Power Rangers

Season 3 Episode 9

Passing the Lantern

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Aired Saturday 12:00 PM Sep 19, 1995 on Nickelodeon
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After attending a family reunion, Adam is given an ancient paper lantern in an effort to reconnect with his heritage. Zedd & Rita have it stolen in an effort to turn it into a monster, but thanks to Baboo, Squatt, and Rito's ineptness, Lanterra is accidentally created from a different one altogether. But under the impression that it's his lantern, can the Black Ranger bring himself to destroy the monster? Meanwhile, Bulk & Skull try to put their new police skills to use and find Adam's lantern.moreless

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  • Adam receives caretakership of a family heirloom paper lantern with a cryptic message attached. After revealing that the lantern was said to hold great powers Rita and Zedd resolve to possess that power and use it against the Rangers.moreless

    9.5
    When I first saw this episode I was hoping I'd be able to classify it as "Character Development". Adam arrives home in Angel Grove to meet his friends with a simple red paper lantern he'd just been entrusted with guarding when he was away at his family reunion. The lantern screamed "Japanese" to me and the characters on the inscription were too narrow to be Chinese so I immediately assumed Adam was of Japanese descent.



    But I decided to do some research to be sure. The prop creators of this episode got lazy it seems. The symbols were a jumbled mix of Katakana (Japanese) and Hiragana (Korean). So we are once again left with the question of just who made this ancient family heirloom and just how this adds to Adam's heritage.



    Adam was told the paper lantern held great power, but upon speaking this Rita and Zedd get their own ideas of just how to use such untapped power and plot to steal it.



    Adam ponders his new responsibility. While he was meant to discover the true meaning of the inscription on his own, Billy takes Adam to Kho: a wise, eastern man of unknown-but-highly-stereotypical origin to have the lanterns secrets revealed. It reads "The lamp may light the path, but the soul must light the way." Adam's head is left spinning as Kho leaves him to his thoughts.



    Rito Revolto, accompanied by Squat and Baboo, leading a squad of Tenga Warriors as a distraction to steal Adams paper lanterns from Kho and Adam but lose it in a subsequent squabble on the way back to their masters. Incidentally it lands right in Bulk & Skulls path after learning of its theft from a forlorn Adam after the fight.



    Here's where details get fuzzy cuz I know all the action sequences were just copy/pasted from the Japanese Ninja Sentai Kakuranger original. In the end Adam realizes the meaning of the lantern is that it doesn't have the power, it's inside Adam and he uses it to defeat the fake lantern monster. His reward is an overbearing Bulkmeier and Skullovitch successfully returning the missing family heirloom to him in a job well done.moreless
Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Kimberly Hart, Pink Mighty Morphin Ranger

David Yost

David Yost

Billy Cranston, Blue Mighty Morphin Ranger

Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank

Tommy Oliver, White Ranger

Jason Narvy

Jason Narvy

Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch

Adam Park, Black Mighty Morphin Ranger

Karan Ashley

Karan Ashley

Aisha Campbell, Yellow Mighty Morphin Ranger

Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds

Lanterra (voice)

Guest Star

Koji Kataoka

Koji Kataoka

Ko

Guest Star

Kim Strauss

Kim Strauss

Ninjor (voice)

Recurring Role

Barbara Goodson

Barbara Goodson

Rita Repulsa (voice)

Recurring Role

Bob Manahan

Bob Manahan

Zordon (voice)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The inscription on Adam's lantern, as shown at the start of the episode, is written in Japanese. It's no wonder Adam couldn't read it--he's Korean!

    • Adam wanted to find a way to stop Lanterra without destroying him as he wanted to save his family's lantern, despite monsters usually reverting back to their source objects once destroyed.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Rita: Fortunately I have a natural gift for sensing extraordinary power.
      Zedd: That's true! After all, you did choose me!
      Rita: Get real!

    • Lanterra: I heard someone lost a lantern. Well good news, I'm your replacement. I'll look great in your rec room after I've wrecked all of you!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Aisha: I sure hope Adam had a good time at his family reunion. He sure was excited.
      Billy: Yeah, this was his big chance to get in touch with his roots.

      It's revealed several times in Power Rangers that Adam Park is of Korean descent. ("Park" is a Korean last name, his Zeo Quest in "Along Came a Spider" takes him to Korea, and he mentions his family came from Korea in "A Season to Remember.") Why would he be given a Japanese lantern at a family reunion he attended to "get in touch with his roots"?

    • On the 3/9/96 reairing of this episode on Fox Kids, the "Today on Power Rangers" segment was replaced by the third segment of the Zeo Serial Sneak Peeks (#1 was part of "A Friend in Need (2)" and #2 was part of "Fourth Down and Long"). In it, Rita and Zedd bask in the glory of having defeated the Power Rangers (referencing "A Hogday Afternoon (2)").

    • Starting with this episode, to become Ninja Rangers, the teens will swipe their arms in the air, leading to their hands being gestured and index fingers extended, crying out "Ninja Ranger Power!" (or sometimes just "Ninja Power, Now!", or varations like "Ranger Ninja Power!")

    • The end credits sequence for this episode featured an extension to the Botanical gardens scene, where Skull falls into a pond and encounters a fish in his shoe.

    • This episode marked the first appearance of the Falconzord's cockpit.

    • Black Ranger's giant energy fist attack makes its first and only appearance in this episode.

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