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The Green Candle is a two-part episode that makes up the thirty-fourth & thirty-fifth episodes of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Synopsis

Tommy's powers are in danger of being reclaimed by Rita forever, thanks to the Green Candle, a candle formed from magic wax. When the candle melts completely, Tommy's powers will be infused into Rita's powerful magic forever. However, the Rangers are also busy fighting the Cyclops monster, a creature capable of turning into their Zords and duplicating their powers!

Plot

Part 1

The episode starts with Tommy and Zack practicing martial arts together at the Angel Grove Juice Bar. The two then talk about an upcoming dance and Tommy says he is too scared to ask Kimberly out, but Zack convinces him to.

Meanwhile, Rita announces her next plan to conquer Earth. She plans to use the Green Candle, which, when burned out, will give the Green Ranger power to Rita. She sends a group of Putties with the plan to kidnap Tommy.

Zack and Tommy continue to practice martial arts. Tommy then walks to a nearby lake with Kimberly with the intention of asking her out. However, they are ambushed by Putties and Tommy is taken to Rita's Dark Dimension, where he faces Goldar. He explains to him that his connection to Zordon is cut off and that when the Green Candle is burned out, his powers will belong to Rita.

The other five Rangers arrive at the Command Center trying to devise a plan to rescue Tommy. Then the alarm goes off and on the Viewing Globe, they see the Dragonzord attacking Angel Grove. However, Zordon informs them that is not the real Dragonzord, but the Rangers have no choice; they must stop Rita and the monster.

In the Dark Dimension, Goldar traps Tommy and attacks the Rangers. After being overpowered, the Rangers call for their Megazord. They battle the Dragonzord imposter, but it is too strong even after they equip the Power Sword.

Meanwhile, Goldar returns to the Dark Dimension and gets into a battle with Tommy. Both manage to escape with the power of Goldar's sword. Tommy morphs and calls for the real Dragonzord, with some difficulty as the Green Candle gradually weakens his powers. After being hit by the Dragonzord's tail, the monster reveals his true form, a Cyclops, and escapes right before he would have been cut down by the Power Sword.

Back at the Command Center, Alpha examines Tommy, then Zordon explains the whole situation to the Rangers. Tommy touched the candle while he worked for Rita, so once the candle goes out, so does his time as a Power Ranger.

Part 2

The episode picks off what was left in the previous episode. Zordon explains that someone must enter the Dark Dimension and retrieve the candle if they are to save Tommy's life and powers. Since he was the only other Ranger to enter the dimension, Jason decides to go. Alpha finds the doorway to the dimension and Billy creates a machine that can locate the molecular particles the Putties left behind when they kidnapped Tommy so Jason can enter the dimension. Tommy remains in the Command Center while the other Rangers head towards the location.

Back at the moon, Rita sends Cyclops down for another attack on Earth.

At the lake, the Rangers find the location and set up the device, but are interrupted by Bulk and Skull, who claim that it is their property and order them to leave. They get into a scuffle with them that results in Bulk falling into a trash can that rolls downhill while Skull chases after him.

In the Command Center, the alarm goes off and on the Viewing Globe, Tommy and Alpha see Dragonzord Battle Mode attacking Angel Grove. Zordon says that is Cyclops again since the real Zords are currently on standby. Tommy convinces Zordon to let him battle Cyclops himself since the other Rangers are occupied.

He calls for the real Dragonzord, which attacks Cyclops, knocking him over and revealing his true form. He then morphs into the Megazord and exchanges hits with the Dragonzord. Tommy then enters the Dragonzord for the first time and knocks down Cyclops. It briefly morphs into the Dragonzord in Battle Mode and the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord before it starts to get the better of Dragonzord.

Jason enters the Dark Dimension, but gets into a battle with Goldar. Zordon then tells the other Rangers that they must help Tommy. Zack enters the dimension and tells Jason that they will have to come back later and help Tommy out. Jason is reluctant to leave the candle, but Zack tells him that Tommy needs them now. With a heavy heart, Jason leaves and the Rangers morph and call for the Dinozords, which become the Megazord. They then call for the Ultrazord and merge all three Zords together, destroying Cyclops for good.

By this time, though, the Green Candle has already burned out. Back at the Command Center, Zordon explains that the only way to stop the transfer of power to Rita is for Tommy to give his powers to another Ranger. He chooses Jason, who gets the Dragon Dagger and shield. Tommy demorphs. Tommy then tells Jason that he now has Tommy's powers and use them to defeat Rita Repulsa and Jason agrees.

Later, Tommy is practicing martial arts in the park when Kimberly pays a visit. Tommy and Kimberly kiss and Tommy finally asks Kimberly if she would be his date for the upcoming dance. She accepts and they kiss.

Cast

Notes

  • The original draft title for this episode was "Green Means Go!". [1] It remains unknown to this day why the title was changed.
  • Part I contains many firsts for the franchise in the same way that "The Yolk's on You" is the last of many elements in the early first season.
    • First time Bob Manahan voices Zordon. Although David Fielding's face would still be used for Zordon, Manahan replaces him as his voice actor from here up until the character is killed off in Power Rangers in Space.
      • This was due to Fielding having other commitments and Saban not wanting to change his voice again for fear of being even more inconsistent.
    • First use of Goldar's new, dumber voice although Kerrighan Mahan still voices him. The change was apparently because it strained Mahan's voice too much for him to do it for potentially years.
    • The first major victory Rita has since "Green With Evil" achieved very little (for her personally) in the grand scheme of things.
    • First appearance of Alpha's new design which is thinner and sleeker in design. This was apparently because Romy J. Sharf found the original suit too bulky and unwieldy.
    • First time the Putty Patrollers have belts in U.S. footage whereas they had none before this episode.
    • First time that Goldar uses his fiery teleportation animation which would become his default form from Season 2 onwards. Previous episodes just had him vanish into thin air when leaving battle or leave off-screen. or have others (like Rita) teleport him.
  • The plot element of Tommy's powers being connected to a candle which when burned out would cause him to lose his powers is partially lifted from Zyuranger, in which Burai's (Tommy's counterpart) lifeforce was connected to a candle which would burn away whenever he left a special room to go into battle and would cause him to die when it extinguished. Unlike Power Rangers, the candle was not directly responsible for his death and was instead  an indicator for how long he had left. Like Tommy, Burai's candle extinguished and he did indeed die which is the reason they had to create this in the first place (to explain why Tommy would be absent).
  • This episode was originally going to end Tommy's arc as the Green Ranger and he was going to be written out completely, but due to his overwhelming popularity and requests to have him brought back, he was written back in after the series picked up after Doomsday and was given more time as the Green Ranger, although his powers would then be unstable and temporary.
  • An earlier script draft featured two alternate scenes that never made it into filming:
    • Billy and Zack following a map to find the dimension to retrieve the Green Candle. Putties would have then shown up, with Zack holding them off while Billy continues to read the map.
    • Tommy was going to sit in the Ultrazord cockpit with Jason, Kimberly and Trini. Then, after the Cyclops was destroyed, Tommy would then hold his head in pain and forcefully teleport to the beach. Jason and the others show up and Jason sits down next to Tommy, who gives him both the Dragon Shield and the Dragon Dagger, before de-morphing shortly.
      • This scene would've been a mirror of a scene in the Green Ranger's last episode in Zyuranger, with Burai (Tommy's counterpart) giving Geki (Jason's counterpart) his shield and weapon in a similar fashion. The difference is that Burai died, rather than just de-morphing.
      • This was apparently cut because this episode was supposed to be a three part episode which was cut down because FOX Kids wanted "Doomsday" (the planned final episode) and not the 41st.
  • Zack explained to Jason "If we don't help Tommy, he'll lose his life." This is the first reference Power Rangers makes to death aside from euphemisms like "destroy." Normally, Saban had shied away from such blatant references to death (instead choosing to use the words "destroy" or "destruction") due to the fact that MMPR was aimed at young children. Similarly, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie would use similar scripting.
  • First appearance of the American-made Dragon Dagger prop which is mirror-flipped to the original Zyuranger version.
  • When Jason receives the Dragon Coin, he is given the Green Ranger's Dragon Shield and Gold arm bands, but not the gold cuffs featured on his gloves and boots, which remain on Tommy's costume until it dematerializes.
  • Part II is the first time that Tommy rides in the cockpit of the Dragonzord. The second and last time is in "Football Season".
  • Part II is the only episode in the series which has two Rangers kiss.
  • Part II is the last episode to have the Season 1 intro with Tommy as the Green Ranger until "Grumble Bee". The following episode would remove Jason David Frank in the opening credits, but keeping Titanus and Ultrazord.
  • Tommy would later regain the Green Ranger powers in "Return of an Old Friend" and would eventually lose them again in "Green No More." Despite this, he returned as the White Ranger.
  • Jason would mention the events of this episode in "Missing Green" when expressing regret over failing Tommy for a second time.

Errors

  • In the Command Center scenes, Green Ranger has a white holster instead of black.
  • Despite changing voice actors from David Fielding to Bob Manahan, Fielding's voice is still kept for the intro and isn't redone so the difference in the voice is very noticable. This error remains for the rest of Season 1,
  • Near the start of Part I, Rita's toy wand passes over "The Nomad Lands." Those don't exist on Earth which this is supposed to represent.
  • The Dark Dimension has the Green Candle near a spoked wheel type thing but the Sentai shots used for it melting down have no spoke and just a golden barrier type thing behind it.
  • In part II, when Zack approaches Jason, Goldar is on the floor from two kicks from Jason but is suddenly standing upright when he says "you missed your chance."
    • Also, in the shot before Zack reaches Jason, Goldar starts falling down and is then standing in the next shot before falling down again.
  • When Cyclops jump kicks Dragonzord in Part II, unmorphed Burai can be seen in the cockpit despite them trying to cut him out by shortening the shot to just the explosion of sparks.
  • Despite being broad daylight at the time, when the Rangers call for the Ultrazord and then when they tell it to fire, the cockpit is much darker and the colors are more washed out since this shot comes from "Doomsday-part II."
    • The original Japanese episode's shots had to be replaced due to Billy and Zack being absent as their counterparts had to deliver a life saving potion to a small Japanese boy (mortally wounded after the Fake Dragonzord's counterpart smashed a roof down on top of him).

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