3 Reminders from Teamwork

The third episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers brings power weapons and a bull monster to the world of children’s television.

Honestly, what more could you want in a 90s show for kids? Here are three life lessons from the episode “Teamwork.” (Ironically, practicing teamwork isn’t one of the lessons I got from this.):

1 – Advocate for a cleaner earth (or anything you feel strongly about).

The episode begins with Kimberly and Trini working on a petition to close a factory that’s polluting the environment. They work on getting signatures from their friends and classmates and later head to the factory to voice their opinion.

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If you feel strongly about an issue and want conditions to improve, it’s likely going to take some ground work. Making a difference will require putting yourself out there and informing people, just like the girls do in this episode.

2 – Bullies are…trash.

There’s going to be a lot of bully bashing as I rewatch Power Rangers, thanks to the infamous Bulk, Skull, and Putties.

In this episode, Bulk and Skull end up in trash cans and later on, putties do as well. This is perfect symbolism to represent what bullies are – trash. I know that many who resort to bullying have psyche issues, but it doesn’t excuse the way they treat others.

Don’t be a putty. Don’t be a Bulk or Skull. You’ll end up in a trash can.

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3 – If it’s not working out, take a break. Take a breather and regroup.

The bull monster man was kicking some Power Ranger butt, so Zordon sucked the rangers back to headquarters. He gave them a pep talk and some new power weapons, and then sent them out to try again.

Humans have a bad habit of pushing and pushing until we are completely drained. If you know something is not going well, don’t push it. Don’t pursue and continue forward. Instead, stop. Just hold on, observe the situation, and assess what’s going wrong.

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Call a timeout, make a new game plan, and go from there.

“Teamwork” gave us the advice to advocate for causes we are passionate about, don’t be a bully – they’re trash, and to take a breather if life isn’t working out.

On a less serious note, I also learned not to teach a robot how to dance. They’re not built for it and they will end up destroying the control panel.

I can’t dance anyway.

Thanks for reading. Watch out for those bull monster men.

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3 Lessons from Day of the Dumpster

In 1993, a kids’ television show called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was released. It featured an evil witch attacking the earth while a group of teenagers fought to protect our world.

Power Rangers might be cheesy and for children, but there’s some good stuff deep down in the dialogue and symbolism. Please bear with me and check out what I learned about life from the very first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Day of the Dumpster (S1E1):

1 – Bullies are idiots.

Bulk and Skull enter the juice bar early on in the episode with clumsy music playing in the background. They pick on people, they’re obnoxious, and they’re…idiots.

This paints a great picture of how we should view bullies. They aren’t big and strong, they aren’t admirable, they’re just greasy antagonizers who try to make others feel bad about themselves.

2 – Crazy claims mean nothing without proof.

Zordon explains to the teenagers that they’ll have power and zords to control when they morph. The kids don’t believe Zordon and they leave.

Quickly, they’re attacked and they decide to test the morphers. It worked out well for the rangers and that power Zordon mentioned, turned out to be very real.

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My point here is, we should all be skeptical of the crazy claims out there. Some of the ads and products we are sold are ridiculous. Let’s be wise and search for actual proof before we buy into an insane idea. And I mean REAL proof – like you have lived this and tested it yourself, just like the rangers did with their morphers.

3 – Unlikely friendships might lead to a great team.

The five teenagers chosen to become rangers are all different. They are a diverse group with a variety of personality traits. A team should have a dynamic set of skills among its members and this ranger team is an effective example.

Zordon matches each ranger with an ancient creature according to his/her unique style:

Add them all together and we have ourselves a pretty awesome and well-rounded hero.

The first episode of this long-running kid show taught me that bullies are idiots, get proof before you believe something wild, and that different skillsets build powerful teams.

On a less serious note, I learned that if you find a 10,000 year old well on a distant planet – don’t open it. That should be obvious.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a nice day on a planet not under attack by a space witch and her docile minions.

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