Series: Power Rangers Time Force
"Time for 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
, 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
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.
- Action Girl: Jen and Katie
- 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.
- Big Bad: Ransik
- Big Good: Captain Logan and Alex Drake.
- Broken Faceplate: How Wes's father finds out that his son is a Ranger.
- 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.
- City of Adventure: Silver Hills
- The Dragon: Co-Dragons Frax and Nadira
- Evil Plan: Ransik is a criminal motivated by hated for non-mutants, then he gets his hands on time travel technology...
- Five-Man Band: What is a Power Rangers season without one? For the record, this is the season that flipped it on its head.
- Home Base: the Clock Tower.
- Humongous Mecha
- Made of Explodium
- Mooks: Cyclobots
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers as TIME POLICE!
- Rookie Red Ranger: Wes.
- She's a Man in Japan: For the third time in a row, and fourth overall. Katie as the Distaff Counterpart of Domon, Time Yellow.
- Cool Bike: The US-exclusive Vector Cycles and Wes' Strata Cycle
- Cool Plane: The Time Jet and Eric's TF Eagle
- Two Girls to a Team
- Weapon of Choice:
- Word Power:
This subseries contains examples of:
Wes: Nevermind me, I'm just an ordinary painter. Yup. Love painting. *Whistles*
Cyclobots: *spot Morpher. Attack*
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.