- Shift into Turbo!
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie is the second movie based on the Power Rangers franchise. Unlike it's predecessor Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, it is set in the same continuity as the television series and serves as the start of the Power Rangers Turbo series. It is also the direct sequel to Power Rangers Zeo.
Some time after the Machine Empire's defeat, a powerful wizard named Lerigot arrives on Earth seeking their help stopping the plans of the space pirate Divatox, who intends to release (and marry) the demon Maligore.
Zordon tells the Rangers that their current Zeo powers and Zords are not powerful enough to face this new threat, and gives them new Turbo powers and Zords. With Rocky injured during a training accident, they are joined by a new Blue Ranger, twelve-year-old Justin who stumbled upon their secret. They give chase, confronting Divatox, Maligore and also having to rescue former Rangers held hostage by Divatox.
Turbo was also the final Power Rangers entry to feature Richard Genelle as Ernie before his death in 2008.
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie provides examples of:
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Divatox and Maligore.
- The Bus Came Back: Jason and Kimberly makes surprise guest stars. Jason a little less so, since he was last seen in Zeo despite having lost his powers, while Kimberly had previously left the show a year and a half prior.
- Breast Plate: Divatox has a very flattering one.
- Career-Ending Injury: Rocky hurts his back while practicing for a martial arts tournament forcing him to pick Justin as his replacement on the team.
- Disney Villain Death: During the climactic battle, Maligore is struck by the Turbo Megazord Saber, starts sparking, and then falls backward off a cliff, where he explodes upon hitting the ground below.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- The Piranhatrons here looked VERY different◊ from what they look like in the series. Plus they could talk. The Subcraft's bridge looked slightly different to how it looked in the series. Elgar had a deeper voice with more of an early Goldar personality and was thrown into the lava as a sacrifice before the show began. He got better.
- Divatox used some turtle-esque monsters dubbed "Putra Pods" to attack the Rangers onboard the Ghost Galleon; they only appeared once in the series and in a quick cameo next season.
- The Turbo suits do not contain the Carranger insignia on the shoulders.
- Also, the Megazord formation is far slower and much more detailed (and more accurate to the toy), the cockpits for the individual Zords and Megazord are completely different, and the Megazord doesn't do its "Spinout" finisher. (Some fans have theorized that there were two separate sets of Turbo Zords (the ones used here having to be left behind, possibly because of the whole "it's in another dimension" thing and the fact that the Ghost Galleon had been blown up), while the different formation and lack of Spinout could be explained as not having room for either, given how they were on a fairly small island.)
- Expy: Lerigot could be considered an equivalent to Carranger's Dappu, insofar as he's a small alien creature allied with the heroes.
- Forgot About His Powers:
- Lerigot could have gotten himself out of literally all of his various perilous situations with his magic wand. But for some reason, he conveniently and bewilderingly forgets about it all throughout the film.
- Kat. Her series Backstory established her as a former aspiring champion diver, with Kimberly helping her overcome her fears of diving accidents. Here, however, she falls off a very high cliff above a pool of water, and instead of assuming the proper diving form, Kat tries to morph and fails horribly. Tommy, as usual, swoops down to save the day with a perfect dive. Invoked to justify a Damsel in Distress moment and showcase Lerigot's healing powers.
- There are a few other justifications, Tommy intentionally dove, Kat was suffering heat stroke (she did just stop to get a drink after all, was resting and commenting on the heat), was escaping a python and then fell. Then her Zeonizer strap comes loose while she is falling, since they didn't know they were getting the Turbo powers she was at a real risk of losing half of her Transformation Trinket. It's justifiable she would grab that, and finish morphing since it was right in front of her face or grab the morpher, turn around and do a three point dive which would take longer then saying four words.
- Another big one: She probably had no idea just how deep the water was. Diving into shallow water is incredibly dangerous, possibly causing severe head and neck trauma. She might have decided it would be safer to protect herself with her powers (and helmet, lets remember) than to plummet headfirst into potentially shallow or rocky water.
- "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: The Turbo Rangers (specifically, Tommy, Adam, and Kat) versus the brainwashed Jason and Kimberly.
- Incoming Ham:
- Divatox steps onto her submarine's bridge and declares, "IDIOOOOOOOOTS!"
- Alpha-5 is introduced with his characteristic "Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi!" running into the Command Center at a Dutch Angle closeup.
- Living Lava: Maligore is a hulking demonic entity that rises up from, and seems to be formed out of, lava.
- Male Gaze: The camera focuses on both Kat and Kim's asses and Divatox's cleavage just a bit too much throughout The Movie. It's averted, however, after Tommy saves Kat from drowning — there's a rather noticeable blurring of Catherine Sutherland's chest, to hide her wet t-shirt clinging to her body.
- Mythology Gag:
- Tommy wearing all white whilst training for and taking part in a martial arts competition here, whilst Rocky and Adam both have at least an item of clothing in their Ranger color.
- Quick-eyed viewers will note that Tommy's belt has red bars at the ends for his Zeo colors.
- No Name Given: Again courtesy of Zordon (as in the previous movie), it is said "the Zords" would be no match for Maligore, but the Zeo Zords, Red Battlezord, Super Zeo Zords, and Warrior Wheel aren't mentioned specifically.
- Off-the-Shelf FX: The joysticks and buttons directly in front of Tommy in the Turbo Megazord cockpit are the analog joystick set from the original PlayStation, spray-painted black.
- Opening Scroll: Like the first movie, Turbo opens with one of these. Read by Zordon, the scroll gives a brief introduction to both Lerigot and Divatox, as well as setting up the premise of the film.
- Playing with Fire: Maligore has the ability to unleash streams of fire from his clawed hands and he is so heat resistant that energy blasts from the Rangers' Turbo Weapons have no effect on him.
- Precision F-Strike: Only relatively speaking, the franchise is known for extra clean dialogue, so anything out of place is REALLY notable.
- Divatox saying "Hell's bells."
- Like the MMPR movie, Justin gets to say "We need to get our butts in those cars."
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jason and Kimberly.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Maligore is freed from a volcano on the island of Muiranthias that is sealed in another dimension.
- Ship Tease: Between Jason and Kimberly. Originally, the film was going to reveal that they had officially become a couple; but, that idea was edited out of the final draft for unknown reasons — while also leaving the clues in there. And so, all the fans got was a ship tease, leaving their closeness and relationship ambiguous and up to interpretation (it was neither denied nor confirmed).
- Soft Reboot: Serves as one in how almost nothing regarding the story of Zeo continues over. We get a brief glimpse of Kat trying to transform into her Zeo ranger suit, but the focus of the movie is on them being given the Turbo powers and having their first battle with them.
- So Last Season: Not really explained why, but Zordon tells the Rangers outright they need the new Turbo powers in order to face Maligore.
- Transformation Sequence: Naturally played straight, but lampshaded once in the movie when Justin is out of position during the initial poses of his first morph, and the others look at him with irritation and shake their heads as he adjusts himself to match.
- Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted, Kat tried to do an impromptu Zeo-morph after sliding off a cliff and into a river. She doesn't quite make it all the way in time and her morph is interrupted when she hits the water. This was actually one of the first times in the franchise where we see someone do a morphing sequence with detailed special effects outside of the Stock Footage of the Transformation Sequence (previously there might be a flash of color to hide the transition, this showed the suit forming overtop her from head to feet).
- Would Hurt a Child: When Jason turns evil, he has no qualms kicking the crap out of Justin even though the latter is only kid Ranger.