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"Day of the Dumpster"
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode
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Two astronauts who are on the moon investigate a mysterious dumpster
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Directed by Adrian Carr
Written by Tony Oliver
Shuki Levy
Production code 101
1801 (Re-version)
Original air date August 28, 1993
May 22, 1999 (Pilot 1)
January 2, 2010 (Re-version)
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"Day of the Dumpster" is the first episode of both the American tokusatsu television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Power Rangers franchise. It premiered on the Fox network on August 28, 1993 as part of its Fox Kids programming block, and was later released on VHS and DVD. A new re-version of the episode later aired on ABC on January 2, 2010, as part of the ABC Kids programming block. As with the first season's episodes, most of the scenes featuring the Rangers in morphed form, the Zords and the villains are taken from the Japanese tokusatsu series, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the 16th entry of the Power Rangers franchise's Japanese counterpart of origin, Super Sentai.

The VHS of this episode ranked #35 in a list of top video sales, and #11 in a list of top kids' video sales, for the year of 1994 as compiled by Billboard. The tie-in 3D read-along audio cassette of "Day of the Dumpster" became the number one seller at Walden Kids, displacing The Lion King.

Plot summary

Two astronauts explore the moon and come across a space dumpster - when they open it, the evil sorceress Rita Repulsa and her minions Goldar, Squatt, Baboo, and Finster are set free from a 10,000-year captivity. Rita decides to conquer the nearest planet: Earth, and rebuilds her palace on the moon.

In the city of Angel Grove, California, five teenagers - Jason Lee Scott, Zack Taylor, Billy Cranston, Trini Kwan, and Kimberly Hart - are hanging out at the Angel Grove Youth Center. The guys are working on karate, while the girls are practicing gymnastics. Farkas Bulkmeier and Eugene Skullovitch (a.k.a. "Bulk" and "Skull") come to harass them, but end up making fools of themselves.

The teens are later sitting down to some fruit shakes from Ernie's Juice Bar when Rita causes an earthquake. In the Command Center, which is located in a desert area, Zordon, the wise wizard who once battled Rita many years ago, tells his robotic assistant, Alpha 5, to find and teleport to him five teenagers to safeguard Earth from Rita's schemes.

Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini, and Kimberly are then teleported to the Command Center. Zordon explains the situation and declares them as the first Power Rangers, giving them belt-stored Power Morphers that serve as the key to accessing their power. They refuse to believe or trust him, until Rita sends a team of her Putty Patrollers to attack them outside. They are soon overpowered by the Putties' numbers, but Jason suggests using their Power Morphers. They then instantly morph into the Power Rangers for the first time.

After Alpha 5 informs Zordon that the teens have morphed, Zordon has Alpha teleport the Rangers to Angel Grove City where Rita has sent down Goldar. There, the Rangers clash with Goldar and another team of Putty Patrollers on the city rooftops. Soon after, Rita uses her magic staff to enlarge Goldar for a giant-sized attack on the city. In response to this, the Rangers summon the Dinozords and then form the Megazord. After a few minutes of an evenly matched battle, the Rangers successfully force Goldar to retreat when the Megazord's Power Sword is summoned.

Back at the Command Center, the teens are finally convinced that they can save the world from Rita's evil and so decide to accept Zordon's request under his three conditions:

  • Not to use their power for personal gain...
  • Not to escalate a battle unless Rita forces them to do so...
  • And to keep their identities a secret - no one is to know that they are now Power Rangers.

Zordon promises that he will be there to advise them whenever they need his wisdom and guidance.

Cast

Primary cast

Secondary cast

  • Machiko Soga as the footage portrayal of Rita Repulsa
    • Barbara Goodson as the voice portrayal of Rita Repulsa
  • Richard Genelle as Ernie
  • Takashi Sakamoto and Kazutoshi Yokoyama as the footage portrayal Goldar
    • Kerrigan Mahan as the voice portrayal of Goldar
  • Minoru Watanabe as the footage portrayal Squatt
    • Michael Sorich as the voice portrayal of Squatt
  • Hideaki Kusaka as the footage portrayal of Baboo
    • Dave Mallow as the voice portrayal of Baboo
  • Takako Iiboshi as the footage portrayal of Finster
  • Romy J. Sharf as the footage portrayal of Alpha 5

Unaired pilots

The original pilot episode, in an edited form, was shown in a 1999 special titled "The Lost Episode", which was hosted by Austin St. John and Walter Jones. It contained the same basic story as the released "Day of the Dumpster", but with several differences. This included actress Audri DuBois in the role of Trini and Bobby Val as Skull, different voice actors for the villains, the local hangout being a bowling alley instead of Ernie's Juice Bar, and Alpha having a different body shape. In its original unaired, unedited form the archetypal Zords are referred to as "Droids", the Power Morphers referred to as "Transmorphers" and Zordon was referred to as "Zoltar". The morphing and teleportation sequences were also different.

A second pilot episode was presented in 2007 at the inaugural Power Morphicon convention by Tony Oliver. This featured Thuy Trang as Trini, Jason Narvy as Skull, and Richard Genelle as Ernie, as well as other aspects that made it to the aired series premiere. Scenes from the second pilot would later be used for the episode "Big Sisters".

Re-versioning

As part of the 2010 re-versioned broadcast of the series, several visual effects were added to the scenes to produce the effect of new footage being broadcast in addition to some scenes removed. This includes cutting in comic book-referenced graphics similar to the movie Creepshow and adding onomatopoeia words on screen, akin to the 1960s Batman series, or possibly even referencing 1994's Super Sentai incarnation, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, which was the source material for Season 3 and the special spin-off continuation of the third season, Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.

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