Why is this episode one of the best?
Always a Chance is fairly high up on my list of best episodes of all time for two very simple reasons:
One, it is one of the only episodes in all the time Power Rangers has been on that shows a Ranger doubting themselves, and the doubt is for legitimate reasons; i.e. Carlos does not want to endanger his team because he may not be good enough to be a Ranger anymore.
Two, it exemplifies a defining point of the show; Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger. The Power Rangers universe, while never fully developed, has at its core the idea that all past rangers are out there somewhere, helping the world in their own way. This episode sees Adam return to retrain Carlos and convince him that he is worth of being a ranger. (He picked him afterall.) Plus, we get to see Adam be a BAMF and morph at the risk of his own life with a broken morpher. (Adam is a favorite character of mine, but unfortunately he never got his due while he was in the main cast. His two return performances sort of made up for that.)
Why is this episode not higher on the list?
What bogs this episode down is some continuity errors and that the monster plot for the episode is incredibly weak:
Do we ever learn what Lizwizard is trying to steal? Does Astronema build a weapon with it? I don't remember if we see either come to fruition. Continuity errors include the morpher on Adam's belt being fixed when he morphs, which I assume is just a B-unit costuming issue, and Astronema obviously being dubbed over because she got the name of the monster wrong. (Her mouth says "Wizlizard" and her voice says "Lizwizard.")
There's also a bit of wooden acting from Carlos and Adam here, but I blame it mostly on the dialogue. Compared to other episodes though, these gripes are minor.
How does this episode possibly influence the movie?
In the same way that Adam trains Carlos in this episode, Zordon and Alpha are going to have to train the new team of heroes to not doubt themselves and band together. By all accounts, it's not going to be an easy job.
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