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Power Rangers 30th Anniversary Clip Clarifies What’s Happened With Two Popular Mighty Morphin Heroes In The Netflix Special

2023 is a big year for the Power Rangers franchise, as it marks the 30th anniversary of when the franchise launched with Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. To celebrate this big occasion, Netflix subscribers are being treated to a special titled Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: Once & Always, which, among other things, is bringing back a lot of veterans from the original show. As for the folks we won’t see in the special, a Once & Always clip has been released clarifying that while we won’t see two Mighty Morhpin’ heroes’ faces, we don’t need to worry about their fates.

The starring lineup of Power Rangers in this franchise installment will consist of David Yost’s Billy the Blue Ranger, Walter Emanuel Jones’ Zack the Black Ranger, Catherine Sutherland’s Kat the Pink Ranger and Steve Cardenas’ Rocky the Red Ranger. Longtime fans will remember that the latter two took over their respective Ranger mantles from Amy Jo Johnson’s Kimberly and Austin St. John’s Jason, and they’ve been called to do so once again. In the clip, it’s shown that Billy and Alpha 5 created proxy Power Coins that draw from a secondary connection to the Power Grid, allowing any of the Rangers to use Dino powers. Zack then points out how Zordon once said that “duplicating active powers is very dangerous,” but Kat and Rocky are willing to accept that risk, so they’re once again back in action as the Red and Pink Rangers.

Austin St. John and Amy Jo Johnson in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

(Image credit: Hasbro)

The fact that it’s mentioned that the Pterodactyl and Tyrannosaurus are two “active” powers being duplicated means that Kimberly and Jason are also still harnessing them, and thus are still alive. Admittedly, one of the things exciting me about Once & Always is it feels a tad more adult than the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, particularly through Thuy Trang’s Trini the Yellow Ranger dying early on in the fight against the robotic Rita Repulsa. Trang passed away in 2001, so besides of showing her character fully suited up for a spell, it makes sense why the character is taken off the board. However, it would have been a bit much to have Jason and Kimberly perish as well.