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Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (often abbreviated as PRLG or simply Lost Galaxy) is the seventh season of the Power Rangers series. It is based on the Japanese Super Sentai television series Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (translated as Star Beasts Squadron Galaxy Man). Though the series takes place after Power Rangers In Space, Lost Galaxy began the annual practice set by the Super Sentai series of featuring an entirely new cast and story, not carrying over from the previous season.

Production

In late 1998, it was generally believed that the two-part finale of Power Rangers in Space, "Countdown to Destruction", which ended a six-year long storyline that began in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, would be the end of the franchise. However, its ratings were good enough that Saban chose to continue producing future Power Rangers seasons as standalone stories. He observed and bought the rights to Gingaman, a nature themed Sentai he originally titled Power Rangers: Space Jungle. Ultimately, the series' title was changed to Lost Galaxy to reflect the word "Ginga", which is Japanese for "galaxy", and the show's motifs were reworked to be set in space after the success of in Space as an in-spirit sequel. This was often difficult for the writers as the stock footage was of a nature-based show with no space elements. [1]

Whereas all of the previous series featured interconnections in their casts and characters, Lost Galaxy used an entirely new cast of characters to become the Power Rangers. It also began the trend of "Team up" episodes between the current team and past teams to fight a common enemy. In Lost Galaxy's case, the Space Power Rangers and Psycho Rangers returned in the series for the first full blown team-up episodes in series history. This tradition came from the Sentai and would become a part of Power Rangers in many future seasons.

Valerie Vernon's character was the only Ranger to be killed off. The reason being was that Vernon was diagnosed with leukemia and had to leave the series to undergo treatment; Saban still credited her, however, so they could assist in paying for her treatment. The treatments were fortunately successful, and Valerie is now leukemia-free. After recovering, the character was resurrected at the end of the season, and she reprised her role for a guest spot during the show's next incarnation the following season.

Despite its stand-alone story, there were several ties to previous seasons (or Zordon Era). There were allusions to Zordon being the source of the Galaxy Power Rangers' powers; Paul Schrier and Jack Banning reprised their roles as Bulk and Professor Phenomenus, respectively. Alpha 6 and the Astro Megaship were used again and Melody Perkins reprised her role as Karone midway through the series. This is also the first season to have sentient Zords and feature the demise of a Power Ranger in battle, though Kendrix would be revived in the finale.

Furio's costume came from In Space's' Sentai counterpart, Denji Sentai Megaranger, not Gingaman. This is one of only two times suits from one Sentai season were used in another's Power Rangers adaption. It would be repeated, perhaps more famously, in Power Rangers Wild Force.

The Lost Galaxy season serves as a transitional series and a unique one in Power Rangers history. It is neither completely self-contained nor a direct continuation, but a bit of both. Future seasons would not begin to have completely independent stories until the following series, Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

Reception and Ratings

Lost Galaxy's first half gained the highest ratings ever in the series since Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (there has yet to be a following season to beat its ratings). However, when the series entered its second half, ratings began to decline (before the wake of the following season, Lightspeed Rescue). The reason is due to Saban choosing to promote their adaption of Digimon Adventure (Digimon: Digital Monsters) over Lost Galaxy, going as far as switching time-slots during Lost Galaxy's seasonal hiatus (which began May 22, 1999 and ended September 25, 1999). A general reception for Lost Galaxy among the Power Rangers fanbase is "generally positive". The series is praised for its darker tone and ambition but the execution of its overall storyline and plot holes are sources of criticism. In relation to its merchandise, however, Lost Galaxy's action figure sales were successful.

Synopsis

Terra Venture, a space ship so massive it contains a city inside, embarks on an interstellar voyage to settle human pioneers on a distant planet. A new team of Power Rangers defends the space colony from the alien armies of Trakeena in a saga that will take them to undiscovered worlds and even other galaxies.

Characters

Rangers

Main article: Galaxy Rangers

The Galaxy Rangers

Color Role Actor
Galaxy Red Leo Corbett Danny Slavin
Galaxy Blue Kai Chen Archie Kao
Galaxy Green Damon Henderson Reggie Rolle
Galaxy Yellow Maya Cerina Vincent
Galaxy Pink Kendrix Morgan ►◄ Karone Valerie Vernon ►◄ Melody Perkins
Magna Defender Magna DefenderMike Corbett Kerrigan MahanRussell Lawrence

Allies

Civilians

Villains

Main article: Scorpius and Trakeena's Army
Psycho Red Psycho Red
Psycho Black Psycho Black
Psycho Blue Psycho Blue
Psycho Yellow Psycho Yellow
Psycho Pink Psycho Pink
Main article: Captain Mutiny's Crew

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Lost Galaxy)

Morphers

Weapons

Power-up

Vehicles


Zords

Main article: Zords (Lost Galaxy)
Legend:◆ piloted zord, ➲ carrier zord, ● other, ◆ zord form; colors are in reference to the Rangers who pilot them, not the physical color of the Zords

Galactabeast Zord System

Episodes

  1. Quasar Quest, Part 1
  2. Quasar Quest, Part 2
  3. Race to the Rescue
  4. Rookie in Red
  5. Homesick
  6. The Lights of Orion
  7. Double Duty
  8. The Blue Crush
  9. The Magna Defender
  10. The Sunflower Search
  11. Silent Sleep
  12. Orion Rising
  13. Orion Returns
  14. Shark Attack
  15. Redemption Day
  16. Destined for Greatness
  17. Stolen Beauty
  18. The Rescue Mission
  19. The Lost Galactabeasts, Part 1
  20. The Lost Galactabeasts, Part 2
  21. Heir to the Throne
  22. An Evil Game
  23. Memories of Mirinoi
  24. Green Courage
  25. Blue to the Test
  26. Mean Wheels Mantis
  27. Loyax' Last Battle
  28. A Red Romance
  29. The Chameliac Warrior
  30. To The Tenth Power
  31. The Power of Pink
  32. Protect the Quasar Saber
  33. Facing the Past
  34. Turn Up the Volume
  35. Enter the Lost Galaxy
  36. Beware the Mutiny
  37. Grunchor on the Loose
  38. Until Sunset
  39. Dream Battle
  40. Hexuba's Graveyard
  41. Raise the Titanisaur
  42. Escape the Lost Galaxy
  43. Journey's End, Part 1
  44. Journey's End, Part 2
  45. Journey's End, Part 3

VHS/DVD Releases

VHS

DVD

Notes

  • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy is the first season:
    • To air after the Zordon Era. Continuing the series' gradual slide into the Super Sentai formula of changing to a new teams and storylines every season, Lost Galaxy is the first to start out with a new cast, storyline, set and villains which are largely unrelated to the previous seasons. However, it also contains ties to the Zordon Era that keep it in continuity with those seasons. Zordon Era elements that are present include:
      • Alpha 6, who was in Power Rangers Turbo and in Space. Lost Galaxy is also the final season to feature an Alpha robot in a regularly appearing role.
      • Karone (the former Astronema), the Astro Megaship, and the reappearance of the Space Rangers and Psycho Rangers, all from Power Rangers in Space.
      • One or more characters native to Angel Grove, California, which was the series' setting in the Zordon Era seasons. The city itself appears only in the first Lost Galaxy episode, "Quasar Quest".
    • Not to take place on Earth, instead taking place on the space colony Terra Venture. As such, it is also the first season not to take place in the aforementioned city of Angel Grove, and the first not to feature Angel Grove High School.
    • Not feature Skull, one half of the series' longtime comedic duo Bulk and Skull, as his actor Jason Narvy had left the series after Power Rangers in Space to attend college. As a result, this season is the first to feature Bulk without Skull; it is also the last to feature Bulk in a regular role until Power Rangers Samurai.
    • To feature Rangers who are not teenagers or children, but adults with professions.
    • To feature sentient Zords, though Titanus and Tor from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers may also count. As such, it is also the first season to feature sentient Zord deaths (Torozord, Centaurus Megazord, and Stratoforce Megazord).
    • Not to have its Rangers equipped with the teleportation ability that previous teams had.
    • To have its Rangers permanently destroy the main villains. The majority of the previous seasons' main villains were instead destroyed by Zordon's Energy Wave, in some cases several seasons after they were introduced, and not by the Rangers themselves.
    • Not to feature bloopers playing over its ending credits, as footage of one of the season's Megazords assembling would be seen instead. This trend would continue until midway through Power Rangers Wild Force.
    • To feature monsters that can grow on their own without the help of any outside forces.
    • To feature siblings serving on the same team of Rangers.
    • To feature Rangers wearing stock clothes while demorphed. This trend would also continue through Wild Force.
    • To feature a previous team's Megazord in its team-up episode.
    • To feature independent stories for each episode while using certain action footage from its Sentai counterpart.
    • To have a three-part finale.
  • Lost Galaxy is the only season thus far to feature the death of a Ranger in the line of duty, in this case Kendrix Morgan, who is revived in the finale.
  • Lost Galaxy is the final Power Rangers series to air in the 1990s.
  • Because Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger was in production at the time, the main Gingaman villain costumes were initially unavailable and replaced by the likes of Scorpius, Trakeena and the Sting Wingers. After that Sentai teamup ended, the Sentai villains slowly became available and slowly began being adapted.
  • Episode 7, "Double Duty", is the series' 300th episode.
  • Lost Galaxy presently owns the highest on-screen death toll of the series thus far: Magna Defender, Scorpius, Furio, Treacheron, Villamax, The Guardian, Loyax, Trakeena, Deviot, Captain Mutiny, Barbarax, Stratoforce Megazord, Centaurus Megazord, Torozord, DECA, and Kendrix (though she is revived in the finale).
  • Although it contributes to the season's title, the actual Lost Galaxy plot does not come into play until the later episodes of the season.
  • This season is, thus far, the only season to feature a villain from a previous season becoming a Power Ranger.
  • Lost Galaxy is the first season to feature any of the Rangers' parents.
  • Lost Galaxy is the season where the original Zords and Megazord were introduced the latest. The Galactabeasts are first seen in episode three ("Race to the Rescue"), but their Zord forms and the Galaxy Megazord are not seen until episode five ("Homesick").
  • "To the Tenth Power" and "The Power of Pink", the season's team-up episodes with Power Rangers in Space, do not use any footage from the comparative Sentai team-up Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger.
  • Lost Galaxy is the last season to run for 45 episodes.
  • Leo Corbett, Damon Henderson, Kai Chen, Trakeena, Galaxy Megazord, Magna Defender, and the Stingwingers all appear in the 2007 Power Rangers: Super Legends video game. Kai Chen in particular is an unlockable character, accessed when the letters R-A-N-G-E-R are collected during the Lost Galaxy storyline.
  • The uniforms for Terra Venture's military are "Federation Body Armors" used in the 1997 film Starship Troopers. Coincidentally, both series feature the protagonists fighting against bugs.
  • This is the only United States-filmed season of Power Rangers in which Richard Steven Horvitz does not provide any voice over work.
  • This is the only series in which the majority of the monsters are shown to be able to grow giant seemingly at will and without any outside aid (although monsters were shown drinking a bottle of green liquid to grow in a couple of early episodes, this soon vanished).
  • This series is notable for being the only one where, with the exception of the core five Rangers, cast members only feature in the opening credits for episodes in which they appear.
  • This is the first series not to feature a regular mentor for a Ranger team; Commander Stanton could count for a select few Rangers in their civilian identity, but he did not mentor the Lost Galaxy Ranger team itself.

See Also

External links

References

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