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The Trouble With Shellshock is the twenty-second episode of the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Synopsis

Squatt and Baboo create the monster Shellshock in an attempt to impress Rita Repulsa by destroying the Power Rangers on their own. Jason and Trini must save their friends when they are put under the control of Shellshock's Traffic Light Beams.

Plot

Squatt spies on the six teens as they play basketball in the park. He and Baboo plan on surprising them with their very own monster. As Rita Repulsa naps at the palace, Baboo and Squatt sneak into Finster's lab. Baboo reveals a clay turtle. Squatt puts objects - a baseball and a bat, a hook, brass knuckles and a tiny cannon - into the monster machine along with the turtle. Out pops Shellshock.

The Putties surprise the Rangers on the basketball court, but the fight doesn't last long. Tommy excuses himself for karate practice. Bulk and Skull tease Jason, Kimberly and Zack on the court. It ends with Bulk and Skull colliding with a rolling hot dog cart. Baboo and Squatt hide in the bushes with Shellshock before being spotted. The Rangers morph and Shellshock uses his green light ray on the Yellow Ranger. She runs off and can't stop moving. The other four Rangers take on Shellshock, who freezes the Blue, Black and Pink Rangers with his red light ray. Just before Shellshock can use its cannon on them, the Red Ranger jumps in the way and shoots the monster with his Blade Blaster. Shellshock disappears with Baboo and Squatt.

Goldar tells his comrades that they shouldn't have made a monster without Rita's consent. However, Rita wakes up and is ecstatic over the news of Shellshock.

The frozen Rangers are taken to the Command Center while Zordon says that a Deandra Flower can reverse the effects and has already told Trini to find it at the Mountain of Hope.

Rita makes Shellshock a giant and it attacks the city. Red Ranger fights it with his Tyrannosaurus Dinozord but finds the monster to be too much for his Zord alone. Eventually the Green Ranger shows up with the Dragonzord, and together with Tyrannosaurus begins to overpower Shellshock. With guidance from the spirit of her Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord, Yellow Ranger finds the Deandra. Shellshock uses his red light to freeze Tyrannosaurus and Dragonzord, however before he can finish them Trini arrives and sprinkles the Deandra pollen on top of the giant Shellshock. The other Rangers and the Zords are released from the ray's effect. Tyrannosaurus and Dragonzord then finish off Shellshock. At the Moon Palace Rita berates Squatt and Baboo for their monster's failure and vows to get the Rangers, but ends up suffering a headache again.

The six have another basketball game. Billy wows everyone with a slam dunk in a one on one match with Zack.

Cast

Notes

  • This episode's title is a direct reference to the Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles."
  • If one does not count letter count, this episode has the longest title of any episode in Season 1. If one counts letter number however, the episode with the longest title is Plague of the Mantis.
    • This discounts the Green With Evil episodes as they did not have the longest titles and their alternative names such as "Out of Control" are fan-based and do not originate from the show whilst multi-part episodes do not count (unless the full length of the title amounts to it). For example,. Return Of An Old Friend has the longest name for an episode in Season 1 whereas "Green With Evil Part I" has the longest with the "part X" added on.
  • This is first time Rita has said her iconic line "make my monster grow" as every other episode has either had a different phrasing or her saying "make my Goldar" grow.
  • This is the first episode where Tommy fights alongside the other Rangers, but he did not face Shellshock himself (without a Zord).
  • This is the only instance where the Dragonzord finished off a monster, albeit with the help of the Tyrannosaurus ground breath attack.
    • The Dragonzord also used a double barrage of missiles from both hands, something that would never be seen again.
  • Shellshock's traffic light had the power to freeze someone (red "stop" beam) or force them to be constantly moving (green "go" beam), but the yellow light is never used, so it's unknown if or what it had any special powers.
    • The reason that neither MMPR nor Zyuranger ended up using it is presumably because, unlike the green or red lights, the real yellow traffic light color acts as only an intermediary between the two and acts as a warning for either of the other colors. As a result, there was not a purpose for them to build a power off of (such as the red light making people freeze in time and the green one making people perpetually run).
  • Shellshock is the first monster ever faced by Tommy.
  • This is the first episode where someone other than the main villain or usual monster creator (in this case Squatt and Baboo) creates the monster of the week. This would become a regular occurrence during Power Rangers Zeo with Klank and Orbus.
  • This episode marks the first time since Dark Warrior: seven episodes earlier that a monster is created by the Monster-Matic. The Genie was a pre-existing entity and the previous five episodes have had the Rangers fighting Tommy.
  • This is the first appearance of the Putties in two episodes.
  • Baboo planned to name Shellshock Gretta or Peetush. The latter is an adult joke.
  • First episode where a Zord fight takes place in the middle of the city as opposed to the outskirts (excluding the Gnarly Gnome's hypnotic accordion in Different Drum and Trini's dream in For Whom the Bell Trolls).
  • When Shellshock is enlarged he says "Wait'll those teenage mutants see what a full-grown turtle can do!" referring to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • Coincidentally, there was a crossover between Power Rangers in Space and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, titled Shell Shocked.
    • Shellshock's name also comes from the catchphrase said by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Errors

  • Tommy could seemingly tell the time from his communicator.
  • Goldar's voice is different in this episode as opposed to the one in previous episodes when he said “You haven’t won yet, pipsqueaks, AND YOU NEVER WILL!” It is noticeably less gruff and yet it was still apparently Mahan.
  • Jason says "what?" when reacting to Shellshock pulling out his baseball bat and hook hand arms despite the fact that he saw him do this with one of his arms in the earlier ground battle.
  • At the beginning of the scene where the Green Ranger arrives on the roof, someone else can be seen before the close up of Green Ranger. That person is Burai from the original Japanese episode.
  • Jason said "We need Dinozord power now!" despite being the only Ranger present.
  • When collecting the flowers, Trini can clearly be seen stopping to catch the flowers despite being under a spell that should prevent her from doing so.
  • When Trini arrives with the Deandra flowers, she says "Jason, Billy, I got the Deandra flowers," when she was actually addressing Jason and Tommy. Billy was frozen in place in the Command Center.
  • Several times during Shellshock's initial attacks, while moving around with Squatt and Baboo, a large orange and white radio tower can be seen in the background. This is the Tokyo Tower. Since Angel Grove is supposed to be somewhere in America, that should not be there.

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