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Judd Lynn, more often known as Chip Lynn, is an American television writer, producer, and director, best known for his work on the children's action/adventure series Power Rangers.

Chip is arguably the longest lasting production cast member in the show's history, being with the franchise since the Season 2 episode "Welcome to Venus Island."

Background

He spent the first few years as the Production Manager and directed second unit scenes for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. He was initially just a writer for Power Rangers before becoming a director on Power Rangers Turbo, starting with the fourth episode "Shadow Rangers." He served as a staff writer for the first seventeen episodes before Haim Saban made him head writer for more than five years beginning midway though Power Rangers: Turbo. This was because the previous head writers and producers, Ann Austen and Douglas Sloan left during writing the episode "Rangers in Concert" (which was cancelled once they left) with Lynn being chosen as their replacement since he was the most experienced writer in the franchise. The change in writers was actually evident in the show itself since both the Millennium Message and the Dimitria/Divatox plot were abandoned part way through the season. This is because they were ideas from Sloan and Austen but Lynn and his staff decided that the first half of the season was so bad that they chose to start over from scratch and disregarded the early season plots. The writing of the season is commonly regarded as having significantly improved. Once production of Power Rangers Turbo wrapped, Lynn was made Co-Producer with Jonathan Tzachor, beginning with Power Rangers in Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force, the last season he was involved in before his departure from MMPR Productions.

Lynn was the one who chose to base In Space in outer space as opposed to the video game theme of Denji Sentai Megaranger. Many have cited him as saving Power Rangers by proxy since In Space's ratings kept it alive although that's a misnomer since there were other factors than Turbo (mainly the popularity of both Pokemon and Dragonball Z in the western world) that led to the franchise's near end. Lynn was also responsible for causing the franchise to move in a more adult direction instead of just goofy and slice of life. He was also the one who pushed for greater effort in filming PR-exclusive footage than previous incarnations.

Judd Lynn eventually returned to the franchise and wrote a few episodes of Jungle Fury although under the pseudonym Ally Mondera due to him participating in the 2007-2008 Writer's Guild Strike.

Lynn returned to the franchise as an Executive Producer for Power Rangers: RPM after the newly-appointed Eddie Guzelian was relieved from his duties as executive producer by Disney employees during the middle of the season due to going over budget twice. However, this led to many character arcs going nowhere by season's end and most infamously meant that Flynn McAllistair's dad plot went nowhere.

Lynn was not involved in the development of Samurai and Megaforce with Jonathan Tzachor returning as executive producer but returned to the franchise for Dino Charge, replacing Tzachor, who had left the production team after Power Rangers Super Megaforce. Lynn would stay on board as executive director for Beast Morphers and Dino Fury and one of the main three writers alongside Becca Barnes and Alwyn Dale.

Writing Style

Jackie Marchand has said Lynn had a collaborative, writing room approach where all writers would get together and choose what to do. [1] A criticism of his writing style has been that he has a habit of disregarding any ideas created by the previous writers upon taking over writing duties. This is why both the Millennium Message and the Dimitria/Divatox sister plot went nowhere and why Flynn's character plot petered out.

Acting

Judd Lynn's only onscreen appearance in the franchise was in the final episode of Power Rangers Turbo ("Chase into Space-part II") when he portrayed Dark Specter's Messenger via CGI.

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