POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT - Season 2

Episode 2: "Welcome to Windvale, part 2"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ This episode contains no sentai footage, but all sentai comparisons refer to Liveman. ]


LISA (voice-over):
Previously on Power Rangers Take Flight:


[ INT. BALLARD RESIDENCE, DINING ROOM - MRS. BALLARD, a thick-framed woman in her early forties, stalks past the dining room table, where SLADE is draped lazily in a chair.  The table is covered with mail, bills, and various personal items, suggesting the table hasn't been used for meals in some time.  MRS. BALLARD is carrying a filthy-handed male toddler, HENLEY, toward the kitchen.  She wears a wedding ring.  Their house appears slightly run-down. ]

MRS. BALLARD:
Oh yes you are!

[ SLADE is speechless, apparently frustrated by efforts to persuade his mother otherwise. ]

SLADE:
... I... I don't believe this.

[ SLADE briefly glances toward LANDON, who is silently tossing a foam football into the air and catching it from a living room chair nearby. ]

SLADE (cont'd):
You just get to ship us off wherever you want?  This is so unfair!

[ MRS. BALLARD calls out from the kitchen, into which we can't see from this angle. ]

MRS. BALLARD (from the kitchen):
Sorry, kiddo.  When you start a family, then you can decide what's best for your kids.

[ SLADE sighs exasperatedly. ]

MRS. BALLARD (from the kitchen, cont'd):
Besides, did you know we tried to get you two into a private school when you were younger?

LANDON (still tossing his football):
I didn't know that.

MRS. BALLARD (from the kitchen):
We tried so hard, but we just couldn't afford it.  And there wasn't a scholarship to be found.

[ MRS. BALLARD emerges from the kitchen and waves Henley's clothes in her hand as if to emphasize her point. ]

MRS. BALLARD (cont'd):
So I don't want to hear about unfairness.  Not being able to get you into a safer school without moving out of our home - that was unfair.  Finally getting this kind of a gift...  Well, all I can tell you is you'd better not blow an opportunity like this!

[ A seemingly nude HENLEY, mostly obscured by the dining table and its piles, dashes past MRS. BALLARD with a giggle.  She chases after him. ]

MRS. BALLARD:
Henley, get back here!

[ SLADE sighs and rolls out of his chair into a standing position.  He approaches LANDON, who continues to toss his football. ]

LANDON:
I hope this boarding school has girls.


[ Wipe to EXT. EAST HALL - We see an establishment shot of a two-story dormitory building.  It has two parallel wings with a courtyard between them, and connected with a rear portion (such that the building is a square U shape).  Each wing has a total of ten rooms per floor (five facing either side), for a total of forty rooms in all.  A sign out front reads, "East Hall." ]


[ Dissolve to INT. TRINI AND APRIL'S ROOM - APRIL is unpacking her belongings in a smallish dorm room (though no smaller than 120 square feet).  Of the room's two beds, APRIL has picked the one on the left.  Her belongings include a CD player and CDs, as well as assorted clothes and swimming gear.  She is presently wearing smart casual attire, but a navy blue school uniform consisting of a navy blazer and plaid skirt (complete with pockets) hangs on the wall. ]

[ Though not shown in great detail, the blazer bears a small embroidered crest, the emblem of Windvale.  This crest consists of a ring (bearing "Windvale Academy" and "Est. 1907") around a shield bordered with laurel leaves.  The shield bears four quadrants: in the upper left are two open books; in the upper right is a fleur-de-lis (a stylized lily design); in the lower left is the emblem representing the villains in Liveman (see Liveman #1); in the lower right is a torch.  A banner under the shield reads, "Transire suum pectus mundoque potiri." ]

[ With several bags in hand, TRINI, dressed in smart casual attire (with pants instead of a skirt), enters through the open door (which bears the number 215).  APRIL turns with a wide smile.  (Though not much of it may be seen here, this wing consists of rooms 216 through 220 on the opposite side, and rooms 211 through 215 on April and Trini's side, with 220 opposite 215.  A stairwell and showers are around the left corner outside their room, and taking a U-turn to the left out of April and Trini's room would lead one down a hallway leading to the parallel boys' wing.) ]

APRIL:
Hey!  Trini!

[ APRIL approaches with arms out to hug TRINI, but her hands are clearly full.  APRIL takes a bag from her instead. ]

APRIL (cont'd):
When I saw you were my roommate, I couldn't believe it!

[ APRIL places the bag on the unoccupied right bed, and TRINI follows suit. ]

APRIL (cont'd):
I was talking to Michelle across the hall...  She's Sophie's roommate, but she's in our class even though she's on the seniors' side...  Anyway, she was saying they never put two new students in a room together.  Well, at least they didn't used to, but since the school's under new ownership and has a new headmaster, nobody really knows what to expect.  Remember Brad, that kid who won the flying competition?  They've got him in a room all by himself.  Poor guy.  Do you mind being on this side of the room?  I can switch with you if you want...

[ TRINI blinks coolly. ]

TRINI:
It's fine.

[ In the distance down the hall, a male voice (LANDON's) can be heard indistinctly.  It grows progressively closer over time. ]

APRIL (blushing):
Sorry, I'm talking your ear off, aren't I?  I'm just so excited to be here.  Windvale's such a prestigious school...  It's gonna look so good on my college applications.  I was worried about getting accepted to the ones I was interested in, but now...!  I mean, it's froggin' Windvale Academy!

[ TRINI studies APRIL. ]

TRINI:
... Did you just say "froggin'?"

[ APRIL laughs self-consciously. ]

APRIL:
Yeah.  My parents wouldn't even let me say the words that people say when they're trying not to swear.

[ TRINI chuckles. ]

TRINI:
"Froggin'."  It's not bad.

[ APRIL sits on her own bed. ]

APRIL:
What made you come here?  I mean, if you don't mind my asking...

[ TRINI sits on her own bed as well. ]

TRINI:
Well, it's kind of a long story, but my dad --

[ There is a knock on the door (which remains open).  APRIL and TRINI turn to find LANDON in the doorway looking nonchalant.  He is dressed in casual clothes with a unique flair by 1993's fashion standards.  Prominent in his outfit is the color green. ]

LANDON:
Hello, ladies.  Sorry to interrupt.  I just --  (drops his suave demeanor) Oh, hey, I know you.  We all won that pentathlon together.

[ APRIL gives a bashful little wave as she rises from her bed. ]

APRIL:
Hi.  April.

LANDON:
Right, April.  Nice to see you again.  And...

[ TRINI stands.  She doesn't appear especially amused. ]

TRINI:
Trini.  Which one are you?

[ LANDON chuckles coolly. ]

LANDON:
I'm Landon.  Here's how you can tell us apart... I'm the good-looking one.

[ APRIL smirks bashfully. ]

LANDON (cont'd):
I'm just messing around.  Slade's got some good qualities too.  (inwardly, with mock passion)  He's just got to!

[ APRIL giggles. ]

LISA (off-screen):
Mister Ballard...

[ LANDON straightens to face LISA, who has arrived at the doorway as well, from the direction of the stairwell. ]

LANDON:
Yes, Ms. Ward.  You're looking lovely today, by the way.

LISA (with a hint of an eye roll):
Charming, Landon.  I trust you've read the school handbook already.

LANDON:
Oh, yes ma'am.  Cover to cover.

LISA:
So I'm sure you're familiar with the rule on co-ed visitors.

LANDON:
I sure am, Ms. Ward.  That's why I wouldn't want to go in without the dorm counselor being notified.  (looks at his feet)

[ LISA looks down as well.  We see that LANDON has artfully positioned his feet such that his shoes just barely avoid crossing over onto the carpeting of the girls' room.  LISA looks back up at him skeptically. ]

LISA:
Right.  Be sure you study the part on the dress code too.

[ She turns to leave. ]

LANDON:
Yes ma'am!  I'll have it memorized by the time it goes into effect on Monday morning!

LISA (grumbling as she exits):
Uh huh.  And don't call me ma'am.

[ LANDON bows with a flourish in her direction (off-screen). ]

LANDON:
Yes milady.

[ APRIL giggles once more.  TRINI rolls her eyes and begins unpacking. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. GYMNASIUM - Seated in bleachers is the relatively small student body of Windvale Academy (presently a total of 121 students).  The students are arranged in four groups, from freshman on the left, to sophomores and juniors in the middle, and seniors on the right.  All are in uniforms, with boys in navy slacks and girls in plaid skirts (though a few girls, including TRINI, wear slacks instead).  Common to both genders are dress shirts and ties, in addition to the standard navy blazers.  Each student also has a standard navy backpack bearing the school's crest. ]

[ Standing along the far side of the gymnasium are sixteen assorted teachers and staff (though they aren't the focus of this scene).  Some of the faculty appear free-spirited or artistic; they include MRS. BRADY, MR. ECKLES, MR. GRANT, MS. HORTON, and MR. WRIGHT.  The more straight-laced group includes MR. DOWLEY, MR. FINCH, DR. GREEN (female), MRS. KEY, MS. ROSALES, MS. SMALLS, DR. SPENCER (male), MRS. SWEENEY, MS. WATSON, and MR. YANG.  Also among them is ERIN, an attractive young woman in her early twenties.  (Those wearing wedding rings include Mr. Finch, Mr. Grant, Dr. Green, Mr. Yang, and the women titled "Mrs.") ]

[ Seated beside SLADE among the juniors, LANDON tugs at his collar and tie. ]

LANDON:
Oh my god, this thing is so itchy!  I can't stand it!

[ SLADE doesn't reply.  LANDON notices that SLADE's tie is quite loose, and he promptly loosens his own tie in kind. ]

[ Seated beside TRINI, APRIL notices TRINI's slacks, as contrasted with APRIL's standard plaid skirt. ]

APRIL:
Went with the slacks?

TRINI (with a smirk):
Yeah, family tradition.  We all hate skirts.

[ In the center of the gymnasium, JON approaches a microphone.  Some distance away stands LISA, in her normal professional attire.  JON speaks into the microphone, his voice amplified through the gym. ]

JON:
Good morning!  I'd like to welcome you all to the start of a new year here at Windvale Academy!

[ The student body applauds modestly. ]

[ JON faces the seniors.  Most are age 17, while a few are barely 18.  The girls include BAN, BETH, KATIE, LAURA, LEA, LUCY, MELODY, SOPHIE, TIFFANY, and ZORA.  The boys include ALEKSY, BILLY, BRYCE, CAMERON, CHAD, DENIS, ERIC, HAGAN, JACK, JESSE, KIYOSHI, NOEL, RANJAN, RUFUS, TREVOR, and VANCE. ]

JON (cont'd):
Good morning, class of 1994!

[ The seniors applaud and cheer. ]

[ JON turns to the juniors.  Most are 16, while some are barely 17.  The girls include AMBER, APRIL, DOROTHY, GABRIELA, GIGI, KASIA, LARISSA, MICHELLE, NIKKI, TIA, TRINI, TULIA, and XIAOXIA.  The boys include ANDREW, BRAD, CONWAY, DEXTER, DILLON, GRANT, GUNNAR, JUSTIN, KEN, LANDON, LATHRO, LUIS, MITCH, RAUL, RYAN, SHAWN, SHIRO, SLADE, TERRENCE, and WERNER. ]

JON (cont'd):
Good morning, class of 1995!

[ The juniors respond more loudly than the seniors. ]

[ JON turns to the sophomores.  Most are 15, with some 16.  The girls include ANA, ANGELA, CANDICE, DAISY, DANA, ELISA, JENNIFER, KAINDA, LILY, MEGAN, NICOLE, NIKA, TARA, and YASMIN.  The boys include ADAM, CALEB, CARLOS, EDWARD, ISAAC, JAKE, JEFFREY, JULIO, LAMAR, MALIK, NATE, REGGIE, RICHIE, RICK, SANDI, TED, TIM, TRIP, and TYLER. ]

JON (cont'd):
Good morning, class of 1996!

[ The sophomores respond nearly as loudly. ]

[ JON turns to the freshman.  Most are 14, but some are 15.  The girls include ALISHA, AMY, CAROL, CATHERINE, EVA, GRACE, MANDY, MAY, NATALIE, RACHEL, RASHA, and RITA.  The boys include ADEEL, ANTHONY, BRANDON, BRIAN, CLAYTON, DAVID, FARID, HAL, HARRY, HECTOR, HETAL, JOEY, MAX, MICHAEL, NICK, SIRI, and VAUGN. ]

JON (cont'd):
And WELCOME, class of 1997!

[ The freshman respond loudly as well, their voices shriller than the rest. ]

[ Once the students begin to settle down, JON resumes. ]

JON (cont'd):
I know many of you have been here for some time...

[ As JON continues, we see successive shots of TRINI, BRAD, APRIL, SLADE, and LANDON. ]

JON (cont'd, off-camera):
And others are new to campus.  But one thing most of you have in common is...

[ We return to JON. ]

JON (cont'd):
...you have no idea who I am!

[ A small collection of students chuckle in the bleachers. ]

JON (cont'd):
Well, my name is Mr. Newgard, and somebody thought it would be a good idea to make me headmaster.  But don't worry, this is the same old Windvale.  Your education and growth are our top priority, and if there's anything we can do to make your stay here more productive, don't hesitate to speak with us.  (looks to Lisa)  To that end, let me introduce my administrative assistant, Ms. Lisa Ward...

[ LISA approaches and waves to the student body as they applaud politely. ]

JON (cont'd):
And our new school counselor...

[ From one of the entrances emerges a somewhat bashful MAGGIE, dressed in professional attire.  She still does not wear an AviMorpher. ]

JON (cont'd, off-screen):
Ms. Maggie Lu!

[ MAGGIE waves politely to further applause.  She and LISA exchange a smile.  Suddenly, LISA notices her blinking AVIMORPHER, prompting her to catch JON's eye.  He nods in response. ]

JON (cont'd, somewhat hurriedly):
And so, in conclusion, welcome to Windvale!  Dismissed!

[ MAGGIE, LISA, and JON exit the gymnasium as the student body begins to rise. ]

[ In the stands, LANDON remarks to SLADE: ]

LANDON:
Jeez, that was kind of abrupt.  Dude needs to work on his outros.

[ SLADE grunts noncommittally. ]


[ EXT. GYMNASIUM - As the students are filing out of the gym beneath a covered walkway, TRINI and APRIL are walking together when APRIL catches sight of BRAD shuffling through the crowd nearby.  She calls out to him. ]

APRIL:
Brad!

[ BRAD seems not to hear her. ]

APRIL (more loudly, with a smile):
Bradley Ito!

[ BRAD notices her, and the trio meets up. ]

APRIL (cont'd):
Hey, are you going crazy in that room by yourself yet?

BRAD:
No, actually, it's fantastic!  (leans in to elaborate)  I've had to share a room with my brother Nick since I was five years old.  He can be kind of a pain.

APRIL:
Eesh... I don't know if I could've shared a room with my sister... and we like each other!  She's in college now, though.

[ As the students pass by, LISA catches the trio's attention. ]

LISA:
Excuse me, Miss Flynn?  Miss Moore, Mr. Ito...  You're needed in Mr. Newgard's office, please.

[ APRIL appears confused. ]

APRIL:
What?  All three of us?

LISA (distractedly):
That's right.  Excuse me one moment.

[ LISA squeezes through the students to catch up to SLADE and LANDON, whom she's spotted elsewhere in the moving crowd. ]

LISA (cont'd, calling out):
Excuse me!  Mister Ballard!  Uhh, both of you, that is!

[ BRAD, TRINI, and APRIL exchange perplexed looks and then set out together. ]


[ Wipe to INT. SECRETARY'S OFFICE - LISA leads the five TEENS (TRINI, APRIL, BRAD, LANDON, and SLADE) into her office and directs them to the five chairs outside the headmaster's door. ]

LISA:
Please have a seat.  I'll let Mr. Newgard know you're here.

[ The TEENS sit as LISA enters the headmaster's office (we don't see inside from this angle) and shuts the door behind her. ]

LANDON:
Man, first day of classes, and I'm already getting sent to the office.

[ LANDON notices his tie is loose and promptly fixes it. ]

APRIL (concerned):
Are we in trouble?  I've never been sent to the principal's office before.

SLADE:
You still haven't.  This is the headmaster's office.

APRIL:
That's even worse!

BRAD (perplexed):
Are we going to miss first period?

TRINI:
You guys, let's just chill out, okay?  Maybe it's nothing.

[ Suddenly, the five TEENS dematerialize from their seats with greenish-silver vertical streaks of light. ]

[ Moments later, LISA pokes her head out of the headmaster's office.  Finding her office empty, she opens the door further and speaks to JON, whom we see standing by the window in his office. ]

LISA (with a nod):
They're gone.

[ JON nods. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - Having been working a wall console, DR. BERING turns as the five TEENS materialize on the opposite side of the central console.  Having been in their seated positions, the five TEENS exclaim and fall onto their backsides with nothing to support them any longer.  (Of note, all of the command center's exit doors are currently closed.) ]

DR. BERING:
Oh!  Sorry about that.

[ The TEENS help each other up and look around in bewilderment.  A few groan. ]

APRIL:
What in the world just happened?!

BRAD:
I think we fell through the floor...

LANDON (looking around):
Is this the science lab?

[ DR. BERING chuckles softly. ]

DR. BERING:
No.  You're a little over 22,000 miles above the Earth's surface.  This is the Jetman space station.

[ The TEENS blink in disbelief. ]

TRINI:
I'm sorry, what?

[ DR. BERING presses a button on the central console, at which point all of the wall monitors show various views of outer space.  The central monitor shows a wide view of Earth (specifically, the Americas). ]

DR. BERING:
My name is Dr. Bering, and I work here aboard the space station.  I've brought you here in hopes that you might be able to help us.

BRAD (with growing excitement):
Wait...  We're in THE space station...?!  The secret station that the government won't talk about??  Is this where the Power Rangers live?

DR. BERING:
Not quite... but close.  This station has been used as the Rangers' base of operations in the past.

SLADE:
Hang on.  You know the Power Rangers, but you want OUR help?  (glances at the other teens)  Do you know something we don't?

APRIL:
Yeah, we're just five high school students.

DR. BERING:
Five exceptional high school students.  Because of the abilities you've demonstrated, we wish to offer you the opportunity to become the next generation of Power Rangers.

[ The TEENS are stunned. ]

BRAD:
What?!

LANDON:
No way!

TRINI:
You're joking.

DR. BERING:
This is no joke.

BRAD:
What happened to the old Power Rangers??

SLADE:
Yeah, what'd they do, tick off the wrong evil space alien?

DR. BERING:
Ah, no...  The first-generation Rangers are alive and well, ready to protect the planet if they're needed.  But we're looking to train a new team who could ultimately determine the fate of the entire galaxy.

[ BRAD gulps. ]

APRIL:
The galaxy...?

LANDON:
Well, I'm in!

SLADE (to Dr. Bering):
Gimme a break.  The galaxy?  Why don't you just say the whole universe is at risk?  That'd get us all nice and jazzed up, right?

DR. BERING:
I understand your skepticism, but the danger is real.  We need a team of Rangers who will be ready when the time comes to confront it.

[ SLADE humphs. ]

TRINI:
What sort of abilities have we demonstrated?

DR. BERING:
I'm sorry...?

TRINI:
You said you were offering this to us because of abilities we'd demonstrated.  What are they?

DR. BERING:
Well... our operatives were present at the recent pentathlon in Spring Valley...

TRINI (coldly):
So... you chose us to be Rangers just because we're athletes.

LANDON (whispering to Trini):
Hey, man, don't jinx it!

BRAD (dejectedly, to himself):
I'm not even an athlete...

DR. BERING (forthrightly):
No, you're exactly right, Trini.  We have chosen you based on your physical specialties.  Trini, you possess formidable combat abilities.

[ APRIL listens politely as DR. BERING moves on to her. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
April, your agility underwater is unrivaled.

[ BRAD is next, listening with wide-eyed wonder. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Brad, you reign supreme at aerial combat.

[ Then comes LANDON, who appears to be raring to go. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Landon, your ability to escape danger will serve you well in battle.

[ We end with SLADE, who listens skeptically. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
And Slade, your expert marksmanship is a great asset to your team.

BRAD (inwardly):
So those events WERE based on a type of soldier... sort of...

TRINI:
But I don't want to be a soldier.

LANDON (exasperated):
Well, so don't look at it like being a soldier!  The lady's giving you a chance to be a superhero!  (to Dr. Bering) I'm in, by the way.

TRINI (to Dr. Bering):
The problem is, you picked us because of what we could do, not because of who we are.  You don't care about a sense of honor, or humility, or compassion...  You just want strong bodies.  I don't want to be a Power Ranger that way.

DR. BERING (to Trini):
I'm sorry you feel that way.  (to the rest) But unfortunately, your first mission requires your attention right now.

[ DR. BERING presses a button on the central console, causing a monitor to reveal an image of TOMATO KING terrorizing people at a farmers' market in morning light. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
This is Tomato King.  He's attacking a farmers' market just outside San Francisco.  Time is of the essence.

APRIL:
Um, don't we get some kind of training first?

DR. BERING:
We've found that morphing will imbue you with sufficient insight to use your powers and weapons.

SLADE:
Imbue us with insight...?  So... you're going to reprogram our brains...

DR. BERING:
Not exactly.  It's more like a heightening of your instincts.

[ SLADE ponders. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
But keep in mind, the effect is temporary, only as long as you're morphed.  And more importantly, it doesn't give you knowledge or experience.  This is why we wanted candidates familiar with your respective disciplines.  You have to know WHY to do what you're doing.

[ BRAD sees TRINI still doesn't appear to be appeased.  He then inquires: ]

BRAD:
Um, Dr. Bering...  Just for argument's sake, why can't you send the other Rangers?

DR. BERING:
This mission is reserved specifically for you.  I've been instructed not to call the others.

LANDON:
All right, well, shoot us with your gamma rays or whatever it is you do!

[ DR. BERING presses a button, causing a silver case to materialize with greenish-silver vertical streaks on the flat edge of the central console. ]

BRAD:
Whoa.

[ DR. BERING opens the case, revealing five POWER COINS, below which are five POWER AMULETS.  The POWER COINS (compare with last season) bear embossed images of the Rangers' respective animals - bison, falcon, lion, dolphin, and rhino.  (Though not shown here, each POWER COIN bears the same image on both sides.)  Each POWER AMULET, meanwhile, is a silvery-gray disc roughly two and a half inches in diameter and just over a quarter-inch thick.  Most of the front surface of the disc is covered with a circular glassy surface which is presently a dull gray with little apparent depth. ]

[ DR. BERING removes the center POWER AMULET, positioned below the LION COIN.  When eventually shown, the amulet's reverse side features a round depression which exactly fits a Power Coin, as well as smooth indentations on either side of the depression to facilitate the removal of said coin. ]

DR. BERING:
These are your Power Amulets.  (removes the Lion Coin)  They channel the energies from your Power Coins.

[ DR. BERING inserts the LION COIN into the back side of the POWER AMULET.  As soon as she does so, the glassy surface on the front of the amulet changes its color and reflectiveness: instead of a dull gray, the surface is now a rich yellow of seemingly infinite depth. ]

BRAD:
Wow, look at that!

[ DR. BERING absently admires the POWER AMULET in her hands. ]

DR. BERING (with a nod toward the case):
The Power Coins are an ancient power source created by a wise being named Ninjor.  One of his pupils, Argus, brought the coins to Earth long ago, but only within the past year did our agents track them down.  They are now yours to command.

APRIL (inwardly):
This is crazy...

DR. BERING (with a nod toward the case):
Brad, you have been chosen as the falcon.

[ BRAD peers carefully at the FALCON COIN. ]

DR. BERING:
You may take it.

[ BRAD cautiously approaches and removes the FALCON COIN and its respective POWER AMULET.  He turns the amulet over and inspects it tentatively. ]

BRAD:
I just... put this in here...?

[ DR. BERING nods. ]

[ BRAD inserts the FALCON COIN.  As he turns the POWER AMULET over, its gray circle turns a vibrant red. ]

BRAD (enthusiastically):
Awesome!  (to Dr. Bering) I'm the Red Ranger?

[ She nods. ]

DR. BERING:
April, the Dolphin Coin is yours.

[ BRAD clumsily steps back, continuing to gape at his POWER AMULET.  APRIL, meanwhile, approaches.  She gently removes the DOLPHIN COIN and its POWER AMULET.  She inserts the coin and turns the amulet over to see its front surface turn a stunning shade of blue. ]

APRIL (with a smile):
Blue Ranger.

[ She steps away. ]

DR. BERING:
Slade, will you accept the Bison Coin?

[ SLADE shrugs and advances. ]

SLADE:
Might as well.

[ SLADE takes the BISON COIN and POWER AMULET.  Once they are assembled, the surface turns infinitely black.  He rejoins LANDON. ]

LANDON:
Hey, Black Ranger.  Nice.

[ LANDON does a quick mental computation and grows apprehensive. ]

LANDON (cont'd):
Wait a minute...

DR. BERING:
Landon, the Rhino Coin awaits.

[ LANDON wearily steps forward and takes the remaining coin and amulet. ]

LANDON:
I'm Pink Ranger, aren't I?  You made me the Pink Ranger?  (sighs)  That's okay, I can take it.  I'm comfortable with my masculinity.

[ LANDON winces and averts his eyes as he inserts the POWER COIN.  He appears too afraid to look down.  Then, however, he takes a peek and sighs with enormous relief to find the disc is colored green. ]

LANDON (cont'd):
Green!!  (laughs, shows it to everyone)  I'm the Green Ranger!  (inwardly) I didn't even know there was a Green Ranger!

BRAD:
But what about Yellow?

[ DR. BERING continues to hold the yellow POWER AMULET.  She looks to TRINI. ]

DR. BERING:
The Lion Coin is yours if you'll have it, Trini.  As is the role of team leader.

[ The four TEENS look to TRINI as she meets DR. BERING's gaze. ]


[ EXT. FARMERS' MARKET (MORNING) - The market is now devoid of people.  The five TEENS materialize from greenish-silver vertical streaks, each still in his or her school uniform. ]

[ We see TRINI holding the yellow POWER AMULET.  BRAD nods to her. ]

BRAD:
You made the right decision, Trini.

TRINI (sheepishly):
Well, it's hard to say no with the fate of the galaxy in the balance...

SLADE:
I still think "the fate of the universe" would've sounded better.

TOMATO KING (off-screen):
Halt!  Who goes there?!

[ The five TEENS spin to find TOMATO KING standing some distance away. ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey, you're not the Power Rangers.  Darn it all, I've been tearing up the place for nothing!

BRAD:
Oh, you want the Power Rangers, do you?

TOMATO KING:
I sure do!

APRIL (to the others):
Well, let's not disappoint the man!

[ TRINI nods. ]

TRINI:
Let's do it, guys!  It's morphing time!

[ With her right hand, TRINI extends her POWER AMULET with a flourish, such that the yellow glassy surface points outward (coin toward her palm), but she finishes by rotating her wrist such that the amulet then faces her.  While doing so, she calls out: ]

TRINI:
Power of the lion!

[ A translucent yellow lion spirit emerges from TRINI's POWER AMULET and bathes her in yellow light.  She emerges in the form of the YELLOW RANGER, her POWER AMULET now affixed to her belt rather than in her hand.  She strikes a martial arts pose.  (Note that YELLOW's costume matches her sentai counterpart, including the lack of a skirt despite her feminine physique.) ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger, cont'd):
Yellow Ranger!

[ BRAD extends the red POWER AMULET and then turns it toward himself. ]

BRAD:
Power of the falcon!

[ A red falcon spirit (compare with season 1, episode 40) emerges and similarly transforms him into the RED RANGER.  He poses as well, with comparable grace and authority. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Red Ranger!

[ APRIL likewise extends and flips the blue POWER AMULET. ]

APRIL:
Power of the dolphin!

[ A blue dolphin spirit transforms her into the BLUE RANGER.  She poses. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Blue Ranger!

[ LANDON extends and flips the green POWER AMULET. ]

LANDON:
Power of the rhino!

[ A green rhino spirit transforms him into the GREEN RANGER. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger, cont'd):
Green Ranger!

[ The four morphed RANGERS look at SLADE, who continues to hold his POWER AMULET by his side. ]

SLADE:
I'm not yelling all that stuff.

[ SLADE simply holds his POWER AMULET in front of himself, black side facing him, and a translucent black bison spirit emerges, transforming him with purple light into the BLACK RANGER. ]

[ The five RANGERS strike a pose in unison. ]

RANGERS (in unison):
Power Rangers!

[ TOMATO KING appears utterly dumbfounded. ]

TOMATO KING:
W--  But...  How did --  (stamps his foot)  Darn it, nobody told me there were two sets of Power Rangers!  (shrugs)  Ah well.  I can practice on you.

[ TOMATO KING charges. ]

TOMATO KING (cont'd):
Yaaaaaahhhh!

[ YELLOW RANGER extends her hand. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Scatter!

[ As TOMATO KING charges, the five RANGERS almost instantaneously scatter from their previous positions, in the form of respectively-colored, uneven streaks of energy, each Ranger's patch of streaks resembling an assortment of claw marks.  (Black's streak is colored purple.) ]

[ The RANGERS rematerialize, now more spread out, behind TOMATO KING.  He stops and turns, perplexed. ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey, how'd you do that?

[ RED RANGER looks at his own hands. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
That's what I'd like to know!  (looks to Tomato King)  Let's try that again.

[ RED streaks forward, his energy bouncing all around TOMATO KING.  Each bounce which comes into contact with TOMATO KING causes his body to spark at the point of impact. ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey!  Ow!  Get off me!

[ BLUE RANGER cheers. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Way to go, Brad!

[ As the streak attack continues, TOMATO KING twirls and vanishes in a puff of leaves.  RED RANGER solidifies in place and looks around. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Where'd he go?

[ TOMATO KING appears behind YELLOW RANGER and attempts to grapple her. ]

TOMATO KING:
Surprise!

[ YELLOW RANGER deftly grabs TOMATO KING by the arm and hurls him over her shoulder.  He flies through the air, at which point, she quickly springs into the air and punts him straight up, even higher into the air.  He yelps when kicked. ]

[ BLUE RANGER exclaims with amazement. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Wow!

[ YELLOW lands below. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Slade!

[ Watching the villain peak in mid-air (off-screen), BLACK RANGER draws his WILD BLASTER from the holster on his right hip.  The WILD BLASTER is a white laser pistol remotely matching the sentai. ]

SLADE (Black Ranger):
I'm on it.

[ BLACK aims his WILD BLASTER at TOMATO KING above, who begins to tumble back to earth.  As he falls, however, TOMATO KING snaps his fingers. ]

TOMATO KING:
Ted, I need you!

[ A large basket, apparently crafted from hardened brown vine-like strands, appears over BLACK RANGER's head, effectively blinding him.  He appears startled for a moment. ]

SLADE (Black Ranger):
Hey, what the...?

[ TOMATO KING lands nearby.  BLACK RANGER struggles to tear the basket from his head (made somewhat difficult by the WILD BLASTER he clutches in one hand).  Meanwhile, GREEN RANGER streaks by and materializes in a different direction, drawing TOMATO KING's attention from BLACK. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger):
Did you just call your basket "Ted?"

TOMATO KING:
That's right.  (derisively) What do you name YOUR baskets?

LANDON (Green Ranger):
Uhh...

TOMATO KING:
That's right!  You don't name them anything!  No wonder they won't help you in battle!  (extends his hand) Arthur!

[ In TOMATO KING's hand appears a basket with a handle, filled with plump, ripe tomatoes.  It is fashioned out of the same material.  TOMATO KING grabs a tomato with his free hand and hurls it toward GREEN RANGER. ]

TOMATO KING (cont'd):
Take this, Ranger!

[ GREEN RANGER casually dodges the tomato. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger, as if rolling his eyes):
Oh, please...

[ TOMATO KING makes an explosion gesture with his throwing hand. ]

TOMATO KING:
Poof!

[ When the errant tomato strikes the abandoned fruit stand behind GREEN RANGER, it explodes with considerable force, breaking part of the stand apart and obliterating the fruit thereon. ]

[ GREEN RANGER startles and looks back.  He then looks at TOMATO KING again. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger, cont'd):
Whoa!  This dude's not messing around!

[ BLUE RANGER looks on anxiously. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Landon!  (inwardly) Ohh, monkey-butter!  What am I supposed to do to help?  I'm a water expert without a drop of water!

[ TOMATO KING rapidly removes tomatoes from his basket and hurls them, one after the next. ]

[ In slow motion, GREEN RANGER dodges and weaves, avoiding each of the tomatoes.  They explode in the background.  One particular tomato just misses him and lands a short distance behind him.  GREEN RANGER utilizes the force of the blast to leap forward at high speed (the slow motion now returning to normal speed).  He performs a head-butt with his helmet into TOMATO KING's midsection, sending the villain flying backward through the air (his basket falling to the ground and spilling its tomatoes). ]

[ BLUE RANGER remarks again. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Whoa!

[ BLUE reacts as though something is hovering in front of her which she wishes to shoo it away, but she then appears to realize that nothing is there. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
W--  That's weird.

[ BLACK RANGER finally rips the basket from his head and catches sight of the distant flying foe.  He quickly aims his WILD BLASTER and pulls the trigger, releasing a blue laser pulse (similar to the Sky Blasters' lasers last season, but colored blue rather than gold). ]

[ TOMATO KING manages to land on his feet with a skidding stop.  He laughs proudly but is then struck squarely in the chest with the blue laser pulse, eliciting a flash of sparks as he staggers back slightly.  He then brushes himself off. ]

TOMATO KING:
(laughs, then blasted)  Hey!  (brushes himself off)  You know, I think I'm getting used to these bright thingies you keep shooting at me...

[ BLACK RANGER looks between his WILD BLASTER and his distant foe. ]

SLADE (Black Ranger, sarcastically):
Yeah, go marksmanship.

[ TOMATO KING is alarmed upon looking at the ground toward the distant Black Ranger (off-screen). ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey, what did you do to Ted?!

[ BLACK RANGER looks down at the torn-up basket on the ground beside him. ]

SLADE (Black Ranger):
Uhh...

[ BLUE RANGER resumes trying to put a finger on something invisible in front of her.  She appears increasingly flustered. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
All right, what in the world is this thing??

[ Finally, BLUE RANGER firmly extends her hand and seems to pluck something out of thin air. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Dolphin Bow!

[ With a blue gleam of light, a blue and white archer's bow (compare with sentai) appears in her extended hand.  Its design resembles two dolphins pointing toward each other, their bodies together forming the arc of the bow.  This is the DOLPHIN BOW.  BLUE is astonished. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Whoa!

[ TOMATO KING turns to look at her. ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey, nice trick, Blue Ranger!  But I'd like to see you stop me without any arrows!

[ BLUE RANGER readies the DOLPHIN BOW in TOMATO KING's direction and summons a gleaming blue energy-based arrow from thin air.  She pulls back the bowstring, preparing to fire. ]

[ TOMATO KING appears disappointed. ]

TOMATO KING:
Ohh...

[ BLUE RANGER releases the gleaming arrow.  It flies through the air and strikes TOMATO KING in the midsection.  A spark explosion erupts all around him as he flings himself backward.  Amidst the smoke, he lands on his back, his body smoking as well.  He then simply fades away, leaving behind a few shriveled-up leaves which are carried away by a light breeze. ]

[ The other RANGERS regroup around BLUE RANGER as she continues to hold her DOLPHIN BOW. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Whoa!  Where'd you get that thing?!

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
I... I don't know!  It was just like it was there the whole time!

SLADE (Black Ranger):
I guess that's one of the instincts that lady was talking about.

[ RED RANGER tries to summon a weapon. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Falcon Bow!

[ It doesn't work. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Nothing.

[ BLUE RANGER casually dismisses her DOLPHIN BOW with a blue gleam, apparently without even thinking about it. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Well, I'm sure Dr. Ber--  (notices the bow is gone)  Whoa!  How'd I do THAT?

[ The blue-striped HOVERBIRD circles around the RANGERS.  YELLOW RANGER nods in its direction. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
We're done here, Dr. Bering.

[ The five RANGERS dissolve into vertical streaks now matching their Ranger colors. ]

[ We slowly pan over to a stand nearby, behind which lurks an OLD MAN who has apparently watched the entire scene.  We zoom into his eye, revealing some sort of electronics within his pupil.  We then transition through these electronic visuals to: ]


[ INT. BUNKER, COMMAND ROOM - A monitor in a refurbished control panel against the wall shows the farmers' market from the old man's perspective.  We zoom out from the control panel to see it resides in some sort of bunker complex, perhaps originally serving a military function, but abandoned for some time.  It is now in a partial state of refurbishment using not-particularly-futuristic parts.  One notable addition to the room is a glowing blue orb, the MINDSPHERE, which is embedded into equipment in the rear wall.  It is about the size of a small coconut. ]

[ Before the control panel stands a figure in robotic black and dark red armor, his design vaguely similar to both Liveman's robot warrior and last season's Strife (see Jetman), with dual laser cannons on each wrist.  On his back is a round shield (a buckler, no more than a foot wide) known as the SPIRAL SHIELD, its front surface colored black and bearing tight, subtle spiral ridges (a total of twelve ridges).  Like the previous robot, this warrior shall be known as STRIFE.  His voice bears certain characteristics of both Mainframe and Strife from last season. ]

STRIFE:
So, I have five more Rangers to destroy.  (ponders)  I'm going to need more Nobots.


[ Break. ]


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

APRIL (voice-over):
So where'd that "Dolphin Bow" come from, anyway?


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The five TEENS stand before DR. BERING in the command center.  The side doors remain closed. ]

DR. BERING:
That'll have to wait until next time.  I think you're all a little late for class.

APRIL (disappointedly):
Awww...

DR. BERING:
But first, three quick rules you'll have to follow to continue serving as Rangers.

SLADE (rolling his eyes):
Oh, here it comes.

DR. BERING:
First, keep your identities a secret.  This is for your safety, and the safety of those around you.

LANDON:
Secret identities...  No surprise there.  What's next?

DR. BERING:
Second, your powers exist to protect others from harm.  You are not to use them for vengeance or personal gain.

TRINI (with a nod):
I like that one.

BRAD (interjecting politely):
Um, could I have something to write these down?

[ DR. BERING eyes BRAD. ]

DR. BERING:
I'll send you a transcript.  (to all)  Finally, never strike down a foe who can't fight anymore.  You might be destroying your next ally.

LANDON (mispronouncing "publicity"):
(nods)  Plus it's bad plubicity if you do it in front of people.

APRIL:
(giggles)  You just said "publicity."  I mean pub-- plubl... Bleah!  I can't even say it wrong!

DR. BERING (somewhat impatiently):
Are you taking this seriously?

LANDON:
Yeah, we got it!  Be stealthy, be humble, and be merciful.

DR. BERING (moderately impressed):
That's... not too far off, actually.  Oh, one last rule of thumb.  If you ever feel you're not acting like yourself, stop everything and contact one of us immediately.

SLADE:
You mean aside from our powers telling us what to do?

DR. BERING:
Yes, aside from that.

BRAD:
All right, well, I think we've got it.

DR. BERING:
(nods)  I'll send you back now.  Keep your amulets handy in case of an emergency.  And don't lose them!  (inwardly) Well, we could track them down if we needed to, but... (sternly) ...don't make us.  ... Please.

[ LANDON removes his green POWER AMULET from his pocket to take a brief peek at it.  He then slips it back into his pocket.  (Unless otherwise noted, the POWER COINS will remain inserted into the POWER AMULETS, and the front of the amulets will retain their respective Ranger colors.) ]

LANDON:
Roger.

[ DR. BERING prepares to press a button on the central console. ]

DR. BERING:
'Til next time, Rangers.

[ She presses the button, and the five TEENS vanish with Ranger-colored streaks. ]

[ A moment later, one of the side doors slides open.  DR. BERING turns to face GENERAL TAGGART (see season 1) as he emerges in uniform.  Her tone may not be entirely deferent. ]

DR. BERING:
Was that what you had in mind, General?

GENERAL TAGGART (with a nod):
Yes, that will do nicely, Doctor.


[ INT. SECRETARY'S OFFICE - The five TEENS materialize in the office with the same streaks.  APRIL smoothes out her uniform. ]

APRIL:
Yikes, that feels so weird.

JON (off-screen):
Welcome back.

[ The TEENS twirl to find JON and LISA standing nearby, formerly off-camera.  LISA displays a faint smile.  The TEENS, however, are alarmed to have been found out. ]

TRINI:
Mr. Newgard!

BRAD:
You saw us?!  (inwardly) Oh, man, we already broke rule number one!

JON:
Not quite.  We called you into the office this morning specifically so Dr. Bering could summon you in secret.  We're part of the plan.

SLADE (dryly):
Wow, man, thanks for warning us before we got beamed into outer space.

JON:
We didn't warn you because we didn't want our roles disclosed if you chose to decline Dr. Bering's offer.

APRIL (directing her attention to the building at large):
So... is everyone here in on it?

JON:
No.  There are only three faculty members who know your secret: myself, Ms. Ward, and your counselor, Ms. Lu.  We'll be your cover when emergencies arise.

LISA:
And if you need to talk with somebody about... anything... please come see us at any time.  You can talk to us, or Mag-- uhh, Ms. Lu.

JON:
Your affairs are confidential with Ms. Lu, unless you pose a threat to yourself or others.  That's the only circumstance under which she may disclose information to us.

APRIL (slightly concerned):
Umm, okay...  Like if we stop acting like ourselves...?

LANDON:
Yeah, what's the deal?  Dr. Bering warned us about that.  What, are we gonna turn into monsters or something?

LISA (with a gentle smile):
No, it's not like that.  She's just talking about spells.

BRAD (with wide-eyed wonder):
Spells...?

LISA:
Yeah, you know...  Like when a monster zaps you and makes you lazy, or steals your voice, or gives you a really big appetite...

[ The TEENS stare blankly at LISA. ]

LISA (cont'd, embarrassed):
Sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself.  That may not happen to you anyway.

[ JON produces five small pink slips of paper, which he appears to intend to give to the TEENS. ]

JON:
But if it does, you'll be more prepared than your predecessors.  (prepares to hand out slips)  Now, take these.

BRAD:
Are those our Ranger rules?  (inwardly) I kinda thought they'd be laminated or something...

JON:
No.  They're hall passes.  You're late to class.

[ The TEENS take them. ]

BRAD (sheepishly):
Oh.

[ JON nods politely to them. ]

JON:
... Rangers.

[ The TEENS share an eager glance (though SLADE's expression is more subdued). ]


[ Wipe to INT. ADMINISTRATIVE HALLWAY - The TEENS exit the secretary's office.  Last out, TRINI shuts the door gently.  Once the door is shut, APRIL, BRAD, and LANDON silently pretend to scream with excitement to each other.  TRINI smiles, and even SLADE appears less dour than usual.  They then set off down the hall together. ]


[ INT. HEADMASTER'S OFFICE - JON takes a seat at his desk as LISA follows him into his office. ]

LISA (upbeat):
Well, that could've gone worse.

JON:
They've got potential.

LISA (with a mischievous smile):
So what kind of Zords did you make?

JON:
(chuckles)  I'm glad you think so highly of our engineers, but we're years away from our own Zords.  Starships, yes.  Zords, no.

LISA (confused):
So...  There are no Zords...?

JON:
Oh, there are Zords.  Ancient Zords.  They're just in empire territory.

[ LISA cocks an eyebrow. ]

LISA:
Come again...?

JON (casually):
Yeah, we'll have to send the Rangers in after them.  But let's give them a while to acclimate to their new lives.  (considers)  A few days should be fine.  Let's pencil it in for Saturday.

[ LISA eyes him with disbelief.  Cut to black. ]