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Old September 29th, 2017, 12:56 PM #721
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Island of Illusions Part 2 should be out sometime next week! It's taking longer than usual since these are completely original chapters, like I normally put out, rather than re-writes with a base I can work from.

How do you guys like the prequel so far? Honest feedback.

And don't worry, as you can already tell from the episode listing in the front page, I'll be back to all original chapters come season 4. What I have planned to write should make for a long emotional rollercoaster with a satisfying conclusion to my long running coming of age. I wanted to write this prequel not only to give me a mental break, but to add some new elements for my characters to build off of in season 4. Keep an eye out for what exactly!
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Old October 5th, 2017, 08:23 AM #722
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Awesome work as always. Tommy's nightmares in this story are an especially interesting plot element and effectively add to the early Green Ranger arc era from Green With Evil through Green Candle. Tommy's nightmares before his first green power loss remind me of the nightmares he had before his final green power loss in early season 2. However the main difference is that in your Island Of Illusions, Tommy's nightmares were about being turned evil again whilst those of early season 2 were about Tommy losing his powers in battle.

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Old October 10th, 2017, 10:51 AM #723
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Thanks Craig! Always nice to hear from you.

Sorry I'm late with the next chapter by the way. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and want to make sure it's just right before release.
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Old October 13th, 2017, 01:36 PM #724
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Prequel - Episode 29: Island of Illusions Part 2





“Noo!! I can’t do it… I can’t!!!”

(We pick up where we left off - A panicked Billy face to face with Rita, a militia of putty patrollers clad in black Mastodon armor and what appears to be the evil green ranger.)

Evil Green Ranger: You’re all that’s left, blue ranger. And let’s face it. There’s nothing a weakling like you can do to stop me. Mwahahahaha!

Billy: N-no!


Trini: BILLLLYYYYY!!!

Jason: Billy, no!!

(Unbeknownst to Billy however, the rest of the team, including Tommy, are standing right beside him. Watching him evaporate from the bottom up.)

Billy: Ahhhh…!!!

Evil Green Ranger: Mwahahahahahaha!

(Billy cowers into a ball as he falls out of sight. His screams grow faint and then disappear, dismaying his friends.)

Trini: Nooooo!!

Kimberly: He’s… he’s gone!

Tommy: Billy!!

Jason: He just disappeared into thin air…

Robbie: He couldn’t have…

Zack: Billy!!!!

(Equally troubled, Alpha and Zordon look on at the viewing globe in horror as the StegaMegazord and the Dragonzord simply vanish from their battle with Lokar and Mutitus in downtown Angel Grove.)

Alpha: Aye, ya, ya, ya, yai! Zordon! What just happened?!

Zordon: I do not know Alpha.

Alpha: This is not good, Zordon. This is not good!

Zordon: Please calm down, Alpha. We must scan the earth for matching power levels and return them to Angel Grove. With Rita currently on the attack, there is no telling what she will do.
(Speaking of Rita, it dawns on the empress of evil while standing atop a skyscraper with her goons that she is all alone. The rangers are nowhere in sight and they are free to plan their next move…)

Goldar: We have Angel Grove completely defenseless!

Baboo: We’re like a fat kid in an empty candy store. We can do whatever we want to it!

Squatt: Oh boy, how exciting!

Goldar: What shall we do my empress? Shall I instruct Mutitus to launch a full on attack on the city?

Rita: …

Goldar: Should I get some putties and commence the enslavement of mankind?

Rita: Hmm…

Goldar: Shall I hijack a news channel and inform the public of their impending doom?

Rita: No. We do nothing.

Goldar: Eh?

Rita: We just stand here.

(On her command, Mutitus and Lokar remain perfectly still, looking on a defenseless Angel Grove without taking any action whatsoever.)

Baboo: That’ll show em!

(Meanwhile, back in the desert island, after some time has passed, the un-morphed teens continue to look around desperately for any clue as to their, or Billy’s whereabouts.)

Zack: Man. Where the heck are we?

Kimberly: I don’t care where we are? How do we get back home?

Jason: Well we can’t teleport. We can’t morph either.

(Robbie stares at the crashing waves of the massive ocean in front of him. He briefly considers a daring escape plan. All the while, Trini sits away from the others on top of a fallen log. She’s studies her broken device to try and figure out what went wrong. But with no resources and the rush of panic and adrenaline, Trini is essentially staring blankly at something that she hopes eventually makes sense.)

Trini: (Sighs) …

(Silently, she wishes Billy were here to bail her out of this mess she feels she created. But on the outside she looks more worried about the sun setting in the sky.)

Trini: It’s getting really cold you guys.


Jason: Yeah. We may need to get some firewood to keep from freezing to death.

Tommy: Good idea.

(Jason starts walking into the forested area not far behind the beach. Everyone instinctively follows their leader, but Jason makes it a point to stop Trini from getting up from her seat.)

Jason: No. Not you.

Trini: Huh?

Jason: We need you to fix that thing.

Trini: Oh. Right. Sorry.

Jason: Let’s go guys.

(Trini slouches back down as the others walk away. She returns to her meaningless pokes and prods of the device. Robbie trails behind, slowly wandering over to her.)

Robbie: (Scratches neck) Uh… hey.

Trini: Hey.

(He’s met with a chilling coldness from a Trini who is so caught up with herself she does not even look up.)

Robbie: Do you… need any help from me? I helped build this thing. Sort of.

Trini: It’s okay.

Robbie: Okay. Are you alright?

Trini: I’m fine.

(Expecting her to say more Robbie pauses to let her speak. Instead it only becomes a rather awkward silence as he feels hung out to dry. Eventually, he speaks up again.)

Robbie: Don’t take it too hard. Billy could have easily made this same mistake.

Trini: But he didn’t.

Robbie: Yeah... I mean... l-look at it this way, if Tommy disappears we’d actually be better off.

Trini: Now’s not the time for jokes, Robbie.

(She still doesn’t look up. And she only appears to get angrier the more he talks. Finally, he turns to the woods and throws his arms up.)

Robbie: Guess I’ll go get firewood.

(He shakes his head and walks off. Accepting the fate their newfound relationship has quickly deteriorated to. As he leaves, he mutters something under his breath, but audible enough for Trini to hear.)

Robbie: I tried. Go screw yourself then.

(Meanwhile, back at the command center, Alpha continues to come up empty…)

Alpha: Zordon, I can’t find them. I’ve scoured every crevasse on earth and they’re not coming up.

Zordon: They could not have simply disappeared Alpha.

Alpha: I don’t know what else to tell you.

Zordon: Begin searching through alternate dimensions. It is a stretch, but if they are still alive, they will turn up eventually.

Alpha: Aye, ya, yai. That’s a big “if…”

(Despite his doubts, Alpha dutifully continues his search. Meanwhile, back on the desert island, Jason, Zack, Robbie, Kim and Tommy go out in search of firewood to keep from freezing.)

Jason: (Carrying a load) This should be enough…

Zack: (Carrying a load) Yeah. This is what I can carry at least.

Kimberly: Hey look you guys! Furniture!

(Kim excitedly points out into a curiously hollowed out section in the forest, which seems to be set up like a living room – with a sofa, TV and even picture hanging from trees.)

Kimberly: Does somebody live here?

(The other teens slowly join her, and raise a few eyebrows.)

Tommy: What are you talking about Kim? I don’t see anything?

Kimberly: No? Look… What?

(Oddly, she turns back to an image of herself, sitting calmly on the couch. Blankly sifting through a magazine. Her “husband,” in full police uniform, enters the home…)

Skull: Hey babe.

Kimberly: Hey.

(The real Kim looks on, appearing confused and slightly troubled.)

Kimberly: What is this?! What is going on?

Jason: What?

Robbie: Is she losing it?

Tommy: I-I don’t see anything…

(Meanwhile…)

Skull: How was work?

Kimberly: Fine.

(Kimberly answers monotonously and doesn’t bother to even look up from her magazine. Skull, who was fishing for reciprocation, power through...)

Skull: I-I uh… got promoted to captain today!

Kimberly: Oh yeah?

Skull: Yeah! I’m real excited. The boys are already calling me captain obvious.

Kimberly: …

Skull: Cause I uh… say things people already know.

Kimberly: Thanks. I got that.

(Kimberly… the real Kimberly, appears to be in a full on panic by what she sees.)

Kimberly: (Heavy breathing) Please make this stop. I don’t wanna see anymore.

Jason: Make what stop?!

Zack: Kim! I think you might be imagining things… (Gasps) like Billy!

Tommy: Oh no, you need to snap out of it Kim!

(The guys crowd around Kim to try and get her attention. But her eyes remain fixed on her hallucination, which continues…)
Skull: So uh… I was thinking… I could start saving money now and uh… we could uh… have a…

Kimberly: …

Skull: A baby?

Kimberly: Me? Oh no. I will never be pregnant.

Skull: …

Kimberly: Not for long at least.

Skull: Okay? I just thought…

Kimberly: Are we done here? I’m bored more than I love you.

Skull: Oh… okay. I’ll go start dinner.

(He sulks into a kitchen that doesn’t exist, muttering something as he leaves.)

Skull: “Congrats on the promotion, honey.”

(Kimberly continues reading her magazine, never once looking up.)

Kimberly: I wasn’t promoted. Idiot.

(Next to her, a phone connected to nothing rings. She answers.)

Kimberly: Hello?

(She pauses momentarily as a grin comes across her face.)

Kimberly: (Seductively) Hey big guy…

(On the other side of the call, Bulk appears.)

Bulk: Hey babe.

(Back in reality, a dismayed Kim starts to vanish.)


Kimberly: Nooooo!!!! Please!!!

Zack: Kimberly!!

Tommy: Kimberly, look at me. Please look away! It’s not real.

(Meanwhile, in the hallucination...)

Kimberly: Uh… I love it when you call me that.

Bulk: So. (Munches gum) What are you eating?

Kimberly: (Seductively) Nothing…

Bulk: Ugh. So sexy.

Kimberly: You?

Bulk: A ham sandwich.

Kimberly: Oh yeah. Eat it for me baby. Eat it for me.

Bulk: I will…

Kimberly: Eat it for me baby…

Bulk: Oh yeah.

Kimberly: Yeah!

(He shoves the sandwich in his mouth as the real Kimberly screams for her life. The rangers try desperately to save her, grabbing her arms to try and keep her from disappearing.)

Kimberly: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

(Sometime later, the teens find themselves sitting around a campfire. With looks of despondency in their eyes, all for different reasons, they stare off silently into the dark night that surrounds the island.)

Kimberly: …

Tommy: …

Jason: …

Trini: …

(With Kimberly’s episode seemingly behind her, she looks to get the ball rolling conversation-wise.)

Kimberly: So… How’s… everyone doing?

(She’s met with dagger-like stares however and quickly retreats.)

Kimberly: Sorry I asked…

(She drops her head back toward the floor and allows the silence to take over again. Tommy then sits up and speaks out.)

Tommy: We’re gonna get out of here you guys. And we’re gonna find Billy. We’ve survived through worse.

Jason: Have we?

Tommy: …I uh…

(Stunned to hear defeat from his supposed fearless leader, Tommy hunches back down, deflated.)

Kimberly: Wait. I have an idea.

(Kim perks back up.)

Kimberly: What happened to me was all in my mind, right? It was a figment of my worst nightmares.

“Wait…”

(Robbie chimes in…)

Robbie: That was your worst nightmare? Geez, we really do live in separate worlds.

Kimberly: …

Robbie: And here I’m worried about the Crips showing up on this island.

Kimberly: …like I was saying, maybe if this is something that happened to Billy, it could happen to any of us.

(Trini butts in, who looks to be on the verge of tears.)

Trini: Do we really need to dwell on our situation, Kim? I’m sorry I brought you her--

Kimberly: Can I finish?! Is that okay?

Trini: …

Tommy: Please let Kim finish you guys.

Kimberly: Thank you. My point is, if I was talked down from disappearing. Maybe we can… prevent it, you know? Like a contraception, so to speak.

Robbie: (Snickers) You would know…

Tommy: That’s actually… not a bad idea. Maybe we can use this time to open up about what our greatest fear is?

Kimberly: Yeah. And we can talk about how we don’t have a reason to fear it.

Robbie: You mean a group therapy session? With you people? I don’t think so. I’d rather disappear.

Kimberly: (Mutters) That makes two of us.

Robbie: You expect me, an emotional shut in, to just open up about my life story after a comment like that? Where should I start, Sigmund? Abuse or mental illness?

Jason: You shouldn’t make light of those things. You never know who might actually be suffering with them.

Robbie: You mean like me?!

Jason: …

(The fighting then quickly subsides and falls into silence again. Everyone goes back to their figurative camps to hide out. Yet Kimberly remains determined...)

Kimberly: My parents are divorced. Or they’re divorcing.

Robbie: …

Tommy: …

Kimberly: And it sucks. I mean, it’s not lost on me how fortunate I’ve been throughout my life. I’m not that blind with privilege. I have it pretty good. But my parents splitting has absolutely crushed me. It made me feel like anyone could leave me at any moment. They were the best couple in the world to me, so who am I to think that any friendship…

(She looks down to avoid looking at anyone in particular...)

Kimberly: Or any relationship for that matter, would survive?

Tommy: …

Kimberly: I barely see my dad anymore. I mean I love him, but… he’s off doing his own thing with another family. That was really tough on me for a while. I felt like I had no one to trust. I sometimes still have to remind myself that I should trust you guys.

(It falls silent again. Tommy is quick to rub her back consolingly as the others begin reflecting on what Kimberly said. They exchange meaningful looks with one another, unaware of these feelings. Robbie eventually speaks up again.)

Robbie: My dad split a couple years back.

(Surprised to hear him speak, everyone remains quiet and gives him the floor.)

Robbie: I guess he was never really with my mom for him to split. I only got to see him once a month as it was. I used to think he was there to visit me. But really, he was just there to drop off child support and beg for a quickie with my mom. But once a month, I felt like I had a real family. Like on TV. Then one day I talked back to him. And I never saw him again.

Trini: …

Zack: What was the argument about?

(Robbie waves him off as if to dismiss his reason.)

Robbie: Eh… it’s… it wasn’t anything serious.

Kimberly: What was it?

Robbie: (Sighs) I don’t know. I guess I have this… friend, overseas, okay? You can call her a pen pal. And one day I told my mom I was gonna visit her. She refused, and we got into a fight. I held my ground, she held hers. My dad just happened to stop by and she told him to speak to me. And I laughed in his face.

Zack: …

Robbie: “I haven’t seen you in months,” I said. “And you think you can just walk in here and ‘lay down the law?’ Who do you think you are? Better yet, who are you? Cause I sure don’t know who you are.”

Jason: …

Robbie: I walked into my room and locked the door on him in protest. He left eventually and never came back. I never said goodbye to him or anything. He was just gone. I bet money he wouldn’t have done this with any of his other kids.

Trini: …

Robbie: (Shrugs) I guess it’s tough to invest yourself in relationships when even your parents split on you.

Kimberly: Yeah… it’s rough.

(The pieces to Robbie’s puzzle finally became a little clearer to everyone else. Suddenly he stops being the jerk who refuses to play along, but a human with a legitimate reason for his mistrust of the world. No one has anything to say that might make him feel reassured in a matter of seconds. But Jason makes it a point to grip his shoulder, as if to silently acknowledge what he is saying.)

Trini: …

(On the other end of the bonfire, Trini appears devastated. Her eyes dart all over the floor, as if putting the pieces together. Too caught up in everything being perfect for herself, she neglected to consider that sometimes people won’t fit her expectations perfectly, or meet her lofty fantasies.)

Robbie: (Gulps) I guess if I start to vanish. You can tell me how I’m really not all alone. How I have all of you to lean on and give me that unconditional support. (Laughs) Lie to me, I guess.

(Robbie was right when he insisted she didn’t truly know him. She had an idea of the person she thought she had a crush on. And the idea everyone else had of him being a hardened simpleton. But he is neither. And her walking out on him suddenly carries a lot more weight than she originally thought.)

Trini: Robbie… I’m…

(But before Trini can get her words out, Jason uses Robbie’s shoulder as leverage to stand up and speak.)

Jason: My mom has cancer.

Kimberly: What?!

Tommy: Jason…

Robbie: Oh wow.

Jason: (Sighs) Yeah. She was diagnosed yesterday. An honestly, I feel like I can’t get a toehold on life anymore. I just… I feel like I want to give up on everything.

Kimberly: Oh my gosh Jason, I’m so sorry.

Robbie: Let us know how we can help you.

Jason: …

(And suddenly everyone rallies around Jason, whose pleas for help get answered by his friends…)

Tommy: You guys… (Sighs) I’ve been having these dreams lately…

Robbie: No one cares.

(Meanwhile back at the command center, Alpha seems to have made a breakthrough.)

Alpha: I’ve… I’ve found them Zordon. I think I’ve found them!

Zordon: Good. Try to pull up an image.


Alpha: Way ahead of you.

(He successfully pulls up an image of the rangers embracing one another around a campfire. The image of their safety is reassuring, but it begs one question…)

Alpha: Yes, it’s them! But… where are they?

Zordon: It appears they are lost in the Island of Illusions, Alpha. It is a pocket dimension meant for intergalactic prisoners.

Alpha: That’s not good…. Is it?

Zordon: No it is not. Even worse, it is in essence a torture chamber. Meant to drive those sentenced to this island into insanity via their own worst nightmares. It is considered so cruel, that the Interstellar Justice Center has discontinued its use.

(Alpha lets it all sink in as he continues to stare at the viewing globe.)

Alpha: Zordon…?

Zordon: Yes Alpha?

Alpha: Are the prisoners still on the island?

(Back on the Island, the teens go back into the woods in one last attempt to find Billy before it becomes too dark.)

Jason: Billy!!

Tommy: Billy!

Kimberly: Where are you Billy?

Jason: (Sighs) He’s got to be here somewhere.

Zack: Don’t worry man. We’re gonna get him. And we’re gonna get out of here. You’ve lead us through worse.

Jason: Thanks bro.

Zack: Don’t mention it.

Tommy: Yeah, soon enough we’ll be back in Angel Grove and you’ll be back home with your mom.

Robbie: And let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help with your family.

Jason: It’s okay. You guys… have done more than enough. Thanks again for agreeing to chip some money together for her.

Zack: Medical care is tough. And expensive. If we can make a dent in it we will.

Jason: Thanks…

Tommy: Hey, if you want I can donate some of my hair to help her through chemo.

Jason: (Grins) No thanks. She’s suffered enough.

Tommy: (Laughs) I see how it is.

(Suddenly, they hear a rustling…)

Kimberly: (Gasps) What was that?!

Jason: Billy?

Zack: Is that you, main brain?

Robbie: Billy??

(Again rustling is heard. This time it’s coupled with footsteps. Many of them.)

Zack: Something tells me it’s not Billy.

Kimberly: I’m scared.

Tommy: Stay close.

Jason: You guys, we stick together.

“Right.”


Kimberly: Righ*AHHHHHHHHH!!!!

(Just then, Kim get a furious pull from behind than yanks her toward a hideously thin, wart faced creature.)

“Aha! Fresh meat!”

Kimberly: Tommy help!!

Tommy: Kimberly!!

Jason: Grab her!

(The teens spring in to rescue Kimberly, but just then several more monsters pour out of the woods to surprise attack the boys. Most of them turn around and face their own enemies while Tommy breaks free to focus on saving Kim.)

Tommy: Get back here.

(He leaps over their heads and blocks the creature’s path. He let’s go of Kimberly to swipe at Tommy but, but he’s met with a lightning fast swipe, followed by a double palmed drill to the guy and spinning heel kick to knock him over easily.)

Kimberly: Oh my gosh.

Tommy: You alright?

Kimberly: I’m fine. Thank you.

(Zack squares off with another gremlin and is able to easily outmaneuver him with his hip hop aikido. Completely unable to keep up, Zack finishes him with a bicycle kick. Robbie lands two wild haymakers to an unkempt looking wolf monster who fails to block himself. Robbie then kicks him behind the knee to know him over and punches him in the gut to maim him. Jason takes on several at one time grabbing two on each side while kicking down an enemy in front of him. Then without breaking a sweat he turns to his right for a roundhouse kick, then turns to his left to do the same, but that enemy sneaks away…)

“Naaaaaaah!!!”

Jason: Huh?

(Finding his targets more trouble than they’re worth, he rallies the rest of his clan as they hightail it back into the woods.)

Kimberly: That was weird.

Jason: You guys okay?

Robbie: (Huffing) Yeah.

Tommy: I’m fine.

Zack: I somehow doubt they’re alone.

Kimberly: He kept calling me “fresh meat.” Do you think they were gonna eat me?

Robbie: That’s not the fresh meat that I know about…

Kimberly: What do you mean?

Robbie: (Gasps) Trini…

(Suddenly concerned for her safety, Robbie blows past the others and rushes back to the campsite. When he gets close, he exhaustedly falls behind a tree to catch his breath. After a brief respite, he peeks his head over the side to make sure she’s okay.)

Robbie: Trini…

(She’s unharmed, but appears to be sobbing into her palms. Her teleportation device is thrown on the floor in defeat.)

Robbie: Trini? Are… you alright?

(He slowly steps around the tree to head toward the campsite, but becomes dismayed when an unobstructed view reveals Trini disappearing from the bottom up.)

Robbie: (Gasps) …!

(In a panic he rushes over to grab hold of her, but falls through her like he were grabbing a ghost. He quickly gets back up and flails his arms worryingly.)

Trini: (Sobbing) It’s useless. I’m never getting us home…

Robbie: Trini! Trini, please…

Trini: I’m so stupid. I ruined everything. I’m horrible.

Robbie: No you’re not! Please don’t go.

(Robbie pleads, but Trini seems to be lost in a cloud of guilt self-doubt.)

Trini: This is all my fault. I put us all into this mess… I’m the reason Billy’s gone. I made that stupid invention that I don’t even know how to fix.

(She tries to kick the device in anger, but her foot is no longer there.)

Robbie: I-I mean. You’ll figure it out. Don’t beat yourself up. You just wanted to help beat Rita…

Trini: I wanted to beat Billy.

Robbie: …

Trini: It was vain and stupid attempt to be perfect at everything. I wanted everything, and I just messed up everything. Now everyone hates me. You hate me.

Robbie: No I don’t, Trini. You can’t go. Please. I-I can’t do this without you. Please. Don’t go.

Trini: (Sniffs) Huh?

Robbie: Please. I… I need you here. We all need you here. But I need you here.

Trini: Why?

Robbie: (Exhales) Look, I don’t know if you don’t know this. But I wouldn’t be on this team if it weren’t for you. I would’ve quit a long time ago. (Shrugs) That, or wound up in jail.

Trini: (Sighs) Now’s not the time for jokes, Robbie…

Robbie: I’m not joking. Since day one you’ve had my back. I’ll always appreciate that. You’re awesome Trini. Don’t ever forget that.

(As quickly as she once tried to forget why she felt so compelled be around him, his redeeming sincerity reminds her.)

Trini: I don’t know. Thanks. I guess. I’m still not where I’d like to be. I’m not as smart as Billy. Or as good at martial arts and Jason…

Robbie: That’s crap. You’re an awesome fighter and incredibly smart. Alright, you’re not Billy. But who is? Billy’s insane. That guy makes MacGyver look like a chump. Regular people should not be like Billy.

(She smiles at him as the slow progression of the transparency halts. In a moment of panic, Trini’s finally able to put the pieces together and figure out why she could like somebody like him. To him, she’s more than just the quiet girl with annoying causes. She matters.)

Trini: You’re not mad at me for before? I’m not like your dad for walking out on you?

Robbie: Please. You’re way cuter than he ever was.

Trini: (Smiles) …

(Without realizing it, Trini’s fully reappeared before him. Upon figuring it out, she rushes over and locks Robbie in a tight, meaningful embrace.)

Trini: Thank you.

Robbie: No, thank you.

“We… miss something?”

(They get suddenly broken from their bubble by Jason, Tommy, Zack and Kimberly who are all oddly staring back at them. Meanwhile back at the command center, Alpha appears to be frantically working on a new device.)

Alpha: I’ve got the hardware ready based on Trini’s schematics.


Zordon: Good work, Alpha.

Alpha: I just need to synch up the software that Robbie was working on. I’m loading them now.

(Alpha pulls up a screen image on the viewing globe of what Robbie was working on, which only they can see.)

Alpha: Oh my…

(Confused, Alpha turns his head sideways.)

Alpha: Zordon, what’s a “hentai?”

Zordon: Quick Alpha, delete the search history.

(We fast forward to the next morning on the Island. As Alpha and Zordon face a setback, it leaves the rangers stranded for another day. The teens appear to have slept where they once sat surrounding the now extinguished bonfire. The sound of the high tides crashing into the surface wakes them up slowly. A grim realization sets in as they’re slow to get up.)

Zack: We’re… still here.

Jason: Yep.

(Jason gets up and surveys the area.)

Jason: Seems like it.

Kimberly: I was hoping this would be some kind of bad dream.

(Defeated, Zack sits back down onto the log and throws a seashell in his hand.)

Zack: This is turning into a nightmare.

(Robbie peaks his eyes open. He finds himself next to Trini, who’s resting on his shoulder with her arms wrapped around her knees.)

Robbie: Hey… wake up.

(Robbie gently nudges her awake.)

Trini: Oh! Oh hey.

(She perks right up, wiping her mouth.)

Robbie: Thanks for the bath, by the way.

Trini: God, how embarrassing…

(She gets up, looking to make sense of things right now. But she doesn’t get much time…)

“Rise and shine.”


Trini: (Gasps) …!

(She instinctively goes into a fighting stance, as she’s met with the green ranger standing behind her. He’s surrounded by an army of the same monsters from before who inhabit the island, and several more.)

Robbie: Whoa!

Kimberly: Tommy!

Zack: Do you see what I see?

Jason: I see it.

Tommy: Now, prepare to die! Mwahahahahaha.

Jason: Something tells me this isn’t an illusion…

(Meanwhile, back at the command center…)

Alpha: I’ve got it! Zordon, I’ve uploaded the software. I just need to lock into their coordinates.

Zordon: Good. Please hurry Alpha. I sense the rangers are in grave danger.
(Back on the Island, the rangers indeed stand across imminent danger, still unbelieving of what they see.)

Tommy: Look what we have here boys. Fresh meat for our prison.

“Grrr…”

“Yes… fresh meat…”

“Me like…”

“I’ll take the girl…”

“I am error.”

(They look to one another with worried looks.)

Kimberly: Tommy… Tommy is that you?

Zack: How’d you get your powers back?

Tommy: It’s easy. When you give up on being a goody good and embrace the evil that lies inside you, all things are possible.

Kimberly: Great. A good guy I meet turns out to be a total tool. Story of my life.

Tommy: If you do write a story about your life, make sure you spell my name right, pink ranger.

Kimberly: …

Robbie: I knew we couldn’t trust you.

Jason: You guys, this isn’t him.

Robbie: What?!

Tommy: I am no illusion, jock. I am the green ranger.

Jason: But you aren’t Tommy. The Island’s got to you, man. You were having doubts you could handle the powers, but the real Tommy would have never turned evil. The real Tommy came to my house when he needed help.

Tommy: …

(The green ranger takes a second to consider Jason’s words, but before anything comes of it an overeager Robbie leaps into action.)

Robbie: Well then I say we give him some help!

(Robbie leaps toward Tommy with a superman-like punch, but Tommy sways backward to miss it, then strikes him several times in the abdomen with quick-succession kicks. Immediately after a giant fight breaks out as the rangers and the monsters spread out. Meanwhile, back in the command center…)

Alpha: I’ve got it! Zordon, I’ve locked into their coordinates and am sending them home.

Zordon: Good work Alpha. Proceed with teleportation…

(Alpha excitedly presses the on switch to send the teen’s home, only it immediately backfires and causes a huge explosion that knocks Alpha backwards.)

Alpha: Aye, ya, ya, ya, yai!!!

Zordon: What is happening?


Alpha: It’s not working, Zordon. Aye, ya, ya, ya, yai!

Zordon: Keep trying. We may not have much time.

(Back on the island the fight continues to rage on. Jason squares off against Tommy, but wants nothing to actually do with a fight.)

Jason: Tommy, you have to listen to reason.

Tommy: …

(Without responding, a possessed Tommy knocks Jason over with a kick to the ribs. The others are also now struggling to control the army as well with higher numbers. Kimberly has barely the room to pull off her much relied upon acrobatics, Zack has goblins and ghouls grabbing each arm to stop his legs from dancing around them. Trini is also overwhelmed, and while trying to block swings coming from each side, she gets shoved over the wooden log and slams to the ground face to face with her own device.)

Trini: (Gasps) Wait…

(She crawls over to grab the device and tries to take herself out of the fight while the others struggle to pick up the slack. Jason in particular is having difficulties controlling Tommy. He’ manages to block anything Tommy gives him, but without dishing any offense of his own, he’s just being backed into a tree.)

Jason: …

(Realizing he can go no further, Jason panics. Tommy presses right up to him and tries to land a punch to the face. Jason puts up both arms to black to punch, then uses all of his leverage to take control.)

Tommy: Ugh. What are you doing?!

(Jason wraps his leg around his left knee and takes him to the floor to retrain him.)

Tommy: No!! Let me go!!

(With their impromptu leader suddenly neutralized, his flock of insanity driven monsters flee for their lives.)

“Ugh!”

“See ya!”


Robbie: Get out of here!

Zack: Or you’ll be next!

Jason: Everyone, grab him! Don’t let him go!!

(Zack runs in and grabs Tommy from the right hand side to make sure he doesn’t escape. That doesn’t stop him from struggling.)

Tommy: Let go! What are you planning on doing?! A public execution?

Robbie: An excellent idea.

Jason: No. We’re gonna talk some sense into you.

Tommy: What?!

Jason: You gotta snap out of this, Tommy. You’re better than this.

Tommy: No I’m not.

Robbie: You heard him.

Jason: Robbie, stand down.

Robbie: …

(Jason lets go so that he can kneel over enough to face him eye to eye.)

Jason: Listen to me. I get it man. It’s rough. Yesterday you were evil and you tried to kill us. The day before that you were just some kid who just moved to Angel Grove. This is crazy. None of this makes sense, and this is way more than any of us can handle.

Tommy: …

Jason: But none of us are going to give up any time soon, and you know why? Because deep within our hearts we want to make the world a better place. And we won’t pass on this opportunity for anything else in the world.

Tommy: …

Jason: This is the most important thing in any of our lives. This is the biggest thing any of us will ever do.

Trini: …

Jason: You were abducted and turned evil. We get your entry was different. But you wanted to stay here and fight with us when you could have left. So to me, you’re one of us.

(After a brief pause, Tommy begins to struggle again, trying not to let Jason’s words get to him.)

Tommy: Arrg. No!

Jason: Look into my eyes and tell me you’re not, Tommy. You don’t want to dominate the world. You want to save it.

Tommy: Stop!!

(Kim reaches in and unbuckles his helmet. She then kneels beside Jason to plead with Tommy.)

Tommy: Wh-what are you doing?

Kimberly: Tommy, please. Look into my eyes and tell me who you are.

Tommy: I’m evil!

Kimberly: Tommy… no you’re not. You’re the green power ranger. You’re our friend.

Tommy: Arrrgg.

(Looking as if a demon is being exorcised from his body, Tommy screams in apparent agony. Behind them however, as Trini let’s Jason’s words affect her in different ways, she quietly puts the final touches to her teleportation device.)

Trini: You guys…

Jason: …

Kimberly: …

Robbie: …

Trini: (Pulls the trigger) I’ve got it.

(Meanwhile at the command center…)

Alpha: It’s finally ready! Time to teleport.

Zordon: Hold on Alpha. I no longer sense their presence on the island.

Alpha: What?! Aye, ya, yai! Where are they now?!

(Before long the rangers reappear. All of them. They are now morphed and inside the Megazord cockpit as its tank mode roars back into Angel Grove. Standing in the exact same spots as last night, Mutitus, Lokar, Rita and her gang are all slapped out of their stupor.)


Rita: What!?

Baboo: Uh-oh!

Goldar: It’s the rangers!

Finster: How could this be?!

Rita: We had Angel Grove right where we wanted them!

Jason: Activating Megazord Battle Mode.

“Right.”

“Megazord sequence has been initiated.”


(The two legs remain planted as the rest of the body lifts upward to a standing position. The final piece, the Pterodactyl, circles the Megazord and flies toward it, tucking in its wings and head. The Tyrannosaurus head folds into its chest, revealing the Megazord’s head before the Pterodactyl combines with the mighty Zord, creating the chest piece. And with one final fighting stance, the Zord speaks…)

“Megazord activated.”


Rita: What?! What’s going on?! I had them! Finster, what did you do!?

Finster: I uh… uhh… I think I left the oven on.

(Finster vanishes.)

Goldar: Hey! That was my line!

(Goldar leaves too.)

Squatt: I’m hungry.

(Squatt and Baboo leave.)

Rita: Uhh… I’m getting one of those headaches again.

(The Rita leaves, gripping her temple. Seconds later, the StegaZord arrives.)

Robbie: StegaZord, combat ready!

(But the focus from within the cockpit appears to be on someone else…)

Trini: Billy, you’re back!

Billy: (Thumbs up) Affirmative. Looks like the spell wore off once you guys left the island.

Jason: We’re glad you’re okay buddy.

Billy: I’m more than okay. I feel better than ever. Now let’s teach Rita a lesson.

Hang on.”

(A voice in the distance calls, as the Dragonzord marches in beside Robbie’s Zord.)

Tommy: Make sure you save some for me.

Kimberly: Tommy!

Zack: Are you alright?

Tommy: I am. Thank you guys. Now let’s mutilate Mutitus!

“Right.”

(The Megazord and StegaZord charge into action. The Megazord cocks Mutitus in the face with a powerful blow, but takes Mutitus’ mace to the chest. Robbie jumps in, and tries to pull the mace away by the chain. Mutitus resists, but a strong yank pulls him forward and into a powerful uppercut that lays him out.)

Mutitis: (Writhing) Ugh.

Jason: Give it up, you’re both outnumbered.

Lokar: Never!

Robbie: Blow me, Lokar!

Lokar: With pleasure!

(Lokar inhales, then blows with hurricane like strength, throwing cars, debris and anything not bolted down into the air. The rangers stagger in a struggle to remain on their feet.)

Jason: Uhhhh

Kimberly: Ahhhh!!

Billy: I can’t keep a hold much longer…

Robbie: Me and my… big mouth...

(Luckily being off the winds trajectory, the Dragonzord fires its hand missiles to the sky, disrupting Lokar.)

Lokar: Ugh.

(The winds finally stop, giving the rangers an opportunity to take advantage.)

Jason: Let’s finish them off. Before he tries that again.

“Right.”

Jason: I need the power sword!

(The mighty power sword falls from the sky and lands facing down. The Megazord pulls it from the ground and readies for its final attack on Mutitus. Without wasting another second, it winds up for the final slash, twirling its arm around ominously. Mutitus staggers back up, and is greeted with a devastating cut across the abdomen.)

Mutitus: ARRRRG.

(He’s hurt and stumbles backwards. But yet again is still alive.)

Zack: What the heck man.

Tommy: This guy’s tough.

Kimberly: He’s also massive.

Jason: Well the bigger they are harder they fall. I need Titanus and the power of the Ultrazord!

(From out of nowhere, the massive, robotic Brachiosaurus appears through a thick fog. Suddenly, the Dragonzord torso disconnects from the rest of its body, its chest splits in half and goes in opposite directions to form shoulder pieces and the bottom jaw folds back. It slowly lowers itself onto a still Megazord to form the Mega Dragonzord. It then leaps into the air and slowly descends onto the back of Titanus, creating the Ultrazord.)

Jason: Lock on and fire all weapons!

(Now picking up speed, every single cannon and beam in the combined Zord's arsenal, as well as the Titanus's own guns began firing simultaneously in an attack that overwhelms Mutitus. He explodes into a ball of flame on impact and is reduced to nothing. Before the same fate befalls him, Lokar vanishes into a ball, and then vanishes.)

"This isn't over, rangers!"

Trini: Yay!

Billy: We did it!

Jason: Good work guys. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Zack: We couldn’t have done it without you, bro.

(As the rangers continue to celebrate their biggest victory to date, the mood on the moon is a little less festive…)

Rita: I HATE THOSE GUYS.

(She turns around to address her bumbling troops.)

Rita: And I hate all of you?! How do any of you nitwits have jobs here anyway?!

Baboo: My father is senior VP.

Squatt: I’m an affirmative action hire.

Goldar: Me? You can say I really “killed” in my interview.

Rita: (Sighs) …

(A little later, all seven rangers, thankful to be back in their dimension, rejoin in the command center for a debriefing.)

Zordon: Good work power rangers. And may I say it is great to have you all back.
Jason: (Laughs) It’s great to be back, Zordon.

Kimberly: Yeah. I never thought I’d be dying to be back from the beach.

(They each join in a lighthearted laugh as Zordon continues.)

Zordon: Today proves just how far you have each come, not only as rangers, but as people. You each faced a grave challenge, entering a world you knew nothing about with minimal preparation or knowledge. And each of you pulled together, without mine or Alpha’s guidance, and overcame your greatest challenge yet.

Alpha: Not to mention it seems you’ve all become closer to one another in the process.

Robbie: Yeah. I guess you’re right. We did do that huh?

(Robbie takes steps toward Trini, and places his hand on her back. He shoots her a warm smile. She quickly smiles back at him, but then looks off blankly to the ground.)

Trini: Yeah.

Billy: Well really it was all thanks to Trini for getting us out. She did a wonderful job fixing that teleportation device without any readily available resources.

Jason: Great job Trini.

Kimberly: Good work girl.

Trini: Thanks…

(Confused, Zack pulls Billy aside. And whispers in his ear.)

Zack: Wait, how did you know about the device? You were gone.

Billy: (Shrugs) I may have done most of the repairs while invisible.

(He puts his finger to his mouth, signaling Zack to be silent.)

Zack: Oh…

Tommy: (To Jason) Now I think you should get home and go support mom.

Kimberly: We’ll hold the fort for a bit. You get going.

Jason: Thanks guys.

(Jason flashes an appreciative smile to his friends, then steps forward to teleport away.)

Billy: What are you guys gonna do with the rest of your night?

Tommy: Sleep!

Kimberly: I think we all earned it.

(The teens share another lighthearted laugh before the moment fades away. Later that evening, we wind up back at the Youth Center. Zack and Billy enter, looking to unwind after a long couple of days.)

Zack: Free shakes for today’s real hero.

Billy: I appreciate your intentions, Zack. I wouldn’t call myself that.

Zack: Well I would. Even while invisible you fixed Trini’s device and got us back home to save Angel Grove. And you did it while sparing her feelings.

Billy: (Shrugs) I just call it being a good friend.

Zack: Well I call it heroic.

Billy: …Thanks. I guess so. It’s a shame Jennie isn’t here anymore to serve you those shakes.

Zack: Ah, it’s okay. Better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all.

Billy: Hmm. I wouldn’t say… (Shakes head) Okay.

Zack: I’ll just have to wait it out until the next future Ex-Mrs. Taylor walks into my life.

(Right on cue, Angela, a curvy, dark skinned classmate of Zack’s walks by.)

Zack: …and there she goes.

(He pats Billy on the chest and walks away.)

Billy: I-I guess I’ll be paying for those shakes?

(Billy shakes his head and then walks toward the juice bar. Just then Trini enters behind them with a towel around her shoulder. She looks around briefly and finds Robbie sitting alone writing.)

Trini: …

(She walks over and sets herself up on the mat. She considers saying nothing and just getting to work, but something tells her to go over and talk to him. The same voice that’s been telling her to go over and talk to him for weeks. And as usual, she listens to that voice.)

Trini: (Sheepishly) Uh… hey!

Robbie: Hey.

Trini: What’s going on?

Robbie: Working on my part of the assignment.

Trini: What? But didn’t you… But the copied version…

Robbie: Went in the trash as soon as I got home. It was a waste of a dime bag, but it’s is what it is.

Trini: You paid a bag of dimes for that?

Robbie: …sure.

(Robbie awkwardly turns back around and continues to work on his paper. Trini however remains stuck on a thought…)

Trini: So this is the real you, huh?

Robbie: What?

Trini: You pout and make snide remarks and pretend like you don’t care about what we think. But when it really matters, you show that you do.

Robbie: Nonsense. No I don’t.

Trini: …

(He turns back around to look her in the eyes.)

Robbie: I care what you think.

(She gets the soaring feeling in the pit of her stomach that the feelings tearing her up for the last few weeks may be requited. But then she starts to think further about it. And she starts to worry if this is really what she wants right now. Robbie in the meanwhile quickly gathers his things and get up to face her.)

Robbie: Hey, I’m gonna head out. Would you like me to walk me home? Maybe we could grab some coffee along the way?

(Jason’s words got to her as he tried to speak sense into Tommy: “This is the most important thing in any of our lives. This is the biggest thing any of us will ever do.” And it’s true. For all Trini’s piled on responsibilities and her causes, none matter to her more than the work of being a ranger. Nothing gives her that sense of fulfillment than when she saves the world.)

Trini: Um…

(As she works herself out of mastering the several trades she previously complained about, she couldn’t bear the thought of having something else that she couldn’t fully commit her all to. Especially if it could in any way jeopardize what’s most important.)

Trini: I should… probably stay behind. I’ve got a lot to catch up on myself.

Robbie: Huh.

Trini: I need to practice my Kung Fu. Then catch up on my own school work. I also promised Alpha I’d help him run some diagnostics in the command center.

Robbie: (Grins) Okay, okay. Will I ever see you again?

Trini: (Laughs) What? What’s that supposed to mean?

Robbie: (Shakes his head) Nothing. Forget it.

Trini: Um… Okay?

Robbie: (Shrugs) So anyway, I’ve been thinking of looking into martial arts classes.

Trini: That’s good.

Robbie: You uh… think you could teach me?

Trini: Um I don’t know. I may not be the best person for that. You should ask Jason. Or Tommy.

Robbie: Tommy? Okay…?

Trini: I think I should just focus on… what I have going on right now. I just have… a lot going on.

(Trini’s found that she’s notoriously bad at reading Robbie. But she could sense the enthusiasm evaporate from his eyes. It looks like he realized he lost a three dimensional game of chess, after thinking he was playing something else entirely. It didn’t feel good for her to watch, and predictably, Robbie starts to walk himself back.)

Robbie: Say no more. (Shrugs) You can’t blame a girl for dreaming though.

(He passes by her, suddenly having the urge to leave.)

Trini: Robbie…

Robbie: It’s cool. I get it. I should go. (Clears throat) I’ll hand you my half of the assignment on Monday.

Trini: (Feigned smile) Will I ever see you again?

(Robbie chuckles at her attempt at levity, but then continues out the Youth Center.)

Robbie: You tell me.

(He walks out, leaving Trini feeling as miserable as when she started to disappear; something that sounds nice right about now. She tries to rationalize her decision in her head, when from the other side of the room a loud slap is heard followed by Angela storming out.)

Zack: (Rubbing his face) Wow! You heard that, Billy?


Trini: …

Zack: I’m back baby!

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For a moment I thought I was reading a earlier chapter then realized you pulled a DMC3 on us. It is great to see Robbie and Trini again, one of my favorite fan fiction ships.
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DragonBuckler7 wrote: View Post

For a moment I thought I was reading a earlier chapter then realized you pulled a DMC3 on us. It is great to see Robbie and Trini again, one of my favorite fan fiction ships.
Haha. I guess I have.

I'm glad you like them, I really enjoy writing them too. There's this undeniable gelling the two characters have that hasn't existed in any other ship I've written. I won't attempt to emulate that either in Robbie's current ship, since Hannah and Trini are two starkly different characters.
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Prequel - Episode 30: The Rockstar





(We begin roadside, as Jason, Zack, Billy and Kimberly appear to pack for a big trip.)

Kimberly: I’m so excited to be going camping, you guys.

Jason: I know. I haven’t been camping since my dad used to take me when I was little.

Zack: This’ll be a new experience for me. Brothas don’t do “the outdoors.” Not since Lincoln put a stop to that at least.

Kimberly: Oh don’t be such a baby Zack. It’ll be fun. I just wish Tommy could have come along.

Zack: I only ever see the guy in the last five minutes of a fight. You’d think he dropped dead most of the time.

Kimberly: He isn't. He’s just really bummed lately. He knows Rita's targeting him. He said he just needed some time alone to clear his mind.

“Hi guys!”

(From the corner of their eyes, Trini arrives holding a tray of pastries.)

Trini: Sorry I'm late. I baked these in my gourmet cooking class to take along on our trip.

Zack: Ooh.

(Instantly, the team rushes over to grab her pasties and begin blindly shoving them into their mouths.)

Zack: Mm.

Jason: What is in these?

Trini: It's an exotic recipe. Very popular in France right now. They call it Torte A La Escargot.

Zack: Escargot?

Kimberly: Tasty.


(As the others blissfully continue to chew, Billy remains frozen with a mouthful of desert.)

Billy: (Gulps) In other words, snail.

(Everyone freezes suddenly, then wait for Trini to turn away as they spit everything out to the floor behind them. She turns back around…)

Trini: All ready to go our trip?

(She’s greeted by wide, synthetic smiles.)

Zack: Yep!

Jason: (Coughs) Come on, guys.

(They all turn to get in the rad bug, but Trini notices something off.)

Trini: Hey wait.

Kimberly: What’s wrong?

Trini: Aren’t we missing someone?

“Hey everyone.”

(Right on cue Robbie walks in.)

Kimberly: Tommy said he didn’t feel up for the trip unfortunately.

Robbie: She means me, genius. No one cares where Tommy is.

Kimberly: …

Robbie: I’m not going. I have company.

(He points down to a small, light skinned girl with freckles and pigtails, holding a lollipop.)

Billy: Cute girl.

Robbie: Thanks. Say thank you.

Girl: Thank you!

Jason: You know the term “cradle robbing” is just an expression right? You’re not supposed to actually rob a cradle.

Robbie: Very funny. Everyone, this is my niece Laura.

“Hi Laura!”

Robbie: Laura, these are people I have to interact with.

Laura: Hi!!

Trini: Aww, she’s so adorable!

(Trini kneels down to get at eye level with Laura.)

Kimberly: Yeah, how is she related to you?

Robbie: I’d give you a nasty look for that Kim, but I see you’ve already got one.

Kimberly: (Rolls eyes) …

Robbie: C’mon Laura, we’ve got fishing to do. Wave goodbye.

Laura: (Waves) Bye-bye!

Trini: Bye Laura!

Billy: Have fun!

Robbie: Ooh, look.

(Robbie sees Trini’s tray of cookies, grabs a fistful of them for himself and starts eating them.)

Robbie: These are good.

Trini: Thank you?

Robbie: Here Laura, have some.

(He hands some over to her as they walk off. Meanwhile on the moon, Rita and her clan take note of the ranger’s big trip…)

Squatt: Oh, goody, they're going away!

Baboo: This is just what her nastiness has been waiting for.

Goldar: So what's the plan, your Evilness?

Squatt: A spa day perhaps?

Rita: No. We find the Mirror of Destruction.

Squatt: (Gasps) The one that can destroy Super Putties?

Rita: Yes, into a million pieces. That mirror's power will destroy anything reflected in it.

Baboo: As opposed to Squatt’s mirror that just needs him to look at it to be destroyed.

Squatt: Harsh.

Rita: We'll start the search today. While the rangers aren’t around to stop me.

Goldar: Yes my empress! Today will mark the beginning of the end of the power rangers!

(Back on earth, Robbie and Laura continue walking hand in hand through the park, on the way to the piers.)

Laura: Uncle Robbie?

Robbie: Yes?

Laura: What do you do here?

Robbie: I don’t know. (Sighs) Sleep mostly. I go to school.

Laura: …

Robbie: I guess when you think about it we’re all slowly dying.

Laura: What?

(Robbie remembers he’s speaking to a four year old and rethinks what he’s saying.)

Robbie: I… just have fun with my friends here.

Laura: Were those your friends we saw?

Robbie: Yes. (Shrugs) Sometimes.

Laura: Why aren’t you in New York with my mommy and daddy?

Robbie: (Sighs) I don’t know Laura. That’s… more of a question for your mom to answer. I just know that although I don’t get to see you that often, it just makes the time I do see you extra special. Like Santa for example. I want to have as much fun as possible with you while you’re here.

Laura: (Gasps) I love Santa!

Robbie: Cool. That’s what you get out of that. Okay.

(They continue down the road where they pass by Bulk and Skull shoveling slices or greasy pizza into their mouths.)


Bulk: (Mumbling) You see Skull, the beauty of the Sloppy Joe’s Pizza is that you can make a huge funnel and thereby jam more pizza down your throat.

(Bulk combines two slices of pizza together like a sandwich and proceeds to let it hover over his face to let the grease fall into his mouth. Skull points to his side.)

Skull: Oh, look. It's Robbie.

Robbie: …And afterwards I can take you the Youth Center for some milkshakes.

Laura: What’s a “Youth Center?”

Robbie: Um. It’s like Subways but worse.

Bulk: Hey, Rob. Who's the pipsqueak?

Laura: (Points) Is this the “stupid fat man” you were talking about?

Skull: Hey, Bulk, you're famous.

Bulk: …

Robbie: Nice shirt, Bulk. Does it come with extra cheese?

Bulk: You know, I don't like your attitude. Come on. I think it's time for me to teach you a little lesson.

(Bulk slams his slices onto the counter and starts to get up aggressively, startling Laura.)

Laura: Uh oh!

Robbie: Hey buddy, I’m with a little girl. You wanna be a tough guy some other time?

Bulk: No. What a better time to show your little niece that the man she looks up to is nothing but a little boy.

(Bulk uses his arms as leverage to get up, but his hand slips over the slices still in his hand. He slips, then slams his face into the picnic table, over the entire pie.)

Skull: Hey! I was eating that!

(Though dazed, Bulk tries to play it off. His face and shirt however are covered in grease and cheese.)

Bulk: Uhh…

Laura: Hahaha. He’s funny, Uncle Robbie.

Robbie: Yeah I know.

Laura: He’s a biiiig cheese ball.

Robbie: Hey watch your language. This is a kid’s show.

(He continues down the road with Laura in hand, ignoring Bulk and Skull. Elsewhere, the rest of the team heads for their camping trip as Billy drives them through downtown Angel Grove.)

Kimberly: (Looking out the window) The same car keeps following us, you guys.

Jason: Those are cabs, Kim. They all look the same.

Kimberly: But the same man is driving every car.

Jason: Well, that’s just racist.

Kimberly: Oh…

(While the others remain lost in conversation, Trini stays to herself in the back passenger side. Flipping through her diary hidden between her legs which are propped up on her seat. She flips through pictures of her and Kimberly, her and her cousins as she finds a blank page to start her next entry.)


“Dear Diary

I’m heading out camping with the guys today. So I’m keeping busy by writing this entry. I don’t normally have a problem keeping busy as you know. I’ll remind you that I’m the president of the school science committee, volunteer on community projects for my temple. I’m on the honor roll in school, a black belt in Kung Fu, while studying another form of Kung Fu. I tutor my cousins, Silvia and Samantha, as well as other students in my school. And when I’m free I collect trash from highways and petition manufacturing plants to be more environmentally responsible. But you already know this. Today though I’m forcing myself to stop and smell the roses. Still, idle hands, you know…

Not all of us are coming though. Robbie isn’t.”


(She pauses.)

“His niece is in town so he’s spending time with her. Still, I’m not sure he would’ve been dying to come. He’s been pretty distant lately. He’s not rude or anything. Not to me at least. Just distant. As if he’s filed me away as just another person in his life. As if he doesn’t care anymore.”

(She sighs.)

“When I told him what I told him, I didn’t intend to never spend time with him again. Quite the opposite, I really love being with him. When we’re alone together, he really opens up like I’ve never seen him. He’s a whole different person. He’s really funny and charming. And he makes me feel… I don’t know how to say it… appreciated. I feel like the most important person in the world. Which is a really nice feeling.

Lately though we haven’t had that chance to spend time together. Almost like he’s avoiding it. I wish he understood that my not wanting to pursue anything with him only means that I feel like I can’t handle it right now. Not that I wouldn’t actually really like that.

I’ve never had a boyfriend before. Actually before that last sentence, I don’t remember the last time I even used that word. It feels strange coming out of my mouth. And scary. I don’t know for sure if that’s what he really wanted or not, but I guess the ship sailed regardless. It’s really sad. For while it lasted it was a much more wonderful feeling than I could have ever imagined. I wish the circumstances were different. Or I wish I weren’t such a chicken. I would love to call Robbie Clemente my very first bo*“



“What are you writing?!”


Trini: (Gasps) …!!!

(Zack leans in and tries to read what Trini is writing. Her heart rips through her chest as she impulsively pulls it away.)

Billy: Is it a fan fiction?!

Trini: (Heavy breathing) …

Billy: Don’t be embarrassed, tons of people write fan fiction.

Trini: (Heavy breathing) …

Billy: I have a Duck Tales fic where Huey, Dewey and Louie experiment one each other. It's int he glove compartment if you want to check it out. …Trini?

Kimberly: (Points out the window) Look, he’s following us again!

(Meanwhile on the moon, Rita, who continues to look on notices that Angel Grove is not completely ranger free…)

Rita: What's Robbie doing there?

Squatt: Fishing?


Rita: He's there after you said the Rangers were gone. Finding the mirror will have to wait till my Putties take care of him!

(Back on earth, Robbie and Laura have reached the piers and have begun fishing. Their feet dangle off the as the boardwalk enjoy a gentle quiet breeze.)

Laura: Do you have a job Uncle Robbie?

Robbie: I do. It’s not a regular job though.

Laura: Do you wear a tie?

Robbie: (Shrugs) Only when I’m in front of a judge.

Laura: My daddy wears ties to work.

Robbie: That’s good.

(Realizing that his quips aren’t landing to his four year old audience, Robbie tries again to connect on her level.)

Robbie: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Laura: A power ranger!

Robbie: (Grins) A power ranger? That’s so cool!

Laura: Yeah. They get to beat up monsters and save the world. And everybody loves them.

Robbie: Nice. Well that’s really admirable.

Laura: Yeah. I’m gonna be the pink ranger.

Robbie: And now you lost me.

Laura: Why?

(He laughs to himself.)

Robbie: You should be the yellow ranger. She’s way better.

(Robbie stares off meaningfully into the ocean after his statement.)

Laura: Isn’t he a boy?

Robbie: …

(Before he can respond, Robbie spots a horde of putty patrollers falling from the skies behind him.)

Robbie: Putties!

Laura: (Gasps) Monsters!

(Instinctively he shoots up, standing in front of his niece for protection.)

Laura: What are we going to do?

Robbie: Stay behind me! Watch your back.

(Robbie approaches them cautiously as they begin to surround him and him only. The first enemy drops down and attempts a leg sweep. Robbie leaps over the attempt and comes down with a stiff punch in the face. Looking on from the fetal position, Laura looks in awe.)

Laura: Wow…

(He quickly finds two more putties replacing the one that dropped. They swing at him, but Robbie blocks one and shoves him with his boot off the pier and into the ocean. The other makes an overhead swing, but Robbie blocks it, spins him around and swiftly summons all his strength to suplex the enemy over his head, taking him out.)

Laura: So cool…

(Robbie gets up and quickly dodges a flying putty patroller coming for his head, then charges for one last putty and takes him out with a flying forearm. He gets back up, running out of breath, but challenges those that remain.)

Robbie: You want some?! Get out!

(But foot soldiers want none of him and flee, leaving Robbie and Laura safe.)

Laura: (Runs over) Wow! You saved me.

Robbie: (Panting) Yeah. Don’t mention it.

Laura: But my daddy said never to solve problems with violence. “Brains before brawn” he always says.

Robbie: (Panting) Your father’s a wimp.

Laura: Okay! I'd never thought I'd actually see a monster though!

Robbie: Well if you ever want to see me again you’d keep this between us.

Laura: (Gasps) Look!

(She points to something floating in the ocean heading in their direction.)

Robbie: It’s just trash…

Laura: It’s a bottle. Looks like it has a note inside.

(Just to amuse her, he reaches over the pier and picks it up.)

Laura: You think it’s from a prince?


(He pops the bottle open and pulls out what’s inside.)

Laura: It’s a map. You think there’s treasure?

Robbie: I… don’t know?

(Suddenly, the earth begins to rumble.)

Robbie: Whoa! Look out!

Laura: Ahh! What’s happening?!

(Laura, who was previously hopping up and down with excitement, now struggles to keep her footing and almost falls into the ocean if not for Robbie grabbing her by the wrist. He pulls her off the pier and into solid ground. Suspecting more than just an earthquake, Robbie decides to investigate.)

Robbie: Get down! Get down!

Laura: …

Robbie: Wait here! I’ll be right back.

(Robbie runs for cover, map in hand. With the coast clear, he reaches for his communicator.)

Robbie: Zordon, come in.

Zordon: Robbie, my sensors are picking up something unusual in the Morphing Grid. Take Laura to a safe place.

Robbie: You don’t need to tell me twice.

(Meanwhile away from the city and in the open road, the other rangers pull over, hoping the quaking will soon stop.)

Trini: Oh, my gosh.

Billy Everybody hold on.

(Back by the piers, it finally quiets down. An eerily loud silence takes over ad Robbie checks in on his niece.)

Robbie: Laura, are you okay?

Laura: This is cool. I can’t wait to tell my mommy!

Robbie: (Sighs) …

(Reassured that she’s fine, he causally unrolls the map and checks it out. Meanwhile from the moon…)

Rita: That map leads to the Mirror of Destruction. And once I've got my hands on it, brown ranger will suffer the same fate as all the others.

Goldar: It will zap them so hard, they won't know what hit them.

Scorpina: We need that map. Go and get it, Scorpina.

(Scorpina, a vicious, yet deceptively beautiful humanoid scorpion appears next to Goldar. A new top henchwoman of Rita, she readies herself for her next assignment.)


Scorpina: Yes, my empress.

Rita: Finster, make me a monster to go with her.

Finster: (Bows) Already on it my queen. I shall send down the “Rockstar.”

(Moments later, Scorpina heads down to earth to commence her attack. Looking over Robbie from a nearby rocky hill, she’s joined by the Rockstar: A tall, gargoyle-esque monster, made completely of rock with the shoulders of a football player. Laura is quick to notice them and points them out.)

Laura: Who’s that?

Robbie: Uh oh. Scorpina!

Laura: (Mockingly) Ooooh. Is she your girlfriend?

Robbie: No Laura. She’s bad news.

Laura: (Mockingly) Ooooh. Is she your ex-girlfriend?

Robbie: No. You need to go. Go, get out of here. I’ll get you later.

(He gently but firmly pushes her away from the back as he prepares for a battle.)

Robbie: Don't let anything happen to that map.

Laura: (Runs) Okay…

Scorpina: Brown ranger, I have four words for you: Hand over the map.

Robbie: Oh yeah? Well I’ve got seven words for you: I’ve got one word for you: Never!

(Next to Scorpina, The Rockstar tries to count Robbie’s words, but Scorpina has other plans.)

Scorpina: It’s time for your destruction. Now Rockstar, attack!

Rockstar: Uh…? Okay!

(The Rockstar leaps into action as Robbie reaches for his morpher…)

Robbie: It’s morphin time!


“Stegosaurus!”



(Now morphed, Robbie anticipates the Rockstar who planned to crash on top of him. Robbie ducks out of harm’s way, but can barely make a scratch on the enemy made of stone, and instead he hurts himself after a connecting punch.)

Robbie: (Grimacing) AHHHHHHH!!! What the heck was that?!

Rockstar: Face it, brown ranger. You’re outmatched. Your weakling offense is no match for the likes of me. I’m built like a boulder! Ahahaha.

Robbie: Yeah. Clever.

Rockstar: And you know what else is?! Catch!

(The Rockstar holds out his arms where a large boulder forms. He chucks them at Robbie, who catches it, but struggles to stand.)

Robbie: Ugh. This weighs a ton! I can’t get this off me!

(He collapses under the weight of the now attached boulder, but Rockstar wasn’t done yet as he continues to fire off more and more rocks, until eventually Robbie is buried alive.)

Scorpina: Ahahahaha!

(At the command center, Zordon and Alpha take notice of the brewing trouble.)

Alpha: Aye, ya, yai! That Rockstar is one tough monster. Robbie doesn't stand a chance pinned down like that. He's a sitting duck. What will we do?

Zordon: Alpha, we must contact the other Power Rangers. They are the only ones who can save him.

(Back in the open road the rangers remain pulled over, taking stock after the quake settled down.)

Jason: Is everyone okay?

Billy: Yeah, I think so.

Trini: Oh no. My cookies got crushed.

Kimberly: (Feigning sadness) Aw man! That’s horrible.

Zack: (Feigning sadness) Crap, man! This day can’t get any worse!

Trini: …

(Just then, Jason’s communicator rings.)

Jason: Zordon, I read you.

Zordon: Teleport to the Angel Grove pier immediately. Robbie is in danger.

Trini: …


Zack: So much for our weekend getaway.

Kimberly: We ask Robbie to protect the earth one night and this is what happens.

Jason: We're on our way, Zordon. It’s morphin time!


“Mastodon!”

“Pterodactyl!”

“Triceratops!”

“Sabretooth Tiger!”

“Tyrannosaurus!”



(Within moments, the rangers arrive in the piers to rescue Robbie. To their horror, they find him buried under a mountain of boulders and rush over to dig him out.)

Billy: Oh no.

Trini: Robbie!

Robbie: Ugh…

Jason: Don't worry, Rob. We'll free you.

(The rangers manage to quickly dig him free and pull him out of a rocky tomb. He gasps far sweet air.)

Trini: Robbie…

Jason: Are you all right?

Robbie: (Gasping) I’m good…Thanks. Not what I had in mind when Scorpina offered to get stoned with a Rockstar.

(Suddenly, he stops mid-thought...)

Robbie: Oh no! We got to find Laura! She's got the map that Scorpina's looking for.

Trini: Oh no.

Kimberly: Let's go.

(The ranger team rushes off into the woods to look for Laura. Meanwhile, Laura wanders through the woods, looking for her uncle.)

Laura: Uncle Robbie? Where are you? I’m scared…

(On the other side…)

Robbie: Man. I hope she's okay.

Trini: Laura!

Kimberly: Laura!

Billy: Laura!

Jason: Jeremy! I uh, I mean, Laura…

(Just then, Jason’s communicator rings again.)

Jason: Zordon, we read you.

Zordon: Jason, you must fight Scorpina and her Rockstar monster at the beach club.

Robbie: What about Laura?

Trini: Don't worry, Robbie. I'll find her

Robbie: Okay… thanks.

Zordon: You must go immediately.

Jason: All right! Let's do it!

(Within a moment’s notice, the rangers return to the pier and prepare for battle.)

“Power Rangers!”

Scorpina: Attack!

(Surrounded by the Rockstar and a horde of putty patrollers, Scorpina leads the charge as a fight breaks loose. The rangers try to make quick work of the putties: Robbie flips over one by the arm. While Kimberly, flying through the air, fires off a few arrows from her power bow aimed at Scorpina.)

Scorpina: I think not!

(Scorpina however, swipes each shot away and takes her down mid-air with her boomerang blade. Jason rushes in with his power sword in hand and covers for Kim while engaging in a duel with Rita’s top henchwoman. Zack and Billy however seem to be having a difficult time with the Rockstar. Their weapons are out, but they’re easily being swiped aside.)

Zack: Ah man. We can’t make a dent on this guy.

Billy: His stone exterior appears to make him impervious to physical attacks.

Zack: Yeah and he’s invincible.

(Suddenly a voice calls from the sky…)

“Scorpina, you've got to find that kid with the map. Forget these power pukes.”

Scorpina: (Nods) Yes my queen.

(Meanwhile…)

Laura: Hello? Uncle Robbie? Please come out... I’m scared.

(Scared and lost, Robbie’s four year old niece wanders aimlessly through the forest.)

Laura: This isn’t funny. (Sniffs) I’m telling mommy.

“Aherm…”

(Behind her, a voice appears.)

Laura: Uncle Robbie…?

Scorpina: I’m afraid not.

Laura: …

(In a horrifying turn for the four year old, Laura finds herself face to face with Scorpina and Rockstar.)

Scorpina: Hand over the map little girl.

Laura: …

Scorpina: What’s wrong? Cat got your tongue?

Laura: (Voice shivering) My mommy said I shouldn’t talk to strangers…

Scorpina: I bet your mommy also wants you back alive. Now hand it over. I won’t ask you twice.

Laura: But you already did.

Scorpina: (Sighs) Get her!

Laura: Ahhhhhh!!!

(Instinctively she turns around and runs for her life. Meanwhile, back at the piers, the rangers continue to fight off the swarm of putties. Billy however notices something odd…)

Billy: Wait, where’s Scorpina?!

Zack: Where’s the Rockstar?

Robbie: Oh no.

(Meanwhile, as Laura runs for her dear life, Trini continues her search.)

Trini: Laura?! Laura?!

(Close by, Laura trips and falls. She grabs her knee and whimpers in agony, but quickly realizes she tripped over something protruding from the ground.)

Laura: What is that?

Scorpina: She found the mirror!

(Laura brushes off the dirt and dust and picks up the giant flat object.)

Scorpina: Look out!!!

(She opens it, fortunately facing away from her, as a powerful beam is unleashed from the mirror that bursts the Rockstar into flames. Scorpina rolls out of the way just in time, saving her own life. The sound of the explosion attracts Trini’s attention, but concerns her.)

Trini: Huh? That doesn’t sound good.

Laura: Uh oh. I didn’t do it!

Scorpina: Okay, you've had it.

Trini: Freeze, Scorpina.

(Within seconds Trini appears, pointing her blade blaster at Scorpina’s back.)

Laura: (Gasps) The yellow ranger!

(But before this goes much further, Rita takes action from the moon…)

Rita: Now, Scorpina, grooooooooow!

(She chucks her wand over the balcony, reaching earth and landing next to Scorpina. With a rip in the ground, a magic steam engulfs Rita’s henchwoman and before long she grows to the size of a giant. Trini barely manages to grab Laura and moves her to a safer place.)

Scorpina: Now you're mine.

Jason: Look! It’s Scorpina.

Robbie: Uh…

(Just then, Trini re-joins the team.)

Robbie: Trini? What about…

Trini: She’s safe. I found her and moved her.

Robbie: (Exhales) Okay… great.

Jason: Now let’s take care of business.

“Right.”

Jason: We need Dinozord power, now!

(With a huge blast and an even bigger crater opening, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex appears through the flames, roaring fearlessly as it rises from the earth. From an icy tundra, the Mastodon rises with a loud blowing of its trunk. From the desert, the Triceratops races right into action. From the top of a hill the ferocious Saber-toothed Tiger jumps down to a vine filled rainforest. Finally, a volcano erupts and through all the smoke and ash, the pterodactyl rips through the sky, flying to Angel Grove. Jason sees his Dinozord within sight and flies through the air to get in the cockpit. He is followed by his team…)

Jason: Log on.

Zack: Zack here, let’s do this thing!

Billy: This is Billy. All systems go.

Trini: Trini here, ready to rock!

Kimberly: Let’s rock and roll.

Jason: Megazord, power on!

(The five mighty Zords are seen running together, getting ready to become one. First the Saber tooth tiger’s legs fold up to create a leg, the Triceratops tail tucks in to for the other. They combine with the Tyrannosaurus’s legs, forming the first half of the Megazord. Next, the Mastodon’s back splits in two down the middle and its head separates. The former spreads out and attaches to the back of the Tyrannosaurus, making the arms and the head attaches to the torso.)

Zack: Let's teach Scorpina to mess with people her own size.

Jason: Activating Megazord Battle Mode.

“Megazord sequence has been initiated.”

(The two legs remain planted as the rest of the body lifts upward to a standing position. The final piece, the Pterodactyl, circles the Megazord and flies toward it, tucking in its wings and head. The Tyrannosaurus head folds into its chest, revealing the Megazord’s head before the Pterodactyl combines with the mighty Zord, creating the chest piece. And with one final fighting stance, the Zord speaks…)

“Megazord activated.”

(On the ground, Robbie calls for the StegaZord…)

Robbie: I call upon the power of the Stegosaurus!

(In a faraway tropical forest, there is a sudden violent tremble. The birds scatter away for cover as the ground below starts to rise. The prehistoric beast bursts through and starts climbing out to march into battle. Robbie spots it from a distance as it roars into Angel Grove and flies into the Zord’s cockpit.)

Robbie: Combat mode, now!

(The Zord stops dead in its tracks, leaving a trail of dust behind it as a crank like sound can be heard from within. The Zord begins to rise all the way to its hind legs. Its front paws sticks out before flip inside of itself, revealing clenched fists from the other side. Finally its long, plated tail stiffens and starts to rise up connecting plate side out against its back with the tip resting on top of its head.)

Robbie: Alright Scorpina. I’ll teach you to mess with my family.

(Immediately, the StegaZord bullishly charges into action. Robbie takes a swing at Scorpina but misses, and is greeted by her sharp right claw. The Megazord jumps in but eats her boomerang blade down the chest.)

Zack: Ugh!

Jason: Hang tight guys.

(The Megazord pushes Scorpina away to create some room, but she kicks at their abdomen creating a sea of sparks. Robbie jumps back in, firing off several plate mines from the top of the Stegosaurus’s head. The blast pushes Scorpina back and gives the rangers a momentary advantage.)

Laura: Go get em power rangers!!!

(Meanwhile, Laura excitedly mimes punches along with the rangers as they continue their fight. Scorpina is far from finished though, wrapping her venom filled tail on the back of her head around StegaZord, pulling it down with a powerful electing force. The Megazord tries to intervene, but she is too quick – jumping out of danger and landing three more strikes with her boomerang blade that takes the rangers down.)

Laura: Oh no. The rangers are losing… What am I gonna do?!

(She turns around and finds the mirror of destruction laying on the floor.)

Laura: (Gasps) I know!

Meanwhile, the rnagers and their Zords stagger back to their feet.)

Billy: We’re taking significant damage.

Trini: She’s too powerful.

Robbie: Man, I could see who wear’s the pants in Goldar’s home.

Scorpina: It’s my house. Get that straight, rangers.

“Power rangers!”

Jason: Huh?

(A feint voice is heard from far away...)

Kimberly: (Points downward) Look there.

Robbie: It’s my niece!

(Everyone suddenly looks down to find Laura holding the mirror of destruction, which takes up her entire torso.)

Laura: Hide your eyes!

Billy: She’s got the mirror!!

Jason: Look away!!!

(She bravely opens the mirror toward Scorpina which fires off a deadly beam that hits her dead on.)

Scorpina: AHHHHH!!!

(She’s badly injured by the attack and rolls around in agony.)

Jason: She did it!

Robbie: What a little hero!

Kimberly: Again, how is she related to you?

Robbie: …

(Scorpina remains alive. Despite this, the rangers have their opening…)

Jason: Here's our chance! Power Sword!

(The Power Sword appears from the sky. The Megazord catches it and prepares for its final attack.)

Scorpina: You'll pay for this, Power Rangers.

(Scorpina wisely flees before that can happen, leaving the rangers victorious.)

Jason: Don’t count on it.

(On the moon, Rita seems none too pleased…)

Rita: You failed me, Scorpina. You’re supposed to show these guys how it’s done and instead you showed me how they’ve done it!!

Scorpina: Yes. My empress. I apologize my empress. I won’t make the same mistake again.

Squatt: What a relief to hear Rita go after Scorpina for a change.

Baboo: That’s one thing about Rita. She doesn’t discriminate.

Squatt: She’s an equal opportunity destroyer.

Goldar: I would have been eager to help her my empress. But the bus didn’t come on time, so I went back home.

(Back on earth and later in the day, the rangers, who were forced to scrap their plans for a camping trip instead are seen mostly in the Youth Center hallway, being debriefed by Zordon.)

Zordon: Another job well done, Rangers.

Jason: Thanks, Zordon.

Billy: By the way, where is Laura? I hope she's okay.

Kimberly: Uh. Yeah I'm sure she's just fine.

(They turn the corner and enter the lobby to find that she’s attracted quite a large crowd by the juice bar.)

Laura: And then I kicked the monster like this. (Kicks) But then, just when he was about to get me, this magical mirror blew him up into a zillion pieces. Bang!

(Among the crowd, Robbie and Trini enjoy Laura’s somewhat distorted version of the events.)

Trini: To think we were stuck at that boring field trip.

Laura: But then Power Rangers-- they were the coolest. Man, you should have seen them.

Trini: Oh, you've met the Power Rangers?

Laura: Sure did. There was also the scorpion lady and this monster called the “Rockstar.” He was made of rocks.

(The other rangers join in on the fun.)

Billy: Quite the idiosyncratic name.

Laura: Yeah. And he spit out these rocks as big as houses.

Trini: Really?

Laura: Really.

Zack: But tell us about these rangers. Who did you think was the coolest one?

Robbie: Was it the brown one?

Laura: (Giggles) Silly, there was no brown one.

Robbie: …

Laura: The yellow ranger saved me. She’s the coolest. Just like Uncle Robbie said.


Trini: Oh really?

(Both Robbie and Trini instantly blush as Robbie snatches his niece off the barstool.)

Robbie: Let’s go, Laura. Say goodbye. Time to take you to the bus stop.

Laura: Bye everyone!!

Kimberly: Bye. Hope you had a good time!

Laura: I had a wild time!

Robbie: A wild time your mother will never find out about.

Laura: Why?!?

Robbie: You kidding? I’d never see you again. I’d rather you tell her that welt on your knee was cause I hit you.

Laura: Okay!!

Robbie: Don’t tell her that!

(Robbie’s friends laugh at his folly, as the episode comes to a close.)

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That was good ending.

And there was a nice Robbie/Trini moment in there. Good episode! I really liked the rangers faking sadness about Trini's cookies being destroyed.
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Nice! You use pictures from the real thing in your redo.
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This chapter put a smile on my face. It had the heart of MMPR as typical of your writing and Robbie is always fun to read. But it got me thinking have you ever combined Robbie's Zord with the Dino Ultrazord? I skip around a lot so maybe I've missed that combination.
The chapter was fun and entertaining.

Edit: Boy was Kim's send off great. But God damn man, how much more can Robbie suffer before he takes his life? I feel sorry for him. Also the idea of a Brown Zeo Ranger amuses me to no end.
What Egyptian or geo shape wll he get as his Zord?

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AngieYaz wrote: View Post

Nice! You use pictures from the real thing in your redo.
Yep! Thanks for reading!


DragonBuckler7 wrote: View Post

This chapter put a smile on my face. It had the heart of MMPR as typical of your writing and Robbie is always fun to read. But it got me thinking have you ever combined Robbie's Zord with the Dino Ultrazord? I skip around a lot so maybe I've missed that combination.
The chapter was fun and entertaining.
Glad you enjoyed it! And honestly I don't think I have combined them. I've probably thought up some idea in my head and called it Ultimo-Zord or something but I've only recently re-read through my first season and I don't think I've ever done it.


Edit: Boy was Kim's send off great. But God damn man, how much more can Robbie suffer before he takes his life? I feel sorry for him. Also the idea of a Brown Zeo Ranger amuses me to no end.
What Egyptian or geo shape wll he get as his Zord?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's pretty funny. And a good point. I guess we'll have to see in the fourth season if Robbie ever reaches a breaking point?

EDIT: I'm not sure yet what Zeo shape he will get.

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Yep! Thanks for reading!




Glad you enjoyed it! And honestly I don't think I have combined them. I've probably thought up some idea in my head and called it Ultimo-Zord or something but I've only recently re-read through my first season and I don't think I've ever done it.




HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's pretty funny. And a good point. I guess we'll have to see in the fourth season if Robbie ever reaches a breaking point?

EDIT: I'm not sure yet what Zeo shape he will get.

Did the StegoZord ever combine with the DInoZords? I believe Robbie's ThunderZord was the first to combine with the core team's MegaZord no? AH man poor Robbie I already have the water works prepared for the kid. You have to give him a small breather, he doesn't always have to a "Sad Sue" brah. Yes I just made up that word for Robbie.
He's not overpowered, he's tragic. A diamond shape for Rob's Zeo helmet perhaps?
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Did the StegoZord ever combine with the DInoZords? I believe Robbie's ThunderZord was the first to combine with the core team's MegaZord no?
Yes it does. The StegaMegazord is a thing, I think during the Island of Illusions two parter we see it.

AH man poor Robbie I already have the water works prepared for the kid. You have to give him a small breather, he doesn't always have to a "Sad Sue" brah. Yes I just made up that word for Robbie.
He's not overpowered, he's tragic.
Haha. Then I've done my job. I wanted to avoid Robbie being referred to as a Gary Stu. I almost never pulled the trigger on Robbie/Trini for that reason. Sombebody used the term when I finally did. But I didn't want another Tommy. Robbie's the anti-Tommy. Somebody that can garner sympathy.

It's not all bad for him though when you really think about it. He had Trini for a fleeting 10 chapters. He's firmly the second in command of his team now with Kim gone and he just started a new relationship with the most popular girl in school. It just so happens that in between these high points are pits of misery.

A diamond shape for Rob's Zeo helmet perhaps?
Not a bad idea at all!
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I imagine that Robbie would be #7 in Zeo, so he should have a shape that matches. I came across this. Maybe it would work?

https://www.timvandevall.com/shape-t...pointed-stars/
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I imagine that Robbie would be #7 in Zeo, so he should have a shape that matches. I came across this. Maybe it would work?

https://www.timvandevall.com/shape-t...pointed-stars/
You know, before you mentioned it I didn't even realize The shapes matched their Zeo numbers. That's pretty cool.

In Robbie's case I'm not sure if he'd be Zeo Zero, Six, or Seven. The latter two would indicate superiority over Tommy which I'd like to avoid. I'll still have to mull it over then.

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Prequel - Episode 37: Clean-up Club



(We begin today on a crowded bus. Its early morning in another weekday in Angel Grove. At the center of the bus, Kim and Trini are huddled close together as they wait for their stop.)

Trini: Kim, can I ask you a question? It’s kind of personal.

Kimberly: Sixth grade. My best friend’s dad.

Trini: Huh?

Kimberly: What?

Trini: I- uh… actually it’s about my video project.

Kimberly: Oh! Okay, shoot.

Trini: I’m really looking forward to presenting it today. I put a lot of effort behind it. But at the same time… I’m a little nervous.

Kimberly: I’m sure it’ll be great Trini. You’re an excellent student.

Trini: Thanks. That’s not really what I’m worried about though. At the end of my project I was… I was sort of hoping to announce a new project I’d like to work on.

Kimberly: Okay.

Trini: And… I kinda need volunteers for this project. It’s about tackling pollution.

Kimberly: Oh… so like, picking up trash and stuff?

(Even as Kim tries to hide her grimace, Trini knows she’s facing an uphill climb.)

Trini: It’s not super glamourous, I know… Do… you think people would go for it? I really can’t do it all on my own. But I’m really afraid people will find excuses to not do it. I still have images of that time with my petition where only you and Robbie came with me.

(Kim pauses briefly. She knows it’ll be a hard sell, but she doesn’t want to her friend to be let down. Not yet at least.)

Kimberly: Trini, I think you have an incredible ability to move people with your words. I’m sure once they see how passionate you are about helping the environment, you’re bound to get a huge turnout.

Trini: (Exhales) I hope so.

Kimberly: I’m booked solid the whole week by the way.

Trini: (Sighs) Kim…

(Elsewhere, outside of Angel Grove High in its large campus where the student body pours in through the main entrance, many remain outside. Some are socializing with friends before class starts. But inside one of the phone booths however, Robbie appears to be having a very different conversation with someone on the other end.)

Robbie: What? What do you mean you’re never gonna let me see her again? I’m that girl’s uncle and her godfather, For god’s sake. You can’t do this!! Do you know what I went through for her?

(Passing by the phone booths, Trini and Kimberly carry on…)

Kimberly: I’m so not faking, Trini. I’m gonna go and spend time with Tommy after class. He’s been really down and depressed lately.

Trini: (Sighs) I guess. Losing his powers must have been really rough on him. I know I’d be devastated if I were in his shoes.

Kimberly: Totally. He basically lost the most important thing in his life. It was the only thing keeping him going with everything else going on. It’s heartbreaking.

Trini: I’m sure he’ll appreciate just knowing someone cares.

Robbie: What?! What good have I brought?! How about lying to a freaking priest and telling him I received baptism, communion and confirmation just so I could be her godfather? You know full well I got none of those three. I don’t even know what the last two of them are!

(As Robbie appears to be mid-breakdown, the girls pass by to class, oblivious to anything that’s going on. Moments later as class begins, the aforementioned video project presentation starts inside Ms. Appleby’s class.)

Jason: And so the tape proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that, this “Brock” guy and I are completely different people. Thank you.

Ms. Appleby: Very… interesting Jason. Please take a seat.

(Jason casually pulls out his tape and takes his seat next to Bulk, who conspicuously scooches away from him.)

Ms. Appleby: Okay, let’s see who’s next…

(Just then, a downtrodden Robbie bursts through the door. He drags himself to his seat without so much as eye contact with anyone else. He just slouches at his desk and looks down, wanting nothing to do with anyone. This however draws attention from his teammates.)

Zack: (Whispers) Looks like the life of the party’s finally here.

Kimberly: (Laughs) At a cemetery, maybe.

(Robbie lacks the fight to retort, even jokingly. He halfway opens his mouth, but out comes only a defeated sigh.)

Trini: …

Ms. Appleby: Trini? Looks like you’re up!

(Trini looks to briefly show concern for Robbie, until she is called on stage for her presentation.)

Trini: Oh… okay!

(She quickly switches gears, grabs the VHS tape from her desk and jumps to the front of the class for her much anticipated pitch.)


Trini: My video project is called “Pollution Problems in Angel Grove.”

(She pops the tape into a VHS player and presses play. A self-narrated video start playing, with nature shots all around the city in places covered with pollution.)

“Pollution: It exists even here in beautiful Angel Grove. Despite all of the attention focused on the environment in the past few years, we still have a problem with trash dirty air, and polluted water.

Heavy industry, a major source of contaminants have made progress recently but there is still a lot that needs to be done. We must take care not to destroy nature's delicate balance for the sake of the animals and for our very world because if the animals disappear ultimately, so will we. The time to act is now.”


Ms. Appleby: Very nice job Trini. Pollution is a very serious problem in our society.

Billy: I couldn’t agree more. I'm deeply concerned about the depletion of our ozone layer, as well as the long term ramification of building greenhouse gases on the global climate.

Jason: Yeah, me too.

Kimberly: So what can we do to help beautify our city?

Trini: I want to start a Clean-up Club. One day a week I’d like to get together to do some recycling, clean up major trails, or even count endangered animals.

(Robbie audibly groans, perhaps reactively, but it completely throws Trini off and steals everyone’s attention.)

Trini: …Is something wrong, Robbie?

Robbie: Nothing. (Waves off) It’s fine.

Ms. Appleby: Is there a problem Mr. Clemente?

Robbie: No.

Kimberly: Sounds like there is.

Trini: Robbie…?

(Kim tries to instigate, though Trini’s concerns comes from a more genuine place. Either way, Robbie continues to dig himself into a deeper hole.)

Robbie: I just… I can’t do this, okay? I… I mean we get it, pollution sucks. That horse died already. I can’t keep stopping my life for this.

Trini: (Stunned) W-where is this coming from?

Kimberly: Yeah Robbie, if she wants to fight for a good cause, let her. It’s more than some other people I know…

(Her comment draws “Ooohs” from the class.)

Robbie: What was that?

Kimberly: Nothing. Why don’t you just go back to doodling wieners?

Robbie: Why don’t you stop doodling wieners?

Ms. Appleby: MR CLEMENTE!

Trini: Robbie, that’s not very nice!

Ms. Appleby: Detention, after school!!

Bulk: Actually Ms. Appleby, I kind of agree with Robbie on this one.

Skull: Yeah, pollution gets a bad rap if you ask me.

Trini: (groans) How so?

Bulk: Well one, it’s just easier. Why walks around with trash in your hand when the whole world is your waste basket!

Skull: The Earth was made this big for a reason…

Bulk: Second, polluting the environment makes you feel good inside. Allow me to demonstrate.

(Bulk lifts up his left leg and begins to push with all his might till his face turns bright red. Everyone sitting around them starts to move away, but Bulk seems to be struggling much more than anticipated. Finally he stops, with a worried look on his face.)

Bulk: …Ms. Appleby?

Ms. Appleby: Yes Bulk?

Bulk: May I go to the bathroom?

Ms. Appleby: (sighs) …go.

Bulk: Thank you…

(Bulk tries to get up and side shuffle his way out of the class room with his back against the wall. Ms. Appleby tries her hardest to restore order.)

Ms. Appleby: Okay, if we can limit the disruptions from here on out, Trini, would you please proceed?

Trini: You know what, never mind.

(Feeling humiliated, Trini throws her written material to the floor and storms out of class. Suddenly all eyes are locked on Robbie, and he can feel the hostility pointed toward him.)

Robbie: (Sighs) Now wait, Trini stop. I didn’t mean t*

(Robbie feels a deep and instant regret and tries to rectify it. He tries to get up, but Jason quickly grabs him by the shoulders and prevents him moving.)

Jason: I think you’ve done enough.

Robbie: …

(Robbie sits back down and regretfully puts his head on the table. Billy gets up and runs after Trini and is followed by the others. Meanwhile, looking on amusedly from the moon...)

Rita: Aww, isn’t that a shame. The brown and yellow rangers had a wittle fight…

Baboo: It’s a shame. I was really rooting for them. They’re like Ross and Rachel.

Squatt: Who?

Baboo: My parents.

Squatt: Oh.

Goldar: He’s probably just tired from picking up trash for his community service. How dare the woman just impose like that?


Rita: Let’s give them all a mess to clean up. Finster, give me Polluticorn.

Finster: (Bows) Yes my queen. I’m right on it.

Goldar: Polluticorn destroys every planet he’s on. He pollutes and pollutes until the climate becomes so hostile, the world destroys itself!

Squatt: That guy’s bad news. He’s like the world’s worst roommate.

Baboo: He’ll make such a mess, they’ll never clean it up.

Rita: And that’s the plan. Aha!

(Back in Angel Grove High, Trini has locked herself inside an empty girls’ bathroom after being completely embarrassed by Robbie. She cowers inside one of the stalls, trying to regain composure. The sting of humiliation is still too raw though. Her mind and heart flip through a bevy of emotions, ranging from rage to self-pity. All of the hard work poured into this pitch, flushed away by Robbie’s temper. And screw him and everything about him for doing so. How dare he?)

Trini: (Sniffs) …

(Noticing her sniffling echoing inside he bathroom, she gets out to and tries to pull it together. She eyes herself in the mirror to find that her face is beet red.)

Trini: Huh?

(Trini hears a light knocking from outside the bathroom door. She wipes her eyes quickly with some rolled up toilet paper in her hand, then steps outside to find Billy, Kimberly, Jason and Zack waiting for her.)

Trini: Oh (Sniffs) Hi guys…

Kimberly: You okay sweetie?

Trini: (Sniffs) I’m fine.

Jason: I’m sorry for what happened.

Kimberly: Robbie’s a real dirt bag. He had no right to embarrass you like that.

(Trini hasn’t the energy to muster a response, so she bows her head quietly and wipes a tear that escapes.)

Kimberly: He doesn’t wanna pick up trash because then he’d have no box to live in.

Jason: Let’s not stoop to name calling. Robbie did what he did. It’s unfortunate but we’ll deal with it later.

Trini: …

Jason: But uh… we’re here to help you if you need us?

Trini: Yeah?

Jason: Yeah. All of us. Right guys?

(Jason looks around pointedly to the others, as if to suggest declining wasn’t an option.)

Zack: Uh yeah. Definitely.

Billy: Count me in.

Trini: Thanks. (Sniffs) You guys are the best.

(Touched by her friends support, she throws herself at them for a big, group hug. Later in the day, after school, the first day of Trini’s club begins at the Youth Center. The teens, and surprisingly several other students in Angel Grove High are doing several small chores around Ernie’s Gym and Juice Bar. Each of them clad in green t-shirts with big white “Clean-up Club” lettering. Though not necessarily their ideal post class activity, Trini’s friends try to make the best of it to support her.)

Zack: That was very good. But watch this.

(Zack and Jason for example, are taking their time crushing metal cans for recycling by doing several chops and kicks to do the job.)

Jason: Not very practical, but big time style points.

Trini: (Walks in) Hey guys. How’s it going?

Jason: Good.

Zack: Two more and we’re done.

Trini: …good.

(By the juice bar, Billy appears to be paining a metal can to be used as a flowering pot.)

Angela: Very good Billy.

Billy: Thanks. I’m using a special mixture of totally organic paint pigmented with various natural substances.

Angela: That’s cool.

(In the middle of the Youth Center, Kimberly and Ernie set up several different recycling bins. With Kim needlessly directing Ernie on the perfect position for each one.)

Kimberly: A little to the left. A little to the right.

Ernie: …

Kimberly: Perfect.

(Gleefully, Trini stands at the center to make an announcement.)

Trini: I want to thank you guys so much for helping out. You’ve really made my day.

Kimberly: What are friends for, Trini?

Angela: Hi Trini.

(Angela approaches Trini, pulling several large blue bags behind her.)

Trini: Oh hi Angela.

Angela: I’m gonna head out. I’ll be taking this to the recycling center on my way.

Trini: That’s great. Thank you so much.

Zack: Uh… hey Angela.

(Zack butts in...)

Zack: Those seem kinda heavy. You need a… big strong man to help you carry that?

Angela: That’d be sweet Zack. Let me know when you find one.

Zack: …

(Trini can’t help but laugh as Angela calmly leaves. Billy approaches Zack.)

Billy: I’ve made some chemical free aloe cream if you’d like.

Zack: What for?

Billy: That sick burn.

(They all laugh at Zack’s expense as he pouts.)

Trini: Okay, okay. Leave poor Zack alone. C’mon, let’s head to the park for a bit to clean up while we still have some time left.

Jason: Let’s do it.

(The crowd leaves the Youth Center, leaving it almost completely empty. A few seconds later though Bulk and Skull walk in, the latter holding a camera and pointing it at Bulk.)


Bulk: This, the Youth Center. This is where I go to get pumped.

(He walks toward the weights.)

Skull: Wait, where are you going?

Bulk: I’m gonna work out. What did you think I meant by getting pumped?

Skull: I thought you were gonna eat. That is what you do here.

Bulk: You better edit that out, nitwit.

(He grabs a 20 lbs dumbbell off the bench.)

Bulk: I love to work out…

Skull: Wait.

Bulk: What?!

Skull: Am I gonna get to be in this?

Bulk: Who’s holding the camera then?

(Just then, a headphone wearing Robbie walks in…)

Skull: (Hands Robbie camera) Here you go.

Robbie: What?

Skull: Bulk is gonna get pumped.

Robbie: He’s gonna eat?

Bulk: …

Ernie: Hey you.

Robbie: Huh?

(Ernie approaches Robbie scornfully, pointing at the exit.)

Ernie: You gotta go.

Robbie: What? What did I do now?

Ernie: I heard what you did to Trini. You’re in the dog house, buster.

Robbie: So what? I’m not allowed in here because Trini’s mad at me? What are you, a 13 year old girl? What kind of business do you run here?

Ernie: All her friends come here and I don’t want any trouble with that group.

Robbie: You do know that I’m a part of that group, right?

Ernie: Not from what I heard.

(Already feeling miserable, Robbie concedes without more of a fight.)

Robbie: (Sighs) Alright.

(He walks out, with Skull’s camcorder in hand.)

Skull: Hey!

Bulk: Give that back!

(Moments later, the other teens have reached the park. They are stunned as they survey the area.)

Trini: Guys this is really sad.

(There is trash scattered everywhere, as their work is cut out for them.)

Kimberly: Figures. The one day we’re here to clean up and it’s totally trashed.

Jason: I can’t believe people would just ruin such a beautiful place.

Billy: This kind of wanton disregard is so destructive to a fragile ecosystem.

Zack: And it stinks.

Trini: C’mon. Let’s get to work.

(The teens roll up their sleeves and prepare to get dirty. Meanwhile, back on the moon…)

Finster: The Polluticorn has laid his trap my queen. He’s just waiting for your que to launch his first attack.

Rita: Wonderful. When they’re nice and tired I shall strike!


Goldar: A brilliant plan my evilness.

(Time passes back on earth as Rita waits for the right moment. The bright sky fades to an orange sunset. Most of the Clean-up Club has already left and gone home. Only the ranger teens remain, with beads of sweat trickling down each of their foreheads. Remaining upbeat though, Trini surveys their work thus far.)

Trini: Looks like we’ve really cleaned up.

Billy: Very successful venture thus far, I must say.

Zack: It was fun too.

Jason: (Leans in) Was it?

Zack: (Shrugs) …

(Though pleased with her progress as she looks at the mountain of black bags piled before her, she’s a little dishearten by the amount of work still left to be done.)

Trini: It’s too bad we’ve only just scrapped the tip of the iceberg it seems.

Kimberly: You’d think they’d hire, like, employees to keep the park clean, you know?


Trini: Who would do something to this park?

Kimberly: (Points) Pollutants like that!

(Robbie is seen walking over from the distance. Zack and Jason immediately get up from a crouched position, but Robbie’s eyes are fixed on Trini who hesitantly looks up at him. He stops in front of her and takes a deep breath before something that appears difficult for him to do.)

Robbie: Hey Trini.

Trini: …Robbie.

Kimberly: She doesn’t have anything to say to you, pal.

Robbie: Do you mind?

(He then turns to the others.)

Robbie: Actually do all of you mind? I’d like to have a word with Trini privately.

Trini: Anything you say to me can be said to them.

Kimberly: Yeah. It’s a public park, buddy.

Robbie: (Sighs) Fine…

(Knowing he cannot win, he swallows his pride and continues.)

Robbie: I’m… really sorry for what I said earlier.

Trini: …

(Trini doesn’t look up, but is listening.)

Robbie: I… had a lot going on that morning. I was just in a terrible mood overall. But that’s no excuse for what I did. It wasn’t acceptable, and I feel terrible.

(She looks up at him, sensing sincerity through the words he struggled to get out. She looks around to her friends before looking back at him.)

Trini: You should feel terrible.

Robbie: Well I do.

Jason: What would possess you to react that way?

Robbie: (Sighs) That’s not important.

Kimberly: It isn’t, but I’d still like to know.

Trini: Kim, it’s okay.

(Robbie takes a deep breath and continues.)

Robbie: Look, I really value and appreciate… um… all you’ve done for me. I mean… Just know my outburst wasn’t a personal attack. It was just… my own thing that was going on. If it hurt your Clean-up Club in any way I really regret it.

Trini: If anything, it helped.

Robbie: Good. I guess. If I can make it up to you anyway, I’d love to help you clean this place up. Heck, at the risk of groveling I’ll help you clean every park there is. If you want nothing to do with me anymore… I get it.

(Stunned by the strangely personal, and heartfelt apology, the other teens just idly sit by, pretending to do work. Trini doesn’t know how to respond either, uncomfortably digging at nothing in the ground. Though after a brief pause she finally looks up at him and smiles tepidly.)

Trini: Then welcome aboard.

Robbie: (Exhales) Thank you.

(A relieved smile comes across Robbie’s face, who then turns around and looks for trash to pick up without another word. Kim however can’t believe the sudden turnaround by Trini.)

Kimberly: You sure about this?

Trini: Why not?

Kimberly: (Shrugs) I don’t know. Well, you’re a much better person than I am.

Robbie: (Snickers) That’s for sure.

Kimberly: …

Trini: The more the merrier, right?

Jason: (Looks up) I don’t know about that!

(Jason points up at the sky to reveal a pack of putty patrollers.)

Zack: Now we got something else to clean up.

Jason: Bag ‘em!

(The teens waste no time getting to work. Jason ducks a kick from an enemy, blocks a punch, then comes back with two stiff strikes to the abdomen. Zack blocks a right, hooks, and then a left and hooks again. Kimberly cartwheels forward then springs to the air to land a kick to the jaw. Billy ducks a kick, then a punch, then grabs a fist, using the putties own momentum to shove him back. Trini lunges forward, ducks a clothesline, then from the other side stands a few hard chops to knock him away.)

Robbie: You want some? Let me show you how he do it in my hood.

(Robbie shoots up a stomp to the putty’s abdomen, then when keeled over he puts them in a headlock, picks up a loose, lit cigarette and rubs it into the enemy’s forehead as they scream in agony.)

Putty: (Garbles) …!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(The rest of the team make short work of the rest of the putties, be it through Zack dancing around his enemies and taking them down with leg sweeps, Kimberly flipping around her enemies and landing well timed kicks, Trini landing open handed strikes while blocking any offense coming near her, Billy defensively fighting off his enemies or Jason strong-arming the world with lightning fast punches. It isn’t long before the horde is eradicated.)

Trini: Phew.

Kimberly: That takes care of that.

Robbie: Uh… I don’t think so…

Jason: Huh?

Zack: Monster horse, up high!


(Right above their head, Polluticorn, a winged white unicorn fliesright at them.)

Polluticorn: Let’s trash this joint!

Jason: It’s morphin time!


“Mastodon!”

“Pterodactyl!”

“Triceratops!”

“Stegosaurus!”

“Saber-Toothed Tiger!”

“Tyrannosaurs!”


(Now morphed, the team gets ready for action.)

“Power rangers!”

(Without pause however, Polluticorn soars through the air and flies right through the team, knocking everybody down. Jason and Zack are the first to get up and both leap for an attack, but Polluticorn nails both of them with a powerful beam from his horn.)

Jason: AHHHHH!!

Zack: AHHHHH!!

(Before they even get a chance to stand back up, Polluticorn spreads his winds and starts flapping a strong gust toward them.)

Polluticorn: You guys, blow! Ahahaha.

Jason: Whoaaaa!!!

(The two tumble several yards back as the others scramble to their aide.)

Billy: Jason, Zack. Are you alright?

Jason: I’ve felt better.

(To make matters worse, Goldar and Scorpina appear from the skies to Polluticorn’s aide.)

Kimberly: Oh no. What now.

Goldar: Ready?

Scorpina: Atta-

Polluticorn: No.

(But Rita’s monster cuts them both off before they make charge.)

Polluticorn: I will deal with these irritants.

(Suddenly he makes charge for the rangers. Jason tries a punch but gets swiped away. Zack a kick that goes astray. Trini lands a kick but gets punched backwards. Billy and Kimberly try to land punches on both sides but get blocked. Robbie dives in with a punch to the face that connects, but does nothing.)

Robbie: What?!

Billy: He doesn’t even feel our attacks!

Goldar: I like his style!

Polluticorn: My turn!

(Suddenly a beam flies out of Polluticorn’s horn, shocking the entire team and taking them down in one fell swoop.)

Robbie: Ugh.

Trini; He’s too strong!

Kimberly: We’re not doing so well.

Zack: I’ll say.

Polluticorn: You call this competition? You guys are total rubbish!

Trini: What do we do?


Jason: Retreat. Back to the command center. Maybe Zordon can help us.

“Right.”


(The rangers retreat, bringing joy to the moon as Rita celebrates.)

Rita: Ah, they’ve run away! Perfect.

Finster: Now it’s time my queen. Commence the total obliteration of the earth and its environment. Before they recover it will be too late for their precious planet.

(Meanwhile the rangers retreat back to the command center. They each rip off their helmets with overpowered looks in their eyes.)

Kimberly: That horse thing is too much, Zordon.

Jason: Yeah. He tossed us out like yesterday’s trash.

Zordon: This monster may prove difficult for you to defeat rangers. Polluticorn has a well-known track record. This battle would only be the beginning of his path of destruction.

Trini: We can’t let him get to phase two, Zordon.

Zordon: I agree Trini. Billy, help Alpha with a situation analysis.

Billy: Yes sir.

(Dutifully, Billy turns to the control panel to aid Alpha. Suddenly however, the alarms blare.)

Alpha: Aye, ya, ya, ya, yai.

Trini: What is it Alpha.

Zordon: It appears we are too late. Behold the viewing globe.

(Everyone but Billy crowds the viewing globe to see images of Polluticorn’s work.)

Zordon: Rita has created a monster that will cover the earth with pollution.

(An image shows Polluticorn dumping trash cans on the floor and carefully leaving dog turds on the pavement.)

Robbie: Man, what a… minor irritation?

Kimberly: What’s so bad about what he’s doing, Zordon?

Zack: Yeah. I mean, we can just beat him and clean it up, right?

Zordon: Unfortunately it is not that easy. His methods lie far beyond tipping over garbage cans, Zachary.

(The image switches to Polluticorn doing donuts in a parking lot while spraying hairspray out of the driver side window.)


Zordon: Polluticorn will stop at nothing to create a dangerous environment for the earth. One which will trigger hostile weather changes that lead to severe, long term destruction. He will endanger earth’s wildlife, thus creating a domino effect that will threaten all of humanity.

(The image switches to the set of a news talk show, in which two pundits face off in a debate. Polluticorn is visibly sticking is head out from behind the set.)

"The President was wearing a trench coat it was so cold, but he's talking about global warming?"

Trini: We can’t let him get away with this.

“My fridge is still cold, Pat. Explain to me why my fridge is cold?!”


Jason: But how?

Zack: I don’t think a citation for littering is gonna be enough.

Trini: (points) Oh no!!

Jason: What is it?!

Trini: He’s got a torch!

(The image switches to the middle of the woods. Polluticorn is now eyeing a lit torch in his hand.)

Zordon: He is planning on starting forest fire. The ramifications of this if he succeeds are undoubtedly catastrophic.

Jason: Let’s move. Back to action!

Polluticorn: This place is so pretty, but I bet it doesn’t hold a candle to me.

“Freeze, horse face.”


(One by one the rangers leap from the sky.)

Polluticorn: Back for more? Do you know who I am? Do you know what I’ve done?

Robbie: You’re not starring in Sex and the City, right?

Polluticorn: I’ve destroyed planets left and right. And I will watch this world burn!

Trini: No you won’t.

(Trini pulls out her blade blaster and fires a single shot at Polluticorn’s wrist. The torch flies out of his hands but is now at risk at hitting the floor anyway.)

Trini: (Gasps) ….!

Billy: Not the best idea!

Kimberly: Oh no!

(Fortunately though, or unfortunately, the torch is caught by a Goldar who suddenly reappears behind Polluticorn. He is also joined by a pack of putties.)

Goldar: Ahahaha.

Jason: Uh oh.

Zack: Looks like things are gonna get a little hot in here.

Kimberly: This can’t get any worse.

(Meanwhile …)

Rita: Magic wand, make my monster grooooooooow!

(From the moon, Rita chucks her wand over the balcony, reaching earth and landing next to Polluticorn. With a rip in the ground, a magic steam engulfs Rita’s monster and before long he grows to the size of a giant.)

Polluticorn: Gyahahahaha.

Trini: Oh no.

Billy: Goldar and the putties are still here.

Kimberly: Anyone of them can still start a fire.

Robbie: You guys take care of that thing. I’ll hold off these goons.

Trini: Thank you Robbie.

Jason: Alright, we need Dinozord power, now!

(With a huge blast and an even bigger crater opening, the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex appears through the flames, roaring fearlessly as it rises from the earth. From an icy tundra, the Mastodon rises with a loud blowing of its trunk. From the desert, the Triceratops races right into action. From the top of a hill the ferocious Saber-toothed Tiger jumps down to a vine filled rainforest. Finally, a volcano erupts and through all the smoke and ash, the pterodactyl rips through the sky, flying to Angel Grove. Jason sees his Dinozord within sight and flies through the air to get in the cockpit. He is followed by his team…)

Jason: Log on.

Zack: Zack here, let’s do this thing!

Billy: This is Billy. All systems go.

Trini: Trini here, all set.

Kimberly: Let’s squash this litterbug.

Jason: Megazord, power on!

(The five mighty Zords are seen running together, getting ready to become one. First the Saber tooth tiger’s legs fold up to create a leg, the Triceratops tail tucks in to for the other. They combine with the Tyrannosaurus’s legs, forming the first half of the Megazord. Next, the Mastodon’s back splits in two down the middle and its head separates. The former spreads out and attaches to the back of the Tyrannosaurus, making the arms and the head attaches to the torso.)

Jason: Activating Megazord Battle Mode.

“Megazord sequence has been initiated.”

(The two legs remain planted as the rest of the body lifts upward to a standing position. The final piece, the Pterodactyl, circles the Megazord and flies toward it, tucking in its wings and head. The Tyrannosaurus head folds into its chest, revealing the Megazord’s head before the Pterodactyl combines with the mighty Zord, creating the chest piece. And with one final fighting stance, the Zord speaks…)

“Megazord activated.”

(Meanwhile on the ground, Robbie readies to take out the putties and Goldar. He high kicks the putty in front of him. He side kicks the one to his right, then lunges forward to punch the putty to his left. All the while, Goldar looks on with arms crossed, holding the torch in his hand. When Robbie makes quick work of the putties, Goldar steps forward.)

Goldar: I’ve gone one question for you brown ranger. Do you smoke?

Robbie: Um………. I……….

Goldar: Cause you will now! Ahahahaha!

Robbie: Nooo!!!

(Goldar leans toward a bush with his torch to start a wildfire, but Robbie lunges in to bicycle kick Goldar and push him backwards. Goldar stumbles, waving his torch around. He accidentally touches a leftover putty with it, who instantly catches fire.)

Robbie: No!!! Stop, drop and roll!!! Stop, drop and roll!!!!

(Right above him, the Megazord squares off against Polluticorn, who takes to the air again and flies right into the rangers, twice, staggering them badly.)

Kimberly: Oh no.

Zack: He’s doing this again!

(Polluticorn gets back to his feet and once again starts flapping his wings, this time to knock the Megazord back. It works as they fly uncontrollably through the air and crash into the pavement.)

Billy: Ugh.

Trini: Ahh.

Billy: We can’t even get to his horn.

Jason Not yet. We need the power sword.

(The mighty power sword falls from the sky and lands facing down. The Megazord gets back up and pulls it from the ground. Polluticorn makes another charge for the rangers but a defensive swing, not only pushes him away, but chops off his horn.

Polluticorn: NOOOOOOOO! MY HORN.

Trini: We did it.

Jason: Now’s our chance!

(Without wasting another second, the Megazord winds up for the final slash, twirling its arm around ominously. Polluticorn staggers, and is greeted with a devastating cut across the abdomen. He falls backwards like a chopped redwood, then goes off into a ball of flame. As the rangers celebrate, Goldar takes his cue.)

Robbie: Now it’s your turn, Goldy.

Goldar: I don’t think so. If my dryer wasn’t being delivered today you’d be saying your prayers right about now!

(And just like that, he vanishes.)

Robbie: Aren’t those bad for the environment?

(Back on the moon, Rita clutches her temple in agony. Having only one sentence to utter in defeat…)

Rita: Ugh… I have such a headache!

(After the smoke has settled, he fade into the next day at Angel Grove High. The school days is over as the final bell rings. Most of the ranger teens pour into the hallways in anticipation for the rest of their days.)

Kimberly: Man I thought this day would never end.

Jason: I thought that test would never end.

Zack: Speak for yourself. I’m feeling pretty good about it. I think I even got an A. Which I hear is the highest you can get.

Jason: (Laughs) Good for you, Zack man. Ready for football at the park?

Zack: Can’t wait.

Jason: You girls coming along?

Kimberly: I can’t. I’m stopping by Tommy’s today since I couldn’t yesterday.

Zack: Tell him to stop being such a baby and show his face.

Trini: Tell him not to listen to Zack. Ever.

Zack: …

Billy: Tell him we all miss him.

Kimberly: Will do…

Jason: What about you, Trini?

Trini: I’m writing a grant proposal today to make the Clean-up Club an official non-profit agency.

Zack: Ooh. Look at you.

Trini: (Laughs) Thanks.

Billy: Let us know how that goes.

Trini: I will.

(The others pull off ahead of her as she peeks her head into one of the classrooms near the exit. Robbie just happens to be inside, sitting quietly to himself. She sticks her head in.)

Trini: Hey Robbie.

Robbie: Hey.

Trini: Class is over, you know.

Robbie: Not for me.

Trini: Why?

Robbie: Let’s just say I added a “director’s cut” to Bulk and Skull’s video project. Kaplan wasn’t much of a fan.

Trini: Oh. I guess everyone’s a critic, huh?

Robbie: Yeah. Have fun with your proposal though.

Trini: You heard? Thanks, but it’s not anything fun.

Robbie: Much more than I’ll ever do.

(And just like that, Robbie turns back to his desk to write something. As if figuring the conversation is over. Instead, a concerned Trini decides to walk in.)

Trini: Is everything okay?

Robbie: Huh?

Trini: …

Robbie: Yeah. I’m fine. Just keeping myself busy.

Trini: Okay… Are… we okay?

(He slowly drops his pen and looks up.)

Robbie: You tell me.

Trini: Something tells me a few weeks ago you would have answered that first question. I kinda feel like I lost you somewhere along the way.

Robbie: You did nothing wrong.

Trini: Really? I feel like I did. Can you tell me how to get on your good side again?

Robbie: You can start by helping me find it.

(She smiles, acknowledging his comment as a joke, but alarmed at how frequently in such a short span he put himself down. Still, Robbie doesn’t appear to want to open up and she knows she has work waiting for her at home. So she turns to leave.)

Trini: Okay… I guess I should go.

Robbie: See you.

(As she leaves, something holds her back. She starts to feel guilty for dismissing the subject so quickly, when clearly there is more going on. She then wonders why she truly feels she’s losing Robbie. Is it because she axed any chance of them being romantically involved in favor of her life goals? Or perhaps it’s because she’s too busy with those life goals to be his friend.)

Trini: …

(She turns back around to find him back to writing in a spiral notebook. She walks back up to him.)

Trini: What made you so upset? Yesterday I mean.

Robbie: It’s nothing. It’s not important.


Trini: It is to me.

(She sits down next to him and looks directly into his eyes, suggesting she won’t leave until he talks to her. Robbie senses this sincerity and finally lets off what feels like to him a thousand years of pent up emotion.)

Robbie: (Exhales) It’s my niece.

Trini: Is she okay?

Robbie: She’s okay. I’m not. My sister found out she was attacked by monsters when she last came here and now swears she won’t let me see her anymore.

Trini: Oh no. That’s terrible.

Robbie: (Sighs) Yeah.

(His lips visibly starts to quiver as he fights back a stubborn tear. Trini wraps her arm around him and rubs his back consolingly as he continues.)

Robbie: They have a “no secrets policy,” or something. Which is good if I were that kind of inappropriate uncle, but I mean I saved her life.

Trini: I know. I’m sorry. I know how much she means to you.

Robbie: She was the only thing keeping me from pretending to care about my family. Seeing her grow up, graduate and all that. It made me want to stick around. Now I have no one.

Trini: That’s not true.

Robbie: …

(She leans her head into his shoulder and wraps herself around his arm.)

Robbie: You should get going. Your proposal…

Trini: Can wait.

(Robbie eyes the back of her head, before leaning his head against it. The episode ends with the two of them alone in mid-embrace.)

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Robbie should be Zeo Zero - I can just picture Tommy calling him the Zero Ranger hahahaha

As for his helmet, some people draw the number 0 with a slash through it (a bit like the "banned" symbol) and I think that could be very cool for his shape
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Ha. Brilliant. I might actually do that.
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