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  • I took a while to realize the meaning of the line "Rangers at the core" in the Power Rangers Zeo theme song - I thought it might have something to do with the Rangers in the cockpit of the Megazord, or perhaps them being inside their suits, but eventually I realized that what it actually meant was that even though the Rangers had different powers and equipment, they were, at the core, still the same Rangers continuing their fight against evil in the tradition they'd followed in the Mighty Morphin' series.
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  • "Mondo's Last Stand" featured Rocky displaying an inferiority complex. Whilst it never got brought up again in Zeo, this would eventually lead to Rocky's Game-Breaking Injury in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
  • Prince Gasket attempts to brainwash Tommy into becoming the ruler of the Machine Empire in "King for a Day". In the episode immediately following it, "A Brief Mystery of Time," side effects from the brainwashing allows Tommy to recognize that the exact same day is looping repeatedly. It may be possible that Tommy's sudden boost in intelligence and memory skills (as seen in Dino Thunder) are also due to these side effects.
  • Rita being pregnant with their child by the events of the season finale as per Word of God explains quite nicely why she and Zedd left at the end of the season, rather than resume conquering — they were taking time off to raise their son.
    • In addition they may have gone off to another planet that wasn't as well defended to build their forces up so they'd have a better footing when they came back.
  • If one really thinks about it, the Zeo Rangers as described in the series canon are, literally, the most powerful rangers of all time. The Zeo Crystal was an infinitely self-strengthening power source that would never stop growing more potent. The Zeo Ranger arsenal of weapons and zords was growing more complex and varied with every major episode. But this leads to a serious question that was never answered in any way. Why did they stop using the Zeo powers and move to the Turbo powers? Tommy at the least clearly retains the Red Zeonizer all the way up to Forever Red and it's unlikely he got rid of it afterword, unless that was the base he used to develop the Dino Gems. But that also begs the question of "Why mess with the Zeo Crystal and turn it into something clearly less powerful?" The only answer that logically comes to mind is that the Zeo Crystal is not as much of a penalty free power source as first believed. As we see with season team-ups and was Lampshaded in Power Rangers RPM, morphing tends to cause explosions. Imagine what Zeo morphing would eventually do. That's right, the Zeo powers were pocket supernovas waiting to happen; since they were self-strengthening and ever-growing, it's quite possible that they could eventually reach a stage where the Rangers' bodies are no longer able to tolerate them, much like with Jason and the Gold Ranger powers.
    • Keep in mind that these crystals were split from one single crystal... imagine the power that would cause if they were still united.
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    • It's also possible that when Katherine's morph failed in the Turbo movie, the whole Zeo powerset was damaged or incomplete, and it just couldn't be repaired before the old team left.
    • Another possible explanation is the Zeo Crystals are the power source for the Turbo powers. This would answer the question of why the Turbo powers are supposed to be more powerful then the Zeo powers. They're not, they're just more efficient, using less power for the same effect.
    • One thing to consider: it's stated that the Morphing Grid gets its overall power from the balance between good and evil. Perhaps they had to stop using the Zeo powers or risk destabilizing the whole Morphing Grid due to a shift in the balance. This also explains why each season of Rangers stops being rangers when their evil bad guys get defeated, and when the monsters get bigger and badder, so do the Rangers. A subtle, justified example of mid-season upgrades, available for every season ever.
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    • One interesting theory was the escalating power of the Zeo crystal would risk the Rangers losing touch with their humanity; the extreme power level was required when facing the threat of Mondo and the Machine Empire, but with Divatox, they could relatively safely 'downgrade' to a power level that meant they had to struggle a bit more but wouldn't risk being morally compromised.
  • It didn't make much sense why, after the Command Center blew up, the Rangers found the Zeo Crystal abandoned, and why in the first half of Zeo, Goldar and Rito had lost their memories. But with some further analysis, it makes sense that it was because of the forcefield around the Zeo Crystal.
    • It had been established in Season 3 of MMPR that a forcefield had been placed around the Zeo Crystal by the inhabitants of M51, to destroy anything evil that comes near it. It had been believed that it would destroy anyone who was evil, or who was ONCE evil, but when Tommy, who had been the evil Green Ranger, took the crystal, it was clear that the forcefield did have an effect on him, but merely removed any remaining evil that was in his system.
    • It was also made clear that this forcefield remained around the Zeo Crystal even after it was removed by Tommy from underneath Zedd and Rita's palace, because Tommy used it to cleanse all the evil from Kat.
    • So when Goldar and Rito broke into the Command Centre and stole the Zeo Crystal, the forcefield acted on them, removing all the evil from them, including their memories of ever having done any evil. This explains why Goldar lost his wings (they were given as a present by Zedd, presumably made of pure evil), and also explains why Goldar and Rito never had any desire to do anything evil while they were in this state, as all the evil had been cleansed from them.
    • Unfortunately, Zedd and Rita caught up with them, and in an even more prominent form of Fridge Brilliance, it makes sense why Zordon's Wave turned Goldar to sand when he wasn't destroyed by the Zeo Crystal's forcefield. It's because when Zedd and Rita found Goldar and Rito, Zedd agreed to restore Goldar's memory, wings and sword, on the condition that Goldar never do anything good again. So, in making this agreement, Goldar literally stripped himself of any remaining good that was in his system, which is why when Zordon's Wave hit, there was nothing to save.
  • There wasn't really a sufficient explanation for Billy's mysterious absences in some episodes (before the character officially left). However, there is a very popular fan theory which posits that during those mysterious absences, he was actually developing the Turbo powers, weapons, morphers, and Zords.
    • As to why the Turbo powers didn't really match up to the superiority of the Zeo Crystals — maybe Billy ran out of time and therefore couldn't finish them or fix them due to his rapid ageing and having no choice but to go to Aquitar to get treatment. But again, it seemed like they were more of backups as opposed to true replacements to the Zeo Crystals.
      • The last sentence here makes perfect sense: Billy has seen the Dino Coins damaged and Ninja Coins destroyed and suffered with his teammates to get replacement powers. Billy was smart enough to consider that the Zeo powers could suffer the same fate.
      • There actually WAS one line given as to why Billy was frequently missing during the Gold Ranger build up: he was building new vehicles for the team. That were never used or shown, or even mentioned after that line. The line was given by Old Billy.
  • It took me a while to understand Tommy's Tearjerker narration at the beginning of the first episode: "Little did we know how soon our world as we knew it would come crashing down. And our lives as Power Rangers were about to an end", when in the next episode, they got new Zeo powers to fight King Mondo. I now realize that Tommy was right: their world (the Command Center, which like a second home to them) did come crashing down (via implosion device), and their lives as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers did come to an end (the Zeo Crystal gave them new powers instead of restoring their old powers). Even though they got a new power base and stronger powers, they are going to miss their old ones greatly.
  • When Zedd was introduced, it was said that he'd been off ruling 'darker places of the galaxy', so why didn't they flee to them when the Machine Empire attacked? The Machine Empire had explicitly been on a universe conquering rampage since breaking from the United Alliance of Evil: where better to start than the pre-conquered areas who's Evil Overlord is tied up dealing with a bunch of teenagers on a distant planet?
  • The Tengas being able to squeak out a victory on the cogs makes sense when you remember one thing: Rita and Zedd have spent the time since they ran off with Master Vile, who upgraded the Tengas back in season 3.
    • Or rather, a Pyrrhic victory, due to the fact the Machine Empire can replace Cogs quickly, and had more on the Moon, while Rita and Zedd were down to one Tenga and can only get more if they can find their eggs. So, it makes sense that after that one survivor runs away, they are not seen again in the rest of the episode and Zedd opts another way to defeat King Mondo.
  • Rita and Zedd not fearing the Machine Empire anymore makes a lot more sense when you remember Rita got an upgraded staff that let her create a monster more powerful than most of the Empire's. They don't fear Mondo anymore because Rita's now as strong if not stronger than he is.
  • Early on, Mondo threatens to send Klank to mine on the "dark side of Alpha Centauri", which sounds like writers not knowing astronomy, but think about it, he's a conqueror, what did he do to the Alpha Centauri star system in the Power Rangers universe that there would be a "dark side". Perhaps it was Zedd that did something since it was mentioned that Zedd ruled over "darker regions of the galaxy", the darkened portion of Alpha Centauri having been conquered by the Machine Empire within the last year or two while Zedd was tied up on Earth.
  • It might initially seem off that the Gold Ranger has trouble with the Varox when the other Rangers can do more damage to the monster in question, but this can be justified on the assumption that Varox was created/trained/whichever term applies to specifically battle the Gold Ranger; as a result, pitted against a whole team of Rangers he wasn't expecting to fight, he finds himself a victim of Crippling Overspecialization.

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