Article By: Joseph Michael Sciola; Contributing Editor
I am going to break from my usual format of ending the review with the grade, and instead start with the grade, and use the review to explain why. I give this this episode a 4, and the big reason of that is with how the monster of the day is introduced. He comes in and does an area of effect attack with produces a rain that causes the people it hits to feel despair. Not once was this attack attempted on the Power Rangers. Why? It seems like such an obvious way for the plot to develop. As it is, it comes across as a Chekhov’s Gun that is never used. It bugged me in the original, and it still bugs me here.
The rest of the episode is up to par with the rest of the season, and a very good reminder of why I consider this to be the most enjoyable season of Power Rangers in some time. The first thing of note this season is a new opening credits sequence. The only real changes to it are the inclusion of the new zords and a credit for Deker, though Ricardo Medina, Jr. is now credited simply as Rick Medina. I didn’t think they would include him in the opening credits with the main cast, so that was a surprise, and quite frankly a welcomed one, as I am seemingly one of the few people that did not mind him in Wild Force.
The plot of this episode is rather straightforward in its approach, and that is of how Mike needed to grow up a little, stemming from his desire to improve himself after being the keeper of the Beetle Disk, and thus having control over the Beetle Zord is given to Mia over him. This comes to a head during a battle with a Nighlok during which he tries to use the disk, nothing happens, allowing the Nighlok to escape. Jii asks Mike to hand over his Samuraizer because of his actions during the fight, and Mike does so, but not before using his symbol power to get Jii entangled in a houseplant.
It is here that the episode goes into a few scenes that I really liked, and seem to be showing that the gears are indeed turning. The first is on the villain’s boat, where Octoroo is going through his collection of books because Deker said something in the last episode that has him wanting to investigate further. He and Dayu talk a little about Deker, and about how there may be more to him than they originally thought.
The second scene at first comes across as the standard Bulk and Spike sub-plot scene, but at its end, it may prove to be very important in the long run. Mike hangs out at the arcade, to blow off some steam, and in another part of the arcade, Bulk and Spike play totally not Dance, Dance Revolution to work on improving Spike’s agility. It is during this, as Mike is leaving, Spike overhears him muttering about his Samuraizer. Spike now knows what one of the Power Rangers sounds like. He chases after Mike, but Mike is able to get away after Jii shows up on a motorcycle, and they go for a ride so they can talk. The scene with Mike and Jii talking in the woods is one of my favorite scenes in the season thus far. If nothing else, it was nice to see Jii live up to his title and actually mentor Mike and help him to learn how to be a better samurai.
This episode is a part of the continual upswing the show has been undergoing ever since its return to Saban. Things are slowly coming together, and to say we are entering an exciting time would be quite an understatement, I think.
Joe’s Rating: 4 out of 5
Alex’s Rating: 5 out of 5
Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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