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"Go... Galactic!"
"Magna Power!"

The seventh season of Power Rangers, adapted from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman.

Lost Galaxy occupies an interesting place in Power Rangers continuity. Starting with this season, Saban adopted the Sentai practice of producing self-contained seasons with little or no links to previous years; Lost Galaxy featured a completely new group of Rangers receiving completely new powers and carrying out missions largely independent of previous teams. Having said that, it also maintains some links to the six-year "Zordon Era" that preceded it, particularly in the presence of supporting characters, the Psycho Rangers, and the Astro Megaship. In short, it was something of a Passing the Torch moment in terms of how Power Rangers seasons would be conducted, being something of a Postscript Season to the Zordon Era whilst simultaneously launching the season-by-season approach. Finally, it was also the first time the show averted the "Recruit Teenagers with Attitude" trope it named: four of the six main characters (counting the Sixth Ranger) already have accepted positions within the Galactic Space Alliance.

The series also was the subject of much behind the scenes controversy adaptation-wise. Despite adapting a nature themed Sentai, Saban went ahead and turned it into another space-themed series after the positive reception of In Space. Also, problems arose with the cast as one of the Ranger actresses became ill and had to be replaced, the plan for them to bring back the In Space Pink Ranger fell through after filming her first episode, and she was replaced with yet another In Space refugee, although most feel this worked out for the better.

The story starts out with Leo Corbett, younger brother of GSA officer Mike, stowing away aboard the roaming space station Terra Venture. He meets his brother's coworkers Kendrix and Kai, and they're suddenly approached by Maya, an alien girl from the planet Mirinoi. She's come through a wormhole and needs someone to save her people. Leo, Kendrix and Mike immediately agree to follow her, while Kai initially refuses, until guilt convinces him to go hijack the Power Rangers' Astro Megaship and help his friends, with the help of Alpha 6 and Damon.

Once on Mirinoi, Mike, Kendrix, Kai, Maya and Damon pull the Quasar Sabers from their stones, fulfilling the prophecy and becoming the Power Rangers. Unfortunately, possession of the Quasar Sabers is what Scorpius' minions were after, anyway, and this leads to a fight. Mike is killed, insisting Leo save the Quasar Saber instead of him, and Leo becomes the Red Ranger in his brother's place. Scorpius takes the whole thing as a free ticket to attack Terra Venture whenever he wants to get the Sabers for himself and turns the people of Mirinoi to stone. Naturally, the Rangers choose to fight him. But when Scorpius' search turns towards a power called the Lights of Orion, things start getting more complicated...

After its opening episodes attained tremendous viewing figures in the States, the series suffered a ratings dip that it never quite recovered from. It has a few solid fans for the dark, almost poetic stories it told. This is the first series to actually kill good guys, although two got better and the other one got to be reunited with his son, so it was okay by him. Since then, Lost Galaxy has been favorably compared to what's seen as the better seasons; primarily Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Time Force, Power Rangers: Dino Thunder and Power Rangers RPM.

Succeeded by Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

Not to be confused with "Galaxy Rangers"note .

Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:

  • All Your Powers Combined: the Rangers' Lights of Orion Finishing Move and their Transdaggers' special Star Formation blast.
  • Animal Motifs:
  • Big Bad: Originally Scorpius, then once he's offed Trakeena takes over. Captain Mutiny stands in for a late arc, but is killed by Trakeena.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • The Power Rangers are brand new from the start.
    • Does not take place on earth.
    • A semi-new story. It takes place a year after In Space's conclusion.
    • A Main Villain (Astronema/Karone) becomes a full power ranger.
    • An actual Power Ranger dying on-screen.
    • Main weaponry are all the same.
    • Have siblings being a part of the same Ranger Team.
    • To have a full Power Ranger crossover. In Space had only one Power Ranger crossing over.
    • None of the rangers have the teleportation ability.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Go, Galactic!" for the five standard Rangers; "Magna Power!" for Mike as the Magna Defender.
  • Chest Insignia: V-shaped belt buckles can be considered the team symbol.note  There are also personal Galactabeast symbols, but on the hilts of their swords instead of their costumes (it's also seen on the Rangers' Orion battle claws). And, of course, the Charlie Brown-style zigzags on the chest, though it's likely that those areas were actually meant to represent sharp teeth (this interpretation is especially noticeable during the morphing sequence, when they're standing in front of the large gold animal symbols with their chests positioned where the mouths would be).
  • City of Adventure: Terra Venture
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Averted for the first time in Power Rangers history with Karone, who wears black despite being the Pink Ranger.
  • Combining Mecha: Standard practice for Power Rangers, but unusually, not one of the mecha combine with each other. The Galaxy, Stratoforce, and Centaurus Megazords feature their own combinations and the Magna Defender combines with his Torozord, but none of them attach to each other as a Mecha Expansion Pack.
  • Compressed Adaptation: A downplayed example. Lost Galaxy was given 45 episodes to Gingaman's 50. This included an original two-part team-up with In Spacenote .
  • Death by Adaptation: The Torozord, Stratoforce Megazord, and Centaurus Megazord all survive in the Sentai that Lost Galaxy was adapted from, while their American counterparts don't get such a fate.
  • The Dragon: Each Big Bad had their own: Scorpius had Furio and Treacheron, Trakeena had Villamax, and Captain Mutiny had Barbarax. Deviot also served all three in turn.
  • Great Offscreen War: Any backstory that comes up happened 3,000 years ago.
  • Home Base: Technically the Astro Megaship, but it isn't used all that much.
  • Made of Explodium: As usual, the defeated monsters explode afterwards.
  • Make My Monster Grow:
    • Performed by downing a vial of green liquid, though it was rarely seen (primarily thanks to having to replace the Gingaman scenes because they drank it like alcohol out of barrels); most of the time they would either ingest it off-screen, or just grow on their own.
    • The Torozord can make the Magna Defender grow to giant size and enable him to fight giant monsters on his own. In fact its Defender mode is is pretty much him jumping inside and wearing it like a suit of armor.
  • Men of Sherwood: The Galactic Space Alliance Soldiers onboard the Terra Venture space station help fight aliens and monsters. Most of the Galaxy Rangers are recruited from their number, although the other soldiers never manage to save the day singlehandedly.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Played straight with the Lost Galactabeasts and Leo's armor. Somewhat inverted with the Lights of Orion. Though the Lights of Orion greatly augment the Rangers (plus their weapons and the Galaxy Megazord), all five Rangers must be present for activation.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Part of the Pink Ranger's costume, averted for Yellow since She's a Man in Japan.
  • Monster of the Week: Like the previous season the monsters don't seem to share any single origin, and are vaguely defined "aliens"... even the ones based on Earth cultures or animals...
    • Part of the reason that there's no single unifying theme is because Gingaman had four themed groups working for the Big Bad:note  "Villamax's" biker bugs, "Treacheron's" samurai sea creatures, "Barbarax's" weapon-themed knights, and "Hexuba's" mythological monsters.
  • Mooks: Scorpius and Trakeena used Stingwingers; Captain Mutiny had Swabbies.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers, well, in SPACE! (Yes, even more so than the actual Power Rangers in Space.)
  • She's a Man in Japan: Like a few other PR series, the Gingaman Yellow Ranger was male as opposed to the female Lost Galaxy Yellow Ranger. It's probably the most noticeable case of them all seeing as how the LG Yellow Ranger was pretty well endowed. The producers seemed to catch this however, and future Yellow Rangers who got the same gender flip would be played by more boyishly figured actresses.
    • You can actually tell when they switch between stock Japanese footage and American shots because the Yellow Ranger inexplicably gains breasts.
  • Super Mode: The Lights of Orion, which gives the Rangers golden armor bits and additions to their weapons, given them an increase in power and new Finishing Moves, as well as upgrades the Megazord with a Super Mode of its own.
  • Thememobile:
    • The Jet Jammers.
    • Cool Bike: The boys' Astro Cycles and Leo's Capsular Cycle.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: As is the norm for Power Rangers, we generally get a MOTW appearing with an Evil Plan Once an Episode, with our heroes then arriving on the scene to stop them.
  • Transformation Sequence:
    • Another instant one. The Rangers call out “Go Galactic” and swipe their fore fingers along their middle of the morpher. They're instantly put into the suit with their arms stretched into the air. When they crossed them, this forms the helmet over their heads, completing the morph.
    • The Magna Defender morph was similar to Turbo's in that it required two wrist devices. The one on the right arm was the key that was folded out inserted into the left arm's device. The device would light up and initiate the suit morph.
  • Word Power:

This subseries contains examples of:

  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: A number of ancient relics to provide added Ranger power-ups are found in the Terra Venture nature habitat domes, which are presumably artificially created for climate reasons. None of this was present in the original sentai as it did not have a traveling colony ship. Fans speculate that the habitat domes were functionally scooped off Earth itself to somewhat explain it, but it adds more questions in how something like that could be overlooked.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Decibat's Sentai counterpart was actually based on a cicada.
  • Arc Symbol: Flowers as a symbol of nobility. Both the Magna Defender and Villimax are given flowers before they commit one final noble act.
    • This is also combined with foreshadowing in the case of Kendrix. In the opening credits, the (morphed) Pink Ranger is shown posing in front of a background with pink blooming flowers. The shot is actually carried over from Gingaman, in which the heroes had Elemental Powers, Pink's being plant life, specifically flowers, but here it gains an entirely new meaning knowing that Kendrix goes through a Heroic Sacrifice later on during the season.
  • Aerith and Bob: Where did "Kendrix" come from? Even the Human Alien has a normal name. (OK, OK, the first Human Alien.)
    • It is a real name, specifically an uncommon spelling of the already uncommon Kendrick. Because of this, it could also qualify as a Tomboyish Name.
  • Airplane Arms: A variation: rather than a "Bird Run" with their arms pointing behind them, the Rangers do a "Beast Run" where they're hunched forward in a kind of Primal Stance.
  • Alas, Poor Villain:
    • Treacheron was a loyal general to Scorpius, but was framed by Trakeena, just because he was stern towards her. He spend his final battle trying to prove his loyalty.
    • Despite being a Spider-squid creature, Scorpius' formal deathbed with his daughter in attendance is very sad. In addition, he was killed thanks to Deviot tricking him into thinking Trakeena was in danger. He died thinking he was protecting his daughter.
    • Villamax's death, during the finale, at the hands of his own student, Trakeena. He also seems to care for her a lot, as he can't bring himself to hurt her.
    • Old warrior Loyax's death due to Deviot's machinations. He wanted to win a final battle against the Rangers, but instead won by realizing he was not evil.
  • All There in the Manual: Supplemental materials reveal that Zordon placed the Quasar Sabers in the stone.
  • Animal-Themed Fighting Style: Downplayed compared to the source material. The Rangers occasionally used techniques inspired by their respective animals. The most notable instance of this is "The Chameliac Warrior".
  • Anti-Hero: Magna Defender is Power Rangers' first. He's also probably the series' harshest, with few heroic acts and a willingness to risk a kid's life to take down a monster (to be fair, the last time he surrendered to save a kid it ended badly).
  • Anti-Villain: Villamax
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: You'd think that something like the Astro Megaship would be a known space vehicle after it helped save the universe, so Damon's skepticism really doesn't feel warranted given the history.
  • Arc Words: The New World.
  • Artifact Title: Barely averted. Quite obviously, the original intention was for the whole series to revolve around a "Lost Galaxy". However due to a troubled production (See Trivia), the only resemblance to the title was the background premise of Terra Venture exploring a new home outside of Earth. The titular place was only featured late in the series and was not even related to the end-goals of the major characters!
  • Artificial Gravity: All the spaceships have this, with no explanation as to how the technology exists.
  • As You Know: In "Destined For Greatness", Mike recaps the Magna Defender's story arc for viewers who came in late.
  • The Atoner: The first Magna Defender and Karone.
  • Avenging the Villain: Trakeena is out to avenge her father, Scorpius.
  • Back from the Dead: Mike (Yes, he actually did die, see Body Surf below) and Kendrix
  • Badass Cape: The Magna Defender definitely has one.
  • Bar Brawl: Trakeena gets in two in "Heir to the Throne", and both are Curb Stomp Battles but in different directions. "Astronema" starts yet another one in "Protect the Quasar Saber".
  • Bash Brothers: The Stratoforce and Centarus Megazords
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: After sacrificing the Magna Defender powers to escape the Lost Galaxy, Mike floats unprotected in space and survives.
  • Batman Gambit: Treacharon while imprisoned give Trakeena a map, to a silver goblet, to give to Scorpius. He then breaks out of jail and confronts Trakeena intending to expose her betrayal to her father. Of course this plan would completely backfire if he wasn't certain Trakeena would retrieve the goblet herself, instead of taking the map to her father.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Parodied in "Race to the Rescue" when Damon is picked as decoy and complains about it. And again when it gets a Call-Back in ''Journey's End, Part 1":
    Damon: Why am I always the decoy?
  • Black Knight: Magna Defender I - "Black Knight" was even the official title of the Gingaman version. Mike, though using the same black armor, is more of a Knight in Shining Armor.
  • Bling of War: the Lights of Orion powerup, affecting not just the Rangers but the Galaxy Megazord.
  • Body Horror: Deviot turned the Rhino and Phoenix Galactabeasts into the Centaurus and Stratoforce Megazords by dismembering them into five parts each WHILE THEY WERE STILL ALIVE.
  • Body Surf: This is what the Magna Defender did to Mike, with the side-effect of bringing him back to life.
  • Bowdlerise: It only happened twice, but when the Centaurus and Stratoforce megazords' counterparts did their combined energy attack in Gingaman, there was a big splash of animated blood; that was digitally recolored.
  • Book Ends: The series begins with our heroes taking the Quasar Sabers from the stone as the inhabitants of Mirinoi are Taken for Granite. At the end of the series, they put the Quasar Sabers back and everyone who was turned to stone returns to normal.
  • Breather Episode: "A Red Reomance" is a largely-comedic episode, following the heartbreaking "Loyax's Last Battle".
  • Broken Faceplate:
    • During the final battle with Trakeena, Leo uses his Super Mode armor to grab her and fires at point-blank rage. At first, his teammates aren't sure he survived, but he staggers out of the rubble with half his visor blown off.
    • The Magna Defender's faceplate starts to crack just before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Bug War: Not a direct example, but the trope is clearly referenced with the insect-themed main villains, as well as the Prop Recycling from Starship Troopers (see above).
  • But Now I Must Go: During the In Space crossover, the Space Rangers make vague references to a mission back on Earth as a reason why they can't stay.
  • The Captain: Commander Stanton, leader of the Terra Venture mission.
  • Casting Gag: The Japanese dub brings back four Super Sentai actors, albeit in different roles. Teruaki Ogawa who played Sasuke/NinjaRed in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger and Hyuuga/Black Knight in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman, is the voice of Leo; Kazuki Maehara, Ryouma/GingaRed's actor in Gingaman, voices Kai; Hiroshi Tsuchida, Saizo/NinjaBlue's actor in Kakuranger, provides the voice for Mike/Magna Defender; and Eri Tanaka, who portrayed Chisato Jogasaki/MegaYellow in Denji Sentai Megaranger, voices Maya (interestingly enough, both Chisato and Maya are Yellow Rangers).
  • Characterization Marches On: At least one episode has Karone not acting very Karone like, because it was originally written for when Cassie was still planned on being the replacement Pink Ranger and they merely replaced Cassie's name with Karone.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In the episode "Silent Sleep" which takes place while Mike is "dead", we see Leo is wearing Mike's dogtags in memory of him on his neck. Later, the Chillyfish monster uses icicles that hit everyone on Terra Venture, which causes them to fall asleep. The only person left standing (besides the Magna Defender) is Leo because the icicle meant for him didn't pierce his skin - they hit Mike's dogtags instead.
    • The cocoon Scorpius made for Trakeena.
  • Clip Show: "Until Sunset" shows clips from previous episodes.
  • Clothing Damage: In "An Evil Game", Leo's shirt gets so torn up he just tears off what remains of it.
  • Colony Drop: Trakeena tried to do this literally by crashing the remains of Terra Venture onto the planet the colony had retreated to.
  • Cool Old Lady: High Councilor Reiner, most clearly seen in "Green Courage".
  • Crash-Into Hello: This is how Leo first "meets" Kendrix and Kai. As he is getting chased up the escalator by security (because he's a stowaway) he, unintentionally, runs into Kendrix (in the literal sense) and knocks her over by accident; he apologizes and helps her up. Before getting back to running away from security, he and Kendrix stare into each other's eyes for a while, with some romantic-sounding music playing in the backround... as if to hint at these two eventually becoming an Official Couple. But... Well, just read on.
  • Dark Action Girl: Trakeena, eventually.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is arguably the darkest series of Power Rangers ever. Yes, Power Rangers RPM had a dark premise, but the series itself had pretty light-hearted veering on self-parody moments to balance that out. This season we get our first truly morally grey character, our first on-screen child murder (granted he's a non-human character and in flashback only), our first and so far only Ranger death which lasted more than one episode (granted she gets better), the Big Bad of the second half of the series is motivated by trying to avenge the death of her father the first Big Bad, and we get suicide bombers in the finale.
  • Death of a Child: The Magna Defender's young son who was murdered in cold blood in front of him.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Bulk and Prof. Phenomenus make maybe one significant cameo outside of the premiere and finale (in "Stolen Beauty").
    • A meta example in Captain Mutiny and his crew. Mutiny/Zahab was the Big Bad in Gingaman, and Hexuba/Illiess was one of his commanders. In Lost Galaxy, Mutiny is only the villain of one short arc, and Hexuba is just a more powerful than usual monster-of-the-day.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Scorpius is set up as the main villain early in the show, but he eventually gets killed, leaving his daughter Trakeena as the main antagonist.
  • Disney Death: Leo's brother Mike appears to fall to his death in the series premiere, but it is eventually revealed that he survived.
  • Distress Call: "The Rescue Mission".
  • Domed Hometown: Terra Venture is a giant space station consisting of a domed city.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Thanks to the trouble behind the scenes, the Rangers often got new weapons and techniques from seemingly nowhere; the Quasar Launchers and how to transform the Galactabeasts into their zord forms were the biggest offenders.
  • Dub Name Change: The Green obviously-draconic Galactabeast is referred to as a condor. To be fair, his original name was Gingalcon - a portmonteau of Ginga (galaxy) and falcon. Given the prominent, long neck, condor is actually a reasonable fit.
  • Dynamic Entry: How Andros greeted his Psycho Rangers counterpart.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: As the first season to reset the cast and conflict, this set the stage for all future Power Rangers seasons to remain largely standalone. But, it still had a lot more carryover elements from Power Rangers in Space than normal, as it includes Alpha 6 and the Astro Megaship, Bulk is a recurring character and Karone, aka Astronema, joins the cast for the second half. Early episodes in particular highlighted the radical changes that happened from the finale of in Space, and the Reunion Episode showed that the civilian identities of the Space Rangers were common knowledge now. Future seasons of Power Rangers would be a lot more isolated, and the Reunion Episodes would often reveal how the different teams had no idea the others existed.
  • Eldritch Location: The Lost Galaxy. It screws up Terra Venture's systems, makes clocks rewind and plants age in reverse. Compared to that, the flying Kaiju with a castle on its back is practically normal. Over the course of the colony's stay there, its engines start to break down one by one, requiring the inhabitants to find a way out - and fast.
  • Elemental Powers: Mostly edited out from Gingaman, but motifs remain, most notably in the theme song. Leo gets to do a few fireblasts.
  • Erotic Eating: Maya's a bit of a messy eater, probably because her Sentai counterpart Hikaru/GingaYellow was one.
  • Even Bad Girls Love Their Daddies: Trakeena may be spoiled, self-centered, vain, and well evil, but she cares deeply for her father, and his death is what her fuels her to go after the Rangers herself
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Scorpius and Trakeena may be brutal warlords, but they obviously care for one another very much. Compares this to next season where Queen Bansheera is perfectly okay with letting her son die for being useless.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Villamax is this trope. The best example is the Grand Finale. Also, in "An Evil Game," he gets Leo to surrender by promising to release the other Rangers and Mike. When Leo does so, Villamax honors his promise - much to Deviot's chagrin. Villamax responds by invoking I Gave My Word.
  • Evil Chancellor: Deviot.
  • Evil Will Fail: Deviot's machinations led to the downfall of the villains. First, he manipulated Scorpius, resulting in him being destroyed by Leo. Then, when Deviot was fused with Trakeena, his evil caused her to become insane, resulting in her turning her Sting Wingers into Suicide Bombers and destroying her mentor Vilemax. As a result, Trakkena is all that remains when she has her final battle with the Rangers.
  • Evil Virtues: Villamax - Honor and Loyalty, Treacheron - Loyalty. Treacheron's minions the Shark brothers are also loyal to him, sticking their necks out for him after he's been Frame-Up.
  • Eviler than Thou: The minute Captain Mutiny follows the Rangers out of the Lost Galaxy, Trakeena blows him out of the sky.
  • Expy: The interior design of the Astro Megaship from the previous series was clearly heavily influenced by the Enterprise-D. Amusingly enough, this series features life on a space station, with a few exterior shots, particularly those with the camera angled looking up from beneath the station, that look almost exactly like comparable exterior views of Deep Space Nine.
  • Fairest of Them All: "Stolen Beauty"
  • Fake Shemp: Used with the Space Rangers in the last scene of "The Power of Pink"; no doubt because the behind-the-scenes troubles (see Real Life Writes the Plot) meant it was shot at the last minute.
  • Fallen Hero: Loyax and Magna Defender I. They get better but die in the process.
  • Fanservice: Lost Galaxy is widely known to have: the hottest female Yellow Ranger (Maya), the hottest Pink Ranger (Karone) and the Hunkiest male Ranger that is composed of pure machismo (Leo).
  • Fiery Lion: Lion Galactabeast can breateh fire as its main form of attack.
  • Foreshadowing: Deviot warns Villamax that his honor will be his undoing. He was right.
  • Frame-Up: Trakkena pulls this on Treacheron.
  • Friend to All Children: Leo, definitely; he was seen getting dogpiled by a bunch of kids at least twice.
  • Generation Ships: Terra Venture, even if it didn't take multiple generations. The only reason its journey ends where it does is because the constant attacks eventually destroy the engines and it crashes.
  • Ghost Ship: In "The Rescue Mission".
  • Good Is Not Nice: Surprisingly enough, the Galaxy Rangers show they're willing to be this if need be. They have no qualms about intimidating and threatening to kill the guy who found the Quasar Saber if he doesn't talk. It ends up being a trap, but they didn't know that at the time.
  • Grand Finale: The three-part episode "Journey's End", which has the team finally defeat Trakeena and the people of Mirinoi finally freed of being turned to stone.
  • Grease Monkey: Damon is rarely seen in civilian form without a smear of black grease somewhere on his face.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Trakeena attempts to do this in the Onyx tavern; but she's so weak she can't even break the bottle against a table.
  • Happy Ending Override: Zordon's sacrifice in the finale of the previous season goes from destroying all evil in the universe to merely Dark Specter and his forces (Rita, Lord Zedd, the Machine Empire, Divatox, and Astronema), otherwise this (and all subsequent series) couldn't happen. Downplayed, however, as said villains are nowhere near the scope of Dark Specter and his forces, and Earth actually sits the entire conflict with Scorpius out in relative peace.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Kendrix gives her life to save the day in the Power Rangers in Space crossover.
    • The Magna Defender undoing the volcanic detonation on Terra Venture he himself created.
    • A non-lethal example happens at the conclusion of the "Lost Galaxy" arc, where Mike sacrifices his Magna Defender powers and the Torozord to enable everyone to get out of the Lost Galaxy.
    • The Stratoforce and Centaurus Megazords are destroyed by Stingwinger suicide bombers defending the crashed colony while the Rangers are protecting the civilians still inside. Seeing as how the zords are living creatures in this season, this means that they aren't just destroyed; they are killed.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: In the third episode when Terra Venture is under attack by the Monster of the Week and Furio, and all seems hopeless...and then the Power Rangers show up, prompting this reaction from the civilians and defense forces, as the Power Rangers are Famed In-Story at this point.
    Soldier: This oughta even the odds a bit.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: How Karone is introduced. In fact, she's counting on it to get Kendrix's saber out of the wrong hands and the only reason it falls through is because Trakeena somehow knows about her redemption last season.
  • Heroic RRoD: Both meta and in-universe. After one Ranger nearly dies from having her power stolen due to it being linked to her life force, and another nearly dies due to being unable to handle the power, this is the series that shows that even the Ranger powers cannot prevent a Ranger from dying.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: A metaphorical version, in that the Magna Defender has given up on himself, sure he has no good in him, making his own soul the blasted wasteland. Then a phantasm of his dead son appears to him and hands him a bunch of daisies, insisting the warrior still has good in him. He takes the daisies with him when he sacrifices himself to save Terra Venture.
  • Human Aliens: Maya and Karone are from other planets, but look like humans.
  • I Broke a Nail: This happens twice to Trakeena. The first time (back when she was still Daddy's Little Villain and more concerned with her appearances than anything else) it happens when she practices her fighting skills with some Stingwingers. One of them accidentally breaks one of her nails and she angrily vaporizes the Stingwinger in retaliation. The second time it happens during her Training from Hell with Villamax, who simply responds to her angry reaction that he only has 9 to go then.
  • I Gave My Word: Villamax releases the Rangers he captured when Leo agrees to the condition of his deal.
  • Identical Stranger: Kendrix and her movie star double Carolyn.
  • Idiot Ball: The Lost Galaxy arc starts off when a couple of scientists say an incantation, that inadvertently, causes the whole colony to lose power. The idiotic part is that while saying it the Galaxy Book starts crackling with blue lightning the characters noticed but still keep doing it anyway even going as far as to add a new word which is what cause the power loss. One of them also starts approaching the book saying the words in what seems to be a trance saying the first few words over and over again.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: When Damon goes to fix Trakeena's damaged engine in order to free a hostage from Terra Venture, he's surprised to find that it's a Living Ship. His response: "I'm a mechanic, not a doctor!"
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: Magna Defender when he starts going overboard, thanks to Mike's influence.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Most of Leo's gear gets this at some point or another (as his counterpart GingaRed was Playing with Fire).
  • Interim Villain: Captain Mutiny temporarily replaces Trakeena as the villain in the "Lost Galaxy" arc.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Between Damon and Kai in "The Lost Galactabeasts, Part 1" thanks to Deviot.
  • Ironic Name: Treacheron is surprisingly loyal. This however reflects his final fate of being framed as a traitor by Trakeena.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: Downplayed, but the Power Rangers are clearly greatly revered by Earth for saving it in the previous seasons to the point even a space colony being sent into deep space likely never to return has a museum dedicated to them.
  • Jungle Princess: Maya comes from the jungle planet Mirinoi.
  • Kirk's Rock: Actually appears in one episode. It also just happens to be the episode where Leo's shirt rip comes from.
  • Last Villain Stand: After Trakeena loses her entire army, her ship is destroyed, and all her minions are gone, she enters the cocoon her father made for to take on the One-Winged Angel form she was destined for and in an act of pure desperation, powers up the remains of the Terra Venture and attempts to crash it into the planet the colony had flown to in an attempt to destroy them and the Power Rangers. She never even once considers that she might perish as well.
  • Legacy Character: Magna Defender.
  • Little Stowaway: the episode "Homesick" features a young Child Prodigy named Matthew, who stowed away on board of Terra Venture, but got home sick and tries to hack the ship's controls to make it fly back to Earth. When he is caught, he is told that going home is no option and he is put in the care of Damon. When Matthew helps stop Furio from accessing Terra Venture's control base, the gratefull rangers give him a ride back to Earth in the Astro Megaship.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Sure, since the beginning Power Rangers has followed the "Each Ranger has a basic color to match their Ranger color" rule, but this is the first season where the Rangers never wear anything but one outfit. Sure, Kai, Mike, Kendrix, and Damon are in uniform, Maya and Karone come from another world, and Leo was a stowaway who wouldn't have thought to pack clothes but surely there was a shopping mall to buy clothes for the latter three. Early on though, Leo was a huge exception to this rule before his outfit was finally nailed down right around the time Mike takes over as the Magna Defender.
  • Literal Transformative Experience: Reformed former Big Bad Astronema, now Karone, completes her Heel–Face Turn when she rescues the Pink Quasar Saber and morphs into the new Pink Ranger for the team.
  • Love Triangle: Hinted at with Leo and Kendrix's obvious interest in each other, coupled with Kai showing anger/jealousy at Leo. Never fully explored due to Death of the Hypotenuse upon Kendrix's Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Devoit and Trakeena both tend to manipulate people to suit their agendas.
  • Meaningful Name: Leo, whose Galactabeast is the lion.
    • Deviot is - gasp - quite devious.
    • Leo and Mike have the last name Corbett, which could be a reference to the 1950's show "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet", since the brothers are also astronauts, technically.
    • Treacheron ironically ends up a victim of treachery.
  • Motive Decay: After the Rangers get the Lights of Orion, there's a span where Scorpius doesn't really seem to have a reason to pursue Terra Venture. He seems to have given up on the Quasar Sabersnote , the Lights are lost to him... each episode gives a decent excuse for causing trouble, but there's no reason for Scorpius to hang around and keep the colony as a handy target. But then the Rangers kill Scorpius and give Trakeena all the motivation she needs.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Leo's body becomes so prominent during the season that it almost gets distracting. It helps that he's flirty and romantic, is shown to be good with kids, and is played by one of the best-looking men to ever put on the red spandex.
    • There are no fewer than three episodes featuring Leo shirtless and wounded in the Megaship infirmary: "The Lights of Orion", "Shark Attack", and "Facing the Past". In "Shark Attack", the camera lingers on his chest as Kendrix scans him, and in "Facing the Past" he starts out on his back like the others, then gets to his feet and spends several minutes wearing only jeans and a bandage on his forehead.
    • Leo gets three separate introductory shots in the opening credits, and he's wearing less in each one. He starts off with his leather jacket. In the second one, he's down to his definitive civilian outfit, a blue shirt over a red tank top. And in the third one, he's wearing just the red tank top, with his arms on full display.
    • Then, of course, there is the Battle Strip in "An Evil Game" that was so glorious, it wound up in the opening credits, so it could be seen every week.
    • Leo also got into a little James Bondage on occasion.
  • Ms. Fanservice: For a character in a show that's mostly geared for kids, Karone has quite the prominent cleavage. Let's not forget Maya, either.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • "Transmorphers" was the original planned name for the Power Morphers from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. (They were only named in the toyline, though.)
    • Like in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the Sixth Ranger turns out to be the Red Ranger's older brother.
    • At one point, Barbarax captures Terra Venture citizens using a barrel which appears to turn them into energy; it's rather similar to the MO of a MMPR season 1 monster, Samurai Fan Man.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: With the exception of Trakeena, every villain with something more than a MOTW role has one Scorpious, Furio, Villamax, Treacheron, Deviot, Barbarax, Captain Mutiny. (Why the bosses of Terra Venture give trust to somebody named Captain Mutiny when he first shows up is way too trusting, ignoring obvious hints.) Strangely, both Villamax or Treacheron are loyal to their friends and don't betray anyone.
  • Naming Your Colony World: Terra Venture.
  • Nature Hero: Maya qualifies as a hero in touch with nature, coming from a jungle world.
  • Never Say "Die": Despite the unusually high body count, this trope was followed until the finale, in which Commander Stanton declares:
    "This ship is dying. I don't want us to die with it!"
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The early episodes are horrible at logical consistency, and this extends to the Rangers' arsenal. The Quasar Launchers and Astro Cycles in particular never got an explanation as to where they came from.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Furio sent Mike falling into the same hole that the Magna Defender fell in to many years earlier. The Magna Defender couldn't get out without Mike's energy. Mike couldn't get out without the Magna Defender absorbing him. Considering how many times the Magna Defender, or Mike in his armor saved the Rangers, it would've been way better to not try to destroy Mike.
    • Numerous other times to Furio sends a MOTW who would have destroyed them but Furio interfered trying to get the trans daggers, and the trans daggers end up going to the rangers. Deviot gets Scorpious killed, interrupts Trakeena when she's about to kill the red ranger, delivers 3 new zords to the rangers (once they free them)
  • Noble Demon:
    • Villamax. He only seems to join Trakeena to help her avenge her father. If it wasn't for that, he would be a nice guy, judging from the fact he saved a little girl from falling rubble during the finale.
    • Treacheron. He actually throws the Magna Defender's sword to him so they can have a fair duel.
    • Loyax, whose honor, even after turning evil, was still a major factor... and Deviot took full advantage of it.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Seems to almost be a Running Gag with the season. Treachuron demonstrates quite a bit of loyalty to employer and employee alike, while Loyax's backstory involves a Face–Heel Turn when he believed evil was winning. Meanwhile, Villimax is one of the least villainous of the villains.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Scorpius, Trakeena, Furio and the Stingwingers all have different designs compared to the other villains — Furio was actually a costume from Denji Sentai Megaranger, having been the One-Winged Angel form of Dr. Hinelar (they used him in Villamax's place as the first general to be destroyed, as Villamax's costume was apparently unavailable at the time), while the other three are American-exclusive costumes (and animatronic puppet, in Scorpius's case), all with insectoid theming. The alien seen in "The Rescue Mission" also looks completely different than any of the other MOTW, coming off more like a Zoanoid.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Trakeena started as a weak bratty princess who became angry for someone breaking her fingernails. Around the middle of the series, she gets trained by Villamax and becomes a capable warrior. During the final arc, she forcibly gets merged with Deviot and becomes...outright scary.
  • Now Do It Again, Backwards: Kai and Leo open the portal to get out of the Lost Galaxy by saying the spell that got them in backwards.
  • Nubile Savage: Maya is a not-so-savage example of this.
  • Offscreen Afterlife: Kendrix. It can probably be applied to Magna Defender, too, though the subject wasn't directly brought up.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Quasar Sabers are a literal case of the Sword(s) in the Stone variant, although they can be passed on. The question of 'why don't you just destroy the stone' is answered, as Furio attempting that doesn't even scratch the rock, implying they're also protected. When Horn tries to wield Leo's, it actively rebels against him, slashing several Sting Wingers and deflects a blast to free Leo, implying they'll only truly work for their chosen Rangers or their successors and no one else.
  • Opponent Switch: Chameliac scanned the Rangers' unique fighting moves or specific weapons, allowing him to dominate the fight. In Round 2, they used each other's fighting moves/weapons. It even extended to the weapons one of their Zords used. This confused him enough to allow them to destroy him.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The mid-season episode, "The Rescue Mission", plays more like a hard sci-fi action movie than it does a episode of Power Rangers. In fact, only two of the five Rangers appeared morphed and it is as the very end of the episode for less than 5 minutes. It's also one of only two Power Rangers episodes to not use a single drop of Stock Footage (excepting establishing shots of Terra Venture). Not just no footage from Super Sentai, but not even their own stock footage such as morphing. This wouldn't happen again for another sixteen years.
  • The Peter Principle: "Turn Up The Volume" has Karone push Damon into competing for an open "Head Mechanic" position. Of course, as soon as he gets it he finds out it's a Desk Jockey job that doesn't involve his mechanic skills at all, and he quickly passes it off to the guy he was competing against.
  • Planar Shockwave: A spectacular one is seen at about 40 seconds into the opening for the show.
  • Plot Hole: When the Rangers first deal with the Brainwashed and Crazy Lost Galactabeasts Stratoforce and Centaurus the Galaxy Megazord refuses to fight. The Rangers learn it's because they won't attack family (they didn't know the zords came from the same source). The problem is Mike's Torozord won't fight either and it's not related to the Galactabeasts as far as the plot shows.
  • The Pollyanna: Maya has a positive outlook in spite of the hardships she goes through.
  • Primal Stance: The 'beast run,' which we'll see again in Wild Force, is an artifact of Gingaman footage, as that series was a nature-themed spiritual predecessor to Gaoranger / Wild Force. Since it's in all the Gingaman footage, the Rangers ran that way in American footage as well or you'd have had bizarre, distracting moments of going from running upright to hunched over and back in every scene that involves running.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Leo tended to call his late-season powerups like this, such as "Red! Capsular! Cycle!" and "Red! Armored! Power! Ranger!"
  • Put on a Bus: Skull, after Jason Narvy left the series to go to college. Ironically, he was written out by missing a bus, oversleeping so that Bulk has to board the ship without him.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A stowaway, a security officer, a mechanic, a scientist, and a Jungle Princess. Later, they added the stowaway's older brother (another security guy) and the former Princess of Evil.
  • A Rare Sentence: Mike is the one to inform Commander Stanton that Terra Venture has a giant creature flying towards it with a castle on its back. Even after all he's been through, Mike still doesn't seem to know what he's looking at.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "The Power of Pink" came about as a result of Valerie Vernon, the actress who played Pink Ranger Kendrix Morgan, being diagnosed with leukemia and having to leave the show to undergo treatment. Patricia Ja Lee was hired to reprise her role as Cassie to fill the Pink Ranger position. Then she quit over a contractual dispute, and Melody Perkins was hired to reprise her role as Karone and fill out the team. Three episodes were needed to shift the cast around, and two more establish Karone's place in the status quo. One very high-budget episode was filmed before Lee's departure and had to be scrapped.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Commander Stanton and one of his bosses, High Councilor Reiner.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Magna Defender dies because he gives his life to save the day in order to make up for how ruthless he had been.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Leo. Heck, the fourth episode is about him screwing up and is even titled "Rookie In Red".
  • Schizo Tech: Comes from shoehorning a modern-day city into a futuristic space station. Of special note is the battlizer, an armor once held by a Barbarian Hero. That takes the form of a starfighter.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale:
    • You don't make it to a new galaxy if the Point of No Return is 14 light years away. (14LYs is big distance, just not in terms of galactic or inter-galactic distances. For example, the Andromeda Galaxy, nearest galaxy that doesn't orbit our own? Two MILLION light years away.)
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Once or twice, Commander Stanton and Terra Venture's ruling council are hinted to know who the Rangers are. At the very least, High Councilor Reiner pointedly cut off any questioning of where Mike had been when he suddenly reappeared. Keep in mind that he'd likely been presumed dead. Morever, the fact that he, Kai, and Kendrix, all senior members of the crew would like disappear from their stations way too often to be comfortable for a military setting, yet don't even suffer so much as a reprimand further the idea that they know these crewmembers and three, later four, stowaways are the Rangers.
  • Secret Test of Character: Because of her past misdeed, Karone has to fight her past evil. It ends with Leo being held at staff point and Karone being told he'd get it if she didn't stand down. Karone offers her life instead, which proves to them that she has changed and she passes.
  • Settle It Without Weapons: Subverted. The Magna Defender is willing to do this with Treacheron, but Treacheron both reclaims his own sword and returns the Defender's, feeling that they've both lived by the sword and should meet their end the same way. This all becomes academic when the Rangers interrupt.
  • Ship Tease: Leo was initially teased with Kendrix, but when she died they started teasing him with her replacement, Karone.
  • Shirtless Scene: Leo is seen with his shirt off more than once (see Mr. Fanservice above).
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Captain Mutiny kidnaps people from ships that end up in the Lost Galaxy and uses them as slave labor to mine for treasure. From the moment they appear it’s made clear he is a cruel master, with it being implied his slaves are worked to death. Later, it's shown that slaves who fail to meet their quotas are murdered on the spot.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: The shtick is done in "Orion Rising".
  • Someone Has to Die: Over and over! They get better.
  • Space Friction
  • Space Is Noisy: It's Power Rangers, after all.
  • Space Opera: Fully embraced. The entire season consists of a colony ship's quest for a new home, and along the way our heroes visit many different planets and deal with Space Pirates, a tragic Anti-Hero and being briefly trapped in another dimension.
  • Space Pirates: Captain Mutiny's crew.
  • Speed Demon: "Mean Wheels Mantis" has Motor Mantis who is obsessed with speed to the point of peppering his dialogue with numerous references to racing and believes he has "the fastest wheels in the galaxy". He turns the female Rangers into trophies and then challenges the male Rangers to a race for their freedom.
  • The Spock: Kai is a precocious stickler for the rules who also has trouble expressing his feelings. Bonus points for being a space officer who wears blue just like the Trope Namer.
  • The Starscream: Deviot. He was easily the successor to Darkonda, once again not after the big bad, but after her powers. In the end, his greed for those powers was his undoing, as he and Trakeena battled into the cocoon containing the ultimate power, causing Deviot's ruthlessness to become infused into Trakeena and destroying Deviot himself.
  • Staying Alive: After being seemingly vaporized by Leo's Battlizer attack at pointblank range, Trakeena shows up alive in the crossover with Lightspeed Rescue, with only a scar to show for it. However, her face can briefly be seen in the explosion after her 'death,' so you knew not to count her out for good.
  • Stealth Pun: When the Space Rangers make their debut. Just before then, The Psycho Rangers only have to deal with the Galaxy Rangers, Andros, and Magna Defender. Once the 4 remaining Space Rangers arrive, they literally take things up to eleven.
  • Stellar Name: Leo the Red Ranger and Scorpius the Big Bad.
  • Suicide Attack: In the Grand Finale, Trakeena has her entire army of Stingwingers turned into suicide bombers for a final attack on Terra Venture. They take down two megazords and a great number of buildings this way, as well as wearing out the Rangers, who spend a lot of time directing them away from innocent civilians, but also results in Trakeena quickly exhausting all of her forces. Villamax is outraged by this act.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Much like how the Velocifighters brought down the Mega Winger last season, it's again demonstrated that Zordon had a good reason for not wanting the Rangers to escalate the battles first — Megazords simply aren't very effective against small, agile, flight-equipped footsoldiers, as the Stingwingers are quickly able to swarm the Centaurus and Stratoforce Megazords...then they activate their bombs, reducing the former Phoenix and Rhino Galactabeasts to nothing but robotic debris.
  • Sympathetic Villain, Despicable Villain: Treacheron and Deviot, who have a similar dynamic to Ecliptor and Darkonda. Treacheron, despite what his name might suggest, has Undying Loyalty towards his masters, tries to betray Trakeena only after she tries to betray him, and despite claiming to hate concepts like "goodness, decency, and honesty," has those same traits himself. Deviot meanwhile, is a disloyal, cowardly Smug Snake who is willing to kill his own allies for power.
  • Take Up My Sword: Three separate incidents among the heroes, all involving literal swords.
  • Taken for Granite: The entire planet of Mirinoi turns to stone thanks to Furio's sword. It gets better by the end though.
  • Team Chef: Kai does the cooking for the team.
  • Temporary Substitute: Midway through the series, Valerie Vernon was diagnosed with lukemia and had to be written out of the series. When Kendrix was killed off, the plan was to have Cassie take her role. Patricia Ja Lee filmed at least one episode before quitting due to a contract dispute. As a result, Karone became the new pink ranger. Thankfully, Vernon made a full recovery and Kendrix was resurrected at the end of the series.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The "Galaxy Book" turns about to be something akin to this. Not all of its info is inherently evil, but it has the power to open a gate to the Lost Galaxy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Trakeena takes three or four levels in badass over the course of the series, going from an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain in her first appearances to a nigh-unstoppable destroyer by the finale.
  • Training Montage: In "Heir to the Throne", Trakeena is trained on Onyx by Villamax and Kegler to become a true warrior.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: According to the opening episode and this promo, the series takes place in the "not-to-distant future".
  • Uriah Gambit: Deviot sucesfully pulls this on Scorpious resulting in the later's death.
  • Villain Episode: "Heir to the Throne" almost entirely focuses on Trakeena and Deviot, with the Rangers as more of an afterthought than a main part of the episode.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Kegler is Villamax's friend/sidekick, and doesn't really do anything objectionable at all; he just happens to tag along with Villamax after he starts working with Trakeena.
  • Wagon Train to the Stars
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The original Magna Defender is like this, as he is willing to put Terra Venture in mortal danger several times when it will help him beat the Monster of the Week.
  • Wham Episode: Several do happen.
    • "Quasar Quest" part 2: The Rangers get their powers, but in a surprise twist, Mike (who seemed to be one of the leads to this point) dies during the adventure. (Although if you were paying attention to the opening credits, it's more of The Un-Twist. Mike was never featured as the Red Ranger; it was always Leo.)
    • "Heir to the Throne": Features the death of the original Big Bad, and the ascension of his daughter as new head of the evil forces.
    • "To the 10th Power": The first ever team up in Power Rangers history, featuring the return of famed villains the Psycho Rangers.
    • "The Power of Pink": Features the death of Psycho Pink and the first time a ranger died in the line of duty, as Kendrix died protecting the colony.
    • "Protect the Quasar Saber": Kendrix's replacement is chosen: it's the old Ranger adversary/sister Karone from last year.
  • Wham Line: In "Redemption Day":
    Magna Defender: (to Leo) How can you defend me after everything I've done to you? This fighting for good is futile! Your brother was the same way.
    • From "Journey's End, Part 1":
    Commander Stanton: This ship is dying. I don't want us to die with it!
  • Wham Shot:
  • Whammy Bid: When the villains auction off the Pink Ranger's quasar saber, Astronema (actually, Karone) announces her presence this way.
    • What was her bid? She gets the saber, everyone else gets to leave with their lives.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We see the Centaurus and Stratoforce get blown up by the suicide-bomber Stingwingers in the finale. While the core Galactabeasts survive and are shown celebrating with the others at the end. Where did the Zenith Carrierzord go? Was it destroyed as well? Did it flee Terra Venture off screen before the domes got obliterated when Terra Venture crashed? We never got an answer.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Trakeena fusing with/absorbing Deviot in the cocoon. Granted, she wasn't exactly the nicest person beforehand, what with being the series' second Big Bad, but she got nasty quick after that incident.
  • Word, Schmord!: In "Dream Battle", Captain Mutiny remarks "Plan, schman" after Hexuba states she has a plan to stop the Rangers.
  • You Killed My Father: A villainous example with Trakeena, who blames Leo for killing her father and wants to kill him for it.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: During the evacuation of Terra Venture, the Stratoforce and Centaurus Megazords establish a perimeter to stop more Stingwingers from getting inside the colony. Unfortunately, Trakeena had turned her minions into suicide bombers, leading to the destruction of both Megazords.


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Green Elixer Grows the Monster

Early in Lost Galaxy, Scorpius' monsters drank a green elixir to grow into a giant. This would later be dropped in favor of having it be a natural ability.

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