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POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT

Episode 38: "Across the Multiverse"

This episode was completed on February 29, 2008, and released on November 22, 2008.  Its title is a modification of the Beatles' song title "Across the Universe," which was also used for a 2007 film.  Though parallel universes have been mentioned previously in Take Flight, this episode contains the sole mention of the term "multiverse."

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #34 unless otherwise noted. ]

In Jetman #34, Red makes off with a disc of the Battlezord's schematics, which he delivers to Gray (Strife), offering to trade it for Maria (Sasha, once his fiancée).  Red joins Gray in fighting off the other Rangers, and he later steals the Battlezord itself from Skycamp.  During their second meeting, Gray blasts Red fatally and crushes his Morphers before taking the Battlezord to the villains' ship.  The real Red soon sneaks out of the Battlezord and fights his way past a monster (Tendrilag) to the ship's generator.  The other Rangers arrive in the Kestrel Mega Cruiser (which then turns into the Mega Kestrelzord), and they reveal that Gray's victim was only a robot duplicate, and that Red had left an audiotape recording of his plan in his crushed (fake) Morpher; this was all, therefore, a ruse to infiltrate the villains' ship.  As the Battlezord awakens, Tendrilag defends the generator at the cost of his own life, and Gray beams the Rangers back to Earth.

I originally considered interpreting this sentai monster as being a mix of all remaining biomass.  Then when I decided to bring back Magda for the finale, I thought of this battle's setting as taking place in her dimension (explaining the large device in the background).  As the latter portion of the series evolved, however, I began to see Mainframe as the pivotal foe for the finale, and Magda was then relegated to this penultimate adventure.

I chose to space apart the Battlezord's disappearance (episode 34) and its return here because the pacing of this sentai battle seemed to glorify the Battlezord, which I felt would be more appropriate if it had been gone for a longer span of time.


[ Fade in to EXT. DOLI'S APARTMENT - Establishment shot (see episode 21). ]

This scene takes place on Saturday, September 19, 1992, three days after the Tachyderm incident (but the heroes are now a year older by their time).


[ INT. DOLI'S APARTMENT - CHRIS finishes putting away groceries and then joins DOLI in the living room.  She is seated by the window. ]

CHRIS:
Okay, you're all set, Grandma.

DOLI:
Gaagii, come sit a moment.

[ CHRIS sits nearby.  His expression is bright. ]

CHRIS:
Okay.

[ CHRIS remembers something and removes a personal check from his pocket. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
Oh, I have the money you loaned me.  Thanks for, uh... not mentioning it.

In episode 36, Chris borrowed money from Doli to help his fellow future-Rangers start up their new life while they were reliving a year back in time, though she doesn't know about their time-traveling experience.

[ He hands it to her, but she seems more interested in studying his face. ]

[ CHRIS chuckles self-consciously. ]

CHRIS (cont'd, amusedly):
Grandma...  Why are you staring at me?

DOLI:
Sometimes it surprises me how much you look like your father.  Wise... and mature...  (cocks her head)  Did you grow older on your vacation?

Of course, unbeknownst to her, Chris is now a year older than when she last saw him (and he was older on the few instances in which future-Chris visited her in episodes 36 and 37).

CHRIS:
(puzzled) Vacation...  (remembers)  Oh, Hawaii, right.  Gosh, that seems like forever ago.  (chuckles)  Maybe I did grow a little older.  There's something I need to tell you, though, Grandma.  Casey and I are engaged.

From an outside observer's standpoint, the heroes returned from their vacation (episode 35) just six days ago, but over a year has passed by their frame of reference.

Chris and Casey have been engaged for over two months, after Chris proposed as they relived the July 4 fireworks show (episode 37).  To an outside observer, though, Casey was suddenly engaged when she returned home on September 16 (she didn't make it to work that day).

[ DOLI smiles. ]

DOLI:
I knew your hearts were connected.  Does her family approve?

Casey met Doli in episode 21.

[ CHRIS ponders. ]


[ We flash to INT. REYNOLDS ESTATE - In a spacious, expensive-looking home (arguably a mansion), CHRIS awkwardly stands in the living room with his hands in his pockets while CASEY argues with MRS. REYNOLDS (see episode 13) in the next room (no audio). ]

Originally, I had planned for the Rangers to visit Casey's parents' house upon their return from space mid-series, but that idea didn't come to pass.  Here, I show their home in Chris's flashback to recent events, finally enacting my long-standing intent for her parents to be wealthy.

Chris may have met Casey's parents on Wednesday, after the Rangers told their story to Maggie (episode 37).

In Jetman, Black likewise had an awkward meeting with White's parents (though they were not engaged in the sentai).  This similarity was unintended.


[ INT. DOLI'S APARTMENT - CHRIS nods facetiously. ]

CHRIS:
Oh, yeah, they're fine.

[ DOLI eyes him. ]

DOLI:
Christopher...

CHRIS:
Nah, they really are fine.  I kinda wish I'd had a chance to ask their permission, but they're okay.  Her mom's just still worried about us living in the valley.  Especially if we started a family.

Mrs. Reynolds first expressed her concerns about Casey remaining in Spring Valley in episode 11.

Have Chris and Casey been discussing starting a family at some point?  (One would hope the subject at least comes up at some point before a couple gets married.)

DOLI:
And you took their concerns to heart?

CHRIS:
Actually, yeah, we did.  We told them we wouldn't get married until the Power Rangers win for good.

[ DOLI puzzles over this. ]

As Doli doesn't know Chris's identity, this plan sounds a bit unusual, though Spring Valley will probably be safer once this comes true.  In the context of their Ranger identities, of course, the plan seems perfectly reasonable (and in fact it reminds me a bit of Jen and Alex waiting to marry until Ransik was locked up in Power Rangers Time Force).  This also foreshadows their wedding in episode 40 and may leave Jetman fans curious as to which elements from the sentai wedding might be adapted (namely, will a Ranger die?).


[ INT. REGALA - The five HEROES clink their glasses together, the contents resembling champagne.  They are sharing a table at Regala, each in relatively dressy attire. ]

This scene takes place on Saturday, September 26, 1992, a week after the previous scene.

PETE:
To our new lives!

Pete is beginning a new job, and Chris is returning to his "new" job at Mike's (see previous episode).  Lisa is returning to her work aboard the space station, while Luke and Casey are returning to their old jobs after a year away (minus a week in the middle).

LISA:
Congratulations, Pete!  (looking around)  You start tomorrow?

In episode 37, Pete sought a job at Regala; the owner, Scott, encouraged him to apply in episode 29.

PETE:
Bright and early, 2 PM!

Pete is now working evening shifts again rather than the split shifts he's had to work since episode 8.

[ CASEY giggles. ]

LUKE:
Chris, when do you go back to Mike's?

CHRIS:
Thursday.  I'm helping Mr. Fischer through the end of the month.

LISA (to Chris):
Hey, is it true Mike's opening a tattoo shop?

CHRIS (chuckles):
Yeah...  He's getting the place all set up...  A sink, sterilizer, lights...

PETE:
Are you gonna do tattoos?

CHRIS:
(chuckles)  Mike wants me to apprentice with this guy he's bringing in.  I dunno, we'll see.

It isn't resolved in this series whether Chris takes on tattoo work, but it would be another outlet for his artistic skills.  Otherwise, he will continue detailing motorcycles at Mike's.

LISA:
Oh, you should totally do it.

PETE (to Lisa):
(laughs)  Listen to you.  You sound like a little bit of a tattoo fan there.

[ CASEY cocks her head curiously at LISA. ]

CASEY:
You don't have a tattoo, do you?

Casey and Lisa shared a bedroom during their year back in time.  They have also gone to the beach together.  (If Lisa has any tattoos, they aren't in public locations.)

[ LISA darts her eyes back and forth to appear suspicious.  The others laugh, with the exception of LUKE, who chuckles with restraint.  LISA grabs his arm. ]

LISA:
Hey, babe, if you were gonna get a tattoo, what kind of design would you get?

In my mind, the Rangers had had just enough champagne to make them slightly less restrained than normal at this point.  However, it's probably unwise for Rangers to get drunk (or even tipsy), as they could be needed at any minute; it's up to the audience's interpretation as to whether their mood here is just naturally carefree or whether alcohol plays any role.

LUKE (awkwardly):
I... I wouldn't...

In Leviticus, God forbids the Israelites from tattooing themselves (he also forbids them from wearing mixed fabrics and trimming their sideburns).  Luke's objections, however, probably aren't exclusively religious in nature.

[ LISA goads him further. ]

LISA:
Oh, come on!  I'm not even saying you have to get one!  Just... if you did.

[ LUKE shakes his head uneasily. ]

LUKE:
I wouldn't.

LISA (to the others):
Would you listen to this guy?  He won't even pretend!

As Chris will note below, Lisa seems not to accept Luke as he is.

[ LUKE places his napkin on the table and stands. ]

LUKE:
Excuse me.  I need to use the restroom.

[ As he leaves, LISA slumps forward exaggeratedly.  The others look around uncomfortably. ]

LISA:
He's just no fun.

[ CHRIS looks from LISA to the departing LUKE. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION, ARMORY - BLACK RANGER smashes his right fist through a thick slab of concrete.  On his wrist is a new BATTLIZER, sleeker than his old Battlizer. ]

The rest of this episode takes place on Sunday, September 27, 1992, the day after the Rangers' dinner at Regala.  It's presently morning.

I introduced new US Battlizers to replace the old ones as part of my goal of destroying or replacing all sentai-exclusive technology prior to the finale.  To date, I'd managed to destroy the Echo Blasters (episode 34) and Phoenix Cannon (episode 35), and the Zords will be taken care of in the finale.  That just left the Battlizers, and since I lacked a desire or footage to leave the Rangers without Battlizers altogether, I simply upgraded them into a US form.  (While I was reinventing them, I also gave them some new abilities.  They still, however, will not give the Rangers special armor or upgraded suits, because I consider this type of upgrade extraneous.)

[ As the dust settles, BLACK RANGER admires the BATTLIZER. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Not bad.

If Chris approves, they must be pretty decent; note his dislike of the original Battlizers in episodes 21 and 22.

[ Wearing her black uniform, LISA unlocks restraints from the platform holding the concrete and wheels it aside.  Several technicians arrive and begin sweeping up the remaining debris. ]

[ DR. BERING speaks over a microphone from behind a glassed-in control room.  Behind her, Trask's sword rests in a glass case. ]

The Rangers apparently recovered Trask's sword from the quarry after Kora arrested him.  This is a retcon introduced in this episode; originally I had no concern for what happened to the sword after episode 35.

DR. BERING:
How does it feel?

[ BLACK RANGER flexes his fingers and squeezes them into a fist. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
It feels good.  Nice and sturdy.

His reason for disliking the originals was his weak wrist from his childhood car accident (see episode 21).

DR. BERING:
Good.  Lisa, would you set up the steel sample?

[ LISA nods and wheels out a large slab of steel.  She crouches and begins locking it into place. ]

LISA:
So, uh... sorry about making a scene last night.

[ BLACK RANGER touches his fingers behind his right cheek. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Remove.

[ His helmet disappears with purple energy (see episode 15), revealing CHRIS's head. ]

Going helmetless is better for conversation.

CHRIS:
It's not a problem.

LISA:
I mean, do you and Casey ever argue like that?

CHRIS:
Like what?  I mean, we disagree about some stuff, but... we're pretty low on the drama.

[ LISA makes a sour face. ]

LISA:
Yeah, but he's so buttoned-up sometimes!  You know what I'm talking about, right?

CHRIS:
Not really.  Luke is who he is.  You guys should like each other for who you are.

Lisa expected Chris, of all people, to share her irritation with Luke.  Chris doesn't give her an inch, though.

[ LISA blinks. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
I mean, if you spend your whole relationship trying to make each other into something you aren't, that's not really much of a relationship, is it?

Hey, good point, Chris.

[ LISA stares distantly. ]

DR. BERING (off-screen):
Lisa, are we ready for the next test?

[ LISA stands. ]

LISA:
Uhh, yeah.  Sorry, Dr. Bering.

[ CHRIS raises his left hand. ]

CHRIS:
Sky Condor.

[ His helmet re-forms with purple energy. ]


[ EXT. DOWNTOWN - In his museum uniform and red helmet, LUKE is biking through light traffic on his blue bicycle.  Without warning, he spontaneously vanishes with a yellow shimmer (compare with episode 34). ]

Luke was on his way to work when Garavan brought him to his dimension.


[ EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINS (NIGHT) - We see TRASK'S SHIP resting outside a familiar rocky cliff face. ]

Dillik has returned to talk Trask and Mainframe out of their attacks (see his reform in episode 32), having stayed away from Earth long enough for the Tachyderm plot to occur (see Lisa and Dillik's conversation in episode 37).


[ INT. DARK LAIR - DILLIK wanders through the lair.  A console and the biomass refiner stand nearby. ]

DILLIK:
Traa-aask, I'm home...

Dillik doesn't know Trask was arrested (episode 35).

[ We hear a number of footsteps shuffling all around DILLIK.  He looks around apprehensively. ]

Dillik's super-hearing again.

DILLIK (cont'd):
Wh-- Who's there?

[ From the darkness emerge more than a dozen NOBOTS (see episode 35).  They quickly surround DILLIK and maintain battle-ready poses. ]

Mainframe has apparently built an army of Nobots after his prototype was useful in luring Trask and Luke into battle in episode 35.  They would surely be the standard foot soldiers in a sequel series.

DILLIK (cont'd):
Who are you people?!

[ Nearby, MAINFRAME appears from silver streaks of light. ]

Mainframe has apparently built himself a new teleporter.

MAINFRAME:
I might ask you the same question.

Except you'd probably omit the word "people."

DILLIK:
Mainframe, it's me, Dillik!

MAINFRAME:
Nice try.  Who are you really?

Mainframe believes Dillik died in the explosion in episode 32.  He now expects a ruse from either Trask or the Rangers, particularly after he himself used a fake Dillik to trick Trask (episode 35).

DILLIK (panicking):
Mainframe, why don't you believe me?!  Remember when we fixed the biomass refiner together?  And then we started a new Battlezord?  But then we turned it into the Gigazord?

The biomass refiner was perfected in episode 25.  The Battlezord project was begun some time after the holding bay was emptied out (episode 26), and it became the Gigazord project once the Rangers' Battlezord debuted (episode 30).

[ MAINFRAME eyes DILLIK.  He then gestures to the NOBOTS, and they disperse back into the darkness. ]

DILLIK (cont'd, slightly relieved):
What's going on here?  Where's Trask?

MAINFRAME:
Trask was arrested.  Kora took him back to their home planet.

DILLIK:
Kora...!

Sasha kept Dillik abreast of Kora's first arrest attempt in episode 26.

MAINFRAME:
How are you still alive?

DILLIK:
The Blue Ranger saved me, actually...  That's what I need to talk to you about.  The humans aren't so bad after all.  We need to call off these attacks.

[ MAINFRAME scoffs.  He turns to leave. ]

MAINFRAME:
Very funny, Dillik.

[ DILLIK tags along. ]

DILLIK:
I'm serious, Mainframe!  The people of Earth don't deserve this!

[ MAINFRAME stops and turns to face DILLIK. ]

MAINFRAME:
The Gigazord is almost finished.  Nothing's going to stop me from destroying the Rangers.

We don't know why exactly Mainframe has such a drive to destroy the Rangers, but this isn't uncommon to the 42 Jinnsect monsters before him.

[ DILLIK blinks and begins to reply, but MAINFRAME interrupts: ]

MAINFRAME (cont'd, firmly):
Nothing.

Well, so much for their friendship.  (Originally, I'd planned for Mainframe to go insane while by himself after Trask's arrest; instead, he's simply grown more devious and self-sufficient.)

[ DILLIK looks sad and alone as MAINFRAME proceeds into the darkness. ]


[ Break. ]


[ INT. DARK LAIR - In a hushed tone, DILLIK speaks into the stand-up console. ]

DILLIK:
Dillik calling the Power Rangers...  Dillik calling the Power Rangers...

LISA (from console):
Dillik, you're back!  How are you?

DILLIK:
Oh, Blue Ranger!  Listen, I'm in our lair in the Ver--  Verkho...  Darn it, I can never remember the name.  But I'm in Russia, and Mainframe's about to finish his war Zord, and I can't --

Dillik also had trouble pronouncing the name of the Verkhoyansk Range in episode 9.

This is the first time the term "war Zord" is used.  It's an intentional link with the two-parter "Doomsday" (MMPR season 1), in which the similar entity Cyclopsis was also called a war Zord.

[ The monitor suddenly cuts off. ]

MAINFRAME (off-screen):
That wasn't very smart, Dillik.

[ DILLIK whirls around to see MAINFRAME approaching. ]

MAINFRAME (cont'd):
I'm going to have to lock you up now.

[ NOBOTS are quickly upon DILLIK, holding him in place. ]

DILLIK:
No!  Wait!

[ MAINFRAME places his hand on the biomass refiner. ]

MAINFRAME:
I don't guess I'll be needing this anymore.

Mainframe used up the last of the biomass to create Tachyderm (episode 36).

[ Its machinery flexing and rearranging, the refiner opens like a metallic, sideways mouth. ]

MAINFRAME (cont'd):
Put him inside.

[ As the NOBODIES drag him forward, DILLIK squirms and cries out. ]

DILLIK:
Mainframe, no!  Don't do it!

MAINFRAME:
Don't worry, Dillik.  I'll make sure they feed and water you.

Mainframe doesn't have any particular malice for Dillik, but he simply can't have him interfering in his plans.

[ Once DILLIK is inside, the machinery seals shut.  A small hole is left for his face to be seen within. ]

DILLIK:
Mainframe!!


[ INT. GARAVAN'S WORKSHOP - In a breezy workshop lined with pipes and other contraptions, LUKE dismounts his bicycle and removes his helmet.  He eyes his surroundings with wonder as he lays his bike and helmet on the floor. ]

The bike and helmet aren't seen returning to Earth in episode 40.  Presumably Luke didn't have any time to go biking on Garavan's world.

[ A doorway in the back corner of the room slides open, revealing GARAVAN, a distinctly alien creature with a vaguely humanoid frame. ]

GARAVAN:
Welcome, Red Ranger.  I'm pleased my remote worked.

Garavan used a remote to control his dimension spanner (stored in Magda's lair) from his lab.

Presumably Garavan learned English from monitoring Earth.

At one point in planning this episode, I planned for Magda to transform Garavan into the sentai monster as punishment for his betrayal, but the plot worked better with the monster as an independent agent.

[ LUKE assumes a defensive stance and speaks into his MORPHER. ]

LUKE:
Sky Hawk.

[ With a red gleam, he morphs into the RED RANGER. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Who are you?

I guess you've already ruled out "some dude in a costume," eh, Luke?  Otherwise that morph would've been a bad idea.

GARAVAN:
Please... I mean you no harm.

[ GARAVAN activates a switch on the wall, causing a panel to slide aside, revealing a monitor. ]

GARAVAN (cont'd):
I've brought you across dimensions to ask for your help saving my world.

[ In the monitor appears a planet resembling an upside-down Earth, centered on Africa. ]

Though Garavan lives in an alternate dimension, I figured Earth is Earth.  His monitor shows it "upside-down," so to speak, because nothing about the direction we call "north" demands that it be considered "up," except perhaps when more maps are drawn by cartographers in areas with south-flowing rivers than those in areas with north-flowing rivers.

[ RED RANGER tilts his head while studying the image. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
This planet looks like Earth...

From my tests, it seems difficult for someone not to be able to identify the Earth, even when he or she sees the African hemisphere upside-down.

GARAVAN:
In a way, it is, though we know it by different names.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Wait...  We're on a parallel Earth?

This is the first time a Ranger has visited an alternate dimension in Take Flight; the others will make a brief visit to this dimension later.

GARAVAN:
Indeed.  My people settled here thousands of years ago.  But unlike in your dimension, your species never arose here.

Same Earth, just no humans.  (There may or may not be recognizable animals here.  Perhaps Garavan's people brought their own animals.)

[ RED RANGER ponders briefly. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Do you know of anyone named Zordon?  Or Ninjor?

The Rangers learned of both Zordon and Ninjor in episode 33; Luke astutely wonders whether he could be in the dimension native to Zordon, but he isn't.

GARAVAN:
I'm sorry, I do not.  But please, come...  We have grave matters to discuss.

[ GARAVAN leads RED RANGER toward the balcony at the end of the room.  As they pass by a table, GARAVAN gestures toward a cup of liquid resting there. ]

GARAVAN (cont'd):
Drink this.

[ RED RANGER looks at GARAVAN incredulously. ]

This serum will later protect Luke from Magda's sleep spell.


[ INT. SPACE STATION, ARMORY CONTROL ROOM - In the control room, LISA studies a display while CHRIS (helmetless as the Black Ranger) and DR. BERING look on. ]

LISA (uneasily):
This is really weird...  I'm trying to call the guys, but I don't see a signal from Luke.

[ DR. BERING looks more carefully. ]

DR. BERING:
There's... no reading from his Morpher.

CHRIS:
What does that mean?

DR. BERING:
I... don't know.

It probably just means he and his Morpher have been obliterated - no worries.


[ EXT. GARAVAN'S BALCONY - LUKE and GARAVAN stand at the balcony overlooking a plaza.  LUKE is helmetless as the RED RANGER.  (Behind them, the cup on the table in the workshop is upside-down and empty.) ]

LUKE:
You're telling me Queen-Empress Magda has been living here ever since... ever since we thought we destroyed her?

GARAVAN:
In these hundred and thirty-four days, she has turned our factories into engines of abomination, breeding foul creatures which she plans to use to invade your world.  Like Brimstone.

By the Gregorian calendar, Magda arrived here on May 16, 1992, and it is now September 27, 1992.

Magda lacked an army in episodes 9 and 10, so I figured she might want to create one here (but she actually wants to return to Luke's dimension to exact revenge on the Rangers and Trask.

Technically, the monsters would be less like Brimstone and more like Tendrilag, the monster Luke later fights.  But what I wanted to accomplish here was to suggest Magda had created Brimstone at some point in the past.

LUKE:
Brimstone?  How do you know about him?

GARAVAN:
I was the one who pointed him to Earth, under Magda's orders.

Prior to episode 34.  (The pyramid plot was Brimstone's own, however.)

[ LUKE ponders a moment. ]

LUKE:
Where is she?

GARAVAN:
In a cavern far in the mountains, she is sleeping.

Magda has created a new mountainous lair quite similar to the one she left in the Verkhoyansk Range.

LUKE:
Sleeping?  What, you can see her with the spanner remote or something?

[ GARAVAN nods down toward the plaza below.  DISCARDS positioned throughout the town stand stiffly without motion.  Townspeople resembling Garavan's physique skulk through the streets without a sound. ]

Discards were Magda's foot soldiers of choice in episode 9 and 10; at the time, it was vaguely implied but not stated outright that they were animated by her conscious will.

GARAVAN:
No.  Look.  The Discards are still.  They can be woken, but if we tread lightly, we remain safe.

LUKE:
I don't understand...  The Discards sleep when Magda sleeps?

GARAVAN:
The Discards ARE Magda.  She gives them life through her willpower alone.  But once every few days, she rests her mind, and the Discards fall dormant.  This is why I brought you now.

I admit, I could have done more with the Discards and Magda's consciousness being linked, but I didn't intend to spend much time on the Discards in this episode; they were only included for continuity's sake.

LUKE:
All right.  So, what do we have to do?


[ Wipe to INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING works a wall console while CHRIS stands nearby in casual clothes.  LISA paces. ]

[ PETE and CASEY materialize from respectively-colored vertical streaks. ]

LISA:
Anything?

CASEY:
No.  He never showed up to work, and Detective Morales doesn't know anything either.

LISA:
Did he say anything unusual when he left this morning?

CASEY (sorrowfully):
He said we were running low on orange juice...

Heh.

PETE:
I think we should split up to look for him.

CHRIS (to Pete):
Hey, aren't you gonna be late for work?

At this rate, Pete may be late for his first day at Regala (but he'll actually get there right on time).

PETE:
That's not important.  We've gotta find him.

[ DR. BERING turns. ]

DR. BERING:
Rangers, I'm getting a signal!

[ As the HEROES gather around, a wall monitor fades from static to an image of LUKE, helmetless as the RED RANGER, in Garavan's workshop.  His audio is low-fidelity, and the video suffers from some degradation. ]

Those pesky low-fi wormholes.

LUKE (from monitor):
Guys...

LISA:
Luke!  Where are you?

LUKE (from monitor):
I'm in a parallel dimension.  I'm okay, but I have some bad news.  Magda's here, in this dimension.  She's enslaved the whole planet.

CASEY:
Magda??  But we destroyed her!

LUKE (from monitor):
No, she's alive.  Dillik and Trask must've banished her here with their wormhole generator.

At one point while writing this episode, I cut out this exposition because it was mostly a repeat of items the audience already knew, but I felt the bit about the dimension spanner below was important enough to keep.

[ DR. BERING begins working on an adjacent wall console. ]

LISA:
So how do we get you out of there?

LUKE (from monitor):
Oh, we have a dimension spanner.  Garavan built it for Magda.

LISA:
Garavan?

LUKE (from monitor):
He's the one who brought me here.  Magda forced him to build this device, and now she's getting ready to invade the Earth.  We've got to destroy her before that happens.

CHRIS:
Destroy her?  How are we supposed to do that if she survived the Phoenix Cannon?

Episode 10.

LUKE (from monitor):
Trask knew a lot about Magda.  Dr. Bering, do we know where Kora took him?

Until I wrote this episode, I didn't expect Trask to return in this series after his arrest (episode 35).

DR. BERING:
We know a rough trajectory, but that's all.  Finding them would be like finding the right grain of sand on a beach.

The galaxy is incredibly vast, after all.

LISA:
What about Dillik?

[ DR. BERING pulls up a graphic of Russia (identical to episode 9), including a blinking red dot in the Sakha Republic. ]

DR. BERING:
Found him.  The Verkhoyansk Range in the Sakha Republic.

Based on Dillik's clue, if not the source of his broadcast.

CHRIS:
Let's get down there.

LUKE (from monitor):
Hang on, guys.  I think we can do this another way.


For brevity, I cut the teleportation of Dillik's prison pod from Mainframe's lair, under the assumption the audience could figure it out.

[ INT. GARAVAN'S WORKSHOP - Still helmetless as the RED RANGER, LUKE tears open DILLIK's prison pod (formerly the biomass refiner), freeing DILLIK.  (Luke's bike rests against the far wall.) ]

Hey, look, a helmetless Ranger with super-strength.  To my knowledge, Power Rangers hasn't addressed which Ranger traits, if any, a helmetless Ranger retains (except perhaps for helmetless Carter's flying kick to Queen Bansheera in the finale of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue).  I assumed a helmetless Ranger would still have super-strength and durability in the portion of his or her body which remained morphed; therefore, as long as Luke doesn't try to smash anything with his head, he should be okay.

DILLIK:
W-- Red Ranger!  Where am I?

LUKE:
You're in another dimension.  I need you to tell me what you know about Queen-Empress Magda.

DILLIK:
Magda?!  Why would you need to know about her?  (notices Garavan)  Oh, hello.

I like Dillik's casual response to Garavan; fitting for an exobiologist, I thought.

LUKE (with a nod toward Garavan):
Because she's taken over Garavan's homeworld, and I'm planning to destroy her.

DILLIK (panicked):
Magda's here?!  You brought me to Magda's dimension?!  Are you insane??

Dillik was anxious about Magda's arrival in episodes 6 through 8, but now that he's in the dimension to which he banished her (episode 10), he's outright terrified.

GARAVAN:
We'll send you home once you tell us what you know.

LUKE (to Dillik):
No, you can go whenever you want.  But if we don't stop Magda here, she'll be coming to our dimension soon enough.

I felt Luke's offer to send Dillik home, regardless of his choice to help them, was a good indication of Luke's generous nature.  (It doesn't necessarily say great things about Garavan, however.)

DILLIK:
Hmm.  To tell you the truth, Trask was mostly the expert on Magda, but he's been arrested.

Dillik knows a bit about Magda, but Trask seemed to know more (episodes 8 through 10).

LUKE:
Yeah, but do you know where he was taken?

DILLIK:
Oh...  Well, Trask never told me where his home planet was.  But maybe if I had some star charts...  Can you bring me my ship?

Dillik now refers to Trask's ship as his own.

[ GARAVAN looks at LUKE and then mans the wall controls. ]


[ INT. SEWER - In a large sewer cavern, TRASK'S SHIP appears with a yellow shimmer.  A light dusting of snow covers the ship. ]

I added the snow because the ship was left outside Mainframe's lair while Dillik was imprisoned.  A nice detail, I thought.

[ DILLIK, LUKE, and GARAVAN descend a nearby set of stairs, their eyes on the ship. ]

DILLIK:
Not bad.


[ INT. VILLAIN COCKPIT - Inside the cockpit, DILLIK sits at the navigation computer as LUKE and GARAVAN watch over his shoulder.  DILLIK brings up a 3-dimensional chart of the Milky Way.  (The Earth's location in the Orion Arm is denoted with a small blue dot.) ]

DILLIK:
All right, Trask wiped his ship's memory when he had it retrofitted, but he did mention that he frequented Nimian outposts...  (sneezes)  Excuse me.

I thought it would be fun for Dillik to deduce the location of Trask's home planet from the clues he was given in episode 17, but I also did this out of necessity, as I felt it was unlikely that Trask would have gone out of his way to reveal his homeworld's location to Dillik, and presumably he wouldn't have left it in his ship's memory as a previous destination, what with his secretive nature.

Dillik is apparently allergic to the open air of Garavan's world, just as he is to Earth (and other worlds).  This detail didn't serve a purpose in this episode; I merely added it to maintain continuity with episode 27.  Of course, the allergies will become relevant in episode 40...

[ DILLIK highlights a small region in red, opposite the Earth's side of the galaxy. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
That puts him in or near this region.  He also mentioned a Vessit missionary that visited his homeworld.

[ DILLIK then superimposes a web-like pattern over the galaxy.  (None of the lines happens to overlap Earth's position.) ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
The Vessits use a system of spoke-shaped travel paths radiating from the center of the galaxy.

Perhaps these paths are spiritually meangingful to the Vessits.

[ We zoom in many times to study the small length of space in which the red region is overlapped by a Vessit spoke. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
That limits us to this stretch here.

[ The star chart is replaced with a grid-shaped presentation showing dozens of stars of varying size and color, each labeled with a small bit of alien text. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Of all the stars there, only a few have Earth-sized planets in your habitable zone.

Critical distinction here: Dillik didn't refer to "the" habitable zone, but rather one particular habitable zone, relative to the humans' and Vampirians' physiology.

[ The stars are replaced with two roughly Earth-like planets, shown in side-by-side comparison. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Two of those planets have liquid water with exposed land masses...

[ One planet takes center view as the other is pushed off the screen. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
One of the two has a nice, stable sun with minimal output variation.

[ The other planet returns, edging out the previous one. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
But Trask's planet was experiencing significant climate change, which probably means we want... (previous planet returns) ...this one!

That's right, the climate change on Trask's planet is caused by solar output variation.  This wasn't meant to be a commentary on the causes of Earth's global warming.

[ LUKE pats DILLIK on the shoulder. ]

LUKE:
Nice job, Dillik.

[ DILLIK smiles proudly.  He then ponders while studying the alien writing under the planet display. ]

DILLIK (inwardly):
Hmm, "New Vampiria"...  What are the odds?

I added this line after the fact, as I felt it would be inappropriate to end the series without revealing the planet's name.  That it was named "New Vampiria" was actually just for comic effect in this scene, but that's the name.

It may seem odd that Trask's clan would call their planet "New Vampiria," as they seemed to have little memory of their own origins.  However, we don't know the source of the names in these star charts; as on Earth, one culture may refer to other lands by names not shared by the locals (which would make it an exonym).


[ EXT. PRISON DOME (NIGHT) - DILLIK and the helmetless LUKE appear from yellow gleams outside a prison dome resembling the architecture formerly seen on Trask's homeworld (see episode 17).  Though the area is dark, we see the landscape nearby is quite parched. ]

[ Two Vampirian guards approach with swords bared.  DILLIK sneezes at this point, startling them.  He tries to calm them with an alien phrase, but the guards don't appear to understand. ]

I didn't put much thought into these guards; if I were to flesh out Vampirian society in further detail, I might or might not regret their presence here.

DILLIK (cont'd):
Hmm, they don't speak Galactic Common.  (sniffles)  Kinda primitive.

I made up "Galactic Common" for this episode, but I like its presence in my continuity.  It reinforces the idea of a galactic community, of which the Earth is not yet a part.

LUKE:
I don't speak "Galactic Common."

[ DILLIK rolls his eyes sparingly. ]

Another fun exchange between Luke and Dillik.

[ KORA emerges from the dome. ]

KORA:
To what do we owe this pleasure, gentlemen?

DILLIK:
Kora, it's you!

KORA:
Have you two come to conquer another world?  Sorry, boys, this planet's not what it used to be.

Kora doesn't seem to have a favorable impression of either Dillik or the Rangers.

Kora is alluding to her planet's environment going downhill as a result of climate change.  Their clan is still living here after events shown in flashback in episode 17 (which perhaps took place several years prior).  In the finale, Dillik will return here with Luke to try to help with their climate situation.

LUKE:
No, we need to talk with Trask.  Please.

[ KORA eyes him skeptically. ]

This is Kora's last appearance in this series.


[ INT. PRISON CORRIDOR (NIGHT) - The camera dollies down the corridor of a dark prison chamber.  TRASK's voice echoes distantly. ]

There was originally more dialog here, but I cut it for brevity, as it recapped events already known to the audience.  Something which I somewhat regret omitting, however, is Trask's reaction upon learning Dillik was alive.

TRASK (voice-over, distant):
And how exactly do you plan to slay an immortal?

Magda's immortality is revealed here.  As mentioned in other episodes' commentary, her immortality was a retcon invented for this episode, though to my knowledge it doesn't contradict anything previously established.  (See episode 33 for some trivia about immortals in general.)


[ INT. PRISON CHAMBER (NIGHT) - LUKE is joined by DILLIK as he speaks with TRASK through the bars of his cell.  The chamber windowless and kept quite dark.  TRASK's hands are seen to be bandaged. ]

Trask's warp generators were surgically removed after he was captured; now he can no longer teleport or generate darkness domes.  He is also kept well out of the light so he can't transform, though his clan likely wouldn't keep people near the light anyway out of decency.

LUKE:
Immortal...?

TRASK:
Admittedly, not a piece of trivia she shared openly...

LUKE (absently):
So Sasha didn't know...

Luke immediately thought of Sasha's vengeful response to Magda's apparent demise (episode 12), something which apparently haunted him.

DILLIK:
But... you said the Rangers could destroy her with the Phoenix Cannon...

Trask didn't reveal this secret to Dillik at the time.  (But most fundamentally, I had to cover my retcon here because Dillik seemed to think the Phoenix Cannon had a chance against Magda in episode 10.)

TRASK:
Simple motivation.  (to Luke) Now, I should add, it may be possible to destroy her... if you had some Ancients' tears.

I don't detail the nature or origin of Ancients' tears in the series, but presumably they have the power Trask describes below.

LUKE:
Ancients' tears...?

TRASK:
Rumored to be the only substance able to kill immortals.  Very rare, of course.  But I had the good fortune of finding a sage who directed me to the last bottle in the galaxy.  I tried to use the potion to slay Magda, but I never landed a blow, even with my enhanced strength.

This is a retcon inserted into Trask's time with Omos; see the commentary for episode 17 for notes on how this affects the chronology of Trask's activities before arriving on Earth.

How convenient that Trask happened to get his hands on the last bottle in the galaxy!  But having a Seer on your side is pretty convenient all around.  Incidentally, we don't know Omos' motivation for helping Trask.

[ LUKE is enrapt. ]

LUKE:
Is there any left?

TRASK (with a smug smile):
So sorry, Ranger.  I applied the last drop while I still suspected Sasha of being an immortal.

[ We flash to SASHA's fire escape fall from episode 14. ]

TRASK (cont'd, voice-over):
That was before I saw the fear of mortality in her eyes.

Another retcon, as I sought to associate Trask's sword-polishing from the early episodes with the application of Ancients' tears, and yet I noticed that he continued this after Magda's banishment (as late as episode 14) but then later seemed confident that he could destroy her (episode 16).  Sasha's fear of mortality in episode 14 could have changed Trask's mind, I concluded.

[ LUKE ponders. ]

LUKE:
Wait...  You said you "applied" it.  What does that mean?

TRASK:
Have you not figured it out yet, Ranger?  The potion is on my sword!

Thus retconning much more significance into Trask's sword than I'd originally intended.

[ DILLIK and LUKE are surprised. ]

LUKE:
Your sword...!

[ We flash to Trask's sword, hereby referred to as the SWORD OF TEARS, in the armory. ]

I felt a name was appropriate, given the sword's new significance in the series.  Of course, the term references the Ancients' tears, but it's also an apt name in general, I felt.  In Jetman, the sword, belonging to Radiguet, was known as the Bloody Gate demon-sword.

[ LUKE nods with determination and begins to leave. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
Thanks, Trask.

Trask appears willing to help Luke destroy Magda, especially if it stops her from returning to enact revenge on him for his role in Sasha's demise.

[ DILLIK pauses thoughtfully and turns to TRASK.  LUKE looks back. ]

DILLIK:
Say, Trask, what ever happened to Omos?

[ TRASK gazes at him with indifference. ]

It was subtly hinted in Trask's story in episode 17 that Omos was no longer alive.  Dillik found Omos' cave strangely deserted in episode 35, and he will now learn Omos' fate.

[ DILLIK is disgusted. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
You didn't...!

TRASK:
He served no further purpose.

This echoes Dillik's concern in episode 27 that Trask would get rid of him if he outlived his usefulness.

[ DILLIK scowls and turns away.  He and LUKE leave together.  TRASK remains alone. ]

This seems to destroy Dillik's admiration of Trask, though it previously survived the knowledge that Trask had killed people aboard Larian harvesters (see episode 17) and that he had turned on his comrades Kora and Vir (see episode 26).


[ Wipe to INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - Helmetless LUKE stands with the SWORD OF TEARS in hand, admiring the blade.  The other four HEROES, DILLIK, and DR. BERING are gathered nearby.  GARAVAN is seen through a low-quality transmission in a wall monitor beside DR. BERING. ]

DR. BERING:
The Hawkzord's all set.

We don't know what preparations were made to Hawk One, but it may have been as simple as adding an apparatus to hold the Sword of Tears securely.

LUKE:
All right, is everyone ready?

[ The HEROES reply affirmatively.  DILLIK also chimes in. ]

DILLIK:
Let's do it!

[ LUKE and the others look at DILLIK. ]

LUKE:
Dillik, we appreciate your help, but I think we'll handle this one.

[ DILLIK slouches. ]

DILLIK:
Oh.

GARAVAN (from monitor):
Dillik, I've placed your ship in orbit alongside the space station.

CASEY (to Dillik):
Don't you want to go home, and see your family and stuff?

When I first wrote this scene, I had the Rangers convince Dillik to go home, as I was slow to adjust to the idea that Dillik would be around for the finale.  Ultimately, I found it more reasonable for him to stick around to help.

[ DILLIK bashfully twists his toe against the floor. ]

DILLIK:
Well...

DR. BERING:
You're welcome to stay here as long as you like.

[ DILLIK beams delightedly. ]

DILLIK:
Hooray!

[ The HEROES are mildly amused.  LUKE nods for them to leave. ]

LUKE:
Come on, guys.

[ As they leave, LUKE casually mentions: ]

LUKE (cont'd):
Oh, by the way, Magda has the Battlezord.

I didn't see a better place to bring this up, so I snuck it in just before a scene change for comic effect.

[ As they walk out of frame, the others startle, particularly LISA. ]

LISA:
What?!

Lisa has felt guilty since ignoring her future self's warning against calling the Battlezord (episode 34), resulting in its disappearance (also see episode 35).


[ Wipe to EXT. SKY (Jetman #32) - The KESTREL MEGA CRUISER flies by. ]

Kestrel Mega Cruiser Kestrel Mega Cruiser

The Kestrel Mega Cruiser plays a prominent role in this episode, while it made only a very brief cameo in Jetman #34.


[ INT. CRUISER COCKPIT (US footage) - The five RANGERS man their respective controls.  Outside the viewscreen, clouds occasionally streak by as they fly through the daytime sky. ]

I didn't have a ton of Kestrel Mega Cruiser footage, so I tended to focus on the cockpit more than the Cruiser.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, Garavan, we're all set.

GARAVAN (from controls):
Acknowledged.  Transporting now.

[ From the Rangers' vantage point, we see out the viewscreen as the sky gives way to a black void with amber streaks flying by.  The streaks then fade away, and a blue sky returns. ]

The black void with amber streaks replicates sentai footage of the Zords in transit at the end of the episode.

[ The RANGERS are puzzled. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Did we make it?

[ RED RANGER nods toward his monitor.  In it, we see massive factory complexes built into snow-covered mountains.  The factories' designs are distinctly otherworldly.  They are apparently inactive at the moment. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah, there are some of the factories Garavan told me about.  They're unmanned by civilians as long as Magda's asleep.

Whew!

[ RED rises and moves toward the rear of the cockpit. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Try to take out as many as you can with the Vulcan Beams.  I need Magda awake but distracted.

He needs her awake so that she'll return to her vulnerable form (see below).

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Be careful, Luke.

LUKE (Red Ranger, wryly):
When am I not careful?

Luke is repeating a line Lisa spoke in episode 33.

[ He exits through the rear door. ]

[ BLACK RANGER takes the center seat. ]

Chris will also man this seat in episode 39.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
All right, let's do some damage.


[ EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINS - Holding the SWORD OF TEARS, RED RANGER beams down in a ray of blue light.  He looks around furtively and proceeds through a rocky mountain pass. ]

Again, Magda likes cold places (see episode 27).  (She may even have chosen an identical location to her Earthen lair in the Rangers' dimension.)


[ INT. QUEEN'S CHAMBER - In a throne room similar to her previous one (see episodes 9 and 10), QUEEN-EMPRESS MAGDA sits on her throne, her eyes closed and upright staff in hand, but she appears to be made of stone. ]

This could be seen as similar to the Gorgon myth (except Gorgons should turn other people to stone, not themselves), but it was actually just a contrivance to explain why Luke needed the others to wake her: when she sleeps, she's made of stone.

[ The chamber shakes slightly as explosions rumble in the distance.  MAGDA's composition transitions from stone to her actual form as she opens her eyes.  Briefly aware of her surroundings, she then begins to meditate. ]

In episode 9, Magda was surrounded by a white aura while she was concentrating on the Discards and the dome around Spring Valley; the aura may have been protective in nature (but it was actually just there to obscure her when I showed Radiguet/Trask approaching her in the sentai footage).  I chose not to include an aura here for the sake of simplicity.


[ EXT. ALIEN FACTORY - Outside a burning factory, dozens of DISCARDS pour out from the exits, their attention on the sky above. ]


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #32) - The KESTREL MEGA CRUISER fires its lasers. ]

Pulsar Beams Pulsar Beams


[ EXT. ALIEN FACTORY - A massive explosion tears the factory apart, flinging DISCARDS through the air. ]


[ INT. QUEEN'S CHAMBER - Her eyes closed, MAGDA grimaces angrily. ]

Awake and distracted: check.

Surely the Rangers don't have an opportunity to destroy every single monster factory around the planet; in fact, they may have only hit a small minority.  What would happen if someone were to resume monster-making operations in Magda's absence, I wonder?


[ INT. VOID - Still holding the SWORD OF TEARS, RED RANGER emerges through a stone archway (through which is more darkness) and looks up at a large structure towering overhead (off-screen). ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #34) - We see an enormous apparatus from a low angle. ]

spanner spanner spanner

In the sentai, this device was the generator for the villains' brain-shaped ship.  I've interpreted it as Garavan's dimension spanner.

[ RED RANGER remarks privately.  He then suddenly looks to his right. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
That must be the spanner.  It's bigger than I expected.  (looks right)  Huh?

[ Sentai - TENDRILAG, a monster comprised of tentacles with a large sideways maw where his chest would be, rises from a mist-covered pile of debris. ]

Tendrilag rises Tendrilag rises Tendrilag rises

In the sentai, this monster arose from a pile of junk in the villains' ship.  Instead, I leave the audience to assume he's one of Magda's monsters.

[ RED RANGER readies the SWORD OF TEARS defensively. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Looks like I've got some company.

[ Switch to sentai - Seen in close-up, TENDRILAG's hands are actually hissing, fanged mouths. ]

Tendrilag hisses Tendrilag hisses Tendrilag hisses

[ The creature then issues a hissing shriek as his torso-based jaws open and close. ]

shriek shriek shriek

[ Switch to US footage - As RED RANGER struggles to hold his ears while the shrieking continues, the SWORD OF TEARS flies out of his hand. ]

In the sentai, Red was not carrying the Sword of Tears, but his Talon Sword and Sky Blaster were taken from him, so it only seemed reasonable for him to lose the Sword of Tears in a similar way.  Incidentally, in the sentai, it was Tran (no US counterpart) who caused his Talon Sword to fly through the air, and then the monster took his blaster; I figured the monster could easily become the source of all three losses.

[ The sword impales itself into the stone archway and then simply fades away. ]

[ RED RANGER cries out.  (The shrieking continues.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
No!  (clenches his fist)  The sword!  What did you do to it?!

It will later be shown in Magda's possession.

[ Switch to sentai - RED RANGER's TALON SWORD is pulled from its sheath by an invisible force. ]

Talon Sword stolen Talon Sword stolen

[ The TALON SWORD flies through the air. ]

Talon Sword stolen

[ RED RANGER cries out. ]

protest

LUKE (Red Ranger):
No, stop!

[ The TALON SWORD flies down like an arrow (shown twice) and strikes RED RANGER in passing.  He sparks and flies back.  The shrieking, meanwhile, has stopped. ]

Talon Sword strikes Red Ranger Talon Sword strikes Red Ranger Talon Sword strikes Red Ranger Talon Sword strikes Red Ranger Talon Sword strikes Red Ranger

The Talon Sword may remain here; I considered having Luke return with the Talon Sword in hand in episode 40, but I later decided that would be too distracting, so its fate is left open-ended (as is the fate of Luke's bicycle and helmet back in Garavan's workshop).

[ As RED lands on the misty floor, TENDRILAG moves into the foreground.  RED rises. ]

Tendrilag moves in Tendrilag moves in Tendrilag moves in

[ RED RANGER draws his SKY BLASTER. ]

Sky Blaster Sky Blaster

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Blaster!

[ TENDRILAG opens his jaws and begins shrieking again. ]

more shrieking more shrieking

[ As RED RANGER writhes in place, the SKY BLASTER flies from his hand.  It lands in TENDRILAG's maw, which promptly clamps shut.  The shrieking stops thusly, and the monster gurgles approvingly. ]

Sky Blaster stolen Sky Blaster stolen Sky Blaster stolen Sky Blaster stolen Sky Blaster stolen Sky Blaster stolen

This is the eleventh Sky Blaster to be lost by the Rangers: one set was ruined by Smog Rat (episode 31), and another was destroyed by Brimstone (episode 34).  Dr. Bering will have replaced both weapons in time for the finale.

[ We zoom in on the RED RANGER. ]

protest protest

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Give me back my weapons!

[ A tentacle (with the monster's jaw-hand at the end) flies through the air and latches on to RED RANGER's neck.  As RED struggles, TENDRILAG issues a gurgling, alien utterance and opens his maw. ]

Tendrilag's tentacle Tendrilag's tentacle Tendrilag's tentacle Tendrilag's tentacle Tendrilag's tentacle Tendrilag's tentacle Tendrilag's tentacle

[ RED RANGER is pulled forward despite his struggles. ]

Red Ranger gets dragged Red Ranger gets dragged Red Ranger gets dragged Red Ranger gets dragged

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Guys, change of plans!  I need help!

It doesn't appear that Red called the others for help at this point in the sentai; rather, he had left them an audiotape in the fake Morpher which Gray (Strife) had crushed earlier in the episode.

[ TENDRILAG's maw awaits. ]

maw maw

[ RED RANGER briefly holds his ground but is then dragged forward out of frame. ]

Red Ranger gets dragged Red Ranger gets dragged Red Ranger gets dragged

I cut Tendrilag munching on Red in close range because I thought it was a bit intense and ultimately unnecessary.

[ Above, multicolored energy crackles in the black void, and the KESTREL MEGA CRUISER appears from blue streaks. ]

Kestrel Mega Cruiser arrives Kestrel Mega Cruiser arrives Kestrel Mega Cruiser arrives Kestrel Mega Cruiser arrives Kestrel Mega Cruiser arrives

I'm not sure how the Kestrel Mega Cruiser managed to enter the villains' ship in the sentai, or if it was even explained.  In Take Flight, we must assume the Mega Cruiser phased into the mountain base, as the Skyforce Cruiser phased through solid material previously (episodes 28 and 32).

[ As RED RANGER struggles with TENDRILAG at close range, sparks erupt around them, and RED rolls aside.  TENDRILAG does as well. ]

duo blasted duo blasted duo blasted duo blasted duo blasted duo blasted

Firing on them both is a bit reckless, guys, but he's free now, so mission accomplished, I guess.

[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD then lands, initially gleaming with a bluish shimmer. ]

Mega Kestrelzord lands Mega Kestrelzord lands Mega Kestrelzord lands Mega Kestrelzord lands Mega Kestrelzord lands


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (sentai) - BLACK RANGER calls down from the center seat.  YELLOW waves, and BLUE and PINK look down as well. ]

look down look down look down

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Hey, man, what's up?  Is that what you had in mind?


[ INT. VOID (US footage) - RED RANGER rises from the mist and nods but appears forlorn. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah, that'll do.  (forlorn) But I lost the sword.  And that's the last of the Ancients' tears.

US footage because Red Ranger was too upbeat in the sentai, and his dialog wasn't long enough.

[ Nearby, MAGDA fades into existence, her staff in hand. ]

MAGDA:
Are you looking for something, Red Ranger?

[ As we look down over the MEGA KESTRELZORD's shoulder (composite from sentai), RED RANGER (US) twirls around.  (His holsters remain empty.) ]

Red Ranger (US composite) twirls around (other figures to be removed)

In this sentai shot, Red's departure was witnessed by Maria (Sasha), Tran (no US counterpart), Gray (Strife), and Radiguet (Trask).  Juuza (Magda) never returned after her initial sentai two-parter.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Magda!

[ The SWORD OF TEARS fades in, hovering in front of her. ]

MAGDA:
I think this might be what you're looking for...  (with insincere sweetness)  Is it important?

Magda presumably heard that the sword had been treated with Ancients' tears, thus knowing that it holds the potential to slay her (which serves as an interesting facet of her banishment below).

[ RED RANGER eyes her. ]

[ MAGDA grins wickedly. ]

MAGDA (cont'd):
Come and get it.

[ RED RANGER continues to glare at her.  He then spontaneously eases back. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
No thanks.

[ He turns and leaps into the air toward the Mega Kestrelzord behind him (off-screen). ]

[ MAGDA looks up, startled.  The SWORD OF TEARS fades away. ]

MAGDA:
What...?  (scowls)  Black Ranger!

Magda has a particular grudge against Chris because he was the one who first awoke and gave her a slash before the Phoenix Cannon was used in episode 10; he's now at the controls above.


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (sentai) - BLACK RANGER speaks to Magda below (off-screen).  As he talks, RED RANGER joins the others from the rear door.  He then leans over the controls to call down. ]

Red Ranger arrives Red Ranger arrives Red Ranger arrives Red Ranger arrives Red Ranger arrives Red Ranger arrives

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
I'd like to take credit, your majesty, but this was a group effort.  (Red enters)  And you can keep the sword.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
See, we weren't sure we could trust Trask...

Red was explaining his brilliant ploy at this point in the sentai.

[ Switch to US footage - PINK RANGER chimes in.  BLUE then calls into the air. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
So we had a backup plan.  I hope you like traveling!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Get ready, Garavan!

As their backup plan, the Rangers intended for Garavan to warp Magda to yet another dimension using his spanner remote in his workshop, but as we'll see, Magda has already captured him.  (This sequence of events led to my abandoning the idea of Garavan being turned into the monster.)


[ INT. VOID (US footage) - MAGDA waves her staff, causing GARAVAN to appear with numerous DISCARDS who are holding him in place.  He looks like he has been beaten harshly. ]

Sasha alluded to Discards breaking people's bones in episode 10.

MAGDA:
Rangers, I hate to interrupt, but it looks like Garavan is a little busy at the moment.


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS are startled. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
No way!


[ INT. VOID (US footage) - GARAVAN wearily calls up to the Rangers (off-screen). ]

GARAVAN (wearily):
Rangers, you have to destroy the spanner!  It's the only way to protect the multiverse!

Aside from the episode title, this is the only reference to the multiverse in Take Flight.

[ A DISCARD punches GARAVAN in the midsection.  He crumples to the misty floor. ]


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - RED cries out, and the RANGERS puzzle over the dilemma. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Garavan!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
You guys, we can't destroy the spanner!  Then we'd never get home!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
What if that's the only way to stop her?

Now that would be one heck of a sacrifice!  Of course, what would stop her from having another one built?

[ RED RANGER makes his way toward the rear door.  (His holsters remain empty.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I've got an idea.  Just keep Magda distracted.


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The MEGA KESTRELZORD turns to face the giant machine.  It then strikes a ready pose. ]

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In Take Flight, distraction becomes the motive for the Mega Kestrelzord's menacing approach of the device here.

[ US footage - Below, MAGDA sneers. ]

MAGDA:
They wouldn't...!

[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD begins advancing toward the machine. ]

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[ US footage - MAGDA scowls. ]

Originally, Magda projected energy from her staff with a declaration of, "Magic wand, make my monster grow!"  I decided to cut this long after the episode was finalized because it made the moment inappropriately light-hearted; because I cut it so late, I decided real-life constraints would prevent anything from being re-shot, so I had to omit Magda's role in Tendrilag's growth altogether.

[ A blob of energy, pulsing between green and orange in color, swoops around the MEGA KESTRELZORD, halting its advance.  The blob eventually solidifies into TENDRILAG, in giant form.  He stands between the MEGA KESTRELZORD and the giant machine. ]

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[ TENDRILAG hisses and extends his jaw-hands.  His dual tentacles fly through the air and latch onto the MEGA KESTRELZORD's waist and shoulder. ]

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[ We see the TENDRILAG and the restrained MEGA KESTRELZORD from a distance.  A smoky incendiary blast travels the length of the tentacles and strikes the MEGA KESTRELZORD, causing numerous spark explosions. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - The four RANGERS are shaken.  BLACK RANGER remains in center. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
I sure hope Luke knows what he's doing!


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - Inside a cavernous inner chamber within the giant machine, RED RANGER enters and searches the area.  (His holsters remain empty.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, Garavan said the spanner could be controlled from inside, but where?

[ RED catches sight of an access panel nearby. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Aha!

Thank goodness for plot contrivances!


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The MEGA KESTRELZORD pulsates with yellow energy.  Speckled red energy then flows through the tentacles and into TENDRILAG, who glimmers with the same yellow energy. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - The cockpit lights flicker. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
We're losing power!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Fine time to get caught without a back-flow inhibitor.

In episode 28, I mentioned that Turnquist intended to have something installed to prevent power leeching; this would have posed a problem in this battle if I hadn't already disabled the inhibitor in episode 34.

[ BLUE RANGER has an idea. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Wait, didn't Luke say Magda has the Battlezord?  Let's see if he can hear us!  Battlezord, we need you!

Lisa seems to have a connection of sorts with the Battlezord since she indirectly caused it to be lost in episode 34.


[ INT. VOID (ELSEWHERE) (sentai) - We see the prone BATTLEZORD lying face-down in the mist, ensnared in some sort of thick cables from above. ]

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In the sentai, Gray (Strife) captured the Battlezord and brought it back to the villains' ship after he believed he had killed Red, but the real Red was actually stowed away in the Battlezord's foot; the Battlezord remained here until it was called during this battle.

We don't know exactly why Magda wanted Garavan to bring the Battlezord here, but she could have wanted him to expose its weaknesses, or to replicate its technology, or it may have simply been a test of some sort.

[ The BATTLEZORD's hand flexes, and the BATTLEZORD lifts its head.  Its eyes glow with red and white energy. ]

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This red and white eye effect was also seen when the Battlezord first awoke in episode 30.

[ The BATTLEZORD grips a cable and pulls itself up. ]

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[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - RED RANGER enters a series of commands into the control panel, pausing occasionally to consider.  During one such pause, we hear MAGDA's voice, causing RED RANGER to twirl around. ]

MAGDA (off-screen):
This is foolish, Red Ranger.  (Red twirls)

[ MAGDA approaches with her staff in hand. ]

MAGDA (cont'd):
You're only prolonging the inevitable.  I will crush your planet, beginning with those you hold most dear.

[ RED RANGER assumes a defensive stance but seems wary of his lack of weapons.  He sidesteps slightly, trying to distance himself from MAGDA. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I'm guessing this is about Sasha.

MAGDA:
Fool, you only destroyed a clone of my daughter.  I watched from afar as the shadow-dweller took her from me long before that.  But his time will come.

The cat's out of the bag now.  (Magda is referring to Trask's melting of Sasha in episode 27 and the Rangers' destruction of her clone in episode 30.)

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Trask...?  So what do you have against us?

MAGDA:
Let's just say I've had a run-in with the Power Rangers before you came along.

This is the only allusion to Magda's encounter with previous Rangers, aside from her knowledge of ancient Rangers in episode 9.  We're left to wonder whether she encountered the ancient Red Ranger's team (see episode 33), or whether it was another team entirely.

[ MAGDA slices through the air with her staff. ]

MAGDA (cont'd):
Now, sleep!

[ An invisible force strikes RED RANGER, but he recovers from the blow and regains his footing. ]

Magda's sleep spell is a powerful ability (as used in episode 10), but Garavan's serum has protected Luke; if he hadn't been protected, this battle would have been over quite quickly.

[ MAGDA is startled. ]

MAGDA (cont'd):
What is this?

[ RED RANGER retorts: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I guess Garavan's serum worked.

I originally called it a potion, but I preferred the scientific connotation of the term "serum."


[ Flash to INT. GARAVAN'S WORKSHOP - LUKE, helmetless as the RED RANGER, skeptically holds the cup of liquid in his hand as GARAVAN explains: ]

GARAVAN:
My people have been testing it in secret.  It makes us immune to her mind control, and I believe it will do the same for humans.

Presumably his people have had to pretend to be affected by Magda's mind control as they tested the serum's effects.  As to its fortuitous effectiveness on humans as well, that may require some suspension of disbelief.

[ LUKE grimaces as he raises the cup to his lips, but he then drinks. ]


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - RED RANGER summons his new BATTLIZER to his right fist with a red gleam. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Battlizer, power up!

Good thing the Zords are in this dimension, as they store the Battlizers.

[ MAGDA grits her teeth and readies her staff. ]


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - TENDRILAG continues to drain energy from the MEGA KESTRELZORD.  The robot sparks. ]

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[ INT. VOID (ELSEWHERE) (sentai) - The BATTLEZORD rips itself free from the cables, causing a flash of sparks. ]

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[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - MAGDA fights RED RANGER deftly, pitting her staff against his BATTLIZER punches. ]

Hopefully this fight would be as cool as (or cooler than) White Ranger fighting Lord Zedd in "Changing of the Zords, part 3" from MMPR season 3.


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The MEGA KESTRELZORD is drained further.  More sparking ensues. ]

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[ Nearby, the BATTLEZORD readies its fist in close-up and advances. ]

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[ We follow the BATTLEZORD's fist as it approaches TENDRILAG from the side. ]

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[ The BATTLEZORD punches TENDRILAG in the maw, causing a burst of sparks as TENDRILAG flies to the side. ]

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[ The tentacles detach from the MEGA KESTRELZORD. ]

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[ TENDRILAG lands and rolls across the misty ground. ]

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[ Still smoking, the MEGA KESTRELZORD looks to the BATTLEZORD, which prances nearby. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER pumps her fist exuberantly. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
All right!  Way to go, Battlezord!


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - As the fight continues between MAGDA and RED RANGER, she waves her staff, telekinetically hurling him against a wall of machinery.  RED RANGER falls forward, revealing a human-sized dent in the machinery.  The wall sparks slightly. ]

[ MAGDA unleashes a surge of yellow energy from her staff toward RED's new position.  He leaps aside, and the blast blows a hole through the wall behind him, revealing the black void beyond.  (The hole is slightly larger than head-sized.) ]

[ Rolling onto his feet, RED RANGER readies his BATTLIZER. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Battlizer, striker mode!

[ Red wing panels flip out, similar to the original Battlizers' striker mode (see episode 12). ]

The original striker mode merely gave the Battlizers a glowing punch effect (US original).  Now it actually detaches a component of the Battlizer, which I called a Battle Bird.


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - TENDRILAG rises, growls, and shoots a fiery beam from his maw. ]

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[ Sparks erupt around the BATTLEZORD and MEGA KESTRELZORD, but the BATTLEZORD charges through the smoke. ]

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[ The BATTLEZORD leaps and performs a flying punch in midair (shown twice). ]

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[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - MAGDA fires a series of yellow blasts at RED RANGER, but he dodges each.  The blasts, however, seem to be taking their toll on the surrounding machinery. ]

The damage from this fight apparently causes critical damage to the spanner, or at least enough to disable it for a short while.


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The BATTLEZORD delivers a flurry of punches and kicks to TENDRILAG, the final punch spinning him around. ]

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I'm sure the only reason this fight lacked a groin blow is because the monster lacks a groin in the traditional sense.


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - RED RANGER punches the air, launching the BATTLIZER's winged component (known as a BATTLE BIRD), while the brace component remains attached to his wrist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Battle Bird, launch!  (launches)

[ As it flies through the air, the BATTLE BIRD gleams with red energy. ]

[ We zoom in on MAGDA as she readies her staff. ]

[ The BATTLE BIRD, now merely a bird-shaped streak of red energy, flies toward MAGDA in slow motion. ]

[ A white barrier of energy forms around MAGDA as she braces with her staff, but the BATTLE BIRD pierces it, shatters her staff's crystalline head, and grazes by her shoulder, slicing it as it passes by. ]

Hey, there's that force field after all!  By the way, that Battle Bird's pretty powerful.

[ As the flow of time returns to normal, MAGDA twirls around, her barrier dissolving.  She angrily throws her broken staff aside and clutches her shoulder. ]

[ In normal form, the BATTLE BIRD loops around and heads for MAGDA a second time.  It gleams further with the same red energy. ]

I don't consider the pacing here ideal, as lengthy Zord sequences take place between what should be mere moments between Magda and Luke.


[ EXT. VOID - The BATTLEZORD holds TENDRILAG in a grapple from behind.  As they struggle, the MEGA KESTRELZORD steps into frame. ]

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[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD assumes a ready position, and we zoom in to its head. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - YELLOW RANGER points.  BLUE RANGER appears concerned, but BLACK RANGER presses a button on the center controls. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Look, the Battlezord's giving us a free shot!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Be careful not to hit him!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
No worries.


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The MEGA KESTRELZORD charges and fires its chest beam. ]

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CHRIS (voice-over):
Battlezord, jump!

[ As the BATTLEZORD leaps upward, TENDRILAG is struck with the chest beam.  Blue and red orbs swirl out from him, and he explodes. ]

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For quite a while, I had in mind that the Battlezord would be destroyed in this episode, as a result of the Gemini Beam here (as I hadn't noticed that the Battlezord was actually shown leaping out of the way).  This had me considering introducing a new Battlezord built by Dr. Bering prior to the finale, at which point I figured I'd be able to use Jetman footage of the Battlezord being assembled.  I then gave up this silly idea when I saw the Battlezord's leap here, and the Battlezord assembly footage simply never made it into Take Flight.


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - As the BATTLE BIRD streaks toward MAGDA, RED RANGER quickly mans the control panel, where he presses a series of buttons. ]

[ The gleaming BATTLE BIRD streaks through MAGDA's midsection with a small burst of sparks.  She staggers slightly but then chuckles and slowly turns. ]

Oh snap, it went right through her!  Oh, but wait... she's immortal.  Darn.

MAGDA:
You think that will stop me?

[ RED RANGER presses a final button. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
No, but maybe this will.

[ MAGDA's eyes widen as the machinery around them hums loudly.  A yellow glow shines on them from above, and MAGDA vanishes with a yellow shimmer. ]

That's some nice button-pushing, Luke.

[ As the glow from above subsides, the BATTLE BIRD returns to RED's wrist and folds its wings.  RED RANGER wearily sighs with relief, but a burst of sparks erupts nearby.  He looks around as the machinery makes an unpleasant grinding sound. ]


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The BATTLEZORD and MEGA KESTRELZORD regroup. ]

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LISA (voice-over):
Luke, what's happening down there?

In the sentai, Red Ranger never left the Mega Kestrelzord after he joined them in the cockpit.


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - RED RANGER speaks toward his left wrist while working the control panel.  (His BATTLIZER is no longer present.) ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Magda's gone, but the spanner's leaking coolant like crazy.  I've gotta send you home before it overheats.

LISA (voice-over):
No!  What about you?

Not long before I began writing this episode, I thought it would be interesting (if unconventional) to have the Red Ranger out of the picture for most of the finale.  This was partially inspired by my fondness for Chris as a substitute leader, and that Luke had already been the focus of plenty of episodes so far.  Therefore, I decided to strand Luke in this dimension and send the others home without him.

[ RED RANGER turns away from the controls. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Power down.

[ LUKE demorphs with a red gleam.  He then hurries over to the hole in the front wall while removing his MORPHER from his wrist. ]

LISA (from Morpher):
Luke!  What about you?

I was stumped for quite a while as to how Luke could get his Morpher to the Rangers so they'd have it during the finale (as I most certainly didn't want Dr. Bering to be able to just whip up a spare Morpher).  One of my ideas involved Luke strapping his Morpher to his Battle Bird and flying it up to the Rangers, but this was akward; finally it dawned on me that he could toss his Morpher out a small hole in the spanner wall and have the Zords beam it up.

[ At the wall, LUKE calls into his MORPHER and then tosses it out the hole. ]

LUKE:
Mega Kestrelzord, beam me up!  (tosses Morpher)

Though I never stated it outright, I hoped by now the audience realized the Zords' teleportation beams are line-of-sight only, preventing Luke's escape in this instance (plus, he has to work the spanner, as Garavan is still in a crumpled heap).


[ INT. VOID (US footage) - In midair, the MORPHER is beamed up in a ray of blue light. ]

Apparently the Kestrelzord was the Zord doing the beaming, as it's the one with the blue ray.


[ INT. SPANNER (US footage) - LUKE returns to the controls and enters a final sequence. ]

LUKE (privately):
Bye, guys.

[ The machinery around him hums again. ]


[ INT. VOID (sentai) - The machine activates, its central unit glowing with golden energy.  The BATTLEZORD and MEGA KESTRELZORD writhe as electrical bolts crackle around them, but they then vanish with yellow shimmers.  The machine continues to crackle with electrical bolts as small explosions (US addition) riddle its surface. ]

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[ EXT. WARP (sentai) - The MEGA KESTRELZORD and BATTLEZORD fly through darkness, which is punctuated with amber streaks. ]

Zords away Zords away Zords away

Pay no attention to the incredibly fake-looking Zord props.


[ INT. VOID (US footage) - Covering his head as debris rains down, LUKE (lacking his Morpher) evacuates from the machine. ]

[ Nearby, GARAVAN groans as he begins to regain consciousness on the misty floor.  LUKE quickly helps him up, and they flee the area. ]


[ EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINS - A hole opens in the cliff face, and LUKE emerges with GARAVAN.  They stop to catch their breath. ]

GARAVAN:
Magda is gone?

LUKE (contently):
Yeah, looks like it.  But what was the destination?


[ Dissolve to EXT. ROCKY TERRAIN (DARK) - Lacking her staff, MAGDA wanders across an eerily silent rocky terrain dotted with small holes, each roughly the size of a football across.  The sky above is dark and murky. ]

[ A writhing sound behind her causes MAGDA to whirl around.  She sees nothing but the numerous holes in the terrain. ]

[ She hears another sound, but we still see nothing. ]

[ Then, from one hole, a JINNSECT slowly emerges.  Then others emerge. ]

I thought it would be satisfying for Magda's destination to come full circle with the dimension tapped for the Jinnsects in episode 3.

[ We see a wide shot of JINNSECTS emerging from holes all around MAGDA.  She is surrounded. ]

[ MAGDA sneers and summons the SWORD OF TEARS to her hand.  Cut to black. ]

This is one of my favorite moments in the series: Queen-Empress Magda, an immortal, is stranded on a planet of Jinnsects, armed only with a sword which happens to kill immortals.  Delicious!  (The question is, however, does she fend off the Jinnsects and somehow recover from this predicament, or does she commit seppuku and put herself out of her misery?  I assume the former, but I thought it was merciful to leave her with the latter as an option.)


[ Break. ]


[ INT. REGALA, KITCHEN - SCOTT (see episode 29) is working in a chef's uniform as PETE dashes in, nearly slipping due to his haste.  He is in a sous chef uniform but quite out of breath. ]

[ SCOTT raises his eyebrow and looks up at a clock nearby.  The time is 2:00. ]

Still the same day.  Pete has just made it on time to his first day at Regala.

[ With a smirk, SCOTT nods a hello. ]

SCOTT:
(nods)  Pete.


[ INT. SPACE STATION, LISA'S QUARTERS - In her black uniform, LISA stands at the window, looking into space.  In her hands, she absently turns over Luke's AVIMORPHER in her hands.  (In close-up, we may see the number 1 etched into the MORPHER's back plate.) ]

[ CHRIS enters.  He rubs the back of his head awkwardly, seeming unsure what to say.  He is wearing his same casual clothes. ]

CHRIS:
Uhh... hey.

I figured this would be a nice way to end the episode, as Chris and Lisa's earlier chat had left Lisa unsure about her relationship with Luke.  Now, Chris actually tries to be encouraging.

[ LISA glances over her shoulder.  She resumes looking out the window. ]

LISA (somberly):
Hey.

[ CHRIS stands beside her and looks out the window as well.  Silence hangs in the air for a moment before CHRIS speaks. ]

CHRIS:
We'll see him again, you know.

[ LISA looks down.  CHRIS searches for more words. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
I mean, surely they'll fix the spanner.  It'll probably just take a while before we hear anything.  Dr. Bering and Dillik are searching every frequency in the meantime, though.

Don't worry, Lisa, he'll be back before the finale ends (which is actually just the next day, though it seemed like a much longer gap while I was writing).

[ LISA nods.  After a moment, she notes: ]

LISA:
I miss him.  A lot.  I wish I could tell him I'm thinking about him.

And yet see what kind of decision she makes in episode 40!

CHRIS:
Yeah, well... he knows.

[ LISA smiles softly at him.  We slowly zoom out through the window and away from the space station.  Fade to black. ]