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POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 4: "Out of the Blue"

This episode was completed on March 12, 2006, and released on March 29, 2008.  The title was chosen to reflect Maggie's mood swing, and because it contains the word "Blue."  It could also be seen as alluding to the Skyforce Cruiser's unexpected arrival.

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #8 unless otherwise noted. ]

In Jetman #8, Maria (Sasha) uses a Jinnsect to infect a red diamond on display, turning the exhibit's guests mad with greed.  In attendance, White and Blue toss out the diamond, and it transforms into a monster (Facetia).  As the guys fight Facetia, White tries to get Blue's mind off the diamond, ultimately succeeding by slapping her.  They join the others in battle, and the team eventually destroys Facetia with the Skyforce Cruiser.

I chose to use Jetman #8 early in the series because its Zord battle featured the Skyforce Cruiser instead of the Megazord, and because it could be used as a character focus episode.  I chose it to follow episode 3 because Facetia's growth sequence seemed befitting of the Rangers' first experience with a Jinnsect monster growing in battle (though in Jetman, it was not the first).


[ Fade in to EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING (MORNING) - We see the pale blue sky during early or mid-morning.  The camera pans and tilts down to the Rangers' apartment building below.  Birds can be heard chirping. ]

This episode takes place on Thursday, April 23, 1992, four days after episode 3.


[ INT. MAGGIE'S BEDROOM (MORNING) - Cut to a close-up of Maggie's CD boom box atop a wooden dresser.  Playing in the boom box is a moody pop song performed by a female vocalist.  Zooming out slightly from the boom box, we focus on the mirror behind it, in which we see MAGGIE dancing and mouthing the words to the song as she packs several notebooks and textbooks into a denim backpack. ]

I wanted to demonstrate that Maggie has fun when alone, but in public she is much more reserved.  This would serve as a contrast to her spell-induced wild side.

[ Also on Maggie's dresser is a gymnastics trophy dated 1985, as well as several framed photos of her Chinese parents at various ages, the oldest seeming to be in their sixties.  Her AVIMORPHER sits on the dresser as well. ]

Maggie practiced gymnastics in high school, earning this trophy in either her junior or senior year.  This facet of her character was included to explain her acrobatic flips as Blue Ranger in the sentai footage (also paralleled in US footage in episode 2).

Maggie's parents seem rather old; she may have been adopted.  Episode 35 implies she was born in China, but as a young child, her Western name was written on Bobo's label (episode 14); thus, she may have moved at an early age.  Nonetheless, I envisioned Maggie's parents as living in China now.

[ Maggie's bed, seen through the mirror, is neatly made.  On the covers sits a puffy brown teddy bear wearing a yellow shirt and striped pants, a silver jingle bell around its neck (compare with Jetman #21).  The bear is old but well-cared-for. ]

Bobo will be featured prominently in episode 14.  I included him here for enhanced continuity.


[ EXT. BIKE SHOP (MORNING) - The song from the previous scene continues as we cut to CHRIS, his AVIMORPHER on his wrist, unlocking the metal security gate of a small bicycle repair shop downtown.  Painted on the window in artful, refined letters is, "Bike Shop," with, "Refurbished Bikes" painted elsewhere. ]

We see Mr. Fischer's bike shop for the first time; we later learn in episode 27 that Mr. Fischer has been biking in Europe.  When this episode was written, however, I had not settled on who owned the bike shop.

I assumed when I wrote this that Chris painted the letters on the window.


[ INT. BIKE SHOP (MORNING) - Entering, CHRIS flips on the lights.  The shop contains a number of used bikes for sale.  Behind a workshop counter are several bikes in various states of disrepair. ]


[ INT. LUKE'S APARTMENT (MORNING) - As the song continues, we see LUKE sitting on a barstool at the breakfast counter near the kitchen.  He is reading the newspaper, selectively circling items in the classified ads with a pen.  His AVIMORPHER is on his wrist.  His apartment is now fully unpacked, though he still has much space to fill. ]


[ INT. FITNESS CENTER (MORNING) - In a large fitness center with the song still playing, CASEY sweatily jogs on a treadmill wearing headphones connected to a Walkman.  She is wearing a white track suit.  At the treadmill with her is a bottle of water (though not Dasani, Aquafina, or any other brand anachronistic for 1992).  On her wrist is her AVIMORPHER. ]

Casey is a fitness enthusiast, as reinforced at various points throughout the series.


[ INT. PETE'S BEDROOM (MORNING) - The music abruptly stops as we see PETE sound asleep in bed under a heap of sheets and blankets.  His arms are draped at random angles.  A faint snore can be heard.  On his wrist is his AVIMORPHER. ]

Pete is so enthusiastic toward his Ranger role that he won't take off his Morpher when he sleeps.  He later panics in episode 8 when his Morpher seems to be missing in his hospital room.


[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT (MORNING) - In the living area of her apartment, MAGGIE hums the previous song to herself as she emerges from the bedroom hallway with her backpack, her AVIMORPHER now on her wrist.  She slings her backpack over her shoulder, then opens her front door and locks the door handle on her way out. ]

Maggie, on the other hand, puts her Morpher on last during her morning routine.  I planned this detail of her character long before considering that she might step down mid-season.


[ INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - In the hall, MAGGIE shuts her door, her backpack over her shoulder.  A WELL-DRESSED MAN in his thirties walks by from the direction of the stairs, at which point MAGGIE's demeanor is visibly altered: her posture is more diminutive, and she keeps her eyes lowered with a meek attempt at a remotely friendly smile to the passer-by. ]

We see Maggie's timid nature in public.


[ Dissolve to INT. TRANSIT STATION - We see passengers in the final moments of boarding a commuter train inside a transit building resembling a subway station.  Signs in the building and on the train bear "Valley Rapid Transit" logos. ]

Valley Rapid Transit is comparable to Oakland's BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).

[ Above, MAGGIE, carrying her backpack, quickly and nimbly descends a flight of steps, her eyes on the train.  She is moving quickly, trying to catch the train, without appearing frantic.  The camera follows MAGGIE as she approaches the train.  At the last moment, a BUSINESSMAN is his forties rushes in from a different direction, such that both he and MAGGIE would be trying to squeeze through the door at the same time.  To avoid collision, MAGGIE pauses and ducks her head submissively, allowing the BUSINESSMAN to slip in just as the doors close.  MAGGIE reacts with an "oh well" expression and turns away as the train departs.  She absently checks her watch/AVIMORPHER. ]

Once again reinforcing that Maggie could perhaps stand to be less bashful and compliant.


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S LAB - We slowly dolly along the length of the lab.  It is a dark room filled with odd contraptions, light fixtures, and high-tech consoles.  Along the center of the room is a long work table cluttered with a jumbled assortment of mechanical parts, servos, and advanced circuitry.  Against one wall is a stack of biomass canisters (refer to episode 1), behind which is a wall-sized apparatus of pipes, boilers, and gauges.  Some light scorch marks are visible on the apparatus.  Not a single NOBODY is around. ]

Dillik modified Dr. Bering's workshop into his lab.  He is currently experimenting with robotics (the origin of Strife) after having completed the wormhole generator in the previous episode.  The apparatus in the background is the biomass refiner.  It has apparently endured a fire, likely one of the fires alluded to in episode 1.

I planned from a very early stage to reinterpret Jetman's Gray as a telepresence robot controlled by the otherwise timid Dillik as a way to impress Sasha (Maria in Jetman).  His work here, however, is merely driven by his interest in robotics, as alluded to in episode 1.

Although the Nobodies are gone (per Trask's order to dispose of them in the previous episode), Dillik has actually released them into the wild, as hinted in episodes 5 and 6.

[ Behind the middle of the work table, DILLIK examines a small motor through a combination light and magnifying glass.  After pausing to consider which orientation is best for the motor, he seems to pick an orientation arbitrarily and inserts it into a slim metal frame nearly hidden among the chaos of parts on the table.  He then surveys the tabletop in search of a specific part.  He then gestures to a distant part at one end of the table. ]

DILLIK:
Hey Trask, could you hand me that palladium armature down there?

I enjoyed Dillik's uncanny awareness of Trask even when he expected to be hidden in the shadows.  In later episodes, I reveal that this awareness stemmed from his excellent hearing (though I didn't have that in mind this early).

Your guess is as good as mine as to what purpose a palladium armature serves in Strife's construction.

[ Previously unseen, TRASK emerges from the shadows holding a bulky biomass canister.  He drops the weighty canister onto the table, crushing or knocking off a number of parts. ]

DILLIK (cont'd, nonchalantly):
Or, you know, crush it...  Whichever.

TRASK:
Dillik, what is this mess?

DILLIK (mildly indignant, trying to rearrange items displaced by the canister):
Well, it's my lab..!

Trask doesn't know that Dillik is building a robot, to eventually become Strife.

TRASK:
Yes, but--  (grunts in futility, abandoning the subject)  Make me a monster.

DILLIK:
(searchingly) Like, uh... (remembers) ...Oh!  The Jinnsects!  Are they still down there?

The Jinnsects arrived in the previous episode.

TRASK:
Yes, Dillik.  It's been four days.  

DILLIK (worried):
B-- But I haven't been feeding them!

Some exobiologist.

TRASK:
They don't eat, Dillik.

More precisely, Jinnsect larvae at symbiotic age don't eat.

[ DILLIK reacts, not seeming sure whether he knew that fact. ]

Though Dillik studied the Jinnsects briefly prior to bringing them to this dimension, he is highly scatterbrained.

TRASK (cont'd, turning):
Make it a good one this time.  Pretend your life depended on it.

[ DILLIK looks to TRASK and chuckles appreciatively before furrowing his brow and cocking his head suspiciously.  TRASK looks over his shoulder with a glare, then vanishes with a ripple effect. ]

Trask implies "Lord Omos" will destroy him if he is dissastisfied.  I believe this was around the time I started thinking of Lord Omos as Trask's ruse.


[ EXT. CITY STREET - PETE and LUKE are walking down the sidewalk.  LUKE has the classified section of the paper (with a few items circled) folded into his back pocket.  He is wearing khakis with a red polo shirt.  PETE is in his normal casual clothes. ]

[ PETE yawns. ]

LUKE:
Gee, are you sure you don't wanna sleep in some more?

Pete sleeps in late because he currently works nights at Franco's.

PETE (finishing his yawn):
Nah, nah, I'm good.  We are gonna find you a job!

LUKE:
Yeah, I don't know... (takes out the classified section from his pocket and looks at it)  Everyone wants experience that I don't have.

Luke lacks work experience, having joined the Air Force right out of high school in 1988.

[ PETE makes a face and takes the paper from LUKE. ]

PETE:
Man, those are just suggestions.  Like, look... (looks at the paper)  "Restaurant manager--"  (reconsiders)  Well, okay, you need experience for that.  But, like... (looks again)  "Systems analyst."  (squints to read the ad in more detail)  All right, forget about that.  (looks a final time)  Okay, customer service rep... You already circled it.  That's, like, three streets over.  No sweat.

[ LUKE nods, and the duo crosses the street after checking for traffic. ]


[ Break. ]


[ INT. CLASSROOM - We see a college classroom seating no more than twenty desks.  Several female students in their early and mid twenties sit in a few small groups, talking amongst themselves before class.  A clock on the wall shows several minutes before 1:00. ]

[ MAGGIE enters with her backpack, flashes a polite but shy smile to the classmates whom she passes on the way to her desk.  She sits near the center of the room, but not within speaking distance of any of the groups, making her seem awkwardly detached from the rest of the room. ]

Do you get the idea?  Maggie is shy.


[ INT. BIKE SHOP - CHRIS is working on a bike when PETE and LUKE enter, having approached the shop from the left.  Entering, PETE seems upbeat, but LUKE appears slightly discouraged.  CHRIS looks up from his bike. ]

CHRIS:
Hey.  How's the job hunt?

Though footage from Jetman #2 required that Chris be obstinate in episode 2, I've made Chris moderately friendly toward Luke quite quickly.  Though Chris will clash with him on a few issues, I didn't envision Chris as a chronically antagonistic personality.

[ LUKE makes a noncommittal noise in response.  PETE answers instead, trying to stay positive. ]

PETE (optimistically):
Eh, we put in some applications.

CHRIS:
"We?"  What, are you looking for a job too?

PETE:
Heh, nah...

CHRIS (gesturing up the street toward the right):
You know, you should try the museum.

Chris's suggestion will ultimately result in Luke's job through most of the season, though it may be noted Pete had also suggested it.

PETE (excited, to Luke):
That's what I said!

LUKE (nodding):
We'll try it.


[ EXT. CITY STREET - LUKE and PETE are walking down another street. ]

PETE:
So what is Personnel Administration, anyway?

LUKE:
I dunno, it's just something the CCAF offered.  I figured it'd be pretty generic for when I got out of the Force.

The CCAF is the Community College of the Air Force.  This bit of trivia wasn't critical to the episode, but I wanted to add a bit of detail to Luke's backstory.  He has a degree, but he earned it while in the Air Force.

PETE:
So that was, what... two-year?

LUKE:
Yeah.

[ PETE looks ahead, slightly puzzled. ]

PETE:
Hey, check it out.  There's a news crew at the museum.

[ The duo advances out of frame. ]


[ Dissolve to EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

DILLIK (voice-over, pondering):
Hmm...  Monster... (pauses) ... monster...


[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - The camera tracks in front of DILLIK as he walks down the corridor, lost in thought.  Again, no NOBODIES are seen. ]

DILLIK:
... I've gotta find SOMETHING!  (slowly gets an idea)  Oh, I know... A jet!  (shakes his head)  Oh, no.

This is a joking reference to episode 3, in which Trask forbade him to make another monster filled with jet fuel.


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK enters from the adjoining corridor and mans the central console.  Once again, no NOBODIES are in the room. ]

DILLIK:
Maybe those helmetty people will give me another idea.

This is Dillik's current way of describing the Rangers.  He won't use the description again.

[ We see a close-up of the console's monitor showing a Hoverbird's view flying over the city.  The monitor switches to another Hoverbird's view flying over a different part of the city.  It switches again to a third Hoverbird flying over a wooded area.  A fourth shows a view of the sky.  A fifth shows a flyby over a residential area. ]

[ DILLIK sighs. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
What else is on?  (presses a button)

[ The monitor goes to static.  After a while, a television broadcast fades into view in the monitor.  The show is a talk show hosted by a man resembling Geraldo Rivera.  The station changes to a soap opera of some sort.  The station then changes to a news broadcast from Channel 6: ]


[ EXT. MUSEUM - On camera is STACY KEENE, a female correspondent with a microphone.  (She does not wear a wedding ring.)  Behind her, LUKE and PETE are among a small group of people soaking in the limelight.  PETE is waving and mugging to the camera, while LUKE looks dopey and awkward.  The caption below the correspondent reads, "Stacy Keene." ]

At the time I wrote this episode, I wasn't sure what role this reporter might play in the future.  However, when certain types of characters came along that I felt might be useful to reuse (Detective Morales is another example), I tended to name them and describe them in more detail than would have been necessary for a one-shot character.  In the case of Stacy, though I had no further plans in mind originally, she later became a recurring Ranger reporter and played a prominent role in episode 34.  I felt this approach tightened the series' continuity.

STACY KEENE (to the camera):
--where the world's largest ruby is now on display.  Earlier today, we asked Frieda Gillespie, manager of the museum, what makes this... a gem of a find.

I rather detest these smarmy puns used by the media, but I figured I might as well mirror reality.


[ INT. MUSEUM - On camera inside a large room of the museum, FRIEDA speaks to a correspondent off-camera.  Behind her, a crowd of people is gathered around the main exhibit, which is surrounded by a velvet rope.  FRIEDA is a tall, slender woman in her forties with soft facial features and wiry black hair.  She does not wear a wedding ring.  As she speaks, she still seems moderately astounded by the object she's describing.  The caption at the bottom of the screen displays her full name (Frieda Gillespie) and the title, "Spring Valley Museum General Manager." ]

Frieda is unmarried and known by her employees as "Ms. Gillespie"; apparently she puts significantly more work into the museum than her personal life.

FRIEDA:
It actually weighs over 8,000 carats, which is... by far the largest single ruby crystal we've ever seen.  (nodding in muted amazement to the correspondent off-camera)  It's over three and a half pounds.  What's so odd about it, though, is that it's completely flawless.

At the time of this writing, the world's largest ruby is the Rajaratna Ruby, at 2,475 carats.  I arrived at a weight of 8,000 carats for my ruby using the known density of ruby in order to estimate the weight of a gem I felt would be large enough for a Jinnsect to infect.

Contrary to Jetman, this gem is a ruby rather than a red diamond.  It also has recent high-tech origins, whereas the sentai gem had a long history of stirring up violent desire.


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - Watching the report, DILLIK reacts with interest. ]

FRIEDA (cont'd):
What that actually means is that the molecules in the crystal are lined up perfectly, all the way through.  You just don't see that in natural rubies, or even in man-made rubies.

As revealed in episode 18, this ruby was created by Will, who was part of Project Jetman's materials team.  He presumably sold it for profit, but the buyer may have donated it to the museum after growing suspicious of its unusual characteristics.  The character of Will hadn't been formulated at this point, but I did want the ruby's origin to be later explained as Project Jetman-related.

Will apparently had advanced technology at his disposal.  We learn in episode 33 that Project Jetman's technology was gleaned from an alien spacecraft.

[ DILLIK scoffs. ]

DILLIK:
Hah... amateurs.

Dillik is apparently able to produce materials this flawlessly with ease.


[ EXT. MUSEUM - Outside the museum, we see STACY KEENE resuming her report.  PETE and LUKE are still listening in the background. ]

STACY KEENE:
Now, the gem was donated anonymously, and we're told the market value of the ruby could be as high as several million dollars, or as low as a few thousand, depending on how easily this kind of gem can be manufactured.  But for now, it has scientists and gemologists worldwide trying to figure out how it was made... and where it came from.  Reporting from the Spring Valley Museum, I'm Stacy Keene for Channel 6, Valley News.

[ PETE looks to LUKE. ]

PETE:
Come on, you wanna check out that ruby?

LUKE:
What the heck.


[ INT. MUSEUM EXHIBIT ROOM - We see a close-up of the ruby, a mesmerizing ten-inch-wide gem on a clear plastic stand atop a display podium.  The ruby is a beautiful deep red hue, with gleaming facets cut into a classic round shape.  Its pointed underside makes the ruby nearly four inches tall. ]

These dimensions reflected what I felt was the smallest size gem a Jinnsect might reasonably infect.  Some rough mathematical estimates led me to give the gem's weight as 8,000 carats.

[ As the camera slowly zooms out, we see PETE's face staring into the gem.  Numerous adult visitors also admire the gem from around the velvet rope surrounding the ruby's podium.  LUKE, meanwhile, is looking around the room. ]

In Jetman, the gem was shown at a private exhibit by its millionaire owner.  This exhibit was attended by the wealthy elite, including White and her guest, Blue.  Here, I had Pete and Luke view the gem as a means for Luke to earn a job at the museum.  (Pete was in attendance to help encourage Luke, to cement their friendship, and because he happened not to be working at this time of day.)

PETE:
Man...  That thing is huge!

LUKE:
I'm gonna go ask if they've got any openings.

[ PETE nods distractedly, then turns to accompany LUKE.  They both squeeze their way out of the crowd.  As they near the exit of the exhibit room, the crowd behind them suddenly reacts with horror and fear, people scrambling back and nearly trampling each other to clear away from the podium.  PETE and LUKE look back at the commotion. ]

[ Atop the ruby is a JINNSECT, shown in close-up.  Its legs and tail wrap around the ruby, which is nearly the same size as its body. ]

This is Jinnsect #7 of 46. Dillik sent it to infect the ruby after learning of it from the news broadcast.  In Jetman, it was Maria (Sasha) who planted the Jinnsect on the gem while it was in storage.

[ PETE gapes. ]

PETE:
Oh man, they're back!

The Rangers apparently weren't sure if the Jinnsects would return, as it had been four days since attacks had occurred on back-to-back days.

One may wonder if anyone found Pete's comment unusual.

[ LUKE directs the crowd out of the room and helps people up. ]

LUKE:
Everybody, get out!

Luke's heroism is on display again.  Here, it will help earn him a job and Frieda's admiration (next episode).

[ PETE also helps the people exit.  Once alone in the room, PETE and LUKE take another look at the JINNSECT. ]

[ Shown in close-up, the JINNSECT glows with yellow light and sinks into the ruby, turning it opaque with a milky pink hue.  The ruby then vanishes with a fiery red effect. ]

Anything transparent on a Jinnsect-infected object turns opaque, as seen in other episodes (though Henderson's cockpit hadn't turned opaque by the time he ejected in episode 3).  Here, the milky pink hue corresponds to Facetia's sentai monster form.

[ PETE and LUKE look at each other. ]


[ EXT. CITY PLAZA - MAGGIE walks through the plaza, backpack over her shoulder.  She passes a YOUNG COUPLE arguing very heatedly.  Trying not to make eye contact as she goes by, she nonetheless glances at the spectacle with a raised eyebrow. ]

Victims of Facetia's spell.


[ EXT. CITY ROOFTOP (sentai) - From below, the camera zooms up to FACETIA standing on a roof above.  She is a jewelry-clad ruby monster with a JINNSECT embedded in her shoulder.  Shown in profile, she projects a fiery energy blast from her forehead toward the city below. ]

Facetia on roof Facetia on roof Facetia's blast Facetia's blast

In the sentai, before arriving downtown, Facetia was tossed out of the exhibit in gem form by White and Blue, but she then transformed into monster form in the courtyard outside.  The only remnant of this scene in Take Flight is a flashback shown in episode 36.

I originally named this monster Janiratna (Sanskrit for "Queen's Jewel"), as a variation on Rajaratna (King's Jewel), the world's largest ruby at the time of this writing.  I later decided this name sounded too unusual and changed her name in the script to Facetia.


[ EXT. CITY PLAZA - Below, MAGGIE is engulfed by the blast, causing her to glow with a reddish color briefly.  Momentarily stunned, she then regains her bearings.  As she continues through the plaza, her gaze and posture are visibly altered as she now seems full of confidence and attitude. ]

Facetia's spell might be referred to as an attitude spell, or an impulsiveness spell.  In Jetman, her spell made people violently turn against each other.  In both versions, Blue Ranger is the primary victim.


[ INT. BIKE SHOP - CHRIS looks up as PETE shoves open the door, having come from the direction of the museum. ]

PETE:
We've got trouble!


[ INT. BOOKSMART CAFE - Behind the counter of a cafe in the corner of Booksmart, a large bookstore, CASEY is in a cream-colored Booksmart uniform with a brown visor over her hair and a brown apron over her front.  A male co-worker, DREW, mans the pastry counter further down from CASEY's area.  DREW is in his early twenties, average-looking, and has an easy-going demeanor. ]

Booksmart is shown for the first time.

Drew is another character I named without knowing how he might be used; he ultimately played a fairly prominent role in episode 26.  His last name, never mentioned in the series, is Turner.

[ With a smile, CASEY hands a cup of iced coffee over the counter to a CUSTOMER, a middle-aged woman, then turns to what she believes to be her next customer. ]

CASEY:
Hi, what can I--?  ...Maggie!

[ We see MAGGIE standing at the counter with her hand on her hip and full of attitude.  She no longer has her backpack. ]

MAGGIE:
I'm bored.  Let's go somewhere.

[ CASEY looks around, then back at MAGGIE, responding in a slightly hushed tone. ]

CASEY:
I just got here!  Aren't you supposed to be working at the library?

Maggie works part-time at the library, but she may also have a scholarship.

MAGGIE (rolling her eyes):
That place is sooo lame.

I regarded Maggie's behavior here as a natural part of her, but not a part which she frequently allowed to surface.  Casey makes a similar remark after recovering from Canhandler's laziness spell in episode 7.

[ By this point, the CUSTOMER returns to the counter.  Her tone is slightly cross. ]

CUSTOMER:
Excuse me, my coffee's cold!

CASEY:
Umm, yes ma'am.  You wanted the iced coffee...?

Iced coffee was relatively new in 1992.

CUSTOMER:
No!  I want this heated up.

MAGGIE (to the customer):
Hey, are you dense or something?  It's an iced coffee!  (advancing)  Why don't you get out of here, huh?

[ Intimidated, the CUSTOMER turns and leaves the area. ]

[ CASEY removes her apron and comes out from behind the counter to escort MAGGIE aside. ]

CASEY:
Hey, are you okay?  You're not acting like yourself!

[ MAGGIE is amused as she watches the CUSTOMER leave (off-camera). ]

MAGGIE:
Hah, did you see that?  She ran away!  Oh... Well, actually, she's going to get your manager.

Casey's manager never appeared on-screen, but she was apparently lenient with Casey's requests for time off throughout the series.

[ CASEY escorts MAGGIE in the opposite direction, exchanging a nod with DREW. ]

CASEY:
Come on, let's get some fresh air.


[ EXT. CITY STREET - On a narrow, two-lane city street, a DRIVER slows and stops as the car in front of him is backing to parallel-park in a spot along the side of the street. ]


[ EXT. CITY ROOFTOP (sentai) - Above, FACETIA fires her fiery energy beam. ]

Facetia's blast


[ EXT. CITY STREET - His car struck by the beam, the DRIVER briefly glows red.  He then furiously honks his horn at the car in front of him.  The DRIVER then gets out and begins screaming wildly at the car. ]


[ EXT. CITY ROOFTOP (sentai) - FACETIA turns, speaks, and fires another beam in a different direction. ]

Facetia's blast

FACETIA:
Hee hee!  Soon you'll destroy each other!  (fires again)

Facetia's plan was to wipe out humanity by turning everyone against each other.

Facetia's blast

[ Just then, the RED, BLACK, and YELLOW RANGERS fly down, each with a jump-kick.  FACETIA turns and is simultaneously kicked by the three RANGERS, causing her to stagger back. ]

Red's jump-kick Black's jump-kick Yellow's jump-kick Facetia looks Facetia gets kicked Facetia staggers back Facetia staggers back

[ The three RANGERS land boldly.  RED RANGER points and makes a declaration. ]

Red's declaration Red's declaration

LUKE (Red Ranger):
You leave those people alone and give us back that ruby, or you'll be sorry!

The Rangers haven't yet confirmed that objects are permanently turned into Jinnsect monsters; this understanding will come in episode 5 when Pete finds Facetia's crystalline remains.

[ FACETIA scoffs and then fires a white energy beam from a bracelet on her wrist. ]

Facetia's wrist blast

FACETIA:
Yeah, right!  (fires)

[ Blasted, the RANGERS roll aside.  Rolling with his TALON SWORD in hand, BLACK RANGER leaps. ]

Ranger blasted Black leaps

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Let's get her!

[ Rolling with his SWORD, YELLOW RANGER leaps as well. ]

Yellow leaps

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
She's going down!

[ BLACK and YELLOW leap through the air, wings open and SWORDS in hand.  PETE (Yellow) makes a particularly vocal battle cry. ]

Yellow and Black leap

[ BLACK and YELLOW slash FACETIA in passing, causing her to spark.  She then turns, and YELLOW and BLACK leap in for a second strike, but this time they merely bounce off her torso.  They roll back and reach for their blasters. ]

Yellow and Black's passing slash Facetia turns Yellow and Black leap again Yellow and Black deflected Yellow and Black reach for their blasters

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Sky Blasters!

[ BLACK, YELLOW, and RED each grab their SKY BLASTERS.  RED aims. ]

Black draws blaster Yellow draws blaster Red draws blaster Red Ranger aims

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Fire!

[ Surrounding FACETIA, the three RANGERS fire yellow lasers from their blasters, but the blasts are deflected, causing the RANGERS to spark and crackle with blue electricity. ]

lasers deflected lasers deflected lasers deflected

While this scene may give a misleading impression of the Sky Blasters' ineffectiveness against standard monsters, Facetia's invulnerability to the lasers was actually due to her physical composition alone.


[ EXT. CITY STREET - CASEY is walking down the sidewalk with MAGGIE.  A CYCLIST brushes by them from behind and continues down the sidewalk.  MAGGIE shouts after him. ]

MAGGIE:
Hey, watch it, buddy!  What, the street's not wide enough for ya?!

CASEY (to Maggie):
Seriously, are you okay?  I've never seen you act like this.

Of all the Rangers, Casey is closest to Maggie, though they might not be described as friends yet.  Presumably, Casey introduced herself to Maggie when she moved into Parkview, as she did to Luke.

MAGGIE:
Yeah, well, I'm just sick of people walking all over me, you know?

CASEY (concerned):
Umm, okay, but...

MAGGIE:
Hey, what do you think Sean's up to?

When I first planned out Maggie's character, I intended for her to have had a painful breakup in the recent past, though I had no specific plans for her ex-boyfriend to appear in the series.  Sean does ultimately appear several times, however.

CASEY (bewildered, stammering):
Wh-- Sean...?  You--

MAGGIE:
I know, but he's just sooo gorgeous.

Presumably, Maggie has seen Sean in town since their breakup, but they likely haven't spoken.

[ CASEY is speechless. ]

MAGGIE:
Hey, I'll race you to the park!  (into her Morpher)  Sky Swallow!

[ With a blue gleam, MAGGIE morphs into the BLUE RANGER on the sidewalk.  CASEY looks around in panic.  BLUE RANGER instantly leaps into the air and flies off, drawing the attention of a few people elsewhere on the sidewalk.  CASEY hides her face under her Booksmart visor and ducks into an alley nearby. ]

I had fun making Maggie reckless, particularly in this sequence.  I assume, however, no one learned their identities here.


[ EXT. PARK - PINK RANGER lands in a secluded area of the park and looks around, to no avail. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Power down.

[ CASEY demorphs with a pink gleam and uses the upper right and lower left buttons on her AVIMORPHER. ]

CASEY (to herself):
Where are you?

Casey apparently disabled seek mode and then steered her Hoverbird manually.  She demorphed to use her Morpher's steering button, though the helmets could also steer the Hoverbirds with eye gestures.  This predates Dr. Bering's upgrade which allowed the Morphers to be summoned onto the morphed Rangers' wrists.


[ EXT. ROOFTOPS - We see BLUE RANGER doing a series of acrobatic flips from one rooftop to the next over the city, with the flair of a gymnast enjoying her superhuman dexterity.  She whoops excitedly with each flip. ]

Maggie may not have had an opportunity to do much gymnastics since high school, but she is enjoying herself now.  I also thought it would be nice to see a Ranger having fun with his or her enhanced dexterity.

[ Nearby, Casey's HOVERBIRD arrives on the scene, watching BLUE RANGER. ]


[ EXT. ROOFTOP - As BLUE RANGER lands on a particular rooftop and takes a running start for another jump, she's suddenly struck from the side with a green funnel of energy, causing her to spark and stumble.  Recovering, she looks toward the source of the blast. ]

As indicated below, Trask is invisible to Casey's Hoverbird.  He has come here after seeing Blue Ranger in the video from the Hoverbird.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
All right, who the heck was that?!

[ In the shadows of an air conditioning cabinet lurks TRASK, holding his long, silver sword. ]

TRASK:
I believe you owe me a Morpher.

Trask is referring to events in episode 2.  This is the last time Trask expresses an interest in reclaiming the Ranger technology, instead shifting his focus to preparing for Magda's arrival (episodes 5 and 8).

[ BLUE RANGER stands defiantly. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Yeah, you can cram it, ugly!  You're not getting anything from me!

TRASK:
Charming.  The name is Trask.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Yeah, well I'm the Blue Ranger, and I'm about to knock you into next week.

Luke may have told the team of their individual designations (i.e. "Blue Ranger") between now and the previous episode.  Its purpose here was to inform Trask of the term "Ranger."

[ PINK RANGER lands beside BLUE. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Maggie!  Are you okay?  (notices Trask)  Hey, who's that guy?

Casey's Hoverbird didn't show Trask; she now sees him for the first time.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
He's that vampire freak who messed with us on Saturday.

Maggie deduced Trask's vampiric traits in episode 2; they are discussed further at the end of this episode.

TRASK:
(chuckles)  "Vampire"... You humans have such quaint little myths.

[ TRASK points his left index finger into the air, generating a dome of darkness over the rooftop.  He then advances on the girls.  When he attacks, he does so viciously with his sword.  As PINK and BLUE block and dodge the attacks, BLUE RANGER takes several aggressive swings with her fists.  TRASK dodges them all, returning with a slash which sends BLUE sparking back.  He then slashes PINK as well, and she joins BLUE's side. ]

As revealed in episode 35, Trask's darkness domes are a function of his sub-dermal warp generators, which he also uses to teleport himself and others.  This ability is not innate to Vampirians (though this detail was actually a retcon added later).  Trask uses it here to avoid being distracted by the pain of light exposure, even though he has trained a bit on Dagus 4 (episode 17).

[ Regrouping, BLUE RANGER tenses furiously. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Oh man, he is so gonna get it!

[ Just then, an alert tone is heard.  After bringing her left wrist to her ear, PINK then touches the left side of her helmet with two fingers. ]

The alert tone should actually come from her helmet rather than her wrist while she is morphed.

[ As seen from PINK RANGER's perspective, the view through her visor expands into a remote view of the RED, YELLOW, and BLACK RANGERS struggling with FACETIA at a construction yard (sentai). ]

Hoverbird's view

[ PINK RANGER releases her fingers and looks to BLUE. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Maggie, the guys are in trouble!

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Forget it!  I'm not leaving until this guy gets what's coming to him!

[ BLUE RANGER charges and fights TRASK wildly.  In an extended fight, she seems equally matched with TRASK, her passion seeming to compensate for her lack of precision. ]

[ PINK RANGER watches anxiously. ]

[ BLUE continues to fight TRASK, ultimately knocking his sword out of his hand with a chop to his wrist.  She then delivers a gut-wrenching side-kick to his midsection, sending him crashing into the air conditioning cabinet.  The darkness dome dissolves, returning sunlight to the rooftop. ]

Trask's darkness dome didn't dissolve upon his defeat in episode 35, but this was probably due to Mainframe's influence.

[ PINK RANGER breathes a sigh of relief. ]

[ BLUE RANGER steps into the shadows where TRASK lies and forcefully grabs his ankle.  She begins to drag him toward the sunlight. ]

Maggie is potentially murderous under Facetia's spell?

[ PINK RANGER looks on. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Maggie, what are you doing?  We've gotta go!

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
I'm gonna get rid of this slimeball for good.

[ TRASK grunts, semi-conscious. ]

TRASK:
I expect no less... from a human.  Your nature is to destroy.

We hear a hint of Trask's motivation for the first time.

[ BLUE RANGER pauses and looks down at TRASK.  She then tosses his ankle down in disgust and departs with PINK.  TRASK clutches his ribs and watches them leave (off-screen).  He then stands, his upper body no longer in shadow as the sun falls on him from behind.  As he stands watching the Rangers' exit, his pale white skin tints to a sky-bluish color, and his lips grow a deep red. ]

Maggie is shamed out of her murderous ambition after Trask brings it to her attention.

Trask's change in skin color foreshadows his transformation into his blue-skinned sentai form (Radiguet in Jetman).  It also hints that he may be more than a mere vampire.

TRASK:
We'll meet again, Rangers.

[ TRASK then picks up his sword and vanishes with a ripple effect. ]


[ EXT. CONSTRUCTION YARD (sentai) - FACETIA charges through the RED, YELLOW, and BLACK RANGERS, knocking them down.  As BLACK lands, YELLOW helps him. ]

Facetia charges Facetia charges Yellow helps Black Ranger

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
You all right, man?

[ In the sky, the BLUE and PINK RANGERS soar down.  We see their perspective as they rapidly close on FACETIA from above.  She twirls around. ]

For pacing, I cut a bit of dialogue between Blue and White as they flew down.

Pink and Blue flying down Pink and Blue flying down Facetia looks

FACETIA:
What?

[ BLUE and PINK simultaneously plant their feet into FACETIA, sending her staggering back.  The girls then land and join the guys as they return to their feet (as seen through a nearby metal part). ]

Pink and Blue kick Facetia Pink and Blue kick Facetia girls help guys girls help guys

I also cut a shot of Blue Ranger giving Red the "V for victory" sign, which she tended to do frequently in Jetman.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
You guys okay?

[ FACETIA bellows angrily.  The RANGERS turn to face her, YELLOW (Pete) yelping slightly.  PINK addresses BLUE. ]

Facetia bellows doubleteam

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Ready, Maggie?

[ BLUE and PINK deliver a simultaneous thumbs-up. ]

doubleteam

CASEY (Pink Ranger) / MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Doubleteam!

[ PINK and BLUE take a running start and leap into the air.  They draw their TALON SWORDS and slash FACETIA in succession.  The monster, however, knocks BLUE RANGER's sword from her hand, causing it to fly through the air. ]

doubleteam doubleteam Blue's Talon Sword Pink's Talon Sword Pink and Blue slash Facetia Pink and Blue slash Facetia Blue Ranger loses Talon Sword Blue's Talon Sword flying

[ After looking at her lost sword, BLUE RANGER then leaps over FACETIA, who protests. ]

Blue Ranger looks at lost sword Blue Ranger leaps over Facetia Blue Ranger leaps over Facetia

FACETIA:
Hey, where'd you go?

[ In midair, BLUE RANGER summons a blue-winged BATTLIZER (refer to episode 2) on her right wrist. ]

Blue Ranger's Battlizer

Blue Ranger's Battlizer debuts.  Luke presumably spoke of them after episode 2 or 3.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Battlizer!

[ From above, BLUE RANGER punches FACETIA in the back of the head with her BATTLIZER fist, causing the monster to spark and stumble forward. ]

Blue Ranger punches Facetia with Battlizer Facetia stumbles

I cut a shot of Yellow Ranger making wild gestures before advancing to grab Facetia.  On several occasions, Jetman's Yellow was just too goofy to fit Pete's character.

[ YELLOW RANGER rushes forward and grapples FACETIA, lifting her to her feet.  He's joined by BLUE RANGER, who grabs the monster's left arm. ]

Yellow Ranger grapples Facetia Blue Ranger helps grapple Facetia

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
I got her, Casey!  Go for it!

[ PINK RANGER slashes her TALON SWORD against FACETIA's right shoulder, striking her embedded JINNSECT in the process.  After sparking, the JINNSECT gleams with yellow and white light. ]

Pink Ranger slashes Facetia's Jinnsect Pink Ranger slashes Facetia's Jinnsect Pink Ranger slashes Facetia's Jinnsect Pink Ranger slashes Facetia's Jinnsect

Casey accidentally provokes the monster to grow.  This sequence prompted me to use this episode as the introduction to growing Jinnsect monsters.

[ RED and BLACK react. ]

Red and Black react to Jinnsect

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Watch out!

Oddly, the sentai included a shot of a Jinnsect expanding on the rocky ground, yet Facetia was never destroyed in small scale.  Clearly, I cut this shot.

[ With an insectoid effect, FACETIA re-materializes above the construction yard in a giant form.  Her voice is deeper and echoes as she looms menacingly over the camera. ]

Facetia grows Facetia grows Facetia grows Facetia towers overhead

FACETIA:
Ahhh, how do you like me now?

[ US footage - The RANGERS continue to react to the scene above. ]

The Rangers' response had to be expanded; thus the US footage.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
How'd she do that?

[ US footage - RED RANGER addresses the others before calling into his left wrist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Don't worry, guys!  (into his wrist)  Hawkzord, we need you!

[ US footage - RED RANGER looks to the sky but doesn't see anything.  A sudden booming stomp from the monster overhead causes the RANGERS to stumble and scurry around. ]

[ We see from over FACETIA's shoulder as she towers over the scrambling RANGERS below. ]

giant Facetia

[ US footage - RED RANGER calls into his wrist again. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hawkzord, where are you?!

[ US footage - PINK RANGER points at the sky. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Look!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #5) - The SKYFORCE CRUISER roars by the camera.  The Cruiser is a combined jet form of the five SKY FLYERS, with HAWK ONE forming the nose of the jet. ]

Skyforce Cruiser Skyforce Cruiser

Jetman did not feature the Flyers or the Cruiser on auto-pilot; rather, the Rangers assembled the Flyers and piloted the Cruiser themselves in the sentai.


[ EXT. CONSTRUCTION YARD (US footage) - The RANGERS react to the jet flying overhead. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
What the heck is that?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Looks like the Hawk did some growing up too!

LUKE (Red Ranger, amazed):
No, he brought help!


[ EXT. SKY (sentai) - In a black background, the CRUISER is enveloped with fiery energy and spreads fiery wings, resembling a firebird. ]

Cruiser's firebird attack Cruiser's firebird attack Cruiser's firebird attack


[ EXT. CONSTRUCTION YARD (sentai) - In close-up, FACETIA reacts. ]

Facetia reacts to Cruiser Facetia reacts to Cruiser

FACETIA:
What?  Uh oh!

[ The fiery streak flies through FACETIA.  The firebird flies out her backside, at which point she falls and explodes in a fireball. ]

Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction Facetia's destruction

This firebird attack is virtually identical to an attack performed by the heroes' jet in the anime Gatchaman, which inspired Jetman.


[ EXT. CONSTRUCTION YARD (US footage) - The RANGERS shield their eyes and faces from the explosion above.  They then look to the sky once again. ]


[ EXT. SKY (sentai) - The CRUISER sheds its firebird flames, returning to normal form as it flies away into the sky. ]

Cruiser departs Cruiser departs Cruiser departs


[ EXT. CONSTRUCTION YARD (US footage) - As the RANGERS continue to look skyward, BLUE RANGER looks down in slow realization. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You guys...

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah?

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
I am soooo late for work!

Facetia's spell seems to have mostly worn off.

[ The RANGERS chuckle as BLUE RANGER runs off.  Fade to black. ]


[ Break. ]


[ EXT. LIBRARY (LATE AFTERNOON) - In the late afternoon light, MAGGIE demurely exits the library, where she's joined by CASEY.  MAGGIE (her backpack over her shoulder) appears embarrassed, while CASEY's attitude is primarily concern and restrained curiosity. ]

MAGGIE:
Hey.

CASEY:
Hey.  Is everything okay?

MAGGIE (with a sigh):
Yeah...  (gesturing behind her)  Oh, actually, I don't even think they noticed I was gone.  (changing the subject, troubled)  ... I don't know what was wrong with me today.

Maggie may feel under-appreciated at the library, leading her to call her job boring while under the spell.

CASEY:
Luke said that monster was making people go kinda crazy.

MAGGIE:
Really?

CASEY:
Uh-huh.  You were probably under some kind of spell or something.  Do you feel better now?

MAGGIE:
I guess so.  I'm still a little edgy though.  I shushed some kids at the library.  (smirks)

Whenever possible, I preferred not to dismiss spells and other phenomena without any repercussions whatsoever (also see the alien moss in episode 2).  Here, I've left Maggie with a bit of residual edginess.  One may wonder whether her personality was permanently altered to any degree.

CASEY:
(giggles)  It's a whole new side of you.

MAGGIE (chuckling):
Yeah, I guess so.  Hey, maybe that Trask guy learned his lesson, you think?

CASEY:
Maybe.  Do you really think he's a vampire?

MAGGIE:
Well, I dunno... When he captured you guys the other day, I noticed he couldn't come into the building.  He had to send me in instead.

From this, as well as his pale appearance and his tendency to remain in shadow, Maggie concluded that Trask was a vampire (see episode 2).

CASEY:
So, like, he can't come in unless he's invited?

Due to an ancient human curse, Vampirians are physically unable to enter human homes without consent.  Dillik and the frozen Dr. Bering together made what amounted to a home in Dillik's lab (see episode 12).

MAGGIE:
That's what I was thinking.  And you saw how he stays out of the sunlight.

CASEY:
True.  Oh, and I don't think he shows up on the Hoverbirds!

[ We flash back to Casey's HOVERBIRD flying beside the rooftop where BLUE RANGER confronted TRASK, but its view then shows BLUE RANGER standing by herself, TRASK nowhere to be seen. ]

CASEY (voice-over):
I saw you get hit by something, but you were the only person I could see on the roof...

[ We return to CASEY and MAGGIE. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
... and then when I got there in person, that's when I saw him.

MAGGIE:
So you can't photograph him either.  Sounds like a vampire to me.

CASEY:
Yeah.  So you think we should start wearing garlic?

Garlic may have no more effect on Vampirians than it does on some humans.

[ MAGGIE giggles softly. ]

MAGGIE:
Hey, aren't you supposed to be at work?

CASEY:
I took the day off.  I told her my friend was having major relationship issues.

[ MAGGIE chuckles bashfully. ]

MAGGIE:
Hey, thanks for looking out for me today.

[ CASEY smiles and touches MAGGIE's arm. ]

CASEY:
Always.

MAGGIE (embarrassed):
Oh, by the way, I... I was just kidding around about Sean.

[ CASEY stops in her tracks, concerned.  MAGGIE stops as well. ]

CASEY:
Ohh... Well, I sort of already told him you were thinking about him.

Apparently Casey tends to have more interaction with Sean than Maggie does; perhaps he's a Booksmart customer.  This interaction had to have occurred after their breakup, as episode 14 indicates that Maggie moved into Parkview (and then presumably met Casey) after the breakup.

[ MAGGIE's eyes widen. ]

MAGGIE (through clenched teeth):
You did not...!

CASEY (grinning):
Kidding!

[ Appalled with a trace of a smile, MAGGIE chases after CASEY, who squeals and runs away.  Freezeframe. ]

Very few episodes of Take Flight end mirthfully; this is an exception.  More commonly, I preferred to end with cliffhangers, as they reinforced the show's serial nature.