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- "Zeddy, meet... Master Vile, my... father."
- ―Rita Repulsa
Master Vile and the Metallic Armor is the three-part episode in season 3 of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. It features the debut of Rita and Rito's father, Master Vile, as well as the debut of the Metallic Armor and the first appearance of the Zeo Crystal.
The 19th, 20th and 21st Zeo Serial Shorts aired before a later airing of each three parts.
Master Vile, the extremely powerful father of Rita Repulsa and Rito Revolto, arrives at the Moon Palace and takes command, determined to finally defeat the Rangers. He creates the energy-absorbing Globbor Monster who grows increasingly powerful with each transformation. To defeat this nearly unstoppable monster and super-strong Tengas, Zordon gives the teens the power of Metallic Armor, and charges them with the task of retrieving the ancient Zeo Crystal, before Vile destroys the entire planet.
The Angel Grove Police Department has sponsored a horse-riding excursion for Nature Appreciation Week, and the Power Rangers are out with Lt. Stone, Bulk, and Skull on a ride. When the ground inexplicably starts shaking and darkness falls everywhere, the concerned Rangers teleport to the Command Center only to find everything completely offline, including Alpha 5 and Zordon. The Moon Palace is also rocked violently as a menacing creature in black robes appears in Lord Zedd's throne room. He is Master Vile, the ruler of the M51 Galaxy and father to Rita Repulsa and Rito Revolto.
As the Command Center comes back online, Zordon tells the Rangers of Master Vile and announces that as a precaution against his evil powers, a new Metallic Armor has been developed for their Power Ranger uniforms that will increase their strength, but is only to be used in dire emergencies. On the Viewing Globe, Kat then spots Lt. Stone looking for her and her friends. While he searches, Stone is anticipating a monster attack and has assigned Bulk and Skull to ride their horses and get help.
Up in the Moon Palace, Master Vile is not at all impressed with his new son-in-law Lord Zedd and is berating Rita for her choice in husbands ("You couldn't marry someone who had a skull?!"). Zedd argues that he still has Ninjor and the Falconzord as his captives, but Rito fumbles the vase holding Ninjor and he escapes back to the Command Center. Vile is angry at Rito for his clumsiness, as Ninjor's presence is crucial for his master plan to obtain the Zeo Crystal. Zordon and Ninjor explain that the Zeo Crystal is an ancient relic of limitless power from the M51 Galaxy that was hidden beneath the Moon Palace in the Caves of Deception, and that a force-field prevents all but the pure of heart from taking it.
Rita jokes that Zedd's skinless appearance is a result of him trying to take the Zeo Crystal, but Vile is not dissuaded and takes Rito and Goldar to his Space Skull. He creates the monster Globbor to hunt Ninjor and drain his powers, then turn them against the Rangers and suck theirs away so that he can take the Crystal. In the meantime, he hands Zedd a sack of special bird-food for the Tenga Warriors that will boost their power. Once fed, the superpowered Tengas are sent out to pick on humans, starting with Bulk and Skull.
The Power Rangers morph into battle, but are no match for the Tengas and are forced to call Ninjor for help. When Ninjor arrives, Globbor jumps him and teleports away with him in his gooey claws. Faced with desperation, the Rangers activate their Metallic Armor and soon turn the tables on the Tengas. The emergency over, Zordon shows concern over the situation and makes a gamble of his own: one of the Rangers must go to the Caves of Deception, retrieve the Zeo Crystal, and destroy it. Tommy volunteers, but Kat insists on going with him as she knows how to distract Rita and Zedd.
While Tommy and Kat are on their mission, the other Rangers are sent to fight Globbor when he appears in Angel Grove as a giant. Billy installs a new remote-control device into the Shogun Megazord that allows the Rangers to operate both it and the Ninja Megazord in tandem, but Globbor starts draining the Shogun Megazord's power with long-range energy beams. In the Moon Palace, Kat approaches Rita and Zedd and declares that she wishes to rejoin the Evil Space Aliens.
Globbor has drained the Shogun Megazord into non-functionality, and the Rangers regroup into the Ninja Megazord to continue the fight. Meanwhile, Kat is put in a device that is designed to drain all the good out of her and replace it with pure evil. Tommy can't bear to leave her alone, but Zordon forces Tommy to continue without Kat and get the Zeo Crystal, knowing that it will purge the evil out of her. When Zedd senses Tommy in the Moon Palace, he taunts Kat by saying that since Tommy was once evil himself (back in his days as the Green Ranger), the force-field will surely destroy him. Kat refuses to believe this, even as her inner goodness drains away.
Tommy enters the Caves of Deception, an apt name as the powers of the cave creates a variety of illusions to throw him off. He is first attacked by an illusion of Goldar, and illusions of his fellow Rangers, Rita and Kat, and even himself as the Green Ranger try to demoralize him, but the proud White Ranger refuses to succumb and continues deeper into the cave where the Zeo Crystal awaits. Ignoring more illusions of Master Vile and Kat, Tommy grabs the Zeo Crystal. The force-field activates and tears into him, and memories of all the evil acts he had performed flash through his head. However, his memories of all the good he had done for his friends since allows Tommy to withstand the force-field and take the Crystal. With its power, Tommy returns to Zedd's throne room, frees Kat from the machine, and takes back the Falconzord from its birdcage as they all teleport away.
Back in Angel Grove, the Ninja Megazord is at low power due to Globbor. Just as it looks like the end, Tommy and Kat arrive in the Falconzord (which contains the Zeo Crystal) and join up with the rest of the Rangers to clobber Globbor in a Ninja Megafalconzord dive-punch. Amazingly, the monster survives and transforms into a cruel parody of Ninjor, allowing him to continue fighting with the powers he had stolen from the ninja master. The Shogun Megazord is brought in via remote-control to double-team Globbor, but Master Vile appears and tells the Rangers that every blow they make on the monster will hurt Ninjor. Unable to risk hurting their friend, the Rangers cannot stop Globbor from inflict critical damage on the Megazords and they are forced to abandon them.
Vile teleports the Zords out of the city and off of Earth, and Globbor is shrunken down to finish the Power Rangers off. Though their Metallic Armor offers some protection, it isn't enough to prevent their powers from getting drained. Using their last bit of power, the Rangers use the Armor to summon an energy wave to knock Globbor down, then teleport away.
Bulk and Skull finally arrive at the Juice Bar and find Ernie, but Master Vile and the Evil Space Aliens appear and sends them all into a panic. Now that Vile has won, he intends to celebrate by hosting the last party Earth will ever have before he destroys the planet.
Zordon taps directly into the Morphing Grid to recharge the Rangers' powers, but they are still weary from Globbor's attack. At the Juice Bar, Master Vile's End Of The World Party is in full swing as the sun is eclipsed in darkness. Everybody in Angel Grove is forced into attendance alongside scores of monsters, and they are made to party like there's no tomorrow in every literal sense of the phrase.
Billy tracks down the vanished Megazords and Falconzord to a distant planet in the M51 Galaxy, where they sit rusted and motionless. With no guarantee that they'll have enough power to get back, the Rangers teleport across the galaxy to the Zords' resting place. Using their Blade Blasters, the Rangers carve away the rust and gain access to an emergency exit in the Ninja Megazord's big toe. The Zords suddenly activate as Master Vile summons the Zeo Crystal's power, causing them to fire devastating energy blasts at Earth. In order to break Vile's connection, the Rangers feed the energy of their Power Coins through the Crystal.
Lord Zedd reports to Vile that the Power Rangers have the Zords back and are returning to Earth, so Globbor is sent out again. This time, Globbor uses all the power it had absorbed from the Rangers and their Zords to become a multi-headed monstrosity, giving both Ninja and Shogun Megazords and the Falconzord a brutal beating. Alpha suddenly hits on the solution to the Globbor problem and uses the Command Center's power to end the solar eclipse. Exposed to sunlight, Globbor's stolen powers vanish from him, and Ninjor is able to free himself from Vile's captivity.
Furious, Master Vile enlarges himself to destroy the Rangers, while Ninjor arrives in Battle Mode to provide support. After destroying Globbor, the Rangers form the Shogun Megafalconzord and give Vile a piece of their mind. Defeated but not at all distraught, Vile retreats in his Space Skull and swears that the Power Rangers and Earth have not heard the last of him.
In the mountains, the Rangers summon the Metallic Armor to protect them as Tommy uses Saba to shatter the Zeo Crystal into five sub-crystals, which are all teleported through time and space so that Master Vile can never reassemble them. The crisis averted, they all head back to finish their horse-riding expedition.
- Catherine Sutherland as Katherine "Kat" Hillard (Pink Ranger)
- David Yost as Billy Cranston (Blue Ranger)
- Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park (Black Ranger)
- Karan Ashley as Aisha Campbell (Yellow Ranger)
- Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos (Red Ranger)
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver (White Ranger)
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Jason Narvy as Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Richard Genelle as Ernie
- Gregg Bullock as Lt. Jerome Stone
- David Fielding as Zordon (face)
- Robert L. Manahan as Zordon (voice)
- Donene Kistler as Alpha 5
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 5 (voice)
- Kim Strauss as Ninjor (voice)
- Carla Perez as Rita Repulsa
- Barbara Goodson as Rita Repulsa (voice)
- Ed Neil as Lord Zedd
- Robert Axelrod as Lord Zedd (voice)
- Danny Wayne Stallcup as Goldar
- Kerrigan Mahan as Goldar (voice)
- Bob Papenbrook AS Rito Revolto (voice)
- Michael J. Sorich as Squatt (voice)
- Dave Mallow as Baboo (voice) (as Colin Phillips)
- Tom Wyner as Master Vile (voice)
- Eddie Frierson as Blue Globbor (voice)
- First appearance of Master Vile, Rita and Rito's father, who would remain on the show until "Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part 2" (Aside from appearing in hologram form in A Zeo Beginning).
- The Monsters that attended Master Vile's End of the World Party at the Youth Center are Fighting Flea, Slippery Shark, Oysterizer, Robogoat, Invenusable Flytrap, Vampirus, Artistmole, Centiback, Hate Master, Miss Chief, Inciserator, See Monster, Garbage Mouth, Brick Bully's second form, and Dischordia.
- Part I marks the first time two Megazords are used in one battle.
- Debut of the Metallic Armor (which is only used in this three parter and the next two episodes) which serves as a replacement for the Ninja outfit powers to combat Rita and Zedd's super strong Tengas.
- Debut of the Shogun Megafalconzord configuration.
- First appearance of Billy's Falconzord remote which enables the Rangers to control both the Ninja and Shogun Megazords simultaneously.
- In the Ninja Sentai Kakuranger footage that serves as the basis for the episode, Globber gained its final form when it absorbed the powers of four of the Kakurangers, which is why the final form has the four Aquitian Ranger helmets, though no mention is ever made in the show about the resemblance; and the weapon it gains is Ninja Black's crossbow.
- In the American adaptation, Master Vile instructs Globbor to "use their weapons against them;" this is most likely due to the crossbow somewhat resembling the Power Blaster from Zyuranger footage in the brief shot of Globbor firing it. Cut from the Sentai footage is Ninja Red (the only Kakuranger not to be absorbed) attacking Master Vile's Sentai counterpart to damage the monster and provoke him to grow.
- The footage of the rusted over zords is taken from base scenes in Kakuranger where they are the statue forms of the three god generals.
- Rita jokes the forcefield protecting the Zeo Crystal scarred Lord Zedd's face.
- In Part II, when Tommy is trying to get through the Zeo Crystal's forcefield, clips from "Green with Evil" (Tommy destroying the Command Center and then breaking into the Megazord), "The Mutiny" (Tommy and Billy fighting some Z-Putties), and "Final Face-Off" (Tommy and Rocky fighting the Face Stealer) are seen.
- The Dino Megazord appeared in the clip from "Green with Evil", making the first time it appear as Megazord since "The Mutiny", and the first time the Dinozords appear since "Ninja Quest".
- Part III marks the final usage of the Blade Blasters.
- When Zedd taunts Kat about when Tommy is evil while draining her goodness in the device, he says "the former Green Ranger" instead of Tommy himself directly. It is unknown if and how Kat would know Tommy was the Green Ranger as Tommy or nobody else told her the story of the Green Ranger. Though Tommy had told her how he was evil, he didn't mention to her while he was the Green Ranger. Rita even jokingly taunts Kat that Zordon never told her the story of the Green Ranger.
- Things seen or used for the final time:
- The Ninja Megazord cockpit
- Saba used in combat
- The Blade Blasters
- Ninjor in American footage
- The Green Ranger with his cloth Dragon Shield used in the American footage (later appearances in Fighting Spirit and the Super Megaforce finale feature the armor made of the same heavy-duty material used in Zyuranger, albeit with a white vertical stripe added to the helmet).
- In Part I, when Rito clumsily drops and shatters the vase containing Ninjor, the deluxe American Ninjor action figure can be seen briefly lying on the ground.
- For some strange reason, Kimberly's voice can be heard when Adam fights.
- In Part II, when Tommy reaches for the Zeo Crystal, his flashback of destroying the Command Center as the Green Ranger has Zordon saying, "No, Green Ranger, stop immediately! You mustn't do this! Stop!" However, during that event in "Green With Evil," Zordon originally said, "No, you must not do this! Alpha! Alpha 5, wake up! Alpha, you must warn the other Power Rangers! Tommy, stop, you don't know what you're doing!" This was due to Bob Manahan dubbing over David Fielding's voice and original dialogue.
- While Tommy and Katherine are still in the process of returning with the Falconzord, an establishment shot from the ongoing battle against Globbor shows the Ninja MegaFalconzord standing there.
- The Falconzord's cockpit looks noticeably different.
- While the dialog mentioned that the zeo crystal was in the Ninja Megazord the prop giant foot appers to be of the Shogun Megazord.
- When the Rangers combine their powers to sever Master Vile's link to the Zeo Crystal, quick zooming shots of their Morphers clearly show the original Dino Power Coins on their belts. Furthermore, Katherine had only ever used the Crane Power Coin, inherited from Kimberly.
- In Part III, Dischordia is visibly present at Master Vile's End of the World party, seated by a table with the Invenusable Flytrap, even having a speaking role, despite not officially appearing until The Sound of Dischordia, when Vile essentially resurrects her.
- Kat seems surprised at Rita and Zedd's revelation that Tommy used to be evil. But Tommy had revealed this to her a few episodes prior.
- Ep. 23: Blitzkrieg!! The Strange White Bird - Super Sentai counterpart in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. See comparison page. (Master Vile & Shogun Megafalconzord debut)
- Ep. 36: The Hooligan Ninja!! - Super Sentai counterpart in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. See comparison page. (The Zords Statue footage)
- Ep. 42: The Plundered Ninja Power - Super Sentai counterpart in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. See comparison page. (Zord battle & story)
- Ep. 43: The Last Day of the Sanshinshou - Super Sentai counterpart in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. See comparison page. (Zord battle & story)
- Ep. 44: The Wound-Filled Great Reversal - Super Sentai counterpart in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. See comparison page. (Zord battle & story)