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Gracepoint (A Five-Episode Alternative S3 Finale)


An alternative take on the final days of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, which asks the question...what if the Rangers were not reverted to children at the end of "Rangers In Reverse", but the rest of the world was? Featuring Kid Bulk and Skull, Battle Borgs, the Zeo quest, Alpha defusing a bomb, and above all else, more metallic glitter!

A new episode every Thursday

Episode Guide


1. Rangers In Retreat


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Episode One: Rangers In Retreat

At the Angel Grove Juice Bar, it was another frantic weekend afternoon for six extraordinary teenagers with attitude.

One of these teenagers, Rocky, was lifting a large crate of bananas that had been recently delivered. His friend Billy was helping him with another heavy crate, full of melons.

Directing traffic was the bar's owner Ernie, who was pleased to have all the help he could get lifting these packages.

"Good work guys" he said.

"Think nothing of it Ernie, we're glad to help, especially when it means free smoothes" said Rocky, which caused Billy to give him a dirty glance.

Rocky wondered what the accusatory stare was for.

"What? I'm eager to try out Ernie's new recipe, you must be curious too" he said.

"Rocky, surely the fact we have put some effort into helping Ernie out with the crates reward enough?" Billy insisted,

"Come on guys, they'll be plenty of reward to go around, and it'll be for everyone, it's all on me today. After all, it's a special occasion tomorrow" said a satisfied Ernie.

As he walked past another of Billy and Rocky's friends, Tommy, a sense of awkwardness overtook all three as they pondered what Ernie meant.

"You guys get the feeling we've forgotten something?" Tommy said.

"I know you get that feeling all the time, but I'm usually pretty sharp" said Rocky.

"I admit to being fairly stumped myself over what Ernie could possibly be indicating" said Billy.

Two more of their friends, Adam and Aisha, charged into the bar.

"Hey guys, is Katherine here?" said Adam.

"No" Tommy replied.

"Thank goodness, I wanted to run what we have planned for her big day past you guys before she turned up" Adam revealed.

Tommy, Rocky and Billy all looked at each other and felt an overwhelming urge to bury their heads in their hands

"Kat's birthday, aw man I forgot all about it" he said.

"Well don't that beat all?" said Aisha sarcastically.

"Hey, we all forgot this time, he's in good company" said Rocky defensively.

"Well it shouldn't really matter, this present didn't require all of us to think it out anyway...this has fallen straight into our lap" said Aisha.

"What are you getting at Aisha?" asked Tommy.

Aisha beckoned the group to huddle together so she could reveal her intent.

Meanwhile, high above the Earth, on the far side of the moon, within a lavish lunar palace, evil was stirring.

"My father, Master Vile, is finally ready to unleash the masterstroke of the millennium" exclaimed a lethally lively Rita Repulsa to her hardened husband Lord Zedd, bratty brother Rito and long suffering solider Goldar.

"Such a prestigious presentation requires an audience, we have supplied it, now where is the presenter? Is the old coot perhaps conjuring up a vanishing act? Let's hope so" Zedd remarked.

"Have patience my pretty, he's been very busy, this latest scheme has taxed his powers and his mind"

"I'm going out of my mind just putting up with him" said Zedd.

Deep within the core of the moon, in an underground cave close to the lines of the Caves of Deception, Master Vile stood in the midst of heavy mist, a sceptre in hand, putting into practise an insidious incantation.

"Forces of darkness that I empower fulfil my needs at this crucial hour. To ensure that all my enemies fall, delay no longer and answer my call"

Vile raised his arms, ripples of blue electrical energy surged from his sleeves, the blue turned wildly to gold as the energy levels in the cavern increased tenfold. The sheer strength of the power surging through Vile as the incantation took effect was enough to trigger a small lunar quake.

The ground beneath Vile began to crack open, and a power crimson glow emanated from where he stood.

Vile continued his incantation.

"Evil so pure it blinds who can see, after ten thousand years, send your champion to me"

The lunar quake soon subsided, and the cave once more became stable. Vile stood firm despite much debris falling around him. He reached out to the chasm that had opened before him with his right hand and fetched a stone orb with a pulsating orange light.

"It is done, oh glorious embers of evil I thank you for this gift" Vile said in gracious thanks.

Vile would find little gratitude when he returned to the lunar palace. Having been severely damaged by the lunar quake, everyone was stumbling around. Squatt was helping Baboo back to his feet, while Rito was attempting to help Goldar in much the same way, only for the golden gladiator to swat his hand aside, opting to rise on his own power.

"Gee Pop, you did it again, you left ol' Edd over there piping hot" Rito said to Vile, pointing to Zedd's skin glowing a bright and enraged crimson. The colour of the lunar chamber changed to reflect his current attitudes.

"Just what in pandora's play pen are you up to now Vile?" Zedd said angrily.

"Planning the next step in our plan to destroy the Power Rangers and conquer this planet of course" revealed Vile.

"And what will it require? Another visit from a branch of your family tree? You're lucky I don't cut you off at the roots" Zedd replied angrily,

"Be nice Zeddy" said Rita

"I'm an overload of evil, being nice isn't in my nature" revealed Zedd.

"Mock me if you will Zedd, for very soon the fate of the Power Rangers shall be decided, and not by my hand, but by their own"

At the Power Rangers Command Centre, Alpha 5 was in a state of distress.

"Ay-yi-yi Zordon, a disturbance in the moon's gravitational pull is decalibrating all of our instruments"

"Have you been able to pinpoint the cause?" Zordon, the Ranger's Eltarian mentor, asked

"Not at this time Zordon, but the readings are off the scale, I can only think of one item found at the heart of the moon that could create such a disruption, but it's remained undisturbed for thousands of years...not even Rita or Lord Zedd have dared to try and release it"

"Then we can only assume Master Vile has dared to do what others have not" Zordon revealed.

"Only the most absolute of evil beings would risk using what we assume has been uncovered" Alpha said.

"The evil we oppose has never been in a more desperate state Alpha, the Rangers have become quite the formidable force and Vile's last campaign against the planet ended in humiliation. He will not take being humbled in this way lightly"

"I guess all we can do right now is hope that we're both wrong about this, but I have a feeling in my dials that something is going to go drastically wrong" confessed a worried Alpha.

Elsewhere, in Angel Grove, a large carnival was in town.

Katherine , a pink blindfold over her eyes, asked her five teammates what was going on

"Guys, where are you taking me?! I don't understand!" she pleaded, half excitedly as the loud music and sound of screaming children gave her the impression she was surrounded by a lively and joyous environment.

"We wanted to make sure your first birthday in the States was full of life, laughs and love. The love comes from us, the laughs come from them, and here's to more years of life for all of us" exclaimed a pleased Aisha.

"Yeah Kat, you're definitely going to love this" said Tommy.

Tommy and Billy lead the blinded Katherine through the main parking lot, the others following close behind.

Elsewhere in the parking lot, Junior Police Officers Bulk and Skull were on parking duty. Skull was carrying a measuring tape, while Bulk was busy writing tickets on a notepad.

Skull's measurements one vehicle in particular were analysed by Bulk, scribbling them on the notepad and agreeing with them.

The owner of the car soon arrived, his features hidden behind a baseball cap and a pair of dark shades.

Bulk approached him.

"Excuse me sir, but according to our meticulous measurements, your car is too inches close to the line. That's a mighty big traffic hazard there.

Skull wound up the tape measure and plucked it into Bulk's hand.

"Write 'em his notice Bulkie" Skull exclaimed.

"Sir, I must advise you to be careful where you deposit that heap of yours, otherwise next time we'll be forced to tow it" Bulk continued, chuckling. Skull followed that up with his own trademark laugh.

The man removed his shades, revealing the features of Bulk and Skull's superior officer Lt. Stone.

"I might be forced to do something quite disturbing if you go through with that gentlemen...so why don't we put a bad idea to bed" said Stone in a smooth and stern voice that shook Bulk and Skull to their core.

"Yes sir, absolutely sir" said Bulk, tearing up the parking ticket and stuffing it in Skull's mouth, Skull swallowed it and grinned nervously at Stone, who rolled his eyes and stormed past them.

Around the corner, the blindfolded Kat was brought to the carnival entrance.

"Now for the grand unveiling" said Aisha as Tommy handed her the tickets for entry.

"I'm ready guys, surprise me" said Katherine.

Billy removed her blindfold and Katherine took in the full sights and sounds of the carnival in progress.

"Surprised?" said Rocky.

"Oh guys I love this, thank you so much" said Katherine as she got a little overemotional.

"Hey, wipe those tears girlfriend, this is a happy occasion" remarked Aisha.

"I'm so lucky, these past few months have been a rollercoaster for me, meeting you guys has really changed my life for the better" Katherine said.

"We're all lucky to have met you Kat" said Rocky.

"Come on, guys. Let's go have some fun!"

At the Lunar Palace, Master Vile was explaining his latest plan to his family.

Squatt and Baboo, most curious about the item in Vile's hand, reached out to touch it, only to be electrocuted by a surge of Vile's sceptre

"Don't put your grubby paws on it. This is a delicate item, it has the power to shatter the very foundations of a planet. Do you want us all cast adrift in space?" Vile" cautioned with sheer contempt in his voice.

"It would help of course Vile if we knew just what we were dealing with" Zedd said.

"Thankfully it is the Rangers that will have to deal with this orb's power, and they will find they have at last met their match"

"Their match? Wouldn't they use that to start a fire and smoke us out?" asked a dumbfounded Rito much to Vile's dismay. Zedd zapped Rito's behind with a bolt of energy from his own staff.

"The Orb was devised as a morphing grid in miniature" Vile explained, "It has the ability, when placed in a location that aligns perfectly with a set of stellar constellations, can emit a temporal wave that restores the Earth to an earlier point in its history. This was originally devised as a last resort by the Morphing Masters should evil overtake the planet, but the orb was too powerful for them to control, and was thus buried deep within the moon. Only a thorough breakdown of the caverns of despair's defences by the Rangers on their last visit here granted me the power sufficient enough to release it"

"So this orb can do what we've already tried, and failed, to do in turning the clock back on the Earth, to do. An inspirational piece of original thinking there Vile" replied a cynical and wearier Zedd.

"Oh ye of little faith, this will do more than just reverse time, being a product of the Morphing Masters, the orb harnesses the very core of the Morphing Grid's energies, whenever energy from the same source is used in opposition to it, it absorbs and bestows it's wielder with a karmic deflection" Vile explained.

"Are you telling us this is basically a rabbit's foot?" asked Rita.

"I got one better sis, it's the whole rabbit" said Rito.

"Rito, I am entrusting the Orb of Doom to you, position it just north of the city, it will do the rest. You need not worry about interference from the Power Rangers, indeed I am looking forward to their attempts at meddling" Vile instructed, handing Rito the orb.

"You can count on me Pops" said Rito, shimmering in red energy as he transported himself down to the surface of the Earth.

Back at the carnival, the six teenagers were atop the Super Slide riding atop potato sacks, cheering loudly as they slid down towards the bottom. At one point in the trip, Tommy found himself unable to maintain his balance and spun around on his back.

Katherine was in high spirits, and exclaimed how awesome the slide was as soon as they touched down.

"You guys want to try out the Roller Plane next?" asked Tommy as Katherine helped him to his feet.

"I eagerly agree" said Billy as he came down.

"I'm definitely up for it" said Katherine.

Rocky clutched his stomach, feeling a little queasy.

"I don't know guys, these rollercoasters are really messing with my intestines, probably shouldn't have those chilli dogs before I started on these rides" he said.

"The ironic thing is you haven't even been on any real rollercoasters yet" joked Aisha.

The Rangers communicators suddenly went off.

Katherine's face froze, she shook slightly.

"Not today" she whispered.

Tommy and the other dashed off to a secluded corner at the edge of the slide, the teens huddled together in a circle, activating their communicators.

"We read you Zordon" said Tommy.

"Power Rangers, you are required at the Command Centre immediately" said Zordon.

The teens did as instructed, triggering the teleporter on their communicators. Their bodies shimmered and crackled with sparkling multi coloured electricity and they flew into the sky heading towards their Command Centre hidden in the rocky mountains on the outskirts of the city.

Upon landing inside the Command Centre, they were greeted by a distressed Alpha,

"Oh, thank goodness your're here! Ay-yi-yi! It's just terrible!" he bellowed.

"Calm down Alpha, I've never seen you this haywire" said Adam.

The teens, looks of concern on their faces, asked Zordon what the latest emergency was

" Master Vile has summoned the darkest force in the universe, and is preparing to unleash it on our planet." Zordon revealed.

"I don't get it! What force?" Aisha asked

"The Orb Of Doom. A device that harnesses the very power of the Morphing Grid. Corrupted long ago by the forces of evil it lay dormant within the Moon's caverns of despair for millennia until very recently. Somehow Master Vile has gotten a hold of it, and has sent Rito to Earth to place it at a specific set of coordinates. Once he succeeds, Vile will be able to use the Orb to reverse time and undo key events in our history. It will be as the Power Rangers had never arrived"

"Wait, it can tap into the Morphing Grid energy? Does that mean it can give Vile, Zedd and Rita access to our powers?" Rocky asked.

"No, but for as long as he has his hands on the Orb, Rito and his forces will have a distinct advantage in both strength and tenacity that could prove to be a difficult challenge" explained Alpha.

"Once the Orb is planted, it will burn through its remaining energies to accomplish its task. You won't have to worry about it afterwards, but by that point it will have achieved it's purpose and the Earth will be altered"

"Does this orb have the power to halt time indefinitely?" asked Billy.

"It was created to be an ideal weapon by people whose sole ideal was the planet's perceived golden age, an age that cannot be viewed through a lens that looks forward" Zordon revealed.

"So in other words, to the orb the past is most present" said Adam

"Let us intercept Rito Zordon, we can take him" said Tommy.

"There is a chance, but there is a great risk Rangers. As Alpha has said, the power you draw from the morphing grid will be used to enhance Rito and his own forces; they would prove to be a formidable match"

"We've gotten by before through taking chances" said a confidant Tommy.

Billy printed out the co-ordinates and studied them thoroughly.

"Remember, Rangers. Once the Orb is secured, it cannot be removed."

"Red Ranger Power"

"Black Ranger Power"

"Yellow Ranger Power"

"Pink Ranger Power"

"Blue Ranger Power"

"White Ranger Power"

Transforming into the Power Rangers, the six teenagers teleported to their destination, where they found Rito wandering the hills.

"Look, he's got the orb in his hands" said Adam, pointing to the glowing object in Rito's grip.

"Hey Rito, we'll take that" called out Tommy.

Rito turned around and grunted.

"Hey, dad said you'd arrive for the party, might as well start it with a bang" he said and fired several electrical shots from what passed for his eyeballs, igniting the very ground the Rangers stood on, though fortunately the Rangers were able to leap out of the way in time as the soil erupted into flames.

The Rangers encircled Rito, giving him no possible way out.

"You're surrounded Rito, you might as well surrender and hand over that Orb" said Tommy.

Rito waved his bone-sword menacingly at them.

"If I had nerves, you guys would be getting on the end of every one of them" Rito remarked.

"Whatever your game is, you're going to lose" said Rocky.

"Oh games? Now this is definitely what I call a party, here's one of my favourites, it's called "TENGA, YOU'RE IT"

He waved his sword and summoned an army consisting of purple and black feathered freaks

"Those feathered forces have never been much of a match for us Rito" said Tommy.

"Always a first for everything, sic 'em boys" said Rito.

More Tengas approached Aisha from behind.

She backed away slowly upon noticing them.

"I hate to tell you this, guys. But now we're the ones that are surrounded"

"I ain't got all day, so if you don't mind, I'll leave you guys to play while I get my job done" Rito said, resuming his journey.

Suddenly, Zedd's most loyal minion Goldar arrived.

"I heard you were having a party, why wasn't I invited?" he said.

"Guys, we can't delay any longer, we've got to stop Rito before he plants that orb where it needs to be" said Billy.

"Agreed, drop it Rito" said Tommy.

"We won't let you get away with this" said Katherine.

"I'm afraid you have no choice this time Birthday brat, the grid's energy flow through this odd little orb, a lot of luck is on my side this time"

"Your luck's about to run out" decreed Tommy.

"Fortune favors the bald" said Rito

"That's bold you numb skull" said Goldar

"Hey, there's nothing wrong with my skull, sure it's a bit dented around the edges, but it feels just fine" said Rito.

The Rangers, realising time was of the essence, charged into battle with the Tengas. Rocky threw several fierce punches, some of which the Tengas deflected or ducked, and set themselves upon him. Aisha managed to avoid being sliced in half by Goldar's sword and reached out to grab the orb from Rito, but a Tenga speared her from the side and pulled her down to the ground.

Billy tried his hand next, getting close to Rito and managing to spar with him briefly. Rito was able to juggle clashing with Billy with holding the orb and keeping it from falling into the Ranger's hands. The orb glowed brightly, Rito could feel the harmonious energy of the grid protecting him as Billy found it difficult to get past Rito's sword attacks and take the orb from him, even attempting to kick it out of his hand fell to pieces as Rito's hand was able to avoid every attempt by Billy to do so.

Finally, two Tengas grabbed Billy's arms and held him back, Billy eventually hurled them off and knocked them on top of one another, but by the time he turned, Rito had already advanced. The two Tengas swiftly got up and this time were successful in bringing Billy down.

Adam tried his hand next only to find his path to Rito blocked by Goldar and a trio of Tengas. Billy broke free of the Tengas pinning him down and joined Aisha to fend off Goldar and the trio and clear a path for Adam.

As the fight wore on however, more Tengas swooped in and provided Goldar with back up. Blue and Yellow now faced overwhelming odds, and their plan to give Adam cover to reach Rito soon fell apart as Adam raced to their rescue.

The swarm of Tengas tore into the Rangers with kicks and pecks from their beaks, Adam was kicked in the gut and Aisha was slammed onto a slab of concrete rock . Billy found himself being tackled once again, and was barely able to get up.

Billy walked over to Tommy, who was biding his time, attempting to find a clearer path to Rito and becoming frustrated that he couldn't find an opportunity.

"Tommy, Zordon was right, the orb's power is protecting Rito, there's no efficient way of reaching him, and the Tengas are unbelievably strong. We need extra protection"

"We'll call on the Metallic Amour" Tommy replied.

The Rangers all gathered around as the Tengas and Goldar swarmed over them, they motioned their arms up in the air and then down, creating a dazzling flash of light.

"Metallic armour power up" Tommy bellowed.

A pool of gleaming energy coated the Rangers in sparkling, gleaming variations on their outfits. The Rangers cracked their knuckles and flexed their enhanced muscles.

"So you Mighty Morphing Morons are on the Metallic Mend, as if that'll put a dent in my plans" said Rito.

"Too bad, because we're about to put break your bird's beaks" declared Rocky.

Aisha jumped high in the air and perched herself a tall boulder, the Tengas surrounded it. Aisha leaped off the boulder and delivered a jump kick to the Tengas, her golden yellow colouring illuminating the sky as she did so, knocking down several of them in one mighty swoop.

A Tenga also takes a leap into the air and attempts to pin down Billy for a third time, but Billy, protected by the metallic armour, was able to deliver a nasty kick with his leg in perfect position to impact on the Tengas's chest, causing it to flip uncontrollably down to the ground.

Black Metallic Ranger Adam faced down three Tengas at once. He utilized the power of his armour, gliding across the ground at the speed of light, zipping across the area and deflecting attacks from several Tengas.

Tommy engaged with Goldar, using Saba to counter sword attacks from the winged warrior. Several Tengas attempted to attack Tommy, but his sharp instincts alerted him to the ambush and he was hold to fend off the attempt at an attack by twirling around and slashing them with strieks from Saba before turning around and again clashing with Goldar.

Rocky and Katherine attempted to double team Rito, managing to finally catch up to him through the efforts of the others. They sparred back and forth with him, again trying to get him to release his grip on the orb of doom.

Rito was not to be deterred however, and slashed away at the two Rangers with his bone sword. The metallic armor protected them, but to their horror they found difficulty in trying to break Rito's hold on the orb.

"It's no good, that thing is still drawing power from the Grid to protect itself" said Rocky.

Meanwhile, somewhere up in the mountain range, White Ranger easily takes on Goldar, AND several Tengas at once. What a guy! Red Ranger gets back in the action with Rito Revolto, the two sparring Tommy attempted to reach Rito next, but the Tengas wee as determined as ever to prevent their foes from succeeding, and they grabbed him from behind, Katherine and Rocky were faced with a difficult choice, let Rito go or help their leader.

Katherine knew where her loyalties lay, and dashed off to protect Tommy. Rocky was initially hesitant, concerned with the mission, but realised friendship and teamwork was always the main priority.

Rito powered on, counting the numbers until he reached a spot covered in a patch of grass.

"Looks like a pretty spot...but wait, would Vile really pick somewhere nice looking to plant this thing? Is he just being ironic?" he said to himself.

Rito sat down, bashing the left side of his skull as he pondered where exactly to place the orb. The other Rangers were struggling to keep the Tengas at bay in the backdrop of him puzzling over the problem.

He pointed his finger to the patch of earth and waving it around, settling on the left, then the right, then up, then down. Nothing satisfied him.

"This isn't working, I have no idea where to place this thing, might as well chance it" said Rito, getting up and dropping the orb on the first patch of soil he chose.

To his astonishment, he found sometimes chances pay off for villains as much as they do for heroes.

A bright beam of violet energy was released from the Orb, streaming upwards towards the sky. Rito stood next to it, looking on in awe

"Alright" he said

"I don't believe it, the bonehead actually pulled it off" said Goldar.

"Hey, I was the one who trashed their Zords months back too, my pop was right about broken clocks" replied Rito.

Meanwhile, the Rangers found their struggle against the Tengas becoming mercifully easier, and they were able to beat them back.

Unfortunately, they also knew what this meant.

"Looks like the Orb's been released, which means we're too late" said Tommy.

The Rangers huddled together and watched as a loud thunderclap could be heard and the sky darkened. Lighting struck various sections of the rocky terrain, encircling Rito as he laughed triumphantly.

As the sky became a black hue, Rito spotted full moon peering through the murky clouds, as it's glow intensified, a earthquake suddenly rocked the area.

Rito, Goldar, the Tengas and the Ranger swayed from side to side as fissures opened up in the ground and they struggled to maintain their balance.

Observing all of the events was Alpha and Zordon from the security of the Command Centre.

"Ay-Ay-Ay Zordon, the Rangers have failed" said Alpha.

"Then we must proceed with our contingency plan quickly Alpha, summon the Rangers back here and begin preparations" Zordon ordered.

"Rangers, return to the command centre immediately" Alpha instructed as he contacted the Rangers.

"There's still a chance we can take the orb out Alpha" said Tommy.

"There's nothing that can be done at this stage Tommy, if you stay where you are, you'll be affected by the temporal storm the orb is generating" Alpha revealed

"Tommy, listen to Alpha, Rito's won" Rocky insisted.

"No, we've got to get the orb" Tommy said, anguish and desperation in his voice.

"Remember what Zordon said, the orb can't be removed. It's over, we have to retreat"

"No way" said Tommy, trying to make it to where the Orb was, only to be pulled back by the remaining Rangers.

"It's too late Tommy, please, it's too dangerous to remain here" Katherine pleaded.

Tommy pounded the ground in frustration as he realised his friends were right.

"...Ok" he said.

Tommy looked at his friends; he clenched his fist in frustration, and made the call.

"Rangers, retreat" he said.

The Ranegrs raised their arms to the sky and triggered their teleportation.

"The Rangers in retreat? Now there's a story" said Rito.

"We'd best retreat ourselves, otherwise we'll be taking a trip to the Earth's core" Goldar said, grabbing Rito by the shoulder blades and teleporting away.

Back at the Lunar Palace, a triumphant Master Vile addressed his family, giving the returning Rito a gold medal for his competence.

"Well done sonny boy, I knew the good fortunes of the Orb of Doom would bring misery and ultimate defeat for the Power Rangers" Vile boasted.

"Thanks dad, if I had a face, I'd be red with blushes right about now" said Rito.

Rita noticed Zedd was hesitant to celebrate.

"Hey, what's down with your demeanour, the Rangers lost and had to run away" she said.

"Exactly, they retreated back to the Command Centre, where undoubtedly Zordon will find some means of protecting the power squeaks" Zedd revealed.

"Not even the wise and formidable Zordon can prepare fully for the great sea of change about to flood this planet" Vile revealed as bolts of lightning darted out of the Earth and lit up the stars, exploding into majestic sparks of light and energy that danced across the moon palace.

Back at the carnival, Bulk and Skull were trying to maintain order as the citizens panicked and ran in all directions.

"What's up with the sky? The forecast said it'd be clear all day" said Skull.

One citizen trod on Bulk's foot, causing him incredible pain

"That's the fifth time someone's stood on my bad toe today, the next one to try that is up to their pencil necks in trouble" he vowed.

No sooner that he'd decreed this did the same thing happen again. In pain, he grabbed the citizen by the neck and demanded he apologise.

"Care to repeat that Bulkmier?" said the Citizen, revealing himself to be Lt. Stone.

"Apology ac-accepted sir" Bulk said.

"Hey Bulk, you wanna head off and get something to eat" Skull said as he turned back to his friend, only to freeze in horror at the icy look on Stone's face as he suggested this.

"I meant get something to eat for the folks here" Skull said nervously.

"Yeah, a little something to calm their nerves and stomachs, I don't know if you're aware of this but there's something brewing up there" Bulk said nervously, pointing upwards towards the sky.

On the moon, Master Vile began to cast a spell

Give me strength, power, and rage. People of Earth, reverse in age"

The Orb Of Doom gleamed with another surge of power, a ferocious torrent of fire shot upwards and igniting the moon, making it as bright as the sun, before it shot back down towards the Earth and immersed in a warm glow.

Inside the Command Centre, the Ranger, still in costume, watched a view of the Earth from the viewing globe.

"Look, the planet is beginning to reverse it's rotation" Billy said

"Alpha, can you focus on the carnival?" Tommy asked.

On the viewing globe, the carnival slowly ground to a halt. Citizens froze in place as the planet burned bright with white hot energy.

On the moon, Master Vile concluded his spellbinding ceremony.

"Ultimate power, exert your force! Divert the Earth's natural course!"

"These nursery rhymes aren't worth my time" said a despairing Zedd.

Rita aggressively elbowed him.

As the world turned, Master Vile gloated at his supreme victory.

"The Rangers will not able to summon their Ninja Zords or draw on their own power, their defeat is total, we must make preparations for the conquest of their world" he said.

The Earth began spinning in a clockwise direction, opposite of where it was heading before, and as it did so, those caught up in the temporal storm found themselves regressing in age.

Bulk, Skull and Lt. Stone were among the panicked citizens reduced to children.

"Hey, aren't we a little bit short for these uniforms?" asked a nimble and nervous Stone.

"Who asked you?" said Bulk, shoving Stone to the ground and trying to walk away only for his feet to trip over the long sleeves of his pants.

Elsewhere, someone is tossing a baseball to some milk jugs at a booth, observed by a vendor with his dog at his side, when the temporal storms overtake them and they're all reverted to children, with the dog reverted to a puppy.

Back at the command centre , the Rangers observed the changes to the world in disbelief.

"I can't believe this is happening" she said.

"Our parents...our friends, will they even recognise us if we head back?" asked Adam.

Tommy was beside himself with guilt and anger.

Observing all these changes at the Command Centre, Katherine shed a small tear as the world she knew fell apart, and all on her special day.

"What do we do now?" she asked.

Noone had an answer.

TO BE CONTINUED

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Thanks.

Just combed over it and found one or two mistakes that I've polished up now (including finishing an incomplete paragraph)
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Very good, Cameron! You wouldn't happen to be European would you? I'm reading some "re's" where I'm used to reading "er's." It read like an episode for sure. I might tighten some scenes/dialogues to improve the flow. But who am I to talk, really? My chapters are like 35 pages on word.

You also seem to have a good grasps of the characters. I love the stupid Rocky you're portraying. It's funny, cause he isn't actually portrayed as stupid on the show, but he just come across as an idiot most of the time.
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Very good, Cameron! You wouldn't happen to be European would you? I'm reading some "re's" where I'm used to reading "er's." It read like an episode for sure. I might tighten some scenes/dialogues to improve the flow. But who am I to talk, really? My chapters are like 35 pages on word.
Isn't that just about the standard length for script fics anyway? Mine are quite shy of the number of pages required to feel like an episode based on the prowse format, it reads more like an episode capsule.

You also seem to have a good grasps of the characters. I love the stupid Rocky you're portraying. It's funny, cause he isn't actually portrayed as stupid on the show, but he just come across as an idiot most of the time.
I don't want to suggest that's all down to Steve's mannerisms or not, he might not intend it as such but yeah..there's somewhat of a reason fans get inspired by Amit making him Tommy's butler in that one Forever Red draft. I've got to write a major angle with Rocky in the penultimate episode, so I'll try to trim down the blockheadedness.
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I don't want to suggest that's all down to Steve's mannerisms or not, he might not intend it as such but yeah..there's somewhat of a reason fans get inspired by Amit making him Tommy's butler in that one Forever Red draft. I've got to write a major angle with Rocky in the penultimate episode, so I'll try to trim down the blockheadedness.
Lmao. Wow. Never heard of that. That's a burial of a character if I've ever seen one. For Steve's sake I'm glad that never got to air.
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I don't want to suggest that's all down to Steve's mannerisms or not, he might not intend it as such but yeah..there's somewhat of a reason fans get inspired by Amit making him Tommy's butler in that one Forever Red draft. I've got to write a major angle with Rocky in the penultimate episode, so I'll try to trim down the blockheadedness.
It did bother me that they never really acknowledged Rocky as a Red Ranger in Forever Red - he was one for about one and a half seasons.

I'm not so sure I'd characterize Rocky as a blockhead - no more than Adam (for going out with Scorpina that time), or Tommy (how often was he forgetful?).
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Episode Two: Gracepoint


The citizens of Angel Grove were in a state of panic, and the Rangers could do nothing but watch in horror as their friends and family were regressed in age, all of them looked lost and confused.

"It's so unreal" said Aisha.

"You have to think about the long-term ramifications of this, world leaders who could have made a difference in the world now either back where they were climbing the political ladder, or are back to attending middle league" said Adam.

"And what about the world peace conference? That's not even about anymore, all the progress made by Jason, Zack and Trini will have been for nothing" said Tommy.

"This planet's in deep trouble" said Rocky.

"What are you doing Alpha?" said Adam, watching Alpha work feverishly at the controls.

"I'm working on projecting a temporal gracepoint around the Command Centre; it should shield all of us from the effects of the time storms generated by the Orb of Doom" said Alpha.

"You mean we won't reverse in age?" asked Aisha.

"Correct Aisha, but it is by no means a permanent solution, it will only work for a short time" Zordon replied.

"At least it gives us a chance to protect the Earth and find a way to undo all of this" said Rocky.

"Zordon, what are the consequences of this timeline reversal? Will our powers be stripped from us?" said Billy.

"The shift in timelines will prove to be costly to your powers. While you are protected by the temporal gracepoint, your power coins will be unable to function in the new world as Ninjor remains outside of our perimeter, and he will find himself swept up in the changes. It will be as if you never met him"

"So our Ninja powers won't exist?" said Tommy.

"Your Ninja Ranger powers will still work because they are an extension of your inner animal totems, we're working on a way to fuse their energies with that of the metallic armour so you can utilize those full time instead" Alpha explained.

"The Ninja Coins will remain dormant for now, but they still contain enough residual power, combined with the protection of the temporal gracepoint, they will be of some potential use" Zordon replied.

"What sort of use?" asked Tommy.

"I think I know what Zordon means by that Tommy, trust me, we'll be right on top of things" assured Billy.

Tommy looked at Katherine, her face expressing all kinds of despairing emotion.

"Hey there" he said, putting a hand on her shoulder.

Katherine gripped his hand tightly.

"Oh Tommy, this is all my fault, I should have kept my focus on Rito, instead of trying to help you" she said.

"You made the right call, those Tengas had me all tied up, I don't know if I'd made it back if it weren't for you" said Tommy.

"Yeah Kat, we all make hard choices as Power Rangers, but we're all a team here, more than that, we're a family"

"So you don't think less of me for what I did?" said Katherine, trying to hold back an emotional breakdown.

"Hey, you're looking at a pretty remarkable team here, we forgave you for what you did under Rita's power, and we're here to pick you up for anything you do under your own power" said Tommy.

Katherine smiled.

"Oh you guys, you sure know how to make this birthday just the slightest bit better" she said.

"Oh no guys, look" said Aisha, pointing to the viewing globe.

The Rangers observed the globe and recoiled in horror at the sight before them.

It was Rito Revolto. Now giant sized, making his way through the more derelict corners of the city.

"He'll level the whole city if we don't do something" said Rocky.

"I'm afraid there's little we can do. Alpha needs time to generate the temporal gracepoint across the entire planetary bio-grid. Any attempt to escalate the process will result in catastrophic damage to the morphing grid" Zordon explained.

"He doesn't seem to be attacking a populated area, that's unlike him" Katherine noted.

"Are you kidding? The abandoned warehouse district and the evacuated harbours are practically their favourite picnic spot" said Rocky.

"She's got a point guys, Zedd's forces probably know we retreated back here, they know we're still a threat, so they're trying to draw us out when we're not ready so they can finish us" Tommy revealed.

"Let's hope they get bored easily then, because it's hard to just stand by and watch this unfold" said Adam.

The giant warrior took the time to rest, snapping off a nearby television antenna and using it to floss his teeth.

"This bad boy always needs his recommended dose of good dental hygiene" he remarked.

Observing Rito's actions were Rita and Zedd in the lunar palace.

"Well, has our scout drawn the Rangers out of hiding yet?" asked Zedd as he lay on a metal slab, the brain being massaged by Tengas.

"Not a peep from those power pests so far" said Rita.

"Then perhaps it's true, the Rangers may not be able to draw on power or assistance from that ninny Ninjor. Which leaves Angel Grove, and the world, ripe for the taking" Zedd exclaimed

"I'll tell Rito to start tearing away at the populated sectors that should leave them in just the right state to wilfully submit to our merciless whims" said Rita.

"Do so, if there's one thing that skinless skeleton has been getting right lately, it's following orders to an exact science" said Zedd.

Suddenly, a swarm of disharmonious energies shot forth from the palace and towards the Earth, plucking Rito from where he stood in the city, reducing him in size and transporting him back to the palace. Rito landed right on top of Zedd's massage bed.

"Oh I knew it was too bad to be true" said Zedd.

"Hey, can I get a rub too?" Rito asked of the Tenga.

Zedd threw Rito off of the bed and scowled as Vile arrived on the scene.

"Why do that you blimp of bile? Can't you see the Rangers are in hiding? Now is the perfect chance to strike at the Earth" snapped an irate Zedd.

"You fool, do not forget that the Rangers are still a thorn in our side even without access to their powers. They still have their wits about them, their confidence, we must strip them of that too, and we shall do so by targeting their precious command centre"

"As much as I'd love to deprive Zordon of his humble abode, it's difficult to do so when you can only access the Command Centre through the use of a power coin" Zedd argued.

"Precisely why we need the power coins, or at the very least one of them, and that will soon prove an easy task, especially with what is at stake if they do not bring the coins into the open and into our hands"

"How so Daddykins?" asked Rita.

"All be revealed soon my dear, for now I must prepare my own special task force from the M-1 galaxy, I need more monsters I can personally rely on, not any of your hatched job of a husband's routine failures" Vile elaborated.

Zedd glowed furiously with anger as Vile teleported away.

"I can't believe the nerve of that feckless father of yours" Zedd replied.

"Hey, language like that my Dad isn't on Zeddy" Rita snapped angrily.

"Oh please, you live to offend" said Zedd.

In a secluded part of the palace, Master Vile was making good on his vow to make use of his allies.

"Monster Council of the M-1 System, hear my summons. The power is contained; the Rangers are on the run. We have the advantage, gather your forces and await my signal"

Back on Earth, the Angel Grove carnival had been brought to a permanent halt and people were heading towards the nearby monster shelters as Tengas swarmed the streets.

Not keen on going home anytime soon were Bulk and Skull, who, joined by Jerome Stone, had just taken off with a bundle of clothes that actually fit their size.

"I don't think you should have done that, it's stealing" said Stone.

"Oh look what we have here, the law of the land" said Bulk, pushing Stone away with his free hand.

"Yeah, if you want to be like one fraction of a punk like us, you'll take what you like" said Skull.

Stone sulked and walked back into the shop, forking through his wallet and handing the shop owner some money before joining Bulk and Skull outside.

"What a moral moron" said Bulk, who pointed towards a nearby alleyway.

"Come on, we'll get changed in there" he said.

As the trio headed off into the alleyway, they were being watched sharply by an eagle-eyed female police officer.

She waited anxiously for the trio to emerge with their almost ill-gotten garb before stepping out of the car and approaching them.

"You boys sure know how to keep to curfew" she said.

Bulk and Skull gulped.

The female observed their discarded uniforms.

"Finding them a bit big to wear?" she said.

"We could never fill those shoes anyway" said Skull.

"Actually Ma'am, these boys here were just thinking of returning them to the local police station" said Jerome.

The female smiled and patted him on the head.

"I saw what you did at the shop back there kid, you'll go places. Now as for you and the other two, you're going back with me until we figure out who your parents are. It's not safe to be out here" she said.

Back at the Command Centre, the Rangers were pondering their next move when suddenly the lights began flickering, a loud hum could be heard throughout the structure, and the viewing globe's imagery became distorted and hard to see.

"Ai-Ai-Ai, the adjustments I've made to accommodate the power of the temporal gracepoint is shutting down our psychokinetic cloaking array" said Alpha.

"Meaning what?" asked Rocky.

"That means our location will be known to the forces of evil" said Zordon.

Back at the lunar palace, Zedd titled his head upwards as the Tengas continued to massage his brain. He clambered off of the bed and projected his planetary tracking gaze across the plains of the Earth.

"Rita, you know that feeling you get when a migraine lifts?" said Zedd.

"I barely know that feeling" said Rita.

"It means the knowledge long denied to my routine scans of the planet is no longer in place, I finally know the location of the command centre" Zedd replied.

"Great, so what do we do? Knock on the door and ask to be let in?" Rita replied.

"Your father was right, he had foreseen that Zordon would make a mistake as crucial as this" Zedd realised.

"So do we go through with his plan when the time is right?" said Rita.

"No one initiates a plan of action before I do. If we can draw the Rangers out of hiding, Zordon will be vulnerable"

"We already sent a scout, daddy dearest didn't take too kindly to it" said Rita.

"Then we shall second a second scout to Earth, one who is more expendable, and we shall target people the Rangers care about to guarantee their swift intervention" Zedd schemed, scanning the Earth for an opportunity.

Fortunately, he found exactly what he was looking for as he observed the police car carrying Bulk, Skull and Stone to the local station.

"Ah yes, the oversized simpleton and his lanky loser friend, they will make fitting targets" said Zedd.

Rita went over to her repulsascope and observed what was going on at the now almost empty carnival. To her delight, she found some people were refusing to leave and were indeed trying their hand at a couple of slot machines on loan from the Angel Grove Casino.

"Oh Zeddy, I think we've hit the jackpot" Rita said, dragging Zedd by the arm and dragging him towards the repulsacope.

Zedd looked through it and beamed bright red in delight.

"Oh, how fortunate. Let's see if this little effort produces three matching lemons for this whole stinking city to suck on" said Zedd, aiming his Z-staff at the Earth and unleashing an incredible display of raw and evil energy which rocketed towards the carnival, impacting the nearest slot machine and turning it into a monster.

"Behold Slotski" Zedd said.

"Really? Can't you call it something like Jackperil? Or Smackpot? Or something that's easier to sell to the kids?" Rita remarked.

Inside the police car, Bulk, Skull and Jerome were reading the information on their uniform badges.

"Why do these guys have the same names as us?" said Skull.

"Yeah, I really don't get it...and what were we doing wearing them anyway?" said Bulk.

"Sounds like a real mystery here gang" said Jerome.

"Will you cut that out Stone? We're no gang" said Bulk.

"Yeah, we're nasty boys, not Nancy boys" said Skull, showing off his awareness of young detective novels.

"I'd like to investigate what's going on, being a detective has always been a dream of mine" said Jerome, looking out at the wreckage of the city, lost in his own imagination.

"You boys better keep quiet back there" said the officer.

"Hey, we'd be as still as a rock if we didn't keep driving over all those cracks in the pavement" remarked Bulk.

"You kids are starting to crack me up with your antics" the officer told them.

Suddenly, Slotski, flanked by several Tengas arrived on the scene, they encircled the car. The Tengas menacingly began pecking at the car windows, causing cracks to form.

"Get behind me guys" said Jerome, protecting the terrified Bulk and Skull.

"Stay calm kids, I've got this" the officer said, putting the pedal to the metal and attempting to run down Slotsky, but a Tenga jumped on top of the car roof and pecked the windshield. Other Tengas focused on pecking the tires, causing them to deflate.

"I'm the monster around these parts that you're best not putting odds on beating" Slotski said menacingly.

At the Command Centre, the alarms were ringing, signalling great danger.

"Alpha, have you stabilized the systems?" said Billy.

The lights suddenly lit up the interior of the command structure and the hum dimmed. The Rangers were ecstatic.

"Ay-Ay-Ay, we have full power again. The gracepoint is in total effect and your Ninja Ranger powers have been successfully fused with what remains of the metallic armour. You may call on the powers when ready" Alpha said jubilantly, handing the Rangers what appeared to be circular stone coins, instructing the Rangers to replace the ninja coins with them in their power morphers.

"You're a life saver Alpha" said Aisha.

"The viewing globe is fully operational now" said Alpha.

The Rangers were soon witnessing the source of the commotion in the command centre, as they witnessed Slotski's attack.

"That's Bulk and Skull, and I think Lt. Stone too" said Rocky.

"Aw man, they're sitting ducks" Tommy said.

"Then I think it's time we give them cover" Rocky replied.

Tommy nodded.

"Zordon, what if Zedd escalates the threat?" Adam asked.

"There was only one option available to us Rangers, but it may prove a risk" Zordon revealed.

"Ever since we discovered the Shogun Zords, Zordon and I have been attempting to duplicate their technology in case of an event such as this where they would be lost again. What we have is still in prototype form, and there's only a few of them. They're called the Battle Borgs"

"We need all the assistance we can get Zordon, we'll take the risk" said Adam

"Alright guys, it's Morphing Time" Tommy decreed.

The Rangers produced their morphers and raised them to the sky. The stone coins glowed with a sort of pinkish hue which was also white and grey.

"Black Metallic Power"

"Red Metallic Power"

"Blue Metallic Power"

"Pink Metallic Power"

"Yellow Metallic Power"

"White Metallic Power"

The Metallic Armour soon coated the Rangers from head to toe and they teleported to the scene of the monster attack.

Back at the scene, Bulk, Skull, Jerome and the police officer had been driven from the car and were now proceeding on foot. They didn't get too far before bumping again into Slotski.

"Alright, end of the line officer" said the sinister slot machine as the kids and officer froze where they stood.

The officer reached for her gun, determined to keep the children safe. Bulk and Skull clutched one another tightly, trembling at the very sight of the monstrous abomination. Jerome shook his head.

"What a pair of scaredy cats, you two need is some discipline" he said.

"Have you ever considered enlisting kid?"

"I'd only enlist if they do, so I could teach them how to behave in a proper manner" Jerome boasted.

"Hey, nobody makes small talk in front of a big shot like me" said Slotski, as he advanced towards them.

Suddenly, the Rangers leapt into action, Tommy nailed Slotski in the chest with a powerful kick and swept him off of his feet by crouching down and throwing his leg underneath his staggering frame, throwing him off balance.

"Time to empty you out" said Tommy as the other Rangers dealt with the Tengas, the teens glad to be once again a match for the ferocious flapping footsoldiers after the unfair advantage granted to them by the karmic Houdini tricks of the Orb of Doom.

"Ah, the Power Rangers, so you've crawled out from under your rock" said Slotski as he got up.

"Power Rangers?" said Jerome in wonderment.

"What a bunch of colour coordinated weirdoes" said Skull.

"Yeah, its' like Skittles got into law enforcement" remarked Bulk.

"Yeah, those guys never change" said Tommy.

"Time to break these beaks" said Aisha.

Billy jumped high in the air and formed a fist with his right hand before coming down and pressing the fist down hard on two Tenga's heads, he followed that up with two kicks and an uppercut to both.

One of the Tengas was able to grab hold of Adam and suplexed him over his shoulder, refusing to release his grip, and went for it a second time, a third suplex sent him against the back of an abandoned taxi cab. He was about to attempt a fourth suplex when Adam's feet touched the edge of the cab and he pushed himself back, throwing the Tenga onto his own back. Adam followed that up by smashing the Tengas's cheeks with the back of his elbows, which finally caused his hold to release.

Katherine found herself surrounded by two Tengas, they both charged ahead at her, but she was able to do the splits and throw two punches at their chests before getting up, grabbing both of their heads, and cracking their skulls together, she then did a tremendous back flip onto the roof of another car to meet up with a Tenga perched on there. They exchanged blows before Katherine was able to deliver a fierce right hook to the Tenga's beak, bending it slightly, and threw up a high knee which sent it catapulting off of the car and onto the ground.

Aisha took a few hits from a group of four Tengas, Slotski trying to get them to hold her steady so he could finish her off with an energy blast, but Tommy speared him from the right hand side. The distraction startled the Tengas, allowing Billy to come to Aisha's aid and send the Tengas packing with a couple of high knees, leg sweeps and uppercuts.

Realizing his forces were exhausted and depleted, Slotski prepared to flee.

"Looks like I need a place to cool off, luckily I know just the place. Catch me when and if you can Rangers" Slotski said before teleporting away with the battle weary Tengas.

"No, he got away" Tommy said.

"Alright freeze" said the police officer, having finally found the nerve to use your weapon, which she was pointing at the Rangers.

Tommy raised his hands in the air and slowly turned to greet her.

"Listen Officer, we mean you no harm, we're the Power Rangers" he said.

"Never heard of you before now" said the officer.

"We're from a different time and place, but trust me, we're your best line of defence against these monsters" said Aisha.

Katherine leaned over to check on Bulk and Skull.

"Keep away from them" said the officer, turning her weapon towards Katherine.

"Please that isn't necessary" said Katherine.

Bulk and Skull flinched from the Pink Ranger, terrified out of their wits.

Jerome however stood his ground.

"Thanks for saving our lives ma'am" he said, giving the Pink Ranger a hug.

The officer, concerned for Jerome, grabbed him by the hand and kept him behind her.

"Don't touch him" she said.

"Officer, you just saw us make mincemeat out of those monsters, trust us, we're on your side" assured Rocky.

"Come down to the station with me and we'll determine what side of the law you're on" said the officer.

"We don't have time, Slotski is still on the loose and we have to intercept him" Billy revealed.

Tommy's communicator went off.

"We read you Alpha" Tommy said.

"Ay-Ay-Ay, Rangers, Slotski has shown up at the Angel Grove Water Park"

"We're on our way" said Tommy.

"You're not going anywhere until I get answers" the officer threatened.

"I know you're upset, and confused, you probably don't even know why you're out in your police car like this, you probably retired twenty or so years ago, the world's a confusing place right now, but we'll do our best to set everything straight. If you let us"

The officer hesitated, which gave the Rangers the chance to teleport away.

Angered that she let potential perpetrators slip out of her hands, the officer turned back to the kids.

"Alright, let's get you three home as soon as possible" she said.

"You're not going after those freaks?" said Bulk.

"Yeah, then we could say you were chasing the rainbow" said Skull.

"Nice commercial plug there buddy" said Bulk.

At the Angel Grove Water Park, Slotski was making waves, literally.

Dipping into a pool and coming up with three "BAR" slots, the machine fired out coins that were piping hot and caused any slab of concrete touched to melt or explode

A fresh flock of Tenga Warriors were summoned in a hailstorm of feathers.

"Time to flap with fury boys" the monster proclaimed.

The Rangers suddenly arrived on the scene. Tommy flipped in the air over the water. To his side, the Aisha and Adam jogged along and soon engaged with a trio of Tengas by the water slide. Their battle took them up the stairs leading to the slide, and their struggle was so great that the Tengas slid down the slide and into the pool in order to escape.

Rocky duelled with two of the birdbrains at once, while the bystanders cheered and applauded as their lives were saved.

Assisted by Billy, Rocky put on a show for the citizens, flipping into a group of Tengas, followed by kicks and punches, Rocky focused on a single Tenga left standing, the Tenga tried to kick at him but Rock grabbed his leg, wrapped his own around it and took him down.

"Hey, you ticklish?" Billy said, and proceeded to dance your merry fingers along the captive feet of the Tenga. The Tenga spiralled out of control with hysterics and rolled along before crashing into the pool.

Tommy bounced around fighting a Tenga. The Tenga jumped all over him, but Tommy swiftly found an opening and planted a leap kick on the creature's back

Katherine had a Tenga by the legs, and spun it around in the air, which caused it to fall head first into the pool below.

At this point, most of the Tengas found them drenched and defeated. They clambered out and flew away, leaving Slotski to fend off the Rangers alone.

The citizens at the pool continued to cheer and show pure adulation at the sights unfolding. Slotski was furious, and chose to flee once again.

"Where's he heading now?" said Tommy.

At the Command Centre, Alpha was tracking Slotski's movements.

"Ay-Ay-Ay, Rangers, he's at the quarry"

The Rangers teleported to the location just as the cops arrived to contain the situation.

At the quarry, the battle continued, Slotski gave the arriving teens a thumbs down.

"Check out this new toy Zedd and Rita gave me" he said, revealing he now had a magnet where his left hand should be. As Rocky leapt into the air and took aim with his power sword, the monster blocked the blow by using the magnet's power to draw the sword and it's bearer towards him, before landing a blow of his own to Rocky's chest.

Slotski then ran through all of the Rangers, using the magnet to his advantage, as it attracted all of their power weapons.

"Let's see if these things work" Slotski said, taking the blasters and firing rounds from them, leaving the Rangers covered in exploding sparks that easily felled them.

Slotski walked over to his victims, only to find their uniforms were empty. He found no trace of their bodies.

Turning his back for just a moment, Slotski opened himself up to a surprise attack as Rocky tapped him on the shoulder.

"Special delivery sir" he said, and delivered a knuckle sandwich to the monster's temple, his magnetic hand dropped the blasters and other weapons, which were picked up by the Rangers, who blasted him. Tommy then leapt over the shoulders of his teammates and slashed Slotski with Saba.

"Why, you..." Slotski said, snarling.

The Rangers regrouped.

"These childish games of yours are over, you might as well surrender" said Tommy.

Slotski was defiant as always.

"No, you're cheating" he snapped.

At the Lunar Palace, Zedd and Rita crossed their wand and staff together. Thunder and lightning coursed through them as the diabolical duo made their intentions clear.

"Forces of evil empower us, make our monster grow" they said in unison.

Below on the Earth, Slotsky was bombarded by the insidious energy as it was shot from the moon towards the city, and he grew to an incredible height.

The Rangers looked on in horror; their worst fears had come to pass.

"Well Billy, looks like we're going to have to put those prototypes of yours through their paces" said Rocky.

"Right, Katherine, I'm afraid I haven't had the time to create one for you, you'll have to stay out of this one" Billy said.

Katherine felt a little disappointed, but understood.

The Rangers gathered together, taking their Metallic coins out and holding them out to the sky.

"We need Battle Borg Power Now" they cried out.

They tossed their coins into the air, causing them to stream out in a warm glowing resonance, materializing before Slotski's eyes were five machines that somewhat resembled the Shogun Zords in appearance, but were more streamlined and protected by more armour.

Back at the Lunar Palace, Zed and Rita were quite irritated.

"Battle Borgs? What are they, overgrown tennis players?" Zedd remarked.

On the ground, the Rangers found themselves once more in astonishment at the feats of Billy and Zordon's ingenuity.

"Hey, these are pretty cosy" remarked Aisha.

"You've outdone yourself this time Billy" said Adam.

"Save the compliments for later guys, we've got to take Slotski out" said Tommy.

"The Battle Borgs respond to our moves on ground level, follow my lead" Billy said, posing in a fighting stance, which was mimicked by the Blue Battle Borg.

Slotski taunted the fighting machines.

"C'mon!"

Slotski fired a deadly energy blast at them through his hands, but the Borgs walked straight through it, not any of it making a dent. As the smoke from the blast surrounded the area, the Rangers took full advantage of their brief concealment by taking some wild jumps in the air and landing with a well timed kick which levelled Slotski.

Tommy and Aisha leapt into the air with their fists out, the White and Yellow Borgs matched this and gave Slotski another pair of hard shots.

Billy and Adam guided their respective Borgs, having them join hands and creating a swirling tornado that swept Slotski up and deposited him on the far left of the quarry they were battling in. He landed hard.

The Red Battle Borg flipped off of the shoulders of Yellow and Black, landed on White and Blue's arms, and sprung into the air with their assistance. Slotsky was taken by surprise, as the Red Ape Borg was flung in his direction. Its body turned to a searing energy form which ripped straight through the monster's chest unit, coming out of the other side and reverting back to its normal form. Slotski let out a blood-curdling screams as sparks of flame ignited all over his body and he collapsed in a heap before ultimately exploding.

The five Battle Borgs stood together, at ease and triumphant.

The day was saved.

A few hours later, a massive public assembly had gathered at the fountain situated in Angel Grove Square.

The crowd were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their 'new' heroes. Angel Grove's acting Mayor Carlin Carrington addressed the crowd at a podium with a large banner in the backdrop hanging over him reading 'Thankyou Power Rangers"

"Citizens of Angel Grove, as you know, our town has come under the attack of horrible alien forces. But thanks to our new friend, all is well. We are safe. And it is for this reason that I present these Power Rangers with the highest honour for bravery: the golden star!"

The crowd exploded in rapturous applause, grateful for their saviours.

At the Lunar palace, Zedd felt faint and chose to lie back down on his massage bed to have his brain tended to by the Tengas.

Rita sulked as she observed the celebrations on the Repulascope.

"And I thought ONE Power Rangers Appreciation Day was too much for me" she said, suddenly feeling a familiar sensation surge through her temple.

"Oh Zeddy, I think I have a migraine, can you be a dear and let me take a turn with your therapist?"

"In a couple of millennia perhaps dear" said Zedd as he began to unwind, much to Rita's annoyance.

Back at the Command Centre, the Rangers were full of mirth, content that the day had been saved and satisfied that they were able to pull out an incredible victory.

"Man, I don't care what the history books say after we fix the timeline, that was a day to remember" joked Aisha.

"Congratulations Power Rangers. In light of everything that's happened, you were able to persevere and hold back the forces of evil for a time" Zordon said, beaming with pride.

"I just hope the temporal gracepoint can hold out long enough" said Adam.

"What did you want us back here for Billy?" asked Rocky.

Billy was composed, but also came across as cautious.

"I've studied the effects of the Orb of Doom and I think I can reverse the process, but it'll require our ninja coins to do it" explained Billy.

"I thought the Ninja Coins were useless now?" said Rocky.

"There's still some residual power in them as a result of the gracepoint" Billy explained.

"It's not going to be as simple as it sounds is it?" said Adam.

"The Ninja coins can restore the world to normal, but we have to risk using them outside of the Command Centre" Billy said.

"But Billy, surely that means they'll be vulnerable to an attack" said Katherine.

Billy sighed. He knew what he was asking of them.

"I know, but at this stage it may be our only recourse" Billy said.

"This is a difficult decision you are faced with Rangers, but I know you will do what is necessary to save the Earth" said Zordon.

Tommy looked at the others, they held their nerve, and gave their leader and Billy wise and unflinching looks. They were committed.

Tommy walked over to Billy.

"Do what you have to man, we'll support you. We gotta save the world no matter the cost"

TO BE CONTINUED
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