Episode Title: The Mutiny, Part II
Original Airdate: July 29, 1994
So, when we last left Angel Grove, the Power Rangers were dealing with the threat of a new chief baddie, the evil Lord Zedd. The first creature he has unleashed is the strange Pirantishead, which has succeeded in using its weird freeze breath to disable to Rangers’ zords. That is, except for the T-Rex zord, which is now under Lord Zedd’s control. Let’s see what happens next in The Mutiny, Part II.
With the five rangers in trouble, Zordon decides to send Tommy out to help them, despite him not being at full power. Tommy calls out the Dragon Zord, but it soon falls under Zedd’s control as well. The two giant robots are tearing up the town and our heroes are helpless against them. The only answer is for Zordon to give the rangers brand new zords. Jason will get the Red Dragon Thunder Zord, Trini gets the Grifin Thunder Zord, Zack gets the Lion Thunder Zord, Billy, the Unicorn Thunder Zord, and Kimberly gets the Firebird Thunder Zord. Together the zords can form the Thunder Mega Zord. There’s a catch, though. The rangers have to regain control of the old zords before they can use the new ones. Plus, due to the still uncertain nature of Tommy’s powers, there is no new zord for him at this time.
After Alpha does some computing, Billy thinks he can create a device to interfere with Lord Zedd’s signal so the rangers can regain control of the zords. So, Billy and Trini go off to his lab to work on the gizmo. Meanwhile, the other rangers have to head off to fight the Pirantishead and some of the super putties who have gone off to cause trouble at the off-road race again. This includes picking on Bulk and Skull. The putties are dealt with easily, but then Pirantishead unleashes the T-Rex and Dragon Zord on our heroes. Until Billy and Trini can finish the device, the others have no defense. With that, we are informed that we have to wait until the next episode to see what happens next.
This episode is a prime example of what we’ve seen with a few of the other three-part Power Rangers stories. Basically, part two feels like filler. There’s not a whole lot going on with this episode, it just exists to bridge the gap between part one and part three. The rangers spend most of the episode wondering what they are going to do next and staring with their mouths open at the new zords that they can’t even use yet. Now, the new zords are kind of interesting, especially the Red Dragon. It’s a big flying serpentine beast that looks really cool, though totally impractical. A few of the others are kinda cool, too. I can get behind things like a griffin or a firebird…but unicorn!?!? What’s with that!?
There are some interesting things on the romance front here, as well. As always, Kimberly shows a great deal of concern when Tommy is left out of getting a new zord. This just serves to remind us that there is a bit of a romance blossoming between these two. Unexpected, though, was what could be interpreted as some sparks between Trini and Billy. When Billy says he thinks he can build a device to disrupt Lord Zedd’s signal, Trini is very quick to volunteer to help. Billy responds with a bit of a twinkle in his eye that suggests he is not opposed to a little alone time with Trini. Now, I’ve never seen any episodes of this show beyond where we are right now. So I have no idea if this develops or not. Given some changes that I do know are on the horizon, I can’t imagine the potential romance lasts long.
There’s not a whole lot else to talk about when it comes to this episode. Like I said, this is just filler, really. I can imagine the young viewers even may have gotten a bit frustrated with this one. Especially given that these first three episodes of season two actually aired a week apart from each other in July and August of 1994, with the daily showings of season two not starting until mid September. Just like them, you’re going to have to wait to find out what happens next. Join us next time for The Mutiny, Part III.