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Defeated and dejected, the Ranger teens seek refuge among the other random pockets of human survivors in the wreckage of Angel Grove, including Bulk and Skull. While Andros goes on a solo mission to face his sister in a final battle, his teammates are forced to either reveal their identities to the public and turn themselves in, or stand by and watch as the wrath of Astronema is turned upon their fellow citizens. The lives of the entire universe are in the hands of the Power Rangers, as the moment of truth arrives! But peace cannot be attained without even the greatest of sacrifices...

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Tropes in this episode include:

  • All Up to You: Andros decides to go to the Dark Fortress alone to face Astronema one last time.
  • Back for the Dead: Zordon and the Machine Empire.
  • Back for the Finale: Plenty of faces from the past:
    • Rita, Zedd, Goldar, Mondo, Machina, Sprocket, Klank & Orbus, and Divatox are all on the bad guy's side.
    • Meanwhile, Blue Senturion and the Gold, Phantom and Aquitarian Rangers are fighting the UAE.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bulk and Skull, of all people, do this, rallying the citizens of Angel Grove to aid the Space Rangers fight Astronema's forces.
  • Big "NO!": Ecliptor yells "No!" when Andros shatters Zordon's energy tube to eradicate the forces of evil.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Almost every villain has been eradicated or purged of evil, and Karone is back to normal, this time for good, and reunited with her brother. It seems that for the first time, the universe may have earned a respite from evil. Sadly... As great a victory as this was, it cost Zordon his life.
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  • Brought Down to Normal: Rita, Zedd and Divatox gain their human forms after being cleansed of their evil.
  • Care-Bear Stare: Zordon's energy wave.
  • Continuity Nod: Bulk's reaction to discovering the identities of the Power Rangers is the exact same thing he said when he temporarily discovered their identities in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Andros gets his ass kicked by Astronema. Justified, since he spends the entire fight trying to make her remember that they're brother and sister, refusing to fight back.
  • Darkest Hour: Astronema has taken over Earth, the Rangers are in hiding, and other heroes have been captured.
  • Deus ex Machina: Zordon explains to Andros that rupturing his tube would end the battle, but also that he cannot do it himself and needs Andros to effectively kill him. As it turns out, doing so kills all monstrous villains and footsoldiers, purifys Rubber-Forehead Aliens and Human Aliens of the taint of evil magic, and does so while all existing heroes (Aquitarian Rangers, Gold Ranger of Triforia, Phantom Ranger and Blue Senturion) are on the ropes if not actually captured, neatly tying up all the loose ends of the series. As evidence that Tropes Are Not Bad, the sheer weight of what happened tends to overshadow the fact it is a Deus ex Machina.
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  • Eureka Moment: At the beginning of the episode, Bulk tells the citizens in hiding that there is hope that the Rangers are here. Hearing this, Ashley later tells the other Rangers that they haven't been beaten yet and the others come up with a plan to help the citizens.
  • Exact Words: Zordon explicitly says his wave will only affect those currently attacking the universe, which leaves an out for later seasons' villains.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Zordon demands that Andros do what he has to do to save the universe, then simply closes his eyes and lets him do it.
  • Famous Last Words: After Andros overpowers and defeats Ecliptor, Zordon says, "Andros, listen to me. It is your duty as a Power Ranger to save the universe. Now is the time." This leads to Andros finally using his Spiral Saber to destroy Zordon's energy tube.
  • Godzilla Threshold: To protect the citizens of Angel Grove, the teens break Zordon's rule from the first episode about Rangers keeping their identities a secret.
  • Grand Finale: Originally meant to be one for the entire franchise, but perfectly serves as one for the Zordon Era.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema are all purged of their evil and turn good.
  • Heroic BSoD: Andros goes through a brief one when Astronema is rendered unconscious.
  • Heroic Bystander: The civilians in the I Am Spartacus scene.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Zordon sacrifices his life to release an energy wave that will eradicate the forces of evil that are attacking the universe.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The Z-Wave unleashed by Zordon's death.
  • Homage: Andros and Ecliptor's fight is an homage to the climax of Gosei Sentai Dairanger, in which Ryo duels with Shadam to the death, to resolve the season running conflict once and for all.
  • I Am Spartacus: Astronoma delivers an ultimatum to the people of Angel Grove: surrender the Power Rangers or everyone dies. Suddenly Bulk, Skull, Professor Phenomenus, Adelle, and everyone else say that they're the Rangers. Just before Astronema kills everyone, the real Rangers reveal themselves (morphing in full view of the public, something Zordon specifically told them not to do) and attack, with Bulk and Skull leading the civilians into the fray.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Zordon demands Andros to kill him in order to save the universe.
  • It Has Been an Honour: Implied when Bulk and Skull shake hands before leading the civilian mob to aid the Rangers. They likely don't expect to survive, but go out to help the Rangers anyway.
  • Killed Off for Real: Every villain except Rita, Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema. Also, Zordon.
  • Love Redeems: Rita and Zedd's love for each other means that instead of being turned to dust, they're purified of their evil and turned into humans.
  • Multi-Part Episode: The conclusion of the season finale.
  • The Needs of the Many: Zordon is willing to die to stop the forces of evil.
    "Andros, listen to me. It is your duty as a Power Ranger to save the universe. Now is the time."
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Andros when he sees Astronema while he's conflicted over killing Zordon.
    • Ecliptor when he realizes that Andros is going to destroy Zordon's energy tube.
    • Rita and Divatox when the Z-Wave is going to hit them.
  • Sadistic Choice:
    • Astronema demands the citizens of Angel Grove turn over the Power Rangers or die.
    • Andros can either kill Zordon or let evil conquer the universe. He chooses the former.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Andros' farewell to Ashley was inspired by Luke's goodbye to Leia in Return of the Jedi.
    • The final battle between Ecliptor and Andros is a homage to the ending of Gosei Sentai Dairanger, in which Ryuu Ranger duels with a villain one-on-one to the death, to resolve the season running conflict once and for all.
  • Swiss Army Tears: Used to bring Karone back to life, and revert her cyborg modifications.
  • Taking You with Me: Zordon, to the United Alliance of Evil.
  • This Cannot Be!: Upon seeing the Rangers reveal their identities, Bulk lets out a stammered, "Them?"
  • The Unmasking: The Rangers (sans Andros) morph in full view of the public. They're later forcibly demorphed by the Z-Wave.
  • Trash the Set: Of a variety. Andros and Astronema's fight leads to damage to the Dark Fortress bridge, with Andros getting thrown into consoles and through walls, to highlight Astronema's fighting prowess. Angel Grove itself isn't exempt from this either, with buildings and infrastructure destroyed.
  • Wham Line: Zordon gives us the line that would lead to the end of the Zordon Era once and for all: "You must shatter my energy tube."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Most villains in the series either perished or were purged of evil, but many were not there, and what ultimately happened to them remains unknown. Goldar is the best example. Rito Revolto and Master Vile were absent too, as were many minor villains.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Enforced by virtue of Executive Meddling. Initially, Karone would have been the only villain to have survived the Z-Wave by virtue of only being under mind control, but the show was forbidden to destroy human-looking villains. Divatox, Rita and Zedd all get turned good at the end, but robots, mooks and "monsters" are turned to dust, regardless of whether they might have had redeeming qualities or been capable of good in the past.
  • World-Healing Wave: The point of Zordon's Heroic Sacrifice.
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