Power Rangers

Season 2 Episode 4

The Wanna-Be Ranger

Aired Saturday 12:00 PM Sep 13, 1994 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Due to a rare alignment of planets, Zordon has to de-ionize for a brief period. Lord Zedd exploits this by creating the Primator monster out of a white gorilla suit of Zack's. Primator can transform himself into an exact double of anyone, and uses that ability to confuse the Rangers by mimicking them. Meanwhile, Alpha 5 teleports out of the Command Center for a day, and winds up activating his self-destruct sequence when confronted by the monster.moreless

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  • Alpha while trying to help a lost boy in the park, ends up bieng freinds with him, but at the same time Zedd uses one of zack's costumes to confuse the rangers making them wonder who is friend and who is foe.moreless

    I thought that this episode was really cute, especially when Alpha said "Alpha ranger to the rescue, hasta la pizza babay." I still smile when i think about that line. I thought it was really cute how alpha was bieng tuaght how to play soccer, and the part when there were two yellow rangers. When jason told both of them to attack him, i think that showed jason as a true leader, who will go at lengths to find out who is friend and who is foe.moreless
  • They don\'t make \'em like they used to...

    So our favorite Power team is playing basketball, acting like ordinary teens, when Zordon is about to deionize. So Zedd summons Primator to take out the Power Brats. Alpha is damaged, so the Primator goes on his confusion rampage and confuses the Rangers. He tarnishes Zack in this episode, and confuses Trini and Kimberly into a Putty trap. So as it turns more into a mystery, the Rangers learn that Zedd sent down a copycat... or a copymonkey. So they basically have to fight themselves in this episode. Jason fighting himself was cool... was that Austin St. John doing the maniacal laugh? If so, I\'m giving him a 10 on talent. Anyways, the brand-spanking new Thunder MegaZord takes out that whacked out monkey.moreless
  • This was one of my favorites as a kid.

    Alpha Ranger to the rescue! Bulk and Skull are afraid of a robot dude who falls out of the sky and lands on his butt right in front of them. I love Alpha. He would've self-destructed in order to keep the Command Center safe, but now he's grounded for leaving the Command Center without telling anyone.
Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo Johnson

Kimberly Hart, Pink Mighty Morphin Ranger

Austin St. John

Austin St. John

Jason Lee Scott, Red Mighty Morphin Ranger

David Yost

David Yost

Billy Cranston, Blue Mighty Morphin Ranger

Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank

Tommy Oliver, Green Ranger

Jason Narvy

Jason Narvy

Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch

Paul Schrier

Paul Schrier

Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar

Primator (voice)

Guest Star

Bob Manahan

Bob Manahan

Zordon (voice)

Recurring Role

Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod

Lord Zedd (voice)

Recurring Role

Romy J. Sharf

Romy J. Sharf

Alpha 5

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • How did Primator see his reflection in Alpha's helmet when the helmet was a dull, nonpolished gold color and not at all reflective.

    • The Rangers made such a big deal about staying in contact with each other when Zordon was de-ionizing. But the next time we see Jason, Billy, Zack, and Tommy they are all wearing headphones that prevent them from hearing their Communicators.

    • Just after Primator (disguised as Red Ranger) had fought Jason and knocked him back towards the other Rangers, Pink Ranger was shown laying on the ground instead of Red Ranger as Primator blasted them.

    • In the group shot of the Rangers posing with their Power Weapons just before Primator grew, the Power Axe was missing its blaster mode handle and trigger.

    • The Rangers had their Power Weapons in one shot just before Primator grew, but did not have them immediately before when attacking Primator, or immediately after when summoning the Zords.

    • When the Rangers arrive in the park to save Alpha, Trini says Billy, just before he bends down to help, right in front of Dylan. Since the Primator had assumed "Billy" earlier and Alpha quite clearly said his name, didn't they just tell Dylan that the Blue Ranger's name is Billy?

    • Kim says that she never leaves home without a mirror, however, she didn't bring the mirror with her as she pulled it from under a Command Center console, and the mirror was blue with the Triceratops coin symbol on it, indicating that it was Billys.

    • The time scale of this episode is strange. Just before the Rangers arrive at the Command Center and Zordon returns, Alpha says he has 10 minutes until self-destruct. The Rangers don't arrive to rescue him until after Primator is destroyed, which means they over came the confusion caused by Primator's ability to disguise himself as any Ranger, defeat him, then battle the monster using the Zords, defeat him again and save Alpha all in the space of 10 minutes.

    • After Primator blasted Thunder Megazord & Dragonzord, if you look closey in the explosion, You can see the orignal Megazord & Dragonzord instead of the Thunder Megazord & Dragonzord.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Lord Zedd has noticed that Primator has cornered Alpha)
      Zedd: (furiously) PRIMATOR!!! Leave that metal junk pile alone, and go destroy the Rangers! NOW!
      Primator: Yes, Lord Zedd! (disappears)

    • Kimberly: (to the 2 Yellow Rangers) All right. One of you's lying. Which one is it?
      Billy: Hmm, puzzling.
      Jason: I know. Both of you will fight me!
      Fake Yellow Ranger: Good idea!
      Trini: Well, all right.
      Jason: I'll be able to tell by both of your who's Trini and who's not. All right, when you're ready. Let's go!
      Tommy: All right.
      Zack: Let's stay alert, guys.
      Kimberly: Got it.
      Billy: Affirmative!
      Jason: Come on, then!
      Trini: Jason, you're my friend. I can't fight you.
      Fake Yellow Ranger: Well, I can! Watch this!
      (she extracts her Blade Blaster and is about to strike)
      Zack: Blast 'em, guys!
      (he and the other Rangers blast the fake Yellow Ranger with their Blade Blasters, transforming her back into Primator)
      Primator: Ohh! That smarts!

    • Primator: Prepare to meet your doom! I am Primator!
      Jason: You're monkey-meat! And you're goin' down!
      Tommy: That's right! So get ready, Ape-Face!
      Zack: Let's get him!
      Billy: Blue Ranger, ready!
      Kimberly: Pink Ranger, ready!
      Trini: Yellow Ranger!
      Fake Trini: Yeah! Yellow Ranger!
      Trini: (reacts and sees her fake duplicate) Huh?! Wait a minute! Hey! I'm the Yellow Ranger!
      Fake Trini: No way! You're an impostor! Jason!
      Trini: Guys!
      Fake Trini: You guys can tell who the real Trini is, can't you?
      Trini: Don't listen to her, guys! Remember, it's just Primator trying to trick us.

    • Fake Billy: (grabs a ball and notices Alpha) Looking for this?
      Alpha: Uh-oh. Busted.
      Fake Billy: And disgusted. Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk. You are a naughty, naughty, little boy, aren't you, Alpha? Who's minding the Command Center? Hmm?
      Alpha: Ay-yi-yi! I just wanted...!
      Billy: Just wanted a-nothing! Now, come on. Let's get back to the Command Center.
      Alpha: Oh, well, I guess...
      (the Fake Billy notices his reflection in Alpha's shiny helmet)
      Alpha: Hmm... Hey! You're not Billy!
      (the Fake Billy transforms back into his true identity: Primator!)

    • Fake Tommy: (Primator in disguise) You guys! I'm losin' my powers! That ape was just too much! Why don't we just just give up?!
      (Jason kicks him)
      Jason: The real Tommy would never give up so easily, you bone-headed baboon!
      Fake Tommy: Soon you're all gonna wish you gave up!
      Billy: Why don't we try a little experiment, "Tommy"? Let's see if reflected light brings out a whole new you. Go on. Take a look.
      (he hands him his mirror)
      Fake Tommy: (looks at his reflection) So what am I supposed to see?
      (red coloring appears over his helmet)
      Billy: My, how colorful.
      (the Fake Tommy growls and turns back into Primator)

    • Alpha: But, Zordon, I can explain everything!
      Zordon: I know you meant well, Alpha. But a true hero knows the meaning of responsibility. You should have informed the Power Rangers that you were leaving the Command Center.
      Trini: I think you're gonna be grounded for a few thousand years, Alpha.
      (the other Rangers laugh)
      Alpha: Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi! Now I'll never learn how to play soccer. Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi!

    • Primator: Take me to your Command Center now!
      Alpha: Never, monkey-face!

    • Dylan: Wanna play soccer?
      Alpha: Sock...who?

  • NOTES (7)


    • The original title for this episode, "Where in the World Is Alpha?" was a parody of the educational video game series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?