YMMV / Power Rangers in Space

  • Awesome Music: The main theme. "Set controls to outer space now..."
  • Complete Monster: Darkonda, unlike many villains in The Zordon Era (first six seasons), had no qualities or loved ones to balance his evil. This sadistic and ruthless Bounty Hunter feigned loyalty so he could manipulate his way to becoming "King Darkonda. Years before the series began, he was tasked to kidnap the young Karone and stop her dream of becoming a Power Ranger by having her memories altered and raised to be the villainous Astronema. When her older brother, Andros, learned it was Darkonda who kidnapped her, Darkonda proudly boasted that it was one of his finest accomplishments, frequently bragging about it to Andros for enjoyment. He was also involved in causing KO-35s population to abandon their colony, using methods as the Barillian Bug infestation; he took the planet and its riches for himself. His crimes in the series proper include using the same bug creatures to infect the Rangers; forcibly fuse with his rival Ecliptor and use him a shield; and attacking the survivors of KO-35 with a monster that turns victims into coral whilst framing the Rangers for it. When Astronema learned the truth and Ecliptor refused to betray her, Darkonda mortally wounded him and had him turned into a cyborg, with implants that prevented him from rebelling. When they recapture Karone, Darkonda has cyber implants forcefully put on her, completely erasing any goodness in her. In the final episode, he makes his last bid for power by directly attacking Dark Specter with two torpedoes capable of destroying a planet. He fails and Dark Specter devours him while being destroyed by the last torpedo, crippling the evil forces. A power-hungry, untrustworthy, gleefully evil psychopath who endangers all around him whilst lacking a single redeeming quality, Darkonda is one of the vilest creatures in Power Rangers history.
  • Creepy Awesome: Astronema.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Being kidnapped as a young child by a Complete Monster, taken away from everything you have known or loved and, forced/groomed/brainwashed into committing unspeakable acts of violence and God knows whatever else for all of your remaining childhood and most, if not all, of your young adult life. Thank goodness that kind of stuff doesn't happen for real ... oh wait a minute.
    • Two young siblings are in the park enjoying a game of catch. One of them throws the ball to far and the other one runs off to retrieve it...only to return and find that the other sibling has vanished without a trace.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Several.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Melody Perkins as Astronema gained quite a few fans from this series.
  • Fanon: The United Alliance of Evil being the name of the collection of Big Bads. It actually comes from a throwaway line in Power Rangers Zeo about King Mondo having broken away from something called the United Alliance of Evil - just who and what that is isn't expounded upon, and the name is never used at any other time. It makes a pretty good name for PRiS' villain group, but Canon it's not.
    • Also in most stories where Karone becomes a ranger as opposed to canon she will usually be the purple ranger based on the color of her honorary ranger outfit.
  • Franchise Original Sin: This was the first series where the writers started doing straight forward adaptations of Sentai plots. However while Power Rangers in Space was content to simply adapting some filler episodes, otherwise telling a completely original story, succeeding seasons start to lean closer and closer to adapting Sentai plots and characters wholesale. This culminated in almost direct translation seasons like Power Rangers Wild Force and Power Rangers Samurai.
  • Freud Was Right: Take a long, hard look at Mega-V3.
    • Andros seems to be obsessed with his sister.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "When Push Comes to Shove" and its 9/11 analogues. The episode featured Cassie and a guy she's on a date with trapped at the top of the tallest building in Angel Grove as a beast is trying to knock it to the ground, trying to send Angel Grove up in smoke.
  • Growing the Beard: Considered this for the franchise as a whole as this was when the series truly started telling serialized, season-long storytelling instead of just episodic plots with some isolated mini-arcs. Both heroes and villains started gaining more complex characterization, with villains (not Brainwashed and Crazy) that have the capacity for redemption and heroes that have flaws that are more than a Compressed Vice lasting a single episode and resolved with An Aesop.
    • For this particular series, the major storylines and dynamics of the season, such as the characterization that makes Ecliptor a fan-favourite, really all hit their stride once Darkonda shows up. There's a lot less filler from that point on.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: There is an entire episode that focus on Astronema using a monster to attack a building with people inside and cause it fall over. Of course this is Power Rangers so everyone survives, but imagine the writers trying to get this episode off the ground post 9/11.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Astronema's "I wouldn't want to be a Power Ranger anyway!" Numerous production issues resulted in the actress becoming the Pink Ranger halfway through the next season. Even moreso in Super Megaforce's episode "Legendary Battle", the Extended Edition gives her this line: "I love being a Power Ranger..."
    • Kind of a meta example, but in the full version of the theme song there are the lyrics "Long live the Power Rangers." To elaborate. "In Space" was meant to be (and was in fact written as) the finale of Power Rangers as a franchise. This addition to the lyrics reflected this mindset, but if one looks at it from today and notices the 16+ seasons that followed...
    • When the Psycho Rangers were introduced, Psycho Blue boasts, "We're smarter than you." Psycho Blue was voiced by Wally Wingert, who would voice The Riddler in the Batman: Arkham Series, who's also known to makes similar boasts.
    • The infamous crossover with Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, in light of the fact that the current Power Rangers seasons and the current TMNT incarnation both air on Nickelodeon.
  • Ho Yay: Andros has this with both Carlos and Zhane.
  • Les Yay: Ashley and Karone in the few scenes where Karone is Karone.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Astronema is the best in the show's history.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dark Spector threatens to wipe out all life on Earth with a giant asteroid if the rangers don't turn Karone back over, and even after she's brainwashed, he lets the asteroid continue on its course anyways.
    • Aside from being responsible for the Barillian Bug infestation that made KO-35 abandoned, Darkonda kidnapped Karone as a child and when confronted by Andros, he refers to it as one of his greatest accomplishments.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Large Ham traits aside, there are moments after she's brainwashed that Astronema does come across as somewhat unnerving.
    • Her reveal in particular. We're used to seeing Astronema with a fairly rosy complexion and roughly a half-pound of glittery, shiny makeup, and she's very emotional, whether she's being sincere or hamming it up as a villain. When the chair spins around to reveal brainwashed Astronema, her face is ash-white, free of makeup, and her voice entirely monotone.
    • And on the subject of the brainwashing, there's the event itself. All the audience gets is the now-brainwashed Ecliptor approaching her, saying the same thing that happened to him is going to happen to her, we hear Karone scream, and then the signal cuts out. Nothing Is Scarier at its finest.
    • On Andros's side of things: You're enjoying a simple day of playing ball with your little sister when she accidentally throws the ball too far. You run off to get it and when you get back, your sister is nowhere to be found. It's only later that you learn she was kidnapped...and you spend years thinking God knows what has happened to her and that it's all your fault.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Alpha 6. He started out in Turbo as a Totally Radical Replacement Scrappy for Alpha 5, and the show surprisingly redeemed him by making him even more of a Suspiciously Similar Substitute, to the point where he's a straight Expy of 5. 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.
    • Justin's return episode helped ebb a lot of the anger at his character, as despite everything he represented (an attempt to appeal to the kids), he was still a Ranger, a member of the team and there was some genuine emotion between all of them.
    • Most returning Rangers from Turbo are seen as that.
  • Rooting for the Empire: It's comical and minor, but who else was cheering on Rita during her fight with Divatox?
    • As with Ecliptor vs. Darkonda.
    • Also when Astronema kicks Darkonda out of the Dark Fortress, much to the delight of Ecliptor (as well as quite a handful of viewers).
  • Special Effect Failure: Some footage was clearly green screened and looks really bad.
  • Tear Jerker: For some reason that is completely unknown to anyone, the screen gets really, really blurry when Andros smashes Zordon's tube.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Dark Specter, despite being (ostensibly) the series' Greater Scope Villain, does very little throughout the season and ends up being killed by The Starscream early in the Grand Finale. He never even once has a real fight with the Rangers.
    • Ecliptor being killed by the Z Wave could count as this. Despite being created solely to be evil, he had shown a loyalty to Astromena, and was only evil in the finale due to being brainwashed by Dark Specter. Meanwhile, Zedd, Rita, and Divatox were purified by the Wave, with Rita going on to become, of all things, the Mystic Mother, despite them all having been shown as unrepentant in their villainy in previous seasons.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Despite numerous bits of foreshadowing, Dark Specter never finds out about Astronema's plan to drain his energy with the Psycho Rangers. It also never goes anywhere.
    • As per Christopher Khayman Lee himself, "Grandma Matchmaker" falls under this; he would've preferred Andros to be Ashley's "boyfriend" instead of Carlos.
    • It's debatable, but there are elements of this in the Psycho Ranger arc - the season had to that point been focused on the Rangers searching for Zordon and the massing armies of Dark Specter that consisted of all the Big Bads of the previous seasons, and then that all takes a backseat for eight episodes of a nearly beat-for-beat translation of the equivalent arc from Megaranger, keeping the Rangers mostly confined to Earth. While the Psycho Rangers delivered a storyline that fans had been waiting for since Rita unleashed the evil Green Ranger on the original Power Rangers, it did take away time from the ongoing storyline that this season had been building up to that point.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Every season after in Space has essentially been trying to copy the magic that made this season work. Some have managed better than others, but one major advantage this season has had over the others is the returning characters and strong mythology and continuity nods. The standalone team, standalone season format makes it more difficult to escalate the action and develop the characters.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Its predecessor, Turbo, has started to get some love for its second half, but is still widely considered a weak season overall by a lot of fans. In Space is still held in high regard and considered the best series by many.
  • The Woobie: Andros, Ecliptor, Astronema/Karone and Waspicable.

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