Early in the special, a fight breaks out against Rita Repulsa in Angel Grove Cemetery on the anniversary of the murder of Yellow Ranger Trini Kwan. The resulting chaos leads to the Green, Red, and Pink Rangers being captured by Rita’s forces. Most importantly, one of Rita’s monsters, RoboMinotaur, a new version of one of the first monsters the rangers fought, breaks a tombstone that reads “HARVEY GARVEY 1953-2022”.
First introduced in the season 2 episode “Lights, Camera, Action”, Garvey was a talk show host who led the Rangers on their first live television appearance to talk about the importance of education. In the episode, the Rangers’ appearance is interrupted by one of Lord Zedd’s henchmen, and they are called to duty. As for Garvey, he simply disappeared, never to be seen again.
Well, it seems that Garvey passed away shortly before the events of “Once & Always” of unknown causes, but why dedicate an easter egg to a rather small character? Well, that’s because Garvey is pretty big in the “Power Rangers” world, or at least the actor who plays him is.
You see, Garvey is played by Kim Strauss, and while he only appeared in person once on the show, Strauss is a voice actor with various characters on the show, from Ninjor in season three of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” to Scorpius. , Decibat and Teska in “Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy” and Jinxer in “Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue”. Thankfully, the real Strauss is still alive and well, but sadly he won’t be back as Garvey any time soon.