... until the scene ends with him clutching his son's useless knife and swearing revenge just before a commercial break, presumably selling new tear-absorbing Bandai toys.
This Is The First Actual Murder On The Show
Now, "The Sunflower Search" was by no means the first time we see death on Power Rangers. (You can't make a giant-robots-fighting-giant-monsters omelet without breaking a few protagonist eggs.) The previous season finale, for example, included the death of Zordon; the disembodied head who first decided that giving godlike power to five teenagers was a good idea. But all of the previous deaths were either evil aliens destroyed in their quest to enslave/destroy/garishly costume mankind or they were heroes sacrificing themselves for freedom/safety/garish street clothes of mankind.
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Sometimes your sacrifice ends with giving evil a golden shower.
Zika was murdered. He posed no real threat to Scorpius or any of this unfortunately-named henchmen. Scorpius even laughs heartily before he juices Zika with 10,000 volts of scorpion venom. Yet he is nevertheless killed by a method illegal in 44 states. Let that sink in for you kids: Sometimes innocents are just murdered. They die sad deaths, without fanfare, accomplishing nothing. Also, check out Bandai's new L'Etranger-themed playset!
Zika's Death Has Even Darker Consequences
It isn't as though Zika died for absolutely no reason, though. The point of Zika's death was to motivate The Magna Defender's behavior for the rest of the season. What was that behavior? A formerly-good character showing blatant disregard for the lives of innocents because of his thirst for the blood of Scorpius. Zika's death isn't inconsequential; it causes a hero to lose his faith and fall from righteousness. It causes him to turn against the Power Rangers. It causes him to imperil the lives of other innocents.
SCG Power Rangers
RoboCop space knight by way of Punisher is just a weird combo for Saturday mornings.
This episode of what is objectively one of the goofiest series ever to appear on television taught a generation that good does not necessarily triumph over evil, emotional scars can last for thousands of years, and trying to emulate the heroism of your father can get you horrifically electrocuted by an 800-pound arachnid. It is abundantly clear that the universe would have been better off if Zika had simply never existed. So if you have always suspected existence is a cruel joke, congratulations, you really are a 90s kid!
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