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This article refers to the show, for the organization, see Space Patrol Delta.
S.P.D. redirects here. For the Space Patrol Delta's counterpart, see Special Police Dekaranger.

Power Rangers S.P.D. is the thirteenth season of Power Rangers, based upon the Super Sentai series Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. The show began airing on ABC Family before moving exclusively to Toon Disney's Jetix block for the show's second half.

A Japanese dub of S.P.D. was aired on Toei's digital television channel in Japan starting in August 2011, with two DVD volumes released on August 5. It features the original Japanese Dekaranger cast members dubbing over the voices of their American counterparts.[1]

Production History

Power Rangers S.P.D. was a milestone series behind-the-scenes and for the fanbase, but also one of the most controversial among fans.

After two years on the series, Doug Sloan and Ann Austen departed as the primary writers and producers of PR, paving the way forward for Greg Aronowitz and Bruce Kalish to take over, with Jackie Marchand staying on as a writer. Joining Kalish were several of his colleagues from Hollywood, including David Garber. Kalish's resume includes shows such as Mork and Mindy, The Incredible Hulk and The Fall Guy.

Kalish and Aronowitz's combined effort on the early portions of SPD gained instantaneous praise from the fanbase, as SPD proved to be one of the more ambitious PR shows ever attempted, with a rare cast of strong actors portraying each character with gravitas and investment, as a result, the cast became hailed as perhaps one of the best in the show's history. It was also at this time that the production crew opened communications with the fandom, which Sloan had previously done, enabling fans to conduct interviews and have conversations with the cast and the producers.

Even the first set of episodes were superb due to the quality backstage talent. After the two-part opener, each Ranger got an entire episode devoted entirely to their character development (episode 3 was Jack's, episode 4 was for Sky, 5 for Syd, 6 for Bridge, and 7 and 8, which were a single, two-part episode, for Z). Sam, although still a child, entered the show with a very well-received two-part episode (which he shared the spotlight with Z), and the Shadow Ranger was introduced, once again, through a very well-received two-part episode.

As the series continued, it became obvious S.P.D was struggling with its own status quo and storylines, as more filler episodes translated storylines from Dekaranger to push the series towards a conclusion (including the episode Samurai which is set in Japan). A brief reprieve for this complacent writing came when Jackie Marchand's two-part storyline "Reflection" resolved Sky's struggle with his personal demons, but it wouldn't last. By the time the Dino Thunder/S.P.D crossovers "History" and "Wormhole" aired, the latter was crucified for not being able to properly accommodate Jason David Frank, as he was back in the States.

The interaction with the cast and crew gradually minimized as Kalish later admitted his own children had browsed Rangerboard and were horrified by the crass, derogatory criticism and humorous anecdotes made about him. In a second interview, Kalish defended his dependence on Sentai material, insisting his crew were simply "paid to translate, not tell original stories."

Synopsis

"In the not-too-distant future, Earth has become a haven for all alien races who come from the farthest reaches of the galaxy to live in peace. 99% of the newcomers live in harmony, but for the 1% who can't there is Space Patrol Delta, the new breed of police, to bring them in."
―Narrator[src]

The story takes place in the year 2025, after Earth has welcomed alien beings to live peacefully with the human race. But peace is short lived as the planet-conquering Troobian Empire turns its destructive attention to Earth. When the Earth's first line of defense, the S.P.D. A-Squad Rangers, vanishes without trace, the protection of the planet falls to their replacements: the B-Squad and their commander, Anubis Cruger.

When two reformed thieves join the team as the Red and Yellow S.P.D. Rangers, tensions threaten to tear them apart. With the alien threat growing stronger every moment, the Rangers must put aside their differences and go into action as one!

Using teamwork, intergalactic weaponry and light-speed Zord vehicles to battle evil, they unite to become one of the ultimate forces for good: Power Rangers S.P.D.! It's eventually revealed that the A-Squad is in fact evil and the B-Squad proves its might by defeating the former elite S.P.D. squad. With help from the S.P.D. commander and his wife Isinia, B-Squad destroys the true threat, Omni and Grumm is arrested for his crimes in front of S.P.D. headquarters on Earth by Cruger.

Characters

Main article: SPD Rangers

B-Squad Rangers

Main article: B-Squad Rangers

The B-Squad Rangers.

Color Role Actor
S.P.D. Red Ranger Jack Landors (retired) Schuyler "Sky" Tate (promoted) Bridge Carson Brandon Jay McLarenChris VioletteMatt Austin
S.P.D. Blue Ranger Schuyler "Sky" Tate Bridge Carson (promoted) Chris VioletteMatt Austin
S.P.D. Green Ranger Bridge Carson Matt Austin
S.P.D. Yellow Ranger Elizabeth "Z" Delgado Monica May
S.P.D. Pink Ranger Sydney "Syd" Drew Alycia Purrott

Other Rangers

SPD Kat, Shadow, Omega Rangers

Color Role Actor
S.P.D. Shadow Ranger Chief Anubis Doggie Cruger John Tui
S.P.D. Omega Ranger Sam Brett Stewart (voice)
S.P.D. Kat Ranger Kat Manx Michelle Langstone
S.P.D. Nova Ranger Nova Antonia Prebble
S.P.D. Red Ranger Officer Tate (deceased) Unknown actor

B-Squad Rangers (Future)

The canonicity of elements in this section are unclear at this time, and should be treated as such. For more information, see Power Rangers Hyperforce and Soul of the Dragon.

B-Squad in Soul of the Dragon

Color Role Actor
S.P.D. Deka Ranger Schuyler "Sky" Tate[2] Chris Violette
S.P.D. Red Ranger Bridge Carson Matt Austin
S.P.D. Blue Ranger Lina Song Malika Lim
S.P.D. Green Ranger Lina Song   J.J. Oliver Malika Lim  N/A
S.P.D. Yellow Ranger Elizabeth Delgado[2] Monica May
S.P.D. Pink Ranger Sydney Drew[2] Alycia Purrott

Allies

Color Role Actor
S.P.D. Orange Ranger Boom (Dream Only) Kelson Henderson
Color Role Actor
Red Dino Ranger Conner McKnight James Napier
Blue Dino Ranger Ethan James Kevin Duhaney
Yellow Dino Ranger Kira Ford Emma Lahana
Black Dino Ranger Tommy Oliver Jeffrey Parazzo (voice, uncredited)
White Dino Ranger Trent Fernandez-Mercer Jeffrey Parazzo

Civilians

Villains

Troobian Empire

The A-Squad Rangers

Color Role Actor
A-Squad Red Ranger Charlie Gina Varela
A-Squad Blue Ranger A-Squad Blue Ranger Nick Kemplen (voice)
A-Squad Green Ranger A-Squad Green Ranger D.J. Sena, Nick Kemplen (voice)
A-Squad Yellow Ranger A-Squad Yellow Ranger Allan Smith ,Greg Cooper (voice)
A-Squad Pink Ranger A-Squad Pink Ranger Motoko Nagino, Claire Dougan (voice)

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Space Patrol Delta)
  • R.I.C. 2.0 (Robotic Interactive Canine)
  • Delta Blasters - The Red Ranger's personal sidearms, they can function separately or be combined into the Delta Combo Blaster.
  • DeltaMax Strikers - The Blue, Green, Yellow, and Pink Rangers' fire-arms. The barrel of the blaster doubles as a sword, while the grip serves as a taser-like weapon.
  • Delta Patrol Cycles - A trio of motorcycles used by the Red, Blue, and Green Rangers.
  • Delta Morphers - The morphers of B-Squad, activated by a call of "SPD Emergency!". This device contains 5 functions, separated by 3 different tabs:
    • Morph: The "Change" option on the Delta Morphers transforms the cadets into their ranger costumes.
    • Power Up to S.W.A.T. Mode: When the Rangers activate the "Change" option while morphed and call for it, their S.W.A.T. armor appears.
    • Communicator: The "Phone" option serves as basic communication allowing the Rangers to contact each other or the Academy, as well as summon the Delta Runners.
    • Judgment Scanner: The "Judge" option assesses the guilt or innocence of anyone the Rangers bring into custody. It measures pulse and electrical impulses before rendering a verdict, and it never makes mistakes.
    • Containment Mode: If a criminal is charged Guilty, this subsection of "Judge" will blast him with Anti-Matter Fusion, sealing him in a Containment Card and making transportation of the detainee a non-issue.
  • Patrol Morpher - The Shadow Ranger's morpher looks exactly the same as the Delta Morphers and has the same functions, but is colored black.
  • Omega Morpher - The Omega Ranger's morpher features a throttle control that gives him access to a variety of powers including:
    • Electro Mode: The Omega Morpher's main attack, an electrifying attack that can injure opponents greatly.
    • Blast Mode: Allows the Omega Ranger to gather energy in the palm of his hand before discharging it as a powerful shockwave.
    • Power Mode: Similar to Muscle Mode, it increases the Omega Ranger's strength.
    • Muscle Mode: Enhances the Omega Ranger's physical strength.
    • Hyper Mode: Once this is activated, Omega Ranger can either slow down time or increase his speed at will.
    • Light beam Mode: The Omega Ranger attacks his opponent with a "bar" of energy as a finishing move.
    • Charged-up Mode: The Omega Ranger can strengthen his stats.
    • Judgment Scanner: The "Judge" option assesses the guilt or innocence of anyone the Rangers bring into custody. It measures pulse and electrical impulses before rendering a verdict, and it never makes mistakes.
  • Magna Morpher - The Magna Morpher is the upgrade for the Red Ranger and allows Jack to call the S.P.D. Battlizer. It is stored within a special compartment in R.I.C., and looks like the Omega Morpher.
  • S.P.D. Battlizer - Accessed by the Magna Morpher, the S.P.D. Battlizer was designed by Kat and Boom. The Battlizer has two modes, the second mode utilizing a reconfigured R.I.C.
    • Cyber Mode: Enhances Jack's agility and fighting ability to superhuman levels and features a sword as well as strategically placed armor.
    • Sonic Mode: R.I.C. completely transforms into an armor replete with a rocket booster pack, siren lasers, and flaming sword.
  • Delta Cruiser - a standard issue Jeep used by the Yellow and Pink Rangers.
  • Delta ATV - Four wheeled vehicle belonging to the Shadow Ranger. It is equipped with powerful blasters.
  • Uniforce Cycle - A motorized unicycle belonging to the Omega Ranger.
  • Shadow Saber - Personal weapon of the Shadow Ranger. Its blade can be enhanced at the push of a button.
  • S.W.A.T. Mode - Special Weapons And Tactics - This technology, created by Kat and stolen by Piggy, was rebuilt and given to the B-Squad Rangers once they learned to work together in S.W.A.T. Part 2. In this mode, they gain the Delta Enforcers and chest armor. Also, the lights on their helmets extend and become antenna/communication devices. S.W.A.T. has many other valuable functions, including heat seeking and nightvision. The Rangers summon this armor via their morphers ("SPD, S.W.A.T. mode!" is the call).
  • Delta Enforcers - These powerful guns associated with S.W.A.T. mode have different functions depending on the card swiped and inserted into them, such as Containment Mode.
  • Kat Morpher- Delta Morpher painted white and red.
  • Nova Morpher- a gold-colored version of the Omega Morpher.

Zords

Main article: Zords (S.P.D.)

Delta Max System

S.W.A.T. System

Delta System


Episodes

  1. Beginnings (1)
  2. Beginnings (2)
  3. Confronted
  4. Walls
  5. Dogged
  6. A-Bridged
  7. Sam (1)
  8. Sam (2)
  9. Idol
  10. Stakeout
  11. Shadow (1)
  12. Shadow (2)
  13. Abandoned
  14. Wired (1)
  15. Wired (2)
  16. Boom
  17. Recognition
  18. Samurai
  19. Dismissed
  20. Perspective
  21. Messenger (1)
  22. Messenger (2)
  23. Zapped
  24. Reflection (1)
  25. Reflection (2)
  26. S.W.A.T. (1)
  27. S.W.A.T. (2)
  28. Robotpalooza
  29. Katastrophe
  30. Missing
  31. History
  32. Impact
  33. Badge
  34. Insomnia
  35. Wormhole
  36. Resurrection
  37. Endings (1)
  38. Endings (2)

VHS/DVD Releases

  • Power Rangers S.P.D. (Complete Season) [RC2]
  • Volume 1 (Episodes 1-5)
  • Volume 2 (Episodes 6-10)
  • Volume 3 (Episodes 11-15)
  • Volume 4 (Episodes 16-20, 35)
  • Volume 5 (Episodes 21-25, 35)
  • Power Rangers S.P.D.: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)

The Comic Strip

A new monthly comic strip based on the series appeared every issue of "Jetix Magazine" in the UK. Jetix Magazine was the official magazine of JETIX, the channel that aired S.P.D. in the UK. The strip was the first Power Rangers strip to be written by legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman, collaborating for the first time on the PR strip with equally popular TF artist Andrew Wildman, who had previously done artwork for other Power Rangers strips under Jetix Magazine's previous banner of Fox Kids' Wickid.

Errors

Notes

  • It is the first series to feature Pink Rangers that did not have skirted uniforms and also the first time that a female Yellow Ranger had no skirt and has a female Sentai counterpart.
  • It is the first series to have an episode take place in Japan, the country from which the Power Rangers' source material, Super Sentai, originated.
  • It is the first series in which one Ranger morphs using their teammate's powers. There have, however, been previous instances of powers being passed from one Ranger to another.
  • It is the first show to have more than two women on the team.
  • This is the first Power Rangers series to feature a female Red Ranger (Red A-Squad Ranger). Bruce Kalish has said that he and the producers of the show had to convince Disney to use a female Red Ranger and that while it may be a small step now, it may one day lead to a full-time female Red Ranger on the show.
  • Near the ending of the last episode, the possibility of another female Red Ranger was posed when Cruger suggested to Sky that he appoint Syd as Red Ranger.
  • It is the first series to have members promoted to a new color. At the end of "Endings, Part 2", Jack leaves S.P.D. to be with Ally. Sky is promoted to Red and Bridge becomes the Blue Ranger.
  • S.P.D. is a rare occasion where the setting is not set during the year it was released, taking place in 2025 but being released in 2005.
  • The first series to feature an entire team of American-created Rangers, the A-Squad Rangers.
  • It is the first series where the monsters do not grow to large sizes, but instead retreat to the cockpits of Zord-sized robots for the final battle.
  • This season is known for and sometimes criticized for the overuse of recycled costumes, props, and material.
  • While early promos said S.P.D. was set in 2020, the date given in the show is 2025.
  • "Katastrophe", "Missing", "History" and "Impact" were aired out of production order.
  • S.P.D. is somewhat infamous for two airing mistakes
    • In Canada, on July 30, 2005, Wormhole, the second part of the S.P.D./Dino Thunder teamup, was aired instead of the scheduled Messenger, Part 1. Wormhole had been slated for a strictly-DVD release.
    • Also, the episode Impact (Production #1533) was aired 28th in the series, accompanying a "previously on Power Rangers: S.P.D.", which featured scenes from History, slated to air after Impact.
  • S.P.D. is the only series to have all the titles of their episodes consist of one word. This is an in-joke by producer Bruce Kalish as he had previously worked on Black Hole High, a fantasy series that also consisted of one-word titles.
  • In "Dekaranger", the Rangers' weapons, Zords, and even enemies used guns that shot bullets. Production digitally added 'laser beams' over any scene of a bullet being shot during clips of Sentai footage. In a similar edit, in 'Dekaranger', the Rangers would point their fingers in a gun shape, aim at the screen, and then bullet holes would "hit" the screen. This scene was replaced with a similar scene at a different camera angle with the bullets removed.
  • It is the first, and so far only, series to have a team of Rangers with a morphing sequence, but no morphing call. The A-Squad Rangers, in their fight with the B-Squad, had a puff of smoke surround them and morphed instantly, with no words being spoken.
  • During the episode Stakeout, Jack and Sky are playing a video game. The two characters they are playing as are the Blue Senturion and Cyclopter.
  • Both KO-35 and Onyx are mentioned in SPD. They are both planets visited in Power Rangers In Space.

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References

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