POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 29: "Demon Dawn"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is primarily from Jetman #23 and 24, but all sources are indicated. ]


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


[ Fade in to EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION, HOLDING BAY - At a makeshift bank of computer terminals and assorted cables leading off-screen, DILLIK idly zooms in on a schematic of some sort of robotic joint.  Beside, him, MAINFRAME holds his fingers to a different portion of the computer bank, operating a large crane in the background.  Some sort of large, mechanical project is under way in the holding bay. ]

[ DILLIK ponders absently as he works with his schematic. ]

DILLIK:
Hey, Mainframe, do you think the Rangers will try to attack us now that frozen scientist's gone?

MAINFRAME:
Maybe.  I doubt they could get past my electrical grid though.

DILLIK:
Hmm.

[ They work in silence another moment before MAINFRAME has another thought. ]

MAINFRAME:
Wait, how would they even know she's gone?  I didn't tell them.  Sasha didn't tell them.  Did you tell them?

[ DILLIK shakes his head. ]

DILLIK:
No.  (ponders)  I wonder what happened to her, though...


[ Dissolve to INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - We slowly pan in close-up across the ID bracelet (appropriate for 1992) on the wrist of a woman lying on a hospital bed.  A heart monitor beside her bed beeps steadily.  The bracelet reads as follows: ]

Doe, Jane
Sex: F
DOB: ??/??/????
Type: AB
Dr. Paul Jenkins
ADM: 07/22/1992
MRN: 786113867

[ We tilt up to focus on the woman's face, revealing her as the unconscious DR. BERING. ]


[ INT. BANQUET HALL - An ANNOUNCER speaks at a microphone to an audience of perhaps a hundred people.  Behind him are numerous tables, each equipped with cooking equipment and various food supplies. ]

ANNOUNCER:
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the sixth annual Kingston's Tomato Sauce Cook-Off!

[ The audience applauds.  Among them are LISA, LUKE, CASEY, CHRIS, and MAGGIE. ]

[ The ANNOUNCER's voice trails away, eventually becoming indistinct, as we pan across the contestants, ultimately arriving at PETE's station.  He is wearing his work uniform and busily arranging his workstation. ]

ANNOUNCER (becoming indistinct):
For those of you who haven't been with us before, each of today's entries must be prepared using at least a half-cup of Kingston's brand tomato sauce.  (continues, indistinct)

[ The contestant adjacent to PETE is SCOTT, a white man in his early thirties.  (The tag on his table shows his full name as Scott Williams.  Pete's reads, "Peter Williams.")  SCOTT coolly enters PETE's prep area with an air of self-assuredness. ]

SCOTT:
Hey there.

PETE (slightly distracted):
Hi.

SCOTT:
First time?

PETE:
Yeah.

[ SCOTT extends a hand. ]

SCOTT:
My name's Scott.  Scott Williams.

[ Though he is clearly busy, PETE tries to remain polite.  He wipes his hand on his apron and shakes SCOTT's hand. ]

PETE:
Pete... Williams.

SCOTT:
Oh, hey!  Same name!  (jestingly) Maybe we're related!

[ PETE chuckles awkwardly and resumes his activities. ]

PETE:
Yeah, maybe.

[ SCOTT fails to leave PETE alone.  His demeanor, however, remains obliviously friendly. ]

SCOTT:
What are you making?

PETE:
Uhh, noodle casserole.

[ SCOTT balks slightly without being impolite. ]

SCOTT:
Hmm, casserole...  Well, good luck to you!  Hey, if you need any pointers, just ask!  (chuckling humbly)  I kind of won the last two years in a row.  Hawaiian meatballs.  They're one of my specialties.

[ PETE makes a sour face. ]

PETE:
Oh, really?  Congratulations.

SCOTT:
Are you a chef?

PETE (straining to continue the conversation):
Umm, kind of.  I'm a... uhh... (mutters, de-emphasizing the "junior") ...junior sous chef.

SCOTT:
Oh yeah?  Where?

[ PETE can't hold back any longer.  He explains with a sigh: ]

PETE:
Look, man, I know you're just being friendly, but I'm kind of busy here, and I'm having a hard time concentrating, so maybe you could just...

[ SCOTT makes an "oops" face and backs away politely. ]

SCOTT:
Sorry, man.  I'll leave you alone.

[ PETE looks down awkwardly before resuming his preparations.  He looks up as the ANNOUNCER's voice is heard. ]

ANNOUNCER (voice-over):
Let the cooking begin!

[ PETE scrambles to start preparing his dish.  We then see a montage of PETE and SCOTT's respective preparations.  SCOTT is cool and self-assured, while PETE appears slightly frayed and self-conscious.  PETE occasionally glances over at SCOTT, seemingly anxious about his competition. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. BANQUET HALL (LATER) - We see LISA and the four HEROES in the audience as they chat in relaxed poses.  The audience has thinned out slightly as people mingle and wander about.  No people are particularly close to the HEROES and LISA. ]

LISA (smiling, to Casey):
So you fell for this big, strong Power Ranger when he came to rescue you...

[ CHRIS looks aside bashfully. ]

LISA (cont'd, teasingly):
But... you did realize you were a Ranger too, right?

[ CASEY giggles. ]

CASEY:
I know...  I just... (looks at Chris admiringly) ...saw him in a different light all of a sudden.

[ LUKE absently holds up his palm for LISA. ]

LUKE:
When did you see me in a different light?

[ LISA playfully punches his palm. ]

LISA:
Last night, when you couldn't bowl to save your life.

[ The others laugh. ]

LISA (teasingly):
I'm sorry, I don't think I can date somebody who bowls like that.

LUKE (whispering to the others):
I let her win.

LISA (mockingly aghast):
Oh no you did not!

[ The ANNOUNCER speaks into the microphone. ]

ANNOUNCER:
Ladies and gentlemen, we have just ten minutes left in the competition!

[ The HEROES and LISA look on with interest. ]

[ At his table, PETE anxiously checks on his casserole in the oven.  He then looks over at SCOTT, who is sitting on a stool beside his oven and casually reading a magazine (Meatball Enthusiast).  He looks up at PETE and gives a friendly nod. ]

[ PETE grunts and checks his casserole again. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION, TRASK'S ROOM - In a particularly dark room, an opaque curtain hangs blocking the doorway which leads out to the adjoining corridor.  Moderate light from the corridor briefly streams in as TRASK brushes the curtain aside and enters.  It then grows dark once more as the curtain falls shut behind him. ]

[ We see TRASK in profile, barely illuminated by a pale bluish light outside his starry window (the Earth shines off-screen, not seen through the window from this vantage point). ]

[ TRASK removes a red gem from his coat (see previous episode).  It glows with an eery, flickering red light.  He marvels at it a moment, a sinister smirk on his face. ]

TRASK:
You're just dying to cause mayhem, aren't you, my pet?

[ TRASK removes three additional gems - yellow, green, and blue - with his other hand.  They throb with their own respective colors. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
Your brethren are as well.

[ He returns the additional gems to his coat, leaving only red. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
But let's see what you can do by yourself.  No sense destroying the planet entirely.  (smirks) ...if we don't have to.

[ TRASK holds the gem in front of his mouth and blows gently, as if blowing out a candle.  Seemingly propelled by his breath, a fiery pulse of energy (compare with sentai) flies from the gem, passing harmlessly through the window.  The gem is left darkened.  TRASK casually pockets it while watching the fiery energy (off-screen). ]


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #23) - 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.  (Until otherwise noted, all sentai footage originates from Jetman #23.) ]

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[ INT. BANQUET HALL - The lights flicker briefly throughout the contest area.  People in the audience, including the HEROES and LISA, are mildly puzzled. ]

[ At his station, PETE looks up at the lights and then checks his oven again. ]

[ From the adjacent station, SCOTT remarks while removing a tray of Hawaiian meatballs from his oven: ]

SCOTT:
(chuckles)  Power outage...  That'd be a new one.  (sets his tray down)  We did have a fire back in '88 though.

[ SCOTT suddenly realizes his faux pas and gestures as though zipping his lips. ]

SCOTT (hushed, cont'd):
Sorry.


[ EXT. CITY (sentai) - From the smoking rubble of demolished buildings rises a giant, red, winged demon, INFERNIS. ]

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[ Break. ]


[ EXT. CITY (sentai) - INFERNIS plods through the city, each footstep reverberating with a massive thud.  (Japanese characters on a sign in the foreground are obscured with a US effect.) ]

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[ US footage - On a street below, drivers abandon their cars in panic and flee on foot. ]


[ INT. BANQUET HALL - An oversized digital timer counts down from three minutes. ]

[ Watching the timer, PETE anxiously checks his MORPHER for the time, at which point it chimes and begins blinking, surprising PETE. ]

[ In the audience, which has now re-populated, the four HEROES' MORPHERS chime one after another (nearly simultaneously).  LISA is puzzled, as are the HEROES. ]

CASEY:
Wow, what the heck...?

MAGGIE (checking her Morpher):
That's strange.  One right after the next.  (shows an expression of dread)  Whoa, this is serious.

[ PETE looks at the timer, still counting down, then at his dish in the oven.  Finally, he looks to the audience, where the four HEROES are urgently waving him to come with them.  LISA stands nearby. ]

[ PETE lolls his head weakly and grudgingly proceeds out of frame.   We then focus on SCOTT, in the background, who notices PETE leaving. ]


[ EXT. CITY (sentai) - INFERNIS continues through the city.  Buildings stand in the foreground. ]

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[ INFERNIS passes by a building, his image reflected in its windows. ]

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[ INT. OFFICE (US footage) - Workers react to the sight outside the window (off-screen) and make a hasty exit. ]


[ EXT. CITY (sentai) - INFERNIS stops and turns.  He wordlessly extends his palm, remotely causing a large building downtown to detonate in a large, fiery explosion.  A wave of fire rips through the city. ]

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[ INFERNIS surveys the city as smoke drifts around him. ]

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[ EXT. CONVENTION CENTER - The five HEROES slip out of a side door and furtively make their way through the parking lot. ]

[ At the door, LISA emerges and watches them leave. ]


[ EXT. CITY (sentai) - INFERNIS marches through the city.  With each wave of his hand, a portion of the city erupts in a fiery explosion. ]

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[ As INFERNIS passes by a building, its top portion explodes. ]

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[ INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DR. BERING's room is rattled slightly by a tremor.  DR. BERING's eyelids flutter almost imperceptibly. ]


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #24) - INFERNIS continues to plod through the city with impunity. ]

Infernis' rampage Infernis' rampage

[ Switch back to Jetman #23 - INFERNIS passes between two partially demolished buildings. ]

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[ EXT. SKY - The KESTREL's jet mode launches two glowing white missiles from its underside. ]

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[ EXT. CITY - INFERNIS erupts in spark explosions. ]

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[ EXT. SKY - The KESTREL flies by the camera. ]

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[ EXT. CITY - Smoking, INFERNIS staggers back slightly, his gaze on the sky. ]

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[ EXT. SKY - We cut to progressively closer shots of the KESTREL in flight. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (Jetman #40) - RED RANGER shifts his joystick as the others look to their controls. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Kestrelzord, warrior mode!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #25) - The KESTREL transforms. ]

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[ EXT. CITY - We zoom out from the KESTREL to see it and INFERNIS square off. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - PINK RANGER surveys the city beyond the viewscreen (off-screen).  BLACK remains focused. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, grief-stricken):
Oh my gosh, you guys...  Look at all the damage he's done to the city...

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Let's make sure he doesn't do any more.


[ EXT. CITY STREET (US footage) - LISA emerges from behind a building and watches the battle above (off-screen).  Some rubble lies nearby. ]


[ EXT. CITY - INFERNIS quickly extends his hand, causing spark explosions to erupt around the KESTREL, but the Zord flies into the air. ]

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[ The KESTREL performs a flying kick, but INFERNIS catches its foot and hurls it back.  The KESTREL performs a flip but lands on its feet.  It turns and leaps again. ]

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[ The KESTREL performs a flying punch (shown twice). ]

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[ The KESTREL lands and swipes INFERNIS with two sparking punches.  As it swings a third time, INFERNIS catches its hand and grips it with both hands.  INFERNIS hurls the KESTREL around by its arm as he makes a full revolution.  He finally releases, sending the KESTREL flying. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS exclaim as their Zord is hurled. ]


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

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS are shaken violently from the impact. ]


[ EXT. CITY STREET (US footage) - LISA wordlessly covers her mouth in disbelief. ]


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - As the dust settles, PINK RANGER anxiously clutches her helmet. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Oh no!!  What have we done?!  The whole building's been destroyed!

[ BLACK pounds his fist against his controls with an angry grunt.  BLUE points out the viewscreen. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You guys, look out!


[ EXT. CITY - INFERNIS extends his palm, triggering a series of spark explosions to inundate the fallen KESTRELZORD. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS are showered with sparks as the Kestrel quakes mightily. ]


[ EXT. CITY - As the KESTREL lies prone, we zoom in on INFERNIS. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - As smoke lingers in the cockpit, the RANGERS recover.  BLUE RANGER checks her monitor. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
He almost crippled the Kestrelzord with one hit!

[ RED RANGER speaks before shifting his joysticks as if turning sharply to the left. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We're not finished yet!  (turns)


[ EXT. CITY - The fallen KESTREL rolls over just enough to fire its chest beam. ]

Thermo Beam Thermo Beam Thermo Beam Thermo Beam

[ The beam strikes INFERNIS in his eye slot, causing him to crackle with brief red electricity and erupt in sparks. ]

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[ INFERNIS opens his demon wings and promptly flies away.  Having witnessed the demon's departure, the KESTREL then rolls weakly onto its back. ]

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[ EXT. CITY STREET (US footage) - LISA pumps her fist with relief. ]

LISA:
Yes!


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS breathe a collective sigh of relief. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Wow, was that a lucky shot!  You hit him in the eyes!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah, but where's he going?

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
He's headed to the mountains!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
We'd better switch to the Megazord.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Right.  (into wrist) Sky Flyers!


[ EXT. CITY - The five FLYERS are seen in profile. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS are beamed out of the cockpit in green light from outside. ]


[ EXT. SKY - The five FLYERS fly overhead. ]

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[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK and MAINFRAME stand watching the main viewscreen as the FLYERS are shown streaking into the sky (Jetman #5) and then assembling (Jetman #12). ]

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[ TRASK watches smugly from the doorway, his arms crossed.  He begins to speak, but DILLIK's voice cuts him off. ]

DILLIK:
Mainframe, the Rangers are distracted.  I want you to go seize the Kestrelzord.

[ TRASK raises his eyebrows, seemingly impressed. ]

[ MAINFRAME bows and vanishes with greenish-silver vertical streaks. ]

MAINFRAME:
Yes, sir.  (vanishes)

[ DILLIK turns to TRASK. ]

DILLIK:
Did you want to say something, Trask?

[ TRASK straightens and shows his palms innocently. ]

TRASK:
Looks like you've got it under control.  (begins to exit)  Nice idea, by the way.  (exits)


[ INT. BANQUET HALL - SCOTT sets out numerous plates of meatballs as judges wander the competition area.  He glances at Pete's abandoned area a few times before venturing over to Pete's oven and using a mitt to remove his casserole.  He sets it down and turns off the oven.  Unsure what to do next, he returns to his own station. ]


[ EXT. CITY - We zoom down on the fallen KESTRELZORD as it lies beside a pile of rubble in the war-torn city. ]

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[ EXT. KESTRELZORD (US footage) - Beside the robot's giant yellow head, MAINFRAME appears from greenish-silver vertical streaks.  He approaches the robot. ]

[ LISA sneaks into the rubble-filled area, watching warily. ]

[ MAINFRAME touches his hands to the giant head, and a door-sized panel slides open in the metal surface.  MAINFRAME enters and vanishes inside. ]

[ LISA surreptitiously approaches.  She peeks in through the opening, but as it begins to slide shut, she quickly slips inside just before it closes. ]


[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #24) - INFERNIS punches the MEGAZORD, sending it flying back.  (From this point onward, all sentai footage not otherwise specified is derived from Jetman #24.) ]

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[ The MEGAZORD crashes through a mountain ridge, demolishing most of it. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The RANGERS are shaken heavily.  YELLOW pounds his controls in frustration as the shaking continues. ]

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PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Man!  Nothing works against this guy!


[ EXT. SKY - The KESTRELZORD flies in in warrior mode. ]

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[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The MEGAZORD rises but is distracted by something above. ]

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[ The KESTREL swoops down with a flying punch. ]

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[ The KESTREL lands with a punch to the MEGAZORD's chest.  It follows with a second swipe and then another solid punch to its chest. ]

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[ The MEGAZORD staggers back. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The RANGERS are startled by the sight.  RED RANGER looks down at his monitor as MAINFRAME's voice emanates from it. ]

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RANGERS (collectively):
What?!

MAINFRAME (from monitor):
Hello, Rangers!

[ US footage - In the monitor, we see MAINFRAME at the center seat of the KESTREL cockpit.  His hands are on the control panel, but he is not actively working any controls. ]

MAINFRAME (from monitor, cont'd):
My name's Mainframe, and I'll be your copilot today!  Just try to relax, and we'll have you destroyed in no time.

[ Startled, the RANGERS gather around RED's monitor with assorted gasps.  BLACK comments, and RED clenches his fist helplessly. ]

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CHRIS (Black Ranger):
That's no good.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Man!


[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The MEGAZORD finds itself surrounded by INFERNIS and the KESTRELZORD. ]

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[ The KESTREL strikes.  As the MEGAZORD reels, INFERNIS follows up with another strike, and the KESTREL adds a third. ]

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[ The KESTREL opens its talon and grasps the MEGAZORD by the face.  It then hurls the robot across the mountains.  The MEGAZORD crash-lands violently. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The RANGERS are shaken. ]

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[ US footage - As the shaking ceases, BLUE RANGER notes inwardly: ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Man, deja vu...


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - MAINFRAME laughs heartily. ]

MAINFRAME:
(laughs)  This must be that "fun" everyone's always talking about!  I think I like it!

[ The rear cockpit door opens suddenly, revealing LISA.  MAINFRAME turns quickly.  She scowls and points threateningly at him. ]

LISA:
All right, you!  Joyride's over!

[ As MAINFRAME rises apprehensively, we see the five RANGERS react in the Megazord cockpit through the monitor (Jetman #34). ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger, from monitor):
Lisa!  What are you doing in there?!

[ MAINFRAME apprehensively faces LISA. ]

MAINFRAME:
Yeah, what ARE you doing in here?

[ LISA pauses almost imperceptibly before striking a defensive karate pose and retorting: ]

LISA:
I'm a Power Ranger!  What do you think?

MAINFRAME (bewildered):
What?  A Power Ranger?!  (glances back at the monitor)  But there are five Rangers already!

[ LISA advances, cracking her knuckles. ]

LISA:
All right, tough guy...  As long as you're prepared to risk it.

[ MAINFRAME takes a step back while watching LISA apprehensively.  He then seems distracted by a thought. ]

MAINFRAME:
Y-- You're just bluffing.  (distracted) Wait a second...

[ As MAINFRAME thinks, we rapidly flash through hundreds of images from the RANGERS' previous monster battles until an image of the PINK RANGER demorphing into LISA appears (see episode 16). ]

[ MAINFRAME recoils. ]

MAINFRAME (cont'd):
You ARE a Ranger!

[ As LISA continues to approach, MAINFRAME looks around desperately and then vanishes with greenish-silver vertical streaks. ]

[ LISA pumps her fist in private celebration. ]


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #34) - As the RANGERS look on in astonishment, RED slowly clenches his fist in celebration.  YELLOW places his hand on RED's shoulder, points ahead, and clenches both fists.  BLUE concurs, as does PINK, while RED nods. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger, stunned):
W... Way to go, Lisa...!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well, Luke, judging from what just happened here, I'd say your girlfriend kicks butt!

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
I'll say!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I know!


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - LISA approaches the front monitor, in which there appears a green diagram of a new robot formation (Jetman #24 or similar), if seen from this angle.  LISA sits. ]

sample diagram

LISA:
Uhh, hey, guys...?  What's a "Mega Kestrelzord," and why is it telling me to form one?


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - BLUE, RED, and PINK are seen clustered around RED's monitor.  RED pumps his fist, and the girls return to their seats. ]

Rangers ready Rangers ready Rangers ready

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I see the same thing!  Let's try it!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Right!


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - LUKE's voice emanates from the controls as the monitor continues to show the previous diagram. ]

LUKE (from controls):
Lisa, push the blinking yellow button on your right!

[ LISA looks around and finds a blinking yellow button on her right.  She presses it. ]

LISA:
Here goes nothing!  (presses)


[ EXT. ANYWHERE (sentai) - Over a black background, the MEGAZORD and KESTRELZORD approach and touch their right hands together.  Light glimmers briefly from their point of contact.  The Zords then quickly straighten and face the same direction, the KESTREL standing behind the MEGAZORD. ]

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[ After a brief flash of light, the MEGAZORD's arms detach, and the KESTREL's head and rear wing component fly upward. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - We see RED RANGER's monitor as a diagram of the Mega Kestrelzord fills with red and yellow sections (red representing components from the Megazord, and yellow from the Kestrel).  Once all are filled, the entire schematic turns green as various labels appear around it. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Activating Mega Kestrelzord formation!


[ EXT. ANYWHERE - The KESTRELZORD's frame stands empty, the CONDOR and SWAN having formed thighs connecting the Kestrel frame to its lower leg portions below.  From above, the HAWK torso descends into the Kestrel's frame to form the chest and head, while the OWL and SWALLOW, complete with the Kestrel's forearms and talons, attach as arms. ]

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[ We tilt up the newly formed robot's body to see the Kestrel's transformed head form a helmet over the Megazord's head, completing the MEGA KESTRELZORD. ]

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[ Both of the MEGA KESTRELZORD's talon hands rotate into position. ]

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[ Jetman #48 - The MEGA KESTRELZORD poses with a flash of light in front of golden streaks, which give way to glowing bluish jets of mist. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - LISA now finds the cockpit darkened and lit only by emergency lighting, as the front viewscreen has been blocked off by a large metal panel of some sort. ]


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - The RANGERS present their fists in unison.  RED RANGER then thrusts his joysticks forward. ]

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RANGERS (in unison):
Mega Kestrelzord!

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


[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - INFERNIS charges.  As he advances, he readies a long spike extending from his right wrist. ]

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[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD advances as well.  It locks arms with INFERNIS, but the monster hurls its arms back and slashes it in the chest.  The robot, however, resists further attacks and swats INFERNIS across the chest.  INFERNIS returns with another strike to the MEGA KESTRELZORD's chest, and both combatants take a step backward. ]

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[ INFERNIS extends his hand.  Sparks explode all around the MEGA KESTRELZORD, but it advances unfazed. ]

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[ INFERNIS launches into the air. ]

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[ Wings extended, INFERNIS swoops down and strikes the MEGA KESTRELZORD in passing. ]

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[ INFERNIS then swoops down from the other direction.  We approach the MEGA KESTRELZORD from his vantage point (footage sped up). ]

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[ As INFERNIS swoops in, the MEGA KESTRELZORD grapples it and staggers back a step from the impact.  The robot then spins the monster in a full circle and releases.  INFERNIS crashes through a large rock face. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #32) - RED RANGER pumps his fist and then delivers a straight-fingered gesture. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right!  Laser Helm, fire!


[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The MEGA KESTRELZORD readies its arm and then extends it.  A golden beam of energy fires from the V emblem on the front of its helmet. ]

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[ Rising, INFERNIS erupts in sparks. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #34) - RED RANGER pumps his fist and presses a button on his controls. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah!  Now, let's finish him off!


[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - Over a black background, we see the MEGA KESTRELZORD's talons rotating sideways and opening, each gleaming once ready. ]

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[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD holds its talons together in front of its chest.  As it draws them apart, red and blue electrical bolts crackle between them, and the MEGA KESTRELZORD's chest emblem glows red.  The robot finally projects a powerful stream of red energy from its chest. ]

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[ Lines of energy shaped to resemble the Mega Kestrelzord's chest emblem strike INFERNIS as electrical bolts crackle in all directions.  As he begins to fall backward, INFERNIS glows with white light and freezes a moment.  Two large, intersecting orbs of energy, one blue and one red, briefly well up behind the monster, promptly giving way to a large, fiery explosion. ]

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[ INT. SPACE STATION, TRASK'S ROOM - As TRASK holds the red gem, it suddenly bursts out of his hand with a small spark explosion.  TRASK recoils. ]

[ The charred, darkened gem bounces across the floor and rolls to a stop.  TRASK picks it up and narrows his eyes. ]


[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - At the edge of a forest in the mountains, the five RANGERS beam down in a green light, while LISA beams down beside them in blue light.  RED RANGER immediately hugs LISA, and she happily returns the embrace. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Lisa, you were great!

LISA (humbly, with a chuckle):
Yeah, well...

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
How did you get in there in the first place??

[ LISA shrugs. ]

LISA:
What can I say?  I'm sneaky.

[ YELLOW cocks his head. ]

LISA (cont'd):
I followed that robot guy.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Oh.

[ LISA looks up at the Mega Kestrelzord (off-screen). ]

LISA:
So, what gives?  Your robots combine into a super-robot and you're just now trying it out?

[ The RANGERS look up as well.  RED ponders. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah, that is strange.  I think we need to pay Project Phoenix a visit.

[ Sentai (Jetman #41) - We see the MEGA KESTRELZORD towering above. ]

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[ INT. LAB - SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST turns to greet the five helmetless RANGERS as they enter the lab.  Behind them, not clearly visible, is LISA. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
Well, you outdid yourselves on the property damage, Rangers, but I have to give you credit...  Not one civilian injured.  You're going to have to explain how you managed to evacuate every single building before it got destroyed.

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST spots LISA. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST (cont'd):
I don't believe we've met.

[ LUKE begins to introduce her, but LISA speaks first. ]

LISA:
Lisa.  Lisa Ward.

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
Ahh, that's right.  The shoplifting girlfriend.

[ LUKE bristles, but MAGGIE speaks up. ]

MAGGIE:
Actually, Agent, she's the reason we recovered the Kestrelzord today.

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
I noticed.  That doesn't explain why she's here.

[ PETE crosses his arms. ]

PETE:
We made her an honorary Ranger.  That's why.

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST (rolling his eyes):
Well, that's just precious.

CHRIS:
What's this about evacuating people?  Are you serious?  Nobody got hurt in all that?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST eyes the RANGERS suspiciously for a moment.  He then answers: ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
No.  Your friend Detective Morales tells me you coordinated the evacuations with him earlier today, down to the last building.

[ The RANGERS are perplexed.  LISA tries to keep a low profile, but the RANGERS fail to notice her awkward reaction. ]

PETE:
It must have been our duplicates again...

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
The Shadow Rangers?

PETE:
We don't know.

MAGGIE (to Turnquist):
Did you know about the Mega Kestrelzord?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST turns away disinterestedly. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
We knew of it.  We sent you the schematics when we felt the time was right.

LUKE (voice raised):
When the time was right?!  We almost got destroyed out there!

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
We aim for that not to happen.  But you have to realize, Rangers, you won't know of every weapon at our disposal until it's necessary.  That's just how it works.  There are some even I don't know about.

CHRIS:
Oh yeah?  How do you know you don't know about them?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST smirks at CHRIS. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
You'll have to excuse me, Rangers.

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST exits.  The RANGERS remain speechless.  LISA glances around awkwardly. ]

[ LUKE sighs. ]

LUKE:
I wish Dr. Bering were here.

[ PETE clenches his fist. ]

PETE:
Yeah, that guy really bakes my noodle.  (hit with sudden insight)  Oh, man!  My noodles!

[ PETE rushes out of the room.  The RANGERS chuckle softly. ]


[ INT. HOSPITAL, HALLWAY - A NURSE walks by Dr. Bering's room.  She glances into the room, in which we see DR. BERING sitting up, now conscious.  The NURSE does a double-take and pokes her head into the room in astonishment. ]


[ INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DR. BERING blinks, still slightly dazed, and watches the stunned NURSE approach her. ]

NURSE:
Y-- You're awake!

[ DR. BERING speaks with a somewhat hoarse voice. ]

DR. BERING:
Luke...


[ Break. ]


[ INT. BANQUET HALL - The four HEROES and LISA mill around the rear of the audience area, speaking with low voices, as people linger here and there.  The contest appears to have concluded. ]

LISA:
That monster looked really tough.  Are they all that hard?

LUKE:
No.  This guy was bad news.

MAGGIE:
Do you suppose he was one of the demons Trask stole from the demon-eater?

LUKE:
You're probably right.

CASEY:
I wonder how many more he has.

CHRIS:
We can take 'em.  We've got the Mega Kestrelzord now.

LUKE:
Yeah...  Here's hoping it works just as well on all of them.

[ Meanwhile, PETE approaches his station and finds his casserole roughly where Scott left it in the earlier scene.  Several servings have been removed.  PETE puzzles over the sight until SCOTT approaches. ]

SCOTT:
Hey, man, are you okay?

[ PETE turns. ]

PETE:
Huh?  Oh, yeah...  I just...

SCOTT:
First-time jitters?  It's okay.  I got them too the first time I entered a competition.

[ PETE glances over at SCOTT's station, where a blue ribbon lies on his table. ]

PETE:
Hey, uh, congratulations.  Third time, huh?

[ SCOTT smiles humbly. ]

SCOTT:
Yeah.  (nods toward Pete's casserole)  I hope you don't mind, but I tried some of your casserole.  It was really good.

[ PETE chuckles softly. ]

PETE:
Thanks...

SCOTT (more emphatically):
No, I mean REALLY good.  I gave some to one of the judges.  She said you should enter again next year.

PETE (with a smile):
Yeah?

SCOTT:
Hey, uh... You know, I run a restaurant called Regala uptown, and I'm looking for a sous chef.  I don't know if you'd be interested, but I'd love to have you come in for an interview.

PETE:
Wow... really?

SCOTT:
Absolutely.  (hands him a business card)  Give me a call.

[ PETE marvels at the card. ]

PETE:
Yeah, sure...


[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - DILLIK rounds the corner of a corridor and approaches the curtain leading into Trask's darkened room. ]

DILLIK:
Hey, Trask...?  Sorry about your demon...  (pauses)  Trask?  Hmm, no one there.

[ DILLIK nearly turns to leave, but he then pauses, curious about something unseen in the room beyond the curtain.  He parts the curtain slightly with one hand and uses his other hand to snap his fingers just inside the doorway.  We then zoom in on DILLIK's large ear. ]

[ With enhanced audio and a 3-D recreation of the vague shapes in the room (one shape resembling an elevated coffin, but other shapes less recognizable), we follow the sound waves of Dillik's snap as they bounce from surface to surface.  We finally zoom in on the shape of a biomass canister near the door. ]

[ Still outside the doorway, DILLIK cocks his head curiously. ]

DILLIK:
That's not where biomass canisters belong.

[ DILLIK reaches in and removes the canister from the darkened room.  It sloshes as he inspects it. ]

[ We flash to a clip of TRASK melting SASHA (see episode 27). ]

[ DILLIK holds the canister at arm's length. ]

DILLIK:
Sasha...

[ DILLIK looks up and down the corridor before absconding with the canister.  Fade to black. ]


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


[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S LAB - MAINFRAME puzzles over the biomass canister in his hands.  DILLIK stands near the door. ]

MAINFRAME (cont'd):
B-- But... didn't she try to destroy you?

DILLIK:
Every relationship has problems.  (glances over his shoulder)  Now hurry up before Trask finds out.


[ EXT. WOODS - Pan between two demons, one greenish-blue and the other gray. ]

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[ Before them stands SASHA, in a white bodysuit.  DILLIK materializes from greenish-silver streaks and places himself in front of her.  (He is wearing his clear helmet.) ]

DILLIK:
Don't worry, your majesty.  I won't let them hurt you.

[ The demons clasp hands, and bluish-green electricity crackles between them.  From their joined hands, they then fire a crackling beam of energy. ]

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[ Cut to black. ]

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