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POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 24: "Wolves in Rangers' Clothing, part 2"

This episode was completed on July 21, 2007, and released on August 16, 2008.  Its title refers to the antagonists in the role of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #42 unless otherwise noted. ]

In Jetman #42, Tranza's robotic creation, G2, escapes.  Meanwhile, White tries to give Black a lesson in manners before he meets her parents; they are then attacked by Gray (Strife) and Maria (Sasha) until G2 begs Gray for a spare part.  When the Rangers arrive, Black Ranger succeeds in deflecting Gray's cannon blast toward Maria, knocking her off a cliff.  Gray takes her to a cave, but Red follows out of concern for his fiancée; ultimately, Gray gives in and allows Red to care for her, as his robotic body can't give her warmth.  Outside, Gray rebuffs G2 out of irritation, but G2 takes Maria during the night.  The next morning, he falls off a cliff shielding Maria from a rockslide.  The Rangers and Gray converge on the scene, and as Red holds Maria, G2 blasts the Rangers to prevent them from firing the Phoenix Cannon at Gray; the cannon fires anyway, and G2 falls back down his cliff and explodes shortly thereafter.  Meanwhile, Maria takes the damaged Gray to safety.

Aside from an interlude featuring Strife, Sasha, and Gamma Two (G2), this is another US-original episode; it concludes the so-called "team-up" begun in episode 23.  Of note, the team-up tradition was surely inspired by super sentai, in which each series beginning with Ohranger (1995) featured a team-up movie co-starring the previous year's sentai, each movie's title including both teams' names on either side of the word "vs." (which doesn't require that the teams actually oppose each other).


[ Fade in to INT. JAIL CORRIDOR - A Thadian prison guard (see previous episode) is casually strolling between cells when a loud crash is heard in the distance.  He perks up and hurries around the corner. ]

By Earth time, this episode spans most of Tuesday, July 14, 1992, the day after the previous episode's events.  This particular scene takes place during what would be the wee hours of the morning, Earth time.

[ In another section of the jail, the guard happens upon a cell from which light is emanating. ]

[ Over the guard's shoulder, we see that a door-sized slab has been cut out of the wall and has fallen inward, allowing light from outside to shine in (the dust still settling).  In a fenced yard beyond the makeshift opening stand the two captured rebels (see previous episode), with BLACK RANGER behind them, his hands protectively on their shoulders. ]

The Rangers have taken sides in Thadia's civil war.

[ BLACK RANGER delivers a salute with his index finger to the guard, and the trio is beamed up in a blue ray of light from above. ]

The Zords' teleportation beams are line-of-sight only.

[ The guard lurches forward and grips the cell bars, transfixed. ]


[ EXT. CASTLE (NIGHT) - An imposing castle stands in the hills.  Contrasting with the low-tech structure, powerful spotlights sweep through the night sky over the castle. ]


[ EXT. ACCESS TUNNEL (NIGHT) - The five RANGERS sneak through the bushes and encounter a sealed access tunnel leading into the castle structure.  The tunnel's metal door opens, revealing a Thadian in a formal uniform, apparently a servant.  He sneaks the RANGERS inside. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, quietly):
Man...  It helps to have spies.

Some of the castle's servants are secretly loyal to the rebels.


[ INT. SERVICE TUNNELS - Escorted by the servant, the RANGERS make their way through a series of tunnels.  The tunnels are dimly lit by a string of weak electric bulbs seemingly installed along the ceiling as an afterthought. ]

As revealed in the previous episode, Lendei was an alien presence who introduced technology to the Thadians; this structure probably predates Lendei, minus the light bulbs.

[ At one particular junction, the servant quietly parts ways with the RANGERS and disappears down a different tunnel.  The RANGERS bid him farewell as he leaves, RED RANGER speaking a word in Thadian.  RED then turns to the others. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, quietly):
Okay, we need to go up past the dungeon and hang a right.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
And then we find out if the rebels were right about most of the generals being away in other territories.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Luke, do you need that phrase?  I wrote it down in case --

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I remember it.

The rebels gave the Rangers a Thadian phrase which would serve to order the listener to surrender his powers and come with them; not surprisingly, Fexel is unswayed when they try it on him.

[ BLUE shrugs to PINK as the group continues down the tunnel. ]


[ INT. DUNGEON (NIGHT) - Alone in a cell, a scrawny and dirty-looking JANOS (see previous episode) lies on a worn stone slab, his body bearing several scars.  He sits up as he hears people shuffling nearby. ]

[ Passing down the dungeon corridor, the RANGERS approach the cell.  JANOS walks to the bars and grips them, examining the RANGERS in silence as they near his cell.  (A second cell nearby remains empty.) ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, quietly):
You guys, it's one of the generals!

[ JANOS speaks in Thadian with a faded voice. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Janos.  So this is what they did with him.

Janos' fellow generals threw him in prison after he ended up the only one of them to lack Ranger powers.

[ JANOS speaks again, apparently perplexed. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Poor guy.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Are you kidding?  He's a butcher!

We don't know exactly what atrocities Janos has helped commit, but presumably he wasn't free of guilt in the barbarism committed against the Thadians.  While in prison, he has been whipped and tortured severely by his captors, most of them Thadians working for the five generals.  Like humans, Thadians are complex, and it's often hard to identify one side as the "good guys."  In this sense, I managed to explore the dark side of human nature in this two-parter without actually involving humans (with the exception of the Rangers as observers).

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah, I guess...  But look what they've done to him.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Come on.  Let's keep moving.

[ At the opposite entrance to the dungeon, two Thadian servants, SERVANT1 and SERVANT2 enter, neither of them identical to the previous undercover servant.  SERVANT1 has a whip looped at his hip. ]

[ Upon noticing the RANGERS, SERVANT1 and SERVANT2 put their fists to their chests as a salute (see previous episode), but they then seem startled upon examining the RANGERS further.   SERVANT1 draws his whip and cracks it. ]

Presumably castle staff would be more familiar with the generals and more immediately recognize that these Rangers weren't them.

[ The RANGERS assume defensive positions as JANOS, in the background, backs away from the bars. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Whoa, easy there, fellas.  We don't want to hurt you.  (to Red)  Do you know the phrase for that?

[ RED shakes his head.  SERVANT1 lashes out with his whip, but RED lunges forward, grabs the whip out of the air, and jerks SERVANT1 to him. ]

[ Outside the empty second cell, YELLOW RANGER uses his superhuman strength to pry the bars apart into a man-sized opening.  RED RANGER shoves SERVANT1 (now minus his whip) into the cell.  His hands up anxiously, SERVANT2 willingly climbs into the cell as well, while BLUE RANGER supervises with her arms crossed.  Once the two servants stand within, YELLOW bends the bars roughly back into place. ]

[ JANOS watches from his cell. ]

[ The RANGERS gather in the center of the room.  BLACK RANGER tosses the servant's whip out of reach.  RED RANGER points sternly between JANOS and the two servants in their respective cells. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Now I don't want any trouble from you guys.  You leave each other alone, got it?

[ Showing his palms innocently, JANOS coolly backs away from his bars and sits on his stone slab. ]

Despite once being an abuser, Janos comes across as more sympathetic than his current captors.

[ SERVANT1 and SERVANT2 anxiously look between JANOS and the RANGERS as they remain in place in their cell. ]

[ RED nods. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right then.  (to the Rangers) Now, let's try this again.

[ The RANGERS depart (making a right in the adjoining hallway). ]

[ From his slab, JANOS watches curiously. ]


[ INT. DINING HALL (NIGHT) - In an extravagantly decorated dining hall, FEXEL sits alone at a long table, stuffing his face with a variety of seemingly decadent (but non-Earthen) foods.  He is wearing a thick, dark blue robe.  Though not clearly visible, his right hand is clad in what resembles a fingerless black glove. ]

That's right, even brainy types can be gluttons.

[ Beside FEXEL stands an attentive Thadian servant, but FEXEL dismisses him with the wave of a hand.  The servant begins to depart. ]

[ From off-screen, LUKE boldly speaks a phrase in Thadian.  FEXEL startles and looks to the far doorway, where the five RANGERS stand. ]

[ FEXEL jumps to his feet, knocking over his chair, and wipes his reptilian mouth on his sleeve.  He then mutters in Thadian.  (In the background, the servant flees the room.) ]

[ The RANGERS enter and fan out with the apparent intention of surrounding FEXEL. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
So what was that again that we just told him?

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Something about surrendering his powers and coming with us.

[ FEXEL assumes a defensive stance and barks a retort in Thadian. ]

Though the generals were first shown speaking in (dubbed) English in the previous episode (and will be again later this episode), the audience hears their language as it's actually spoken while they're in the company of Earthlings.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
(chuckles)  I can guess what that means.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
At least there's only one of them.  Looks like the rebels were right.

The other generals are presently off in other territories; I figured they wouldn't spend all of their time cooped up in this castle.  But really, this was just an excuse to use the Power Crystals' friend-summoning ability below.

[ Surrounded by the RANGERS, FEXEL readies his right hand, at which point we see his POWER COIN (triceratops) set within the palm of his glove. ]

Without a Zordon around, the Thadian Rangers lacked Power Morphers.  However, I posited that the Power Coins alone could still morph their users into Rangers, but the process would require practice and concentration; with this in mind, the Morphers given by Zordon in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers would therefore have been a shortcut for the novice teens, who didn't have sufficient time to train.  (Note that the much older Aquitian Rangers in Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers didn't seem to need Morphers to morph using their own set of Power Coins.)

As they lack Morphers, I gave the Thadian Rangers gloves to hold the Power Coins against their palms so they would still have a morph sequence evocative of the morphs in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Incidentally, the idea that the MMPR could morph without Morphers violates a long-standing theory of Derik Smith's that I liked, which is that the suit designs were a function of the Morphers rather than the coins (explaining why the Rangers retained their suit designs when they switched to Ninjor's new set of Power Coins in MMPR season 3).  Sorry, Derik.

[ The RANGERS hold their ground. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Watch out, guys.

[ Using his left hand, FEXEL draws his blue POWER CRYSTAL out from his coin with a bright gleam of blue energy.  He is left with a conical crystal spike jutting out from his palm, which he thrusts into the air with a Thadian declaration. ]

[ The blue POWER CRYSTAL glows brightly, at which point a fiery shimmer (compare with "A Pressing Engagement") pulses outward and causes GRINDEL, FEI, KIRO, and ANDAR (see previous episode) to appear beside him from gleams of energy (purple, pink, blue, and red, respectively).  They are wearing similar outfits to their original appearance, all wearing similar coin-laden gloves on their right hands. ]

The ability of the Power Crystals to summon a Ranger's teammates was featured once, and only once, in "A Pressing Engagement" (MMPR season 1).  But I won't let a little thing like obscurity stop me from using it here!

[ The five generals assume defensive stances as FEXEL, center, cockily retracts his POWER CRYSTAL back into his palm. ]

[ The five RANGERS startle and regroup. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Wow.  That's a heck of a trick.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Wish we could do that.

[ Simultaneously, the five generals perform arm gestures and present their POWER COINS in a manner reminiscent to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' morphing stances (see "Ninja Quest, part 1"). ]

[ The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers lightning bolt logo flashes on-screen (as precedes the typical morph sequence). ]

MMPR lightning bolt

This graphic preceded nearly every morph sequence in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

[ Over a respectively-colored background of crackling electricity, each of the generals - in the order GRINDEL (black), FEI (pink), FEXEL (blue), KIRO (yellow), and ANDAR (red) - calls out a word in Thadian.  At the end of ANDAR's declaration, the camera quickly zooms in on his face, which is overlaid with a fiery red gridline texture, this in turn splitting to reveal the helmet of the RED MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER (hereby referred to as the RED MMPR).  (This morph sequence should be similar to the morph sequences featured throughout Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.) ]

This morph sequence is a clear homage to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  Incidentally, the morph order (black, pink, blue, yellow, red) parallels MMPR as well.

[ The five MMPR assume aggressive stances.  Their costumes are nearly identical to the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, with a few small revisions: in place of Morphers, their belt buckles are featureless black panels; they possess neither holsters nor Blade Blasters; their POWER COINS are embedded in their right palms; and their bodies are shaped to reflect the generals' slightly inhuman physique. ]

The Blade Blasters (the laser/blade weapons used by the MMPR) seemed too high-tech to come with the Power Coins by default, so I omitted them.  Further, with no Morphers, there was no reason to store the Power Coins on the Rangers' belt buckles, so I embedded them in their palms to coincide with the coin-holding gloves they wore.

As the MMPR lack any weapons here, I chose instead to show off every energy-based technique the Rangers performed over the course of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  (One I omitted was a function of the Blade Blasters, but I later added it to episode 40 anyway.)

[ The RANGERS react. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Whoa.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
They're Power Rangers, all right.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Look at their helmets!  They match the dinosaurs we saw earlier.

[ The MMPR begin to encircle the wary RANGERS. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, raising a finger profoundly):
Actually...

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
All right, all right!  The ancient creatures!

Luke noted in the previous episode that of the tyrannosaurus, mammoth (mastodon in MMPR), triceratops, saber-toothed tiger, and pteranodon (pterodactyl in MMPR), only two are actually dinosaurs.

[ The MMPR attack with hand-to-hand combat, scattering the RANGERS. ]

[ YELLOW MMPR delivers a strong side-kick to PINK RANGER (her foot briefly gleaming yellow), sending PINK flying back and crashing against the wall.  As PINK recovers, BLACK RANGER grapples YELLOW MMPR, but she promptly hurls him across the room.  He lands beside PINK. ]

The generals have had many years to practice with the Power Coins; as such, they demonstrate many of the powers exhibited over the course of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and then some.  Yellow's glowing kick was an extension of the glowing fist shown below.

[ BLUE RANGER performs backwards cartwheels to evade the approaching BLACK MMPR and BLUE MMPR.  BLACK MMPR then charges his fist with purple energy and slams it into the ground (compare with "The Wedding, part 3"), projecting a series of shockwaves which shake the ground and cause BLUE RANGER to falter. ]

In "The Wedding, part 3" (MMPR season 2), Red Ranger Rocky performed a glowing punch to the ground, shaking the monsters the Rangers were fighting.  (Curiously, this was performed while the Rangers were supposed to be powerless while inside the abandoned Specter Theater.)

[ Recovering her footing, BLUE draws her SKY BLASTER and fires yellow lasers at her approaching attackers, but they seem relatively unfazed by the resulting sparks. ]

[ As YELLOW RANGER squares off with PINK MMPR, YELLOW readies his right fist. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Battlizer, pow--  Oh, darn it.

As mentioned in the previous episode, the Battlizers are stored within the Flyers, which remain on Earth.

[ PINK MMPR appears to meditate, drawing multicolored wisps of energy from the surrounding air into her hands (compare with "Welcome to Venus Island").  YELLOW watches a moment, but the same wisps then gather around him and strike his body, causing him to spark all over and fall back. ]

In "Welcome to Venus Island" (MMPR season 2), the Rangers were able to summon these wisps of energy by meditating; they caused the Invenusable Flytrap monster to overheat.

[ RED RANGER attempts to come to YELLOW's aid, but RED MMPR grapples him and hurls RED across the room.  RED RANGER lands on the table and slides off, scattering food and dishes to the floor.  He quickly rises, but RED MMPR is on him in a flash, pummeling him with punches and kicks he is unable to block.  In slow motion, RED MMPR finally delivers a strong punch to RED RANGER's gut, a translucent red image of his fist expanding outward and vanishing (compare with "Passing the Lantern").  RED RANGER flies back from the impact. ]

In "Passing the Lantern" (MMPR season 3), Black Ranger Adam performed a version of this giant-fist punch against the Lanterra monster.

[ RED RANGER crashes to the floor near the far wall.  The other RANGERS gather around him. ]

[ Joined by the other MMPR, RED MMPR summons red electricity into his hands, forming a gleaming sphere of red energy which he then hurls (compare with "Green with Evil, part 1"). ]

In "Green with Evil, part 1" (MMPR season 1), Green Ranger Tommy hurled a similar green energy ball at the Rangers while under Rita's spell.

[ The RANGERS barely manage to leap aside as the energy sphere strikes the wall behind them with a hefty explosion.  The blast causes a portion of the wall to crumble, but the RANGERS successfully avoid the falling debris.  They nonetheless appear exhausted. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
This isn't going well.

CHRIS (Black Ranger, dourly, to Red):
Hey, try that phrase again.

[ RED RANGER reaches for his weapons. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We're not finished yet.  Sky Enforcers!

[ Switch to sentai (Jetman #3) - RED RANGER assembles his SKY ENFORCER. ]

Red Ranger assembles Sky Enforcer

[ US footage - Following an order from RED MMPR (Andar), the five MMPR hold hands, their respective energy seeming to pool between them (compare with "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire"). ]

[ The RANGERS simultaneously fire their ENFORCER beams, which form a force bubble (see episode 7). ]

Enforcer blast Enforcer blast Enforcer blast Enforcer blast

RANGERS (in unison):
Fire!  (blast fires)

[ Switch to US footage - The force bubble (compare with sentai) flies toward the MMPR, but the blast is halted as the linked MMPR are enveloped in a white barrier (compare with "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire").  The bubble hovers in the air a moment. ]

In "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire" (MMPR season 3), the Rangers combined their energies to form a barrier which repelled fire blown by the Flame Head monster.

[ Still wielding their ENFORCERS, the RANGERS react. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Run!

[ The RANGERS evacuate toward the entrance from which they came. ]

[ The glowing MMPR extend their hands, hurling the force bubble back at the Rangers. ]


[ INT. CORRIDOR - As the RANGERS flee from the adjoining dining hall, a massive explosion behind them violently hurls them down the corridor. ]

[ Smoking, the RANGERS land in a tangled heap further down the corridor.  They collect themselves and continue to flee. ]

[ At the damaged, flaming doorway, the five MMPR gather and inspect the corridor.  Seeing the retreating Rangers (off-screen), they hurry on foot to pursue them. ]


[ INT. DUNGEON (NIGHT) - The MMPR hastily round the corner from the adjoining hallway. ]

[ From their point of view, we see SERVANT1 and SERVANT2 still in their cell.  Janos, on the other hand, is missing, his cell bars having been pried open. ]

On their way out, the Earth Rangers have decided to take Janos with them.

[ RED MMPR (Andar) growls. ]


[ Break. ]


[ INT. REBEL OUTPOST - In the rebels' base (see previous episode), the five HEROES stand in their black uniforms as a REBEL CAPTAIN speaks in Thadian with the seated JANOS, whose wrists are tied behind his back.  Other rebels, including the REBEL LIEUTENANT, stand guard along the walls. ]

[ Following his conversation, the REBEL CAPTAIN turns to the HEROES and speaks: ]

REBEL CAPTAIN:
"Friend," Janos.

The rebels would only have a very crude grasp of English by this point, but they know more English than the Earth Rangers know Thadian.

[ The HEROES are perplexed. ]

CASEY:
Wait, what...?

PETE:
He wants to be our friend?

REBEL CAPTAIN:
Planet find.  (points to palm)

CHRIS:
Planet...?

LUKE:
Those coins...  (speaks one of the Thadian words previously spoken to Fexel)  He can take us to where they found them?

PETE:
How do we know it's not a trap?

LUKE:
We don't.  But it's about all we've got at this point.

PETE:
We've got the Kestrelzord.

MAGGIE:
Yeah, but we can't just go blasting the castle to pieces.  It's full of innocent workers.

CHRIS:
Yeah, real innocent.  Like the guy with the whip.

MAGGIE (to Chris):
All right, so what do you want to do?  Blow everybody up?

Chris has been getting on Maggie's nerves a little bit during their travels together.

CHRIS:
(chuckles)  No...  Our problem's with the generals and their Ranger powers.  Once we neutralize them, let the people decide who else they want to put on trial.  Right?

[ LUKE nods. ]

LUKE:
Right.  So let's see what that planet has to offer.


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (DAY) (sentai) - We see STRIFE walking in a mountainous valley.  He pauses and looks around. ]

By Earth time, this scene also takes place on July 14, two days since Dillik's departure from Earth (episode 23).

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[ Through Strife's view, we see an on-screen scanner analyzing the area.  (His customary side Hoverbird displays are not present.) ]

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[ EXT. SPACE, ILLAM ORBIT (US footage) - TRASK'S SHIP orbits around ILLAM, a moderately Earth-like planet with brownish-gray land masses and ample bodies of water.  The atmosphere is a deep, hazy blue, with prominent dark clouds.  The near side of the planet is lit by a nearby sun (off-screen), but the light shines mostly on the southern hemisphere, such that the north is relatively dark and icy. ]

I used this visual in an attempt to show why the location seen in episode 22 was shown in darkness so frequently; it was presumably on the north end of the planet, which received little sunlight (though it didn't appear especially cold).  This was contrary to my original plan that the planet would simply remain dark blue at all times (I hadn't planned out my use of the day-night contrast from Jetman #42 fully enough when I wrote episode 22).

In deciding that one end of the planet was colder and darker than the other, I also imagined that Magda specifically chose the cold end for her base when she and Sasha lived here, as part of her preference for cold (see episode 27).


[ INT. VILLAIN COCKPIT (US footage) - At the controls, DILLIK is wearing his VR helmet (see episode 12) as he slowly pans his head.  (The Star Handle is not in view.) ]

By this point, I had phased out the additional hand controls Dillik first used when controlling Strife, as I preferred giving Dillik more freedom of movement.  I figured Dillik had simply refined the technology over time.

DILLIK:
Where are you, your majesty?  I see terrain disruptions, residual radiation... but no princess.  (looks around further)  I've gotta hurry.  It won't stay light for long on this end of the planet.  Oh, wait... I can see in the dark.

Night falls quickly because of the planet's tilted axis, but the sentai footage also featured a very quick descent into darkness (presumably because it was filmed at the end of a single day, and setup between shots ate up quite a bit of time).

The terrain disruptions and radiation are artifacts of her battle with the Kestrelzord in monster form (see episode 22).

Strife has thermal vision.


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (DAY) (sentai) - STRIFE starts to proceed, but he is distracted by something below.  A robot speaks in a childlike voice. ]

Gamma 2 pleads for help Gamma 2 pleads for help

GAMMA TWO (off-screen):
Please, help me...

At this point in Jetman #42, Gray (Strife) and Maria (Sasha) were both attacking the unmorphed Black and White Rangers.

[ We pan down to see a smoking yellow robot clutching to STRIFE's leg in desperation. ]

Gamma 2 pleads for help

GAMMA TWO (cont'd):
My power cell is dying...

In the sentai, this robot was Tranza's creation, but it was too childlike and innocent for his taste, so he planned to have it scrapped; it then escaped to Earth in a weakened state.  I've reinterpreted it as a robot friend to the Vanguards (like Alpha Five in Power Rangers) who has somehow survived the death of everyone he cared for.  His name, Gamma Two, is a nod to Alpha Five, in that it's a greek letter followed by a number; it's also a play on the robot's sentai name, G2.


[ INT. VILLAIN COCKPIT (US footage) - DILLIK is looking down and to his right (compare with sentai). ]

DILLIK:
Power cell?  I-- I'm sorry, I don't...  Well, actually, I do have a spare...

How convenient!


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (DAY) (sentai) - In close-up, STRIFE removes a small component from some sort of compartment, which he then closes. ]

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STRIFE:
There's no telling whether it's compatible though.

In the sentai, it was probably less unlikely for Gray's parts to be compatible with Tranza's robot; I've tried to dodge the unlikelihood by at least mentioning the idea that it might be incompatible.  Note that in the footage, the power cells are of a different type from each other.

[ STRIFE bends down to assist GAMMA TWO. ]

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STRIFE:
Let's see what we have here.

[ STRIFE opens a compartment in the robot's torso, revealing smoking robotic innards.  STRIFE removes a fuse-shaped object and replaces it with his own part, which is shaped differently but seems to fit.  Red lights within the cavity light up once the part is inserted, and the sound of electronics coming to life is heard. ]

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STRIFE:
Looks like your access panel's here...  Oh, well there's your problem.  (takes fuse, replaces it)  All right, let's see what this does.  (electronics come to life)

The "well there's your problem" line amuses me.

[ STRIFE watches GAMMA TWO as the robot is looking down. ]

Strife watches

GAMMA TWO:
Ohh...  Thank you!

[ GAMMA TWO looks up meaningfully at STRIFE.  His smaller eye blinks with a red light as he speaks. ]

Gamma 2 speaks Gamma 2 speaks

GAMMA TWO (cont'd):
Now I can go save that alien I found!

In the sentai, this conversation between G2 and Gray took place before Maria was injured.


[ INT. VILLAIN COCKPIT - DILLIK cocks his head. ]

DILLIK:
Alien...?


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (DAY) (sentai) - GAMMA TWO speaks and looks down absently (footage reversed from sentai) as we dissolve to: ]

Gamma 2 speaks Gamma 2 speaks

GAMMA TWO:
That's right.  With my friends all gone, I was so happy to find a visitor...

Gamma Two remains in good spirits despite being the apparent sole survivor of his planet.


[ Dissolve to EXT. ALIEN MOUNTAINS (NIGHT) (US footage) - In a rocky region surrounded by total darkness, SASHA lies sprawled unconscious on the ground beside a few tall boulders.  On her other side is a cluster of burning rocky debris. ]

GAMMA TWO (voice-over, cont'd):
I found her lying by a pile of debris.  I don't know what happened to her, but she was unconscious.

Sasha has somehow survived her defeat in monster form.  This scene was intended to have taken place on Sunday, July 12, 1992, the day after her defeat by the Kestrel (and yet debris is still burning).

[ Switch to sentai (sentai) - GAMMA TWO approaches the unconscious SASHA (US composite over sentai) and crouches down. ]

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In the sentai, G2 took the unconscious Maria (Sasha) from beside a fire where Red had left her to gather more fire wood; this took place after the nighttime confrontation between Gray and G2 (below).

GAMMA TWO (voice-over, cont'd):
For some reason, she seemed familiar.  But my memory's not what it used to be.

The Vanguards and their allies surely would have remembered Sasha, but she's now in human form; we don't know what form she took before coming to Earth.


[ EXT. ALIEN MOUNTAINS (DAY) (sentai) - From a distance, we see GAMMA TWO struggling to carry the unconscious SASHA on his back. ]

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This part requires a stretch in terms of the passage of time: this scene was intended to have taken place on Monday, July 13, 1992, almost a full 24 hours since Gamma found Sasha.

GAMMA TWO (voice-over, cont'd):
I tried to carry her back to the Vanguard base for treatment...

Dillik would remember the term "Vanguards" from Sasha's mention in episode 21 that they had built weapons on Illam to use against Magda and Sasha; therefore, Dillik now knows that Gamma was once allied with Sasha's enemies.

[ GAMMA TWO staggers slightly under SASHA's weight.  He then finally collapses, dropping her and rolling to the side. ]

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GAMMA TWO (voice-over, cont'd):
But it's hard to do just about anything with a depleted power cell.  (falls)

In the sentai, this took place the day after Gray had given G2 the new power cell; I preferred that it take place beforehand, to explain why he was such a weakling while carrying Sasha.

[ US footage - The unconscious SASHA rolls to a stop on the rocky ground (compare with sentai). ]


[ INT. VILLAIN COCKPIT - DILLIK cocks his head curiously. ]

DILLIK (inwardly):
Vanguard base...?


[ EXT. ALIEN MOUNTAINS (DAY) (sentai) - Nearby, GAMMA TWO regains his bearings and looks at Sasha (off-screen).  Soon, a rumbling sound is heard, and GAMMA TWO looks up. ]

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GAMMA TWO (voice-over, cont'd):
Yep!  Good old Vanguard base!  But we never made it there...

Gamma seems blithely cheerful, similar to some of Alpha's incarnations (mostly Alpha Six during Power Rangers in Space and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy).

Gamma makes no mention of the Kestrel now missing from the Vanguard base, but he probably hasn't been there since its departure; he also has some memory issues.

[ Large rocks careen down the rock face above. ]

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[ GAMMA TWO jumps to his feet and places himself in front of SASHA with a mighty declaration. ]

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GAMMA TWO:
Don't worry, friend!  Gamma Two to the rescue!

[ The rocks continue to fall.  They strike GAMMA TWO, sending him flying back.  He and the rocks plunge off a rocky ledge. ]

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GAMMA TWO (voice-over):
I think I saved her, but those rocks sure did a number on me.

[ GAMMA TWO falls, smoking, into vegetation below.  He lies prone as the large rocks (US addition) land and bounce around him. ]

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GAMMA TWO (voice-over, cont'd):
And this is where I landed.

In the sentai, this landing was his original landing after falling out of the villains' brain ship; it did take place before Gray found him, but the boulder incident happened the following day (thus the need for US boulders to be added here).

[ Before the previous line ends, the smoking GAMMA TWO tries to sit up, but sparks  As he completes the previous line in voice-over, we see the smoking GAMMA TWO try to sit up, but sparks burst out from his body, and he remains on his back. ]

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[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (DAY) (sentai) - STRIFE raises his head slightly. ]

Strife reacts

STRIFE:
Wait...  So she's still up there?!


[ EXT. ALIEN MOUNTAINS (OVERCAST) (US footage) - SASHA continues to lie on the rocky ground, with several large rocks to one side of her.  A long shadow matching Strife (from off-screen) falls over her, causing her to stir slightly.  She groans and opens her eyes slightly, looking at Strife (off-screen).  The shadow fades as the sky (off-screen) seemingly grows overcast. ]

Another stretch: as this scene takes place the morning of July 14 (Earth time), Sasha has been lying here for roughly twelve hours since Gamma shielded her from the rockslide.

SASHA (weakly):
Strife...?


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (RAIN) (sentai) - We see heavy rain begin to pour down into a muddy puddle which STRIFE then steps in.  He is supporting SASHA as she hobbles weakly during their journey through the valley. ]

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STRIFE:
Come, your majesty.  There's a cave not far from here.

In the sentai, Maria was wounded when Black Ranger deflected Gray's cannon blast.

[ SASHA coughs as her legs seem to fail her.  STRIFE bends and picks her up into his arms.  Before he can proceed more than a few steps, STRIFE notices something ahead. ]

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STRIFE:
Let me carry you, your majesty.  (picks her up, notices something)

[ From the brush emerges GAMMA TWO.  Seeing Strife and Sasha (off-screen), he reacts enthusiastically and then approaches them cheerfully. ]

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GAMMA TWO:
Oh, I'm so glad you found her!  Let me help you!  (approaches)

[ GAMMA TWO stops in front of STRIFE and nods politely.  He then eagerly gets close to the duo.  STRIFE asks a question, to which GAMMA TWO shakes his head, at which point STRIFE pushes him out of the way as he continues ahead. ]

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GAMMA TWO:
Gamma Two, at your service!  Is there anything I can do?  Do you want me to carry her a while?

STRIFE:
Do you even know who the lady is?

GAMMA TWO (shaking head):
No...?

STRIFE (pushing him aside):
Then step aside, automaton.

GAMMA TWO:
But --  But... I just want to help!

STRIFE:
Go play with your "friends."

Dillik considers Gamma an enemy due to his allegiance with the Vanguards.

[ GAMMA TWO pitifully watches them leave. ]

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GAMMA TWO (softly):
But... Queen Magda destroyed them all...

This pitiful line is also telling: Magda was not yet in charge of the empire the last time Gamma saw her.


[ INT. CAVE (RAIN) (sentai) - As it continues to rain outside, we pan from the cave opening to STRIFE and SASHA as they sit on two large rocks, still wet from the rain. ]

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This was intended to be the same cave the Rangers entered to flee from Sasha's monster form in episode 22.

SASHA:
(coughs)  So you came all this way just to find me...

[ STRIFE looks at Sasha (off-screen). ]

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[ With a faint smile, SASHA (US actress composited over sentai) looks up at STRIFE (foreground). ]

Sasha speaks to Strife (sentai actress to be replaced)

SASHA:
I guess you do care about me.  (smirks)  Do you make this a habit?  ...following girls from planet to planet?

Strife told Sasha he cared about her in episode 21.

[ STRIFE turns his head away from her. ]

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STRIFE:
N-- No... of course not.

[ SASHA (US actress composited over sentai) queries STRIFE (foreground).  His head remains turned away. ]

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SASHA:
All right...  So, what, you want to be partners or something?

[ STRIFE looks toward SASHA (foreground) and ultimately gives a solemn nod. ]

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STRIFE:
W-- Well, yes... (with a nod) I-- I'd love that.

[ US footage - SASHA responds. ]

SASHA:
All right.  (coyly)  You know, you're not so bad, as far as shady cyborgs go...

[ STRIFE gazes at SASHA intently as she continues. ]

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SASHA (cont'd, off-screen):
I think I even kinda like you a little.

[ US footage - SASHA continues with a frown. ]

SASHA (cont'd):
...unlike those losers Trask and Dillik.

[ STRIFE lowers his head (footage reversed from sentai). ]

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[ US footage - SASHA notes randomly: ]

SASHA (cont'd):
You know, I used to think Dillik was all right, but he's as much of a coward as Trask.

Her reasons for feeling this way are undisclosed at this point, but episode 26 will reveal that she resents Dillik and Trask for putting her in harm's way (specifically, the plan to provoke a monster into growing in episodes 19 and 20).

In episode 16, Sasha asked Strife to thank Dillik if he saw him, so she must have thought they could be connected at some point; she presumably felt otherwise once Dillik came up with his monster provocation plan.  She also may not have expected Strife to be particularly offended even if he were allied with them.

[ STRIFE stands abruptly. ]

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[ US footage - SASHA looks up, surprised. ]

SASHA:
What's wrong with you?

[ STRIFE speaks grimly. ]

Strife speaks

STRIFE:
I should go.

[ US footage - SASHA is confused. ]

SASHA:
What?  What did I say?  Are they your friends or something?

[ STRIFE slowly turns and walks away. ]

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STRIFE:
Goodbye, your majesty.

[ US footage - As STRIFE (indistinct) passes by in the foreground, SASHA watches him leave.  She protests, then stands as he continues to leave (off-screen). ]

SASHA:
Oh, come on!  (stands)  Strife!

[ As STRIFE walks out of the cave, SASHA (US composite over sentai) stands in place, shouting after him.  As he exits, the camera zooms in on SASHA as she coughs and has to sit back down. ]

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In the sentai, Strife reluctantly left Sasha in the care of the unmorphed Red Ranger, realizing his robotic body couldn't provide her warmth.

SASHA (cont'd):
Fine!  Leave, then!  (coughs, sits)  I don't want you on my planet anyway.


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (RAIN, DUSK) (sentai) - Initially focused on small rocks in the rain after the sun has gone down, we focus on STRIFE and GAMMA TWO in the distance.  The yellow robot cheerfully tags along with STRIFE as he walks.  When GAMMA TWO eventually stands in front of STRIFE to get his attention, STRIFE brusquely shoves him aside. ]

In this scene, we transition from dusk to complete darkness in under a minute (a quirk of the sentai footage), which was my reason for mentioning that it didn't stay light for long on this end of the planet.

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GAMMA TWO:
Hey there, friend!  Whatcha doing now?  Do you want to come see the Vanguard base?  I could show it to you if-- (shoved aside)

[ GAMMA TWO crashes to the ground and rolls onto his back.  He sits up and calls after STRIFE as he walks by. ]

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GAMMA TWO (cont'd):
Oof!  (sits up)  Hey, wait!  What happened to that lady?

[ STRIFE pauses.  He looks up distantly as the rain pours over his face. ]

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[ Dissolve to INT. CAVE (US footage) - We see a flashback (though now in US footage) of SASHA's recent line in the cave: ]

SASHA (with a smirk):
I think I even kinda like you a little.


[ Dissolve to EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (RAIN, DUSK) (sentai) - We zoom out from the rain-drenched STRIFE as he stares skyward.  He ultimately turns back. ]

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[ Below STRIFE, GAMMA TWO sits on the wet ground, seemingly sucking his thumb with a childish coo.  He pauses to look up, noticing Strife. ]

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[ STRIFE speaks. ]

Strife speaks

STRIFE:
Will you take care of her?

Aware that Gamma seems to care for Sasha's well-being, and that he doesn't know who she is, Dillik seems willing to let him watch over her, given that he doesn't feel welcome anymore.

[ GAMMA TWO nods timidly, his thumb still in place. ]

Gamma 2 nods

GAMMA TWO:
Okay.

I cut a brief moment wherein Gray (Strife) blasted G2 with a red beam from his hand; I'm uncertain what they were discussing at this point.  The next shot took place after G2 rolled back and then sat up.

[ STRIFE addresses the downed robot.  GAMMA TWO sits up in response.  It is now almost completely dark outside. ]

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STRIFE:
But I want you to make me a promise.

GAMMA TWO:
Sure!  Anything!  You saved my life!

[ STRIFE speaks, shaking his head. ]

Strife speaks

STRIFE:
Don't ever mention the Vanguards.

[ GAMMA TWO nods with resolve. ]

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GAMMA TWO:
Okay!  I... don't understand, but I promise!

[ STRIFE turns aside and looks down at his hands.  We see them trembling in close-up. ]

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STRIFE:
Good.  Now, as for me...  (looks at hands)

In the sentai, Gray was upset that his robotic body couldn't provide Maria with the warmth she needed.


[ We cut to INT. VILLAIN COCKPIT - Still wearing his helmet, DILLIK holds his hands in the same position.  He speaks and then clenches his fists. ]

In particular, this is where the lack of hand controls came in handy.

DILLIK:
I'm tired of pretending to be someone I'm not.


[ EXT. ALIEN VALLEY (RAIN, NIGHT) (sentai) - STRIFE similarly clenches his fists.  He then slowly looks skyward. ]

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STRIFE:
I think it's time I went home.


[ EXT. CAVE (RAIN, NIGHT) (US footage) - Now in darkness as the rain continues, SASHA steps out of the cave entrance (compare with sentai).  Resting on a rock outside is her STAR HANDLE. ]

[ SASHA looks around but finds no one nearby. ]

It was important that I return the Star Handle to Sasha before she played a critical role in the upcoming Shadow Ranger incident (episode 27).


[ EXT. ALIEN DESERT - In the same alien desert (see previous episode), the five RANGERS walk with JANOS, the REBEL CAPTAIN, the REBEL LIEUTENANT, and four additional rebel soldiers carrying laser rifles.  JANOS leads the way, seemingly unsure of his destination.  Around his neck is an electronic collar of some sort. ]

The rebels put this collar on Janos as a security measure.

[ YELLOW RANGER seems to yawn inside his helmet before uttering: ]

Pete yawns, as the Rangers have been awake since very early in the morning, by their internal clocks.  Earth time, it's now late morning, still July 14.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Dude, he totally doesn't know where he's going.

[ YELLOW RANGER shrugs in the REBEL CAPTAIN's direction as the group passes a water hole of modest size. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd):
Lost.

REBEL CAPTAIN:
Lost...

[ JANOS stops in his tracks and looks back at the water hole.  The rebels watch him warily.  JANOS curiously approaches the water and, to everyone's surprise, dives in, vanishing beneath the surface. ]

[ The rebels cry out in alarm and rush to the water's edge.  Janos is nowhere to be seen. ]

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN paces and turns to YELLOW. ]

REBEL CAPTAIN:
Lost, Janos.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah, we sure did.  He's pretty clever, I'll give him that.  Except I don't know how long he can hold his breath.  Anybody see gills on that guy?

[ Just then, JANOS reemerges from the water, causing the startled rebels to aim their rifles at him.  In his hand, he reveals a glimmering gold coin, a sixth POWER COIN. ]

Did Janos see the glimmer in passing, or did the Dragon Coin somehow call to him?  This is unanswered, as is the question of how the coin came to be located here.  Interestingly, if we were to assume the coin was located underwater in Power Rangers as well, Rita might have had to send someone after it, as she seemed to have an aversion to water after the Power Eggs were thrown into the ocean in "Big Sisters" (MMPR season 1).  This might have been a sentai nod to The Wizard of Oz, in which water is lethal to the Wicked Witch of the West... or I could be imagining Rita's aversion to water entirely.

[ The RANGERS and rebels are amazed by the sight.  In close-up, we see the coin bears a three-pointed claw shape (the Green Ranger's dragon emblem in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). ]

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN has his men back up, allowing JANOS to climb out of the water hole.  Once he has emerged, his collar crackles with electricity, causing JANOS to convulse and drop to the ground.  The DRAGON COIN rolls out of his hand.  The REBEL CAPTAIN bends down and picks it up, a remote device in his other hand. ]

[ The RANGERS react to the sight. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hey, take it easy!

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN switches off the device, and JANOS's convulsions stop.  The YELLOW and BLUE RANGERS come to his aid, helping him onto his side. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd, to the captain):
What's the deal?!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, that's low-class.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Is he okay?

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN shrugs nonchalantly. ]

REBEL CAPTAIN:
Rangers, friends...

[ YELLOW RANGER points scoldingly at the captain. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, gesturing briefly at Janos):
Yeah, I'll tell you what...  I'm liking him a lot better than you right now.

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN slips the DRAGON COIN into a pocket in his uniform. ]

REBEL CAPTAIN:
Coin find.  Thank you.

[ RED RANGER steps into frame, confronting the REBEL CAPTAIN, to his surprise. ]

[ LUKE (Red Ranger) sternly repeats the phrase he spoke earlier to Fexel.  Each of the other RANGERS reacts in stunned silence, as do the rebel soldiers and the REBEL CAPTAIN himself.  The showdown lingers on, until the REBEL CAPTAIN finally reaches into his pocket and hands RED RANGER the DRAGON COIN. ]

Given that the phrase essentially means, "Surrender your powers and come with us," this is an extremely bold move on Luke's part.

[ BLUE RANGER nods approvingly. ]

[ RED nods calmly to the REBEL CAPTAIN. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Thank you.

[ Apparently noticing something unusual, RED RANGER looks at the DRAGON COIN in his hand.  It briefly gleams with green energy which flickers red.  A pulse of red energy then flows up his arm, giving way to a golden flash of light around his chest (compare with "Gung Ho!" and "The Green Candle, part 2").  When the light subsides, RED RANGER is seen to be wearing the DRAGON SHIELD, a golden torso shield and accompanying golden armbands (traditionally worn by the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). ]

In "The Green Candle, part 2" (MMPR season 1), Tommy was forced to give the Dragon Coin to Red Ranger Jason to Rita from gaining its power; at that time, the coin pulsed from green to red, as it does here.  That episode and "Gung Ho!" also serve as visual references for the Dragon Shield appearing on a Ranger's torso.

[ The RANGERS react. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Whoa!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
What is that?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I... don't know.  But I feel strong.

For the time being, Luke is imbued with the Green Ranger energies in addition to his own.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
That's good.  We'll take strong.

[ JANOS rises.  YELLOW and BLUE try to help him, but he seems able to stand on his own.  Looking at the enhanced RED RANGER, JANOS nods calmly. ]

Janos would have good reason to want to see his fellow generals defeated, but has he reformed on a more fundamental level?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
All right.  Let's see what kind of plan we can cook up between here and Thadia.

[ As the RANGERS set out with JANOS, BLUE RANGER brushes by the REBEL CAPTAIN and quips: ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You're riding in back.

Mistreatment of prisoners is a definite sore point with the Rangers.


[ EXT. MOUNTAIN BASE (DAY) - The HEROES, JANOS, and the REBEL CAPTAIN and his men beam down in blue light. ]

[ Everyone is startled to see the metal entrance to the rebel base torn open.  The REBEL CAPTAIN exclaims, and he and his men rush forward. ]

PETE:
Whoa...  What happened here?

The generals assumed the Earth Rangers were rebel warriors and assaulted this base accordingly (likely with soldiers from the city); it's uncertain whether they knew the location of the base before the Earth Rangers returned here.

[ JANOS (now no longer wearing his collar) mutters something under his breath in Thadian. ]

On the trip home, the Rangers removed Janos' collar with no repercussions, suggesting it wasn't necessary to begin with.

CHRIS:
I'll give you five guesses.

[ Their weapons drawn, the soldiers and REBEL LIEUTENANT enter the darkened base, followed by the REBEL CAPTAIN. ]

[ The HEROES and JANOS scan the area warily. ]

LUKE:
Any sign of them?

CASEY:
I don't see anybody.

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN emerges from the opening and calls out in Thadian to get the HEROES' attention.  With JANOS, they approach and enter. ]


[ INT. REBEL OUTPOST - In a darkened chamber, sunlight from outside reveals charred marks on the walls.  The REBEL CAPTAIN shows the HEROES and JANOS to a metal rod which has been driven into the wall.  A crude cloth banner hangs from the rod, with Thadian characters hand-painted on it. ]

CASEY:
A message?

[ JANOS studies the banner. ]

[ Meanwhile, two of the rebel soldiers enter from deeper into the facility.  They shake their heads soberly at the REBEL CAPTAIN. ]

Here, we must believe that Thadians also happen to use a head-shaking gesture to mean "no."  I felt these exchanges were confusing enough without a language in common, so I wasn't willing to abandon these familiar nonverbal cues.

MAGGIE:
There's nobody left...

PETE:
What'd they do with them?

[ JANOS turns to the HEROES and speaks in Thadian, gesturing as he does so.  His gestures seem to indicate that the rebels have been taken to somewhere distant. ]

I experimented with these gestures to see if their meaning would be clear enough without any verbal explanation; my results showed that it was reasonable to expect someone to understand that the rebels were taken somewhere, but the ensuing exchange gesture would have been less clear.

CASEY:
Okay, they were taken somewhere...

[ JANOS then gestures to himself and the HEROES and makes an exchanging gesture in the direction previously used to describe the rebels' destination. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
And...  I don't get it.  We trade places?

LUKE:
I think that's exactly it.  They want us to give ourselves up in exchange for the rebels.

CASEY (disappointedly):
Oh.  Well, that's not good.

CHRIS:
And they're probably expecting an attack.

[ As the HEROES converse, the REBEL LIEUTENANT returns with the remaining two soldiers and quietly reports to the REBEL CAPTAIN in the background. ]

LUKE:
Right.  A frontal assault's no good.

MAGGIE:
Wait a minute...  The generals don't know who we are, do they?

Good catch, Maggie.

PETE:
What do you mean?

MAGGIE:
They haven't seen us unmorphed, right?  And look where they hit right after our first visit.

CHRIS:
The rebel base...

MAGGIE:
Right.  I think they think we're Thadian rebels.

CHRIS:
Hmm...

MAGGIE (glancing at the captain's men):
So what happens if Janos shows up with five rebel captives?

PETE:
They might think it's us...

Maggie seems hopeful that they wouldn't execute the five rebel captives on the spot.

CHRIS:
And that could buy us time to spring the rest of the rebels.

LUKE:
That's if the rebels haven't said anything about our identities.

PETE:
Ohh, yeah... the rebels saw us.  If they've said anything, our cover's blown.

This progression of ideas occurred naturally as I was writing this scene.  I may have spent too much time on the communication aspect (below), but I thought Chris's approach was interesting, so I kept it in.

[ The HEROES ponder.  Apparently getting an idea, CHRIS tears down the banner and places it blank side up on the ground.  Crouching over it, he gestures for a writing instrument. ]

CHRIS (to the rebels):
You got anything to write with?


[ Wipe to INT. REBEL OUTPOST (LATER) - Using a writing instrument of some sort (vaguely resembling a grease pencil), CHRIS finishes a drawing.  He beckons the rebels to look at it. ]

CHRIS:
Here, see...

[ The drawing shows a group of rebels in chains in a dungeon.  Above their heads are two bubbles, like cartoon word bubbles, but each containing an image rather than words.  In the first bubble is a drawing of the five RANGERS, helmetless, revealing their human identities.  The second likewise shows the helmetless RANGERS, but in place of the heroes are five rebel heads. ]

[ CHRIS points, alternating between the two bubbles. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
Which one?

[ The REBEL CAPTAIN and his men appear confused by the drawing.  They murmur between each other but don't seem to understand. ]

MAGGIE:
Maybe they don't understand word bubbles.

[ CHRIS points to the tail of one word bubble and gestures as if sound is emanating from his own mouth. ]

CHRIS:
Blah blah blah.  Get it?

Also, this sequence led directly to Janos' captives being able to improvise "blah blah blah" as a sample of their mystery dialect, so there's another reason to keep it.

[ The rebels study the drawing further.  Finally, the REBEL CAPTAIN takes the writing instrument from CHRIS and, with a Thadian utterance, draws a slash across both word bubbles. ]

CHRIS:
(chuckles)  I guess they won't say anything.


[ INT. THRONE ROOM (DAY) - In a regal chamber, the five generals sit in five thrones, ANDAR center.  They are wearing ornate chain mail, and each continues to wear his or her coin-laden glove. ]

[ A Thadian servant, SERVANT3, enters the chamber anxiously.  All dialog in this scene is spoken in English, but once again their mouths don't quite match the words, as though the dialog has been dubbed. ]

Once again, Thadian is depicted as dubbed English for the sake of the audience, for some of whom extensive subtitles might be overwhelming.

SERVANT3:
Your graces, a Master Janos requests an audience.

FEI (to the others):
Janos?!  I thought the rebels took him!

GRINDEL:
Maybe he escaped...

KIRO:
(scoffs)  Yeah, and now he wants to "talk."  He's up to something.

ANDAR:
Let him throw away his life if he wishes.  It should be amusing.  (to the servant) Send him in.


[ INT. CORRIDOR - From the vantage point of someone standing outside the throne room, we see the doors open by SERVANT3's hands.  (Within, the generals are now in their morphed MMPR forms.)  JANOS walks into frame as he ventures into the throne room. ]

Note that the generals chose to morph before seeing Janos.  They talk tough, but they're not taking any chances here.


[ INT. THRONE ROOM (DAY) - JANOS saunters into the room, dragging behind him the REBEL LIEUTENANT and his four men.  They are all shackled in chains. ]

JANOS:
So these puny rebels really gave you all that trouble?  Really, Andar, I thought you ran a tighter operation.

[ RED MMPR stands indignantly. ]

ANDAR (Red MMPR):
What is this?!

[ JANOS replies nonchalantly.  SERVANT3, meanwhile, slinks out of the room and quietly closes the doors behind him. ]

JANOS:
They wanted my help, but I had different ideas.  You know how betrayal works, don't you, Andar?

[ ANDAR (Red MMPR) growls. ]

[ BLUE MMPR leans forward, intrigued. ]

FEXEL (Blue MMPR):
What was that strange language they were speaking?

The Earth Rangers spoke in English amongst each other during their first confrontation with the generals.

JANOS (after a brief pause):
... A forgotten Thadian dialect.  (yanks on the chains)  Speak!

[ The REBEL LIEUTENANT hesitates but then speaks: ]

REBEL LIEUTENANT:
Uhhh... "blah blah blah."

The lieutenant picked this up from Chris's word bubble explanation.

JANOS:
A crude language.  They hoped to confuse us.

KIRO (Yellow MMPR):
Where'd they get their powers?

[ JANOS extends his hand.  In his palm we see a handful of loose change: a quarter, a nickel, and three pennies (all appropriate for 1992). ]

JANOS:
These strange coins.

Chris had these coins in his original clothes he was wearing when the Rangers were brought to Illam; he shrewdly provided them to Janos off-screen to double as Power Coins.


[ INT. CORRIDOR - We pan down a castle corridor.  Littered along the hallway are various Thadian servants, bound in the shiny material previously used to restrain the Rangers in the rebels' base. ]

[ Down the hallway, we see: ]


[ INT. DUNGEON (DAY) - The dungeon is empty, all of the cell doors having been wrenched from their hinges. ]


[ INT. CORRIDOR - Back in the corridor, we see a pair of gloved hands (BLUE RANGER's) hoisting one of the bound servants into the air (out of frame), causing him to emit a muffled yelp. ]

The Rangers are evacuating the servants as well as the captives just in case they have to damage the castle in some way.


[ INT. THRONE ROOM (DAY) - The five MMPR stand around the REBEL LIEUTENANT and his men as they remain in shackles.  JANOS stands lazily nearby with his arms crossed.  BLUE MMPR studies the currency in his hand. ]

FEXEL (Blue MMPR):
Strange creatures.  (to Black MMPR)  Look at this one.

[ BLUE MMPR shows BLACK MMPR the quarter's reverse side, which bears an eagle. ]

GRINDEL (Black MMPR):
Yeah, that looks like the shapes they had on their chests.

Indeed, by coincidence, the Rangers' chests bear stylized bird designs, while the quarter bears an eagle.

ANDAR (Red MMPR, to Janos):
Don't toy with us, Janos.  What is it you want?

JANOS:
Oh, I don't know...  Make me an offer.

[ ANDAR (Red MMPR) laughs. ]

ANDAR (Red MMPR):
Janos, you fool.  You've already given us everything.  You have no bargaining power.

JANOS:
Not true.  (gestures to the coins in Blue MMPR's hand)  You don't know how to use those.

[ YELLOW MMPR flashes JANOS the POWER COIN in her palm. ]

KIRO (Yellow MMPR):
We figured these out just fine.

[ JANOS turns toward the door. ]

JANOS:
Suit yourself.

ANDAR (Red MMPR):
(grunts)  Fine.  The islands of Nabas.

In episode 40, I identify the eventual Blue Thadian Ranger as a member of the Nabas League, which presumably links him with the islands of Nabas.

Nabas is an anagram of "Saban," the company which first produced Power Rangers.

We don't know exactly why Andar feels the need to offer Janos anything, especially given that he could surely just interrogate the five supposed Rangers.

[ JANOS turns. ]

JANOS:
(scoffs)  An island nation?  (considers)  I'll take it.  But I want something in writing that'll hold up in the courts.

Janos may be stalling.

ANDAR (Red MMPR):
The courts...!

The generals have such a totalitarian grip on the planet that the courts are nearly meaningless, at least when pitted against a mandate from the generals.

[ The MMPR laugh wildly, and at great length.  Finally, ANDAR (Red MMPR) notes: ]

ANDAR (Red MMPR):
A document for the jester!  (calls out)  Servant, enter!

[ There is no response. ]

ANDAR (Red MMPR, cont'd):
Servant!

[ Receiving no response once again, RED MMPR storms over to the doors and throws them open.  Unexpectedly, he finds the BLACK, YELLOW, PINK, and BLUE RANGERS on the other side, their SKY ENFORCERS aimed directly at his chest.  BLACK RANGER is wearing the DRAGON SHIELD. ]

[ RED MMPR freezes.  The four other MMPR react as well. ]

[ BLACK RANGER (Chris) repeats the same phrase previously used by Luke. ]

Chris gives the generals a final chance to surrender.

[ BLUE MMPR throws the change to the ground in frustration. ]

[ BLACK turns his head slightly in BLUE MMPR's direction. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Hey, man, that's my money.

[ JANOS comments in Thadian to the MMPR and cheerily escorts the chained rebels out of the room. ]

We've now switched back to Thadian being presented as it's actually spoken, as English-speakers are present.

[ Still staring down the barrels of the ENFORCERS, RED MMPR subtly tenses his hand as it begins to crackle with red electricity. ]

[ BLACK RANGER glances down and responds: ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
No no.  Fire!

[ The four RANGERS simultaneously fire respectively-colored lasers from their ENFORCERS (Black Ranger's beam tinged with green), igniting a massive spark explosion from RED MMPR's torso as he is flung backwards across the room.  He smashes into the thrones, toppling the center seat. ]

[ The other four MMPR make a move to help RED MMPR, but the opposite wall suddenly explodes in stone fragments.  The MMPR are pelted with debris (causing them to spark with each impact).  BLACK RANGER, meanwhile, shields the other three RANGERS as fragments of rock bounce off his DRAGON SHIELD with greenish energy. ]

[ As the smoke clears, we see the massive SKY KESTREL hovering in jet mode just outside the newly created hole in the castle wall.  We can now see the distant plains, and it is evident the throne room is several stories above the ground. ]

The Kestrel has blasted a hole through the wall using the ion cannon in its beak (see episode 22).  It isn't mentioned how Luke knew where to fire; it might have been thanks to the Kestrel's on-board scanner (see episode 26), assuming the scanner didn't require the use of a Hoverbird.

[ Standing atop the KESTREL's head, RED RANGER leaps off and lands inside the throne room.  The KESTREL then rises and flies away. ]

Auto-pilot (see previous episode).

[ The smoking RED MMPR weakly digs out of the rubble around him and begins to rise, but RED RANGER places the blade of his TALON SWORD against RED MMPR's shoulder, prompting him to remain still as he sees the blade. ]

[ The four RANGERS enter the rubble-strewn room with their ENFORCERS still held aloft.  The four MMPR hold their ground apprehensively. ]

[ CHRIS (Black Ranger) repeats the same Thadian phrase. ]

[ BLUE MMPR somberly looks at the POWER COIN in his palm.  He then suddenly hurls a blue sphere of energy (compare with "Green with Evil, part 1") at the four RANGERS.  BLACK RANGER steps into the path of the sphere, and it is repelled from his DRAGON SHIELD with a green burst of energy.  The errant energy ball flies back at the four MMPR, striking them and flinging them apart with a modestly large explosion. ]

Another energy sphere matching "Green with Evil" (see previous episode).

[ The MMPR individually land on the stone floor, each smoking and seemingly fatigued. ]

[ BLACK RANGER nears the fallen MMPR, his ENFORCER still aimed at them.  He speaks and then presents his right palm, wiggling his fingers. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
This isn't a hard concept.  (repeats the phrase, then shows palm)  Coins please.

[ BLUE MMPR (Fexel) mutters in Thadian.  The four MMPR then quickly present their palms toward RED MMPR, and respectively-colored electrical bolts stream out from their POWER COINS and into RED MMPR.  RED RANGER steps back, startled, as RED MMPR is enveloped in a white electrical field due to the constant bombardment. ]

Power-pooling seemed to be one of the most advantageous tricks the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had at their disposal; it allowed the team to lend their strength to a single Ranger for various purposes.  This could include empowering a single Ranger to fight a foe alone ("Peace, Love, and Woe" in MMPR season 1), or to temporarily restore power to a weakened Ranger ("Return of an Old Friend, part 2" in MMPR season 2 and "Changing of the Zords," parts 1 and 3, in MMPR season 3).

[ The four RANGERS react.  BLACK RANGER clutches his ENFORCER warily with both hands and shakes his head. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
(grunts)  People...!

[ RED MMPR appears to grow stronger within the electrical field.  RED RANGER watches anxiously.  He lunges toward RED MMPR but is repelled by the field. ]

[ Their energy seemingly expended, the four MMPR weakly collapse and demorph with respectively-colored electrical effects.  The four generals remain barely conscious. ]

The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers tended to morph and demorph with electrical effects rather than mere gleams of light; I've continued that trend here.

[ The four RANGERS look toward RED MMPR, who stands boldly.  RED RANGER swings with his TALON SWORD, but RED MMPR spins around and grabs the blade in his hand.  With a massive burst of red energy bolts from his hands, RED MMPR sends RED RANGER flying out of the castle through the opening in the wall.  The TALON SWORD clatters to the ground beside RED MMPR. ]

[ The four RANGERS react. ]

RANGERS (in unison):
Luke!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Oh man, he's strong.

[ RED MMPR slowly turns to face the Rangers (off-screen).  He picks up Red Ranger's fallen TALON SWORD. ]

[ BLACK RANGER disassembles his ENFORCER. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Go get the coins.  I'll try to hold him off.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Be careful, Chris.

[ YELLOW, PINK, and BLUE leave BLACK behind.  Now alone, BLACK holds his bladeless TALON SWORD handle.  With a wave of his hand, BLACK RANGER causes the blade to extend to full length, the metal gleaming steadily with a mixture of purple and green energy. ]

[ RED MMPR advances slowly.  He passes his hand over the blade of his TALON SWORD, charging the blade with a steady red gleam. ]

[ BLACK RANGER lunges forward, as does RED MMPR, and the two combatants lock swords.  They exchange swings, each blocking the other's attacks, but it becomes readily apparent that BLACK RANGER, despite the powers of his DRAGON SHIELD, can't match RED MMPR's strength.  Soon, he is forced to his knees while trying to fend off a downward strike from RED MMPR's gleaming sword.  He struggles to hold up the crushing weight. ]

Chris has the powers of only two Rangers, while Andar has five.

Chris was also put in this position, kneeling under the force of a downward blow to his sword, in his fight with Hoser (episode 17); at that point, he opted to use his Sky Blaster, but surely that would be of little use here.

[ Having set her ENFORCER aside while crouching beside the prostrate FEI, PINK RANGER watches the contest of strength across the room. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Ohh...!  Chris!

[ PINK RANGER quickly grabs her SKY ENFORCER and fires a pink beam at the distant RED MMPR.  Her beam strikes him squarely in the ribs, but he appears unfazed by the resulting burst of sparks. ]

Yeah, see?  Little use.

[ BLUE RANGER watches while crouching beside FEXEL. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
It's no use!  He's too strong!

[ Crouching beside KIRO, YELLOW RANGER tears the POWER COIN from her glove.  (His ENFORCER lies nearby.) ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Not for long!

[ YELLOW firmly holds the POWER COIN in the direction of BLACK RANGER and RED MMPR.  As YELLOW seems to pull back against an unseen force, yellow wisps of energy begin to flow out of RED MMPR and into YELLOW's coin. ]

How do the Rangers know how to will the energy to return to the coins?  Who knows.  Let's say innate Ranger knowledge provided by the Power Coins.  Or Pete just knows how these things work from his experience with sci-fi and video games.

[ Continuing to press down on BLACK RANGER's sword, RED MMPR is momentarily confused by the yellow energy leaving him. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Keep it up, guys!  He's getting weaker!

If the Power Coins' users have the ability to lend their powers to another Ranger, it stands to reason that they could take them back.  This aspect of the power-pooling ability didn't appear in Power Rangers.

[ After tossing her ENFORCER aside, PINK RANGER tears the POWER COIN from FEI's glove and extends it as well.  Pink wisps now also flow from RED MMPR. ]

[ BLUE RANGER does the same with FEXEL's POWER COIN, draining blue energy from RED MMPR.  (Her ENFORCER lies nearby.) ]

Andar is now reduced to a power level comparable to Chris's; Andar has red and black, while Chris has black and green.

[ As the three colors of energy flow from RED MMPR, BLACK RANGER struggles onto his feet, pushing the red blade further upward.  With a decisive swipe, BLACK RANGER causes the TALON SWORD to fly out of RED MMPR's hands, terminating its red glow.  The TALON SWORD clatters nearby. ]

[ Staggering backward (and closer to the broken opening behind him), RED MMPR attempts to grasp in futility at the energy flowing from his body. ]

[ Upon sheathing his now normal TALON SWORD, BLACK RANGER leaps, flips through the air, and lands among the others.  He crouches over GRINDEL and tears the POWER COIN from his glove.  He extends it, and purple energy forms the forth color of energy flowing from RED MMPR. ]

And now Andar is back to his normal Red Ranger power level.  Keep in mind, though, that he's been blasted heavily and buried in rubble, which has surely taken a toll on him.

[ The energy flow eventually ceases, and a weakened RED MMPR staggers backward.  Reaching the broken edge of the floor, RED MMPR loses his footing and tumbles over the edge. ]


[ EXT. CASTLE WALL (DAY) - RED MMPR tumbles down the side of the castle.  Just then, the RED RANGER (sans Talon Sword) flies upward (as though from an off-camera leap below).  In slow motion, we see him grab RED MMPR's wrist in passing.  Their momentum causes them to spiral around each other for a half-revolution, at which point RED RANGER whips RED MMPR upward with great force, catapulting himself earthward from the force exerted. ]

I would very much enjoy seeing this maneuver executed if this series were produced.


[ INT. THRONE ROOM (DAY) - Approaching the broken edge of the room, BLACK RANGER sees RED MMPR flying upward toward him.  Just as RED MMPR reaches the zenith of his upward arc, BLACK RANGER grasps his ankle, turns, and heaves RED MMPR over himself.  RED MMPR smashes face-first against the stone floor with such force that the stone buckles inward in the form of a Ranger-shaped dent.  RED MMPR (Andar) groans as he lies embedded in the floor. ]

[ RED RANGER hops up onto the ledge (still lacking his sword) and joins the other four RANGERS as they surround the prone RED MMPR.  Each of the four is holding a POWER COIN.  (Their weapons are once again in their holsters.) ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Luke!  You're okay...

LUKE (Red Ranger, glancing around):
Yeah.  Nice work, guys.

[ BLACK RANGER crouches in front of RED MMPR and holds out an empty hand.  He repeats the same Thadian phrase. ]

[ RED MMPR (Andar) groans.  He then demorphs into ANDAR with a fizzle of red electricity.  BLACK RANGER tears the POWER COIN from his limp hand and then stands.  He tosses the POWER COIN to RED RANGER, who deftly catches it.  RED studies the coin. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
It's done.


[ EXT. CASTLE (DAY) - The five RANGERS emerge from the main doors of the castle, each one leading a weakened general out of the castle.  A waiting crowd of rebels breaks into wild cheers.  (RED RANGER now has his TALON SWORD in its sheath.) ]

[ The RANGERS are met by the REBEL CAPTAIN and REBEL LIEUTENANT, to whom they hand off the generals.  The rebels tie the generals' wrists behind their backs and take them away. ]

What fate awaits the generals?  Will they be abused like Janos?  We aren't told.  However, note that the rebel captain is not seen during the Power Coin handoff below; the more trustworthy rebel lieutenant is the only one present.


[ Break. ]


[ EXT. HILLSIDE - The five HEROES stand on a hillside overlooking the distant castle grounds.  Each is holding a POWER COIN (Chris the mastodon, Pete the saber-toothed tiger, Casey the pterodactyl, and Maggie the triceratops), though LUKE holds two (tyrannosaurus and dragon).  They study their coins absently. ]

MAGGIE:
So what do we do with these?

CHRIS:
You mean other than shooting them into space...

[ MAGGIE playfully sticks her tongue out at CHRIS. ]

Chris refers to Maggie's suggestion (to which the others acceded) to jettison the Star Handle into space (see previous episode).

PETE:
They could come in handy once we get home.  Never know when you'll need a backup.

Surely the Rangers would have fared better against certain challenges to come if they'd had eleven Ranger powers at their disposal rather than five.  But they manage all right.

LUKE:
Yeah, but I'd feel bad leaving the Thadians without any powers to defend themselves with.  We get by all right with what we've got.

[ CASEY nods. ]

CASEY:
Yeah, but who should keep them?  I don't know if I trust any of these guys.

The generals were abusive despots, most local governments supported the generals out of self-interest, and the rebel captain's treatment of Janos gave the Rangers a somewhat unfavorable opinion of the rebels.

CHRIS:
They've got their faults.  But who doesn't?

[ CASEY ponders. ]

MAGGIE:
Maybe what's best is if no one group has all the power.  You know, divide them up.  A coin to this group, a coin to that group...

Seems reasonable.

CASEY:
And if their planet gets attacked...?

CHRIS:
Then they'd sure better learn how to work together.

LUKE:
Hmm.  I like it.

PETE:
Yeah, I can go for it.

[ CASEY and CHRIS nod. ]

LUKE:
All right then.  Let's do it.


[ Dissolve to EXT. MOUNTAIN BASE - Outside the damaged rebel base, YELLOW RANGER presents a POWER COIN to the REBEL LIEUTENANT as a large group of rebels stand at attention.  Near him stands DAIRU.  The REBEL CAPTAIN is not seen. ]

Though it isn't explicitly revealed here, Dairu will be chosen as the Yellow Thadian Ranger.

As mentioned in the previous episode's commentary, Dairu is an anagram of "Audri," as in Audri DuBois, the actress who played Trini, the Yellow Ranger, in the original pilot for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Note that the rebel captain is gone; we don't know why, but I preferred not to keep him in power after his poor treatment of Janos.


[ Dissolve to INT. GOVERNMENT BUILDING - Surrounded by civil patrolmen, RED RANGER presents a POWER COIN to one particular male officer, DRASCANE. ]

Drascane is an anagram of "Cardenas," as in Steve Cardenas, the actor who played Rocky, the second Red Ranger.  I originally intended to use the name Drascane as the last name of the evil Red Ranger; his full name would have been Sinatu Drascane, his first name an anagram of "Austin," as in Austin St. John, the actor who played the first Red Ranger.

Episode 40 describes Drascane as a member of the Thadian civil patrol; his agency was perhaps slightly less in cahoots with the generals than the military, but surely they weren't without blame in the corrupt state of government.


[ Dissolve to EXT. THADIAN TOWN - In town, PINK RANGER presents a POWER COIN to a female villager, CERITHENA, as a crowd looks on. ]

Cerithena is an anagram of "Catherine," as in Catherine Sutherland, the actress who played the second Pink Ranger.

As noted previously, episode 40 mentions the name of this town as Shiku Prime.  Cerithena is a civilian native to this town.


[ Dissolve to EXT. WATERFALL - Beside a waterfall, BLUE RANGER presents a POWER COIN to TYSO, a male member of a group of Thadians in leathery armor. ]

Tyso is an anagram of "Yost," as in David Yost, the actor who played Billy, the original Blue Ranger.

In episode 40, Tyso is mentioned as being a member of the Nabas League, which presumably pertains to the aforementioned island nation of Nabas.  We don't know whether the Nabas League is political or military in function.


[ Dissolve to EXT. MOUNTAIN PATH - On a rocky mountain path dotted with snow patches, BLACK RANGER presents a POWER COIN to WELTAR, a male member of a Thadian tribe dressed for cold weather. ]

Though Weltar's name is similar "Eltar," this is a coincidence; it's actually an anagram of "Walter," as in Walter Jones, the actor who played Zack, the first Black Ranger.

Episode 40 describes Weltar as a member of the Generot tribe (the "t" was not intended to be silent).  He is a civilian member of a tribe which wasn't particularly involved in the struggle between the generals and the rebels.


[ Dissolve to EXT. WOODED CLEARING - In the woods, JANOS stands, head bowed, before the five RANGERS.  RED RANGER presents him with a POWER COIN and then places his hand on JANOS's shoulder.  JANOS meets his gaze and places his fist to his chest with a solemn nod. ]

Was it a wise move to leave Ranger powers in the hands of one of the (previously) abusive generals?  Unresolved, but he didn't seem to have caused any trouble by episode 40.  Also, it fits with the Rangers' plan of distributing power among all factions.  (If Janos ever did turn against the others, this would be a parallel of sorts to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, in which the Green Ranger was an occasional opponent of the Rangers.)

As mentioned in the previous episode's commentary, Janos is an anagram of "Jason," as in Jason David Frank, the actor who played Tommy, the original Green Ranger.

[ The RANGERS stand back and are beamed up in blue light.  JANOS looks up as the hovering SKY KESTREL flies off into the sky.  While the ship recedes into the distance, we see JANOS from behind as he surreally fades into the GREEN MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER, complete with DRAGON SHIELD. ]

This visual was representative only, just to offer a glimpse of the Green Ranger in this two-parter.


[ Dissolve to EXT. STARRY SKY (NIGHT) - We begin with a shot of the night sky.  As we pan down, we hear someone struggling and see: ]


[ EXT. QUARRY RAVINE (NIGHT) - In a large ravine (see episode 1) dimly lit in moonlight, we see TRASK climbing down a rocky ledge with his bare hands, grunting occasionally. ]

[ He finally reaches a black pod, roughly the size of a football, affixed in a rocky nook with black webbing.  The pod is tinged with jagged yellow stripes. ]

Jinnsect #5, used to create a Somebody in episode 3, crawled into the quarry's ravine after the Somebody had melted.  It has survived in hibernation, but Trask found it after reviewing footage of their old battles (see episode 25).  He will use it to create Mainframe; before I moved Zephyros' episode earlier in the series, I originally planned for this Jinnsect to become Zephyros.  How different the latter portion of the series would have been without Mainframe!

TRASK:
Aha... I found you.

[ TRASK pries the pod from the rock and, holding it under his arm, leaps upward, flying out of the ravine.  We hold on the night sky. ]