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Forever Red is the thirty-fourth episode of Power Rangers: Wild Force, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. It featured what would come to be known as the Veteran Red Rangers.
As Wild Force is the tenth season of Power Rangers, and its Super Sentai equivalent, Gaoranger, is the twenty-fifth season of the Super Sentai series, Forever Red is often compared to the Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai special, despite the fact that the two specials have little in common. Like Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, Forever Red reunited the previous nine Red Rangers (with the exception of Rocky DeSantos) as a means to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise from the first season Mighty Morphin to its then-current season, Wild Force. In Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, the focus was on the Gaorangers being taught by a team of 5 Sentai heroes, with only one of them being Red.
General Venjix, a servant of Power Rangers Zeo foe King Mondo, seeks to carry on his fallen King's legacy. Andros, the Red Space Power Ranger, discovers Venjix and remnants of Mondo's empire are preparing to invade Earth and retreats to Earth to alert the veteran Power Ranger, Tommy Oliver, of what's about to unfold. Tommy then recruits all of the former Red Rangers as well as the Red Wild Force Ranger, Cole Evans, to make a daring trip to the Machine Empire's hideout on the Moon and stop them.
Four years after the destruction of the Machine Empire, surviving members of the empire remain, seeking to destroy Earth. Tezzla, Gerrok, Steelon, and Automon (and many Cogs) are all that is left of the once mighty and proud Empire, as well as General Venjix, their leader. Now based on Earth's moon, they have found where Serpentera was buried by Lord Zedd. Knowing it has the power to destroy a planet, Venjix begins the process of unearthing and restoring it to life. Andros, the Red Space Ranger, has discovered Venjix and finds out about his plan after following him for several years. Andros goes to the moon to conduct surveillance, but is discovered by the robots and barely escapes. He then contacts Tommy Oliver, the Red Zeo Ranger, to let him know. As he relaxes with his friends in Turtle Cove, Cole is approached by Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger. Cole is perplexed that Carter, a stranger, knows who he is. Carter tells Cole he's urgently needed for an important mission, and the entire planet is at stake. Arriving at NASADA space port, Cole reunites with Wes and Eric (having already fought alongside each other in their battle against the Mut-Orgs) and is introduced to Andros and T.J. Johnson, the Red Turbo Ranger. Tommy then arrives, and when Cole doesn't recognise him T.J. tells him that Tommy is a legend among the Power Rangers. Wes asks what they were gathered for, and Tommy explains that the surviving members of the Machine Empire have gathered on the moon and are plotting to take over Earth. Cole asks how they're meant to get there and stop them, and Andros unveils the Astro Megaship Mark II, a brand new ship that can get them to the moon in no time. Tommy tells the other Rangers that the mission is voluntary, and they all respond that they would never turn it down knowing that Earth is at stake. As they prepare to leave, Andros asks about the remaining Red Ranger on Earth. Tommy simply says that he'd hoped he would make it, but it doesn't look like he could. Just then, Cole hears an approaching motorcycle and dashes outside with the other Red Rangers to see it arrive. Off the motorcycle steps none other than Jason Lee Scott, the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger (and the earliest Red Ranger out of everyone gathered). Jason asks Tommy and the other Rangers if they weren't going to do this without him before he introduces himself to everyone, including a nervous Cole (who Jason refers to as 'the new guy') and greets his old friend Tommy. The assembled team head to the Megaship prepared to do whatever it takes to save Earth. On the distant planet of Mirinoi, the Red Galaxy Ranger Leo Corbett pulls his Quasar Saber from its stone and prepares to join his fellow Red Rangers in their mission.
On the Megaship, Andros tells the other Rangers he has contacted Leo and Aurico, the Red Aquitian Ranger, who are en route. With the help of the newest Alpha robot, Alpha 7, Tommy further explains the mission to the other Rangers; Lord Zedd buried Serpentera on the moon after his defeat only for the Machine Empire to find it. Although the Zeo Rangers had defeated the Royal House of Gadgetry and the majority of the Empire were destroyed during the invasion of the galaxy, the last surviving generals are now about to repower and use Serpentera. The Rangers agree that the generals need to be stopped on the moon before they can leave on Serpentera.
On the moon, the repairs and modifications to Serpentera are complete and the generals are about to board before they are interrupted by the Rangers. Venjix sent Cogs to distract the eight Rangers while he and the others flee to Serpentera. The Rangers do battle with the Cogs unmorphed and easily defeat them.
Eventually, Cole escapes the barrage of Cogs and chase the generals. Venjix fires at him, knocking him off his feet, and Venjix is about to finish him off but Cole is rescued by Leo and Aurico on Leo's Jet Jammer. Then all the Red Rangers gather and morph with their respective morphing calls (save Aurico, who never appears demorphed), before launching into battle against the Generals.
The Rangers split into teams of two to fight each General. Tommy and Wes take on Gerrok who Tommy manages to destroy with a Zeo Flying Power Kick, Aurico and Eric fight Tezzla who is confused by Aurico's unique moves before she is taken down by Eric's Quantum Defender, T.J. and Leo use their swords to deal critical damage to Automon while Carter and Andros use their blasters to take Steelon out for good. Cole and Jason fight Venjix, where Jason shows the new Red Ranger a corkscrew kick. Cole then damages Venjix with his Crystal Saber, however Venjix makes a run for it and boards Serpentera.
Serpentera takes off, and the Red Rangers know Serpentera can't be allowed to leave. With no time to get to the Megaship, Cole summons his Wild Force Rider and takes off himself to battle Venjix. Cole uses the Rider to expertly dodge Serpentera's blasts before then using its power to send its weapon energy back inside it. This causes Serpentera to explode from the inside, destroying it and Venjix for good. Back on Earth, the assembled Red Rangers say their farewells. Tommy is the first to go, and Cole remarks that Tommy truly is the "greatest Ranger ever". The other Rangers groan, and start talking about their own exploits; saving worlds, changing history and discovering new galaxies among many others. The episode ends with T.J. offering to tell everyone about the time he was baked in a giant pizza.
The ten Red Rangers featured, in order of appearance in Power Rangers continuity were:
|Red Ranger||Jason Lee Scott of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|
|Red Aquitar Ranger||Aurico of Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers|
|Zeo Ranger V Red||Tommy Oliver of Power Rangers: Zeo|
|Red Turbo Ranger||T.J. Johnson of Power Rangers: Turbo|
|Red Space Ranger||Andros of Power Rangers: In Space|
|Galaxy Red||Leo Corbett of Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy|
|Red Lightspeed Ranger||Carter Grayson of Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue|
|Time Force Red||Wesley Collins of Power Rangers: Time Force|
|Quantum Ranger||Eric Myers of Power Rangers: Time Force|
|Red Wild Force Ranger||Cole Evans of Power Rangers: Wild Force|
The inclusion of the Quantum Ranger from Time Force was a source of debate among fans, as in the series he was considered a "sixth Ranger" and not a "Red Ranger". However, Eric's inclusion was partially justified by Rocky's absence (which made Eric necessary to reach 10 Rangers for tenth anniversary) and by the fact that Wes and Eric effectively led the Silver Guardians together at the end of Time Force and during Reinforcements from the Future, an earlier crossover between Time Force and Wild Force. Since the series, other non-Red Rangers have been similarly termed Red Rangers, including Hunter Bradley (the Crimson Ranger) in Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- Ricardo Medina, Jr.. as Cole Evans (Red Wild Force Ranger)
- Jack Guzman as Danny Delgado (Black Wild Force Ranger)
- Phillip Jeanmarie as Max Cooper (Blue Wild Force Ranger)
- Alyson Kiperman as Taylor Earhardt (Yellow Wild Force Ranger)
- Jessica Rey as Alyssa Enrilé (White Wild Force Ranger)
- Phillip Andrew as Merrick Baliton (Lunar Wolf Wild Force Ranger) (credit only)
- Ann Marie Crouch as Princess Shayla (credit only)
- Ilia Volok as Master Org (credit only)
- Sin Wong as Toxica (credit only)
- Austin St. John as Jason Lee Scott
- Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver
- Selwyn Ward as T.J. Johnson
- Christopher Khayman Lee as Andros
- Danny Slavin as Leo Corbett
- Sean Cw Johnson as Carter Grayson
- Jason Faunt as Wesley Collins
- Daniel Southworth as Eric Myers
- Paul Schrier as Bulk
- Jason Narvy as Skull
- Richard Steven Horvitz as Alpha 7 (voice)
- Unknown performer as Alpha 7 (suit)
- Christopher Glenn as Aurico (voice only)
- Archie Kao as General Venjix
- Walter Jones as Gerrok
- Catherine Sutherland as Tezzla
- Scott Page-Pagter as Steelon
- Dave Walsh as Automon
- Cole is the only Wild Force Ranger to morph during this episode.
- This is the first appearance of Tommy since "Passing the Torch".
- This is also the first appearance of Jason since "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" as well as the first appearance of the Red Zeo Ranger since "Good as Gold" and the first appearance of the Mighty Morphin Red Ranger since "Rangers in Reverse".
- Besides the inclusion of the ten Red Rangers and the cameo appearance by the Wild Force regulars, there were several references to previous Power Rangers seasons, including:
- Alpha 7, a new Alpha robot that had the voice and personality of Alpha 5 (provided by Richard Steven Horvitz) and a body that resembles Alpha 6's body with Alpha 5's early MMPR season 1 head shape.
- Astro Megaship Mark II, a new version of the main command center from Power Rangers: In Space that was destroyed in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy. Whether or not this version has its own version of D.E.C.A. is unknown. However, it can be assumed that it cannot transform into the Astro Megazord due to the lack of the Mega Shuttle
- The return of Bulk and Skull, the comedic pair from early Power Rangers, and two of the most popular non-Ranger characters in the series.
- Bulk and Skull mentioned meeting Lord Zedd and Rita which happened in Master Vile and the Metallic Armor.
- The return of the Machine Empire, the primary antagonists in Power Rangers Zeo, with former Power Rangers Ranger actors Walter Jones, Archie Kao, and Catherine Sutherland providing some of the voices.
- The return of Serpentera, the powerful zord operated by Lord Zedd in the early days of the first Power Rangers. However, rather than being a puppet in the "suitmation" style as previously, it is now a (poorly) 3D animated monster.
- Jason mentions Kimberly Hart, the original Pink Ranger from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
- Cole says, "Morphinominal!", a phrase that was coined by Kimberly.
- T.J. mentions getting baked into a giant Pizza (Trouble By The Slice in Power Rangers Turbo).
- Eric makes a reference to his zord, the Q-Rex, and Tommy's original Zord, the Dragonzord, saying his Q-Rex "would eat his Dragonzord for lunch" though it is not known how Eric knows of the Dragonzord which is ironic since he does not know about Serpentera until Tommy and Jason mentioned it.
- Wes makes a reference to the Power Rangers fan club with the quote "I changed history! So why does he (Tommy) have a fan club and I don't?"
- This is a somewhat odd statement as Wes did not change history but instead altered his relative future
- Bulk and Skull play a game of chess in which the pawns resemble the Psycho Rangers, matching the chess board the Space Rangers used to plan their attack against the Psycho Rangers.
- Carter is still driving the Rescue Rover used in Lightspeed Rescue.
- Despite having no official Sentai counterpart, the episode did draw some concepts from Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai.
- Taylor, Danny, Alyssa and Max only appear in this episode for less than thirty seconds and have no lines.
- During the fight, each of the Red Rangers splits into pairs of two to fight one of the generals:
- Jason and Cole against General Venjix.
- Andros and Carter against Steelon.
- T.J. and Leo against Automon.
- Unlike the other four pairings, this isn't the first time T.J. and Leo fought together; they previously fought together in To the Tenth Power and The Power of Pink. This is the first time they fought together as Red Rangers as T.J. was using the Blue Space Ranger powers in the previous two episodes.
- Tommy and Wes against Gerrok.
- Aurico and Eric against Tezzla.
- Each of these pairs contains one Zordon-era Ranger, and one Post-Zordon era Ranger.
- Three of the pairs consist of the oldest three Rangers and the three newest Rangers: 1-Jason and 10-Cole, 2-Aurico and 9-Eric, and 3-Tommy and 8-Wes. However, the other two pairs break from this pattern: Rangers 4 and 6-T.J. and Leo-and 5 and 7-Andros and Carter-team up instead.
- Five of the ten Forever Red Rangers make an return in Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Tommy, T.J., Leo, Carter, and Wes. However, Tommy & T.J. didn't wear their Red Ranger suits for their cameo in the episode Legendary Battle.
- This episode marked the final unmorphed appearances of Andros and Eric Myers. They appear morphed in Legendary Battle. They would appear in stock footage in Legacy of Power. Jason Lee Scott, however, will reappear unmorphed during season 2 of Power Rangers Beast Morphers.
- Each of the Machine Empire Generals has a costume that was either used for a character or multiple characters in Big Bad Beetleborgs and Beetleborgs Metallix. Interestingly, only General Venjix's costume was used for a villain in those series, while the others were heroic characters:
- Venjix - Shadowborg
- Tezzla - Ladyborg (minus antennae)
- Gerrok - Green Hunter Beetleborg
- Automon - Fireborg (head), Lightningborg (body), and Blue Stinger Beetleborg's Stinger Blade
- Steelon - Dragonborg (missing Dragonborg's dragonfly attachment on head) who used the Mega Blue Beetleborg's Thunder Stinger weapon.
- This episode effectively has no Super Sentai footage. There is only some playing on a monitor of an otherwise completely US shot briefing scene and, as all the morphing sequences was stock footage from their respective series, only in the Red Ranger morphing sequences that had used Super Sentai footage (Jason's, Tommy's, Andros', and Cole's).
- There were four separate outlines for Forever Red: one by Koichi Sakamoto, one by Jonathan Tzachor, and two by Amit Bhaumik. The first outline involved the villains (who have already destroyed a colony) planning to attack Earth and assaulting various Red Rangers, whose introductions are staggered throughout the story. The second outline had all the Red Rangers, introduced in brief showcase scenes, being separately gathered by Alpha 5 to Angel Grove, where they surprise the "Five Metallic Warriors" upon arrival. The third had Andros gathering the Red Rangers (via Tommy) after discovering a cult are trying to resurrect Dark Specter, and involves all ten fighting a resurrected Specter; this draft brought all the Rangers together early on, so they could interact more. Most of the elements from this draft would survive into the fourth. Bhaumik hoped to include a reference to Maligore - Specter and Maligore used the same costume - and claim Dark Specter was an adult of the same species.  It is unknown how Alpha 5 survived the attack on Eltar in this draft of the script, but it is known that in this case he was to serve as the mentor in place of Tommy.
- Bhaumik moved the battle to the Moon as a deliberate twist on the first four years where Rita through King Mondo operated there: "our heroes [are] proactive and bringing the battle to the villain’s base on the Moon for a change." 
- The fourth outline became the script: only one draft was made for the script due to time constraints. (On top of that, other episodes of Wild Force were being made at the same time)
- The suits from five random Beetleborgs: Shadowborg, The Green Hunter Beetleborg, Dragonborg (minus his antennae), Fireborg and Ladyborg from Saban's Big Bad Beetleborgs were used as the bodies for the remaining generals of the Machine Empire trying to reactivate Serpentera. The use of Beetleborgs costumes was planned from the very first outline (the original idea was to use costumes of Beetleborg villains) and led to Serpentera, another robot, being used instead of Dark Specter. Bhaumik said he preferred this idea, as "it allowed us to combine the villains from two different seasons". 
- Bulk (without Skull) appeared in the third outline. In the second, Tommy was going to pass up a T-shirt of "the famous two-man rock band Bulk & Skull".
Producing the episode
- Tommy was deliberately given lines that Zordon used to say. 
- TJ is finally given a full name: Theodore Jay Jarvis Johnson.
- Steve Cardenas was originally contacted to appear as Rocky, but he moved and changed addresses without notifying the production team and they could not find him in time to film.  Rocky would have only participated in the battle as the MMPR Red Ranger if Austin St. John proved unable to make filming. No in-universe explanation is made explaning his absence or why he was never contacted.
- All of the Machine Empire generals were voiced by Power Rangers alumni - with three of them having previously portrayed Rangers: Archie Kao (Kai Chen) voiced Venjix, Walter Jones (Zack Taylor) voiced Gerrok, Catherine Sutherland (Katherine Hillard) voiced Tezzla, Scott Page-Pagter (Porto and Pirantishead) voiced Steelon, and Dave Walsh (Blue Senturion) voiced Automon, respectively, though the latter two were left uncredited.
Cut lines and scenes
The episode was originally intended to be an extra-long special, and a number of scenes were trimmed or removed when it was made into a regular episode. These scenes are available online, as part of production footage. The bits that didn't make it include:
- Bulk and Skull have a much longer scene, referencing all of the show's old monsters (including ones from Lightspeed thru Wild Force that they never met on-screen): Bulk is trying to one-up Skull (forgetting that Skull was there for all of it). Skull is trying to avoid Professor Phenomenus. Tommy Oliver was retired and was the owner of Bulk's restaurant; he isn't aware of the Machine Empire until Andros calls him. The trimmed scene gives the impression that Bulk and Skull (who are nervous of Tommy) are aware he's a Ranger and that Tommy has already been working with Andros; as the line about "I'm retired" never aired, Power Rangers Dino Thunder would follow the implication that Tommy was active and reveal that he was working in secret (under disguise as a science teacher) to prepare for Mesogog's return.
- The Wild Force Rangers break up two kids fighting, who claim they're playing Power Rangers, and tell them Power Rangers "don't fight people, so you shouldn't either". Carter Grayson informs the other Rangers that only Cole has been "selected" for the mission and the others can't come, and Cole tells Max "it is important for you guys to stay and protect Turtle Cove". The kids were called Ray and Manny, after two Power Rangers webmasters. 
- In the final draft after Leo said "Andros, we got here as soon as we could," Aurico said sheepishly, "Sorry, I always forget to turn right at the Andromeda Galaxy."
- Andros' original reason for why he's a great Red Ranger was "I destroyed Zordon". This was redubbed to "I saved two worlds!", likely because it's disturbing for Andros to brag about killing Zordon without mention of Zordon's order to Andros to sacrifice him and bring an end to all evil.
- At the end of the episode, T.J. had more lines saying, "I mean... (laugh) it was like Pepperonis and cheese and... and heat. And it was hard to breathe. It-It's a great story!" Eric says during this, "Yeah! May the Power be with Ya!" Jason also said, "Yeah, and I heard it was burnt and crispy and ...all kinds of stuff!"
Scenes that never made it to filming, but can be seen in a draft script online, include:
- Cole met Alpha 7 on the Megaship. It involved Cole being scared and surprised he was in space, and Alpha 7 saying "Ay yi yi! Where'd you grow up, in the jungle?" and as Cole was going to tell him he was born in a jungle, he came face-to-face with Alpha 7 and jumped startled. As Alpha 7 introduced himself, Cole wanted to know "Wha-What is a Alpha 7" but said it as if he was scared; and Alpha 7 said he was "a fully sentient, multi-functional automaton and a walking database of everything relating to the Power Rangers" and Cole said (Looking scared and sick), "I think I liked it better when I was on earth..." This and the next scene would have allowed Richard Steven Horvitz to record more lines for the Alpha 7 character.
- A scene between Tommy and Alpha 7 on the Megaship was cut that involved asking Tommy what was wrong, and Tommy replying that things have been awkward between him and Jason since they found those stories on the internet, in a reference to slash fanfiction featuring them together. Also, during this scene, T.J. and Eric were having drinks by the synthetron and talking (As if like old friends), and Cole is trying to talk up an enthusiastic Jason.
- Venjix blasted Cole and Leo and Aurico arrived on the Red Jet Jammer and then blasted the Machine Empire generals. But in Amit's final draft, they arrived and blasted Venjix out of the hangar of the moon base. Tommy acknowledged them by saying, "The Red Galaxy Ranger and the Red Alien Ranger!" and Leo said " This battle isn't just for the Rangers of Earth," and Aurico added, "This is for heroes everywhere!" Not to mention, Leo (Like Aurico) didn't appear unmorphed in Amit Bhuamik's final draft.
- Other materials cut from Amit Bhaumik's final draft include: Steelon originally said "Zedd was a fool to leave this buried here." Andros recorded a message on his Astro Morpher saying, "Andros here. This is worse than I thought, they've almost finished digging it out."; Andros originally said his morphing call "Let's Rocket!" before leaving the moon; Bulk and Skull originally both answered the call; when Cole first met Carter he added "Who are you?"; Wes's Ranger title was addressed as "Time Force Red"; T.J.'s middle name "Jay" was censored, Carter was tongue-tied when trying to say T.J.'s full name and T.J. winced when his name was heard; Automus saluted at the speech and said "For the glory of the Royal House of Gadgetry!"; Alpha 7 originally didn't say "It's all ready Tommy!"; Venjix alternatively said "Excellent work. At last King Mondo, we can finally avenge you. The Earth and all their Rangers will pay for what they did to you and our glorious evil empire!"; Jason cracked his knuckles as he said his "Miss King Mondo" remark; Steelon pointed out "Red Rangers! Eight of them?"; and the Generals originally joined in the Cog battle. Also, they had alternate pair-ups. Jason and Cole paired up against Venjix like in the episode, T.J. and Wes fought Automus, Andros and Eric fought Gerrok, Carter and Aurico fought Steelon, and Leo and Tommy fought Tezzla.
It is rumored, but unconfirmed, that Amit's plans included:
- Catherine Sutherland was supposed to make an appearance at the end of this episode as Tommy's wife picking him up from the NASADA space port. A draft of this scene, confirmed by Amit Bhaumik on Facebook when asked, also had Kimberly pick Tommy up and be confirmed to be his wife as well.
- Wes and Eric originally contacted Trip in the future to see if the future had changed in one draft.
- In one draft, Ryan Mitchell, the Titanium Ranger, was going to be the new captain of the rebuilt Lightspeed Aquabase.
- During an online interview, "Forever Red" writer Amit Bhuamik revealed that he wrote a falling out between Jason Lee Scott and Tommy Oliver and that Jason would have "turned punk" sometime after the events of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie and before the events of "Forever Red", only to have Jason reunite with Tommy and become friends again. This would explain why Jason comes off as arrogant during this episode. However, the scene was ultimately cut out to keep the episode 22-minutes long.
- When asked about the Red Ranger's power restorations on Facebook, Amit Bhaumik replied "For time constraints we had to cut some details like how Tommy, Jason, and T.J. got their original powers back. It is regrettable but with only 22 minutes of run time for Forever Red, I thought it was better to focus on the present day action of the episode instead of getting bogged down with filling in every background detail. Especially since casual or newer fans wouldn't have been that familiar with previous seasons and probably wouldn't have cared for too much background explanation.Though we actually had plans to eventually address this. You'll notice when Jason shows up to join the other Rangers he mentions how he recognizes some of the other Red Rangers 'better than others' in reference to Wes and Eric even though that was the first episode they ever appeared together in. By Jason referencing a past team up with the Silver Guardians I was trying to set up an eventual prequel episode or special where we would refer again to, and hopefully even show, how Tommy/Jason/T.J. got their powers back. In our original plan for the post-Wild Force season (what was ultimately called Ninja Storm), there were some rough plans to bring Tommy back as sort of like a new Zordon but more of an action-oriented veteran like Nick Fury from Marvel. He would have been the 6th Ranger from that season. But after Wild Force, Disney chose to take the show in another direction with Ninja Storm and then Dino Thunder making Tommy a paleontologist and dropping the Zeo powers."
- In all, Forever Red is a favorite among the Power Rangers fandom, with some considering it "one of the best episodes ever made". However, many elements of the episode have sparked controversy in fan discussion, making it difficult to classify as canon to the rest of the series. Whereas some have cited them as inaccuracies, others merely point out that they can be explained away, and information regarding the issues was merely omitted from the episode. The following are the most notable issues:
- Jason and T.J. both lost their powers previously. Jason's power coin was destroyed by Rito Revolto (while in the possession of Rocky DeSantos) and T.J.'s powers were destroyed in the final battle between the Turbo Rangers and Divatox. The episode did not explain how these powers were restored, or how the Tyrannosaurus coin was returned to Jason. When asked about the Red Rangers' restorations along with Alpha's on Facebook, Amit Bhaumik says, "My memory is a little fuzzy on the details, but the short of it is Tommy, between leaving in Turbo and reappearing in Forever Red, goes to Zordon's homeworld of Eltar around Lost Galaxy/Lightspeed Rescue timewise. There he finds the remains of Alpha 5 and takes him to be rebuilt as Alpha 7 (the one you saw in Forever Red). He also uncovers the source of Zordon's powers and restores the Red Zeo Crystal giving him his Zeo powers back. Some time around then he restores Jason's power coin. Lightning Cruiser was modified and became the new source for T.J.'s Turbo powers (in much the same way Storm Blaster powered Justin's morpher in True Blue To The Rescue. It is possible the car he pulled up in Forever Red was supposed to be Lightning Cruiser." Alternatively, Chris Funaro has said that Amit considers the Marvel Comics Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Ninja Rangers comic flipbook that introduced the Dark Rangers and saying Jason got his Power Coin back from Red Dark Ranger, Osamu. However, none of these explanations are explicitly shown in the episode.
- Many fans felt that Cole's use of the Wild Force Rider to destroy Serpentera was a Deus ex machina of the episode. Serpentera had been shown to be a powerful war machine and "the greatest zord ever built" and the fact that a single Ranger could take it down without even using a zord was considered improbable. However, some also claim that the Wild Force Rider, being a gift from Animus, considered to be a god, (as well as the possible disparity between Wild Force and Mighty Morphin' powers) made it possible that a single Ranger could defeat Serpentera.
- Serpentera is significantly smaller in Forever Red than it was when it first appeared in The Power Transfer. In the beginning, Serpentera was so large that the Red Dragon Thunderzord looked like a mosquito by comparison. In Forever Red, Serpentera's head was barely big enough to fit Cole Evans and his Wild Force Rider inside its mouth.
- Serpentera being lost and ending up buried on the moon is a reference to Scorpion Rain, the non-canon fan hoax explaining what happened during the Zeo-Turbo transition gap. Amit Bhuamik, who was involved in the hoax, became a writer on Wild Force and considers the events of Scorpion Rain to be canon, so he followed up on them here, creating a continuity error since officially those events didn't happen.
Continuity Errors and Mistakes
- In order to get younger viewers up to speed in a short time, the script simplifies or contradicts continuity set in the previous seasons. This includes:
- T.J. says he thought the Zeo Rangers destroyed the Machine Empire "years ago", and Tommy refers to destroying King Mondo "and most of the Empire with him". In actuality, Mondo and the Empire weren't destroyed until Countdown to Destruction when they were hit by Zordon's wave, but were opposed by the Zeo Rangers and in Good as Gold, Rita and Zedd temporarily destroy them, before being revived somewhere before From Out of Nowhere.
- When the Rangers were discussing other Red Rangers on Earth, Rocky goes unmentioned (as that would raise questions about why he isn't in the episode).
- That none of the people in the hangar had noticed an immense object in what appeared to be mild shadow is remarkable.
- The Megaship rose up out of the hangar through an enormous skylight not visible in any shots taken from the inside.
- Just after Leo demorphs and Venjix's line ("Rangers"), there's a long shot of all the Rangers, including the morphed Red Galaxy Ranger. After Venjix's next line ("What? Ten Red Rangers?"), there's a tighter shot, with Leo demorphed again. Leo was not expected to appear in the episode unmorphed after Danny Slavin's falling out with the production crew during the Lost Galaxy/Lightspeed Rescue team up, Trakeena's Revenge. In the end, Danny Slavin decided to take part in the episode as a favor to one of the producers. All of his scenes were filmed during the post production of the episode. Also, if one pays attention closely to the last scene, they can tell Leo was a C.G.I. and there was no reaction from the other Red Rangers when he said "I discovered new galaxies!"
- When Tommy morphed, he didn't use the traditional morphing phrase of "Zeo Ranger V, Red!". This was probably to save time, as well as to cut his morphing sequence as short as possible so it would be difficult to notice that the old morphing footage still had him with long hair.
- When Andros morphed, his Astro Morpher made the opening noise twice.
- When T.J. morphed, he did not enter the key in his Turbo Morpher correctly after preforming the signature Turbo driving motion (in Power Rangers Turbo, this was usually disguised with a special effect due to the difficulty in entering the key into the morpher correctly when combined with the quick morph gesture).
- After morphing, Leo repeats "Go Galactic!", instead of a more appropriate "Red Galaxy Ranger!" This can be written off as possible re-looped dialogue from ADR.
- A similar mistake occurs with Wes, who, after morphing, shouts "Time Force!", instead of a more appropriate "Red Time Force Ranger!"
- Aurico was wearing the Black Aquitian Ranger's belt upside down instead of his own.
- T.J. referred to the Turbo Lightning Sword as the "Turbo Lightning Zord" instead of "sword". This can be written off as the actor's mistake, due to the similar sounding of the two words.
- Also, how was he able to wield it when it was clearly destroyed as part of the Turbo RAM to defeat Goldgoyle?
- Serpentera appeared gray, not green, in many shots.
- After Jason said that they had to get back to the Megaship after Serpentera took off and Andros agreed, Carter objects, stating that there wasn't time, and they had to defeat Serpentera before it left the moon. How he planned to accomplish this is unclear.
- Shots involving both Serpentera and the Red Wild Force Rider were inconsistent in scale.
- The Megaship, after landing outside of the hangar, appeared much too small in proportion to the teens and their vehicles.
- During the group goodbye at the end of the episode, only 8 people put their fists into the circle. This is due to the digital insertion of Leo as Danny Slavin was not around for the shot at the time.
- Aurico was missing his Aquitian laser and his holster.
- The voice effect used to change the Red Alien Ranger's voice is different than the one used for the Alien Rangers.
- It's still unknown how Jason and T.J. restored their powers, because the Power Coins were damaged while in Rocky's possession in MMPR - Ninja Quest and the Turbo Powers were lost in the finale of Power Rangers Turbo.
- When transferring his powers to Rocky, Jason remained morphed after the process (although this was merely to cover the fact Austin St. John had left MMPR by this point). It could be assumed the powers were 'twinned' by the procedure; the same could be said for Zack and Trini as well.
- Also Justin was able to use his Turbo powers again after Storm Blaster gave him his new Turbo Morpher in "True Blue to the Rescue", so it can be assumed that Lightning Cruiser did the same for T.J.
- The building in which the 8 Red Rangers fight the Cogs in is the same building interior used a few episodes previously in the episode Reinforcements From The Future, Part 2.
- Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai - Super Sentai counterpart in Gaoranger. See comparison page.
- Ep. 1: The Great Gathering of 10 Sentai: Counting on You! Turboranger - Super Sentai counterpart . See comparison page. - 10th anniversary Super Sentai team-up.
Inaccuracies and Resulting Fan Controversy
Due to the controversial nature of this episode and over analyzed by fans, most message boards consider the subject "off limits." The subject of its inaccuracies has been "beaten to death." One particular website went as far to say that the points of controversy in Forever Red are unimportant compared to the enjoyment of the episode, and that the writers needed to bring all the Red Rangers together and did not have enough time to explain all the details of the episode. Many fans now come up with their own explanations.
Western Super Sentai fans however, point out that the issue regarding the restoration of the several former Red Rangers' ability to morph again stems from the fact that Saban made the Ranger suits into "powers" rather than as "tools" like its Japanese counterpart (note that there has been at least one sentai special featuring the then-current team and at least 2-3 of the previous teams on that same episode which is seen in the Turboranger special, featuring the Turboranger team and their predecessors from Battle Fever J to Liveman and the Super Sentai world featuring the Turborangers' next 5 successors from Fiveman to Kakuranger in which all the teams featured in those specials including the then current teams Kakuranger and Turboranger never appeared in their human forms). The episode is dubbed "The Forbidden Episode" due to the numerous questions surrounding it; in addition, the frequent permanent bans done to posters who bring up the episode in forums during that time.
- ↑ Forever Red: Ten Years Later, by writer Amit Bhaumik (24/5/2012)
- ↑ Forever Red: Ten Years Later, by writer Amit Bhaumik (24/5/2012)
- ↑ Forever Red: Ten Years Later, by writer Amit Bhaumik (24/5/2012)
- ↑ Forever Red: Ten Years Later, by writer Amit Bhaumik (24/5/2012)
- ↑ Forever Red: Ten Years Later, by writer Amit Bhaumik (24/5/2012)
- ↑ Steve Cardenas states why he did not appear in Forever Red
- ↑ Pool Scene
- ↑ Park Scene
- ↑ Park scene archived footage
- ↑ children named in an interview with Amit Bhuamik
- ↑ the final scene
- ↑ Ending scene archived footage