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After the unprecedented success of In Space’s finale, Saban Entertainment
decided to continue with the franchise after initially planning to end it. Even
though Gingaman was a nature-based
series, Saban decided to work the concept into another space-themed show to
capitalize on In Space. This made
things difficult for the writers as the usable footage from Gingaman contained no space elements,
and they had to tie all the American space-faring footage into the natural
surroundings of the Sentai.
Initially going to be called Power Rangers: Space Jungle, Lost Galaxy was
set a year after the events of In Space. The
Space Alliance had launched the space colony Terra
Venture to head out on an expedition to find a new world to colonize. A
selection of citizens was given the chance to partake. One citizen, Leo Corbett
(Danny Slavin), had to sneak his way to Terra Venture where his brother, Mike
(Russell Lawrence), worked as a security officer (utilizing uniforms from the
film Starship Troopers).
To escape being caught, Leo disguised himself as an officer and ended up in
training maneuvers with Mike’s unit, where he met Kai Chen (Archie Kao) and
Kendrix Morgan (Valerie Vernon).
Trakeena, Deviot, Kegler and Villamax.
Meanwhile, the forces of Scorpius (Kim
Strauss) had invaded the planet Mirinoi to try and steal
Sabers; five ancient swords embedded in a stone altar 3,000 years ago that
could only be removed by the “chosen ones”. A citizen of the planet, Maya
(Cerina Vincent), fled Scorpius’ Stingwinger
insectoid army through a portal that opened up in front of Leo, Mike, Kai and
Kendrix. After protecting Maya, everyone but Kai followed her back through to
help her people. Kai eventually follows by taking the Astro Megaship,
now a museum complete with Alpha 6 (Wendee Lee) and D.E.C.A. (Julie Maddalena),
reluctantly piloted by its caretaker and mechanic, Damon Henderson (Reggie
Rolle). There, in the heat of conflict, they drew the Quasar Sabers and became
the Power Rangers. Unfortunately, the planet Mirinoi was lost to a
petrification wave created by Scorpius’ general, Fuiro (Tom Wyner), and Mike
was dropped into a chasm leaving Leo to take his place as the Red Ranger.
The swords in the stone/
The Quantum Swords were the primary
weapons of the Rangers and shrunk to dagger-size when not in use, and were the
first holstered weapon capable of destroying a monster on their own with enough
power. Each was marked with their individual Ranger’s Galactabeast.
The Galactabeasts were sentient Zords, a first for the franchise, used by the
Rangers after they rescued them from Scorpius’ forces. They were the Lion,
and the Wildcat.
A Rhino, Phoenix and
Galactabeast would later be discovered. Their secondary weapons were the Quasar
Launchers, which could function as either powerful bazookas or staff
The Rangers eventually recovered the Transdaggers,
which were weapons lost to time and found in the possession of intergalactic
arms dealer, Horn (Blake Torney). Each Transdagger
resembled a talon and took on a different secondary from for each Ranger: Red’s
became a dagger that could channel fire; Blue’s became a biclaw that could
project a devastating water attack; Green’s became a blaster; Yellow’s became
twin melee daggers that emitted lightning with each slash; and Pink’s became an
energy crossbow. The Transdaggers also allowed the Galactabeasts to combine
into the Galaxy
Besides Terra Venture and the Astro Megaship, the Rangers utilized two
other forms of transportation. The first were Jet
Jammers created by Alpha and D.E.C.A. They were small personal hovercrafts that
could traverse planetary surfaces or short distances in space. The second were
Cycles, which were only utilized by Red, Blue and Green. Red could combine
his Astro Cycle with his Galactabeast to encase it in
an armor shell that could be set ablaze for a powerful attack. Both methods
of transportation were exclusive to Lost
Sentai Gingaman vs. Megarangerwas in production at the time of
filming, the Gingaman villains were
unavailable for use. Furio’s costume was from the final villain of Denji Sentai Megarangerand
wasn’t used in its Saban counterpart, In
Space. Scorpius was created specifically for the show, resembling a large
spider with tentacles instead of legs. Scorpius’ ambition was to gather
powerful objects around the universe for himself. The only thing Scorpius cared
about more was his daughter, Trakeena (Amy Miller), and often kept her out of
his campaigns to keep her safe. Initially, she was a vain, spoiled weakling
until she received combat training from Villamax (David Lodge), a noble
warrior, and her father’s powers after the Rangers destroyed him. Scorpius’ two
other generals were Treacheron (Derek Stephen Prince), who despite his name was
fiercely loyal, and Deviot (Bob Papenbrook), who was cowardly and always sought
to acquire more power for himself; going so far as to eventually kill Scorpius
and attempt to kill Trakeena. Along with the Stingwingers, Scorpius and
Trankeena employed a variety of monsters
who, for the first time in the franchise, could grow on their own.
Later in the show’s run, the Rangers
retrieved the Galaxy Book:
a book that held immeasurable power and information on subjects such as the
Galactabeasts and the Lost Galaxy. An attempt by Deviot to steal the book sent Terra Venture to the Lost Galaxy. There,
they encountered a new foe, the space pirate Captain Mutiny
(Mike Reynolds). He ruled
and plundered the Lost Galaxy with his crew: Barbatax (Richard Epicar), an enforcer and
slave-driver; Hexuba (Rajia Baroudi), a
sorceress; and a legion of Swabbies,
Mutiny’s foot soldier that only spoke in stereotypical pirate lingo. Mutiny
also had his own assortment
of monsters that he used against the Rangers. Mutiny and his crew
traveled on the giant Titanisaur,
which also doubled as a powerful weapon.
The Galaxy Rangers: Kendrix, Kai, Leo, Damon and Maya.
Rangers Lost Galaxy debuted on FOX
as part of the Fox Kids
programming block on February 6, 1999. The series was primarily written by
story editor Judd Lynn, with
Jackie Marchand, Carlton Holder, Jill Donnellan and Denise Skinner. Lior Rosner, Jeremy Sweet, Inon Zur, Shuki Levy and Haim Saban served as the music
composers. Despite the name, the “Lost Galaxy” aspect of the series didn’t come
into play until more than halfway through the season; however, it was
originally intended for Mirinoi to be part of the Lost Galaxy. Lost Galaxy was the first show in the
franchise to be set away from the fictional city of Angel Grove,
California, and to feature full grown adults with professions as the Rangers
instead of teenagers in high school. It was also the first to have the Rangers
in stock clothing when de-morphed, where previous incarnations wore different
outfits in their respective Ranger color. The Rangers also actively
participated in the permanent destruction of the main villains, who before this
point where allowed to continue on while their minions suffered all the real
Bulk and the Professor working in a cafe.
While not in Angel Grove, Bulk (Paul
Schrier) and Professor Phenomenus (Jack Banning) were amongst the citizens who
were on Terra Venture wherethey ran a café after bombing out of
the science division. Jason Narvy, who
played Skull, opted not
to reprise his role so that he could return to school. He did, however, make a
cameo appearance in the first episode to close out his character’s story; being
forgotten on Earth by Bulk and the Professor.
The Magna Defender. Friend or foe?
The Rangers gained an ally of sorts in the
(Kerrigan Mahan). Defender was on a quest to enact vengeance against Scorpius
after his invasion of Defender’s home world led to the death of his son, Zika (Ryan James).
Centuries prior, Defender arrived on Mirinori to release the Lights of Orion,
a mysterious energy source that could greatly enhance a being’s powers, but was
defeated by Treacheron and dropped into a pit; where he remained until Mike
Corbett was also dropped in, allowing Defender freedom by possessing Mike.
Eventually, after realizing his thirst for vengeance was putting others in harm’s
way, Defender would separate from Mike and then bestow his powers upon him. This
allowed Mike to fight alongside the Rangers as the new Magna Defender, complete
with the bull-like Torozord
and the Magna Sword (which could transform into a Magna
Blaster). The Rangers also gained the powers of the Lights of Orion, which
increased their natural powers as well as that of the Galaxy Megazord.
Lost Galaxy meets In Space.
Galaxy began the tradition of the annual Power Rangers
team-up; wherein the team from a previous incarnation would join the current
team to help defeat a common threat (a tradition in the Sentai series). In this
case, the SpaceRangers from In Space came to help the GalaxyRangers defeat the revived Psycho Rangers;
evil Rangers created by In Space’smain foe, Astronema (Melody
Perkins), designed to destroy the Ranger whose color they emulate. The two
heroic teams combined their energies and destroyed most of the Psycho Rangers. Psycho Pink (Vicki
Davis) managed to survive and renewed her function to destroy pink Power
Rangers. Kendrix ended up sacrificing herself to save the life of Cassie Chan, the
Pink Space Ranger (Patricia Ja
Lee). This was the first death of a Power Ranger, and a necessary one as
Vernon had to leave the show for treatment after learning she had leukemia.
Vernon remained in the main credits, however, so that Saban could help pay for
her chemotherapy. This also meant that a subplot involving a developing romance
between Kendrix and Leo had to be abandoned.
Saban originally intended to have Lee
replace Vernon in the show for the remainder of the season. However, they
refused to pay her more than the guest-star rate and she quit shortly after
filming her crossover scenes. Instead, Perkins was brought back as Karone, the
sister of Red Space Ranger Andros
(Christpher Khayman Lee) and
the good aspect of Astronema. She disguised herself as her evil alter-ego in
order to interrupt the auction of the Pink Quasar Saber and retrieve the sword
from evil hands. Kendrix’s spirit would later come to Karone while she was in
danger and give her the mantle of the Pink Galaxy Ranger. She remained in the
role until Kendrix’s resurrection at the end of the season when the Galaxy
Rangers returned their Quasar Sabers to the altar.
Airing the same day as “Redemption Day”, Power Rangers: The Lost Episode was a
special hosted by original Mighty
Morphinactors Austin St. John
and Walter Emanuel Jones,
his first return to the franchise since walking off in a pay dispute before the
third season. The episode showed clips from all the incarnations of the
franchise thus far, as well as footage from Kyoryu Sentai Zyurangerwhen
discussing the origin of the show. Also seen was the original pilot version of
the first Mighty Morphin episode,
“Day of the Dumpster”. The original pilot featured Audri DuBois as Trini and gave
several characters and objects different names than what would be used in the
Life after Rangers: Reggie, Amy and their three kids.
Galaxy would be the final time Bulk would serve as a series
regular, making guest-appearances in future incarnations, and was the final
season to feature Phenomenus. Skull would return in guest spots as well down
the line. Following the series, Rolle and Miller would end up getting married. In
a featurette on the Power
Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary BattleDVD, Rolle shared an anecdote on how
when a kid recognized them both while shopping at Toys ‘R’ Us, he explained that he was
“tricking” Trakeena to save the universe.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29 reveals the origin of Terra Venture.
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