|Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - Season 3|
|"Ninja Quest, Part 2"|
|Original Air Date: 09/12/95|
|Writers: Shuki Levy & Shell Danielson||Director: Terence H. Winkless|
Amy Jo Johnson _AS_ Kimberly (Pink Ranger)
David Yost _AS_ Billy (Blue Ranger)
Johnny Yong Bosch _AS_ Adam (Black Ranger)
Karan Ashley _AS_ Aisha (Yellow Ranger)
Steve Cardenas _AS_ Rocky (Red Ranger)
Jason David Frank _AS_ Tommy (White Ranger)
Paul Schrier _AS_ Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
Jason Narvy _AS_ Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
Bob Manahan _AS_ Zordon (voice)
Sandi Sellner _AS_ Alpha 5
Richard Wood _AS_ Alpha 5 (voice)
Carla Perez _AS_ Rita Repulsa
Barbara Goodson _AS_ Rita Repulsa (voice)
Ed Neil _AS_ Lord Zedd
Robert Axelrod _AS_ Lord Zedd (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan _AS_ Goldar (voice)
Bob Pappenbrook _AS_ Rito Revolto (voice)
Robert Axelrod _AS_ Finster (voice)
Colin Phillips [Dave Mallow] _AS_ Baboo (voice)
Michael J. Sorich _AS_ Squatt (voice)
[Opening Credits, Late season 2 version.]
The Powerless Ranger teens tour the
demolition site of the Thunderzords, where the ruins continue sparking and exploding
around our six weary heroes. They're still in shock about the impossible finally
happening, their Zords completely destroyed (But at least they've still got Tor... err,
nevermind). Kimberly's first instinct is to say they've got to get back to the Command
Center and see if Alpha can figure out a way to fix them. Billy exasperates in
hopelessness about it not being that simple, Tommy noting that they lost more than the
Zords, but their powers completely as well. The disembodied head of the Thunder Megazord
is seen firing off another blast of what little remains of its energy, adding to the smoke
pouring out against the Ranger teens. Billy says it's going to be a long walk back to the
Command Center (teleportation may have nothing to do with their powers, but thanks to the
CC getting fried, they can't use their Communicators period. Although I wonder what ever
happened to the good old RADBUG...), and they should get going.
Meanwhile on the Moon Palace, Lord Zedd stands at his throne, proclaiming to his troops (Rito, Goldar, Baboo, Squatt, Finster, Rita, and of course, Fighting Flea, Lizzinator, Stag Beetle, and Octophantom. The four recycled monsters are oddly never seen again after this scene, but I have a hunch they retired to a bar on the planet Onyx) that they've executed the ultimate plan, by taking out the Zords they've taken the "power" out of the Power Rangers! Rita, with an evilly happy smile, tells her brother Rito that she's so proud of him, he shares the sentiments about himself, egotistically. Goldar groans, jealously saying that with four monsters helping him he could defeat the Rangers too, Rita blows him off sarcastically by saying that sure he could. Zedd silences the celebrating evil space aliens, stating that with those meddlesome Rangers permanently out of their way, there is nothing Zordon can do to stop them from conquering the world! The victory party then continues, Rita playfully taking a swipe at Rito's boney skull as he remarks that it's just like old times. He ducks after every swipe, but eventually his sister strikes his noggin, to which he rubs.
The long walk back skipped, we find the Rangers inside the trashed Command Center, powerless (except for the Christmas-tree lights and Zordon's glowing tube, having enough power for that, at least) with wires hanging out of charred consoles and terminals, a reflection of the damage done to the Megazords. Billy notes what a mess the place is, Tommy asks his brainy buddy to give them some good news. He says he can't as he doesn't even know how to begin to repair the main power core of the Command Center. Alpha Ay-yi-yi's that such a task could take centuries, Kim tells the droid that they don't have that long. Adam asks Zordon if he can bring back their Zords, but with the Command Center's power nearly depleted, he's afraid he cannot revitalize them. Aisha knows there's gotta be something they can do, which causes Adam to raise an interesting question, about where their powers came from in the first place. Zordon recites a legend of a lost temple hidden beneath the Desert of Despair, where the keeper of the temple, named Ninjor, forged the original Power Coins to be used against evil in the universe. Alpha remembers a map they found along with the Power Coins, which he summons forth in a blink of electricity to appear in his hand. Rocky realizes that maybe the temple does exist and they can find it, Aisha adding that maybe they can also find the power. Zordon advises against the dangers of the trip, Tommy speaks up for the team, saying they've faced danger before and if there's even the slightest chance this temple exists they have to take it. Billy agrees that they can't just give up, which prompts Zordon, against his better judgment, to let Alpha give them the map. He does warn them that once Lord Zedd learns of their destination he'll try to thwart their every move, and without their powers they'll be at his mercy. Tommy says that powers or not, they don't have a choice. Alpha hands Billy the map, he begins to inspect it along with his teammates, who peer over his shoulder anxiously.
Later in the Command Center, Zordon
tells the Rangers teens to stay alert and be prepared for the unexpected. The six humans
form a circle around Alpha 5, who uses a crude method to siphon up enough residual power
to teleport the Rangers safely to the Desert Of Despair. The Rangers stand in the circle
as the device Alpha rigged up begins to charge with energy, our heroes shut their eyes and
keep holding their arms up and their hands pressed against those of the persons next to
them. Zordon wishes them good luck and to return to them safely, Alpha telling them to be
please be careful, just as they teleport away. This leaves the automaton wondering if they
did the right thing, Zordon tells him not to worry, if the temple does exist, they'll be
the ones to find it. The Powerless Rangers land in the aptly titled Desert Of Despair,
which pretty much resembles a normal Earth desert with rocky terrain and heavy winds.
Billy checks the map and points them in what seems to be the right direction, saying the
entrance to the temple is marked by a very distinctive rock formation. Suddenly, they hear
the sound of a person wailing, eerily ghostlike, but not seeing anything in the distance.
Kimberly calls the sound awful, and says the Desert lives up to its Despair name, Aisha
says she's getting a major case of the heebie-jeebies. Our heroes slowly back away from
the source of the sound and continue on their quest.
Elsewhere, at the Angel Grove Police Academy, Bulk & Skull swallow their pride and plan to make good on their promise to join the Junior Police Patrol. Duty calls, so they approach the front gate (getting ran over by the cadets marching by, a running joke, literally, through the course of this story) and ask a cop where to find the registration office. He asks if they're planning on joining the AGJPP, the bumbling duo nod their heads, Bulk says he's looking at two of the city's finest future detectives, Skull slips the real motive by saying they want to wear uniforms to impress girls. The cop says they'd better have a better reason, and the annoyed Bulk reiterates that they want to protect the girls, which the man seems to like better, pointing them to where they need to go. The salute and hobble off, Skull notes that people sure do like to run around there, just before the two get plowed through by the group of joggers again. Skull turns to leave, but Bulkie grabs his shirt and yanks him back. They then notice people doing jumping-jacks and swimming laps in a pool, hearing an announcer say to join the Police Patrol, the cadets have to be in tiptop physical condition. The bumbling duo scream as they watch people running around and doing push ups, obviously they must have fast forwarded through those parts of the 20 or so "Police Academy" movies. Skull changed his mind, as he isn't the physical type, calling himself muscleless and proud, but somehow, someway, Bulk musters up enough courage to shouts to his buddy in a drill sargent-like voice that he will do it and he will like it! Bulk then picks Skull up and carries him kicking & screaming to the registration office!
Meanwhile on the Moon Palace, Rita watches through her Repulsascope as the mysterious eggs Rito nested nearby begin to hatch! She calls what she sees peeking through the cracked shell a "deliciously ugly creature", shouting that it's time and she feels like a proud mother to be. She asks her baby brother once again what they are, and he says that he wanted to bring a special wedding present for her and Ed (to which Zedd, Rita & Goldar all scream at once his proper name, but it still doesn't get through Rito's thick skull-helmet). He mentions thinking something, to which the envious Goldar quips he thought he smelled something burning, Rita & Zedd shut him up and have Rito continue his explanation. Of course, Rito's forgotten what he was saying, plus what was in the eggs! Zedd groans and covers his metal-face with his hand, Rita rushes down the steps of the Balcony, grabbing her brother's skeletal frame and screaming him he has ten seconds to remember what's in the eggs. She counts off one and two, Goldar finishes off the countdown by exclaiming "ten", which sparks Rito's memory, that the contents of the eggs is Tenga Warriors! Rita is incredibly excited, saying that she could almost kiss Rito if he wasn't so ugly, calling the Tenga Warriors absolutely the most ferocious creatures this side of the universe. Lord Zedd imagines the possibilities of what he could do with those Warriors without the Power Rangers to stand in his way. Rita returns to her Repulsascope to watch the hatching, Rito shoves aside Goldar to get a good view, calling him "Goldy" to which the golden monkey-monster angrily corrects him. Rita watches the Tengas emerge from their shells, stating that they're precious and this whole thing is exciting.
On the lunar surface, the set of six
Tenga eggs completely hatch open, spouting feather faced, funny beak, IQ of under 10, loud
and noisy bird creatures called Tenga Warriors. They speak a few sentences, along with
constant cawing, deciding that since they're birds, the first order of business is to
learn how to fly. The six hop around the area, crushing what remains of the eggs, and
slowly discovering their full liftoff capabilities. Rita watches this through her
Repulsascope, noting that they're starting to circle the castle. She's happy as an evil
space witch can be, Rito is glad she likes it and waxes nostalgic about how picking out
presents for her has never been easy. He asks if she remembers the time mom & dad got
her a fire breathing dragon when she really wanted that cute little planet, so she used
the dragon to burn down their house! Rita's busy noticing one egg didn't hatch, Goldar
thinks it a dud but Rito assures them there's something really important about it that he
can't remember. Lord Zedd is sitting as his throne (and as Joe Rovang notes, is facing
directly towards Rita's Planetoid! Could the Desert Of Despair be located there? It's an
interesting thought...) when he suddenly spots the Ranger teens walking through the desert
via his red ray-vision! He hears Kimberly hope that they're almost there as her feet are
killing her, causing him to complain about how nothing will stop those Power Brats. Rita
realizes they must looking for that lost temple, which contains the Ninja Powers, and they
must stop them!
Rito finally remembers what's in the last egg, noting it's not a Tenga, it's a Vampirus Monster. Finster grunts that the Vampirus is such a nasty creature and not his cup of tea at all (guess he doesn't like anything he can't make with play-do, huh?). Zedd orders him to be silent, saying that must stop the Rangers before they find the temple and reestablish their Morphin Powers! The group of henchmonsters stand there, puzzled for a plan, but luckily Rita is full of bright ideas today and exclaims to send down the Tengas with the Vampirus egg. They'll attack the Rangers after they find the entrance to the temple, and then bury the egg right outside said temple. Zedd calls this brilliant, gleefully stating that once the egg hatches it can seize the temple's power for their own. Rito tells him his new army awaits his command (strangely forgetting his former army, the Putty Patrol, whom were last seen hanging out in the background of "A Friend In Need", and are never seen again for almost three years!), Zedd stands and raises his charged-up Z-Staff, commanding the Tenga Warriors to fly the Vampirus Egg to the temple gates and then seek out and destroy those has-been Rangers!
In the Desert Of Despair, the Rangers continue strolling on their temple venture, the wailing in the wind follows them throughout. Kimberly misses teleporting and says she'll never take it for granted again, Tommy in agreeance. He then asks Billy how much further they have to go, Billy checks the map and says that while he isn't certain, they should be coming up upon a certain rock formation soon. The group hikes along the dusty mountainous trail, eventually halted by Kim, who spots a strange looking rock on the ground. She picks it up (it resembles one of Zedd's grenades to me), but quickly drops it with a scream when it heats up in her hand. It activates a field of fire around the Ranger teens, each of our heroes quickly leap out of the blaze safely, but Billy is last out, causing him to drop the map into the inferno! His friends hold him back from jumping in to safe it, leaving them to watch helpless as the map turns to ashes in but a Bonanza-moment. The sun beats down on the Rangers as they find themselves wandering around searching for the rock formation, Billy assuring them they'll know it when they see it. Suddenly, Aisha slips into some quicksand! The Ranger guys form a human chain and pull her to safety, and somehow she doesn't even get dirty from the dirtbath!
Eventually, the gang reaches what Billy says resembles the rock formation where the temple is located, by as best he can remember from the map. They decide to check it out, heading over to the rocky peak, searching around for any caves or crevices that would indicate an opening, but have no luck finding anything. Billy says this is the only thing even remotely resembling the rock formation, Rocky starts to figure that maybe Zordon was right and the temple was just a myth. From out of nowhere, Tenga Warriors appear on the scene, surprised the Rangers but making them aware that Zedd's found them. Rocky asks if this can get any worse, a Tenga offers to try, by swooping down and kicking Billy in the gut! He falls back, and is helped up by Tommy, telling his teammates to stay close together, they've never seen these cronies before and there's no telling what they can do.
Surrounded by squawking Tengas, our heroes are left wide open for aerial attacks as several of the birdbrains sweep down begin to assault both of the girls! The guys swat the Tengas off their pals, and once regrouped, the whole team ends up backed into a corner. Overwhelmed by the new foes' power, the Powerless Rangers seek shelter in a small opening in the mountain. They realize they can't stay in there forever and the Tengas will soon break through, when Adam accidentally presses a rock, causing a secret entranceway to open before them! They stumble into a dark foggy cave, figuring whatever mysteries lie inside of it can't be worse than those giant crows outside. Our heroes follow the tunnel, hoping it'll either lead them to the temple or at least a better way out. Rita watches the Rangers get driven underground like moles via her Repulsascope, noting there's only one entrance to the cave and it's blocked by the Vampirus Egg. Lord Zedd shouts that he wanted them obliterated before they made it into the temple entrance, Rita states they may have gotten in but they'll never get out alive! She returns to the situation-scoping, watching as the Tengas plant the Vampirus Egg right near the entrance to the cave, as ordered. Inside the secret cave, Billy tells his friends to look for any kind of light filtering through the walls that would indicate an opening. They reach a dead end, which annoys Tommy, causing him to accidentally walk into a cave wall, where he quickly vanishes! Kimberly cries out his name, the others are stunned to where their leader went, Billy tosses a rock in the direction Tommy disappeared and realizes there's some kind of hidden power vortex there. Deciding to go in after him, Billy, Kimberly, Aisha, Rocky and Adam (in that order) pile into the holographic wall, but to where?
[To be continued; End Credits]
_END CREDITS SCENE:_
The Tengas, recently hatched, fumble around the lunar surface, learning to fly, and falling all over the place. Cawing like crazy, the extended mix!