Why is this episode one of the best?
This is going to be short and sweet. We know why this episode ranks as one of the best. What is better than seeing an all-star team of Red Rangers take on the remaining forces of the Machine Empire in their plan to resurrect Lord Zedd's titantic zord Serpenterra? Not a whole lot.
It's a half hour full of action, scenery chewing, and general badassery and nostalgic wonder. If you've never watched it, watch it.
Why is this episode not higher on the list?
Forever Red is a great episode in that it's fun and puts together a cast of fan-favorite characters...but there's a lot of things wrong with it too. Rocky is notably missing from the lineup, due to production just not being able to locate the actor at the time of filming. (To be fair, Aurico is also not his original actor...but that one's a little bit easier to let pass.)
Then there's the fact that the episode was supposed to be at least a 2-parter, but there wasn't enough budget, so it got knocked down to one. (This is the main reason that the "Machine Empire" is composed of Beetle Borgs suits.) But added to that, the episode actually went over budget, and production had to ask Bandai for some cash, leading to the unfulfilling way the episode ends. (Cole, Wild Force Red, using his new bike toy to take out Serpenterra....because you know, that seems like a fitting end for a Zord that can blow up a planet.)
Cole is also a little bit wooden here (and in other Wild Force episodes) but it's balanced out by the other Red Rangers and the fact that he's identified as "The Rookie."
How does this episode possibly influence the movie?
Legacy. The new Power Rangers film seems to be trying to establish an extended universe for its Power Rangers mythos. There were rangers before this present team, and it's incredibly likely that Zordon and Rita were at least involved with that team in the past.
Power Rangers has always prided itself on being in a shared universe with its characters and story, but has never had the budget to fully realize it. (Re: Megaforce)
I think, if given the chance, the movie universe could end up showing us legions of ranger teams joining forces to snuff out evil and all that good stuff.
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