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Power Rangers Zeo: Volume 2

Shout! Factory // 1996 // 480 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 22nd, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson's Zeo crystal glows orange when he's gassy.

Editor's Note

Our review of Power Rangers Zeo: Volume 1, published December 25th, 2013, is also available.

The Charge

More Zeo action.

The Case

The final 25 episodes of Power Rangers Zeo, the immediate follow-up to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, introduces a few wild cards into the equation. Well, actually, just one wild card: the Gold Ranger.

Yes, the Gold Ranger lands on the scene with his Zeo crystal in tow, poised to help out the rest of the crew with his crazy pyramid Zord power and cumbersome plastic armor. Who's under that armor? Why it's Jason, one of the original Rangers, back in the saddle. And just in time too, because a couple of more blasts from the past show up to make a giant mess of things: Rita Repulsa and Lord Zed.

Those are about all the wrinkles you're going to get. By now, you should know the book on the Rangers: the dopey super-villains (in this case King Mondo and his machine empire) drop a monster-of-the-week onto earth along with some moronic cannon fodder and then it's butt-kicking time.

As migraine-generating as they can be, every time I take these shows for a spin, I can't help but be struck by the insanity that transpires. This is truly low-attention-span, sugary-cereal-fueled television at its craziest. The creature designs alone are nightmare fuel and make no sense; but geez are they fun to look at—or as fun as one can have staring agog at layers of warped plastic.

This particular collection of Rangers offers a nice blend of new and familiar faces. Anchoring the squad is Tommy the Red Ranger (the omnipresent Jason David Frank), bolstered by Austin St. John's Jason. Even Billy (David Yost) is doing duty as the stay-at-home intelligence officer. The show obviously looked to ease the transition into what would become the norm—new crops each go-round—but there is solid dose of nostalgia with these recognizable pugilists.

Shout! Factory gives us twenty-five episodes on three discs, with a rough 1.33:1 full frame transfer, Dolby 2.0 Stereo audio, and no extras.

In the end, Power Rangers Zeo is still American and Japanese footage clumsily mixed together, bathed in explosions and poor dubbing. But anything else wouldn't be Power Rangers, now would it?

The Verdict

This spandex is starting to chafe.

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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 (CC)
Running Time: 480 Minutes
Release Year: 1996
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Action
• Adventure
• All Ages
• Fantasy
• Science Fiction
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

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• Official Site
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