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This article is about a/an discussion of events in Power Rangers Zeo, the second installment in the Zordon Era, and Power Rangers Turbo.
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The Zeo–Turbo transition gap is an infamous and consistently disputed sequence of unaired events that took place in between the season finale of Power Rangers Zeo and the premiere of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, never properly elaborated upon. Attempts by fans to satisfy their own curiosity over the events that occurred in this gap period led to the notorious Scorpion Rain hoax, which was alluded to in Wild Force's Forever Red [1].

During the events of this gap, many characters vanished or resumed previous roles they had in the series. In some cases, characters disappeared entirely, mainly in the interim before returning.

According to multiple early script drafts for Turbo, a more concrete explanation for the Zeo powers being destroyed was intended for the theaters, but the decision to make the film less dependent on continuity and draw in audiences that had drifted away from the series over the years may have been a factor in trying to increase the series' decline in ratings.

Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa

At the conclusion of Good as Gold, Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa succeeded in crippling the Machine Empire by significantly damaging their leaders, essentially regaining their power base on the moon. By the time we see them in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, however, the two have apparently given up on their efforts to seize the Earth and strike back at the Rangers. Rita simply advises Divatox by phone to "run" when the galactic pirate asks her for advice on dealing with the Rangers. The precise location of Rita and Zedd in this movie is unknown.

If the events of Scorpion Rain are to be considered canon, Zedd attempted to destroy Earth with a fully operational Serpentera, managing to successfully cripple the Zeo Zords and destroy the Super Zeo Zords before being forced to crash-land on the moon and be driven from our section of the galaxy entirely. They eventually resurfaced and were instructed by Dark Specter to attack the Vica Galaxy, where Zordon's wave purified their souls and turned them to the side of good.

The Machine Empire

Despite being reduced to scrap by Rita and Zedd at the end of Zeo, King Mondo, Queen Machina, Prince Sprocket, Klank, and Orbus are fully rebuilt by the events of Power Rangers In Space. How they were rebuilt is unknown, though it is possible that Dark Specter had a hand in their restoration.

In Countdown to Destruction, the Zordon Wave (triggered by Andros' shattering Zordon's energy tube), was responsible for reducing King Mondo, Machina, Sprockett, and much of the Machine Empire's legions to dust. Forever Red later reveals that Tommy, Andros, and other Rangers have been traveling through the galaxy defeating the Empire's surviving leaders.

It is also unknown as to what became of Mondo's estranged son and daughter-in-law Prince Gasket and Archerina, as they were never seen nor heard from again after the events of the episode Hawaii Zeo.

Bulk and Skull

Bulk and Skull's undercover assignment to Paris, for which they resigned from Detective Stone's detective agency, was never given any resolution. By the beginning of the Turbo storyline, all parties have reconciled and are working together again.

Jason

Jason Lee Scott, the former Red Ranger and later Gold Ranger, had only recently lost the Golden Powers, and had elected to spend time with his aunts and a girl he had met at Ernie's Beach House. Jason is later revealed in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie as having only recently returned to Angel Grove along with Kimberly, indicating that this decision to stay didn't last long.

References

  1. Amit Bhuamik's original concept for "Forever Red" involved a cult of robed alien priests that were trying to resurrect Dark Specter on a volcanic planet. "Scorpion Rain" itself was never the basis of the script, but an in-joke by Bhuamik.

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