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Power Rangers Time Force (often abbreviated as PRTF) or Time Force is the ninth season of Power Rangers, based on the Super Sentai series Mirai Sentai Timeranger.

Synopsis

In the year 3000, humankind has evolved into a utopia where a police organization called Time Force has tracked down every single criminal - except for Ransik, who hijacks a prison full of cryogenically frozen convicts and escapes to the year 2001 in the hopes of altering the course of history, but not before fatally striking down the Red Time Force Ranger, Alex. The four Time Force officers responsible for Ransik's escape, including Alex' fiance, Jen, pursue him through time and end up in the fictional city of Silver Hills, where they are acquainted with the 21st century by Wesley Collins, the son of a rich industrialist and a dead ringer for Alex, due to him being Alex' distant, but still direct, ancestor. Despite Jen's initial reluctance, Wes eventually joins the team as the 5th member and new Red Ranger. The Time Force Rangers both defend Silver Hills from the onslaught of Ransik's Mutants and attempt to keep the original timeline from drastically altering.

Due to Wes's estrangement from his father, the Time Force officers instead move into an abandoned clock tower in the middle of the city and begin operating a business named A Nick of Time Odd Jobs to get by. Wes soon finds that his father's overbearing determination to have him follow his footsteps and take over his company has become too much for him to bear, and he abandons his father to go live with the other Rangers in the clock tower. Over time, Wes and Jen's relationship also blossoms and they begin to catch feelings for each other, although neither has the gall to admit it to the other.

Wes soon discovers that Ransik's deep-rooted hatred for humans is a manifestation of his origin as a disfigured mutant shunned by the rest of the genetically perfect population. Ransik displays extremely impressive combat skills throughout the series, but his biggest weakness is his constant need to take a vial of special serum to prevent turning into a mutant permanently. Wes notes Ransik's potential capacity for kindness, such as his affable treatment of his daughter, Nadira, but the rest of the Time Force officers are fully committed to bringing in Ransik at all costs.

The Rangers' mission is complicated by the introduction of the Silver Guardians, a new business venture by Mr. Collins to protect customers who pay for the Guardians' services. At the same time, Mr. Collins discovers that Wes is a Time Force Ranger and tries to offer him the position as commander of the Guardians, which Wes refuses. One of the Guardians, Eric Myers, a former prep school classmate of Wes, discovers the Quantum controller box, becomes the Quantum Ranger, seizes control of the Q-Rex, and is put in command by Mr. Collins of the Silver Guardians. Long resentful of Wes's privileged position in life, he remains aloof and distant from the other Rangers and operates independently of them.

Ransik's robotic underling, Frax, grows deranged and breaks away from Ransik, destroying all of his vials of serum in the process. A desperate Ransik ransacks Mr. Collins' company, Bio-Lab, to acquire their supply of newly developed serum, and in the process severely injures Mr. Collins, leaving him in critical condition. This development causes the sudden arrival of Alex, who intends to "set history straight". He resumes command as the Red Time Force Ranger, informing Wes that his father will die the next day. Alex makes a series of questionable decisions battling Frax's powerful creation, Dragontron, while a resigned Wes briefly takes over command of his father's business. The Rangers, unable to stand Alex's leadership any longer, mutiny and force him to give Wes back the Red Time Force Morpher. Wes leads the Rangers to a resounding victory over Dragontron, while Alex uses technology from the future to save Mr. Collins' life. Alex returns to the future, respectful of Wes's role as the leader of Time Force.

When Vypra of Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue lore revives a Super Demon named Quarganon, the Time Force Rangers briefly team up with their Lightspeed Rescue predecessors to take down the combined forces of Vypra, Ransik, and Quarganon.

Ransik eventually tracks down Frax and reprograms him to be his completely subservient robotic slave. Frax creates a new fighting machine, Doomtron, which rains destruction on Silver Hills and sends most of the city's infrastructure spiraling into a time-space vortex. Upon hearing from Alex that their fate was doomed, Wes forcibly returns the other four Rangers to the year 3000 for their safety, leaving him and Eric to try to desperately defend Silver Hills from both Doomtron and Ransik. Eric is severely injured by a slightly damaged Cyclobot and hands the Quantum Morpher over to Wes, who is the city's last hope. Alex tries to wipe the memories of the year 2001 from the four officers, but they rebel once again and choose to go back in time to help Wes - which culminates with Jen returning to Alex their engagement ring. The reunited Rangers destroy Doomtron, along with Frax, but find themselves overmatched against the awesome power of Ransik. Ransik attempts to deliver the finishing blow to Jen, but accidentally strikes Nadira, an act which horrifies him and causes him to repent. He turns himself in, and the four Time Force officers, their mission complete, return to their own time, but not before Jen and Wes finally confess their feelings to each other. Wes agrees to his father's revised proposal to become head of the Silver Guardians - who now provide their services freely - with the condition that he has Eric working alongside him as co-commander.

A recurring theme in the series is that an individual controls his or her destiny, as exemplified through Wes' character development - he continually refuses to adhere to the life his father has set for him as a successor of the lucrative Collins business, remaining committed to traversing his path, even when he is told by Alex that it is destiny for him to take over the company after his father's death. Other characters also fight against the currents of predetermined destiny, such as how Eric determinedly fights his way out of squalor and poverty to become head commander of the Silver Guardians, or when Jen and the other Time Force Rangers ignore the predetermined events of history and choose to return to the year 2001 and save Wes from dying. Even the penultimate clash of the season - Ransik with the Time Force Rangers - culminates with Ransik's choice to accept responsibility for his crimes and carve his path in life anew.

Characters

The Time Force Rangers.

Rangers

Main article:Time Force Rangers
Color Role Actor
Time Force Red Alex Drake ►◄ Wesley Collins Jason Faunt
Time Force Pink Jen Scotts Erin Cahill
Time Force Blue Lucas Kendall Michael Copon
Time Force Yellow Katie Walker Deborah Estelle Phillips
Time Force Green Trip Kevin Kleinberg
Quantum Ranger Eric Myers Daniel Southworth

RPG/Comic-Exclusive Rangers

Color Role Actor
Time Force Silver Joe Shih Yoshi Sudarso
Time Force Black Cyra Drake N/A

Allies

Civilians

Villains

Main article: Mutants

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Time Force)
  • Time Force Badge: Identification of Time Force members and is utilized to seal defeated criminals away in cryo-containment units.
  • Chrono Blaster: Standard sidearm of Time Force.
  • V Weapons/Vortex Blaster: Five cannons used by the Rangers; can combine into the Vortex Blaster which delivers powerful energy blasts capable of "freezing" or knocking out a criminal.
  • Chrono Morpher: Morpher of the Time Force Rangers; equipped with holographic communication array and can only be activated when the Red Chrono Morpher is activated; imprints with the user's DNA.
  • Chrono Sabers: Standard weapons (two to each Ranger) that can combine into double-bladed lances; capable of shooting energy blasts and delivering "Time Strike" attacks
  • Electro Booster: Special gun created by adding several attachments to a Chrono Saber.
  • Quantum Morpher: Morpher of the Quantum Ranger, used to control the Quantasaurus Rex; vocal command accepted only from the Quantum Ranger (or someone who can sound like him).
  • Quantum Defender: A sidearm used by the Quantum Time Force Ranger; also has a sword mode.
  • Battle Warrior Armor: Battlizer Armor for the Red Time Force Ranger, granted to him by the mystic Battle Fire; gives him torso armor, armored helmet & boots, and a two-handed battle sword.
  • Quantum Mega Battle Armor: Battlizer Armor for the Quantum Time Force Ranger, granted to him by Alex from the year 3000; gives him torso shielding, visor, rollerblades, and detachable wings that serve as blasters and blades; also grants him the ability to fly and a large energy blade that is capable of "freezing" giant criminals.
  • Vector Cycles: Motorcycles used by the Rangers for ground pursuit.
  • Strata Cycle: air/ground vehicle sent by Alex to aid Wes
  • TF Eagle: Transport of the Quantum Time Force Ranger, capable of time-traveling.
  • Time Jet: Aircraft used by Power Rangers; can transform into a blaster for the Time Force Megazord Mode Blue.
  • Time Ship: Vehicle used by the Time Force Power Rangers; Allowed the Rangers to travel through time.

Zords

Main article: Zords (Time Force)


Time Flyer and Shadow Force System

Legend:◆ piloted zord, ★ battlezord

Episodes

  1. Force from the Future, Pt. 1
  2. Force from the Future, Pt. 2
  3. Something to Fight For
  4. Ransik Lives
  5. A Blue Streak
  6. A Parting of Ways
  7. Short-Circuited
  8. Jen's Revenge
  9. The Time Shadow
  10. Future Unknown
  11. Uniquely Trip
  12. Worlds Apart
  13. The Quantum Quest
  14. Clash for Control, Part 1
  15. Clash for Control, Part 2
  16. Bodyguard in Blue
  17. The Legend of the Clock Tower
  18. Trust and Triumph
  19. Trip Takes a Stand
  20. Quantum Secrets
  21. The Last Race
  22. Lovestruck Rangers
  23. Full Exposure
  24. Movie Madness, Pt. 1
  25. Movie Madness, Pt. 2
  26. Time Force Traitor
  27. Frax's Fury
  28. Dawn of Destiny
  29. Fight Against Fate
  30. Destiny Defeated
  31. Undercover Rangers
  32. Beware the Knight
  33. Time for Lightspeed
  34. Reflections Of Evil
  35. Nadira's Dream Date
  36. Circuit Unsure
  37. A Calm Before the Storm
  38. The End of Time Part 1
  39. The End of Time Part 2
  40. The End of Time Part 3

VHS/DVD Releases

VHS Release

DVD

  • Power Rangers Time Force (Complete Season) [German RC2]
  • Power Rangers Seasons 8-12 (Lightspeed Rescue to Dino Thunder)
  • Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)

Notes

  • Time Force adapts the original plot of Timeranger almost to the letter, with only minor changes to suit its characters.
  • This is the last full Power Rangers series to air on Fox Kids.
  • A number of changes have been made in Time Force since the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, with scenes involving skyscraper buildings being under attack or destroyed, and the scenes of people panicking as a result edited for reruns. The opening sequence for the early portion of the season initially featured the Time Shadow Megazord standing atop two towers; this would later be changed in reruns to a shot of the Q-Rex Megazord Mode for the same reason.
  • According to Daniel Southworth at Power Morphicon 2007, due to the popularity, and the relationship between the production crew and cast they almost came back for a second season - whether he meant a second season of Time Force or the characters coming back in Wild Force is unknown.
  • This is the first Power Rangers series where the original Rangers, with the exception of Wesley, took or stole their Morphers rather than being given to them.
  • This is the first, and so far the only, season to feature a Pink Ranger as the leader. However, the Red Ranger remained as the protagonist of the show.
  • Time Force is also notable for being the first series where the Rangers do not destroy the monsters, but rather capture them in containers.
  • It was the first series to employ Power Rangers from the future.
  • This was the first series to include a standard issue sidearm not featured in its Sentai counterpart. In this case, it is the Chrono Blaster, as the Timerangers did not have ranged sidearms.
  • Between the episodes "Something to Fight For" and Part 2 of the 2-episode of "Clash For Control," every episode was heavily edited to remove scenes of buildings exploding. The reason for this is because the episode "Destiny Defeated" aired on September 15, 2001 (which was four days after the attacks) and buildings exploding became taboo. All re-airings after this had the footage of buildings detonating, although this editing did not include episodes that did not show buildings exploding.
  • The series was planned to have an extra 10 episodes, and the possibility for a movie, but was canceled due to a possible Screen Actors Guild strike.[Citation needed]
  • Allegedly, due to this season's overall dark nature compared to other Power Rangers seasons, Fox considered broadcasting the series on their Sunday primetime lineup after The X-Files; however, it ultimately remained on Fox Kids for brand consistency.
  • Time Force has a sequel in the form of the Twitch RPG, Hyperforce, which is set in separate universe.
  • The Time Force Rangers are the first American team to be given an additional Ranger after their series had ended, as Joe Shih was added in Hyper Force.
  • This is the first series not to feature any of the main villains turning giant.

See Also

External links

References

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