Recap: Power Rangers Beast Morphers (Season 2), Episode 36 (16) – The Silva Switch
Steel wishes he could taste ice cream. Nate surprises him by saying he’s been working on a way to turn Steel into a real boy. The Burke Sibs have been helping tweak the neural aligners to accomplish that goal. But the melting ice cream in Steel’s hand causes a short-circuit and activates the not ready- neural aligners to switch their bodies.
Steel is excited, but Nate says they have to return to their old bodies before the molecules decay. Steel convinces Nate to let him use his body for a day.
The Rangers have to hurry out when Blaze and a Robotron rampage downtown trying to steal some Morph X. Nate has trouble dealing with the weight of Steel’s body.
Blaze and the Robotron retreat. While Nate has to go back to GBHQ for maintenance on Steel’s body, the other go enjoy the beach for Steel. They tell Nate all about it when they meet at Riptide.
Steel orders all the flavors of smoothies so he can finally try them and he loves it. So much so that he breaks into a full-on musical number about being human.
The others are so hyped by their High School Musical moment. And Nate realizes he has taken being a human for granted. They all remember to appreciate being human from now on.
The Rangers hurry over to deal with Blaze and the Robotron again. They morph this time and battle the Robotron while Blaze goes to collect more Morph X. Devon, Ravi and Zoey go Beast X. But Blaze has a brand new and more powerful body.
Blaze kills the Robotron as he is no longer needed, takes all the Morph X and leaves. The Morph X energizes Evox and commends Blaze for his good work. Roxy is suspicious of Blaze’s power up.
A Gigadrone is arriving. But the molecular decay is accelerating. So Nate heads back to GBHQ to prepare their return to their bodies while the others hop into the zords to take care of the Gigadrone.
Later, Nate and Steel switch back to their own bodies. Steel is grateful for the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a human.
So this was a pretty good episode. Everything was going well. Steel’s a fun character. But then… they decide to break into song?! What in the world?!
First of all, they should’ve mixed this plot with the plot of the episode with Nate’s parents. Would’ve been a great, fun episode with all the potential shenanigans they could’ve done with the two plots mixed together.
The Blaze-Roxy stuff was also interesting because relatively speaking, any kind of plot and character development with the villains is welcome considering they’ve been static and almost irrelevant most of the time.
But the musical number. My goodness.
I’m watching this episode after now seven weeks of AMAZING character songs from across the Pacific on Kiramager. And this does not even compare. If I look back in the future at what episode effectively killed what little goodwill I had left for Power Rangers. It would probably be this episode.
(And *spoiler alert*, the entire season ends with this same song. Good grief!)
This might be the point where I have to accept that I’ve grown out of Power Rangers and no amount of nostalgia will keep me interested or looking forward to anything related to it in the future. I’ll still enjoy my favorite seasons of the past. But if there was a last straw for me after this post about my apathy, it will be this episode as well.
I will say, I probably wouldn’t have as much a problem with the musical number if this were a holiday special or something. I can appreciate a fun moment like that if done well. But the song was horrible. And to just throw it in there like it’s a normal occurrence? For a season that is supposedly the most serious or whatever of the combined Saban Brands/Hasbro Era? Nope. Nope nope.