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The Ninja Encounter is a three-part episode and the twenty-second, twenty-third and twenty-fourth episodes of the second season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

It featured the debuts of Rocky DeSantos, Adam Park, and Aisha Campbell who would go on to become the new Mighty Morphin Red, Black, and Yellow Rangers respectively.

Synopsis

Three teens from the nearby Stone Canyon High School come to Angel Grove for a ninja tournament and find themselves targeted for recruitment by Lord Zedd to become his new Dark Rangers. In the meantime, he creates the Terror Blossom to destroy the Power Rangers and plans to create hundreds of other versions of him. In the meantime, he ressurects the immensely powerful Hatchasaurus from Season 1 who is stronger than even the Thunderzords. Can the Power Rangers put a stop to Zedd's schemes or is this truly the end?!

Plot

Tommy, Kimberly, and Billy meet Stone Canyon High Students Rocky DeSantos, Adam Park, and Aisha Campbell as well as their favorite teacher Hank Anderson and his baby son Jacob, after saving the child from a runaway stroller. Later that day, the Rangers watch the newcomers win a ninja tournament against a trio of undefeated but nasty champions from Hasper City, who caused the stroller incident.

Zedd was interested in recruiting the Hasper City champions because of their evil qualities, but when he learned that the other side won the tournament, he was furious. Goldar offered to search the planet for people with the same qualities as the Hasper City trio, but Zedd had no choice but to recruit the Stone Canyon teens instead. He sent Goldar to kidnap the three kids and Mr. Anderson, while a platoon of Putties, despite being defeated by Tommy, Kimberly and Billy, kept them from rescuing their new friends.

While Bulk and Skull looked after Jacob, the Rangers had to balance rescuing the four civilians with saving Angel Grove from two monsters. They managed to defeat the monsters and save the hostages at the very last second, but as Billy was wrestling with Zedd's evil snake, he was severely weakened. Tommy threw the snake off of Billy while Kimberly blasted it. The two Rangers had to take Billy's helmet off for him to avoid suffocating. However, unbeknownst to them, Rocky, Adam, and Aisha were watching on from the entrance to the cave, and inadvertently learned the identities of the Power Rangers.

While Mr. Anderson is reunited with Jacob, Rocky, Adam, and Aisha are taken to the Command Center. Zordon decides to trust the three with the secret of the Rangers' identities, due to their bravery and after having Alpha run background checks on them and finding them to be of good character. Rocky, Adam, and Aisha take a vow to never reveal what they've learned, and they reunite with their new friends.

Cast

Notes

  • To match the archive footage, Billy wears his older glasses while Tommy wears green clothes despite now being the White Ranger, although the shirt he wore in Two Heads are Better than One has bits of both colors. He also ties his hair into a ponytail before teleporting to the Command Center.
  • Part I is the first episode in the franchise which employs no Sentai footage as well as being the first in which none of the Rangers appeared morphed.
  • This is the first multi-part storyline to not have a monster appear in all of its parts since Terror Blossom was completely absent from Part I (which was focused on the ninja competition and Goldar kidnapping the winners).
  • Part II is infamous amongst the fan base for a multitude of easily avoidable errors during the Hatchasaurus Zord fight.
  • The initial fight scene against Terror Blossom which ends with Jason kicking him down and retreating as well as the second "fight scene" where he freezes Jason, Zack, and Trini was originally supposed to be a single fight scene in the scripts. This is why he can be seen getting up from the ground before he freezes them despite not having been hit.
  • Jason's appearance in the Command Center during Part II was done by either a stand-in or deleted footage from Two Heads are Better than One.
  • Upon seeing Goldar with the future Rangers and Mr. Anderson, Skull exclaims "it's that gold monkey again." This was a reference to the episodes "Green With Evil Part IV and Missing Green where they met him in person.
  • The song featured in the beginning of Part I is entitled "She's Got the Answers". It was written by Ron Wasserman and featured in "Sweet Valley High", another Saban-produced show.
  • Jacob Anderson is played by Jacob Frank, Jason David Frank's first child from his first marriage.
  • Rocky, Adam, and Aisha would wear the same outfits from this episode while showing Alpha a pre-recorded message of them wishing him a Merry Christmas in Alpha's Magical Christmas.
  • Part II is the only time that a monster was able to survive a charged slash from the Thunder Saber.
  • In earlier broadcasts of Part III, the song "Baby Sittin' Boogie" by Buzz Clifford was featured during the scene in which Bulk and Skull attempted to change the baby's diaper. For later broadcasts (as well as the DVD, 2010 airings, iTunes, and Netflix versions), it was replaced with Bulk and Skull's background music for copyright purposes.
  • Part II introduces a new transport mode called "jetting", which allowed the Rangers to see exactly where they are going. This was the first of only four times that this is used.

Errors

Part I

  • The preview fails to show Jason, Zack and Trini and the shots of Billy, Tommy and Kimberly show only them together.
  • When the narrator mentions people being excited in the preview, we see a backwards shot of Jason, Zack, and Trini, it shows Trini with a ponytail which she never has due to this being a stand-in.
  • In the first shot, Jason and Trini's stand-ins' faces can be seen clearly from the side and front respectively.
  • The opening shot of the picnic has Tommy sitting off to the far left of the group with Kimberly to his left and Billy to his right but the follow-up has Kimberly sitting at the far left with Tommy in her place.
    • Also, the tree behind Tommy/Kimberly switches from a multi-branched tree to a thick oak.
  • Kimberly reacts to the rock music being played over the scene and calls it her favorite despite the fact that they clearly do not have a CD player or any way to play the music.
  • During the first scene, Tommy appears to be wearing a football jersey when shown from behind, where he does not have one when shot from the front.
  • When Bulk and Skull walk by, Jason is sitting next to Billy but the shots that include Billy, Kimberly, and Tommy do not feature him at all.
  • One shot with Trini shows the hill behind her is covered in leaves but the establishing shot depicted it with none.
  • Kimberly's guitar can be seen behind Trini and Kimberly during the scene in the park.
    • The guitar error is clearly not intentional as it appears in some shots but not others (the latter being because they came from after the guitar had already become Guitardo's).
  • Someone asks the three black ninjas "are you going to the ninja competition?" despite no-one besides Mr. Anderson and Jacob being around to ask.
  • When one of the black ninja says, "I wish we could start this thing," it is clearly dubbed as the actor is mouthing the line.
  • The black ninjas are standing apart in the wide-shot of Jacob rolling away but are then clumped together when the scene gives a close-up of them bullying Anderson.
  • Jason, Zack and Trini should have heard Mr. Anderson's call for help after the baby carriage slid away since Tommy, Billy and Kimberly heard it.
  • While clearing the last of the Putties, Tommy kicks a Putty who goes down despite the kick not making physical contact with it.
    • In the same scene his lips are not moving.

Part II

The frame error

  • When Zedd creates Terror Blossom, there is about fifty frames where a black-brown slide appears that says "Zedd makes flower guy appear."
  • Before Tommy kicks the Hatchasaurus, he asks where he went, even though he was facing the monster before asking the question.
  • The building that Hatchasaurus destroys after being resurrected following his defeat by the Thunder Megazord's mist attack seems to lack floors, proper walls, glass in the windows, and occupants in an error recycled from Season 1.
  • The White Tigerzord lands after the Hatchasaurus was destroyed by the Thunder Megazord's mist attack despite already being in battle beside it.
  • The White Tigerzord completely disappears from the fight from when it landed in the city alongside the Thunder Megazord up until the volcano attack and then disappeared again until Tommy finished the monster off.
  • When the Hatchasaurus hits both Megazords with his shoulder volcanos, one can see AC's shoulder on the left side of the screen (which would be the White Tigerzord's right).
  • At multiple points during the Zord fight, the Thunder Megazord is standing in or falling over onto the countryside despite fighting in the city. This is most obvious after it fell down from the shoulder volcano attack.
  • During the Megazord fight, there are a plethora of footage errors; these include appearances of the original Megazord (including one shot where it can be clearly seen when blasted with Hatchasaurus' eye beams), Hatchasaurus constantly switching between his three forms and frequent instances of the surrounding changing from the city to the mountains and from day to night between shots.
  • Cardiatron is never shown being destroyed but the Hatchasaurus remains destroyed after the White Tigerzord finishes it off.
  • At one point Tommy asks, “Where’d the Hatchasaurus go?” even though it is directly right behind him.
  • Near the end of the episode, Trini and Zack are frozen with their arms outstretched but the follow-up distant shot has them relaxed despite them being unable to move.

Part III

  • The opening shot of the episode has Zack and Trini's outstretched again despite them being relaxed last time the viewers saw them.
  • Billy tells Zordon that the stimulator failed despite already telling everybody that.
  • When Zordon reassures Billy right after that, Billy and Alpha are to the direct right of Tommy but he vanishes in the follow-up and then reappears in the following shot.
  • Zedd's first line in the episode is “Ahhhhhhh, today promises to be a glorious day.” This is despite the Jacob/Bulk and Skull shenanigans clearly showing this entire three-part episode to be happening over the course of a day.
  • Rocky gives an odd delivery of the line “I guess this is it. I never imagined I’d be using my abilities for evil.”
  • After Rocky and Adam lose hope, Aisha says that they have to believe in themselves despite the fact that it would not actually help beyond a morale boost.
  • Zordon tells the Power Rangers that Terror Blossom is headed to the Power Plant and Kimberly immediately says that he will destroy the Power Plant despite the fact that he would not be able to germinate his seeds if he did.
  • When the Rangers confront Terror Blossom, Tommy flips into battle in the countryside but he and the other Rangers are then suddenly in the countryside.
  • Terror Blossom that they confront is in the countryside and not the desert.
  • When the Rangers react to the giant sized Terror Blossom, they are suddenly in the mountains or something and not the countryside or desert.
    • Also, Trini is behind Zack in that shot but is then directly to his right when they summon the Thunderzords in the follow-up.
  • The White Heavenly Treasure Lai-Lai Jewel is clearly visible in the shot of Tommy jumping into the White Tigerzord. It's also even more plainly visible when the viewers cut to him after Terror Blossom blasts the Thunder Megazord for the first time.
    • Also, due to being stock footage, he is now in the countryside.
  • When Tommy lands on the White Tigerzord, Saba is held downwards but the follow-up of the Zord rearing onto its hind legs has Saba suddenly being held sideways.
  • The shot immediately after the stock Zord summoning has the Red Dragon Thunderzord rearing its head on a stormy night but the follow-ups show broad daylight.
  • Alpha panics and tells Zordon that the Serpent of Darkness has completed its transformation despite that having been mentioned three times previously.
  • Zordon tells Alpha to contact Tommy but proceeds to do so himself with Alpha not even being anywhere near a console.

Reversed Falling

  • Due to reversing an odd choice of stock footage, Tommy falls rather stiffly backwards.
  • Tommy says to Billy that "I'll take care of these guys" but Kimberly and Tommy were the ones to deal with them.
  • It is easy to tell that the snake that Billy takes from Aisha's lap and wrestles with is fake because the head and skin color is completely different and not slithering on Aisha but rather curling up on her.

See Also

References

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