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The Mutiny is a three-part episode and the first, second and third episodes of the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

This episode featured the first appearances of Lord Zedd, the first U.S. exclusive villain in the franchise, in part I and the Thunderzords in parts II and III.

Synopsis

Rita Repulsa has been removed from power and now her master, Lord Zedd threatens the Earth with powers unlike anything ever seen before. He creates the Pirantishead monster who freezes four of the Dinozords and took control of the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and Dragonzord. The Power Rangers must step up their game if they hope to survive against this new enemy.

Plot

Part 1

The Power Rangers have entered themselves in a four-wheeler race to raise money for charity. As always, Bulk and Skull brag that they will defeat the heroes, even though Kimberly reminds them that it's a charity event. Mr. Caplan drops the green flag and the race is on. Up in the Moon Palace, Rita Repulsa is getting ready to launch her newest scheme to destroy the Power Rangers, but a sudden lightning storm sends everybody into a panic. Goldar declares that the storm can only mean one thing: the return of the evil Lord Zedd. The lightning storm is also seen on Earth, causing concern among the Rangers as they continue the race.

Goldar heads to a new area of the Moon Palace to meet with Lord Zedd, a fearsome man of exposed muscle and twisted metal who has already turned the room into his personal Chamber of Command. Goldar quickly swears loyalty to Zedd, who rewards Goldar by returning his wings to his back. Rita then attempts to pledge her own loyalty, but Zedd shows no forgiveness towards her due to her many failures. To prove his superiority, Zedd uses his power to create Z Putty Patrollers, a more ornate and more powerful version of the familiar clay soldiers.

Zordon summons the Power Rangers to the Command Center with distressing news of Lord Zedd's arrival. He fears that the Rangers' current powers will not be enough to defeat Earth's new menace, but he is unable to do anything about this for the time being. Meanwhile, Zedd has run out of patience with Rita's continued groveling and strips her of her magic wand and her powers, then orders her banished from the Moon Palace. Adding insult to injury, Zedd has his Z-Putties bring out a miniature version of Rita's original space dumpster and shrinks her to the size of a doll. Goldar enjoys one last laugh at his former master's expense as he seals Rita in the dumpster so that Zedd can cast it off into deep space. With Rita out of the picture, Zedd turns his attention to the Power Rangers.

Back on Earth, Bulk and Skull have crashed their four-wheelers and are attempting to steal the Rangers' own when Z-Putties arrive and send them into a panic. The Rangers morph and arrive to save them, but the new breed of Putty prove tougher for them to handle than Rita's version did, more so when Tommy's Green Ranger powers begin to fail mid-battle. While Bulk and Skull cheer from nearby, Jason connects with a punch on the Z-emblem of a Putty, causing it to explode. The other Rangers follow suit and soon the entire pack is crumbled to dust. As the heroes return to the Command Center, however, an awestruck Bulk declares to Skull that they have a new goal: to reveal the Power Rangers' true identities and become famous.

At the Command Center, the Rangers admit that finding the Putties' weak point so quickly was luck and realize that if Zedd's Putties are that tough, then his monsters must be even worse. Zedd proves them right when he transforms a piranha into the monster Pirantishead. Tommy is unable to join the fight due to his weakened powers, and so the other five Rangers head back to action without him. Pirantishead appears in Angel Grove to taunt the Rangers and shows his power by blasting buildings to pieces. The Rangers respond by summoning the Dinozords however Pirantishead responds by freezing the Mastodon, Pterodactyl, Triceratops, and Sabertooth Tiger Dinozords in place.

Part 2

Although the other Zords are frozen, the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord is still active and the Rangers summon it to take on Pirantishead. The monster takes control of Tyrannosaurus, which then attacks the Rangers instead. After receiving a power boost from Zordon, a recharged Tommy arrives and the others apprise him of the situation. Tommy summons the Dragonzord to protect them from Tyrannosaurus. The two Zords are evenly matched, but Dragonzord is successfully in keeping Tyrannosaurus at bay. However this doesn't last long as Pirantishead seizes the opportunity to take control of Dragonzord too.

In the Command Center, Zordon tells Alpha they were fortunate to anticipate Lord Zedd's return, and instruct him to prepare for 'Phase 2'. Meanwhile, the Rangers are desperately trying to avoid the Tyrannosaurus and Dragonzord's attacks. Tommy attempts to distract the Zords by playing the Dragon Dagger, and the Rangers leap to the top of a nearby building in an effort to reach the Zords' controls. That doesn't work, and the Rangers decide to retreat and consult with Zordon.

Back at the Command Center, Zordon and Alpha tell the Rangers that the Dinozords alone will be no match for Lord Zedd, so he plans to give them new Zords. The Rangers are introduced to the Thunderzords - the Red Dragon Thunderzord, Black Lion Thunderzord, Blue Unicorn Thunderzord, Yellow Griffin Thunderzord, and Pink Firebird Thunderzord. When Kimberly asks about Tommy, Alpha explains that his powers are still too weak and unstable to allow him access to a Thunderzord. Making matters worse, the Rangers must first regain access to the Dinozords before the Thunderzords can be summoned. Billy suggests he may be able to make a device that would block the signal controlling the Zords. Trini and Billy head off to work on the device in his lab, but Pirantishead is spotted at the rally and the other Rangers are forced to fight more Z-Putties in order to keep the racers from getting hurt.

At the rally, Bulk and Skull have stolen two four-wheelers from the Rangers and are trying to figure out the way to the finish line. Pirantishead appears and uses his powers to send the four-wheelers driving backwards. The monster then confronts the Rangers again and summons the Tyrannosaurus and Dragonzord to destroy the Rangers.

Part 3

Billy and Trini arrive with the device to stop Pirantishead's signal and activate it to no effect. With the Zords closing in on them, the Rangers form the Power Blaster and initially aim them at their Zords, but turn and blast Pirantishead at the last second. With the monster distracted, Billy fixes the device (he had put a battery in backwards) and activates it. At once, the attacking Zords are halted and the rest are unfrozen.

Furious, Lord Zedd uses his magic to sink the Dinozords below the Earth's surface, though Tommy sends the Dragonzord back to the ocean in an effort to save it. Zedd then throws a grenade down to Pirantishead, who uses it to grow to giant size. Back at the Command Center, Alpha reports that he was able to recover enough of the old Dinozords to create the Thunderzords. The Power Rangers summon their new Zords into battle, bringing a rare smile to Zordon's face as they come together into the Thunder Megazord.

Pirantishead makes the first attack by catching the Megazord in his chain weapon, but the Rangers recover and break the chain. With a mighty slash of its Thunder Saber, the Thunder Megazord finishes off Pirantishead and gives Lord Zedd his first taste of defeat. While Zedd rages in his throne room and berates all of his minions, Finster merely looks on from his workshop and mutters that his monsters would have won had Zedd used them instead.

Back at the Command Center, Tommy is informed that the Dragonzord's power is now as limited as his own and must be used sparingly, but the Rangers are confident that they will get their friend back to his full power. As for Rita Repulsa, the Viewing Globe reveals that she's still stuck in her dumpster and is singing to herself to pass the time. Everybody enjoys a good laugh at Rita's expense (even Zordon!), but they also see that Bulk and Skull are still stuck on their out-of-control four-wheelers.

The Rangers use Billy's device to get the vehicles back to normal, sending Bulk and Skull onto the ground in a heap. As Kimberly and Tommy help them recover, the bullies boast that they're going to expose the Power Rangers for who they really are. The Rangers simply laugh at the notion, but agree to give Bulk and Skull a lift to the finish line, where the group brings up the rear of the pack.

Cast

Songs

Errors

Part I

  • When Rita first appears, the doorway behind her is clearly empty but the follow-up shot has Goldar and Scorpina standing there.
  • When Goldar puts Rita inside the dumpster, she is very clearly a doll or action figure of Rita.
  • When Skull says "Wait a sec", his mouth doesn't move.
  • At one point during the the battle, Zack kicks a Putty, however his leg does not make physical contact.
  • When the Putties throw the weakened Tommy in Part I, he can be seen getting thrown twice between two different shots because two takes were shot and both were left in.
  • When Jason summoned the Dinozords, the buildings surrounding the Rangers suddenly vanish and are replaced by the top of a building in the background.

Part II

  • When the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord lands from jumping into the city at the start of the episode, it is clearly in the countryside and not the city.
  • When Jason said “we’re not beat yet Rangers” at the start, the buildings surrounding the Rangers suddenly vanish.
  • When Jason says that the Rangers' only hope is Tommy and his Zord, no debris surrounds them but much of it is piled around them when Tommy arrives.
  • When Tommy called upon the Dragonzord, it roars as its head emerges from the ocean but its mouth does not move.
  • When they began the city rampage, the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and Dragonzord land despite having no reason to jump.
    • Mountains can be seen in the background behind the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord despite them being in the city.
  • The Tyrannosaurus Dinozord can be seen smoking after the Dragonzord destroyed the smoke stack despite not being hit by anything. This was a result of reusing footage from Doomsday Part I.
  • After Tommy suggested using his Dragon Dagger to distract the Dragonzord and allow the others to take back control, the Dragonzord is seen swinging its tail but the next shot had it facing forward without the tail whipping.
  • When the Rangers are injured by explosions caused by the Dragonzord, the original Putty Patrollers can briefly be seen in the background.
  • When the Rangers jump onto a building to confront the Dragonzord, the buildings and trees in the background do not match the surrounding shots on the ground level.
  • Jason looked up at Tommy when he said it was a good idea to regroup despite the fact he should be on the same level as them.
  • When Jason withdraws the Rangers from the Zord fight, Tommy is missing from the group.
  • When the Rangers see their new Zords via illusions in the sky, the roars of the Lion and Griffin Thunderzords are switched.
  • When searching for the Zords and Pirantishead, Zack and Tommy's stunt actor can be seen through their visors.
  • After Tommy catches a Putty mid-jump kick which was aimed at Jason, they throw him sideways but the next shot has them throwing him forwards.
  • Despite Pirantishead playing his flute to use his energy blasts, freeze mist, and Zord control smoke, the mist itself is coming from the center of his mouth. This is most evident when he takes control of Bulk and Skull's vehicles.

Part III

  • When the man with the binoculars says “Check this out” after seeing Bulk and Skull reversing infinitely, his lips do not move.
  • When the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord stomps down after the signal jammer fails, the signal jammer is not with the Rangers but appears in the follow-up shot.
  • When the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord and Dragonzord nearly step on the Rangers before being released from Pirantishead's spell, the shadows on the ground show two people holding the feet in order to create the forced perspective of the shot.
  • When Pirantishead catches the Growth Bomb, a wire can be seen attached to his fin.
  • Zordon incorrectly referred to the new Megazord formation as the "Mega Thunderzord".
  • When Alpha says "go get 'em Power Rangers", there is a wide shot but Tommy is not visible despite him being in the Command Center with Alpha and Zordon.
  • During the battle sequence between Pirantishead and the Thunder Megazord, the Dino Megazord is briefly visible twice.
  • During the close-up of it getting shocked, Magnet Brain's magnet can briefly be seen attached to the Thunder Megazord's chest.
  • Vase Face can be briefly seen when the Thunder Megazord electrocutes Pirantishead using his own chain.
  • When Trini coughs to get Bulk and Skull's attention to inform them that they had to double up on their quadbikes, her mouth does not move.

Notes

  • This three part episode had the production title of "The Return of Lord Zedd."
  • This is the first appearance of Carla Perez as Rita, who would later become her permanent actress starting with The Wedding Part I because production could not get Machiko Soga to film in America. Perez can be seen temporarily when Zedd shrinks Rita down to be re-sealed.
  • The credits for Parts I and II only feature slighty slowed-down stock footage of the Dinozords without any B-roll from previous episodes of Season 1 to show this was their final appearances. In contrast, Part III features the Thunderzord stock footage as this was their debut.
  • Parts I and II mark the last appearance of the original intro and the last time Jason David Frank is credited as "Jason Frank". Future credits would credit his full name.
  • This was the first story to mix Zyu2 footage with Dairanger, which is why Pirantishead is never seen in the same shot with the Thunder Megazord.
  • This episode marks the first time Finster appears in American footage, in the scene where he ducked Zedd's lightning with the others on the balcony.
  • Zack mentions Pudgy Pig from last season's Food Fight and A Pig Surprise in Part I when they worried about the next threat Zedd would send their ways.
  • Jason coins the expression "back to action!" in Part I.
  • This marks the first time the Rangers go directly to using Zords against a monster without trying to fight it hand-to-hand.
  • The new opening credits for season two debut in Part III. It includes stock footage from Season 1, but also new individual shots of the main cast, along with the Thunderzords and Lord Zedd.
  • Even though the Rangers have new Zords, they still have the same costumes, weapons and morphing phrases from the previous season. Saban chose not to have the Rangers change into the costumes from the Sentai series, Gosei Sentai Dairanger, because they were worried that changing the suits would negatively affect merchandising. Only the Zords, monsters and the White Ranger are lifted from Dairanger.
  • The cockpit for the Thunder Megazord was created in America.
  • Part I features the first time morphed Rangers do not wear their helmets.
  • The book "Lord Zedd Strikes Back" was based on this three part episode.
  • This is the final appearance of Ami Kawai as Scorpina. Sabrina Lu would take over the role in American footage for Scorpina's next and final appearance in Goldar's Vice-Versa.
  • Part I was the final episode to use the Zyuranger stock footage.
  • The Dinozord to Thunderzord transformation uses the American versions of the Bandai toys, as the screen inaccurate "M" on the Mastodon can be seen.
  • FOX originally aired these episodes in prime time in the summer of 1994, a rare move for a children's television show.
  • Part I scored a 7.2 rating in prime time, earning it 49th place for the week. Parts II (4.7 rating) and III (4.9 rating) fared significantly worse.
  • Footage from part I is shown twenty-seven years later in the Power Rangers Dino Fury episode “Old Foes” after Lord Zedd returns.

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