|This article is about a/an series entry (the 2nd) in the Power Rangers franchise.|
Power Rangers Zeo (often abbreviated as PRZ, and often simply called Zeo) is the fourth season of the Power Rangers franchise. It originally aired in 1996, and is based on the Super Sentai series Chouriki Sentai Ohranger. Zeo introduced all-new Ranger costumes for the first time, a pattern that would repeat each subsequent season, in keeping with the Super Sentai source material. Zeo also introduced robotic villains and monsters to the franchise, a pattern that would later continue with Power Rangers RPM.
Prior to the series premiere, 32 non-canonical Zeo Serial shorts were each shown in place of the "Today on Power Rangers" segments during the last run of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 and Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.
Following the release of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, Saban had to deal with a general decline in the brand's popularity. While ratings for Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers were still solid during the show's third season, consistently ranking #1 in its weekday time slot, they nevertheless fell from the show's first two seasons. Combined with declining merchandise sales, Saban was faced with the threat of Power Rangers losing its phenomenon status.
With the fear of a continued decline, it was eventually decided that a major shakeup in the status quo was necessary. According to then-president of Saban's children entertainment division, Peter Dang, a wide number of options were considered, including the possibility of killing off major characters. Producers eventually settled on cosmetic changes (and a few casting changes), to match the source footage of Chōriki Sentai Ohranger. This allowed a completely new range of merchandise to be released while cutting costs. Sentai footage could be heavily used again as it had early in the series' run.  
While early ratings for the show were high, maintaining the #1 ranking, they eventually faltered and the show struggled to beat out fellow Fox Kids shows Goosebumps and even sister-series Big Bad Beetleborgs. Saban then brought back Austin St. John in the role of Jason, hoping that the return of one of the original five rangers would bring back older viewers.
- "I am very proud of all of you. As Power Rangers, you have served your planet well. But the Power Rangers as you have known them are gone forever. In their place has emerged a new, and more advanced, fighting force. You have now become the Power Rangers Zeo, the next level in the fight against Evil!"
While searching through the wreckage, the Rangers find the Zeo Crystal, apparently dropped by the two villains, and then fall into the underground Power Chamber, their new base of operations where Zordon and Alpha 5 retreated to during the explosion. Up on the moon, Lord Zedd's Moon Palace is attacked by the Machine Empire, who wants to take over the Earth and do not want any competition.
As Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, and their minions flee for their lives, the power of the Zeo Crystal is harnessed and given to Tommy, Kat, Rocky, Adam, and Tanya, while Billy retires from active duty to support the team from the Power Chamber. They are now the Power Rangers Zeo, Earth's only hope against the Machine Empire. With new weapons and a new Zeo Megazord, the Rangers are able to fend of the mechanized menaces of King Mondo, Queen Machina, and their son Prince Sprocket.
During their battles, a strange new Power Ranger in a shining gold uniform is spotted, helping them and vanishing without warning. Though several red herrings as to his identity are dropped, the Gold Ranger is revealed to be a new ally, Trey of Triforia, who is on a mission to help fight evil throughout the galaxy. When Mondo's attempts to destroy him causes his Gold Powers to become unstable, Trey requests that a new host be found for them. Fortunately, an old friend is willing to take up the mantle: Jason Lee Scott, the original Red Power Ranger.
Fed up with his losses, King Mondo unearths the legendary Damocles Sword and fights the Zeo Rangers himself, but he falls to the power of the Super Zeo Megazord and is destroyed. In Mondo's absence, the Machine Empire suffers through a shift in power. Looking to overthrow the Empire from within, Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd send their servant Louie Kaboom into the Machine Moon Base, but he defies his masters and rules the Empire himself instead. Louie is later killed by Mondo's estranged son Prince Gasket, who with his wife Archerina attempts to retake his denied birthright as the ruler of the Machine Empire. However, Gasket's plans are quickly dashed when a fully-repaired King Mondo returns to the throne.
Meanwhile, Jason's life-force is weakening due to the Gold Powers being incompatible with humans, and the Rangers must find a way to restore them to Trey before they and Jason are lost forever. The situation is only made worse when Zedd's and Mondo's forces begin competing to steal away the Gold Powers first, but the Rangers are able to restore them to their rightful owner, and Trey repays the favor by using the Gold Powers to defeat a giant King Mondo... by turning himself and his friends into giant Power Rangers! Mondo later receives one final insult to injury when Zedd and Rita give him a gift-wrapped bomb as a "peace offering", which blows him and his servants into scrap.
|Zeo Ranger V Red||Tommy Oliver||Jason David Frank|
|Zeo Ranger IV Green||Adam Park||Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Zeo Ranger III Blue||Rocky DeSantos||Steve Cardenas|
|Zeo Ranger II Yellow||Tanya Sloan||Nakia Burisse|
|Zeo Ranger I Pink||Katherine Hillard||Catherine Sutherland|
|Gold Ranger||Trey of Triforia ►◄ Jason Lee Scott||voiced by Brad Hawkins, played physically by Tom, Tim, and Ted DiFillippo) ►◄ Austin St. John|
- Zordon: An old powerful sage from Eltar; Mentor and creator of the Power Rangers.
- Alpha 5: Robot assistant of Zordon.
- Billy Cranston: Former Blue Ranger, now aids the team as their technical adviser. He left Earth to be cured of his rapid aging on Aquitar, deciding to live there.
- Cestria and the Aquitian Rangers: Aliens from Aquitar.
|Auric||Auric the Conqueror|
- Dr. Jewel: A scientist who discovered the upcoming arrival of the Machine Empire, having seen a Gear Ship. (Non Canon)
- Dr. Kender: Met with Dr. Jewel to discuss the Machine Empire's arrival. (Character is Canon, though her appearance in the Zeo Serial isn't)
- Joseph Saunders: Observatory custodian who caught site of a Quadrafighter in the telescope. (Non-Canon)
- Wolfgang Blizzard: News reporter. Interviewed Joseph Saunders about his discovery, as well as trying to get Drs. Jewel and Kender to provide more info on the Machine Empire (described as aliens). (Non-Canon)
- The Governor of California: Appeared on television to confirm the arrival of the Machine Empire (once again. described as aliens), and to deliver a plea to the Power Rangers to save Earth from them. (Non Canon)
- Bulk and Skull: Two former bullies, turned junior cops then detectives hired by Lt. Stone.
- Ernie, owner of the Angel Grove Youth Center.
- Lieutenant/Detective Jerome Stone: A Police Officer who was fired because of Bulk and Skull's behavior as overeager junior officers. He then started his own detective agency.
- Shawn: Former boyfriend of Tanya, though the two agreed to be friends.
- Veronica: Shawn's girlfriend (Though given her reaction to his loss, might have broken up with him).
- Mr. Caplan: Principal of Angel Grove High School. Informed Billy that he had enough credits for graduation. Sometime in the school year, he left for a vacation.
- Ms. Appleby: Teacher at Angel Grove High.
- Sam Trueheart: Adopted David Trueheart.
- David Trueheart: Tommy's brother, who found out that Tommy is a Power Ranger.
- Emily: Ernie's new waitress and Jason's love interest.
- Machine Empire
- King Mondo: King of the Machine Empire
- Queen Machina: Queen of the Machine Empire
- Prince Sprocket: King Mondo's second and youngest son.
- Klank & Orbus: Mondo's two henchbots go down to Earth to supervise many of the Machine Empire's attacks. Klank will hurl Orbus at it, energizing it and making it grow. They also build and care for a few of the monsters.
- Prince Gasket: King Mondo's first and oldest son. He brainwashes Tommy later in the series and makes him think he is king.
- Archerina: Prince Gasket's wife.
- Cogs: Footsoldiers of the Machine Empire
- Evil Space Aliens
- Lord Zedd & Rita Repulsa: The Power Rangers first villains, retreated from the moon since the invasion of the Machine Empire.
- Louie Kaboom: Zedd and Rita's monster sent to destroy the Machine Empire but failed after Rito and Goldar lost the remote.
- Goldar: Rita and Zedd's henchmen who lost his memory and worked for Bulk and Skull. Goldar eventually regained his memory and returned to Rita and Lord Zedd.
- Rito Revolto: Rita's brother who lost his memory and worked for Bulk and Skull. Rito eventually regained his memory and returned to Rita and Lord Zedd.
- Finster: Rita's monster maker and inventor.
- Tenga Warriors: Zedd and Rita's Footsoldiers.
- Wrist Communicators ◆◆◆◆◆◆
Sidearms, Individual Weapons, and Team Blaster
- Zeo Blaster ◆◆◆◆◆
- Golden Power Staff ◆
- Zeo Power Cannon ◆◆◆◆◆
- Zeo I Power Cell ◆
- Zeo II Power Cell ◆
- Zeo III Power Cell ◆
- Zeo IV Power Cell ◆
- Zeo V Power Cell ◆
- Defender Wheel ◆◆◆◆◆
- Zeo Jet Cycles ◆◆◆◆◆
- Legend:◆ piloted zord, ★ battlezord, ➲ carrier zord
Zeo Zords System
- Zeo Ultrazord: Warrior Mode / Zeo Ultrazord: Carrier Mode ★◆◆◆◆◆➲
Super Zeo Zords System
- Super Zeo Megazord ◆◆◆◆◆
- Warrior Wheel ◆
- A Zeo Beginning, Part I
- A Zeo Beginning, Part II
- The Shooting Star
- Target Rangers
- For Cryin' Out Loud
- Rangers in the Outfield
- Every Dog Has His Day
- The Puppet Blaster
- Invasion of the Ranger Snatchers
- Graduation Blues
- A Few Bad Seeds
- Instrument of Destruction
- Mean Screen
- Mr. Billy's Wild Ride
- There's No Business Like Snow Business, Part I
- There's No Business Like Snow Business, Part II
- There's No Business Like Snow Business, Part III
- Inner Spirit
- Found and Lost
- Brother, Can You Spare an Arrowhead?
- Trust in Me
- It Came From Angel Grove
- Bulk Fiction
- Song Sung Yellow
- Game of Honor
- The Power of Gold
- A Small Problem
- A Season to Remember
- Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise
- Rock-A-Bye Power Rangers
- Do I Know You?
- Revelations of Gold
- A Golden Homecoming
- Mondo's Last Stand
- Bomber in the Summer
- Scent of a Weasel
- The Lore of Auric
- The Ranger Who Came in from the Gold
- The Joke's on Blue
- Where in the World is Zeo Ranger 5?
- King for a Day, Part I
- King for a Day, Part II
- A Brief Mystery of Time
- A Mystery to Me
- Another Song and Dance
- Rangers of Two Worlds, Part I
- Rangers of Two Worlds, Part II
- Hawaii Zeo
- Good as Gold
- Power Rangers Zeo: Zeo Quest
- "A Zeo Beginning, Part 1 & 2
- It Came From Angel Grove
- Power Rangers: Holiday Specials
- "A Season to Remember"
- Power Rangers Zeo (Complete Season) [German RC2]
- Power Rangers: From Mighty Morphin to Lost Galaxy
- Power Rangers Zeo: Volume One (Shout! Factory)
- Power Rangers Zeo: Volume Two (Shout! Factory)
- Power Rangers Zeo is the first season:
- To have completely different Ranger suits from the previous season. This was done to match the annual suit change of the Super Sentai series.
- To have its Japanese-created footage be exclusively from one Super Sentai series.
- Have none of the Rangers get their powers in the first episode.
- Not to feature Billy Cranston in every single episode. However, it is also the final season to feature the character altogether.
- To feature a female Yellow Ranger (Tanya Sloan) whose gender matches that of her Sentai counterpart (Juri Nijou).
- To feature a team with the core five color scheme of Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink. This would become the most common color scheme for Power Rangers teams, as to date it has been used for nine subsequent teams.
- To feature a Green Ranger on the core team, as opposed to being a Sixth Ranger. In this case, the Green Ranger is Adam Park.
- To feature a second-in-command Blue Ranger; in this case, Rocky DeSantos.
- To end with the Rangers' powers and arsenal almost intact. None of the Zords, weapons, or base powers themselves are seen to be destroyed; only the Zeo Jet Cycles were. As it stands, Zeo is the only season so far to hold this distinction, as every other season features at least part of the arsenal destroyed, be it weapons or zords, or the team retiring at the season's conclusion.
- However, according to Johnny Yong Bosch, the script for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie originally had a scene where Adam and Tanya would attempt to rescue Kimberly and Jason, only to have their Zeo powers destroyed underwater. A scene was kept where Kat's morph failed due to her falling underwater - it was probably originally meant to be that her powers, along with Tommy's, would be lost in that scene.
- To feature a Ranger whose identity is kept secret from the audience for more than a single episode (the White MMPR Ranger revealed his identity one episode after he first appeared). In this case, said Ranger is the Gold Ranger; in addition, his identity is not known to Zordon, this season being the first to have such an occurrence.
- To feature an ex-Ranger, who had voluntarily given up his previous Ranger identity, returning to serve full-time as a new Ranger. The ex-Ranger in this case is Jason Lee Scott, former MMPR Red Ranger, who takes up the mantle of the Gold Ranger. The only other ex-Ranger to do this thus far is Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers Dino Thunder.
- To feature an appearance by at least one Ranger from a previous team. This trend would continue all the way up to Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- To use footage from the Sentai counterpart's teamup movies for their own teamup. This footage was used for the two-part episode "Rangers of Two Worlds".
- To feature background songs from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as pure instrumentals without lyrics. This would continue in Power Rangers Turbo.
- To feature cold open sequences at the beginning, not counting the non-canon Zeo Serials shown before episodes of the previous season (and Alien Rangers).
- To feature no single episode featuring the destruction of the Ranger base, which is soon followed by certain series like Jungle Fury.
- To have the Rangers' helmets without silver mouth plates. This would be repeated for subsequent series such as Lightspeed Rescue, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, Mystic Force, Jungle Fury, RPM, Samurai, Super Megaforce, and Ninja Steel
- Despite the Zeo Rangers not having silver mouth plates, there were lips molded into the helmet anyway, although they are difficult to see at a glance
- The Samurai Rangers' base forms do not have mouth plates. However, their Mega modes when using their Megazord do have silver mouth plates.
- International airings outside of the U.S. and Canada, along with the original intro for A Zeo Beginning, used an alternate logo in the intro that simply featured "ZeoRangers" in the style of the normal logo's "Power Rangers".
- It is the only season to have a title with a word that is entirely made up; that word is Zeo (other titles have had acronyms, such as SPD, or shortened words, such as Dino in Dino Thunder).
- Episode 45, "A Mystery to Me", is the series' 200th episode.
- This season and the first two Mighty Morphin seasons are the only three seasons to date where the episode counts exceed those of their Sentai counterparts. This season's episode count exceeds that of Ohranger by two, in part because three episodes came from the Ohranger movie and Ohranger vs. Kakuranger.
- Power Rangers Zeo at Wikipedia.
- ↑ Mifflin, Lawrie (1996-04-10). TV Notes;New, Improved 'Rangers'. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-08-07.
- ↑ Griffiths, Ian (1997-03-23). The famous five power back: A new breed of Power Ranger is eyeing your money, warns Ian Griffiths. The Independent. Retrieved on 2010-08-20.
- ↑ Maurstad, Tom (1996-04-20). Power Rangers Being 'replaced'. Wilmington Morning Star. Retrieved on 2010-08-20.
- ↑ Mangan, Jennifer (1996-05-09). Costly Changes - A New Generation of Power Rangers Means New Toys. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2010-08-20.
- ↑ Willens, Michele (1996-04-20). Can the Rangers Zeonize Back to Mere Hit Status?. LA Times. Retrieved on 2010-03-04.
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