Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue
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|Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue|
|Created by||Haim Saban
|Directed by||Ryuta Tasaki
Sean Cw Johnson
Jennifer L. Yen
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||40 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Haim Saban
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Saban Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
MMPR Productions, Inc.
|Original channel||FOX (Fox Kids)|
|Original run||February 12, 2000 – November 18, 2000|
|Preceded by||Power Rangers Lost Galaxy|
|Followed by||Power Rangers Time Force|
It was the first incarnation of Power Rangers to have the Rangers' identities to be known to the public from the outset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances. The series was also the first in which the Rangers' powers, Zords, and weapons were entirely manmade and had no mystical or extraterrestrial origin whatsoever.
Lightspeed Rescue also had, for the first time, a Power Ranger with no Super Sentai counterpart in the Titanium Ranger, as there was no regular sixth Ranger in GoGo V. It is the last Saban Entertainment-produced Power Rangers series to feature the main villain from its Super Sentai counterpart, until the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai. The next series to feature the main villain from its Super Sentai counterpart would be the Disney-produced Power Rangers Mystic Force, which premiered six years later.
The series takes place in the fictitious city of Mariner Bay, California, which was built on an ancient demon burial ground. When the demons were accidentally released from their tomb in the desert, they threaten to destroy Mariner Bay. Therefore, a government organization called Lightspeed Rescue, headed by Captain William Mitchell, recruits four civilians and his own daughter to defend the city. Each of the four civilians chosen had a special area of expertise: Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger, was a fire fighter in the local fire department; Chad Lee, the Blue Lightspeed Ranger, worked as a lifeguard and marine animal trainer at a local aquarium and a marine amusement park; Joel Rawlings, the Green Lightspeed Ranger, was a stunt pilot; Kelsey Winslow, the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger, was an extreme sports athlete; and Dana Mitchell, the Captain's daughter, who agreed to become the Pink Lightspeed Ranger, was a nurse and practiced medical arts. The five Power Rangers were aided by a team of scientists and engineers led by Miss Angela Fairweather, and operated out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, an underwater military compound that also deters the hydrophobic demons from directly attacking the base.
The five Rangers would be joined by Captain Mitchell's (long thought to be dead) son, Ryan Mitchell, who would become the Titanium Ranger. Together, the six Rangers would prevail against the demon forces time after time, culminating in a final showdown where, in the Power Rangers tradition, all of the Zords and much of the weapons and other equipment that was used by the Power Rangers over the series was destroyed.
In addition, Lightspeed Rescue featured a reunion reappearance of characters from Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, when the villainess Trakeena comes to Earth to destroy it and the Lightspeed Rangers team up with the Galaxy Rangers.
- Michael Chaturantabut as Chad Lee, the Blue Lightspeed Ranger
- Rhett Fisher as Ryan Mitchell, the Titanium Ranger
- Sean Cw Johnson as Carter Grayson, the Red Lightspeed Ranger
- Alison MacInnis as Dana Mitchell, the Pink Lightspeed Ranger
- Keith Robinson as Joel Rawlings, the Green Lightspeed Ranger
- Sasha Williams as Kelsey Winslow, the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger
- Monica Louwerens as Angela Fairweather
- Ron Rogge as Captain William Mitchell
- Diane Salinger as the voice of Queen Bansheera
- Neil Kaplan as the voice of Diabolico
- Jennifer L. Yen as Vypra
- Michael Forest as the voice of Prince Olympius
- David Lodge as the voice of Loki
- Kim Strauss as the voice of Jinxer
Several video games based on Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue were also developed and available for Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, PlayStation, and PC. The PlayStation and N64 versions were 3D beat-em up games, the Game Boy version was a 2D side-scrolling platformer, and the PC version was actually an activity center.