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This is practically like choosing between cake and ice cream. But seriously, if you've seen both series, you know what I'm talking about. Witch Bandora and Rita Repulsa are two characters that are surprisingly different, yet ever so similar. Other than the obvious (language and voice), the two's motivations are pretty unlike each other.
In grief over the death of her son Kai, peaceful queen Bandora sells her soul to Dai Satan (Lokar in MMPR) and gains dark magic powers, slaughtering the dinosaurs and causing the war that devastated the Zyurangers' tribes. Her schemes in Zyuranger are almost always aimed at children to use them for her ultimate scheme near the series' end. Even by MMPR standards, some of these plots are truly ridiculous. The Zyuranger episode that was the basis for "No Clowning Around" had a plot involving a bitter child under a monster's guidance kicking soccer balls containing sneezing powder. Makes you really appreciate the cardboard cutouts.
Bandora in personality is considerably more sadistic and smug, having a larger vanity as well (remember when Rita was sick in "Food Fight"? Bandora was depressed that she overate after her release and decided to go on a crash diet). Because of more screentime in Zyuranger, she takes many oppurtunities to mock the rangers as well as threaten them. Of course, the ending of Zyuranger signals that even though she's trapped once again, she's regained at least some of her former goodness. Did I forget to mention she had her own theme song too?
Two words: LORD ZEDD
A new era began in "The Mutiny", when Lord Zedd, the true Emperor of Evil, arrived on the scene. He was lauded by fans as a badass replacement for Rita Repulsa, as well as for coming up with better evil schemes. Unfortunately, the television parent watchdog groups of America didn't feel the same way, and as a result of their lobbying Zedd was significantly toned down, the final straw for many fans being "The Wedding" three-parter. Many thought that after that Zedd was more of a softie than a badass. Personally, I do agree, but I still like Zedd and Rita as a married couple because as the famous Linkara pointed out, the two accomplished more together than either of them did apart. Zedd's sense of humor just killed me sometimes, like in one episode:
"What is it this time, Finster? A monster that blows itself up?"
If it were up to me, I'd still have Zedd and Rita married, but still have Zedd be a badass.
Ah, Bulk and Skull. It's slapstick comedy at its finest. They would have great comedic moments in an otherwise preachy episode. The original Green Ranger arc in Zyuranger had Grifforzer grow giant and rattle a bus. Putting Bulk and Skull on the bus in "Green with Evil" was a stroke of pure genius. A favorite of mine is when the two invent cockroach kung fu. Bulk demonstrates some peculiar moves to the juice bar patrons, while Skull lies on his back and makes jerky movements, to which Bulk says "Not the dead [cockroaches], dummy". "Foul Play in the Sky" demonstrates Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy's comedic timing whenever Bulk and Skull scream in unison.
In season three, the two joined the Junior Police Force, with their training being accompanied by an amusing song that sadly was never heard again in the series. The two kept appearing throughout the series, through Zeo, Turbo, and in Space. "Countdown to Destruction" showed that Bulk and Skull had developed from high school bullies to true heroes who stepped up when it counted.
Rito Revolto, Rita's brother, debuted in season three, bringing along the villains' new footsoldiers, the Tenga Warriors. Unlike other characters added later in the series (like Ninjor), Rito was charming, somewhat easygoing, and could do a lot of damage in a fight, such as when he destroyed the Thunderzords. He made a good comedic match for Goldar that season and in Zeo. Although Rito was originally from Super Sentai, he was not from Zyuranger, but from Kakuranger, the Sentai series two years after.
Rito also had the hilarious habit of calling his brother-in-law "Ed" (a reference to Zedd's in-suit actor Ed Neil). Zedd would usually angrily reply "IT'S ZEDD!"
Ron Wasserman's music totally sets the atmosphere of the series, so to I shall leave off with the immortal "Go Go Power Rangers". Enjoy, and happy trails!