POWER RANGERS TAKE FLIGHT - Season 2

Episode 3: "Dig Deep, part 1"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Liveman #21. ]


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


[ Fade in to EXT. SCHOOL GROUNDS - A sign in front of the school's main administrative buildings reads, "Windvale Academy, Est. 1907." ]


[ INT. HEADMASTER'S OFFICE - At his desk, JON is calmly filling out a form of some sort.  We hear the door open off-camera.  JON politely looks up at his visitors. ]

[ There stand LISA and MAGGIE in normal work outfits.  LISA appears to be filled with with a bold sense of purpose, while MAGGIE refrains from making eye contact with JON. ]

JON:
May I help you?

LISA:
We've made a decision.  Our team needs to know about the Windvale project, and we're going to tell them.

[ Unfazed, JON shrugs coolly. ]

JON:
All right.  Go ahead.

[ MAGGIE and LISA exchange puzzled glances. ]

JON (cont'd):
Is something wrong?

[ LISA blinks in disbelief. ]

LISA:
But --  (glances at Maggie, then back at Jon)  You --

JON:
There was never any rule against telling your teammates, Miss Ward.  I'm sorry if you got that impression.

[ LISA scowls at JON a moment.  MAGGIE looks to LISA, watching her carefully.  LISA then turns and exits without a word.  MAGGIE follows, glancing back at JON briefly.  She then shuts the door behind her. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - In an office befitting a high school counselor, LISA and MAGGIE are talking.  LISA appears frustrated. ]

LISA:
Uggh, I dunno what to say, Maggie.  I --

MAGGIE:
Don't worry about it.  I trust your word over Turnquist's.  Or "Newgard's."

LISA:
No, but he's right!  That's the problem!  He never told me not to tell you guys!

MAGGIE:
Hmm.

LISA (unhappily):
I automatically jumped to secrecy as soon as he told me.  I guess I'm just not built for telling the truth.

MAGGIE:
Now, I don't think that's true...

[ LISA smirks. ]

LISA:
Very funny.

[ MAGGIE smiles apologetically. ]

MAGGIE:
Sorry.  But I think you have pretty good reasons for your secrecy.  You know, protecting the timestream, working in covert government programs...

LISA:
Yeah?  You figure that's good enough for Luke?

[ MAGGIE blinks. ]

LISA (awkwardly):
... and, you know, the rest of the team?

MAGGIE:
I think they'll understand.  When do you want to tell them?

LISA:
Probably the sooner the better.

MAGGIE:
After last bell?

LISA:
Yeah.  I'll ask Dr. Bering to set up one of those private conference calls.

MAGGIE:
Okay.  I'll give the others a heads up.

[ LISA ponders privately. ]


[ Dissolve to INT. CAFETERIA (AFTERNOON) - The school's cafeteria, normally able to seat 150 diners, is currently functioning as a study hall, with students clustered in assorted groups.  The students include all boarding students from grades 9 through 11, as well as roughly half of the school's day students.  Also present are just a few seniors.  All students are in uniform.  At the front of the room, seated at a small desk as he reads a mystery novel, is MR. GRANT (see episode 2).  A clock on the wall shows the time is roughly 4:30. ]

[ At a table of their own, SLADE, LANDON, APRIL, BRAD, and TRINI sit in a row.  LANDON and APRIL are writing answers on paper while referring to matching statistics textbooks.  TRINI is writing an essay of some sort, while SLADE is reading from a history textbook.  BRAD, meanwhile, is reading a library book about aviation history. ]

[ LANDON leans over to APRIL. ]

LANDON (whispering):
Hey, what'd you get for number six?

[ APRIL checks her paper. ]

APRIL (whispering):
Inferential.

[ At the front of the room, MR. GRANT clears his throat, his eyes on the TEENS' table.  APRIL shrinks back meekly, and LANDON straightens in his seat.  TRINI glances at them. ]

[ LANDON resumes his work quietly for a moment.  Not long later, he begins to look past SLADE toward the side windows. ]

LANDON (whispering):
Man, how come the seniors get to go where they want during study hall?

[ SLADE responds without lifting his eyes from his textbook. ]

SLADE (whispering):
They're special.

LANDON (whispering):
But it's kinda unfair, you know?  Just because they're a year older...

SLADE (whispering):
Well, what do you want me to do about it?

[ LANDON humphs privately. ]

LANDON (whispering, inwardly):
It's just kinda unfair, that's all.

[ Briefly suspending his reading, BRAD whispers around APRIL to LANDON. ]

BRAD (whispering):
At least we get a later lights-out time than the underclassmen.

[ LANDON looks toward BRAD but then looks up beyond him instead.  There stands MR. GRANT with arms crossed.  LANDON straightens and returns to his homework.  BRAD gulps as he realizes MR. GRANT is behind him. ]

MR. GRANT (speaking softly to the teens):
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a silent study hall.

[ LANDON begins writing on his paper. ]

LANDON (softly):
Yes sir!

[ MR. GRANT looks down at BRAD, who has apprehensively returned to his book.  (Nearby, a few students at other tables may glance over toward this area.) ]

MR. GRANT (softly):
Mr. Ito, I believe you have some assignments to work on...

[ BRAD meekly turns and looks up at him. ]

BRAD (softly):
Umm, no sir, I've finished them all.

[ MR. GRANT appears slightly flustered and glances at the clock on the wall (only a minute has passed since the scene opened, if the clock is shown). ]

BRAD (softly, cont'd):
Uh, sir, on question ten, you didn't say whether we should assume a frictionless environment like you did on all the others.  I did it both ways just in case.  Is that okay?

[ MR. GRANT blinks. ]

MR. GRANT (softly):
But... we haven't covered friction yet.  How did you...?

BRAD (softly):
I looked ahead.  I wasn't sure what to use for the coefficient of friction, but a lot of the examples in chapter six used .05, so that's what I used.

[ MR. GRANT nods, still a bit surprised. ]

MR. GRANT:
Uhh, that's fine.  Well done, Mr. Ito.  (to all, while wandering away)  Let's just keep it down over here.

[ As MR. GRANT leaves, APRIL snickers quietly, and TRINI smirks as well.  BRAD flashes the girls a dopey smile, seemingly unsure what's so funny. ]

[ The clock dissolves from its previous time (roughly 4:30, plus a minute) to 5:00.  A bell rings. ]


[ EXT. CAFETERIA (AFTERNOON) - The students exit the cafeteria and split up along assorted walkways leading across campus.  BRAD, TRINI, and APRIL walk together, while SLADE and LANDON trail them by some distance, talking amongst themselves.  All have backpacks.  BRAD is holding his library book. ]

TRINI (to Brad):
So how'd you do all your assignments that quickly?

BRAD:
Huh?  Oh, I did most of them between classes.

LANDON (muttering to Slade):
Man, and here I was spending my breaks talking to GIRLS...

APRIL (peeking at his book):
So what are you reading?  (sees the cover)  Aviation history?

BRAD:
Yeah, for our history paper.

[ APRIL blinks. ]

APRIL:
You mean the paper due at the end of the quarter?  (inwardly) I haven't even picked my topic yet...

[ LANDON stops in his tracks. ]

LANDON:
Hey, uh... why do I want to put my hand in my pocket all of a sudden?

SLADE (continuing without him):
That's your business, dude.

[ APRIL stops. ]

APRIL:
Wait, I do too.

[ The other four TEENS now stop and look around cautiously. ]

BRAD:
What's going on?  Are we under a spell?

TRINI:
I don't know.  Let's go around back.

[ The five TEENS furtively head around the building. ]


[ EXT. CAFETERIA, REAR (AFTERNOON) - The TEENS gather in a secluded spot around the back side of the building.  They remove their POWER AMULETS.  In addition to retaining their respective Ranger colors (see episode 2), the amulets' faces are now pulsating slowly with respectively-colored light. ]

[ APRIL studies her pulsating amulet. ]

APRIL:
So... they wanted our attention...?  But why?

[ Without warning, the blue surface in APRIL's amulet ripples away, revealing an image of DR. BERING in the space station's command center, as though the amulet is functioning as a communicator. ]

DR. BERING (from amulet):
Hello, Rangers.

[ The five TEENS are mildly surprised, each POWER AMULET now showing the same view of DR. BERING. ]

TRINI:
Dr. Bering...

[ In TRINI's amulet, DR. BERING smirks. ]

DR. BERING (from amulet):
You should probably work on not looking so surprised.  This is how we'll call you, unless Ms. Ward has to call you out of class.

SLADE:
So... what, is there a celery monster on the loose or something?

DR. BERING (from amulet):
Not right now.  I wanted to show you around the space station.

[ BRAD's eyes light up with excitement. ]


[ INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE (AFTERNOON) - MAGGIE stands nearby as LISA speaks into her MORPHER. ]

LISA:
... So that's pretty much the gist of it.


[ EXT. GARAGE (REAR, AFTERNOON) - CHRIS speaks into his MORPHER behind a garage of some sort. ]

CHRIS:
I must not have been paying attention, because I thought you just said Taggart made Power Rangers out of HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.


[ EXT. PARKING LOT (AFTERNOON) - In his chef's uniform, PETE speaks into his MORPHER in a back parking lot behind Regala. ]

PETE:
Uhh, I think I heard that too.


[ EXT. ALLEY (AFTERNOON) - In her Booksmart uniform, CASEY speaks into her MORPHER in a back alley (see season 1, episode 4). ]

CASEY:
Me too.


[ INT. PETE'S APARTMENT (AFTERNOON) - LUKE speaks into his MORPHER. ]

LUKE:
Are they... specially trained or something?


[ INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE (cont'd). ]

LISA:
Well, the thing is, their powers have this... sort of auto-pilot.  It, like, enhances their fighting skills and stuff.


[ EXT. GARAGE (cont'd). ]

CHRIS:
Fancy.  Back in my day, we had to read instructions out of our helmets!

PETE (from Morpher):
Heh, yeah.


[ EXT. ALLEY (cont'd). ]

CASEY:
But still, why'd they have to pick people so young?


[ INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE (cont'd). ]

LISA:
Hmm, well, you guys probably aren't gonna like this one, but, uh... it seems like they want people who are easier to train.  Maybe a little more impressionable.


[ EXT. PARKING LOT (cont'd). ]

PETE:
Uhh... wow.  That's kinda twisted.

CASEY (from Morpher):
Those poor kids.


[ INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE (cont'd). ]

LISA:
Yeah, well, Maggie and I are trying to watch out for them as best we can.  Maggie in particular.

[ MAGGIE smiles appreciatively. ]

LISA (cont'd):
I think they'll be okay.

LUKE (from Morpher):
Well, give us a call if they run into any trouble.  Taggart probably won't be keeping us in the loop, but that doesn't mean we're not gonna help.

LISA:
Right.  Will do.

LUKE (from Morpher):
Oh, Lisa?

LISA:
Uhh, yeah?

LUKE (from Morpher):
Thanks for telling us.

[ LISA flashes a self-conscious smile. ]

LISA:
No problem.


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

DR. BERING (voice-over):
But even though Dillik went home and Mainframe was destroyed, we actually still use quite a bit of their technology.


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING leads the five TEENS into the command center, where the doors to adjoining corridors now remain open.  The teens remain curious about their surroundings, though SLADE appears more nonchalant. ]

DR. BERING:
For instance, Dillik designed the teleporter we still use today, and Mainframe was responsible for the forcefield that protects the station.  (shuffles awkwardly)  Of course, we've had to adjust the frequency to keep out Tomato King... but we don't expect any further trouble.

[ BRAD raises his hand.  DR. BERING smirks and nods toward him. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Yes, Brad?

BRAD:
Um, did you say the Rangers fought a monster in the galley?

DR. BERING:
That's right.  He was left behind as a trap when Trask abandoned the station.

[ BRAD seems mildly suspicious of his surroundings. ]

BRAD:
D-- Do you think he left any other traps?

LANDON:
Dude, relax.  We're Power Rangers.  We can take 'em.

DR. BERING (to Brad):
The station has been combed thoroughly.

[ A mild alert tone sounds from the console behind her.  She turns and presses a button to silence it. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Sorry.  We get false alarms from the Bay Area from time to time.  I need to redesign the Hoverbirds' behavior analysis algorithm.

APRIL:
Dr. Bering, did you design the Ranger powers?  I mean, the first generation?

[ DR. BERING smiles. ]

DR. BERING:
No.  My team built the Rangers' AviMorphers under the guidance of... someone we're no longer in contact with.

SLADE:
But... you did build them.  That means you could build more, right?

DR. BERING:
Perhaps.

LANDON:
Wait, wait...  That doesn't make any sense.  You gave US the priceless alien artifacts, and you left the disposable powers with the pros?

DR. BERING (flustered):
They're hardly disposable!  It would take... YEARS, at least, for us to rebuild the AviMorphers.  If we even could.

LANDON:
Whoa.  Sorry.

[ DR. BERING calms. ]

DR. BERING:
Yes, well, in any case, it seems your amulets and coins may be more durable than the AviMorphers...

[ The alert sounds again. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
...but let's try not to put that to the test, all right?

LANDON:
Whatever you say.

TRINI:
Dr. Bering, when will we get to meet the other Rangers?

DR. BERING:
Ahhh, well... as it turns out, it's not actually planned for your respective teams to cross paths.

[ LISA's voice emanates from the console. ]

LISA (from console):
Uhh, Dr. Bering, are you getting this?

[ DR. BERING turns to the console and presses several buttons.  On a monitor appears a group of five NOBOTS (their suits a rich forest green where last season's were drab green) causing chaos downtown.  Fires burn and people flee. ]

DR. BERING:
It can't be...

[ The TEENS advance warily. ]

APRIL:
Who are those guys?

DR. BERING:
They're... Nobots.  Mainframe built them, but... they were all supposed to have been destroyed.  We even demolished their Siberian fortress...

SLADE:
Well, let's not just stand around.  Isn't it morphing time?

DR. BERING:
Yes, of course.  But be careful, Rangers.  The Nobots tend to... uh, explode.  And they have holographic disguises, but the Hoverbirds can help out there.  (nods)  Go.

TRINI:
Right.  Let's do it, guys!

[ The TEENS produce their AMULETS.  Standard morphs follow: ]

TRINI:
Power of the lion!  (morphs)  Yellow Ranger!

BRAD:
Power of the falcon!  (morphs)  Red Ranger!

APRIL:
Power of the dolphin!  (morphs)  Blue Ranger!

LANDON:
Power of the rhino!  (morphs)  Green Ranger!

SLADE:
Yeah, let's all yell.  (morphs)


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Five Ranger-colored streaks fly down from the space station. ]


[ EXT. CITY SQUARE (AFTERNOON) - The five RANGERS materialize in a city square.  The NOBOTS immediately take notice. ]

[ GREEN RANGER cracks his knuckles. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger):
Well, do you want some or don't you?

[ The NOBOTS charge, their arms out wide (compare with sentai). ]

LANDON (Green Ranger, cont'd):
I thought so!

[ Using martial arts, the RANGERS do battle with the NOBOTS for some time.  (Note that BLACK RANGER should not be shoved back or knocked off his feet during this fight.) ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Wow, I can fight pretty well!

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
I know!  This is awesome!

[ At one point, YELLOW slashes a NOBOT across the chest with her fingertips, causing it to spark and stagger back.  She pauses to look at her hand, her fingers curled into a claw shape. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Interesting.

[ The RANGERS eventually succeed in beating the NOBOTS back into a central group.  At this point, their five foes shimmer and are replaced with the images of assorted civilians.  Despite their new appearances, however, their behavior remains slightly amiss, belying their robotic nature. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger):
Whoa, what just happened??

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Must be those disguises Dr. Bering warned us about.

[ The blue-striped HOVERBIRD watches from above. ]


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING puzzles over her monitor.  In it, the "civilians" are shown in thermal imaging, their outlines having the appearance of normal people. ]

DR. BERING:
This is really strange...  The Nobots have cloaked their heat signatures.  They didn't used to do that.  (ponders inwardly)  But they're still tripping the behavior algorithm... which must be why... (wide-eyed)  Good grief!  ALL those people were Nobots??


[ EXT. CITY SQUARE (AFTERNOON) - The RANGERS approach the "people" in the center of the square. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger):
I don't get it.  What's a behavior algorithm?

BRAD (Red Ranger):
I guess the Hoverbirds noticed they act kinda weird.

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Careful, guys...

[ Suddenly, the "people" dash toward the entrance to a nearby business. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Hey!


[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING watches anxiously. ]

DR. BERING:
Rangers, don't let them them get away!  They'll be hard to track down inside!


[ EXT. CITY SQUARE (AFTERNOON) - The RANGERS dash after their targets. ]

LANDON (Green Ranger):
Get back here...!

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Teleport!

[ The RANGERS suddenly stop in their tracks, noticing something above. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
What...?

[ The five senior RANGERS (from last season) land in front of the doorway sought by the fleeing "people."  They stop, and their appearances revert to their NOBOT forms. ]

[ The senior BLACK RANGER calls out to the junior RANGERS as his own team draws their SKY BLASTERS. ]

CHRIS (senior Black Ranger):
Hey, you guys have blasters, right?

[ The junior RANGERS draw their WILD BLASTERS. ]

SLADE (Black Ranger):
Uhh, gee whiz, mister, you mean these shooty things in our holsters?

CHRIS (senior Black Ranger):
Easy, slick.  Just aim for the badguy closest to me.

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Wait, what if we miss?  You'll get hit!

CHRIS (senior Black Ranger):
Won't be the first time.  Ready?  Three... two... one...

[ The NOBOT nearest the senior Black Ranger looks around warily. ]

CHRIS (senior Black Ranger, cont'd):
Fire!

[ The yellow lasers from the senior RANGERS are matched by the blue lasers from the junior RANGERS.  The targeted NOBOT explodes in a large fireball, triggering a chain reaction of explosions which subsequently demolish all four additional NOBOTS. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Whoa!

[ The senior RANGERS holster their blasters. ]

CHRIS (senior Black Ranger):
See ya round, fellas.

[ The team then leaps into the air, leaving the junior RANGERS alone in the square. ]


[ INT. BUNKER, COMMAND ROOM - STRIFE watches on the monitor as a five-way splitscreen shows the Nobots' perspectives of their chained explosions, each monitor going to static when its respective Nobot explodes.  Quickly, all five segments are static. ]

[ STRIFE considers. ]

STRIFE:
Hmm...  So the 300 series needs refined body motion... and no explosives.

[ He turns to leave. ]

STRIFE (cont'd):
Thank you for the data, Rangers.


[ INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE (AFTERNOON) - MAGGIE and LISA are speaking with the five TEENS.  LISA is smiling. ]

LISA:
So I hear you got to tour the space station AND meet the other Ranger team...

APRIL:
I know!  That was great!

LANDON:
Man, that Black Ranger's kind of a knob, isn't he?

LISA:
That'll be enough of that, Mr. Ballard.

MAGGIE:
He's actually very nice.

LISA:
Anyway, there are two things I need to tell you.  First, you'll be receiving a special assignment on Saturday.  I recommend you not make any plans.

LANDON:
You're giving us work on the weekend?

[ LISA glares at LANDON.  He backs down. ]

LANDON (cont'd):
Hmm, yes you are.

LISA:
Second, this assignment could be dangerous, so I strongly suggest you become familiar with your Power Weapons before then.

[ BRAD raises his hand. ]

LISA (cont'd):
Yes, Brad.

BRAD:
Um, what if we don't know what our Power Weapons are?

APRIL:
Yeah, I-- I was the only one who found a weapon, and I'm not really sure how I did it.

LISA:
Sorry, Rangers.  That's for you to figure out.  It wouldn't help you even if we tried to give you instructions.

MAGGIE:
Just follow your instincts.  Try not to overthink it.

LISA:
You'll get it, I promise.  Just... get it before Saturday.

[ The TEENS have no response. ]

LISA:
That's all.

[ MAGGIE opens the door.  They shuffle out, seeming not especially satisfied. ]


[ INT. BUNKER, MACHINE ROOM - In a factory-like area, numerous automated machines are assembling NOBOTS; their suits are now blue rather than green.  Nearby, STRIFE watches.  (Some distance away is an adjoining door leading into the command room, where the MINDSPHERE continues to glow with blue light.) ]

STRIFE:
Let's see how the Rangers handle THESE Nobots...

TOMATO KING (off-screen):
Ah, you don't like the Rangers either, eh?

[ STRIFE twirls and immediately fires dual red laser blasts from his wrist cannons.  Having been standing nearby, TOMATO KING yelps and takes cover, the lasers just missing him and instead blowing a hole through a metal wall. ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey!  What gives?!

[ STRIFE continues to aim his wrist cannon at the intruder. ]

STRIFE:
It wasn't very smart of you to sneak into my lair.

[ Continuing to cower, TOMATO KING interjects. ]

TOMATO KING:
Smart, no.  But plucky for sure!

STRIFE:
Identify yourself.

[ TOMATO KING straightens. ]

TOMATO KING:
Well, I'm Tomato King.  I'm the Power Rangers' arch-nemesis.  Hey, nice robots you got there.

[ STRIFE watches TOMATO KING, his cannons still aimed. ]

TOMATO KING (cont'd):
Shame how the Rangers ganged up on 'em like that.  Well, I mean, plus the fact that they blew up so easily.  Say, what's your name, stranger?

[ STRIFE doesn't budge. ]

STRIFE:
Strife.

[ TOMATO KING paces around idly. ]

TOMATO KING (cont'd):
Strife, gotcha.  ANYWAY...  I figured I'd come here and join forces with you.  Might as well, you know.  Not like there's anybody else trying to destroy the Rangers.  Least not as far as I've seen.

[ STRIFE reluctantly lowers his cannons. ]

[ When we next see TOMATO KING, he is suddenly all the way in the other room, his hand nearly touching the MINDSPHERE.  He calls out: ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey, what's this blue glowy thing?

[ STRIFE charges for the doorway at a furious pace. ]

STRIFE (roaring):
Never touch the Mindsphere!!


[ INT. BUNKER, COMMAND ROOM - TOMATO KING looks at the doorway as STRIFE arrives, bristling with anger. ]

TOMATO KING:
Hey, that's fine.  No need to panic.  You tell me to stay away from something, and I'll stay --

[ TOMATO KING is suddenly enchanted by the MINDSPHERE once again. ]

TOMATO KING (cont'd):
Glowy...

[ STRIFE growls and advances a step.  TOMATO KING returns to his senses. ]

TOMATO KING:
Yeah, you might wanna cover that up or something.

[ STRIFE glowers. ]


[ EXT. WOODS (NIGHT) - As we survey a remote wooded area at night (the moon waning gibbous if shown), YELLOW RANGER enters the foreground. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Lion Cannon!

[ With a bright yellow gleam, YELLOW summons the LION CANNON, a two-handled yellow and red cannon (compare with sentai). ]

[ BLUE RANGER is nearby.  She holds her DOLPHIN BOW. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Hey, all right, Trini!  Way to go!

[ YELLOW admires her cannon. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Thanks.  You were right...  I just had to let myself feel it in front of me.

[ Some distance from the girls, RED RANGER tries to summon his weapon, with no success. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Falcon...!  ...something...  (grunts in frustration)

[ BLUE approaches him. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
How's it going, Brad?

[ RED hangs his head. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
I'm never gonna get this.  I don't even know what my weapon is.  I mean, what would even make sense?  You've got a bow, Trini's got a cannon...  I dunno what Slade and Landon have.  I wish they hadn't ditched us.

[ YELLOW approaches as well. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Brad, you're probably overthinking it, like Ms. Lu said.  I know when I'm doing katas in karate, it helps not to think too much about what I'm doing.  It's like your brain gets in the way of your reflexes sometimes.

BRAD (Red Ranger):
How do I turn off my brain?

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Hmm, well, meditation might help...

BRAD (Red Ranger):
What kind of medication??

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
(chuckles)  Medi-TA-tion.

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Oh.  Does that take a long time to learn?

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Uhh, well, that depends...

[ BLUE dispels her bow, almost without thinking. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Hey, Brad, try this instead.  Close your eyes...

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Um, okay...

[ BLUE peers into his opaque black visor. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Are they closed?

BRAD (Red Ranger):
(laughs)  Yes.

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Okay.  Imagine we're out somewhere surrounded by badguys...


[ Dissolve to EXT. SHORELINE (sentai) - The BLUE, RED, and YELLOW RANGERS are confronted with an assortment of villains when a monstrous yellow creature (described here as META-GOG) arrives behind them.  They turn.  (A sword can be seen in RED's hand.)  META-GOG then fires a red energy bolt from blades in his own hands.  They RANGERS leap aside. ]

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APRIL (voice-over, cont'd):
...and this big monster blasts at us, and we jump out of the way!


[ EXT. WOODS (NIGHT) - BLUE continues as RED is lost in thought. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Um, okay...

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Uhh, and then...


[ EXT. SHORELINE (sentai) - The three RANGERS perform jump-kicks.  META-GOG is knocked back. ]

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APRIL (voice-over, cont'd):
...we jump-kick him!  And he falls back...

[ RED RANGER leaps in with a gleaming red sword strike.  META-GOG crackles. ]

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APRIL (voice-over, cont'd):
...and you jump in with this awesome weapon attack!  Dude's toast!


[ EXT. WOODS (NIGHT) - BLUE taps RED on the shoulder. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Now, what's in your hand?

[ RED still appears lost in thought. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Just my Falcon Sword.

[ RED looks down and finds the FALCON SWORD in his hand.  (Notably, this sword matches Red Ranger's second sentai sword introduced in Liveman #23, not the first one shown in the prior sentai footage.) ]

BRAD (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Whoa!  Falcon Sword!

[ YELLOW laughs. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Way to go, Brad.

[ BLUE pats him on the shoulder. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
I knew you could do it!

BRAD (Red Ranger):
You were right!  Thank you so much, April.

[ BLUE casually re-summons her DOLPHIN BOW with a blue gleam. ]

APRIL (Blue Ranger):
Don't mention it.

[ YELLOW gestures with her cannon. ]

TRINI (Yellow Ranger):
Come on.  Let's try these out somewhere where there's a little more open space.

[ They set out. ]

BRAD (Red Ranger):
Anybody know if there's a rock quarry nearby?

[ BLUE giggles. ]


[ Break. ]


[ INT. LANDON AND SLADE'S ROOM (DAY) - Someone knocks urgently at the door.  LANDON opens it as SLADE remains in a chair reading a textbook.  There stands BRAD, seemingly impatient.  All wear smart casual clothes instead of their uniforms. ]

BRAD:
Come on, guys!  We're gonna be late!

[ BRAD hurries off down the hall.  LANDON groans to SLADE, who remains in place. ]

LANDON:
Can you believe this?  Everybody else gets to leave campus on weekends, and we get "special assignments."

[ SLADE coolly closes his book. ]

SLADE:
So tell Ms. Ward you don't want your powers anymore.

LANDON:
Hey, hey... let's not get hasty.

[ SLADE rises, and they head for the door.  Before they exit, SLADE nudges LANDON. ]

SLADE:
Hey.  You do your Power Weapon homework?

LANDON:
Heh.  No.  Did you?

SLADE:
Pfft, no.


[ Wipe to INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DR. BERING speaks with the five TEENS.  APRIL and TRINI also wear smart casual clothes (as always, Trini wears pants rather than a skirt). ]

LANDON:
All right, Dr. Bering, lay it on us.  What's this special assignment?  Are we going on a Nobot hunt or something?

DR. BERING:
Actually, no, a Zord hunt.

BRAD:
Zords?  You mean those jets the other Rangers used to fly?

DR. BERING:
They were one type of Zord.  We expect yours to be a bit different.

APRIL:
I don't get it.  You haven't seen them before?

DR. BERING:
Ah, no.  They're currently on a planet thousands of light-years from Earth.  We need you to go get them.

[ The TEENS are startled by the revelation. ]

BRAD:
What??

TRINI:
Is this a joke, Dr. Bering?

DR. BERING:
No.  We've gotten word that the planet where the Zords were hidden long ago has been overrun by hostile forces.  We need to retrieve the Zords before they're found.  I'm told the Power Amulets have a lens function that should come in handy.

SLADE:
Hostile forces.  That means people we have to go beat up, right?

DR. BERING:
Actually, you'd probably do well to avoid unnecessary battles.  These are representatives of a powerful interstellar empire you're dealing with.  But just in case, you did master your Power Weapons, correct?

LANDON:
(chuckles)  Of course!

[ TRINI frowns slightly in LANDON's direction. ]

BRAD:
So, um, how do we get there?  Do we just teleport or something?

DR. BERING:
Actually, for this trip, you'll need to take a starship.  It's waiting for you in the holding bay.  I'm sure you'll have no problem piloting it, Brad.

[ BRAD's eyes grow wide with apprehension. ]

BRAD:
Me?


[ INT. STARSHIP COCKPIT - The five TEENS, now wearing black uniforms similar to those worn last season, sit in the cockpit of a craft roughly resembling the Kestrelzord's cockpit.  BRAD uneasily mans the front controls. ]

DR. BERING (from controls):
All right, Rangers, all systems are go.  Any last questions?

BRAD:
Are-- Are we going to come back and find everybody else has aged a lot faster than us?

DR. BERING:
No, Brad.  It's a jump drive.  It doesn't work that way.

APRIL:
Um, Dr. Bering, the friend that's meeting us out there...  Will he help us out if we get into trouble?

DR. BERING (from controls):
Actually, I expect you to help him out if HE gets into trouble.  He's putting himself at considerable risk, sneaking a tow ship into empire territory.

LANDON:
Oh, that's nice.  I feel safer already.

DR. BERING (from controls):
Good luck, Rangers.


[ EXT. SPACE STATION - A STARSHIP flies out from the station's launch bay.  Its design appears roughly Earthen, and its size is smaller than last season's Hawkzord.  Like the Kestrelzord, it is propelled by two red boosters. ]

[ "To be continued..." ]