Invasion of the Body Switcher
Power Rangers In Space
If there is one things that Power Rangers seems to do well is to give you something nice to look at. To a shirtless Jason in season 1 to a curvacious Kat during Power Rangers Zeo. Even this year's cast of Mega Force as quoted by Fighter's High Creator Chris Ryons as being "Super Models." Yet, Power Rangers in Space really seemed to be the series that let looks and sex help sell the show. And why not? Many of the audience had become Teenagers or Pre-teens and it was a factor the show's ratings to go up. You don't believe me?
Let's go over the series, shall we? We've got a villainess clad in skin tight black leather for 2/3rds of the series. We've got the Rangers in tight uniforms showing off their physiques: especially apparent with TJ, Cassie & Ashley. TJ's muscles were very apparent in the Space Uniform; without the jacket, you can see the blue shirt show off his six pack for frell's sake. An there were plenty of shots that showed off the Rangers as well. They were overly apparent but if you look, you'll definitely know what I mean.
Which comes to this week's entry in #45. Power Rangers is not known for its fan service but boy, did they push it in this episode. The episode has Ashley celebrating her birthday with the rest of the team on Earth. As they are building up the Andros/Ashley relationship, Space once again nukes any notions of a Carlos/Ashley relationship they tried for in Turbo by having Carlos give Ashley a fire extinguisher for her birthday present.
Hold on a second. Warning, RANT: WHAT THE HELL CARLOS? A FIRE EXTINGUISHER AS A BDAY GIFT?! SHE"S A CHICK THAT YOU ONCE HAD A MAJOR CRUSH ON & YOU GIVE HER A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?! MEN WERE & STILL ARE ASHAMED OF YOU THAT MOMENT! GRRRR ....
Anyway, as Ashley gets a jewel from Andros which becomes a plot point later. Meanwhile in the Dark Fortress, Astromena gets introduced to the Monster of the Day, The Body Switcher. After a frightening cheese fest that was "Disco Kitty", the monster ends up changing Astromena into Ashley. While Ashley & Cassie talk, Astromena takes her chance to switch with Ashley. Before Ashley back to the Dark Fortress, we get a shot of what's up her skirt ... wow. She's wearing a holter top with a hoodie but now we get up her skirt for a split second. WOW.
Meanwhile, Ashley easily tricks the Body Switcher to turn her into Astromena, surreal I know, and then gets free by Tricking Elgar. On Earth, Astromena has morphed into the Yellow Ranger, about to shoot Andros from behind when Ashley arrives. Ashley says that the Yellow Ranger is Astromena but Astromena is smart enough to trick Andros into fighting Ashley. At one point, Ashley makes Andros awary that the Yellow Ranger is not her and Andros quickly shoots her in the shoulder. As the morpher drops, Astromena's disguise also disappears.
Astromena and Ashley duke it out as the other Rangers arrive, wondering which is which. And in a brilliant move by the writers, Andros holds out the morpher saying "Let's Rocket!" Astromena on the Left does the movement correctly while the Astromena on the Right looks like she's having an epileptic seizure. Then the rest of the episode is usual stuff but before she leaves Astromena says, "I wouldn't want to be a Power Ranger anyway." - OH IRONY!
This episode is the most fan service (in terms of showing off bodies) in Power Rangers History. You can see most of the Rangers butts in this episode fairly well. Tracey Lynn Cruz is clearly wearing a tighter costume ... with possibly no bra at one point. And Selwyn Ward ... his muscles .... Let me stop. You've got shots in the episode showing off the actors assets more than usual. Yet, you've got a strong character piece that advances Ashley's relationship with Andros while giving more depth into Astromena's character and the argument of nature vs nurture. Both Tracy Lynn Cruz & Melody Perkins do exceptional jobs as playing each other's characters in this episode, which makes the show even better. This episode is pure fun . . . & a big ole tease.
It also has one of the top funniest moments in PR history with Astromena, as the Yellow Ranger, not doing the now legendary signature flip onto screen.
Why is this # 45. Two Reasons: 1 - DISCO KITTY ... & # 2 - FIRE EXTINGUISHER!
Still, watch the episode. It's a funny, entertaining tease that actually advances story well.
NEXT WEEK: In the Light of the Moon . . .