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in Space
Number 6
Number of episodes: 43
First episode: From Out of Nowhere
Last episode: Countdown to Destruction, Part 2
Intro: in Space Intro
Adapted from: Denji Sentai Megaranger
See comparison page.
Original airing: February 6, 1998 – November 21, 1998
Producer: Saban
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Power Rangers in Space (often abbreviated as "PRIS" or referred to as "In Space") was a television show, the sixth season of Power Rangers. It was the first full season of Power Rangers to be handled by show runners Judd Lynn and Jonathan Tzachor.

It was loosely based on, and involved footage from, the Japanese television show Denji Sentai Megaranger (or Electromagnetic Task Force MegaRanger), the twenty-first Super Sentai series. The show was a turning point in the history of the Power Rangers franchise, as the season brought about the end of six years worth of storylines and was the ending of the practice of having the Power Rangers be a continuous serial-style show with a regular cast that carried over from one season to the next. It was supposedly going to be the last season, but due to major ratings, they succeeded and went on to making a new season.

Production

Judd Lynn went ahead with the "space war" storyline in spite of the problems with the Megaranger footage. A great deal of the budget would be spent creating cheap green screen space footage for the Zords traveling in space as well as shooting new fight scenes with the Space Rangers which were tinted a different color for broadcast so as to create the appearance of the battles taking place on alien worlds.

Two team-up episodes were commissioned along the way bringing Blake Foster (Justin from Power Rangers Turbo) and Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam, succeeding Zack as the second Black Power Ranger, Green Zeo and Original Green Turbo Ranger) to the show to try and tie up loose ends. The Phantom Ranger, who's identity was never revealed in Turbo, was also brought back for a multi-episode arc, but plans to reveal his identity fell through due to budget problems forced Lynn to cut the episode where his identity was to be revealed.

Also, the show would be the first Power Rangers series to be completely serialized, in that the series was the first series to rely on a continuing plot that unfolds episode by episode. This series also featured plot devices and storylines never before seen in a Power Rangers series. The series is also highly regarded for being the first Power Rangers series to feature sympathetic and multi-dimensional villains in the form of Astronema and Ecliptor. Astronema was Red Space Ranger Andros' sister, Karone, who was kidnapped by the cruel Darkonda as a child and raised by the cyborg Ecliptor to be the evil Dark Spectre's harbringer of evil. When Astronema learns the truth about her identity, she is tortured and brainwashed into staying evil by Dark Specter and Darkonda. Ecliptor, who sees himself as Astronema's father due to him raising her, gains a level of depth not seen by many villains on the show when he tries to defend his adopted daughter, only to be cruelly tortured by the sadistic Darkonda, who forces the two to merge into a singular entity, leaving Ecliptor broken both physically and mentally.

Synopsis

After being defeated by Divatox, the former Turbo Rangers T.J., Cassie, Ashley, and Carlos leave for space in search of their old mentor Zordon and are taken to a strange spaceship. Elsewhere on the Cimmerian Planet, the evil Dark Specter is celebrating his conquest of Eltar with his guests in the United Alliance of Evil: Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Master Vile, the Machine Empire, Divatox, General Havoc, and their many minions. As the villains enjoy a banquet, an unwelcome guest crashes the party -- a Red Power Ranger. Dark Specter sends his chosen disciple Astronema to pursue and destroy him.

As he retreats to the spaceship, the Red Ranger Andros finds the former Turbo Rangers examining the ship. Though he initially doesn't trust his guests, he changes his attitude when they help defend the Astro Megaship from Astronema. As an act of gratitude, Andros gives them all-new Astro Morphers, allowing them to transform into Space Rangers like him.

From the Astro Megaship (which can also transform into the Astro Megazord), the Space Rangers patrol the galaxy as they try to locate Zordon and rescue him from Dark Specter, who intends to absorb the sage's power into himself. However, they are frequently forced to postpone the search in order to protect Angel Grove from Astronema, her loyal general (and adopted father) Ecliptor, and the seemingly-immortal bounty hunter Darkonda. Old friends such as Adam Park, Justin Stewart, and the Phantom Ranger come to the Rangers' aid alongside new allies such as D.E.C.A., the Megaship's onboard A.I., and Zhane, the Silver Space Ranger and Andros's childhood friend from their homeworld of KO-35. New resources are also granted in the form of the Delta Megazord, the Mega Voyager, and the Mega Winger.

When Andros is able to confront Astronema at one point, he learns to his surprise that she is actually Karone, his sister that had disappeared many years ago when they were children. Darkonda had kidnapped her so that Dark Specter and Ecliptor could raise her in the ways of evil. Though Andros is able to convince Karone to forsake her evil upbringing and return with him to the Astro Megaship, she is recaptured by Darkonda and placed under intense cybernetic brainwashing alongside Ecliptor.

With no trace of her former life left in her, Astronema resumes her evil plans by sending down an adversary unlike any other -- the Psycho Rangers, five insane cyborgs programmed to imitate and terminate the Power Rangers. They are all powered by Dark Specter's evil energies, weakening him as part of Astronema's larger plan to kill her master and become the sole ruler of the galaxy. Through many long and arduous battles, the Power Rangers are able to slowly weaken and eventually defeat the Psycho Rangers.

As the series comes to a close, Dark Specter rallies his forces and launches a full-scale invasion on the galaxy. The Power Rangers and all their allies from across the galaxy try their hardest to fend off the overwhelming forces but are unable to hold up against the onslaught. However, Dark Specter is assassinated by Darkonda in a suicide attack and Astronema quickly takes advantage of the unexpected diversion by declaring herself to be the new undisputed Queen of Evil.

In his last-ditch attempt to end the invasion, Andros infiltrates Astronema's Dark Fortress where he finds Zordon imprisoned. Zordon demands that his energy tube be shattered in order to save the galaxy, but Andros refuses to kill him. However, Astronema and Ecliptor arrive to keep him from doing anything. When Astronema is accidentally killed during the conflict, Ecliptor breaks out of his brainwashing and attacks Andros in rage.

Andros is forced to do what must be done and destroys Zordon. In doing so, the sage's purifying energies wash across the entire galaxy, turning all evil it touches into dust. Rita, Zedd, and Divatox are purified and become human instead, and Astronema is also restored to life as Karone. Though Zordon's death comes as a grave loss, the galaxy takes heart in knowing that his legacy will continue to live forever through the Power Rangers.

Characters

Rangers

Main article:Space Rangers
IS Rangers

The Space Rangers from left to right : Ashley, Cassie, Zhane, Andros, Carlos and T.J.

Color Role Actor
Red Space Ranger Andros Christopher Khayman Lee
Black Space Ranger Carlos Vallerte Roger Velasco
Blue Space Ranger T.J. Johnson Selwyn Ward
Yellow Space Ranger Ashley Hammond Tracy Lynn Cruz
Pink Space Ranger Cassie Chan Patricia Ja Lee
Silver Space Ranger Zhane Justin Nimmo

Allies

Past Rangers

Phantom Ranger Phantom Ranger
Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart
Black Ranger Adam Park
Blue Senturion Blue Senturion
Gold Ranger Trey of Triforia
Red Aquitar Ranger Aurico
White Aquitar Ranger Delphine
Blue Aquitar Ranger Cestro
Yellow Aquitar Ranger Tideus
Black Aquitar Ranger Corcus

Civilians

Villains

Psycho Red Psycho Red
Psycho Black Psycho Black
Psycho Blue Psycho Blue
Psycho Yellow Psycho Yellow
Psycho Pink Psycho Pink
Psycho Silver Psycho Silver (fake)

Zords

Legend:◆ piloted zord, ✶ team-piloted zord


Arsenal

  • Astro Morpher - Morpher of the Space Rangers, developed on KO-35; utilized for morphing and communication.
  • Astro Power Weapons - Ranger special weapons; all weapons (except the Red Ranger's Spiral Saber) combine into Quadro Blaster.
  • Astro Blaster - Standard Ranger sidearm.
  • Battlizer Gauntlet - Special gauntlet worn by Red Ranger; It possesses 3 functions.
    • Delta Megazord controller
    • Energized Punches
    • Battlizer Armor - grants the Red Ranger an armored battlesuit that fires missiles and the power of flight.
  • Digimorpher - Morpher used by Silver Ranger.
  • Super Silverizer - Weapon of the Silver Ranger, serves as blaster and sword.
  • Galaxy Gliders - Surfboard-like transports used for both atmospheric and interstellar travel.
  • Silver Cycle - The Galaxy Glider of the Silver Ranger can also serve as a motorcycle.
  • Megatank - Armored transport used for interplanetary missions.
  • Galactic Rover - Dune buggy used by the Silver Ranger.

Episodes

  1. From Out of Nowhere (1)
  2. From Out of Nowhere (2)
    • Andros is introduced as the Red Space Ranger. The former Turbo Rangers become Space Rangers.
  3. Save Our Ship
  4. Shell Shocked
  5. Never Stop Searching
    • The story of Karone is introduced.
  6. Satellite Search
  7. A Ranger Among Thieves
  8. When Push Comes to Shove
  9. The Craterite Invasion
  10. The Wasp with a Heart
  11. The Delta Discovery
  12. The Great Evilyzer
  13. Grandma Matchmaker
  14. The Barillian Sting
  15. T.J.'s Identity Crisis
  16. Flashes of Darkonda
  17. The Rangers' Mega Voyage
  18. True Blue to the Rescue
    • Justin returns to help the Rangers.
  19. Invasion of the Body Switcher
  20. Survival of the Silver
    • Zhane, the Silver Ranger, is introduced.
  21. Red with Envy
  22. The Silver Secret
  23. A Date with Danger
  24. Zhane's Destiny
    • Zhane decides to stay and help the Rebels.
  25. Always a Chance
    • Adam returns to help Carlos realize his Ranger responsibilities.
  26. The Secret of the Locket
    • Astronema is revealed to be Karone.
  27. Astronema Thinks Twice
  28. The Rangers' Leap of Faith
    • Astronema decides to join the Rangers.
  29. Dark Specter's Revenge (1)
    • Karone helps the Rangers save Earth, but is captured.
  30. Dark Specter's Revenge (2)
    • The Silver Ranger's Mega Winger is introduced. Karone is turned back into Astronema.
  31. Rangers Gone Psycho
  32. Carlos on Call
  33. A Rift in the Rangers
    • Psycho Pink is destroyed.
  34. Five of a Kind
    • Psycho Blue is destroyed.
  35. Silence is Golden
  36. The Enemy Within
    • Psycho Red, Black, & Yellow are destroyed.
  37. Andros and the Stowaway
  38. Mission to Secret City
    • The Psychos are Ghosts.
  39. Ghosts in the Machine
    • The Psychos return, but are then captured in digital cards.
  40. The Impenetrable Web
    • The Delta Megazord is destroyed.
  41. A Line in the Sand
    • The Mega Voyager is destroyed.
  42. Countdown to Destruction (1)
  43. Countdown to Destruction (2)
    • Zordon dies to save the universe. All villains from the previous series are turned to dust or turned good by Zordon's power. Astronema is turned back into Karone. The end of the Space Rangers series.

VHS/DVD Releases

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DVD

Notes

  • The final battle between Ecliptor and Andros can be seen as an homage to the ending of Super Sentai series Gosei Sentai Dairanger (which had its Zord fight scenes culled for use in the second season of Power Rangers), in which the Ryuuranger (the Red Dairanger) duels with a villain one-on-one to the death, to resolve the season-running conflict once and for all.
  • This was the last series to take place in Angel Grove, California. Angel Grove would later be revisited in the Operation Overdrive team-up special, "Once a Ranger".
  • This was the first season to use an orchestric musical score instead of the usual rock used in previous seasons.
  • These Rangers met the version of the Ninja Turtles featured in Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.
  • This was the first series to feature a Power Ranger as a blood relative to a lead villain, as Andros and Astronema were siblings. This would be repeated in Power Rangers Ninja Storm with Cam the Green Samurai Ranger and Lothor, who would prove to be nephew and uncle. In Power Rangers Mystic Force, Nick's father, Leanbow, was also an enemy, but not the main one. Similarly, in Power Rangers RPM, the Black Ranger Dillon was the brother of villain Tenaya 7 (later Tenaya 15), she was not the lead villain.
  • This is also the first Power Rangers series that would start a trend of adding in non-Sentai equipment for Power Rangers, in order to help market the PR toys that are sold by Bandai.
  • Although much equipment not seen in Megaranger was used, the Megarangers did have a team power up of golden torso armor, similar to Lost Galaxy's Lights of Orion that was never used in PRiS.
  • This was the last season to feature bloopers in the ending credits.
  • "Countdown to Destruction" was the first time the Rangers revealed their identities to the public.
  • Prior to the second half of Power Rangers In Space, several Megaranger monster costume would make their debut in the special Power Rangers Funniest Moments.
  • This is the first Power Rangers season where the Rangers wear uniforms when unmorphed.

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