“Passing of the Torch Part 2” was the end of an era for Power Rangers. Taking place in the series’ fifth season, Power Rangers Turbo, it featured the biggest cast change yet. Previous seasons had only switched out one to three Rangers at time but now it was finally decided for a whole new team to be brought on. The final remaining member of the classic Mighty Morphin team, Tommy, left the series along with three other Rangers (Adam, Tanya, and Katherine) who had all been around for at least a season and a half.
“Passing of the Torch” established the new team of Rangers along with recent addition Justin and the end of the episode featuring a big ceremony where the old Rangers passed on their powers to the new team. It was a moment that changed what the franchise was. No longer was it “the Tommy show” nor a series where characters/actors stuck around for years and years. It was now a revolving cast and it’s a moment longtime fans remember well.
It was almost an even bigger moment. Thanks to an early draft of the episode we’ve learned that a former Ranger who hadn’t been seen on the show for four years was supposed to make an appearance. Trini.
Yes, the original Mighty Morphin Yellow Ranger was going to make a cameo just as the next generation of Rangers was taking over. She’s mostly there to offer support to the departing veteran Rangers and only has two lines, which you can read below.
Trini: We’re here to support you and take pride in what we all have accomplished as a team.
Tommy: It’s great to see you guys, all of you.
Trini: When you took over as Rangers, we all knew the power was in good hands.
Zordon: And you in turn have chosen yoru successors well. They shall carry the Power Ranger name with honor.
But wait, who’s the “we” Trini refers to? According to the stage directions Trini would have been joined by every other former Ranger, though they would have been played by body doubles. The script specifically notes this, “Billy, Kimberly, Aisha, Zack, Rocky and Jason appear (all but Trini are doubles).”
It’s easy to reason that Trini’s actress, Thuy Trang, had at least been in talks to make a cameo but it sadly fell through for one reason or another. It’s a shame since Trang never made another appearance on the show and sadly passed away in 2001.
The finished episode only featured the then current cast and new cast, so the entire idea of returning old Rangers was scrapped. While it would have been nice to see Trini the idea of body doubles for the rest of the team seems ill conceived. Can you imagine another instance of Jason and Zack being played by doubles after the same was done when they left the series during the middle of Season 2? Would Jason have awkwardly held a guitar over his face again?
Still, this is a fascinating look into what might have been for the original generation of Power Rangers. If you’re into this kind of thing we also did an in-depth analysis of several unproduced Power Rangers episode as well.
Make sure to keep checking back since we’ll have more looks into what might have been for various Power Rangers episodes and the franchise as a whole!
Thanks to Project Hexagon: The Power Rangers Script Archive for scans of the script pieces included here.