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Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (often abbreviated as PRLR) is the eighth season of Power Rangers, based upon the Super Sentai series Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive.

Synopsis

Lightspeed Rescue takes place in the fictional city of Mariner Bay, California, which was built on an ancient demon burial ground. When the demons threaten to rise again, a government organization called Lightspeed, headed by one Captain Mitchell recruits four civilians and his own daughter to defend the city. Each of the four civilians chosen had a special area of expertise: Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger, was a firefighter in the local fire department; Chad Lee, the Blue Lightspeed Ranger, worked as a lifeguard and marine animal trainer at a local marine amusement park; Joel Rawlings, the Green Lightspeed Ranger, was a stunt pilot; Kelsey Winslow, the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger, was an extreme sports athlete; and Dana Mitchell, the Pink Lightspeed Ranger, was a nurse and practiced medical arts. The five Power Rangers were aided by a team of scientists and engineers led by Miss Angela Fairweather and operated out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, an underwater military compound that also served to deter the hydrophobic demons from attacking the base directly.

The five Rangers would be joined by Captain Mitchell's (long thought to be dead) son, Ryan Mitchell. Together, the six Rangers would prevail against the demon forces time after time, culminating in a final showdown where, in the Power Rangers tradition, much of the weapons and other equipment that was used by the Power Rangers over the series was destroyed.

In addition, Lightspeed Rescue featured a cameo reappearance of characters from Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, when the villainess Trakeena comes to Earth to destroy it and the Lightspeed Rangers team up with the Galaxy Rangers.

Characters

Rangers

Main article: Lightspeed Rangers

Lightspeed Rescue Rangers

Color Role Actor
Red Lightspeed Ranger Carter Grayson Sean Cw Johnson
Blue Lightspeed Ranger Chad Lee Michael Chaturantabut
Green Lightspeed Ranger Joel Rawlings Keith Robinson
Yellow Lightspeed Ranger Kelsey Winslow Sasha Williams
Pink Lightspeed Ranger Dana Mitchell Alison MacInnis
Titanium Ranger Ryan Mitchell Rhett Fisher

Allies

Villains

Main article: Demons

Guest Villains

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Lightspeed Rescue)

Morphers

Sidearms

Individual Weapons/Team Blaster

  • Rescue Bird
    • Rescue Claw
    • Rescue Laser
    • Rescue Cutter
    • Rescue Drill
    • Rescue Injector
  • Titanium Laser

Power-up

Vehicles

Zords

Main article: Zords (Lightspeed Rescue)
Legend:◆ piloted zord, ✶ team-piloted zord, ● other

Lightspeed Rescuezord System

Rail Rescue System

Omegazord System

Episodes

  1. Operation Lightspeed
  2. Lightspeed Teamwork
  3. Trial By Fire
  4. Riding the Edge
  5. A Matter of Trust
  6. Wheels of Destruction
  7. Cyborg Rangers
  8. Up to the Challenge
  9. Go Volcanic
  10. Rising From Ashes
  11. From Deep in the Shadows
  12. Truth Discovered
  13. Ryan's Destiny
  14. Curse of the Cobra
  15. Strength of the Sun
  16. The Cobra Strikes
  17. Olympius Ascends
  18. A Face from the Past
  19. The Queen's Return
  20. The Omega Project
  21. The Fifth Crystal
  22. The Chosen Path
  23. Yesterday Again
  24. As Time Runs Out
  25. In the Freeze Zone
  26. The Mighty Mega Battles
  27. The Great Egg Caper
  28. Ocean Blue
  29. Trakeena's Revenge, Part 1
  30. Trakeena's Revenge, Part 2
  31. The Last Ranger
  32. Sorcerer of the Sands
  33. Olympius Unbound
  34. Neptune's Daughter
  35. Web War
  36. In the Limelight
  37. Wrath of the Queen
  38. Rise of the Super Demons
  39. The Fate of Lightspeed, Pt. 1
  40. The Fate of Lightspeed, Pt. 2

VHS/DVD Releases

VHS

DVD

  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (Complete Season) [German RC2]
  • The Best of the Power Rangers: The Ultimate Rangers
    • Trakeena's Revenge, Part 1 & 2
  • Power Rangers Seasons 8-12 (Lightspeed Rescue to Dino Thunder)
  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)

Production/Reception

Lightspeed Rescue was the first Power Ranger season to be truly independent of previous seasons and unlike its predecessor (Lost Galaxy, which is often described as a "in between" season because of its characters' connections to the "Zordon Era"), did not include any familiar staying characters such as a unit from the Lexion Alpha line, Bulk, Skull or NASADA, with the exception of its Team Up episode with the Galaxy Rangers.

Fan reception of Lightspeed Rescue was initially one of sheer derision, however, cases made by some of its more passionate fans, coupled with former critics becoming more respectable of it through repeated viewings, have helped to redeem the season's reputation. Several fans and critics of the season also agree that "The Fate of Lightspeed" is one of Power Rangers most gripping finales.

Notes

  • Lightspeed Rescue was the first Power Rangers season with the following traits:
    • The Rangers' identities were known to the public from the onset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances.
    • The Rangers' powers, Zords, and weapons were man-made and had no mystical origin whatsoever.
    • There was an American-made Power Rangers-exclusive Ranger with no Super Sentai counterpart, in the form of the Titanium Ranger, designed by PLEX. The lack of a Sentai counterpart is the chief reason behind Titanium Ranger's long absence, since in the long-term, making new footage only for him as well as using Sentai footage of the main five Rangers would have caused the series to go over-budget.
    • The Ranger team was run by a military/public service organization.
    • Every member of the team was an adult in a respectable career before becoming a Ranger. It was also the first where none of the Rangers had met prior to becoming Rangers.
    • An episode was dedicated to the memory of a deceased Power Rangers actor. Episode 21, "The Fifth Crystal", is dedicated to the memory of Robert L. "Bob" Manahan, the second voice of Zordon, who had passed away of a heart aneurysm on June 30, 2000.
  • Unlike Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue contained no references or elements to the Zordon Era, aside from team-ups with the Lost Galaxy Rangers. This is a result of the franchise adopting the Super Sentai formula of treating each season as its own self-contained story.
  • The Rangers are credited in the opening with their full names, as opposed to the standard convention of simply listing their first names.

See Also

External links

References

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