Kimberly has to fly a plane when her uncle falls asleep at the wheel, while the Rangers fight Walter White.
We start our episode at a new Angel Grove locale – the airport, where Kimberly meets with her uncle Steve, a pilot who’ll be taking her flying. Steve also seems to have a sugar addiction and frequently takes gulps from a seemingly endless can of soda. I really thought it was a can of beer at first because the label was turned around and not visible in most of the shots.
Rita watches through her telescope and sends Squatt to the airport to spike Steve’s generic can of cola with a sleeping potion.
Bulk and Skull Join the Fray
Nearby, Bulk and Skull are also at the airport. This can’t be a coincidence. Bulk sees Kimberly and Steve, prompting him and Skull to run to her, shouting her name. They ask to join them, and Kimberly tries to say no, but Steve can’t help but say yes. The duo comically squeezes into the plane, and it takes off.
Bulk seems uneasy, and Skull asks him if he’s afraid of flying. “I’m afraid of crashing,” he says. Kimberly admires the view of the park, a place she’s grown to be very familiar with, since 8 out of 10 Putty fights occur there.
Angela’s First Appearance
Meanwhile, at the Juice Center, Jason takes his anger out on a punching bag. Zack shows up wearing a very loud shirt and points out a girl her likes, Angela, who wears something equally as loud. “The girl of my dreams.”
He goes over to her and uses his best pick-up line as she double hula hoops. “So, uh, you got any time for the Zack man?” Her response? “Get real.” Ouch.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
Steve flies the plane over the mountains by Zordon’s Command Center, and Kimberly gets a brief flashback to the first episode, showing the Rangers’ first Putty fight. What an easy way to pad the episode’s runtime.
Uh oh! Steve is becoming tired. The potion takes effect, and he falls asleep. As the plane goes out of control, Bulk and Skull scream then faint. It’s up to Kimberly to take the plane’s controls, but apparently being the pilot of the Rangers’ sole flying zord is of no use, and she has to call Zordon and Alpha for help.
Snake + Lizard = Snizzard
Rita sends down a new monster, the Snizzard, who is voiced by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston. According to Goldar, Snizzard attacks with cobra arrows that come out of his legs. “When they hit, they’ll drain the energy out of the Power Rangers!” So it’ll just drain their energy? It won’t kill them?
Zordon sends the other Rangers off to fight Snizzard, while Alpha helps Kimberly make a landing. The plane touches down, Steve wakes up, and Kimberly is able to join the other Rangers in battle at a place that has a bunch of Easter Island statues for some reason.
Kimberly shoots an arrow at an apple permanently fixated on Snizzard’s head, destroying him. The battle is over, and there is no Megazord fight.
Bulk and Skull are freaked out from the whole ordeal and run away from the airport. They show up at the Youth Center, where Kimberly chats up some guy that Jason and Zack make fun of. Zack bumps into Angela, catapulting her drinks in the air; its contents predictably land on Bulk and Skull.
The highlight of this episode is the whole airplane sequence, where we get a good lesson on how to deal with a crisis. Kimberly kept a level head and made it through her ordeal safely. I also actually liked Bulk and Skull’s inclusion here, where, for the first time they felt like protagonists – something that will be explored a lot more later in the show’s run.
The rest of the episode was as lackluster as usual, though. Snizzard wasn’t particularly interesting, despite nearly defeating the Rangers.
A lot of inconsequential filler really dragged down this episode, especially the pointless final scene, which was just another excuse to end the episode with a comical Bulk and Skull moment. Kind of strange that after a near death encounter with a plane, the first place they go to is the Youth Center.