Very few have supplanted the original Red Ranger Jason Scott, even all these years later.
Jason's constant drive to become not only the best at what he does but also the best leader for his team is unmatched. In fact, it's a big part of the reason that the character (played by Austin St. John), has made several returns throughout the series, both in Red Ranger form and in others (like Zeo's Gold Ranger).
His loyalty, determination, and strategic mind are all reasons why he continues to be a fan favorite, so ComicBook.com thought it would be a great time to look back on the Red Ranger's best moments. With so many to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down to just five, but there were a few that stood out among the rest.
Without further ado, it's time to get started with an episode from season 1 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Red Ranger Vs The Lizzinator
Episode: Enter The Lizzinator
Season 1 Episode 57
In this episode, Rita sent down her latest creation The Lizzinator, which as you might guess is a not so subtle reference to the Terminator. If that wasn't enough, he even talked with a very Schwarzenegger-like accent to seal the deal.
In any case, Jason takes him on one on one for a bit until the other Rangers arrive. Eventually, an abandoned car is taken over by a Putty, and Jason attempts to take him out of the driver's seat. A punch to the face sends Jason reeling though, and the Putty starts to drive off.
Jason then leaps onto the car and rides on the roof as it swerves around the quarry, dodging laser fire from the Lizzinator. While he does eventually get thrown off, it was an admirable feat, and it takes all six Rangers and the help of Dragonzord and Megazord to ultimately take him down.
Episode: Forever Red
Wild Force: Season 10 Episode 34
Okay, so this is right on the outskirts of cheating, but it still counts because Jason was the actual Red Ranger here, as he was in the original series. It's the same reason that this list does not include Jason's stint as the Gold Ranger, so with the rationalization out of the way here's what happened.
The remains of the Machine Empire discover the resting place of Lord Zedd's mighty Zord Serpentera and seek to recover it, but the Red Space Ranger Andros finds out about the plan. He's able to enlist the help of Tommy Oliver, who became the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo.
Tommy reaches out to the original Red Ranger, Jason Scott, to join a collection of 9 other Red Rangers to take out the Machine Empire once and for all. Jason is initially hesitant, but shows up on a motorcycle saying "You didn't think I was going to let you do this without the original Red Ranger, did you?"
It turns out Jason hasn't lost a step, and in fact essentially single handily takes out General Venjix, showing the newest Red Ranger Cole the ropes. He even dubs him a "rookie", but eventually, Cole gets the Jason seal of approval.
New Red Rangers may come along, but Jason will always be one of the best.prevnext
The Red Dragon Shield
Episode: Birds of a Feather
Season 1 Episode 36.
There was a small stint where the Red Ranger had Tommy's Dragon Dagger, allowing him to call upon the Dragonzord when the need arose. This also let him call upon the Dragon Shield, and he needed every bit of the extra power to take out the Cardiotron.
Well actually, it was the Hatchasaurus they were fighting, but powering it was the Cardiotron. The Rangers defeated the Hatchasaurus numerous times, but after each defeat, it would reassemble, and the battle took a toll on the Megazord.
Add in that Rita had put the Dragonzord under a spell, and things looked rather bleak.
The Red Ranger would then jump into the Hatchasaurus's mouth, calling upon the full power of the Dragon Dagger and the Dragon Shield to take out the Cariotron. His ploy would release the Dragonzord from the spell, and in a one on one battle Jason would ultimately destroy the Cardiotron with the Dragon Dagger and the Power Sword.prevnext
Vs King Sphinx & Goldar
Episode: A Pressing Engagement
Season 1 Episode 4
Early on in the show's run, Jason put to the test as both a leader and a Ranger when Rita sent down the creature King Sphinx to battle the Rangers.
Sphinx has powerful wings that can blow someone away with one swing, and that's exactly what happens to Kimberly and Zack, who descend on Sphinx with Jason after he lands on Earth. With his fellow Rangers gone, Jason has to fight King Sphinx one on one and actually manages to fight him to a standstill.
Not happy with the results, Rita then sends Goldar down to help Sphinx and teleports the three to a desert landscape that no one else can access. Jason is now fighting both of Rita's minions, but again, he manages to keep them at bay for some time.
Eventually, Rita makes them grow, but Zordon is able to get Jason the other power crystals so he can summon the other Rangers. Still, it goes to show just how determined the Red Ranger can be, and why he's the leader of the team.prevnext
Red Vs Green
Episode: Green With Evil Part 5
Season 1 Episodes 17 - 21
Green With Evil is one of the most celebrated arcs in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and with good reason. Tommy Oliver, aka the Green Ranger, goes from one of the best villains the Rangers have ever had to one of their most popular allies, and it all started here.
Tommy was able to cripple the Rangers by infiltrating their command center destroying the control panels, thereby cutting off the Rangers from Zordon. If that weren't enough, he uploads a virus to Alpha 5, causing him to go haywire. The damage disables the teleporters and communicators as well.
Later Tommy faces the Rangers and proves too much for them, including Jason. After losing their Zords to Rita's newest recruit (along with a giant Goldar), the Rangers finally turn the tide, dealing heavy blows to the Dragonzord and Goldar.
After awhile it comes down to the Green and Red Ranger, and early on Tommy is able to deal loads of damage thanks to his Dragon shield and the sword of darkness. Tommy has the upper hand until Jason is able to power up his sword, throwing it at Tommy and knocking the Sword of Darkness out of his hand.
Before he can recover Jason destroys the Sword of Darkness with his Blade Blaster, thereby breaking Rita's hold over him.
Tommy would then join the Rangers from that point on, but it was Jason that made that a possibility.prevnext
Before You Go
The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban's Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,", the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV's "Stranger Things") as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Becky G. (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, as they attempt to stop the evil and unpredictable Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games Franchise) from destroying their city…and ultimately the world. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as Zordon, and Bill Hader (Finding Dory) as Alpha 5 train the Rangers to morph and master their powers as a united team.
The Saban's Power Rangers DVD will include exclusive audio commentary with director Dean Israelite and writer John Gatins, and deleted/alternate/extended scenes and outtakes. Saban's Power Rangers will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
Power Rangers is in stores now.prev