Episode 26: "Threats Unknown"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #38 unless otherwise noted. ]

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

[ Fade in to INT. HOUSE, LAUNDRY ROOM - Dressed in casual clothes, LUKE is loading wet clothes into the dryer when the phone rings once, distantly.  Moments later, we hear PETE calling out from another room.  LUKE pauses to listen. ]

PETE (off-screen):
Hey, Luke, it's for you!  It's Detective Morales!

[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - As LUKE enters from the laundry room beside the foyer, PETE tosses him the cordless phone from the couch.  LUKE catches it deftly and answers. ]


[ EXT. CITY STREET - DETECTIVE MORALES is using a pay phone. ]

Luke, listen.  There's some serious stuff going down at the station.  Some guys claiming to be from the Air Force just took all of my files.

[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - LUKE reacts with concern. ]

You mean they know who we are?

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - Establishment shot. ]

TRASK (voice-over):
Tell me what I'm looking at, Dillik.

[ INT. SPACE STATION, OBSERVATION BOOTH - TRASK and DILLIK stand observing the rocky landscape in the holding bay below.  Every few seconds, a relatively small rube of rock vanishes with greenish-silver vertical streaks, then another, and another, in sequence.  The rock is peppered with Jinnsect-sized holes (see episode 3). ]

DILLIK (confused):
W-- Well, it's the old Jinnsect habitat.

Clearly.  What's it doing?

DILLIK (eagerly):
Ohh!  Well, see, Mainframe programmed the teleporter to empty out all this rock from the holding bay.  It's all automated, so we just have to sit back and wait!

And we want the holding bay empty why?

[ DILLIK is startled by the question. ]

T-- To build stuff.  (mischievously) As a matter of fact, I just might have a certain secret project in the works...  (seriously) But it's too soon to talk about it.  I don't wanna jinx it.

[ TRASK grunts noncommittally.  They stare a while at the slowly disintegrating landscape.  Eventually, DILLIK speaks absently while continuing to look out the window: ]

DILLIK (absently):
You know, I was thinking about sending frozen scientist home.  She might be happier out of suspended animation.

TRASK (calmly, without looking at Dillik):
You do realize she's the only thing keeping the Rangers at bay, don't you?

[ Apparently surprised, DILLIK looks at TRASK, but before he can ask a question, SASHA's voice is heard: ]

SASHA (off-screen):
Plus, how would you keep creepy Vampirians out of your room without her?

[ TRASK and DILLIK whirl around to find SASHA leaning smugly in the doorway, her arms crossed.  Her Star Handle is not visible. ]

SASHA (cont'd, with a smirk):
... Gentlemen.

[ INT. HOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS - MAGGIE enters through the front door. ]

Honey, I'm home.

[ On the living room couch, PETE tries to hide a silvery packet from which he had apparently been eating with a fork.  He is in different clothes from the previous house scene. ]

PETE (anxiously):
Oh, hey, Maggie.

[ MAGGIE suspiciously approaches, a sly grin on her face. ]

What have you got there?

[ PETE acts casual. ]

Uhh, what?

[ MAGGIE pulls out the packet. ]

Aha!  Rations from Illam!  You like this stuff after all!

[ PETE cries out in anguish, still holding his fork. ]

All right!  I admit it!  I like their packaged food!  (pleadingly)  Please don't tell anyone.

[ MAGGIE laughs and returns the packet.  She then sits, growing more serious. ]

Hey, can I ask you a question?

[ PETE continues to eat small cube-shaped pieces of food from the packet. ]

Go for it.

Why do you think I didn't have a duplicate?

[ PETE ponders weightily. ]

I dunno.  But... you shouldn't get too worried about it.  It doesn't have to be a bad thing.  Maybe... you stayed behind in our Time Base to keep an eye on the rest of us.  Professor Maggie.

[ MAGGIE smirks gently. ]

Yeah?  You wanna show me this "Time Base" of yours?

Maggie, don't be ridiculous.  We haven't built it yet.

[ MAGGIE chuckles. ]


Your majesty!  Welcome back!

[ SASHA strolls into the room and passes between DILLIK and TRASK to examine the landscape below. ]

SASHA (wryly):
Yeah, don't worry, I survived.  Thanks for asking.

DILLIK (stammering):
W--  Oh.  I-- I'm sorry, your majesty.  I-- I guess I just assumed --

[ TRASK silently watches the pair, alternating his eyes between Sasha and Dillik (off-screen). ]

[ SASHA turns with a shrug. ]

Oh well, no hard feelings.  Sorry about... you know, all those Jinnsects.  Do you have anything else in the works?

Why are you here?

(scoffs incredulously)  Isn't it obvious?  I missed you guys!

[ DILLIK cocks his head.  In voice-over, we hear SASHA's line from episode 24. ]

SASHA (voice-over):
I think I even kinda like you a little.  ...unlike those losers Trask and Dillik.

[ DILLIK speaks: ]

R-- Really...  I-- I would've thought you were... you know, mad at us about something.  Like, you thought we were "losers" or something...

[ SASHA laughs, perhaps hiding her true feelings. ]

SASHA (amusedly):
What?  Who said that?

[ DILLIK shrugs, feigning innocence. ]

Oh, n-- nobody.

[ TRASK eyes them both without amusement.  He then addresses SASHA: ]

TRASK (with a polite nod):
Welcome back, your majesty.  Make yourself at home.  We'll notify you as soon as we've devised a mission for you.

[ SASHA purses her lips into a sour smile, attempting to show gratitude. ]

Thank you, Trask.  I look forward it.

[ TRASK exits. ]

[ Once Trask is gone, DILLIK approaches SASHA. ]

Y-- Your majesty...

[ DILLIK pauses and looks to the doorway. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):

[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - Immediately outside the observation booth, hidden just out of SASHA and DILLIK's line of sight, TRASK curses inaudibly under his breath and vanishes with a ripple effect. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION, LIFE SUPPORT - In an even more modified Life Support (compare with episode 1), MAINFRAME stands with his fingertips to the walls, apparently in deep concentration. ]

[ TRASK appears beside him with a ripple effect and barks with a snap of his finger: ]

Mainframe, monster.  Now!

[ MAINFRAME releases his hands from the wall.  TRASK vanishes just as quickly as he arrived.  MAINFRAME looks around and exits hurriedly. ]


Your majesty, are you sure something isn't troubling you?

SASHA (in a low voice):
Dillik, I know you're friends with Strife.

[ DILLIK appears startled. ]

SASHA (cont'd):
I want to talk to him.  Please, have him meet me at the park where we met before.  He'll know where it is.

[ DILLIK nods speechlessly.  SASHA summons her STAR HANDLE and vanishes in a white gleam. ]

[ DILLIK anxiously looks out the observation window. ]

[ Dissolve to EXT. PARK - MAGGIE and SEAN walk along the side of a gurgling stream.  MAGGIE is in her same clothes.  The two are not holding hands. ]

[ They pause to watch the flowing water a while.  Eventually, SEAN speaks. ]

I'm glad you're back.

[ MAGGIE doesn't respond. ]

SEAN (cont'd):
How's your... was it your aunt?

[ MAGGIE looks at him distractedly. ]

Hmm?  (clearing her head) Oh, she's fine.  They-- they've got her on bed rest.

SEAN (concerned):
What was it?

It was, uh... an acute case of... lutraphobia.

SEAN (puzzled):
Fear of...

MAGGIE (awkwardly):
Uhh... otters...

[ SEAN blinks. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
Yeah, she... uh... she has a hard time with it.  I... uh... I have to help calm her down sometimes.

From the otters.


SEAN (looking toward the water):

[ As SEAN looks aside, MAGGIE grimaces privately. ]

(grimaces)  Yeah.

[ SEAN soon begins speaking to MAGGIE again, but his voice fades away as MAGGIE stares at the water. ]

SEAN (fading):
I talked with your friend Casey last week when I was trying to reach you.  Well, I don't know if I'd say "talked"...  She answered the phone...

[ EXT. PARK (ELSEWHERE) - SASHA wanders searchingly through a park (compare with sentai).  She ultimately spies someone (off-screen). ]

[ Switch to sentai (Jetman #49) - STRIFE emerges. ]

Strife Strife Strife

Welcome back, your majesty.

[ US footage - SASHA smiles with relief. ]

Strife...  You came.

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S QUARTERS - DILLIK sits on his web-bed, wearing his VR helmet.  His door is closed, and the frozen canister (not seen distinctly) is in the corner. ]

Of course, your majesty.  It's good to see you back on Earth.

[ EXT. PARK (US footage) - SASHA smiles softly. ]

Look, Strife, I'm sorry about what I said about your friends.  I just... get sick of being used as their pawn against the Rangers.  I didn't mean to upset you.

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S QUARTERS - DILLIK pauses a moment.  He then looks down and shakes his head soberly. ]

No, I-- I'm sorry.

[ EXT. PARK (US footage) - SASHA smirks and crinkles her brow. ]

You're sorry?  What do you have to be sorry for?  Saving my life time after time?

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S QUARTERS - DILLIK looks up and shakes his head again. ]


[ EXT. PARK (Jetman #49) - STRIFE lifts his hands plaintively as SASHA stands in the foreground. ]

Strife speaks (Sasha in foreground) Strife speaks (Sasha in foreground)

STRIFE (cont'd):
You're right.  I've been placing you in danger.

[ US footage - SASHA scoffs. ]

You're not making sense, Strife.

[ STRIFE slowly turns away.  He then speaks with resolve. ]

Strife turns Strife turns Strife turns

No, not Strife.  (with resolve) ... Dillik.

[ SASHA's jaw drops. ]

[ INT. BOOKSMART CAFE - MAGGIE slouches miserably as she arrives in front of CASEY at the beverage counter.  CASEY is in uniform, while MAGGIE is in the same clothes.  Further down the counter, Casey's coworker DREW may be seen glancing in Maggie's direction from time to time as he helps the occasional customer. ]

CASEY (cheerily):
Well, hey, Maggie!

MAGGIE (pitifully):

What's wrong?

I just got back from my lunch date with Sean.

Oh.  Did it not go well?

Ahh, I dunno, it was okay.  It just bothers me that I have to keep so much hidden from him... and meanwhile, he's so compulsively honest about every little thing now.  Like, he had to tell me he talked with you on the phone one day.

CASEY (puzzled):
Wait, what?  We've never talked on the phone.

(reflects)  Oh, that must've been the other you.

CASEY (curiously):

But, see, that's the kind of stuff I can't talk about with him.  "I'm a little worried because I'm not sure if I exist in the future.  Oh, and by the way, the military may be coming to confiscate my watch, or they may just arrest me."  Oh, plus I had to lie about why I was gone for a week.

[ CASEY makes a sympathetic face.  She then notices a customer waiting behind MAGGIE at the entrance to the cafe. ]

CASEY (to Maggie):
Oops, sorry, hang on one sec.

[ Noticing the customer, MAGGIE backs away demurely. ]

That's okay.  I'll see you tonight.

[ MAGGIE exits.  CASEY appears concerned for her, but she then greets the approaching customer (low audio).  CASEY soon turns and begins preparing a cappuccino.  DREW leans over and speaks in a hushed voice. ]

Hey, that was your friend, right?

Who?  Maggie?

Right, Maggie.  She was in here a couple of months ago, right?

[ CASEY thinks a moment and then laughs. ]

Yeah, but she wasn't really herself back then.

[ We flash back to episode 4, in the same location: ]

Umm, yes ma'am.  You wanted the iced coffee...?

No!  I want this heated up.

MAGGIE (to the customer):
Hey, are you dense or something?  It's an iced coffee!  (advancing)  Why don't you get out of here, huh?

[ INT. BOOKSMART CAFE - DREW inquires hopefully: ]

Is she seeing anybody?

[ CASEY does a double-take toward DREW, pausing with the cappuccino in her hand. ]

[ At the counter, the customer clears his throat.  CASEY distractedly replies to DREW: ]

Yeah, she kinda is.

[ CASEY returns to the counter as DREW ponders. ]


[ CASEY hands the customer his drink and gives him change (Drew not shown from this angle).  CASEY then speaks before turning around. ]

Yeah, they're on, like, a trial --  (turns, sees Drew gone)

[ CASEY looks around for DREW and finds him making his way out of the cafe. ]

Hey, would you mind watching my counter for a sec?

CASEY (flustered):
Uhh... sure...

[ INT. BOOKSMART - Near the front of the store, MAGGIE is headed for the exit when DREW stops her, a book in his hand. ]

Uhh, Miss?  I'm sorry, did you drop this?

[ MAGGIE glances at the book. ]

No, I --  (laughs) "Beginner's Guide to Rock-Climbing?"  Sorry, I don't rock-climb.

[ DREW casually places the book on a nearby display case. ]

Oh.  Would you like to?  Say, on Saturday?

[ MAGGIE blushes. ]

Um... I'm kind of dating somebody...

Are you dating him on Saturday?

[ MAGGIE laughs. ]

MAGGIE (sportingly):
That's not really any of your business, is it?

Yeah, I guess not.  So, should I pick you up about three-ish?

[ MAGGIE purses her lips, seemingly not sure how to reply. ]

[ DREW produces a pen and tears part of a blank page out of the back of the rock-climbing book. ]

MAGGIE (stunned):
What are you--

It's okay, I'm gonna buy it.  I don't know how to rock-climb either.  (extends the pen and paper)  Could I get your number?

[ MAGGIE reluctantly takes the pen and paper and writes "Maggie" and her phone number (555-0159).  She returns the items with a skeptical expression. ]

[ DREW smiles. ]

Cool.  My name's Drew, by the way.

[ MAGGIE nods at his name tag. ]

I see that.  I'm Maggie.

[ DREW glances at the piece of paper. ]

Check.  Nice to meet you, Maggie.

[ MAGGIE backs away, still seeming puzzled by the encounter.  She is smiling slightly, however. ]

Yeah...  All right, well... bye...

[ DREW cheerfully raises his palm as a farewell gesture. ]


[ MAGGIE curiously turns and exits the store. ]

[ DREW heads back to the cafe, taking the rock-climbing book with him. ]

[ EXT. CITY PLAZA - MAGGIE walks through the plaza in the afternoon.  (No passers-by are seen.) ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
Yeah, like I'm gonna go rock-climbing...  Actually, it might be fun...  (shakes her head)  Wait a minute!  What am I even thinking?  I don't rock-climb, and I certainly don't date two guys at once.  (crinkles her brow)  Are you even allowed to do that?

[ As she walks, one of MAGGIE's feet steps down slightly into an indentation in the pavement.  She then pauses to look at it. ]

[ The indentation is circular, roughly six inches in diameter, and appears to have been smashed into the pavement with great force. ]

[ MAGGIE surveys her surroundings.  As the camera pans around, we see identical indentations throughout the plaza.  A nearby fountain wall has been partially broken from whatever caused the blows, and water is leaking out. ]

[ A BOY on a bicycle calls out from the edge of the plaza. ]

Hey, lady, you'd better get out of there!

[ MAGGIE turns to look at him.  Upon taking another glance around, she approaches him. ]

What happened back there?

I don't know, but stuff's getting crushed all over the place!

Crushed?  By what?

[ The BOY shrugs and bikes away. ]

[ MAGGIE looks back at the plaza and ponders. ]

[ EXT. PARKING LOT - BLUE RANGER cautiously navigates a parking lot.  She follows a series of cars smashed with the same round indentation, many of them knocked askew from their original parking spots. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
I'll bet I'd go out with that guy if I were under a spell.   But not as normal Maggie.  That's... kinda sad.

[ As she continues, BLUE RANGER perks up as a distant smashing sound is heard.  She directs her attention toward a large parking deck nearby.  She then touches two fingers to the left side of her temple. ]

[ INT. PARKING DECK, UPPER LEVEL - On an upper level of the parking deck, the blue-striped HOVERBIRD enters and surveys the area.  One car has been smashed, but nothing else appears amiss. ]

[ BLUE RANGER leaps up over the railing of one particular level of the parking deck.  BLUE continues to survey the area, the HOVERBIRD remaining nearby. ]

[ Soon, a gravely voice echoes through the parking deck. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
I see you, Power Ranger.  Can you see me?

[ Drawing her SKY BLASTER, BLUE scans the area but sees nothing. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger, somewhat boldly):
Who's there?

[ An oversized silver hammer (compare with sentai) materializes in mid-swing, smashing the rear of a parked car with great force.  The hammer then vanishes immediately.  (When seen, the hammer's head is connected to a green rod, the end of which is faded to invisibility.) ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Oh, just the wind.  And the wind whispers, "Hammersham!"  (laughs)

[ Heavy footsteps retreat further into the depths of the parking deck, the interior of which is relatively dark. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Stop where you are!

HAMMERSHAM (unseen, echoing):
Nice try, Ranger!  You don't even know where that is!  See ya round!

[ As the heavy footsteps fade into the distance, BLUE advances several steps but then pauses. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
Great.  Is this why there's no me in the future?  Maybe I should call the others.

[ Another car is smashed in the distance.  HAMMERSHAM's echoing laughter recedes into the distance.  BLUE stands her ground. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
But why can't I do it alone?  The others fight monsters by themselves all the time.  (pauses)  Spell-Maggie would just jump right in.

[ In the distance, HAMMERSHAM's laughter continues but is interrupted by a clank of falling metal. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Ha ha ha ha!  (clank)  Ow.

[ BLUE RANGER clenches her fist. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
Let's do it.

[ BLUE proceeds deeper into the parking deck.  Her HOVERBIRD follows. ]

[ INT. PARKING DECK, LOWER LEVEL - Deeper into the parking deck, no outside light is visible as BLUE RANGER stalks through the area with her SKY BLASTER ready.  Her HOVERBIRD follows over her shoulder. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):

[ BLUE twirls around, unsure where to aim her SKY BLASTER. ]

[ Suddenly, his hammer becomes visible as it hurtles toward her.  It strikes her midsection (the HOVERBIRD flitting out of the way), sending her flying back with a burst of sparks. ]

[ Rolling back, BLUE quickly rises to her feet, though she remains slightly doubled over from the blow. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen, cont'd):
Thanks for coming to see me.  Oh, but you can't, can you?

[ BLUE RANGER fires a shot straight ahead, but her yellow laser simply strikes the rear wall with a burst of sparks, leaving a charred, smoking spot. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen, cont'd):
Wow, that was close, Ranger.  You almost hit something!

[ BLUE fires in another direction, striking another wall. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen, cont'd):
Oop!  Try again!

[ BLUE fires a third shot in yet another direction with similar result. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen, cont'd):
Aww...  You're not very good at this, are you?

[ BLUE anxiously aims her SKY BLASTER in various directions.  Her HOVERBIRD is seen nearby in the foreground. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
I don't stand a chance against this guy... unless...  (looks at Hoverbird)  My Hoverbird sees infrared, but only when it's dark.

[ BLUE aims at a nearby light. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Lights out, Hammersham!

[ BLUE begins shooting out all of the surrounding lights in quick succession.  With each shot, the area grows progressively darker. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Hey, what are you doing?!

[ BLUE shoots out the final few lights, casting the area in near-total darkness.  BLUE RANGER is now unseen. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Now, what do we have here?

[ Through a thermographic infrared camera (or an approximation thereof), we see the parking deck in shades of purple and blue.  (Some warmer spots linger in reddish-orange where Blue's lasers struck the walls, while the shot-out lights, if seen, continue to radiate in yellow and white.)  Almost directly ahead stands a thermographic orange and yellow image of HAMMERSHAM, a chameleon monster with a hammer for a right hand and a claw for his left (compare with sentai).  The monster appears confused. ]

Hey, where are you?  It's pitch black in here!

[ We switch back to the darkness. ]

MAGGIE (unseen):
Oh?  I hadn't noticed.  I see you just fine.

[ We hear the sound of numerous physical blows.  HAMMERSHAM exclaims in pain with each strike. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Hey!  Ow!  Stop that!

MAGGIE (unseen):
Battlizer, power up!

[ Following a brief, blue, Battlizer-shaped gleam at chest height, the pummeling continues with even greater intensity. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Hey!  You didn't stop at all!  You're just punching me even harder!

MAGGIE (unseen):
Battlizer Beam!

[ A sparkling blue beam (compare with episode 16) cuts through the darkness, striking HAMMERSHAM's presumed location with a burst of sparks. ]

[ HAMMERSHAM groans, unseen. ]

[ Following a brief blue dissipating gleam circa the Battlizer's presumed location, we hear the sound of a TALON SWORD being unsheathed. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Hey, what was that?

[ We once again see through the thermographic camera.  It follows just over BLUE RANGER's shoulder (she is shown in relatively cool shades of pink and blue) as she charges toward HAMMERSHAM wielding her TALON SWORD, her footsteps clattering on the concrete floor. ]

HAMMERSHAM (cont'd):
Stay away from me!

[ HAMMERSHAM flicks out his long, extending tongue (compare with sentai), depicted in bright yellow in the thermographic image.  The tongue strikes both BLUE RANGER and the flying camera itself, causing the image to turn completely white. ]

[ Back in the darkness, BLUE RANGER's footsteps stop, but HAMMERSHAM's heavy steps run away into the distance. ]

MAGGIE (unseen):
(grunts)  Did you just lick me?!

HAMMERSHAM (unseen, voice receding):
Sorry, no time to talk!

[ BLUE's footsteps break into a sprint. ]

MAGGIE (unseen):
Get back here!  What did you do to my Hoverbird?!

[ INT. PARKING DECK, EXIT - As the sound of doubled running continues, we follow BLUE RANGER as she dashes into an area lit by outdoor light.  Though we continue to hear two sets of footsteps, we only see BLUE RANGER.  They are approaching a gate leading outside. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over):
Darn it, I'm gonna lose him!  (looks around desperately as she runs)  Maybe I can mark him somehow...  Like, spray him with something...  Aha!

[ BLUE dashes up to a concrete column painted red, in which a recess for a fire extinguisher is embedded, with a red and white "Fire Extinguisher" sign above.  The recess, however, is empty.  BLUE RANGER strikes the column in exasperation. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Oh, come on!  Who steals a fire extinguisher?!

[ EXT. PARKING DECK - BLUE RANGER dejectedly emerges from the parking garage, passing the gates.  (Inside a booth is a puzzled attendant.) ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Great.  (touches her temple)  Now, what's wrong with my Hoverbird?  All I can see is white.

[ BLUE looks back at the dark parking deck. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Where are you, little guy?

[ BLUE is distracted by something in her visor. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Hang on...

[ We see through Blue's visor as she looks down the street.  A blue pulse (compare to episode 2) narrows into an attention indicator further down the street, in the direction of the outskirts of town. ]

MAGGIE (voice-over, cont'd):
My visor says it's this way.

[ BLUE startles. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
It's inside the monster!

[ BLUE RANGER dashes off.  We zoom in on the puzzled parking attendant as she dials a phone. ]

[ INT. QUEEN'S CHAMBER - In the dark realm last seen in episode 16, DILLIK and SASHA sit on a staircase leading up into darkness.  DILLIK speaks to SASHA while holding his VR helmet in his lap.  He refers to someone off-screen. ]

I-- I started building him after I finished the wormhole generator...

[ Sentai (Jetman #13) - STRIFE stands almost motionless near one column, his chest lights active. ]


[ DILLIK continues: ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
But I-- I really started using him when I...

When you what?

When I wanted to prove myself to you.

[ SASHA is slightly taken aback.  DILLIK fidgets with his VR helmet in his lap. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Y-- You thought I was insignificant.

Dillik, I...

It's okay.  Maybe I was, a little.

[ DILLIK sets his VR helmet on the steps and stands proudly. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
But I've realized I don't need Strife to be strong.

[ SASHA smiles and stands beside him. ]

That's right.

DILLIK (determined):
Now, what do you say we go help Trask destroy the Rangers once and for all?

[ SASHA looks down. ]

You know, about that...

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK storms into the room, where MAINFRAME has a hand on the wall controls. ]

What do you mean, an alien vessel?

[ The main viewscreen turns on, showing a silver spaceship hovering in space.  The ship might fit one or two passengers. ]

It's locked in orbit with us.  I don't detect any markings.

It's a pirate ship.  I've seen hundreds.  Fire a warning shot.

Wait.  I'm receiving a transmission.  Th-- They're using a biophone like you've got in your ship.

[ TRASK cocks his head and listens. ]

KORA (voice-over):
Benaagen Trask, you are under clan arrest.  Boarding will begin shortly.  Do not attempt to resist.

[ TRASK exclaims with amusement: ]

She's Vampirian!  (chuckles) "Boarding" indeed.  Bring me the frozen scientist.

But she's a human!  Are you two even allowed in the same room?

If the human enters my territory, it becomes OUR territory.  Just do it already!

Okay, okay...  (touches the wall)  Teleporting.

[ Dr. Bering's cryogenic container teleports into the center of the room with greenish-silver vertical streaks. ]

[ TRASK is alarmed to see the cryogenic container is empty.  He presses his hands against it in panic. ]

What did you do?!

What do you mean, what did I do?  I teleported the-- oh.  That's strange.

Bring me the other one!  Quickly!

KORA (off-screen):
It's no use, Trask.  I've already been invited.

[ TRASK quickly looks at the intruder (off-screen). ]

[ KORA (see episode 17) strolls into the room.  She is wearing light armor colored dark purple and is equipped with numerous blade weapons.  In her hand is a twisted blade similar to Trask's (compare with monster blade from Jetman #30). ]

[ TRASK warily backs away from the container and summons his sword with a ripple effect.  MAINFRAME anxiously looks between TRASK and KORA. ]

How did you get in here?

[ KORA advances, her sword held with precision toward TRASK's chest. ]

I met a friend of yours at a Nimian outpost.  She was happy to tell me all about you and these "humans" you're after.

[ TRASK desperately seems to search his memory. ]

[ We flash to INT. SPACE STATION, OBSERVATION BOOTH from episode 16 - TRASK advances on SASHA while admiring his BIOMASS GUN. ]

It's a handy little device I picked up from a Nimian outpost years ago.  (repeated) ...a Nimian outpost...

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK mutters under his breath: ]


[ INT. QUEEN'S CHAMBER - DILLIK recoils.  SASHA catches his hand pleadingly. ]

You what??

Listen, Dillik...  You don't need Trask.  You and I can conquer the Earth together.

[ DILLIK shakes his head, apparently overwhelmed. ]

N-- No, I have to help him...

[ SASHA shakes him firmly. ]

Dillik, listen to me!  You can't trust him!  You don't know what he's done!

[ With a broken voice, DILLIK wobbles limply under SASHA's shaking. ]

No, he told me everything.  I know he didn't rescue those creatures from the Larians.  I don't care...

[ SASHA releases him and speaks calmly: ]

He turned on his friends, and he'll do it to you.

W-- What are you talking about?

[ Dissolve to EXT. DESERT (SANDSTORM) - KORA huddles with VIR (see episode 17) as the sand whips around them.  Both wear dark gray cloaks. ]

[ Without warning, TRASK (also in a cloak) is upon them from behind, siphoning their energy in the form of dual green funnels of energy from his hands.  They try to resist but grow increasingly weak.  Ultimately, they collapse, and TRASK departs with renewed vigor. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - KORA advances on TRASK, the empty cryogenic container separating them.  MAINFRAME watches anxiously from the side of the room. ]

You have been judged guilty of the High Crime.


What's a "High Crime?"

The worst offense among Vampirians.  Stealing another's life force to the point of death.

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK scoffs while continuing to back across the room.  KORA rounds the cryogenic container. ]

(scoffs)  "High Crime"...  You're still here, aren't you?

Vir perished that day.

[ TRASK solemnly furrows his brow. ]

[ EXT. DESERT (SANDSTORM) - KORA weakly crawls across the sand to VIR but finds him motionless. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK is backed against the wall controls as KORA stands with her back to the cryogenic container.  MAINFRAME continues to watch anxiously. ]

Kora, listen.  If there's one thing I've learned in my travels, it's that there are victims and there are survivors.

I notice the people you meet become victims.

Sacrifices have to be made.  That's how I've become a survivor.  I ensure the advantage will always be mine.

Not for long.  You never could beat me with a sword.

I don't intend to.

[ With a wave of his hand, TRASK causes KORA to vanish with a ripple effect, her abandoned sword clattering to the floor. ]

[ As seen in close-up, KORA is now sealed within the cryogenic container.  She pounds furiously on the glass.  TRASK picks up her sword with his free hand and approaches the container. ]

TRASK (cont'd):
Advantage takes many forms, comrade.  (dispels both swords with ripple effects, then shows his palms)  In this case, sub-dermal warp generators.  A painful operation to implant, but worth it, I think.

[ TRASK snaps a finger at MAINFRAME, who scampers to the container and places his hand on it.  The container promptly fills with mist, freezing KORA solid. ]

[ EXT. PARK - In a remote park (compare with sentai), we see footprints from Hammersham's invisible feet (compare with sentai) stomping across the grass. ]

MAGGIE (off-screen):
Stop right there, Hammersham!

[ As we zoom out to reveal the five RANGERS surrounding the invisible monster, his footprints show him twirling around in surprise. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Hey, what's the big idea?

[ BLACK RANGER crosses his arms. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Well, we've got a small problem here.  You seem to like going on invisible rampages.

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
And you think you're gonna stop me?

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, pretty much.  Talon Swords!

[ In close-up, we see BLACK RANGER unsheathe his TALON SWORD.  The five RANGERS surround the invisible monster with their swords. ]

[ We see through Blue's visor as the footprints turn around briefly before charging at PINK RANGER.  Where the monster's stomach would be, a blue indicator flashes. ]

[ BLUE RANGER calls out: ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

[ PINK slashes the invisible monster with her TALON SWORD, causing a burst of sparks from midair. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):

[ The invisible monster turns and charges toward YELLOW RANGER. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

[ YELLOW likewise slashes the monster. ]

HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Darn it!

[ The monster charges toward BLUE.  She slashes him.  The five RANGERS then lunge forward and strike him in unison, causing a large burst of sparks. ]

[ The four RANGERS then gather behind BLUE.  Her TALON SWORD gleams blue as she delivers a mighty upward slash, causing a significant burst of sparks. ]

[ Sentai - Smoking, HAMMERSHAM rolls back with a groan before vanishing once again (US effect, dissolve to opening frames). ]

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[ RED RANGER calls into his left wrist. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Phoenix Cannon!

[ Sentai - The PHOENIX CANNON transforms and descends to the RANGERS.  Their energies charge it. ]

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[ Still over a black background, BLUE touches her fingertips to her temple.  (YELLOW RANGER is seen behind her.) ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
A little to the left...  Now!

[ Sentai - RED RANGER presses the trigger button.  The cannon fires. ]

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RANGERS (in unison):

[ The phoenix blast (compare with sentai) spirals and strikes the invisible monster mid-stride with a bright gleam, causing a fiery explosion. ]

[ Sentai - A spiky trail of red energy streaks into the sky and materializes into a giant-sized HAMMERSHAM.  The monster bends down and makes threatening hammer gestures. ]

Hammersham grows Hammersham grows Hammersham grows Hammersham grows Hammersham grows hammer time

(laughs)  It's hammer time!

[ BLACK RANGER shakes his head in dismay as RED RANGER calls into his wrist. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Man, that's so 1990...

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Kestrel!

[ EXT. SKY (sentai) - We see progressively closer shots of the KESTRELZORD in flight. ]

Kestrelzord Kestrelzord Kestrelzord

[ EXT. PARK - The five RANGERS are beamed up in blue light. ]

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #25) - The KESTREL transforms into Warrior Mode.  The Rangers' emblem gleams behind it. ]

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[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (switch back to Jetman #38) - The KESTREL lands some distance from HAMMERSHAM and assumes a ready stance. ]

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[ HAMMERSHAM charges and locks arms with the KESTREL, but the robot slashes him twice with its talons. ]

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[ The KESTREL then delivers a punch to HAMMERSHAM, knocking him back. ]

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[ Rolling across the ground, HAMMERSHAM vanishes. ]

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[ Now alone, the KESTRELZORD appears startled as it surveys the area. ]

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HAMMERSHAM (unseen):
Poor Rangers, you look so lonely...

[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS look around.  BLUE soon consults her controls. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Man, where is he this time?

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
I'm getting a reading from my Hoverbird!  He's... right beside us...!

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (sentai) - As the KESTRELZORD advances a step, HAMMERSHAM's hammer strikes it in the shin, causing it to topple over. ]

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[ The KESTREL lands.  Another hammer comes down and strikes the prone KESTREL in the chest, causing a burst of sparks.  The attack then repeats from another direction. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - As the RANGERS are shaken, BLUE points ahead. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (sentai) - HAMMERSHAM becomes visible as he leaps into the air to attack. ]

Hammersham attacks Hammersham attacks

[ The downed KESTREL punches the incoming monster in the head, causing him to fly back.  HAMMERSHAM vanishes in midair. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER works her controls. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Locking on!

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (sentai) - The KESTREL rises and scans the area, its eyes blinking with red energy. ]

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[ We pan across the mountains, as seen through the Kestrel's scanner.  It finally registers HAMMERSHAM's outline with a colored, computerized silhouette (US effect over sentai). ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER mashes a button on her controls. ]

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Got him!  Thermo Beam!

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (sentai) - The KESTREL fires its chest beam.  Struck, HAMMERSHAM turns visible while crackling with orange electrical bolts.  Sparks erupt around him. ]

Thermo Beam Thermo Beam Hammersham blasted Hammersham blasted Hammersham blasted

Arrgh, you nailed me!

[ The KESTREL assumes a ready position and leaps into the air.  We then see it flying overhead. ]

Kestrel leaps Kestrel leaps Kestrel in flight

[ Smoking, HAMMERSHAM reacts. ]

Kestrel leaps Kestrel leaps

You're not supposed to see me!

[ The KESTREL delivers its glowing slash.  HAMMERSHAM flies back, gleaming with golden light, and explodes. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - The RANGERS cheer.  RED RANGER nods to BLUE as YELLOW looks out through the cockpit glass. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
What, just one monster today?!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Nice work, Maggie.

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Yeah!  Way to go!

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
Thanks, guys.  (looks out the cockpit)  Now, where's my Hoverbird?

[ Break. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK stands in front of the cryogenic container in which KORA is now frozen.  MAINFRAME stands anxiously nearby. ]

TRASK (to Kora):
Sorry, comrade.  There'll be no arrest today.  (to Mainframe) Find me Sasha.

My last reading was in Siberia.

[ TRASK thinks a moment, narrowing his eyes.  Then: ]

Get Dillik in here.

Um... he teleported to Earth about an hour ago.

TRASK (taken aback):
To Earth...?  (confused) Wh-- Where?

MAINFRAME (sheepishly):
He took his robot to meet with Sasha.

TRASK (perplexed):
His -- (thinks)

[ We flash back to INT. QUEEN'S CHAMBER (episode 16) - His BIOMASS GUN aimed at SASHA, TRASK looks over his shoulder. ]

[ STRIFE stands stoically, his arms crossed. ]

stoic Strife

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK clenches his fist. ]

TRASK (inwardly):
Traitor!  He DID build that robot...  (to Mainframe, aggressively) What do you know about it?

MAINFRAME (stammering):
Uh-- uh-- uhh.... robot...?

[ TRASK advances on him. ]

Out with it!

MAINFRAME (defeated):
... His name is Strife.  Dillik controls him.

[ EXT. MOUNTAIN STREAM - MAGGIE crouches beside a babbling stream running through a large, flat clearing in a wooded, mountainous area.  In front of her, inches above the water, floats her HOVERBIRD, covered in reddish-black residue.  MAGGIE cups water in her hands and pours it over the HOVERBIRD.  She repeats the process numerous times, each rinsing removing more residue. ]

[ CASEY approaches her from behind and crouches beside her. ]

Is it okay?

Yeah, just a little dirty.  Dirty but waterproof.  Where are the guys?

Oh, they're scanning for more monsters, just in case.

[ MAGGIE nods absently while continuing to rinse the HOVERBIRD. ]

So, your friend Drew asked me out.

CASEY (excitedly):
I knew it!  Ohh, he's so full of it sometimes.  I mean, he's a good guy, though.  (ponders)  He sure takes rejection well.

Oh, well... I didn't exactly turn him down.

CASEY (startled):
You w--!  (more quietly)  What...?

I'm just not enjoying myself with Sean.  On some level, I guess I thought were were meant to get back together, but that's stupid.  My future's in my own hands.

[ In the distance, a helicopter can be heard faintly. ]

Wow.  Well, yeah, I guess you're right, but...

You know what?  For a second, I thought this monster might be my last battle.

Because of our duplicates...

Right.  And it was scary, and I didn't know what was going to happen, but I pulled through.  For all I know, maybe I just changed my future.

[ CASEY ponders as MAGGIE continues.  Meanwhile, the helicopter sound grows closer. ]

MAGGIE (cont'd):
I mean, who knows how long I've got left?  Or any of us!  But in the meantime, I'm gonna start doing things the way I want, not the way I think they're "supposed" to be.

Hey, more power to you.

[ They both stand.  The HOVERBIRD, now clean, rises to shoulder height.  MAGGIE looks up as the helicopter sound grows louder. ]

What is that, a helicopter?

[ The RED, YELLOW, and BLACK RANGERS emerge from another part of the woods. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
We've got company!

[ The girls call into their MORPHERS and morph quickly with respective gleams. ]

Sky Swallow!

Sky Swan!

[ A black helicopter, unmarked, hovers just over the treetops, stirring up clouds of dirt and debris.  The five RANGERS watch as it descends and ultimately lands beside the stream.  Its occupants are unseen behind a reflective canopy. ]

[ The rotors eventually slow, and from the helicopter's passenger side emerges SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST.  His hair and suit ruffled by the residual wind from the rotors, he approaches the RANGERS, a clipboard in hand.  After waiting for the rotors to quiet down, he then addresses the RANGERS. ]

Hello!  My name is Special Agent Turnquist.  It's nice to meet you in person, Rangers.  Or should I say...

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST reads from his clipboard: ]

Lucas Xavier Branson...

[ RED RANGER reacts. ]

Wayne Christopher Jacobs...

[ BLACK reacts. ]

Margaret Jing Lu...

[ BLUE reacts. ]

Estelle Reynolds...

[ PINK reacts. ]

Peter Darren Williams.

[ YELLOW reacts. ]

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST coolly lowers his clipboard. ]

Did I mispronounce anybody's name?

[ RED RANGER steps forward. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What do you want from us?

I have a proposition for you.

[ The RANGERS listen. ]

I represent Project Phoenix, a special branch of the United States Air Force.  We'd like to offer you a secure hangar for your combat vehicles.  And repair work, if you'd like.

[ YELLOW steps forward. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Wow, man, that's really generous of you.  So, what's in it for you?

(chuckles)  You don't waste any time getting to the point, Mr. Williams.

[ Disarmed, YELLOW grumbles slightly and takes a half-step backward. ]

The exchange is simple.  By using our facilities, you allow us to examine this "Sky Kestrel" you've acquired.  And perhaps you'll tell us where you got it.

[ The RANGERS exchange glances. ]

Make no mistake, Rangers.  We have no intent of interfering with your duties.  Our director is pleased with your performance.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
You've been spying on us?


No more than you've chosen to reveal to us.

[ YELLOW RANGER mutters to himself in consternation. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):

[ RED RANGER remains steadfast. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What about confiscating Detective Morales' files?

Just comparing notes.  (more seriously) In any case, you'll find you're free to come and go as you please.  All we're asking for is a research opportunity.  Let's call it "Plan B."

MAGGIE (Blue Ranger):
You want to build more Zords.

We want to be prepared.

[ The RANGERS wordlessly consult each other.  Cut to black. ]

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

[ EXT. PARK - The four RANGERS (minus Black) flip over the camera. ]

[ The RANGERS land and strike their respective battle poses. ]

[ An armadillo monster with a spotlight in his chest waves his arms excitedly. ]

monster monster

I've been waiting for you, Rangers!

[ The monster's spotlight shines in close-up. ]

spotlight spotlight

[ We see over the monster's shoulder as a purplish light shines from the monster.  Purple blobs of energy are drained from the startled RANGERS, flowing out through their feet and re-materializing in front of them as SHADOW RANGERS, four completely black but otherwise identical duplicates of the Rangers.  (Note that Sasha is to be airbrushed out of the shot.) ]

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[ The four RANGERS are startled.  YELLOW RANGER briefly points at himself as they recoil. ]

Rangers startled Rangers startled

RANGERS (in unison, minus Pete):
It's us!

PETE (Yellow Ranger, simultaneously):
It's me!

[ Cut to black. ]

DR. BERING (voice-over):
Next time, on Power Rangers Take Flight.