Fan Fic / Power Rangers Take Flight
An 40-episode Fanfic adaptation of Choujin Sentai Jetman
. An Air Force soldier and four apartment tenants receive military hardware from Project: Jetman and become the Power Rangers
, to fight against a vengeful space vampire and others who seek Earth's destruction.
It can be read in its entirety here
This fanfic contains examples of:
- Adaptational Heroism: Trask is nowhere near as depraved as his Sentai counterpart, Count Radiguet, who is widely considered one of the most evil Super Sentai villains ever.
- Chris, the Black Ranger, is much more of a team player than his Sentai counterpart, Gai Yuki, a constant gambler and womanizer.
- Adapted Out: Tran, the only Jetman villain with no Take Flight counterpart.
- Alien Invasion
- Alternate Universe Fic
- Ambiguously Brown: Casey, who is simply described as being "of mixed ancestry." She is eventually revealed to be part Middle Eastern, but that's just one parent.
- BFG: The Phoenix Cannon. The "gravity ball" attacks used by the Sky Enforcers, Echo Enforcers and Battle Enforcers could also count, in a sense.
- Bolivian Army Ending: Magda's final fate.
- Came Back Wrong: Dillik's attempt to clone Sasha doesn't go very well.
- Composite Character: Sasha. While based on Maria from the original Sentai, her monster forms were actually Radiguet's (whose normal form was turned into an armored form for Trask).
- Cool Car: The Phoenix Cannon's Phoenix Rover form, although no Ranger ever actually drove it (that was only in Jetman).
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to the actual Power Rangers shows made during The '90s, particularly with the introduction of biomass. However, the author does take care to edit Sentai footage the way it would be edited for Power Rangers (no smoking, drinking or impalement).
- Although some of the dialogue still probably wouldn't fly in Power Rangers, including some references to premarital sex and quite a few uses to the k-word.
- Dead Fic: While the first season, based on Jetman is entirely complete and stands well on its own, the second season of the fic, which partially adapts Choujuu Sentai Liveman, stopped after the fourth episode and shows no indications of ever getting finished.
- Death by Adaptation: Zephyros. Like his Sentai counterpart, Dryer Jigen, Zephyros is an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who gets to live in peace at the end of his episode. Unlike his Sentai counterpart, Zephyros returns a few episodes later, gets provoked into growing and destroyed (re-purposing an Imagine Spot from his Sentai episode for this scene).
- The Doll Episode: "Yesterday's Trash." The Monster of the Week takes the form of the Blue Ranger's old teddy bear.
- Dragon Ascendant: Mainframe.
- Elite Mooks: Somebodies, via a Deadly Upgrade.
- Fantastic Racism: Trask towards humans, due to how humans drove Vampirians/Vampires away from Earth.
- Five-Man Band: As per Power Rangers tradition:
- Gender Flip: Yellow Lion is male in Liveman, while the Yellow Lion Ranger in Take Flight's second season is female. Her name? Trini. (A different Trini, but still...)
- Home Base: The apartment the Rangers live in, Parkview, and later on a house by a cemetery after the apartment becomes a Monster of the Week. Also, the Project: Phoenix hangar, to a lesser extent- during the latter half of the series, it's where the Zords and Dr. Bering are based. The space station became this by the end of the first season and into the second season after the Pheonix base is destroyed by Mainframe in the hijacked Kestrel Megacruiser.
- Justified Trope: The series does this to a few Power Rangers tropes, such as why the villains don't send more than one monster at once (they're highly territorial and attack each other on sight...though this still doesn't explain why they don't just send each to a different country) and why no one ever seems to die in the monster attacks (because the future Rangers knew when the attacks were coming and evacuated the buildings).
- Noodle Incident: We don't exactly learn what caused Maggie to break up with her ex-boyfriend Sean, but Word of God says that infidelity is a likely reason, given how Sean tries to be more honest with Maggie in his attempts to win her back.
- Mythology Gag: The final scene has Luke encounter a mugger on the day of a wedding, just like Gai in the Jetman finale. Unlike Gai however, he survives it.
- The project that initially spawned the Ranger tech was named "Project: Jetman", mainly because the Echo Blasters featured the name on the sides and he couldn't edit those out. Not only that, but thanks to a wormhole generator, Zordon of Eltar assisted Dr. Bering prior to the first episode.
- One-Winged Angel: As stated, Trask has an armored form (the sentai's Radiguet) that he enters when exposed to sunlight; Sasha can turn herself into a giant monster, while her mother Madga could also assume a monster form, though not at giant scale.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Power Fist: The Battlizers that the Rangers used, which could fire a "Battlizer Beam" and enter a "Striker Mode" for powered punches. They later got a Mid-Season Upgrade where they were now larger, and the back portion was now a remote-controlled called a Battle Bird, which could also combine with their Sky Blasters to form Battle Enforcers.
- Reality Ensues: It turns out that making unexcused absences will attract the attention of your boss, as well as make you run the risk of losing your job. Fortunately for Luke, his boss was smart enough to put two and two together, and is pretty okay with it.
- The final battle really drives home how necessary the Rangers are in any Power Ranger series; the Final Boss is just an ordinary monster-of-the-week but without any zords left to fight it, it really drives home how useless conventional weapons are against giant monsters, and that no matter how silly a Power Rangers villain might be, the Rangers are the only thing standing between them and world domination.
- Retcon: A few, as detailed in the commentary, but one of the most notable ones is the explanation that the talk button on the AviMorphers doesn't work when unmorphed, thus explaining the lack of communication between the Rangers outside of battle.
- Script Fic: The story is written entirely in script format. Like an actual Power Rangers season, the storylines and scripts are even written with stock footage from the adapted Super Sentai season in mind- represented by images from Jetman being inserted between the text (with a black screen saying "U.S. placeholder" for any intended US-original footage).
- Spared by the Adaptation: Chris. His Sentai counterpart, Gai Yuki, is killed by a mugger on the wedding day of his former love interest Kaori and romantic rival Ryu. Chris, meanwhile, has a much more successful relationship with Casey; the first season ends on their wedding day. The mugger scenario was given to Luke, who's saved by Lisa.
- Secret Keeper: Quite a few, actually. Likely to keep in with the fic's (slightly) more realistic tone; obviously someone will suspect something.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Averted nicely- the scripts and several other clues say that Spring Valley is this world's counterpart to Oakland, CA. Other towns were mentioned on occasion, all of which are stated in the scripts to be alternate locations to real-world towns, with the exception of Windvale.