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Power Rangers Zeo: Volume 1

Shout! Factory // 1996 // 480 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // December 25th, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson found a Zeo crystal in his pants. Highlight of his week.

Editor's Note

Our review of Power Rangers Zeo: Volume 2, published February 22nd, 2014, is also available.

The Charge

Go, go Power Rangers!

The Case

Following the cataclysmic events of Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers, the Rangers are de-powered and their command center has been obliterated. Worse, new super-villains are on the move: King Mondo and Queen Machina, rules of the Machine Empire. They have designs on conquering Earth with their malevolent contraptions and giant monsters and robots.

Luckily, all hope is not lost, thanks to the discovery of the powerful Zeo crystal, which grants more bad-ass Morphin powers to our heroes. Together they team up to the usual Power Ranger stuff: learn valuable lessons about Christmas and bullying and taking care of the environment, while combating grotesque, humongous creatures in their dope Zords. Then, of course, when their opponent inevitably enlarges, they match him, combining their Zords into a powerful Megazord. All of this could be bypassed if they went directly to their giant forms, but that would deny us some rocking faux Power Rangers metal.

So how does Power Rangers Zeo differentiate itself from the Rangers of the Mighty Morphin' variety? It doesn't. Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd are kicked to the side and these Machine Empire morons enter the picture, but at its heart, this is the same-old, same-old. It's going to be a while until the Rangers start branching out to into the crazier iterations like Time Force and Ninja Storm and Wild Force and the like. Here you get the Red and Pink and Yellow and Green and Blue Rangers (and eventually the Gold Power Ranger). Also, Billy (David Yost), hangs up his tights to screw around in the new Command Center with Alpha the Robot.

Twenty-five episodes of varying headaches on three discs. In typical Rangers fashion, you get original American footage mixed with the Japanese Sentai footage. The full frame transfer isn't reference quality by a long shot, but the disparity between the two continents' quality remains jarring. No extras.

The Verdict

I'm a bit Morphed out.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 70

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• English
Running Time: 480 Minutes
Release Year: 1996
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Action
• All Ages
• Comedy
• Martial Arts
• Science Fiction
• Superheroes
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

• IMDb








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