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Power Rangers Turbo (often abbreviated as PRT) is a television show based on the Japanese Super Sentai television series Gekisou Sentai Carranger (translated as Racing Squadron Carranger) featuring the fifth generation of the Power Rangers.

The series is the followup to Power Rangers Zeo and the continuation of the storyline begun in the film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, in which the former Zeo Rangers Tommy (Zeo Ranger V - Red), Adam (Zeo Ranger IV - Green), Tanya (Zeo Ranger II - Yellow), and Kat (Zeo Ranger I - Pink) are joined by Justin, the twelve-year-old new Blue Ranger (who replaces an injured and retired Rocky (Zeo Ranger III - Blue) at the start of the series), in the quest to stop Divatox, a barbaric but beautiful space pirate, from unleashing the evil of her demonic fiancé, Maligore, upon the universe. The power of the Zeo Crystal and the Zeo Zords are not strong enough to withstand this new evil, so Zordon and Alpha 5 assist the Rangers in creating the new Turbo Powers, which also give the Rangers new Turbo Zords.

Synopsis

After the defeat of Maligore, the Turbo Rangers Tommy, Kat, Adam, Tanya, and Justin resume their normal lives but are attacked once again by a vengeful Divatox, who has an endless supply of detonators and monsters to threaten the citizens of Angel Grove. When Zordon and Alpha 5 leave the Power Chamber to return to Zordon's home planet of Eltar, the mentorship of the Rangers falls to the spectral Dimitria of Inquiris and the street-talking and conceited Alpha 6. The Rangers are then joined by Blue Senturion, an intergalactic police robot who brings with him the "Millennium Message", which foretells events that are yet to come.

When Divatox's mother Mama D suggests that Tommy be destroyed in order to defeat all the Rangers at once, they are rescued by four new friends: T.J., Carlos, Ashley, and Cassie. They are chosen to become the new Power Rangers as the veterans retire, while Justin remains at their side as the Blue Turbo Ranger. The plot thickens with the arrivals of the mysterious Phantom Ranger and Divatox's ruthless brother General Havoc. When Havoc steals the Turbo Megazord, the Phantom Ranger gives the Turbo Rangers new Rescuezords to help them recover their stolen property, giving them even greater power.

However, tragedy and devastation ultimately befalls the Rangers. The Rescue Megazord and Turbo Megazord are destroyed in battle with the invincible monster Goldgoyle, Dimitria and Blue Senturion leave for the planet Eltar, which is under attack from evil forces, and the Power Chamber is invaded and destroyed by Divatox's armies. Divatox's victory is cut short when she is contacted by a messenger of Dark Specter, who tells her that Zordon has been captured and orders her to leave for the Cimmerian Planet.

As the Rangers overhear, they realize that they need to follow Divatox. Arriving at NASADA, the Rangers commandeer a space shuttle and launch it in pursuit, though Justin doesn't go with them as he wishes to remain on Earth with his father. The story continues... with Power Rangers in Space.

Production

Starting with the Power Rangers Zeo episode "Scent of a Weasel", ratings were beginning to plummet for Power Rangers simply because different shows offered better material. Dragonball Z released in May 1996 in America and Pokemon came out in November, the former offering better fight scenes and the latter monsters vs. monsters and the writing was sharper. This led to the infamous inclusion of new character Justin Stewart (played by Blake Foster) as the Blue Turbo Ranger after Steve Cardenas left the franchise to open his own martial arts dojo. Justin remains the youngest Ranger in the show's history and was basically designed to be a self-insert for the audience.

Divatox was created since the true main antagonist of Carranger, Reckless Dash Emperor Exhaus (whose empowered form became Goldgoyle), appeared in all of six episodes and was mainly seen looming over Earth and the secondary antagonist Gynamo (who was adapted as Rygog) as well as Zelmoda (Elgar) spent a lot of time around a very Japanese villainess named Beauty Zonnette. However, at the start of Turbo, Divatox's actress (Hilary Shepard Turner), was forced to step down from the series due to being pregnant and was replaced by Carol Hoyt (who also played Dimitria) although Turner would return for filming of the episode "The Darkest Day" and remain until season's end.

After Power Rangers Zeo, the original Ranger cast wishing to step away from the show, the producers had to convince them to stay on for another 20 episodes (in actuality only 19) so they could organise replacements for them. Jason David Frank was the first to want to leave, triggered by Saban initially refusing to let him leave for other jobs as Tommy was and still remains the most recurring Ranger in the show's history. The reason the rest of the cast left remains unconfirmed but the consensus seems to be a mixture of burnout from doing this for several years and wanting to opt out in a mass exodus mainlly due to the poor conditions and pay. To this end, the writers planned to create a new plotline to reveal the new identities. The original new Ranger cast were going to be Michael (played by Selwyn Ward), Carlos (played by Roger Velasco), Justin, and Ashley (played by Nancy De Mayo).  Oddly,Nakia Burrise  (Tanya) and Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam) wanted to remain on with only Cardenas, Frank, and Sutherland wanting to leave. However, the whole cast (besides newcomer Blake Foster) was let go after one of the producers (who is unclear) decided that it would be easier to start with a completely new slate. The reason they decided this is unknown but they may have simply wanted new characters and ideas to explore since they had been dealing with most of the other Rangers for at least a year and Justin was the only then new member..

At the beginning of the series, the producers were Ann Austen and Douglas Sloan who had been the head writers since Season 2 when Ronnie Hadar stepped down. They were second only to executive producer Jonathan Tzachor and show-runners Haim Saban and Shuki Levy.  However, whilst writing the episode "Rangers in Concert", Sloan and Austen left the series due to creative burnout and a new writing staff (led by new head writer Judd Lynn) came in and canned "Rangers in Concert" and decided to create all new plotlines. This led to the drop of the Millennium Message (which was originally meant to reveal the future Rangers during the ending of "Rangers in Concert") and, more infamously, a planned subplot where it would be revealed Divatox and Dimitria were long lost sisters (inspired partially by Hoyt playing both characters at the time). They also changed Michael to TJ (although still played by Selwyn Ward), changed Carlos' last name from Chavez to Vallerte (still played by Velasco), introduced Cassie as the new Pink Ranger (having not been conceived before Austen and Sloan left), and replaced Nancy De Mayo with Tracy Lynn Cruz. De Mayo would play a minor character named Jenny Hunter in the episode "Cars Attacks."

Characters

Rangers

Main article:Turbo Rangers

Turbo Rangers

First Turbo Team.

Second Turbo team.

Turbo Rangers and Robot Rangers.

Color Role Actor
Red Turbo Ranger Tommy OliverT.J. Johnson Jason David FrankSelwyn Ward
Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart Blake Foster
Green Turbo Ranger Adam ParkCarlos Vallerte Johnny Yong BoschRoger Velasco
Yellow Turbo Ranger Tanya SloanAshley Hammond Nakia BurriseTracy Lynn Cruz
Pink Turbo Ranger Katherine Hillard Cassie Chan Catherine SutherlandPatricia Ja Lee
Phantom Ranger Phantom Ranger Ali Afshar (as "Alex Dodd")

Allies

Color Role Actor
Blue Senturion Blue Senturion David Walsh

Civilians

Villains

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Turbo)

Morphers

Multi-Use Devices

Communication Devices

Sidearms

Individual Weapons and Team Blaster

Team Cannon

Vehicles

Zords

Main article: Zords (Turbo)
Legend:◆ piloted zord, ➲ carrier zord, ● other zords

Turbozord System

Rescuezord System

Alternate Combinations

Alternate Megazords
Rescue Turbo Megazord

Evil Zords

Episodes

  1. Shift Into Turbo, Part I
  2. Shift Into Turbo, Part II
  3. Shift Into Turbo, Part III
  4. Shadow Rangers
  5. Transmission Impossible
  6. Rally Ranger
  7. Built for Speed
  8. Bicycle Built for the Blues
  9. The Whole Lie
  10. Glyph Hanger
  11. Weight and See
  12. Alarmed and Dangerous
  13. The Millennium Message
  14. A Drive to Win
  15. Cars Attacks
  16. Honey, I Shrunk the Rangers, Part I
  17. Honey, I Shrunk the Rangers, Part II
  18. Passing the Torch, Part I
  19. Passing the Torch, Part II
  20. Stitch Witchery
  21. The Wheel of Fate
  22. Trouble by the Slice
  23. The Phantom Phenomenon
  24. Vanishing Act
  25. When Time Freezes Over
  26. The Darkest Day
  27. One Last Hope
  28. The Fall of the Phantom
  29. Clash of the Megazords
  30. The Robot Ranger
  31. Beware the Third Wish
  32. The Gardener of Evil
  33. Fire in Your Tank
  34. The Turn of the Wretched Wrench
  35. Spirit of the Woods
  36. The Song of Confusion
  37. The Accident
  38. Cassie's Best Friend
  39. The Curve Ball
  40. Carlos and the Count
  41. Little Strong Man
  42. The Rival Rangers
  43. Parts and Parcel
  44. Chase into Space, Part I
  45. Chase into Space, Part II


Notes

  • Power Rangers Turbo is the first season:
  • Turbo is the only season to date to feature a child who can morph into a Ranger, the child in this case being Justin Stewart. Thus far, the concept of a child being a Ranger has occurred three times in the Super Sentai franchise: Kou the Kiba Ranger (Tommy's White Ranger counterpart) from Gosei Sentai Dairanger, Riki the King Ranger (Trey/Jason's Gold Ranger counterpart) from Choriki Sentai Ohranger, and Kotaro in Uchu Sentai Kyuranger.
  • Turbo is the second season where it appears the villains have one in the finale, the other's being Mighty Morphin season 3 and Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers. This would not happen again until Power Rangers Megaforce.
  • Turbo is the only Power Rangers series to date that (starting with the episode "Stitch Witchery") uses eyecatches from its Super Sentai counterpart to lead into and out of commercial breaks. The eyecatches are edited out of the Netflix version.
  • Turbo is the final Zordon Era season to feature Rangers who had previously served on the Mighty Morphin and Zeo teams; in this case, Tommy Oliver, Adam Park, Tanya Sloan and Katherine Hillard. Of those four, only Tommy has thus far served on another Ranger team, in Power Rangers Dino Thunder.
  • With the introduction of TJ, Carlos, Ashley and Cassie, and the episode "Passing the Torch", the second iteration of the Turbo team is the first to be comprised of Rangers not featured in previous seasons.
  • The first half of Turbo (before the transfer of powers) marks the final time the Rangers speak during the morphing sequence.

VHS/DVD Releases

See Also

External links

References


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Mighty Morphin (s01)Mighty Morphin (s02)Mighty Morphin (s03)Alien Rangers (mini-series)ZeoTurbo
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