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  • Awesome Music: The main theme. "Set controls to outer space now..."
  • Complete Monster: Darkonda is a sadistic and ruthless Bounty Hunter who loves to backstab and manipulate other people so that he could become "King Darkonda". Years before the series began, he was tasked to kidnap the young Karone, and Darkonda altered her memories, resulting in her becoming the villainous Astronema. He was also involved in causing KO-35's population to abandon their colony, using a Barillian Bug infestation and took the planet and its riches for himself. His crimes in the series include using the same bug creatures to infect the Rangers; forcibly fusing with his rival Ecliptor and using 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 turns him into a cyborg so that he can't betray him. When they recapture Karone, Darkonda forcefully grafts cybernetic implants into her. In part 1 of the finale, he makes his last bid for power by directly attacking Dark Specter with two torpedoes capable of destroying a planet. A power-hungry, gleeful psychopath who endangers all around him, Darkonda is the vilest villain from the "Zordon Era".
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  • Creepy Awesome: Astronema.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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.
    • Becomes Ascended Fanon much later, as the 25th anniversary comic actually refers to Karone as the "last surviving member of the United Alliance of Evil".
    • 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.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: "Shell Shocked", the crossover with Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation is INFAMOUS among fans, mostly because of the other series - most choose to pretend the episode doesn't exist. The fact that the episode doesn't exactly connect with the third and the fifthnote  ("Shell Shocked" is the fourth episode) helps, so most choose to simply skip this episode.
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  • 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.
  • "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-favorite, 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.
    • Especially considering that this caused a whole lot of Power Rangers Time Force episodes to be re-edited and/or completely unaired when that series aired at about this time.
    • The villains turned into dust in the season's Grand Finale "Countdown to Destruction" becomes this as nearly twenty years later, half of the universe's population get turned into dust in the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Andros has this with both Carlos and Zhane. He treats the then-comatose Zhane in a manner suspiciously similar to how Victor Fries did his comatose wife.
  • Iron Woobie: Andros; first his sister is abducted, then he and his best friend are the survivors of a supposed genocide, then said best friend takes a hit for him leaving him in cryostasis, leaving him alone on a spaceship for two years with only a sentient AI for company. That's a hell of a thing.
  • Les Yay:
    • Psycho Yellow's One-Winged Angel form is a wasp. Pink's is a giant flower. Sure, you could say it just signifies how Pink, even as her teammate, was just a pawn for Yellow's plans, but it's not hard to get the vibe that they were literal Psycho Lesbians.
    • Ashley and Karone in the few scenes where Karone is Karone. In the final scene of the season, Ashley is the first to touch Karone.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Astronema is the self-proclaimed "Princess of Evil" and the second in command of the United Alliance of Evil. Tasked by Dark Specter to destroy the Space Rangers, Astronema would fight many battles with the Space Rangers before finding out her identity as Andros' long lost sister Karone, leading to her defection to the Rangers. Upon being kidnapped by a reprogrammed Ecliptor and installed with neural implants to keep her on the side of evil, Astronema decides to kill both the Space Rangers and and Dark Specter in order to ursurp the latter's position as Grand Monarch of Evil through creating the Psycho Rangers, whom beat the Rangers to an inch of their lives in their earlier encounters and drew their power from Dark Specter's life force until the Rangers were able to defeat the Psychos by changing their tactics in engaging them and expoliting their lack of ability to work as a team. Despite this defeat, Astronema would continue to inflict significant damage on the Rangers, successfully luring the Rangers into a trap that saw the destruction of the Delta Megazord by Ecliptor, and destroying the Mega Voyager using Tankenstein in the subsequent episode. Never suffering any significant Villain Decay throughout the series, Astronema would be regarded as one of the most iconic villains in Power Rangers.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • If abducting Zordon and draining him of his powers isn't enough for Dark Specter to cross it, then this sure is: Threatening 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, anyway.
    • 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.
  • Narm: Andros crying on Astromena's body at the end of "Countdown To Destruction". The awfully obvious greenscreen doesn't help.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • 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).
  • She Really Can Act: While the Large Ham traits eventually resurfaced, the initial reveal of Karone being brainwashed was well done, with Melody Perkins being rather unnerving.
  • Special Effect Failure: Some footage was clearly green screened and looks really bad, even by 90s standards.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Ecliptor being killed in the finale.
  • 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. Not only that, but what about Squatt, Baboo, Finster, Klank, Orbus and Porto- all of whom were not really villainous, so did they get turned human too or were they turned into sand as well? (Kinda justified, because that whole bit was imposed by the Fox Kids censors.)
    • Lokar would have been a perfect ally for the Ultimate Alliance of Evil, and a perfect weapon against the good guys. Upon the UAE's defeat, he would have likely been destroyed in a similar manner to his Zyuranger counterpart Dai-Satan.
  • 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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