Power Rangers

Season 1 Episode 0

Day of the Dumpster (Pilot)

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Aired Saturday 12:00 PM May 22, 1999 on Nickelodeon
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Five teenagers, who hang out in an average bowling alley, and occasionally use their karate skills to fend off a gang of mean bullies, are summoned to save the world by an intergalactic being named Zoltar. He gives them the power to become Power Rangers, and to call upon giant robots called Droids to combat the forces of space witch Rita Repulsa.

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    Austin St. John

    Austin St. John

    Jason Lee Scott, Red Mighty Morphin Ranger

    Walter Jones

    Walter Jones

    Zach Taylor, Black Mighty Morphin Ranger

    Amy Jo Johnson

    Amy Jo Johnson

    Kimberly Hart, Pink Mighty Morphin Ranger

    David Yost

    David Yost

    Billy Cranston, Blue Mighty Morphin Ranger

    Audri Dubois

    Audri Dubois

    Trini, Yellow Mighty Morphin Ranger

    Dave Mallow

    Dave Mallow

    Mongo (voice)

    Guest Star

    Michael Sorich

    Michael Sorich

    Grock (voice)

    Guest Star

    David Fielding

    David Fielding

    Zoltar

    Guest Star

    Romy J. Sharf

    Romy J. Sharf

    Alpha 5

    Recurring Role

    Barbara Goodson

    Barbara Goodson

    Rita Repulsa (voice)

    Recurring Role

    Richard Horvitz

    Richard Horvitz

    Alpha 5 (voice)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • A slightly edited version of this episode finally aired in the Power Rangers: The Lost Episode special, with the opening credits removed, numerous punches and kicks to the heads of any of the bad guys (be they bullies or Putties) edited out, and the word "Droids" changed to "Zords" (Due to Lucasfilm having Droids trademarked).


      • Goof: Dredwing is supposed to be down on Earth, however when the scene cuts to Rita's moon base he can clearly be seen behind Rita who is about to throw her wand to Earth, which makes Dredwing and Flyguy grow.

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (9)

      • The only scene (aside from Sentai footage) from this pilot to make it into the final version of "Day Of The Dumpster" is the explosion in the desert when Rita fires at the teens as they walk away from the Command Center. Also, a close-up shot of the two confused Putties ends up appearing in "Foul Play In The Sky."

      • Though they're not named onscreen, the original names for Goldar, Baboo, and Squatt were Dredwing, Mongo, and Grock.

      • This episode ran only 16 minutes long.

      • The interior design of the Command Center is entirely different. As is that of Alpha 5's body (though his voice is the same). Zordon is called "Zoltar", and is a big GREEN head in a tube, with a more articulated face. The Power Morphers are called Transmorphers. Zack is listed as "Zach". And of course, Trini is played by an entirely different actress than in the series.

      • The "Flyguy" monster will be used later in the series, re-named "King Sphinx", in "A Pressing Engagement".

      • Finster's voice is the only one of the Evil Space Aliens to be different, and his voice actor is currently unknown.

      • Paul Schrier, who'll go on to play Bulk on the show for many years, has a small role as an unnamed bully with very wild hair.

      • The first scene of the episode features a brief part of the song "Higher Ground" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was removed in the aired version. Ironically, this song would end up on the soundtrack for MMPR:TM two years later.

      • Though this episode features footage from the first few episodes of the Sentai Zyuranger, footage from the first episode of an earlier Sentai, Bioman can be seen during the "viewing globe" scene when the skyscraper launches into the air. This was an inside joke by the crew, as Bioman was the Japanese show Saban first tried and failed to bring over years prior, though in dubbed-only form.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Just prior to the breaking news about the astronauts on the moon, the dubbed anime (also by Saban Entertainment, as this show was), Samurai Pizza Cats, is playing on the TV in the bowling alley. The episode featured is the show's premiere, "Stop Dragon My Cat Around!"

      • Zach: Yeah, and I'm a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!
        Zach's sarcastic reply to Zoltar refers to the highly popular children's program which Power Rangers helped to de-throne in the early 90s

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