Day of the Dumpster
“Day of the Dumpster” is the pilot for the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and while it is jam packed full of exposition and redubbed Sentai footage, there are the genuine beginnings of the characters that we, as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fans will come to know and love.
Billy (David Yost) building confidence in himself through Jason’s (Austin St. John) martial arts class and Jason encouraging him to not give up on himself, plants the seeds for future character growth. Pair that with Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) and Trini (Thuy Trang) fending off the comedic duo of Bulk (Paul Schrier)and Skull (Jason Narvy), and you have a light-hearted tone set, that wonderfully juxtaposes to the looming threat of a reawakened Rita Repulsa (Machiko Soga, voiced by Barbara Goodson) and her army of alien creatures.
After Rita attacks Earth, Zordon (David Fielding), an intergalactic being from the planet, Eltar, trapped in a time-warp and Alpha 5 (Richard Steven Horvitz), his robot assistant, from the planet, Edenoi, teleport “five teenagers with attitude”, or simply, Jason, Trini, Billy, Kimberly, and Zack (Walter Emmanuel Jones), to the Command Center. There, they are given their power coins and are told that they are to fight Rita and her army of monsters threatening Earth. The teens skepticism for all of it has them leaving the building and walking home. On their way, they are attacked by Rita’s Putty Patrollers, which motivates them to morph for the first time. They are transported to Angel Grove, and the Sentai footage takes over, having them fight the Putties in the city and eventually, Rita’s right hand man, Goldar (Kerrigan Mahan) in the newly formed Megazord. They fight, and Goldar retreats, giving the Power Rangers their first victory.
The episode may not be anywhere near the best, but given that it’s such a momentous episode, it can’t help but receive the love that it deserves.