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The Power Transfer is the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth episodes of the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

It is the conclusion of the Peace Conference arc that began with "A Monster of Global Proportions", featuring the departure of Jason, Zack, and Trini who left for a peace conference in Switzerland and transfer their powers to Rocky, Adam Park, and Aisha Campbell. It also featured the first appearance of Lord Zedd's personal Zord, Serpentera.

Synopsis

With three of their own preparing to move on with their lives, the Power Rangers must embark on a journey to retrieve an ancient relic known as the Sword of Light so that new Rangers can be given the powers of the departing heroes. However, Lord Zedd does not intend to let the Rangers achieve this without a fight and has unleashed his ultimate weapon to destroy them -- the terrifying Serpentera!

Plot

Jason, Zack, and Trini are chosen for the World Peace Conference in Switzerland. This means the Power Rangers are going to need a trio of replacements. But first, in order to transfer the powers to anyone else, our six heroes must travel across the galaxy, to a place called the Deserted Planet.

There, they attempt to locate the fabled Sword of Light. The Rangers aren't alone on the Deserted Planet as Lord Zedd & Goldar have followed in their very own, massive evil Zord called Serpentera. So big, it not only can crush the Red Dragon Thunderzord & Tor the Shuttlezord in one of its clawed feet but it does just that!

Back on Earth, to prevent Zordon from choosing any replacements, Baboo & Squatt activate the Sleep Machine, which knocks out most of Angel Grove. Rocky, Adam, and Aisha (having recently transferred to Angel Grove High School from Stone Canyon for reasons never disclosed) are spared and try to destroy the machine, only to end up captured by Putties.

Elsewhere, just when the Power Rangers locate the Sword of Light, Zedd fires Serpentera's laser-breath thus obliterating most of the Deserted Planet.

Rocky, Adam, and Aisha face the same slumbering fate as the rest of the city until Adam's soccer skills helps to take out the Sleep Machine. Meanwhile, across the galaxy, the Power Rangers barely manage to snag the Sword of Light and teleport away before the entire Deserted Planet is melted into slag by Lord Zedd's Zord, Serpentera.

Now able to complete the Power Transfer, the replacement Rangers, Rocky, Adam, and Aisha, are infused with the Red, Black, and Yellow Rangers' energies respectively. Zordon bids Jason, Zack and Trini farewell and tells the replacement Rangers that they are now part of a team and welcomes them to the team as Kimberly tells Tommy this is a new beginning for them. Their first mission comes instantly as Zedd sends his latest monster, Silver Horns, down to attack the city.

As if the Thunderzords didn't have enough trouble, Serpentera returns but thanks to its blowing up of the Deserted Planet and round trips across the universe, it quickly runs out of energy and retreats while the Thunder Ultrazord destroys Silver Horns. Back at the Moon Palace, Lord Zedd announces he doesn't care if there are 6 or 1000 Power Rangers as he will achieve victory in the end. In the finale, Jason, Zack, and Trini depart to the airport, with their former teammates and former best friends and the replacement rangers watching from VERY afar on the Viewing Globe.

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Notes

  • The real life reason for Jason, Zack, and Trini leaving is because their actors were fired. Until several years later, Power Rangers was a non-union TV show, meaning that all of the actors involved were not covered by a contract governed by the rules of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the labor union for actors in the United States. As such, the actors were paid well below standard SAG minimum rates, did not receive any residual payments for whenever the episodes they were in were re-aired, were ineligible for the healthcare and pension plan provided by working on enough SAG programs, and were subject to grueling work schedules that SAG rules typically mitigate. The actors knew this when they signed on to the show, feeling that the show's non-union status was understandable given its relatively low budget. However, frustration among the actors grew as the show went into its second season, as by this point, Power Rangers was massively popular and selling enormous amounts of merchandise. According to the actors, there was an attempt to get all of the actors who played Rangers to stop working until the show became a union production, but in the end, that did not work out. When that plan failed, the talent agents who represented Austin St. John, Walter Jones, and Thuy Trang instructed them to stop showing up for their ADR/dubbing sessions for the show as a way of pressuring Saban Productions to produce future episodes under a SAG contract. Saban refused to relent, however, and instead fired the three protesting actors during filming of the episode Two for One and created Rocky, Adam, and Aisha to take their place.
    • Amusingly, the notorious choice to have the Black Ranger be black and the Yellow Ranger be Asian is inverted here. Aisha became the Yellow Ranger and Johnny Yong Bosch (who played Adam) was part Korean on his mother's side.
  • The episode marks the first appearance of Lord Zedd's Zord Serpentera.
  • This was the first time that the Power Rangers switch teams (although not fully as that feat would not be accomplished until Passing the Torch when four of the five Rangers are replaced).
  • Finster (who appeared previously in Two for One and appears next in The Wedding Part I is mentioned in Part I as Baboo and Squatt set up his sleep machine.
  • Footage of Jason (Austin St. John), Trini (Thuy Trang), and Zack (Walter Emmanuel Jones) for this episode is recycled from both parts of Green No More, Welcome to Venus Island, Bloom of Doom, and The Mutiny Part I, the latter also uses previously deleted footage.
  • Prior to Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, which regularly featured ten Rangers, this episode featured the most Rangers from a single team morphed at one time, weighing in at nine (Tommy, Kim, Billy, Jason, Trini, Zack, Aisha, Rocky, and Adam.)
  • Tommy, Kimberly, and Billy meet up with Jason, Zack, and Trini during sunset to conceal the fact that their actors had already left the show.
  • The Silver Horns suit would later be repainted green and have a long tongue inserted for the Repellator monster in A Friend in Need.
  • Jason, Zack and Trini would be mentioned in Lights, Camera, Action and one last time in The Great Bookala Escape as they wrote a letter discussing the World Peace Conference.
  • This episode is the only time Zack and Trini's surnames are given.
  • Sending Squatt and Baboo to Earth to put its people to sleep is the first time Lord Zedd gives them anything to do since taking over in The Mutiny.
  • This episode was produced right after Rangers Back in Time in terms of production numbers.
  • This is the last episode where Romy J. Sharf plays Alpha 5. From now on, Sandi Sellner will be his suit actress (Sharf returned to play Elf #2 in I'm Dreaming of a White Ranger.) Richard Steven Horvitz would continue to do Alpha's voice all the way through to Passing The Torch.
  • This episode is the last time Joel Rogers does the voice for Zack. Archive footage of Food Fight used in Lights, Camera, Action has Paul F. Rosenthal and Judy doing the voice-overs of Jason and Trini though.
  • Due to Jason, Zack, and Trini keeping their Ranger suits after the powers were given to Rocky, Adam, and Aisha, it has been theorized that the Sword of Light copied the Red, Black, and Yellow powers. This serves as a possible way for Jason to access his powers in Forever Red.
  • Part I marked a rare instance of the Thunderzords arriving without first being shown transforming from the Dinozords.
  • Part II was the last episode to have the second Season 2 intro with Jason, Zack, and Trini and featuring Tommy as the White Ranger which debuted in Two for One. The following episode would update the opening credits with the addition of Rocky, Adam, and Aisha as the replacement Rangers.
  • Rocky is the only Red Ranger to date to never have become a leader but serves as the team's second-in-command to Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers Zeo up to the return of Jason. The chain of command is portrayed inconsistently throughout the remainder of Mighty Morphin: Billy gives the morphing call ahead of Rocky in Scavenger Hunt and A Reel Fish Story (and also in Master Vile and the Metallic Armor, after Kimberly has left the team), and Kimberly gives it ahead of both of them in Return of the Green Ranger (although Rocky gave it in a failed morphing attempt earlier in the story) but Rocky gives it when the two veterans are present in Best Man for the Job. In A Ranger Catastrophe, Billy gives it when all the Rangers bar Tommy are present, although Rocky gives it ahead of Kimberly when Billy is absent.
  • This is the final time where Zack and Trini appear helmetless and the last episode until A Golden Homecoming of Power Rangers Zeo where Jason appears helmetless.
  • Part II is responsible for one of Lord Zedd’s most famous and beloved lines after Goldar gets Serpentera back online. “Do we have power yet, Thomas Edison?”
    • On the other hand, the line contains an error a lot of American media makes. Most contributed the creation of electricity to Edison whereas it was actually “created” by Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla (who created his self-titled Tesla coils). History has revealed Edison to be something of a conniving con artist who happened to patent electricity before Tesla.
      • This is not as much an error made by the episode since this fact was not well known in 1994 when this episode was written.
  • For some reason, the newspaper at the start of Part I homages the theme song transition from Batman ’66.
  • The footage of Jason, Zack and Trini standing together during the first Command Center scene in Part I (the second overall in the scene) was previously deleted footage from Green No More Part II
    • It was originally cut since the three Rangers were smiling when the scene this would have come from was very dower and sad as Zedd was winning at the time.
  • As it turns out, the writers originally wanted this episode to be Tor’s debut but realized that they should establish him first or it would be a Deus ex Machina. It was apparently changed because they decided the departure needed a two-parter.
    • This is why there is a massive sepal about Tor from Zordon when the Power Rangers already met Tor in A Monster of Global Proportions two episodes before.
      • Although Power Rangers is renowned for limited at best continuity, this clearly takes place before that episode given Jason and the other soon-to-be-gone Rangers were in that episode and departed in this one.
  • The shot of Trini saying “there has to be another way” in Part II was previously deleted footage from Welcome to Venus Island. It was originally cut because Trini does not look worried about her kidnapped friend Hallie.
  • Silver Horns originally fought both the White Tigerzord and the Thunder Megazord in Dairanger and not the White Tigerzord and Red Dragon Thunderzord Warrior Mode. The footage of them together was taken from another episode of Dairanger altogether.
  • This was changed in Power Rangers because the “Zord fight” between the two consisted of two shots (which would not justify the stock footage of it forming since they form the Thunder Ultrazord right after the White Tigerzord arrived) and even then the shots that did show it involved a lot of strikes to the chest.
  • This change was also why Saban had the main four remaining Rangers sit and wait for Serpentera or them not forming the Megazord would not make sense.

Errors

Shared Errors

  • Tommy wears green throughout these episodes despite wearing white since gaining the White Ranger powers.
    • This was to match up with stock footage from Season 1 used during Zordon’s mission briefing in Part I.
  • Serpentera is a massive gas guzzler but how much fuel it consumes is inconsistent to bend to the will of the plot. Here, it reaches the Deserted Planet, causes mass destruction, has a “showdown” with Tor, crushes and grinds it for a good bit, destroys the planet, returning to Earth, enters the atmosphere, and runs out of fuel. In Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun, it runs out of fuel immediately after arriving on Earth and having a “showdown” with Tor.
  • In both intros, the narrator says a variation on “Zedd casts an evil spell that puts everyone in Angel Grove to sleep.” In actuality, Zedd uses a sleep machine.
  • The narrator says the Rangers travel to the Deserted Planet to find a statue in both intros when they were actually searching for the Sword of Light.

Part I

The timeline of Part I makes no sense and could be fixed with as little as a single line. According to the timing of Part I, we get the opening Youth Center scene, then the search for the Ranger bikers, then the meeting at the Command Center, then the briefings and Zedd’s scenes, and then the teleportation to the other side of the universe. All of this apparently happens before lunch (1PM) when the start of the episode would at about 8AM

This is clearly supposed to all be on the same day given Zedd’s scenes heavily imply these events are back-to-back and not hours apart.

  • Once again, the preview calls the 15–16-year-old Power Rangers “the kids.”
  • The newspaper in the Batman homage is set out like an English newspaper would be and not an American one. The paragraphs are separated unlike American newspapers which are clumped together side by side.
    • Also, it specifies local teens in the Angel Grove Gazette as if they would mean any other Angel Grove citizens.
      • Additionally, the close-up of the article has the first paragraph duplicated three more times to the right.
      • Furthermore, the newspaper has the words Angel Grove in bold as if they led into a sentence but the sentences under it are self-contained.
  • The text on the newspaper is literally what the news anchor reads off of his prompt cards.
  • Due to being stock promotional photos, the photos on the news of the candidates are horrendous quality nowhere near what one would get from news cameras.
  • The news anchor repeats himself on what the ambassadors will be discussing after revealing Jason, Zack, and Trini to be the winners.
  • Kimberly thanks Ernie “anyway” despite the fact all he said was “congrats” and asked where Jason, Zack, and Trini were.
  • Jason, Zack, and Trini in the sunset barely resemble the actors they are supposed to. The worst example is “Trini” who is much thinner and less broad shouldered than Thuy Trang.
  • Zordon introduces Tor as a new Zord when it has been around for quite some time in-universe.
    • This is especially baffling since Tor’s introductory episode, A Monster of Global Proportions, was clearly written to come before this two-parter due to Jason, Zack, and Trini being in it.
  • Billy asks how Tor will protect their Zords when this was clearly already shown in the Zord’s previous appearance.
  • When Billy asks how Tor will protect them, Jason and Zack pass behind them to look at Tor in the Viewing Globe. Zack’s skin color is significantly lighter than Walter Jones and Jason’s face barely resembles Austin St John.
  • The Rangers use jetting to reach the Deserted Planet for no known reason as, unlike its previous use, the Rangers all knew exactly where they were going.
    • Also, when the Power Rangers arrive on the Deserted Planet, they teleport in normally instead of flying in like they did when they jetted in The Ninja Encounter Part II.
    • This indicates the change of transportation was so last minute that they did not tell the editor so he added in the typical teleporting animation.
  • At fourteen minutes and five seconds, we get a close-up of a windowed building and the reflection shows the usual white cloudy skies of Earth instead of the coppery red tint present on the Deserted Planet.
    • Also, due to this being an unaltered shot of Tokyo from Dairanger, it is very bright out despite the sandstorm making it extremely dark on the Deserted Planet.
  • The news announcer gives Jason's name as "Jason Lee", rather than his actual surname Scott.
  • The news article in the Angel Grove Gazette repeats the same paragraph over and over and is almost identical to how it was reported on TV.
  • Zordon states that the Deserted Planet is "light years away" and Goldar reports that the Rangers are teleporting there "at light speed". Since a light year is the distance which can be covered in one year at lightspeed, it would take the Rangers several years to arrive.
  • The Thunderzord Assault Team arrives without being summoned.
  • Despite having just started at Angel Grove High, Aisha's new locker was already full of random items however she may have been given an old locker that had not been emptied.
  • The deserted city was not supposed to be inhabited for thousands of years however when the Power Rangers arrived it looks immaculately well kept.
  • It is strange how Jason was able to summon the Thunderzords on the Deserted Planet when they should still be on Earth.
  • When Kimberly says "Hey I though this planet was suppose to be deserted" her breathing holes can be seen.
  • When Serpentera shoots beams from its mouth, the Thunder Megazord can be seen behind the explosions but it has not been formed. This is due to sloppy editing around footage from Rocky Just Wants to Have Fun.
  • Part I ends with a "false cliffhanger" as Serpentera was destroying the Deserted Planet at the end of that episode, while Part II picks up with Serpentera back to destroying buildings.

Part II

  • When Tommy gets Jason, Zack, and Trini's attention before they leave, Jason is on the right side of Zack but jump-cuts to the left side of Zack in the follow-up.
  • Silver Horns sprays lightning at the White Tigerzord and Red Dragon Thunderzord but they are hit by a stream of fire due to splicing in footage in footage from General Cactus’s Zord fight with General Cactus later being adapted as Needlenose.
    • This was done because the actual shot of him firing lightning had to be cut down dramatically or we would very clearly see the shot zoom-out to show the edited-out Thunder Megazord getting blasted.
  • After Serpentera destroys the pyramid, Tenma Ranger can be seen jumping away from the explosions, which was taken from the last episode of Dairanger.
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