Episode 73 - ‘Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie’ | Ft. The Cel Cast


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(This episode was largely recorded and written before the tragic news of Jason David Frank’s death).

Hello, Kaiju Lovers! In what you could call the perfect crossover between their podcasts, MIFV MAX members Drew and Jacob of The Cel Cast sponsor a discussion of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. It has animated kaiju in it—they’re just bad CGI robots. But the real star of this film, like other pop culture blockbusters in 1995, was the villain Ivan Ooze (played by Paul Freeman), who steals every scene and eats all the scenery. If you’ve heard Nate discuss this on one of his other podcasts, The Power Trip, this will be an expansion on what he said there, particularly on the subject of the hero’s journey. Too bad for Nate and his co-hosts, their discussion is interrupted by a certain snarky bonehead.

The night before the broadcast, Nate journals about getting voicemails from Karone—an actual Power Ranger—and Raymund—who keeps claiming he was a Ranger. After the broadcast, Nate goes to a special “thank you for your service” meet-and-greet being held in honor of the recently retired Tommy Oliver. But an old foe of Tommy’s crashes the party.

This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Jason David Frank.

The prologue and epilogue, “Return of the Green Rangers,” was written by Nathan Marchand with Michael Hamilton. “Rito Calls” written by Nathan Marchand.

Guest Cast

  • Celeste Mora as Karone
  • Damon Noyes as Raymund Martin and Gary Steward
  • Joey Sourlis as Tommy Oliver
  • Shane Cochran as Ivan Ooze
  • Daniel DiManna as Ninjor

Additional music:

  • “Go Go Power Rangers” by The Power Rangers Orchestra
  • “Chant My Name!” by Masaaki Endo
  • “Ivan Ooze” by Graeme Revell
  • “Go Green Ranger Go (Instrumental Redux)” by Ron Wasserman
  • “Susume! Gorenger (Opening Theme) Cover 秘密戦隊ゴレンジャー”by It Takes 2 to Toku

Sound effects sourced from Freesound.org, including those by InspectorJ.

Check out Nathan’s spinoff podcasts, The Henshin Men and The Power Trip.

We’d like to give a shout-out to our MIFV MAX patrons Travis Alexander; Danny DiManna (author/creator of the Godzilla Novelization Project); Eli Harris (elizilla13); Chris Cooke (host of One Cross Radio); Bex from Redeemed Otaku; Damon Noyes, The Cel Cast, TofuFury, Eric Anderson of Nerd Chapel, Ted Williams, Wynja the Ninja, Brad “Batman” Eddleman, and Christopher Riner! Thanks for your support!

You, too, can join MIFV MAX on Patreon to get this and other perks starting at only $3 a month! (https://www.patreon.com/monsterislandfilmvault)

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This episode is approved by Cameron Winter and the Monster Island Board of Directors.


  • Prologue: 0:00-7:59
  • Intro: 7:59-21:41
  • Main Discussion: 21:41-1:58:18
  • Housekeeping & Outro: 1:58:18-2:12:15
  • Epilogue: 2:12:15-end

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