3 Key Lessons from Different Drum

Episode five of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers gives us a glimpse at some great 90’s hip hop dance moves. We also see how Billy lacks all of these moves when he crashes into a wall. We even get a comical dance battle between Zack and Bulk.

Seeing all this dancing gives Rita the idea that she can use music to destroy the Power Rangers. Rita gives instructions to make a monster, “like a pied piper, only meaner.” Finster creates a viking monster playing an accordion to lure a few girls off to a cave where they’ll dance forever? I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Here are three life lessons from “Different Drum”:

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1 – Be quick to help out.

When a girl goes to Jason for help to get her friends out of hypnotic dancing, he immediately hops up and heads out. He gets his team and they go to the cave right away.

They don’t make excuses or stall, they don’t say, “Maybe later.” They just go. Selflessly and urgently, they set out to save the prisoners.

Most often people are too caught up in their own lives to stop and lend a helping hand. We use the typical excuses like, “I don’t have time,” or, “I couldn’t do anything to help anyway.”

The world would be a better, safer place if we all acted like the Power Rangers and responded to a cry for help with, “Let’s go.”

To quote Jason exactly he says, “I feel a rescue coming on!”


2 – Music is powerful.

Music probably isn’t going to draw a group into a cave to dance under hypnosis, but it is a powerful factor. Music makes us feel. Rita noticed music in the first place because of the powerful impact it had on the kids she was creeping on.

We have songs filling up our playlists for times of sadness and times of joy. We play songs when we feel in love or when we feel hate. Music keeps us from feeling alone. We connect across lyrics to know others out there are going through similar struggles.

Music keeps us alive, both physically and mentally.

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3 – We have much to learn from those different than ourselves.

The main girl, Melissa, in this episode is deaf and speaks in sign language. This is also why she wasn’t hypnotized by the hissing accordion music played by the viking creature.

At the end of the episode, Melissa teaches Jason some sign language and motivates Billy to try dancing again. Zack makes the comment that they can learn a lot from this girl.

Whether deaf, a foreign race, a unique religion, or anything you don’t experience in people often, know that those people have much to offer. On both sides we can teach each other about life by getting to know one another across all diversities.

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“Different Drum,” in all it’s oddities, gives us the advice to always help out those who ask for help, use music because it’s powerful, and learn from those different than us.

On a less serious note, it’s always a good idea to get some soda and ice cream after winning a battle. That’s the proper way to celebrate a victory.

Have a nice day, thanks for reading, and go check out some 90s hip hop videos. Moves.

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