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Origins is the first and second episodes and season premiere of Power Rangers Samurai  of the Power Rangers series. Aired as a "Special Event", the two parter establishes the lives of the Samurai Rangers prior to the call of duty, as well as the reemergence of Master Xandred from the bottom of the Sanzu River after losing the battle against the Samurai Rangers years prior and his reattempt to flood the Earth with the help of the Nighloks. It also marks the beginning of the Neo-Saban Era of the Power Rangers franchise, as Saban had bought back the rights from Disney following the finale of Power Rangers RPM.


Synopsis

Part 1

As invasions from the Netherworld increase, Jayden unites a new team of Samurai Rangers to meet the rising threat.

Part 2

As the teens continue their transition into their new secret lives as Samurai Rangers, Emily reveals a surprising truth about herself. When a Nighlok attacks, the Rangers combine their Zords to create the Samurai Megazord in order to defeat the monster.

Plot

Part 1

In the city, a kid playing hide and seek accidentally finds a Gap where a group of Moogers leap out. Mentor Ji and the Red Samurai Ranger, Jayden, arrive as Ji evacuates the boy. Though Ji tries to reason with the Moogers, Jayden feels it's unnecessary to do so. He then proceeds to use his Spin Sword to fight off the swarm of Moogers. 

Ji congratulates Jayden on his success and informs him about the assembly of the new team. Unknown to them, Octoroo watches them from a gap and sees Master Xandred's boat emerging from the water. He enters the boat and pays a visit to Master Xandred and Dayu. Xandred drinks his medicine as Octoroo tells Xandred about the return of the Samurai Rangers and thus assigns Tooya the task of hunting down the Rangers.

Before a swim meet, Kevin's father hands his son the Blue Dragon Origami, telling him that he is destined to become a Samurai Ranger. Mia plays at the orphanage. Mike has fun at the arcade with his friends. Emily plays her flute outside of her house. Back at the Shiba House, Ji warns Jayden about an upcoming attack. Jayden remembers his father and his final words. Ji fires four color-coordinated arrows to each of the Rangers, then reveals the Samuraizers to Jayden. The first (green) arrow heads for Mike, which also strikes the cheeseburger he is about to eat, knocking it right out of his hand. The second (pink) arrow heads to the orphanage where Mia is at, landing in a tree trunk in the yard. The third (yellow) arrow hits a bale of hay at Emily's farm. The fourth and final (blue) arrow reaches Kevin as his swimming race is about to start, landing a few starting blocks away from him and magically penetrating the swimming pool's glass roof without breaking it.

In the city, Tooya begins the attack to draw out the Rangers. A barely clothed Kevin runs into the SUV as Mia is inside, thinking she's the Red Ranger. Mike and Emily then show up, both trying to guess who the Red Ranger is; unfortunately, none of them are Red. When Jayden shows up on his horse, he introduces himself as the Red Ranger. He hands the Rangers their Samuraizers and tells them that if they follow him, they cannot quit; the war they join, if they do join, will result in either a victory for the humans, or one for the Nighlok horde. They all accept his offer and agree to join Jayden in battle. The Rangers use their Spin Swords to fight off the swarm of Moogers. Red Ranger summons the Fire Smasher to clear out the Moogers once and for all. The Rangers also summon their individual weapons to help out. After a fierce battle, the Rangers defeat the Moogers while Jayden destroys Tooya with his Fire Smasher. However Jayden informs his new friends that the battle isn't over yet as a Nighlok has two lives; when the first life is lost it will resurrect itself as a gigantic Mega Monster. Tooya demonstrates this and immediately tries to crush the Rangers. Kevin reminds the rest of the new Rangers that they can defeat the Nighlok using their personal Folding Zords. Jayden then shows them how to transform into Mega Mode, allowing the team to take on new armor used to pilot the zords which also turn giant. The zords work together against the Nighlok. Jayden and Kevin perform their Mega Mode finishers to defeat the Nighlok. Back at the Shiba House, the Rangers celebrate their victory.

Part 2

At the Shiba House, Ji tells the Rangers that they must perfect their Samurai Symbols to become the true Rangers. Jayden perfects his fire symbol, while Kevin draws his water symbol which splashes water in his face. Emily draws her Earth symbol; the canvas she uses promptly transforms into a rock, which drops onto Kevin's foot. Mia draws the wind symbol which blows out air, but Mike gets his stroke order incorrect, and is unable to unleash the forest symbol power. Mike proposes a lunch break, but Ji doesn't buy into it.

On the Sanzu River, Master Xandred takes his medicine, but Dayu's lyre playing only increases his headache. As he curses the fact that they are unable to flood the river to escape the Netherworld into the Human World, Octoroo finds a book that says when bad things happen on Earth, the Sanzu's water level rises. Octoroo theorizes that if they scare the humans, their tears would fill up the river. To that end, Xandred calls out Scorpionic.

Back at the house, Kevin practices kicking a bag while Mike watches. Trying to lighten Kevin up, Mike tries to annoy him by slurping out of his soda cup. The act incites Kevin to duel Mike, but Mia interrupts them to say that she can't find Emily. While the group looks around the mall, Mike stops by a vendor stand to eat. A bus pulls into the mall, and from it emerges Spike Skullovitch, the son of Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch. He is picked up by Skull's childhood friend, Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier. As they greet each other, Bulk drags Spike to grab some food.

Mia, Mike, and Kevin reunite inside, with no trace of Emily. Mia and Kevin are appalled to find that Mike has been eating without letting them know. Mike tells them that Emily could handle herself just fine, but Mia says she's from the country and therefore wouldn't wander around the city. Mike offers Kevin a kebab, but he declines it. Mike asks when Kevin isn't being a Samurai, and he tells them that he's always a Samurai. Mia tells Kevin that he's very dedicated to being a Samurai, but she wants to have a normal life and find the man of her dreams. She admits that it's scary adjusting to being a Samurai, and Kevin says it's a big deal. Mia asks if Kevin misses giving up his dreams of swimming in the Olympics to become a Samurai, and he says no.

Mia spots Emily training in the park. Kevin applauds her act of independence as dedication of being a Samurai, and Emily says that she's trying to develop her skills to become as good as her older sister Serena. Kevin wonders about this, and Emily explains that Serena was supposed to be the Yellow Samurai Ranger, but she fell ill and Emily had to take her place. Mike says that's a lot of responsibility placed on her, but Emily says she wasn't good at school either. Mia tells her not to sell herself short, but Emily says she is talented in other aspects, such as being able to play the flute. The boys compliment Emily on her hard work and training.

Back at the vendor stand, Spike says that Skull sent him to Bulk to have him be something bigger. Bulk tells Spike that he will instruct him in becoming a Samurai. Bulk says that his history with the Power Rangers as well as watching Samurai movies will help in their training. Bulk imitates the Power Rangers's movements while Spike gets a kebab. Bulk scares Spike to where the latter accidentally sprays Bulk with ketchup.

When Bulk and Spike leave, a group of Moogers emerge from the Netherworld. An alarm goes off in the Shiba House, and Ji explains that it is a gap sensor, designed to go off whenever a Nighlok or a horde of them enter the human world. They pull up a map of the city and find the swarm is attacking City Hall. Jayden assembles the Rangers and they head out to fight. Scorpionic attacks the city and its inhabitants when the Lion Folding Zord pounces on him. It returns to Jayden as he and the other Rangers morph and fight off the Moogers. Jayden spots Scorpionic destroying more buildings and he takes him on solo. Emily, fighting a group of Moogers, launches her Earth Slicer to take out a group of them, but it goes flying towards Jayden. He manages to dodge it but Scorpionic uses the distraction to send Jayden flying towards a wall. Seeing Jayden down, Emily tries to cover him, but the other Rangers join her and are all hit by Scorpionic's Whirwind Scythe Attack. All but Jayden get de-morphed as Jayden tells them to take care of a girl left behind while he takes on Scorpionic again. 

Jayden manages to return the girl back to her mother as the Rangers watch in amazement at Jayden's abilities. Emily hopes that she is as dedicated to destroying evil as Jayden is. Scorpionic knocks down Jayden and prepares his Whirlwind Scythe Attack, but the other Rangers re-morph and attack. The team uses the Quintuple Slash to finish off Scorpionic, but he grows into his Mega Mode, Jayden prompting the others to transform into Mega Mode as well. Realizing that their individual Zords won't finish off Scorpionic, Kevin leads the others into combining the Folding Zords. However, they leave Jayden out of the formation and instead form a bizarre-looking totem pole, with Mike at the bottom, Kevin on top of him, Mia on top of him and Emily on top of her. Mike is annoyed with being on the bottom, which starts to make the formation unstable. Scorpionic knocks them down, and Jayden orders them to combine again, this time successfully forming the Samurai Megazord. The Megazord briefly knocks down Scorpionic, who calls out for a team of Moogers to grow and attack, and they trap the Rangers in chains. Jayden tells the team to stay strong and forces the Moogers to collide into each other, breaking free. Jayden then takes control and cuts through the Moogers. They then use the Samurai Strike to finish off Scorpionic and take the victory.

Back at the Shiba House, Ji congratulates the group on their victory, but Emily laments on how she almost let them down. Jayden tells her that she was strong, which cheers her up. 

Cast

Power Discs (Part 1)

Power Discs (Part 2)

  • Red Samurai Ranger - Samurai (Fire Smasher), Lion (Fire Smasher), Lion (Spin Sword - Quintuple Slash), Samurai (LionZord)
  • Blue Samurai Ranger - Samurai (Hydro Bow), Dragon (Hydro Bow), Dragon (Spin Sword - Quintuple Slash), Samurai (DragonZord)
  • Pink Samurai Ranger - Samurai (Sky Fan), Turtle (Sky Fan), Turtle (Spin Sword - Quintuple Slash), Samurai (TurtleZord)
  • Green Samurai Ranger - Samurai (Forest Spear), Bear (Forest Spear), Bear (Spin Sword - Quintuple Slash), Samurai (BearZord)
  • Yellow Samurai Ranger - Samurai (Earth Slicer), Ape (Earth Slice), Ape (Spin Sword - Quintuple Slash), Samurai (ApeZord)

Notes

  • These episodes were intended to be the first broadcast but Nickelodeon decided to instead start airing from the third episode and they were held back for several months.
    • Also, due to its late airing, the opening theme contains spoilers for the season including the identity of the Gold Ranger.*The original episode title for Origins Part 1 was "Call of the Red Ranger" while the title for Part 2 was "Rise of the Megazord".
  • As a result, the episodes were re-titled to make them a two-parter (despite Part II not being an actual continuation of the story).
  • Part 2 marks the first appearance of Paul Schrier as Bulk since Wild Force's "Forever Red".
  • This is the first episode to feature a Pink Ranger since Operation Overdrive's "Crown and Punishment".
  • This is also the first episode to have a cold open since Time Force's "The End of Time".
  • Octoroo makes a self-referential pun about the series when he tells Master Xandred that he is "pretty grumpy for someone talented enough to talk with his mouth closed" referencing how many Power Rangers villains talk, even when their mouths don't open due to the English dubbing.
  • When Master Xandred tells Scorpionic to "get over here" he does it in the same tone and growl as another scorpion themed character, Scorpion from Mortal Kombat who made the quote famous.
  • Bulk briefly recalls his extensive history with Power Rangers.
  • The clothes that Bulk is first seen wearing in Part II are the same as those he wore during his first appearance in Day of the Dumpster.
  • This is the only multi-part episode throughout the series.

Errors

  • When Jayden swordfights Moogers at the beginning of Part 1, the wooden crates in the background have Japanese language print on them.
  • In Part 1 intro, Antonio was accidentally revealed
  • Kevin wears two different pairs of swimming shorts in this episode: a short pair before the race, and a longer pair when the race is about to start.
  • When Tooya pushes the car at Jayden, it is facing engine first but, when he cleaves it in half, it is facing side-on.
    • Not only did it not have time to do this but the time it would take to spin like that would have had it already slamming into Jayden.

See Also

Power nav icon.png List of Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai episodes Icon-samurai.pngIcon-prss.png
Samurai

1 & 2: Origins • 3: The Team Unites • 4: Deal With a Nighlok • 5: Day Off • 6: Sticks and Stones • 7: A Fish Out of Water • 8: There Go the Brides • 9: I've Got a Spell on Blue • 10: Forest for the Trees • 11: Test of the Leader • 12: Jayden's Challenge • 13: Unexpected Arrival • 14: Room for One More • 15: The Blue and the Gold • 16: Team Spirit • 17: The Tengen Gate • 18: Boxed In • 19: Broken Dreams • 20: The Ultimate Duel • Halloween Special: Party Monsters • Christmas Special: Christmas Together, Friends Forever

Super Samurai

1: Super Samurai • 2: Shell Game • 3: Trading Places • 4: Something Fishy • Movie: Clash of the Red Rangers • 5: The Rescue • 6: The BullZord • 7: He Ain't Heavy Metal, He's My Brother • 8: Kevin's Choice • 9: Runaway Spike • 10: The Strange Case of the Munchies • 11: A Sticky Situation • 12: Trust Me • Halloween Special: Trickster Treat • 13: The Master Returns • 14: A Crack in the World • 15: Stroke of Fate • Christmas Special: Stuck on Christmas • 16: Fight Fire With Fire • 17: The Great Duel • 18: Evil Reborn • 19: The Sealing Symbol • 20: Samurai Forever

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