Power Rangers

Season 11 Episode 1

Prelude to a Storm

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Aired Saturday 12:00 PM Feb 15, 2003 on Nickelodeon
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Three young extreme sports fans, surfer Tori, skateboarder Shane, and motocrosser Dustin, spend their afternoons together at the Wind Ninja Academy, where the future stealth protectors of the Earth are trained in secret. Though, they're considered to be the three least dedicated students, the trio's potiental and good nature comes to an advantage, when they run late for class one afternoon. It just so happens, that day, Lothor, a banished evil ninja, comes back to the planet, and conquers every Ninja Academy with his hoard of Evil Alien Ninjas! With their Sensei trapped in the form of a Guinea Pig, and his grumpy and embittered tech-wizard son Cam designing the weaponry to combat the villains, the three become the Wind Ninja Rangers. Can they manage to defeat the Blue Face monster in their first battle?moreless

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  • A good sign for the standing strength of this series, but I have concerns.

    9.3
    I haven't watched anything past the Mighty Morphin series before, but plan to watch it all. I took a preivew with this episode as I was excited to see this series.



    First of all, the move to New Zealand was obviously a great move. The country is wonderful to see on screen and looks to give this show the credit that the X-Files had when they were in Vancouver. Second, the writing and acting are very strong. Not award winning, but it does add to the quality rather than detract. The actors feel real on screen, and the episode opens with a great sequence in a van which shows the writers are on the right level.



    Third, the special effects are surprisingly cool. They don't look so fake as to be distracting, and are used with some good creativity. Thumbs up.



    Now my concerns. It's my guess that the talking gerbil is a fingerprint of disney. That empire loves talking animals, and seems to have an interest in talking dogs lately. See beverly hills chiwawa.. err, no really don't. I won't. So, that's a bit of a kick in the balls, since the actor who played the teacher was really cool. Still, the talking animal doesn't really kill the episode, and I won't castrate the series for it. They really just should stay away from that poo in the future. The grey face of a man from another world in a tube was so much cooler.



    My other concern is the fights. The fight in this episode was mostly weapon-fi and some wire-fi. They're good ideas, but used to the point where the martial arts are almost non-existent. I'm turning a blind eye to this atrocity this time, but the fights need to prioritise martial arts where actors in costumes are pulling off real to life moves with great coreography. This is the core of power rangers, and the show is classic when the story is as brilliant to match.



    So in conclusion, this was a great episode and gives me good feelings about the overall strength of this series over the years. Make no mistake though, if weapon and wire-fi continue to take a dominant role over true martial arts, I will castrate this season into a deep pit of poo and every other season that does the same.



    ~Chrismoreless
  • This was one of the best openings to a Power Rangers season ever.

    9.9
    "Prelude to a Storm" was absolutely hysterical. The goofiness of the characters, their lack of familiarity with the morphers... I about died when they were on that cliff saying, "What was that phrase we were supposed to say again?" and Cam's sitting back in Ninja Ops all exasperated, yelling, "Ninja Storm, Ranger Form! Ninja Storm, Ranger Form!" Dustin was one of the best goofy characters so far, and Shane has a definite Jason vibe-- serious and more dedicated than, say, Conner, but still very human and prone to lapses in judgment. I didn't see any of the seasons between Turbo and Wild Force, except for a few episodes here and there, but Ninja Storm was a refreshing season in general. This season premiere really sucked me in. Could do without the guinea pig, or at least without the bad special effects, but Cam, Tori, Shane and Dustin were top-notch. They have real chemistry and their dialogue is hysterical. I was surprised at how often I laughed at something that was actually designed to make me laugh. So much of Power Rangers is just "That's so horrid, it's funny," but Ninja Storm has some great comedy, especially in this episode.moreless
Grant McFarland

Grant McFarland

Lothor

Glenn McMillan

Glenn McMillan

Waldo "Dustin" Brooks, Yellow Wind Ranger

Jason Chan

Jason Chan

Cam Watanabe

Katrina Browne

Katrina Browne

Kapri

Katrina Devine

Katrina Devine

Marah

Pua Magasiva

Pua Magasiva

Shane Clarke, Red Wind Ranger

Nicholas Mans

Nicholas Mans

Boy

Guest Star

Craig Parker

Craig Parker

Blue Face (voice)

Guest Star

Grant McFarland

Grant McFarland

Sensei Kanoi Watanabe

Recurring Role

Peter Rowley

Peter Rowley

Zurgane (voice)

Recurring Role

Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins

Choobo (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • If Cam had been buried under the ninja school rubble since Lothor's attack, and then when straight down into Ninja Ops after being rescued by Shane, Dustin ans Tori, how could he have know about his father being stuck in Guinea Pig form?

    • Dustin believed in the existence of the Power Rangers but the others didn't. But the Lightspeed Rangers were known and so were the Space Rangers after Countdown To Destruction

    • While Dustin, Shane, and Tori investigate the former location of the Wind Ninja Academy, a red flag is seen with the support stake floating in mid-air.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sensei: The dark energy is strong within you.
      Lothor: It's had time to grow.

    • Lothor: This is why you never work with family.

    • (After the Rangers receive their Wind Morphers)
      Shane: So, what exactly does this thing do?
      Tori: Where's the switch?
      Dustin: Does it have any games or what?
      Tori: No. It doesn't have games.
      Cam: (sarcastically) Ladies and Gentlemen, the defenders of the galaxy.

    • Dustin: (seeing no school.) O.k. I'm thinking earthquake.
      Shane: When was the last time you've heard of an earthquake sucking buildings and people into the sky?

  • NOTES (12)

    • Episodes for this entire season make their worldwide debut on ABC Kids (except for "Snip It, Snip It Good", see its notes for details). ABC Family's debut for this episode was February 22, 2003.

    • First appearance of the sports equipment store Storm Chargers, and its owner Kelly, this season's civilian hangout for the teens.

    • First appearance of the Wind Ninja Academy, and its secret underground base, known as Ninja Ops. Also the first appearances of Lothor, Zurgane, Choobo, Marah, Kapri, and the Kelzaks. Debut of Lothor's spaceship, and Sensei begins his time in the form of a guinea pig, which will last through the rest of the season. Lothor's backstory will be explained in "The Samurai's Journey (2)".

    • Debut of the Wind Ninja Ranger powers, their Wind Morphers, their Ninja Swords, and weapons (Hawk Blaster, Sonic Fin, Lion Hammer) which combine into the Storm Striker.

    • This is the first season since PRT not to have a two-team Ranger team-up episode.

    • This season marks the first Power Rangers incarnation with only one female Ranger (though the second team to have only one, after the Aquitian Rangers). Tori is also the first female Blue Ranger. Similarly, Dustin, though the second male Yellow Ranger in the show's history, is the first sole male Yellow for a season.

    • Available in North America on the "Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Prelude to a Storm" DVD and VHS.

    • First Power Rangers season to begin with a team of less than at least five Rangers.

    • First episode produced by Village Roadshow KP Productions Limited.

    • Tori drives a blue Volkswagen van with the logo removed. The year is probably around the '60's or '70's, not quite sure.

    • Scenes cut from this episode (but included in the K-Mart preview tape, and in the TokyoPop Disney Manga adaptation), included a scene, inspired by the "Spider-Man" movie, where the Wind Rangers struggle comedically to figure out how to Morph.

    • POWER RANGERS NINJA STORM begins with this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The premise of a ninja master being turned into a rodent is similar to the fate of the character Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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