Sunday, October 1, 2023

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Billy does measurements on Javi's arm and Solon brings him a hot chocolate. Billy says he will help Solon and calls Javi a hero. Javi worries about telling his parents. Amelia and Ollie's mom have lab jackets on. Billy has a heart to heart with Javi. Amelia holds Ollie's hand. Ollie's mom sprays the antidote on Ollie. Aiton tells Mick where Zayto fell in. Mick says Aiyon shared the memory with him many times. Mick is in the Grizzly zord cockpit in his Ninja Steel Red uniform. Mick flies away from Earth in the bear zord. Back at Aiyon's cafe, Izzy as the Green Ranger has a meeting with her dad (who doesn't know it is her), Jane, and J-Borg. Green says they have told world leaders of the possible invasion. Green says Zedd knows who they are and where they are from. Aiyon arrives and gets a coffee for Carlos. Carlos tells her he doesn't want to worry his daughter and son. Jane says Javi is at a fancy recording studio recording a demo and Izzy is ready to go to college with her girlfriend. Izzy takes this to heart. They all agree not to tell anyone about Zedd yet until they have more info.

Back with Zedd, he gets interrupted by Squilla with his secret plan. He gets a message from Doodrip who stole a Squid Drill. He wants his job back, he stole Squilla's drill. Zedd decides to take credit for Doo Drip's hard work. Ollie wakes up and Amelia thinks it works. Ollie tries to reach for Lani's teleporter. They lock Ollie in and Amelia teleports out. The poison has corrupted his Ranger energy. Lani says she is focusing her energy on facts and asks about the poison. Amelia says he gets his energy from Dino Henge. Fern and Izzy pack for college. Fern asks if everything is okay but Izzy thinks back to what Carlos said and claims the Ranger business was fine and in space. Fern asks if she is still planning to go to college. Izzy says she is great at multitasking. Just then, Solon calls Izzy.  Izzy says she will be at Fern's at 3. She teleports away. 

Izzy wants to take the zords into orbit to fight the Mega Drill. Javi says he can't morph since he is down an arm. Amelia says to take his time. Billy says it is an honor to fight with the younger generation. Aiyon says he is the older generation. Izzy says he was unconscious for 65 million years so it doesn't count. Amelia, Izzy, Zayto, and Billy morph. The Rangers take the zords and fight the Mega Drill of Doodrip. Doodrip calls them. Aiyon calls him "Blue Goo Guy" which reminds me of Blue Globber from Season 3 of MMPR. Scorpion, Lion, Bull, Wolf, and Chameleon combined. Aiyon is in the Scorpion zord, Izzy is in the Bull Zord and the Chameleon is on remote. They do the COsmic Mega Blast and the Drill goes down and Doodrip is destroyed. 

Solon calls them back. Javi uses his new arm but has trouble syncing with it. Billy says the sync rate will fluctuate. He almost hits a red button they can not press, it hasn't been pressed in 65 million years. They encourage Javi. Ollie is still trying to escape. Lani wants to harness the energy from the Tricera Statue. Billy asks about Amelia's parents being evil, Amelia says it has been a saga.  They plan to sanitize his corrupted link to the Morphin Grid.  Fern goes looking for Izzy to no avail, she then thinks of checking Dino Henge. In Dino Henge, Izzy creates an Invisi Cloak. Billy and AIyon keep an eye out and AIyon spots Zentinels. Billy fights them. Aiyon spots Fern. Fern encounters Zentinels. Aiyon tells Billy who she is. Izzy wants to go but Amelia offers, Javi offers instead and morphs and teleports. Javi saves Fern but his arm jams. Lani links the machine. Ollie acts like a good guy to trick Amelia, she is not falling for it. 

Amelia morphs. Fern asks what is up with Javi's arm. He asks if Izzy told her. They teleport in the base. Fern goes to the bathroom. Amelia fights Ollie, Javi grabs him. They teleport outside. They blast Ollie. The shield goes down. The Zentinels find Dinohenge. Zedd arrives. Solon leaves. Zedd blasts the Rangers. Zedd destroys the statues except for Ollie's. They lose their powers. Ollie convinces Zedd to spare the statue so he can serve him. Ollie scratches Amelia's face with his sword. The Rangers enter the base. Zedd calls a Squidrill. A Squiddrill drills into the ground. The alarms go off in the base. Aiyon wants to press the button. Solon asks if they are sure and she presses it. Zedd and Ollie find it is gone. Zenitenls take the Tricera Statue away. The Rangers arrive on a deserted planet Erridus, which is similar to Earth but 30 million light years away. They are stranded on the planet. Amelia says they tried helping Ollie and Zayto is missing and they are without powers but she refuses to give up. They have Billy and Solon and they will survive. Izzy says it is no big. Fern comes to them and asks if it is no big. Izzy is shocked. 

Franchise Shout-Outs:
* Fern mentions NASADA

Episode Review:
No, no Cosmic Fury suits just yet. They actually transform in episode 3. All the 10 zords all came out in Episode 1, while in Kyuranger they took a while and the bear came a while later. The bears actually appeared after the dragon. I like the moments with Ollie's mom Lani and Billy. Supposedly according to Simon Bennett, Ollie's acto Kai couldn't commit to the season and could only do Voice Over so they decided to make him evil, so that's why he appears so little physically in other episodes.  This is a good episode to explain how they lost their powers. The pacing is great. Just wish the rest of the season had this balanced pacing. The less of J-Borg, Jane and Buzz Blast the better. What is interesting is the choice of monsters from Sentai, they are not only from Kyuranger but from Zyuohger and other Sentai. Also, a pretty cool cliffhanger with Izzy and Fern. 

Power Rangers Cosmic Fury - Lightning Strikes - Episode Review


"Lightning Strikes"

A battle ensues between the Dino Fury Rangers, and the Morphin Masters against Zedd's forces on the planet Zordnia. The Morphin Masters fly around everywhere. Zayto fights in his White Ranger/Ghost Ranger suit. Lord Zedd is given a drink by a squid alien. Bajilia introduces herself as the CEO of a mining corporation. She released Zedd from his crystal as it had a strong energy signature. She wants to start an intergalactic war, she says he is in charge. Billy comes out of the woodwork and fights the Zentinels. Ollie recognizes him. Mick changes from a rock. He exclaims to Billy that it is some research trip. Ollie helps fight with Billy. Billy says his team is back on Earth. Amelia updates Mick by using her Rafkon powers and doing a recap of last season.

Squilia is a fan of Lord Zedd and the daughter of Bajilia. Brajilia shows the Squid Drills and it makes the Zentinels, the footsoldiers.  Zedd is about to fight and Squilia wants to go and Brajilia sends a Copy Guard with her. The Rangers fight Zedd. Zedd recognizes Billy. Billy says it is impressive he reminds him. They fight. Zedd blasts Billy. Aiyon tells Zayto about his cafe. Ollie wishes they still had zords. Ollie makes a Cosmic Portal and Amelia sends two monsters inside. Zedd is upset. Squilla brings Doodrip. Izzy makes fun of him Doodrip drops blue poison on all the Rangers, he says it is the same one Zedd used before to make Rangers evil. Zedd clarifies it was only designed for Ollie. Hence, Ollie becomes evil. No, seriously. Some goo makes him evil. Ollie opens a portal and sends Zayto away. Aiyon tries to reach for him but he is gone.

The Rangers fight Ollie. Zedd fires Doodrip. Red Morphin Master sees Mick and turns him into his old Red Ninja Steel Ranger form. He joins the fight. (Side note: this reminds me of when the Monitor turned Cisco back into Vibe in the Crisis on Infinite Worlds crossover on the Flash) Scrozzle arrives with a device, the Master Captivator. They capture the Morphin Master and convert them into energy. Zedd likes this. Red drops his staff to Javi and he gets a vision of where to go. Billy says to regroup. They all teleport away. Brajilia says the masters can not help the Rangers. The Rangers teleport to the place Master Red showed Javi. Billy says they are safe for the moment so they demorph. Mick says it is the Altar of Zordnia, what Billy and Mick were looking for. Lightning strikes it. Ollie and Squilla use a Squid Drill to look for the Rangers. Izzy asks if the altar has animals. They think it might form a Megazord. Billy says it is the planet that his team got the Shogunzords years ago. Mick says the Cosmic Fury Zords are zords that have been hidden for years. Aiyon thinks the Morphin Master staff might fit.

Billy says the altar is dangerous, maybe only Morphin Masters can use it. Mick takes away the staff. Ollie's Squid Drill arrives. It changes to Battle Mode. They are blasted at. Javi grabs the staff from Mick and Billy protests. Javi places it in and a lot of lightning hits it and it glows. Javi is pushed back. Cosmic Fury Zords appear from the sky. They start blasting the Squid Drill. Billy says they are semi-autonomous and he likes that in his zords. Javi realizes his arm is gone and goes into shock. Mick and Javi teleport away. The others morph. Amelia says to take any zord they want but she takes the Lion Zord because it is the center. Aiyon takes Shark, Izzy takes Chameleon, and Billy takes Wolf. They try to figure out the controls. Billy can remotely pilot any zord as well. Amelia doesn't want to leave Ollie. Billy calls the Megazord so Cobra, Chameleon, Lion, Wolf, and Shark combine. Ollie makes fun of it. They fight. Izzy tries the lash. Billy switches the Chameleon for Cobra for the arm. They call a Mega attack in hopes Ollie will surrender. Squilla leaves. Ollie doesn't surrender. Amelia leaves and her zords go to remote. She teleports into the drill and asks Ollie to go with her. She fights the Zentinels and calls Snzooze time, putting everyone to sleep. She grabs Ollie and teleports away. They destroy the drill. 

Billy sees more ships coming. Amelia has the cosmic key so they leave. Inkworth is the new butler of Zedd in the Mega Drill. Squilla arrives and gives Zedd the bad news. They set the fleet's course to Earth. Back at the base on Earth, Aiyon, Tarrick, Mick, Pop Pop and Izzy argue. Amelia has Solon roar. Amelia lays it for them. Mick says Billy has put word out to the other Ranger teams about the possible invasion.  Tarrick says he will warn his Rafkonian people. Aiyon is more worried about Zayto. Mick calms him. Mick goes to Billy, he says Javi and Ollie are both stable, both being in the med bay. Izzy asks about Javi's arm. Billy says it can't be reversed. Izzy thinks about Javi's well-being mentally as he is a musician. Solon says he is not the only one who has gone through something like this and offers to help. Ollie's mom says they will try to find a way to help everyone. She will recreate the antidote. Billy says they have all been put through the wringer but this is a challenge he is sure they are all ready for. 

Franchise Shout-outs:

* Zordnia is a deepcut from season 3, where the Shogunzords came from.

Episode Review:
It is smart to continue having a lightning theme throughout the season as lightning is the iconic core symbol of the entire Power Rangers franchise. I also would have liked if they explained how Mick and Billy met and what led them to look for the Zord Altar. I also wish they named the zords because I think some went unnamed. This reminds of the Disney days when some zords went without a name. Switching zord cockpits gets disorientating because they are clearly going by the footage without explaining why they went with a specific zord. As I said before, I don't like how Ollie became evil, with a sudden dousing of ooze. I did like how Javi lost his arm though, it showed part of his character, willing to take a risk and then having to face the consequences. I also like the inclusion of Pop Pop, Ollie's mom and Tarrick. And those worried about Saturna, she doesn't appear in this season but is about six months pregnant.