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Lightspeed Rescue
Number 8
Number of episodes: 40
First episode: Operation Lightspeed
Last episode: The Fate of Lightspeed, Part 2
Intro: Lightspeed Rescue Intro
Adapted from: Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive
Original airing: February 12, 2000 – November 18, 2000
Producer: Saban
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Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (often abbreviated as PRLR) was the eighth incarnation of the Power Rangers TV series, based on the Super Sentai series Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive. It was the first incarnation of Power Rangers to have the Rangers' identities be known to public from the onset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances, and the series is unique in the fact that it was the first where the Rangers' powers, Zords and weapons were man-made and had no mystical origin whatsoever (both of these traits would be repeated in Power Rangers: S.P.D. and Power Rangers: RPM). Lightspeed Rescue also had, for the first time, a Power Ranger with no Super Sentai counterpart in the Titanium Lightspeed Ranger, as there was no 6th Ranger at all in GoGo V. The next series to feature the main villain from its Super Sentai counterpart would be the Disney-produced Power Rangers Mystic Force, which premiered six years later.

Synopsis

Lightspeed Rescue takes place in the fictitious city of Mariner Bay, California, which was built on an ancient demon burial ground. When the demons threaten to rise again, a government organization called Lightspeed, headed by one Captain Mitchell recruits four civilians and his own daughter to defend the city. Each of the four civilians chosen had a special area of expertise: Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger, was a fire fighter in the local fire department; Chad Lee, the Blue Lightspeed Ranger, worked as a lifeguard and marine animal trainer at a local marine amusement park; Joel Rawlings, the Green Lightspeed Ranger, was a stunt pilot; Kelsey Winslow, the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger, was an extreme sports athlete; and Dana Mitchell, the Pink Lightspeed Ranger, was a nurse and practiced medical arts. The five Power Rangers were aided by a team of scientists and engineers led by Miss Angela Fairweather, and operated out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, an underwater military compound that also served to deter the hydrophobic demons from attacking the base directly.

The five Rangers would be joined by Captain Mitchell's (long thought to be dead) son, Ryan Mitchell. Together, the six Rangers would prevail against the demon forces time after time, culminating in a final showdown where, in the Power Rangers tradition, much of the weapons and other equipment that was used by the Power Rangers over the series was destroyed.

In addition, Lightspeed Rescue featured a cameo reappearance of characters from Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, when the villainess Trakeena comes to Earth to destroy it and the Lightspeed Rangers team up with the Galaxy Rangers

Characters

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Lightspeed Rescue Rangers

Rangers

Main article: Lightspeed Rangers
Color Role Actor
Red Lightspeed Ranger Carter Grayson Sean Cw Johnson
Blue Lightspeed Ranger Chad Lee Michael Chaturantabut
Green Lightspeed Ranger Joel Rawlings Keith Robinson
Yellow Lightspeed Ranger Kelsey Winslow Sasha Williams
Pink Lightspeed Ranger Dana Mitchell Alison MacInnis
Titanium Ranger Ryan Mitchell Rhett Fisher

Allies

Villains

Demons

Guest Villains

Arsenal

Zords

Ligtspeed Rescuezord System

Legend:◆ piloted zord, ✶ team-piloted zord

Rail Rescue System

  • Supertrain Megazord (Rail Rescues)
    • Rail Rescue 1
    • Rail Rescue 2
    • Rail Rescue 3
    • Rail Rescue 4
    • Rail Rescue 5

Omegazord System

Legend:◆ piloted zord, ● other


Episodes

  1. Operation Lightspeed
    • Demons, Carter, Chad, Joel, Kelsey, Dana & Captain Mitchell are introduced.
  2. Lightspeed Teamwork
    • Ms. Fairweather introduced.
  3. Trial By Fire
  4. Riding the Edge
  5. A Matter of Trust
  6. Wheels of Destruction
  7. Cyborg Rangers
  8. Up to the Challenge
  9. Go Volcanic
    • Queen Bansheera introduced.
  10. Rising From Ashes
  11. From Deep in the Shadows
    • Titanium Ranger introduced.
  12. Truth Discovered
    • Ryan introduced.
  13. Ryan's Destiny
  14. Curse of the Cobra
  15. Strength of the Sun
  16. The Cobra Strikes
    • Diabolico sent to shadow world.
  17. Olympius Ascends
    • Olympius introduced.
  18. A Face from the Past
  19. The Queen's Return
    • Ryan starts journey to find a way to stop the demons.
  20. The Omega Project
  21. The Fifth Crystal
  22. The Chosen Path
  23. Yesterday Again
  24. As Time Runs Out
    • Diabolico Returns.
  25. In the Freeze Zone
  26. The Mighty Mega Battles
  27. The Great Egg Caper
  28. Ocean Blue
  29. Trakeena's Revenge, Part 1
    • Trakeena seeks revenge. Lost Galaxy teamup.
  30. Trakeena's Revenge, Part 2
    • Lost Galaxy teamup. Trakeena is destroyed.
  31. The Last Ranger
  32. Sorcerer of the Sands
  33. Olympius Unbound
  34. Neptune's Daughter
  35. Web War
  36. In the Limelight
  37. Wrath of the Queen
    • Queen Bansheera destroyes Vypra. Loki destroyed.
  38. Rise of the Super Demons
    • Diabolico and Olympius are destroyed.
  39. The Fate of Lightspeed, Pt. 1
  40. The Fate of Lightspeed, Pt. 2
    • Queen Bansheera and all demons locked up in Shadow World.

VHS/DVD Releases

VHS

DVD

Production/Reception

Lightspeed Rescue was the first Power Ranger season to be truly independent of previous seasons and unlike its predecessor (Lost Galaxy, which is often described as a "in between" season because of its characters' connections to the "Zordon Era"), did not include any familiar staying characters such as a unit from the Lexion Alpha line, Bulk, Skull or NASADA, with the exception of its Team Up episode with the Galaxy Rangers.

Fan reception of Lightspeed Rescue was initially one of sheer derision, however, cases made by some of its more passionate fans, coupled with former critics becoming more respectable of it through repeated viewings, have helped to redeem the season's reputation. Several fans and critics of the season also agree that The Fate of Lightspeed is one of Power Rangers' most gripping finales.

Notes

  • This is the first Power Rangers series in which the Green and Blue Rangers, not just the Red Ranger, receive Battlizers or equipment very close to one.
  • This was the first Power Ranger series where all the individual Rangers had professions before becoming Power Rangers.
  • This series is the second to feature siblings (Dana and Ryan Mitchell, the Pink and Titanium Rangers) serving on the same team (the first being Lost Galaxy, with Leo and Mike Corbett as the Red Galaxy Ranger and the second Magna Defender, respectively). It should be noted, though, that Andros and Karone (who are brother and sister) have been Rangers before. However, they were Rangers on seperate teams (Andros in In Space, Karone in Lost Galaxy).
  • This season posseses many elements similar to that of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season one. Such as an evil Sixth Ranger who later joins the team, a close friendship between the Yellow and Blue Rangers, a significant relationship between the Pink and Sixth Rangers(in MMPR they are a couple, in PRLR they are siblings) and one of the rangers being romantically involved with a character named Angela.
  • Amy Miller did not reprise her role as Trakeena for the team up episodes. The voice of the Red Galaxy Ranger was also dubbed by someone other than Danny Slavin at some points throughout the two episodes.
  • Titanium Ranger is the first full-on exclusive made-for-Power Rangers ranger designed by PLEX. The reason behind Titanium Ranger's long absence and losing his powers was the lack of footage, since he didn't exist in GoGo V, and making new footage only for him as well as using Sentai footage of the main 5 Rangers during the whole season would have caused the series to go over-budget. [Citation needed]
  • Lightspeed Rescue is one of the few Power Rangers series to keep the Sentai term for part of the Rangers' arsenal. In this case, the term "V-Lancer" was brought over from GoGo V.
  • This is the first series that the Rangers team's opaque visor can be opened followed by Power Rangers: Ninja Storm. GoGo V featured scenes in which the heroes' faces could be seen through their visors, though most of these scenes were removed. There are, however, rare moments in which you can see one of the Tatsumi siblings' faces.
  • This is the first season where the Rangers identities were known to the public.
  • This is the first season wherein the team members' full names are credited.
  • In the episode "Curse Of The Cobra", a scene features the Rangers passing by a building that had flames coming out of it. Later in 2003 due to 9/11, Disney cut the scene during their reruns of the episode. [Citation needed]
  • At the beginning of "Up To The Challenge", Chad is trying to teach Kelsey how to do Tai Chi at a temple-like building. This building shows up in the first episode of another of Saban's works called VR TroopersIcon-crosswiki.
  • It is the first season to not include Farkas Bulkmeier.
  • This is the first series to have trains for zords.
  • Two of Lightspeed Rescue's cast members, Michael Chaturantabut and Keith Robinson, have both co-starred alongside singer Beyoncé Knowles, in "Austin Power: Goldmember" and "Dreamgirls" respectively.
  • This is the first time the five Rangers were complete strangers before becoming Power Rangers.

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