‘On Fins and Needles’ (MMPR) (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This ‘Power Rangers’ episode is actually a pretty good one. Jason and Tommy are teaching another martial arts class together at the Angel Grove Youth Center. Jason and Tommy give some words of wisdom to their students, saying that martial arts should only be used as self-defence, not for fighting.

Rita Repulsa takes advantage of this and decides to turn Jason and Tommy from friends to enemies. Didn’t she do that with Tommy in ‘Green With Evil’? Anyway, she also sends the Slippery Shark monster at the suggestion of Goldar. This latest monster is to provide the spell onto Jason and Tommy.

The Putties get sent down to attack Jason and Tommy as they walk in the park. The Slippery Shark’s boomerang gets thrown at Jason and Tommy and they’re given an electric shock once they each catch it. The spell begins to work on them as Jason and Tommy become bitterly hostile towards each other.

Jason and Tommy’s hostile behaviour to each other becomes noticed by Zack, Trini, Billy and Kimberly when they’re in the school corridor by the lockers. This also gets noticed by Bulk and Skull, who take advantage of Jason and Tommy’s fighting by having this ring match between them at the Youth Center.

Zack, Trini, Billy and Kimberly try to stop the ring match from happening but ultimately fail in their pleas. Thankfully they’re ‘saved by the bell’ as Zordon calls the Rangers in to deal with the Slippery Shark. It’s at the Command Center that Zordon tells the Rangers that a spell’s put on Jason and Tommy.

Jason and Tommy need to put aside their differences and work together to defeat the Slippery Shark in order to break the spell. They start first with trying to tackle the Slippery Shark on their own. Eventually they work together and soon the spell wears off them. Jason and Tommy return to normal.

The other Rangers join in to help fight against the Slippery Shark. I like how the Rangers start to use their Power Blaster on the monster before Rita makes the Slippery Shark grow giant-sized. The Rangers soon use their Dino Megazord and the Dragonzord to fight against and defeat that evil Slippery Shark.

‘On Fins and Needles’ (MMPR) rating – 8/10

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