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'''''Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue''''' (often abbreviated as '''''PRLR''''') was the eighth incarnation of the ''[[Power Rangers]]'' TV series, based on the ''[[Super Sentai]]'' series ''[[Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive]]''. It was the first incarnation of ''Power Rangers'' to have the Rangers' identities be known to public from the onset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances, and the series is unique in the fact that it was the first where the Rangers' powers, Zords and weapons were man-made and had no mystical origin whatsoever (both of these traits would be repeated in ''[[Space Patrol Delta|Power Rangers: S.P.D.]]'' and ''[[Power Rangers: RPM]]''). ''Lightspeed Rescue'' also had, for the first time, a Power Ranger with no ''Super Sentai'' counterpart in the Titanium Lightspeed Ranger, as there was no 6th Ranger at all in ''GoGo V''. The next series to feature the main villain from its ''Super Sentai'' counterpart would be the Disney-produced [[Power Rangers Mystic Force]], which premiered six years later. This was also the first series to have every member of the team be an adult that already have careers in their respective fields whereas before, most of the rangers were still in school, usually high school.
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'''''Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue''''' (often abbreviated as '''''PRLR''''') was the eighth incarnation of the ''[[Power Rangers]]'' TV series, based on the ''[[Super Sentai]]'' series ''[[Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive]]''. It was the first incarnation of ''Power Rangers'' to have the Rangers' identities be known to public from the onset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances, and the series is unique in the fact that it was the first where the Rangers' powers, Zords, and weapons were man-made and had no mystical origin whatsoever (both of these traits would be repeated in ''[[Power Rangers S.P.D.]]'', ''[[Power Rangers Operation Overdrive]]'', ''[[Power Rangers RPM]]'' and ''[[Power Rangers Beast Morphers]]''). ''Lightspeed Rescue'' also had, for the first time, a Power Ranger with no ''Super Sentai'' counterpart in the Titanium Lightspeed Ranger, as there was no 6th Ranger at all in ''GoGoV''. The next series to feature the main villain from its ''Super Sentai'' counterpart would be the [[Disney]]-produced [[Power Rangers Mystic Force]], which premiered six years later. This was also the first series to have every member of the team be an adult that already have careers in their respective fields whereas before, most of the Rangers were still in school, usually high school.
   
 
==Synopsis==
 
==Synopsis==
   
''Lightspeed Rescue'' takes place in the fictitious 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 fire fighter 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.
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''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.
 
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
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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==
 
==Characters==
[[File:PowerRangersLightspeedRescue-1.jpg|thumb|200px|Lightspeed Rescue Rangers]]
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===Rangers===
 
===Rangers===
{{Main|Lightspeed Rangers}}
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{{Main|Lightspeed Rangers}}[[File:Lightspeed_Rescue_Team.png|thumb|Lightspeed Rescue Rangers]]
 
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*[[Galaxy Rangers]]
 
*[[Galaxy Rangers]]
 
*[[Time Force Rangers]]
 
*[[Time Force Rangers]]
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*[[Simon]]
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*Kevin
   
 
=== Villains ===
 
=== Villains ===
[[Demons]]
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{{main|Demons}}
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*[[Queen Bansheera]]
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*Impus[[Prince Olympius|/Prince Olympius]]
 
*[[Diabolico]]
 
*[[Diabolico]]
 
*[[Loki]]
 
*[[Loki]]
 
*[[Vypra]]
 
*[[Vypra]]
 
*[[Jinxer]]
 
*[[Jinxer]]
*[[Impus]][[Prince Olympius|/Prince Olympius]]
 
*Troika Monsters
 
**[[Troika]] (fused form of Demonite, Thunderon, and Falkar)
 
***[[Demonite]]
 
***[[Thunderon]]
 
***[[Falkar]]
 
*[[Queen Bansheera]]
 
 
*[[Batlings]]
 
*[[Batlings]]
 
*[[Lightspeed Rescue Monster|List of Lightspeed Monsters]]
 
*[[Lightspeed Rescue Monster|List of Lightspeed Monsters]]
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**[[Ghouligan]]
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**[[Magmavore]]
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**[[Quakemon]]
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**[[Whirlin]]
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**[[Fireor]]
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**[[Gold Beaked Monster]]
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**[[Elestomp]]
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**[[Strikning]]
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**[[Smogger]]
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**[[Trifire]]
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**[[Liztwin]]
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**[[Demonite]]
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**[[Thunderon]]
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**[[Falkar]]
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**[[Troika]]
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**[[Cobra Incarnate]]
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**[[Thunderclaw]]
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**[[Shockatron]]
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**[[Spellbinder]]
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**[[Moleman]]
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**[[Cyclopter]]
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**[[Mantevel]]
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**[[Vilevine]]
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**[[Freezard]]
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**[[Infinitor]]
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**[[Birdbane]]
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**[[Memorase]]
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**[[The Gatekeeper]]
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**[[Furnace Monster]]
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**[[Ghoular]]
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**[[Flowar]]
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**[[Mermatron]]
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**[[Fire Wasp]]
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**[[Aquafiend]]
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**[[Arachnor]]
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**[[Treevill]]
 
Guest Villains
 
Guest Villains
 
*[[Trakeena]]
 
*[[Trakeena]]
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==Arsenal==
 
==Arsenal==
 
{{Main|Arsenal (Lightspeed Rescue)}}
 
{{Main|Arsenal (Lightspeed Rescue)}}
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{{:Category:Arsenal (Lightspeed Rescue)}}
   
 
==Zords==
 
==Zords==
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{{Main|Zords (Lightspeed Rescue)}}
 
{{:Category:Zords (Lightspeed Rescue)}}
 
{{:Category:Zords (Lightspeed Rescue)}}
   
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
 
{{Lightspeed Rescue Episodes}}
 
{{Lightspeed Rescue Episodes}}
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==VHS/DVD Releases==
 
==VHS/DVD Releases==
 
===VHS===
 
===VHS===
 
 
 
*[[Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (VHS)]]
 
*[[Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue (VHS)]]
 
**''Operation Lightspeed''
 
**''Operation Lightspeed''
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''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.
 
''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.
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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 ==
 
== Notes ==
*This is the first Power Rangers series in which the Green and Blue Rangers, not just the Red Ranger, receive [[Battlizers]] or equipment very close to one.
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* ''Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue'' is the first season:
*This was the first Power Ranger series where all the individual Rangers had professions before becoming Power Rangers.
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** To be completely independent of previous seasons. Aside from the team-up episodes with the previous season, ''[[Power Rangers Lost Galaxy]]'', there are no elements that are shared between ''Lightspeed Rescue'' and any of the previous seven seasons, as a result of the series adopting the [[Super Sentai]] formula of treating each season as its own self-contained story (though unlike Super Sentai, all Power Rangers seasons, save for ''[[Power Rangers RPM]]'' and ''[[Power Rangers Dino Charge]]/[[Power Rangers Dino Super Charge|Supercharge]]'', are in the same universe and continuity).
*This series is the second to feature siblings (Dana and Ryan Mitchell, the Pink and Titanium Rangers) serving on the same team (the first being Lost Galaxy, with [[Leo Corbett|Leo]] and [[Mike Corbett]] as the Red Galaxy Ranger and the second Magna Defender, respectively). It should be noted, though, that Andros and Karone (who are brother and sister) have been Rangers before. However, they were Rangers on seperate teams (Andros in In Space, Karone in Lost Galaxy).
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*** As such, it is also the first season not to include any elements from the [[Zordon Era]], including characters such as [[Farkas Bulkmeier|Bulk]].
*This season posseses many elements similar to that of [[Mighty Morphin Power Rangers]] [[Mighty Morphin 1|season one]]. Such as an evil Sixth Ranger who later joins the team, a close friendship between the Yellow and Blue Rangers, a significant relationship between the Pink and Sixth Rangers(in MMPR they are a couple, in PRLR they are siblings) and one of the rangers being romantically involved with a character named [[Angela]].
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** To feature 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.
*Amy Miller did not reprise her role as Trakeena for the team up episodes. The voice of the Red Galaxy Ranger was also dubbed by someone other than Danny Slavin at some points throughout the two episodes.
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*** As such, this is the only season to date to feature an American-exclusive Sixth Ranger.
* Titanium Ranger is the first full-on exclusive made-for-Power Rangers ranger designed by [[PLEX]]. The reason behind Titanium Ranger's long absence and losing his powers was the lack of footage, since he didn't exist in GoGo V, and making new footage only for him as well as using Sentai footage of the main 5 Rangers during the whole season would have caused the series to go over-budget. {{citation needed}}
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** To have its Ranger team be run by a military/public service organization, a theme that would reappear in ''[[Power Rangers Time Force]]'' and ''[[Power Rangers S.P.D.]]''.
*Lightspeed Rescue is one of the few Power Rangers series to keep the Sentai term for part of the Rangers' arsenal. In this case, the term "V-Lancer" was brought over from GoGo V.
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** To have all of its individual Rangers have professions before becoming Rangers.
*This is the first series that the Rangers team's opaque visor can be opened followed by [[Power Rangers: Ninja Storm]]. GoGo V featured scenes in which the heroes' faces could be seen through their visors, though most of these scenes were removed. There are, however, rare moments in which you can see one of the Tatsumi siblings' faces.
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** To have all of its individual Rangers be complete strangers prior to becoming Rangers.
*This is the first season where the Rangers identities were known to the public.
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** To list each character's full names in the opening, as previous seasons only listed each character by their first name.
*This is the first season wherein the team members' full names are credited.
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** To take place in a city on Earth other than [[Angel Grove]], California.
*In the episode "[[Curse Of The Cobra]]", a scene features the Rangers passing by a building that had flames coming out of it. Later in 2003 due to 9/11, Disney cut the scene during their reruns of the episode. {{citation needed}}
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** To feature manmade Power Rangers, as well as manmade Power Ranger technology (suits, morphers, and weapons).
*At the beginning of "[[Up To The Challenge]]", Chad is trying to teach Kelsey how to do Tai Chi at a temple-like building. This building shows up in the first episode of another of Saban's works called {{MH|VR Troopers}}.
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** To have the opaque visor on the Rangers' helmets be opened. The only other season to date to do this is ''[[Power Rangers Ninja Storm]]''.
*It is the first season to not include [[Farkas Bulkmeier]].
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** Feature a Ranger's parent as a regular cast member.
*This is the first series to have [[:Category:Train Zords|trains for zords]].
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** Have [[:Category:Train Zords|trains for Zords]]. To date, this is the only season to give each individual Ranger their own train Zord.
*Two of Lightspeed Rescue's cast members, [[Michael Chaturantabut]] and [[Keith Robinson]], have both co-starred alongside singer Beyoncé Knowles, in "Austin Power: Goldmember" and "Dreamgirls" respectively.
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** To feature an episode 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.
*This is the first time the five Rangers were complete strangers before becoming Power Rangers.
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** To have its designation be the same as the morphing call for the Ranger Team
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*** Consequently, it is also the first season to have the theme song lyrics contain the morphing call. This would be repeated in [[Time Force]], [[SPD]], [[Samurai]], and [[Ninja Steel]].
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** To have the Rangers' helmets without silver mouth plates since [[Zeo]].
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* ''Lightspeed Rescue'' is, thus far, the only season to give Battlizers, or Battlizer-type equipment, to the Green and Blue Rangers in addition to the Red Ranger.
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* This season is the second to feature siblings serving on the same Ranger team; the first was ''Power Rangers Lost Galaxy''.
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* This is the last Ranger team to have white boots as part of their uniforms until ''[[Power Rangers Ninja Steel]]''.
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* This is the only season where the Rangers' helmets have a shield-like visor on the front.
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* This season possesses many elements similar to that of ''[[Mighty Morphin Power Rangers]]'' [[Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Season 1)|season one]], including the villains being accidentally released, the mentor aware of their presence, an evil Sixth Ranger who later joins the team, a close friendship between the Yellow and Blue Rangers, a significant relationship between the Pink and Sixth Rangers (a romantic couple in ''Mighty Morphin'', siblings in ''Lightspeed Rescue''), and one of the rangers being romantically involved with a character named [[Angela]].
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* The two-part "[[Trakeena's Revenge]]", the team-up episode between this season and ''Lost Galaxy'', was originally released to [[McDonald's]] restaurants as a VHS entitled ''[[Power Rangers in 3D]]''. It is the last team-up to use footage from the corresponding Sentai team-up movie until the ''[[Power Rangers Samurai]]'' team-up "[[Clash of the Red Rangers - The Movie]]".
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** Actress [[Amy Miller]] did not reprise her role as Trakeena for the team-up episodes, due to not agreeing with the episodes' direction of being centered more on a child character than on the two Ranger teams. Producers had also attempted to cut her salary, angering actor [[Danny Slavin]] to the extent that he walked out of production. As a result, Miller was replaced by [[Jennifer Burns]] as Trakeena, while Slavin's character [[Leo Corbett]] was filmed using body doubles and voicework from actor [[Christopher Glenn]].
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* The "V" on the Titanium Ranger's helmet is a nod to this season's Sentai counterpart, ''[[Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive|Kyukyu Sentai GoGoV]]''.
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* ''Lightspeed Rescue'' is one of the few Power Rangers seasons to keep the Sentai term for a part of the Rangers' arsenal. In this case, the term "[[V-Lancer]]" was transferred over from ''GoGoV''.
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* The episode "[[Curse Of The Cobra]]" contains a scene with the Rangers passing by a building that had flames coming out of it. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Disney had the scene cut in reruns.
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* At the beginning of "[[Up To The Challenge]]", Chad is trying to teach Kelsey how to do Tai Chi at a temple-like building. This building shows up in another Saban production, ''[[Metal Heroes|VR Troopers]]''.
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* Two of ''Lightspeed Rescue'''s cast members, [[Michael Chaturantabut]] and [[Keith Robinson]], would go on to co-star alongside singer Beyoncé Knowles, in the films ''Austin Powers in Goldmember'' and ''Dreamgirls'' respectively.
   
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
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[[Category:Shows Dubbed in Japanese]]
 
[[Category:Shows Dubbed in Japanese]]
 
[[Category:Post-Zordon Era]]
 
[[Category:Post-Zordon Era]]
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[[Category:2000's Power Rangers Series]]

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This article is about a/an series entry (the 8th) in the Power Rangers franchise.

Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (often abbreviated as PRLR) was the eighth incarnation of the Power Rangers TV series, based on the Super Sentai series Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive. It was the first incarnation of Power Rangers to have the Rangers' identities be known to public from the onset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances, and the series is unique in the fact that it was the first where the Rangers' powers, Zords, and weapons were man-made and had no mystical origin whatsoever (both of these traits would be repeated in Power Rangers S.P.D., Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Power Rangers RPM and Power Rangers Beast Morphers). Lightspeed Rescue also had, for the first time, a Power Ranger with no Super Sentai counterpart in the Titanium Lightspeed Ranger, as there was no 6th Ranger at all in GoGoV. The next series to feature the main villain from its Super Sentai counterpart would be the Disney-produced Power Rangers Mystic Force, which premiered six years later. This was also the first series to have every member of the team be an adult that already have careers in their respective fields whereas before, most of the Rangers were still in school, usually high school.

SynopsisEdit

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.

CharactersEdit

RangersEdit

Main article: Lightspeed Rangers
Lightspeed Rescue Team

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 Edit

Villains Edit

Main article: Demons

Guest Villains

ArsenalEdit

Main article: Arsenal (Lightspeed Rescue)

MorphersEdit

SidearmsEdit

Individual Weapons/Team BlasterEdit

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

Power-upEdit

VehiclesEdit

ZordsEdit

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

Lightspeed Rescuezord SystemEdit

Rail Rescue SystemEdit

Omegazord SystemEdit

EpisodesEdit

  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 ReleasesEdit

VHSEdit

DVDEdit

  • 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/ReceptionEdit

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 Edit

  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue is the first season:
    • To be completely independent of previous seasons. Aside from the team-up episodes with the previous season, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, there are no elements that are shared between Lightspeed Rescue and any of the previous seven seasons, as a result of the series adopting the Super Sentai formula of treating each season as its own self-contained story (though unlike Super Sentai, all Power Rangers seasons, save for Power Rangers RPM and Power Rangers Dino Charge/Supercharge, are in the same universe and continuity).
      • As such, it is also the first season not to include any elements from the Zordon Era, including characters such as Bulk.
    • To feature 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.
      • As such, this is the only season to date to feature an American-exclusive Sixth Ranger.
    • To have its Ranger team be run by a military/public service organization, a theme that would reappear in Power Rangers Time Force and Power Rangers S.P.D..
    • To have all of its individual Rangers have professions before becoming Rangers.
    • To have all of its individual Rangers be complete strangers prior to becoming Rangers.
    • To list each character's full names in the opening, as previous seasons only listed each character by their first name.
    • To take place in a city on Earth other than Angel Grove, California.
    • To feature manmade Power Rangers, as well as manmade Power Ranger technology (suits, morphers, and weapons).
    • To have the opaque visor on the Rangers' helmets be opened. The only other season to date to do this is Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
    • Feature a Ranger's parent as a regular cast member.
    • Have trains for Zords. To date, this is the only season to give each individual Ranger their own train Zord.
    • To feature an episode 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.
    • To have its designation be the same as the morphing call for the Ranger Team
      • Consequently, it is also the first season to have the theme song lyrics contain the morphing call. This would be repeated in Time ForceSPD, Samurai, and Ninja Steel.
    • To have the Rangers' helmets without silver mouth plates since Zeo.
  • Lightspeed Rescue is, thus far, the only season to give Battlizers, or Battlizer-type equipment, to the Green and Blue Rangers in addition to the Red Ranger.
  • This season is the second to feature siblings serving on the same Ranger team; the first was Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.
  • This is the last Ranger team to have white boots as part of their uniforms until Power Rangers Ninja Steel.
  • This is the only season where the Rangers' helmets have a shield-like visor on the front.
  • This season possesses many elements similar to that of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season one, including the villains being accidentally released, the mentor aware of their presence, an evil Sixth Ranger who later joins the team, a close friendship between the Yellow and Blue Rangers, a significant relationship between the Pink and Sixth Rangers (a romantic couple in Mighty Morphin, siblings in Lightspeed Rescue), and one of the rangers being romantically involved with a character named Angela.
  • The two-part "Trakeena's Revenge", the team-up episode between this season and Lost Galaxy, was originally released to McDonald's restaurants as a VHS entitled Power Rangers in 3D. It is the last team-up to use footage from the corresponding Sentai team-up movie until the Power Rangers Samurai team-up "Clash of the Red Rangers - The Movie".
    • Actress Amy Miller did not reprise her role as Trakeena for the team-up episodes, due to not agreeing with the episodes' direction of being centered more on a child character than on the two Ranger teams. Producers had also attempted to cut her salary, angering actor Danny Slavin to the extent that he walked out of production. As a result, Miller was replaced by Jennifer Burns as Trakeena, while Slavin's character Leo Corbett was filmed using body doubles and voicework from actor Christopher Glenn.
  • The "V" on the Titanium Ranger's helmet is a nod to this season's Sentai counterpart, Kyukyu Sentai GoGoV.
  • Lightspeed Rescue is one of the few Power Rangers seasons to keep the Sentai term for a part of the Rangers' arsenal. In this case, the term "V-Lancer" was transferred over from GoGoV.
  • The episode "Curse Of The Cobra" contains a scene with the Rangers passing by a building that had flames coming out of it. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Disney had the scene cut in reruns.
  • At the beginning of "Up To The Challenge", Chad is trying to teach Kelsey how to do Tai Chi at a temple-like building. This building shows up in another Saban production, VR Troopers.
  • Two of Lightspeed Rescue's cast members, Michael Chaturantabut and Keith Robinson, would go on to co-star alongside singer Beyoncé Knowles, in the films Austin Powers in Goldmember and Dreamgirls respectively.

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