Series / Power Rangers Time Force

"Time for Time Force!"
"Quantum Power!"
Morphing calls, Power Rangers Time Force

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 an 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 acknowledge the 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.

Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:

This subseries contains examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: In "Movie Madness, Part 2", lead villain Ransik (played by Vernon Wells) chases the Rangers through a desert on a big vehicle that looks very similar to what he rode in "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior".
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The future's opinion of Mutants. Frax as well, but he's better reason than most. As he puts it to a conflicted Nadira in the finale:
    Frax: You're an evil mutant with a heart as black as coal, just like your father.
  • Always Someone Better
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: In the second part of the Grand Finale, Ransik's forces attack the Clock Tower. Eric and Wes have no choice but to deploy a bomb to blow up the tower in order to escape.
  • And I Must Scream: The frozen mutants, because their minds are still active while frozen.
  • And Starring: "And Edward Laurence Albert as Mr. Collins".
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: Possibly one of the most accurate in all of Power Rangers, in the finale;
    Jen: It's over, Ransik. You've got no-one left to fight for you!
    Ransik: (Draws sword I don't need anyone! I can take you all by myself!
    • He then spends the next several minutes handing the Rangers their asses.
  • Badass Bystander: Wes's dad, see Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?
  • Badass Driver: Lucas.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. The Rangers were on the losing end of the final battle with Ransik and probably would've been defeated had he not had a last-minute Heel Realization and surrendered willingly.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: No, the Rangers don't actually time travel to all the eras shown in the title sequence; those clips come from the Trapped In Movie Land episode.
    • 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.
  • Big Fancy House: The Collins Manor.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Nadira (also the Dark Magical Girl).
  • Bullet Time: A couple times in the premiere.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: This series is all about the Character Development, let's take a look, shall we?
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Electrobooster.
  • 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.
  • Clock Tower: The Rangers' base
  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: Trip, although he's not nearly as severe as some later Rangers.
  • Cold Open: Fifth season of PR to do this, but the first to do this extensively, as a way of getting the unadaptable Sentai footage out of the way.
  • Cool Shades / Goggles Do Something Unusual: The Rangers' mutant scanners
  • Crapsaccharine World
  • Cycle of Revenge: Becomes a theme near the end, with Frax urging Nadira to break the cycle.
  • Darker and Edgier: Time Force is a series that takes itself pretty seriously a large chunk of the time, and is one that doesn't shy away from themes of revenge, discrimination and even death. Some named, even major characters end up dying throughout the series (in some cases brutally for a kid's show). This almost landed Time Force a primetime slot on Fox next to The X-Files, of all things, but the show ultimately went to Fox Kids for brand consistency.
    • Much of this can be attributed to Time Force borrowing heavily from the plot of its corresponding Sentai, Mirai Sentai Timeranger, which was also quite dark and dealt with equally mature subjects.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Frax chooses to unfreeze Notacon because he looks like a "particularly devious mutant" (He's not).
  • Dating Catwoman: Lucas and Nadira. Subverted in that Lucas does everything he can to get out of it, but they're apparently seeing each other again after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Debate and Switch: Certain questions about the Fantastic Racism lose a lot of steam when the mutants are, for the most part, Always Chaotic Evil. Granted, most of them are recruited straight from a prison specifically designed to hold super-powered mutants, so we're not in much position to see any nonviolent civilian mutants.
    • 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.
    • Considering Trip, an alien is a Time Force officer, and other aliens were shown to be employed there, it seems Time Force is very tolerant of non humans and law abiding mutants.
  • 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.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Mr. Collins's Crowning Moment of Awesome in a nutshell, see the CMOA page for this series for details.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Katie is normally quite careful, but on occasion her bubbly personality makes for some painful hugs.
  • Driving Test Smashers: Lucas in "A Blue Streak"
  • 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.
  • Everyone Can See It: Jen and Wes, to the point of annoying Lucas in Undercover Rangers.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Quantasaurus Rex Zord, in an otherwise futuristic season.
  • 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.
  • Fanservice: Eric in a loincloth, DAMN.
    • 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.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The frozen mutants are still conscious and some have life sentences.
    • Implied to have been changed in Reinforcements From The Future, as Ransik is in a standard prison cell when the Rangers visit him to seek out his help.
  • Femme Fatalons: Nadira
  • Five Rounds Rapid: The Silver Guardians.
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack: In the premiere.
  • The Future
  • Government Agency of Fiction / Heroes "R" Us: The Time Force Police
  • Graceful Loser: Ransik, though he was actually winning before giving up.
    • Which may have something to do with why he was so graceful.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: According to Ransik's actor, innuendo got left in, including a scene in one of the first episodes where Nadira's fingernail was hurt and he said he would make it feel better, then sticks it in his mouth and moves it back and forth
    • In the original version of the finale The End of Time, we hear the Cyclobots talked for the first time. It sounds like nonsense robot talk...until you run it backwards. They say, "You are the size of a fucking condo" to Ransik and "That's too much money, you bitch." Disney took notice and in later airings, that backmasked speech was recorded with "You, sir, are the size of a condo" and "that's too much money."
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Nearly the end of Time Force, Mr. Collins died but was revived by Alex 5 years later, the actor of Mr. Collins died in real life due to lung cancer.
    • What happens to Frax in the finale is pretty much a lobotomy.
  • He Didn't Make It: Alex about Wes in the second part of the finale.
  • Head Bob: Justified in this clip. Here, it's made clear that it's the chin of the person inside the suit that pushes down on the helmet as he/she speaks, giving off the illusion of a Head Bob.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Jen
  • Hero Secret Service: The Silver Guardians under Eric (and later Wes).
  • Human Popsicle: The imprisoned mutants.
  • Humans Are Bastards: According to Ransik, although he's really in no position to judge.
  • 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's first morph 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.
  • Immune to Bullets: Silver Guardians vs. Monster of the Week
  • Ineffectual Loner: Eric and Alex
  • Ironic Echo: The two morphing calls. Usually they mean two different types of Ranger against a small force but in the finale they mean two rangers against a million.
  • Irony: Early on in the series, Nadira lured Trip into a trap by claiming she wanted to turn good. In the finale, it was partially thanks to Trip that Nadira started a real Heel–Face Turn.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Trip, who attempts to look cooler by imitating the other Rangers in "Uniquely Trip".
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Fatcatfish in "Jen's Revenge."
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Averted for once on Power Rangers, by the Megazords being from the future and the late in the season introduction of the Trixerium Crystals.
  • Justified Criminal: Played with, in that Fantastic Racism drove the mutants to crime, but with the exception of Notacon they tend to go above and beyond what's necessary.
    • 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.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Justified in that the mutants were tried and convicted already in the year 3000.
    • 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 Stand: The finale has Wes versus several hundred Cyclobots. Fortunately, the others manage to come back and save him.
  • 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.
  • Law Enforcement, Inc.: The Silver Guardians are a rare heroic version, by Wild Force they appear to have taken over all policing duties within Silver Hills.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Continuing the trend from the previous two series, 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.
  • Maternally Challenged: Nadira in the finale.
  • Meaningful Name: Someone depicted as the resident Klutz in his own focus ep is named Trip...
    • There's also the mutant "Notacon," who was only imprisoned because of having to steal to survive because he's a mutant and is otherwise pacifistic - he's "not a con."
  • Meanwhile, in the Future
  • Monumental Theft: Ransik didn't just stage a prison breakout, he stole the whole prison!
  • Morality Pet: As bad as he can be Ransik genuinely loves Nadira, also Eric keeps pet birds and makes friends with a little girl at the trailer park he lives in, even Frax has his robots.
  • Multiform Balance: Time Force Megazord has a close combat oriented Mode Red and an agile ranged Mode Blue.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Ransik has this reaction when he nearly kills Nadira in the final battle. This leads to his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Never Say "Die": In full effect. Ransik mistakes Wes for Alex and vows he'll "destroy" him again.
  • Nice Guy: Wes.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Trip is a time-traveling alien being with psychic powers. And he's a cop.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The team goes to see a filming of a "Frankie Chang" movie in "Movie Madness".
    • 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.
  • Official Couple: Alex/Jen in the premiere, Wes/Jen by the finale.
  • Outside-Context Villain: The Black Knight. He comes out of nowhere, and has no connection to Ransik and his gang, or to the series' theme.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Wes in episode 4 when he was dressed as an artist. Never mind the fact that he and Jen were doing one of their odd jobs, but when the Cyclobots came marching in, he tries to pass himself off as just an "ordinary painter".
    Wes: Never mind me, I'm just an ordinary painter. Yup. Love painting. *whistles*
    Cyclobots: *spots morpher, attacks*
  • Please Dump Me: Lucas, because Nadira's dad is the Big-freakin-Bad!
  • Pregnant Hostage: In the finale
  • Psychic Powers: Trip, who is somewhat clairvoyant and telepathic.
  • Punny Name: Notacon, Not-a-con. A gentle mutant who only stole some food because he couldn't get it normally due to Fantastic Racism
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: Averted; Jen holds on to leadership despite not being the Red Ranger. Somewhat subverted as well since Jen and Wes, who was the Red Ranger, worked on more equal footing as the season progressed, and all of the rangers agreed Wes made a better Red Ranger than Alex.
  • Red Shirt Army: The Silver Guardians. Except no one actually dies.
  • Reverse Polarity: Blurted out by Trip in the episode "Reflections of Evil".
  • Robot Buddy: Circuit. Dr. Ferriks originally designed the Cyclobots to be these for human and mutant alike, before Ransik repaid his kindness with treachery and made them into his shock troops.
  • Rollerblade Good: On Eric's Mega Battle armor.
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien: Trip, who has a crystal in his forehead and green hair
  • San Dimas Time
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Eric, in his debut as the Quantum Ranger.
  • Scooby Stack: Trip, Katie, and Lucas attempt this once while eavesdropping on Wes and Jen near the end of "Jen's Revenge". It didn't work so well.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • 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.
  • Second Love
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Wes starts as one.
  • Shipper on Deck: Three of them, actually.
  • Shout-Out: Trip's planet, Xybria, is a reference to Saban's cartoon Xyber 9 New Dawn.
  • The Starscream: Frax, though he's a particularly sympathetic example.
  • Super Strength: Katie.
  • Taking the Bullet: Eric, in the finale, though he lives.
  • Terminator Twosome: More like Terminator Two-teams, but it's the same idea.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wes is on the receiving end of two of these:
    • 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.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Surprisingly standard policy at Time Force is to capture and not kill the mutants, as demonstrated in "Jen's Revenge" where the rangers are insistent that Jen incapacitates the monster rather than destroy it.
  • Time Police
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Averted. Both female Rangers are tomboyish.
  • Trapped In Movie Land
  • Trash the Set: Ransik's assault on the Clock Tower.
  • Triang Relations
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Eric's Quantasaurus Rex zord ("Q-Rex" for short). And he and Wes run into the real thing when they go to prehistory to get it.
  • Universal Driver's License: Lucas has no problems driving 21st century cars, but got in trouble because his 31st century license isn't valid yet.
  • The Unmasking: Wes to his dad in "Worlds Apart".
  • Unobtainium: Trixerium crystals.
  • Vicious Cycle: Humans treatment of Mutants, Humans & Mutants treatment of Robots, & Frax's treatment of Humans & Mutants. Stated explicitedly by Frax.
  • Was Once a Man: The tragic case of Frax.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Revealed to be the origin of Frax, though it was more like I Can Rebuild Myself.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: During a flashback from when Wes and Eric were Prep School students, a rich kid invited Wes to a yacht party. Wes declined because Eric wasn't invited.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wes loves being this.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The mutant population in general, most memorably touched upon in episode 19, "Trip Takes A Stand".
  • What Year Is This?: The mutants in the premiere.
  • Whateversaurus: The Quantasaurus Rex.
  • 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.