Spoiler Warning: The commentary found here discusses events in this episode and beyond.  Read at your own risk!


Episode 21: "Desperate Measures, part 1"

This episode was completed on May 28, 2007, and released on July 26, 2008.  Its title references both Sasha's desperation in attacking the Rangers, and the Rangers' desperation in fighting the monster army.

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is primarily from Jetman #49, but all sources are indicated. ]

In Jetman #49, White conquers the vampire spell on Red (from the previous episode, as described in commentary for episode 19), and he in turn breaks the spell over Maria, reverting her to his fiancée.  She turns on Radiguet, stabbing him in the back with Red's sword, but he then mortally wounds her in return.  She ultimately dies (vanishes) in Gray's arms in the ocean.

The sentai footage from Jetman #49 was mostly unusable, but I did use a few shots of Gray (Strife) speaking passionately to someone off-screen.

With the exception of the aforementioned Strife footage, this was a US-original episode.  It would almost certainly be the most expensive Take Flight episode to produce, as it calls for fifteen US-original monster costumes!  This is admittedly quite insane, but my original concept for this battle involved Sasha loosing a horde of no-name monsters based on everyday objects, which I figured would be easy for a production crew to cobble together from whatever old tokusatsu costumes they had available.  As I began to write the episode, however, I found it irresistable to name the monsters and describe their origins and powers, so that I would be able to map out the events of the two-parter in ample detail.  I'm quite proud of how it turned out, but surely this approach would prove to be a tremendous burden on the show's budget.

Once I'd decided to name and describe my US monsters, I brainstormed a list of everyday items which weren't in Jetman and which I didn't recall from any seasons of Power Rangers.  I then ranked them from best to worst and retained only the top fifteen.  Some of my rejected ideas included: washing machine, toaster oven, nailgun, desk fan, fire hydrant, paper shredder, defibrillator, blender, tractor, pinball machine, toolbox, food processor, wheelchair, typewriter, cash register, foosball table, chainsaw, bookcase, lamp, mail drop box, couch, flashlight, shoe, cordless drill, mattress, and plastic letter sign.

Here is a table of the monsters which made it into the two-parter.  The columns are Jinnsect number, monster name, host object, gender, powers, creation time, metamorphosis time, destruction time, and destroyed by.  (Times are PM, between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM.)

J# Name Object Gender Powers Creat. Metam. Destr. Destr. by
32 Stackster forklift male energy bolts 1:00 1:08 1:26 Shockra
33 Shockra generator female electricity, teleportation 1:00 1:09 1:26 Arella
34 Ringo pay phone male teleportation 1:01 1:14 1:28 Arella
35 Resa suitcase female teleporting others 1:01 1:10 1:23 Arella
36 Vibros massager male intangibility, eyebeams 1:02 1:11 1:19 Boomer
37 Boomer tower speaker male soundwaves, finger blasts 1:02 1:11 1:24 Arella
38 Armoros riot shield male armor, finger blasts 1:03 1:12 1:28 Arella
39 Lockjaw safe male object capture, finger blasts 1:03 1:11 1:25 Stackster
40 Roadhog motorcycle male superspeed, energy beam 1:04 1:15 1:26 Shockra
41 Fretter electric guitar male mind control 1:04 1:11 1:21 Phoenix Cannon
42 Arella angel statue female flight, eye bolts 1:05 1:11 1:30 Sasha-mon
43 Swirlwind cot. candy cart male sticky webbing 1:05 1:10 1:18 Deadweight
44 Deadweight home gym male swinging weights 1:06 1:11 1:22 Arella
45 Bullseye archery target male inaccuracy spell 1:06 1:12 1:22 Arella
46 Flamion grill male fire projection 1:07 1:13 1:17 Chris's Enforcer

When planning out the US monsters' genders and powers, I first analyzed which percentages of the previous Jinnsect monsters had been male and female, which had used spells, which could teleport, which shot incendiary finger blasts, and so forth.  I then made sure the demographics of my US monsters were comparable (though a few were intended to have powers which never made it into the script).  Also note that when I was determining the order in which Sasha created the monsters, I took her on a linear path from an industrial area and through the city, ending up at the residential area where Strife spoke with her.

As I reread the series some time after it was finished, it occurred to me that this monster armada may have seemed redundant in the context of the Somebody army in episode 18.  This is perhaps a reason for me to regret episode 18 even more, as this two-parter's army was long planned as a big event mid-season; now it seems episode 18 may have robbed it of some of its uniqueness.  But at the same time, I really did need to trim off some of the Jinnsects before this battle, so episode 18 at least accomplished that.

[ Fade in to EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

This two-parter takes place on Saturday, July 11, 1992, six days after Zephyros' rescue (previous episode).

TRASK (voice-over):
How long could it take to choose a monster host?

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - As TRASK paces, DILLIK stands in the center of the room. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
What is that witch up to?

You know, I guess I understand why you'd call her that, because her mom was a sorceress and all, but... Sasha's really not all that good with magic.  I'd probably call her a... warrior princess.

Wikipedia has an interesting article on warrior princesses which lists many examples beyond Xena.

[ TRASK snaps his fingers. ]

Focus, Dillik.  Where is she?

[ DILLIK clears his head and examines the displays on the central console as he replies. ]

Oh, I still don't have a reading.  She teleported into the city days ago.  That was the last time I saw her.  And she hasn't shown up on the Rangers' cameras either.

Sasha has been wandering the city in a human guise, researching monster hosts as an alternative to Dillik's plan for her to provoke a monster into growing (see episodes 19 and 20).

[ TRASK ponders. ]

What did she say when she left?

[ DILLIK thinks a moment. ]

DILLIK (with a shrug):
Just... that she was going to research some host objects.

[ TRASK narrows his eyes suspiciously. ]

Check the Jinnsect habitat.

Trask suspects her of stealing the remaining Jinnsects after her theft and attempted thefts in episodes 15 and 16.  Originally, that was my intended origin for the monster army, but in fact she has not stolen them.

[ DILLIK presses a few buttons. ]

Okay... (confused)  What am I looking for?  I see fifteen Jinnsects.  That's nothing new.

Of a total of 46, Jinnsects #1-4 died in transit, and 5-31 were used as monsters.  There are now fifteen left for Sasha's monster army.  (Notably, Jinnsect #5 survived the first Somebody's demise and will be hiding in the quarry until episode 24, while Jinnsect #31 will still be alive in the form of Zephyros until episode 31.)

[ TRASK continues to scowl suspiciously. ]

[ INT. DOLI'S STAIRWELL - In a stairwell not resembling the Rangers' old apartment, CHRIS and CASEY climb the steps with bags of groceries in both hands.  CHRIS is in the lead. ]

Since I planned for the Rangers to be gone for roughly a week (it ends up to be about eight and a half days), I wanted to take care of Doli's groceries before they left.  While I was at it, I figured it would be appropriate for Chris to introduce her to Casey after he became open-minded to dating her in episode 20.

Currently, only Luke is at work; Pete is beginning his midday break, and the others are off on Saturdays.

(grunts)  Boy, your grandma sure lives high enough.

[ CHRIS chuckles and glances back. ]

She walks down every morning to buy a paper.  She won't let me buy her a subscription.

And you do this every week?  How the heck do you carry all this stuff on your bike?

Chris was seen on his way to buy Doli groceries on a Friday afternoon in episode 17.

CHRIS (with a smirk):
Very carefully.

[ INT. DOLI'S HALLWAY - Outside Doli's apartment, CHRIS and CASEY emerge from the stairwell.  Stopping outside the apartment door, CHRIS frees one hand by setting some bags on the floor, and he produces a key from his pocket. ]

[ As he brings the key to the deadbolt lock, he glances back at CASEY with a smile. ]

Watch this.

[ Before the key can touch the deadbolt, it the door unlocks from within.  It swings open to reveal DOLI. ]

[ CHRIS pockets his key as DOLI gives him a warm embrace.  He returns the hug with his free arm. ]

Hello, Gaagii.  Punctual as always.

Hey, Grandma.

[ CHRIS gestures to CASEY. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
Grandma, this is Casey.  She's my... (trails off, at a loss for words)

[ CHRIS looks to CASEY with an anxious expression. ]

CASEY (smiling):
We're friends.

Casey spares Chris the awkwardness of having to decide on a term to describe the beginning stage of their potential relationship.

[ DOLI motions for CHRIS and CASEY to enter. ]

Come in, come in!

[ CASEY follows as CHRIS takes his groceries inside. ]

I skipped the conversation between Doli and Casey because I didn't feel it would add anything to the episode; its importance instead was its effect on how Chris and Casey regarded each other.

[ Wipe to EXT. DOLI'S APARTMENT - CHRIS and CASEY emerge from an old apartment building. ]

[ CHRIS looks to CASEY. ]

So, um...

[ CASEY stops and faces him with a sunny disposition. ]

CASEY (cheerily):
Hey, don't get too hung up on the "friends" thing, okay?  (rolls her eyes)  That whole "what are we?" crisis.  Way too much pressure.

Casey is trying to ease any awkwardness Chris may feel from being new to a relationship (as discussed in episode 20).  But he actually wasn't that awkward about this.

[ CHRIS blinks. ]

CASEY (cont'd, gently):
Let's just hang out, be ourselves, and whatever happens happens, right?

[ CHRIS nods, stunned.  He tries to reply diplomatically: ]

Uhh, y-- yeah.  I mean, I was gonna ask if you were hungry, but no... I agree.

[ Blinking in embarrassed silence, CASEY blushes.  She smirks and physically turns him to face the other direction. ]

Just move along!

[ CASEY wraps her arm around his, and they set out together down the sidewalk. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
Hey, what did your grandma call you?  Gaagii?

CHRIS (with a soft chuckle):
Oh, yeah.  It's just a nickname.  It means "blackbird."

Hmmm... "Gaagii"...

Oh, what... you gonna start calling me that too?

CASEY (mischievously):
Well, I dunno...  Maybe that, or "sweetie pie."  Or "honey bun."

[ CHRIS grimaces playfully. ]

How about "Black Ranger?"

[ CASEY laughs loudly as they round the corner into a parking lot. ]

[ Her back turned, a nearby woman in a white dress stands counting imaginary items as she records a tally of some sort into a small, elegant blue and white book.  She curiously turns to look at the passing CHRIS and CASEY, revealing to the camera that she is SASHA.  She then looks up at the apartment building above. ]

The blue and white book was a parallel to her photo album in episode 12.

It was coincidental as I wrote the episode that Sasha ended up hearing the mention of Black Ranger as Chris and Casey walked by; the previous dialog headed that way of its own accord, and I needed to transition to Sasha, so she just ended up overhearing it.  As a result, however, Sasha now suspects Doli's building of being the Rangers' new headquarters.

[ INT. APARTMENT OFFICE - In a modest leasing office, a female OFFICE CLERK sits filing documents at her desk.  Behind her in the corner is a fairly large metal safe with a combination lock. ]

[ SASHA enters, and the OFFICE CLERK greets her. ]

Hi.  How can I help you?

I'm... looking for some friends of mine.  Could you tell me which rooms they occupy?

Umm... I'm sorry, miss.  I can't give out that information.  I can take a message if you'd like.

[ Looking beyond the clerk, SASHA studies the safe.  Momentarily distracted, she soon speaks: ]

Uh, there's no need.  (points) Please, could you tell me what you call that large cube in the corner?

I enjoyed Sasha's unfamiliarity with Earth customs.

[ The OFFICE CLERK hesitates suspiciously but then glances back at the safe. ]

You mean the safe...?

[ SASHA writes in her notepad. ]

Ahh, yes, a safe.  And could you tell me its function?

OFFICE CLERK (looking around):
Is this some kind of a joke?

[ SASHA chuckles politely. ]

No, ma'am.  (seriously)  Is it for decoration?

OFFICE CLERK (playing along):
Yeah, sure.  It's for decoration.

[ SASHA makes a final note before turning to leave. ]

Very well then.  Thank you for your time.

And yet Sasha wrote it down despite thinking it was just for decoration.  This safe will become Lockjaw.

[ As SASHA exits, the OFFICE CLERK sits bewildered at her desk. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - DILLIK is silently working at the central console when SASHA (in normal costume) arrives in a flash of white light, her STAR HANDLE in hand. ]

DILLIK (looking at console):
Oh, hey, I got a reading!  (sees Sasha)  Oh.

SASHA (with a coy smile):
Hello, Dillik.

[ TRASK leans against the doorway nearby, arms crossed. ]

Took you long enough.

[ In SASHA's hand, her STAR HANDLE is replaced with her compact book with a white gleam.  SASHA's demeanor is smug and self-satisfied. ]

I've been researching.  (flips through the first few pages)  I've picked out hosts for all of your remaining Jinnsects.

[ DILLIK lights up and looks between SASHA and TRASK. ]

DILLIK (happily):
Oh, great!  We're set for months!

SASHA (devilishly):
That's not quite what I meant.

Sasha's proposal is that they unleash all the remaining Jinnsects as monsters simultaneously, as the Rangers will surely be unable to defeat them all, or stop them all from growing.

[ TRASK uncrosses his arms, eyeing Sasha (off-screen) with slight disbelief. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - DILLIK trails TRASK pleadingly as he travels down the corridor. ]

Come on, Trask... You're not actually gonna let her go through with this, are you?  It-- It's a terrible idea!

Was it so terrible when you did it?

Now wait just a second...  Mine were made from Nobodies so they wouldn't --

For suspense purposes, I had to tiptoe around the critical flaw of this monster army idea, which was that Dillik has previously cautioned that Jinnsect monsters tend to be territorial (episodes 3 and 13); apparently Trask and Sasha failed to heed his warning.

Dillik finally hints at his motivation for creating the Somebody army in episode 18, which is that he expected them to work together well since they had been created from Nobodies; he was in fact correct.

The point is they all melted.  These won't.

Yeah, but... w-- what about our other plan?  You know... provoking one into growing?  You know, you shouldn't hold it against the plan just because our first try ran away...

Dillik suggested the provocation idea in episode 19; Sasha's failed attack on Zephyros in episode 20 was the only time it was attempted.  Sasha has apparently abandoned that plan after her unpleasant experience, and because she resented being used by Dillik and Trask.

[ TRASK stops and looks at DILLIK. ]

Let's call this an enhancement of the plan.  There are only five Rangers, after all.  They can't be everywhere.

[ DILLIK remains unconvinced. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
I'll tell you what, Dillik... If this doesn't work, you're in charge.

Dillik recently asserted himself a bit in episodes 17 through 20, and Trask now offers this startling proposal.  We don't know his exact motivation for doing so, but he probably didn't expect the army to fail.  Other factors may have included his overall disappointment in the Jinnsect monsters and his expectation that Dillik's leadership would produce some good ideas (see episode 23).

DILLIK (startled):

You heard me.  (walks off)  Now come on.  Let's not keep the princess waiting, shall we?

[ DILLIK stands stunned for a moment.  He then hurries to catch up. ]

[ EXT. CITY STREET - PETE and MAGGIE get out of a taxi and begin walking through a marketplace downtown. ]

Pete and Maggie are out grocery shopping for the house.  They previously shopped together (for themselves) in episode 11.

[ As they walk, PETE winces slightly and touches his hand to his right cheek. ]

[ MAGGIE stops. ]

Are you okay?

PETE (casually):
Oh, yeah, it's nothing.  Just a toothache.  I've got an appointment Monday.

I gave Pete a toothache to make for an interesting complication of being stranded far from Earth (next episode): no emergency medical or dental care!

[ They continue. ]

PETE (cont'd):
Hey, how are those therapy sessions going?

MAGGIE (with an exhausted expression):
Four down, six to go.

Pete refers to the sessions Maggie began in episode 14.  We haven't seen any on-screen since her aborted first session, but apparently nothing eventful has taken place during the four that Maggie mentions having attended.

[ PETE chuckles. ]

PETE (sarcastically):
Aw, come on, you're not enjoying them?

I keep freaking out that I'm going to say something I shouldn't.  You know... (gestures furtively to her Morpher)

So you don't think she's figured anything out yet?

MAGGIE (with an exasperated chuckle):
She's figured out I'm an evasive pain in the you-know-what.

[ PETE laughs. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
Seriously, we have more awkward pauses than... (gestures searchingly) ...something with a lot of awkward pauses.

A comedian at a funeral?

MAGGIE (with a smirk):
I was thinking something like a blind date, but okay...

How about a yodeler in space?

[ With a chuckle, MAGGIE shakes her head and rolls her eyes. ]

Oh!  A mime intervention!

[ MAGGIE laughs and gives PETE a playful push. ]

[ EXT. GREETING CARD SHOP - We see an establishment shot of a small greeting card shop downtown.  A DELIVERY MAN carrying a long, rectangular package approaches the door and enters. ]

[ INT. GREETING CARD SHOP - In uniform, LISA greets the entering DELIVERY MAN from the checkout desk. ]

This is the first and only time Lisa is shown at work.

Good afternoon.

Hi.  (checks package)  I've got a delivery for Lisa Ward...?

LISA (puzzled):
Oh.  That's me.

[ The DELIVERY MAN hands her the long package and presents a slip which she signs. ]

DELIVERY MAN (departing):
Have a nice day.

[ As the DELIVERY MAN exits, LISA studies the mysterious package.  She uses a pair of scissors to cut the box's packing tape, and she removes the lid.  Within is a delicately wrapped bouquet of wildflowers, along with a small card. ]

[ LISA reads the card.  In close-up, we see that it reads: "Looking forward to tonight." ]

[ LISA smiles. ]

I put in this detail to demonstrate in the end of the next episode that the Rangers had left behind a number of personal obligations.

[ EXT. WOODED PATH - SASHA descends a wooded hillside from the direction of a residential area behind her (compare area with sentai).  Her STAR HANDLE is in hand.  She stops upon seeing someone in front of her (off-screen). ]

Sasha has just finished releasing all fifteen Jinnsects to create monsters from her chosen objects.  She began by infecting a forklift in a warehouse at roughly 1:00 PM, then moved through the city (infecting a generator, pay phone, suitcase, massager, speaker, riot shield, safe, and motorcycle), and then gradually moved into a more residential area (infecting a guitar, statue, cotton candy cart, home gym, archery target, and grill), finishing at 1:07.  We're left to wonder the exact circumstances of Sasha's investigation or infection of some of the items which would have resided in people's homes.

Current status report:

Stacksterin forklift form, running amok
Shockrain generator form, causing power disruptions
Ringoin phone form, avoiding people
Resain suitcase form, teleporting people from downtown
Vibrosin massager form, causing mischief
Boomerin speaker form, dormant
Armorosin riot shield form, dormant
Lockjawin safe form, roaming the streets
Roadhogin bike form, racing around
Fretterin guitar form, dormant
Arellain statue form, dormant
Swirlwindin cart form, running amok
Deadweightin home gym form, breaking out of house
Bullseyein target form, beginning to ruin people's aim
Flamionin grill form, beginning to spew flames

[ Sentai (Jetman #49) - In close-up, we see STRIFE's feet as he walks out from behind a tree.  He stops, turning to face her. ]

Strife walking Strife walking

Your majesty.

[ SASHA suspiciously eyes Strife (off-screen) a moment before curling her mouth into a smirk. ]

Strife has come to Sasha's aid in episodes 12 and 16.

Strife.  Did you come to join in the festivities?

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S LAB - Seated at his device-laden work table, DILLIK shakes his head, wearing his VR helmet (see episode 12). ]

[ EXT. WOODED PATH (Jetman #49) - STRIFE similarly shakes his head.  As he speaks, he raises his hands pleadingly. ]

Strife shakes his head Strife pleads

N-- No, your majesty.  This plan... it's fraught with disaster.

Dillik had no luck talking Trask out of the plan, so he now tries to convince Sasha to back down in Strife form.

In the sentai, Gray (Strife) was actually pleading with the unmorphed Rangers to help him rescue Maria (Sasha), whom Radiguet had turned into a power-hungry vampire.

[ US footage - SASHA laughs sharply before replying: ]

SASHA (smugly):
What do you know about it?

[ STRIFE lowers his hands soberly. ]

Strife replies

I know these monsters can be... unreliable.

I was again trying to tiptoe around the idea of the monsters turning on each other.

[ US footage - SASHA scoffs.  In the background as she speaks, black smoke slowly begins to rise from a house somewhere in the distance. ]

In the background, we see the results of Sasha's final creation: the grill which will become Flamion has begun burning houses.  As shown in episode 37, future-Chris and future-Lisa are secretly evacuating people from those houses until the fire department arrives; this was a retcon.

The Rangers don't stand a chance against my army.  (glances back at the smoke)  Besides, everything's already in motion.


But your majesty... there's no telling what can become of this.  You're putting yourself in great danger just being here.

[ EXT. WOODED PATH - SASHA turns slightly.  The smoke continues to rise in the background. ]

You don't understand, Strife.  (lowers her gaze)  My mother warned me of the technology here on Earth.  It was the same technology developed on my birthworld, Illam.  She knew the Rangers would use their weapons against us, just like the Vanguards.  She came here to eradicate the threat...

I tried to explain Sasha's sudden seriousness about destroying the Rangers, though I'm not sure it was as convincing as it could have been.  Another purpose of this dialog, though, was to reveal Sasha's destination to Dillik (see episode 23).

[ Sentai (Jetman #49) - STRIFE listens. ]

Strife listens

SASHA (cont'd, off-screen):
...but it cost her her life.

Further, Dillik surely feels guilty about his role in Magda's disappearance (apparent demise).  Trask has forbidden him from telling her (see episode 11), but further, the truth would surely enrage her (see episode 27).

[ SASHA concludes, the smoke continuing. ]

SASHA (cont'd):
And now I intend to put an end to the Rangers.  Or die trying.

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S LAB - Startled, DILLIK recoils slightly.  He then shifts uncomfortably. ]

W-- Well...

[ EXT. WOODED PATH (Jetman #49) - STRIFE slowly raises his hands to his chest as he speaks with sincerity. ]

Strife sincere Strife sincere

STRIFE (cont'd):
...you don't have to do this alone.  I'm here for you.

[ US footage - SASHA cocks her head coyly. ]

Yeah, it looks like you are.  But you've never said why.

[ STRIFE extends his hands as he speaks passionately. ]

Strife speaks Strife speaks

I... I care about you.

[ US footage - Puzzled, SASHA frowns. ]

You what...?  (shakes her head and turns away)  Look, just stay out of my way, okay?

Sasha finds this idea disconcerting.

[ US footage - SASHA vanishes with a white gleam.  The sky remains streaked with black smoke. ]

[ STRIFE slowly clenches his fist.  He speaks with determination before finally lowering his fist. ]

Strife's promise Strife's promise Strife's promise Strife's promise Strife's promise Strife's promise

I'm sorry, your majesty.  I can't bring your mother back.  But I will protect you from harm.  I swear it.  (lowers fist)  Power Rangers... you're finished.

Practicalities aside, Dillik can't bring Magda back, specifically because Trask has destroyed the wormhole generator (episode 17).

[ EXT. OUTDOOR CAFE - CHRIS and CASEY sit together at a table, conversing and occasionally sipping at their iced drinks (Chris with soda, Casey water).  They are alone on the cafe's patio.  Beyond a metal fence at the edge of the patio, traffic passes occasionally on a city street. ]

Around this time, Stackster (forklift) and Shockra (generator) undergo metamorphosis.  Stackster will be spotted by Maggie's Hoverbird, while Luke's will notice Shockra.

Note that the Rangers turned back on their Hoverbirds' seek modes after Zephyros was escorted out of Spring Valley in the previous episode.

But how do you do it?

I dunno, actually.  It just happens when I'm in battle.  I get all... charged-up, sort of, and just...

[ CHRIS gestures as if delivering Black Ranger's X-strike with an imaginary sword. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
...whoosh whoosh... It just happens.  I'm sure you could do it.

Chris is referring to his X-strike move which he's performed several times.  Casey will successfully perform it next episode.

[ As CHRIS has been speaking, a police siren has grown louder in the distance.  A police car (compare with episode 15) now races by the cafe.  CHRIS and CASEY pay no particular attention. ]

The police car may be responding to any number of disturbances across the city.  As to why the Rangers don't know of the chaos, the Hoverbirds may be less sensitive toward pupal forms than to monsters themselves.

So... I mean, what makes you not use your Battlizer?

By this point, I'd noticed that in the sentai, Black Ranger seemed not to use his Battlizer as much as the others; here, I sought to explain it and provide some insight into Chris's character.  It also offers more suspense when he decides to use the Battlizer against Strife next episode.

[ CHRIS absently rubs his right wrist, pondering for a moment. ]

[ INT. CAR (DAY) - In the back seat of a sedan sits YOUNG CHRIS, approximately eight years old.  In the front seats are MR. and MRS. JACOBS (see episode 10).  MR. JACOBS is driving on the highway.  He suddenly swerves in reaction to something ahead (off-camera), and YOUNG CHRIS is jostled violently as the screen flashes to white. ]

An accident was mentioned in episode 10, but we now learn it was a car accident.

[ We return to EXT. OUTDOOR CAFE - CHRIS continues: ]

I broke my wrist in the accident.  It took a long time to heal.  Still bothers me sometimes.

[ We see a brief flashback from episode 7 as BLACK RANGER punches SPOUTFIRE with his BATTLIZER. ]

Black's Battlizer Black's Battlizer Black's Battlizer

CHRIS (cont'd, voice-over):
Like the time I tried my Battlizer.

The Spoutfire battle (episode 7) was the first and only time Chris has been shown using his Battlizer to date.

[ CASEY responds. ]

Wow, I didn't know.  But you draw with your right hand though, right?

(chuckles softly)  Yeah, that was part of my recovery.  In more ways than one, I guess.

How do you mean?

Well, I hardly did anything but draw when I started living with my grandma.  I was pretty stubborn... I drew every chance I could, even with my cast on.  I think I just did it to prove I wasn't... broken.

[ CASEY nods, listening intently. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
So, anyway... (flexes his wrist)  It still kinda aches sometimes, but I'm mostly okay.  (to Casey) Hey, could we just keep this between us?

Chris doesn't share this detail about himself with many people.

[ CASEY nods as a fire truck races by (in the other direction), its siren wailing.  CHRIS cranes his neck after it. ]

The fire truck is presumably responding to the fires started by the grill which will become Flamion.

CHRIS (cont'd):
Man, what's going on?

[ CASEY glances at her AVIMORPHER. ]

I've got nothing.

[ CHRIS stands, looking around with vague concern. ]

Let's check in with Detective Morales.

Morales became their ally in episode 18.

[ CASEY nods and stands.  She points to a pay phone a short distance from the cafe. ]

Okay.  There's a phone over there.

[ CHRIS and CASEY leave through the patio's gate and approach the phone.  Unexpectedly, a voice apparently emanates from the phone (though not muffled as a broadcast; rather, as though the phone itself is speaking), causing CHRIS and CASEY to halt in their tracks. ]

Hey, just leave me alone, will ya?

This monster, to be named Ringo, is reclusive and just wants to be left alone.  This corresponds with at least one of the previous Jinnsect monsters being disinterested in fighting (see episodes 14 and 20).

[ The pay phone suddenly vanishes with a burst of blue energy.  CHRIS and CASEY startle.  As they look at each other, CASEY notices something else in the distance.  She points toward the street. ]

Look at that!

[ In the street scampers a safe (identical to the one previously seen in the apartment office), using small metallic appendages to drag itself along. ]

This is the safe from Doli's apartment; it will metamorphose into Lockjaw.

[ CHRIS and CASEY watch, transfixed. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
All right, what the heck is going on?

[ CHRIS leads the way to follow the safe (off-screen). ]

Come on.

[ They depart. ]

[ INT. POLICE STATION - DETECTIVE MORALES is working at his desk when he hears a commotion from an adjoining area.  He stands and looks as an opaque gray riot shield (with a clear viewing window, below which is written "Police") flies over a number of clamoring police officers, some with weapons drawn. ]

This riot shield will soon metamorphose into Armoros off-screen; we don't know how Sasha investigated or infected it.

[ The riot shield flies low over DETECTIVE MORALES' head, causing him to duck, and it promptly smashes its way through the exit doors.  DETECTIVE MORALES looks on in puzzlement. ]

[ EXT. AUDIO SHOP - As a street-rattling bass booms from within, numerous customers and employees evacuate an urban audio shop, many holding their hands over their ears.  As the evacuation continues, a front window shatters. ]

A tower speaker within is causing this ruckus; it will soon become Boomer off-screen.

[ EXT. CITY STREET - We see a suitcase hopping down the sidewalk under its own power.  As it approaches a pedestrian, the suitcase pauses, and the pedestrian vanishes with a swirl of white energy.  The suitcase then continues down the sidewalk until encountering another pedestrian.  This repeats several times. ]

This suitcase will soon become Resa off-screen.  She has the ability to teleport people to recreational or vacation-related locales.

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, STAGE - On the stage of an outdoor music festival in a park, a ROCKER tries to please a sparse and unenthusiastic audience with somewhat amateurish riffs on an orange electric guitar.  The performance is not going well, as a few people begin to boo. ]

This guitar will later become Fretter off-screen.  Sasha presumably infected it before the rocker's performance began.

[ Just then, orange musical notes begin to emanate from the guitar, unnoticed by both the ROCKER and the audience.  Suddenly, everyone in the audience begins to cheer, thrilled by the performance. ]

Fretter has the power to turn people into his fans with music-based mind control.  I considered the devastating potential of pairing Fretter's mind control with Boomer's amplification, but fortunately for the city, this alliance didn't come to pass.

[ The ROCKER is visibly startled by the reaction, but he plays on. ]

[ EXT. URBAN CEMETERY - At a downtown cemetery, an elderly couple stands respectfully before a tombstone.  Behind it stands the statue of a female angel blowing a long trumpet.  To the astonishment of the elderly couple, the angel stiffly comes to life and flies away on stony wings. ]

This statue will become Arella off-screen.  Through circumstances unknown, Arella happens to be a particularly powerful monster, and her territorial nature will lead her to hunt down and destroy her fellow monsters.

[ INT. APARTMENT - Inside a random apartment, a TENANT is startled as a white body massager with a large massage head flies into his living room, having passed effortlessly through the wall as though intangible, its only sound a faint buzz.  The massager hovers in midair and emits an amused laugh before flying past the alarmed TENANT.  The massager passes clean through the front door like a ghost with an additional buzz. ]

This massager will soon turn into Vibros off-screen.  He has the power to phase through solid matter while vibrating, but he will ultimately be bothered by Boomer's reverberations.

[ EXT. ARCHERY RANGE - One archer, ARCHER1, shoots an arrow at a target (off-screen) but is clearly disappointed with his shot. ]

Man, what's wrong with me?  I can't hit anything!

[ Another archer, ARCHER2, notes toward a different part of the target range: ]

Hey, at least your target isn't moving.

[ In the middle of the grassy range, one of the bullseye stands gallops across the field like a wild horse. ]

The target will later become Bullseye off-screen.  He has the power to place people under a spell which ruins their accuracy, as Luke will experience firsthand.

[ EXT. CITY STREET - In the middle of an intersection, the BLACK and PINK RANGERS land, blocking the path of the rogue safe.  Traffic has ground to a halt. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Stop right there!  (to Black)  Jeez, I've never heard of a safe robbing itself before.

[ The safe continues crawling in PINK's direction.  BLACK delivers a strong side-kick, knocking it onto its side with a mighty thud (the hinge side downward). ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
She said give it a rest, bucko.

[ With a silvery gleam of energy, the safe shapeshifts into a burly monster named LOCKJAW, his torso consisting of the sideways safe, its door forming a massive square mouth capable of swinging open at the hinge.  His limbs are metallic structures which appear to have burst out of the sides of the safe, and a JINNSECT is embedded in his shoulder.  His voice is gruff and deep. ]

This is the second monster shown metamorphosing from pupal form, the first being Arcanum (episode 19).

Hey, what'd ya do that for?!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Standard procedure.  This is where we say, "Don't make us destroy you..." (gestures to Pink)

Chris and Casey are flippant toward the monster, not yet knowing he's part of a much graver problem.

Incidentally, the Rangers haven't actually told many of their foes, "Don't make us destroy you," though I tried to work in the sentiment when possible.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Don't make us destroy you!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
...you fight us anyway, and we destroy you.  (shrugs)  Sorry, but we've done this a few times.

[ LOCKJAW pauses a moment, seemingly confused.  He then shakes his fists animatedly. ]

I'll pulverize ya!

[ BLACK shrugs lazily. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
That's what they all say.  But it's cute you think you're different.

[ LOCKJAW growls and charges forward.  BLACK effortlessly leaps over the lumbering brute, at which point LOCKJAW stumbles and plows head-first into a parked car, his weight crushing the entire front end of the car.  He pries himself free and twirls around angrily. ]


Stacksterabout to fight Pete and Maggie
Shockraon a rampage somewhere
Ringoin phone form, avoiding people
Resateleporting people from downtown
Boomerbeginning his attack downtown
Armorosabout to metamorphose
Lockjawfighting Chris and Casey
Roadhogin bike form, racing around
Frettermetamorphosing on-stage
Arellaflying over city in monster form
Swirlwindcausing chaos at carnival
Bullseyeabout to metamorphose
Flamionin grill form, antagonizing firefighters

[ INT. WAREHOUSE - The YELLOW and BLUE RANGERS search a labyrinthine warehouse.  Suddenly, yellow energy bolts strike them from off-screen, causing them to recoil amidst a spark explosion.  Recovering, they see their attacker: ]

Roughly by the time Pete and Maggie begin fighting Stackster, the following monsters have now metamorphosed as well: Vibros, Armoros, Fretter, and Deadweight; Bullseye and Flamion will metamorphose soon as well, leaving only Ringo and Roadhog in their pupal forms.

[ Standing on a stack of crates nearby is STACKSTER, a bulky, yellowish-orange and black mechanical monster with steel forks sticking out of his chest, apparently having been created from a forklift.  A JINNSECT is embedded in his thigh.  He speaks with a temperamental, antagonistic voice. ]

Power Rangers!  I've been waiting for you!  But... there's only two of you!  That doesn't make any sense!  Look, now, you really need to think this through a lot better.  I... (looks away disdainfully)  I really expected a lot better from Power Rangers.  (looks at them again)  My name's Stackster, by the way.  ...In case you wanted to make a note.  S-T-A...

[ YELLOW RANGER glances at BLUE. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Man, this guy must like to hear himself talk or something.

No comment.

My body came from a LiftMaster 4200... (looks down toward his embedded Jinnsect) ...but they added this thing here.

[ STACKSTER looks up and finds himself alone. ]

STACKSTER (cont'd):
Hey, where'd you go?  Now, come on, people!  How about some continuity?

[ BLUE and YELLOW jump-kick STACKSTER from behind, sending him flying off his crate.  He lands on his back and quickly rises, irate. ]

STACKSTER (cont'd):
A kick from behind?!  Who even DOES that?!

[ Like a forklift, STACKSTER raises his chest forks to shoulder level.  He then charges toward the crate, at which point BLUE and YELLOW flip into the air.  While airborne, they draw their SKY BLASTERS. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Sky Blasters!

[ STACKSTER slams into the crate, splintering the top as his forks pierce the crate, briefly immobilizing him. ]

[ Still in midair, BLUE and YELLOW fire their blasters. ]

[ The yellow lasers strike STACKSTER but mostly bounce off ineffectually.  He then pries himself loose and confronts the duo as they land. ]

Ha!  Sky Blasters!  More like... Cry Blasters!

[ BLUE and YELLOW stare at him, unmoved. ]

STACKSTER (cont'd):
...You know, because they make me cry, they're so puny.

[ BLUE and YELLOW look at each other. ]

[ STACKSTER charges out of frame toward the Rangers with an angry wail. ]

I have absolutely nothing to say about Stackster.

[ EXT. GRAVELY LOT - In a fenced-in lot covered with gravel, RED RANGER rolls back and recovers his footing, his opponent out of frame.  Surrounding the lot is a chain-link security fence, and overhead are heavy-duty power lines. ]

[ His opponent, SHOCKRA, approaches.  She is a grayish-black monster comprised of generator parts, including numerous cables, some frayed, which drape down from her wrists.  A JINNSECT is embedded in her chest.  She speaks in a brazen, arrogant tone. ]

Shockra was a backup generator inside a building downtown, but she has metamorphosed off-screen and been pursued her by Luke.  Her name is a play on "chakra," one of seven bodily energy centers in yoga philosophy (they were mentioned by Arcanum in episode 19).

You're helpless against the power of Shockra, Red Ranger!

[ Advancing, SHOCKRA draws electricity into herself from the lines above.  She then fires it from her wrists as white-hot electrical bolts. ]

[ Struck by the bolts, RED RANGER flips back amidst significant bursts of sparks. ]

[ EXT. CITY STREET - LOCKJAW fires a series of incendiary blasts from his fingertips.  Sparks erupt around PINK and BLACK.  PINK rolls aside and draws her SKY BLASTER. ]

I wanted the US monsters to exhibit the same sorts of abilities as their sentai counterparts, including these incendiary finger blasts.

[ PINK fires yellow lasers, but they bounce off LOCKJAW's iron hide. ]

[ With a growl, LOCKJAW opens his massive, square mouth.  A silvery swirl of energy pulls the SKY BLASTER out of PINK RANGER's hands and sends it flying into the monster's gaping maw.  The safe door comprising his jaw clamps shut, and his combination lock spins. ]

I found it interesting to rob one of the Rangers of her blasters so soon into the battle, given that they've become essential in the wake of the Jinnsect sharpshooting strategy (see episode 19).

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
My blaster!

[ BLACK RANGER distractedly touches his fingers to the side of his helmet. ]

Chris's Hoverbird has spotted Flamion, who is giving firefighters a rough time behind the scenes.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Whoa, we've got big trouble.  There's another monster.  I've gotta go do something.  (to Pink)  Can you keep this guy busy?

[ PINK is still somewhat distraught. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):

[ BLACK nods and leaps into the air. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Try that sword technique I was telling you about.  You can do it!  (leaps)

I wanted Casey to become more self-reliant, but it'll take a little work.

[ PINK RANGER squares off against LOCKJAW. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah, thanks a lot...

Casey's frustration will be smoothed out next episode.

[ A loud motorcycle is heard approaching. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, cont'd):
Hey, what's that sound?

[ Suddenly, an unmanned black cruiser-style motorcycle races by at high speed, colliding with PINK RANGER.  Grabbing on with a yelp, PINK RANGER manages to flip and land on the seat as the bike speeds away from LOCKJAW. ]

This motorcycle will become Roadhog in a later scene.  He's been racing around the city at high speed since he was created.

Hey, come back here!

[ EXT. CITY STREETS (HIGH SPEED) - As PINK is ferried at high speed through the city with dizzying twists and turns, she tries in vain to control the handlebars.  (PINK's blaster holster remains empty.) ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
What's going on with this thing?!

[ A scratchy voice emanates from the motorcycle: ]

Roadhog's the name!  What's your pleasure?

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Uhh, my pleasure?  Maybe you could slow down a little...?

Slow down?!  This IS slow!  Better hold on, Grandma!

Roadhog seems to be enjoying himself more than he's trying to cause any particular harm.

[ PINK RANGER yelps as the motorcycle races along even faster. ]

As revealed in episode 37, future-Casey helped clear a group of jump-roping girls from the street before the bike and Pink Ranger might have struck them; this was a retcon.


Stacksterfighting Pete and Maggie
Shockraabout to fight Luke
Ringoin phone form, avoiding people
Resateleporting people from downtown
Vibroscausing mischief downtown
Boomerattacking the city
Armorosstrutting downtown
Lockjawstill downtown
Roadhogin bike form, driving Casey
Fretterrocking out
Arellaflying over city
Swirlwindcausing chaos at carnival
Flamionabout to metamorphose

[ INT. WAREHOUSE - Struck by STACKSTER, YELLOW RANGER sparks and rolls back.  BLUE RANGER strikes ineffectually with her TALON SWORD and is knocked back as well. ]

[ As BLUE rolls back, YELLOW helps her up. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
You okay?

[ While BLUE replies, YELLOW is distracted by an apparent vision in his visor.  He touches his fingers to the side of his helmet. ]

Pete's Hoverbird has detected Resa downtown.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hey, wait a sec...  There's a second monster!

[ Through Yellow's visor, we see: EXT. CITY STREET - A female monster, RESA, walks through the city causing random people to vanish with white swirls (compare with previous suitcase scene).  RESA's torso consists of the previous suitcase, her limbs and head comprised of a mishmash of a woman's personal belongings, including clothing, a swimsuit, shoes, sunscreen, and various toiletries.  A JINNSECT is embedded in her torso. ]

The word "resa" is Swedish for "journey."

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
What's she doing?!

For all Pete knew, she was disintegrating people.

As revealed in episode 37, future-Pete joined a group who was teleported from a bus stop to a mountain peak, and he then used a cell phone to call for help; this was a retcon.

[ INT. WAREHOUSE - As YELLOW RANGER removes his fingers from his helmet, STACKSTER charges, and he and BLUE dodge. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd):
We've gotta stop her!  (dodges)  Better call the others.

[ BLUE nods.  YELLOW takes the opportunity to grasp STACKSTER from behind and lift him into the air.  He then begins spinning the monster over his head, and we pan over to BLUE RANGER as she takes cover behind a crate. ]

STACKSTER (soon off-screen):
Hey, what are you doing?  You're spinning me?  What kind of attack is that?

Pete's trademark attack.

[ The pan completes.  BLUE speaks into her left wrist in a restrained tone. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Guys, are you there?  We've got trouble.

[ EXT. BACK YARD - In a residential area, BLACK RANGER struggles to dodge flames spewed by an unseen foe.  He briefly replies into his wrist: ]

Chris is now fighting Flamion.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
You're telling me!

[ EXT. GRAVELY LOT - While attempting to fight SHOCKRA at hand-to-hand combat, RED RANGER replies into his wrist: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah, I've got a monster over here, guys.  My hands are full.

[ INT. WAREHOUSE - BLUE responds. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Wait a second...  How many monsters are there, anyway?

[ A yellow electrical bolt strikes near BLUE's head, causing her to startle slightly. ]

LUKE (voice-over, transmission):
One here.


CHRIS (voice-over, transmission):
We've seen two, maybe three.

Lockjaw, Flamion, and the talking pay phone (Ringo).

CASEY (voice-over, transmission):
Make that four.  Whooooooa!


[ YELLOW joins BLUE as she ends her transmission. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
This is bad.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
We can't wait.  I don't know what that other monster's doing to those people, but we've gotta stop her.

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You go.  I'll keep an eye on this guy.

Maggie will apparently lure Stackster to the roof, where he will continue searching for her until she returns (next episode).

[ STACKSTER clumsily rises from a heap of boxes. ]

Yeah, that's what YOU say!

[ BLUE nods to YELLOW. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

[ YELLOW nods in return and departs. ]

[ EXT. BACK YARD - BLACK RANGER battles FLAMION, a red and silver monster apparently created from an outdoor grill; he wields a long metal spatula as a weapon.  His head consists of the large grill hood, in which a JINNSECT is embedded, and he occasionally opens the hood to spew a stream of flames at BLACK RANGER.  In his torso is a propane tank. ]

[ During the fight, FLAMION remarks with a boisterous voice: ]

Ha ha!  You're no match for Flamion!  Oh, get it?  "Match?"

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
(grunts)  Terrible.

[ BLACK RANGER side-kicks FLAMION across the yard. ]

[ EXT. URBAN PARK - Now in a park downtown, RESA continues to cause people to vanish. ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #26) - YELLOW RANGER leaps onto the scene with a flying BATTLIZER punch (shown three times). ]

Yellow Ranger's Battlizer punch Yellow Ranger's Battlizer punch Yellow Ranger's Battlizer punch Yellow Ranger's Battlizer punch

This shot was taken from Pete's attack on Tachyderm (episodes 36 and 37).

[ YELLOW RANGER punches RESA with a burst of sparks using his BATTLIZER (composite from Jetman #32 if necessary).  RESA is knocked back. ]

Yellow Ranger's Battlizer punch (if needed for US composite)

I used footage of Pete's Battlizer punch from the Zindrek battle (episode 35) for a potential composite because the angle seemed more ideal than any other Battlizer scenes in Jetman.

[ Staggering back, RESA barks in a sharp voice: ]

Who invited you?!

[ With a wave of her hand, RESA causes YELLOW RANGER to vanish as well.  (By this point, he is not wearing his Battlizer.) ]

[ EXT. BEACH, BOARDWALK - In the same pose from the previous scene, YELLOW RANGER appears on a boardwalk overlooking a somewhat crowded Pacific beach.  Some people nearby are startled. ]

Fortunately for Pete, he's only been sent to a beach in California; a further destination might have left him out of the battle for quite some time, an outcome I wasn't willing to allow.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hey, what the heck?  (to people nearby)  Uhh, no need for alarm.  Hey, could you tell me where we are?

[ The people murmur to each other and shy away. ]

We don't know how widespread knowledge of the Rangers was outside of Spring Valley's region.

[ YELLOW grunts.  He then hops over a railing into an adjoining parking lot and checks the license plates.  They are California tags. ]

I neglected to specify in the script that the license plates should bear 1992 and 1993 registration tags, and that the plate and car designs shouldn't be anachronistic for 1992.

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd):
All right, well... Could be worse.

[ He departs. ]

[ EXT. GRAVELY LOT - Blasted with white electrical bolts, RED RANGER flies back amidst substantial spark explosions.  He crashes through the chain-link fence behind him and rolls across the adjoining grass. ]

[ As RED RANGER tries to recover, SHOCKRA approaches the fence. ]

(laughs sinisterly)  Too much to handle, Red Ranger?

[ RED notes privately: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I've gotta get her away from those power lines.

[ RED is then distracted by an apparent vision in his visor, and he touches his helmet. ]

Luke's Hoverbird has just spotted Boomer downtown.  As revealed in episode 37, future-Luke saved an old man from falling glass loosed by Boomer; this was a retcon.

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Wait.  Another one?!

[ SHOCKRA then electrifies RED RANGER again, knocking him down a nearby hill. ]

[ EXT. GRASSY HILL - Rolling down the hill, below which a small pond can be seen some distance away, RED RANGER comes to a stop at the bottom, beside an out-of-place pay phone.  The pay phone speaks with the same voice as before: ]

Look, can't a guy get some privacy?!

No purpose in this; just an amusing running gag, I thought.  He'll undergo metamorphosis soon afterward, to be next seen downtown when Arella tracks him down next episode.

[ The pay phone vanishes with a blue burst.  RED RANGER rises, initially confused but quickly concentrating on other matters. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, stop Shockra from charging up, or rescue people downtown?

[ Elsewhere, SHOCKRA surveys the area.  Red Ranger isn't in sight. ]

Come out come out wherever you are!

[ Sentai (Jetman #32) - RED RANGER readies his BATTLIZER. ]

Red Ranger's Battlizer Red Ranger's Battlizer Red Ranger's Battlizer

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Battlizer, power up!

[ SHOCKRA turns to look behind her. ]

[ Sentai - RED RANGER leaps, opens his underarm wings, and flies through the air (shown twice).  He then delivers a leaping Battlizer punch (also shown twice). ]

Red Ranger leaps Red Ranger's wing Red Ranger leaps Red Ranger's Battlizer punch Red Ranger's Battlizer punch

[ As he lands, wings still prominent, RED RANGER delivers a Battlizer punch to SHOCKRA's chest (sentai composite may be used if necessary), knocking her back with a burst of sparks. ]

Red Ranger's Battlizer punch (if needed for US composite)

Another possible use of a Battlizer punch from the Zindrek battle (episode 35).

[ We see RED RANGER's feet in close-up as he quickly stabilizes his footing and then scrambles forward. ]

Going for a combo!

[ As SHOCKRA rolls back, she is alarmed as someone grabs her feet: using his grip (Battlizer no longer present), RED RANGER promptly swings SHOCKRA through the air and releases. ]

[ SHOCKRA flies through the air and lands with a mighty splash in the nearby pond.  She convulses and sparks as electricity crackles through the water.  Finally, the electricity ceases, and SHOCKRA groans exhaustedly. ]

[ RED RANGER assumes a defensive stance nearby. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Had enough?

[ Smoking, SHOCKRA wearily crawls out of the water and rises to her feet. ]

You haven't seen the last of me, Red Ranger!

[ She streaks away in the form of a lightning bolt. ]

After recovering, Shockra will be seen siphoning power from power lines beside a highway in the next episode.

[ RED RANGER eases slightly. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right.  Time for monster number two.

[ He leaps out of frame. ]


Stacksterfighting Maggie
Resateleporting people from convention center
Vibroscausing mischief downtown
Boomerattacking the city
Armorosstrutting downtown
Lockjawstill downtown
Roadhogin bike form, driving Casey
Fretterrocking out
Arellaflying over city
Swirlwindcausing chaos at carnival
Flamionfighting Chris

[ EXT. CITY STREETS (HIGH SPEED) - PINK RANGER continues to cling to the motorcycle as it races through the city.  (Her blaster holster remains empty.) ]

Having fun yet?

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
(groans)  I think I'm gonna be sick...

...which would not be pretty inside a helmet.

[ PINK touches her helmet as she has an apparent vision. ]

Casey's Hoverbird has just spotted Swirlwind terrifying people at the carnival.

CASEY (Pink Ranger, cont'd):
Whoa, that's not good.  Sorry, Roadhog, you're on your own for now.

[ PINK RANGER extends her underarm wings and is immediately hoisted into the air by the wind. ]

[ Now unmanned, the motorcycle screeches to a stop.  With a purple gleam, it transforms into ROADHOG, a black and chrome monster with a JINNSECT embedded in his midsection.  His body somewhat resembles a biker while consisting of motorcycle parts. ]

The third monster shown metamorphosing.

[ ROADHOG looks skyward. ]

Hey, where are you going?  I was just messing with you!

[ EXT. FAIRGROUNDS - At an outdoor carnival, adults and children run in panic from SWIRLWIND, a slender, pink monster apparently constructed from a cotton candy cart.  Atop his head is a silver bowl, and a JINNSECT is embedded in his thigh.  Despite his coloration and physique, he speaks with a masculine voice. ]

Hey, what's the matter?  Afraid of monsters or something?  (laughs)

[ Landing behind him, PINK RANGER delivers a slash to SWIRLWIND's back with her TALON SWORD (no gleam effect present).  As he staggers forward, PINK inspects her sword disappointedly. (Throughout this scene, her blaster holster remains empty.) ]

Casey was unsuccessful in performing Chris's gleaming slash attack, but she'll succeed in the next episode.

SWIRLWIND (cont'd):
Ow, what the heck?!

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Darn it.

[ SWIRLWIND spins to face her.  In the background, people take shelter behind various attractions and booths. ]

Who the heck are you supposed to be?

[ PINK hides her TALON SWORD behind her back. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Uhhh... a friend...?

[ SWIRLWIND leans forward and, from his head, projects a tornado of fluffy pink material resembling cotton candy; the fluff envelops PINK RANGER in the form of a partial cocoon, her TALON SWORD trapped within (against her back) as well. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, cont'd):

[ Unable to move her limbs, PINK squirms in the pink cocoon and ultimately falls over. ]

[ SWIRLWIND laughs and turns to resume antagonizing the cowering carnival patrons. ]

(laughs)  See you later, "friend!" (turns)

[ PINK continues to wriggle to no avail.  In the background, people begin to flee deeper into the fairgrounds as SWIRLWIND stalks them. ]

[ EXT. WAREHOUSE ROOFTOP - STACKSTER boldly emerges from a stairwell door and looks around. ]

Ah HA!!  (looks around)  Hey, where'd she go?

Maggie has left after her Hoverbird detected Fretter on-stage in the park.

Stackster will continue searching the rooftop for Maggie until she comes to get him next episode.


Stacksterconfused on rooftop
Ringowandering downtown
Resateleporting people from convention center
Vibroscausing mischief downtown
Boomerabout to fight Luke
Armorosstrutting downtown
Lockjawstill downtown
Roadhogrunning around
Fretterrocking out
Arellaflying over city
Swirlwindstill at carnival
Deadweightsoon to fight Swirlwind
Flamionfighting Chris

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, REAR - At the rear edge of the music festival, BLUE RANGER examines the scene before her:  A wild crowd screams in delight as a wicked guitar solo emanates from FRETTER, an orange monster onstage, apparently created from the guitar seen previously.  (When he is later shown in a closer shot, a JINNSECT can be seen embedded in his guitar body.) ]

In the next episode, I give the name of this park as Brantley Park, named after my friend (and co-author of the comic book Apathy Rangers) who plays bass guitar in a local band.

[ From the rear of the crowd emerges a disoriented ROCKER.  Seeing the BLUE RANGER, he approaches and grips her shoulder, looking back at the stage in distress. ]

That's my guitar, man!  (tugs at his hair)  I must be outta my mind...

[ The ROCKER wanders off.  BLUE RANGER returns her attention to the stage ahead, where FRETTER dances animatedly across the stage. ]

[ BLUE RANGER advances curiously. ]

[ EXT. CITY STREET - BOOMER, a black monster created from a tower speaker and other commercial audio equipment (appropriate for 1992), struts down the street.  Down his torso are several round drivers, and embedded in his hip is a JINNSECT. ]

[ A car rounds a street corner and has to slam on its brakes to avoid hitting the monster.  The DRIVER honks his horn, causing BOOMER to pause.  He then speaks with a youthful, enthusiastic voice. ]

Oh really?  Well, try a little of this, why don't ya?

[ BOOMER emits a titanic audio shockwave from his body, immediately shattering all of the glass on the car and in surrounding building windows. ]

[ As the sonic outburst ends, the dazed DRIVER opens his door and falls out of the car, his hands clasped over his ears in residual pain.  He weakly crawls away.  In the distance blare several car alarms. ]

The driver will probably be deafened for some time.

BOOMER (cont'd):
Ha ha, yeah!  That's what I thought!

[ Yellow lasers from above strike around BOOMER, causing a series of small spark eruptions.  The monster twirls to see RED RANGER land nearby and holster his SKY BLASTER. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Ever heard of noise pollution?

[ BOOMER crosses his arms. ]

Well, yeah...!  Why do you think I'm here?

[ BOOMER generates another sonic blast, nearly knocking RED RANGER to his knees.  A few more windows shatter. ]

[ Once the attack ends, RED shakes his head and charges forward.  He and BOOMER engage in hand-to-hand combat. ]

[ EXT. FAIRGROUNDS - Still wrapped in pink fluff, PINK RANGER struggles to free herself, but her TALON SWORD doesn't prove especially fruitful, as it's wrapped tightly against her back.  In the background, SWIRLWIND struts around a corner and out of sight. ]

[ PINK RANGER continues her struggle with renewed effort. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Come on...!

[ In close-up, we see the obscured blade of her TALON SWORD briefly glow with faint pink light. ]

Casey is trying to summon the energy Chris described.

[ EXT. BACK YARD - BLACK RANGER continues fighting FLAMION.  BLACK ultimately rolls back onto a concrete patio. ]

I had Chris roll onto a patio so the ground would match the ensuing Sky Enforcer assembly shot.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
All right, you know, I'm embarrassed I didn't see this sooner.

[ BLACK draws his SKY BLASTER. ]

[ Sentai (Jetman #25) - BLACK RANGER assembles his SKY ENFORCER. ]

Sky Enforcer

[ BLACK then holds his ENFORCER ready. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger, cont'd):
But better late than never, right?

Hey, what are you --

[ BLACK fires a purple beam at FLAMION's propane tank.  The monster instantly explodes in a massive fireball. ]

This is similar to Wing King's destruction in episode 3, wherein Hawk One destroyed the monster by shooting his leaking fuel line.

[ Nearby, a house's windows shatter inward from the blast. ]

For realism.

[ A smoking JINNSECT lands in the grass. ]

[ BLACK RANGER tracks the Jinnsect (off-screen) with the barrel of his ENFORCER and fires again. ]

Chris developed this strategy for preventing monster growths in episode 19.

[ The purple beam shatters the JINNSECT with yellow energy. ]

[ BLACK relaxes momentarily, but he then touches the side of his helmet and leaps away. ]

Chris's Hoverbird has just detected Armoros downtown.

CHRIS (Black Ranger, cont'd):
(touches helmet)  And the fun just keeps on coming.  (leaps)

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, STAGE - FRETTER continues to rock out onstage as the crowd goes wild. ]

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, CROWD - Perplexed, BLUE RANGER winds her way through the dense crowd of screaming fans.  As she does, however, she appears to grow woozy as orange musical notes circle around her head.  Soon, she begins to bob her head to the music, and it's not long before she begins to sway and cheer. ]

Fretter's spell fit with the tendency of some previous Jinnsect monsters to cast mind- or body-altering spells on the Rangers.  Here, it's an especially dangerous power, in that it has the potential to unite the otherwise uncooperative monsters (as will be addressed next episode).

Maggie is the Ranger to have been put under the most spells of this sort, including Facetia's attitude spell (episode 4), Canhandler's laziness spell (episode 7), Reverbit's silence spell (episode 16), and now Fretter's fandom spell.

[ EXT. CITY STREET - RED RANGER continues to fight BOOMER with hand-to-hand combat.  RED ultimately gets BOOMER in an arm lock, at which point the monster whispers to him: ]

BOOMER (whispering):
Hey, Red Ranger, I've got a secret.

LUKE (Red Ranger, inquiring):


[ A massive sonic wave blasts outward from BOOMER, flinging RED RANGER back. ]

[ As RED lands, clutching his head, BOOMER approaches and continues the audio assault.  RED attempts to crawl backward to retreat from the sound. ]

It's possible that the Rangers' helmets protect them from being utterly deafened by sonic attacks, yet clearly they cause them discomfort, as seen here and in episode 16.

[ At this point, a voice is heard shouting over the steady noise. ]

VIBROS (off-screen):

[ BOOMER stops his attack and looks around. ]

Did you hear that?

[ RED is unresponsive as he shakes his head to clear it. ]

VIBROS (off-screen):
Up here, you loudmouth!

[ BOOMER looks up, and we pan to see VIBROS standing atop a short building nearby.  He is a white monster based on the previously featured flying massager, with a JINNSECT embedded in his oversized head. ]

VIBROS (cont'd):
That's right, I'm talking to you!

I figured Vibros would resent Boomer's vibrations, as his powers relied on special vibrations themselves.

[ With a buzzing sound, VIBROS sinks downward, vanishing into the building below him. ]

[ BOOMER looks around, startled. ]

Hey, what's the deal?

[ At the ground level of the building, VIBROS emerges through the wall with a buzzing sound, passing through it like a ghost.  He then stands confidently beside the street, facing BOOMER. ]

That's more like it.

Hey, man, you got a problem or something?

As a matter of fact, I do.  It concerns your vibrations.

[ RED RANGER listens as the discussion continues. ]

What are you talking about?

That awful racket of yours is interfering with my powers.

[ BOOMER waves his hand dismissively and turns to face RED RANGER. ]

Ha!  That's your problem, buddy.

[ VIBROS replies and then vanishes into the street with a buzzing sound. ]

No, actually, I believe it's yours.  (vanishes)

[ BOOMER scoffs. ]

What a punk.

[ With another buzz sound, VIBROS suddenly rises from below BOOMER, grappling the speaker monster and hoisting him into the air.  He hurls BOOMER against a nearby wall, after which BOOMER lands on his face on the sidewalk.  He then rises angrily. ]

BOOMER (cont'd):
Ohh, you're asking for it...!

[ As VIBROS buzzes and begins to slip beneath the street once more, BOOMER generates a sonic attack which leaves VIBROS stuck waist-deep in the asphalt. ]

[ BOOMER laughs heartily and ceases the soundwave. ]

[ VIBROS promptly slips away with an additional buzz. ]

[ BOOMER slumps. ]

Aww, man.

[ With another buzz, VIBROS emerges from a wall, some distance off the ground.  As he flies down toward BOOMER, he fires blue eyebeams, causing sparks to erupt all around BOOMER. ]

[ As VIBROS lands nearby, BOOMER fires incendiary blasts from his fingertips, but VIBROS rolls aside as the spark blasts miss him. ]

The first of many monster-on-monster battles in this two-parter.

[ We zoom in on RED RANGER in the background as he rises and slips away. ]

Luke will next aid Casey against Swirlwind, though how he becomes aware of events at the carnival is unspecified.

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, REAR - At the rear edge of the music festival, the crowd is now even larger, and FRETTER continues his performance.  (Somewhere in the crowd, BLUE RANGER may be seen dancing.)  ROADHOG arrives onto the scene in a super-fast blur.  He surveys the scene and then approaches the crowd at a walking pace. ]

Hey, what's all the hubbub?  Hmm, music's not bad.  (approaches)

I enjoyed Roadhog the most of all of these monsters.


Stacksterconfused on rooftop
Ringowandering downtown
Resateleporting people from convention center
Vibrosfighting Boomer
Boomerfighting Vibros
Armorosabout to fight Chris
Lockjawstill downtown
Roadhogentranced by Fretter
Fretterrocking out
Arellaflying over city
Swirlwindstill at carnival
Deadweightsoon to fight Swirlwind
Bullseyesoon to arrive at carnival

[ EXT. CITY STREET - ARMOROS, a monster based on the previously featured riot shield, plods down the sidewalk.  His eyes peek through the shield's small viewing window (above which a JINNSECT is embedded), and white limbs extend beyond its edges; when seen from behind, ARMOROS has a thin, frail body merged into the back side of the shield. ]

[ Pedestrians scramble to get away from the monster. ]

[ Purple lasers from above strike ARMOROS's front but bounce off ineffectually.  BLACK RANGER then lands in the street, wielding his SKY ENFORCER. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Hey buddy.  Got any fuel containers on ya?

Unfortunately, Armoros won't be as easy to destroy as Flamion.

[ ARMOROS looks at BLACK RANGER and promptly fires incendiary finger blasts at him.  BLACK sparks and falls back. ]

[ EXT. CONVENTION CENTER - RESA surveys the outside of a convention center.  No people are visible nearby. ]

PETE (off-screen):
All right, you thought you got rid of me, huh?

[ RESA looks up to see YELLOW RANGER flying down toward her from the sky above.  With a wave of her hand, she causes YELLOW to vanish with another white swirl. ]


[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, REAR - YELLOW RANGER lands near the rear edge of the music festival.  He looks around.  (In the background, FRETTER is addressing the crowd, though his speech is muffled in the distance.) ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, disappointedly):
Aww, man...

[ YELLOW nearly departs, but he stops to glance at the festival (off-screen).  He then turns and takes a closer look. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):

Almost unbelievably good eye you've got there, Pete.

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, STAGE - FRETTER calls out to the crowd with an echoing, charismatic voice. ]

That's right, my loyal fans!  It's time to take over this city!  And then... the county!  And then... Well, eventually, the world!

This joke isn't quite the same if people misread county as "country."

[ The crowd roars in approval.  Among the crowd, we can see BLUE RANGER cheering along.  (Elsewhere, ROADHOG might be seen.) ]

[ EXT. FAIRGROUNDS - Still wrapped in pink fluff, PINK RANGER has struggled her way back onto her feet.  She focuses for a moment, and her TALON SWORD begins to glow with pink light behind her back.  With a bright gleam from the blade, she cleanly slices through the fluff, freeing herself.  (Her Sky Blaster is still missing.) ]

Casey succeeds in making her sword gleam, a precursor to the glowing strike Chris told her about.  Incidentally, I don't know exactly how she managed to get back onto her feet.

[ PINK examines her now normal TALON SWORD with an impressed murmur.  She then shakes off the remaining fluff and runs to catch up with Swirlwind (last seen rounding a particular corner). ]

[ Elsewhere in the fairgrounds, PINK RANGER arrives (sword in hand, blaster still missing) just in time to see DEADWEIGHT attacking SWIRLWIND.  DEADWEIGHT is a silvery monster with four long, slender arms comprised of beams, up which run steel cables attached to a pulley system in his back.  Various weights dangle on the ends of his arms, and a seat resembling that of an exercise machine (complete with an embedded JINNSECT) is positioned in his torso. ]

Deadweight doesn't speak, so we don't know exactly why he attacks Swirlwind, beyond mere territoriality.

[ Dodging a large weight swung by DEADWEIGHT, SWIRLWIND bends forward slightly and shoots a stream of pink fluff which entangles DEADWEIGHT's two left arms. ]

Oh, you wanna play, huh?  (shoots fluff)

[ DEADWEIGHT counters by swinging his right-handed weights.  In slow motion, we see SWIRLWIND deftly lean out of the way of the first weight.  As he comes out of the lean, however, the weight swung by the second arm catches him unawares, and it smashes into the side of the bowl on his head, crumpling it shut. ]

[ SWIRLWIND rolls to the side and clutches his head.  He soon feels the damage to his bowl with his hands. ]

Ohh, my aching... (feels bowl) My cotton candy dispenser!  You've ruined it!

[ Nearby, PINK RANGER watches, her TALON SWORD now back in its sheath.  RED RANGER lands beside her, and she notices him out of the corner of her eye. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Oh, Chris!  ... Uh, Luke.

Casey still expects Chris to come rescue her.  She'll come to grips with being more independent in the next episode.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey.  This guy looked like trouble, but I guess he's kinda busy.

[ SWIRLWIND lunges angrily at DEADWEIGHT but is slammed through the air by another of the monster's weights, the monster having since torn the pink material from his arms. ]

Without his cotton candy, Swirlwind is a bit out of luck.

[ Meanwhile, PINK continues to speak with RED. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah, I don't know why they started fighting all of a sudden.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
I saw two other monsters get in a fight downtown.  It might be our lucky break.

[ PINK and RED react to something off-screen. ]

[ Nearby, DEADWEIGHT stands over the prone SWIRLWIND.  The monster rears back all four weighted arms and begins to swing downward with a mighty heave; we cut away before the result is seen. ]

I considered this a bit too violent to show the actual blow.

[ Nearby, PINK and RED react.  A fiery explosion rocks the area (somewhat off-screen, in Swirlwind's location), causing the duo to cover their faces and steady themselves.  RED RANGER takes a quick second look and reaches for his SKY BLASTER. ]

[ A smoking JINNSECT lands on the dusty ground.  Just as it begins to glow with yellow energy, a red beam from Red's location (off-screen) shatters it. ]

[ With a gruff grunt, DEADWEIGHT turns to face RED RANGER as he continues to hold his SKY ENFORCER ready.  Flames from the recent explosion burn around the monster. ]

[ PINK speaks to RED: ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, quietly):
Um... I think he sees us.

[ DEADWEIGHT swings one of his weights, extending the cable to reach the two RANGERS.  They leap aside in separate directions, and the weight slams into the ground between them. ]

[ Landing nearby, RED RANGER aims his ENFORCER at the monster, but a beam consisting of concentric rings (compare to an archery bullseye) strikes both RED and DEADWEIGHT simultaneously from another direction.  RED turns to look. ]

Bullseye's inaccuracy spell affects both Luke and Deadweight.  An inaccuracy spell seemed like another interesting twist on the Rangers' need to shoot Jinnsects.  This will be the last such spell to affect the Rangers, not counting the Shadow Ranger incident in episode 27.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What was that?

[ Some distance away stands BULLSEYE, a white monster resembling the previous galloping archery target.  A large bullseye is featured prominently on his torso, while a JINNSECT is embedded off to one side.  He speaks with a flourish. ]

It is I, Bullseye!

[ PINK joins RED. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger, amusedly):
A monster with a bullseye in its chest?  Poor guy.

[ BULLSEYE looks down at his chest. ]

What?  I don't get it.

I considered the idea of a monster made from a bullseye to be fairly ridiculous, and yet I went with it (see also: philosophical zombies in episode 12).  Bullseye doesn't find anything wrong with it, though.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Well you--  Never mind.  What do you want?

[ The earth shakes a bit, causing PINK and RED to startle in DEADWEIGHT's direction.  We see that the monster has swung one of his weights again, but he has actually struck the ground harmlessly some distance from the RANGERS.  DEADWEIGHT appears puzzled as he retracts his weight. ]

[ BULLSEYE scurries off happily. ]

Oh, nothing!  Bye!  (departs)

[ As RED and PINK watch the monster leave, DEADWEIGHT growls indignantly and passes the two RANGERS in pursuit of Bullseye (off-screen).  PINK speaks once both monsters are gone. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
That was weird.

[ Touching the side of his helmet, RED pats PINK on the arm. ]

Luke's Hoverbird has returned to watching the Vibros and Boomer fight for some reason.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey, we've got trouble.  Looks like another one's about to go down.

[ As they depart, RED notices PINK's empty holster. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger, cont'd):
Hey, did you lose your blaster?

Lockjaw swallowed her Sky Blaster.  She'll recover it next episode.

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, STAGE - FRETTER continues to address his crowd, which we see from over his shoulder.  (Somewhere in the midst of the crowd, not together, are BLUE RANGER and ROADHOG.) ]

Now, my minions-- I mean fans... It's time to tear this town apart!  Starting with... (points arbitrarily toward the back) ...that guy!

[ As everyone in the audience turns, we quickly zoom in over a long distance to the back end of the festival, where the lone YELLOW RANGER stands, startled by the sudden attention. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Uhh, me?

I like this bit.

[ EXT. MUSIC FESTIVAL, REAR - From over YELLOW's shoulder, we see a distant blue object streak up from the center of the crowd.  It arcs through the air and lands in front of YELLOW RANGER: it is BLUE RANGER.  She draws her TALON SWORD and confronts him menacingly, despite her cheerful greeting: ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Oh, hey, Pete.

[ YELLOW RANGER nods slightly, taking an anxious step backward. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):

[ She advances, sword still held combatively. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Whatcha doing here?

For an interesting twist on the mind control spell, I made Maggie unaware she was under the monster's command; she remains friendly toward Pete even as she unwittingly prepares to strike him.

[ YELLOW continues to back up slowly. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Ohh, not too much...  (into left wrist)  Hey, guys...?

This call is shown from a different perspective in the beginning of the next episode.

[ YELLOW RANGER is backed against the wall of a nearby structure as BLUE continues to advance with her sword. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger, cont'd, into wrist):

[ Freezeframe.  "To be continued..." ]

Current statuses:

Stacksterconfused on rooftop
Shockrareplenishing power
Ringowandering downtown
Resateleporting people from convention center
Vibrosfighting Boomer
Boomerfighting Vibros
Armorosfighting Chris
Lockjawstill downtown
Roadhogminion of Fretter
Fretterordering minions
Arellaflying over city
Deadweightchasing Bullseye
Bullseyeeluding Deadweight