Geeked Out Weight Loss Review: MMPR: Green with Evil, Part One

For the next few weeks of my Geeked Out Weight Loss Review, I am going to explore the first real story arc that appeared on the Power Rangers. The show started off with our five standard Rangers, but early in the 1st season, a surprising twist appeared. There actually was a sixth Power Coin, which could produce a sixth Ranger, but Zordon didn’t have it. The Rangers’ enemy, Rita Repulsa, owned it, and she was able to create her own evil Ranger.

Thus begins the Green with Evil saga! I am going to review the entire five part Green with Evil miniseries. For the next five weeks, we’re going to watch the episodes that started the Green Ranger mythos of the Power Rangers, which also escalated it (for some of us, such as myself) from a lame kid show into a (still admittedly lame) show that dealt with some big concepts and had pretty deep consequences in store. Sort of. It was still a kid’s show, but dang it, it was fun.

So, on to the review!

Green with Evil, Part One

At the Angel Grove Martial Arts Expo, Jason fights new student Tommy in a match. The two are evenly matched, it ends in a draw, and the two martial artists exchange polite words before parting. Kimberly, meanwhile, is smitten with Tommy, and when he scares off Bulk and Skull the next day after they have bothered her, she is even more attracted to him and asks him to hang out with her and her friends at the Youth Center after school.

However, the polite Tommy is quickly noticed by Rita, and she casts a spell, turning him into her evil Green Ranger.

With his power coin, Tommy is now able to enter the Command Center. He immediately goes there, damages Alpha Five, and renders Zordon incapable of communicating with the Rangers.

Alpha Five manages to get a garbled message to the Rangers, and they promptly make their way to the Command Center. Billy manages to partially restore Alpha, although his memory was scrambled and he can’t remember what happened. Worst yet, before the Rangers can ascertain what happened, they discover that Rita has made Goldar gigantic and he is wracking havoc on the Earth.

The Rangers morph and jump into battle. Summoning their MegaZord, they battle Goldar, but Tommy enters the MegaZord cockpit and forcibly ejects the Rangers. They battle with him on the ground, but Tommy gains the upper hand during the battle. The Rangers retreat to the Command Center to lick their wounds and regroup. Alpha once again goes offline, and the Rangers realize they are going to have to face their worst foe yet without Alpha or Zordon to help them.

Weight Loss Analogy

Have you ever had things go a little bit wrong, and the next thing you know, you are a little bit on the frantic side and you can’t quite get your feet back underneath you?

It’s certainly happened to me. I’ve told parts of the “why” I regained the weight I lost on this blog before, but in 2006, I dated a girl (very briefly – far too briefly to have gotten as stressed out as I did over it), we had a messy breakup, and I turned to food for comfort. I wasn’t in a very mentally healthy place, and I viewed my future as suddenly desperately lonely. Forever.

Well, that certainly wasn’t what happened. I’m now happily married to my best friend. We have a baby on the way. My life is never going to be lonely.

But for that short dark period, I thought it was going to be. I was scrambling, and I turned to the one comfort I had always turned to. Food. And even when I got over my loneliness, I still kept eating. I lost all of my good habits, regained my bad ones, and the next thing I knew, I had put on over 100 pounds.

To more directly connect it to what’s going on in this episode, the Rangers have had everything they’ve come to know about being Rangers taken from them. They are no longer the only Rangers. There is an evil Green Ranger battling them. They are not able to depend upon Alpha and Zordon, who have always been there for them. Things have gotten bad quickly.

As the episode ends, however, the Rangers are already doing one thing differently than I did. They aren’t giving up. In fact, Jason even attempts to shore up his team by reminding them that, although they are literally alone with no help, they can’t quit. The safety of the world depends on them beating this evil Green Ranger.

Well, the health of our bodies depend upon us overcoming our vices. So what do we choose to do? Do we fight, or do we roll over?

I’m choosing to fight, even if I don’t know what the next battle may hold.

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