POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 36: "Second Time Around, part 1"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #26 (first act) unless otherwise noted. ]


[ No recap. ]


[ Fade in to INT. FRANCO'S OFFICE - Inside a tiny business office, MR. FRANCO (see episode 10) sits at a desk.  In uniform, PETE enters politely, though he has no place to sit. ]

PETE:
You wanted to see me, Mr. Franco?

MR. FRANCO:
Yeah, Pete.  Come in.

[ PETE awkwardly takes one additional step into the small office. ]

MR. FRANCO (cont'd):
Pete, you've been a junior sous chef for four months now, and you've been doing a good job.  A really good job.

[ PETE is taken aback. ]

PETE:
W--  Thanks, Mr. Franco...

MR. FRANCO:
I'm sure you're wondering when you're gonna be getting a promotion.

[ PETE shrugs bashfully. ]

PETE:
Oh, well, you know...  (trails off)

[ MR. FRANCO takes a moment to form his words. ]

MR. FRANCO:
... But I've got some bad news.  Business just hasn't been the same lately with all these monster attacks, and I'm just not gonna be able to afford an extra chef.

[ PETE appears stunned and confused. ]

PETE:
I-- I don't understand...

MR. FRANCO:
I'm coming back to work as head chef.

[ PETE is crestfallen. ]

PETE:
... Oh.

MR. FRANCO:
You're a good man, though, and I'd like you to stick around.  I need a second cook, and you can keep your salary.

PETE:
Second cook?  What about Sam and Patrick?

MR. FRANCO:
Patrick's out if you stay.

[ PETE blinks. ]

MR. FRANCO (cont'd):
It's not the way I wanna run things, but I don't have much of a choice.  You understand, right?

PETE (distractedly):
Umm... yeah...  (clears his head)  Can I think about it?

[ MR. FRANCO nods.  PETE quietly steps out. ]


[ EXT. CITY PARK - LUKE and PETE walk through the park (see episode 16), both in their work clothes. ]

PETE:
So basically, I'll be a slightly overpaid cook.

LUKE:
Jeez, Pete, I'm sorry to hear it.  But... wait...  You were training to be a sous chef, right?  And a sous chef is like second in charge?

PETE:
Yeah.

LUKE:
So, I mean, you'll still be second in charge, right?

PETE (dissatisfied):
Well, I guess...  But it almost looked like Mr. Franco was gonna retire and leave me in charge at some point.  But now I'm... right back to where I was a year ago.  Maybe I should've taken that job at Regala after all.

LUKE:
Is it too late?

PETE (with a chuckle):
Well, dude... it's been, like, a month...

[ LUKE is silent for a moment before asking: ]

LUKE:
Does that mean it's too late?

[ PETE stops to think. ]

PETE (curiously):
Well, I don't know...

[ PETE's MORPHER chimes with its alert tone.  PETE checks the display after pressing the upper left button.  In the display, we see an elephant monster, TACHYDERM, terrorizing people downtown (Jetman #26). ]

Tachyderm attacks Tachyderm attacks Tachyderm attacks

[ PETE looks to LUKE. ]

PETE (cont'd):
Uh oh.  Duty calls.

[ They depart. ]


[ EXT. CITY PLAZA (sentai) - TACHYDERM plods through the plaza.  As he comes to a stop, we pan up his body, revealing an hourglass at the end of his trunk, and a stopwatch-shaped clock in his forehead, below which is a display which reads, "AD 1991." ]

Tachyderm Tachyderm Tachyderm

TACHYDERM:
All right, humans, Tachyderm is here!

[ We see a close-up of his trunk as he speaks. ]

Tachyderm Tachyderm

TACHYDERM (cont'd):
Mainframe tells me I'm the last of my kind...

[ We then see a close-up of his clock and its year display. ]

Tachyderm

TACHYDERM (cont'd):
...so let's do this right!

[ US footage - A group of civilians (compare with sentai) cowers beside a fountain.  They then look up to the sky. ]

[ The five RANGERS fly down from the sky (Jetman #29). ]

Rangers fly down Rangers fly down

[ Switch to US footage - The RANGERS land in the plaza and strike poses. ]

RANGERS (in unison):
Power Rangers!

[ The civilians cheer. ]

CIVILIAN:
We're saved!

[ Sentai - TACHYDERM turns, speaks, and pounds his chest.  He then begins to blow a white mist from his mouth. ]

Tachyderm turns Tachyderm turns Tachyderm blows mist Tachyderm blows mist Tachyderm blows mist

TACHYDERM:
Ah, right on time!  Now for my specialty!  (blows mist)  ...your disappearing act!

[ US footage - The RANGERS stagger back slightly as the mist blows around them. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Hey, what is this?

[ TACHYDERM continues to blow mist. ]

Tachyderm blows mist Tachyderm blows mist

TACHYDERM:
So long, Rangers!

[ US footage - As the mist swirls around them, the RANGERS glow with multicolored energy and then vanish. ]

[ As mist hangs in the air, TACHYDERM chases after the fleeing civilians.  He stops and turns when a voice calls out. ]

Tachyderm resumes his rampage Tachyderm resumes his rampage Tachyderm resumes his rampage Tachyderm turns

TACHYDERM (cont'd):
With those chumps lost in the timestream, I'm free to --

CHRIS (off-screen):
Heads up, ugly!

TACHYDERM:
(turns)  Wha?

[ The BLACK and RED RANGERS leap in with flying kicks, striking TACHYDERM. ]

Rangers attack Rangers attack

[ The BLUE and PINK RANGERS follow suit, knocking TACHYDERM back slightly. ]

Rangers attack Rangers attack Rangers attack

[ YELLOW RANGER leaps through the air with his BATTLIZER on his wrist.  He performs a flying punch (shown three times) and strikes TACHYDERM.  We freezeframe just as the sparks burst from the point of impact, and we then hear PETE's voice narrating. ]

Yellow's Battlizer punch Yellow's Battlizer punch Yellow's Battlizer punch Yellow's Battlizer punch Yellow's Battlizer punch

PETE (voice-over):
Now, you're probably wondering, "Did his spell not work or something?"  Or maybe you're thinking it's just those wacky duplicate Rangers again.  Well, you're sort of right...  But let me start from the beginning.


[ EXT. PLAZA (ELSEWHEN) - In their poses as seen when they disappeared, the RANGERS appear from multicolored energy.  Surprised, they look around. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Hey, where'd he go?

[ RED RANGER touches his left temple. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I dunno.  Check your --  Hey, my Hoverbird's not responding.

[ The others try theirs. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Mine either.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Nothing!

[ RED RANGER calls into his wrist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Dr. Bering, is there something wrong with the Hoverbirds?

[ There is no response.  RED tries again. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Dr. Bering?

[ The others are puzzled.  PINK RANGER twists her left wrist twice, summoning her MORPHER onto her wrist.  She then speaks into it. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Call Turnquist.

[ Silence.  CASEY then tries the side buttons on her MORPHER: upper left causes the display to go black (and then return to time mode with a second press), while none of the other buttons do anything.  She finally gives up with a shrug and dispels her MORPHER with another double-twist. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, cont'd):
This is really weird, you guys.

[ YELLOW RANGER speaks into his wrist. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Kestrelzord?

[ He looks to the sky expectantly but sees nothing. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd, meekly):
Owlzord...?

[ The RANGERS become aware of passers-by looking at them with mild curiosity. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Let's regroup downtown, you guys.

[ The RANGERS leap into the sky and vanish.  The onlookers are stunned by the sight. ]


[ EXT. ROOFTOP - The RANGERS land on a rooftop and survey the city below in various directions. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, we've gotta figure out what's going on.  And keep an eye out for that monster.

[ PINK RANGER is spellbound by a sight in the distance. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
You guys...!

[ The others look.  PINK points downtown. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, cont'd):
Look!  That building!  That's the one the Kestrelzord fell on!

[ She points at more buildings in the general vicinity. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, cont'd):
And look!  That red demon destroyed those buildings!  All of them!

[ The RANGERS look around, apparently trying to gain perspective. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
All right, what's going on?  Are we in an alternate dimension or something?

[ YELLOW RANGER has a thought and speaks into his wrist again. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Battlezord...?

[ He looks to the sky expectantly but is let down once again. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd):
Okay, never mind.


[ Dissolve to EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - The five RANGERS land on the sidewalk in front of their original apartment building (see episode 13).  They look up at the building, all but BLUE apparently flabbergasted by the sight. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
No way!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
This is where you guys used to live, right?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
It sure is.

[ YELLOW RANGER fetches a newspaper out of a nearby trash can.  The date, as seen in close-up, is September 16, 1991.  The others soon look at the paper as well.  (Its headlines contain no mentions of Ranger or alien activity, nor a poor housing market.) ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Darn.  There goes that theory.  It's still today's date.  (does a double-take)  Wait a minute!

[ The RANGERS gape at the date. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
1991?!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We're in the past!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
That elephant sent us exactly one year back in time.

[ BLUE RANGER rolls her head in exasperation and then thumps herself on the helmet with her knuckles. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Ohhhh...!  Duh!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Man, this is heavy.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
So, how do we get back?

[ YELLOW RANGER looks at her. ]


[ EXT. BIKE SHOP - Outside Chris's bike shop, LISA pretends to stroll casually past the bike shop, but she peers inside as she passes. ]


[ INT. BIKE SHOP - In his original grunge clothing, CHRIS is repairing a bicycle.  We see LISA passing by outside. ]


[ EXT. ALLEY - In the alley behind the bike shop, LISA quickly joins the waiting HEROES. ]

LISA:
Yep, he's in there.

PETE:
Ha, I knew it!  WE'RE our duplicates!  That whole time, it was us!

CASEY:
(groans)  Are you serious?  That means we spend a whole year waiting to catch up with the present?  What are we gonna do until then?

LUKE:
Well, for one thing, I think we need to stay out of the way and let history work out the way it's supposed to.

PETE (ponderously):
Yeah...  We don't want to break the space-time continuum.

CHRIS:
That's fine and all, but does anybody have an idea what to do for food and shelter for a year?

[ The HEROES consider. ]


[ INT. DOLI'S HALLWAY - We see CHRIS waiting outside DOLI's apartment.  She lets him in and closes the door behind him.  We hold on the door for a short while until CHRIS emerges with a personal check in hand. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Finally, we talked Chris into asking his grandma for some money.  He didn't want to, but we didn't want to starve in the streets either, so I think we made the better argument.


[ EXT. TIME BASE - Outside a slightly run-down, one-story garden apartment building (affectionately referred to here as the "Time Base"), the HEROES are carrying grocery bags into the building from a used mini-van (1980s model). ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
We rented an apartment east of town.  I tried to get everyone to call it the Time Base, but it never really caught on.


[ INT. MOTORCYCLE GARAGE - CHRIS paints an intricate design on a motorcycle in a garage. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Eventually we all found discreet, low-key jobs.  Chris started helping out at a motorcycle repair shop, and he even got to paint some sweet designs.


[ INT. CALL CENTER - CASEY seems to be enjoying herself while speaking on a headset. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Casey started working for a phone help line.


[ INT. RETIREMENT HOME KITCHEN - PETE works as a sous chef.  He appears busy but content. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
I found work at a kitchen in a retirement home.  Got promoted quickly, too.


[ INT. HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE - In a dress shirt and tie, LUKE speaks with an applicant from behind a desk.  The office is decorated with aerospace memorabilia.  On his desk is a nameplate reading, "Rich Feynman." ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
And Luke actually got a job in the H.R. department at the aerospace museum!


[ EXT. HARBOR - The camera pans across the harbor. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
As for Lisa...


[ EXT. FISHING BOAT - Wearing appropriate gear, LISA uses her strength to haul a net aboard a large fishing boat in the bay.  Her shipmates include a few men of varying ages. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Well, we're not sure how, but Lisa got into fishing.


[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM - We see a time lapse over the course of many days as the HEROES dash in and out of the building, day after day, on varying schedules. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
So that's how we spent our days.  At first, it was strange not to be on-call as Rangers twenty-four hours a day.


[ INT. TIME BASE, DINING ROOM - The five HEROES enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
But somehow, we got used to it.

[ We begin to dissolve to the next scene. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
We also started a journal.


[ INT. TIME BASE, GIRLS' ROOM (NIGHT) - Wearing pajamas, CASEY lies on her stomach on one of two beds, writing into a crisp, new journal with a black cover.  She begins writing on page one, referring to several pages of notes, each page well-worn and written with varying types of ink and in varying handwriting.  The notes have been revised and annotated at great length. ]

CASEY (voice-over):
Dear reader, this journal chronicles an alien threat soon to grip Planet Earth.  If you have found this book, please contact General Norman Taggart: Commander, Special Air Command, and read no further.  The future of the entire space-time continuum may be at risk.  

[ As CASEY's voice-over continues, we slowly dissolve to a rising shot of the starry sky.  Ultimately, we come to: ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Now, if you're still reading this and you're not General Taggart or one of us, then I guess you're a snoop who didn't pay attention to my warning.  In any case, I suppose I can't stop you now.


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - The space station comes into view, as it first appeared in episode 1. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
This story begins aboard a top-secret space station, currently the headquarters for an operation known as Project: Jetman.


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND (from episode 1) - We see a clip of DR. BERING at work in the space station. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
There, a scientist by the name of Dr. Vanessa Bering is hard at work crafting weapons and vehicles which my friends and I will use to defend the planet in the coming year.  Our team includes...


[ INT. JET COCKPIT - LUKE is flying a jet matching the one from episode 3, in a suit matching Henderson's (see episode 3).  He is not wearing a MORPHER. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Lucas "Luke" Branson, currently serving with the United States Air Force...


[ INT. BIKE SHOP - CHRIS is repairing a bicycle in the bike shop.  He wears his original grunge clothing and no MORPHER. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Wayne "Chris" Jacobs, a bicycle mechanic employed in Spring Valley...


[ INT. FRANCO'S KITCHEN - Wearing a cook's uniform like those worn by Sam and Patrick (see episode 8), PETE cuts vegetables in Franco's kitchen.  He is not wearing a MORPHER. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Peter "Pete" Williams, Jr., a cook at Franco's Italian Restaurant...


[ INT. CLASSROOM - In a classroom comparable to the one from episode 4, we see a clip of MAGGIE taking a seat in a college classroom.  She is not wearing a MORPHER. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Margaret "Maggie" Lu, a student at Spring Valley University...


[ INT. DEPARTMENT STORE - In her original style of clothing (see episode 6), LISA shoplifts a silver picture frame (compare with episode 10).  She, too, wears no MORPHER. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Lisa Ward, a recent arrival to Spring Valley...


[ INT. BOOKSMART CAFE - CASEY works behind the counter, wearing her regular uniform and no MORPHER. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
And your humble narrator, Estelle Reynolds, college graduate and Booksmart associate.  You can call me Casey.


[ EXT. CITY - We see a panoramic shot of the city. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Things seem pretty peaceful in Spring Valley right now, but that's all going to change on March 9, 1992.


[ ASSORTED FLASHBACKS - We see clips of TRASK's attack on Life Support (episode 1), followed by DILLIK prancing through the command center (episode 1), and finally WILL's glare to LUKE (episode 11). ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
On that date, two extraterrestrials by the name of Trask and Dillik succeed in taking control of the space station, with the help of an infiltrator, William Duresky.

[ We see DR. BERING frozen in her cryogenic container in Dillik's lab (episode 8). ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
They leave only two other survivors: Dr. Bering...


[ INT. SPACE STATION, HOLDING BAY - In the holding bay, LUKE hurries to the waiting HAWK ONE (shown barely in the foreground) carrying a metal case and wearing his original flight suit (see episode 1).  In the background, a metal girder falls from the ceiling and lands on a stack of crates, setting off a chain reaction of explosions that nearly knock LUKE to his feet.  Nonetheless, he makes it aboard the HAWKZORD. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...and test pilot Luke Branson.


[ ASSORTED FLASHBACKS - HAWK ONE flies away from an explosion in the space station (episode 1).  We then see three AVIMORPHERS in their case in Luke's apartment (episode 2).  Finally, we see the five RANGERS colluding in the quarry (episode 2), YELLOW RANGER firing his SKY BLASTER while being dragged (episode 2), and an abbreviated rendition of PODLING's destruction by the SKY ENFORCERS (episode 2). ]

Hawk One escapes AviMorphers Power Rangers Sky Blaster Sky Blaster Sky Enforcers Sky Enforcers Sky Enforcers Sky Enforcers Podling destroyed Podling destroyed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Luke escapes to Earth, and on April 18, 1992, he and four new friends use special devices called AviMorphers to become Power Rangers and defeat an alien creature.

[ We see a JINNSECT fusing with the museum's ruby (episode 4), followed by FACETIA attacking in a plaza (Jetman #8).  FACETIA then grows (episode 4).

Jinnsect on ruby Facetia attacks Facetia attacks Facetia grows Facetia grows

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
But Trask and Dillik have other creatures up their sleeves - Jinnsects.  When a Jinnsect infects an object, it becomes a monster.  And unfortunately, monsters have a habit of growing to the size of skyscrapers.

[ HAWK ONE blows up WING KING (episode 3), and the CRUISER's firebird attack destroys FACETIA (episode 4) and TRAFFICO (episode 5). ]

Wing King destroyed Wing King destroyed Wing King destroyed Facetia destroyed Facetia destroyed Traffico destroyed Traffico destroyed Traffico destroyed Traffico destroyed Traffico destroyed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Fortunately, we have a flight of jets called Sky Flyers at our disposal.

[ We see the MEGAZORD's Phoenix Strike destroying BUSSTER (episode 6), CANHANDLER (episode 7), THREADLETTER (episode 8), and RAMENATOR (episode 11). ]

Phoenix Strike Phoenix Strike Phoenix Strike Busster destroyed Busster destroyed Busster destroyed Busster destroyed Canhandler destroyed Canhandler destroyed Canhandler destroyed Threadletter destroyed Threadletter destroyed Threadletter destroyed Ramenator destroyed Ramenator destroyed Ramenator destroyed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Of course, some jobs are so big they call for a giant robot.  That's where the Skyforce Megazord comes in.

[ We see LUKE and PETE losing their voices in the park (episode 16), MAGGIE berating a customer in Booksmart (episode 4), and the four HEROES lazily lounging in front of the apartment building (episode 7). ]

Reverbit's spell Facetia's spell Canhandler's spell

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
There's also the small problem of spells.  But even though mind-bending magic makes life difficult...

[ We see CASEY and BARRY in the car together (episode 5), MR. PATTERSON speaking with PETE in the hospital (episode 8), and LUKE talking with LISA in the museum (episode 6). ]

Casey and Barry Pete and Mr. Patterson Luke and Lisa

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...we still find time to make new friends.

[ MAGDA on her throne (episode 10), and SASHA confronts the four HEROES in their icy cell (episode 9). ]

Queen-Empress Magda Princess Sasha and captive Rangers

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Things get a little hectic when Queen-Empress Magda and her daughter, Princess Sasha, come to Earth.

[ RED RANGER speaks with TRASK on a rooftop (episode 10).  The PHOENIX CANNON then fires and blasts MAGDA's monster form (episode 10). ]

Trask's offer Magda's defeat Magda's defeat Magda's defeat Magda's defeat Magda's defeat Magda's defeat Magda's defeat

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
But with some help from Trask and Dillik, of all people, we manage to take down Magda with a new weapon called the Phoenix Cannon.


[ INT. AEROSPACE MUSEUM - In business attire, LUKE furtively escorts concerned museum employees into his office just before SASHA passes by with Barry's camera in hand (see episode 12).  She is wickedly amused but obliviously passes by Luke's office. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
For some reason, Sasha starts working for Trask...


[ ASSORTED FLASHBACKS - STRIFE appears from greenish-silver vertical streaks (US effect) and runs to shield SASHA and SNAPSHOT from the Phoenix Cannon's blast (episode 12). ]

Strife to the rescue Strife to the rescue Strife to the rescue Strife to the rescue Strife to the rescue

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...and she's soon joined by a robot bodyguard called Strife.

[ In the apartment stairwell, the four HEROES (minus Chris) react as a large tendril winds through the wall, cracking it (episode 13).  DISASTROS then rises in monster form, and the MEGAZORD confronts it (episode 13).  We then see flickering flights in the Megazord cockpit while CHRIS is helmetless (episode 15). ]

tendril Disastros Disastros Disastros Megazord vs. Disastros Megazord vs. Disastros cockpit lights flicker

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Things go downhill from here.  First, a Jinnsect turns our home into a monster, and we have no choice but to destroy it.  Then, the Megazord starts to malfunction.

[ We see PINK RANGER's confession while her head is gripped in ESTELLE's arms, and CHRIS reacts speechlessly (episode 15).  CASEY then clumsily kisses CHRIS at the fireworks show (episode 20). ]

Casey and Estelle Chris reacts fireworks

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Also, I make a fool out of myself when I let it slip that I like Chris.  That part turns out okay, though.

[ LUKE and LISA talk fondly outside the museum (episode 16). ]

Luke and Lisa talk

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Luke and Lisa also start dating.

[ The MEGAZORD falls (episode 17). ]

Megazord falls Megazord falls Megazord falls

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Finally, the Megazord breaks down completely.

[ BLACK RANGER sharp-shoots a JINNSECT with his SKY ENFORCER (episode 19).  The RANGERS stand triumphant (episode 19). ]

Black Ranger fires Enforcer triumph

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
But we turn the tide by shooting the Jinnsects before they can grow.  It looks like we have it made.

[ We see assorted shots of the RANGERS initially struggling against Sasha's monster army (episode 21), but they are then shown faring better (episode 22). ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
That's until a whole army of monsters is set loose in Spring Valley.  We manage pretty well...

[ In the alien valley, Sasha's monster form shoots a beam from her mouth to the ground, and the RANGERS are flung through the air by an explosion (episode 22). ]

Sasha's monster form on Illam Sasha's monster form on Illam explosion

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...until Sasha turns into a monster and warps us to her home planet, Illam.

[ Atop its rocky pyramid, the SKY KESTREL comes to life.  We then see the KESTRELZORD grappling the monster as the missile (US addition) strikes her back. ]

Kestrel stirs Kestrel stirs Kestrel stirs missiles missiles missiles

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
The good news is that the Illamites left behind a fighting machine called the Kestrelzord, and we use it to beat Sasha.

[ In the Kestrel cockpit, RED RANGER notices something in his monitor (episode 23).  We then see the morph sequences of GRINDEL, FEI, FEXEL, KIRO, and ANDAR (episode 24), and the four MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS charge RED MMPR with electrical bolts from their palms (episode 24). ]

Kestrel cockpit generals morph MMPR charge

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
On our way home, we come across the planet Thadia, where we fight a team of evil Power Rangers.

[ Wearing the DRAGON SHIELD in the Thadian throne room, BLACK RANGER slams RED MMPR into the floor (episode 24).  He then pries the POWER COIN from ANDAR's glove (episode 24).  PINK RANGER hands a POWER COIN to CERITHENA (episode 24).  JANOS watches as the KESTREL flies away (episode 24). ]

Black slams Red MMPR yoink! handout Janos

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
We win - naturally - and give their Power Coins to the people of Thadia.  Then we head home.

[ We see TWO-FISH landing in the mountains (episode 25), SATELLIZARD running (episode 25), FORMICO growing (episode 25), and the KESTRELZORD being struck by Hammersham's hammers (episode 26). ]

Two-Fish Two-Fish Two-Fish Two-Fish Satellizard Satellizard Formico grows Formico grows Formico grows Hammersham attacks Kestrel Hammersham attacks Kestrel Hammersham attacks Kestrel Hammersham attacks Kestrel Hammersham attacks Kestrel Hammersham attacks Kestrel

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Once we're back on Earth, we learn the Jinnsects are gone, but the monsters keep coming.  It's hard work when you've just got one Zord!

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST approaches the RANGERS by a mountain stream as his helicopter idles in the background (episode 26). ]

Special Agent Turnquist

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
But that's when Project Phoenix contacts us.

[ In the hangar, the MEGAZORD is under repair (episode 27). ]

repair repair

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
They give us shelter and repair our Zords in return for knowledge.

[ STRIFE is engulfed in explosions, and BLACK RANGER leans on a metal structure, his visor partially broken (episode 27).  We then see CHRIS in the lab, helmetless with a bandage under his eye, as the other helmetless RANGERS stand around him and a technician repairs his helmet (episode 27). ]

Strife's destruction Strife's destruction broken visor broken visor broken visor on the mend

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
And when Chris's final battle with Strife gets a little rough, they patch him up like new.

[ In the park, PINK RANGER claws at a JINNSECT embedded in her chest, but CASEY then startles awake in her bedroom (episode 28).  We then see the demon-eater floating in space as the SKYFORCE CRUISER flies to it (episode 28). ]

get it out Casey wakes into the demon-eater

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
A little later, we all start having weird dreams, but they turn out to be caused by a giant creature in space called a demon-eater.

[ Inside the demon-eater's bloodstream, we see MOLEWORM with his drills spinning (episode 28).  The KESTREL blasts MOLEWORM downtown with its Thermo Beam and then finishes it with the Kestrel Slash (episode 28). ]

Moleworm Moleworm Kestrel blasts Moleworm Kestrel blasts Moleworm Kestrel blasts Moleworm Kestrel Slash Kestrel Slash Moleworm destroyed Moleworm destroyed Moleworm destroyed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
We learn Trask is stealing evil spirits from the demon-eater.  We put a stop to it, but Trask still ends up with four demons to serve his bidding.

[ Downtown, INFERNIS turns and extends his hand, blowing up a skyscraper (episode 29).  He is then seen walking by a partially destroyed building (episode 29). ]

Infernis' rampage Infernis' rampage Infernis' rampage Infernis' rampage Infernis' rampage Infernis' rampage

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
The first one is a real nightmare.  Thank goodness our future selves -- that's us now! -- evacuate everyone safely.

[ MAINFRAME sits in the Kestrel cockpit with his hands on the controls (episode 29).  In the mountains, the KESTRELZORD grabs the MEGAZORD's head and hurls the robot as INFERNIS stands nearby (episode 29).  The MEGAZORD crashes some distance away (episode 29). ]

Mainframe at the helm Kestrel runs amok Kestrel runs amok Kestrel runs amok Kestrel runs amok Kestrel runs amok Kestrel runs amok

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
As if the demon wasn't enough, a new villain named Mainframe hijacks the Kestrelzord!

[ In the Kestrel cockpit, LISA enters through the rear door and points at MAINFRAME (episode 29).  He anxiously teleports away as LISA approaches him (episode 29). ]

Lisa chases Mainframe out Lisa chases Mainframe out

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
But Lisa pulls through and chases him away.

[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD assembles (episode 29). ]

Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
That gives us the chance to form the Mega Kestrelzord, a powerful new formation that's essentially unstoppable.

[ LUKE pushes DR. BERING through the hangar in a wheelchair (episode 30). ]

Luke and Dr. Bering

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
For some reason, Dr. Bering is released from the space station.

[ We see a close-up of GOG in the park (episode 30).  As DREK prepares to strike the fallen KESTRELZORD, he is kicked aside by the BATTLEZORD; below, ZIN reacts (episode 30).  The BATTLEZORD shadow-boxes in front of the fallen KESTREL and MEGAZORD (episode 30). ]

Gog Gog Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue Battlezord to the rescue

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
And when the rest of Trask's demons attack, her new Battlezord saves the day.

[ In the woods, PINK RANGER delivers to gleaming strikes to SASHA with her TALON SWORD (episode 30).  As BLACK RANGER looks on, SASHA falls and explodes (episode 30). ]

Sashaga's demise Sashaga's demise Sashaga's demise

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
We also destroy Sasha, who's come back from Illam.

[ With DR. BERING, LISA, and MAGGIE nearby, GENERAL TAGGART introduces LANCE, who wears an AVIMORPHER on his wrist (episode 31).  In the Kestrel cockpit, Blue Ranger fires a button, and the KESTREL fires the QUAD CANNON, destroying ZEPHYROS (episode 31). ]

Lance Blue fires Quad Cannon Quad Cannon Quad Cannon Quad Cannon Zephyros destroyed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
When Maggie decides to step down to focus on her education, General Taggart nominates a Blue Ranger of his own.  But he destroys a monster who was a friend of ours...

[ In the lab, the four HEROES defiantly plant their MORPHERS on a table and stare down GENERAL TAGGART (episode 31).  Outside of LISA's apartment, LUKE smiles and presents her with a MORPHER (episode 31). ]

ultimatum ultimatum Luke presents Morpher

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...so we threaten to quit if Lisa isn't the Blue Ranger.  It works, and Lisa joins the team.

[ The RANGERS discover the cryogenic container in the space station's command center (episode 32).  It bursts open, revealing DEMI-GOG (episode 32). ]

cryogenic container Demi-Gog

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Soon, the general sends us to take over the space station, and we find Will, who's now possessed by one of Trask's demons.

[ In his lab, DILLIK pushes DR. BERING aside and stabs DEMI-GOG with the STAR HANDLE sword (episode 32).  DEMI-GOG crushes the STAR HANDLE in his hand, revealing bright white light within (episode 32).  A bright white explosion rips out from the side of the space station, loosing KORA'S SHIP (episode 32). ]

Dillik makes his move Demi-Gog grabs Star Handle Star Handle breaks explosion

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
After a talk with Dr. Bering, Dillik sacrifices his life to destroy Will, and Project Phoenix reclaims the space station.

[ The PHOENIX ROVER is shown covered in gluey strands (episode 33).  GLUESTREAK rises from the flames, startling the ENFORCER-wielding RANGERS (episode 33). ]

sticky Phoenix Rover Gluestreak unfazed Gluestreak unfazed Gluestreak unfazed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Later, when a sticky monster named Gluestreak ruins the Phoenix Cannon, we're left in need of serious firepower.

[ In the tomb, BLUE RANGER stops as a red glow flickers in front of her, and the ANCIENT RED RANGER appears (episode 33). ]

red glow in tomb Ancient Red Ranger

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Lisa finds the tomb of an ancient Red Ranger...

[ DR. BERING tosses the ECHO BLASTERS to the RANGERS (episode 33). ]

Dr. Bering tosses Echo Blasters Rangers catch Echo Blasters Rangers catch Echo Blasters

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...who helps Dr. Bering fix the Echo Blasters...

[ The ECHO ENFORCERS' blast destroys GLUESTREAK (episode 33). ]

Echo Enforcers destroy Gluestreak Echo Enforcers destroy Gluestreak Echo Enforcers destroy Gluestreak Echo Enforcers destroy Gluestreak Echo Enforcers destroy Gluestreak Echo Enforcers destroy Gluestreak

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...weapons that let us defeat Gluestreak for good.

[ BRIMSTONE emerges from a smoking crater (episode 34). ]

Brimstone Brimstone

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Soon, the Earth is attacked by Brimstone, the monster who attacked Illam.

[ BRIMSTONE drains the RANGERS' powers (episode 34). ]

power drain power drain power drain

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
He drains our powers and destroys the Echo Blasters.

[ At the harbor, the RANGERS resist Brimstone's beams (episode 34). ]

Rangers resist Rangers resist Rangers resist

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
That's when our future selves -- us again -- help out.

[ The Gemini Beam destroys BRIMSTONE downtown (episode 34).  We then see the BATTLEZORD vanish with a golden shimmer (US effect) (episode 34). ]

Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed Battlezord vanishes Battlezord vanishes Battlezord vanishes

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
We beat Brimstone, but we lose the Battlezord in the process.

[ In the quarry, TRASK transforms into his armored form as he emerges into the sunlight (non-armored Trask and blue gleam are US additions) (episode 35).  He and RED RANGER lock swords (episode 35). ]

Trask's transformation Trask vs. Red Ranger Trask vs. Red Ranger Trask vs. Red Ranger

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
Later, Mainframe lures Luke into a fight with Trask, who's also been led there on false premises.

[ TRASK, now de-powered in his darkness dome, has his BIOMASS GUN aimed at KORA, but she leaps from the shadows into his dome and slices the weapon with her curved sword (episode 35). ]

Kora leaps biomass gun destroyed

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
While Trask is confronted by an old comrade named Kora seeking to arrest him...

[ ZINDREK arises (episode 35).  In the mountains, the KESTREL MEGA CRUISER cleanly streaks through ZINDREK (episode 35). ]

Zindrek Zindrek Kestrel Mega Cruiser destroys Zindrek Kestrel Mega Cruiser destroys Zindrek Kestrel Mega Cruiser destroys Zindrek

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...we have to fight Zindrek, the combined form of more of Trask's demons.  We win...

[ The RANGERS arrive in the quarry and see KORA hauling TRASK away in shackles, the darkness dome following him (episode 35).  MAINFRAME faces the Rangers and teleports away (episode 35). ]

Rangers arrive Kora hauls Trask away Mainframe departs

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
...and come back just in time to see Kora taking Trask away.  That leaves just Mainframe!


[ INT. TIME BASE, GIRLS' ROOM (NIGHT) - CASEY finishes writing many pages later.  She is now sitting up with the journal on her lap, with the notes thoroughly scattered out in front of her. ]

CASEY (voice-over, cont'd):
So there you have it.  A whole year mapped out.  Should be smooth sailing, right?

[ With an optimistic expression, CASEY drops her pen and shuts the book. ]


[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM (DAY) - We see an open newspaper which PETE, sitting at the dining table, immediately slaps onto the table with a dramatic flourish. ]

PETE:
Well, our house is on sale three months too early!

CASEY:
Our house...?

PETE:
Yeah, the one Todd finds us.  It's already on the market!

LISA:
Could it be a mistake?

PETE (agitated):
Nope, that's definitely it.  Todd said it went on the market in May, and it's not even March yet.

LUKE:
Well, let's calm down...  There has to be some explanation.

CASEY:
Yeah, maybe they'll take it back off the market.

PETE:
But what if somebody buys it??

LISA:
Maybe they don't like it and they move out.

CASEY:
Yeah... the housing market goes crazy once the attacks start.  (reconsiders)  Oh, but wait...  Who was it who owned the house before us?  The Johnsons?

LUKE:
Yeah, that sounds right.

CASEY:
Okay, so call the number and see who's selling the house.

[ PETE anxiously looks at the others.  He then lunges for the phone and dials the number from the paper.  Soon, someone answers. ]

PETE (on edge):
Yes, hi.  Are you selling the house at Mountain View?  Yeah?  Do the Johnsons live there?  They do?  All right, thanks.

[ PETE abruptly hangs up and looks to the others. ]

PETE (cont'd, calmly):
That's them.

[ The others have no immediate response. ]


[ Dissolve to EXT. TIME BASE - We see an establishment shot of building during the day. ]

[ A caption reads, "One week later..." ]

LISA (voice-over):
The space station?!  Are you crazy?


[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM - The HEROES are now wearing different clothes.  All are standing, and the attention centers around LUKE. ]

LUKE:
I'm serious.  I can't just sit here while all those people get -- (breaks up)

[ The others are visibly distressed, but they hold back as LUKE collects himself.  Eventually, CHRIS speaks. ]

CHRIS (gently):
Umm...  Look, man, I understand where you're coming from, but... wouldn't that be a pretty big change to history?

[ In the background, CASEY reaches for something on a bookshelf nearby. ]

PETE:
Pfft, history.  We don't even know where we're gonna live in June.

LISA (to Pete):
Hey, the house hasn't sold yet.  Maybe we're still on track.

CHRIS (to Luke):
Anyway, I'm just saying... you're the one who didn't want us to change anything more than we had to.

[ CASEY steps forward with her journal in hand. ]

CASEY (gently):
Maybe... things happened the way they did... for a reason...?

[ LUKE ponders a moment. ]

LUKE:
Or maybe we were sent back for a reason.

[ The others look to each other with no response. ]


[ EXT. ABANDONED LOT - In a run-down lot flanked by high walls, LUKE finishes suiting up in a flight suit roughly matching his original (see episode 1), but lacking the red emblem.  The other HEROES anxiously stand nearby. ]

CHRIS:
Seriously, man, what are you gonna try to do?  Fend off Trask and Dillik by yourself?

LISA:
Chris is right, Luke.  You're just one Ranger.

PETE:
And how do you know we can call the Flyers on our new frequency?

LISA:
Oh, we can.

[ The others look at LISA. ]

LISA (cont'd, awkwardly):
... Uhh, probably.

CHRIS (to Luke):
Look, if you're so bent on changing history, at least let us come with you.

PETE:
Yeah, we know our way around the space station!

[ LUKE shakes his head, indifferent to their pleas. ]

LUKE:
I may or may not change anything.  I'll see when I get there.  In the meantime, I'm the only one who can pass for myself up there.

[ LISA steps forward pleadingly. ]

LISA:
Luke...

[ LUKE turns to look at her, but she appears to be speechless.  She eventually lowers her gaze. ]

[ LUKE turns away from the others and speaks into his MORPHER: ]

LUKE:
Hawk One, beam me up.

[ Sentai (Jetman #1) - HAWK ONE flies overhead. ]

Hawk flies over Hawk flies over

[ LUKE is beamed up in a green beam.  The others remain behind and look up wistfully. ]


[ INT. HAWK MACHINE AREA - In a cramped mechanical area with jet noise roaring around him, LUKE tucks himself behind a recess where he will remain hidden. ]


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - HAWK ONE flies from Earth toward the distant space station. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - Sneaking through an empty space station corridor, LUKE checks his AVIMORPHER. ]

LUKE:
It's almost time...

[ While LUKE is distracted, WILL (in his suit from flashbacks in episodes 11 and 18) approaches him from behind and strikes him with a metal rod, knocking him to the floor. ]

[ WILL looks down at LUKE as his eyes flutter near unconsciousness, but he may manage to see WILL standing over him. ]

WILL:
Sorry, buddy.  You're not gonna play the hero today.

[ LUKE finally loses consciousness. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION, AIRLOCK - WILL drags LUKE's body into an airlock and rolls him onto the floor.  WILL then exits and mans a wall control on the outside of the door. ]

WILL:
Nighty-night.

[ WILL presses a button, sealing LUKE inside the airlock. ]

[ We hold on a close-up of LUKE as he remains unconscious on the airlock floor.  Freezeframe.  "To be continued..." ]


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


[ INT. SPACE STATION, AIRLOCK - LUKE scowls while rubbing his aching head. ]

LUKE:
Will...  (looks at the door)  I've gotta get out of here.

[ LUKE tries a control panel beside the door, but a buzzing sound signals his access is denied. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
I'm locked in.


[ EXT. CITY - Giant TACHYDERM extends his hand. ]

Tachyderm reaches out Tachyderm reaches out

TACHYDERM:
Come here, little birdy!

[ TACHYDERM grabs the flying SWALLOWZORD in his hand. ]

Tachyderm grabs Swallow


[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT - BLUE RANGER is shaken. ]

shaken

LISA (Blue Ranger):
(grunts)  He's got me!


[ EXT. CITY - TACHYDERM swings the SWALLOW around in his hand. ]

Tachyderm swings Swallow around Tachyderm swings Swallow around

TACHYDERM:
(laughs)  You're mine now!

[ Cut to black. ]

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