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This article is about the second season in the Power Rangers franchise.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 2 was the second season to carry the "Mighty Morphin" name. Its Sentai source was Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Kyouryu Sentai Zyuranger.

TV Version

Plot

Angered at the repeated failures of his servant Rita Repulsa, the evil emperor Lord Zedd arrives and overthrows her. He then begins to attack the Power Rangers with Pirantishead, a stronger monster than the Rangers are used to fighting. Pirantishead freezes four of the Dinozords and takes control of the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and the Dragonzord. Because of this, the Rangers are required to upgrade their Dinozords into more powerful Thunderzords, which can combine to become the Thunder Megazord. After doing so, they defeat Pirantishead and give Lord Zedd his first defeat.

The new cast of MMPR

As he continues to fight the Rangers, Lord Zedd decides to destroy the Green Ranger Tommy Oliver with a special Green Gem designed to take away his powers permanently. Though the Gem is eventually destroyed, it is too late to restore Tommy's powers. However, Zordon gives Tommy new strength in its place -- the power of the White Ranger.

The Rangers later make some new friends in Rocky DeSantos, Aisha Campbell and Adam Park, who also discover the Rangers' identities. When Jason, Zack, and Trini are selected to go to the Peace Conference in Switzerland, the Rangers are required to find three replacements for them. They travel to a deserted planet to retrieve the fabled Sword of Light required for the Power Transfer, but Lord Zedd introduces Serpentera, his gigantic personal Zord. While powerful, Serpentera's massive energy consumption proves to be its undoing. The Sword is retrieved and taken back to Earth, where the retiring Rangers name Rocky, Aisha, and Adam as their successors.

Eventually, Lord Zedd proves no more successful than Rita was, but he does not give up as he undergoes a Centennial Recharge. Rita Repulsa chooses this time to return to the moon and slip a love potion into Zedd's Rejuvenation Chamber. When he wakes up, Zedd is madly in love with Rita and marries her. With both Zedd and Rita together, the Power Rangers are faced with even more terror.

Production

Saban was originally going to produce only 40 episodes in the series, ending with the two-parter Doomsday. Another character was to make an appearance, named Bubba. As the episode was originally written, he piloted Cyclopsis, and was based on the character of Kai from Zyuranger. After Cyclopsis' defeat at the hands of the Rangers, Rita would be sealed away in an urn (mimicking the ending of Zyuranger), and the teenagers would give up their powers.

However, due to the unforeseen popularity of the series, Saban, the company that produced Power Rangers, was faced with the possibility of exhausting all of its Zyuranger footage with no more to fall back upon in order to continue producing the show. Saban contacted Toei, the Japanese company which produces the Sentai series, along with Rainbow Productions which designed and produced the monster suits, requesting another half-season's worth of Zyuranger footage to be made specifically for Power Rangers. The two Japanese companies agreed, creating around 25 brand-new monsters and filming both human- and zord-sized battle footage for each. They also incorporated elements from MMPR into the footage, including a relationship between the Green and Pink Rangers, and the Blue Ranger's portrayal as the brains of the group. This footage is collectively known in the Power Rangers fan community as "Zyu2".

Around this time, Saban was also negotiating a deal with Toei to acquire footage from Gosei Sentai Dairanger, the Sentai series which followed Zyuranger. Saban used more than half of the Zyu2 footage in the remainder of Season One of Power Rangers, but when it decided to replace the Dinozords with the mecha from Dairanger in Season Two (termed Thunderzords in Power Rangers), the Zord footage of the remaining Zyu2 monsters became obsolete. To compensate for this, Saban attempted to splice the Zyu2 and Dairanger footage to ensure that the Zyu2 monsters were fighting the Thunder Megazord instead of the Dino Megazord. The new scenes would show only the monster attacking, followed by a shot of just the Thunderzords taking the damage. It did not always work, and occasionally the monsters could actually be seen making physical contact with the old Megazord. The Rangers' Blade Blasters and individual weapons were left unused for much of the season. Even the newly acquired Saba was rarely used as an actual sword. Saban also decided to continue to use the Zyuranger costumes instead of replacing them with the Dairanger costumes, despite the second season being adapted from Dairanger. However, the only Dairanger costume that appeared in Power Rangers is the Kiba Ranger, which is adapted into the White Ranger's costume for the remainder of Season Two.

Unfortunately for fans, due to the aforementioned unplanned second season, Toei had carved up and either destroyed or (in the case of Four Head) reused many suits in the next season but with a body that wouldn't match the stock footage so they couldn't import the suits. To this end, they created the Z Putty Patrollers to fight the Power Rangers in new footage whilst having the monsters stand around off-screen or throwing attacks from stock shots not featuring the Rangers until Zedd made them grow and Saban could use the Zord fight. This has led many fans to give the season the not so affectionate nickname of "The Putty Monster Season" given all footage that wasn't Zyu2 or stock Zyuranger or Dairanger footage was of the Rangers fighting the Putties. As a result, only two episodes had the Rangers defeat the monster before they grew, "A Monster of Global Proportions" with the afore-mentioned Four Head (defeated by the Power Blaster) and Flame Head from the episode "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire" who was defeated by his own flames getting knocked back at him. Strangely enough, even when they did have suits such as in the episode "The Great Bookala Escape," they didn't bother to shoot new footage (likely due to complaints of violence at the time infamously leading to the dumbing down of Lord Zedd),

Characters

Rangers

Main article:Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (team)

The first quarter of the season with the Green Ranger


The rest of the season with the White Ranger


The Power Transfer, Part 2

Color Role Actor
Red Ranger Jason Lee ScottRocky DeSantos Austin St. JohnSteve Cardenas
Black Ranger Zack TaylorAdam Park Walter JonesJohnny Yong Bosch
Blue Ranger Billy Cranston David Yost
Yellow Ranger Trini KwanAisha Campbell Thuy TrangKaran Ashley
Pink Ranger Kimberly Ann Hart Amy Jo Johnson
Green Ranger Tommy OliverTom Oliver Jason David Frank
White Ranger Tommy Oliver Jason David Frank


Wild West Rangers

Kimberly Hart, the Wild West Rangers, & The White Stranger

Color Role Actor
Red Wild West Ranger Rocko Steve Cardenas
Black Wild West Ranger Abraham Johnny Yong Bosch
Blue Wild West Ranger William David Yost
Yellow Wild West Ranger Miss Alicia Karan Ashley

Allies

Villains

Civilian

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Mighty Morphin 2)

Morphers

Multi-Use Devices

Communication Devices

Sidearms

Individual Weapons and Team Blaster

  • Power Weapons
    • Power Sword
    • Power Axe
    • Power Lance
    • Power Daggers
    • Power Bow
  • Dragon Dagger
  • Saba

Team Cannon

Power-Ups

Other Weapons

Zords

Main article: Zords (Mighty Morphin 2)
Legend:◆ piloted zord, ➲ carrier zord

Thunderzord System

Alternate Combinations

Alternate Megazords
Tor the Shuttlezord

Evil Zords

Episodes

  1. The Mutiny, Part I
    • Lord Zedd invades Rita's palace and brings forth an attack on Angel Grove.
  2. The Mutiny, Part II
  3. The Mutiny, Part III
  4. The Wanna-Be Ranger
  5. Putty on the Brain
  6. Bloom of Doom
  7. The Green Dream
  8. The Power Stealer
  9. The Beetle Invasion
  10. Welcome to Venus Island
  11. The Song Of Guitardo
  12. Green No More, Part I
  13. Green No More, Part II
    • Tommy loses the Green Ranger Powers.
  14. Missing Green
    • Jason is still depressed over the disappearance of Tommy.
  15. Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park
  16. Beauty and the Beast
  17. White Light, Part I
    • The knowledge of a White Ranger is introduced.
  18. White Light, Part II
    • Tommy comes back as the White Ranger and helps the other Rangers send Rita back to the moon.
  19. Two for One
  20. Opposites Attract
    • The last episode with the actors Austin St. John, Walter Jones, and Thuy Trang on set.
  21. Zedd's Monster Mash
  22. The Ninja Encounter, Part I
    • Rocky, Adam, and Aisha are introduced.
  23. The Ninja Encounter, Part II
  24. The Ninja Encounter, Part III
  25. A Monster of Global Proportions
  26. Zedd Waves
  27. The Power Transfer, Part I
  28. The Power Transfer, Part II
    • Jason, Zack, and Trini give up their powers to go to the Peace Conference. Rocky, Adam, and Aisha become rangers.
  29. Goldar's Vice-Versa
    • The only episode with American Scorpina footage.
  30. Mirror of Regret
  31. When is a Ranger Not a Ranger?
  32. Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun
  33. Lights, Camera, Action
  34. Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
  35. Scavenger Hunt
  36. The Great Bookala Escape
  37. Forever Friends
  38. A Reel Fish Story
  39. Rangers Back in Time, Part I
  40. Rangers Back in Time, Part II
  41. The Wedding, Part I
    • Rita returns.
  42. The Wedding, Part II
  43. The Wedding, Part III
  44. Return of the Green Ranger, Part I
  45. Return of the Green Ranger, Part II
  46. Return of the Green Ranger, Part III
  47. Best Man for the Job
  48. Storybook Rangers, Part I
  49. Storybook Rangers, Part II
  50. Wild West Rangers, Part I
  51. Wild West Rangers, Part II
  52. Blue Ranger Gone Bad

Specials

Errors

  • As of the entire season 2, the Lion Thunderzord has two extra rear legs during the American-produced transformation from the Mastodon.

Notes

See Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Notes

VHS/DVD Releases

VHS

  • Alpha's Magical Christmas
  • The White Ranger Series: Goldar's Vice-Versa
  • The White Ranger Series: Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun
  • The White Ranger Series: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
  • Lord Zedd's Monster Heads
  • Morphin Series: Lord Zedd Waves
  • Morphin Series: When is a Ranger Not a Ranger?
  • Morphin Series: Lights, Camera, Action
  • All Time Favorites: White Light

DVD

See Also

External links

References


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