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Recap / Power Rangers Zeo S1E9 Invasion Of The Ranger Snatchers

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Rocky's instant stardom, going from extra to sidekick on the set of the b-movie/sci-fi flick, "The Invasion Of Blueface", leads to Prince Sprocket wanting to shoot a movie of his own, "Invasion of the Ranger Snatchers." He traps the Zeo Rangers inside a movie dimension where anything the director says, goes! They'll have to fight against the script, and a gang-full of monsters, to change the movie as it occurs around them.

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  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: From Sprocket's point of view. His parents are notably pleased with the failure of his plan due to wanting the film bug out of his systems.
  • The Artifact: As seen in Stock Footage, Sprocket's movie production company is named "Buldont Studios", Buldont being the name of his counterpart from Ohranger.
  • Ascended Extra: In-Universe; Rocky was cast as an extra alongside Katherine and Tanya, but difficulties with the initial star and his sidekick cause them to bail and for Rocky to replace them.
  • Body Double: Skull is used as Rocky's stunt-double in the episode's final scene.
  • Continuity Nod: Adam staying out of the movie shoot initially makes sense if you remember MMPR Season Two's "Lights, Camera, Action!" where he admitted to being camera shy.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mondo and Machina are only seen at the end of the episode, happy that Sprocket has finally retired from show business.
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  • Downer Ending: Invoked by Sprocket's "Invasion of the Ranger Snatchers", who intends to have an ending with the Power Rangers being destroyed by the monsters he created.
  • Flat Character: None of the monsters besides Leaky Facet and Video Vulture have any lines and don't have official names.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: It may seem like a throwaway episode, and in a sense it is, but the footage it uses comes from the Ohranger theatrical movie. Such a movie wouldn't be used for Power Rangers again until Power Rangers Samurai in 2011.
  • Prima Donna Director: The director in charge of the movie is obnoxious and smarmy. Not that the main actor is any better, stopping a scene where the monster was supposed to punch him just because he's the star.
  • Spy Cam: Video Vulture.
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