POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 34: "Firestorm"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is primarily from Jetman #40 and 41, but all sources are indicated. ]


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


[ Fade in to INT. LISA'S APARTMENT HALLWAY - Outside Lisa's empty apartment, a RENTER exits, followed by LISA, who exhibits a faint air of desperation. ]

LISA:
A-- Are you sure?  Do you know anybody who needs an apartment?

[ The RENTER waves a hand, apparently a "no" or an apology, as he leaves.  Now alone, LISA sighs. ]

LISA (cont'd, inwardly):
I'm gonna be out so much money...

[ STACY KEENE approaches from further down the hallway. ]

STACY KEENE:
Excuse me...  Are you Lisa Ward?

[ LISA perks up slightly upon seeing her. ]

LISA:
Hey, you're that reporter...

STACY KEENE:
Miss Ward, I know.

LISA:
You know?  (chuckles) Well, it's good to know who you are, I guess...

STACY KEENE:
No, Miss Ward, I know who you are.  (softly) ... Blue Ranger.

[ LISA blinks, dumbfounded. ]

LISA (somewhat flustered):
I-- I'm sorry, what?

STACY KEENE:
I wanted to give you the chance to tell your story, in your words.  We'll make sure it's flattering, and there's money in it for you.  ... a lot, if we can make it exclusive.

LISA:
Listen, lady, you're way off-base.  Who-- Who... would tell you a thing like that, anyway?

STACY KEENE:
I'm sorry, I can't say.  It wouldn't be right.

LISA:
Oh, but it's okay to come extort me?  Make me tell you everything or else you'll tell it anyway?

STACY KEENE:
Listen, Miss Ward, you have no idea how big this story would be to my career, and I'm just sitting on it.  Someone else WILL break this story.  I'm just giving you the chance to do it the way you want.

[ LISA looks down. ]

STACY KEENE (cont'd):
Let me know if you change your mind.

[ STACY KEENE hands LISA a business card and begins to leave.  LISA stares blankly for a moment but then suddenly grabs STACY KEENE's hand. ]

LISA:
Wait...

[ STACY KEENE turns. ]

LISA (cont'd):
Do you know about the others too?

[ STACY KEENE shakes her head. ]

STACY KEENE:
Just you.

[ LISA lets go and ponders.  STACY KEENE slowly turns away and departs. ]


[ INT. MELODY'S LIVING ROOM (EVENING) - MELODY (see previous episode) opens the front door to find a glowering LISA standing outside the screen door in the rain.  Not much light remains outside. ]

MELODY:
Oh!  Lisa!  (opens the screen door)  Get in here!  What are you doing out there in the rain?

[ LISA reluctantly comes inside.  Her clothes are fairly wet.  Her face is frozen in a numb state of displeasure.  They sit facing each other. ]

MELODY (cont'd):
Why didn't you call first?  I could've made you something.  Are you taking care of yourself up there?

[ LISA finally speaks, her enunciation crisp as though she is holding back anger. ]

LISA:
Ma...  Why is a reporter asking me about being a Power Ranger?

[ MELODY appears startled. ]

MELODY:
What...?  What are you talking about?

LISA (more firmly):
Why is a reporter asking me about being a Power Ranger?

[ MELODY anxiously feigns innocence. ]

MELODY:
W-- Why are you asking ME?  What do I know about reporters?

[ LISA's voice grows more gruff. ]

LISA:
Who did you tell, Ma?

MELODY:
I didn't tell nobody!

LISA:
I mean it, Ma.  I wanna know.

[ MELODY gestures with clumsy nonchalance. ]

MELODY (mumbling):
Well, I mean... I told Glenn...

[ LISA stomps on the floor as she rises with indignation. ]

LISA (angrily):
I can't believe you!  (pacing down the hall)  The first time in years I actually trust you with something important, and you ruin it!

[ MELODY stands, shouting out after her. ]

MELODY (shouting):
Hey, what do you want from me?  He's my fiancé!  We tell each other things!

[ LISA returns to the near end of the hall and shouts in return: ]

LISA (shouting):
He's not your fiancé!  "Maybe we'll get married someday" isn't a proposal, and "sure, I'll make your car payments" isn't planning a future together!

MELODY (shouting):
I don't need you judging me!  If that's what you're here to do, you can just leave!

[ LISA storms across the living room for the door. ]

LISA (shouting):
Yeah, you know what?  I will leave!  And don't expect to see me back here!

[ LISA shoves the screen door open and then whirls around for a final declaration. ]

LISA (shouting, cont'd):
I wish I had never come back here!

[ LISA furiously slams the screen door shut and storms out into the rain.  She gets into her car (see previous episode), turns it on, and drives away with a vengeance.  Melody isn't seen through the screen door. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. SPACE STATION, LISA'S QUARTERS - In a room resembling Luke's quarters (see episode 2), LISA sits balled up on the bed, wearing her black uniform.  She cries softly. ]

[ Eventually, LISA brings her MORPHER near her mouth and speaks. ]

LISA:
Call Lisa.

[ She waits for a moment, but there is no reply.  Eventually, she speaks again, her voice trembling. ]

LISA (cont'd):
Call Lisa.

[ Silence lingers once again.  LISA ultimately sobs and rolls onto her side. ]

LISA (cont'd, quietly):
Why didn't you warn me?


[ EXT. SPACE STATION, LISA'S WINDOW - We begin with a tight focus on Lisa's quarters, as seen through the window, and slowly zoom out. ]


[ INT. OLD HOUSE (NIGHT) - GLENN (see previous episode) paces across the living room while JAKE counts a small wad of money (several hundred dollars, in twenties) at a dilapidated wooden table. ]

GLENN:
I dunno, man, I don't feel good about this.

JAKE:
What are you talking about?  Do you know how much money we can make off this?

GLENN:
Yeah, but Melody --

JAKE:
Dude, you can make it up to her with a little... (tosses bills at him) ...cha-ching!

[ GLENN turns away angrily. ]

GLENN:
You're such an idiot!  We're selling her daughter out!

JAKE:
Well, we just need to let her in on the profits...  Everybody has a price, right?

[ GLENN rubs his face with his palms and groans with exasperation. ]

JAKE (cont'd):
Look, man, you're the one who's all, "Hey, man, stop dealing.  Why don't you get a real job?"

[ GLENN turns. ]

GLENN:
This isn't a real job!

JAKE (waving the wad of money at him):
Oh, okay, fine.  Well, maybe this ain't real money either.  I guess you don't want your half, and I guess you don't want any tomorrow when the reporters come back, and I guess you don't want to pay off your car and get your girlfriend a ring.

[ GLENN narrows his eyes contemptuously at JAKE.  He then snatches the money from JAKE's hand and walks away. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION, LISA'S QUARTERS - Sleeping in her bed wearing a black sleeping outfit (see episode 23), LISA stirs restlessly until she finally wakes.  Squinting, she sits up on the edge of the bed. ]

LISA:
(sighs)  I need a walk.

[ LISA slips on a pair of sneakers and walks to the door, which opens.  Outside, LISA is confused to see a few officers hurrying by. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - LISA stops one of the officers, OFFICER1. ]

LISA:
Hey, what's going on?

OFFICER1:
Some kind of emergency on Earth.

[ LISA glances at her MORPHER and then hurries down the hall. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING intently watches a four-by-four split-screen of various news broadcasts, as displayed on the central viewscreen.  Officers man the stations around her and bustle about.  LISA enters. ]

LISA:
Dr. Bering, what is it?

[ Shown in greater detail, the broadcasts appear to be an assortment of languages and ethnicities, but a number are in Arabic.  Common to most is either an inset still, live video, or on-site reporter featuring one or more Egyptian pyramids, every one buried in a thick coating of still-smoldering igneous rock, as though lava had been poured over them and hardened.  Each is shown in daylight.  At least one English graphic mentions Labor Day tourism, while another mentions minor injuries.  Another bears the phrase, "Exodus Revisited?" ]

[ Seeing the screens, LISA is aghast. ]

LISA (cont'd):
Oh my gosh...  What --

[ DR. BERING turns to her. ]

DR. BERING:
It started about two hours ago.  Every sizable pyramid in Egypt has been covered with lava.  (counts on her fingers) Pyramids at Giza, Dahshur, Saqqara...  No fatalities, fortunately.

[ LISA blinks, apparently stunned. ]

LISA:
Wait...  Lava?!  From what?  Does Egypt even have volcanoes?

DR. BERING:
Not in modern times.  This came from the sky.


[ EXT. MILITARY BASE (MORNING) - We see an establishment shot of the Phoenix base during the morning hours. ]

CASEY (voice-over):
The sky?!  How is that possible?


[ INT. LAB - DR. BERING stands with SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST, opposite the five HEROES.  LISA is in her black uniform, while the others wear casual clothes. ]

DR. BERING:
We don't know yet.  We picked up an atmospheric anomaly when the incidents began, and we're watching for it to show up again.

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
In the meantime, we want you to investigate the pyramids for clues.  We'll be recording the data through your visors, so be sure to get a nice, long look around.

LUKE:
Will do.


[ EXT. GIZA PLATEAU (SUNSET) - In the desert complex overlooking the Giza necropolis, the five RANGERS materialize from respectively-colored vertical streaks.  They are immediately entranced by the smoldering, rock-encrusted pyramids in the distance.  Spotlights and clusters of people are also visible on the horizon, while helicopters circle over the pyramids. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Whoa.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Unreal.

[ PINK RANGER turns away, seemingly heartbroken. ]

[ BLACK turns to her. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger, cont'd):
Casey?  Are you okay?

[ PINK looks to him as the others turn. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
I just... always wanted to come here some day.  (looks to the pyramids, voice cracking)  But now they're ruined.

[ BLACK embraces her as the others look on. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Hey, it's okay.  You know, maybe they'll be able to dig them out... umm... eventually.

[ PINK hangs her head. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah, I guess...

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Uhh, not to be a jerk or anything, but the sun's probably gonna set soon...

[ PINK nods, and they set out across the sand. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger, to Pink):
Do you want to wait back at the base?

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
No, I'm okay.

[ As the RANGERS walk, BLUE and RED cluster together some distance from the others.  BLUE RANGER speaks softly to RED: ]

LISA (Blue Ranger, softly):
Boy, I've never seen someone so broken up over antiquities.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Well, you know her dad's from Egypt, right?

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Oh.

[ Elsewhere, the RANGERS approach a span of cooled black rock, once a flow of lava that apparently flowed some distance away from the nearest pyramid. ]

[ RED RANGER looks down on the edge of the rock flow. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Are you getting this, Dr. Bering?


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING mans the wall controls, in which one monitor shows Red's view of the rock. ]

DR. BERING:
Affirmative, Luke.


[ EXT. GIZA PLATEU (SUNSET) - RED RANGER crouches down and places his hand on the rocky surface.  Apparently unexpectedly, the rock cracks and collapses a bit under his touch.  He examines the rock's flakiness between his fingers. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
It sure is crumbly.

[ YELLOW bends down and takes a handful of the crumbly material.  He then looks aside distantly, as if lost in recollection. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Whoa, whoa...

[ YELLOW stands and looks up at the rock-covered pyramid above. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd):
Oh, deja vu!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
What is it?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
That base on Illam where we found the Kestrelzord!  It was a pyramid covered in this same kind of rock!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Wow, that is weird.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Good catch, Pete.  So maybe whatever was responsible on Illam did this too...?

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
I hope it wasn't that monster we saw in that video recording.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hmm, it could be...

[ The RANGERS are taken off-guard as Egyptian police officers swarm on them with weapons drawn, shouting in Arabic for them to drop their weapons.  The startled RANGERS put up their hands, though RED's response is more an apparent attempt to calm them than surrender. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Whoa, whoa, easy...

[ The police continue to bark orders in Arabic. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Uhh, Casey, you do you speak Egyptian?

LUKE (Red Ranger, subtly, to Blue):
Arabic.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Umm... I can sing Happy Birthday in Arabic.  Otherwise... no.

[ The RANGERS listen as DR. BERING's voice is heard. ]

DR. BERING (voice-over):
Rangers, it's happening again!  This time in Paris!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah, uh, feel free to get us out of here...

[ The RANGERS dematerialize into vertical streaks, startling the officers. ]


[ EXT. LOUVRE (BEFORE SUNSET) - The five RANGERS run into frame across the roundabout directly in front of the Louvre Museum.  (Behind them, if shown, is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, in addition to numerous fleeing tourists.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Oh no...  The Louvre!

[ Before them, a tremendous mass of rapidly cooling lava sits spilled across the front courtyard; the Louvre Pyramid, normally located in the center of the courtyard, is nowhere to be seen.  The lava is beginning to blacken as it turns to rock, but flames burn throughout.  The Louvre itself is essentially undamaged, though a few side columns may be charred. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Wait... but the building's still standing.  The lava just... missed it completely.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
On purpose?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hang on...  There was a pyramid here.  A glass pyramid!  They just added it a few years ago!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Another pyramid?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Now we know what to look out for.  Come on, maybe we can catch this guy in the act!

[ The RANGERS dash off. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING addresses the five helmetless RANGERS. ]

DR. BERING:
All right, I've dispatched your Hoverbirds to the five sites we think are most likely to be hit next.  The National Guard has also been deployed.

LISA:
So now we wait?

[ An alert tone is heard, and a monitor beside DR. BERING zooms in from a map of the world to a blinking purple dot on the coast of Peru, just north of Lima.  The view expands to a sentai shot (Jetman #40) of BRIMSTONE (see episode 22) arising from a smoking crater in a rocky area. ]

Brimstone Brimstone

DR. BERING:
No, now you go stop a monster.

CASEY:
It IS him!

DR. BERING:
Supe Valley, Peru.  (presses buttons)  Are you ready?

[ The RANGERS nod. ]

LUKE:
Let's do it.

[ DR. BERING presses the final button, and the RANGERS vanish with vertical streaks. ]


[ EXT. ROCKY MOUNTAINS (Jetman #40) - Walking through the valley, BRIMSTONE stops in his tracks and mutters to himself in a deep, rumbling voice. ]

Brimstone pauses

BRIMSTONE:
Well, what do you know...

[ The five RANGERS assume ready stances.  RED leaps. ]

Red leaps Red leaps

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Go for it, guys!

[ RED RANGER performs a flying TALON SWORD strike.  PINK and BLUE perform synchronized flying punches, while BLACK and YELLOW kick. ]

Rangers strike Rangers strike Rangers strike

[ Each attack - sword, fists, and feet - rebounds off the monster's surface with no effect. ]

Rangers strike Rangers strike Rangers strike

[ The RANGERS land in a heap some distance away as BRIMSTONE stands in the foreground.  The RANGERS rise. ]

unsuccessful unsuccessful unsuccessful

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Man, he's tough!

[ BRIMSTONE utters an alien phrase, and yellow electricity pulses outward from assorted points on his torso, including a spherical orange rock embedded in his chest. ]

power drain power drain power drain

[ Their suits briefly blurred with respectively-colored light that seems to smear away from them (a US effect), the RANGERS immediately collapse with sudden weakness. ]

power drain power drain power drain power drain

LUKE (Red Ranger):
(groans)  What's happening?

[ RED RANGER drops his sword and clenches his fist as he struggles in vain to ward off the weakness. ]

power drain power drain

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
(grunts)  He did something to us!

[ PINK and BLUE seem unable to keep their bodies off the ground. ]

power drain

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Yeah, what's the deal?

[ BLACK RANGER tries to get up but limply falls back. ]

power drain power drain power drain power drain

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
I feel like my body's made out of lead!  (grunts and falls)

[ Rising slightly, YELLOW RANGER weakly points his finger ahead, then looks at his hands and drops to the ground. ]

power drain power drain power drain power drain

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
He's just like those Shadow Rangers!  ... draining our powers...  (groans, drops)  That's not cool!

[ RED RANGER desperately tries to rise as PINK and BLUE writhe in the background.  RED collapses. ]

power drain power drain power drain

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Guys... we've gotta stop him... while we still have the chance!  (collapses with a grunt)

[ BRIMSTONE speaks in his alien tongue as he seems to ready an attack of some sort. ]

Brimstone readies attack Brimstone readies attack

[ The RANGERS weakly rise to their feet.  RED clenches his fist. ]

Red calls for attack Red calls for attack Red calls for attack Red calls for attack

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, guys... we can do this!  (breathes heavily, then clenches fist)  Echo Blasters!

[ RED RANGER extends his ECHO BLASTER and holds it close. ]

Echo Blasters Echo Blasters Echo Blasters

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

[ BLACK and YELLOW perform puny somersaults and hold their ECHO BLASTERS ready with every last ounce of strength. ]

Echo Blasters Echo Blasters

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

[ PINK and BLUE do likewise. ]

Echo Blasters Echo Blasters

CASEY / LISA (Pink/Blue Rangers, in unison):
Ready!

[ The five RANGERS fire, unleashing five independently zig-zagging red beams which ultimately find their way to BRIMSTONE and strike him in sequence.  Each blast produces an ineffectual burst of sparks on the monster's body. ]

Echo Blasters Echo Blasters Echo Blasters Echo Blasters

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Fire!  (beams fire, strike Brimstone)

[ RED RANGER reacts.  He then crosses his wrists and readies his ECHO BLASTER. ]

Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Nothing!  All right, then... Echo Enforcers!

[ RED RANGER assembles his ECHO ENFORCER. ]

Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers

[ The five RANGERS prepare and aim their ECHO ENFORCERS. ]

Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Ready... aim...

[ RED's finger hovers over his ECHO ENFORCER's trigger.  He begins to pull. ]

Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers

[ Twitching, BRIMSTONE quickly unleashes a barrage of red beams from various volcano-like protrusions across his body. ]

Rangers blasted Rangers blasted

[ Five beams strike the RANGERS for a moment before the RANGERS then fly back with an eruption of sparks. ]

Rangers blasted Rangers blasted Rangers blasted

[ Switch to US footage - As the smoking RED RANGER falls to the ground, the shattered fragments of his ECHO ENFORCER crumble apart in his hands.  His body splayed across the ground, RED reaches for the pieces of his blaster but is barely able to lift his hand. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, weakly):
No...

[ Finally, he goes limp.  Fade to black. ]


[ Fade in to INT. SPACE STATION, INFIRMARY - LUKE slowly awakens in an infirmary aboard the space station (larger and better equipped than the one in episode 32).  He lies in bed in a white gown.  He weakly looks around, and we see the other four HEROES lying unconscious in beds nearby.  They too wear white gowns.  Each is hooked up to monitoring equipment and still wears his or her AVIMORPHER. ]

MAGGIE (off-screen):
Hey.

[ LUKE notices MAGGIE standing against the doorway, wearing casual clothes.  She straightens and approaches. ]

LUKE (weakly):
Maggie...  What happened?

MAGGIE:
You've been out a long time.

[ CHRIS begins to stir.  LUKE looks at him, then at MAGGIE. ]

LUKE:
Are they okay?

MAGGIE:
Dr. Bering thinks so.  That monster took a lot out of you, though.

[ LUKE looks down in dismay. ]

LUKE:
Oh no...  The monster...  What happened to Peru?

[ MAGGIE makes a face, seeming to have no way to soften the truth. ]

MAGGIE:
Well, the Caral pyramids are buried.  But the good news is everybody's safe.

[ LUKE appears dissatisfied nonetheless. ]

[ MAGGIE awkwardly continues, reciting a list. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
He also got the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the Pyramid of the Sun and the Moon at Teotihuacan, and the ruins of Chichen-Itza.

LUKE (forlorn):
Mexico?

MAGGIE:
Yep.  He could be moving north, but we've fortified all the pyramid-shaped buildings we know of.

[ LUKE tries to get up but finds his body weaker than expected. ]

LUKE:
We've gotta -- (grunts)

[ MAGGIE steadies him and covers him back up. ]

MAGGIE:
Easy there.  You're gonna be out of commission for the rest of the day.

[ LUKE shakes his head. ]

LUKE:
No, we've got to stop him.

MAGGIE (more firmly):
No, you've got to get better.

[ LISA is now awake. ]

LISA (groggily):
Would you have powers if I gave you back your Morpher?

[ MAGGIE shakes her head. ]

MAGGIE:
No.  It's not just your bodies that have been drained...  It's the capacitors in the Morphers that are empty.  They'll recover, but you just have to give it some time.

[ CHRIS rubs his head. ]

CHRIS:
Man...  Who's been hitting my head with a sledgehammer?

[ CASEY and PETE stir as well. ]

[ MAGGIE smiles softly but still appears worried. ]

MAGGIE:
I'll tell Dr. Bering you're awake.

[ She leaves. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION, OBSERVATION BOOTH - LISA stands at the window, gazing distantly into the hangar.  She wears her black uniform. ]

[ LUKE enters, taking slow steps.  He too is wearing a black uniform. ]

LUKE:
Hey.  Maggie said I'd find you here.

[ LISA turns and looks down pensively. ]

LISA:
Hey.

LUKE:
Is something wrong?

[ LISA sighs and doesn't appear to want to answer.  Finally, though, she speaks: ]

LISA:
I told my mom I was a Ranger, and now other people know.  There are even reporters after me.  I don't think they know about you guys, though.

[ LUKE nods calmly. ]

LUKE:
I see.

LISA:
You're not upset?  I screwed up big-time.

LUKE:
It's okay.  There's no Ranger code that says you can't tell your family.

LISA:
Did you tell YOUR parents?

LUKE:
Oh.  Well, no.  But that-- that was my call.  You don't have to make the same decisions I do.

LISA (grumpily):
Yeah, well, maybe I should've.

LUKE (cont'd):
Listen, it'll be okay.  We'll think of something.  Maybe Maggie could double for you... get the reporters off your case that way.

[ LISA nods softly. ]

LISA:
Yeah, that's not a bad idea.

LUKE:
But, hey, right now we need to get some rest.

[ LISA nods, and LUKE helps her into the hallway. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - LISA and LUKE enter the command center as DR. BERING is in the middle of a heated conversation with SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST, who speaks from a wall monitor. ]

DR. BERING:
No, Jon, absolutely not.  That would be suicide.

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
Well, what exactly do you propose, Doctor?  The Air Guard didn't even faze him at Cahokia...

[ LUKE and LISA stop to listen. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST (cont'd):
...and if we use any more firepower than that in Memphis or Vegas, we might as well just level the buildings ourselves.

DR. BERING:
I don't know what to tell you, Jon.  I can send in the Flyers, but we'll have the same type of collateral damage.  But I absolutely will not send the Rangers in at quarter-strength.

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
And if the general sends his own team to take the Morphers...?

DR. BERING:
That's not an option.  Your men or my men... the Morphers aren't ready for battle.

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST is silent for a moment before replying. ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST:
... I'll get back to you.

[ The transmission ends.  DR. BERING turns and is startled to find LISA and LUKE at the doorway. ]

DR. BERING:
Oh.  Rangers.

LISA:
What's Cahokia?

[ DR. BERING lowers her gaze. ]

DR. BERING:
It's an archaeological site near Saint Louis.  (pauses)  It... didn't go well.

[ LUKE is visibly bothered.  LISA looks to him. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Look, we'll stop him eventually.  You're not going to do anyone any good if you rush out prematurely and get yourselves seriously hurt... or worse.

[ LUKE nods reluctantly. ]

LUKE:
I know.  (nods toward the monitors)  Where do you think he'll be striking next?

[ DR. BERING pulls up a display of the United States with markers at Memphis, Tennessee, and Las Vegas, Nevada. ]

DR. BERING:
We've got our eye on the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, and the Luxor Hotel that's under construction in Las Vegas.  (points)  Memphis is probably most likely.

[ LUKE ponders searchingly. ]

LUKE:
How's the terrain?  Could I get a clear shot with Hawk One?

[ DR. BERING presses a button, showing Memphis's Pyramid Arena flanked on one side by tall buildings, Mud Island and the Wolf River Harbor on the other. ]

DR. BERING:
There are high-rises all along the east, but it's clear to the west.  It all depends on where the monster shows up.  Sometimes he's been as far as a kilometer away from his targets.  And the situation doesn't look any better in Vegas.

[ LUKE thinks further. ]

LISA (to Luke):
You think you could pull a favor from the Thadian Rangers?

DR. BERING (with a gentle chuckle):
Sorry, we can't teleport far beyond Earth orbit.

[ OFFICER1 appears on-screen. ]

OFFICER1 (from monitor):
Dr. Bering, we have a reading in San Francisco!

[ DR. BERING springs into action, pressing a series of buttons.  LUKE and LISA, meanwhile, are stunned. ]

LISA:
San Francisco?  What's he doing in our area?!

[ CASEY, CHRIS, PETE, and MAGGIE enter from another door.  All but MAGGIE are wearing their black uniforms. ]

CASEY:
What's going on?

LISA:
The monster's just across the bay.

PETE:
What?  You're kidding.  How did he know where we live?

[ On the monitor, DR. BERING studies a map of the northeastern portion of San Francisco. ]

DR. BERING:
He's near the harbor, moving west-northwest from the Bay Bridge.

MAGGIE:
Wait a minute... west?  He's moving away from Spring Valley?

LUKE:
What could he be after?

[ CASEY has a flash of inspiration. ]

CASEY:
The Transamerica building...

PETE:
Oh come on!  That's not even a pyramid!

CHRIS:
I guess crater-face begs to differ.

CASEY:
It is pointy.

PETE:
What are we gonna do?

LUKE:
Dr. Bering, what weapons do we have online?

DR. BERING (absently):
Well, the Phoenix Cannon needs more work, but you have the Battlizers and the Enforcers, thanks to a spare set of Sky Blasters I made.  (with sudden clarity) Hey, wait a minute...  You're not going anywhere in your condition!

[ OFFICER1 cuts in. ]

OFFICER1 (from monitor):
Uhhh, Dr. Bering...?  I'm showing the Rangers there too.

[ The HEROES, MAGGIE, and DR. BERING look at one another in stunned silence.  LISA, however, seems to understand, as does DR. BERING a moment after meeting eyes with LISA.  The others, however, are too distracted to notice the glance. ]

PETE:
Wait, what?  (checks his Morpher)  That's not --  (with realization)  Our duplicates!

[ The HEROES all look to the monitor.  In it, we see the beginning of the next scene, to which we then cut: ]


[ EXT. HARBOR (Jetman #41) - Smoking slightly, BRIMSTONE lands on the pavement and rolls with a grunt. ]

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[ The five RANGERS flip and leap over the camera.  Their voices (if they are heard grunting) match their normal counterparts. ]

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[ The RANGERS land near the waterfront and turn in unison, the Bay Bridge in the background.  BRIMSTONE stands in the foreground. ]

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RANGERS (in unison):
Power Rangers!

[ BRIMSTONE crosses his arms and unleashes a barrage of red beams. ]

harbor battle harbor battle

[ Struck with the beams, the RANGERS writhe a moment as they glow with red energy, but they then throw their arms out with defiance, dispelling the red energy as sparks erupt harmlessly around them. ]

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[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The HEROES and MAGGIE are dumbfounded.  (LISA appears impressed but less shocked than the others.) ]

PETE:
What??

MAGGIE:
They just shrugged off that blast like it was nothing!

CHRIS:
At our power level, that would've totaled us.

LUKE:
Whoever these guys are, they look like they're in top shape.


[ EXT. HARBOR (Jetman #41) - The RANGERS admire themselves while RED RANGER clenches his fist. ]

harbor battle harbor battle

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Well, Brimstone, we sure have missed you, but this is where it ends!

[ BLACK RANGER thumbs his nose at Brimstone (off-screen) and gestures toward the others. ]

harbor battle harbor battle

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Let's see how you handle a Ranger team at full power!

[ RED RANGER presents his fist.  The others join in, and all charge. ]

harbor battle harbor battle

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, let's do it!  (Rangers charge)


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The HEROES and MAGGIE watch with fascination, though LISA remains less bewildered than the others. ]


[ EXT. HARBOR (Jetman #41) - RED RANGER readies his BATTLIZER. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Battlizer, power up!

[ RED leaps, opens his underarm wings, and soars toward BRIMSTONE.  He finally delivers a flying punch (shown twice). ]

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[ The punch strikes BRIMSTONE in the chest.  He sparks and is knocked backward. ]

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[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - LUKE watches approvingly. ]

LUKE:
Nice.


[ EXT. HARBOR (Jetman #41) - Smoking, BRIMSTONE staggers back slightly but braces for more while uttering an alien retort. ]

harbor battle harbor battle

[ His wings open, BLACK RANGER spirals through the air with his fists above his head in a corkscrew BATTLIZER attack.  BLUE does the same. ]

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[ BLUE and BLACK punch BRIMSTONE simultaneously, causing him to spark and fly back. ]

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[ Smoking, BRIMSTONE lands some distance away and rolls across the concrete.  He rises with a growl. ]

harbor battle harbor battle

[ Leaping through the air with their wings open as well, YELLOW and PINK fire their Battlizer Beams. ]

harbor battle

PETE / CASEY (Yellow/Pink Rangers, in unison):
Battlizer Beam!  (both fire)

[ BRIMSTONE sparks repeatedly.  We see the winged RANGERS standing some distance away as the monster continues to spark.  Finally, a large explosion (US addition) erupts around him. ]

harbor battle harbor battle (US explosion not shown)

[ Above, BRIMSTONE appears from fiery energy in giant form.  He roars menacingly. ]

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[ As the RANGERS scatter below, RED calls into his wrist. ]

giant Brimstone giant Brimstone

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Flyers, we need you!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #40) - The FLYERS fly overhead. ]

Sky Flyers Sky Flyers


[ EXT. HARBOR (US footage) - The five RANGERS are beamed up in green light. ]


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #9) - The RANGERS beam up into the FLYERS. ]

Rangers beam up


[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #8) - RED RANGER thrusts his fist forward. ]

Red calls for Megazord

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Skyforce Megazord!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #5) - The FLYERS streak into the sky. ]

Flyers streaking

[ Switch to Jetman #40 - The FLYERS transform and assemble into the SKYFORCE MEGAZORD. ]

Megazord formation Megazord formation Megazord formation Megazord formation Megazord formation Megazord formation Megazord formation


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - BRIMSTONE stands ready as the MEGAZORD lands in front of him. ]

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[ Switch to Jetman #41 - The MEGAZORD and BRIMSTONE circle each other.  BRIMSTONE mutters in his alien language. ]

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[ BRIMSTONE then blows a stream of fire from his mouth. ]

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[ Inundated with flames, the MEGAZORD sparks. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #12) - The RANGERS are jostled as smoke lingers in front of the cockpit.  RED RANGER presses a button. ]

Red Ranger calls for Vane Daggers Red Ranger calls for Vane Daggers

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Vane Daggers!

[ A diagram of a VANE DAGGER appears in his monitor. ]

Red Ranger calls for Vane Daggers


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - The MEGAZORD brandishes the VANE DAGGERS and quickly throws them.  They fly through the air (shown twice). ]

Vane Daggers Vane Daggers Vane Daggers Vane Daggers Vane Daggers

[ The VANE DAGGERS harmlessly bounce off of BRIMSTONE with a flash of sparks as he advances unhindered. ]

Vane Daggers ineffective Vane Daggers ineffective


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - PETE is perplexed. ]

PETE:
"Vane Daggers?"  Where did they get those?

DR. BERING:
Oh, um, actually, I created some new weapons while the Phoenix Blade was being re-forged.  (sheepishly)  I forgot to tell you.

CHRIS:
Yeah, well, it doesn't look like they're doing a lot of good right now.

DR. BERING (remembering something):
Oh, that reminds me!  (begins entering commands into a wall console)


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #41) - The RANGERS are jostled again.  RED presses a button once more. ]

Raptor Axe Raptor Axe

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Raptor Axe!

[ A diagram of the RAPTOR AXE appears in his monitor. ]

Raptor Axe


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - The MEGAZORD brandishes the RAPTOR AXE and leaps into the air.  It readies a strike in midair. ]

Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe

[ Upon landing, the MEGAZORD strikes BRIMSTONE twice.  BRIMSTONE then catches a third strike in his claws and slashes the MEGAZORD back. ]

Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe Raptor Axe

[ Stabilizing itself, the MEGAZORD continues to clutch the RAPTOR AXE. ]

Raptor Axe Raptor Axe

[ Switch to Jetman #40 - In the foreground, the MEGAZORD takes a step back as BRIMSTONE approaches, muttering in his alien language. ]

Brimstone approaches Brimstone approaches flail fails

[ The MEGAZORD readies its flail weapon and throws it. ]

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[ Continuing his advance, BRIMSTONE easily swats the flail aside. ]

flail fails flail fails


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - YELLOW RANGER looks on apprehensively. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Uhh, we're running out of weapons here!

[ RED RANGER replies: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We've gotta buy Dr. Bering more time.  Phoenix Blade!

[ PINK RANGER shakes her head. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
She's not gonna like this...


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - The MEGAZORD brandishes the PHOENIX BLADE and charges. ]

Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade

[ In passing, the MEGAZORD slashes BRIMSTONE.  It then turns and delivers two more strikes, each causing a spark burst which fails to faze the monster. ]

Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade

[ Finally, the MEGAZORD delivers a final swing.  The sword comes down on BRIMSTONE's shoulder (catching the side of his head as well).  Sparks burst forth from the impact zone. ]

Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade

[ We see the end of the PHOENIX BLADE, cleanly snapped off, as it embeds itself into the ground below. ]

Phoenix Blade broken Phoenix Blade broken

[ The MEGAZORD reacts and examines its broken sword. ]

Phoenix Blade broken Phoenix Blade broken Phoenix Blade broken


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The HEROES and MAGGIE (LISA included) are shocked. ]

PETE:
Oh man, the Phoenix Blade!

[ Momentarily distracted from her work on her wall console, DR. BERING looks over at their monitor (off-screen).  She frowns. ]

DR. BERING:
I knew I should've tempered it more.  (returns to wall console)  But maybe you won't need it, if I can just get these disable codes right...

[ The HEROES and MAGGIE look again to the monitor. ]


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - BRIMSTONE begins assailing the MEGAZORD with a series of slashes. ]

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[ After staggering back, the MEGAZORD counters with a swing of its broken PHOENIX BLADE. ]

Megazord fights back Megazord fights back

LISA (voice-over):
All right, guys, that's my cue!

[ BRIMSTONE catches the blade, swats it aside, and slashes the MEGAZORD with a mighty blow to the left shoulder.  Just before the blow hits, however, the MEGAZORD's left arm is obscured with a bright gleam of blue light (US enhancement). ]

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[ Jetman #26 - As the gleam (US effect) subsides, we see SWALLOW FIVE flying through the city (shot mirrored from sentai). ]

Swallow Five Swallow Five


[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #10) - BLUE RANGER looks over her shoulder and breathes a sigh of relief. ]

Blue Ranger sighs with relief Blue Ranger sighs with relief

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Whew, that wasn't a second too soon!


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - The MEGAZORD, now missing its left arm but clutching the broken PHOENIX BLADE in its right hand, falls backward and crashes to the ground. ]

Megazord falls Megazord falls Megazord falls


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The HEROES and MAGGIE cringe, though PETE seems intrigued. ]

CHRIS:
Man, they're getting torn up.

PETE:
Yeah, but did you see that Blue Ranger disengage right when that blow was coming?  It's like she knew it would happen!

[ LISA keeps quiet. ]


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - BRIMSTONE spins the one-armed MEGAZORD around by its feet.  He then hurls it, and the MEGAZORD crashes to the ground some distance away. ]

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[ BRIMSTONE blows fire from his mouth. ]

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[ Just as it rises, the MEGAZORD is inundated with flames.  Sparks erupt all around it. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #34) - The cockpit flashes with sparks (Blue Ranger isn't visible). ]

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[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - The MEGAZORD goes limp and falls backward.  It slams to the ground as BRIMSTONE is seen in the background. ]

Megazord falls Megazord falls Megazord falls Megazord falls


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The HEROES grow anxious. ]

LUKE:
The Megazord's down!  Dr. Bering, send me to the Kestrelzord!

[ From her console, DR. BERING looks back at him apprehensively. ]


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - BRIMSTONE approaches the smoking, prone, one-armed MEGAZORD while uttering in his alien language.  Suddenly, he looks left with a questioning grunt. ]

Brimstone approaches Brimstone approaches Brimstone looks

[ The KESTRELZORD flies overhead. ]

Kestrelzord


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - Their cockpit shown from a tilted angle, the four RANGERS (lacking Blue Ranger) look up. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Right on time.


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The camera dollies in on the five unmorphed HEROES as they man their normal seats in the Kestrel cockpit. ]

LUKE:
Thanks for coming, guys.  Let's be extra careful.

[ On their side of the cockpit, CHRIS and CASEY nod. ]

[ PETE and MAGGIE nod as well. ]

[ LUKE readies his MORPHER. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
Let's see how well this works.  Sky Hawk!

[ The others ready their MORPHERS in turn. ]

CHRIS:
Sky Condor!

PETE:
Sky Owl!

CASEY:
Sky Swan!

LISA:
Sky Swallow!

[ In mostly the same order as their morphing calls, the HEROES begin to morph with sputtering glimmers of respectively-colored light.  Eventually, each morph takes hold, leaving the five RANGERS morphed, but not without effort. ]

[ RED RANGER cocks his head and grips his joysticks tightly. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Here goes nothing...


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - The KESTREL performs a flying kick.  It strikes BRIMSTONE in the face, knocking him back. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ BRIMSTONE lands nearby but rolls back onto his feet with an angry alien retort. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ The KESTREL lands and assumes a ready position.  It then turns to look back at the prone, one-armed MEGAZORD. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS look down anxiously from their cockpit. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey, guys, are you okay?


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - YELLOW RANGER waves his attention away. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Dude, watch out!


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - BRIMSTONE fires his red beams. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ The distracted KESTREL turns just in time to be blasted with the energy barrage, causing it to crackle with electricity and spark. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone


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


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - BRIMSTONE crosses his arms and fires again.  The KESTREL staggers to one side but continues to crackle and spark. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ BRIMSTONE blows fire from his mouth. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ Caught in the flames, the KESTREL is inundated with spark explosions. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ We zoom down to the still-smoking MEGAZORD. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - The four RANGERS look to RED RANGER's monitor. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hey, Dr. Bering, how are those disable codes going?


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING continues her work on the wall console. ]

DR. BERING:
Almost got it...


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - BRIMSTONE clashes with the KESTREL at close range, striking it across the chest and sending it toppling over. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS are jostled heavily as the Zord hits the ground (off-screen).  As they recover, BLUE RANGER declares: ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Guys, we're getting creamed!  Let's get the Battlezord out here!


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - SWALLOW FIVE loops overhead. ]

Swallow Five Swallow Five

LISA (voice-over):
No, don't do it!


[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - BLUE RANGER speaks over her shoulder. ]

Blue Ranger speaks

LISA (Blue Ranger):
You have to believe me...  You don't want to call the Battlezord!


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - BRIMSTONE fires his barrage. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone

[ Lying face-down on the ground, the KESTREL erupts in spark explosions. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS are showered in sparks and shaken.  BLUE RANGER pounds her fist on the controls. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Well, what are we supposed to do?!

LISA 2 (from controls):
Just hang on.  I'll try to buy you some more time.


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #40) - SWALLOW FIVE's WING BLADE detaches and flies down. ]

Wing Blade Wing Blade


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #40) - The WING BLADE flies by BRIMSTONE, producing a nominal spark. ]

Wing Blade Wing Blade Wing Blade


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

LISA (Blue Ranger):
That's it?!  That's your plan?!


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - BRIMSTONE stomps on the chest of the KESTRELZORD, which is now lying on its back.  It sparks from the impact.  BRIMSTONE gloats in his alien language and then stomps again, producing another spark, and then another. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - As the RANGERS are shaken, BLUE RANGER declares: ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Forget this!  Battlezord, we need you!


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - BRIMSTONE chuckles, grinds his foot into the KESTREL's smoking chest, and then stomps once more. ]

Brimstone stomps Kestrelzord Brimstone stomps Kestrelzord Brimstone stomps Kestrelzord

[ We see the BATTLEZORD's fist being readied in close-up.  We then follow alongside the fist as it approaches BRIMSTONE from behind.  Finally, it punches the monster in the back of the head, knocking him forward. ]

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[ With a grunt, BRIMSTONE rolls forward but recovers his footing. ]

Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue

[ The BATTLEZORD prances eagerly in front of the downed KESTRELZORD. ]

Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue

[ BRIMSTONE growls and angrily charges. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ The BATTLEZORD advances as well. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ As the combatants meet, the BATTLEZORD opens with a spinning backfist to the monster's head, followed by a flurry of punches punctuated by kicks. ]

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[ The BATTLEZORD then winds up and unleashes a rapid series of backfists to BRIMSTONE's face. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ Finally, the BATTLEZORD leaps into the air with a flying punch. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ BRIMSTONE lunges forward with his claws extended and grasps the incoming BATTLEZORD by the head.  He effortlessly tosses the BATTLEZORD over his head a few times, then spins and hurls it. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ The BATTLEZORD crashes to the ground near the fallen KESTRELZORD and looks up at the monster as we zoom in on the KESTREL. ]

Battlezord down Battlezord down Battlezord down Battlezord down


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS react. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Still nothing!  Let's get these Zords up and try the Quad Cannon!


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #34) - As it lies downtown in an industrial area, the BATTLEZORD fades away with a golden shimmer (US effect) and is gone. ]

Battlezord vanishes Battlezord vanishes (shimmer not shown) Battlezord vanishes


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS startle in disbelief. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
What just happened?!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
The Battlezord!!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Where'd it go?


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - The four RANGERS look on and listen as DR. BERING's voice is heard. ]

DR. BERING (from controls):
Rangers, I've lost track of the Battlezord.  But I've got good news...  The Mega Kestrelzord is back in business.

[ The four RANGERS shake their heads in dismay. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well, Lisa tried to warn them.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Come on.  I think we've done enough here.

LISA (from controls):
Roger.

[ The four RANGERS vanish with respectively-colored gleams. ]


[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS are puzzled, though YELLOW remains focused on his controls. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Our duplicates just bailed on us!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Hey, what gives?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Dr. Bering, I thought the Mega Kestrelzord was too dangerous!


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING replies: ]

DR. BERING:
No, I've remotely disabled the back-flow inhibitor that was installed to prevent energy leeching.  That's what was causing the problem with the power coupling!


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

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Wait a second...  You're turning OFF our protection against energy-draining monsters?!

DR. BERING (from controls):
That's right, so you'd better get with it!

[ RED RANGER nods and pumps his fist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Let's do it!  Mega Kestrelzord, combine!


[ EXT. ANYWHERE (Jetman #41) - The components of the MEGA KESTRELZORD assemble.  Its talon rotates into position, and the MEGA KESTRELZORD stands complete. ]

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[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - BRIMSTONE unleashes another barrage, but the MEGA KESTRELZORD advances unfazed through the spark explosions.  It then strikes a ready position. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #41) - The RANGERS present their fists in unison, and RED RANGER then thrusts forward on his joysticks. ]

finish him! finish him!

RANGERS (in unison):
Gemini Beam, fire!


[ EXT. ANYWHERE (Jetman #41) - The MEGA KESTRELZORD opens its talons. ]

talons talons

[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD then charges electricity between its talons and fires its powerful chest beam. ]

Gemini Beam Gemini Beam Gemini Beam


[ EXT. CITY (Jetman #41) - The beam strikes BRIMSTONE, causing him to crackle with blue electrical bolts.  Two glowing spheres, red and blue, engulf the monster, and he then explodes. ]

Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed


[ EXT. CITY (BELOW) (US footage) - Standing in the shadow of a nearby skyscraper, TRASK shields his face with his hand until the light of the explosion (off-screen) subsides.  His gaze alternates between the monster's former position and the Mega Kestrelzord above (off-screen). ]

TRASK:
Interesting...

[ TRASK vanishes with a ripple effect. ]

[ Jetman #41 - The MEGA KESTRELZORD stands triumphant. ]

Mega Kestrelzord triumphant


[ Break. ]


[ EXT. OLD HOUSE (MID-AFTERNOON) - On the front yard of Jake's house, GLENN stands talking to a crowd of reporters, some with microphones and others with cameramen in tow.  JAKE watches from the porch, his arms crossed.  GLENN seems moderately uncomfortable as he answers questions. ]

GLENN:
Uhh, no...  No, I never saw her with anybody else.

REPORTER1:
Did she ever demonstrate any superhuman qualities?

GLENN:
No... not that I noticed.

[ Another reporter calls out: ]

REPORTER2 (off-screen):
Look, there she is!

[ LISA is approaching the crowd with her hands in her pockets.  She is wearing her casual clothes once again, but she is presently not wearing her MORPHER. ]

[ As they rush over to her, leaving GLENN behind, the reporters issue a cacophony of calls for attention, including "Lisa," "Miss Ward," and "Blue Ranger."  One of them, REPORTER2, is more distinct. ]

REPORTER2:
Blue Ranger, can you tell us who's been destroying all these pyramids worldwide?

[ LISA 2's voice calls down to the crowd from above, prompting them to turn and look up. ]

LISA 2 (off-screen):
You're the journalist.  Why don't you tell us?  (heads turn)

[ Perched atop the roof of Glenn and Jake's house is the BLUE RANGER, her hands on her hips. ]

[ From her vantage point, LISA scrutinizes the Blue Ranger above (off-screen), as though something seems slightly amiss. ]

[ BLUE RANGER effortlessly leaps high off the roof, flips through the air several times, and lands on the grass below. ]

[ The reporters are surprised.  Some are reluctant to leave LISA, while the rest immediately gravitate to the BLUE RANGER.  LISA looks on with wide-eyed interest.  In short time, all of the reporters have abandoned LISA in favor of BLUE. ]

[ As microphones are jammed in front of her, BLUE RANGER coolly addresses the crowd. ]

LISA 2 (Blue Ranger):
It was just your average, run-of-the-mill monster.  You can call him Brimstone.  I assure you he won't be causing any more trouble.

[ The reporters respond with a flurry of questions regarding the monster, its motives, extraterrestrials, the pyramids, the Rangers' robots, the Rangers' identities and motives, last month's evacuations, and Lisa. ]

[ Meanwhile, on the roof of a house positioned behind Jake's house, a second BLUE RANGER lands (with MAGGIE's voice) and is surprised to notice the first BLUE RANGER on the roof ahead (her back to her). ]

MAGGIE (second Blue Ranger, inwardly):
What...?  Boy, these guys are everywhere.

[ She hops down off the roof and takes cover as the first BLUE RANGER addresses the crowd, trying to calm them. ]

LISA 2 (Blue Ranger):
All right, all right, you have a lot of questions... and I don't plan to answer any of them.  But what I will say is that you should all be ashamed of yourselves... (pauses to glare at Glenn and Jake, then gestures toward Lisa as she continues) ...for preying on this young woman.  Our duty is to protect this city and the planet Earth, not to keep your wallets fat and happy.

[ Some of the reporters look ashamed, while a few others scoff privately or appear confused. ]

LISA 2 (Blue Ranger, cont'd, boldly):
If and when we choose to reveal ourselves, we will do it on our terms.  In the meantime, try to look into something useful, will you?  (subtly takes a threatening half-step toward Jake)  Like drug dealers in our neighborhoods.

[ JAKE apprehensively steps behind GLENN. ]

[ BLUE RANGER turns away from JAKE and salutes the crowd. ]

LISA 2 (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
And now if you'll excuse me...

[ The reporters clamor forward, but BLUE RANGER leaps into the sky and is gone almost instantly.  GLENN and JAKE look up in awe, as does MAGGIE, who peeks out from behind the house.  (MAGGIE is presently wearing an AVIMORPHER.) ]

[ Apart from the crowd, STACY KEENE looks up from beside a Channel 6 news van.  She narrows her eyes skeptically. ]

[ Meanwhile, LISA chuckles to herself, apparently impressed with "herself."  She turns and is surprised to see a sorrowful MELODY waiting to speak with her.  (Behind LISA, the crowd begins to disperse.) ]

LISA:
Ma...

MELODY:
I'm so sorry, baby.

[ LISA shifts, trying to remain aloof, but she appears drawn to her mother's words. ]

MELODY (cont'd):
I didn't mean to hurt you.  You're the most important thing in my life, and I can't stand that I broke your trust.

[ LISA finally gives in and opens her arms.  They embrace. ]

LISA (with an affectionate eye roll):
Oh, Ma...  (they hug)

[ As they continue to embrace, MELODY speaks into LISA's shoulder. ]

MELODY:
So you're not really a Power Ranger?

LISA:
Ehhh... it's a long story.

[ We zoom out high above the neighborhood.  As the reporters continue to disperse, we see GLENN berating JAKE on their porch (no audio) before going inside alone.  JAKE throws out his palms in exasperation and turns, apparently uncomfortable to find himself alone.  (Maggie isn't seen.)  We hold on the neighborhood before fading to black. ]


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


[ EXT. INDUSTRIAL AREA - In a downtown industrial area, RED RANGER wanders around searchingly.  He then catches sight of someone skulking in his periphery, but the figure is gone before he can get a good look.  He hurries after the person. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey, wait!


[ INT. DARK LAIR - TRASK stands facing an anxious MAINFRAME. ]

MAINFRAME:
I've picked up the Hoverbirds' video signal again!  But-- But...

TRASK:
Spit it out, already!

MAINFRAME:
The Rangers have Dillik!!

[ TRASK's face contorts with disbelief. ]

TRASK:
What...?


[ EXT. QUARRY - RED RANGER is apparently startled by DILLIK, whose arm he holds in an arm lock.  He turns DILLIK around to see his face. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What...?  Who ARE you?

[ In the shadows of the far rock wall, TRASK appears with a ripple effect, sword in hand.  He barks out an order: ]

TRASK:
Let him go!

[ Cut to black. ]

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