|This article is about the second season in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
- 1 Plot
- 2 Production
- 3 Characters
- 4 Arsenal
- 5 Zords
- 6 Episodes
- 7 Specials
- 8 Errors
- 9 Notes
- 10 VHS/DVD Releases
- 11 See Also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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.
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.
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. 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 Kibaranger, which is adapted into the White Ranger's costume for the remainder of Season Two.
The Rangers' Blade Blasters and individual weapons were left unused for much of the season until the Power Weapons were outright dropped after the episode "Rangers Back in Time-part II" except the Power Axe which last appeared several episodes later in "Storybook Rangers-part II").The reduction in weapon use was due to complaints from parents about the supposed violence in the series which also led to the dumbing down of Lord Zedd and created a much more campy and goofy character. Although the reason for this drastic increase in complaints has never been ascertained, it is likely due to the fact that Mortal Kombat 1 had been released a year before the first season aired. That game's violence and copious amounts of blood caused an uproar in parents over fears that their children would begin hurting each other and trying to copy these moves because they looked cool. It is likely that complaints started at the tail end of Season 1 and they began to implement changes by Season 2.
Season 2 was the first real season of Power Rangers that had continuous story arcs outside of multi-part episodes, starting with the Green No More saga between The Green Dream (episode 7) until the eponymous two part episode of the arc (which ended with episode 12). However, more infamously, there was the Power Transfer fiasco which began with "A Monster of Global Proportions" (episode 25) and concluded with the eponymous two parter (ending with episode 28) although one could actually start it with the episode "Two for One", both because that it was during production of that episode that three of the cast left and because the infamously terrible dub voices begin. The reason for this uptake in multi-part episodes is unclear but one can take either an optimistic or a cynical view of the motives. The optimistic view one can take is that they were experimenting since they weren't limited by Sentai footage but the cynical view is that they were running out of ideas by this point and were dividing episodes into multiple parts to kill time. Fans have pointed out that this proverbial wheel spinning is most apparent in four episodes, "Rangers Back in Time" and "Storybook Rangers" which many argue felt like it was just killing time in one way or another to get to the usable footage.
A major issue that Saban had to work around was the White Ranger himself since the actual screen-time was limited. Multiple episodes didn't feature him at all even after he had been introduced. In total, he only appeared in twenty eight and most that did only had him as his true Japanese boy form with the rest featuring him for about two minutes each if that. In fact, it takes seventeen Dairanger episodes out of fifty (with it and its follow-up or which would be used for reasons not relevant here) and it took another five for him to get his Zord and be able to fight with his comrades against giants. In fact, even when he did appear, he rarely joined the other five for fights and usually just geeked out from the sidelines and sometimes would only show up in the Zord fight out of the blue and that's if he did at all. The worst example of this footage clash is arguably for the Zord fight in the episode "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire" where he clearly summons his Zord but never appears in it. In fact, aside from that example, this issue is even evident in the show itself since this is why Goldar will randomly show up to fight Tommy even if he had nothing to do with the rest of the episode such as in "Rangers Back in Time-part II" and "Forever Friends."
- Main article:Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (team)
|Red Ranger||Jason Lee Scott ► Rocky DeSantos||Austin St. John ► Steve Cardenas|
|Black Ranger||Zack Taylor ► Adam Park||Walter Jones ► Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Blue Ranger||Billy Cranston||David Yost|
|Yellow Ranger||Trini Kwan ► Aisha Campbell||Thuy Trang ► Karan Ashley|
|Pink Ranger||Kimberly Ann Hart||Amy Jo Johnson|
|Green Ranger||Tommy Oliver ► Tom Oliver||Jason David Frank|
|White Ranger||Tommy Oliver||Jason David Frank|
|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|
- Evil Space Aliens
- Power Coins
- Power Crystals
Individual Weapons and Team Blaster
- Legend:◆ piloted zord, ➲ carrier zord
- Thunder Ultrazord ◆◆◆◆◆◆➲
- Mega Tigerzord ◆◆◆◆◆
Tor the Shuttlezord
- The Mutiny, Part I
- Lord Zedd invades Rita's palace and brings forth an attack on Angel Grove.
- The Mutiny, Part II
- The Mutiny, Part III
- The Wanna-Be Ranger
- Putty on the Brain
- Bloom of Doom
- The Green Dream
- The Power Stealer
- The Beetle Invasion
- Welcome to Venus Island
- The Song Of Guitardo
- Green No More, Part I
- Green No More, Part II
- Tommy loses the Green Ranger Powers.
- Missing Green
- Jason is still depressed over the disappearance of Tommy.
- Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park
- Beauty and the Beast
- White Light, Part I
- The knowledge of a White Ranger is introduced.
- White Light, Part II
- Tommy comes back as the White Ranger and helps the other Rangers send Rita back to the moon.
- Two for One
- Opposites Attract
- The last episode with the actors Austin St. John, Walter Jones, and Thuy Trang on set.
- Zedd's Monster Mash
- The Ninja Encounter, Part I
- Rocky, Adam, and Aisha are introduced.
- The Ninja Encounter, Part II
- The Ninja Encounter, Part III
- A Monster of Global Proportions
- Zedd Waves
- The Power Transfer, Part I
- 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.
- Goldar's Vice-Versa
- The only episode with American Scorpina footage.
- Mirror of Regret
- When is a Ranger Not a Ranger?
- Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun
- Lights, Camera, Action
- Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
- Scavenger Hunt
- The Great Bookala Escape
- Forever Friends
- A Reel Fish Story
- Rangers Back in Time, Part I
- Rangers Back in Time, Part II
- The Wedding, Part I
- Rita returns.
- The Wedding, Part II
- The Wedding, Part III
- Return of the Green Ranger, Part I
- Return of the Green Ranger, Part II
- Return of the Green Ranger, Part III
- Best Man for the Job
- Storybook Rangers, Part I
- Storybook Rangers, Part II
- Wild West Rangers, Part I
- Wild West Rangers, Part II
- Blue Ranger Gone Bad
- As of the entire season 2, the Lion Thunderzord has two extra rear legs during the American-produced transformation from the Mastodon.
- 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
- The Best of the Power Rangers: The Ultimate Rangers
- White Light, Part 1 & 2
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: ClassiXX Season 2
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Volume 1
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season 2, Volume 2
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Second Season (Walmart exclusive)
- Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger - Super Sentai counterpart . See comparison page. - featuring the Rangers and Villains' Sentai counterparts
- Gosei Sentai Dairanger - Super Sentai counterpart . See comparison page. - featuring the White Ranger, Thunderzords and Monsters' Sentai counterparts