The Rangers go to Fantasy Island and face their fears.
We begin with Zach practicing for a dance competition in the Youth Center. Bulk taunts him, and the two have a dance-off; why are there gold pillars in the corner of the room? Oh, they’re for Bulk to land on when he falls.
On the Moon, Rita summons a couple new monsters: A gross mutant-looking thing named Mutitus and a floating head in the sky named Lokar. The Rangers get in their Zords to fight them, but are outclassed and whisked off to an island in another dimension.
Zordon tells Alpha not to worry: “Only one thing can save them now…their confidence in themselves.” Comforting.
Zach finds a snake and freaks out. He starts to disappear, like he’s on Marty’s photo in Back to the Future.
A little person named Quagmire, who only speaks in rhyme, shows up and tells Zach to have more confidence in himself. Zach thinks back to how he defeated Nasty Knight and he stops disappearing.
The same thing happens to each and every Ranger, where they start doubting themselves and fading away, but get better once they remember how well they did in a past fight. After all this repetition, the Rangers’ communicators and Power Coins reappear and they leave the island before Rita destroys it.
Back in their Zords, the Rangers combine with Titanus and destroy Mutitus. Lokar escapes to fight another day.
In the last scene, we see the dance competition Zach was practicing for. Bulk and Skull lose, Zach wins, and Quagmire is the DJ for some reason.
This two parter was a whole lot of nothin’ with cheesy execution of a well-intentioned message. Why are the Rangers suddenly doubting themselves? That’s more of hurdle to get over in the early episodes, not episode 28. And the second part dragged on so much, having to see each Ranger face their fears, along with the accompanied clips from past episodes. We’re forced to watch essentially the same thing six times, dammit!
I thought it was funny that Zach is terrified of a single snake, but not the 5 illusion monsters that appeared a minute earlier. And that Kimberly’s self-doubt inducing illusion involved Bulk and Skull dressed as angels. As a sidenote, I remember the disappearing effect being nightmare fuel for me when I originally saw these episodes. So, points for that.
In Zyuranger, Mutitus is a grotesque transformation of the Frankenstein monster a few episodes back and it kicks a lot of ass. And Lokar is Satan. But not a lot of footage of either monster is used, so we barely see them and they hardly make an impression. The most memorable thing Mutitus does is sneeze on the Megazord.
Fun observation: As the Rangers wander the Island of Illusion, there’s a music cue that sounds a lot like it belongs in the Ocean dub of Dragon Ball Z. Fun fact: Shuki Levi composed the background music for both Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Ocean DBZ.