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Episode 37: "Second Time Around, part 2"

This episode was completed on February 18, 2008, and released on November 15, 2008.  Its title refers to the Rangers' repeated year, courtesy of Tachyderm.

Writer:  Joe Rovang

[ Sentai footage is from Jetman #26 (last act) unless otherwise noted. ]

Jetman #26 was summarized in the commentary for the previous episode.

My original plans for this time-traveling clip show (see commentary in previous episode) involved the Rangers reviewing the series from a second vantage point and interacting only minimally with history (namely, while their younger selves were in space from episodes 22 through 24).  Ultimately, though, the duplicates played a much greater role in the series than I expected, which left me with a lot to recap here.  Eventually, I decided to split the clip show into a two-parter, the first part covering history as the Rangers remembered it (see previous episode), and the second part showing the Rangers actually reliving it and helping out their younger selves.  This meant that the series would actually get recapped on two consecutive occasions!  It's also the only multi-part clip show that readily comes to my mind.

[ Fade in to INT. SPACE STATION, AIRLOCK - Lying on the floor (see previous episode), LUKE groans and slowly awakens.  He grimaces and clutches the back of his head in pain.  He checks his hand for blood but sees none.  He then slowly rises with a grunt. ]

Picking up from the previous episode, the first few scenes of this episode take place on Monday, March 9, 1992, the day of Trask and Dillik's raid on the space station (episode 1).

In the previous episode, future-Luke ventured to the space station in hopes of saving the crew, but he was knocked unconscious by Will, who mistook him for his younger self.  (And thanks to being sealed in an airlock, future-Luke has survived the crew's asphyxiation and melting.)

(grunts)  What happened...?

[ We see a brief flash to LUKE catching a glimpse of WILL standing over him before falling unconscious (see previous episode). ]

[ LUKE scowls while continuing to nurse the ache in his head. ]

Will...  (looks at the door)  I've gotta get out of here.

[ LUKE tries a control panel beside the door, but a buzzing sound signals his access is denied. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
I'm locked in.

Oh no!  Locked in!  Why, you'd need super-strength to get out of this one!  Oh, wait...

Did Trask simply overlook Luke?  And if so, did he overlook anyone else?  (Any other survivors were probably asphyxiated, or else Trask simply melted them when they eventually made themselves known.)

[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - Outside the airlock, we see RED RANGER prying the door open.  Stepping out into the hallway, he looks around carefully and then speaks: ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Power down.

[ LUKE demorphs with a red gleam. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
This place is so quiet.

[ INT. SPACE STATION QUARTERS - LUKE peeks into a living area (similar to the one shown in episode 2).  It seems to have been recently occupied, but no inhabitant is present. ]

Everyone's gone.  I'm too late.

[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - At the end of the hallway, DILLIK pokes his head out from the doorway leading into the work bay (see episode 11). ]


[ LUKE startles. ]

[ DILLIK looks around before emerging from the work bay.  He then takes a few cautious steps in LUKE's direction. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Is-- Is your name Will?

Uhh... yes...?

Dillik had a hard time telling one human from another, especially in the early episodes (see episode 3).

DILLIK (relived):
Oh, whew!  For a second, I thought Trask might've missed somebody.  (puzzled)  Hey, I thought he would've sent you home by now.

Trask has already sent Will home and melted the rest of the crewmembers between episodes.

Uhh, nope.  Do-- Do you think you could do it?  I'm kind of in a rush.

Well... all right.  (gestures for Luke to follow him into the work bay)  But don't tell Trask you saw me out here.

In episode 1 (over a month after events in the prologue), Trask scolded Dillik for leaving his lab before the wormhole generator was upgraded.

[ LUKE takes a quick look behind him before following DILLIK into the work bay. ]

[ EXT. ABANDONED LOT - LUKE materializes from greenish-silver vertical streaks.  He walks off, tenderly rubbing the back of his head. ]

Note that Dillik apparently had a working teleporter in place almost immediately after he and Trask raided the space station (did they bring one in Trask's ship?).

[ EXT. TIME BASE - We see an establishment shot of the Rangers' run-down garden apartment building (see previous episode). ]

CHRIS (voice-over):
You're just lucky you made it back in one piece.

[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM - LISA is holding a bag of ice to the back of LUKE's head as the others are gathered attentively around him.  LUKE appears disheartened. ]

But I didn't save anybody.  I had the chance to set things right, and I got blindsided.

I just don't understand why he'd do that.

He's a hateful jerk, that's why.

Well, I know, but... did he know you were from the future?

I don't think so.  I think he thought I was my younger self.

Well, don't you see it?

[ LUKE looks to him. ]

CHRIS (cont'd):
If you hadn't gone up there, Will might've knocked out the younger you, and you never would've escaped to Earth with the Morphers.

Mischief aside, I'm not a huge fan of causality loops, wherein event X is the only thing that allows event X to exist; something must be responsible for starting the loop, no matter how many iterations back it started.  In this case I assumed that without future-Luke, Will wouldn't have found past-Luke to knock him out before the attack started; I admit it's more dramatic the other way, though.

[ The significance appears to dawn on the others. ]

Wow, he's right.  And no Morphers, no Rangers.  Who knows what would've happened to the planet.

[ LUKE ponders. ]

[ INT. HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE - In business attire, LUKE works on a computer (appropriate for 1992) in his office (see previous episode).  He glances at his MORPHER, in which we see the SOMEBODY melting in front of the four RANGERS in the quarry (from episode 3).  LUKE appears satisfied and returns to work. ]

This scene takes place on Sunday, April 19, 1992, the day of the Somebody battle (episode 3).

PETE (voice-over):
After that, things were okay for a while.  In April, our younger selves became Rangers and battled Jinnsect monsters just like we did.  Oh, and our house went back off the market!

In the previous episode, the future Rangers were concerned to see their future house up for sale sooner than they expected, but it was just a case of not knowing all the details; it's now gone back off the market in time to go back up when the Rangers are looking for a house (episode 15).

[ EXT. REGALA (NIGHT) - Outside a restaurant downtown one evening, PETE approaches in a suit and tie.  A Grand Opening banner hangs outside the restaurant, and a sign sports the name "Regala." ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
I also did some soul-searching.

This took place some time between April and July of 1992.

This is the grand opening of Scott's restaurant, mentioned in episode 29.  Pete will eventually work here (see episode 38).

[ INT. REGALA - In the posh restaurant, PETE takes a seat alone at a small table and looks around, seemingly impressed with the place.  The restaurant is packed with patrons.  PETE cranes his neck to glance at the food at the table next to him, but he nods politely and looks away once the people notice his gaze. ]

Apparently Scott didn't meet future-Pete on this evening, or if he did, he didn't remember Pete by the time episode 29 came along.  It was surely a hectic night, being opening night.

[ Dissolve to EXT. FIELD (NIGHT) - Standing on a hill overlooking the rest of the field below, the five HEROES watch a burst of fireworks (off-screen).  PETE is particularly enrapt. ]

This scene takes place on Saturday, July 4, 1992, the evening of Zephyros' first attack (episode 20).

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Then, on July Fourth, we watched the fireworks.  I liked it...

Pete didn't get to see the fireworks the first time around because he was working.

[ We zoom out and tilt down to see MAGGIE, CHRIS 2, and CASEY 2 in the crowd, just as they appeared in episode 20.  A short distance ahead, LUKE 2 and LISA 2 are reclined on a blanket (see episode 20).  All of them are oblivious to their doubles above, who are barely discernible from this distance. ]

Now there's a real Back to the Future moment... Part II, to be precise.  It's a retcon, incidentally.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
...but everyone else had already seen it.

[ We see CASEY 2 and CHRIS 2 from behind as CASEY 2 subtly reaches to touch CHRIS 2's hand.  CHRIS 2 then leans down to make a comment, at which point CASEY 2 kisses him awkwardly (see episode 20). ]

[ Above, LUKE, LISA, and PETE laugh and cheer at the sight below (no audio), but they then notice something to their left.  We whip-pan over to see CHRIS on one knee, offering CASEY an engagement ring.  She can barely contain herself. ]

Once I realized Chris and Casey were spending an extra year together while back in time, I thought it would be reasonable that they get engaged at some point, and when better than at the very same event at which they first kissed?  (Now there's a unique engagement story!)

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
That's not to say things didn't get interesting, though...

[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (AFTERNOON) - Gesturing wildly for a time-out, MAGGIE interrupts the story PETE is telling.  The other HEROES are gathered around. ]

The actual storytelling underneath this two-parter takes place on Wednesday, September 16, 1992, after the Rangers defeated Tachyderm and were debriefed by General Taggart (see below).

Wait, wait, wait, wait!

We get our first glimpse of the nature of Pete's storytelling: he's been telling the story to Maggie since the previous episode.  I hadn't planned to reveal this setup until the end of this episode, but I felt Maggie's reaction to the engagement had to be shown.

[ MAGGIE looks to CASEY expectantly.  CASEY proudly displays the engagement ring, a modest solitaire diamond set in a gold band.  She beams happily. ]

MAGGIE (astonished, cont'd):
Are you KIDDING ME?!  You're engaged?!

[ CASEY and CHRIS smile at each other. ]

Yeah, we are.

[ MAGGIE gapes.  PETE seems eager to return to the story. ]

All right, but listen...  There's more.

[ EXT. BURNING HOUSE - Wearing black clothes and baseball caps pulled down to partially hide their faces, CHRIS and LISA evacuate a family from a burning house.  The house's style matches the neighborhood shown in episode 21. ]

These monster army scenes take place on Saturday, July 11, 1992, the setting of episodes 21 and 22.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
When Sasha's monster army attacked, we helped out here and there behind the scenes...

This was a retcon, unplanned during episodes 21 and 22.  Here, Chris and Lisa are evacuating people from a fire started by Flamion's pupal form.  (Lisa is partnered with another Ranger because she wasn't present during the first monster army incident.)  Without their intervention, we're left to wonder what would've happened to this family.

[ Soon, a fire truck arrives, and firefighters move CHRIS, LISA, and the family to a safe distance.  Just then, CHRIS looks up, and we see BLACK RANGER flying overhead, his wings outstretched. ]

Past-Chris will soon begin fighting Flamion.

[ EXT. CITY STREET - Wearing a similar black outfit, CASEY clears a group of girls playing jump-rope from the street.  (She is wearing her engagement ring, if it can be seen here.)  Shortly thereafter, PINK RANGER races by on a black motorcycle (see episode 21), blazing through the area where the girls were just playing. ]

Past-Casey had just recently been swiped from the Lockjaw fight by Roadhog's pupal form.

The bike might've struck these girls without future-Casey's intervention.

[ CASEY tips her hat to the bewildered girls and departs. ]

[ EXT. BUS STOP - Trying to appear inconspicuous while dressed in a similar outfit, PETE stands among a group of people at a bus stop.  RESA (see episode 21) arrives on the scene and causes the group (including PETE) to vanish with white swirls of energy.  Our perspective follows the group, whom we find at: ]

Past-Pete has a few encounters with Resa after this point.

[ EXT. MOUNTAIN PEAK - The group (with the exception of PETE) are astonished, and some terrified, to find themselves atop a remote mountain peak.  PETE, however, confidently calms the crowd (no audio) and produces a cell phone (appropriate for 1992). ]

Who knows how these people would've been rescued without future-Pete to call for help, unless someone else had a cell phone (which didn't seem to be common among people who didn't need them for their profession in 1992).

[ EXT. CITY STREET - BOOMER (see episode 21) struts down a street, where he pauses to unleash a sonic shockwave.  Windows shatter all throughout the area. ]

This occurred before past-Luke's first encounter with Boomer.

[ As glass shards rain down on an unsuspecting OLD MAN walking down the sidewalk, LUKE, wearing black clothes of his own, emerges from an inset doorway directly nearby.  He pulls the OLD MAN to safety within the doorway, and the glass is obliterated against the sidewalk. ]

This probably wouldn't have been pretty if future-Luke hadn't intervened.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
By now, we'd decided it was okay to help out a little bit...

[ EXT. DOWNTOWN - Sasha's monster form is enveloped with bluish-white energy (US effect) (from episode 22). ]


[ EXT. AIR BASE - At the abandoned air base, the RANGERS vanish with the same energy (from episode 22). ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
...because we all knew we'd be helping out soon anyway.

[ INT. BIKE SHOP - CHRIS enters the bike shop and looks around meaningfully. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Just like our older selves did for us, we took our younger selves' places at work while they were out in space.

The future Rangers have taken a week off their new jobs to fill in for their past selves during their week in space.

This scene and the next two also take place on July 11.

[ INT. MUSEUM GALLERY - While working in the museum in uniform, LUKE passes under a security camera and flashes it a self-conscious smile (see episode 25). ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
It's funny...  Messing with history becomes a whole lot easier when you know the versions before you did it too.

I figured precedent would be a powerful force in this scenario: changing history is scary, unless the versions before you changed it too.

[ INT. FRANCO'S KITCHEN - PETE works at Franco's. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
I guess it's kinda self-fulfilling that way.  Once one team does something, all the rest after them think they're supposed to do it too.

Pete echoes my philosophical musing on this situation.

[ INT. BOOKSMART CAFE - CASEY works at Booksmart.  (She is not wearing her engagement ring, if her hand is seen in any detail.) ]

This scene must take place some time during the work week following the monster army incident, as Casey doesn't work weekends.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
So as the loops keep going, maybe sometimes we give in to temptation and fix something new, but we'd never un-fix something that was fixed for us.

I figured quantum fluctuation in the heroes' synapses could change their moods and decisions just slightly in any given iteration of the loop, and given enough loops, perhaps one of those fluctuations put one of them in a unique mood to be able to convince the others to change something new.  But while it would be much easier for the heroes to be tempted to change something for the better, they would rarely if ever choose to revert a beneficial alteration which was already in place.  As Pete notes next, this tendency on a whole tends to lean toward change after the loop repeats indefinitely.

On a grim note, if quantum fluctuations could account for variations in mood and decisions, it also stands to reason that a similar fluctuation could randomly trigger a lethal stroke or heart attack in a hero's body; though this large-scale a fluctuation is quite improbable, one could expect to see increasingly unlikely fluctuations come about given enough iterations of the loop (say, billions or trillions of times through).  Therefore, it seems that the loop would be unstable, in that one or more future-Rangers would randomly die at some point, and then who knows what sort of timeline would result?  Perhaps the world wouldn't be in a state which would lead to Tachyderm's creation, and the loop would cease.  (Also, it would be impossible for the loop to go through an infinite number of iterations without a random, planet-shattering explosion spontaneously wiping out all inhabitants of Earth, which would also end the loop.)  Oh well, they had a few billion good runs; with any luck, each iteration is its own self-contained universe and we aren't simply seeing the master timeline in a state before its ultimate destruction by a rogue loop.  (Since we see events beyond the trailing end of the loop at the end of the episode, it can be assumed we are simply following one self-contained iteration.)

[ INT. MUSEM GALLERY - LUKE takes a moment out of his work to talk with LISA. ]

These Luke and Lisa scenes return us to July 11, despite this being out of order with the Booksmart scene above.

PETE (voice-over):
(chuckles)  It's almost like the time loops gradually point us toward change.

Hey.  I was just thinking... Could you please not fill in for yourself at our date tonight?  It... just makes me uncomfortable for some reason.

[ LUKE chuckles. ]

LUKE (amused):
I wasn't going to.  I'm gonna cancel when I get home like my future self did.

[ LISA looks aside awkwardly. ]

Well, yeah, but...

Future-Lisa remembers what happens between future-Luke and past-Lisa; she wants to prevent it, but it will happen anyway.

[ LUKE looks beyond her toward the entrance.  There stands DETECTIVE MORALES. ]

[ Noticing him, LISA straightens as though she has something to hide. ]

LISA (cont'd):
Looks like you've got company.  I-- We'll talk later.

[ LISA exits.  Approaching LUKE, DETECTIVE MORALES nods politely to LISA as they pass.  He then speaks to LUKE. ]

That was some battle.  Are you guys okay?

Morales believes he's speaking with past-Luke, in reference to the monster army they just battled.

[ INT. TIME BASE, GUYS' ROOM (EVENING) - In a medium-sized bedroom with a bed and two cots, LUKE sits on the edge of the bed as he waits for an answer on the phone. ]

LISA (on phone):

LUKE (faux-weakly):
Lisa, hi.  Um, listen, I'm not feeling so well, and I don't want you to catch anything.  Would it be okay if we postponed our date tonight?

These events were written to match with the rough events outlined in episode 25: future-Luke told past-Lisa he was sick and apologized (though past-Lisa left out what happened next).

LISA (on phone):
Oh, uhh, sure.  Yeah, no problem.

All right, great.  Umm, I'll call you when I'm feeling better, okay?

LISA (on phone):
Right.  Sure.  Do you need anything?

Uh, nope, I'm all set.  Thanks though.

LISA (on phone):
All right.  Well, I hope you feel better.

Thanks.  Bye.

LISA (on phone):

[ He hangs up.  LISA stands at the doorway, having been listening.  LUKE appears satisfied. ]

Well, I think that went pretty well.

That's what you think.  In a minute, she's going to try to call you back, and you're not going to answer, because nobody's at the house.  And she's going to get pretty depressed about it.

This is in line with episode 22, in which Lisa was shown calling the empty house that night while the Rangers were away in space.

LUKE (concerned):
So what should I do?  What DID I do?

LISA (reluctantly):
... You go visit her.

Future-Lisa grudgingly concedes to history, feeling events are bound to happen in the way she experienced them as past-Lisa.

If not for this sequence, which I'd planned long beforehand, I might have had Luke and Lisa break up well before this point, as I didn't see their relationship as especially productive.  However, I now felt obligated to keep them together to follow through on this plot twist.  (And since they had to stay together this long, I figured they might as well stay together through the whole year.)

[ LUKE puzzles over the information. ]

[ INT. LISA'S APARTMENT HALLWAY (NIGHT) - LUKE knocks on Lisa's door.  Soon, she opens the door wearing casual clothing and no MORPHER.  She is surprised to see him. ]


Hi.  Umm, can we talk?

Of course!  Come in!

[ He enters, and she shuts the door. ]

[ INT. LISA'S APARTMENT HALLWAY (NIGHT, LATER) - LUKE exits in a hurry with LISA in tow.  His hair is ruffled. ]

Luke, I'm sorry.  We can take it slow!

Who knows what Luke came to discuss, but past-Lisa apparently got a bit too friendly with him; perhaps she was still out of sorts from feeling rejected a short while earlier.

[ LUKE turns back. ]

No, it's just --  I'm sorry.  I wish I could explain.  I promise, this doesn't have anything to do with you.

LISA (wryly, with arms crossed):
It's not me, it's you?

Uhh, well, it's actually a secret mission more so than anything...

[ LISA raises an eyebrow. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
I'm sorry.  It'll make sense eventually, I promise.

[ LISA looks at him.  He looks at her apologetically and then leaves.  She watches him go. ]

[ INT. LISA'S APARTMENT - LISA wearily returns inside and shuts the door.  The phone then rings.  She answers. ]


LISA 2 (on phone):
Hi, Lisa.  This is Lisa.

Out of mercy toward herself, knowing her own self-doubts, future-Lisa has secretly called her past self to reassure her about Luke's strange behavior; she is also surely influenced by her former experience as past-Lisa, in which she was contacted by her future self.

This event serves as past-Lisa's introduction to the time-traveling duplicates, leaving her with secret knowledge not shared by her past peers.  She will keep this secret for over a year, until future-Luke learns about it later this episode.

[ LISA crinkles her face in disbelief. ]


[ INT. TIME BASE, GUYS' ROOM (NIGHT) - The older Lisa, designated here as LISA 2, sits on the bed while talking on the phone. ]

I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, but I'm you from the future.  I shouldn't tell you a lot of details, but you should know that guy who was just there wasn't really Luke.  Well, I mean, it wasn't your Luke.

You can see past-Lisa try to keep this knowledge a secret when past-Luke returns in episode 25.

[ EXT. TIME BASE (NIGHT) - LUKE gets out of a taxi and returns to the apartment.  LISA meets him at the door.  He stops and looks at her. ]

You knew that would happen, didn't you?

[ LISA shrugs with a sheepish smile. ]

Is it cheating if you make out with your girlfriend's past self?

[ INT. HOUSE, LIVING ROOM (AFTERNOON) - Passing through the living room with a bagged newspaper in hand, CASEY pauses to answer the phone (no audio).  (She is wearing her engagement ring, as she will be until otherwise noted.)  The room is lit only with ambient daylight.  While PETE narrates, CASEY appears to say, "Nope, she's not here.  Okay, bye," before hanging up.  She then enters the dining room. ]

Future-Casey is answering a call from Sean (see episode 26).  These house scenes take place on Sunday, July 19, 1992, a few hours before the past-Rangers are set to return from space (episode 25).

PETE (voice-over):
But all in all, I think we did a good job keeping things the way they were for us.

[ INT. HOUSE, DINING ROOM (AFTERNOON) - CASEY removes the newspaper from its bag and sets it on the table, where several others are piled (see episode 25, though only one Sunday edition is present as yet).  On her way toward the back door, she grabs a ripe pear from the fruit bowl, leaving just a few apples (as seen in episode 25).  She takes a bite as she exits through the back door.  Outside, she crouches down and pets MOASI (see episode 28), who rubs against her leg. ]

This matches episode 25, in which the heroes found newspapers on the table and some fruit missing (it would have spoiled otherwise).  And of course someone had to take care of Moasi.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Of course, it's hard to know what's the "right" thing to do, since our timeline was hardly pristine when we lived it the first time though...

[ INT. HOUSE, MAGGIE'S ROOM (AFTERNOON) - In the master bedroom, we see a photocopied letter (see episode 25) resting on Maggie's bed. ]

Though these scenes are set on July 19, episode 25 indicates the original letter (giving Maggie an excuse for her week-long absence) was actually written and delivered on July 11, the day the past-Rangers went into space.  Whoever wrote the letter has left Maggie a copy for reference.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
But things turned out pretty well for us, all things considered.  I think that has to count for something.

Tradition is comforting, especially when it seems to produce desirable results.

[ INT. DOLI'S HALLWAY - CHRIS brings DOLI numerous of grocery bags. ]

As mentioned in episode 25, this scene takes place on Saturday, July 18, 1992 (again out of order, chronologically).

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
So, anyway, as our week came to a close, we wrapped up just a few loose ends...

Past-Chris was away just a bit too long for Doli to go without groceries (he last brought them in episode 21), so future-Chris brought her some (as noted in episode 25).  This was surely one of the instances which led her to mention Chris looking older at times (see episode 38).

[ INT. MUSEUM LOBBY (AFTERNOON) - In uniform, LUKE speaks with a fascinated FRIEDA.  He then smiles and leaves. ]

Back to July 19.

Future-Luke has just explained to Frieda that he won't be himself shortly, as recounted in episode 25.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
...and then we got the heck out of the way...

[ INT. HOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS (NIGHT) - The younger HEROES (including MAGGIE in place of Lisa) enter and examine the house carefully (from episode 25). ]

Later that same day.

[ INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - LUKE and LISA (both wearing MORPHERS) stand beside DR. BERING's hospital bed (see episode 29) as she lies unconscious.  Her hair is damp, and she is covered in blankets.  Beside LUKE and LISA stands DOCTOR JENKINS (see episode 8), who holds a medical chart and explains something to them (no audio).  Both are wearing MORPHERS. ]

This scene probably took place on Wednesday, July 22, 1992, shortly after Dr. Bering was freed in episode 26.

Luke and Lisa are both close to Dr. Bering in their own way, and so they check in on her before she awakens (episode 29).  Could this visit (or these visits, if they came more than once) have been responsible for Dr. Bering uttering Luke's name when she awoke?  (I had originally planned for future-Luke alone to visit her.)

Dr. Jenkins was listed as Dr. Bering's physician on her medical bracelet in episode 29.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
...and got back to observing.

[ In close-up, we see the word "Hypothermia" on Dr. Bering's chart. ]

They're treating her as a hypothermia victim, but people frozen in Dillik's cryogenic containers certainly weren't just lowered to cold temperatures, because the water in human cells would form ice crystals which would cause widespread cellular damage (as in a frozen piece of lettuce after it thaws).  Some other treatment had to be involved, but we don't know what it was exactly.

[ EXT. BIKE SHOP - MR. FISCHER turns around and finds the bike shop closed (from episode 27). ]

This scene takes place on Friday, July 24, 1992, the day of the Shadow Ranger attacks (episode 27).  In that episode, Mr. Fischer found the shop closed immediately after reprimanding Chris about keeping odd hours, leaving us to wonder what became of Chris's job (but I had this solution planned since writing that episode, however much it may look like an afterthought here).

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
There were a few other times when we intervened, though...

[ Suddenly, the lights turn on, and CHRIS emerges from the shop with a nervous chuckle.  He is wearing the same clothes as seen on his younger self in episode 27. ]

I'm sorry, Mr. Fischer.  That was a bad practical joke.  Completely tasteless.  I apologize.

[ MR. FISCHER studies him skeptically. ]

Chris, you're acting very erratic.  Is something wrong?

No, sir.  Well, it's just... I actually have a girlfriend now.

[ MR. FISCHER blinks. ]

Well, Chris, that's quite something.  I'm happy for you.  (more sternly)  But I really do need you to keep up the pace here at work.

Yes, sir, I understand.

[ MR. FISCHER cracks an admiring smile at CHRIS as he turns and leaves.  He then remembers something with a self-effacing chuckle and heads back into the bike shop. ]

Mr. Fischer knows how significant this development is for Chris, and so he tended to ease up on Chris after this point (causing the unusual mellowness Chris described in episode 35).

Forgot my address book.

[ CHRIS quietly breathes a sigh of relief. ]

[ Dissolve to EXT. INDUSTRIAL PARK (NIGHT) - As seen in episode 27, we see CHRIS on his black motorcycle as he removes his helmet to look at Strife's debris. ]

PETE (voice-over):
But we were more discreet after that.

Future-Chris commemorated the destruction of his long-running rival Strife by visiting the robot's remains after past-Chris's nighttime victory (episode 27; though their final battle was in daylight, the fight actually took place late at night, but under Sasha's daylight dome).

[ INT. TIME BASE, GUYS' ROOM (NIGHT) - On his cot, PETE sleeps restlessly, as do CHRIS and LUKE in their cot and bed, respectively. ]

A rather cramped sleeping situation, especially for a whole year.  Still, they chose not to rent a bigger place or more suites.

The demon-eater apparently sent dreams to the future Rangers as well as their younger counterparts; we don't know when exactly this scene took place, but it was surely between July 30 and August 2.  (Unlike the past-Rangers' dreams in episode 28, all five have their dreams at the same time here.)

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Just not so discreet that the demon-eater didn't find us in our dreams.

As I was writing this episode, it occurred to me that there should be no reason for the demon-eater not to detect this set of Rangers just as it somehow detected the original Rangers, so the future-Rangers should have dreams as well.  So I used new clips from the respective sentai episodes used in episode 28 (with a new dream for Lisa).

[ EXT. FIELD (Jetman #46) - The RANGERS ready their ECHO ENFORCERS and fire their combined blast.  It strikes TOMATO KING with an explosion. ]

I forgot to specify that this scene be blurred like a dream sequence.

Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers Echo Enforcers

[ The RANGERS are relieved, but TOMATO KING then rises from the flames. ]

Rangers relieved Tomato King rises Tomato King rises Tomato King rises

[ YELLOW RANGER prepares to fire his ECHO ENFORCER, but TOMATO KING throws a tomato.  It affixes to his barrel. ]

Yellow aims Yellow aims Yellow aims throwing tomatoes throwing tomatoes tomatoed tomatoed

I had to cut the anachronistic Echo Enforcers from Pete's original dream in episode 28, but now I was free to use this footage.

[ EXT. QUARRY (Jetman #29) - RED RANGER grapples VANG from behind and struggles to hold him.  (This scene is blurred like a dream sequence.  VANG's human eyes are also obscured with a black US effect.) ]

Red Ranger grapples Vang Red Ranger grapples Vang Red Ranger grapples Vang

This grapple wasn't shown in the original Vang fight sequence in episode 28.  In the sentai, Red's grapple led to the armor monster's defeat as the others shot his zapper apple -- I mean the snake on his head.

[ EXT. AEROSPACE MUSEUM (Jetman #39) - ARTILLACAT blasts the RANGERS.  BLACK rolls aside.  (This scene is blurred like a dream sequence.) ]

Artillacat Artillacat Artillacat Artillacat Artillacat

This portion of Jetman #39 didn't appear in episode 28.  It followed Black's roulette victory against Gray after cheating with the Battlezord's help.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS (Jetman #7) - Giant MIRRORMITE assaults the MEGAZORD.  (This scene is blurred like a dream sequence.) ]

Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord Mirrormite assaults Megazord

The Mirrormite Megazord fight didn't appear in episode 28.  In the sentai, the Megazord then used the Owl Hammer to shatter the monster's mirror before finishing it off.

[ EXT. INDUSTRIAL AREA (Jetman #35) - SMOG RAT lands and turns to face the five RANGERS behind him.  He then blows black smoke, causing the RANGERS to spark.  (This scene is blurred like a dream sequence.) ]

Smog Rat Smog Rat Smog Rat Smog Rat Smog Rat Smog Rat Smog Rat Smog Rat

By this point, all of the remotely usable sentai episodes had been used (or were planned for use in episodes 38-39), so I had to reuse a previous foe for Lisa's dream (note that Lisa wasn't a Ranger when the past-Rangers had their original dreams; Maggie dreamed of a battle with four old monsters).  For Lisa's battle, I chose Smog Rat, as he surely would've left a lasting impression on her as her first foe.  Here, I've used a brief sequence that was cut from episode 31; in the sentai, it came before Smog Rat attacked Blue for a one-on-one fight.

[ INT. TIME BASE, GIRLS' ROOM (NIGHT) - On separate beds in their room (see previous episode), LISA and CASEY startle awake simultaneously.  Puzzled, they blink and look at each other. ]

[ EXT. CITY STREET - LUKE talks on a pay phone (no audio).  In his hand is Casey's black journal. ]

The next several scenes all take place on Saturday, August 8, 1992, the day of the Infernis attack (episode 29).

Casey's journal from the previous episode reappears here as Luke references it to warn Detective Morales which buildings will be destroyed during the Infernis battle (episode 29).

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Anyway, Luke was still cautious about changing history, but when the time came, we did what we had to...

[ INT. POLICE STATION - DETECTIVE MORALES is on the other end of the phone (no audio).  He nods and thanks Luke before hanging up, and he immediately calls to others with a hand-written list in hand. ]

Morales will later send his regards to the Rangers (but the past Rangers rather than the future Rangers) through Special Agent Turnquist (episode 29).

[ EXT. ROOFTOP - The five HEROES watch from a ledge as police officers evacuate a building below.  CASEY is now holding her black journal. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
...and kept everyone safe when they needed it.

The Rangers will later regard this intervention as the most valuable part of their journey back in time.

[ EXT. MOUNTAINS - The MEGAKESTRELZORD's Gemini Beam destroys INFERNIS (from episode 29). ]

Infernis destroyed Infernis destroyed Infernis destroyed Infernis destroyed Infernis destroyed

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Everything was working out just the way we wanted.

[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM - Gathered to watch LUKE's MORPHER, the five HEROES cheer triumphantly. ]

They must've high-tailed it back to the house after the buildings were evacuated.

[ Dissolve to INT. LAB - Resuming from the initial scene shown in episode 31, we see the five MORPHERS on an apparatus.  LISA watches the MORPHERS as DR. BERING works on a computer terminal nearby. ]

This scene takes place on Saturday, August 15, 1992, the day of the Morphers' upgrade (and Maggie's retirement).  While writing episode 31, I also wrote this scene and set it aside for use here.

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
But history was being guided more than most of us realized.

[ Almost simultaneously, all five MORPHERS display solid red indicator lights in the upper left corners of their displays.  The lights then turn off. ]

... And it's done.

LISA (confused):
W--  Just like that?  You didn't even open them up or anything.

DR. BERING (with a chuckle):
Sorry to disappoint, but this was just a firmware upgrade.  A firmware upgrade I happened to spend all week programming.

None of the Morphers' new abilities introduced in 31 required hardware modifications.

Oh yeah?  So what kind of new stuff can they do now?

New stuff, you say?  Try this.

[ DR. BERING removes the two outer MORPHERS and hands LISA the right-most one, keeping the left-most.  DR. BERING then walks to the other side of the room and turns to face an expectant LISA. ]

Through coincidence, the two most easily reachable Morphers on the stand are Red Ranger's (left-most, for Dr. Bering) and Blue Ranger's (right-most, for Lisa), and of course Dr. Bering will morph as the Red Ranger on more than one occasion, while Lisa will be Blue.

DR. BERING (cont'd):
Hold down the upper left-hand button.

[ LISA does so.  The display's blue ring, at a scale of "60m," shows a tight cluster of red, purple, yellow, and pink dots in the center.  Outside the ring, in the direction corresponding to northwest, is an additional cluster of the same colors. ]

It's... a blue ring and some dots.

It's a locator.  You see how the red one's apart from the others?  That's me.

[ LISA squints as she studies the display. ]

Um... I see two sets of four dots.

Of course, there are five duplicates, but as Dr. Bering states below, each Morpher's locator mode is programmed only to display the other four Morphers (why would it have a reason to detect itself?).

Now that Dr. Bering has updated the past Rangers' Morphers to communicate (and broadcast their locations) on their new frequencies, the locator mode shows both sets of Morphers.  (Dr. Bering must have programmed the locator mode fairly well for it not to have crashed the moment it detected two sets of signals.)

Two sets?

[ DR. BERING curiously looks at LISA's display, which she shows her reluctantly. ]

Yeah, four in the middle, and four over in the corner.

The four "in the corner" represent the future Rangers in the "Time Base."

[ DR. BERING appears thoroughly puzzled. ]

That's not possible...  Every Morpher should only show the other four.  (with dawning realization) ...unless there really are duplicates of the Rangers out there.  ...and the Morphers!

The past Rangers had repeatedly spoken of their duplicates on previous occasions.

[ LISA appears uncomfortable, as though she has revealed more than she intended.  There is then a subtle chime as a red indicator blinks in the upper right corner of the MORPHER's display. ]

[ LISA and DR. BERING look at each other.  DR. BERING then takes the MORPHER and presses the talk button. ]

DR. BERING (cautiously):

LUKE (from Morpher):
Uhh, hi, Dr. Bering.

[ DR. BERING is enrapt.  She glances at the other three MORPHERS on the apparatus, seeming to check for a total of five in the room. ]

LUKE (from Morpher, cont'd):
Sorry to alarm you, but we have a small request for your locator mode.  Are you alone?

[ DR. BERING looks to LISA, who nods silently.  DR. BERING frowns skeptically in return but then answers: ]

Umm... yes.

Past-Lisa wants to keep her future knowledge a secret, and Dr. Bering complies, apparently trusting Lisa more than these duplicate Rangers.

LUKE (from Morpher):
All right.  We need to explain some stuff, but it has to stay a secret.

Telling Dr. Bering is seen as a necessary compromise to minimize their effect on history; better that she know than their younger selves find out.

[ Dissolve to INT. LAB (LATER) - LISA absently listens from a chair nearby as a fascinated DR. BERING continues her conversation into the MORPHER. ]

LUKE (from Morpher):
... But the problem is, we're trying not to change history more than we have to, so we were hoping you could keep us hidden on the locator mode.

Hmm...  Well, I guess I could add some sort of stealth mode.  (studies the Morpher)  Like... what would work well?  Maybe if you held both of the left-hand buttons for a second or two...?

LUKE (from Morpher):
Hang on.

[ The extra red dot disappears from the MORPHER's display.  The other three extra dots then disappear as well, within a moment of each other. ]

LUKE (from Morpher, cont'd):
All right, did it work?

[ DR. BERING gives an incredulous chuckle. ]

Yes, it did.  Now let me actually go program it.

I found this entertaining, for the Rangers to be able to use a feature before Dr. Bering had actually programmed it.  This reminded me of the climax of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), but this version seemed to be less nutty, because the Morphers used by the future Rangers had already been modified by Dr. Bering prior to their trip back in time, under the instruction of the Rangers who preceded them in the time loop.

[ LISA smiles faintly. ]

LUKE (from Morpher):
All right.  Thanks, Dr. Bering.  Signing off.

[ DR. BERING sets down the MORPHER and stares into the distance in disbelief for a moment.  She then looks to LISA. ]

You knew all of this?

[ LISA smiles with an innocent shrug. ]

[ EXT. INDUSTRIAL AREA - We see SMOG RAT with his jaws locked on BLUE RANGER's hand, but when he throws her, she flips over him and punches herself free (from episode 31). ]

Lisa's first battle took place on Sunday, August 16, 1992.

Blue Ranger vs. Smog Rat Blue Ranger vs. Smog Rat Blue Ranger vs. Smog Rat Blue Ranger vs. Smog Rat Blue Ranger vs. Smog Rat

PETE (voice-over):
Around that time, Lisa joined the team as the Blue Ranger.

[ EXT. TIME BASE, BACK YARD (LATE AFTERNOON) - LISA is absently looking at the sky in the back yard of their apartment building, the daylight matching the final scene of episode 31. ]

This scene takes place later the same day; it was shown from the opposite vantage point in episode 31.

PETE (voice-over):
What we didn't realize was that she knew a lot more than us about our duplicates.

[ LISA's MORPHER chimes with a subtle tone.  She smiles gently and presses the talk button. ]


LISA 2 (from Morpher):

So, congratulations, Blue Ranger.

LISA 2 (from Morpher):
(laughs)  Thanks.

I guess things are starting to make a little more sense...?

LISA 2 (from Morpher):
A little...  (pauses)  So, I guess I went kinda overboard trying to prove myself today, huh?

[ LISA smirks. ]

Kinda.  Just remember you're part of a team now.  (more cheerfully) You'll do fine... I promise.

LISA 2 (from Morpher):
(pauses)  Oh, I gotta go.  Man, I wish I knew what happened to you guys.

Ehh, you'll find out soon enough.  Tell Luke I said hi.

LISA 2 (from Morpher):
Very funny.

[ LISA lowers her MORPHER and looks at the sunset. ]

I found it interesting to revisit this conversation from the other side, though it seems to be missing a little something in text form...

PETE (voice-over):
In fact, if it weren't for her, who knows how things would've ended up.

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - We see the space station as it appeared prior to the explosion in episode 32.  Both villain ships are docked to the station.  A caption reads, "Days later..." ]

The sequence aboard the space station, and the subsequent beach scene, take place on Saturday, August 22, 1992, the date of Dillik's apparent demise (episode 32).

LUKE (voice-over):
Go protect Dr. Bering!  She's alone back there!

[ INT. SPACE STATION CORRIDOR - BLUE RANGER dashes through a hallway and finds her way to: ]

[ INT. SPACE STATION COMMAND - Upon entering, BLUE RANGER approaches the wall controls.  (In the center of the room are the twisted remains of Will's cryogenic container, as seen in episode 32.) ]

[ BLUE RANGER's fingers hover over the controls as she hesitates. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
All right, Lisa, don't panic.  We practiced this.

[ BLUE enters a series of commands using the buttons on the wall (similar to the sequence shown in episode 33). ]

[ As BLUE presses the final button, a second Lisa, designated here as LISA 2, appears with greenish-silver vertical streaks.  She nods approvingly to BLUE RANGER. ]

Future-Lisa coordinated this with past-Lisa so she could end up aboard the space station to rescue Dillik with the teleporter while past-Lisa helped Dr. Bering escape.

Nice work.

[ BLUE RANGER seems to be in a hurry to leave. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
That's great.  Now can I go?

[ LISA 2 smirks. ]

Yeah, go on.  I'll take it from here.

[ BLUE RANGER dashes off.  LISA 2 mans the wall console. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - TRASK'S SHIP disengages from the space station and begins to fly away. ]

Future-Lisa activated a time-delayed teleportation to save Dillik (how she got the timing just right is up to the audience's imagination); she then teleported into Trask's ship to fly it a safe distance from the station.  This is why Trask's ship wasn't seen when the explosion occurred in episode 32.

[ INT. SPACE STATION, DILLIK'S LAB - His STAR HANDLE sword impaled through DEMI-GOG's torso, DILLIK calls out to DR. BERING (as seen in episode 32). ]

Go!  Get out of here!

[ BLUE RANGER staggers to DR. BERING's aid and pulls her out the door. ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Come on!

[ DEMI-GOG crushes the STAR HANDLE in his hand.  As its casing cracks, white light pours out from within. ]

[ DILLIK shields his eyes as the light grows brighter. ]

[ EXT. SPACE STATION - As seen in episode 32, the four FLYERS join HAWK ONE in flying away from the station.  Just then, a blinding white explosion bursts out from the side of the station. ]

[ INT. CRUISER COCKPIT (DARK) - As seen in episode 32, DR. BERING looks down in dismay. ]


[ INT. VILLAIN SHIP - Wearing her clothes just seen in the space station, LISA is at the controls of Trask's ship.  Behind her, DILLIK materializes from greenish-silver vertical streaks, his pose matching his last appearance.  He is surprised by his surroundings. ]

What the...?  (to Lisa, alarmed)  Who are you?!

During Dillik's heart-to-heart with Dr. Bering before Demi-Gog's arrival (episode 32), past-Lisa remained morphed.

[ LISA turns to speak with him.  Outer space is seen outside the viewscreen. ]

I'm the Blue Ranger.  I'm glad you're safe, Dillik.

Blue Ranger?!  (looks around anxiously)  W-- Where's Vanessa?

She's safe and sound.  Everybody's okay.

But... how?

[ Dissolve to EXT. BEACH - TRASK'S SHIP rests on the sands of a remote beach surrounded by rocky cliffs.  A small speedboat is anchored nearby.  LISA and DILLIK sit on a large rock, in conversation.  DILLIK is wearing his clear helmet (see episode 31). ]

Lisa apparently rented a speedboat and left it here so she could return home from this remote beach after leaving Dillik with Trask's ship.

I wrote this dialog concurrently with episode 32 and saved it for use here.

So you've all been here this whole time, keeping history on track the way you wanted it?

Pretty much.

And... you chose to save me?

[ LISA nods. ]

DILLIK (cont'd):
Was I supposed to die up there?

Not if I had anything to do about it.  The Lisa before me saved you, and so did the Lisa before her, and so on, as far back as anyone knows.

I... don't know what to say.  Thank you...?

LISA (with a smile):
You're welcome.

DILLIK (with dawning realization):
Well, this means I can call off the attacks!  I can go talk to Trask and Mainframe and --

Dillik will return to try to talk them out of their attacks in episode 38, but he'll find only Mainframe remains.  (Lisa fails to mention Trask's arrest, though she does speak only of the monster "Mainframe sends," below.)

But, Dillik...  If you do that, we don't get to go back in time.  That monster Mainframe sends... he's the only way we can go back and set things right.  All those people we saved from those buildings...  And who'd save you from the explosion?

[ DILLIK ponders. ]

Well, we could still try to make a monster who sends people through time...  (frowns) ...although their powers sure are hard to predict...

I thought this was a valid alternative which needed to be covered, though it wasn't originally present in this dialog, and I feel it disrupts the flow of the conversation a bit.

LISA (thinking):
Hmm...  And I don't know what kinds of decisions we'd make if we got sent back in time some other way.  (shakes her head)  Yeah, everything ends up okay this way.  We really should let things just work out the way they would have.

(sighs)  Okay...  But there's something I have to warn you about.

The Gigazord.  (When I wrote this, I didn't foresee that Dillik would be present with the Rangers during the Gigazord battle, which rather dilutes the value of Dillik's warning here.)

[ EXT. TIME BASE, BACK YARD (NIGHT) - LISA stands with her arms crossed beside a tree in the back yard.  She is wearing a long-sleeved shirt. ]

This episode takes place on the evening of Sunday, September 6, 1992, after past-Lisa has learned her mother has betrayed her secret (episode 34); later this evening, Brimstone's attacks will begin.

Future-Lisa is prepared for a call from her past self on the subject of her mother, but she won't be able to answer (below).

PETE (voice-over):
But Lisa's secret didn't stay a secret forever.

[ LUKE approaches her from behind. ]


[ LISA turns, somewhat surprised to see him. ]

Oh!  Luke... hi.

Whatcha doing?

[ Her MORPHER issues a subtle alert tone, and a blue light in the upper right corner of its display blinks prominently in the darkness.  LISA awkwardly tries to cover the display, but she quickly gives up. ]

[ LUKE frowns in confusion.  He seems unable to make sense of the blinking light. ]

How is that possible...?  Y-- Your past self is calling you?

[ LISA doesn't answer. ]

LUKE (cont'd, with growing unrest):
Why is your past self calling you?

(after a pause)  ... She's upset.  This was when my mom revealed my identity.

But... why is she calling YOU?

[ LISA tries to form a response but is speechless. ]

LUKE (cont'd, slightly upset):
You've been talking with her?

[ LISA looks down. ]

LUKE (cont'd):
What have you told her?

LISA (guiltily):
Look, Luke...

How much more have we changed?

[ LISA closes her eyes and takes a breath. ]

I don't spend much time on the quality and progression of Luke and Lisa's relationship during their year back in time, but this was surely a blow to their level of trust.  This was also the catalyst which made future-Luke reluctant to intervene against Brimstone until the last minute (episode 34).

[ INT. SPACE STATION, LISA'S QUARTERS - In her black uniform, LISA lies curled up on her bed, crying softly (see episode 34). ]

Future-Lisa's failure to answer in this critical moment also caused past-Lisa to lose faith in her future self for a while.

[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM (NIGHT) - The HEROES are gathered in the living room.  On one side of the room, LISA sits dejectedly and stares toward the floor.  CASEY is wearing black clothes with a black baseball cap (as seen during the earlier monster army assistance scenes). ]

Casey is prepared to intervene during Brimstone's attack on Egypt (see below).  Of course, this is one of the outfits the future heroes used while surreptitiously rescuing people during the monster army attacks earlier this episode.

So, until further notice, we won't be making any more interventions in history.

[ PETE, CASEY, and CHRIS are appalled. ]


Dude, you can't be serious.  We've been preparing for this all year!

The future Rangers have prepared to keep people safe during Brimstone's assorted attacks, but their primary challenge will be to fight Brimstone in person after nearly a year out of practice (compare with episode 34).

PETE (disappointedly):
What about my French lessons?

Pete learned French to be able to help clear people from in front of the Louvre prior to Brimstone's attack.

LUKE (sternly):
I'm sorry.  We've been making too many revisions.  We need to give it a rest until we can figure out a new plan.

Luke is clearly shaken by the revelation of Lisa's "changes" to history.

But... what about the people at the monuments?

There were no fatalities reported at any of the attack sites.

As indicated in news reports in episode 34.  (I was undecided while writing episode 34 whether the future-Rangers intervened during these attacks.)

Yeah, but we don't know if that was with or without our help.  Are you really willing to risk it?  I'm not.

Chris again demonstrates effective leadership traits; he will have to step in as leader during Luke's absence in episodes 39 and 40.

[ LUKE remains tight-lipped. ]

Eventually, he apparently gives in, and the future Rangers help keep people safe.  (Some injuries seem to occur anyway, as news reports merely mention a lack of fatalities.)

[ EXT. GIZA POLICE STATION - In black, CASEY speaks less-than-perfect Arabic to a small group of skeptical Egyptian police officers.  One officer instructs her to come inside, but she takes a step back and beams up into the sky with green light.  The officers are stunned. ]

Past-Casey didn't know Arabic in episode 34, but she's learned it during their year back in time in preparation for this event.  Despite her efforts, however, she can't convince the ornery Egyptian police to heed her warning, so she leaves before they can detain her.

Apparently the future Rangers used the Flyers to travel to and from their destinations during these attacks.  They apparently did so without alerting their past selves, who were asleep or unconscious during most of the attacks.

[ EXT. LOUVRE - Also in black, PETE directs tourists away from the Louvre Pyramid, speaking in passable French. ]

Pete gets to use his French lessons after all.

[ EXT. CARAL - In black as well, CHRIS leads tourists away from the rocky, pyramid-shaped mounds of Caral, speaking in decent Spanish. ]

Chris learned Spanish to help people in Mexico (or did he know it previously?).

[ EXT. TEOTIHUACAN - Likewise in black, LISA speaks fluent Spanish as she instructs tourists to back away from the Pyramid of the Sun. ]

Fluent, eh?  Perhaps she knew Spanish already.

[ INT. TIME BASE, LIVING ROOM - Still in black, the four HEROES wait anxiously as LUKE paces the room, also in black.  Behind him, a TV shows a news report of the various pyramid attacks, including the one on Monk's Mound in Cahokia. ]

We don't know what site future-Luke visited, assuming he visited one.

I used future-Luke's reluctance to explain why a few attacks proceeded unimpeded.

PETE (voice-over):
The attacks came as expected, and as Brimstone's attack on San Francisco grew closer, we knew what we had to do.

[ LUKE finally throws up his hands in defeat. ]

All right!  Let's go already!

[ The other HEROES are relieved, and all five hastily exit. ]

[ EXT. HARBOR (from episode 34) - RED RANGER leaps through the air and delivers a BATTLIZER punch to BRIMSTONE.  BLACK and BLUE follow with spiraling BATTLIZER punches, and YELLOW and PINK finish with Battlizer Beams. ]

This fight is edited heavily for brevity, as episode 34 wasn't far from this episode.  One detail that's lost as a result, though, is future-Luke facetiously telling Brimstone they had missed him.

Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone Rangers vs. Brimstone

[ BRIMSTONE re-forms in giant size. ]

giant Brimstone giant Brimstone

[ The MEGAZORD forms. ]

Megazord assembly Megazord assembly Megazord assembly

[ EXT. CITY - The MEGAZORD lands in front of BRIMSTONE.  (The entire Zord sequence which follows is taken from episode 34, though it has been edited for brevity.) ]

Megazord lands Megazord lands Megazord lands

I cut Brimstone blowing fire at the Megazord.


Vane Daggers Vane Daggers

[ The VANE DAGGERS bounce off the advancing BRIMSTONE. ]

Vane Daggers ineffective Vane Daggers ineffective

And I cut a sequence featuring the Raptor Axe.

[ The MEGAZORD throws its flail. ]

flail fails flail fails

[ BRIMSTONE swats the flail aside. ]

flail fails

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - YELLOW RANGER looks on apprehensively. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Uhh, we're running out of weapons here!

LUKE (Red Ranger):
We've gotta buy Dr. Bering more time.  Phoenix Blade!

[ PINK RANGER shakes her head. ]

CASEY (Pink Ranger):
She's not gonna like this...

As explained in commentary for episode 34, future-Casey merely remembered wrong, as it had been nearly a year since this battle, and her memory slipped in the heat of battle.

[ EXT. CITY - The MEGAZORD delivers a swing to BRIMSTONE's shoulder. ]

Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade Phoenix Blade

[ The PHOENIX BLADE's broken tip becomes embedded in the ground. ]

Phoenix Blade broken

[ The MEGAZORD swings its broken PHOENIX BLADE. ]

Megazord fights back Megazord fights back

LISA (voice-over):
All right, guys, that's my cue!

Future-Lisa remembers now is the time to disengage the Swallowzord, though I cut a brief sequence wherein Brimstone pounded the Megazord.

[ BRIMSTONE catches the blade and slashes the MEGAZORD in the left shoulder as a blue gleam is emitted. ]

faring poorly faring poorly faring poorly faring poorly

[ Emerging from the gleam, SWALLOW FIVE flies through the city. ]

Swallow Five Swallow Five

LISA (voice-over):
That wasn't a second too soon!

I cut Brimstone hurling the one-armed Megazord around and blowing flames at it.

[ EXT. CITY - BRIMSTONE utters alien words while approaching the smoking, one-armed MEGAZORD.  He then looks left. ]

Brimstone approaches Brimstone approaches Brimstone looks

[ The KESTRELZORD flies overhead. ]


[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The four RANGERS (lacking Blue Ranger) look up. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Right on time.

And I cut the Kestrelzord's flying kick.

[ EXT. CITY - The KESTREL lands and turns to look back at the MEGAZORD. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone


LUKE (Red Ranger):
Hey, guys, are you okay?

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - YELLOW RANGER waves his attention away. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Dude, watch out!

[ EXT. CITY - The KESTREL turns just in time to be blasted with an energy barrage. ]

Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone Kestrel vs. Brimstone

I also cut additional blasts, and more fire-breathing.

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The four RANGERS look to RED RANGER's monitor. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Hey, Dr. Bering, how are those disable codes going?

DR. BERING (from controls):
Almost got it...

And I cut Brimstone knocking the Kestrelzord down.

[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT - The five RANGERS are jostled heavily as the Zord hits the ground (off-screen). ]

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Guys, we're getting creamed!  Let's get the Battlezord out here!

[ EXT. SKY - SWALLOW FIVE loops overhead. ]

Swallow Five Swallow Five

LISA (voice-over):
No, don't do it!

Future-Lisa remembers her own fateful mistake in past-Lisa's shoes.


Blue Ranger speaks

LISA (Blue Ranger):
You have to believe me...  You don't want to call the Battlezord!

I cut future-Lisa's use of the Wing Blade and past-Lisa asking derisively, "That's it?!  That's your plan?!"

[ EXT. CITY - BRIMSTONE chuckles, grinds his foot into the KESTREL's smoking chest, and then stomps once more. ]

Brimstone stomps Kestrelzord Brimstone stomps Kestrelzord Brimstone stomps Kestrelzord

LISA (voice-over):
Forget this!  Battlezord, we need you!

I cut some extended Battlezord-on-Brimstone action.

[ The BATTLEZORD performs a flying punch. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ BRIMSTONE grasps the BATTLEZORD by the head and hurls it. ]

Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord Brimstone vs. Battlezord

[ The BATTLEZORD crashes to the ground near the fallen KESTREL. ]

Battlezord down Battlezord down Battlezord down

[ INT. KESTREL COCKPIT - The five RANGERS react. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Still nothing!  Let's get these Zords up and try the Quad Cannon!

[ EXT. CITY - As it lies downtown in an industrial area, the BATTLEZORD fades away with a golden shimmer (US effect) and is gone. ]

Battlezord vanishes Battlezord vanishes

The nature of this event still isn't known to the future Rangers (but see episode 38).

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The four RANGERS look on and listen. ]

DR. BERING (from controls):
Rangers, I've lost track of the Battlezord.  But I've got good news...  The Mega Kestrelzord is back in business.

[ The four RANGERS shake their heads in dismay. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Well, Lisa tried to warn them.

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Come on.  I think we've done enough here.

LISA (from controls):

[ The four RANGERS vanish with respectively-colored gleams. ]

I cut the Mega Kestrelzord's formation and "walk through sparks" moment.

[ EXT. ANYWHERE - The MEGA KESTRELZORD charges and fires its chest beam. ]

Gemini Beam Gemini Beam

[ EXT. CITY - The beam strikes BRIMSTONE, causing him to crackle with blue electrical bolts.  Two glowing spheres, red and blue, engulf the monster, and he then explodes. ]

Brimstone destroyed Brimstone destroyed

PETE (voice-over):
After Brimstone was destroyed, Lisa told us she had just one other thing to do...

[ EXT. OLD HOUSE (MID-AFTERNOON) - We revisit the end of episode 34 as BLUE RANGER addresses the media. ]

Future-Lisa makes amends with past-Lisa by helping to clear her name, though she knows Maggie was on her way to play this role.

A good bit of dialog was cut here, for the sake of brevity.

LISA 2 (Blue Ranger, boldly):
If and when we choose to reveal ourselves, we will do it on our terms.  In the meantime, try to look into something useful, will you?  (subtly takes a threatening half-step toward Jake)  Like drug dealers in our neighborhoods.

[ JAKE apprehensively steps behind GLENN. ]

[ BLUE RANGER turns away from JAKE and salutes the crowd. ]

LISA 2 (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
And now if you'll excuse me...

[ The reporters clamor forward, but BLUE RANGER leaps into the sky and is gone almost instantly. ]

[ Nearby, LISA chuckles to herself, apparently impressed with "herself."  She turns and is surprised to see a sorrowful MELODY waiting to speak with her. ]


I'm so sorry, baby.

We see past-Lisa's relationship with her mother repaired, explaining why future-Lisa didn't try to prevent the identity revelation fiasco.

[ EXT. TIME BASE, BACK YARD - LUKE sits alone in the back yard, watching his MORPHER. ]

This scene takes place on Sunday, September 13, 1992, the day of Trask's arrest (episode 35).

PETE (voice-over):
Things were kinda awkward for a little while in the Time Base...

[ In the MORPHER's display, we see KORA'S SHIP departing from the quarry (from episode 35). ]

[ LISA joins LUKE outside.  She smiles faintly, and he returns the expression.  She then sits beside him and watches his MORPHER's display with him. ]

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
... but once it was clear things were turning out just like we wanted them, it was kinda hard to argue with Lisa's results.  Without all of our changes, who knew how history would've turned out?

Thus Luke came to accept Lisa's approach: he realized history as they knew it had arisen specifically because of changes she and her previous versions had been making all along.

[ EXT. CITY PLAZA (Jetman #26) - We resume from the freezeframe seen in the previous episode: YELLOW RANGER's BATTLIZER punch knocks TACHYDERM back with a flash of sparks. ]

This episode resumes where the previous episode left off: Wednesday, September 16, 1992.

When the younger Rangers vanished, Luke, Chris, and Pete were missing work, while Casey had yet to begin her shift.  As they approached this point in time, now a year older, the Rangers scheduled two weeks off from their replacement jobs (see previous episode) so that they could work their original jobs long enough to decide which jobs to keep, and so that they wouldn't leave either employer in a bind by quitting immediately.

Battlizer punch Battlizer punch

PETE (voice-over, cont'd):
Anyway, back to that elephant monster.

[ TACHYDERM staggers back and clutches his smoking clock head.  His display flickers out to a dull red (US effect, compare with sentai). ]

angry Tachyderm angry Tachyderm angry Tachyderm angry Tachyderm

(groans)  My precious clock!  It was one of a kind!

[ As YELLOW RANGER lands opposite the smoking monster, the other RANGERS join him. ]

Yellow joins by others Yellow joins by others

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Yeah?  Well, mission accomplished!

[ TACHYDERM shakes his fist irately.  (His display is still red, a US effect.) ]

angry Tachyderm angry Tachyderm

Why aren't you lost in the timestream?!

Tachyderm isn't all that clever.  Further, it may have required a more powerful entity to send people much further through time.

[ US footage - YELLOW RANGER replies on behalf of the others. ]

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Sorry, dude...  You should've sent us further than that if you're trying to get rid of us!

[ TACHYDERM retorts.  (His display remains red, a US effect.) ]

angry Tachyderm angry Tachyderm

Ohh, when I get my clock fixed, you're in for it!

[ US footage - BLACK RANGER steps forward. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Yeah, well, I don't know anyone who can fix it for you, but we'll be happy to clean it!

[ TACHYDERM's tusks glow with blue energy, which he then fires from his forehead as a wide beam. ]

Tachyderm fires Tachyderm fires

[ Switch to US footage - The RANGERS leap aside as a spark explosion erupts behind them. ]

[ Rolling onto his feet, RED RANGER draws his SKY BLASTER. ]

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Let's do it, guys!  Sky Enforcers!

[ Sentai - RED RANGER assembles his SKY ENFORCER. ]

Sky Enforcer Sky Enforcer

[ The RANGERS ready their ENFORCERS. ]

RANGERS (in unison):

[ Sentai (Jetman #3) - The RANGERS fire their force bubble. ]

Enforcer gravity ball Enforcer gravity ball Enforcer gravity ball

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Fire!  (Rangers fire)

In the sentai, Tachyderm wasn't ever hit with a special attack in small scale, as he grew some time after traveling into prehistory with the Rangers.

[ Switch back to Jetman #26 - Sparks explode from TACHYDERM's head.  He crackles with golden electricity and then expands with red energy (US effect). ]

Tachyderm blasted Tachyderm blasted Tachyderm blasted

In this sentai shot, the four Rangers were actually firing their Enforcer beams up at giant Tachyderm.

[ US footage - The RANGERS look up and scramble around as the monster rises above them (off-screen). ]

There was no growth sequence in the sentai, beyond the monster looming over the prehistoric landscape.

[ TACHYDERM towers above. ]

giant Tachyderm giant Tachyderm

[ US footage - BLACK RANGER nods to RED. ]

CHRIS (Black Ranger):
Well, the Enforcers did the trick.  Now let's hope the Zords can finish him off!

[ RED RANGER nods in return and calls into his wrist. ]

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

[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #40) - The FLYERS fly overhead. ]

Sky Flyers Sky Flyers

[ EXT. CITY PARK (US footage) - The RANGERS beam up in green light. ]

By the time the Zords appear in Jetman #26, Tachyderm and the four Rangers have traveled through a time rift to return to the present; Yellow joins them as soon as he reclaims his Morphers from his prehistoric girlfriend.

[ EXT. SKY - SWALLOW FIVE loops overhead. ]

Swallow Five Swallow Five

LISA (voice-over):
Boy, I still feel out of practice...


Blue Ranger

LISA (Blue Ranger, cont'd):
...even after Brimstone!

They've been in one Zord fight over the past year.  But most significantly, they no longer know what's coming.  This may seem trivial, given that they used to fight without knowledge of the future, but they've just lived an entire year within the safety of a timeline whose events they've been able to predict; imagine how uneasy they must feel with that safety net suddenly removed.


Red calls out Red calls out

LUKE (Red Ranger):
Lisa, watch out!

[ EXT. CITY - TACHYDERM extends his hand. ]

Tachyderm reaches out Tachyderm reaches out

Come here, little birdy!

[ TACHYDERM grabs the flying SWALLOWZORD in his hand. ]

Tachyderm grabs Swallow



LISA (Blue Ranger):
(grunts)  He's got me!

[ EXT. CITY - TACHYDERM swings the SWALLOW around in his hand. ]

Tachyderm swings Swallow around Tachyderm swings Swallow around

(laughs)  You're mine now!

[ Break. ]

[ EXT. CITY - As seen before the break, TACHYDERM swings the SWALLOW around. ]

Tachyderm swings Swallow around Tachyderm swings Swallow around

(laughs)  You're mine now!

[ INT. SWALLOW COCKPIT - BLUE RANGER continues to be shaken. ]

shaken shaken

LISA (Blue Ranger):
Why didn't I see this coming?!

I figured Lisa would be the most perturbed by their lack of future knowledge, as she's been most intimately involved with the unfolding of recent history.

[ EXT. CITY - TACHYDERM continues to stomp around in place, the SWALLOW still in hand.  We then see him from above, however, as a boulder sails down. ]

Tachyderm swings Swallow around Tachyderm swings Swallow around incoming incoming

[ The boulder strikes TACHYDERM on the head, causing him to release the SWALLOW. ]

bouldered bouldered

[ The SWALLOW flies through the city. ]

free Swallow free Swallow

LISA (voice-over):
All right!  Thanks, Pete!

[ Alarmed, TACHYDERM looks up. ]

Tachyderm looks up Tachyderm looks up


[ EXT. SKY (Jetman #4) - OWL THREE flies by with the OWL CLAW in place. ]

Owl Claw

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Any time!

[ INT. HAWK COCKPIT - RED RANGER pumps his fist. ]

Red pumps fist

LUKE (Red Ranger):
All right, let's bring 'em together!

[ EXT. SKY - The HAWK transforms, and the MEGAZORD assembles. ]

Megazord assembly Megazord assembly Megazord assembly Megazord assembly Megazord assembly Megazord assembly

[ EXT. DOWNTOWN - TACHYDERM charges downtown. ]

Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm

You're gonna get it!

[ He head-butts the MEGAZORD with little effect but then follows with a kick which draws sparks.  He then slashes with his fist, causing more sparks. ]

Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm

TACHYDERM (cont'd):
Take this!  And this!  And some of this!

[ TACHYDERM head-butts the MEGAZORD once again, this time causing it to stagger back. ]

Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord vs. Tachyderm Megazord staggers Megazord staggers

TACHYDERM (cont'd):
And now some more of this!  (head-butts)

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - YELLOW RANGER performs a straight-fingered gesture. ]

Yellow calls for Kestrel Yellow calls for Kestrel Yellow calls for Kestrel

PETE (Yellow Ranger):
Sky Kestrel, online!

[ EXT. SKY - The KESTRELZORD flies overhead. ]

Kestrelzord flies in Kestrelzord flies in

[ EXT. CITY - The KESTREL lands downtown and stands ready. ]

Kestrel ready Kestrel ready

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The RANGERS perform their fist-crossing gesture in unison. ]

calling for Mega Kestrelzord calling for Mega Kestrelzord

RANGERS (in unison):
Mega Kestrelzord, combine!

[ EXT. ANYWHERE - The MEGAZORD and KESTRELZORD touch fists and then face the same direction.  They then disassemble their assorted components. ]

Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - Red Ranger's monitor shows the Mega Kestrelzord diagram being activated. ]

Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly

[ EXT. ANYWHERE - The MEGA KESTRELZORD assembles.  Its talons rotate, and the MEGA KESTRELZORD is then complete. ]

Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly Mega Kestrelzord assembly

[ EXT. CITY - TACHYDERM shoots red electrical bolts from his eyes. ]

Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord

[ Sparks erupt around the MEGA KESTRELZORD, but it advances unfazed. ]

Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord

[ Roaring angrily, TACHYDERM charges and head-butts the MEGA KESTRELZORD.  It staggers back slightly but then hefts TACHYDERM into the air and hurls him. ]

Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord

The Mega Kestrelzord actually got pushed back!  How can this be?!

[ TACHYDERM lands some distance away. ]

Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord Tachyderm vs. Mega Kestrelzord

[ The MEGA KESTRELZORD stands ready. ]

Mega Kestrelzord ready

[ INT. MEGAZORD COCKPIT - The RANGERS present their fists, and RED RANGER pushes his joysticks forward. ]

call for Gemini Beam call for Gemini Beam

RANGERS (in unison):
Gemini Beam, fire!

[ EXT. ANYWHERE - The MEGA KESTRELZORD opens its talons.  It then charges its chest blast and fires. ]

talons talons Gemini Beam Gemini Beam

[ EXT. CITY - Struck with the beam, TACHYDERM leaps into the air and is enveloped in twin blue and red orbs.  He then explodes. ]

Tachyderm destroyed Tachyderm destroyed Tachyderm destroyed Tachyderm destroyed Tachyderm destroyed

[ EXT. HOUSE (AFTERNOON) - We see the team's mini-van (see previous episode) and Chris's motorcycle (see episode 27) parked outside the house. ]

This scene takes place later that afternoon.  Casey appears to be missing her shift at work.  (She's also suddenly gained an engagement ring, from an outside vantage point.)

PETE (voice-over):
So, after that, we got debriefed by General Taggart, and then we came here and waited for you to come home.

I have a tendency to think of debriefing someone as the act of giving information rather than receiving it, but I must be confusing this with "briefing."  If Taggart questioned the Rangers, then it was they who were debriefed.


So... this is, like, the first time in a year that you're actually living your lives for the first time through...

LISA (grumpily):
Yeah, and I'm not liking it one bit.

[ MAGGIE smirks. ]

Seriously, it is weird, not knowing what's gonna happen anymore.

Definitely.  And it's like... we're still in control of our own destinies, but now we don't have anything to compare it against to know if we're on the right track.

They'll readjust to normal life before too long.


And we each have a big decision to make...  Which careers do we stick with?

Their choices:

RangerOld JobNew Job
Lukemuseum guideHR manager
Chrisbicycle repairmanmotorcycle detailer
PeteFranco's chef/cookretirement home sous chef
CaseyBooksmart baristahelp line operator
Lisaspace station assistantfishing boat worker

Oh, that's right!  You've all been working two jobs, between the two sets of you.

Yep.  We're all starting two weeks off our new jobs right now, to give us a chance to figure everything out.

I think I know what I'm gonna do.  ... Not that it wasn't interesting working on a boat.

Lisa opts to work aboard the space station.

You'll probably smell better working on the space station again.

[ LISA playfully punches PETE in the arm. ]

Well, I like my operator job, and my co-workers too...  But I miss seeing customers face-to-face.  What about you, Luke?

Casey will resume working at Booksmart.

Well, I like Hawkins a lot, but I'm still working under an alias there.  I think I'd like to be myself again.

Luke's alias was Rich Feynman (see previous episode).

Maybe you could tell them you decided to change your name.

[ LUKE chuckles, dismissing the idea. ]

Luke will return to Spring Valley Museum.  Originally when I wrote episode 38, I included a mention of Detective Morales helping Luke keep his job at Hawkins by alluding to a secret mission of Luke's, but I removed this detail after conceiving of Luke's off-world mission in episode 40, as there seemed to be little point to preserving his job at Hawkins for no more than two weeks.

CASEY (to Chris):
What about you, baby?

Mike's, no contest.  They let me do artwork over there.

Sorry, Mr. Fischer, you're on your own!

[ MAGGIE looks to PETE. ]

How about you, Pete?

[ PETE seems torn. ]

Pete's dilemma arose in the previous episode, though that was an entire year ago by Pete's perspective.

[ EXT. REGALA (EVENING) - PETE approaches Regala.  He pauses for a moment but then proceeds inside.  Freezeframe. ]

Pete will take the job at Regala and quit both of his jobs at Franco's and the retirement home (see episode 38).