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The Lost Episode 

Original version of the premiere episode.

Writers:

Tony Oliver, Saburo Yatsude (original concepts) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Austin St. John ... Jason Lee Scott / The Red Ranger
Amy Jo Johnson ... Kimberly Hart / The Pink Ranger
Walter Jones ... Zack Taylor / The Black Ranger
Audri Dubois Audri Dubois ... Trini Kwan / The Yellow Ranger
David Yost ... Billy Cranston / The Blue Ranger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stella Angelova ... Female Punk
David J. Fielding ... Zoltar (as David Fielding)
Barbara Goodson ... Rita Repulsa (voice)
Richard Steven Horvitz ... Alpha 5 (voice)
Takako Iiboshi Takako Iiboshi ... Finster (archive footage)
Steve Kramer ... Finster (voice)
Hideaki Kusaka Hideaki Kusaka ... Mongo (archive footage)
Dave Mallow ... Mongo (voice)
Tony Oliver ... Flyguy (voice)
Takashi Sakamoto Takashi Sakamoto ... Flydar (archive footage)
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Original version of the premiere episode.

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Release Date:

22 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

MMPR Productions Inc. See more »
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Trivia

This episode didn't air on TV until four years after the original TV series ended. It was broadcast on the Fox Kids block only once as a TV special with Austin St. John & Walter Jones as the hosts presenting the "lost" episode along with a recap of the first five Power Ranger shows. See more »

Quotes

Zoltar: Welcome, humans.
Jason Lee Scott: So who is that?
Kimberly Hart: Like, what is that?
Alpha 5: That is Zoltar. An intra-dimensional being caught in a time warp. My name is Alpha 5, his trusted assistant.
Zack Taylor: Yeah, right. And I'm a Ninja Turtle.
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Higher Grounds
(uncredited)
Performed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Good Thing The Final Show Ended Up Better
20 July 2019 | by jeremycrimsonfoxSee all my reviews

Yeah, this lost episode is basically the lost pilot to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, titled Day Of The Dumpster like the series premiere we got.

Basically, the plot is the same as the final product: Rita is freed by two astronauts, and the Power Rangers are formed. But this pilot has a lot of differences compared to the actual Day Of The Dumpster. One being Trini being played by a different actress (who was replaced because in a TMZ interview with Walter Jones, he said she was replaced for asking for more money (although it was back in 2013, and he said he think she asked for more money, meaning this claim may not be true). Also, they are in a bowling alley instead of the Angel Grove juice bar, Skull leads a gang and is more serious, Zordon is called Zoltar, as well as other changes.

My thoughts: For a pilot episode, it's not too bad, but it has some problems. As this is a pilot meant to be shown to networks to see if they are interested (as well as test if the splicing of Japanese stock footage with the filmed American footage will work), some things will not look right. The designs for Zoltar and Alpha 5 are basically horrible in this, and the aliens at Rita's command have different voice actors, each being a hit or miss (one voice I see as a miss is Finster's voice). Also, the morph sequence is low budget, with the teens calling out their dinosaur not sounding excited at all.

However, there are some good things. The pilot makes use of more Zyuranger footage, Zoltar actually explains about the time warp he is trapped in, and the use of King Sphinx (who is known here as Fly Guy) instead of Goldar. Thankfully, this is a pilot, and in the final product, a lot of stuff was changed for the better (like Alpha 5 being redone to be the Alpha 5 we know and love). But this pilot is still worth checking out, and can be found on YouTube.


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