Trini deals with her fear of heights, while Rita Repulsa uses a miniature space shuttle to trap the Rangers in a time warp with a hat-wearing skeleton.
We start at the Youth Center: Jason climbs a rope, which causes Trini worry due to her fear of heights. Bulk tries climbing the rope but falls, taking a few ceiling tiles with him.
On the Moon, Rita concocts a plan to get rid of her new foes, the Power Rangers: “I’ll trap them in a time warp the same way I did Zordon.”
Back in the Juice Bar, Billy gives his fellow Rangers communicator watches he invented that will allow them all to stay in touch with each other. Remember, this was the early ’90s before everyone had a cell phone.
Trini touches one of the watches, and somehow the entire group teleports to Zordon’s Command Center on top of Alpha 5: “Welcome homeboys, homegirls. What brings you to the ‘hood?” Oh God. Did he really just say that?
The Plan to Trap the Rangers
Rita’s minions Squatt and Baboo reveal their plan to send a model space shuttle to Earth. “Wherever it lands, it will open a hole in time!” That’s how the Rangers will get stuck in a time warp. A model space shuttle.
Rita’s other minion, the affable Finster, sculpts a monster out of clay and brings it to life with the oven-like Monster-Matic. Today’s monster is a cape-wearing, hat-wearing skeleton.
Zordon detects the arrival of the time device, as well as a group of Putties outside of town. He orders the Rangers to see what they’re up to, while he analyzes the time device. By “find out what they’re up to,” Zordon of course means “fight them.”
The teens appear by some cliffs that look like Vasquez Rocks, which was where the previous episode’s fight scene was filmed. Billy and Trini run to draw some of the Putties away from the others, but when a Putty corners Billy on top of the cliff, Trini’s fear of heights comes into play, but she gets over it pretty quickly.
With all the Putties defeated, Rita sends Bones down. The teens morph into Power Rangers, but are immediately sucked into the time warp. They continue fighting Bones; Billy grabs his head and passes it to Trini, who throws it down a chasm, destroying him.
Rita now sends a new monster, this one an armor-clad giant. It grabs Jason and breaks a hole in the time warp. The other Rangers are thrown out, and Jason breaks free of the giant’s grip with his blade blaster weapon.
Jason summons his Tyrannosaurus Zord, and…that’s it. The other Rangers neither summon their Zords, nor form the Megazord. They just let Jason fight this baddie one-on-one and he wins.
The five teens sit together at a table, where Billy reports that Zordon and Alpha finished repairing the communicator-teleport watches. Kimberly marvels at her watch, “This is so ’90s!” The group then heads over to the rope, where Zack puts on a skull mask, scaring Trini so much that she climbs the rope all the way to the top.
This episode was dull and frenetic at the same time, and rife with bad dialogue. But it does provide a good example of the formula that many of the following episodes will adhere to. The teens encounter a problem in their daily lives – in this case, Trini’s fear of heights – which they deal with during the course of the episode when they fight Rita’s monster(s), and gets resolved in the final scene of the episode.
Most of the footage from Power Rangers comes from a Japanese show (Zyuranger) that has an almost completely different story. Due to this dependence, the events of an episode may make no sense whatsoever. In this case, the miniature space shuttle that somehow creates a time warp. Of course, in Power Rangers’ defense, sometimes the events of Zyuranger make little sense as well and the writers have to work with what they have.
The episode’s lesson was about conquering your fears. A worthy lesson. Though, it sure didn’t take Trini long to conquer her fear of heights. All she did was complain as she climbed the cliff. She didn’t freeze, contemplate giving up, or nearly slip. All she got was a little vertigo, and that was it. It just didn’t seem like a fear she was struggling with. It was more like an inconvenience, like having to clean up cat vomit.