Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers; this was the holy trinity of my youth. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers debuted when I was becoming a teenager myself, so it gave me personalities on TV that I could not only look up to but loved watching kick Putty butt each afternoon after school. 30 years later we get the most complete reunion of the cast from that show in a special that deals with one of the more heartbreaking things to happen off-camera, giving us closure while experiencing one of the best nostalgia trips ever put on screen.
Title: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always
Production Company: eOne, Power Rangers Productions LTD, TOEI Company LTD, Hasbro
Distributed by: Netflix
Produced by: Simon Bennett & Hillary Zwick Turner
Written by: Alwyn Dale & Becca Barnes
Starring: Walter Jones, David Yost, Steve Cardenas, Catherine Sutherland, Charlie Kersh, Richard Steven Horvitz, and Barbara Goodson
Based on: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Saban Entertainment & Toei
Release dates: April 19, 2023
Running time: 56 Minutes
A Power Ranger’s Reunion with Purpose
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always Story Summary – SPOILERS[toggler title=”Click to read story summary” ]The story begins with Billy taking on a robot Rita Repulsa at the edge of a cliff. Other Rangers teleport in for backup and a battle begins between the Power Rangers, Rita, and her Putty Patrollers. After getting some key hits in on Rita, including one that breaks her face covering, Rita decides to stop playing and summons a spell that will kill the target and aims it at Billy. Seeing the blast coming, Trini dives in front of the blast, taking the full brunt of it, and sending her body flying over the edge of the cliff. The Rangers stand at the edge of the cliff, stricken with grief as Rita teleports away from the fight, vowing to make them join Trini in death.
At the Kwan household, Billy and Zack await Trini’s daughter, Minh, to come home from school. Both Rangers debate with each other about if it is right to break the secrecy vow and tell Minh everything (Billy’s viewpoint) or make up another reason that hides their identities at Power Rangers (Zack’s viewpoint). However, Minh arrives just as Billy blurts out that Rita killed her mother, sending the teenager into shock. Things move to one year later, with Minh practicing Mantus Style Kung-Fu, as her mother did. Minh comes inside the Kwan-Taylor house where Zack is waiting for her. Zack complains to Minh that they are going to be late to visit Trini’s gravesite with the rest of the Power Rangers.
At the gravesite, Minh and Zack arrive just in time to hear Jason, Kimberly, and Tommy shout their transformation phrases. The two hide behind RADBUG2 and see that Rita has returned with two of her upgraded monsters: Minotaur and Snizzard, engaging the group in another fight. Zack transforms and joins the other Power Rangers while Minh remains behind RADBUG2. During the fight, Snizzard bites the Green, Red, and Pink Power Rangers, paralyzing them in such a manner that Rita is able to shrink and capture them, adding them to a power-extracting machine she has on the scene. Billy and Zack de-morph and climb into RADBUG2 to escape with Minh. Back at the house, Billy and Zack are talking about what to do about Rita when Minh, in a bit of anger, approaches the two and demands to be a part of getting revenge on Rita. Billy says no to Minh, causing her to snap at him that her mother would still be alive if Billy took the shot instead.
At Bandora’s Palace on the Moon, Rita extrapolates that the power drain is not working fast enough and she needs more Power Rangers in order to get the power level to where she wants it. Minotaur mentions that he is able to track the Power Ranger’s energy signatures while they are morphed and he, with Snizzard, will capture more Power Rangers. Rita says that she knows a way to draw out the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and sends Putty Patrollers to all corners of the Earth at once.
Over at Cranston Industries, which houses the rebuilt Command Chamber from the original show, Billy talks with Zack and Alpha 9, lamenting the fact that they no longer have Zordon to lead them. This causes Billy to flashback to a time when he and Alpha 8 thought they had found Zordon’s energy signature after his destruction that caused the Z-wave. The two try to tune into the energy signature, but the tube that would house Zordon turns black and cracks, a purple floating ooze spilling out of the crack and entering Alpha 8, turning the assistant robot into the robot Rita Repulsa. Billy notifies the other Rangers that Rita is back before escaping the Command Center. Back in the present day, the trio notices all the Putty Patrollers infesting the Earth. Billy tells Alpha 9 to activate the “Bandora Protocols”, sending a message out to Power Rangers from Coral Harbor (Power Rangers Beast Morphers), Reefside (Power Rangers Dino Thunders), Astro Megaship (Power Rangers In Space), Turtle Cove (Power Rangers Wild Force), Terra Venture (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy), Osaka, and more that Rita is back and the team needs assistance. The first to arrive are Katherine (aka “Kat”), the former second Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger/Pink Zeo Ranger/Pink Space Ranger, and Rocky, the second Mighty Morphin Red Ranger/Zeo Blue Ranger with Rocky complaining that he was summoned for another “training exercise” during his lunch break. Billy says that this is the real thing.
Minh is shown training with some Tonfa sticks when she receives a notification on her phone about a group of Puttys terrorizing the Angel Grove Juice Bar. Minh decides to steal her mother’s Power Morpher from a locked box and heads off to the Juice Bar alone to fight. Back at the Command Center, Rocky and Kat ask about how they will be able to help with Jason, Tommy, and Kimberly being captured by Rita. Alpha 9 says that he and Billy have been able to duplicate the Red and Pink Power Coins, giving them to Rocky and Kat, with Kat mentioning that too much Pink energy could be dangerous, but that risk is tolerable. The group morphs and heads off to Angel Grove to start their counter-attack on the Puttys. The Power Rangers arrive and a fight begins, with the Rangers easily taking down the Puttys, but their fight attracts Minotaur to their location. Rita tells them to go and capture the Rangers for her machine. The two monsters arrive on the scene to join in the battle, only for the Rangers to teleport away to another location. Minotaur mentions that the Power Rangers cannot escape as long as they are morphed, Alpha 9 overhearing this statement, tells the Power Rangers to de-morph and teleport again, losing the monster duo. The Power Rangers arrive back at the Command Center, deciding to take the fight straight to Rita at Bandora’s Palace on the Moon. A message from Adam and Aisha comes through from deep in space. Adam and Aisha state that Rita’s timing is bad since they are too far from Earth to teleport in to help, but Aisha mentions that Billy’s stealth tech helped them in their fights in space. Billy gets the idea to use the stealth tech to gain entry into Bandora’s Palace while Kat has an idea to distract Minotaur and Snizzard. Zack notices on a monitor that Minh is in a fight with some Puttys at the Juice Bar.
At the Juice Bar, Minh is getting her ass kicked by the Puttys but tries to turn the tables by pulling out Trini’s Power Morpher and exclaiming “It’s Morphin Time!”, only for the Power Morpher to not work for her, the Puttys almost laughing at her attempt to morph. Zack and Rocky arrive to even the odds, with Zack breaking out some Hip-Hop-kedo for good measure. After the Puttys are defeated, Zack chastises Minh for picking a fight with the Puttys and stealing Trini’s Morpher before teleporting her back to the Command Center with him. At the Command Center, Zack talks with Minh about the truth about what happened a year ago, Minh says she wants to do like her mother, saying that it’s about justice. Zack tells Minh that what she wants is revenge, not justice, something Rita is doing also. Zack continues explaining what being a Power Ranger is all about, mentioning Zordon, what he meant to the group, and how Billy brought Rita back as a robot. Minh says she didn’t know.
At a construction yard, Billy, Rocky, and Kat prepare a trap with Kat lifting up a powerful crane magnet before the trio morphs. At Bandora’s Palace, Rita shows off that she has captured additional Power Rangers (Beast Morphers Blue, Red, & Gold Rangers (Power Rangers Beast Morphers), Yellow & Black Space Rangers (Power Rangers In Space), Lunar Wolf Ranger (Power Rangers Wild Force), The Phantom Ranger (Power Rangers Turbo), Yellow Zeo Ranger (Power Rangers Zeo), Blue, Red, & Green Galaxy Rangers (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy), Red and White Dino Thunder Rangers (Power Rangers Dino Thunder) to power her machine. Minotaur’s power monitor alerts them that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are morphed and the two monsters head off to capture them, only to be caught up in the magnet trap that was set for them. The Power Rangers head back to the Command Center with phase one complete.
Back at the Command Center, the group congratulates themselves on a job well done. Alpha 9 arrives with the invisibility modules that they can use to get into Bandora’s Palace. Billy notes that the units are one-use only. The four Rangers use the units to turn invisible, Alpha 9 teleporting them all to the Moon to begin phase 2. Once they are gone, Minh uses a moment by the distracted Alpha 9 to grab one of the invisibility units, Trini’s Morpher and leaves the Command Center. Outside the Command Center, Minh looks over the vehicles outside and decides to take RADBUG2. As Minh leaves Cranston Industries, she sees a man calling out from a crashed car to save his boyfriend who was chased down the road by Puttys. Minh drives down the road and signals for the man to get out of the way as she drives right through the group of Puttys that surrounded him. After the Puttys splatter all over RADBUG2’s windscreen, Minh activates the wipers which also activates the flying mechanics of RADBUG2, sending her to the construction site where Minotaur and Snizzard are trapped. Upon seeing the monsters, Minh says that they will deal with the Sabertooth tiger, once again attempting to morph. Rita appears, taunting Minh with her mother’s death and the two begin to fight with Rita easily getting the upper hand.
On the Moon, the Power Rangers take down some Putty guards while invisible before looking at the machine, with Billy stating that until Snizzard is defeated they cannot rescue the captured Rangers. The group notices a familiar space dumpster appearing through a portal in the center of the machine. Rita appears with Snizzard and Minotaur, who have captured Minh. Rita explains that Billy should understand her plan. Billy says that Rita wants to go back in time to rule the galaxy with her younger self. Rita says Billy is half-right, that she will go back in time to tell her younger self about all the history she knows through the past 30 years, and will kill the Power Rangers in their beds before they become Rangers. Billy takes a shot at Snizzard, distracting the monsters enough to release Minh and a fight begins. Rita quickly goes for her death spell, with Minh jumping in front of Billy this time to save him. Minh flies across the room, ending up slumped on the ground dead.
The Power Rangers gather around Minh, worried that they have lost her like they did Trini, however, Trini’s Power Morpher glows, showing it took the blow and allowed Minh to live. Minh awakens to images of her mother being a Power Ranger, reliving Trini’s memories as if they were her own. Billy and Zack help Minh up to her feet, saying that now the Morpher has chosen her as the new Yellow Ranger. Minh leads the group in a full morph and they all begin to battle Puttys together. During the battle, Rita throws Snizzard out from Bandora’s Palace onto the surface of the Moon, following up by throwing her magic ward and making Snizzard grow to a giant size. Billy takes the moment to plunge his Power Lance through Rita’s chest, destroying her.
Billy and Minh summon the Dinozords from their respective locations, Alpha 9 teleporting them to the Moon. Together, Billy and Minh teleport into the driver’s seats of the Megazord and pilot it in the battle against Snizzard, with the duo knocking down the giant Snake/Lizard a few times as they fight. Back in Bandora’s Palace, the remaining Power Rangers finish off the Puttys and Minotaur, with Rocky driving his Power Sword into the chest of the monster. The three then join Billy and Minh in the Megazord to help finish the fight. Through a backup system, Rita is able to reactivate and hits the main switch on her machine, beaming the portal out of the palace, and gets ready to go back in time to see her younger self at the moment when she first emerges from the Space Dumpster Prison. Seeing the portal open, the Power Rangers finish off Snizzard with the Megazord’s Power Sword, releasing the snakes that were holding the other Rangers captive.
With Rita distracted, the Power Rangers return to Bandora’s Palace and remove the other Rangers from the machine, leaving it open to be destroyed. Minh throws her Power Daggers into Rita’s shoulders, pinning her to the fence while Kat shoots an arrow into the machine to destroy it. With Rita’s plan foiled, Zack uses his Power Axe to shoot Rita, destroying her completely, saying that “This is for Trini”. The Power Rangers leave the Moon and return to the Command Center where Adam and Aisha are waiting for them. Adam tells the group that the other Rangers are in the Megaship awaiting transport to Aquitar to be revived. With their mission done, the group says their final goodbyes, with Aisha saying that the legacy of the Yellow Ranger is safe in Minh’s hands.
At the Angel Grove Juice Bar, Billy, Zack, and Minh share a moment together. Zack goes to get some smoothies, wanting to know if they still use Ernie’s old recipes. Billy asks why Minh sacrificed herself to save Billy as her mother did. Minh tells Billy that he is family and you always protect your family. Billy mentions that since they are family, he is grounding Minh for stealing RADBUG2 earlier. Zack returns and Minh mentions what it was like having her mother’s memories enter her mind on the Moon after the blast, with Billy saying that the Morphin Grid still has a lot of mysteries that they haven’t worked out yet, suggesting Trini’s spirit might have joined the Morphin Grid. Billy and Zack begin telling stories about Trini’s days as a Power Ranger with Minh wanting to know more. Zack says they have to tell her everything now.
After a fade out, we get a musical moment from the TV show. Kimberly sings and plays her Guitar with Billy, Zack, Tommy, Jason, and Trini all together. The song fades out to a memorial image of Thuy Trang and Jason David Frank that reads: “In loving memory of Thuy Trang and Jason David Frank. Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger”. A remake of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers opening sequence plays using new footage from the special as we go to the credits.[/toggler]
Story Review – Some Vague Spoilers
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is two things in one: A story about grief and loss from many angles, and a nostalgic ride through the lore of Power Rangers. The main story is about Trini Kwan, the original Yellow Power Ranger who was played by Thuy Trang, who unfortunately died in a car crash after her character left the show (The reasons for her and two other cast members leaving are still debated this day). After Trini’s death at the hands of a returning Rita Repulsa, we see how Trini’s death plays on not only the Rangers themselves but Trini’s daughter Minh. Minh goes from a teenager in grief, following most of the five stages of grief in her quest to not only avenge her mother but to become a worthy successor to the Sabertooth Tiger power.
Minh’s journey is powerful to behold, especially since, as a Power Rangers fan of 30 years, I was used to seeing a more kid-friendly storyline and expected as much. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is a very emotionally heavy story that deals with more mature themes alongside more mature-looking action scenes and talking points (Rita’s use of the word “kill” would be something you would never hear in the original show, or even today’s shows). Centering the story around Trini’s passing is something that could have gone very wrong from the outset given how the fanbase still loves Thuy’s performance 30 years on, but Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always handled it in a way that pays homage to Thuy in a tasteful manner that a lot of fans will agree is a fitting tribute to her.
Then you have the nostalgia aspect of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always. It has been a long time since Power Rangers, or any other long-running TV show, has shown such depth and accuracy to its own lore. From location references to lines from the original show and other seasons, to suspected relationship couplings and their outcomes, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always shows respect and love for this show from beginning to end. Even moments that could have been huge plot holes (though there are some plot holes remaining after the special ends) are covered by using references from the show itself and some of the characters appearing in later shows to cover the problems up before they come to light in your minds.
30 Years of Rangers
- Walter Jones as Zack Taylor / Mighty Morphin Black Ranger
It is great seeing Walter back as Zack. I always thought that he got the dud end of the stick when it came to how his part in the show ended, with Adam (Johnny Yong Bosch) taking the reunion role during Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. However, Zack gets some really good character development through this special and before it, ranging from him becoming a Senator, playing off the International Summit his character attended to write him out of season 2 of the show, to becoming Minh’s guardian and taking that role. Zack being central to the emotional arc of the special is itself a special thing to watch and relate to.
- David Yost as Billy Cranston / Mighty Morphin Blue Ranger
David went through some tough times over his time in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and I always felt the was another who got the dud end of the stick. For some reason, I felt that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always was his pet project, a way for him to deal with his grief over Thuy Trang’s passing, giving her the send-off she deserved as both a Ranger and an actress. You can see that this was a hard role for David to play through the whole thing, but you take that journey with him and by the end of the special, you also get the sense of closure that he, and Billy, feels by the end. A huge accomplishment in his role as an actor.
- Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos / Mighty Morphin Red Ranger
I can understand why Steve was picked to return as Rocky, he is still one of the more well-known of the three replacement actors/characters during that time in Power Rangers. While he doesn’t get as much development as Zack and Billy do, it’s cool to see him as not only a firefighter but still a bit of a goofball that he was during the series. I wish Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always had more for him to do character-wise, but as someone who is willing to answer the call, it was good to see him again.
- Catherine Sutherland as Katherine “Kat” Hillard / Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger
Probably the longest-running character out of the bunch, it was great to see Catherine back for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always. But then again, I am a sucker for being someone who will support any Australian talent in anything. The character development for Kat, much like Rocky, was minimal at best with Kat being more about references to past lore (Too much Pink energy, her son JJ whom she had with Tommy, etc) than anything else. But since they couldn’t get Amy Jo back for the role, it was nice to see the second-ever Pink Power Ranger back in the spandex… Even if that wasn’t actually her in the spandex, you get the idea.
- Charlie Kersh as Minh Kwan
The newcomer to the crew as Trini’s daughter Minh. Charlie was amazing in this role, making us feel the grief Minh was going through from beginning to end. When she was frustrated, you could understand why. When she lashed out at Billy, you could feel her anger through the screen. As she realized what it meant to be a Ranger and saw her mother’s memories before becoming a Ranger herself, you felt the passing of the torch and was cheering for the moment. For someone who is still very new to acting, Charlie did an amazing job and deserves a lot of credit for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always being a success.
- Richard Steven Horvitz – Alpha 8/Alpha 9 (Voice)
The OG Alpha returns to the role! A nice little inclusion that really added to the nostalgia that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always was about. While Alpha was still just a robot assistant, he still got some of the funniest lines of the special and I’m all here for it.
- Barbara Goodson – Rita Repulsa
Since the original actress had passed and her replacement hasn’t done any work since 2006 (possibly retired), at least we got the original voice of our favorite evil Witch back for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always. Goodson brings that maniacal glee she showed during the original show to her robot counterpart in such a way that most times you forgot that Rita was now a robot. Even the special’s way of explaining how she is back to being evil again after the Z-wave incident was an amazing piece of work that I don’t think would have been possible without bringing Goodson back for this role. Goodson slipped back into her evil shoes so easily that you would think that it was 1996 all over again.
- Ryan Cooper as Robo Minotaur & Daniel Watterson as Robo Snizzard
The monsters used in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always were an interesting choice. For those who don’t know, Mighty Minotaur was the first monster created by Finster for Rita in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, creating a nice homage to the TV show. Snizzard on the other hand, is the only monster to now return 4 times in the series run, with three of those times occurring during the TV show, and the fourth here, making him the monster who has appeared the most in Power Ranger’s history. Snizzard is also known as the monster voiced by Breaking Bad/Malcolm in the Middle star Bryan Cranston, where Billy gets his last name (Bryan was also Zordon in the 2017 Power Rangers movie, so there’s another reference). So it seems that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always was paying homage to the show on one hand, while using the meme on the other.
- Cameos: Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park & Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell
These two didn’t stick around long, only appearing through a video message and in person at the end of the special. However, with their inclusion, we got the secondary line up from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers back together in a complete reunion for that cast, a great moment to see on screen. I know that there wouldn’t be much room for Zack or Minh if these two where a bigger part of the special, but they were around just enough to make this the biggest OG reunion on record.
- Audio/Video/Photo Archives: Jason David Frank as Tommy / Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly / Mighty Morphin Pink Ranger, Thuy Trang as Trini Kwan / Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger
It’s understandable why Jason and Thuy weren’t in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always, and you can find Amy Jo’s reason easily online (She didn’t say no, but she didn’t say yes to the terms offered to her to return), but there was something off-putting for using their voices through archive vocals in the special, especially Thuy and Jason. While watching the opening of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always, my friend and I actually cringed out loud when we heard Thuy’s vocals in the opening battle. In some way, we thought it was disrespectful to Thuy’s passing, but once we saw the larger story at work here, we understood why this was done. As for Jason… Well, it is unfortunate that we lost him when we did, for we think he would have jumped at the chance to be involved in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always with everyone.
A Fitting Tribute with a Nostalgic Twist
What worked in favor of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always? Everything. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is a huge love letter to not only the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show, but the lore, the characters, the actors, the writers, and the music… In turn, everything. The suits looked brand new but had tiny details that paid homage to other versions. The sets, most of which are remade from scratch, either is great homages like the Command Center or perfect recreations like Ernie’s Juice Bar. We got RADBUG2, which featured the rear end of a Volkswagon Bug, showing a bit of the original in the new version. Even the script had lines from previous seasons, Alpha 9 utters “Go, Go Power Rangers” at one point. We get references to “too much pink energy” from Kat, as well as mentions of Aquitar and Mirinoi from Adam. Then there are the captured Rangers who span many of the early Saban seasons, a Disney-era show, and a more modern Hasbro-era show. I could go on and on listing references in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always but this review is already long enough… Though I cannot end this part of the review without mentioning the excellent music of Ron Wasserman, the original music writer for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. His tracks are loud and clear here, ranging from the original opening theme to Bulk & Skull’s theme, to some new tracks made for this special. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always really went all out to create the ultimate Power Rangers reunion special that means as much to those working on it as it does to those of us who grew up with this show.
Small Polt Holes are Ok…
There are a couple of small gripes that I have with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always. But they are not something that most viewers will notice or complain about in the overall scheme of things.
The “biggest” gripe comes from the Snizzard vs Megazord fight at the end of the special. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always went with CGI for this whole section. Now, while the emergence of the Dinozords looked amazing with its attention to detail all the way through to joining together for the Megazord sequence, there was something off from that moment onwards. As I mentioned to my friend that I was watching the special with, the model for the Megazord looked a bit off. The arms were too thin, the legs were too long, and the torso was too square. I did think about why they didn’t get a new Megazord suit made for the fight to match the original show, but as my friend pointed out to me, the suit is too cumbersome to work in and Toei treats that particular suit like it is made of glass because of how notable it is thanks to Power Rangers. So I can forgive this change.
The other gripes I have with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always are technical ones: How did they get the Dinozords back after they were destroyed in Season 2? Why is Tommy using the Green Ranger powers after he was stripped of them and gained the White Ranger powers? These two plot holes are the only ones that I pointed out after the special had ended and couldn’t find a reason for them to be like they were. I just put it down to nostalgia and popularity. When you think of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, you think of the Dinozords, not the Thunderzords; and Tommy is more well-known as the Green Ranger rather than the White Ranger, even Jason David Frank admitted that much.
I will say that if these three things are the only problems I could see with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always as a 30-year Power Ranger fan, then this special has done a really good job at hiding the flaws and plot holes before most fans would even think of them. A credit to the writers, producers, and actors involved.
Thuy and Jason: A Tribute for Them and Us.
If you are a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan, you are going to love this special. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is the perfect love letter to Power Rangers fans, cast and crew, and anyone who ever wanted to yell “IT’S MORPHIN TIME!” and turn into a superhero. This special dedication to Thuy Trang and Jason David Frank (though his tribute was more last minute due to his untimely passing) gives Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always a very special meaning, a closure for crew and fans alike proving that once a ranger, always a ranger.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is the TV special that the crew and fans needed. The tribute paid to Thuy Trang’s Trini Kwan is a great emotional story that needed to be told in order to pay respect to her memory and contribution to the franchise. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always is also one of the most well-researched and reference-heavy reunions in Power Rangers’ history with no single moment going by without something that makes you smile as a fan. After watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always, I felt like I was a kid again watching those Spandex heroes fighting evil all over again. A must-watch for any Power Rangers fan no matter which era you grew up with.
- A fitting tribute to Thuy Trang
- An emotional story that hits long-time fans’ hearts
- The crew still has it after 30 years
- References, references, references!
- No Megazord suit fight
- A couple of tiny plot holes