|This article is about a/an two-part episode in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.|
Lord Zedd launches an attack with a monster so powerful that the Power Rangers are hopelessly outmatched, but hope shines bright when their greatest ally returns with new powers. Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull have found a familiar-looking Dumpster and are trying to open it, unaware of its cackling occupant.
The day begins at Angel Grove Youth Center when Kimberly tells Billy and Trini that Tommy wrote her in a letter that he would be coming home at the end of the week and the Rangers decide a surprise party must be planned for his return.
Meanwhile, Zordon and Alpha 5 embark on a secret mission and shut down the Command Center. This change in energy alerts Lord Zedd in the Lunar Palace on the moon and he decides that now is the time to destroy the Rangers so he alters the Sentinel Statue in Angel Grove Park—a statue of a giant fist—with his magic. When matured, the statue will transform into his strongest monster yet, Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel.
Back in Angel Grove Park, Bulk and Skull continue their never-ending quest to find out the Rangers' identities and, when a meteor crashlands to Earth, they find the Dumpster in which Lord Zedd imprisoned Rita Repulsa and take it to Mr. Skullovitch's workshop at Skull's house to attempt to open it. Meanwhile, Zack, Kimberly, and Trini discover that the Sentinel Statue is covered in foul-smelling slime and attempt to contact Zordon with no return response. Billy and Jason, after investigating the spot where Rita's Dumpster used to be, teleport to help investigate the statue themselves just as Zedd sends the Z-Putties to attack and distract them. The teens make quick work of the clay soldiers and attempt to contact Zordon again but still with no return response. Sensing something is wrong, the Rangers teleport to the Command Center, failing to notice that the Sentinel Statue has suddenly grown a porcelain mask behind itself.
Meanwhile, Tommy is just finishing a swim in a lake in a remote location, and as he dries himself off, he is suddenly teleported off the face of the Earth. Back in Angel Grove, when the Rangers arrive at the Command Center, they find Zordon and Alpha gone and the place dark but Billy discovers a disk that records the recent activity of the Command Center. Before he can fully decipher the recent recorded binary code, however, Zedd brings his monster to life and it attacks the city. The Rangers morph and teleport to stop Nimrod but are easily overpowered. Zedd wastes no time in making his monster grow and the Thunder Megazord is summoned. However, Nimrod summons his minions, AC and DC. All three blast the Megazord, severely damaging it.
Billy heads back to the Command Center to see if he can find out what happened and manages to open the hidden door of white light which, after a moment of freefalling, leads him into another room where he hears Alpha and Zordon's voices. He looks through a grate into a lower room and is amazed to see the twosome in the process of creating a new Power Ranger.
Billy hurries back to his lab where the other Rangers have returned to regroup after Nimrod seriously damaged the Thunder Megazord and relays his findings to his friends who act with initial disbelief and ask him if he knows who this new Ranger is and if he's absolutely sure. Billy confirms that he is certain a new Ranger is being created but doesn't have any more information. Kimberly mopes about Tommy, saying he should have been the one to be selected to be this new Ranger. Zack and Trini begin to agree with her however Jason trusts that Zordon and Alpha have their reasons. Billy agrees, reminding them that Lord Zedd has proven to be far more powerful than Rita and the team needs a new Ranger, no matter who it is.
Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull have tried everything they can to open Rita's Dumpster but nothing has worked so Skull suggests seeing Ernie about a way to open it. When they leave, Rita struggles to open her Dumpster herself but is unable to.
Back at the Command Center, Alpha and Zordon restore full power to the systems and summon the Rangers. Before heading there, the Rangers agree that they need to respect Zordon's judgement no matter what. Arriving, Zordon announces the Rangers are about to meet the newest member of their team, saying that since the Green Ranger powers were completely destroyed he was convinced a new Ranger was needed. A candidate was selected and now it is time for the five to meet the White Ranger. The White Ranger descends from the sky, landing in front of them. Zordon tells the White Ranger to reveal his identity and the mysterious newcomer removes his helmet surprising everyone while Kimberly faints on the spot.
The White Ranger is then revealed (to the audience) to be none other than Tommy and the others are very happy to find that their old friend has been repowered. Tommy then gently wakes Kimberly up. Zordon apologizes to the other Rangers for being secretive but he and Alpha had to ensure that Lord Zedd doesn't interfere. Kimberly thought that Tommy lost his powers for good but Alpha corrects her that it was the Green Ranger powers that are gone for good. Zordon tells everyone that Tommy has proved himself with his courage and strength and made him an obvious choice to take on the new powers which have been created by the light of goodness and can never be taken away by evil magic like the Green Ranger's were. Zordon presents Tommy with a new Zord—the White Tigerzord—and a new white saber that he can use to operate it named Saba which has the ability to talk. He also reveals that Tommy is the new leader of the team.
Meanwhile, Bulk and Skull return to the Skullovitch workshop with a giant can opener and attempt again to open the Dumpster, while at the Command Center, the Rangers are alerted to Nimrod's next attack as well as Bulk and Skull's attempt to free Rita. The Rangers must split up to repair the Zords, secure Rita's Dumpster, and battle Nimrod all at once. Billy and Trini are sent to repair the Zords, while Jason, Zack, and Kimberly are given the task of securing the Dumpster. As for Tommy, he is sent to battle Nimrod until the others are able to aid him in defeating the Scarlet Sentinel.
The Rangers (minus Billy and Trini) morph and teleport to their assigned locations. Jason, Zack, and Kimberly must battle the Putties before they can reach Bulk and Skull and steal the Dumpster from them while Tommy, after a brief argument with Saba, sends in the White Tigerzord against Nimrod. It converts to Warrior Mode and battles the monster. Tommy almost wins until Nimrod summons AC and DC again and the threesome triangulate their attacks and shut the new Zord down.
Fortunately, the Rangers have just repaired their Zords, and Jason summons the Red Dragon Thunderzord to aid Tommy. Tommy brings his Tigerzord back on-line, and Red Dragon Thunderzord leaps on Tigerzord Tiger Mode's back, riding it into battle. Then, after it leaps off the Tigerzord's back, Tommy reinitiates the Tigerzord Warrior Mode, and the Thunderzord Assault Team is summoned. The White Tigerzord joins with the Assault Team Zords to become the Mega Tigerzord, who quickly disposes of Nimrod and its minions.
The Power Rangers then head for the Skullovitch workshop and put Rita, who has just escaped from her prison and scared Bulk and Skull into unconsciousness, back in her Dumpster and send her back into deep space. Afterwards, at the Angel Grove Youth Center, the Rangers as well as others celebrate Tommy's return to Angel Grove with the planned surprise party but as Jason remarks to Tommy "But I think that your surprise... was more of a surprise... than our surprise." During the celebration, Richie shows off his karate trophy and the Rangers convince him to show them one of his moves. However, he ends up kicking the cake out of Ernie's hands and it hits Bulk and Skull who always seem to conveniently arrive in the wrong place at the right time. The episode concludes with Tommy remarking, "It's good to see some things never change."
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver (Mighty Morphin White Ranger)
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott (Mighty Morphin Red Ranger)
- Walter Jones as Zack Taylor (Mighty Morphin Black Ranger)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston (Mighty Morphin Blue Ranger)
- Thuy Trang as Trini Kwan (Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger)
- Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Ann Hart (Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger)
- Paul F. Rosenthal as Jason Lee Scott (Morphed Dialogue)
- Joel Rogers as Curtis Taylor and Zack Taylor (Morphed Dialogue)
- Judy as Trini Kwan (Morphed Dialogue)
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Richard Genelle as Ernie
- Maurice Mendoza as Richie
- David Fielding as Zordon (face)
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon (voice)
- Romy J. Sharf as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 5 (voice) (as Richard Wood)
- Ed Neil as Lord Zedd
- Robert Axelrod as Lord Zedd (voice)
- Carla Perez as Rita Repulsa
- Barbara Goodson as Rita Repulsa (voice)
- Danny Wayne Stallcup as Goldar
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar (voice) (as Ryan O'Flannigan)
- Michael J. Sorich as Squatt (voice)
- Dave Mallow as Baboo (voice) (as Colin Phillips)
- Tony Oliver as Saba (voice)
- Brianne Siddall as Nimrod the Scarlet Sentinel, AC & DC (voice)
- The comic book story "By Bug... Betrayed" takes place between the Ranger's apprehension of Rita and launching her back into space.
- The Putties appear near Bulk and Skull's garage seemingly looking for Rita, however there was no indication given either before or after this scene that Lord Zedd was even aware Rita's dumpster was on Earth.
- When Billy stated in the Thunder Megazord cockpit that he needed to return to the Command Center, the footage was flipped.
- In one shot of White Ranger descending into the Command Center, one of the background lights moves down with him (he isn't actually descending, the camera is simply moving upwards to create the illusion.)
- Trini states that the Rangers' identities will be revealed if Bulk and Skull succeed in releasing Rita however at no point had Rita shown any interest in revealing their identities.
- After Tommy tells Saba to have the Tigerzord follow his movements, the Tigerzord is seen growling in Tiger Mode.
- When Jason summons the Red Dragon Thunderzord, the Red Dairanger can be seen on its head.
- In Part I, Lord Zedd implies that he intends to revive Tommy as the Green Ranger and turn him against the Rangers again. However, he seems to have forgotten this after Nimrod defeats the Megazord the first time.
- The reason that this error exists is to create a red herring into making the viewers think Zedd teleported away Tommy and not Zordon to try and make the White Ranger's identity less obvious.
- Originally, Jason was supposed to remain the leader of the Power Rangers after Tommy became the White Ranger but this was changed to have Tommy become the leader due to Austin St. John leaving the show.
- Brad Hawkins of VR Troopers was originally going to be the White Ranger before Jason David Frank was called back to the show and they switched roles.
- "White Light" was the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode that confirmed several news speculations about the introduction of a "White Ranger" into the series. Before the episode went public, Jason David Frank was about to be let go after "Green No More" was finished, but fans wrote in to Saban Entertainment by the millions, requesting that Tommy Oliver return to the Power Rangers legacy. So, Frank was offered back his role as Tommy Oliver, who became the White Ranger.
- Part II is the first appearance of a White Ranger in the franchise.
- When Tommy first morphs, the song White Ranger Tiger Power is not played, but rather, his Green Ranger theme music, with the word "White" substituted for "Green".
- The access code to the Command Center's hidden chamber is 1296#.
- Part 2 is the first time a Ranger takes off his helmet on camera; all previous times Rangers have simply appeared without them.
- The creation of the White Ranger is the only time he appears without the black-and-gold shield on his upper torso.
- Though Austin St. John was present for initial filming, as this episode went to post-production he, Walter Jones and Thuy Trang went on strike and were subsequently dismissed. An ADR line was hastily inserted that showed Zordon naming Tommy as the new leader of the Power Rangers and demoting Jason to which Jason responded "This is great" considering how often their rivalry for leadership was made a plot point in earlier episodes. It's thought that the impending departure of Jason and introduction of rookie Red Ranger Rocky led the writers to make this change rather than have an amateur Ranger as de facto leader over more experienced members.
- Part 2 is the last episode to have the Season 2 intro with Tommy as the Green Ranger, which debuted in "The Mutiny". The following episode would update the opening credits with the addition of Tommy as the White Ranger.
- Tommy's identity as the White Ranger had in fact been spoiled long before the episode aired, through Previews of Jason David Frank's Green Ranger Kata Video, which was included on the VHS releases of "The Wanna-Be Ranger", "Putty on the Brain" and "Bloom of Doom". It also appeared post "White Light" on the Alpha's Magical Christmas Tape as well as the original five VHS releases of VR Troopers: "Lost Memories", "Oh Brother", "Computer Captive", "Error in the System" & "The Virtual V-6".
- Tommy becomes the new leader of the Power Rangers and Jason is demoted to second-in-command in this episode, in which Jason will maintain his duties as second-in-command up to "The Power Transfer." He reassumes those duties upon recieving the Gold Ranger powers in A Golden Homecoming.
- Tommy's morph as the White Ranger debuts in Part II. In it, he is no longer surrounded by colored electricity instead wearing a white tanktop and shouting "Tigerzord."
- A similar thing would happen with the new Ranger morphs, beginning with the episode "Goldar's Vice-Versa."
- After briefly losing its first fight with Nimrod, Zordon mentions reconfiguring the other Zords to join with the Tigerzord in order to create the Mega Tigerzord. However, no such reconfiguration is expanded upon. This also makes it questionable as to how Zordon could reconfigure the Zords from his spot in the Command Center, unless he assigned this task to Billy and Trini. Given they were already in the process of repairing them, this would be the most logical assumption.
- Jason's line "Let's show him the power of thunder!" (said in both parts of the episode) is recycled from Part III of The Mutiny.
- This would be Rita's last time encountering the Season 1 Ranger team altogether, which had started with "Day of the Dumpster".
Home video releases
- "White Light" was first released on home video by Saban Home Entertainment, as part of a trilogy called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: All-Time Favorites.
- It was also released under the name "White Ranger Adventure", which commemorated the classic episodes of Power Rangers. At this time, the franchise was in its Time Force season.
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise, Buena Vista Home Entertainment released a DVD entitled The Best of the Power Rangers: The Ultimate Rangers, where fans of the Power Rangers phenomenon were invited to vote on their all-time favorite episodes. "White Light" was one of the episodes selected to be featured on the DVD.
- Ep. 17: The New Hero Has Arrived - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (White Ranger Debut)
- Ep. 18: The Secret Byakko-chan - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (some footage for the Nimrod monster)
- Ep. 19: The Heart-Throbbing Pretty Girl - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (some footage for the Nimrod monster)
- Ep. 20: First Opening Of The Gorma Palace - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (some footage for the Nimrod monster)
- Ep. 21: The Birth of a Mythical Ch'i Beast - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (Debut of the White Tigerzord)
- Ep. 22: The Great Secret Art of the Tiger Cub!! - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (White Ranger footage, Scarlet Sentinels footage, and Zord battle)
- Ep. 29: The Secret Inside Story of a Mother and Child's Tears - Super Sentai counterpart in Dairanger. See comparison page. (White Ranger footage)