Jason does his best to break a weightlifting record, while Rita sends her minions to attack the Children’s Theatre in the Park.
In the Angel Grove Juice bar, Ernie counts Jason’s barbell lifts as he tries to break a record: “1,010, and you break the record!” Ernie says before taking a big bite of a sub sandwich and losing count, “Can you start again?”
Battle at Children’s Theatre in the Park
Zordon calls and tells the Rangers to head over to the Children’s Theatre in the Park; Rita has sent down King Sphinx and a group of Putties in an attempt to gain control of the park. Apparently the Children’s Theatre in the Park is a strategic point, essential in conquering Earth.
Jason and the others morph and head over there. A fight commences, and King Sphinx flaps his wings, zapping Kimberly back to the Juice Bar onto the balance beam. Zach is next to fall victim to the Sphinx’s wing flapping, and he too lands on the balance beam. Is this the only place King Sphinx can send people?
Apparently not because for his next trick, King Sphinx teleports himself and Jason to a quarry for a one-on-one fight, and Jason gets a lot of mileage on the sword he got in the previous episode. Goldar enters the fray, and Rita throws down her scepter to make King Sphinx and Goldar grow.
The Power Crystals
Meanwhile in Billy’s garage lab, Zach and Kimberly meet up with Trini and Billy. Zordon tells them about Power Crystals that “contain the essence” of their morphing powers.
Jason randomly finds these crystals embedded in a cliff (?) and when he throws them, the other Rangers suddenly appear (?) and they summon the zords.
The zords combine to form the Megazord, which destroys Sphinx with the Power Sword. Goldar flees, and the battle is won.
In the Juice Bar, Jason finally breaks the record and Ernie presents a celebratory cake that says “Happy Birthday, Mom.” Bulk comes in, threatening to get his record back, but ends up falling face first into the cake.
I was looking forward to this episode because of King Sphinx. When the show first aired, he was on a lot of merchandise and promo materials, so at the time, I thought he was a pretty big deal. In reality, his visage was plastered everywhere only due to his appearance in the Power Rangers pilot. Still, as with many Power Rangers (or rather, Sentai Kyoryu Zyuranger) monsters, I like the design of King Sphinx and he looks like a relative of Goldar’s.
Both this episode and the previous one have the monster destroyed by a deus ex machina. In episode 3, it’s the Power Weapons, and in this one, it’s the Power Crystals. And like episode 2, this episode suffered from being at the mercy of the footage from the original Zyuranger – a result, the “plot” is a mess.