Episode 31: "The Ranger Blues"

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is primarily from Jetman #28 and 35, but all sources are indicated. ]

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

[ Fade in to INT. LAB - LISA watches as DR. BERING finishes affixing the five AVIMORPHERS to an apparatus on one of the tables.  It bears five wrist-sized prongs for holding the MORPHERS in place. ]

[ DR. BERING moves to a computer terminal, where she types in a few commands. ]

... All right, it should just take a second now...

[ EXT. HANGAR - CASEY and MAGGIE are taking a stroll outside the enormous hangar.  Above, the sky is bright blue. ]

[ CASEY takes a deep breath and exhales pleasantly. ]

What a pretty day...

[ MAGGIE trudges along, staring at the ground.  CASEY looks at her. ]

CASEY (cont'd):
Hey, are you okay?  You've seemed kinda down for a while.

Ehh, yeah...  I've been trying to make a decision, but I think I've made up my mind.

Do you want to talk about it?

MAGGIE (with a soft chuckle):
No.  You'd try to talk me out of it.

[ CASEY makes a puzzled face.  They continue walking. ]

[ INT. HANGAR (Jetman #34) - We see the KESTREL and BATTLEZORD standing in the hangar. ]


[ LUKE and PETE are looking up at the Zords (off-screen).  Neither of them is wearing his Morpher.  LUKE speaks loudly for the sake of someone off-screen. ]

Still no word on the Mega Kestrelzord, I take it...

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST saunters into the area. ]

What can I say, Rangers?  You can't rush science.  General Taggart doesn't want you forming it until our engineers can figure out what's wrong with the power coupling.  It's just not safe.

Oh yeah?  What about the safety of us going into battle at half power?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST joins PETE and LUKE in looking up at the Zords (off-screen). ]

SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST (gesturing upward):
You've got the Battlezord, don't you?

Yeah?  Is it as powerful as the Mega Kestrelzord?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST cocks his head awkwardly. ]

Its firepower is... NEARLY as powerful...

[ PETE strokes his chin slyly. ]

Uh huh... Uh huh...  So what you're saying is --

[ DR. BERING's voice echoes through the hangar. ]

DR. BERING (voice-over):
Rangers, please report to Laboratory A.

Wow, finally.  (to Luke) I thought she said it'd just take a few minutes.

[ Dissolve to INT. LAB - The five HEROES enter as DR. BERING awaits.  LISA stands nearby.  Four of the MORPHERS rest on the table, while the fifth MORPHER is in DR. BERING's hand. ]

DR. BERING (with a nod):
Rangers, sorry for the delay, but your new functions are ready.

Sweet.  What do they do?

Well, I added some more overflow routines, tweaked the voice recognition, fixed the faulty talk loop, enabled voice-activated thermography, added recipient filtering, changed the Hoverbirds' frequencies...

[ The HEROES appear glassy-eyed. ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Umm... but the most interesting is probably the new locator function.  It shows you where everybody is when you hold the upper left-hand button.

[ As DR. BERING concludes her comment, she demonstrates.  As we see in close-up, the MORPHER's watch display changes to a black display which shows a red ring, within which is an array of four dots - purple, yellow, pink, and blue, arranged in the relative positions and direction of the other four MORPHERS.  At one end of the ring is a small "N" indicating north relative to the Morpher's direction, and at the bottom of the ring is a small "5m". ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
See?  These dots represent the other four Morphers.  (glances at Lisa)

[ In the background, LISA subtly nods to DR. BERING. ]

[ CASEY cocks her head. ]

That's cool, but... we can only use it when we're unmorphed?

[ DR. BERING smiles with a twinkle in her eyes. ]

I was hoping you'd ask that.

[ DR. BERING fastens the MORPHER to her left wrist.  She then speaks into it: ]

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Sky Hawk.

[ The HEROES and LISA are moderately surprised as a red gleam morphs DR. BERING into the RED RANGER.  Her suit is identical to Luke's version of the Red Ranger suit, with the exception of a red skirt in place of briefs (compare with Blue Ranger's normal suit design). ]

[ RED RANGER gestures reassuringly. ]

DR. BERING (Red Ranger):
All right, everybody, let's calm down.  This is just a demonstration.  Now, what you do is twist your wrist twice in succession...

[ RED RANGER twists her wrist twice quickly.  With a red gleam, the face of her MORPHER appears, embedded in her glove where it would reside on her wrist (no wristband is present). ]


DR. BERING (Red Ranger):
And then do it again to hide it.

[ RED RANGER twists her wrist twice more, and the MORPHER face vanishes with a red gleam, returning her glove to its normal appearance. ]

PETE (fairly impressed):
Hey, that's pretty cool.

Yeah, that should make it easier to control the Hoverbirds.  That eye gesture stuff inside the helmets gives me a headache.

[ RED RANGER speaks into her wrist: ]

DR. BERING (Red Ranger):
Power down.

[ DR. BERING demorphs with a red gleam and unfastens her MORPHER. ]

DR. BERING (with a nod to the other Morphers):
Go ahead, make sure I've got the accelerometers set to the right sensitivity.

[ LISA hands the remaining MORPHERS to the HEROES, and DR. BERING hands hers to LUKE, but MAGGIE doesn't step forward to claim hers.  It instead remains in LISA's outstretched hand. ]

[ CASEY looks to MAGGIE as everyone else fastens his or her MORPHER. ]


[ MAGGIE steels herself, taking a breath.  She then speaks: ]

I'm sorry, guys.

[ Everyone in the room is perplexed. ]

What is it?  What's wrong?

I... can't be the Blue Ranger anymore.

[ Everyone is stunned. ]



I'm sorry.  I just can't do it anymore.  I... just got put on academic probation.  If I don't focus on school, I'm going to get kicked out of the program.  (turns)  I'm sorry.

[ MAGGIE exits, leaving everyone in stunned silence.  LISA awkwardly looks down at the MORPHER in her hand. ]

[ Dissolve to INT. HANGAR - The four HEROES sit on crates in the hangar. ]

[ CASEY enters.  The others look to her. ]

She's talking with Dr. Bering right now.  I don't think she's gonna change her mind though.

I understand how she feels.  I turned down a sous chef job at Regala.

CASEY (sitting with them):
What?  You didn't tell us about that...

Yeah... I didn't think I could juggle that and being a Ranger.  Who knows if Mr. Franco's ever going to promote me, but at least there I know I can get away for a battle every now and then.  Well, I have so far anyway...

Wow, man, you chose being a Ranger over being a chef?

Well, yeah, I guess...  I kinda figured I'd get other opportunities.  But Maggie...  Well, I mean, I guess she could've stopped and gone back, like she did when she and Sean were together...

Yeah, but she's in the middle of her Master's degree now.  She'd probably lose a lot of credits, right?

PETE (blankly):
... I dunno.

I don't think it's just about school, though, you guys.  She's been telling me for weeks now about not being able to open up with people because she has to keep this a secret.  I mean, she dumped two guys in a row because of it.  I think she's just... ready to move on with her life, and she can't do that and be a Ranger at the same time.

[ There is a short pause. ]

... Oh.


I didn't realize it was taking that kind of a toll...

Yeah, well... I didn't either.  But I guess since it is, I'm glad she's taking control of things instead of burning herself out.

Yeah, I'm glad she finally said something.

You guys, I'm sorry I got you mixed up in all this.  I didn't realize --

Whoa, whoa...  Stop thinking like that.  You didn't force us to do anything.  We're Rangers because we want to be.  Am I right?



[ LUKE nods meaningfully.  He then ponders. ]

So what should we do about the Blue Ranger vacancy?

Y-- You're kidding, right?

[ LUKE looks searchingly at PETE. ]

PETE (cont'd):
Well, it's obviously Lisa, right?

[ LUKE looks to CHRIS and CASEY, who meet his gaze without dissent. ]

Oh... well, yeah, I mean, I think she'd be a great choice, but I...  I figured I was kinda biased.

I think it's a no-brainer.  ... Assuming she wants to.

(chuckles)  It's a no-brainer.

[ They all rise. ]

[ INT. LAB - The four HEROES enter to find GENERAL TAGGART and SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST speaking with DR. BERING, with an unrevealed male alongside them.  LISA and MAGGIE are seated nearby, uncomfortably silent.  The fifth AviMorpher isn't seen. ]

[ As DR. BERING crosses her arms in apparent frustration, GENERAL TAGGART turns to face the HEROES. ]

Oh, hello, Rangers.

[ As GENERAL TAGGART turns, we see the male behind him.  He is LANCE, a uniformed man in his twenties with short hair and a slightly smaller build than Luke's.  On his left wrist is the fifth AVIMORPHER.  He does not wear a wedding band. ]

Allow me to introduce Airman First Class Lance Hutchins.

[ LANCE nods politely. ]

...your new Blue Ranger.

[ The HEROES appear outraged. ]


You're joking.

I'm not a joking man, Mr. Jacobs.  I am, however, generous.  You'll notice I allowed Mr. Branson to remain your squad leader, even though he's now a civilian.

[ LUKE narrows his eyes. ]

[ LANCE steps forward with an amiable nod. ]

Rangers, I'm looking forward to working with you.  I've studied your videos closely, and I think you'll find I complement your abilities.

CASEY (to Taggart):
But... what about Lisa?

[ LISA silently looks at the others as GENERAL TAGGART replies. ]

As a gesture of goodwill, I will continue to allow her on the premises.

[ Dissatisfied, the four HEROES exchange glances. ]

[ Break. ]

[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (EARLY SUNSET) - CASEY and LUKE are folding laundry. ]

CASEY (brusquely):
I can't believe the general just assigned a Blue Ranger without even asking us.

I know... but what can we do about it?  (folds more items)  Maybe we'll like this Hutchins guy once we get to know him.  We'll see how our training session goes tomorrow.

[ CASEY doesn't appear satisfied. ]

[ CHRIS enters from the dining room, studying his MORPHER while holding its upper left button. ]

Uhh, hey, guys...  What do you suppose Little Boy Blue is doing fifty kilometers northeast of here?

[ CASEY and LUKE appear puzzled. ]

Northeast?  Our Hoverbirds aren't set to patrol out there, are they?

No.  What is that, Windvale?  What could he --  (suddenly alarmed)  Zephyros!

[ EXT. FIELD (SUNSET) - At sunset, the four RANGERS land in a rolling field.  Windmills line the hillside.  RED RANGER's MORPHER is visible in his wrist.  (His suit design is now back to the male variation.) ]

[ RED steps forward while dispelling his MORPHER with a double-twist of his wrist.  It vanishes with a red gleam. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):

[ His back initially to the RANGERS, BLUE RANGER turns.  His suit now features briefs like the other male Rangers.  His SKY BLASTER is in hand, but he holsters it upon seeing the RANGERS. ]

LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Rangers.  Nice to see you.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, pleasure's all yours.  What are you doing out here?

LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Special Agent Turnquist collected reports of monster sightings out here.  I almost got him, but he disappeared.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Aww, jeez...  Do you know how long it took us to convince him to trust us?

LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Trust you?  What are you talking about?

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, now you ask questions.

[ PINK RANGER touches two fingers to the side of her helmet. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
I've got a reading downtown.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Oh, great.  (to Blue)  We've gotta try to calm him down before he does anything he'll regret.

[ As the four RANGERS depart, BLACK impatiently gestures to BLUE RANGER. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Well, come on!

[ BLUE RANGER appears puzzled, but he follows the others as they take a running leap into the sky. ]

[ EXT. CITY ROOFTOP (SUNSET) (Jetman #28) - We see the sun low over the city.  (Sentai until further notice is from Jetman #28.) ]


[ On a rooftop overlooking a busy city street, ZEPHYROS walks into frame in a black cloak which he brushes off his shoulder with a flourish.  (This shot is mirrored from sentai.) ]

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So, we meet again, Spring Valley...  I'll bet you thought you'd never see me again!

[ ZEPHYROS looks down upon the city, gesturing as he speaks.  He then turns with a flourish. ]

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ZEPHYROS (cont'd):
But if you humans want to pick a fight, you got it!!  To be honest, I was kinda bored anyway!  (turns)

[ EXT. CITY (SUNSET) (sentai) - In giant size, ZEPHYROS rises from behind a building, now lacking his cloak, and cavorts downtown.  He swats two buildings with his brush arm, causing spark explosions, and more erupt behind him. ]

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Ahhh, finally!  (grunts and swats)  This is what I was put on Earth to do!  Why fight it?

[ Nearby, the MEGAZORD assumes a ready stance. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #44) - As the RANGERS look on, PINK RANGER speaks while standing, and BLACK strikes his controls with his fist. ]

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CASEY (Pink Ranger):
He's gone crazy!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Darn it, Hutchins!

[ EXT. CITY (SUNSET) (sentai) - The MEGAZORD charges. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #15) - BLUE RANGER pounds his palm into his fist, thumbs his nose, and thrusts his joystick forward. ]

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LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Leave it to me, guys!  I'm a pro on the Megazord simulator!

[ EXT. CITY (SUNSET) (sentai) - The MEGAZORD throws a punch at ZEPHYROS but misses.  ZEPHYROS swats its hand with his brush arm, kicks the MEGAZORD, and then strikes it across the face. ]

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[ ZEPHYROS strikes the MEGAZORD with his hand and then again with his brush arm, causing bursts of sparks each time.  The MEGAZORD staggers back and strikes a ready position. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #34) - BLUE RANGER rises to his feet, transfixed. ]

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LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Man, this guy packs a punch!

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
You think?

[ EXT. CITY (SUNSET) (sentai) - A gust of wind blows from ZEPHYROS' nozzle (footage faintly tinted reddish-orange). ]

Zephyros's wind

[ Jetman #21 (footage tinted) - As the MEGAZORD is blown by the gust of wind, it sparks all over. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - The RANGERS writhe as the cockpit is inundated with wind. ]

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PETE (Yellow Ranger):
(groans)  It's hot!

[ EXT. CITY (SUNSET) (sentai) - ZEPHYROS shakes his fist in the air. ]

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You're done for, Rangers!

[ Jetman #21 (footage tinted) - We zoom in on the fallen, smoking MEGAZORD. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #15) - BLUE RANGER turns and addresses the others. ]

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LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Guys, don't worry!  I'll get the Kestrelzord!

[ US footage - Looking back, RED RANGER appears tense, but he neglects to speak up. ]

[ EXT. ANYWHERE (Jetman #25) - The KESTRELZORD transforms. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER situates himself at the center seat. ]

LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Sky Kestrel, battle ready!

[ EXT. ANYWHERE (Jetman #39) - The BATTLEZORD transforms into the QUAD CANNON and descends to the KESTRELZORD. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - The four RANGERS startle. ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
What's he doing?

CHRIS (Black Ranger, simultaneously):
He's nuts!

[ EXT. ANYWHERE (Jetman #39) - We zoom in on the KESTREL as it holds the QUAD CANNON. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE RANGER presses a few buttons.  PETE's voice emanates from his controls. ]

PETE (from controls):
Dude, stop!  We can talk this out with him!

LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Yeah...  In the meantime, look what he's doing to the city!

[ EXT. CITY (SUNSET) (sentai) - ZEPHYROS continues to strike buildings downtown. ]

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[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT (US footage) - BLUE presses a final button. ]

LANCE (Blue Ranger):
Firing Quad Cannon!

[ EXT. ANYWHERE (Jetman #39) - The QUAD CANNON fires its four energy blasts.  The blasts fly in unison. ]

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[ US footage - A silhouette of ZEPHYROS (animated) is struck with a blinding light.  It breaks apart and dissolves into nothingness. ]

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - BLACK RANGER shakes his head bitterly. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
You rotten jerk.

[ RED RANGER hangs his head in dismay. ]

[ INT. LAB - As shown in close-up, LUKE firmly plants his AVIMORPHER onto the table, as do CHRIS, PETE, and CASEY. ]

[ The four HEROES stand defiantly by the table as DR. BERING, SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST, and GENERAL TAGGART look on.  LANCE stands sheepishly by the door, his hands clasped behind his back (though he will later be shown to be wearing the fifth AVIMORPHER). ]

LUKE (firmly):
Count us out, General.

I beg your pardon...?

You want to replace us all with your pet airmen?  Go ahead.  We're done.

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST appears unfazed.  DR. BERING looks to GENERAL TAGGART plaintively.  He appears stoic for a moment before replying. ]


[ LANCE stands straight. ]


Remove your Morpher.

[ LANCE slumps slightly. ]

Yes, sir.

[ He unfastens his MORPHER.  DR. BERING approaches, and he hands her the MORPHER. ]

[ As DR. BERING returns to the front of the room with the MORPHER in hand, GENERAL TAGGART eyes the HEROES expectantly. ]

[ LUKE eyes the general for a moment before taking his own MORPHER back from the table. ]

[ INT. LISA'S APARTMENT (NIGHT) - An eager knock at the door duly summons LISA.  She opens the door to reveal LUKE.  He beams as he dangles a spare AVIMORPHER in his hand. ]

[ Break. ]

[ EXT. ROOFTOP (DAY) - On a tall rooftop downtown, the RED and BLUE RANGERS circle one another, TALON SWORDS ready.  BLUE's suit is once again in its feminine form. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
All right, I don't want you going easy on me, now...

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We'll see.

[ RED leaps forward and delivers a few basic strikes at medium strength.  Wielding the weapon as though it feels strange in her hands, BLUE somewhat clumsily deflects each blow with her sword. ]

[ RED pauses and nods approvingly. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, good...

[ BLUE RANGER taps his sword blade with hers. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Oh, come on...  You can do better than that.

[ RED readies his sword. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):

[ RED delivers a longer series of strikes at a slightly increased speed.  BLUE blocks them with increasing dexterity. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Ha!  Is this how you fight the bad guys?

[ Unscathed, BLUE RANGER places her fists on her hips. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Lame...  Are you gonna try and hit me or what?

[ RED RANGER readies his sword once again and lunges, unleashing his swiftest attacks yet.  BLUE blocks them with intensity. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Come on!

[ RED finally catches BLUE with her guard down and delivers a strong swipe to her chest, triggering a flash of sparks as she falls back.  She rolls back, sword still in hand. ]

[ RED urgently drops his sword and rushes to her aid. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):

[ BLUE RANGER rises with minimal help.  Her sword is still in hand. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Now that's more like it.

[ BLUE RANGER hops into the air and delivers a side kick into RED's ribs, launching him some distance away (off-screen).  Landing back a distance herself, BLUE immediately readies her sword and charges out of frame. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
En garde!  (charges)

[ INT. LAB - DR. BERING and SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST watch the sparring match in a monitor.  SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST's arms are folded. ]

Are you sure this is a good idea, Vanessa?  Yet another civilian Ranger?

I'd say the others made fine Rangers, wouldn't you?

If I had to.  The girl's a thief, though.

Easy, Jon.  You wouldn't happen to have any skeletons in YOUR closet, would you?

[ SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST grunts and continues watching the monitor. ]

[ EXT. ROOFTOP - RED RANGER faces BLUE RANGER.  Their swords are sheathed.  Hovering a few feet from BLUE, and focused on her, is the blue-striped HOVERBIRD. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, this next drill's kinda like being blindfolded.

LISA (Blue Ranger):
(laughs)  What?  You want me to fight blindfolded?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
For starters.  Then I'll have you jump from building to building.

[ BLUE RANGER seems to glare disbelievingly at RED. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Don't worry, you won't be totally blind.  Say "visor off."

LISA (Blue Ranger):
"Visor off?"

[ BLUE startles slightly and seems disoriented as though blinded suddenly. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Whoa.  Okay...  What's this blinking --  Oh, hey!  I see myself!

[ We look down on RED and BLUE from behind the floating HOVERBIRD. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yep.  After Maggie had to fight in the dark, we realized the importance of learning how to fight from the Hoverbirds' external vantage points.

[ BLUE RANGER assumes an initially wobbly defensive stance, but she steadies herself. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
All right, so I'm supposed to fight while I'm having an out-of-body experience.  (steadies)  Let's do it.

[ RED RANGER nods and advances.  They engage in hand-to-hand combat.  BLUE doesn't appear to be an expert martial artist, but what she lacks in precision, she compensates with spunk.  She appears only slightly disoriented at times but in general defends and counter-attacks quite well. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION, HOLDING BAY - In the distance, DILLIK is hard at work soldering wires inside an access panel in a large, mechanical construction of some sort, the project's scale too wide to see clearly at this vantage point.  DILLIK works at a frenzied pace, and his suit is somewhat grimy. ]

[ In the foreground, MAINFRAME is working on a standalone computer terminal when TRASK approaches. ]

Quite a project.

[ MAINFRAME startles. ]

Oh!  Trask!  Umm... yep, hard at work.

So what is it?

MAINFRAME (with a chuckle):
Well, it's not a Battlezord anymore, that's for sure!

[ Unamused, TRASK nods in DILLIK's distant direction. ]

Has Dillik been here this whole time?

MAINFRAME (more seriously):
He has.

Does he even sleep?

Well, sometimes he falls down for a while.  But then he gets up and works some more.

TRASK (seemingly concerned):
He's going to work himself to death.

I've tried to tell him his energy levels look low, but he won't stop.

[ TRASK ponders. ]

Hmm.  Could this have anything to do with the missing biomass canister from my quarters?

MAINFRAME (sheepishly):
Um, maybe.  (looks at the distant Dillik)  All he thinks about is destroying the Rangers.

Well, I have no objections there.  But what do you say we send a monster and try to save him the trouble?

[ MAINFRAME nods. ]

[ EXT. ROOFTOP - From off-screen, RED RANGER tumbles through the air and skids to a stop on the concrete. ]

[ Nearby, BLUE RANGER assumes a martial arts pose. ]

[ RED rises and brushes himself off. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Not bad.

[ RED then notices something unseen. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We've got a monster.  Ugly one, too.  At least he's not a demon, though.

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Where is it?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Looks like the warehouse complex down by River Street.

LISA (Blue Ranger, eagerly):
Oh!  Let me go by myself, okay?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
What?  No way.  This isn't a game.

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Oh, come on!  He's not anywhere dangerous, and you can keep an eye on me with your Hoverbird...

[ RED RANGER remains stoic. ]

[ BLUE puts a hand on her hip. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Look, is anybody in danger right this second?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Well, no...  He's gnawing on some crates.

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Then what's the hold-up?  This is a perfect learning opportunity!

[ RED RANGER looks down. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - MAINFRAME is watching the main viewscreen, which shows only an audio waveform, when TRASK approaches. ]

What's this?  Where's our video?

I-- I don't know...  I can't seem to get a signal from the Rangers' cameras anymore.  I'll see what I can do.  For now, though, I built a sensor into Smog Rat's body so we could pick up the audio.

[ INT. UPSTAIRS (HOUSE) - CHRIS hurries downstairs from the attic and, in passing, calls down the side hallway leading to Casey and Pete's rooms. ]

Come on, guys!  We've got trouble!

[ CASEY pokes her head out from the bathroom door on the left.  Her hair is damp.  She puts something down in the bathroom and then emerges to follow CHRIS. ]

[ PETE is ready at the bottom of the stairs. ]

What is it, boy?  Trouble at the old mill?

[ CHRIS and CASEY are now at the top of the stairs. ]

There's a rat monster downtown.

[ PETE grimaces. ]


[ Beside CHRIS and CASEY, MAGGIE opens her door and emerges, seemingly ready for action.  CHRIS and CASEY look at her, at which point she notices her left wrist is bare.  She slinks back sheepishly. ]

[ EXT. INDUSTRIAL AREA (Jetman #35) - SMOG RAT, a rat monster with a yellow and gray body and a gas tank for a chest, performs a flying hand strike.  (All further sentai footage is derived from Jetman #35 unless otherwise noted.) ]

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[ SMOG RAT strikes BLUE RANGER in the face, sending her flying. ]

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[ BLUE lands, rolling across the pavement.  She rises to a kneel and looks around while shielding her eyes, as if blinded. ]

Blue blinded Blue blinded Blue blinded Blue blinded

LISA (Blue Ranger, inwardly):
All right, lucky shot, punk.  I'll get the hang of this yet.

[ US footage - The blue-striped HOVERBIRD floats nearby. ]

[ SMOG RAT runs by BLUE RANGER and delivers a spinning hand strike in passing.  Sparks burst forth from BLUE. ]

Blue struck Blue struck Blue struck

And take this!  (punches)

[ SMOG RAT then delivers another strike. ]

Blue struck Blue struck

SMOG RAT (cont'd):
And this!

[ Struck, BLUE sparks and falls back, but she then rises into a crouch and draws her SKY BLASTER. ]

Blue struck Blue struck Blue struck Blue struck Sky Blaster

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Sky Blaster!

[ BLUE stands and aims her blaster, but SMOG RAT is upon her, gnawing furiously on her wrist. ]

Sky Blaster Sky Blaster gnawed

[ BLUE struggles but ultimately drops her SKY BLASTER. ]

gnawed Sky Blaster falls

LISA (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
Get off--  (drops blaster)

[ The SKY BLASTER skids across the pavement. ]

lost blaster

[ Her wrist still in his mouth, SMOG RAT hurls BLUE RANGER into the air.  As she flips over him, however, she punches him with her other hand, freeing herself. ]

Blue flipped Blue flipped Blue flipped Blue punches back Blue punches back

[ We see through the Hoverbird's vision (US effect) as SMOG RAT rolls back.  He then rises, irritated, and charges forward again. ]

Smog Rat down Smog Rat down Smog Rat down Smog Rat down

Hey, I wasn't done chewing on that!  (charges)

[ Initially looking down, BLUE turns her head and rises while unsheathing her TALON SWORD.  She then charges out of frame. ]

Talon Sword Talon Sword Talon Sword

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Talon Sword!  (charges)

[ EXT. ROOFTOP - RED RANGER is standing on the ledge of a building, seemingly concentrating on something.   The BLACK, YELLOW, and PINK RANGERS land behind him, and he turns.  (Visible in PINK's wrist is her AVIMORPHER. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
Luke!  What are you doing here?  Lisa's in trouble!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
She asked to fight the monster by herself for a while.

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
And you let her?!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
W--  "Let" her?  She's a grown woman.  I'm not her boss.

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well, yeah, but... you ARE our leader, right?

[ RED hesitates. ]

[ EXT. INDUSTRIAL AREA (sentai) - SMOG RAT delivers an upward strike to the sword-wielding BLUE RANGER, causing her to spark and fly back against a wall.  She lands on the concrete below and writhes a bit. ]

Blue struck Blue struck Blue struck Blue struck Blue struck

LISA (Blue Ranger):
(groans)  Visor on.

[ SMOG RAT leaps up onto a nearby roof. ]

Smog Rat jumps onto roof


[ SMOG RAT lands on the roof.  In the foreground, still holding her sword, BLUE RANGER scans the ground searchingly. ]

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SMOG RAT (cont'd):
Try to get me, Blue Ranger!

LISA (Blue Ranger, inwardly):
Where is that blaster...?

[ SMOG RAT readies his hand and then thrusts it forward, revealing nozzles in his fingertips. ]

Smog Rat's hand Smog Rat's hand Smog Rat's hand

Ohh, why didn't you say so?

[ Sparks erupt around BLUE RANGER, but she somersaults forward. ]

Blue blasted Blue blasted Blue blasted

SMOG RAT (cont'd, off-screen):
My tanks are full of explosive gas!

[ SMOG RAT touches his face mischievously. ]

mischievous Smog Rat mischievous Smog Rat

SMOG RAT (cont'd):
Did I forget to mention?

[ A beam from above strikes SMOG RAT, causing to erupt in sparks.  He falls off the roof and lands with a thud on the concrete below. ]

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[ Switch to US footage - BLUE RANGER looks up. ]

[ The four RANGERS land on a different rooftop.  RED RANGER is holding his SKY BLASTER. ]

[ BLUE RANGER calls up to the Rangers (off-screen) and picks up her fallen SKY BLASTER. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Aww, come on, guys!  I was just getting warmed up!

[ RED coolly shakes his head. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We do this together from now on.

[ Sentai - SMOG RAT rises with irritation. ]

Smog Rat irritated Smog Rat irritated Smog Rat irritated

Jeez, this place is getting too crowded!

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - TRASK and MAINFRAME are watching a waveform of SMOG RAT's grunts and remarks. ]

SMOG RAT (from console):
(grunts) Hey, stop following me!  Can't a rat destroy some stuff in peace?

[ MAINFRAME turns to TRASK and asks: ]

He said, "filled with explosive gas," right?  Why does that give me a bad feeling?

[ TRASK scowls. ]

[ EXT. CITY PARK (sentai) - Now in a park downtown, SMOG RAT blows a stream of noxious black fumes from his mouth. ]

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[ Inundated by the black cloud, RED RANGER draws his SKY BLASTER, as shown in close-up. ]

smoke attack

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Blasters!

[ The five RANGERS draw their SKY BLASTERS, but they immediately choke and gag as they are overwhelmed by the shroud of toxic smoke. ]

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PETE (Yellow Ranger):
I can't breathe!

LISA (Blue Ranger):
It burns!

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
What is this stuff?!

[ A scooter parked nearby quickly corrodes. ]

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[ In RED RANGER's hand, we see a gnarled, blackened SKY BLASTER.  RED inspects it, alarmed.  He then looks beyond, to the monster (off-screen). ]

Sky Blaster dissolved Sky Blaster dissolved Sky Blaster dissolved

LUKE (Red Ranger):
It dissolved our blasters!  (looks)  Huh?

[ SMOG RAT titters gleefully and then extends his fist. ]

Smog Rat's hand blast Smog Rat's hand blast

That's right!  Corrosive and explosive!

[ When SMOG RAT opens his hand (foreground), sparks suddenly erupt around the five RANGERS. ]

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[ SMOG RAT then leaps into the air with his hand extended.  He grabs RED RANGER in passing, and the pair fly back together. ]

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[ RED flips onto his back, while SMOG RAT lands with a cartwheel. ]

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[ SMOG RAT lunges in for a strike. ]

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Gotta be quicker than that!

[ In a flash, RED grabs SMOG RAT's wrist, draws his TALON SWORD with his other hand, and strikes the monster's arm with the blade.  Sparks erupt from SMOG RAT's arm, and an explosion (US effect) quickly travels up through the monster's arm cables and erupts from the tanks on his back. ]

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[ US footage - Smoking but still holding his TALON SWORD, RED RANGER flies back a great distance and rolls across the grass.  The other RANGERS help him up.  Once he rises, they look up. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Jeez, man, are you okay?

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah...  (all look up)

[ Sentai - From red energy, SMOG RAT materializes in giant form.  He then bends down menacingly. ]

Smog Rat grows Smog Rat grows Smog Rat grows Smog Rat grows

(laughs)  Peekaboo!

[ RED RANGER calls into his wrist: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Sky Flyers!

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #11) - The RANGERS streak up to the FLYERS as beams of light. ]

Rangers beam up Rangers beam up

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - After situating herself, BLUE RANGER clasps her fist in her hand and then thrusts it forward. ]

Blue Ranger ready Blue Ranger ready Blue Ranger ready

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Swallow Five, online and ready!

[ EXT. DOWNTOWN (US footage) - A cyclist is biking down a road outside the city.  He screeches to a halt as SMOG RAT's giant foot steps nearby in passing, shaking the ground and leaving an indentation behind. ]

SMOG RAT (off-screen, with a booming voice):
Now, where's that delicious pollution smell coming from...?

[ The cyclist watches, dumbfounded. ]

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #12) - The FLYERS fly overhead. ]

Sky Flyers Sky Flyers

LISA (voice-over):
Hey, he's leaving town!

[ INT. SWAN COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - PINK speaks while piloting. ]

Pink Ranger Pink Ranger

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
He won't get far!

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - The five FLYERS swoop down. ]

Flyers swoop down Flyers swoop down

[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY - We zoom in on giant SMOG RAT from above as he prances back and forth near an industrial facility at the edge of the mountains. ]

Smog Rat prances Smog Rat prances Smog Rat prances Smog Rat prances

Try and get me!  I'm over here!  Now I'm over here!  I'm a rat on the move!

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT (Jetman #4) - BLUE RANGER gestures and then pulls on her side lever. ]

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LISA (Blue Ranger):
You got it, buddy!  Wing Blade!

[ EXT. SKY - The WING BLADE detaches and flies down. ]

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[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY - The WING BLADE flies toward SMOG RAT, slicing him with a burst of sparks as it flies by. ]

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[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT - RED RANGER looks up to his right and gives a thumbs-up.  He then looks ahead once more. ]

Red kudos Red kudos Red kudos

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Nice job!  (looks ahead)  Now...

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #5) - The FLYERS streak into the sky. ]

Flyers streak into the sky

LUKE (voice-over, cont'd):
Let's try some teamwork!

[ Switch to Jetman #6 - The FLYERS transform, and the MEGAZORD assembles. ]

Condor and Swan transform Condor and Swan transform Owl and Swallow transform Owl and Swallow transform Hawk transforms Hawk transforms Megazord assembles Megazord assembles Megazord assembles Megazord assembles Megazord assembles Megazord assembles Megazord assembles Megazord assembles

[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY (Jetman #35) - SMOG RAT reacts as the MEGAZORD lands in front of him. ]

Megazord lands Megazord lands Megazord lands

What took you so long?

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #21) - We zoom in on the BLUE RANGER as she clenches her fist. ]

Blue is ebullient Blue is ebullient

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Oh, man, this is awesome!

[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY - The MEGAZORD readies its flail weapon, which it then throws. ]

flail flail

[ The flail catches on SMOG RAT, and he's jerked into the air. ]

flail flail

Hey, what's the big i-- (jerked) whoooaa!

[ SMOG RAT flies over the MEGAZORD.  As he crashes to the ground, the flail is released.  He rises agitatedly. ]

Smog Rat thrown Smog Rat thrown Smog Rat thrown

SMOG RAT (cont'd):
Hey, come on!  I'm delicate!

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #6) - We zoom in on RED RANGER as he pumps his fist and presses his cockpit button (prior to which BLUE RANGER can be seen swinging her fist in a celebratory gesture). ]

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LUKE (Red Ranger):
Yeah?  That's good news for us!  Phoenix Blade!

[ The Phoenix Blade appears in RED's display.  He thrusts his joystick forward. ]

Phoenix Blade summon Phoenix Blade summon


Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade

[ SMOG RAT blows black smoke from his mouth. ]

Smog Rat's smoke

[ The MEGAZORD recoils from the smoke and soon finds the end of its PHOENIX BLADE melted away. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (Jetman #44) - The RANGERS startle.  YELLOW appears forlorn. ]

Rangers startled Rangers startled

RANGERS (collectively):

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
It's melted!

[ INT. LAB - DR. BERING types a command into the keyboard. ]

DR. BERING (inwardly):
Looks like you could use some help, Rangers.

[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY - SMOG RAT issues an utterance and then leaps. ]

Smog Rat vs. Megazord Smog Rat vs. Megazord

Watch this!

[ SMOG RAT performs various leaps and bounds around the MEGAZORD in quick succession as the robot continues to grip its ruined sword. ]

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[ Finally, SMOG RAT performs a leaping strike.  Landing, he swats the MEGAZORD twice, causing sparks to burst from its chest. ]

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[ The MEGAZORD staggers back, continuing to brandish its melted PHOENIX BLADE. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - As the RANGERS are residually jostled, PINK RANGER nearly rises in alarm, and BLACK RANGER makes a quip to RED RANGER.  DR. BERING's voice then chimes in. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger, to Red):
Hey, you think we might wanna use the Battlezord?

DR. BERING (from controls):
Already on the way, Rangers!

[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY - The BATTLEZORD runs in at high speed and then performs a leaping punch (shown twice). ]

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[ Punched in the face, SMOG RAT rolls back.  As he rises, the BATTLEZORD runs up and delivers a turning punch to his face.  It follows with a kick to the stomach and a barrage of punches. ]

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[ Finally, the BATTLEZORD jumps and kicks SMOG RAT in the face (shown twice), sending the monster flying through the air. ]

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[ SMOG RAT lands some distance away, and the BATTLEZORD arrives in the foreground.  The MEGAZORD stands ready nearby as the BATTLEZORD hops gingerly from foot to foot. ]

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[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT (US footage) - RED RANGER turns back to BLUE.  She nods and faces her controls. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Lisa, you want to do the honors?

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Absolutely!  Quad Cannon!

[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY - The BATTLEZORD leaps into the air. ]

Battlezord transforms Battlezord transforms

[ EXT. ANYWHERE - The BATTLEZORD transforms into the QUAD CANNON and descends to the MEGAZORD. ]

Battlezord transforms Battlezord transforms Battlezord transforms Battlezord transforms Quad Cannon to Megazord Quad Cannon to Megazord

[ We zoom in on the MEGAZORD as it holds the QUAD CANNON. ]

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[ We then zoom in on SMOG RAT as he reacts. ]

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Hey, come on!  Put that thing away!

[ The QUAD CANNON fires.  Its energy blasts fly in unison and obliterate SMOG RAT. ]

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[ EXT. REMOTE FACILITY (Jetman #31) - Flames burn in the foreground as the MEGAZORD holds the QUAD CANNON victoriously. ]

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[ Break. ]

[ INT. LISA'S APARTMENT (LATE AFTERNOON) - LISA sits by the window wearing somewhat formal clothes.  It is not yet sunset outside.  LISA waits anxiously for a moment before raising her MORPHER near her mouth and speaking: ]

Call Lisa.

[ LISA watches excitedly as a small blue indicator pulses in the upper-right hand corner of the display.  It then remains solid blue. ]

[ Lisa's voice, designated here as LISA 2, replies from the MORPHER: ]

LISA 2 (from Morpher):

[ LISA grins.  She presses the MORPHER's lower talk button as she speaks (and each subsequent time she speaks). ]


LISA 2 (from Morpher):
So, congratulations, Blue Ranger.

(laughs)  Thanks.

LISA 2 (from Morpher):
I guess things are starting to make a little more sense...?

A little...  (ponders)  So, I guess I went kinda overboard trying to prove myself today, huh?

LISA 2 (from Morpher, somewhat amusedly):
Kinda.  Just remember you're part of a team now.  (more cheerfully) You'll do fine... I promise.

[ LISA smiles softly.  Just then, there is a knock at her door. ]

Oh, I gotta go.  Man, I wish I knew what happened to you guys.

LISA 2 (from Morpher):
Ehh, you'll find out soon enough.  Tell Luke I said hi.

LISA (with a smirk):
Very funny.

[ LISA rises and answers the door.  LUKE stands outside in somewhat formal clothes, holding a hymnal (compare with episode 6). ]

LISA (cheerfully):

LUKE (seriously):
Hey, um, Lisa...  About earlier...  I, uh... I hope I wasn't too... um...

[ LISA smiles coyly. ]

Too what?

I just don't want things to get awkward between us when I have to... give orders.

Orders like, "Hey, Lisa, maybe we should work as a team...?"

LUKE (nodding):
Nice example.

Don't worry about it.  I got carried away.  I could probably use some discipline.

[ LISA frowns awkwardly to herself for a moment, but it goes unnoticed by LUKE. ]

LUKE (more at ease):
Okay, good.  So, um... shall we go?  Am I too early?

[ LISA grabs his arm and shakes him with mock intensity. ]

Good grief, man!  Take charge already!  Say, "I'm here.  Let's go."

[ She exits, closing her door behind her, and they begin to walk down the hall. ]

Okay, okay... whatever you say.

[ LISA groans as they walk out of frame.  Fade to black. ]

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

[ INT. LAB - The five helmetless RANGERS stand before DR. BERING in good spirits. ]

Luke, I have a special mission for you.

PETE (privately to Luke, in sing-song voice):
Someone remembered your birthday...

This mission comes directly from General Taggart.

[ The RANGERS' air of amusement fades. ]

What is it?

[ DR. BERING seems reluctant to reply.  SPECIAL AGENT TURNQUIST then enters. ]

Branson's mission is to take control of the space station.

[ The RANGERS' expressions quickly grow serious. ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION, STORAGE ROOM - In a storage room of some sort, TRASK approaches two identical cryogenic containers, their contents not shown. ]

Hello, friends.  I have a little task for one of you.

[ TRASK removes the darkened yellow gem (see episode 30) from his coat.  Cut to black. ]

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