Recap: Power Rangers Dino Fury, Episode 8 – Unexpected Visitor
The Rangers have just defeated the embiggened Doomsnake. Void Knight has Wolfgang marking its territory with a sound wave which causes the Megazord to dismantle. The Rangers have to eject and Void Knight has Mucus retrieve Doomsnake’s Sporix blob while they’re distracted.
While the Rangers figure out what happened, a bird starts flying around them and it turns out to be Mick. He introduces himself and asks for a selfie with them to add to his collection.
They ask what he’s doing here and he explains that he’s been following the Nexus Prism which landed somewhere near here. Mick suggests they work together to find it, but Zayto firmly says no since they don’t even know who the hell he is. They’ve got more important things to do. Zayto tells the others to go figure out what happened to their zords while he goes talk to Solon.
Mucus hears their entire conversation and hurries to report to Void Knight.
Over at Buzzblast, Mick tries to sneak in to use the computers to look for more information on the possible location of the Nexus Prism. Amelia and Javi are surprised to see him there. But J-Borg notices he is a trespasser and tries to throw him out of the building. Mick turns into a basketball, slams into the cake Jane is frosting for a video and gets whacked outside by J-Borg.
Amelia and Javi follow Mick outside. Wolfgang arrives to try and capture him. But Mick turns into a toy car and drives away. Wolfgang lets slip that Void Knight is after the Nexus Prism and he turns his attention to the five Rangers who have assembled and morph.
The Rangers use power up Keys, but Wolfgang is able to dismantle their Boost Sleeves just like he did to their Megazord.
The Rangers whisk Mick back to the command chamber where he shows them the Ranger Database that he has been keeping up to date. He uses it to explain that the Nexus Prism is the deus ex machina of Ninja Steel. Zayto changes his rude tune from earlier and says protecting the Prism is their priority now.
Solon is able to use the database and the information available to them to find the Prism has landed near the waterfront. While the Rangers teleport over to it, Solon and Mick will work on something to silence Wolfgang.
The Rangers find the Nexus Prism and Zayto reads its mind. He sees the Morphin Masters were the ones who made the Prism in the first place and sent it out into the universe to fight evil. That’s when it arrived on Earth to give the Ninja Steel their powers. When their mission was done, it left until it would be needed again.
All along, the Morphin Masters have been the franchise’s deus ex machina… err, have been watching all the Ranger seasons including this one, being able to help when needed.
Boomtower and Wolfgang arrive and the Prism spins into the ocean.
The Rangers morph and they battle the two beasts. Wolfgang tries to collapse a hill above them, but Mick arrives with a doggie treat that stifles Wolfgang’s howling.
Wolfgang and Boomtower both embiggen and the Rangers hop in their Megazord. They finish off Wolfgang and Mucus is able to grab the Sporix blob. Boomtower tries to shoot at the Rangers, but they counter it from above and destroy him for good as well.
Mucus tries to catch the Sporix blob, but Izzy grabs it instead.
Just then, the Nexus Prism flies out of the water and back up into space.
Mucus delivers Wolfgang’s blob to Void Knight who adds it to his Sporix bank, He is anxious to collect enough Sporix. He leaves Mucus and goes into his secret room where an unconscious blonde woman is floating around in a large pod. Void Knight says soon he and his love will be together again.
Back at the command chamber, the Rangers put Boomtower’s blob into their own safe spot. But they’re feeling very hungry. Not knowing the candy drops on the table are the fail attempts for Wolfgang’s silencer, the Rangers eat them and begin talking in animal sounds.
Mick says they just need a jolt. Solon roars and they are back to normal.
Zayto apologizes to Mick for being a jerk earlier. Mick says they’re all amazing Rangers.
Zayto asks if Mick knows of Rafcon, but he doesn’t. Anyway, it’s time for Mick to go chase after the Nexus Prism some more. He calls for a space taxi and invites the Rangers to come eat at his steakhouse when it’s open for business.
So this episode probably best encapsulates my current apathy to the franchise that I wrote about last year. Morphin Masters? The Deus ex Prism? Morphin Grid. I honestly don’t care about any of those things.
I mainly enjoyed Mick randomly popping up just because Kelson Henderson is awesome. And brings up fun memories of the Disney Era.
Otherwise, I only take any of this “world expanding” as some morsels (doggie treats?) for the rose-colored glasses-wearing old fans. Though I don’t really know of any fans actually clamoring for an origin story for the Nexus Prism.
Before this season, I didn’t even know the Moprhin Masters existed. So all of that goes over my head. And the fact that they are apparently behind everything from gems to power-ups to whatever, leaves me going “Uh… okay.”
Like I mentioned in my long rant about my apathy, I am beyond caring about continuity on Power Rangers. 15 years ago when I was a teenager watching the show? Maybe I would have been whining about lack of continuity. But I think my expanding into Sentai and Kamen Rider has sort of eased me out of such nitpicking and allowed me to just go with the flow and enjoy (or not) each season and team as they are without having to try and connecting things to each other.
I know many fans go crazy over such continuity things, but I’m definitely not one of them. Anymore.
One thing I’ve noticed with these two Hasbro seasons is they actually try too hard to explain things or try to give things some kind of real world foundation. When really, it’s not always necessary. There’s a balance to be found between Gosei’s “There’s a simple explanation for that” and having a character describing the chemical reactions of a new toy.
Anyway, this episode was mostly about validating the Nexus Prism’s existence. I guess so the show can have it spin onto the scene when they need a “simple explanation” for something. It spinning into the water is obviously going to lead into the introduction of *spoiler*.
As a plot driven episode, there wasn’t anything new to add to each character. Though Zayto being so aggressively standoffish to Mick at the beginning was awkward only because he has been quite the opposite during the short time we’ve known him. Turns out it was the lesson of the week. Though of all the lessons of the week this season, this was the most shoehorned in.
Speaking of, we got another shoehorned Double J scene when the show was perfectly fine with the Rangers speaking in animal tongue at the end being the episode’s source of comedy. Not to mention Mick’s various shapeshifting.
Shows how much I care or remember about Ninja Steel when I didn’t even remember Mick could shapeshift. Was that a thing during the season? I absolutely don’t remember that.
The big twist or rather reveal of the episode was Void Knight’s endgame being the revival of his dearly beloved floating in that pod. Should be interesting to see how that plays out. I don’t know why, but I stumbled upon comments saying the show would possibly use Madame Noir’s suit from ToQger for this lady. And all I’m thinking is “Please leave ToQger alone. Ruining Baron Nero’s face is bad enough!”
Overall, probably the least interesting episode for me so far this season. I’ve appreciated the character-driven episodes we’ve gotten for each Ranger’s focus ep. So this plot driven episode focusing on things I have zero care for certainly wasn’t going to excite me.