Monster but then returns to being the middle of the day when the action comes back to Tommy duelling Goldar.

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