Teamups in Power Rangers usually consists of Power Rangers from two or more seasons teaming up to defeat an overpowered enemy. A good teamup usually comprises of character development from the older team and how well the two teams interact. A bad teamup is comprised of barely any interaction between teams and is just shown to be a twenty-minute fight scene. In this article, I shall be giving my critique on every teamup up in the franchise and determine whether or not it is a good teamup or a bad teamup.
A Friend In Need
Seasons: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers & Masked Rider
A Friend In Need for me has always been an episode that I skip when rewatching Season 3. A majority of this three-parter is just exposition of what the upcoming Masked Rider shows premise will be about and connects characters in the laziest of ways. For one they make King Lexian, who doesn’t really look that tech savvy the creator of Alpha 5 and they allude to the fact that Lord Zedd and Count Dregon are mortal enemies even though Count Dregon never mentions Zedd once in this teamup or any episodes of Masked Rider. Also, after this episode, Masked Rider decided to completely wipe away the fact that they are in the Power Rangers Universe so connecting the Power Rangers characters with the Masked Rider characters were all for nothing.
Rangers Of Two Worlds
Seasons: Power Rangers Zeo & Mighty Morphin’ Alien Rangers
While this episode is infamous among the fandom as to how they got Billy off the show, this teamup has many good moments. For one, seeing both Rita & Zedd and The Machine Empire sending down monsters to attack the Earth was an interesting concept and seeing them trying to outdo one another gives me the villain feels. Also, the realization that Rita & Zedd’s most powerful monster is a pink purse is pretty hilarious.
Seasons: Power Rangers In Space & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
While Power Rangers In Space is my favorite season, this episode to me is one of the few episodes of In Space that I despise to no end. For one, having this episode come out so early in the season really hurts Astronema’s credibility as a villain early on. I mean turning the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles evil was literally her second plan to defeat the Power Rangers. Fortunately for us, her next plan to destroy the Power Rangers with an evil team is executed a lot better. I also hated how stupid all the Space Rangers (except Andros) were this episode. I mean wouldn’t you think something was up if you were asked all these questions about how your base works.
True Blue To The Rescue
Seasons: Power Rangers In Space & Power Rangers Turbo
True Blue To The Rescue, while not a full team teamup due to the fact that 80 percent of the Turbo Ranger team became the Space Rangers, did a good job at tying up loose ends Turbo left hanging. For one we get to see what happened to Justin after he decided to stay on Earth after the rest of the team went into space to travel to Eltar. They also show us what Divatox did with Lightning Cruiser & Storm Blaster after she captured them during her raid on the Power Chamber. Personally, for me, the best part of the episode was the little Divatox cameo at the beginning of the episode where we see one of the many instances where Divatox & Astronema show off their bitter rivalry.
Always A Chance
Season: Power Rangers In Space & Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
While this episode does feature the return of fan-favorite Adam Park, the execution for the appearance of Adam was a little odd. Carlos is going through a recycled plot from last season where he starts getting all down in the dumps due to him injuring one of his teammates in battle. After a tough battle with one of Astronema’s monsters, Adam comes out of nowhere to assist Carlos by boosting his confidence with a Rocky-style training montage. While I do find this reason for Adam coming into the episode to be a little weird, everything after the Carlos and Adam training montage is really good. For one we see Adam risking his life to aide Carlos after he stupidly quits being a Power Ranger by using his broken Power Morpher to morph into the Black Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger. While some question why Adam did not use his viable Green Zeo powers, Adam using the Black Ranger powers was a good way to peer in to see what would happen to a former ranger if they chose to morph with a broken morpher.
To The Tenth Power
Seasons: Power Rangers Lost Galaxy & Power Rangers In Space
Considered to be the first annual teamup, To The Tenth Power like True Blue To The Rescue tied up a major plot point that was never completely resolved which was whatever happened to the Psycho Ranger Key Cards that Astronema had in her possession? Deviot through some underhanded methods obtains the Psycho Ranger Key Cards and releases them to do Trakeena’s bidding. Their first mission out was to capture all the Galaxy Rangers and succeeds in capturing four of them. When Psycho Red attempts to capture Leo, Andros comes in and aides Leo and the Galaxy Rangers in defeating the Psycho Rangers. But he isn’t the only one to come to the party. The rest of the Space Rangers make a grand entrance (by jumping off a building) and the two teams combine forces to battle in five two against one fights that are all kinds of awesome. Eventually, the two teams combine their energies together to destroy the Psycho Rangers for good. However, their victory is shown to be cut short when it is revealed that Psycho Pink has survived which inevitably brings forth events in which many consider to be one of Power Rangers shining moments.
Seasons: Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue & Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Trakeena’s Revenge, while not as sloppy as some teamups in later seasons is a teamup that does a lot of things wrong. Trakeena is revealed to have survived the final battle against the Galaxy Rangers and has traveled to Earth to capture lifeforce from the citizens of Mariner Bay so that she may regain her insect form. A little girl named Heather finds out about Trakeena’s plan and befriends Carter, the Red Lightspeed Ranger and this is where the teamup starts to mess things up. For one, the entire episode focus on the interaction between this little girl who we are just introduced to that we will never see again over the Galaxy Rangers. This episode also does something really weird by introducing Leo by himself and then Maya and Kai a little later on and Damon and Kendrix towards the end which makes a majority of the cast having even less focus and barely any screen time. Also, I can’t forget to mention that the dumbest person in the Power Rangers Universe is introduced in this episode who thinks there is no such thing as monsters.
Time For Lightspeed
Seasons: Power Rangers Time Force & Power Rangers Lighspeed Rescue
Time For Lightspeed for me has always been the teamup I sometimes forget even exists. Don’t get me wrong I love both Lightspeed Rescue & Time Force but this teamup seems a little too quick. For one a majority of the episode focuses on Carter and Wes teaming up to prevent a resurrected Vypra from raising a Super Demon. While this episode did not focus on team interacting as much as I hoped they would, we do get scenes of what the rest of the team has been doing since they hung up their helmets including the revelation of Joel & Ms.Fairweather getting married.
Reinforcements From The Future
Seasons: Power Rangers Wild Force & Power Rangers Time Force
While Wild Force is not the best season of the franchise, it does supply us with a fantastic teamup. Like many good teamups, this one focuses on what the Time Force Rangers have been up to for the past year and also focus on the reformed villains Ransik & Nadira have been up to as well. We are also given hybrid villains for this teamup call Mut-Orgs which showcases the monster types of both seasons. It is also revealed that they are the ones responsible for making Ransik’s body into a living weapon. Last but not least, we are treated to an epic scene where Jen in leather gear jumps of a mountain and blasts the Mut-Orgs with a laser blaster. I also can’t forget to mention our first cross season ship of Taylor & Eric.
Season: Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers To Power Rangers Wild Force
Forever Red for me has always been an episode that is highly overrated in the fandom. Yes, I know that having every Red Ranger up to that point teaming up to defeat a great evil is a big deal but beyond that, I really don’t see anything that makes this episode have all the hype it has. Also, some of the writing in this episode feels very fanfic-like which kind of makes sense since a fan of the show who eventually became the story editor of Wild Force Amit Bhaumik wrote this episode and Reinforcements From The Future.
Seasons: Power Rangers Dino Thunder & Power Rangers Ninja Storm
Thunder Storm is a teamup that does everything right in my opinion. Like most good teamups it shows what the Wind Rangers have been up to but with a twist. Lothor comes back and tricks the Wind Rangers into using morphers that turn them evil which leads to two awesome fight scenes between the Wind & Dino Rangers. We also get to see some awesome scenes between Lothor & Mesogog and a scene at the end of the episode where Marah & Cassidy Cornell (who are played by the same actress) have a scene where they compliment each other at how stunning the other one is. The one problem this teamup has is the shock from the cast about the thought of evil Power Rangers. One, there are two former evil Power Rangers in your season and you just beat an evil ranger clone last episode so there’s no reason to be surprised at the sight of evil Power Rangers.
Seasons: Power Rangers SPD & Power Rangers Dino Thunder
History for me has felt like a teamup that the crew really didn’t want to do but was forced to do. First off, the Dino Rangers are treated like shit by the SPD Rangers which should never happen when the newer team is interacting with the older team. Second, the big fight scene where the two teams teamup is just a regular fight with Krybots so it really doesn’t feel like the Dino Rangers needed to the assist the SPD Rangers at all. One thing that this teamup does get points for is the exposition at the end about what the Dino Rangers will achieve after they hang up their helmets but the scene goes so quick that you can blink and miss it.
Seasons: Power Rangers SPD & Power Rangers Dino Thunder
The second of the SPD/Dino Thunder teamups, Wormhole to me has always felt like the better of the teamups. For one we get to see the Dino Rangers in their own environment and we get to see the two villain factions teaming up to defeat a common enemy. We are also treated to one of the strangest moments in PR History with the two teams screaming “No One Gets Inside”. One thing this teamup did wrong was the need to erase the memories of these events. I never understood why this needed to happen. Also, I find it strange that the staff decided to let Jeffrey Parazzo record ADR for a fully morphed Tommy.
Once A Ranger
Seasons: Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers SPD, & Power Rangers Mystic Force
Operation Overdrive is a season that many consider the worst season in the franchise so it’s no surprise that this teamup is a complete letdown. In this teamup we are introduced to Thrax, the son of Rita Repulsa & Lord Zedd whose existence is questionable considering we are told that he has been trapped in a Space Dumpster for years. Thrax and the rest of the Overdrive Villains teamup to server the Overdrive Rangers connection to the Universal Morphin’ Grid. Sentinel Knight in an attempt to prevent the Evil Alliance from getting the rest of the jewels forms a team of Veteran Rangers to replace the Overdrive Rangers. I will give this teamup points for forming a team of fan favorite Power Rangers and part of me wishes that this team would replace the Overdrive Rangers for good showing how detestable the current team at this point is. After this, the Overdrive Rangers in a fit of jealousy decides to quit for the tenth time and return to their normal lives proving once and for all that the Overdrive Rangers are the worst team the franchise has ever had. They do eventually regain their powers thanks to Alpha 6 with a weird voice chip and finally interacts with the Veteran Rangers to square off against the Evil Alliance in a rock quarry. One thing I never understood about this teamup is that they have Adam & Thrax battling with each other and we are to assume that a Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger would defeat the son of their arch nemesis but for some reason they decided that Sentinel Knight would be the one to destroy Thrax which really gets my gears grinding.
Clash Of The Red Rangers
Seasons: Power Rangers Samurai & Power Rangers RPM
Clash Of The Red Rangers feels like something the production staff came up with at the last minutes which many consider being true due to the fact that this was the last thing the cast did before they wrapped up filming. In this teamup, we are introduced to Professor Cog who is shown to be the antagonist to the RPM Rangers instead of Venjix. It is also revealed that Corinth is in a different dimension for some reason. Like the title tells us, this teamup only feature the Red RPM Ranger teaming up with the Samurai Rangers and does so in a half-assed way. Due to the air in his dimension being so polluted, Scott is not shown unmorphed for the entirety of this teamup. To put the “clash” in Clash Of The Red Rangers, the Samurai Rangers are sent to the RPM Dimension and Scott & Jayden are shown to get into a heated rivalry which includes a overdrawn race and a fight in a quarry. Eventually, the Samurai Rangers return to their dimension to aide the two reds in defeating Professor Cog but not before Emily tells Scott that his team says hi. After a fierce battle which includes the Scott using the Shark Attack Mode, the combined team are able to defeat Professor Cog. Usually, this is when the teamup concludes but to fill time, the production staff decided to combine two movies which have Scott & Antonio fixing a car for the rest of the episode while the Samurai Rangers fight on horseback to battle one of Master Xandred’s generals.