Web Video: Truncated Power Rangers
Jason: Zordon, what the hell is going on?
Zordon: What always happens, Jason? Rita tried to kill people. You saved the day.The Truncated Series
of Power Rangers
, specifically Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
. Created in August 2008, the series is notable for being one of the first live-action Abridged series and having its contributors recognized by real names
instead of handles.
Posted on Vimeo here
and YouTube here
. Be warned that the latter link leads to a page in which many episodes have been terminated due to copyright infringement.
- The Abridged Series: Duh. Lampshaded in Episode 10:
: Oh-ho! Someone's coming up with oneliners now! It's like you have your own videos on YouTube!
- Affectionate Parody: Who didn't love Power Rangers?
- Anything That Moves: Kim. Just ... Kim.
- Rita, when they aren't making menstruation jokes.
- Artistic License – Astronomy: Lampshaded in Episode 1, with the astronauts visiting the Earth's second moon. The show itself glosses over this.
- This is the basis for the morph gag in Episode 25.
- As Himself: Ron Wasserman.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Tommy v. Dry Bowser in the movie.
- Big Damn Heroes: Bulk and Skull wind up saving the day during episode 17. The footage used? The scene where they morphed into mock-Power Rangers from the Season 1 episode "Crystal of Nightmares".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Oh, lordy. Zedd is the executive producer of Power Rangers - of which Zordon is a producer - and the primary motive is to keep the show on the air.
- Most episodes have at least one time this happens. At one point Alpha asks, "Is this meta enough for you?" before turning back to the viewing globe.
- Butt Monkey: Canary Gary from episode 13. And episode 31.
- Jason and Tommy with idiot jokes.
- Kim with slut jokes.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Baseball is referred to as Stick-a-Stitch on Triforia.
- Call Back: The first few episodes serve as standalones, but after the writers took a break in the Spring of 2009, the following episodes (11+) began to heavily use these.
- Calling Your Attacks: Frequently.
Mega Dragonzord Super Fighting Awesome Machine!
- Goldar finally calls Jason out on this in Episode 28.
- Catch Phrase: Subverted. The morph calls are usually different every episode, but a few phrases get repeated.
Zack, Episode 1: Elephant!
Jason, Episode 5: Do the super jump!
Rocky: Your mother __________
Aisha: I have no distinctive personality whatsoever.
- Bonus: If you know a lot of geeky things, the morph calls also count as Shout Outs to various things.
- Censored for Comedy: Invoked in Episode 24. Billy's hand is censored for a split second.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Most characters are guilty of this, but Jason is this in spades.
- And Tommy. Dear god, Tommy.
Alpha: "I don't understand this Zordon, Saba doesn't talk!"
Zordon: "Tommy's turned his new superpowered weapon into something of an imaginary friend."
Alpha: "Isn't he like twenty?"
Zordon: "It's Tommy, he's mentally six."
- Combat Tentacles: Episode 28's Gordian Knob sure loves these.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ivan Ooze.
- Curse Cut Short: A few instances; namely, Episodes 7, 15, and 20. The series generally tries to avoid swearing.
- Darker and Edgier: Edenoi in "A Friend in Need" is reimagined as the much-mocked MMPR fan film project.
- Designated Villain: Played for Laughs by the Simian Censor, who is introduced attempting to stop Alpha from having sex with a minor. Then he has to spoil it by attacking the city again.
- Drugs Are Bad: Episode 11's Steroid Sosa is an embodiment of this trope. In Season 2, Zedd uses HGH to make his monsters grow.
Alpha 5, Episode 23: Meth is a hell of a drug.
- Dumb Is Good: Lampshaded.
Zordon, Episode 1: Bring me five teenagers too stupid to understand the cosmic repercussions of their actions.
- Played straight as well—while Zordon and Alpha are normal, as well as the villains, the heroes are stunningly idiotic.
- Editing Works
- Faster-Than-Light Travel: Gleefully subverted in Episode 31.
- Final Season Casting: Long-time writer Christian (Ian) Salabert joined as a full-time voice in Season 3, providing dialogue for Ninjor, Rito and monsters-of-the-week.
- Flat "What.": Zordon's reaction to Alpha breaking out multi-parters "out of freakin' nowhere" in Episode 33, particularly when three of the Rangers get trapped in a storybook.
- Fluffles the Terrible: Episode 16, when Finster creates Goldar's War Zord (Cyclopsis from MMPR) and names it Fluffles after the rest of Rita's crew can't decide on a name.
- Freudian Slip Zack's accent allows one to happen rather easily
Zack: Power arse. Axe. Axe is what I said.
- Gag Dub
- Genre Savvy: Zordon. On the other side of the (Power) coin, Goldar.
Alpha:Being self-aware sure is handy!
- Gilligan Cut: Episode 10.
Jason: Let's sneak up on him!
- Godwin's Law: Invoked in Episode 24, and lampshaded via caption.
- Greek Chorus: Usually from Zordon and Alpha, but the rest of the cast get their moments.
- Hostage Situation: Episode 7's dance party is revealed to be one of these.
- Insufferable Genius: Billy, ramped up to eleven.
- Interactive Narrator: Episode 40 reveals that the writers' universe coincides with the Truncated Power Rangers universe. Somehow.
- Just Fine Without You: When Zordon warns that Jason may not come back at the end of Episode 28, the team cheers.
- Larynx Dissonance: All the female characters, but Rita stands out the most.
- Leitmotif: Youth Center scenes are accompanied by the Wii Sports theme. Bulk and Skull's are various Super Mario themes. When Rita is around, her palace scenes are accompanied by Ganondorf's theme; similarly, Zedd is always coupled with Dr. Wily's theme.
- Lens Flare: Lampshaded in Episode 7.
- Mars Needs Women: Somewhat invoked in Episode 32, but this was more of a reference to Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.
- Mauve Shirt: Putty #6, notable for being a Butt Monkey in Episode 21, becomes this in Episode 22.
- Million-to-One Chance: Goldar has a really good day in Episode 28 and asks what the chances are of Jason coming and ruining them...
Kim: Uh ... pretty good, actually.
- Monster of the Aesop: Lampooned in Episode 20.
- No Indoor Voice: Jason and Tommy. Especially Tommy.
- Oblivious To Hints: The rest of the team is shocked when Tommy is revealed as the White Ranger.
- Offscreen Crash: Billy and Kim shove Waldo into one of these in Episode 3.
- Precision F-Strike: Ivan Ooze's demise in the Movie.
- Queer as Tropes: Billy.
- According to Episode 24, arguably Alpha.
- According to the series, arguably everyone. At one point they imply Rita and Kim slept together, though Rita identifies as 'bi-curious'.
- Reference Overdosed: Debatable.
- Rimshot: Episode 23 features one.
- Rule of Three: Episode 27 lampshades this with its plot device.
: Any questions, bitch?
- Running Gag: The Dragon Dagger plays different music each episode... except the episodes when Jason used it, and he couldn't get the thing to make any sound.
- Goldar's the only one who played the Dagger's proper tune. This is at least partly because Jason and Tommy are idiots.
- Jason's call during the morphing sequence is always something different.
- The narrator's TV show name shout outs every time there is a scene cut to the villains.
- The onomatopoeia and various text overlays are constantly lampshaded.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Tommy loves doing this while being a suit actor in Episode 7.
- Science Is Useless: In Episode 31, Jason, Trini, and Zack are frozen by flower petals. Yup.
- Scotland: Haggis the Horrible in Episode 25.
- Selective Obliviousness: Jason and his gay porn rumors.
- Just so everyone's clear, Jason's actor never did that.
- Shout-Out: Too many to list here, so they got their own page.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In episode 36 ("Grimdorks"), Dex gives his serious business exposition to our heroes as some rather cartoonish music from the WALL•E score plays.
- Special Guest: Mr. Mighty RAW himself, Ron Wasserman, voiced Episode 26's... Ron Wasserman.
- Start My Own: Invoked in Episode 25.
- Statler and Waldorf: Squatt and Baboo get reduced to this once Zedd hits in Episode 23, complete with "Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!"
- Stock Australian Phrases: The Putties.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Episode 30 features Sauron bragging how he can dodge anything. He can't.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: The series' creator is a huge fan of this. It's difficult to find a viewer that can name all the musical references.
- Take That: Zack's character is a shot at Samuell Benta.
- Episode 6 takes a shot at Mystic Force.
- The mock PSA, aka Episode 15.5, features a not so subtle shot at Justin.
- Episode 36 is long potshot against the MMPR fanfilm.
- The third act of Episode 37 ("Now in HD") has Jack Olesk—ahem, Ninjor—take potshots against Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy.
- Episode 38 all-but-directly calls the show racist due to its inability to distinguish Asian cultures.
- Take That Me: Constantly.
- Toilet Humour: Jason has an affinity for this. It tones down after the first few episodes.
- Tommy wondered if the Megazord had a bathroom. It did.
- Tommy was disappointed to learn that Rita did not install one in the Dragonzord.
- Turtle Power: Episode 5.
- Vetinari Job Security: Baboo and Squatt try making a monster in Episode 5. This parallels what happened in the source show.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Episode 24's Censor Simian.
- Wham Episode: Episode 40. The episode begins with a "real world" prologue in which the author has trouble finding inspiration for Aisha's focus episode. Eventually we cut to the episode, but near the end, the "real" world and the "Truncated" world begin to interact in strange ways...
- Where Da White Women At?: Alpha in Episode 7.
- Windows XP: Episodes 29 and 30 imply that the entire Command Center, let alone Alpha 5, run on this.
- You Have to Have a Jewish Stereotype: Started with Billy in Episode 3. Dropped for a different character direction for Billy. Lord Zedd (who was Ambiguously Jewish in the real show) brings it back full force.
Lord Zedd, Episode 23: I am Lord Zedd of Nazareth. Identify yourself, you schmuck.