Season 9 of Power Rangers, adapted from Mirai Sentai Timeranger. In the year 3000, crime is almost a memory, as Time Force has captured almost every criminal. The only one left is the mutant Ransik. Time Force Red Ranger Alex and his squad finally manage to capture him, and Alex takes the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend and subordinate, Jen. Before they can fully realize their dreams of wedded bliss, however, Ransik's spoiled daughter, Nadira, breaks him out and Alex is apparently killed in the crossfire. Ransik and Nadira go on to take the cryogenically frozen mutants from prison and hightail it back to the year 2001, before there was a Time Force to stop them.Taking responsibility for the fact that they got away on her watch, a brokenhearted Jen collects the morphers and her squad, and journeys a thousand years into the past to avenge her fiance. Unfortunately, Alex's DNA is needed to unlock the morphers, but there just so happens to be a ancestor of him living in Silver Hills, Washington at the turn of the millennium. What are the odds?Wes Collins, once convinced they're not crazy, joins the Time Force Rangers, helping them in their fight and to adjust to being so far from home. Eventually, it turns out that the future in Millennium City isn't as rosy as one would expect, and either destiny will be screwed, or Wes will.Easily one of the darkest seasons of Power Rangers, it takes a lot from its Super Sentai counterpart (despite seasons of PR that do so normally being disliked, such as Wild Force and Samurai, this season is a rare exception). Of particular note is being the first Power Rangers series to actually acknowledgethe death of a character, though Alex gets better towards the end of the series. Also of note is the fact that the leader of the team is the Pink Ranger, Action Girl Jen (although because of the source footage Red is still in the forefront, with him and the Sixth Ranger getting nearly every Limit Break and Super Mode through the season).And while the acting in Power Rangers has never been any more than serviceable, the performances from the two leads Jason Faunt and Erin Cahill (as well as several others) were actually quite strong. The darker nature of the season helps to highlight that talent with themes of lost loved ones, prejudice, revenge, new love and redemption. This is also the only Power Rangers series, to date, to be nominated for an Emmy. It was for sound editing, but still...a nomination is a nomination.Time Force is well-loved and quite popular among fans , and is often regarded as one of the best seasons. Excellent performances, mature themes, a dynamic story, and unique relationships among the main characters (particular Wes and Eric) are all cited as strong points.Succeeded by Power Rangers Wild Force.Time Force was the last season to be aired in full by Fox Kids, which would be turning into the all-animation FOX Box, the following year.
Advertising Only Continuity: The Big Bad, Ransik, searching for them with a Time Machine when it was the opposite way around, and the rangers constantly mentioning the evil Cyclobots as the reason they went back in time. Alongside him, a minion who is never seen in the show.
It's somewhat strange that he could tell it was Wes, considering the damage to Wes' helmet was only enough to show his eyes, not to mention Mr Collins was well over twenty feet away! Though, Eric, the future Quantum Ranger, was closer and shouted "Wes!?!". That's when Mr Collins realized.
Also, how many parents wouldn't recognize their child just by his or her eyes?
Chest Insignia: Time Force emblems (badges?) on the belts (in the sentai, they were the power sources for the Ranger's suits, here they do nothing), personal geometric shapes on the helmet visor and chest.
The Artifact: Trip being an alien. In Timeranger, the main villain and Monsters Of The Week were also aliens instead of mutants (which would explain some of the more outlandish designs on some mutants). Since they were changed to mutants, thus making the series Earth-based, Trip stands out a bit more.
This is a result of Pragmatic Adaptation - originally the writers planned to do at least some time travel arcs, using Sentai footage in remote woods like they'd used to represent alien worlds in season six... then they realized that all the Megazord fights were in modern Tokyo. Every. Single. One.
Big Damn Heroes: In the finale, with the Megazord, followed by the Rangers saving Wes from a veritable army of Cyclobots.
Carrying a Cake: Done with Trip and a pizza in "Beware the Knight", twice. The first time, he gives in to his hunger and ends up coming across the titular Knight. It happens again at the end of the episode, though this time he just dropped it.
Cassandra Truth: Also in "Beware the Knight", when Trip tells the other Rangers about his run-in with the Knight, they don't believe him, assuming the pizza only returned destroyed because he dropped it. It's not until they spot the Knight wreaking havoc around Silver Hills that they find out Trip was, in fact, telling the truth.
Chekhov's Gunman: Ransik's flashback in "Frax's Fury" at first only seemed like a way to explain the reason he needed his serum, but it also revealed the origin of Frax and his reason for hating Ransik.
Subverted in the episode where a very peaceful mutant was placed in cryogenic stasis for petty theft.
Double Subverted when a mutant is allowed to work for Time Force and betrays them of his own free will.
Designer Babies: Every human from the future is one, with Katie having the most prominent improvements. The Mutants are failures of the genetic engineering process, or, alternatively, the result of natural births in an environmentally-wrecked future, while the genetic-screening/modification program was formed to prevent this.
Emmy Bait: Jen's "I am taking you in!" speech to Ransik in the finale.
As well as Ransik's My God, What Have I Done? moment and "I'm ready to pay for what I've done." It's probably the best performance Vernon Wells as ever turned in.
Many fans point to The Reveal in the second part of "Force From the Future" where Wes takes his helmet off, showing his face for the first time, and a teary-eyed Jen is stunned silent as the prime demonstration of the superior acting in this season.
Jen's crying and desperate attempt to tell Wes that she loves him, just before the Rangers are sucked back through time, in The End Of Time, or when she actually tells him - just before she has to leave him for the future.
Family-Unfriendly Death: Frax's death was a Dies Wide Open involving a scream and parts of his robotic face falling apart. This after his having been reprogrammed into a mindless automaton by the Big Bad. Remember, this is Power Rangers we're talking about here.
For the men, Jen's miniskirt, and a training scene in "Jen's Revenge" where she works out her frustration wearing jogging pants and an athletic top.
Trip also looked pretty damn sexy working out in "Uniquely Trip", if you're into skinnier guys.
Fantastic Racism: In the future most humans look down on mutants, genetically inferior beings that are the trash and leftovers of the Designer Babies program. This is not aided by the fact that the most prominent mutants in the series are anarchist terrorists, although how much of that is caused by growing up in a society that hates them, and how much is the cause of society hating them is very, very debatable.
And it's worth noting that the one time this is actually brought up with Notacon, who was frozen for petty theft, the main five Rangers don't show any of this towards him. Instead, it's Eric, who's from the present, who displays this.
Identical Grandson: This is what Alex seems to be to Wes at first. Word of God says Alex is a descendant, but not necessarily a direct one. Word of God (the writer) added that she hates time travel logic.
Identical Stranger: Bizzare meta example. Normally when Sentai is converted to Power Rangers, this necessitates filming a new morphing sequence for the American actors, however, the producers did not do this for Eric the Quantum Ranger because, by sheer chance, he was almost identical to the actor who played the equivalent character in the Sentai series, and so the Sentai morphing sequence was used with none being the wiser.
Fantastic Racism drove a few mutants to crime, but most of them just seem to enjoy their villainy and don't care about justification, much less try to give one.
Really its doubtful that Fantastic Racism even plays a role since at least two different mutants where shown having equal rights as human, one mutant was even Jen's ex-partner and betrayed Time Force on his own accord.
Although mutants are apparently judged in a Kangaroo Court, with at least one of the prisoners guilty of no greater crime than (essentially) being a mutant.
The CryoPrison has no human inmates whatsoever, so despite the fact that there have to be humans in the year 3000 that commit equal crimes to those of mutants they apparently receive different (and presumably less harsh) sentencing.
It could be there were no non-mutant prisoners because mutants are considered more dangerous (with good reason) and held in facilities with tighter security, or because Ransik just didn't take any non-mutant prisoners during his breakout.
Last Villain Stand: After his Mecha-Mooks have been taken down, Nadira has abandoned him, Gluto has pulled a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, and Frax has been destroyed, Ransik pulls this trope and inverted it since he managed to defeat the rangers one by one. He only surrendered when he hurt Nadira.
Limited Wardrobe: Like most series since Power Rangers Lost Galaxy the Time Force Rangers aside from their uniforms (that they only wear for a few episodes) each have 1 civilian outfit. Somewhat justified since they are from the future and just had to wear whatever Wes could find for them, less justified that Wes also basically had one outfit (special occasions like business meetings with his dad aside) despite being from the present and rich.
Specifically the movie in question seems to be a Shout-Out to Rumble In The Bronx.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Ransik takes on the entire team during the finale and beats the tar out of them all. It makes you wonder why he bothered using monsters of the week, especially considering they were using things they didn't even have at the start of the season and he still won.
There are two possible stipulations: The Rangers were already exhausted from the previous fight, and Ransik's infection that was slowly killing him keeps him at a weaker level; by the end he's "cured" and nothing is holding him back. In "Lovestruck Rangers", Ransik got himself in a position to fight the girl Rangers without interference from the boys. The infection prevented him from defeating them and the girls destroyed the vial of medicine he brought with him, forcing him to flee.
No Hugging, No Kissing: You would think we'd get a kiss between Wes & Jen in the finale, but nope, standard embrace.
Although the trade-off is that to this day, they're still the only two Rangers to say "I love you" to each other.
Sealed Evil in a Can: While not applying to the main villains, the individual monsters fit this trope, being mutant prisoners shrunk, cryogenically frozen, and sealed inside small containers. They also return that way when defeated.
The first is from Jen in "Something To Fight For", when she rejects his overtures to join the team by chastising him for his Sheltered Aristocrat upbringing and saying that he wouldn't know what to do if he had to fight for something other than himself. That's not the real reason.
The second is from Eric in "The End of Time, Part 2", when he mocks Wes for thinking they could ever be friends and finally lets out his bitterness towards Wes for all the advantages he had growing up "with everything handed to him on a silver platter" while Eric had to work extra hard to get to where he was. Wes counters this one with a Dare to Be Badass speech of his own.
Timey-Wimey Ball: The series never really establishes the exact nature of how time is shifting, including how Alex is alive and helping them from the future after being killed in the pilot. There are a lot of statements that the timeline was changing with technology showing up that shouldn't have existed in 2001 but nothing appears to be different in 3000.
You Can't Fight Fate: Wes was originally groomed to become a part of Bio-Lab - something he long since fought against, much to Mr. Collins' chagrin. In the storyline where Mr. Collins is dying, Alex explicitly says it is Wes' destiny to replace him at Bio-Lab. When Mr. Collins is saved (by Alex's intervention), much is made of the idea that Wes' destiny has effectively been changed. However, there is nothing to say that Wes won't one day takeover as head of Bio-Lab - just that the circumstances would be different. The fact that Wes becomes co-leader of Bio-Lab's Silver Guardians suggests his destiny hasn't changed at all. Arguably, Alex's actions (which made it possible for father and son to formally reconcile) inadvertently made it possible.
Possible, though as head of the Silver Guardians, it's quite possible that he would give up his position as head of Biolab, opting instead to stay as team leader under a new head. On the other hand, given that he'd want to protect the guardians from improper use, perhaps circumstances would force him to take over anyways. It's very much left up in the air, but the Character Development is that all of this happening under his own rules and not just because his father said so.