Cult TV Essentials

Cult TV Essentials: Power Rangers in Space

Running for 43 episodes, Power Rangers in Space hit our screens in 1998 and followed on from the end of Power Rangers Turbo wihere Dark Specter (Voiced by Christopher Grey) had imprisoned Zordon and was draining his powers.

Luckily the Red Space Ranger, Andros (Christopher Khayman Lee) discovers Dark Spector’s plans and tries to stop him. Dark Specter commands the Princess of Evil, Astronema (Melody Perkins), to eliminate Andros.

Whilst all this is going on, the former Turbo Rangers (T.J., Cassie, Carlos and Ashley) and Alpha 6 are traveling in a NASADA space shuttle with the intent to save Zordon. They are pulled aboard the Astro Megaship and later encounter Andros. Though initially suspicious and dismissive of the four former Rangers, Andros understands that he will need their help to save Zordon. Andros decides to give each one an Astro Morpher. Also with a few modifications, the NASADA space shuttle is able to merge with the Astro Megaship to create the Astro Megazord.

Following the formation of the Space Rangers the team return to Earth for repairs and supplies. Unfortunately, Astronema has detected them and followed. This would then set up the series with the Space Rangers basically alternating between searching for Zordon and protecting Earth with Astronema plotting evil, schemes from her Dark Fortress.

As the series develops it is revealed that Andros has another quest: finding his sister, Karone, who was kidnapped when they were children. It is shockingly revealed that Karone is actually Astronema, who was raised by Ecliptor to be evil. Andros convinces Astronema of the truth and she defects with Ecliptor’s help. Unfortunately, just as quickly, she (along with Ecliptor) is recaptured and reprogrammed to follow Dark Specter and is now more evil than ever!

Later in the series Astronema decides she wants to destroy the Space Rangers and Dark Specter. To do this she unleashes the Psycho Rangers – five evil robotic rangers whose power secretly comes from Dark Specter – draining him slowly of his power. After a great battle the Psycho Rangers are defeated.

Everything culminates in the two-part finale, “Countdown to Destruction”, where Zordon is nearly completely drained and Dark Specter orders the villains under his command to attack the entire universe. Across the universe, the Alien Rangers, Phantom Ranger, Blue Senturion, the Gold Zeo Ranger and KO-35 rebels are defeated and captured.

The Space Rangers struggle to defend Earth, but are overwhelmed and forced to retreat. Even Zhane and his Zord, the Mega Winger, are no match. Darkonda and Dark Specter destroy each other, leaving Astronema in command as the “Queen of Evil.” While Andros boards the Dark Fortress to appeal to his sister, the remaining five Space Rangers engage in one last fight for Earth and are even joined by the citizens of Angel Grove (with Bulk and Skull leading the charge).

On the Dark Fortress, Andros finds Zordon, who requests his energy tube be shattered. Doing so will release good energy that will destroy the forces of evil and save the universe, but also kill him. Following battles with Astronema and Ecliptor, Andros has no choice but to comply. The many monsters are subsequently turned to dust by the energy wave, while Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, Divatox and Astronema are changed into normal, non-evil humans.

With the universe now safe, T.J., Cassie, Carlos, Ashley and Alpha 6 intend to settle down on Earth. Though initially intending to remain on KO-35 with their people, Andros, Zhane and Karone decide to join their friends on Earth.

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