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Time Force
Number 9
Number of episodes: 40
First episode: Force From The Future (1)
Last episode: The End of Time (3)
Intro: Time Force Intro
Adapted from: Mirai Sentai Timeranger
See comparison page.
Original airing: February 3, 2001 – November 17, 2001
Producer: Saban
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Power Rangers: Time Force (often abbreviated as PRTF) or Time Force is the ninth season of the Power Rangers franchise, based on the Super Sentai series Mirai Sentai Timeranger (Future Squadron Timeranger). It ran with a total of 40 half-hour episodes from February to November of 2001 and was the last full season to completely air on Fox Kids following the sale of Fox Family Worldwide, which included Fox Family, Fox Kids and Saban Entertainment being purchased by The Walt Disney Company. Time Force was the last season to be produced by the defunct Saban Entertainment group. 10 years later Saban re-emerged as Saban Brands and announced Power Rangers Samurai.

Time Force's plot and structure follows similar themes established by In Space and Lost Galaxy before it, employing what many fans considered to be "darker" and more "mature" themes (such as death, implied racism and morally gray characters). Because of this, it is often compared to the precedessor of the season before it. Time Force is also the first of many Power Rangers seasons to adapt the original plot of its Sentai counterpart almost to the letter, with only minor changes to suit its characters.

This was the final Power Rangers season that Judd Lynn collaborated on until Power Rangers RPM. His writing partner at the time, Jackie Marchand, likewise departed for a year before returning to work on Power Rangers Ninja Storm.

Synopsis

In the year 3000 humankind has evolved into a utopia where a police organization called Time Force has tracked down every single criminal - except for Ransik, who hijacks a prison full of cryogenically frozen convicts and escapes to the year 2001 in the hopes of altering the course of history, but not before fatally striking down the Red Time Force Ranger, Alex. The four Time Force officers responsible for Ransik's escape, including Alex's fiance, Jen, pursue him through time and end up in the fictional city of Silver Hills, where they are acquainted with the 21st century by Wesley Collins, the son of a rich industrialist and a dead ringer for Alex, due to him being Alex's distant, but still direct, ancestor. Despite Jen's initial reluctance, Wes eventually joins the team as the 5th member and new Red Ranger. The Time Force Rangers both defend Silver Hills from the onslaught of Ransik's Mutants and attempt to keep the original timeline from drastically altering.

Due to Wes' estrangement from his father, the Time Force officers instead move into an abandoned clock tower in the middle of the city and begin operating a business named A Nick of Time Odd Jobs in order to get by. Wes soon finds that his father's overbearing determination to have him follow his footsteps and take over his company has become too much for him to bear, and he abandons his father to go live with the other Rangers in the clock tower. Over time, Wes and Jen's relationship also blossoms and they begin to catch feelings for each other, although neither has the gall to admit it to the other.

Wes soon discovers that Ransik's deep-rooted hatred for humans is a manifestation of his origin as a horribly disfigured mutant shunned by the rest of the genetically perfect population. Ransik displays extremely impressive combat skills throughout the season, but his biggest weakness is his constant need to take a vial of special serum in order to prevent turning into a mutant permanently. Wes notes Ransik's potential capacity for kindness, such as his affable treatment of his daughter, Nadira, but the rest of the Time Force officers are fully committed to bringing in Ransik at all costs.

The Rangers' mission is complicated by the introduction of the Silver Guardians, a new business venture by Mr. Collins to protect customers who pay for the Guardians' services. At the same time, Mr. Collins discovers that Wes is a Time Force Ranger and tries to offer him the position as commander of the Guardians, which Wes refuses. One of the Guardians, Eric Myers, a former prep school classmate of Wes, discovers the Quantum controller box, becomes the Quantum Ranger, seizes control of the Q-Rex, and is put in command by Mr. Collins of the Silver Guardians. Long resentful of Wes' privileged position in life, he remains aloof and distant from the other Rangers and operates independently of them.

Ransik's robotic underling, Frax, grows deranged and breaks away from Ransik, destroying all of his vials of serum in the process. A desperate Ransik ransacks Mr. Collins' company, Bio-Lab, to acquire their supply of newly developed serum, and in the process severely injures Mr. Collins, leaving him in critical condition. This development causes the sudden arrival of Alex, who intends to "set history straight". He resumes command as the Red Time Force Ranger, informing Wes that his father will die the next day. Alex makes a series of questionable decisions battling Frax's powerful creation, Dragontron, while a resigned Wes briefly takes over command of his father's business. The Rangers, unable to stand Alex's leadership any longer, mutiny and force him to give Wes back the Red Time Force morpher. Wes leads the Rangers to a resounding victory over Dragontron, while Alex uses technology from the future to save Mr. Collins' life. Alex returns to the future, respectful of Wes' role as the leader of Time Force.

When Vypra of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue lore revives a Super Demon named Quarganon, the Time Force Rangers briefly team up with their Lightspeed Rescue predecessors to take down the combined forces of Vypra, Ransik, and Quarganon.

Ransik eventually tracks down Frax and reprograms him to be his completely subservient robotic slave. Frax creates a new fighting machine, Doomtron, which rains destruction on Silver Hills and sends most of the city's infrastructure spiraling into a time-space vortex. Upon hearing from Alex that their fate was doomed, Wes forcibly returns the other four Rangers back to the year 3000 for their own safety, leaving him and Eric to try to desperately defend Silver Hills from both Doomtron and Ransik. Eric is severely injured by a slightly damaged Cyclobot, and hands the Quantum morpher over to Wes, who is the city's last hope. Alex tries to wipe the memories of the year 2001 from the four officers, but they rebel once again and choose to go back in time to help Wes - which culminates with Jen returning to Alex their engagement ring. The reunited Rangers destroy Doomtron, along with Frax, but find themselves overmatched against the awesome power of Ransik. Ransik attempts to deliver the finishing blow to Jen, but accidentally strikes Nadira, an act which horrifies him and causes him to repent. He turns himself in, and the four Time Force officers, their mission complete, return to their own time, but not before Jen and Wes finally confess their feelings to each other. Wes agrees to his father's revised proposal to become head of the Silver Guardians - who now provide their services freely - with the condition that he have Eric working alongside with him as co-commander.

A recurring theme in the series is that an individual controls his or her own destiny, as exemplified through Wes' character development - he continually refuses to adhere to the life his father has set for him as successor of the lucrative Collins business, remaining committed to traversing his own path, even when he is told by Alex that it is destiny for him to take over the company after his father's death. Other characters also fight against the currents of predetermined destiny, such as how Eric determinedly fights his way out of squalor and poverty to become head commander of the Silver Guardians, or when Jen and the other Time Force Rangers ignore the predetermined events of history and choose to return to the year 2001 and save Wes from dying. Even the penultimate clash of the season - Ransik with the Time Force Rangers - culminates with Ransik's choice to accept responsibility for his crimes and carve his own path in life anew.

Characters

Time

The Time Force Rangers.

Rangers

Main article:Time Force Rangers
Color Role Actor
Time Force Red Alex ►◄ Wesley Collins Jason Faunt
Time Force Pink Jen Scotts Erin Cahill
Time Force Blue Lucas Kendall Michael Copon
Time Force Yellow Katie Walker Deborah Estelle Phillips
Time Force Green Trip Kevin Kleinberg
Quantum Ranger Eric Myers Daniel Southworth

Allies

Civilians

Villains

Monsters from Time Force

  • Monsters history from the Ransik's flashback
    • Mohawked Mutant
    • Contempra
    • Redeye
    • Samurhive
    • Eyeacon
  • Monsters cardboard consisted of:
    • Jetara
    • Fearog II
    • Mantamobile
    • Mohawked Mutant
    • Rabbitcon
    • Angelcon
    • Medicon
    • Izout
    • Redeye
    • Ironspike
    • Electropede
    • Chef Bug
  • Monsters from Mirror World enterance are.
    • Redeye Ironspike and Angelcon

Zords

Time Flyer and Shadow Force System

Legend:◆ piloted zord, ★ battlezord


Weaponry & Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Time Force)
  • Time Force Badge: Identification of Time Force members and is utilized to seal defeated criminals away in cryo-containment units.
  • Chrono Blaster: Standard sidearm of Time Force.
  • V Weapons/Vortex Blaster: Five cannons used by the Rangers; can combine into the Vortex Blaster which delivers powerful energy blasts capable of "freezing" or knocking out a criminal.
  • Chrono Morpher: Morpher of the Time Force Rangers; equipped with holographic communication array and can only be activated when the Red Chrono Morpher is activated; imprints with the user's DNA.
  • Chrono Sabers: Standard weapons (two to each Ranger) that can combine into double-bladed lances; capable of shooting energy blasts and delivering "Time Strike" attacks
  • Electro Booster: Special gun created by adding several attachments to a Chrono Saber.
  • Quantum Morpher: Morpher of the Quantum Time Force Ranger, used to control the Quantasaurus Rex; vocal command accepted only from the Quantum Time Force Ranger (or someone who can sound like him).
  • Quantum Defender: A sidearm used by the Quantum Time Force Ranger; also has a sword mode.
  • Battle Warrior Armor: Battlizer Armor for the Red Time Force Ranger, granted to him by the mystic Battle Fire; gives him torso armor, armored helmet & boots, and a two-handed battle sword.
  • Quantum Mega Battle Armor: Battlizer Armor for the Quantum Time Force Ranger, granted to him by Alex from the year 3000; gives him torso shielding, visor, rollerblades, and detachable wings that serve as blasters and blades; also grants him the ability to fly and a large energy blade that is capable of "freezing" giant criminals.
  • Vector Cycles: Motorcycles used by the Rangers for ground pursuit.
  • Strata Cycle: air/ground vehicle sent by Alex to aid Wes
  • TF Eagle: Transport of the Quantum Time Force Ranger, capable of time-traveling.
  • Time Jet: Aircraft used by Power Rangers; can transform into a blaster for the Time Force Megazord Mode Blue.
  • Time Ship: Vehicle used by the Time Force Power Rangers; Allowed the Rangers to travel through time.

Episodes

  1. Force from the Future, Pt. 1
    • Ransik, Nadira, Frax, Gluto, Circuit, Alex, Jen, Lucas, Trip, Katie, & Captain Logan introduced. Alex thought to be killed.
  2. Force from the Future, Pt. 2
    • Wes & Mr. Collins are introduced. Time Force Rangers introduced.
  3. Something to Fight For
  4. Ransik Lives
  5. A Blue Streak
  6. A Parting of Ways
  7. Short-Circuited
  8. Jen's Revenge
  9. The Time Shadow
  10. Future Unknown
  11. Uniquely Trip
  12. Worlds Apart
    • Silver Guardians & Eric are introduced.
  13. The Quantum Quest
    • Quantum Ranger introduced.
  14. Clash for Control, Part 1
  15. Clash for Control, Part 2
  16. Bodyguard in Blue
  17. The Legend of the Clock Tower
  18. Trust and Triumph
  19. Trip Takes a Stand
  20. Quantum Secrets
  21. Lovestruck Rangers
  22. The Last Race
  23. Full Exposure
  24. Movie Madness, Pt. 1
  25. Movie Madness, Pt. 2
  26. Time Force Traitor
  27. Frax's Fury
  28. Dawn of Destiny
    • Alex revealed alive.
  29. Fight Against Fate
    • Alex takes Red Ranger Powers.
  30. Destiny Defeated
    • Wes takes back Red Ranger powers. Alex returns to future.
  31. Undercover Rangers
  32. Beware the Knight
  33. Time for Lightspeed
    • Lightspeed teamup. Vypra returns.
  34. Reflections Of Evil
  35. Nadira's Dream Date
  36. Circuit Unsure
  37. A Calm Before the Storm
  38. The End of Time, Pt. 1
  39. The End of Time, Pt. 2
  40. The End of Time, Pt. 3
    • Frax destroyed. Gluto in containment. Ransik & Nadira surrender. 4 go back to future. Wes joins Silver Guardians.

VHS/DVD Releases

VHS Release

DVD

  • Power Rangers Time Force (Complete Season) [German RC2]
  • Power Rangers Seasons 8-12 (Lightspeed Rescue to Dino Thunder)

Notes

  • A number of changes have been made in Power Rangers Time Force since the 9/11 2001 World Trade Center attack. The opening clip with the giant robot standing on the 2 World Trade Center Towers has been removed. The speech in "Ransik Lives" has been replaced with music due to the similarities of Bin Laden's speech. The scenes with the skyscraper buildings being under attack or destroyed, and the scenes of people panicking as a result, have been edited.
  • According to Daniel Southworth at Power Morphicon 2007, due to the popularity, and the relationship between the production crew and cast they almost came back for a second season - whether he meant a second season of Time Force, or the characters coming back in Wild Force is unknown.
  • An oddity with Time Force is that it is the first series, since the trend started in Turbo, that did not have most of or all of the Rangers' arsenal being destroyed in the final battle.
  • Time Force is the first Power Rangers series where the original Rangers, with the exception of Wesley, took or stole their morphers rather than being given to them.
  • Power Rangers Time Force is the first (and so far the only) Power Rangers season to feature a Pink Ranger as the leader. However, the Red Ranger remained the protagonist of the show. 
  • Episode 22, "The Last Race", marks the 400th Episode milestone for the Power Rangers franchise.
  • Time Force is the only series thus far to feature a sixth Ranger that wore the same color as another team member (Wes and Eric both wore red as their color scheme).
  • Power Rangers Time Force is also notable for being the first series where the Rangers don't destroy the monsters, but rather capture them in containers.
  • It was the first series to employ Power Rangers from the future.
  • It was the first series to feature a family member accidentally finding out their relative was a Power Ranger (Mr. Collins found out Wes was the Red Ranger when his visor was damaged in a battle).
  • In an early Time Force promo, Tatsuya Asami, Wes' Sentai counterpart, is seen performing the Timeranger transformation sequence. The full entrance of the Time Jets was also in early promotional materials, which was cut short for Time Force.
  • This was the first season to include a standard issue sidearm not featured in its Sentai counterpart. In this case it is the Chrono Blaster, as the Timerangers did not have ranged sidearms.
  • Time Force is the first season to feature 12 Rangers in a crossover/teamup episode, the episode being "Time For Lightspeed".
  • Time Force is the first (and so far only) season known to have a Megazord which can switch from one Megazord mode to another, using only the 5 core components.
    • Example: Time Flyer 1 forms the torso of Mode Red and Mode Blue. Time Flyers 2 and 3 form the arms of Mode Blue and the legs for Mode Red. And Time Flyers 4 and 5 form the legs for Mode Blue and Arms for Mode Red. Most Megazords cannot do this.
  • The series finale "The End of Time" is the second Power Rangers season finale arc with three episodes. The first was Lost Galaxy's "Journey's End" (December 16, 1999-December 17, 1999)
  • The season was planed to have an extra 10 episodes, and the possibility for a movie, but was cancelled due to a possible Screen Actors Guild strike. [Citation needed]
  • This is the first Power Rangers incarnation, and so far the only one, to have absolutely no supernatural elements in the series (aside from the team-up episodes and the season's Battlizer), all major plot points being limited to science fiction instead.

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