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-->''"Let's Rocket!"''
-->--'''[[{{Invocation}} Morphing call]]''', ''Power Rangers in Space''

The sixth season of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', adapted from ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger''. Managing to save the series from cancellation, this is frequently cited as one of the best, if not ''the'' best, seasons of the franchise. For the first time, the series introduced a heavily serialized plot that built from episode to episode, featuring strong themes, characterizations and coming to an epic climax that gives a degree of finality to the previous six seasons. It also eschewed the BlackAndWhiteMorality that was prominent in previous seasons by featuring sympathetic villains, and also includes three reunion episodes and plenty of cameos that kept the continuity extremely tight.

At the end of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', the Power Rangers were defeated and Zordon captured by the [[Series/PowerRangersZeo United Alliance of Evil]]. However, following one of the contingency plans set down by Zordon before his capture, the Rangers make their way into space and (by chance) meet up with Andros, a lone Red Ranger determined to stop the U.A.E and rescue his missing sister. The former Rangers convince him of their worth and join forces as the new Space Rangers.

Standing against them is Astronema, a DarkActionGirl agent of the U.A.E. sent to Earth to finish the job that Divatox started. With her is her NobleDemon [[TheDragon second-in-command]] Ecliptor, the [[TropeNamer titular]] PsychoRangers and CardCarryingVillain Darkonda. Meanwhile, the supreme leader of the U.A.E. and BigBad of the ''Power Rangers'' universe, Dark Specter, is plotting to siphon Zordon's power to stage his final conquest on the galaxy, making it a race against time to rescue him before the universe is doomed.

The climax of six years' worth of plot and villains, the series was a phenomenal hit and restored faith in ''Power Rangers'', as the ratings for Turbo increased just enough to give Power Rangers what was thought to be a final season. With the resolution of the ongoing plot, the slate had to be wiped clean for ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' as the staff and viewers went on to a new adventure that for the most part was unrelated to the events of the prior series.
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!!Recurring ''Power Rangers'' tropes include:

* BigBad: Astronema
** BiggerBad: Dark Specter
* ChestInsignia: Team logos - three triangles arranged as a rectangle - on the belts. There were also personal symbols on the helmet forehead, but they were only visible when they lit up.
** The helmet insignias tended not to be shown, as they were pieces of technology like computers or phones, an [[TheArtifact Artifact]] left over from the tech-based ''Megaranger''.
* CityOfAdventure: Angel Grove, though the Rangers also traveled all over the galaxy.
* TheDragon: CoDragons Ecliptor and Darkonda
* EvilPlan: This season raised the stakes from previous seasons and joined every villain thus far in a alliance to take over the entire universe.
* FiveManBand
** TheLeader: Andros
** TheLancer: Carlos
** TheSmartGuy: T. J.
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Cassie
** TheChick: Ashley
** SixthRanger: Zhane
* FiveTokenBand: Caucasian Red and Yellow Rangers, a Hispanic Black Ranger, an African-American Blue Ranger, and an Asian Pink Ranger.
** But Andros is an alien so we have five different races.
* HomeBase: the Astro Megaship
* HumongousMecha
** CombiningMecha
** TransformingMecha: the Astro and Delta Megaships, the Mega Winger
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum
* MadeOfExplodium
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Aside from the usual "Red Ranger gets everything" factor, this was the show that introduced the Battlizer and all other subsequent powered-up Red Rangers.
** This also started the Red Ranger is the main protagonist of the show. In ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' no single Ranger was more important than the other; while Tommy was a spotlight stealer in the second season, by the time he became the Red Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' his spotlight stealing was downplayed severely, though he did get the most toys.
* MakeMyMonsterGrow: Accomplished through "Satellasers".
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Vaguely defined "aliens" that don't seem to share any singular origin. In fact, it's rarely even mentioned where they come from, simply appearing when the plot calls for it, and only occasionally being interviewed by Astronema before being sent. This is especially jarring, given how many of said monsters are based on Earth animals.
* {{Mooks}}: Astronema's [[OriginalGeneration Quantrons]], the United Alliance of Evil's [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Piranhatrons]], and the [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Craterites]], originally used for training purposes by the Space Rangers.
* NeverSayDie: Unusually for Power Rangers, this tends to be averted depending on the episode. Specifically, see InfantImmortality and MistakenForDying. While the word was never stated, there is ''no'' question what happened to [[spoiler: Zordon.]]
* {{Recycled IN SPACE}}!: Despite the name, averted! The move to outer space brought a lot of changes to the status quo, such as more complex villains and mostly abandoning the CityOfAdventure setup in favor of searching alien planets for their kidnapped mentor. Some of these things were then recycled into future seasons, others weren't.
* SuperMode: This season was the first to introduce the "Battlizer" Red Ranger upgrade, which has continued to almost all following seasons (surprisingly this is an American creation, ''Megaranger'' had the Battlizer gadget, but it didn't have a SuperMode function). Interestingly, Megaranger actually had a team SuperMode in the NonSerialMovie, where the core five donned golden torso armor, but this was not brought over to Power Rangers.
* {{Thememobile}}:
** CoolBoard: The Galaxy Gliders
*** CoolBike: Zhane's glider can transform into the Silver Cycle.
** AwesomePersonnelCarrier: The Megatank
** and the Galactic Rover, Zhane's dune buggy
* WeaponOfChoice:
** BifurcatedWeapon: Astro Blasters (can be split into two laser guns)
** HeroesPreferSwords: Andros' Spiral Saber, though you could be forgiven for thinking that ThisIsADrill.
** SimpleStaff: Carlos' Lunar Lance
** AnAxeToGrind: T.J.'s Astro Axe
** BratsWithSlingshots: Ashley's Star Slinger
** HandCannon: Cassie's Satellite Stunner
** SwissArmyWeapon: Zhane's Super Silverizer
* WordPower:
** {{Invocation}}: "Let's Rocket!"

!!This subseries contains examples of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Frieda: ''It's Rita!''
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Rangers' weapons: Lunar Lance, Spiral Saber, Astro Axe, Satellite Stunner, Star Slinger and Super Silverizer.
** Also the Galaxy Gliders.
* AntiVillain: Ecliptor is quite possibly the most likeable villain in the history of ''Power Rangers''. As it turns out he's noble and only does what he does because he's incredibly loyal to Astronema (almost like a father to her). When Astronema breaks out of her initial brainwashing and tries to become good, Ecliptor tries to join her, but they're both put under heavier brainwashing afterwards, but he remains as loyal as ever to her.
* ArentYouForgettingSomeone: The Turbo Rangers get ready to return to Earth, but fail to realize that they left Alpha on the Astro Megaship.
* AsteroidsMonster
* TheArtifact: Two are carried over from Megaranger: logos with the acronym I.N.E.T. show up in episode 2 and in the hangar for the Mega V zords. It stands for "International Network of Excel-Science and Technology" who were the organization behind the creation of the Rangers' suits, weapons and mecha in Megaranger. It is subverted however: where NASADA in Megaranger was only the name of the base INET used to build and launch the Mega Shuttle; it was converted in PR to serve as a full NASA expy.
** In a toy example, pressing the buttons 7-3-0 on the Digimorpher would play a TV-sized of the ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'' theme.
* BabyCarriage: in "Silence Is Golden", with the added complication of the Psychos tracking the Rangers by their voices. Cassie can't shout a warning without endangering herself, but can't get to the carriage on foot in time either.
* BackForTheFinale: Plenty of faces from the past.
* BadassBookworm: T.J. While a former Red Ranger and leader of the team, he was the only one who figured out a way to combat the PsychoRangers.
* BadGuyBar: There's one present on the planet Onyx, full of {{Mooks}} and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] from the various seasons.
* BarBrawl
* BastardUnderstudy: Astronema. AFTER Dark Specter brainwashed her.
* TheBeard: "Grandma Matchmaker" in which Ashley asks Carlos to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to get her granny to stop smothering her.
* BigDamnHeroes: Justin and Storm Blaster ''drive through the door of a warehouse'' to free the Rangers, who are seconds from eating the business end of the {{Monster Of The Week}}'s cannon.
** Bulk and Skull of all people do this in the finale.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: In the end, almost every villain has been eradicated or purged of evil, and Karone is back to normal, this time for good, and reunited with her brother. It seems that for the first time, the galaxy may have earned a respite from evil. Sadly... As great a victory as this was, [[HeroicSacrifice it cost Zordon his life]].]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* TheBusCameBack:
** Adam Park, briefly, in the episode "Always A Chance." He becomes the Black Power Ranger one last time, using his original Power Morpher (the one damaged when Rito destroyed the Thunderzords) in spite of Alpha 6's warning that morphing could kill him. To fans' delight, he first declares that it's Morphing Time, morpher in hand, and then calls out "MASTODON!"
** Justin Stewart, as well, in "True Blue to the Rescue." Storm Blaster had a morpher in his glove compartment. Although, unlike Adam, he wasn't actually seen morphing.
* CareBearStare: Zordon's energy wave
* CerebusSyndrome: The premise of the season is that [[BigGood Zordon]] has been captured by the LegionOfDoom and is ''slowly dying'', with the Rangers desperately trying to rescue him before it's too late. [[spoiler:Not only do the Rangers utterly fail to save him, the Red Ranger is actually [[HeroicSacrifice forced to kill him]] in the GrandFinale.]] Yikes.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Andros' and Astronema's lockets.]]
** ChekhovMIA: Andros' missing sister mentioned near season start counts as this as well.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Darkonda.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Happens to Lt. Stone and the Juice Bar; replaced by Adelle and the Surf Spot
* ColorCodedCharacters: Defied during the StoryArc with the PsychoRangers, T.J. figured that by homogenizing all their colors and uniforms they could confuse the Psycho Rangers enough to get an advantage (the Psychos had developed themselves to be the {{rival}} to their color counterpart, while individually they are pretty powerful their obsession with their counterpart made the costume/color switch unbearable).
** This specific color combination (red/black/blue/yellow/pink) won't appear again until ''Operation Overdrive''.
* CoolStarship: the Astro Megaship
** And the Delta. And the Mega Winger. Lots of {{cool ship}}s to go around.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514ZNA060WL._SL500_SS500_.jpg cover]] for the VHS release of the Psycho Rangers arc is only titled by the season name, and it claims to be "An All-New Feature-Length Movie!", when in reality they're just 5 individual episodes that cover one story arc. Nowhere else is it advertised as a movie.
* CrashIntoHello: Astronema and Zhane have one on Earth. It's unusual because it's not their first meeting but Zhane doesn't recognize her because she is in Earth clothes with her natural hair.
* CrisisCrossover: when the very first episode involves a meeting between every major villain from the past five seasons (plus more!), you know this trope is in play.
* CrossOver: There was an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zmDe_gTh84 episode]] that crossed over with ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation''.
* CurbStompBattle: Andros vs. Astronema in "[[GrandFinale Countdown To Destruction, Part 2]]". While he's busy [[spoiler: [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight trying to make her remember that they're brother and sister]]]], she's busy ''kicking his ass.''
* CuteMute: "Silence is Golden" basically turned Cassie into this.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While the season in general was darker because of the whole LegionOfDoom rising, the more mundane Earth-bound stories were also more mature and adult. In an early episode, Andros "befriended" a gang of criminals and naively helped them with a car theft, where no prior season had set up an outright bad ''human'' character.
** This series was a trendsetter where the darker, less kid-friendly mood/themes are concerned. The trend has endured in nearly every season afterward...even after Disney took over the franchise.
* DatingCatwoman: Zhane and Astronema, briefly.
* DeathGlare: Astronema gives Elgar this when, after she takes credit for the destruction of the Psycho Rangers and stopping them from draining Dark Specter's power ([[spoiler: in reality having created the Psychos specifically to do exactly that]]), he points out that technically the Power Rangers were responsible for destroying the Psychos.
* DeusExMachina: In the finale, [[BigGood Zordon]] [[spoiler: pulls off an ICannotSelfTerminate suicide bomber attack that kills all the villains, transforms the redeemable ones into HumanAliens free of the taint of evil magic, and brings the red ranger's dead sister back to life after a few minute delay]], neatly tying up all the loose ends of the series.
* DimensionLord[=/=]GalacticConqueror[=/=]EvilOverlord: Dark Specter
* DressedAllInRubber: Astronema.
* DubNameChange: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the Mega Voyager and Mega Winger, which keeps their ''Megaranger'' names.
* DynamicEntry: Adam in "Always A Chance".
* EarthShatteringKaboom: While not actually ever used for its intended purpose, missiles with the power to blow up a planet are known to exist in [[Franchise/PowerRangers the franchise]]. It took one of them to take out Dark Spectre. He was stabbed in the back with it by TheStarscream. Being hit with said missile ''didn't kill him''. It took Darkonda hitting him with a ''second'' Planet Killer to destroy him for good, and he still survived long enough to [[TakingYouWithMe take Darkonda with him]].
* EasilyForgiven: Zhane gets a invitation to go on a date with Astronema (who is usually trying to kill them, being a villain and all). He prepares to go out and meet her while the other 5 Rangers are losing a battle against a monster. He walks past the bridge of the ship, seeing the video screen showing his friends in danger, and he still tries to sneak past so Alpha won't bring him into the fight. But he gets noticed and has to go save the day which causes him to miss the date until he was late enough Astronema was furious with him. In the end, the other rangers are fully aware of the fact he tried to date the woman who constantly tries to have them all die, and they just try to convince him maybe she'll change her mind and go out with him again. It's not clear if they know he'd rather see her then save their lives, but still...
* EmoTeen: Andros, though it isn't exactly clear if he's a teen or not. His actor, Christopher Khayman Lee, was 19-20 during filming and looked it, plus Andros' age isn't given, but [[DawsonCasting knowing how Power Rangers can be with their casting]]...
** We can assume Andros is supposed to be around that age (19-20). Old enough to live on his own (he'd been a ranger for a while at the start of the series and lived alone on his ship), but young enough not to look out of place at a high school. Zordon likely gave him his powers at 15-16, and he's been a ranger for at least three years (he mentions Zhane getting injured two years prior to the start of the series, and at the time Zhane already had a reputation for being a powerful ranger).
* EndOfAnAge: To the Zordon-era. [[spoiler: "Countdown to Destruction" shows us why.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Andros infiltrated an Alliance meeting in the first episode, was discovered and had to fight his way out. That's how you introduce a character. It also serves as an effective introduction to the new tone of the series.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Astronema, though she also has plenty of non-Expository Hairstyle Changes, too.
** To the point where one of the Rangers comments "I liked you better as a blonde!"
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Zordon demands that Andros do what he has to do to save the universe, then simply closes his eyes and lets him do it.]]
* FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither: The Rangers and Ninja Turtles each originally dismissed the other as an urban legend.
* {{Flatline}}: In "Survival of the Silver", the EKG attached to Zhane's cryogenic chamber flatlines while the Rangers are battling a group of hooded aliens. It's subverted as shortly afterwards, not only do the jagged lines restart, but the cryogenic chamber also opens and Zhane turns out to be alive and well.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The never-seen "Scrudley".
* {{Foreshadowing}}: While introducing himself to Astronema, Darkonda mentions that he met her once, but Astronema doesn't remember meeting him. [[spoiler: Darkonda "met" Karone/Astronema when he kidnapped her.]]
* FromBadToWorse: In the lead-up to the GrandFinale they lost two of their Megazords, effectively reducing their MidSeasonUpgrade and working only with what they started with.
* FusionDance: "Darkliptor"
* GambitRoulette: Technically Zordon didn't plan for every possible event but he was CrazyPrepared enough and hoped the Rangers used it to their advantage.
* GondorCallsForAid: In the GrandFinale, it shows all previous (still operating) Rangers and groups trying to resist the Alliance of Evil.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: Dark Specter had Astronema brainwashed back to evil after her first HeelFaceTurn. It worked a little too well and she became TheStarscream.]]
** The Rangers set out with two missions this season: find Zordon, and defeat the United Alliance of Evil. They accomplished both, [[spoiler:but not without Zordon having to die in the process.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: In "Countdown to Destruction," Bulk and Skull [[spoiler:led the civilians into the fray alongside the Power Rangers knowing full well that this might be the end for the both of them.]]
* GrandFinale: ''Countdown to Destruction''. It was originally meant to be the end of the franchise, but perfectly brings the Zordon Era to a close.
* HeelFaceTurn:[[spoiler:Astronema, aka Andros' sister Karone. If Dark Specter hadn't intervened, pretty much everything bad that happened in the second half of the series would have been avoided, due to the BigBad having switched sides. Well, maybe. See NiceJobFixingItVillain, below.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Carlos had one after accidentally injuring Cassie when fighting a monster.
* HeroicBystander: the civilians in the "I am Spartacus" scene (below)
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Zordon. When he saw that the Alliance was going to overwhelm every Power Ranger team and force for good in the galaxy, he had Andros shatter his time warp tube. The resulting energy pulse (FanNickname is the "Z-Wave") neutralized all of the {{Big Bad}}s and turned their {{mooks}} into dust. DeusExMachina, sure, but damn if it wasn't amazing.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Andros and Zhane.
* HilariousOuttakes: Sadly, the last season to have these.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Darkonda tries to trick Andros into running between trees where lasers will blast to smithereens whoever walks through there. Ecliptor forces Andros away, and Darkonda is stupid enough to be blasted by his own trap. It's not that Ecliptor likes Andros at all, it's that he's the lesser of two evils because Darkonda is so bad.
* HolyHandGrenade: [[spoiler:Zordon's death unleashing the wave of good.]]
* HourOfPower: Right after getting unfrozen, Zhane had a limit of two and a half minutes.
* HumanPopsicle: Zhane
* IAmSpartacus: Possibly the best scene in all of ''Power Rangers'' history. [[spoiler: Astronoma delivers an ultimatum to the people of Angel Grove: surrender the Power Rangers or everyone dies. Suddenly Bulk, Skull, Professor Phenomenus, Adelle, and everyone else say that ''they're'' the Rangers. Just before Astronema kills everyone, the ''real'' Rangers reveal themselves (morphing in full view of the public, something Zordon specifically told them not to do) and attack, with [[ThoseTwoGuys Bulk and Skull]] leading the civilians into the fray.]]
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Zordon. It doesn't matter how powerful your magic is or how great your wisdom, if you lack any means of physical interaction with the world around you, you need help to commit suicide.]]
* IconicOutfit: Andros' cloak from his EstablishingCharacterMoment: he shows up with it for [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy both]] [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce of his]] future team-ups.
* InTheHood: Andros at times
* IneffectualLoner: Andros
* InfantImmortality: Believe it or not, subverted. True, it happens offscreen, to a character whom we never meet, but that doesn't change the fact that a girl who appears in ''Carlos on Call'' is stated to have had a twelve year old brother who died just recently. Hell, we even see the girl kneeling in front of his ''grave'' at one point! Of course, the episode was a straight adaptation from Megaranger.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: With ''[[Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation]]'', also owned by Saban Entertainment. While the episode is considered very out of place and most people [[FanonDiscontinuity disown its existence]] (not to mention that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird [[CanonDiscontinuity officially disown]] ''Next Mutation''), it is a bit of a GuiltyPleasure just from the inherent coolness of a crossover.
** It's the Power Rangers teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, how could that not be awesome? (Next Mutation and Venus aside) Plus it has a scene where Elgar gets kicked. Possibly one of the best scenes in the entire series.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Implied in the GrandFinale, as Bulk and Skull shake hands before [[spoiler: they lead the civilian mob to aid the Rangers.]]
* LargeHam: Melody Perkins, depending on the wig. Until she's [[spoiler: {{brainwashed}}]], anyway...
** She does a fairly impressive job of suppressing it during her [[spoiler: brief]] HeelFaceTurn, though.
* LegionOfDoom: the United Alliance of Evil
* LetsGetDangerous: Alpha 6 and D.E.C.A, the RobotBuddy and the CoolStarship, utterly humiliate Ecliptor in "The Impenetrable Web".
** Ahem, "Countdown to Destruction Part 2" anyone? There's a reason the IAmSpartacus scene is not only the CrowningMomentofAwesome for Bulk and Skull, but for the entire series in general.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Zhane recharges his morpher by having it struck by lightning.
* LosingYourHead: Ecliptor
* LoveRedeems: Especially in the familial sense, serves as a major theme. It's explicitly stated that Dark Spector and Darkonda worry that Astronema might defect to good because Ecliptor showed her caring as a father figure, and that caring is completely at odds with being evil.
** [[spoiler:She does.]]
* LoveTriangle: Zhane becomes fairly friendly with Ashley, which causes some jealousy from Andros.
* LuckyTranslation: The use of "Megazord" as the name for the franchise's HumongousMecha really pays off here, thanks to the source series being called ''Megaranger''. This meant that most of the mecha weren't renamed at all for ''In Space'', because there was no need.
** Renaming Mega Voyager would've actually caused problems, as the name was written in the cockpit in plain sight. Likewise, Mega Winger's cockpit had "Mega W" written on it. Delta Mega simply had Zord added to the end of the name, while Galaxy Mega was renamed Astro Megazord, but the name Galaxy Megazord was used [[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy next season]] instead.
** The entire series' motif is this. ''Megaranger'' isn't ''exactly'' about space, it is about technology craze in general (hey, it's the 90s) but since there are heavy space influences in the series (especially the mecha and weapons) and it is a quite popular theme back then ''In Space'' took this UpToEleven instead.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Astronema is really Andros' sister, Karone.]]
* MagicCountdown: Draining Zordon of energy, the visual effect is visibly moving in every episode he is in, yet it should overtake him before the end of the next commercial break.
* MaximumFunChamber: "playing with Scrudley"
* MistakenForDying: Zhane, when the other Rangers hear his time is limited, but don't catch it only applies to his HourOfPower. This episode is notable for averting NeverSayDie, as Zhane very specifically says "They think I'm dying".
* MoralityDial: Used on the Delta Megazord in "The Great Evilizer".
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Inverted between Ecliptor and Karone. She was his boss but when she did a HeelFaceTurn, he couldn't find it in him to fight against her.]]
* MulticoloredHair: Andros: black and blond stripes
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Andros to Zhane, only realized after the fact.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Ironically, if Dark Specter had just let Astronema go and not brainwashed her, things might have turned out better for him. Seriously, the brainwashing made her far more evil - so much that [[TheStarscream she wanted to]] [[AmbitionIsEvil be in charge.]] As a result, she used the Psycho Rangers to fight the Rangers - their ''real'' purpose being to weaken him - and this left him vulnerable to Darkonda's attack, ultimately leading to his demise.]]
** [[spoiler: Of course, it might have also avoided the BittersweetEnding too and led the Rangers to an even greater victory, so it's really hard to tell just who would have been better off if he hadn't taken that route.]]
** This trope is all over the place in this series.[[spoiler: The Psycho Rangers' infighting was really the ''only'' reason they didn't defeat the rangers. Ecliptor and Darkonda constantly ruin each other's plans, culminating in Ecliptor "destroying" Darkonda and causing him to lose one of his lives. In the GrandFinale, Darkonda betrays [[BiggerBad Dark Specter]], who was already weakened due to Astronema using the PsychoRangers to drain his power, leading to them [[TakingYouWithMe destroying each other]] and thus saving the universe.]] Really, the Space Rangers probably could have just sat back and waited for the villains to take each other out.
* NighInvulnerable: Dark Specter. In the finale [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Darkonda]] steals two planet-destroying weapons. One he plans to use on Dark Specter and the other on the Dark Fortress (where Astronema and Ecliptor are). He fires one at Dark Specter who goes down... and then promptly ''gets back up''. It takes wasting the one intended for the Dark Fortress, fired directly down Specter's throat, to put him down for good, and he still manages to hang on long enough to eat the aforementioned Darkonda alive.]]
* NobleDemon: Ecliptor
* NoOntologicalInertia: A shape-shifting monster makes Astronema look like Ashley, after which the real Ashley is kidnapped. To escape, she tricks the monster into giving her Astronema's body, and then returns to help the other Rangers destroy it. Luckily, when she takes her helmet off she's back to normal, the monster's spells having been broken by its death.
* NonindicativeName: Sure they're in space, but they tend to fight on earth an awful lot about 90 percent of their fights take place on earth due to the source material.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The Interstellar Scanner.
* OfficialCouple: Ashley and Andros.
* OneHitKill: After getting a serious power upgrade, Ecliptor destroys the Delta Megazord with a single slash of his sword.
* OpponentSwitch: Against the PsychoRangers. Surprisingly, it doesn't work. The Psycho Rangers merely defeat the Ranger they're currently fighting, and then go and wipe the floor with their actual opponent. The Rangers only pull this off after making their uniforms all the same color, and even then, it barely works.
* ParentalAbandonment: The Rangers, despite still being high school students (early episodes of this season even go by showing the five, except Andros, still attending Angel Grove High), apparently lived on board the Megaship. One would have to wonder about their parents and/or guardians thinking where EXACTLY they were the whole time.
** Which leads nicely into making you wonder just how much of space could they explore looking for Zordon if they had to be within reach of Earth for school five days a week?
*** Presumably the astro megaship keeps on going with Alpha operating it when the the Rangers are gone and the rangers can teleport in and out of it.
** It's also possible that they graduated offscreen at some point early in the season, especially considering that they're only shown to be in high school in a couple of early episodes. The latter half of the series completely drops that aspect of the story.
* PhlebotinumBomb: Zordon's energy wave.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The themes of the source footage, ''Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger'', revolved around high ([[TechnologyMarchesOn at the time]]) technology and gadgets. The story was more akin to ''TheLastStarfighter'' with regards to the plot, and while there were space vehicles there wasn't much actual space travel involved. Liberties were taken, to say the least.
** WordOfGod says that the space theme was chosen because the early footage they had of Megaranger had them think it was a space based season, when they got the truth and the filming had already begun all the space surfing scenes had to be added in to make it work.
* PsychicPowers, specifically MindOverMatter: Andros.
** PstandardPsychicPstance: He uses the "gesture at what you're affecting" variant.
* ThePsychoRangers: While the idea had been used before, ''In Space'''s Psycho Rangers were the first characters to really do justice to the concept of a team of evil power rangers. Thus, they became the TropeNamer.
* RocketPunch: The [[HumongousMecha [=AstroDelta=] Megazord]]'s finishing move.
* SassyBlackWoman: Adelle.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Andros and Zhane.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Bulk and Skull get a massive reduction in screen time, but make up for it with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ShoutOut: A few to Franchise/StarTrek and StarWars, including a holodeck and numerous random lines, such as T.J. saying that they're going down to a planet on the Dagobah system to search for Zordon.
** The Quantrons are armed with Bat'leths.
** One early episode had a pair of characters called [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen George and Lennie]].
* SkySurfing: "Galaxy Glider, hang ten!"
* SpaceOpera: The first season where the series went in this direction. Compared to earlier seasons, this one was DarkerAndEdgier, there was more drama, the conflicts were on a much larger scale, the stakes were higher, and the story was less episodic and more arc-based. Probably one of the reasons it was such a success.
* SpoilerOpening: Averted for the two-part premiere "From Out of Nowhere. In order to hide their identities, the first episode's opening omits Andros and has Divatox as the villain instead of Astronema, implying that she would be returning as the season's villain. For part 2, Astronema was put in the opening credits while still omitting Andros.
* TheStarscream:
** The first of these was Darkonda. Interestingly, he wasn't after the BigBad of the season per se. Rather, he wanted to go all the way and destroy TheManBehindTheMan. Interestingly, he succeeded, but [[TakingYouWithMe failed to survive the attack]].
** Astronema herself was a Starscream after being brainwashed by the Dark Specter. (Clearly, that worked [[GoneHorriblyRight only too well.]] Using the Psycho Rangers had two purposes: fighting the true Rangers (obviously) and weakening the Dark Specter. She intentionally connected their powers to his, hoping that their frequent battles with the Rangers would weaken him enough for her to destroy him and usurp his position as leader of the alliance. (Unfortunately for Astronema, the Psycho Rangers were impatient and unwilling to follow her plans, which led to them being defeated before this plan could succeed.)
* StormingTheCastle
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Alpha Six was retooled in this season to be Alpha Five [[{{Expy}} in all but name]]. VocalEvolution played a big role, trading in the annoying [[BigApplesauce Noo]] [[AmericanAccents Yawk]] accent of Catherine Battistone to cute little brother[[CrossDressingVoices -ish]] vocals of WendeeLee.
* SwissArmyTears: Used in the finale to [[spoiler: bring Karone back to life, and revert her cyborg modifications.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Dark Specter to Darkonda.]]
** [[spoiler:Zordon to the United Alliance of Evil]].
* TheBusCameBack[=/=]TenMinuteRetirement: Justin and Adam
* ToTheBatpole
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Cassie and Ashley, again.
* TrojanPrisoner
* TronLines: Ecliptor
* TropesInSpace: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well, obviously.]]
** BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: At least they've been consistent with this throughout.
** FrictionlessReentry: Averted for RuleOfCool: The Megaship transforms in space and then drops out of orbit to fight the MonsterOfTheWeek, so it's able to enter the battlefield with a ''flaming shield''!
** HolodeckMalfunction: in an early episode
** HumanAliens: Andros, Zhane, and [[spoiler: Karone]], though pretty much every non-RubberForeheadAlien from the last five seasons who occasionally show up count too.
*** Lampshaded by the Earth Rangers when they first meet Andros, who handwaves it with "Humans live more places than just Earth, you know."
** NumberedHomeworld: KO-35.
** TelepathicSpacemen[=/=]HumansArePsychicInTheFuture: Andros, though he's telekinetic instead of telepathic. And he's not from the future, either. It's also implied that it's something people from Earth are perfectly capable of learning to do, as he offers to give Ashley some tips on learning telekinesis (though he says it takes years of practice).
* TheUnmasking: in the finale
* VagueAge: Started to creep into the show by this season. Four of the five Rangers are presumably high school students, since they stepped in when [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo four of the previous Rangers graduated]], and we even see them attending school in a few early episodes. But there is never any mention of their parents (not even when Astronema's forces occupy Angel Grove), and they are able to leave Earth for extended periods of time without any mention of them [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow missing school]] or having to cover up their absences at home. (A late season episode implies that the Rangers graduated off-screen, as a teacher refers to Carlos as a former student.)
* WhamEpisode: "The Secret of the Locket."
** "Countdown to Destruction."
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:'''Zordon:''' "You must shatter my energy tube."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In "Countdown to Destruction", [[spoiler: most villains in the series either perished or were purged of evil, but many were not there, and what ultimately happened to them remains unknown. Goldar is the best example. Rito Revolto and Master Vile were absent too, as were many minor villains.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Enforced by virtue of ExecutiveMeddling. [[spoiler: Initially, Karone would have been the only villain to have survived the Z-Wave by virtue of only being under mind control, but the show was forbidden to destroy human-looking villains. Divatox, Rita and Zedd all get turned good at the end, but robots, mooks and "monsters" are turned to dust, regardless of whether they might have had redeeming qualities or been capable of good in the past.]]
* WordSaladLyrics: The onscreen text in the morphing sequence. Something about the puppy canoe of hope.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler: The point of Zordon's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* YouLookFamiliar: A costume version. Dark Specter was a reuse of the elaborate Maligore costume from ''Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie''. Acknowledged by Divatox in the season premiere.
** All the stranger when you consider Maligore was a demon the size of a Megazord at his biggest and Dark Specter is the size of an entire PLANET. He's also seen to shapeshift, which makes you wonder why he picked someone so many magnitudes of power weaker than himself to impersonate. Probably because Maligore [[RuleOfScary looks scary]]. Besides, maybe they're related.
** In an early draft of "Forever Red," Amit Bhaumik had proposed the idea that Maligore was an infantile version of the species that Dark Specter was a part of. Since this never made it to the final draft, it's anyone's guess how canon that idea is. On one hand, it would explain the similarity between Maligore and Dark Spectre. On the other, the fact that Maligore is technically an infant version of the species and that Divatox was his girlfriend... well, the implications are not pleasant.

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