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Episode 11: "Forever and Ever Ramen"

This episode was completed on August 25, 2006, and released on May 17, 2008.  Its title is a modification on the phrase, "forever and ever, amen," as found in certain versions of the Lord's Prayer.  The original phrase was also the title of a song released by Randy Travis in 1987.

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #10 unless otherwise noted. ]

In Jetman #10, Blue is asked to be the mascot for a new brand of ramen noodles.  The creator, however, is visited by a monster (Ramenator) claiming to be the god of ramen, and the noodles eventually allow the monster to place a rage spell on people, including Yellow!  Blue defends the creator from Ramenator, and the team eventually destroys the monster.

When I reviewed the footage remaining in this episode after the Japanese actors had been cut out, I came to the conclusion that this was a Yellow Ranger focus, or at least a combined Yellow-Blue focus.  Further, Yellow's erratic behavior (his fury toward Ramenator in particular) was the basis for Pete's intense dislike of packaged foods (introduced in episode 7).  I used this episode as a light-hearted break between the Magda and Strife incidents.

[ Fade in to EXT. SPACE STATION (ORIGINAL) - An establishment shot shows the space station in its original form (see episode 1), minus the subsequent charring and alien spaceship. ]

[ Dissolve to INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - Initially focused on the floor, the camera slowly tracks down a space station corridor bustling with uniformed officers (see episode 1). ]

[ We ultimately arrive in: ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - We pan up to see DR. BERING at the central console, studying a clipboard holding several documents.  As she flips the front page up to review the second page, a document falls from the clipboard. ]

[ The paper lands on the floor, where a man's hand picks it up.  DR. BERING looks to see LUKE beside her.  He is wearing his gray flight suit (see episode 2) but no AVIMORPHER. ]

While living aboard the space station, Luke apparently did not wear a Morpher routinely.

[ LUKE hands her the document with an unassuming, gentle smile.  Seeming caught unaware by his smile, DR. BERING cocks her head slightly and smiles in return, taking the document while keeping her eyes on him. ]

This could be interpreted as the first sign of interest between Dr. Bering and Luke.

[ With a flash of white, we transition to INT. SPACE STATION GALLEY - In a mildly futuristic cafeteria made mostly of metal, LUKE and DR. BERING sit across from each other at a table, apart from any other officers scattered around the room.  LUKE and DR. BERING are lost in conversation (no audio heard), seemingly oblivious to their surroundings.  LUKE again wears his flight suit with no MORPHER. ]

This is the first appearance of the galley.  It will be the setting of a battle with Demi-Gog in episode 32.

[ Though by no means a focus of the scene, a man in his late twenties, WILL, turns and eyes the unwitting pair from across the room.  WILL is a dark-haired man of average height and build.  He doesn't seem pleased by the sight of LUKE and DR. BERING (if he can even be seen in any detail in this shot). ]

While writing this flashback, I thought I might be able to do something later with a malicious agent among the space station crew, so I inserted the Will character here.  I put him to use in episode 18 (and then once again in episode 32).

[ With another flash of white, we transition to INT. SPACE STATION, WORK BAY - This work bay doubles in present day as DILLIK'S LAB, though many of Dillik's future adaptations are missing from the walls, and the lighting is much brighter. ]

This is the first time we see the original form of Dillik's lab.

[ At the work bench, DR. BERING is soldering a circuit board, which she compares to a schematic beside her on the bench.  She speaks without looking up, her tone friendly. ]

So when you get to Heaven, is there somebody you're just dying to meet?

Dr. Bering is apparently open-minded on matters of spirituality.

This is the conversation revisited in Luke's dream in episode 10, though we now hear a different portion.

[ Nearby, LUKE leans against the wall, his arms crossed casually.  He is once again in his flight suit, sans MORPHER. ]

My granddad.

We don't learn further specifics about Luke's family life, but he may have been closer with his grandfather than his parents.

[ DR. BERING looks up with a bashful smirk. ]

Well, okay...  But I meant famous person.

As revealed in episode 10, Luke then responded with a choice Dr. Bering considered obvious, and she then named Richard Feynman.

[ With a final flash of white, we cut to INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - As shown in episode 2, we see DR. BERING in a corridor of the space station as it quakes violently.  She urgently hands the metal AviMorpher case to the viewer (unseen).  Her expression is almost pleading. ]

Please!  Go!

[ Cut to INT. LUKE'S BEDROOM (NIGHT) - LUKE quickly startles awake.  The room is sparsely decorated, with light bedding over the bed. ]

This scene takes place on the night of Tuesday, May 19, 1992, or the early morning of the next day.

[ After regaining his bearings, LUKE sits up and then (wearing boxers and a T-shirt) rises from his bed and slowly approaches the nearby window.  He parts the curtains and looks up at the night sky.  Despite a haze from the city lights, one "star" is visible in the sky above. ]

I assume Luke's sleep attire could be acceptable even on a family show, but I could be wrong.

Would a geosynchronous space station be visible from Earth with the naked eye?  I guessed that it would under certain lighting conditions, but if not, I was comfortable with this visual being artistic license.

[ Dissolve to INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT (MORNING) - From her living room, we see MAGGIE in the kitchen, pouring a measuring cup of steaming hot water into a cup of instant ramen noodles with the lid pulled back.  Her AVIMORPHER is not on her wrist. ]

The rest of this episode takes place on Wednesday, May 20, 1992, four days after the Magda incident in episodes 9 and 10.

Maggie dons her Morpher as one of the last parts of her morning routine, as established in episode 4.  At the time, I didn't intend this as a sign that she was any less devoted of a Ranger, but that interpretation could be fair in the wake of episode 31.

[ There is a knock at the door, causing MAGGIE to look up briefly as she finishes pouring her water. ]

... Coming!

[ After quickly removing a glass cooking lid from a cabinet below and placing it over the noodle cup, MAGGIE hurries to the door. ]

[ INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - We see over LUKE's shoulder as MAGGIE opens the door and greets him.  LUKE is wearing his work uniform. ]

Luke!  Hi!

[ Slightly confused by Luke's presence, MAGGIE glances at her left wrist before remembering she isn't wearing anything there. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
What's up?

Maggie wonders if Luke's presence means there's trouble; this reminds her she isn't yet wearing her Morpher.  I realize now that this detail might be confusing to the audience, though.

[ LUKE seems slightly distracted (or simply tired). ]

Well, I was...  (seeming unable to express himself, gestures toward her apartment)  ... Do you mind if...?

MAGGIE (opening the door):
Oh, yeah!  Of course!

As an introvert, Maggie isn't the keenest person around when it comes to social graces.

[ LUKE steps inside. ]


[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT (MORNING) - MAGGIE gestures for LUKE to have a seat on the couch. ]

Do you wanna... sit?

LUKE (sitting on the couch):

[ MAGGIE takes a seat on the love seat. ]

So, what's up?

LUKE (reluctantly):
Well, I was just thinking...  (pauses)  You know that spaceship Mrs. Patterson told us about?

Luke is referring to events off-screen in the wake of episode 8.  His line of thinking was prompted by Magda's dream spell in episode 10.

MAGGIE (listening intently):

Well... I can't get it out of my head that maybe it's --  (pauses)  Maybe the space station didn't get destroyed like I thought it did.

MAGGIE (after considering for a moment):
So you think Dillik and Trask are up there, in the base where you trained?

LUKE (noncommittally):

[ MAGGIE shifts forward in her seat a bit, assuming a slightly more professional air as she adjusts her glasses. ]

Um...  If they ARE up there, how would you feel about it?

Maggie seems more willing to adopt a professional role with Luke than a friendly one.

[ LUKE seems inwardly frustrated. ]

Well, it's not that.  I just...  There could still be people up there.

Your friends?

Sort of...

[ INT. SPACE STATION QUARTERS - We see a quick glimpse of DR. BERING smiling in Luke's doorway aboard the space station (as shown in episode 2). ]

[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT (MORNING) - LUKE's face hardens with determination. ]

I need to go up there.

[ Flustered, MAGGIE abandons her professional demeanor. ]

Well, Luke...!  If Dillik and Trask ARE up there, it can't be safe.  They've probably got the place filled with Nobodies, and those weird alien bugs...

At this point, I had not yet decided that the Rangers should be sent to raid the space station (see episode 32), but I was intentionally steering Luke toward a flight to the station (episode 13) because it seemed inevitable once he had realized Dr. Bering could be alive.

[ LUKE stands and paces the living room restlessly. ]

Well, then it can't be safe for the crew either.  I might be the only one who can save them.

Similar concern compels Luke to venture to the station while the team relives the past in episode 36.

MAGGIE (insistently):
Luke, we're a team, remember?  Maybe... (searchingly) ... Maybe we can all go.

[ LUKE shakes his head, avoiding eye contact.  He distracts himself by absently studying Maggie's bookshelf. ]

No.  I'm not going to risk all of you getting captured... again.

Luke references their capture by Magda's Discards in episode 9.

[ MAGGIE sighs defeatedly. ]

Luke, what got you thinking about all this?

[ LUKE stands firmly, continuing to stare at the bookshelf.  Seconds later, he concedes and looks at MAGGIE, disarmed. ]

When Magda put us under that dream spell, I remembered --  (looks down and pauses once more)  ... Her name was Dr. Bering.

Luke's memory remains spotty.

[ Break. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - The station is now seen in its contemporary form, complete with the docked alien ship. ]

DILLIK (voice-over, perkily):
So...  When's Sasha coming?

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK slams his hands onto the central console, opposite DILLIK.  TRASK's belt (see previous episode) is back in place.  Several NOBODIES stand in attendance. ]

For the FOURTH TIME, Dillik...  I don't know.

DILLIK (innocently concerned):
Well...  D-- Did you give her directions?  Maybe she went to the wrong space station.

Space station Mir was in orbit from 1986 to 2001.  Unlike Project Jetman's space station, Mir was at a far lower orbit than geosynchronous.

[ TRASK appears frustrated but then calms himself. ]

TRASK (speaking precisely):
Dillik, the Rangers destroyed her mother.  She'll need some time to grieve.

(shakes his head)  Wait, wait...  The Rangers didn't --

TRASK (more insistently):
I SAID, the Rangers destroyed her mother.

[ DILLIK insists otherwise, waving his hand dismissively with a chuckle. ]

No, no...  Remember?  I used the wormhole generator to send her --

Dillik references events in episode 10, but Trask insists that Dillik not mention Magda's true fate.  Dillik's clumsiness at maintaining this secret will unravel his relationship with Sasha in episode 27.

It still isn't specified that the wormhole generator spans dimensions.

[ TRASK slowly advances around the console toward DILLIK. ]

TRASK (interrupting him, growing impatiently):
Dillik, I know you have exceptional hearing, so you must be misunderstanding me.

It was here that I decided Dillik's ability to detect Trask in the shadows stemmed from superhuman hearing, in accordance with his prominent ears.

DILLIK (chuckling amusedly, unfazed):
Now, Trask, I'm really quite sure...

[ Cut to EXT. SPACE STATION - DILLIK's voice (from the previous scene) suddenly cuts short, and he yelps in discomfort. ]

DILLIK (voice-over):
-- Ow, ow!  Okay!

Trask hasn't previously been shown being physically violent with Dillik.  Perhaps Trask is increasingly on edge from the idea of Sasha learning the truth and turning on him.

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S LAB - The sliding door in Dillik's lab opens, and DILLIK mopes his way into the room, nursing a pained right arm, though no injuries are visible.  Nearby, the work table is now remarkably tidy (compare with episode 8), and in a back corner stands an imposing figure, STRIFE (compare with sentai), draped in a white sheet which covers everything but his general shape.  He stands motionless without any sign of life. ]

Strife has finally come into form after being constructed over the course of several episodes.  Dillik began the project as a hobby in episode 4, but Magda's approach hastened his work (episodes 7 and 8).  It is now complete, but Dillik won't be motivated to activate the robot until episode 12.

The white sheet is present because the Strife costume would have been far too complex to reproduce for US footage.

[ DILLIK flops himself onto his work stool and props his chin on his left hand.  He speaks to DR. BERING's cryogenic container, which remains in its usual corner (see episode 8). ]

Dr. Bering was revealed to be frozen in episode 7, though Dillik's dialog hinted along these lines in the episode beforehand.

DILLIK (moping):
I dunno, frozen scientist... I just don't get any respect around here.

[ DILLIK listens for a moment, then chuckles as he glances back toward the covered STRIFE.  When he returns his attention to DR. BERING, he continues rubbing his right arm. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
(chuckles)  Yeah...  (to Dr. Bering, rubbing his arm)  But right now Trask wants a monster.

Apparently Dillik's imaginary version of Dr. Bering suggested that he'd get respect in the form of Strife.  This double identity plot was a long-standing story arc I had planned from the beginning of Take Flight as a means of adapting footage of Gray (Strife); Sasha was intended as the catalyst.

[ DILLIK listens briefly. ]

DILLIK (cont'd, incredulously):
... I know!  "Surprise me," he says!  (concedes)  ... But... (shrugs) ... who am I to argue?  It's all part of Lord Omos' plan.  So, anyway, about this monster...

The audience is reminded of the mysterious "Lord Omos" entity, which will be revealed as a hoax in episode 17.  By this point, I was planning for Lord Omos to be Trask's invention.

[ DILLIK listens.  As the imaginary plot unfolds, DILLIK grows increasingly intrigued. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
... Ohh...

[ DILLIK's eyes widen as the plot appears to grow absolutely scandalous. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Oh my...!

[ DILLIK recoils and cocks his head at DR. BERING. ]

DILLIK (cont'd, both appalled and titillated):
Frozen scientist...!

Dillik's imaginary version of Dr. Bering is suggesting that he send a Jinnsect into the Rangers' home, as mentioned in episode 13.

[ As DILLIK continues to "listen," we pan over to DR. BERING's frozen face. ]

[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT (MORNING) - MAGGIE and LUKE are now sitting on stools at the breakfast counter connecting the living room with the kitchen.  MAGGIE is eating from her noodle cup with a set of ornate, faux-ivory chopsticks. ]

Because real ivory would be cruel.

So you two were pretty friendly...?

Well, not THAT friendly...

I wanted to make sure the audience didn't read too much into Dr. Bering and Luke's flirtation.

[ MAGGIE makes a face with a mouth full of noodles.  She swallows before replying: ]

I mean, I can see why you're upset.  But... (gently) ...maybe you should hold off doing anything rash until we can all talk about it.  Okay?

[ LUKE swivels in his stool to face away from the counter as he thinks absently.  He is calmer now, albeit not utterly satisfied. ]

I guess.

[ MAGGIE begins to eat more noodles. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
Hey, you never mentioned what you saw in YOUR dream spell.

[ MAGGIE freezes, noodles dangling from her mouth.  She slurps them in and replies with her mouth full as she carries her cup to the kitchen: ]

I don't wanna talk about it.

Maggie's dream began with Sean apologizing; we don't know what followed.

LUKE (frowning, to himself):
That's the same thing Casey said.

Casey's dream involved an embrace with Chris; she has not yet revealed her crush to anyone.

[ As MAGGIE sets her empty cup on the counter and begins rinsing her chopsticks in the sink, another knock is heard at the door.  She calls out while finishing up at the sink. ]

Come in...!

[ PETE enters and spots LUKE. ]

Oh, hey, man.


[ PETE suddenly notices something in the kitchen.  From his perspective, we dramatically zoom in on the noodle cup on the counter beside MAGGIE. ]

PETE (stunned and revolted):
Is that...?

[ MAGGIE towels off her chopsticks and returns them to a drawer. ]

MAGGIE (with playful insistence):
There is nothing wrong with instant ramen, Pete.

Pete's aversion to packaged food was disclosed in episode 7 as a setup for this episode.

If Pete and Maggie regularly shop together now (see below), has Pete not seen her choice of breakfast before?  Perhaps her chat with Luke has put her behind schedule.

[ PETE approaches the breakfast area, offering a profound bit of wisdom: ]

Umm... I would have to say the contrary.

[ MAGGIE fetches an unopened noodle cup (compare with sentai) from her cabinet and slides it across the counter in PETE's direction. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
Would you quit bashing them and just try one?

[ LUKE catches the cup before it falls off the counter and hands it to PETE with a tight-lipped, neutral expression. ]

[ MAGGIE wipes off the edge of her sink. ]

MAGGIE (playfully):
I put an egg in mine.  Or you could... add some vegetables.  Well, that one already has vegetables.  And shrimp.  But I've even added curry powder to it...  Ooo, and some soy beans...

In the sentai, Ramenator shot vegetables and shrimp from his open lid, but none of that footage was ultimately used in this episode.

[ PETE looks for a place to jettison his gift, ultimately placing it on the end table beside the couch. ]

I know, but that's like... putting Alfredo sauce on a brick.  I mean, you've gotta love Alfredo, but when you get down to it, you've still got a brick on your plate.

Pete's mention of Alfredo sauce is in line with his employment at an Italian restaurant.

MAGGIE (saucily):
Very funny.

PETE (to Luke and Maggie):
So what are you two up to?

[ LUKE rises from his stool. ]

Ah, actually, I've gotta get going.  You know, work and all...


[ MAGGIE joins them in the living room, wiping her hands on her jeans. ]

MAGGIE (to Luke):
So, we'll talk later...?  (determined, to Pete)  We're having a talk later.

PETE (innocently, bewildered):
All right...

MAGGIE (nodding to Luke):
Tonight, after Casey gets home.

[ LUKE nods. ]

This planned meeting never takes place, as Casey's news of her parents' wishes will take precedence.

LUKE (to both):
Bye, guys.

See ya.

[ LUKE exits and heads left down the hall as MAGGIE shuts the door behind him. ]

[ PETE looks to MAGGIE. ]

What was that about?

[ MAGGIE heads down the hallway toward her bedroom, speaking as she goes. ]

Oh, just a... dream he had.

Maggie preserves Luke's privacy until he can share his concerns with the team.

[ PETE is now alone in the room, but he continues speaking with only a slightly raised voice. ]

Oh.  I had a dream last night.  (to himself, puzzled)  I was back in school, but I had to get from class to class riding on a monkey.  (confused, shakes his head to dismiss the thought)

[ MAGGIE returns, fastening her AVIMORPHER to her wrist.  She is also wearing a small denim purse on her shoulder. ]

We finally see Maggie putting on her Morpher, perhaps clarifying the look she gave her bare wrist when Luke arrived.

MAGGIE (deadpan):
Monkeys usually don't make very good transportation.

(chuckles)  Yeah, you're telling ME...  (looks at Maggie)  You ready?


[ As they exit, MAGGIE turns off the lights, shuts the door, and locks it from outside. ]

[ We pan through the dark, untended living room, the background music growing slightly ominous.  Suddenly, a JINNSECT appears in midair from a burst of greenish-silver vertical streaks and falls onto the sofa.  It crawls across the cushions and along the back of the couch (clinging sideways at a point) until reaching the arm rest closest to the end table (where the ramen noodle cup still resides). ]

Dillik (or his imaginary version of Dr. Bering) has targeted Maggie's apartment for some reason.

This is Jinnsect #13 of 46.

[ The JINNSECT pauses upon reaching the edge of the couch.  It then takes a tentative step onto the end table, seeming to feel around in an exploratory manner.  Upon approaching the noodle cup, the JINNSECT climbs onto the cup and (though the cup is slightly smaller than its body) wraps its legs and tail around the cup.  With a steady gleam of yellow light, the JINNSECT sinks through the cup's surface and disappears inside it without a trace. ]

Jinnsects' behavior is guided by blind instincts; they possess no independent thought outside of their pupal or monster forms.

[ In a long shot, we see the seemingly ordinary noodle cup sitting peacefully on the end table in the midst of the quiet living room. ]

[ Dissolve to INT. PRODUCE MARKET - In an indoor produce shop located downtown, MAGGIE and PETE shop for fruits and vegetables, each carrying a separate basket and occasionally meandering in his or her own way, but they mostly shop together.  MAGGIE's items include more vegetables than fruits, and several are Oriental vegetables, while others are less exotic.  PETE's items are eclectic but include Italian ingredients such as onions and garlic cloves. ]

Pete doesn't work on Wednesdays.  Maggie is still between semesters (see episode 9).

[ MAGGIE makes conversation as they shop. ]

How's work?

Pete was promoted to junior sous chef in episode 8.

Crazy.  People coming at me from every direction, asking me questions, ingredients getting used up every time I turn around...

MAGGIE (coyly):
So you like it?

[ PETE grins. ]


[ They continue shopping. ]

PETE (cont'd):
So when does your next semester start?

Maggie celebrated the end of her spring semester at the cafe in episode 9.  Luke never made it.

Monday after next.

PETE (thinking):
So that's... the day after your birthday?  No... two days!

Maggie's birthday will take place in episode 14.  The Rangers' birthdays were fixed events on my calendar from an early point; I merely slid episodes around them as I saw fit.  Here, I saw Maggie's birthday approaching and adjusted the episodes so that a Blue Ranger focus (the Bobo episode) would coincide with her birthday.  This is probably unusual given that the Rangers' birthdays were mine to place however I saw fit, but for some reason I preferred that they remained fixed according to the arbitrary dates I drew up when I began writing.

MAGGIE (smiling):

PETE (proudly):
I already have your present picked out.

MAGGIE (grinning):
Really?  What is it?

[ PETE scoffs. ]

Now why would I tell you that?

He reveals in episode 14 that he was planning to buy a Bonsai tree, but Parkview's destruction (episode 13) will change his mind.

All right, fine.  (shops for a moment)  I already have your present picked out too.

(laughs)  A little early, don't you think?

Pete's birthday is November 18.

Nahh, it stays good forever.  It's dehydrated.

[ PETE makes a disgusted face and heads down a different aisle as MAGGIE laughs. ]

[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT - The door unlocks from outside, and MAGGIE swings the door open and reaches inside to turn on the lights.  Outside, she picks up a number of grocery bags (certain bags contain produce, while other bags of a different design contain non-produce grocery items) and enters.  PETE follows her, carrying similar bags of his own.  The noodle cup remains on the end table. ]

PETE (continuing a conversation):
... But, I mean, those kind of things never turn up anyway.

This conversation subtextually refers to Luke's bike being stolen (see episode 9).

[ MAGGIE heads to the kitchen with her bags. ]

MAGGIE (glumly):
Yeah, I know...

[ PETE sets down his bags beside the end table as he remembers something. ]

Oh!  Let me give you half of that cinnamon bread.

[ PETE removes a wrapped loaf of bread from one of his non-produce bags and departs for the kitchen.  Our focus remains on the bags and the noodle cup above.  For a moment, nothing appears to happen.  Then the cup takes a tiny hop in the direction of the bags.  After a pause, it takes another tiny hop, now teetering on the edge of the end table.  With a final hop, it drops neatly into one of Pete's bags (the one from which the bread was taken) and vanishes from view. ]

[ PETE soon returns with only half a loaf remaining and tosses it into the original grocery bag, then collects his bags again. ]

All right, well, I'll catch you later.

[ MAGGIE emerges from the kitchen and gets the door for PETE.  She smiles as he passes her. ]

Bye, Pete.

[ INT. CHRIS AND PETE'S APARTMENT - The lights are off in this apartment as well.  After some rattling of the doorknob, PETE enters juggling his numerous bags in his arms.  He drops his keys on the floor and manages to kick the door shut before taking the bags into the kitchen. ]

[ In the kitchen, PETE sets his bags down and begins removing items.  From the bag previously featured, PETE removes his half-loaf of bread, sets it on his left, and is then confused to find the ramen noodle cup.  After studying it, he dismissively sets it to his right. ]

PETE (muttering):
Very funny, Maggie.

[ As PETE resumes emptying his grocery bags to the left side, a small, impish voice is heard. ]

VOICE (off-screen, politely):
Um, excuse me.

[ PETE freezes, his eyes darting around the room suspiciously.   The voice returns, this time more clearly. ]

VOICE (off-screen):
Hi.  Excuse me.  Down here.

[ PETE looks down toward the noodle cup. ]

[ We pan down to the noodle cup, which still rests innocently on the counter where Pete left it.  PETE bends down and examines the cup, his brow furrowed. ]

[ When nothing happens, PETE slowly reaches out to grasp the cup.  As soon as his hand touches it, the cup giggles, the front of its lid opening and closing like a little mouth. ]

(giggles)  That tickles!

The dementedness of this noodle cup incident reminds me of my old comic book Apathy Rangers.

[ PETE leaps back and collides with the refrigerator behind him.  His eyes remain glued to the cup in horrified astonishment.  As the cup speaks, we may at some point glimpse a hard mass of dried noodles adorned with dehydrated shrimp and vegetables (including corn) inside the cup's "mouth." ]

Those contents were intended to match the sentai footage of Ramenator, but his shrimp- and corn-shooting abilities were cut from this episode.

Don't be scared.  I'm just a little noodle cup!

Should Pete have immediately assumed this was a monster?  Maybe, given that he and Casey dealt with Busster's pupal form in episode 6.  Technically, though, he hasn't been exposed to a talking, small pupal form, and the cup seems friendly rather than menacing.  Further, like other pupal forms, it bears no Jinnsect which would immediately give away its identity.

[ PETE remains flat against the refrigerator. ]

Yeah, that's kind of what's freaking me out.

Aww, I'm sorry.  I just want to be your friend!

[ Hesitant to take his eyes off the cup, PETE fumbles around the side of the refrigerator and manages to grab a ladle, which he clutches defensively. ]

Yeah...?  Why's that?

(giggles)  You're silly!

PETE (muttering):
Yeah, that or crazy...

I like your kitchen!

[ PETE edges toward a kitchen phone on the wall. ]

That's great.  Now you just stay right there like a good noodle cup, and I'll get Maggie to come make the crazies go away.

I'm thirsty.

[ PETE stops with a frown. ]


I'm very thirsty.  Could I please have some water?

[ PETE blinks, sighs, and rubs his temple. ]

... Yeah, all right.

[ PETE slowly creeps over to the sink, keeping his eyes on the cup as he fills a mug with tap water after setting his ladle down.  He then carefully approaches the noodle cup. ]

Now, you're not gonna flip out and go all psycho on me or something, are you?

(giggles)  No, silly!  (more serious)  Hot water, please.

[ PETE cocks his head. ]

Come again?

I'm sorry.  I don't like cold water.

In the sentai, Ramenator required periodic doses of hot water to maintain his strength.  He had no noodle cup form; I used it here to allow the "monster" to appear for a time in US footage.

[ PETE sighs and places the mug inside the nearby microwave. ]

[ As shown in a close-up of a wall clock, a minute and a half passes with the help of a dissolve effect.  The microwave (off-camera) dings. ]

[ PETE removes the mug and returns to the noodle cup. ]

All right.  (grimaces)  ... Open wide.

[ The noodle cup opens its "mouth," and PETE pours the steaming water into the cup, which makes a gulping sound.  Once PETE is done, he sets the mug on the counter, and the noodle cup smacks its "lips" with satisfaction. ]

Yum yum!

[ Suddenly, the noodle cup extends strands of noodles from its "mouth" and begins to scramble across the counter using the noodle strands as tentacles for locomotion. ]

[ PETE steps back, stunned. ]

[ The noodle cup leaps off the counter with a giggle, landing in the living room.  It darts and leaps across the room, knocking things over in the process as it shrieks with glee. ]

[ PETE pokes his head into the hallway to holler into the living room. ]

PETE (crossly):
Now, see, that is exactly what I was talking about!

[ With a mighty leap and a squeal of delight, the noodle cup flings itself through the living room window, breaking a hole through the glass as it sails out of view. ]

Mr. Patterson will come over to replace the window in episode 13.

[ PETE rushes out into the living room, aghast. ]

Awww, now why would you do that?!

[ PETE quickly turns and scrambles out the apartment door, plucking his dropped keys off the floor and then slamming the door behind him. ]

[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT - In the kitchen, MAGGIE is folding up her now-empty grocery bags. ]

[ PETE suddenly flings her apartment door open. ]

PETE (hastily):
Noodles on the loose, no time to explain!

One of my favorite lines in the series.

[ PETE runs off to the right, leaving the door open and MAGGIE mystified. ]

[ EXT. PARK - PETE is running through the park with his eyes on his AVIMORPHER display.  Suddenly, NOBODIES flip over the camera and land all around PETE, surrounding him.  He stops in a defensive stance. ]

This is battalion 3, the same group of Nobodies Trask used to lure Luke to the rooftop in episode 9.

Oh, is that how it is?

[ PETE calls into his MORPHER. ]

PETE (cont'd):
Sky Owl!

[ With a yellow gleam, PETE morphs into the YELLOW RANGER.  He proceeds to rush toward the NOBODIES, who swarm on him in return.  They engage in a lengthy fight during which YELLOW RANGER pummels several NOBODIES (though his skills aren't flawless).  At one point, YELLOW lifts a NOBODY above his head, spins it around, and hurls it into an incoming cluster of NOBODIES.  The fight continues as more NOBODIES attack him from behind. ]

[ BLUE RANGER soon lands nearby, joining the fray.  They speak between attacks. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Need any help?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Just a little.  (punches a Nobody)  Did you see a noodle monster on your way over?

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger, cocking her head):
Sorry, what was that?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
The ramen noodles you gave me!  It looks like Dillik and Trask are at it again!

It's been nine days since the last monster attack (Threadletter, in episode 8).

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
But how...?

[ YELLOW RANGER touches his fingers to the left side of his helmet, seeing something we don't see. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hang on, I think I've got something.  Can you hold these guys off?

[ BLUE RANGER has a NOBODY in an arm lock. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Well, yeah, but --

[ YELLOW RANGER leaps into the air.  BLUE RANGER watches him soar off, then resumes fighting the NOBODIES. ]

[ EXT. PLAYGROUND (sentai) - YELLOW RANGER flies down, his underarm wings extended. ]

Yellow Ranger flies down

Pete seems to have mastered his gliding techniques, as compared to his crash-landings in the first several episodes.

[ The noodle monster, RAMENATOR, rises and turns to face Yellow Ranger (off-screen).  The monster is similar to the previous noodle cup, with legs, a fork arm, and an evil face below which a JINNSECT is embedded.  He shakes his fork arm threateningly.  His voice is now deeper and more sinister. ]

Ramenator rises Ramenator rises

Who goes there?

[ US footage - YELLOW RANGER strikes a flying kick pose as he flies down. ]

[ YELLOW RANGER delivers a flying kick to RAMENATOR. ]

Yellow Ranger's flying kick

[ US footage - YELLOW RANGER lands and assumes a defensive stance. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
It's your old pal the Yellow Ranger!  I'm guessing you're not really here to make new friends, are you?

[ US footage - Nearby, a PICNICKING COUPLE elsewhere in the park notices the commotion nearby and scrambles away, leaving their food behind. ]

[ RAMENATOR speaks while taking a step forward and shaking his fork arm.  He continues, as shown in profile, and soon turns to his left. ]

Ramenator speaks Ramenator speaks Ramenator speaks Ramenator turns

As best as I'm able to determine as a novice at reading Japanese characters, the writing on Ramenator says, "Cup Ramen" (definitely something-Ramen).

Who needs to make friends when all the food on the planet is yours to own?  (turns)

[ US footage - We zoom in on the abandoned picnic food. ]

[ In close-up, RAMENATOR shoots an energized yellow puff from his mouth, followed by a stream of squiggly yellow energy resembling ramen noodles (US addition, compare with sentai). ]

Ramenator blasts (energy noodles not shown)

[ US footage - Struck by the energy noodles, the food glows with yellow energy and transforms into various cups similar in shape to the previous noodle cup. ]

RAMENATOR (off-screen):
They're mine now!

I used the food transformation scheme to give Ramenator a plan by which to threaten humanity, and also to provoke Pete's subsequent attacks.

[ US footage - Having witnessed the food's transformation, YELLOW RANGER turns back to the monster (off-screen) and clenches his fist. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
You fiend!  Their taste and texture will never be the same!

Another of my favorite lines in the series.

[ US footage - YELLOW RANGER charges with an outraged cry. ]

[ YELLOW RANGER charges toward RAMENATOR, spinning his arms wildly as he bellows.  He tackles the monster, and they struggle for some time. ]

Yellow Ranger charges Yellow Ranger charges Yellow Ranger tackles Ramenator Yellow Ranger struggles with Ramenator Yellow Ranger struggles with Ramenator

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Change them back or else!

In the sentai, Yellow Ranger was actually under Ramenator's anger spell.  Also, this took place after the other Rangers had arrived (below).

Ha!  You know somebody who's gonna make me?

[ During the struggle, YELLOW points at himself, and they continue struggling.  RAMENATOR soon shoves him aside. ]

Yellow Ranger points at himself Yellow Ranger continues struggling Ramenator shoves Yellow aside

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah... (points) ...I'M gonna make you, you overgrown... cup of noodles...  (grunts as he's shoved aside)

[ Switch to US footage - As YELLOW RANGER rolls back, BLUE RANGER lands beside him and helps him up. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You okay?

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah.  Looks like we're starting to make this a habit.

He's referring to her coming to his aid.

[ YELLOW and BLUE look up to their left. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

[ Switch to sentai - The RED, BLACK, and PINK RANGERS land nearby and join BLUE and YELLOW (image mirrored from sentai). ]

Red, Black, and Pink arrive Red, Black, and Pink arrive

In the sentai, the others arrived from the other direction.  In an ensuing Ranger pose sequence (which I cut) and Ramenator's subsequent ground attack (below), the Rangers were then in reverse order; I fixed this by simply mirroring this shot.

Luke and Chris have come from work.  Casey's whereabouts are unspecified, as she wouldn't have gone to work yet.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey, you guys all right?

[ YELLOW RANGER runs up to greet the others, happily swatting PINK in the process; she flinches. ]

Yellow greets others Yellow greets others Yellow greets others

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah!  Let's get this guy!

At this point in the sentai, Yellow Ranger charged before the others and wrestled with Ramenator (shown previously).

[ RAMENATOR speaks before striking the ground with his fork arm. ]

Ramenator's ground blast Ramenator's ground blast Ramenator's ground blast

Yeah, let's see you try!  Yahh!  (strikes ground)

[ An explosive burst snakes through the ground and strikes the five RANGERS, knocking them back in slow motion. ]

Ramenator's ground blast Ramenator's ground blast Ramenator's ground blast

Despite my mirroring of the arrival shot above, Yellow Ranger is now out of position, because he originally attacked Ramenator and was knocked back between the Rangers' arrival and now.

[ RAMENATOR speaks again before firing green beams from his eyes. ]

Now you're in for it!  (fires eye beams)

Ramenator's eye beams Ramenator's eye beams

[ Struck by the beams, the RANGERS are engulfed in spark explosions, but BLUE RANGER leaps forward into a somersault and then jumps into the air. ]

Rangers blasted Blue Ranger somersaults Blue Ranger somersaults Blue Ranger leaps

[ BLUE RANGER performs a flying kick squarely into RAMENATOR's head. ]

Blue Ranger's flying kick Blue Ranger's flying kick Blue Ranger lands

[ BLUE lands, the other four RANGERS watching in the background.  BLUE points at the monster (off-screen) and thrusts her fist forward, while YELLOW whoops excitedly. ]

Blue Ranger lands Blue Ranger points Blue Ranger summons Battlizer

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Now YOU'RE in for it!

PETE (Yellow Ranger, simultaneously):
All right!

[ BLUE's extended fist now bears her BATTLIZER, which she brings close to her body. ]

Blue Ranger's Battlizer Blue Ranger's Battlizer Blue Ranger's Battlizer

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Battlizer, power up!

[ BLUE leaps forward and delivers a flurry of three quick sequential punches toward the camera. ]

Blue Ranger's Battlizer punches Blue Ranger's Battlizer punches Blue Ranger's Battlizer punches Blue Ranger's Battlizer punches Blue Ranger's Battlizer punches

[ RAMENATOR rolls back with a groan. ]

Ramenator rolls

[ Switch to US footage - The four RANGERS join BLUE RANGER, whose BATTLIZER vanishes with a blue gleam.  YELLOW RANGER pats her shoulder excitedly. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
All right, Maggie!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Way to go!

[ BLACK RANGER looks toward the monster (off-screen). ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
What do you say we finish this guy off?

[ RED RANGER nods before calling into his wrist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Right!  (into wrist)  Phoenix Cannon!

In the sentai, the Rangers prepared to finish Ramenator with the Sky Enforcers (this episode predated the introduction of the Phoenix Cannon), but he fell with a spark and then rubbed his Jinnsect to grow.  Since I had just introduced the Phoenix Cannon in episode 10, I felt it was necessary to use it here.

[ Switch to sentai (Jetman #14) - The PHOENIX ROVER transforms into the PHOENIX CANNON. ]

Phoenix Cannon transforms Phoenix Cannon transforms Phoenix Cannon transforms

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK and DILLIK both stand watching the central console's monitor.  Several NOBODIES continue to man the room. ]

And you're sure the Phoenix Cannon is out of power?

W-- Well, practically, anyway.  There's no way it had enough charge for more than a few shots.

This was an excuse for Trask to abuse Dillik further, increasing his motivation to activate Strife in the next episode.

[ TRASK eyes DILLIK skeptically before returning his attention to the screen. ]

[ EXT. (Jetman #14) - The PHOENIX CANNON descends to the waiting RANGERS below. ]

Rangers receive Phoenix Cannon Rangers receive Phoenix Cannon Rangers receive Phoenix Cannon

[ As seen from above, each of the RANGERS begins to glow with respectively-colored energy (Black's energy being purple).  We then see inside the PHOENIX CANNON as the RANGERS' energy flows through their respective handles into the cannon's inner workings.  The energy converges in a central reactor which then gleams bright white as the PHOENIX CANNON grows opaque once again. ]

Rangers energize Phoenix Cannon Rangers energize Phoenix Cannon Rangers energize Phoenix Cannon

As explained in the commentary for episode 10, this shot was previously omitted to indicate the Phoenix Cannon was initially self-powered.  Now that it has lost its initial charge, however, the Rangers' energies are powering it directly.  The purpose for such a design is unknown, but it's possible the self-powered option was more desirable (as it didn't drain the Rangers' strength), but that it required a visit to the space station, which is now off the table.

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK cocks his head while watching the monitor. ]

Huh... That's new.

[ EXT. (Jetman #14) - RED RANGER speaks as he looks down to the PHOENIX CANNON's monitor below. ]

Red Ranger looks down Red Ranger looks down

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Target... lock!

[ Superimposed in the PHOENIX CANNON's targeting system (itself from Jetman #14), we see the writhing RAMENATOR (Jetman #10) as the phrase "Target Lock" flashes on-screen (US addition). ]

Phoenix Cannon monitor (screen to be replaced with Ramenator image) Ramenator staggering (image to be composited into Phoenix Cannon image)

A US composite would again be required for the targeting screen, as Ramenator's sentai episode didn't feature the Phoenix Cannon.  The sample screen at left is once again from Snapshot's defeat (episode 12).

[ In close-up, RED RANGER's thumb presses the trigger button. ]

Red Ranger presses trigger button

LUKE (Red Ranger):

[ The PHOENIX CANNON fires. ]

Phoenix Cannon fires Phoenix Cannon fires

RANGERS (in unison):

[ The firebird blast bursts forth from the PHOENIX CANNON. ]

Phoenix Cannon fires Phoenix Cannon fires

[ EXT. PLAYGROUND (Jetman #10) - RAMENATOR cowers. ]

Ramenator cowers

[ The firebird's eye fills the screen (Jetman #14). ]

Phoenix blast swoops Phoenix blast swoops Phoenix blast's eye in close-up

[ US footage - A spiraling fireball (compare with sentai) flies through the park and strikes the monster (not seen clearly) with a white gleam, causing him to erupt in a fiery explosion. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK is curiously surprised while watching the monitor.  TRASK, meanwhile, slowly advances on him from behind, a hand menacingly extended.  The NOBODIES in the room pay no mind. ]

Now, you know, I did not see that coming.  (chuckles)  Boy, our mistake giving them that Phoenix Cannon, huh, Trask?

[ Hearing no response, DILLIK twirls to find TRASK upon him. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

DILLIK (voice-over):
Oww ow ow ow!!

This will be the last time Trask gets violent with Dillik.

[ EXT. PLAYGROUND (Jetman #10) - Above, yellowish-white insectoid energy briefly forms an image of a giant floating noodle cup, which gives way to the giant form of RAMENATOR towering above.  He crouches down and gestures threateningly with his fork arm. ]

Ramenator grows Ramenator grows Ramenator towers overhead Ramenator towers overhead

Ha ha!  You're bite-sized now!

[ RAMENATOR stomps near the tiny RANGERS below, causing them to react. ]

Ramenator stomps near Rangers

[ Stumbling, RED RANGER looks up and calls into his wrist (Jetman #7). ]

Red Ranger calls into wrist Red Ranger calls into wrist

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Flyers, we need you!

This shot was taken from another episode with a similar backdrop because the Flyer-summoning from Ramenator's episode featured Yellow Ranger shoving Red aside for the chance to call the Flyers.  This would have been out of character, given that Pete isn't under a spell in Take Flight.

[ EXT. SKY - The SKY FLYERS fly through the city. ]

Sky Flyers downtown

[ As the FLYERS emerge from the clouds, the RANGERS beam up into them. ]

Rangers beam up

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - RAMENATOR shoots his noodle blast skyward. ]

Ramenator blasts at Flyers Ramenator blasts at Flyers

For the giant Ramenator battle to take place in the mountains, we must believe the park to which Pete chased the noodle cup was far from the city; in episode 13, however, Detective Morales mentions a monster (Ramenator) sighted not far from Parkview.  This is an inconsistency, but I was willing to live with it at the time I wrote this episode.  Note that Disastros will be specifically mentioned in episode 13 as the Rangers' first Zord battle downtown.

Get down here!  (blasts)

[ EXT. SKY - As the FLYERS swoop overhead, several yellow blasts miss them. ]

blasts miss Sky Flyers blasts miss Sky Flyers

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - RAMENATOR watches the Flyers (off-screen) pass over him before firing another blast. ]

Ramenator watches Flyers Ramenator blasts again Ramenator blasts again

[ EXT. SKY - The yellow noodle beam strikes the lone SWALLOW, causing it to gleam with yellow light. ]

Swallow blasted Swallow blasted

A few frames were cut, showing a manga-style noodle cup illustration as the transition effect.  This illustration could have been seen as similar to Ramenator's US cup form, but it seemed out of place here.

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT - Shaken in her cockpit, BLUE RANGER covers her eyes as a yellow light shines on her from outside. ]

Blue Ranger reacts to yellow light Blue Ranger reacts to yellow light

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
(yelps)  What's going on?!

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The gleaming yellow mass (formerly the Swallow Zord) descends to the mountain floor, where it solidifies into another noodle cup similar to Ramenator's original form (certain frames cut). ]

the Swallow cup the Swallow cup the Swallow cup

As the cup materialized in the sentai, a few flashing frames showed a wacky, manga-style illustration of a boy with glasses holding a fork and stopwatch; this was actually an illustration of Tran, who was responsible for the noodle plot.

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (DARK) - BLUE RANGER looks around in bewilderment as she finds herself in an empty black void. ]

Blue Ranger trapped Blue Ranger trapped Blue Ranger trapped

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Hey, what...?  Guys, are you there?  Where am I?

I cut a shot of a hot-headed Yellow Ranger nearly choking himself on his seat restraint to call out to the others.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - RAMENATOR approaches the oversized cup and begins accosting it. ]

Ramenator accosts cup Ramenator accosts cup Ramenator accosts cup

In the sentai, the manga-style mascot on the side of the noodle cup was actually Blue Ranger's civilian form, as she had become the mascot for the brand of noodles (Ako-chan Ramen) which Ramenator used to fill people with rage.

Ha ha!  You won't be so tough anymore!  I think five minutes with some boiling water ought to do the trick!

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (DARK) - BLUE RANGER is shaken violently. ]

Ramenator accosts cup


CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Oh no!  He turned her into noodles!

Yet another of my favorite lines.

Pink Ranger frets

[ INT. OWL COCKPIT - YELLOW RANGER speaks as he dives forward. ]

Yellow Ranger dives Yellow Ranger dives

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well that tears it!

I trimmed the beginning of this shot, which showed Yellow Ranger smacking himself in the face before diving forward.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The Owl Claw grapples a boulder which the OWL hoists into the air. ]

Owl Claw grapples boulder Owl hoists boulder Owl hoists boulder

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

Red Ranger's proposition Red Ranger banks right

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Chris, let's clear a path!  (banks)

[ INT. CONDOR COCKPIT (Jetman #5) - BLACK RANGER salutes and banks to his left. ]

Black Ranger salutes Black Ranger banks left

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
You got it!  (banks)

[ EXT. SKY - The CONDOR and HAWK assume their back-to-back formation and fire their respective lasers. ]

Hawk-Condor maneuver Hawk-Condor maneuver

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - Struck with bursts of sparks, RAMENATOR recoils from the cup and falls onto his back. ]

Ramenator blasted back Ramenator blasted back


[ INT. OWL COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - YELLOW RANGER clenches his fist and speaks before yanking a lever on his right. ]

Yellow Ranger pulls lever Yellow Ranger pulls lever Yellow Ranger pulls lever Yellow Ranger pulls lever

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Here goes nothing... (yanks lever)  Owl Claw, release!

I used cockpit footage from a different episode here because Yellow's release in the Ramenator episode had him twirling his arm around quite madly before pulling the lever.

[ EXT. SKY - The OWL releases its boulder. ]

Owl Claw releases

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The boulder strikes the top of the noodle cup, causing the cup to fall over, its lid punctured. ]

boulder strikes noodle cup boulder strikes noodle cup cup punctured

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (DARK) - BLUE RANGER grips her flight stick and presses forward. ]

Blue Ranger presses forward

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Yes!  (presses forward)

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The SWALLOW rockets out of the overturned cup and into the sky. ]

Swallow escapes Swallow flying off

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT - BLUE RANGER looks over her left shoulder and breathes a sigh of relief. ]

Blue Ranger grateful Blue Ranger grateful

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Well, we're even, Pete!  (sighs)  Thank goodness.

I cut a sequence featuring Yellow once again choking himself on his restraint bar to rant about attacking the monster (I assume); Black Ranger then shook his head with embarrassment.

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT (Jetman #8) - With the other FLYERS visible through his canopy, RED RANGER thrusts his fist forward. ]

Red Ranger with Flyers above

I inserted this footage to substitute for the chip-inserting sequence I routinely cut from the Megazord formation (as it featured the Morphers I didn't use from Jetman).

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right!  Skyforce Megazord!

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #5) - The five FLYERS fly up into the sky with colored trails. ]

Flyers streak into sky

As stated previously, this shot was unique to the Cruiser assembly in Jetman.

[ The CONDOR and SWAN transform into legs. ]

Condor and Swan transform

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT - Over RED RANGER's shoulder, we see the OWL and SWALLOW flying into position through the canopy. ]

Red Ranger with Owl and Swallow visible

[ EXT. SKY - The OWL and SWALLOW transform into arms. ]

Owl and Swallow transform Owl and Swallow transform

[ The HAWK transforms into a torso. ]

Hawk transforms Hawk transforms

[ The legs attach, followed by the arms.  The head then rises, and the SKYFORCE MEGAZORD is complete. ]

legs attach arms attach Megazord complete Megazord complete

I cut a cockpit scene here (as well as all subsequent cockpit scenes in this episode) because Yellow Ranger was tied up in his seat, presumably so he wouldn't interfere with the battle while under his anger spell.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - We zoom down on RAMENATOR from above. ]

Ramenator from above Ramenator from above

What the heck is that?

[ The MEGAZORD lands in front of RAMENATOR and locks arms with him.  The monster soon knocks the MEGAZORD's arms away and slashes it in the stomach with its fork arm. ]

Megazord struggles Megazord struggles Megazord forked Megazord forked

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #34) - The RANGERS are shaken. ]

Rangers shaken

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The MEGAZORD staggers back. ]

Megazord staggers

I cut a subsequent sequence wherein Ramenator launched noodle cups at the Megazord, because I had already used it in episode 7; there, they filled in for cans to extend the Canhandler battle.

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #7) - Their shaking complete, RED RANGER pumps his fist before pressing a button. ]

Red Ranger's button press Red Ranger's button press

LUKE (Red Ranger):
This guy's had it!

[ RED RANGER's button press activates the PHOENIX BLADE. ]

Red Ranger's button press Red Ranger's button press

LUKE (Red Ranger, off-screen):
Phoenix Blade!

[ RED RANGER then shifts his left joystick forward. ]

Red Ranger shifts joystick

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #7) - The PHOENIX BLADE gleams with a fiery effect. ]

Phoenix Blade gleams Phoenix Blade gleams

I used a sword-charging sequence from another episode here because Ramenator's episode featured a unique charging sequence which seemed especially potent; I chose to save that shot for episode 13 in order to enhance the drama of Disastros' destruction.

[ Switch to Jetman #10 - The MEGAZORD then leaps and flies in front of a blue vortex. ]

Megazord leaps Megazord in front of vortex Megazord in front of vortex

[ RAMENATOR charges forward with a bestial yell. ]

Ramenator charges Ramenator charges

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #7) - The RANGERS speak in unison before looking to their respective controls. ]

Rangers call for Phoenix Strike

RANGERS (in unison):
Phoenix Strike!

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The MEGAZORD slashes.  Sliced with blue energy, RAMENATOR gleams with yellow beams of light as he twirls back into the air.  Landing, he explodes. ]

Phoenix Strike Phoenix Strike Ramenator's destruction Ramenator's destruction Ramenator's destruction Ramenator's destruction

Though it isn't visible in these pictures, something (perhaps a kernel of corn) flies from Ramenator's head as he twirls through the air.

[ The MEGAZORD's feet land, and the MEGAZORD stands triumphantly. ]

Megazord lands Megazord triumphant Megazord triumphant

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK bares his teeth angrily as he continues to wrench DILLIK's right arm behind his back.  Previously unconcerned, the NOBODIES in the room suddenly notice someone off-screen. ]

Nobodies are only ever present in the space station when a battalion is active; in this case, battalion 3 is still around.

SASHA (off-screen):
Is this how you occupy your time up here, Trask?

[ As SASHA steps into frame at the end of her line, TRASK releases DILLIK and motions for the NOBODIES to stand down.  DILLIK, meanwhile, nurses his pained arm once again.  SASHA is not holding her STAR HANDLE. ]

SASHA (in Dillik's direction):
Who is this worm?

Sasha's disrespect for Dillik is probably due in part to the abuse she has just witnessed.

[ TRASK stands respectfully straight. ]

Dillik, my queen.  He is insignificant.

[ DILLIK sulks, looking down at the floor. ]

This incident will serve as Dillik's primary motivation for activating Strife in the next episode.

[ TRASK extends his hand to SASHA. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
Please, come with me.  We have much to discuss.

They must have had a very long discussion, as he will still be giving her a tour of the space station the next day (episode 12).

[ SASHA accepts, placing her hand in TRASK's.  As he leads her away, she watches DILLIK for a moment in passing.  He looks up long enough to catch a glimpse of her eyes before she smiles slightly and looks away.  Then they are gone. ]

[ Still somewhat upset, DILLIK looks off to one side with absent uncertainty. ]

[ Break. ]

[ EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING (AFTERNOON) - Arriving near the front of the apartment building on a blue mountain bike (not the same bike last seen in episode 9), LUKE, still wearing his work uniform, hops off the bike and removes his red bike helmet, dangling it by the straps from one handlebar.  He proceeds to walk his bike around the corner of the building. ]

Here we see Luke has a different bike from the one he left on the street in episode 9; this completes the implication that his previous bike was stolen.

We never see where Luke stores his bike at Parkview.

[ INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - Emerging from the downstairs stairwell, LUKE arrives on his floor, bike helmet in hand.  Before he can head toward his apartment door, LUKE pauses and cocks his head toward the steps leading up to the floor above.  He then brings his MORPHER within view and tightens his fingers into a fist with resolve. ]

Luke is compelled to visit the space station despite Maggie's plea to wait until they could discuss it as a team.

[ EXT. APARTMENT ROOFTOP (AFTERNOON) - LUKE (no longer holding his bike helmet) swings the roof door open and nearly dashes out with a burst of determination, but something stops him in his tracks. ]

[ In the center of the roof area, BARRY slouches in a lawn chair.  A black photographer-quality camera (appropriate for 1992; compare with Jetman #13) rests in his hands on his chest, ready for use but apparently having rested there for some time.  BARRY is looking in Luke's direction (off-camera).  He has a small bandage across his nose. ]

The camera shown here will become Snapshot in the next episode.

BARRY (just slightly surprised):
Well, hey, Luke.

[ LUKE remains puzzled as the door swings shut behind him. ]

Umm... hey, Barry.  What are you doing up here?

[ BARRY gestures his head toward the sky above. ]

I'm watching for UFOs.  (then, slightly puzzled himself)  What are YOU doing up here?

For a while, Barry believed the Rangers were UFO-related (inspired by events in episode 5 and mentioned in episode 6).  He presumably changed his mind by episode 19.

One is left to wonder how the Rangers come and go from Parkview while the roof is occupied.

LUKE (awkwardly):
Um...  Getting some fresh air...?

[ BARRY raises an eyebrow skeptically. ]

[ LUKE subtly gestures toward his own nose to inquire about Barry's. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
Are you... okay?

[ BARRY touches his bandage, having previously forgotten about it. ]

Oh, yeah.  Squirrel bite.

The bite is a lead-in to events in the next episode.

[ LUKE makes a face. ]

BARRY (cont'd):
Hey, you hang out with Casey a lot, right?

Well, yeah, I guess.  We're... just friends though.

Casey was initially somewhat clingy toward Luke, but they never pursued any sort of relationship.  (In the sentai, Red and White ultimately married, after an ill-fated romance between Black and White.)

(nods)  ... Do you know if she's... seeing anybody?

Barry became romantically interested in Casey when he misinterpreted her offer to see a movie with him in episode 5.  She is not currently dating anyone, but she developed a crush on Chris in the same episode.

A dissolve between scenes probably would have been helpful here to indicate a passage of time.

[ INT. CASEY'S APARTMENT (NIGHT) - Reminiscent in design to the others' apartments (but mirrored), Casey's apartment is decorated with upscale furniture and a quality area rug.  Her couch is adorned with abundant large, fluffy pillows.  An antique daybed is placed near the window.  Outside the window, no daylight is visible. ]

[ Holding a cordless phone (appropriate for 1992), CASEY appears emotionally fatigued.  She is wearing her Booksmart uniform, minus the visor and apron. ]

CASEY (into the phone, saddened, broken by pauses):
No...  I know...  I know...  All right.  ...  I love you too.  ...  Bye.

[ CASEY listlessly presses the button to hang up and stares for a moment. ]

[ INT. MAGGIE'S APARTMENT (NIGHT) - MAGGIE and PETE are lounging on the couch watching TV, CHRIS seated at the counter, when someone knocks on the door weakly. ]

Luke hasn't yet arrived for his scheduled meeting with the team, but once he arrives (between episodes), he will find Casey's issue (below) has trumped his concerns.

Who is it?

CASEY (off-screen, with a cracking voice):
It's me.

[ PETE hops up and opens the door, revealing CASEY.  Her eyes are reddened and her cheeks streaked with tears. ]

[ Seeing her, MAGGIE rises from the couch. ]

MAGGIE (troubled):
Casey!  What's wrong?

[ After a sniffle, CASEY manages to form a sentence despite her distress. ]

My parents don't want me living in Spring Valley anymore.

This issue will be addressed in the next episode.

[ MAGGIE and PETE look at each other.  Freezeframe. ]