Power Rangers S.P.D.

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Power Rangers S.P.D.
PR S.P.D. logo.png
Directed by Greg Aronowitz
Andrew Merrifield
Charlie Haskell
Mark Beesley
Britta Johnstone
Paul Grinder
John Laing
Starring Brandon Jay McLaren
Chris Violette
Matt Austin
Monica May
Alycia Purrott
John Tui
Michelle Langstone
Kelson Henderson
Barnie Duncan
Rene Naufahu
Josephine Davison
Olivia James-Baird
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 38 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bruce Kalish
Greg Aronowitz
Koichi Sakamoto
Producer(s) Sally Campbell
Charles Knight
Location(s) New Zealand
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) BVS Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
Ranger Productions, Ltd.
Distributor Saban Brands
MarVista Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel ABC Family (Jetix) (Ep 1-21)
Toon Disney (Jetix) (Ep 22-38)
Original run February 5, 2005 – November 14, 2005 (2005-11-14)[1]
Chronology
Preceded by Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Followed by Power Rangers Mystic Force

Power Rangers S.P.D. is an American television series and the thirteenth season of the Power Rangers franchise, based on the Super Sentai series, Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. It debuted on February 5, 2005, on ABC Family. New episodes continued to debut on ABC Family until the episode "Messenger, Part 1". Starting with "Messenger, Part 2" episodes began to debut on Toon Disney.[2][3] It is also the title for the Korean dub of Dekaranger in South Korea, whose logo is similar to the American series. S.P.D. stands for "Space Patrol Delta"; in Dekaranger, it stood for Special Police Dekaranger, and in the South Korean dub of Dekaranger, it stood for Special Police Delta. A Japanese dub of S.P.D. started airing on Toei's digital television channel in Japan starting in August 2011, with two DVD volumes released on August 5. It features the original Japanese Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger cast members dubbing over the voices of their American counterparts.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

12 out of the 14 S.P.D. Rangers.

The story takes place in the year 2025, after Earth has welcomed alien beings to live peacefully with the human race. However, peace is short lived as the planet-conquering Troobian Empire turns its destructive attention to Earth. When the Earth's first line of defense, the S.P.D. A-Squad, vanishes without a trace, the protection of the planet falls to their replacements: the B-Squad Rangers, and their dog-like alien commander, Anubis "Doggie" Cruger.

When two reformed thieves join the team as the Red and Yellow S.P.D. Rangers, tensions threaten to tear them apart. With the alien threat growing stronger every moment, the Rangers must put aside their differences and go into action as one.

Using teamwork, intergalactic weaponry and light-speed Zord vehicles to battle evil, they unite to become one of the ultimate forces for good: Power Rangers Space Patrol Delta.

Cast[edit]

S.P.D. Rangers

B-Squad

Additional Rangers

  • John Tui as Anubis "Doggie" Cruger, S.P.D. Shadow Ranger
    The mentor for the A/B-Squard rangers.
  • Brett Stewart as Sam, The Omega Ranger from the year 2040, who is a child during the other rangers era.
  • Michelle Langstone as Dr. Katherine "Kat" Manx, the S.P.D. Kat Ranger
    She only uses her morpher on one occasion and is usually the technician for Space Patrol Delta.

Allies

Villains

Video game[edit]

There was one game produced for the Space Patrol Delta series, a side-scroller on the Game Boy Advance by THQ. The 6 rangers fight minor enemies until they encounter the main boss. There are racing levels which involve piloting the Red, Yellow, or Pink Delta Runners, a Space Invaders style targeting game with the Green Delta Runner, a racing level involving R.I.C. (the Rangers' robotic dog), and Megazord battle levels.

Comic strip[edit]

A new monthly comic strip based on the series appeared every issue of Jetix Magazine in the UK in 2005. Jetix Magazine is the official magazine of Jetix, the channel that shows S.P.D. in the UK. The strip was the first Power Rangers strip to be written by Transformers writer Simon Furman, collaborating for the first time on the PR strip with equally popular TF artist Andrew Wildman, who had previously done artwork for other Power Rangers strips under Jetix Magazines' previous banner of Fox Kids' Wicked. The strip ended with its own conclusion to the SPD series, the first time any comic strip version of Power Rangers has dared to pull off a different take on a PR finale. In the strip, A-Squad are brainwashed instead of corrupted and turn against their superiors. The B-Squad regulars deal with them and help Cruger defeat and overcome both Grumm and Omni, before being promoted to A-Squad status.

During the course of the strip, a running sub-plot involving a rogue Krybot who had become self-aware and rebelled against Grumm gradually unfolded, he would resurface to warn SPD of Grumm's invasion attempt in the final story and supply Jack with a device that once inserted on the Terror, would incapacitate the Krybot fleet.

Unlike "Endings", Jack does not leave the team, in another change, the Rangers do not decline the position of A-Squad (in the season, the rank of A-Squad was discarded in light of the previous team tarnishing it with their treacherous ways).

Production[edit]

Power Rangers S.P.D. is notable for the return of original Power Rangers composer Ron Wasserman who returned to score the season. This was the first time Wasserman had been involved with the franchise since Power Rangers in Space (1998).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Note: Wormhole aired out of production order in early February 2006 in the US, but is not officially considered the season finale.
  2. ^ Lloyd, Robert (2005-02-04). "They've morphed yet again". LA Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ "POWER RANGERS S.P.D. VOL. 2: STAKEOUT,POWER RANGERS S.P.D. VOL. 3: WIRED". Pop Matters. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  4. ^ "『パワーレンジャー S.P.D.』日本語吹替版プロジェクト 始動! | 東映[テレビ]". 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 

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