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incarnation of the Power Rangers franchise,
and the first of many name changes to come, Mighty
Morphin Alien Rangers was a 10-episode mini-series picking up from the
events of the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The mini-series has been regarded as both its own
series and a continuation of the third season, the latter justified by the
The Alien Rangers.
In a major gambit
against the Power Rangers, Master Vile (Tom Wyner) unleashed a weapon that
reduced the ages of everyone on Earth; including the Power Rangers, leaving
them unable to access their powers. With a threat still looming, Zordon (Robert
L. Manahan) summoned the Alien Rangers of the planet Aquitar to come to Earth
and protect it while the Rangers figured out how to restore themselves. To do
so required the young Rangers to travel through time to find and recombine the
shards of the Zeo
Aquitar was a
water-covered planet and home to the Aquitians. The Aquitians are human-like
except for their facial features, and can only exist outside of water for short
periods of time. The Alien Rangers possessed Power Coins created
by Ninjor (Kim Strauss) as well, however they didn’t
rely on Power
Morphers and used the Coins to transform directly. The Alien Rangers were
comprised of their leader Delphine (Rajia Baroudi), the White Ranger; field
commander Aurico (Christopher Glenn), the Red Ranger; technical expert Cestro
(Karim Prince), the Blue Ranger; fighting expert Corcus (Alan Palmer), the
Black Ranger; and strongman Tideus (Jim Gray), the Yellow Ranger. Like the
other Rangers, the Alien Rangers had their own combat vehicles called Battle
Borgs; robot-like machines that could be controlled telepathically. They also
had control of the Rangers’ Shogunzords. In
order to combat the Alien Rangers, Rita (Carla Perez & Barbara Goodson) and
Lord Zedd (Ed Neil & Robert Axelrod) summoned their arch-nemesis, Hydro-Hog
(Brad Orchard). Hydro-Hog was the emperor of the Dark Waters on Aquitar and was
known to have destroyed many planets.
The Battle Borgs an the Shogun Megazord.
Alien Rangers debuted on February 5, 1996 and ran for a total of 10
episodes. The theme song by Ron Wasserman was
modified to replace “Power” with “Alien” whenever it was used, with series
co-creators Haim Saban (as Kussa
Mahchi) and Shuki Levy handling
the rest of the series’ music. The Alien
Rangers became the first Power Rangers team not to feature a pink member, a
single female who was also the team leader, and the first time that a major
archvillain was destroyed in battle (Hydro Hog). Footage from the Super
Sentaiseries Ninja Sentai Kakurangercontinued
to be used for the production as it was for Mighty
Morphin season 3; the differing suits necessitating the brief removal of
the traditional Rangers from the narrative.
Karan Ashley, the
second Yellow Ranger, had become unable to maintain the difficult production
schedule the series demanded and wanted to leave the show. Her character, Aisha
Campbell, was written out during her mission to retrieve her crystal shard from
Africa as wanting to stay on the continent and help sick animals. While there,
she met and befriended Tanya
Sloan (originally to be named Kenya, played by Khanya Mkhize as a young girl
and Nakia Burrise as a teenager).
Tanya agreed to go back to the other Rangers in her place with the crystal. However,
Tanya’s tenure as a Ranger wouldn’t begin right away as Goldar (Kerrigan Mahan)
and Rito (Rob Papenbrook) stole the Zeo Crystal and destroyed the Command
Center, leading in to the events of the next Rangers series: Power Rangers Zeo.
The Alien Rangers DVD.
2012, Shout! Factory acquired the
rights to release the series on DVD. That July, they released the complete Mighty Morphin series and the Alien Rangers mini-series in a 19-disc
set at San Diego Comic Con. In August,
they released the complete
series (minus the exclusive Comic Con dressing) bundled with the season 4-7
collection and a Red Ranger action figure in association with Time Life. In November, the complete series
received a wider retail release. September 2013 saw the release of the Alien Rangers episodes separate
from the third season. After working out a deal with Lionsgate to get access to the most recent Power Rangers show at that time, a
whopping 98-disc limited edition set called Power Rangers: Legacywas planned for December 2013, but
ended up being delayed until January. In October 2016, Shout! released a new
version of the complete set with new cover art.
“Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part I” (2/5/96) – The villains prepare to
invade Angel Grove while Zordon, unable to contact Ninjor for help, contacts
the Alien Rangers of Aquitar.
“Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part II” (2/6/96) – The young Rangers help
the Alien Rangers against their foes while Alpha saves the command center from
“Climb Every Fountain” (2/7/96) – Zedd and Rita work on a new plan
against the Rangers as they begin feeling ill, and Rito plans to take the Ninja
“The Alien Trap” (2/8/96) – Before the young Rangers can help the
Aliens, Rito and Goldar attack.
“Attack of the 60’ Bulk” (2/10/96) – Zedd and Rita’s new plan involves
turning Bulk into a monster, but their plan backfires when he continues to act
“Water You Thinking?” (2/12/96) – As the Rangers begin their quest for
the Zeo Crystal, Rita and Zedd conspire to dehydrate the Alien Rangers.
“Along Came a Spider” (2/13/96) – Rita and Zedd use a spider to impede
the Rangers’ progress.
“Sowing the Seas of Evil” (2/14/96) – Billy and Alpha work to prevent
the arrival of Rita and Zedd’s newest evil minion: the Hydro Hog.
“Hogday Afternoon, Part I” (2/15/96) – Zedd sicks the Hydro Hog on the
Rangers while he searches for the Zeo Crystal.
“Hogday Afternoon, Part II” (2/17/96) – Aisha sends Tanya in her place
and proper ages are restored, but Rito and Goldar steal the Crystal before
destroying the Command Center.