Power Rangers

Season 5 Episode 4

Shadow Rangers

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Aired Saturday 12:00 PM May 01, 1997 on Nickelodeon
8.0
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Episode Summary

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Divatox hires a special monochrome Chromite, who blasts the Rangers' powers when they Morph, causing them to not only fail to power up, but for their shadows to come to life with evil Shadow Ranger doubles! Only Tommy is spared this fate, and he'll figure out how to save his friends, but finds that Dimitria's responses of questions when he wants answers is no help to him at first. Time's running out, as a paint-can camouflaged detonator is ticking down at a construction site in town. Meanwhile, the Youth Center & Juice Bar gets a familiar new owner. What is his connection with the two hairy little culprits behind a rash of minor thefts occurring all around Angel Grove?moreless

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  • Growing pains = a dud

    5.5
    This episode is entirely forgettable, although not really bad. With the disaster of a movie and pilot episodes out of the way, the show is now free to settle in. The most telling scene is when Tommy arrives in the command center and pushes Alpha 6 out of the way in frustration. It's more a legitimate reaction to the circumstances than a script note. Justin also delivers a very rigid performance. As though he is looking for some direction of his own.



    The shadow rangers concept is cool, but not well used. Even the fights are stiff. It's not an improvement over the pilot. The only mercy here is how much better the season gets as it goes along.moreless
  • This is poor

    4.4
    My my my, what did they do to the show? First up credit where its due, Divatox does seem to have some good schemes and the plan in itself was good (that said, just what use is a monster and evil rangers who vanish in shadows?) However the rest of it was worthy of a lawsuit. This was the first full outing of the rangers new backup, Alpha 6 (worst tv robot ever) and dimitria. Normally the rangers would be 'aren't they so amazing and useful?' but the fact that even the rangers disapproved (well, Tommy got frustrated) is a symbol of the feelings of fans in general about the switch in seasons and the switch in mentors it brought.moreless
Carol Hoyt

Carol Hoyt

Divatox

Blake Foster

Blake Foster

Justin Stewart, Blue Turbo Ranger

Nakia Burrise

Nakia Burrise

Tanya Sloan, Yellow Turbo Ranger

Catherine Sutherland

Catherine Sutherland

Katherine "Kat" Hillard, Pink Turbo Ranger

Gregg Bullock

Gregg Bullock

Jerome Stone

Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank

Tommy Oliver, Red Turbo Ranger

Blake Foster

Blake Foster

Blue Shadow Ranger (voice)

Guest Star

Nakia Burrise

Nakia Burrise

Yellow Shadow Ranger (voice)

Guest Star

Catherine Sutherland

Catherine Sutherland

Pink Shadow Ranger (voice)

Guest Star

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Rygog (voice)

Recurring Role

Scott Page-Pagter

Scott Page-Pagter

Porto (voice)

Recurring Role

Carol Hoyt

Carol Hoyt

Dimitria

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Tommy and Justin are first working on the car, Tommy's hair is styled naturally curly. When they get a notice from Alpha that there's a problem and arrive on the scene with the Shadow Rangers, Tommy's hair has been flat ironed straight with not enough time (or reason) for this to have happened. Furthermore, after Tommy teleports to the Power Chamber, his hair is instantly back to his naturally curly state again.

    • How did Justin's homing device work in the cave when the communicators didn't?

    • When Justin creates the tracking device and puts it into his pocket, we see that his blue polo shirt is tucked in. But when he goes with Tommy to fight the shadow rangers, he's untucked. Finally, after they left the cage, he was tucked again. Why would he be tucking/untucking/retucking during "ranger duties"?

    • When the Blue and Green Shadow Rangers are destroyed, they leave black char marks on the ground. The Yellow Shadow Ranger, however, does not.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Auto Blasters, the Rangers' basic-issue laser guns visible in their holsters in every appearance thus far, are used for the first time in this episode (by their Shadow counterparts, no less).

    • This episode features the first appearance of Angel Grove Racing Technologies, an auto racing company where Tommy and Justin will spend a lot of time working on race cars in the garage (until about "Bicycle Built for the Blues", when it stops appearing and is never mentioned again).

    • This is the first time since season 1's "Mighty Morphin' Mutants" that a set of Evil Power Ranger clones have been made. It's also the first time since season 3's "A Friend In Need (3)" that a monster has been a mere US-exclusive repaint of a Sentai one.

    • This marks a very rare time when a Megazord is used against a non-growing opponent.

    • Chromite monster is a grey version of General Havoc's own footsoliders, which will later be shown in "The Darkest Day."

    • Jerome Stone (Gregg Bullock) is revealed in this episode to no longer be a member of the Angel Grove Police Department, having taken over the Youth Center & Juice Bar from Ernie, who is said to have "been recalled by his Foreign Service Unit" to build a bridge in the Amazon.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

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