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Episode 5: "Paired Up"

This episode was completed on March 26, 2006, and released on April 5, 2008.  The title alludes to Casey and Barry being paired up, as well as the Rangers being paired up with their Flyers.  Some might see it as referring to Casey and Chris, or even to Dillik and Trask.

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is primarily from Jetman #4 and 5, but all sources are indicated. ]

This episode condensed what was effectively a two-parter in Jetman because I didn't feel the content I retained merited multiple parts.

In Jetman #4, White crashes during a training session in the Flyers.  Discouraged, she considers a proposal from a wealthy suitor.  Meanwhile, Radiguet creates a traffic monster (Traffico), and White is resentful of the way her teammates treat her.  She nonetheless breaks off her wedding and borrows a motorcycle to join the others in battle.  During the Zord fight, however, White is shot down.

In Jetman #5, White has trouble as the Rangers practice forming the Skyforce Cruiser.  Black helps the injured White escape from Gray (Strife) while Tran (no US counterpart) fights the others.  Gray's attack is interrupted by Traffico's return.  Red is startled by Maria's (Sasha's) resemblance to his fiancée.  White then helps form the Cruiser, and Traffico is destroyed.  Radiguet's monster form is foreshadowed.

As in the sentai, my adaptation of these two episodes featured the four amateur Rangers piloting their Flyers for the first time.  Unique to Take Flight, however, was the idea of the Flyers piloting themselves for a time; the Rangers now merely pilot the Flyers to improve their combat abilities.  Also note that the sentai featured two giant Traffico battles, whereas Take Flight condenses them down to a single battle.

[ Fade in to EXT. MUSEUM - PETE is waiting outside the museum when LUKE exits, joining him.  A nondescript three-ring binder full of documents is in LUKE's hand.  PETE awaits expectantly.  Their clothes are not the same as episode 4. ]

This scene takes place on Friday, April 24, the day after episode 4.


[ LUKE smiles. ]

LUKE (holding up the binder):
I got it!

Frieda hired Luke after seeing his heroics in the museum in the previous episode, even though heroics seem to have little to do with being a museum guide.

[ PETE is excited. ]

Ha!  That's awesome!  Hey, what did I tell you?

[ LUKE nods modestly, still smiling.  They begin walking together. ]

PETE (cont'd):
So when do you start?

Next Wednesday.  (flips through the binder)  I have to memorize all this stuff.

PETE (looking on):
Wow, really?

LUKE (smirking):
Yeah, I know.  I thought I was done with school.

So I guess we're not under suspicion anymore?

Luke and Pete were last seen with the ruby when it disappeared (episode 4).  Therefore, it stands to reason they would have been persons of interest.

LUKE (seriously):
Nah, she said the tape showed the ruby disappeared like we said.

[ Flash to INT. MUSEUM GALLERY - LUKE and PETE, in their clothes from the previous episode, are talking to DETECTIVE MORALES, a Latin American detective in his late thirties, with other police officers nearby.  (DETECTIVE MORALES is wearing a wedding ring.)  At the moment, LUKE is talking (no audio heard) while PETE looks slightly anxious.  We then see FRIEDA (see previous episode) handing a videotape to an officer.  PETE glances over at the transaction. ]

Detective Morales was originally written as a nameless police detective, but as episode 6 was solidifying, I felt it appropriate to insert Detective Morales into this scene.  This convinced me of the importance of creating potentially reusable characters for most roles, even if I didn't have specific plans for their future involvement.

[ EXT. CITY STREET - We return to PETE and LUKE in the present as they continue down the sidewalk. ]

PETE (nodding distractedly):
That's good.  (disappointedly)  Oh, you know what I found at the construction yard this morning?  (stops and digs into his pocket)

[ LUKE stops as well.  PETE removes his hand and opens it.  In close-up, we see several tiny ruby fragments, scorched and broken. ]

[ LUKE reacts with subdued disappointment. ]

I was afraid of that.  Once they turn something into a monster, it's gone.

Pete's investigation has confirmed that monster transformations are irreversible.  I needed to establish this before episode 13 came along.

[ PETE returns the fragments to his pocket. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - The side door opens, and a small treaded robot the size of a remote-controlled car (just under a foot tall) enters.  It has a camera for a head.  The little robot advances in jerks, turns slightly, then advances again. ]

[ In the doorway, DILLIK enters holding a remote steering device with a short, rubbery antenna.  On DILLIK's head is a contraption resembling a virtual reality helmet, completely covering his eyes. ]

Dillik is refining technology he will use for Strife.

[ The small robot advances at full speed but clips the central console's base with its tread, causing it to tip over.  Nearby, DILLIK is visibly disoriented, flailing his arms about to regain his bearings.  He removes the VR helmet and advances, remote and helmet in his hands.  As he draws near, he sees TRASK lying on the floor on the other side of the room (not having been visible through the camera).  He is curled into a fetal position and facing the other direction. ]

Trask is invisible to cameras.

Oh, hey, Trask.  That's a weird spot for a nap.

[ DILLIK looks closer, setting the controller and helmet onto the console. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):

[ TRASK doesn't move.  DILLIK rushes over to him. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):

I was eager to disrupt the villains' status quo frequently.  Trask's weakness and subsequent disappearance accomplished this.

[ DILLIK crouches beside TRASK and turns him over gently onto his back.  TRASK appears very weak, his eyelids open somewhat listlessly.  His skin is its normal white color. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Trask!  (with disappointment and pity)  Have you been transforming again..?  I thought you weren't going to do that anymore...

Dillik alludes to Trask's sunlight experiments on Dagus 4 (shown in flashback in episode 17).  Curiously, Jetman #5 also foreshadowed Radiguet's transformation into a monster form, while this episode foreshadows Trask's transformation into his sentai form (Radiguet); this parallel was not intentional.

Trask has stepped up his solar training as Magda's arrival approaches; he, too, may have found a scouting seed (see episode 8).  His transformations were also foreshadowed in the previous episode.

[ DILLIK rises, motioning for TRASK to stay there. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Wait right there.  I'll bring you some-- (makes a sickened face) --liquid.

Dillik is referring to biomass, which Trask drinks as sustenance.  Dillik's prior experience with Trask's biomass habit is shown in flashback in episode 17.

[ DILLIK exits hurriedly.  TRASK continues to lie listlessly, staring at the ceiling. ]

[ INT. BOOKSMART CAFE - Cut to CASEY's hand operating a lever to fill a cup with steaming coffee.  Once it's full, CASEY puts a lid on the cup, turns, and cheerfully hands the cup to a CUSTOMER.  Casey's co-worker DREW mans the pastry counter further down the cafe. ]

CASEY (to customer):
Here you go.

[ After the CUSTOMER leaves, CASEY begins wiping off the counter with a washcloth.  A customer soon revealed to be BARRY approaches the counter.  He is slouched in a forlorn mood.  She turns to him sympathetically. ]

Barry reappears for the first time since episode 2.

Hey, Barry.

BARRY (dourly):

You want the usual?

[ BARRY nods and removes two dollars from a brown leather wallet.  He places them on the counter as CASEY removes a small plastic bottle of milk from a cooler and places it on the counter.  She takes the money and rings up his order on the cash register.  As she does so, she looks at BARRY. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
Are you okay?

Yeah... (pauses)  ... I got stood up by a girl I met at the comic convention.

We learn of Barry's fondness for comic books.  They are actually the reason he is a regular patron of Booksmart.

[ CASEY reacts sympathetically as she retrieves coins from the cash drawer. ]


We were gonna see Hollow Planet this afternoon, but she never showed.

Hollow Planet is a fake movie title I made up.  It is not a real work of fiction to my knowledge at the time of this writing, which surprises me.  I leave the plot up to the imagination of the reader.

[ CASEY hands him his change. ]

Maybe she had an emergency...?

[ BARRY dumps the coins into his pocket. ]

Nah, I called her.  She said there was a shark marathon on TV she wanted to watch.

Shark Week debuted on the Discovery Channel in 1987.

Well, that's not very cool.

I know.  I'm pretty bummed.  I really wanted to see that movie.

Getting blown off is one thing, but missing Hollow Planet?!

[ CASEY gets an idea. ]

Well... I'll go with you.

BARRY (dumbfounded):
What?  Really?  W-- you're not into sci-fi, are you?

No, she isn't.

CASEY (upbeat):
Well, I dunno, the trailers look pretty cool...

BARRY (with growing interest):
Well, if you're serious, then yeah...!  That'd be awesome!

CASEY (smiling):
All right.  How about tomorrow?  Maybe around two-ish...?  Are they showing one then?

Casey doesn't work on Saturdays.

BARRY (doing a trigger-finger gesture toward Casey):
Yeah, 2:30!  (looks at his finger, frowning at his own lame gesture as he keeps talking)  That's the one we were...  Well, yeah.  Anyway.

CASEY (still smiling):
All right, well, I'll pick you up at your place.

[ They share a knowing laugh, and BARRY turns to leave in anxious giddiness, leaving his milk on the counter. ]

Barry seems to have the wrong impression of Casey's offer.

Hey, Barry...!

[ BARRY swings around in anticipation. ]


[ BARRY suddenly notices the milk still on the counter, makes a spastic lurch for the bottle, and knocks it off the counter, also knocking off a napkin dispenser in an overreactive grab for the errant bottle.  CASEY winces as the dispenser crashes to the floor and the bottle rolls across the floor under the feet of a customer at a cafe table, CUSTOMER2.  Other customers in the area, as well as DREW, react to the scene.  BARRY, embarrassed, clumsily puts the napkin dispenser back on the counter and darts under the table to grab his bottle.  CUSTOMER2 backs away from the table.  Apologizing, BARRY hits his head on the underside of the table and emerges awkwardly with his bottle.  He then exits the cafe holding his head and trying to wave casually with his bottle in his other hand. ]

That Barry...

[ CASEY smiles awkwardly to DREW. ]

[ Break. ]

[ INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - CASEY locks her door (5C) and proceeds down the hall to the last door on the right, 5G.  She is wearing a casual outfit and looks nice but not glamorous. ]

The rest of this episode takes place on Saturday, April 25, the day after the previous scene.

[ CASEY cheerily knocks on 5G's door.  Moments pass.  She knocks again, with no answer.  She makes a polite but awkward face and prepares to knock a third time.  Before she does, a knock is heard from further down the hall.  She looks to see BARRY standing at her own door, 5C, with a bouquet of roses.  He is wearing a sharp but moderately unfashionable outfit including slacks and a sport jacket.  His hair is combed neatly.  In short, he is a bit overdressed, having put forth too much effort with not enough fashion sense. ]

[ CASEY smiles softly with a faint wrinkle of her brow. ]

Hey, Barry...

[ His head in the clouds, BARRY suddenly notices CASEY down the hall and raises his hand in a casual wave after having been caught off-guard. ]

Oh!  Casey!  Hey!

[ As they approach each other, CASEY cocks her head, looking at the bouquet.  She inquires, a smile still on her face, but her tone indicating that the answer has already dawned on her. ]

Whatcha got there...?

[ BARRY awkwardly hands her the bouquet. ]

Oh, just, uh... (makes noncommittal hand gestures)  ... I dunno, I just--

So awkward...

[ CASEY admires them and smiles politely. ]

No, they're pretty.  Thank you!  Let me go... put them in some water.

Oh, sure.

[ BARRY stays behind in the hallway as CASEY unlocks her door and proceeds inside. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - DILLIK's small remote-controlled robot wheels down the hallway, as shown in close-up.  (We don't see down the hallway at this point.)  Further back, we see DILLIK standing with the remote, again wearing his VR helmet. ]

[ We then see the perspective through the robot's camera.  The image is grainy but in color.  The robot travels down an empty corridor.  Suddenly the robot crashes, slamming into an unseen force. ]

[ DILLIK again reacts as if personally struck.  He pries off the VR helmet and looks down the hallway. ]

[ As seen in close-up, TRASK's boot is leaning on the robot's front, as though he lifted his toe for the robot to crash into the ball of his foot harmlessly.  We pan up to TRASK's head. ]

Are we not keeping you busy enough, Dillik?

Trask has recovered from his solar experimentation the previous day, thanks to Dillik's care and ample biomass.

[ DILLIK looks relieved and comes trotting down the hallway with his devices in hand. ]

Hey...!  You feeling better today?

[ TRASK turns as DILLIK catches up to him.  He proceeds in the other direction, DILLIK trailing.  TRASK answers after a moment. ]

Dillik's forthrightness sometimes takes Trask off-guard.

... Yes.  I want a monster and a fresh battalion of Nobodies.  (pauses and eyes Dillik suspiciously)  ... You did dispose of that last batch like I told you, didn't you..?

[ DILLIK looks around innocently, apparently not a good liar. ]

Oh!  ... Yeah..!

Trask is referring to his order to dispose of the first batallion in episode 3.  Dillik apparently did not; see episode 6 for the fate of the second battalion.

[ TRASK grunts but continues. ]

The ruby monster wasn't bad, but we obviously need better.

Trask refers to Facetia from episode 4.


This is Dillik's idea of a better monster than the ruby monster.  Coincidentally, Facetia was actually made from a (red) diamond in Jetman.

No.  I want you to find something that can counter those Flyers.

DILLIK (puzzled, absently):
Well, we tried a jet monster...

Dillik refers to Wing King from episode 3.

[ TRASK stops and turns to DILLIK, putting a hand on his shoulder. ]

Look, Dillik, I like you.

[ DILLIK is slightly startled. ]

Trask hasn't expressed his fondness for Dillik before.  He may be friendlier after receiving care from Dillik the previous day.

TRASK (cont'd):
I don't want Lord Omos to vaporize you when he comes.

Then again, his expression of fondness comes bundled with a lie.

DILLIK (flustered, stammering):
W-- Well--

That's why I want you to make a monster that can stop the Flyers.

DILLIK (nodding, in a daze):
Stop the Flyers...

Ever the literalist, Dillik will use this instruction to select a traffic signal as a monster host.

[ TRASK pats DILLIK on the back. ]

And use the Nobodies!  They're there to help!

Trask vaguely discloses the purpose of the Nobodies.

[ TRASK shoves DILLIK forward encouragingly, causing DILLIK to stumble forward. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
Now off you go!

Trask is apparently giving Dillik advice before setting out to continue his training in preparation for Magda's arrival (see episodes 6 and 8).

[ Perplexed and clutching his VR helmet and controller close to his body, DILLIK looks back in confusion, but TRASK is gone.  The small robot remains further back in the hall.  DILLIK looks around, seeming to doubt his own sanity, then proceeds down the corridor. ]

[ EXT. DOWNTOWN - CASEY is driving BARRY downtown in her white convertible with the car's top down.  After a somewhat awkward pause, CASEY asks a question to make conversation. ]

So, how's Mr. Whiskers?

Huh?  Oh, he's good.  He spends a lot of time in the Christmas tree.

[ CASEY cocks her head in puzzlement while keeping her eyes on the road. ]

BARRY (cont'd):
Yeah, I know, it's April.  I kept it up because he liked climbing in it so much.  It was like, all of a sudden his hammock, his playsets, his chew sticks... As if I didn't have them.

Though Barry keeps Mr. Whiskers illegally (see episode 12), he has apparently done his research to make sure the squirrel is happy and healthy.

[ CASEY giggles. ]

BARRY (cont'd):
So have you read any of the Hollow Planet series?

Oh, it's like a book?

[ BARRY is entertained but dumbfounded by the question. ]

Oh my gosh, yeah...!  

CASEY (playfully):
All right, well... how many of them are there?

Well, hang on... (counts mentally)

CASEY (teasing):
Ahhh, you don't even know!

BARRY (laughing):
Six!  (reconsiders)  No, five.

[ CASEY laughs, and BARRY chuckles in return.  We then see Casey's car pull into a movie theater parking lot. ]

Casey and Barry get along well as friends.

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - We pan through the command center and stop on DILLIK, who stands hunched over the central console, lost in thought.  His small remote-controlled robot rests atop the center of the console. ]

Stop the Flyers...

[ DILLIK shifts his weight, his eyes wandering the room searchingly. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Maybe something that controls machines...  (frowns resentfully)  You know, I could get some better ideas if I could actually go down there.

Dillik may fear any number of things on Earth, including the Rangers and humans at large.  As we learn in episode 27, he also has allergies.  Trask may also forbid him from going to Earth, but he did threaten to send Dillik to Earth in episode 1.  Whatever the reason, his reluctance to visit Earth in person will play a factor in his development of Strife.

[ DILLIK pauses, giving his remark some second thought.  The camera follows his gaze and focuses on the remote-controlled robot on the console. ]

[ EXT. CITY STREET - On an otherwise uneventful street corner, Dillik's small robot appears with a greenish-silver vertical shimmer.  It tilts its small camera around curiously. ]

This is the first time the space station's teleportation effect is seen.  Its color scheme was intended to match Dillik's skin to be suggestive of his influence on the station.

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - Wearing his VR helmet, DILLIK tilts his head around similarly to the robot.  His mouth is agape with wonder.  In his hands, the remote control is attached to the central console with a makeshift cable attached near its rubber antenna. ]

[ EXT. CITY STREET - We see through the robot's camera as it continues to look around the city.  People are walking around, mostly ignoring the miniscule robot, though it receives a few glances as people avoid it on the sidewalk. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK is still looking around with the VR helmet, nodding in satisfaction. ]

Now this is nice, you know?  I can look at whatever I want.

As opposed to watching Hoverbird video, which was seen to bore him in episode 4.

[ EXT. CITY STREET - As the small robot continues to look around, a BUSINESSMAN steps over the robot but clips it with his foot, knocking it over.  The BUSINESSMAN then continues on his way. ]

[ We see through the robot's camera as it lands on its right side, with a sideways view of the nearby intersection.  The traffic signal in the intersection is gray with shade visors along the left side of each bulb.  Also in frame are several cars which stop at the signal's red light. ]

The odd description of the traffic signal with shade visors along the left was my attempt to make the US host object match Traffico's head.  In the sentai, Traffico was created from a horizontal traffic signal with the green light on the left, a design found only where cars drive on the left side of the street.  I rationalized that his head could match a US traffic signal a vertical signal with shade visors on the left side of each light were rotated to the right.  This was probably more attention to detail than was necessary.

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK is holding his head tilted to the right as he continues to wear the VR helmet. ]

Stop the Flyers, huh...?

Dillik will use Jinnsect #8 of 46 to create Traffico.  In the sentai, the monster was created by Radiguet.

[ EXT. MOVIE THEATER PARKING LOT - CASEY and BARRY have exited the theater and are heading back to the car.  There seems to be a friendly chemistry between them. ]

So what'd you think?

CASEY (upbeat):
It was good.  So I guess they're gonna make a sequel...?

Probably.  That cyborg woman wasn't in the book, though, so I'm not sure where they're going with that...

[ As they continue to walk, distant sirens can be heard in the background. ]

That little robot was cute.

Yeah, that was different too.  He was supposed to be bigger.  And he didn't follow them around the whole time.

This is a random commentary on the tendency of movie adaptations of novels to change various elements, with or without justification.  As a fan of the novels and a purist at heart, Barry dislikes these changes more than he lets on.

[ CASEY takes her keys out of her purse as they approach her car.  The top is now up.  Approaching the passenger side, BARRY looks to the street nearby (off-camera). ]

Man, the traffic's terrible.  I wonder if there was an accident.

In the sentai, Traffico caused a grisly accident while in his pupal form.  In this episode, I assumed the traffic snarls were caused exclusively by Traffico's control over various vehicles, with less serious results.

[ CASEY unlocks the car. ]

I know some back roads.

Casey knows Spring Valley well, having attended college here and visited the city since childhood.

[ Dissolve to EXT. BACK ROAD - Looking before pulling out, CASEY turns onto a back road somewhere.  BARRY is in the passenger seat, and the top is down once again. ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #4) - TRAFFICO, a monster comprised of signs, road designs, and a sideways gray traffic light for a head, speaks before firing a series of respectively-colored energy beams from his traffic lights. ]

Traffico speaks Traffico fires Traffico fires Traffico fires

Oohh, another one!  (fires)

In the sentai, Traffico caused massive destruction downtown by causing entire stretches of highway to curl up.  The inevitable dire consequences of this destruction made it too grim for me to include in this episode.

[ Casey's car is struck from behind from the various colored beams.  Driving, CASEY notices something odd with her car, looking down at the steering wheel.  The wheel begins to resist her control. ]

In the sentai, control over vehicles was not among Traffico's powers.

Hey, what--?

[ BARRY looks over as CASEY struggles with the wheel.  The car then revs and accelerates down the road. ]

[ CASEY reacts worriedly, stomping on the unresponsive brake pedal and unsuccessfully trying to turn the wheel. ]

It's driving itself!

[ Springing into action, BARRY tries to pull the emergency brake between their seats, but it won't budge. ]

What kind of car is this...?

[ Break. ]

[ EXT. BACK ROAD - We again see Casey's car racing down the remote road, CASEY and BARRY its unwilling passengers. ]

[ CASEY's AVIMORPHER suddenly chimes.  She checks it by pressing the upper left button, the display showing TRAFFICO and a pack of NOBODIES walking down a road (Jetman #4). ]

Traffico and Nobodies (from Casey's Morpher) Traffico and Nobodies (from Casey's Morpher)

These Nobodies are part of battalion 2, which Dillik just created.

CASEY (to herself):

[ BARRY notices CASEY's attention is drawn to her watch. ]

What is it?  Is your watch acting weird too?

[ CASEY quickly presses the button again, restoring the readout to a standard watch display. ]

Um, yeah... It looked weird for a second, but it's better now.

Barry unwittingly helps Casey cover for her Morpher's Hoverbird display.

This is so weird... (checking the sky)  It's almost like when UFOs fly over, but cars are supposed to stall, not start driving themselves!

Barry is a UFO enthusiast.

[ CASEY is silent, trying to make a decision.  She then gets an idea and cups her hand furtively over her AVIMORPHER, away from BARRY's field of vision, and presses the lower right button.  As she then proceeds to work the lower left button, we cut to Casey's HOVERBIRD zipping down to follow the car.  It edges around the right side of the car, in line with BARRY's head.  BARRY, however, is busy looking at the sky. ]

This was a hard bind to try to get Casey out of, but I'm satisfied with her solution.

[ Done with her AVIMORPHER, CASEY pauses to choose her words and then points toward the HOVERBIRD following beside BARRY's side of the car. ]

Wh-- What's that?

[ BARRY notices the HOVERBIRD and startles forward in his seat, craning his neck to inspect the small silver visitor.  It is not close enough for him to touch it. ]

Whoa!  What the heck...?

[ As BARRY is spellbound by the HOVERBIRD, CASEY quietly unlatches her seatbelt.  She then brings her AVIMORPHER near her mouth. ]

CASEY (quietly, but not whispering):
Sky Swan.

[ From the HOVERBIRD's side of the car, we see BARRY still looking out the right side of the car.  He speaks to CASEY without looking back. ]


[ Meanwhile in the background, CASEY is enveloped in a pink flash which is immediately whisked up out of the car, leaving her seat empty. ]

[ From the other side of the car, BARRY looks over and is stunned to see the empty driver's seat.  The steering wheel is still driving by itself.  BARRY looks around wildly, quite agitated. ]

Casey?!  Casey!

Barry will assume she was briefly abducted by aliens, believing the Hoverbird to be a tiny UFO; this is mentioned in episode 6.

[ From above, a yellow laser beam shoots out the car's rear left tire with a burst of sparks, then the front left.  BARRY nearly scrambles out of his seat, and would be in the driver's seat if not for his seat belt holding him back, to see the source of the sparks.  The yellow laser then shoots out the front right and rear right tires in succession, making BARRY lean his head out his window in amazement. ]

...though I don't know how well a Ranger can glide while shooting a Sky Blaster.

[ Meanwhile, CASEY, unmorphed, drops back into the driver's seat and grabs the steering wheel as the car begins to veer and slow on its flat, shredded tires. ]

[ BARRY looks at CASEY, partly awe-struck and terrified. ]

Casey!  What--

[ BARRY then interrupts himself to take another look out his side of the car, but the HOVERBIRD is gone.  He then looks straight ahead as CASEY seems to wrestle the car into submission, its speed dropping. ]

[ EXT. GAS STATION - By the time it finally stops, the car is on a remote stretch of road with a run-down gas station nearby.  There is a pay phone outside the gas station. ]

[ CASEY sighs with relief, leaning her head against the headrest.  BARRY looks around in astonishment, then at CASEY. ]

What just happened?

[ CASEY looks around with dread, and we zoom out to see nearly a dozen NOBODIES encircling the car. ]

These are the rest of battalion 2.  The Nobody attack was triggered by Casey's use of her Hoverbird.

[ CASEY prepares to get out but first speaks to BARRY. ]

Stay in the car!


[ CASEY and BARRY look back and notice the convertible top is slowly closing.  CASEY rolls her eyes in consternation and urges BARRY out of the car. ]

Go!  Go!

[ BARRY unbuckles his seat belt and tries the door handle unsuccessfully, after which he proceeds to crawl out the open window. ]

[ On the other side of the car, CASEY springs feet-first out of her open window even as it begins to close. ]

[ Outside his side, BARRY collapses on the dirt ground as the convertible top and window seal behind him.  CASEY comes around and rushes to his aid, standing between him and the gathering NOBODIES.  When one lunges in to attack, CASEY delivers a forearm block and fights back.  As she advances out of frame, BARRY watches in astonishment. ]

Casey now knows some self-defense, thanks to Luke's lessons (between episodes 3 and 4).  Barry doesn't suspect her of being a Ranger, however.

[ EXT. WAREHOUSE (compare with sentai) - The RED, YELLOW, and BLUE RANGERS land at a warehouse facility and look around. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, to Red):
Like, actual cars...?

LUKE (Red Ranger, drawing his sword):
Yeah.  Keep an eye out.

[ Meanwhile, BLUE RANGER begins to touch two fingers to the left side of her helmet, but she will be interrupted. ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #5) - In close-up, the headlights of an older-model beige sedan turn on as the car revs. ]

sedan revs sedan revs

Curiously, though footage of the possessed sedan comes from Jetman #5 (also a Traffico episode), the sedan was unrelated to Traffico.  In actuality, it was Tran (no US counterpart) who took control of the car.

[ US footage - The RANGERS look toward the source of the sound (off-screen), BLUE RANGER interrupted from her helmet vision. ]

[ Switch to sentai (Jetman #5).  The sedan accelerates from a stop.  We then see it crash through a stacked wall of boxes (in two shots).  In close-up, the car's steering wheel is shown driving itself (mirrored from sentai). ]

sedan revs sedan crashes through boxes sedan crashes through boxes sedan's steering wheel (mirrored from sentai)

Several sentai shots of the sedan had to be mirrored to place the steering wheel on the correct side (as Japanese cars have the steering wheel on the right).

[ We then see the sedan accelerating toward the three RANGERS, who begin to scramble.  The sedan then races straight toward the camera. ]

sedan heads for Rangers sedan heads for Rangers sedan racing toward camera sedan racing toward camera

This sequence was edited for brevity.  Note that in the latter shot of the sedan racing toward the camera, smoke trails could be seen preceding the car, as the film had to be reversed to avoid hitting the camera.

[ RED RANGER leaps over the camera and lands stomach to the car's roof, his hands clutching either side. ]

Red Ranger flips onto sedan Red Ranger flips onto sedan

[ US footage - YELLOW and BLUE react as RED RANGER leaves atop the car (off-screen). ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Luke!  Where are you going?!

[ EXT. GAS STATION - CASEY continues to fight the NOBODIES around her.  She demonstrates some martial arts ability, delivering a series of blocks and kicks. ]

[ Watching, BARRY works himself up before charging to rush to CASEY's aid.  Before he can get to her, however, a NOBODY kicks him in the hip, knocking him off-balance and causing him to collapse onto the dirt.  CASEY looks back at him, worried. ]


[ CASEY kicks her current NOBODY and joins BARRY at his side.  Crouching to help him, she looks up at the crowd of NOBODIES which draw close around them.  Suddenly, a series of yellow lasers from above blast the NOBODIES, causing them to stagger back.  CASEY and BARRY look up. ]

[ In the sky overhead, the BLACK RANGER flips down.  He lands in front of CASEY and BARRY and helps them both to their feet.  He locks gazes with CASEY. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Are you okay?

[ She smiles softly, seeming slightly enrapt in BLACK RANGER's concealed gaze.  She answers after a pause. ]

... Yeah.

Thus begins Casey's crush on Chris.  I had no romance planned between Casey and Chris until this scene was written.  Their pairing here was necessitated by their absence from the sedan sequence.  Coincidentally, in Jetman #5, Black and White are isolated from the others with romantic tension brewing between them; their relationship, however, is ill-fated.

[ BLACK RANGER turns to face the NOBODIES, who are gathering for another confrontation. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger, to Casey and Barry):
You guys stay safe.  I'll handle these guys.

[ As CASEY and BARRY huddle beside the car, BLACK RANGER advances out of frame.  CASEY continues smiling softly, while BARRY is speechless. ]

This is Barry's first encounter with a Power Ranger.  He may initially assume they are extraterrestrial in nature.

[ EXT. QUARRY (Jetman #5) - RED RANGER continues to hold onto the sedan as it tries to shake him with zig-zag maneuvers.  They drive through the quarry at great length (steering wheel shots mirrored from sentai). ]

Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry Red Ranger on sedan in quarry

This sequence is strongly reminiscent of Red Ranger's ride atop a sedan in the quarry in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode "Enter... the Lizzinator"; though that sequence used sentai footage, it was not footage that ever appeared in Zyuranger (instead being part of the collection known by Power Rangers fans as "Zyu 2").

[ RED RANGER suddenly looks straight ahead. ]

Red Ranger looks ahead Red Ranger looks ahead

LUKE (Red Ranger):

[ From RED's perspective, the car rapidly approaches a cliff.  RED RANGER leaps off.  We zoom out from RED RANGER as he falls in slow motion away from the cliff, while the car bursts into flames while soaring off the cliff. ]

cliff ahead cliff ahead Red Ranger and sedan go off the cliff Red Ranger and sedan go off the cliff Red Ranger and sedan go off the cliff Red Ranger and sedan go off the cliff

[ The flaming car smashes into the bottom of the quarry in slow motion and rolls over. ]

sedan smashes into quarry bottom sedan smashes into quarry bottom sedan smashes into quarry bottom sedan smashes into quarry bottom

[ RED RANGER lands at the bottom with a roll. ]

Red Ranger lands below

[ The BLUE and YELLOW RANGERS leap down and land beside RED RANGER, rushing to help him as he remains slightly weak. ]

Blue and Yellow join Red Ranger Blue and Yellow join Red Ranger Blue and Yellow join Red Ranger

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
What are you trying to do, get yourself killed?

[ The three RANGERS look over to see someone approaching. ]

three Rangers see someone

[ US footage - the PINK and BLACK RANGERS are running through the quarry to join the others from some distance away.  PINK waves. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Hey, you guys want some company?

[ The three RANGERS wave in return, RED RANGER initially clutching his right arm. ]

three Rangers wave three Rangers wave

In Jetman #5, the trio was waving to the unmorphed Black and White after they had escaped Gray's (Strife's) attack.  White has been in a wheelchair since her Swan crash in Jetman #4, but she recovers in time to save Red from Maria (Sasha) at the edge of a ravine.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hey, look!

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Hey, guys!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Nice to see ya!

[ The three RANGERS advance to meet the others. ]

three Rangers advance

[ Switch to US footage - The RANGERS meet up and converse. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Are you guys okay?

CASEY (Pink Ranger, looking to Black Ranger):
Yeah, we're fine.

PETE (Yellow Ranger, glancing back at the car, off-screen):
So what is up with these cars?

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
There's a traffic monster on the loose.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well let's go find him!

[ The RANGERS suddenly look up. ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #4) - Several NOBODIES leap over the camera. ]

Nobodies arriving

[ The RANGERS react as numerous NOBODIES swarm around them. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Looks like they sent us some appetizers first.

[ RED RANGER pumps his fist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Well, let's get 'em!

[ The RANGERS split up, running out to engage the NOBODIES.  BLUE RANGER leaps. ]

The ensuing Nobody fight combines fights from various Jetman episodes, including 2, 4, and 5.

[ Sentai (Jetman #13) - BLUE RANGER spreads her wings in close-up. ]

Blue Ranger spreading her wings Blue Ranger spreading her wings

[ Switch to Jetman #2 - Gliding just over the ground, BLUE RANGER bowls over a crowd of NOBODIES. ]

Blue Ranger flies through Nobodies Blue Ranger flies through Nobodies

[ US footage - BLACK RANGER pummels another small group of NOBODIES with numerous punches, flipping a few others. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
You guys don't learn, do you?

[ US footage - BLACK's attack sends his last NOBODY collapsing onto its back nearby. ]

This US shot replaces footage from Jetman #2, wherein Black Ranger grabbed a Nobody by the crotch and headbutted it before thumbing his nose (below).

[ BLACK RANGER thumbs his nose with a grunt and crosses his arms cockily. ]

Black Ranger thumbs his nose Black Ranger crosses his arms

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
And stay down!

[ Two sword-wielding NOBODIES run up behind BLACK RANGER and slash him, causing him to flip onto the ground with a groan. ]

Black Ranger slashed Black Ranger slashed Black Ranger slashed

[ Holding a NOBODY above his head, YELLOW RANGER spins around and then throws it into a nearby crowd of NOBODIES, knocking them over (Jetman #29). ]

This is the first time Yellow Ranger's spin-and-toss maneuver is seen.

Yellow Ranger spins Nobody Yellow Ranger spins Nobody Yellow Ranger throws Nobody Nobody knocks over group

[ RED RANGER hops down to fight NOBODIES with his TALON SWORD (Jetman #5).  After a kick, he switches his sword to his other hand and punches toward the camera (Jetman #4).  A NOBODY flies back and topples other NOBODIES nearby (Jetman #43). ]

Red Ranger fights Nobodies Red Ranger fights Nobodies Red Ranger fights Nobodies Red Ranger switches sword hands Red Ranger punches Nobody Nobody falls into group Nobody falls into group

[ Switch to Jetman #5 - After blocking a NOBODY's sword strike with her TALON SWORD, PINK RANGER punches the NOBODY, then switches her sword to her other hand and draws her SKY BLASTER.  From a distance, she blasts a group of NOBODIES with a yellow laser.  As seen in a closer shot, they flip back amidst a smoke explosion. ]

Pink Ranger blocks sword Pink Ranger punches Nobody Pink Ranger switches sword hands Pink Ranger fires on Nobodies Pink Ranger fires on Nobodies Nobodies fall

[ EXT. LEDGE (Jetman #4) - We zoom out from a close-up of TRAFFICO.  He is standing on a ledge above with a team of NOBODIES. ]

Traffico about to leave Traffico about to leave

Several Traffico shots are used out of order.

Well, I've seen enough!  Let's go!

[ EXT. QUARRY (US footage) - We zoom down on PINK RANGER from above.  She looks up. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
The monster!  Where does he think he's going?

[ PINK RANGER leaps. ]

[ EXT. FIELD (Jetman #4) - TRAFFICO and the NOBODIES are walking down a remote road, near which are large concrete pipes.  TRAFFICO suddenly turns to his left. ]

Traffico looks left Traffico looks left


[ US footage - The RANGERS flip over the camera in succession (Red, Black, Yellow, Pink, and then Blue). ]

[ TRAFFICO reacts. ]

Traffico reacts to Rangers

TRAFFICO (incredulously):
What do you want?

[ Switch to Jetman #5 - Each of the RANGERS performs an individual pose. ]

This sequence is an intentional send-up of the Rangers' declarations in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' premiere episode, "Day of the Dumpster."  In it, their lines were, "Back off, fang face!" (Jason/Red), "The good guys are here!" (Zack/Black), "Get off our planet!" (Billy/Blue), "'Cause we're the Power Rangers!" (Trini/Yellow), "And we're not backing down!" (Kimberly/Pink)

Red Ranger poses Red Ranger poses Red Ranger poses

LUKE (Red Ranger):
For you to leave our planet alone!

Black Ranger poses Black Ranger poses Black Ranger poses

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, or you'll be sorry!

Yellow Ranger poses Yellow Ranger poses Yellow Ranger poses

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Because we're the Power Rangers!

Pink Ranger poses Pink Ranger poses Pink Ranger poses

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Here to protect planet Earth!

Blue Ranger poses Blue Ranger poses Blue Ranger poses

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
So back off... while you still can!

[ RED RANGER pumps his fist, the sun shining behind him. ]

Throughout the series, I repeatedly omitted a particular Ranger pose, wherein one or more Rangers (typically Red) would clap his hands under his thigh while performing a high kick.  I found this quite goofy, so it did not appear in Take Flight.  My first such omission occurred here.

Red Ranger pumps his fist Red Ranger pumps his fist

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

[ The five RANGERS, initially pumping their fists in unison, strike a group pose, behind which a gleaming bird emblem (compare to Project Jetman paraphernalia) appears. ]

Ranger group pose Ranger group pose Ranger group pose

RANGERS (in unison):
Power Rangers!

This is one of the few times this group pose appeared in Take Flight; it appeared with regularity in Jetman.

[ NOBODIES leap over the camera (Jetman #4). ]

Nobodies leaping

[ Switch to Jetman #4 - RED RANGER draws his TALON SWORD. ]

Red Ranger draws Talon Sword Red Ranger draws Talon Sword Red Ranger draws Talon Sword

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Talon Sword!

[ RED RANGER leaps into the air with his sword reared.  As he slices, the image splits vertically (as if cut by his sword) to reveal the RED, BLUE, YELLOW, and BLACK RANGERS fighting NOBODIES in a four-way split-screen. ]

Red Ranger prepares to slice Red Ranger slices splitscreen

This is the last time battalion 2 will appear in battle; afterwards, Dillik will release them into the wild (see episode 6).

[ Nearby, PINK RANGER braces with her BATTLIZER. ]

Pink Ranger's Battlizer Pink Ranger's Battlizer Pink Ranger's Battlizer

Pink Ranger's Battlizer debuts.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Battlizer, power up!

[ PINK RANGER leaps and draws back her fist in midair to punch. ]

Pink Ranger leaps Pink Ranger's leaping Battlizer punch

[ TRAFFICO reacts as the camera nears from above. ]

Traffico reacts Traffico reacts

You don't scare me!

[ In three successive shots, PINK RANGER closes in on the camera from above with a punch from her BATTLIZER fist.  Her fist then makes contact with TRAFFICO's mouth, making him groan and stagger back. ]

Pink Ranger's leaping Battlizer punch Pink Ranger's leaping Battlizer punch (again) Pink Ranger's leaping Battlizer punch Pink Ranger's leaping Battlizer punch Traffico staggers back Traffico staggers back

[ PINK RANGER touches her BATTLIZER. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Battlizer Beam!

Pink Battlizer beam Pink Battlizer beam

[ PINK RANGER fires a shimmering white beam from her BATTLIZER at TRAFFICO, causing him to spark with another groan. ]

Pink Battlizer beam Pink Battlizer beam Pink Battlizer beam

The Battlizer Beam debuts.  Apparently it is sufficient to provoke Traffico into growing.


LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, guys, let's finish him off!

Red Ranger draws Sky Blaster Red Ranger draws Sky Blaster

[ RED RANGER assembles his SKY ENFORCER. ]

Red Ranger assembles Sky Enforcer Red Ranger assembles Sky Enforcer

The Sky Enforcers were used to destroy Podling in episode 2.

[ TRAFFICO thrashes around in pain. ]

Traffico thrashes Traffico thrashes

I'm not going down that easily!

[ The RANGERS all ready their ENFORCERS. ]

Rangers prepare Enforcers

RANGERS (in unison):

[ On TRAFFICO's leg, his embedded JINNSECT gleams. ]

Traffico grows Traffico grows

[ The RANGERS react in astonishment, not yet having had a chance to aim their ENFORCERS. ]

Rangers react


PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Check it out!

[ TRAFFICO is enveloped in white energy and grows to giant size with a roar.  He towers over the scrambling RANGERS below. ]

Traffico grows Traffico grows Traffico grows Traffico towers over Rangers

[ RED RANGER calls into his wrist. ]

Red Ranger calls Hawk

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hawkzord, we need you!

[ We pan over to PINK RANGER, who holds her fingers to her mouth in worry. ]

Pink Ranger worries Pink Ranger worries

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Ohh...!  I did it again!

In the sentai, White's concern was based on her anxiety at the helm of the Swanzord.  Here, she is distressed from having caused two consecutive monsters to grow (see Facetia's growth in the previous episode).  The consecutive Pink-triggered growths were merely a byproduct of my chosen episode order, but it offered a decent explanation for Pink's concern here.

[ EXT. SKY (sentai) - The five SKY FLYERS fly over the camera in formation (Jetman #5). ]

Throughout this series, I cut all sentai shots of the Flyers emerging from their pyramid-shaped base (though the base was seen in video on Illam in episode 22).  Instead, the Flyers in Take Flight continuously await in low Earth orbit until they are needed.

Sky Flyers flying over Sky Flyers flying over Sky Flyers flying over

[ The FLYERS fly through the city and are then shown in profile (Jetman #4). ]

Flyers downtown Flyers in profile

[ The FLYERS fly over the camera and into the distance (Jetman #23). ]

Flyers flying over Flyers flying over Flyers flying over

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #4) - Giant TRAFFICO looks up into the distance. ]

Traffico looks up

Jetman featured two separate battles against giant Traffico, the first ending in a cliff-hanger after the monster shot down the Swanzord.  Shots from both battles are interspersed here.


[ HAWK ONE fires red lasers (Jetman #4). ]

Hawk fires lasers

[ TRAFFICO erupts in a burst of spark explosions (Jetman #5).  He returns fire with colored beams from his traffic lights. ]

Traffico sparks Traffico sparks Traffico returns fire Traffico returns fire Traffico returns fire

[ EXT. FIELD (US footage) - The RANGERS react to the events above.  Their heads seem to follow the Hawk flying by overhead (off-screen). ]

The sentai did not feature the Flyers unmanned at any point.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Oh!  That was close!

[ YELLOW RANGER cups his hands over his mouth and calls out to the Flyers above (off-screen). ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Be careful, guys!

[ We pan over to RED RANGER, who watches silently. ]

[ EXT. SKY - OWL THREE flies by (Jetman #26), shooting quadruple yellow lasers from its wings (US addition).  It then banks left and soars by the camera. ]

Owl flies by (not shown: lasers) Owl flies by (not shown: lasers) Owl flies by (not shown: lasers)

By showing the Flyers using only lasers at this point, I was trying to illustrate that they suffered from a lack of creativity; the variety and effectiveness of their attacks would improve once the Rangers piloted them.  Again, this was a US invention, as Jetman's Flyers didn't battle on auto-pilot.

[ Shown in close-up (Jetman #4), CONDOR TWO fires dual white lasers from its wings (US addition). ]

Sky Condor (not shown: lasers) Sky Condor (not shown: lasers)

[ TRAFFICO again erupts in sparks (Jetman #4). ]

Traffico sparks

Ow!  Hey!

[ SWAN FOUR swoops down slowly, its head tilted down toward the monster below (Jetman #4). ]

Swan swoops down

[ TRAFFICO speaks and fires skyward (Jetman #4). ]

Traffico speaks Traffico fires upward Traffico fires upward

That's enough of that!  (fires)

[ The beams strike the swooping SWAN, causing it to crackle with blue electricity (Jetman #4). ]

Swan blasted Swan blasted

[ EXT. FIELD (US footage) - PINK RANGER steps forward, quite concerned. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Oh no, he hit the Swan!

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #4) - Smoking from the rear, the SWAN approaches the rocky terrain and crash-lands, skidding to a violent halt. ]

Swan crash lands Swan crash lands Swan crash lands Swan crash lands

So far as we can see, the Swan's crash-landing fails to carve a giant ravine, as was left in the quarry by the Hawk's crash landing (see episode 2).

[ EXT. FIELD (US footage) - PINK RANGER leaves the others, running forward urgently.  The other RANGERS are unable to stop her. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):

Casey's empathy toward living things extends to Swan Four, though it isn't actually alive.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #4) - As the SWAN lies partially embedded in the rocky ground, PINK RANGER scrambles up to it (US addition). ]

downed Swan (not shown: Pink Ranger)

At this point in the sentai, White Ranger was unconscious in her cockpit following her crash-landing.  This served as a cliff-hanger after the monster was driven underground by the Hawk and Condor lasers.  In the next episode, White continued her training despite injuries sustained in the crash.

[ From another angle, we see giant TRAFFICO advancing on the downed SWAN from the rear.  PINK RANGER (US addition) looks to the right and sees the monster.  She speaks into her left wrist. ]

Traffico approaches downed Swan (not shown: Pink Ranger)

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Uh, guys...?

[ EXT. FIELD (US footage) - RED RANGER addresses the remaining three RANGERS. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Come on, guys!  Let's buy her some time!

Luke has already piloted Hawk One recently, in episode 3.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
You mean fly those things?!

The novice Rangers' ability to pilot the Flyers is explained at the end of the episode.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
How do we get up there?

[ A wide green beam of light falls on the four RANGERS from above, causing them to vanish as the light beams them up. ]

The green beam matches with later sentai footage.

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #7) - RED RANGER situates himself in his seat, pulling his seat restraint down over his shoulders. ]

Red Ranger in cockpit

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hawk One, systems go!

[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #7) - BLACK RANGER does the same. ]

Black Ranger in cockpit

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Condor Two, online!

[ INT. OWL COCKPIT (Jetman #7) - YELLOW RANGER gets situated as well. ]

Yellow Ranger in cockpit

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Owl Three, ready!

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #7) - BLUE RANGER, the same. ]

Blue Ranger in cockpit

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Swallow Five, go!

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #5) - RED RANGER looks up to his right and makes a fist gesture before banking to his right. ]

Red Ranger propositions Black Red Ranger banks

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey, Chris, follow me, all right?  (banks)

[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #5) - BLACK RANGER delivers a confident, casual salute and banks to his left. ]

Black Ranger salutes Black Ranger banks

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
No sweat!  (banks)

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #5) - The CONDOR and HAWK tilt into a back-to-back formation, the CONDOR nearly upside-down. ]

Condor and Hawk in formation

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #4) - TRAFFICO reacts as the camera zooms in. ]

What's this?

Traffico reacts

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #5) - In formation, the CONDOR and HAWK simultaneously fire laser blasts, the CONDOR's white and the HAWK's red. ]

Condor-Hawk lasers Condor and Hawk

This dual laser attack appeared numerous times in Jetman, but I didn't consider it remarkable enough to warrant making it a routine.  Here, though, it demonstrates the Rangers' new tactics which the Flyers weren't capable of crafting with their primitive A.I.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #5) - TRAFFICO is enveloped in sparks and again returns fire.  The CONDOR and HAWK swoop upward just above the ground, TRAFFICO's blasts narrowly missing them. ]

Traffico sparks Traffico returns fire Traffico misses Condor and Hawk pull up

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #5) - Shown in profile, RED RANGER pulls up. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):

Red Ranger pulls up

[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #5) - Coming out of his bank maneuver, BLACK RANGER replies. ]

Black Ranger comes out of bank

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, not bad!

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - SWAN FOUR wobbles slightly in the air. ]

Swan wobbles Swan wobbles Swan wobbles

Sadly, Jetman featured no footage of Swan Four doing anything interesting other than crashing, wobbling, being shot, or failing to shoot a falling boulder.  Oh, sorry, no, there was a shot of the Swan tilting its head too.

[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - PINK RANGER pumps her fist, looks at her controls, and looks up to her left. ]

Pink Ranger in control Pink Ranger asks for time

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
I think I'm getting the hang of this!  Could you buy me another second, guys?

Unlike in the sentai, Pink Ranger isn't awful at piloting her Zord.

[ INT. OWL COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - YELLOW RANGER enthusiastically gestures with his fist. ]

Yellow Ranger volunteers Yellow Ranger volunteers

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Don't worry, Casey!  Owl Three, incoming!

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - OWL THREE approaches with a large black claw now mounted to its underside.  In close-up, the claw is seen grappling a large boulder (Jetman #4) which the OWL then hoists into the air (Jetman #10). ]

Owl with claw Owl grabs boulder Owl lifts boulder Owl lifts boulder

[ INT. OWL COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - YELLOW RANGER clenches his fist and speaks before reaching to his right.  In close-up, he yanks one of two levers. ]

Yellow Ranger prepares to pull lever Yellow Ranger prepares to pull lever Yellow Ranger pulls lever Yellow Ranger pulls lever

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Ready, and... (yanks lever)  Owl Claw, release!

The Owl Claw's boulder attack here may inspire Pete to hurl boulders in small-scale battles in the future.

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4 ) - Seen from below, the OWL drops the boulder, which plummets earthward. ]

Sky Owl drops boulder

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #4) - TRAFFICO is struck on the head by the boulder, causing a modest burst of sparks. ]

boulder falling toward Traffico boulder hits Traffico

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - BLUE RANGER makes a hand gesture before reaching for her right side.  In close-up, she pulls one of two levers. ]

Blue Ranger prepares to pull lever Blue Ranger prepares to pull lever Blue Ranger pulls lever Blue Ranger pulls lever

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Wing Blade, deploy!  (pulls lever)

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - In flight, SWALLOW FIVE detaches its top wing panel, the WING BLADE, which then flies down independently. ]

Swallow releases Wing Blade Swallow releases Wing Blade Swallow releases Wing Blade Wing Blade

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #4) - The WING BLADE flies by TRAFFICO, slicing him with a burst of sparks as it passes. ]

Wing Blade slices Traffico Wing Blade slices Traffico

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - The WING BLADE then flies back up to the SWALLOW above and reattaches. ]

Wing Blade returns Wing Blade returns Wing Blade returns Wing Blade returns Wing Blade returns

[ Jetman #5 - The five FLYERS fly overhead in formation. ]

Flyers flying over Flyers flying over

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #8) - From between RED RANGER's legs, we see the other four FLYERS in formation through the Hawk's canopy behind RED RANGER.  He thrusts his fist forward enthusiastically, then grips the control stick with both hands. ]

Red Ranger with Flyers above Red Ranger with Flyers above

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Let's bring 'em together, guys!

[ INT. OWL COCKPIT (Jetman #26) - YELLOW RANGER gives an eager thumbs-up. ]

Yellow Ranger gives thumbs-up

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah!  You're on!

[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - BLACK RANGER gives a casual salute, clenches his fist, and grips his control stick. ]

Black Ranger affirmative Black Ranger affirmative

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Let's do it!

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - BLUE RANGER nods upward and clenches her fist. ]

Blue Ranger affirmative Blue Ranger affirmative

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
I'm ready if you guys are!

[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - We zoom in on a focused PINK RANGER as she holds her control stick with both hands. ]

Pink Ranger in cockpit Pink Ranger in cockpit

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
All right, here goes nothing...!

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - The FLYERS split up, with the OWL and CONDOR banking right and the SWAN and SWALLOW banking left. ]

Sky Flyers split up

Before the Flyers streaked into the sky, Jetman commonly showed the Rangers in their cockpits with both Morpher braces on the outside of their gloves; they would then detach part of the communicator on their left wrist and insert it into their controls, causing an appropriate bird emblem to appear in each Ranger's monitor.  I cut this because Take Flight featured different Morphers, but the devices can be seen in the Rangers' cockpits whenever the monitors are shown in the Flyer or Megazord cockpits.

[ Switch to Jetman #5 - The five FLYERS fly up into the sky in a circular formation with respectively-colored trails behind them: the HAWK is red, SWAN white, SWALLOW blue, OWL yellow, and CONDOR purple. ]

Flyers streak into sky Flyers streak into sky

[ Rotating around each other in the circular formation, the FLYERS begin to crackle with blue electricity. ]

Flyers in electric circle Flyers in electric circle Flyers in electric circle

[ Inside a black void filled with yellow gridlines, the five FLYERS (transformed into compact forms) materialize with white streaks and promptly assemble into the SKYFORCE CRUISER formation, of which the HAWK forms the front component. ]

Flyers form Cruiser Flyers form Cruiser Flyers form Cruiser Flyers form Cruiser

The Flyers' functions are as follows:

Hawk OneRedfronttorso, head
Condor TwoBlackrear (center right)right leg
Owl ThreeYellowrear (outer right)right arm
Swan FourPinkrear (center left)left leg
Swallow FiveBluerear (outer left)left arm

When the Kestrel Mega Cruiser was formed, the Sky Kestrel merged to the rear of the Skyforce Cruiser.  For the Mega Kestrelzord, pieces of the Kestrel attached to the torso, head, arms, and legs, but the relative positioning of the Flyers in the robot formation did not change.

[ INT. CRUISER COCKPIT - In a five-seat cockpit, we zoom out from RED RANGER, who sits alone at the center seat.  As he performs a series of hand gestures and makes a declaration, the other RANGERS pile into the cockpit from a door which opens behind RED. ]

Red Ranger in Cruiser cockpit Rangers join Red Ranger in Cruiser cockpit Rangers join Red Ranger in Cruiser cockpit

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Skyforce Cruiser, online!  (others enter)

An early title I considered for the series but quickly rejected involved the phrase, "Sky Force."  This lives on in the extended names of the Skyforce Cruiser and Skyforce Megazord.

[ As the four RANGERS find their seats, YELLOW on RED's right with BLUE behind him, and BLACK on RED's left with PINK behind him, RED RANGER looks over his shoulder (particularly, at PINK). ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey guys, nice to see you!

[ PINK RANGER makes a quip in return before turning to her side-facing control station.  In the background, the rear door closes automatically. ]

Pink Ranger's quip Pink Ranger turns to her station

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
We didn't want you to get lonely in here!  (turns)

[ EXT. SKY - The CRUISER flies by the camera. ]

Skyforce Cruiser Skyforce Cruiser

[ INT. CRUISER COCKPIT - RED RANGER makes a straight-fingered hand gesture. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Firebird attack...!

[ RED RANGER presses a button on the controls in front of him.  The monitor changes from a red hawk display to a flaming bird display. ]

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There, that little two-squared silver device is from Red Ranger's Morpher in Jetman.  Each Ranger's device bears a respectively-colored square, which can help to identify which Ranger's monitor is being shown in certain close-ups.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
... full throttle!

[ The firebird display pulsates as a female computer voice (the synthesized voice of DR. BERING) responds. ]

Dr. Bering's team programmed the Zords, but their plans were provided by Zordon and built by an outside contractor.

firebird display

Engaging firebird attack.

[ Two gray joysticks flip up from within RED RANGER's control panel. ]

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[ RED RANGER grips the joysticks.  The cockpit is now illuminated from the front with red light as a thundering roar in the background intensifies. ]

full throttle full throttle

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Here goes...!

[ EXT. SKY - In a black background, the CRUISER is enveloped with flames and grows fiery wings. ]

Cruiser firebird

In the sentai at this point, Traffico fires on the flaming firebird and misses; I cut it because I felt it disrupted the pacing of the attack sequence, and it left the firebird moving at an upward angle instead of down toward the monster.  (That didn't stop me from allowing the miss to be shown in the Snapshot battle in episode 12, however.)

[ INT. CRUISER COCKPIT - The entire cockpit rattles jarringly with thunderous noise.  Each of the RANGERS (Red, Black, Yellow, Pink, and Blue) is shown groaning through the prolonged, violent tremor. ]

Red Ranger shaken Black Ranger shaken Yellow Ranger shaken Pink Ranger shaken Blue Ranger shaken

I swapped Yellow and Black; their shots in the sentai were out of order (going by numeric rank).

[ EXT. SKY - The firebird, no longer recognizable as the Skyforce Cruiser, soars down through the sky. ]

firebird flies down

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - We zoom in on TRAFFICO as he reacts to his imminent demise. ]

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No!  Stop!

[ The firebird flies through TRAFFICO's midsection.  He shrieks in pain.  The firebird flies away, and TRAFFICO crackles with blue electricity as he falls, ultimately exploding. ]

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[ EXT. SKY - The CRUISER flies off, shedding its flames. ]

Cruiser departs Cruiser departs

[ Break. ]

[ EXT. GAS STATION - As the camera remains focused on the side corner of the gas station, PINK RANGER flies down, landing hidden behind the rear of the gas station (unseen).  Moments later, we pan down to CASEY walking out from behind the gas station. ]

[ Nearby, CASEY finds BARRY leaning against her car (the convertible top still up).  When he sees her, he rises from his leaning position and approaches her with concern. ]

Hey!  Are you okay?  I, uh, almost knocked on the door to check on you.

[ CASEY looks around. ]

Oh, yeah, I'm fine.  How's everything out here?

[ BARRY looks at Casey's car. ]

Well, your car tried to take a few swings at me with its door, but I think it's dead now.

Traffico's possessed cars "died" across the city when he was destroyed.  Whether that means they all returned to normal or they all stopped working entirely is open for interpretation, but Casey's car required a few days in the shop (episode 6).

[ CASEY takes a brief walk around the car, inspecting it.  She will ultimately stop near the driver's side, continuing to eye the car. ]

Man, the valley's getting weirder every day.  I'd heard there were some weird things going on lately, but...

Weird things listed below.

So none of those No-- (corrects herself) ... weird guys came back, did they?

Casey had to catch herself to avoid naming the Nobodies (having learned their name in episode 3), but as revealed in the next episode, she accidentally refers to the Power Rangers by name while chatting with Barry in the tow truck.

BARRY (shaking his head):

[ There's a pause in the conversation as CASEY and BARRY remain separated by the car. ]

BARRY (removing a quarter from his pocket):
So, like, we should probably call a tow truck, right?

[ CASEY comes around from the driver's side. ]


[ As they begin to head toward the gas station's pay phone, CASEY cocks her head with subdued curiosity. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
So, um... what kind of things have you heard?

As recounted in the next episode, Barry listed the moss at the plaza (episode 2), the blackout (episode 2), and the "flying people" (possibly episode 4).

[ INT. APARTMENT STAIRWELL - LUKE, PETE, CHRIS, and MAGGIE are proceeding downstairs from the roof.  At some point, they may pass the seventh floor (which nearly identically matches their fifth floor, with the exception of a sign) on their way downstairs. ]

The battle has ended shortly before Pete has to begin work, though he doesn't appear to be in a hurry here.

Man, that was awesome!  (to Chris)  I never thought I'd be a jet pilot.

Those displays in our visors are really helpful.

The Rangers' visors include instructions for piloting the Flyers.  I deemed this preferable to magic Zord-piloting knowledge featured in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, particularly because Take Flight is a technology-based series.

[ LUKE nods silently. ]

CHRIS (to Pete):
Now where in your visor display did it tell you to drop a rock on the monster's head?

PETE (laughing):
Come on, man...

MAGGIE (supportively, to Pete):
I thought it was a good move!

PETE (to Chris):
Yeah, see?

CHRIS (to Luke):
Hey, you know, that Cruiser's pretty cool, how they all come together like that.

Casey didn't enjoy it.  Pete will later refer to it as the "flaming jet of doom" (next episode).

It's like, together we can accomplish things none of us can do alone.

CHRIS (to Maggie):
Ugh, could you make it sound any sappier?

[ PETE looks down at the silent LUKE quizzically. ]

Hey, Luke, are you all right?

[ LUKE pauses and looks back at the others.  They all stop as well.  LUKE seems to be remembering something. ]

Luke's memory is jogged by Chris and Maggie's remarks on the Flyers coming together.

[ We flash to INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - We zoom in on RED RANGER in the Skyforce Megazord cockpit (Jetman #31), which is similar to the Cruiser cockpit but with yellow and green designs above (as opposed to the black area above the Cruiser cockpit).  Alone in the cockpit, RED RANGER pumps his fist. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger, echoing, voice continuing into next shot):
Skyforce Megazord!

In February of 1992, Luke test-piloted the Skyforce Megazord on Earth.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The SKYFORCE MEGAZORD stands ready in a mountainous region (Jetman #32). ]

Skyforce Megazord Skyforce Megazord

This foreshadows the Megazord's use in the next episode.  I chose to use footage from the Zindrek ravine battle in Jetman #32 (see episode 35) because it was a unique-looking backdrop, as opposed to the typical mountain scenery seen in most battles.

[ We return to INT. APARTMENT STAIRWELL - LUKE returns from his memory as the others are concerned. ]

What is it, Luke?

[ LUKE clears his head. ]

Nothing, it's okay.  (resumes going downstairs)  How do you guys feel about giant robots?

Curiously, Luke mentions robots in the plural, yet he did not know about the Sky Kestrel or the Battlezord.  Perhaps the plural here was simply his way of broaching the subject and nothing more.

[ Fade to black. ]