Power Rangers

Season 5 Episode 3

Shift into Turbo (3)

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Aired Saturday 12:00 PM Apr 30, 1997 on Nickelodeon
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With the current Power Ranger team fully capable of defending Earth without their guidance, Zordon and Alpha 5 are headed home to the planet Eltar at last. Divatox is going to do everything she can to keep the pair from having a safe trip, by first sending Elgar and his fleet of monstrous tanks to flank the Rangers in their Turbozords to keep them from saying goodbye to their mentors, and then by having the Amphibitor monster guard a device made to close the wormhole to Eltar with the travelers inside it! But who are the mysterious pair left behind to run the Power Chamber? Also, as the elder Ranger Teens finally graduate high school, Justin finds himself entering it early!moreless

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  • The beginning the the series that nearly killed the show off. If it hadn't recovered with later seasons I would say that this was where the show jumped the shark. But it did so I can only say that this is where it nearly did.moreless

    5.1
    Not the show's finest hour by any means. This was a demolition job on the previously successful formula. The whole concept of the power rangers was devalued by the confirmation that Justin would be staying on. They scrapped the legendary mentor of the rangers along with his slightly annoying robot sidekick and replaced them with a woman incapable of saying anything that isn't in the form of a question and a robot with the worst voice in robot history, sounding like a surly New York tough guy. They messed with the comedy double act of Bulk and Skull by turning them into chimps! They had an unnecessary Megazord scene and at least they didn't get rid of the other rangers... yet.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

Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank

Tommy Oliver, Red Turbo Ranger

Johnny Yong Bosch

Johnny Yong Bosch

Adam Park, Green Turbo Ranger

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Lerigot (voice)

Guest Star

Bob Papenbrook

Bob Papenbrook

Amphibitor (voice)

Guest Star

Henry Cannon

Henry Cannon

Mr. Kaplan

Recurring Role

Lex Lang

Lex Lang

Rygog (voice)

Recurring Role

Scott Page-Pagter

Scott Page-Pagter

Porto (voice)

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Elgar had a different, stiffer looking face in the Sentai footage (this would be repeated throughout the season).

    • Considering how much trouble the Rangers had with the Megazord docking sequence at the beginning of the episode, they had a remarkable lack of it the second time.

    • When the Rangers were bringing the first four Turbozords together, they could be seen in the main cockpit, which shouldn't be possible, as it was in Tommy's Zord, which hadn't joined with them yet.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Divatox's own method for making monsters grow (by firing torpedos at them) is introduced in this episode.

    • This episode features the debut of Dimitria (the white-glowing garbed woman who speaks in questions and appears to be ethereal, thus in need of Zordon's old plasma tube) and Alpha 6 (whose body just so happens to be identical to Alpha 5's newest one, but whose attitude is much less nice and voice akin to a New York tough guy, with a "Yo, yo, yo!" replacing the familiar "Ay-yi-yi!").

    • Note that there are major differences in the cockpit of the Turbo Megazord from this point on, compared to the one in the movie. The most probable explainations are upgrades, or even two Turbo Megazords, one having been a temporary version for the trip to the Nemesis Triangle. It would certainly explain the difficulty the Rangers have in piloting the Zords after handling them with ease before, and why the smaller version of Red Lightning only appeared once in the series. It also explains later goofs involving the Turbo Zord Holding Bay.

    • This episode marks Bob Manahan's final regular-appearance as the voice of Zordon, as well as Richard Steven Horvitz's final regular-appearance as Alpha 5. Both would return for a guest-appearance in "Passing The Torch (2)", while Bob Manahan would have a semi-recurring role as Zordon in "Power Rangers In Space". Similarly, this is the final time Lerigot ever appears or is mentioned.

    • Zordon is freed from his 10,000-year-long-imprisonment in the Time Warp with this episode.

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