POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 28: "The Worm and the Whale"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from a variety of sources, including Jetman #4, 7, 27, 29, 39, 43, and 46.  All sources are noted. ]


DR. BERING (voice-over):
Previously on Power Rangers Take Flight:


[ Fade in to EXT. CITY STREET (MORNING) - LISA is walking down the street in her work clothes.  As the sound of distant jets grows louder, LISA pauses and looks up. ]

[ Sentai (any Jetman intro from #25 through #51) - From Lisa's vantage point, we see the five SKY FLYERS flying over the city in formation. ]

Flyers over city Flyers over city

[ LISA smiles fondly. ]


[ EXT. TESTING GROUNDS (Jetman #4) - At an expansive outdoor facility, we see several target structures, and long rows of red and white poles resembling smokestacks.  In the foreground (US composite over sentai) is a sign reading, "Weapons Testing Facility.  No Trespassing."  (This sequence features footage from Jetman #4 unless otherwise noted.) ]

testing grounds (not shown: US sign)


[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT - BLUE RANGER makes a gesture with her index finger before reaching for the lever beside her.  She pulls it down. ]

Blue Ranger pulls lever Blue Ranger pulls lever

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Wing Blade, detach!


[ EXT. TESTING GROUNDS - The WING BLADE detaches and flies down. ]

Wing Blade Wing Blade Wing Blade

[ The WING BLADE cleanly slices through six consecutive poles.  It then returns to the SWALLOW and reattaches. ]

Wing Blade slices poles Wing Blade slices poles Wing Blade returns Wing Blade returns


[ INT. OWL COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - YELLOW RANGER gives a thumbs-up. ]

Yellow Ranger gives thumbs-up

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Good job, Maggie!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #26) - The OWL flies by. ]

Owl Three Owl Three

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Oh yeah, Owl Three's doing just fine.


[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - PINK RANGER comments. ]

Pink Ranger

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
The Swan checks out too!


[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - RED RANGER nods. ]

Red Ranger

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Ditto for the Hawkzord.


[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - BLACK RANGER coolly thumbs his nose before reaching for his joystick. ]

Black Ranger Black Ranger

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
I think the Condor needs another test...


[ EXT. TESTING GROUNDS - The CONDOR flies low through the testing grounds.  It then flies through one of the black target panels (shown twice). ]

Condor Two Condor flies through target Condor flies through target

PETE (voice-over):
Nice!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #10) - Elsewhere, OWL THREE lifts a large boulder with its OWL CLAW. ]

Owl lifts rock Owl lifts rock

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Hey, Casey, how about a little target practice?


[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT - PINK RANGER replies. ]

Pink Ranger Pink Ranger

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Aww, Pete, I thought you'd never ask!


[ EXT. SKY - The OWL flies by with its boulder in tow. ]

Owl with rock


[ INT. OWL COCKPIT - YELLOW RANGER clenches his fist and pulls the lever beside him. ]

Yellow pulls lever Yellow pulls lever Yellow pulls lever

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
All right, here goes!  Owl Claw, release!


[ EXT. SKY - The OWL releases its boulder, allowing it to fall. ]

Owl drops rock

[ Flying straight upward, the SWAN fires a series of pink lasers from its front. ]

Swan fires lasers

[ The lasers narrowly miss the OWL. ]

Swan lasers Swan lasers

PETE (voice-over):
Whoa!  Easy!

[ The SWAN continues to fly upward, firing its lasers. ]

Swan lasers


[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT - From Pink's vantage point, we see the boulder explode. ]

boulder explodes

[ PINK RANGER is shaken in her cockpit as light flares in front of her. ]

Pink Ranger shaken

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Whoooaa!


[ EXT. SKY - The SWANZORD shakily levels off. ]

Swan levels off Swan levels off


[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - PINK pumps her fist and then works the controls on her left. ]

Pink Ranger in control Pink Ranger in control

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
No problem!


[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #5) - BLACK RANGER gives a salute to his left. ]

Black's salute

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Nice one!


[ EXT. SKY - The five FLYERS swoop down and over the camera, leaving colored trails behind them. ]

Flyers with trails Flyers with trails


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Now docked to one of the spare airlocks, in addition to TRASK'S SHIP, is KORA'S SHIP (see previous episode).  It will remain docked here in all further establishment shots until further notice. ]

[ We hear TRASK roar furiously (voice-over), followed by a shattering crunch sound. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION - TRASK stands contorted in a feral position by the main viewscreen, in which his sword is now firmly embedded.  The viewscreen is cracked and smoking.  DILLIK and MAINFRAME stand contritely on the other side of the room (MAINFRAME more timid than DILLIK).  Kora's cryogenic container is no longer present. ]

TRASK (growling inwardly):
How can the Flyers be back online?!

[ DILLIK politely replies: ]

DILLIK:
They seem to have repaired them.

[ TRASK nearly retorts but manages to calm himself.  He forcefully pulls his sword from the viewscreen with a crunch. ]

TRASK:
I see that.

[ He dispels his sword with a ripple effect and begins to exit. ]

DILLIK:
D-- Do you want us to send a monster?

[ TRASK stops and turns to DILLIK. ]

TRASK:
And what good would that do, Dillik?

[ DILLIK looks searchingly at MAINFRAME. ]

DILLIK:
Um, well...

[ TRASK turns away in disgust, cursing under his breath. ]

TRASK:
Months' worth of progress, gone!

[ MAINFRAME furtively leans over to DILLIK. ]

MAINFRAME (quietly):
I don't see what's the problem.  You guys took care of the Flyers once already, right?  You can just do it again.

DILLIK (quietly):
Well, yeah, but --

[ TRASK turns back to them.  MAINFRAME quickly straightens anxiously. ]

TRASK (coolly):
The problem is that our monsters were supposed to wear down the Rangers' Zords to the point of disrepair.  Now that they can repair them, our battles simply equate to a waste of biomass.

[ MAINFRAME eases slightly, pondering. ]

MAINFRAME:
So you want something you can repair too?  (considers)  Well, Dillik and I were just --

DILLIK (interrupting him):
Uhh... (chuckles)  We're working on it.  We just need some time.

[ TRASK eyes them suspiciously. ]

TRASK:
Hmm, yes, well...  Carry on, then.  (turns)  I think I'll do a little exploring.  (over his shoulder)  Try not to set the station on fire, will you?

[ DILLIK nods. ]

DILLIK:
Yes, sir.

[ TRASK exits. ]

[ MAINFRAME approaches the broken viewscreen.  DILLIK accompanies him. ]

MAINFRAME:
Why didn't you want to tell him?

DILLIK:
Oh, I don't know... I guess I was hoping to surprise him.

[ MAINFRAME places his hand on the broken viewscreen, prompting it to repair itself. ]

MAINFRAME:
Do you really think it'll be able to beat the Rangers' Zords?

DILLIK:
Well, it's got the speed and firepower...

MAINFRAME:
Yeah, I guess...

[ Once repaired, the viewscreen turns on, revealing a graphical, scale representation of the solar system (depicting the planets in their positions from approximately 6:00 PM UTC on July 28, 1992).  Some distance beyond the orbit of Neptune is a red blip. ]

[ DILLIK notices the monitor. ]

DILLIK:
Hey, what's that?

[ MAINFRAME glances at the monitor. ]

MAINFRAME:
Oh, the humans call that Pluto.  You know, Pluton.  Plutoni.  (in Mandarin Chinese)  Mingwangxing.

[ DILLIK curiously points at the opposite edge of the solar system. ]

DILLIK:
No... Pluto's over here.

[ MAINFRAME does a double-take and scrutinizes the red blip.  He then looks at DILLIK. ]

MAINFRAME:
What IS that?


[ EXT. TOPIARY (Jetman #7) - In a public topiary surrounded by neatly sculpted trees, MIRRORMITE charges.  She is a green-skinned monster with a large, rectangular, mirrored panel over her torso, in the corner of which is a JINNSECT.  (This scene is blurred along the edges, a US effect, to indicate a dream sequence.) ]

Mirrormite Mirrormite

[ RED RANGER leaps through the air with a two-footed kick.  BLUE RANGER and BLACK follow with synchronized jump-kicks, as do PINK AND YELLOW. ]

flying kicks flying kicks flying kicks

[ In sequence, each of the jump-kicks harmlessly bounce off MIRRORMITE's torso. ]

flying kicks ineffective flying kicks ineffective flying kicks ineffective

[ The RANGERS fall and roll back together.  First to rise to a crouching position, RED RANGER briefly crosses his fists and then reaches for his SKY BLASTER. ]

Rangers fall back Rangers fall back Red reaches for Sky Blaster Red reaches for Sky Blaster

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Blasters!

[ YELLOW and PINK, and then BLACK and BLUE, draw their blasters as well. ]

Sky Blasters Sky Blasters

[ The RANGERS fire their SKY BLASTERS in unison, but the lasers reflect off of MIRRORMITE and strike the RANGERS.  They spark and fall back. ]

Sky Blasters fire Sky Blaster lasers reflected Sky Blaster lasers reflected Sky Blaster lasers reflected Sky Blaster lasers reflected

[ US footage - Smoking, PINK RANGER quickly rises, drawing her TALON SWORD.  She charges. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Talon Sword!

[ We zoom in on MIRRORMITE as she continues forward.  (A US effect may be used to make her mirror surface appear more reflective.) ]

Mirrormite advances Mirrormite advances Mirrormite advances

[ US footage - Upon approaching the monster (off-screen), PINK RANGER stops suddenly, startled. ]

[ In MIRRORMITE's mirror, PINK RANGER is reflected (US composite over sentai).  She is startled to see a JINNSECT embedded in her chest. ]

Mirrormite's mirror

[ MIRRORMITE quips: ]

Mirrormite

MIRRORMITE:
Nice addition, Pink Ranger!

[ US footage - PINK RANGER drops her TALON SWORD and desperately claws at the JINNSECT in futility.  In the background, the sky begins to smear with a variety of surreal colors. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
(shrieks)  Get it out!  Get it out!


[ INT. HOUSE, CASEY'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - CASEY startles awake, panicked, but is relieved to find no Jinnsect in her chest.  She takes a moment to catch her breath. ]

CASEY (with a sigh):
I need a vacation.


[ Wipe to INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (NIGHT) - CHRIS and CASEY are snuggled together on the couch watching a fictional wedding on TV. ]

CASEY:
Ohh, she looks so pretty...

CHRIS:
Hey, isn't your brother's wedding coming up soon?

CASEY (wistfully):
Oh, yeah... next week.

CHRIS (briefly confused):
Well... aren't you going?

CASEY (taken aback):
Well, I... told them I couldn't go...

CHRIS:
Yeah, but you can now.  The Flyers are up and running.  You can fly back if anything happens.  Heck, you could even take the Kestrelzord...

[ CASEY ponders. ]

CASEY:
But it's such short notice...

CHRIS:
Are you kidding?  You're his sister!  Forget all the formalities.  I'm sure he'd want you to come.

[ CASEY considers. ]

CASEY (considering):
I guess you're right.  (looks up at Chris)  Will you come with me?

[ CHRIS makes an awkward face. ]

CHRIS:
Oh...  Well, a sister's one thing, but a sister's date?  I mean, they've got, like, food and stuff for only so many people, you know?

CASEY (wryly):
No, it's okay!  You don't have to eat anything, right?

[ CHRIS chuckles. ]

CHRIS:
Seriously, though, I'm on thin ice with Mr. Fischer.  If I tried to take off...

[ CASEY makes a sour face.  A car door can be heard shutting outside, causing CASEY to perk up. ]

CASEY:
Oh, Maggie's home!


[ EXT. HOUSE (NIGHT) - Dressed up somewhat and carrying a backpack, MAGGIE waves to DREW as he drives away in a well-serviced yellow Volkswagen.  Once his car is gone, she turns to enter the house.  She is smiling pleasantly. ]


[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (NIGHT) - MAGGIE enters as CHRIS and CASEY sit up expectantly.  CHRIS turns off the TV. ]

[ Upon shutting the door, MAGGIE pauses, noticing she's the center of attention. ]

MAGGIE (smirking awkwardly):
Um, hi...

CASEY (beaming, but with restraint):
So, how was the date...?

[ MAGGIE chuckles and enters the living room. ]

MAGGIE:
It was fine...

CASEY:
Just fine?

[ MAGGIE drops her bag and sits in the chair nearby. ]

MAGGIE (noncommittally):
Yeah, it was fine.

CASEY (sitting forward, seriously):
All right, what was it?

[ CHRIS listens as we hear a faint scratching sound on the back door.  He rises. ]

CHRIS (to Casey):
Cat's back.  I'll get it.

[ As CHRIS departs into the kitchen, MAGGIE shifts uncomfortably in her chair. ]

MAGGIE:
What?  No... it was nothing...

CASEY:
Maggie, I promise I'm not gonna say anything at work.  You can tell me.  (pauses) ...if you want to.

[ MAGGIE considers for a moment.  She then volunteers: ]

MAGGIE:
Well, it's...  I mean, we had a good time.  It was fine.

[ CASEY listens. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
It's just...  We didn't really have a lot of meaningful conversation.

CASEY:
Oh.  (devilishly)  Ohhhh...!

[ MAGGIE teasingly sticks out her tongue. ]

MAGGIE:
Not like that.  We just... (shrugs) ...talked about everyday stuff.  Work, school, hobbies...  I kept trying to name books I've read lately, but he hadn't heard of any of them.

CASEY:
Hmm.  I guess he won't be working the help desk any time soon...

[ MAGGIE chuckles softly. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
Well, so...  It was just a first date, right?  You don't spill your guts on a first date...  You get closer with time.


[ EXT. HOUSE, BACK YARD (NIGHT) - On the house's back porch, CHRIS opens the back door from the kitchen, a bowl of cat food in hand.  Waiting patiently, illuminated in the light from inside the house, is MOASI, a black and white cat (compare with Jetman #39).  MOASI meows politely.  Meanwhile, CASEY and MAGGIE can be heard talking inside, their voices indistinct. ]

CHRIS:
Hey, teeny.  How's it going?

[ CHRIS sets the bowl on the porch beside MOASI, and the cat promptly begins eating.  CHRIS then notices a nearby water bowl and picks it up. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
I'll get you some fresh water.


[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (NIGHT) - We hear the kitchen door open and close as MAGGIE and CASEY continue their conversation. ]

MAGGIE:
I'm just worried it's the same problem I had with Sean.  I can't talk about anything that's really important, because most of it has to do with being a Ranger.

CASEY:
Well, what about school?

[ MAGGIE rolls her eyes. ]

MAGGIE:
Yeah, school...  It's hard to talk about that without talking about being a Ranger.  I've been missing appointments all semester.


[ EXT. HOUSE, BACK YARD (NIGHT) - CHRIS returns with a fresh bowl of water and places it beside the food bowl, from which MOASI is still eating.  CHRIS strokes the cat's back, prompting it to rise for further petting as it continues to eat. ]

[ CHRIS smiles softly. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. HOUSE, ATTIC (NIGHT) - Now in boxers and a T-shirt, CHRIS crawls under his sheets and turns off his bedside lamp. ]


[ EXT. PARK - Transitioning from the previous scene, we zoom out from BLACK RANGER's black uniform to see him wandering curiously through the park.  He eventually reacts to someone off-screen.  (This scene is blurred along the edges, a US effect, to indicate a dream sequence.) ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
There's a monster here... I'm sure of it.  (startles)  What...?

[ Sentai (Jetman #39) - Beginning with a stylized cat head in a monster's torso, we zoom out to see ARTILLACAT, a black and white cat monster resembling Moasi, drawing a machine gun of some sort.  He aims it at Black Ranger (off-screen). ]

Artillacat Artillacat

ARTILLACAT:
Oh, hi, Chris!  Put 'em up!

[ BLACK RANGER shakes his head in dismay.  He then looks slightly to his left in surprise. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Moasi...  What did they do to you, little fella?!  (looks left)  What?  Strife...!

[ Switch to sentai - We see STRIFE walking across the grass (footage slowed from sentai). ]

Strife

CHRIS (cont'd, off-screen):
But... I destroyed you!

[ ARTILLACAT looks up. ]

Artillacat looks up Artillacat looks up

ARTILLACAT:
Huh?

[ Jetman #25 - The four RANGERS fly down. ]

four Rangers fly down

[ US footage - The RANGERS land nearby.  BLACK RANGER briefly glances back at them. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Good to see you guys!  We've got trouble!

[ ARTILLACAT leaps through the air and slashes BLACK RANGER across the chest.  He slashes again, sending BLACK flying. ]

Artillacat's leaping attack Artillacat's leaping attack Artillacat slashes Black Ranger Artillacat slashes Black Ranger Black Ranger flies

[ BLACK RANGER lands on the grass.  The other RANGERS come to his defense. ]

Rangers protect Black Rangers protect Black

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Chris!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
You okay?

[ STRIFE joins ARTILLACAT and points at the Rangers (off-screen). ]

Strife's order Strife's order Strife's order

STRIFE:
Now finish them!

[ ARTILLACAT aims his gun and fires a multicolored beam. ]

Artillacat fires Artillacat fires

[ Four similar beams strike the four RANGERS as BLACK remains on the ground.  The RANGERS recoil and glimmer with respectively-colored energy before shrinking into small shapes which drop to the ground. ]

shrink ray shrink ray shrink ray shrink ray

[ Switch to US footage - The four RANGERS fall, shrunken but otherwise unharmed, into the grass, the blades of which now nearly dwarf them.  The relatively giant BLACK RANGER scrambles over to them, his helmet surreally melting out of view to reveal CHRIS's head.  Meanwhile, the sky begins to smear with surreal colors. ]

CHRIS:
Guys!  Oh no!  What'd he do to you?

[ The tiny RANGERS clamor wordlessly for CHRIS's help, but he seems to be at a loss. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
Guys, I'm sorry...  I don't know what to do...

[ As CHRIS inhales, the tiny RANGERS fly into his mouth, and to his horror, he swallows them.  He chokes and pounds on his chest in panic. ]


[ INT. HOUSE, ATTIC (NIGHT) - CHRIS startles awake, gasping for breath.  He calms himself by placing his hand on his chest, and he takes a few deep breaths. ]

CHRIS (inwardly):
What the heck?!


[ Dissolve to INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (DAY) - CASEY, CHRIS, MAGGIE, and PETE are gathered in the living room.  CASEY is the focus of attention. ]

CASEY:
All right, so, what do you guys think?

CHRIS (matter-of-factly):
You should go, no question about it.

[ CASEY smiles broadly and bats her eyelashes at CHRIS. ]

CASEY:
I know what you think, sweetie pie.

[ CHRIS sits back and crosses his arms. ]

PETE:
He's right, though.  There's no reason not to go.

MAGGIE:
Right.  You can fly back in no time if there's an emergency.  You've got the Swan or the Kestrel.

[ CHRIS calmly extends his hand, indicating his point has been proved. ]

[ CASEY ponders. ]

CASEY:
Hmm... all right.  Now I just need a plane ticket...

PETE:
(chuckles)  Yeah, right...

CASEY (earnest):
What?

[ PETE looks to CHRIS and MAGGIE. ]

PETE:
Well, you're taking a Zord to get there, aren't you?

[ CASEY looks to the others. ]

CASEY:
Are we allowed to do that?

[ MAGGIE rises with a chuckle. ]

MAGGIE:
I think you'll be all right.


[ Dissolve to INT. HOUSE, MAGGIE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - We see MAGGIE asleep in bed, wearing a T-shirt under the covers. ]


[ Flash to EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The four RANGERS, sans PINK, explore a winding, mist-filled cavern.  (This scene is blurred along the edges, a US effect, to indicate a dream sequence; sentai shots during this scene, however, already have blurred edges.) ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Man, these caves go on forever!

[ As the RANGERS round a corner into a larger area, they are startled by a presence (off-screen). ]

[ Switch to sentai (Jetman #27) - Previous monsters PAPYRIA and SPOUTFIRE stand menacingly.  PAPYRIA speaks with her original voice (see episode 15), while SPOUTFIRE mutters in a creepy, obsessive voice. ]

Papyria and Spoutfire

PAPYRIA:
Oh, hello, Rangers!

SPOUTFIRE:
...Rangers...

[ Nearby, FACETIA and RAMENATOR cackle in their original voices (see episodes 4 and 11). ]

Facetia and Ramenator

[ RED and BLACK react. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Oh man, it's Papyria!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
And... some other monster we fought.

[ BLUE and YELLOW react. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
And the ruby monster!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
And that darned noodle cup!

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
But we destroyed them all!

[ RED pumps his fist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
And we'll do it again!  Sky Enforcers!

[ Switch to sentai - RED RANGER draws his SKY BLASTER and assembles his SKY ENFORCER. ]

Red Ranger draws Sky Blaster Red Ranger assembles Sky Enforcer Red Ranger assembles Sky Enforcer Red Ranger assembles Sky Enforcer

[ The four RANGERS ready their ENFORCERS and fire their respective beams. ]

Sky Enforcers Sky Enforcers Sky Enforcers

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Ready... aim... fire!  (Rangers fire)

[ The four monsters erupt in spark explosions.  When the smoke clears, we see them in giant size in a misty void with purple light swirling above.  They cackle wickedly. ]

monsters blasted monsters blasted giant monsters giant monsters

PAPYRIA:
What do you think of us now, Rangers?

[ SPOUTFIRE towers over the four RANGERS. ]

Spoutfire towers over Rangers

SPOUTFIRE:
...Rangers...

[ As the RANGERS scurry, RED calls into his wrist: ]

Red calls Red calls

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We need the Zords!  (into wrist)  Skyforce Megazord!  Sky Kestrel!

[ In the void, the SKYFORCE MEGAZORD and SKY KESTREL descend in the form of red and yellow streaks, respectively.  They solidify and stand ready. ]

Zords arrive Zords arrive

[ US footage - Below, the RED and BLUE RANGERS are beamed up in blue light, while YELLOW and BLACK are beamed up in green. ]

[ We zoom in on the KESTREL's face. ]

Kestrelzord Kestrelzord


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT - RED and BLUE, alone in the Kestrelzord, get situated in their normal seats. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Kestrel ready!

Kestrel ready Kestrel ready


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - We zoom in on the MEGAZORD's face. ]

Skyforce Megazord Skyforce Megazord


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - YELLOW and BLACK get situated in their normal seats as well.  YELLOW pumps both fists in BLACK's direction, while BLACK pumps one. ]

Megazord ready Megazord ready

PETE / CHRIS (Yellow and Black Rangers, in unison):
Let's do it!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - SPOUTFIRE and RAMENATOR charge, growling all the way. ]

melee melee

[ PAPYRIA and FACETIA charge as well. ]

melee melee


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT - RED RANGER thrusts his left joystick forward. ]

melee melee

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Let's do it!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD and KESTREL assume fighting stances and then advance. ]

melee melee

[ The KESTREL leaps and performs a midair flip between PAPYRIA and FACETIA.  It then lands, turns, and delivers a slash to FACETIA, and another to PAPYRIA.  At the same time, RAMENATOR, in the foreground, is slashed by the MEGAZORD's PHOENIX BLADE.  We zoom out to see the MEGAZORD turn and slash SPOUTFIRE as well. ]

melee melee melee melee melee melee melee melee melee melee melee

[ The MEGAZORD finally thrusts the PHOENIX BLADE forward, though the result is unseen. ]

melee

[ Nearby, the KESTREL is spinning PAPYRIA by her feet.  SPOUTFIRE lands in the foreground and rises, but the KESTREL then hurls PAPYRIA into him, and both collapse in a heap.  They roll apart. ]

melee melee melee melee melee


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT - We zoom in on RED RANGER as he thrusts his joysticks forward (off-screen). ]

finishers finishers

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Let's finish 'em off!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The KESTREL shrieks and leaps into the air. ]

finishers finishers


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - YELLOW and BLACK each give a thumbs-up, and we zoom in on BLACK as he thrusts his right joystick forward. ]

finishers finishers

PETE / CHRIS (Yellow and Black Rangers, in unison):
Right!

CHRIS (Black Ranger, cont'd):
Phoenix Strike!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD leaps into the air. ]

finishers finishers

[ The KESTREL delivers its glowing slash.  Struck, PAPYRIA bellows as she gleams with golden light. ]

finishers finishers

[ The MEGAZORD delivers its glowing slash as well, and SPOUTFIRE shines with bluish-green streaks. ]

finishers finishers

[ Glowing with their respective colors of light (US addition), PAPYRIA and SPOUTFIRE fall between the MEGAZORD (foreground) and the distant KESTREL, exploding in a fireball. ]

finishers finishers finishers


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER pumps her fist before noticing something in her monitor. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
All right, guys!  Two down... (looks down) ... and two on the way!  Heads up, guys!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - As FACETIA and RAMENATOR charge, they turn into streaks of red and yellow energy, respectively. ]

monsters to energy monsters to energy monsters to energy

[ The MEGAZORD turns to look just as the streaks fly into its chest and disappear.  The MEGAZORD convulses. ]

Megazord possessed Megazord possessed Megazord possessed Megazord possessed Megazord possessed


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE studies her monitor anxiously. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
The monsters have infiltrated the Megazord!  They're jamming its servos!


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - In close-up, YELLOW RANGER desperately tugs at his joysticks ineffectually. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah, you're telling me!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - After convulsing further, the MEGAZORD finally slumps listlessly. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - YELLOW RANGER smacks his controls in frustration. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
It's useless!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD comes back to life, first turning its head robotically and then brandishing its sword in the KESTREL's direction.  The KESTREL takes a step back. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER reacts. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Incoming!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD advances and slashes the KESTREL numerous times. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (sentai) - Sparks erupt as BLUE and RED are shaken. ]

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[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD now wields its flail weapon, which it hurls.  The flail wraps around the KESTREL's neck, and the KESTREL is promptly yanked forward.  It flies past the MEGAZORD and lands some distance away, where the flail releases. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (sentai) - BLUE and RED are shaken, nearly collapsing to their respective controls. ]

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[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD advances on the fallen KESTRELZORD, its PHOENIX BLADE once again in hand.  As it nears, it raises the blade for a final blow. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER reacts. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
He'll slice us apart!


[ EXT. DREAM CAVERN - The MEGAZORD swings the PHOENIX BLADE. ]

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[ INT. HOUSE, MAGGIE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - MAGGIE startles awake.  She then becomes aware of her surroundings and calms herself.  Finally, she notes: ]

MAGGIE:
That was strange.


[ INT. HOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS - CASEY stands by the door with two pieces of luggage beside her.  PETE, CHRIS, MAGGIE, and LUKE are sending her off.  (All wear different clothes from their previous living room scene, while LUKE wears his work uniform.) ]

CASEY (to the group):
All right, so...  You're sure I should go?

PETE (teasingly):
Would you get out of here already...!

[ CASEY giggles. ]

CASEY:
All right, all right...  (to Chris)  Oh, you don't mind taking care of Moasi?

[ CHRIS blinks hard, apparently realizing something.  He then nods. ]

CHRIS:
Yeah, no problem.

CASEY:
What's wrong?

CHRIS:
Oh, nothing.  Just a weird cat dream the other night.

MAGGIE:
Man, I had a weird one too...

CASEY (with a frown):
Me too, actually.  What is it, a full moon or something?

CHRIS:
Nah.  Anyway, yeah, I'll take care of him.

[ CASEY nods and picks up her bags.  She glances awkwardly at the others and leans slightly in CHRIS's direction. ]

CASEY:
Well, okay.  I guess I'll, uh, go...

[ CHRIS glances self-consciously at the others.  They simultaneously turn their heads and whistle innocently. ]

[ CHRIS kisses CASEY's lips a moment.  She smiles. ]

CASEY:
Bye.

CHRIS (smiling softly):
See ya.

[ He escorts her outside, carrying one of her bags for her. ]

[ PETE puts his arms around MAGGIE and LUKE and fondly watches the couple exit. ]

PETE:
Awww...  They're such a great couple...

[ He soon snaps out of it and pulls away from MAGGIE and LUKE. ]

PETE (cont'd):
So, uh, how's Cupid treating you guys?

[ LUKE looks down. ]

LUKE:
I think Lisa's hiding something from me.

[ MAGGIE looks down. ]

MAGGIE:
I'm hiding things from Drew.

[ PETE makes a face. ]

PETE:
Wow, you guys are no fun.


[ Dissolve to INT. HOUSE, PETE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - PETE sleeps. ]


[ Flash to EXT. FIELD (Jetman #46) - TOMATO KING, a green monster with a giant tomato for a head, leaps through the air in a field just outside the city.  He delivers a swat as he descends, speaking with a goofy voice.  (This scene is blurred along the edges, a US effect, to indicate a dream sequence.) ]

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TOMATO KING:
Red Ranger!

[ The target of TOMATO KING's attack, RED RANGER deflects the swat with his TALON SWORD.  TOMATO KING turns and fends off the PINK and BLACK RANGERS as they cartwheel past him, swords in hand.  The monster then faces RED again. ]

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TOMATO KING (cont'd):
Take this!  Yah!  (turns)  Oh, you want some too?  Hi-yah!  (turns)  Now, where was I?

[ RED, BLACK, and PINK simultaneously swing with their TALON SWORDS, but TOMATO KING flips out of the way. ]

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[ Landing nearby, TOMATO KING readies a leafy vine and then throws it. ]

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TOMATO KING:
You look fit to be tied, Rangers!

[ The vine flies through the air.  The three RANGERS then find themselves wrapped together in the vine. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey!  Let us go!

[ TOMATO KING crosses his forearms. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Tomato Shocker!

[ The vine crackles with red electricity (US effect), causing the RANGERS to spark. ]

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[ TOMATO KING places his hands on his hips and nods his head weightily. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Ahhh...  Fine work, myself...

[ BLUE RANGER leaps in with a flying kick.  TOMATO KING turns just in time to get kicked in the face, sending him flying back.  He rolls across the grass. ]

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[ YELLOW RANGER pulls the vines off the three RANGERS.  He flings them aside as BLUE joins him.  While YELLOW continues speaking to the vines (off-screen), PINK greets him cheerily. ]

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PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Get off of them!  ...you... vines...!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Oh, Pete!  You saved us just in time!

[ US footage - YELLOW RANGER gives a cocksure nose-thumbing gesture and looks at the monster (off-screen). ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
No sweat.  Now, who's this weirdo?

[ TOMATO KING springs to his feet and smacks himself in the head. ]

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TOMATO KING:
I'm no weirdo!  I'm Tomato King!


[ EXT. TOMATO PATCH (NIGHT) - We zoom in on the soil beneath a spooky-looking, mist-filled tomato patch.  (This scene is also blurred along the edges to indicate a dream.) ]

TOMATO KING (voice-over, cont'd):
Born from tomato seeds planted over an ancient burial ground, given life by evil spirits...

[ Sentai - From behind a panel of windows (or more accurately, a paper wall in a Japanese home), we see TOMATO KING's silhouette rising menacingly.  (This shot is also blurred, a US effect.) ]

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[ As Tomato King speaks, we then cut to numerous shots of different types of tomatoes (also blurred). ]

TOMATO KING (voice-over, cont'd):
...I am Tomato King!  Baron of beefsteaks!  Ruler of romas!  Lord of lycopersica!


[ EXT. WOODS (NIGHT) (sentai) - TOMATO KING chases after a terrified young boy.  (This scene is already blurred.) ]

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TOMATO KING (voice-over, cont'd):
My hobbies include basket-weaving and scaring small children!

[ The boy ducks behind a shack, but TOMATO KING emerges behind him. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Ha ha!  Oogity boogity!

[ The boy screams and runs away. ]

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[ EXT. FIELD (sentai) - TOMATO KING continues with a tomato in hand (the scene still blurred along the edges). ]

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TOMATO KING:
I also enjoy throwing tomatoes!

[ US footage - Over a black background, YELLOW RANGER stands in position to fire the Phoenix Cannon (off-camera). ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
That's great!  Hey, hold it right there, would you?

[ Switch to Jetman #14 - We see the RANGERS from both sides as they hold the PHOENIX CANNON ready.  They then fire. ]

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RANGERS (in unison):
Fire!

[ The phoenix blast flies down. ]

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[ Jetman #46 - TOMATO KING flies back as he's blasted with a spark explosion. ]

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[ Switch to US footage - A fiery explosion erupts. ]


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #46) - TOMATO KING cheerily springs up downtown in giant form.  (The scene is still blurred along the edges with a US effect.) ]

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TOMATO KING:
Yaahh!  Look at me, Rangers!

[ The KESTREL flies overhead.  It lands downtown, prompting TOMATO KING to turn to face it. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS man their controls.  (The blurred edges continue.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Kestrel, power up!


[ EXT. CITY - The KESTREL shrieks and advances. ]

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[ TOMATO KING vaults over a building as he charges. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Watch this!  (jumps)  Yeah!!

[ Grunting loudly, TOMATO KING locks arms with the KESTREL and ultimately head-butts it backward. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS are shaken somewhat. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
This guy's trouble!


[ EXT. CITY - TOMATO KING suddenly clutches his head. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Ow, hey!  What's going on?!


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - YELLOW points ahead. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Something's happening!


[ EXT. CITY - TOMATO KING crouches anxiously beside a building.  Suddenly, a large chunk disappears from the side of his head, as if bitten with a mighty, invisible chomp.  TOMATO KING clutches it, but then another appears in the other side of his head. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Come on, now...  What is this?  (chomped)  What the...!  (chomped)  Hey!  Who's taking bites out of me?!


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS stare blankly ahead.  They then look at each other wordlessly. ]


[ EXT. CITY - TOMATO KING laments agitatedly until a third bite is taken from the back of his head.  He scrambles to feel it, twirling around.  In the background, the KESTREL emerges from behind a building, watching carefully.  We zoom in on it. ]

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TOMATO KING:
Who goes around taking bites out of people?  (chomped)  Hey!  You bit me again!  Stop that!!  (zoom in on Kestrel)


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - YELLOW throws up his hands and crosses his arms. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well, I give up.  This is the strangest thing I've ever seen.


[ EXT. CITY - TOMATO KING rants agitatedly as the last parts of his head are eaten away, leaving him with nothing but a thin core. ]

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[ INT. HOUSE, PETE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - PETE snaps awake and sits up.  He stares ahead numbly, blinking a few times.  He then smacks his lips hungrily and gets out of bed in a T-shirt and boxers. ]

PETE:
Mmm, tomato sandwich...  (rises)


[ INT. HOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS (NIGHT) - As PETE descends the stairs and heads toward the kitchen, we zoom in on the door to Luke's bedroom, beside the stairs. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. HOUSE, LUKE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - LUKE sleeps in a T-shirt. ]


[ Flash to EXT. QUARRY (Jetman #29) - We see RED RANGER running forward, his TALON SWORD in hand.  We then see VANG, a serpent-themed samurai warrior, charging with a large, curved sword in hand.  (This scene also blurred along the edges, a US effect.  Also note that VANG's human eyes, if seen, should be obscured with a black US effect.) ]

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[ RED RANGER and VANG meet and engage in a sword battle.  RED appears somewhat overpowered by VANG's mighty sword. ]

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[ RED attempts to kick VANG twice but is struck in the face with the handle of VANG's sword, knocking him back. ]

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[ RED RANGER rolls back and quickly rises, drawing his SKY BLASTER.  He prepares to fire but is then directed by a distant, echoing voice on his left. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Blaster!

DR. BERING (off-screen, echoing):
Luke...

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What...?

[ US footage - A translucent image of DR. BERING floats inches above the ground.  Her voice echoes like a ghost. ]

DR. BERING:
Luke, I have to tell you something of utmost importance.

[ RED RANGER reacts to the sight, lowering his blaster. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Dr. Bering!

[ VANG lunges forward with a sword strike.  He strikes RED RANGER with two sparking blows and then kicks him back.  In the background, DR. BERING's image floats nearby (US composite over sentai). ]

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[ Switch to US footage - Still holding his sword and blaster, RED RANGER skids face-first across the gravel.  He rises and looks to Dr. Bering (off-screen). ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Dr. Bering, is it really you?

[ DR. BERING shakes her head. ]

DR. BERING:
No, Luke.  My true form is beyond your experience.  But I need your help.

[ RED repeatedly glances at Vang (off-screen). ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
You need MY help?  I've kind of got my hands full with this demon warrior here!

[ Sentai - VANG raises his sword while approaching slowly. ]

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[ DR. BERING speaks. ]

DR. BERING:
Luke, none of this is real.

[ RED RANGER retorts. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
He sure feels real!

[ DR. BERING replies patiently. ]

DR. BERING:
No, Luke.  Open your eyes.

[ RED RANGER faces DR. BERING with apparent disbelief.  As he speaks, the quarry dissolves into: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What are you talking about?  I --  (quarry dissolves)


[ EXT. VOID - The quarry yields to a black void, leaving RED RANGER and DR. BERING's image floating in nothingness. ]

[ Disoriented, RED RANGER unintentionally releases his weapons, and they tumble away into the void.  He then eases slightly and looks to DR. BERING as they slowly drift toward each other.  (Ultimately, they will begin to encircle each other.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Where are we?

DR. BERING:
We're in your dreams.  But in the real world, a grave crisis is looming.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What kind of crisis?

DR. BERING:
The demon warrior you saw is real.  Or rather, he could soon become real once more.  His name is Vang.  He was a demon I captured from an alien world many thousands of years ago.  There are countless others like him.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
You capture demons?

DR. BERING:
I'm what some sapients refer to as a demon-eater.  I drift between inhabited worlds and gather those life forces whose restlessness and anger prevented them from passing on.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Wait, did you say demon "eater?"

DR. BERING:
Yes.  My race uses their energies as sustenance.  But someone is stealing those energies from me, and he intends to unleash these demons on your world.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Who's doing this to you?

DR. BERING:
A traveler named Trask.

[ RED bristles. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
He has unleashed a parasite named Moleworm inside me.

[ RED looks to his right. ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #43) - From a cloud of mist appears MOLEWORM, a parasitic worm with drills for hands.  Each drill spins in close-up. ]

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[ RED recoils slightly. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Please help me.  I'm using all my strength to send you this message.  I may not survive much longer.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
But where can I find you?

DR. BERING:
Your people are already aware of my presence.  Go to them.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
My people...?  Who?

[ DR. BERING vanishes, leaving RED RANGER alone. ]


[ INT. HOUSE, LUKE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - LUKE awakens. ]


[ Break. ]


[ INT. LAB - LUKE, CHRIS, PETE, MAGGIE, and SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST stand around a computer monitor as various technicians work in the background.  In the monitor is an image of a creature remotely resembling a whale "swimming" through space. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
It entered our solar system last week.  We don't know exactly what it is, but it seems to be alive.

LUKE:
It must be the demon-eater...  The one from my dream.

PETE:
I'm glad one of us had a straightforward dream.  Then again, I guess I should've seen the symbolism in a tomato monster getting his head eaten.

MAGGIE:
So how are we supposed to help him?  ... her.  ... it.

LUKE:
She said there was a parasite in her.  (to Turnquist)  If we bring her here, can your doctors try to treat her?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST glares at LUKE without amusement. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
Mr. Branson, the creature is over a thousand kilometers long.

[ The four HEROES gape at one another. ]

MAGGIE:
What is that, like a planet?

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
A moon, certainly.

PETE:
So... we could take the Kestrelzord inside it...?

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST (snidely):
Ah, not to tell you how to do your job, Rangers... but the Skyforce Cruiser's firebird attack can phase through matter.  (shrugs)  I mean, unless you want to blast your way in...

[ The HEROES look at each other. ]


[ INT. GUEST BEDROOM (DAY) - In a guest bedroom in someone's house, CASEY, helmetless but in her PINK RANGER suit, speaks into her wrist in a somewhat hushed tone.  The door is shut. ]

CASEY:
Look, are you guys sure you don't want me to come with you?

LUKE (from her wrist):
No, I think it's better this way.  We can handle the Cruiser with four people.  There's no need to put you in danger too.

[ CASEY nods soberly. ]

CASEY:
I guess.  (plaintively) But Chris...


[ INT. HANGAR - The four RANGERS stand in the hangar.  BLACK RANGER, standing apart from the others, somewhat bashfully replies into his wrist: ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Don't worry, Casey.  We'll be careful.

[ BLACK RANGER self-consciously glances over his shoulder at the other three.  He then softly speaks into his wrist: ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger, cont'd):
I love you.

[ The other three RANGERS awkwardly look away.  PETE discreetly hums to himself and the others: ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
We can all hear you...!


[ INT. GUEST BEDROOM (DAY) - Her eyes beginning to moisten, CASEY smiles broadly and gives a choking laugh through the beginning of her tears. ]

CASEY:
I love you too.


[ INT. HANGAR - BLACK RANGER awkwardly nods in silence.  He then confidently claps his hands together and looks ahead. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
All right, let's do this!

[ The others join him. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Right.

[ Sentai (Jetman #6) - Ahead in the dark hangar, the SKY FLYERS await. ]

Sky Flyers in hangar


[ Break. ]


[ EXT. SPACE - The titanic demon-eater floats in space as the SKYFORCE CRUISER flies past the camera.  The ship begins to glow red as it quickly recedes into an invisible speck long before ever reaching the colossus's surface (indicating the creature's enormous scale). ]

[ We see the creature's craggy surface in close-up.  The glowing red CRUISER streaks through the surface without leaving a trace. ]


[ INT. CRUISER COCKPIT (BLOODSTREAM) (Jetman #43) - From the Rangers' perspective, we see out the cockpit's viewscreen as the Cruiser travels through the demon-eater's bloodstream. ]

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[ The four RANGERS man their normal controls.  RED RANGER coolly looks from one side to the other. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, there's a reading up ahead.  Convert to Megazord mode.


[ INT. DEMON-EATER, BLOODSTREAM - Initially glowing with bluish-white light, the MEGAZORD sails through the creature's bloodstream. ]

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[ The MEGAZORD lands on a solid surface of some sort and looks around warily. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (BLOODSTREAM) - The RANGERS look around cautiously. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, guys, keep your eyes peeled.


[ INT. DEMON-EATER, BLOODSTREAM - We see MOLEWORM's drills spinning in close-up. ]

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[ As the whirring sound continues, we approach the MEGAZORD from behind. ]

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PETE (voice-over):
Hey, do you guys hear that drilling sound?

[ MOLEWORM approaches, drills spinning.  His drills gouge into the MEGAZORD's back, causing it to spark. ]

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LUKE (voice-over):
Drilling sound?!  Stay sharp, guys!  (drilled, groans)


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (BLOODSTREAM) - The RANGERS are jostled slowly. ]

Moleworm attacks

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
I think we found him!


[ INT. DEMON-EATER, BLOODSTREAM - MOLEWORM writhes wordlessly in the currents. ]

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[ The MEGAZORD and MOLEWORM square off. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (BLOODSTREAM) - From the Rangers' perspective, we see MOLEWORM fire a burst of bluish-white energy from his sucker, striking the Megazord (off-screen). ]

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[ Sparks erupt around the RANGERS.  Recovering, RED pumps his fist and presses a button. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
This guy's mincemeat!  Phoenix Blade!


[ INT. DEMON-EATER, BLOODSTREAM - The MEGAZORD brandishes the PHOENIX BLADE and charges. ]

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[ The MEGAZORD sluggishly strikes MOLEWORM a total of four times, each without so much as a spark. ]

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[ The MEGAZORD takes a step back. ]

Megazord vs. Moleworm


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (BLOODSTREAM) - The RANGERS appear startled. ]

Megazord vs. Moleworm

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Nothing!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Oh man!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We're too slow!


[ INT. DEMON-EATER, BLOODSTREAM - MOLEWORM charges, drills spinning.  He stabs the MEGAZORD and then slashes it, causing sparks with each blow. ]

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[ MOLEWORM then grapples the MEGAZORD, his sucker close to the MEGAZORD's face.  The MEGAZORD struggles to no avail. ]

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[ Yellow energy flows from the MEGAZORD into MOLEWORM.  The MEGAZORD's eyes pulse red as the energy flow continues. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (BLOODSTREAM) - BLUE RANGER examines her readouts and reports to the others as the cockpit lights flicker. ]

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MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You guys, we're losing power in a hurry!  We can't keep this up!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Oh man, we just got this thing fixed...


[ INT. LAB - SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST stands watching over the shoulder of a TECHNICIAN who sits at a control station. ]

TECHNICIAN:
Sir, the Megazord's losing energy rapidly!

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
Try the recall sequence.

TECHNICIAN:
But, sir... we haven't tested teleporting the whole Megazord before...

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
Well, now's as good a time as any, wouldn't you say, Private?

TECHNICIAN (stiffly):
... Activating recall sequence.


[ EXT. CITY - The MEGAZORD and MOLEWORM appear downtown from a bluish-white gleam of light.  MOLEWORM continues to drain energy from the MEGAZORD. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - BLUE reports to the others as the lights continue to flicker.  The others are surprised, and YELLOW looks up. ]

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MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You guys, we've been teleported!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
What...?  We're home!


[ EXT. CITY - The camera travels up the MEGAZORD's body as the energy drain continues. ]

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CHRIS (voice-over):
And we're losing power just as fast as ever!

[ The MEGAZORD drops its arms and limply falls backward.  It crashes to the ground. ]

Megazord falls Megazord falls Megazord falls Megazord falls


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The RANGERS are shaken.  The cockpit lights, meanwhile, are dark. ]

Rangers shaken


[ EXT. CITY - MOLEWORM approaches, drills spinning.  A red light pulsates within his sucker.  Suddenly, he looks to his left. ]

Megazord down Megazord down Megazord down Megazord down Megazord down

[ The KESTREL flies down and kicks MOLEWORM in the sucker, sending him flying. ]

Kestrel to the rescue Kestrel to the rescue Kestrel to the rescue Kestrel to the rescue

[ MOLEWORM crashes to the ground some distance away as the KESTREL lands in the foreground. ]

Kestrel to the rescue Kestrel to the rescue


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - The four RANGERS react.  (The cockpit lights remain dark.) ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
What...?

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Casey!


[ EXT. CITY - We zoom in on the KESTRELZORD's head as it strikes a defensive pose. ]

Moleworm rises Moleworm rises


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - Alone in the Kestrel cockpit, PINK RANGER mans the center controls.  She waves and then pumps her fist. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Hey, guys!  (pumps fist)  Kestrelzord, battle ready!


[ EXT. CITY - MOLEWORM rises. ]

Kestrel vs. Moleworm Kestrel vs. Moleworm

[ MOLEWORM and the KESTRELZORD square off downtown. ]

Kestrel vs. Moleworm Kestrel vs. Moleworm

[ The KESTREL leaps.  It flies by, performing a flying punch (shown twice). ]

Kestrel leaps Kestrel leaps flying punch flying punch

[ The KESTREL lands with a punch to MOLEWORM and proceeds to pummel him with its fists. ]

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[ The KESTREL finally lunges forward with its talons open. ]

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[ The KESTREL firmly grasps MOLEWORM and hurls him.  MOLEWORM rolls and rises. ]

talon throw talon throw talon throw talon throw talon throw talon throw

[ The KESTREL fires its chest beam, blasting the monster. ]

Thermo Beam Thermo Beam Thermo Beam

[ Finally, the KESTREL leaps into the air and flies overhead.  We zoom in on the frenzied MOLEWORM. ]

Kestrel leaps Kestrel leaps Kestrel flies overhead Moleworm reacts

[ The KESTREL opens its talons and performs its gleaming slash. ]

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[ Slashed, MOLEWORM glows with golden streaks, falls back, and explodes. ]

Moleworm's destruction Moleworm's destruction Moleworm's destruction Moleworm's destruction Moleworm's destruction


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - PINK RANGER releases her joysticks and confidently brushes off her hands. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Well, that was easy!


[ Break. ]


[ Split-screen: INT. ATTIC (NIGHT) / INT. GUEST BEDROOM (NIGHT) - CHRIS and CASEY are talking on the phone from their respective rooms.  Both are lying on their beds. ]

CASEY:
So, what happened with that... What did you call it?  A soul-eater?

CHRIS:
Demon-eater.  We don't know.  It left the solar system almost as soon as they teleported us out.

CASEY:
No thank you?  No nothing?

CHRIS:
Nah.

CASEY:
Well that's kind of rude...

CHRIS (with a shrug):
Eh, what are you gonna do?

[ CASEY ponders. ]

CASEY:
I hate that that worm drained the Megazord right after we got it fixed.

CHRIS:
Yeah...  Turnquist said they were gonna install something to keep that from happening again.  We'll be back up in no time.

CASEY:
That's good.

[ After a brief pause, CHRIS changes the subject: ]

CHRIS:
So the wedding's... what?  Day after tomorrow?

CASEY:
Yeah, it's nice spending time together.  I'm helping Heather get ready.  She's gonna look so pretty.

CHRIS (with a smirk):
How's your mom doing?

[ CASEY rolls her eyes and groans in jest. ]

CASEY:
Oh my gosh, don't get me started.  She's been going on non-stop about the daylight the other night.  She wants me to move to New Jersey.

[ CHRIS laughs. ]

CHRIS:
What did you tell her?

CASEY (sweetly):
I said no thank you.

[ CHRIS chuckles. ]


[ We slowly dissolve to EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK and MAINFRAME are conversing (dialog not discernible) when TRASK wanders in. ]

[ DILLIK approaches him and slaps him encouragingly on the back. ]

DILLIK (cheerily):
Well, Trask, don't worry about it too much.  So your monster failed!  Big deal!  We'll come up with a way to beat the Rangers, I'm sure of it!  (winks to Mainframe)

[ TRASK reaches into his coat. ]

TRASK (coolly):
Dillik, what ever makes you think my monster failed?

[ TRASK pulls out his hand.  In it he holds four colored gems (red, yellow, green, and blue), each a dodecahedron the size of an eyeball.  Freezeframe. ]


DR. BERING (voice-over):
Next time on Power Rangers Take Flight:


[ EXT. CITY - A fireball of some sort flies down into the city, emitting a flash of light and a large shockwave of yellow energy as it lands downtown. ]

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[ From the smoking rubble of demolished buildings rises a giant, red, winged demon. ]

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CASEY (voice-over):
Look at all the damage he's done to the city...

[ The KESTREL performs a flying kick, but INFERNIS catches its foot and hurls it back. ]

flying kick Kestrel tossed Kestrel tossed Kestrel tossed

CHRIS (voice-over):
Let's make sure he doesn't do any more.

[ The KESTREL falls stomach-first onto a seven-story building, crushing it to rubble amidst an explosion.  Cut to black. ]

Kestrel down Kestrel down Kestrel down Kestrel down Kestrel down Kestrel down

DR. BERING (voice-over):
Next time, on Power Rangers Take Flight.