Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers is a Power Rangers mini-series set within the end of the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. As with the rest of the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, this mini-series adapted footage and costumes from the eighteenth Super Sentai series, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
|Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers|
|Also known as||Saban's Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers|
|Created by||Haim Saban|
|Based on||Ninja Sentai Kakuranger|
by Toei Company
|Developed by||Saban Entertainment|
|Directed by||Vickie Bronaugh|
Michael J. O'Laskey II
Michael R. Gotto
|Opening theme||"Go Go Alien Rangers"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Haim Saban|
|Production location(s)||Santa Clarita, |
Los Angeles, California
Kyoto, Japan, & Tokyo, Japan
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Saban Entertainment|
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
MMPR Productions, Inc.
|Original network||FOX (Fox Kids)|
|Original release||February 5 –|
February 17, 1996
|Preceded by||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|
|Followed by||Power Rangers Zeo|
During fight scenes (and during opening of the show) an alternate version of the MMPR theme song was played, saying "Go Go Alien Rangers" instead of "Go Go Power Rangers", although the premiere episode "Alien Rangers of Aquitar" still uses the "Go Go Power Rangers" theme.
Picking up where the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers left off, Master Vile has used the Orb of Doom to reverse the ages of everyone on Earth, including the Power Rangers, reducing them to children. However, unlike the last time, the rangers retain their memories of the proper time thanks to the Ninja Power Coins. Unfortunately, the rangers are unable to morph and fight; Zordon recruits the Alien Rangers of Aquitar for help. These Rangers are humanoid, partially aquatic aliens and though Earth's environment is ultimately inhospitable to them, they agree to help. Master Vile's plans are foiled, and he leaves in annoyance, but Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa remain and intend to conquer Earth.
Hoping to restore everyone's proper ages, Billy Cranston builds a Regenerator powered by the Ninja Power Coins. However, only Billy is restored to normal before the device is stolen by Goldar and Rito Revolto. The Power Coins are then destroyed by Rita and Zedd. With the human Rangers' powers destroyed, only the Aquitian Rangers stand between Earth and the forces of evil, and they can't stay on Earth forever. Ultimately, Zordon realizes that only one thing can restore everything to normal: the Zeo Crystal, which the human Rangers had split into five sub-crystals and scattered throughout time to keep it safe from Master Vile.
The five young Rangers are each sent back to a different country and point in time to find a sub-crystal. Upon success, they are returned to the present. All the while, the Aquitian Rangers, Billy, Zordon and Alpha 5 fend off the forces of Lord Zedd and Rita. The villains also plot to destroy the Command Center and steal the completed Zeo Crystal.
Ultimately, Zedd and Rita succeed in summoning the Aquitian Rangers' arch-foe, Hydro-Hog, to destroy them. After a great deal of difficulty, the Aquitian Rangers destroy him. Meanwhile, Aisha Campbell acquires the final sub-crystal in Africa. However, she chooses to remain in exchange for the sub-crystal and new friend Tanya Sloan goes in her place. Once the Zeo Crystal is recombined in a machine devised by Billy, Earth is restored to normal. The teenaged Rangers bid thanks and farewell to their Aquitian counterparts, who return to Aquitar. However, Goldar and Rito Revolto steal the Zeo Crystal out of the Command Center and their bomb goes off soon afterwards. The Rangers are teleported to safety just before the Command Center is destroyed.
The series sets up the transition from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Power Rangers Zeo. The two-part premiere of the latter resolved the cliffhanger ending and established the Rangers' new powers (as well as new foes, the Machine Empire).
The Aquitian Rangers are later seen or referenced in further seasons. Cestro returns unmorphed in "Graduation Blues", seeking Billy's help against the Hydro-Contaminators. Cestro later briefly appears with Delphine in "Revelations of Gold". The Aquitian and Zeo Rangers team-up in the "Rangers of Two Worlds" two-parter, the first instance on the series of two full teams appearing together. The two-parter also centered around Billy rapidly aging because of his use of the regenerator. In "Countdown to Destruction" in Power Rangers in Space, the Aquitian Rangers battle and are overwhelmed by Divatox's forces. Aurico later appears morphed in the Power Rangers Wild Force episode, "Forever Red", which saw every previous Red Ranger (save Rocky, as Jason returned to his previous role as Red Ranger, for which Rocky originally replaced him) united to stop the remnants of the Machine Empire. All five Rangers would later return in the series finale of Power Rangers Super Megaforce to battle alongside other veteran Ranger teams and the Megaforce Rangers.
The Red Aquitian Ranger, portrayed by David Bacon. As field commander and second-in-command of the Alien Rangers, Aurico leads the Rangers in battle, and devises strategies that ensure victory. His symbol is the circle and he uses ninjutsu to vanish from one place and appear in another to dodge his enemies. He pilots the Red Battle Borg and, during his stay on Earth, the Red Shogunzord, as well. Years later he joined nine other Red Rangers to fight the Machine Empire on the moon. He did not appear unmorphed in this episode, and was voiced by Christopher Glenn.
The Blue Aquitian Ranger, portrayed by Karim Prince. Cestro is the brains of the team. A master of technology, he creates weapons and devices that get the Aquitian Rangers out of tough situations. He is entrusted with the power of the Blue Battleborg and Blue Shogunzord. The Blue Aquitian Ranger's symbol is the square. His special attack is called the Aquitar Water Fall.
The Yellow Aquitian Ranger, portrayed by Jim Gray. He is a very strong and levelheaded individual. He is also the first male Yellow Ranger, a tradition which occurs frequently in the Sentai counterpart, but does not happen again in the American releases until Dustin becomes the Yellow Wind Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Storm several years later. Tideus was entrusted with the power of the Yellow Battle Borg and the Yellow Shogunzord. The Yellow Aquitian Ranger's symbol is the triangle. He can send yellow triangular energy beams at his enemies (created by slashing his sword through the air in a triangular motion).
The Black Aquitian Ranger, portrayed by Alan Palmer. He is the quietest member of the team, often lurking in the background, but fights with extreme ferocity against his enemies. The Black Aquitian Ranger's symbol is the pentagon. He controls the Black Battle Borg and the Black Shogunzord.
The White Aquitian Ranger, the leader of the Alien Rangers. She's portrayed by Rajia Baroudi. She is the first female leader and White Ranger. Her symbol is the arrow (left-pointing on her helmet's forehead, downward-pointing on her visor). She pilots the White Battleborg and the White Shogunzord. Delphine has more endurance and can survive far longer outside of water than her team.
- Billy Cranston
Portrayed as a child by Justin Timsit and as a teenager by David Yost.
- Thomas "Tommy" Oliver
Portrayed as a child by Michael R. Gotto and as a teenager by Jason David Frank.
- Rocky DeSantos
Portrayed as a child by Michael J. O'Laskey and as a teenager by Steve Cardenas.
- Aisha Campbell
Portrayed as a child by Sicily Sewell and as a teenager by Karan Ashley.
- Adam Park
Portrayed as a child by Matthew Sakimoto and as a teenager by Johnny Yong Bosch.
- Katherine "Kat" Hillard
Portrayed as a child by Julia Jordan and as a teenager by Catherine Sutherland.
- Tanya Sloan
Portrayed as a child by Khanya Mkhize and as a teenager by Nakia Burrise
Voiced by Robert L. Manahan.
- Alpha 5
Voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz (credited as Richard Wood).
- Farkus "Bulk" Bulkmeier
Portrayed as a child by Cody Slaton and as a teenager by Paul Schrier.
- Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
Portrayed as a child by Ross J. Samya and as a teenager by Jason Narvy.
- Master Vile
Voiced by Tom Wyner.
- Rita Repulsa
Portrayed by Carla Perez and voiced by Barbara Goodson.
- Lord Zedd
Portrayed by Edwin Neal (credited as Ed Neil) and voiced by Robert Axelrod.
Voiced by Kerrigan Mahan
- Rito Revolto
Voiced by Bob Papenbrook.
Voiced by Michael Sorich (credited as Michael J. Sorich).
Voiced by Dave Mallow (credited as Colin Phillips).
Voiced by Robert Axelrod.
- Hydro Hog
Voiced by Brad Orchard.
- Monsters (note: all voice actors uncredited)
- Parrot Top
Voiced by Matt K. Miller
Voiced by Brian Tahash
- Crabby Cabbie
Voiced by Michael Sorich
- Garbage Mouth
Voiced by Matt K. Miller
- Brick Bully
Voiced by Richard Epcar the first time and by Brian Tahash the second time
- Professor Longnose
Voiced by Kirk Thornton
Voiced by Jimmy Theodore
- Eric and Merrick, The Barbaric Brothers
Voice actors unknown
Voiced by Paul Schrier
Voiced by Wendee Lee
Voiced by Julie Maddalena
- Parrot Top
- Battle Borgs
Humanoid Zords used by each Aquitian Ranger that were brought with them from Aquitar to Earth. They are less armored and more agile versions of the Shogunzords (like in Kakuranger). They were controlled through telepathy.
The Aquitian Rangers also had access to the original Power Rangers' Shogunzords and were able to form the Shogun Megazord (most of the monsters they fought were eliminated this way). Along with the Falconzord, they could form the Shogun Mega Falconzord, which they used to defeat their most feared nemesis, the Hydro Hog.
- Alien Power Coins: The Aquitian Alien Rangers were given Power Coins by Ninjor, 1,000 years ago, though it is unknown if he granted them the ability to morph into Power Rangers or even when the Aquitian Rangers received the power. Unlike the others, the Aquitians drew their power directly from their Coins in order to morph, as they did not need to use a Morpher.
- Aquitian Saber: The main weapons used by the Alien Rangers in Season 3. They worked identically to the Earth-made Katana when in use, but had strange alien markings inscribed upon the blade, presumably to grant it greater cutting ability.
- Aquitian Laser: Small laser guns that could turn into a knife by removing the sheath.
- Aquitian Fist: A knuckle device.
|Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original network||Fox Kids|
|Original release||February 5 –|
February 17, 1996
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|146||1||"Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part I"||Vickie Bronaugh||Shuki Levy & Shell Danielson||February 5, 1996||334|
|Lord Zedd and his gang land on Earth to turn Angel Grove into a frenzy, but Master Vile puts a stop to it. Meanwhile, our heroes are trapped as their younger selves. But trouble is just ahead when the Rito and the Tengas show up. Then confusion ensues when the police arrive. At the Command Center Zordon is unable to communicate with Ninjor, So he and Alpha must contact Aquitar and seek the Alien Rangers' assistance.|
|147||2||"Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part II"||Vickie Bronaugh||Shuki Levy & Shell Danielson||February 6, 1996||335|
|Alpha manages to defuse the bomb which Rito and Goldar set up to blow up the Command Center. The young Rangers greet their Alien Ranger allies before they do battle against an army of monsters. After being defeated, Master Vile throws a tantrum and flees to Gamma Vile, much to Zedd's joy.|
|148||3||"Climb Every Fountain"||Larry Litton||Douglas Sloan||February 7, 1996||336|
|Young Billy and the Alien Rangers work together on a machine to return the young rangers back to normal. Meanwhile, Zedd and Rita develop a plot to defeat the Rangers. Then, Rito decides to take a bus in an attempt to take their Ninja Power Coins away. Then, suddenly, the Alien Rangers start feeling under the weather.|
|149||4||"The Alien Trap"||Larry Litton||Stewart St. John||February 8, 1996||337|
|The kids work on a new device that will help the Alien Rangers. Suddenly, Rito and Goldar appear and the Alien Rangers defend their young friends.|
|150||5||"Attack of the 60' Bulk"||Paul Schrier||Gilles Wheeler||February 10, 1996||338|
|Our young heroes receive good news about the Alien Rangers. Meanwhile, at the evil palace, Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa are ecstatic. Then, they devise a plan to turn one bad boy, Bulk, into a monster. Soon, they grow annoyed of the monster still acting like a boy and change him back. Rito and Goldar are sent to the underground part of the Command Center.|
|151||6||"Water You Thinking?"||Paul Schrier||Jackie Marchand||February 12, 1996||339|
|The young Rangers begin their quest to find the shattered pieces of the Zeo Crystal, but at the start of their journey, Cestro begins to dehydrate. Rita and Zedd conspire to keep the Alien Rangers dry, as well as keeping them from summoning their Battle Borgs. Meanwhile, Rocky searches for a Zeo Crystal shard within a volcano in historic Mexico. Rito and Goldar find themselves lost in the underground level of the Command Center and separate, but the results are what you expect.|
|152||7||"Along Came a Spider"||Robert Radler||Buzz Alden & Charlotte Fullerton||February 13, 1996||340|
|While Billy searches for some spare parts to be used with the Zeo Crystal, Young Adam arrives in historic Korea to begin his quest. Meanwhile, Rita and Lord Zedd have big plans for one pesky spider, in an attempt to slow down the Rangers' progress.|
|153||8||"Sowing the Seas of Evil"||Robert Radler||Stewart St. John||February 14, 1996||341|
|While Young Tommy and Young Katherine begin their quests, Billy and the Aquitian Rangers learn about Rita and Zedd's plan to bring a new danger to Earth: the Hydro Hog. To prevent Hydro Hog's arrival to Earth, Billy works with Alpha to create a device to prevent Zedd from succeeding. Rito and Goldar are still lost and argue over who has to hold the implosion device that Zedd gave them to place inside.|
|154||9||"Hogday Afternoon, Part I"||Isaac Florentine||Shuki Levy & Shell Danielson||February 15, 1996||342|
|Aisha's quest begins in Africa. Meanwhile, Lord Zedd seeks the Zeo Crystal for himself. Also, he summons the evil Hydro Hog. His assignment: get the Rangers. Rito and Goldar finally find the underground base, but they accidentally activate the device. (Note: This episode is the first appearance of Tanya.)|
|155||10||"Hogday Afternoon, Part II"||Isaac Florentine||Shuki Levy & Shell Danielson||February 17, 1996||343|
|Aisha's quest ends, but she wants to stay in Africa to help the sick animals. She sends a young girl called Tanya back in her place with the final piece of the Zeo Crystal. The Alien Rangers defeat the Hydro Hog, Earth is rotated forwards in time and all the damage caused by Master Vile's Orb of Doom is erased. The planet is now back where it belongs in time, and all the Power Rangers are restored to their original ages... and Tanya has also grown into a beautiful young teenager. As to Aisha, she herself is now a teenager again and is living in Africa, but then Rito and Goldar steal the now complete Zeo Crystal, and the Command Center blows up. (Note: This episode is the last appearance of Aisha.)|
Critical reception for MMAR was and still is absolutely abysmal, with many calling it the worst miniseries in the entire franchise, being universally detested. Criticisms are very commonly aimed at the acting (especially the child acting), the bad editing, the atrocious effects, and the horrific water fiilters over the Alien Ranger voices. Many consider it the worst series and perhaps the worst series in the franchise (Turbo had good episodes and (Super) Megaforce was at least entertaining). This was stupid, boring, poorly acted, obviously pandering crap.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series boxset from Shout! Factory released on July 11, 2012 (through San Diego Comic-Con), August 13, 2012 (through Time Life), and November 20, 2012 (at wide retail). All 10 episodes of Alien Rangers are featured on the fifth disc included in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 DVD case of said boxset, marking the series as season 3.5. The boxset was re-released on October 18, 2016 (at wide retail) with new cover art packaging for the set, but is otherwise identical to the previous 2012 releases. On August 7, 2018 a new version of the boxset released featuring a "25th Anniversary" Steelbook and included Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie on Blu-ray (the rest of the set is still DVD).
On September 24, 2013, the complete Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers series was released individually onto DVD. On August 13, 2019 a new version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 3 is scheduled for release featuring a Steelbook and all 10 episodes of Alien Rangers on an extra fifth disc.
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