Power Rangers Zeo


Power Rangers Zeo
Power Rangers Zeo
PR Zeo logo.png
Format Action/Adventure
Science fantasy
Created by Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Starring Catherine Sutherland
Nakia Burrise
Steve Cardenas
Johnny Yong Bosch
Jason David Frank
Austin St. John
David Yost
Paul Schrier
Jason Narvy
Richard Genelle
Gregg Bullock
Voices of Richard Steven Horvitz
Robert L. Manahan
David Stenstrom
Alex Borstein
Barbara Goodson
Oliver Page
Douglas Sloan
Melora Harte
Robert Axelrod
Kerrigan Mahan
Bob Papenbrook
Michael Sorich
Dave Mallow
Brad Hawkins
Lex Lang
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Producer(s) Jonathan Tzachor
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Saban Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel FOX (Fox Kids)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run April 20, 1996 – November 27, 1996
Chronology
Preceded by Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
Followed by Power Rangers Turbo

Power Rangers Zeo (often abbreviated as PRZ, and often simply called Zeo) is an American superhero television series and the second installment of the Power Rangers franchise that is a continuation of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, that aired in 1996.[1][2][3][4] [5]

It is based on the Super Sentai series Chōriki Sentai Ohranger. Power Rangers Zeo is also the first season of Power Rangers to follow the Sentai practice of annual Ranger suit changes.

Contents

Synopsis

Power Rangers Zeo immediately begins after the events of Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers where Tommy and the other Rangers witness the destruction of the Command Center. After recovering, the powerless Rangers discovered the Zeo Crystal intact in the rubble – apparently dropped by Goldar and Rito Revolto. The Zeo Crystal guided them to a portal, which took them deep underground to the heretofore unmentioned Power Chamber. There, they found Zordon and Alpha 5 waiting for them. The team was bestowed with the five Zeonizers empowered by the Zeo Crystal. Tanya Sloan joined the team as Zeo Ranger II — Yellow, while Billy Cranston chose to become their technical advisor, rather than continue being a Ranger.

All of this occurred as the Machine Empire entered Earth's solar system. So powerful, even Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd were forced to flee from them to the M51 Galaxy or be destroyed. Led by King Mondo and Queen Machina, the Machine Empire sought to conquer Earth. Armed with new weapons and Zords, only the Zeo Rangers stood in their way. Unbeknownst to anyone, Rito and Goldar – now amnesic – were left behind on Earth. They were taken in by Bulk and Skull, who had them serving at their beck and call. Bulk and Skull, meanwhile, continued to be members of the Junior Police Force until Lt. Stone was fired. Quitting as a show of support, they joined him at his new detective agency.

Over time, the Machine Empire began wearing down the five Zeo Rangers. Help arrived in the form of the mysterious Gold Ranger. No one knew who he was and while suspicion abounded, it was clear he was there to help the Rangers. It turned out that the Gold Ranger was an alien, Trey of Triforia. This revelation came after he was injured in battle. Split into three separate selves, Trey was forced to temporarily pass on his powers to a worthy warrior while healing. They attempted to transfer the Gold Ranger powers to Billy; but were unable to because Billy had acquired a large amount of negative energy due to the destruction of the Command Center. The ultimate successor was Jason Lee Scott, the original Red Power Ranger. This event also saw the introduction of the more powerful Super Zeozords, which were used against a tougher generation of machines. The Super Zeo Megazord was powerful enough to even later destroy King Mondo, creating a power vacuum in the Machine Empire.

Secretly returning from the M51 Galaxy, Lord Zedd and Rita sought to become top villains again. Operating out of an RV with Finster, they first restored Goldar and Rito's memories. After King Mondo was destroyed, they launched their first plan: use Louie Kaboom to take over the Machine Empire. Though he did succeed, he had also broken free of Zedd and Rita's control. He embarked on his own plans to conquer Earth and destroy the Zeo Rangers. Louie was later destroyed by the machinations of Prince Gasket and Princess Archerina, who ruled until King Mondo's reconstruction was complete and caused them to flee.

When Billy began rapidly aging, the Zeo and Aquitian Rangers raced to help him, as well as combat monsters from both King Mondo and Rita. Billy ultimately left Earth for treatment on Aquitar and chose to stay in order to be with Cestria. Soon afterwards, it was discovered Jason could no longer handle having the Gold Ranger powers. They were leaving his body and draining his lifeforce in the process. Trey was still in recovery, but a risky gambit healed and restored the powers to him. Rita and Lord Zedd also blew up the Machine Empire's leadership.

Characters

The five Zeo Rangers and the Gold Ranger during their morphing sequences

The Zeo Rangers

Thomas "Tommy" Oliver
Zeo Ranger V; previously the Green Ranger, then the White Ranger and White Ninja Ranger. He found his Zeo Crystal in the past in the American Southwest. Wears a red suit with a star-shaped visor on his helmet. He was portrayed by Jason David Frank.
Adam Park
Zeo Ranger IV; formerly the second Black Ranger and Black Ninja Ranger. He found his Zeo Crystal in the past in Korea. Wears a green suit with a rectangular visor. He was portrayed by Johnny Yong Bosch.
Rocky DeSantos
Zeo Ranger III; formerly the second Red Ranger and Red Ninja Ranger. He found his Zeo Crystal in the past in Mexico. He was second-in-command until Jason returned. Wears a blue suit with a triangular visor on his helmet. He was portrayed by Steve Cardenas.
Tanya Sloan
Zeo Ranger II, the only new member of the core group. When Aisha went for her Zeo Crystal in the past in Africa, she decided that she wanted to help the animals who were sick, and sent Tanya back with the Zeo Crystal in her place. Initially returning as a teenager, the Zeo Crystal made Tanya the same age as the other Rangers, which she gradually got used to. Wears a yellow suit with two horizontal lines for a visor on her helmet. She was portrayed by Nakia Burrise.
Katherine "Kat" Hillard 
Zeo Ranger I; formerly the second Pink Ranger and second Pink Ninja Ranger. She found her Zeo Crystal in the past in Australia. Wears a pink suit with a circular visor on her helmet. She was portrayed by Catherine Sutherland.
Trey of Triforia
The original Gold Ranger. The prince of planet Triforia, a planet where everyone has identical triplets. He gave the Zeo Rangers their Super Zeozords when he had to leave to his planet, again. The Gold Ranger wears a black suit with a golden vest and has a visor shaped like the kanji for "king". He was portrayed by Ted, Tim and Tom DiFillippo and voiced by Brad Hawkins in his first appearances.
Jason Lee Scott
The second Gold Ranger; formerly the original Red Ranger. When Trey of Triforia had to return to his home planet, Tommy went and found Jason to take the place of the Gold Ranger while he was gone. He becomes second-in-command upon his return. He was portrayed by Austin St. John.

Allies

Villains

Machine Empire

Rita & Zedd

Arsenal

  • Zeonizers: Interlocking, wrist-mounted devices that harness the energy of the Zeo Crystal, and empower the Zeo Zords. These devices allowed the Rangers to morph once the leader proclaimed "It's Morphin Time!" (reused from the previous three seasons), followed by the team connecting the devices.
  • Communicators:They were used for teleportation and for communication between the rangers.
  • Zeo Blaster: The amalgamation of the five core Rangers' weapons, a Zeo Pistol and a Zeo Blade. It could fire powerful blasts of energy to destroy opponents.
    • Zeo Blade/Laser Pistol: Standard Zeo Ranger side-arms that can be combined for extra power.
    • Zeo Sword: Red Zeo Ranger's personal weapon.
    • Zeo Hatchets: Green Zeo Ranger's personal weapons.
    • Zeo Bladed Tonfas: Blue Zeo Ranger's personal weapons.
    • Zeo Dual Nunchucks: Yellow Zeo Ranger's personal weapons.
    • Zeo Shield: Pink Zeo Ranger's personal weapon.
  • Golden Power Staff: Gold Zeo Ranger's personal weapon, capable of firing a "Gold Rush" blast as a finisher.
  • Zeo Cannon: A powerful cannon that draws its power from all the Zeo Rangers.
  • Defender Wheel: Any of the Rangers can enter this giant wheel and launch themselves at an opponent, destroying them in a spinning mass of energy.
  • Zeo Jet Cycles: Five vehicles used for off-road transportation that come in handy when the teleportation system is offline. They were destroyed in an ambush caused by Cog Changer.

Zords

Billy and Alpha 5 built the Zeozords after the rangers lost their powers, with the ones that Ninjazords and Shogunzords were rendered dormant. The Red Battlezord was created using Battle Borg technology, and can only be controlled telepathically by Tommy (but was once configured for Adam's use yet with setbacks). Pyramidas was the Gold Zeo Ranger's Zord, and acted as a Carrier Zord. Trey of Triforia also supplied the Zeo Rangers with the Super Zeozords and the Warrior Wheel for the Gold Ranger. All Zeozords were abandoned and kept in storage in the Zeozord holding bay (except for Pyramidas, which Trey brought with him when he left).

Identity of the Gold Ranger

Throughout a good part of Power Rangers Zeo a constant teaser was the identity of the Gold Ranger, and then after that, the identity of who would take the mantle of the Gold Ranger. After many episodes of speculation, it was revealed the Gold Ranger was in fact a new character never seen before, Trey of Triforia, basically turning all other hints into Red Herrings. Former Red Ranger Jason Lee Scott obtains the powers of the Gold Ranger after Trey loses the ability to, but again with no prior knowledge Jason was even back in Angel Grove, any previous teasers were again false hints that would not be reflected in the series. Actor Brad Hawkins, who played one of the main characters on similar show VR Troopers, voiced the Gold Ranger early on. Saban had allegedly planned to use him after the end of VR Troopers in another role. However, for unknown reasons (believed to be scheduling conflicts), he was not used as the identity of the Gold Ranger, with Ted, Tim and Tom DiFillippo instead portraying the three parts of Trey. Additional candidates for the Gold Ranger's identity included:

  • Billy Cranston was a constant candidate for the identity of the Gold Ranger. When the original identity of the Ranger was still unknown, Billy would consistently disappear, leading fans to believe he was leaving to transform into the Gold Ranger. This proved to be false, however, and it is theorized that Billy was actually busy designing the Turbo powers for the following season. When it came time for someone to take the Gold Ranger's powers, Billy is the obvious choice. However, due to absorbing a high amount of 'negative ions' from the season finale of the previous season, he was unable to take the Gold Ranger powers. It is rumored that the real reason that Billy was not made the Gold Ranger was that it was unsure if his actor, David Yost, was going to stay on the show until the end, because of problems backstage with Yost and the cast and crew.
  • David Trueheart Tommy's brother on the show, introduced during the episode "Challenges" who was not only trained in martial arts, but already knew the identities of the other Power Rangers. There was some rumor that he was the original Gold Ranger, however, there was even wider speculation that he was the candidate Tommy was trying to bring to the Command Center to accept the Gold Ranger's powers. This was further fuelled by the fact that while disguised, Jason looked a lot like like David, leading fans to believe he was purposely introduced to be a red herring.
  • Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch, in the episode A Small Problem, Skull mysteriously disappears from Bulk's side when the two are near the Power Rangers, with the Gold Ranger shortly thereafter appearing to save Tommy and Kat. This was the only case where Skull, a long-time comic relief character, was a suspect.

Episodes

Comics

Image Comics began publication of a Power Rangers Zeo comic in August 1996. It featured scripts by Tom and Mary Bierbaum, and art by Todd Nauck and Norm Rapmund. Four issues were drawn but only one was released before Image Comics lost the license.[6]

References

  1. ^ Mifflin, Lawrie (1996-04-10). "TV Notes;New, Improved 'Rangers'". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/10/arts/tv-notes-new-improved-rangers.html?scp=7&sq=Mighty%20Morphin%20Power%20Rangers&st=cse. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  2. ^ Griffiths, Ian (1997-03-23). "The famous five power back: A new breed of Power Ranger is eyeing your money, warns Ian Griffiths". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/the-famous-five-power-back-1274494.html. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  3. ^ Maurstad, Tom (1996-04-20). "Power Rangers Being 'replaced'". Wilmington Morning Star. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0O4VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NhUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6516,1761592. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  4. ^ Mangan, Jennifer (1996-05-09). "Costly Changes - A New Generation of Power Rangers Means New Toys". Chicago Tribune. p. Tempo 3. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-05-09/features/9605090157_1_rita-repulsa-zeo-crystal-power-rangers-zeo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ Willens, Michele (1996-04-20). "Can the Rangers Zeonize Back to Mere Hit Status?". The Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1996-04-20/entertainment/ca-60521_1_power-rangers. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  6. ^ Comic By Comic: Rich Interviews Todd Nauck

External links

Preceded by
Alien Rangers
Power Rangers
1996
Succeeded by
Turbo

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