Season 1, Episode 30
Date of airing: November 4, 1993 (FOX Kids)
Never hire bad child actors to portray boring characters on a kids television show, because if you rewatch that show when you are a full-blown adult, having watched seasons of prestige television, you might find yourself laughing and wincing about the amateurish acting of some of the cast members of this very kids show. It is probably a good thing that the actor who portrayed Jason’s cousin Jeremy in this episode was not credited (begging the question how guest actors were paid for appearing on MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS, and we all know that the leads were very much underpaid and ripped off), because in hindsight not even that guy wants to be reminded about how artificial and fake his performance was. Although who knows, maybe he had the time of his life guest-starring in the hottest television show of the summer of 1993. Getting martial arts lesson from a professional on the beach is already a pretty solid thing to go through, but when you also get the opportunity to fight a couple of putties, you might think that life was never going to get better after this.
This episode really tried to have the American cast act and react opposite he Japanese Super Sentai scenes, which was very evident when Jason was dealing with Scorpina and the Rockstar (which is a hilarious name for a rock-based monster villain). I do not think MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS has ever played like that with some fo the Super Sentai scenes, and with both the American and the Japanese scenes intercutting each other in the very same scene. That reminds me once more why it is such a shame that some of the Japanese cast members could not be hired for the American “remake” of their show, because I would have loved seeing Jason and Scorpina eye-to-eye, especially since it would have been perfect to do so in this episode, with Jeremy already having run away to protect the map, and Jason facing one of his greatest villains. It is one of the disadvantages MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS has when compared to the Super Sentai show: In the American version, the cast could never fight against villains with a face and always had to go against the costumed putties. And all I really want right now is for one of the teens with attitude (who have clearly lost their attitude ever since the opening minutes of the series premiere) to face one of Rita’s minions before jumping into the superhero suit and helmet.
The story of the mirror of destruction was obviously lame. Jeremy happens to fish the treasure map out of the beach, and the mirror happens to be gently buried under half an inch of sand somewhere in the park mere minutes away from the beach, which is why Rita and her goons could not find it (they probably thought it was half a world away, like I did). Convenient storytelling is convenient, and also killed the notion of the search for the mirror being a treasure hunt and a race against time. Also, it was convenient that the Megazord was not immediately destroyed when it looked into the mirror and that holding the arm before your eyes prevented you from going into the afterlife. Besides that, Rita and Scorpina deserved to have lost this battle like they deserve to lose every battle. Scorpina had the mirror in her freaking hands, and all she waited for was for Rita to throw her magic spear. She could have opened the mirror right in front of the Power Rangers and they would have been history. But no, Scorpina had to grow into a supersized monster again, and once more she did not make her queen happy. The villains in this show are still crap and Rita should maybe think about putting an advertisement into the papers. I am pretty sure some American gangsters and criminals were interested in eliminating the Power Rangers for Rita. Why not outsourcing that job while she focuses on world domination?