Series / Power Rangers in Space
aka: Power Rangersin Space
The sixth season of Power Rangers
, adapted from Denji Sentai Megaranger
. 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 Black and White Morality
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 Power Rangers Turbo
, the Power Rangers were defeated and Zordon captured by the 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 Dark Action Girl
agent of the U.A.E. sent to Earth to finish the job that Divatox started. With her is her Noble Demon second-in-command
Ecliptor, the titular Psycho Rangers
and Card-Carrying Villain
Darkonda. Meanwhile, the supreme leader of the U.A.E. and Big Bad
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 Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
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.
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- Big Bad: Astronema
- Chest Insignia: 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 Artifact left over from the tech-based Megaranger. (Andros and Ashley's symbols were used on occasion; when this happened it was referred to as their "Lightstar helmet modes"; that term was used in the toyline for basic figures of the Rangers whose symbols could light up).
- City of Adventure: Angel Grove, though the Rangers also traveled all over the galaxy.
- The Dragon: Co-Dragons Ecliptor and Darkonda
- Evil Plan: This season raised the stakes from previous seasons and joined every villain thus far in a alliance to take over the entire universe.
- Five-Man Band
- Five-Token Band: Caucasian Red and Yellow Rangers, a Hispanic Black Ranger, an African-American Blue Ranger, and an Asian Pink Ranger.
- And Andros is an alien, so we have five different races.
- Greater Scope Villain: Dark Specter
- Home Base: the Astro Megaship
- Humongous Mecha: As usual, the Zords.
- Combining Mecha: There was a rare aversion in that the series' main mecha, the Astro Megazord, was a single Transforming Mecha and not a combination of multiple smaller pieces (though technically its shuttle did separate and dock with the main body). It does later combine with the Delta Megazord into the Astro-Delta Megazord. The Mega Voyager is the more traditional five-part combiner, and it can also take on the Mega Winger's wing pack (just the wing pack; the rest of it doesn't combine) as the Winged Mega Voyager.
- Transforming Mecha: the Astro and Delta Megaships, the Mega Winger
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: 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" trend. In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers no single Ranger was significantly more important than the other, even when Jason was Red Ranger and leader (and he, along with Tommy, has "legendary status" among fans). While Tommy was a spotlight stealer in the second season, by the time he became the Red Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo his spotlight stealing was downplayed severely, though he did get the most toys.
- Make My Monster Grow: Accomplished through "Satellasers". Lampshaded by Elgar at one point, muttering "here we go again" as he fires them.
- Monster of the Week: 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 Quantrons, the United Alliance of Evil's Piranhatrons, and the Craterites, originally used for training purposes by the Space Rangers.
- Never Say "Die": Unusually for Power Rangers, this tends to be averted depending on the episode. Specifically, see Infant Immortality and Mistaken for Dying. While the word was never stated, there is no question what happened to 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 City of Adventure setup in favor of searching alien planets for their kidnapped mentor. Some of these things were then recycled into future seasons, others weren't.
- Super Mode: 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 Super Mode function). Interestingly, Megaranger actually had a team Super Mode in the Non-Serial Movie, where the core five donned golden torso armor, but this was not brought over to Power Rangers.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Word Power:
This subseries contains examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: Frieda: It's Rita!
- Added Alliterative Appeal: The Rangers' weapons: Lunar Lance, Spiral Saber, Astro Axe, Satellite Stunner, Star Slinger and Super Silverizer.
- Alien Sky: It is in space so we're bound to see some in the planets, foreign to our solar system, that are explored. Namely in "Satellite Search" (Ep. 6), with the planet Kalderon which appears to have what looks like two gigantic moons; one of those moons looks like the planet Jupiter. And as the volcano on that planet is emitting smoke and clouds, they turn different colours as they go up to the skies.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Prior to their fight, when Rita hears that Divatox destroyed the Turbo Rangers, she reacts this way even asking Zedd if it was true.
Rita: Is that true? Did she really destroy the Power Rangers?
- Anti-Villain: 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.
- Aren't You Forgetting Someone?: The Turbo Rangers get ready to return to Earth, but fail to realize that they left Alpha on the Astro Megaship.
- Asteroids Monster
- The Artifact: 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 MIDI-fied version of the Denji Sentai Megaranger theme.
- Elgar is sent by Dark Specter to join Astronema in her fight against the Rangers... for some reason. Once Ecliptor and especially Darkonda arrive, Elgar shows up less and less, only appearing every now and then simply to remind us he still exists.
- Artificial Gravity: All the spaceships have this, with no reason given as to how that technology exists.
- Baby Carriage: 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.
- Back for the Dead: Zordon, Rita, Zedd, the Machine Empire, and Divatox. They're seen in a couple episodes scattered throughout the season before all getting offed in "Countdown to Destruction."
- Back for the Finale: Plenty of faces from the past.
- Rita, Zedd, Goldar, Mondo, Machina, Gasket, Klank & Orbus, and Divatox are all part of the UAE.
- Meanwhile, the Aquitian Rangers, the Gold Ranger (Trey of Triforia), Blue Senturion and the Phantom Ranger are all fighting the UAE.
- Badass Bookworm: 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 Psycho Rangers.
- Badass Grandma: Ashley's grandma may be overly attentive and even somewhat annoying, but when the fate of the city is on the line, you can count on her… to drive a sedan straight into seven-foot tall monster during a battle with the Power Rangers.
- Bad-Guy Bar: There's one present on the planet Onyx, full of Mooks and Monsters of the Week from the various seasons.
- Bar Brawl
- Bastard Understudy: Astronema. AFTER Dark Specter brainwashed her.
- The Beard: "Grandma Matchmaker" in which Ashley asks Carlos to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to get her granny to stop smothering her.
- Big Damn Heroes: 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.
- Bittersweet Ending: 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, it cost Zordon his life.
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- The Bus Came Back:
- Adam Park in the episode "Always A Chance." He serves as a mentor to Carlos, helping him through a lapse in confidence and uses the damaged original Power Morpher (supposedly destroyed by Rito in MMPR season three) 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!" In a meta sense, this helps explain team ups that happen in later series, as there is the implication that those powers could be repaired.
- 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.
- Phantom Ranger in "The Delta Discovery" where he gives the Rangers his Delta Megaship, the second Megazord.
- Care-Bear Stare: Zordon's energy wave
- Cerebus Syndrome: The premise of the season is that Zordon has been captured by the Legion of Doom and is slowly dying, with the Rangers desperately trying to rescue him before it's too late. Not only do the Rangers utterly fail to save him, the Red Ranger is actually forced to kill him in the Grand Finale. Yikes.
- Chekhov's Gun: Andros' and Astronema's lockets.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: Andros' missing sister mentioned near season start counts as this as well.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: See the Nice Job Fixing It, Villain entry.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Happens to Lt. Stone and the Juice Bar; replaced by Adelle and the Surf Spot.
- Color-Coded Characters: Defied during the Story Arc with the Psycho Rangers, 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.
- Continuity Nod: Bulk's reaction to discovering the identities of the Power Rangers "Them?" is that exact same thing he said when he discovered their identities temporarily in Season 2 of Mighty Morphin.
- Cool Starship: the Astro Megaship
- And the Delta. And the Mega Winger. Lots of cool ships to go around.
- Covers Always Lie: The 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.
- Crash-Into Hello: 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.
- Crisis Crossover: 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: The episode "Shell Shock" which crossed over with Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. Yes, this is canon on the Power Rangers side.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Andros vs. Astronema in "Countdown To Destruction, Part 2". While he's busy trying to make her remember that they're brother and sister, she's busy kicking his ass.
- Cute Mute: "Silence is Golden" basically turned Cassie into this.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Andros has the Battlizer from early on, and uses options one and two frequently. It's not until more than twelve episodes to the end of the series that someone actually asks why he never uses option three, which is because of this trope. As shown when a little kid activates it for him, option three activates the Red Battlized Ranger mode, and it hurts like hell. (In Megaranger, all option three did was power up the blast from the Spiral Saber Booster Mode.)
- Darker and Edgier: While the season in general was darker because of the whole Legion of Doom 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.
- 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.
- Dating Catwoman: Zhane and Astronema, briefly.
- A Day in the Limelight: "True Blue to the Rescue", resolving dangling plot lines from the end of Turbo (namely the fate of the super cars and Justin) but providing a more proper parting between the characters.
- Death Glare: 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 ( 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.
- Deus ex Machina: In the finale, Zordon explains to Andros that rupturing his tube would end the battle, but also that he cannot do it himself and needs Andros to effectively kill him. As it turns out, doing so kills all monstrous villains and footsoldiers, purify Rubber-Forehead Aliens and Human Aliens of the taint of evil magic, and does so while all existing heroes (Aquitian Rangers, Gold Ranger of Triforia, Phantom Ranger, Blue Senturion) are on the ropes if not actually captured, neatly tying up all the loose ends of the series. As evidence that Tropes Are Not Bad, the sheer weight of what happened tends to overshadow the fact it is a Deus ex Machina.
- Dimension Lord/Galactic Conqueror/Evil Overlord: Dark Specter
- Dressed All in Rubber: Astronema.
- Dub Name Change: Averted with the Mega Voyager and Mega Winger, which keeps their Megaranger names.
- Dynamic Entry: Adam in "Always A Chance".
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: While not actually ever used for its intended purpose, missiles with the power to blow up a planet were created during the finale. It took one of them to take out Dark Specter- he was impacted in the back with it by Darkonda. 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 take Darkonda with him.
- Easily Forgiven: 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. But he gets noticed by Alpha and has to go save the day, until he was late enough Astronema was furious with him. In the end, the other rangers are possibly aware of the fact he tried to date the woman who constantly tries to kill them, but shrug it off.
- ... and when Andros finally does give him some grief about this several episodes later, it's only because he'd found out that Zhane was technically dating his sister.
- Easy Amnesia: Happens in the episode "T.J.'s Identity Crisis".
- Evil Is Petty: The forces of evil in general, but their behaviour toward the people of KO-35 stand out. For no readily explained reason, they attacked them, drove them off their planet, and kept chasing and attacking them.
- Emo Teen: 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 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).
- End of an Age: To the Zordon-era. "Countdown to Destruction" shows us why.
- Enemy Civil War: A downplayed but very important part of the series's arc. Dark Spectre and Astronema are some of the most ludicrously powerful villains in terms of sheer resources in the entire franchise. And the series features a team up of all previous villains (and their monsters!) But...
- Darkonda and Ecliptor are The Rival to each other, and spend several episodes fighting each other. Ecliptor even accounts for two of Darkonda's deaths.
- Astronema's attempted early Heel–Face Turn ends up with her pseudo-father Ecliptor fighting his own men to hold the line while she and the Rangers leave. This leads to Dark Spectre having Darkonda reprogram Ecliptor, which also leads to...
- ...A Reprogrammed Astronema, who is now The Starscream, draining Dark Spectre of his power using the Psycho Rangers...
- ... Who are so obsessed with their personal rivals that they're even willing to betray each other, and eventually break apart from the other villains and wind up fighting Ecliptor when they have the Rangers at their mercy, and allowing the Rangers to end one of Astronema's plans.
- And finally, Darkonda's own The Starscream tendencies lead him to killing Dark Spectre, who also kills him.
- Establishing Character Moment: 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. Astronema is also in the same scene, as a coldly calculating villain contrasting the Large Ham hysterics of Rita and Divatox, and she is smart enough to identify the cloaked figure, Andros, as a spy. Both serve as an effective introduction to the new tone of the series.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Expository Hairstyle Change: 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!"
- Face Death with Dignity: Zordon demands that Andros do what he has to do to save the universe, then simply closes his eyes and lets him do it.
- Faeries Don't Believe in Humans, Either: 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.
- Filler: "Carlos On Call", the episode immediately after the introduction of the Psycho Rangers. It revolves around a little girl blackmailing Carlos, and while the Psycho Rangers do appear, the episode doesn't move their plot line forward in any significant way. This is probably why in the collected VHS version, said episode was left out.
- First-Episode Spoiler: For the ending of Power Rangers Turbo.
- Fluffy the Terrible: The never-seen "Scrudley".
- Foreshadowing: While introducing himself to Astronema, Darkonda mentions that he met her once, but Astronema doesn't remember meeting him. Darkonda "met" Karone/Astronema when he kidnapped her.
- From Bad to Worse: In the lead-up to the Grand Finale they lost two of their Megazords, effectively reducing their Mid-Season Upgrade and working only with what they started with.
- Fusion Dance: "Darkliptor"
- Gambit Roulette: Technically Zordon didn't plan for every possible event but he was Crazy-Prepared enough and hoped the Rangers used it to their advantage.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: In the Grand Finale, it shows all previous (still operating) Rangers and groups trying to resist the Alliance of Evil.
- Gone Horribly Right: Dark Specter had Astronema brainwashed back to evil after her first Heel–Face Turn. It worked a little too well and she became The Starscream.
- The Rangers set out with two missions this season: find Zordon, and defeat the United Alliance of Evil. They accomplished both, but not without Zordon having to die in the process.
- Go Out with a Smile: In "Countdown to Destruction," Bulk and Skull led the civilians into the fray alongside the Power Rangers knowing full well that this might be the end for the both of them.
- Grand Finale: Countdown to Destruction. It was originally meant to be the end of the franchise, but perfectly brings the Zordon Era to a close.
- Gut Punch: The last stretch of the series was a pretty intense series of dramatic events, but the Rangers managed to pull through and achieve victory over and over again. Two episodes prior to the season finale comes an episode where Ecliptor super-charges himself. You'd think with the Ranger's winning streak they'd make it through just fine, but then Ecliptor destroys the Delta Megazord in one hit. Instantly the stakes are raised and anything can happen, which it does.
- Heel–Face Turn:Astronema, aka Andros' sister Karone. If Dark Specter hadn't intervened, pretty much everything bad that happened in the second half of the series (and possibly, Kendrix's Heroic Sacrifice in Lost Galaxy) would have been avoided, due to the Big Bad having switched sides. Well, maybe. See Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!, below.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: In "Always a Chance", Carlos had one after accidentally injuring Cassie when fighting Lizwizard. He managed to snap out of it when Adam risked his life by using a battle-damaged Power Morpher to help Carlos against the monster.
- Heroic Bystander: the civilians in the "I am Spartacus" scene (below)
- Heroic Sacrifice: 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 (Fan Nickname is the "Z-Wave") neutralized all of the Big Bads and turned their mooks into dust. Deus ex Machina, sure, but damn if it wasn't amazing.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Andros and Zhane.
- Hilarious Outtakes: Sadly, the last season to have these.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Zordon's death unleashing the wave of good.
- Hope Spot: In the first half of the finale, Zordon tries talking Astronema down. For a moment, she hesitates, her implants short-circuiting as he tells her she is not evil... and then she just goes right back to business.
- Hour of Power: Right after getting unfrozen, Zhane had a limit of two and a half minutes.
- Human Popsicle: Zhane
- I Am Spartacus: Possibly the best scene in all of Power Rangers history. 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 Bulk and Skull leading the civilians into the fray.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: 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.
- Iconic Outfit: Andros' cloak from his Establishing Character Moment: he shows up with it for both of his future team-ups.
- In the Hood: Andros at times
- Ineffectual Loner: Andros
- Infant Immortality: 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.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: The episode "Shell Shocked" is one with Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, which was also made by Saban and aired on Fox Kids.
- It Has Been an Honor: Implied in the Grand Finale, as Bulk and Skull shake hands before they lead the civilian mob to aid the Rangers. They likely don't expect to survive, but go out to help the Rangers anyway.
- I Work Alone: Andros tries doing this to the others at first, but realizes they mean well, and he could use the help.
- Large Ham: Melody Perkins, depending on the wig. Until she's brainwashed, anyway...
- She does a fairly impressive job of suppressing it during her brief Heel–Face Turn, though.
- Legion of Doom: the United Alliance of Evil
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Alpha 6 and D.E.C.A, the Robot Buddy and the Cool Starship, utterly humiliate Ecliptor in "The Impenetrable Web".
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Zhane recharges his morpher by having it struck by lightning.
- Losing Your Head: Ecliptor
- Love Redeems: 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.
- Love Triangle: Subverted. Zane spends time with Ashley, which made Andros jealous, but Zhane convinced him that they were just friends and they repaired their friendship.
- Lucky Translation: The use of "Megazord" as the name for the franchise's Humongous Mecha 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 next season instead.
- The entire series' motif is this. Megaranger wasn't exactly about space, it was about technology in general (hey, it was the 90s); but since there were heavy space influences in the series (especially the mecha and weapons) and it was quite a popular theme back then, In Space took this Up to Eleven instead.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Astronema is really Andros' sister, Karone.
- Magic Countdown: Concerning Dark Specter's plan to drain 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.
- Maximum Fun Chamber: "playing with Scrudley"
- Miracle Food: The Astro Megaship comes with a "Synthetron" that makes food out of thin air (but it doesn't taste that great).
- Mistaken for Dying: Zhane, when the other Rangers hear his time is limited, but don't catch it only applies to his Hour of Power. This episode is notable for averting Never Say "Die", as Zhane very specifically says "They think I'm dying".
- Morality Dial: Used on the Delta Megazord in "The Great Evilizer".
- Morality Pet: Inverted between Ecliptor and Karone. She was his boss but when she did a Heel–Face Turn, he couldn't find it in him to fight against her.
- Multicolored Hair: Andros: black and blond stripes
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Andros to Zhane, only realized after the fact.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: 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 she wanted to 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.
- Of course, it might have also avoided the Bittersweet Ending 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. 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 Grand Finale, Darkonda betrays Dark Specter, who was already weakened due to Astronema using the Psycho Rangers to drain his power, leading to them destroying each other and thus saving the universe. Really, if Astronema's Heel–Face Turn had stuck, the Space Rangers probably could have just sat back and waited for the villains to take each other out.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Dark Specter. In the finale Darkonda steals a Velocifighter with special planet-destroying missiles equipped. 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.
- Noble Demon: Ecliptor
- No Ontological Inertia: 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.
- Nonindicative Name: 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.
- No OSHA Compliance: Just like the Star Trek episodes this season heavily borrowed from, nobody thought of putting seat belts on the bridge of the Megaship. Many attacks on the Megaship cause the Rangers and Alpha to get rock and rolled all over.
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The Interstellar Scanner.
- Official Couple: Ashley and Andros.
- One-Hit Kill: After a serious power upgrade, Ecliptor destroys the Delta Megazord with a single slash of his sword.
- One, Two, Three, Four, Go!: Played with; since this is a space-themed show, the opening credits begin with a countdown, starting from five.
- Opponent Switch: Against the Psycho Rangers. 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.
- Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Andros and Cassie hear Alpha tell Zhane he "Doesn't have much time". They jump to the conclusion Zhane is dying, but it's really about his morphing power running out in 2 and a half minutes.
- Parental Abandonment: 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.
- This trope only really applies to Carlos and Ashley. When TJ and Cassie were introduced, it was when they were moving to Angel Grove on their own. Meanwhile, Andros' parents are mentioned as being alive (though we never get to see them, not even during Karone's Face–Heel Turn).
- Phlebotinum Bomb: Zordon's energy wave.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: The themes of the source footage, Denji Sentai Megaranger, revolved around high (at the time) technology and gadgets. The story was more akin to The Last Starfighter 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.
- Word of God 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 found out the truth and the filming had already begun, all the space surfing scenes had to be added in to make it work.
- Psychic Powers, specifically Mind over Matter: Andros.
- The Psycho Rangers: 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 Trope Namer.
- Rocket Punch: The AstroDelta Megazord's finishing move.
- Sassy Black Woman: Adelle.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Andros and Zhane.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Bulk and Skull get a massive reduction in screen time, but make up for it with a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Shout-Out: A few to Star Trek and Star Wars, 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 George and Lennie.
- Sky Surfing: "Galaxy Glider, hang ten!"
- Space Is Noisy: Very much so.
- Space Opera: The first season where the series went in this direction. Compared to earlier seasons, this one was Darker and Edgier, 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.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The Silver Ranger is named Zhane with a H in it, although most people spell that name Zane. And One Direction fans think it should be Zayn.
- Spoiler Opening: 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.
- The Starscream:
- The first of these was Darkonda. Interestingly, he wasn't after the Big Bad of the season per se. Rather, he wanted to go all the way and destroy The Man Behind the Man. Interestingly, he succeeded, but failed to survive the attack.
- Astronema herself was a Starscream after being brainwashed by the Dark Specter. (Clearly, that worked 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.)
- Storming the Castle
- Superheroes in Space: This series took the eponymous superheroes and moved them to space.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Alpha Six was retooled in this season to be Alpha Five in all but name. Vocal Evolution played a big role, trading in the annoying Noo Yawk accent of Catherine Battistone to cute little brother-ish vocals of Wendee Lee.
- Swiss Army Tears: Used in the finale to bring Karone back to life, and revert her cyborg modifications.
- Taking You with Me: Dark Specter to Darkonda.
- Zordon to the United Alliance of Evil.
- The Bus Came Back/10-Minute Retirement: Justin and Adam
- To Create a Playground for Evil: The general goal of the United Alliance of Evil is to snuff out all possible sources of light and goodness, and make a universe for them, as Astronema outlines to her forces.
When we're finished, there will be no peace in the universe. No love, no happiness, only anger! Chaos! GREED!
- To the Batpole!
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cassie and Ashley, again.
- Trojan Prisoner
- Tron Lines: Ecliptor
- Tropes in Space: Well, obviously.
- The Unmasking: in the finale
- Vague Age: Started to creep into the show by this season. Four of the five Rangers are presumably high school students, since they stepped in when 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 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.)
- Wham Episode: "The Secret of the Locket."
- "Countdown to Destruction."
- Wham Line: Zordon: "You must shatter my energy tube."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Countdown to Destruction", 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.
- Justin, Storm Blaster, and Lightning Cruiser: Storm Blaster and Lightning Cruiser are freed from Divatox's forces and Justin is left with apparently fully-functional Turbo Ranger powers (not even borderline useless ones, like Adam's Black Mighty Morphin powers)... And none of them are ever heard from again, not even during Countdown to Destruction, where a simple, voiceless cameo by the Blue Turbo Ranger and a couple of prop cars would've been easy to fit in.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Enforced by virtue of Executive Meddling. 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.
- Word Salad Lyrics: The onscreen text in the morphing sequence. Something about the puppy canoe of hope.
- That sequence is the same as Megaranger, except with the "MORPHING COMPLETE" screen over the "MEGA(color) READY" text. Refer to the Gratuitous English entry there to see what exactly is written there.
- World-Healing Wave: The point of Zordon's Heroic Sacrifice.
- World of Pun: A staple for every Power Rangers season...