Power Rangers Turbo
|Power Rangers Turbo|
|Created by||Haim Saban
|Directed by||Douglas Sloan
Lawrence L. Simeone
|Starring||Jason David Frank
Johnny Yong Bosch
Hilary Shepard Turner
Tracy Lynn Cruz
Patricia Ja Lee
Glenn Scott Lacey
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||45 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Haim Saban
|Location(s)||Santa Clarita and
Los Angeles, California
|Running time||20–21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Saban Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
MMPR Productions, Inc.
Saban International (previously)
20th Television (formerly)
|Original network||FOX (Fox Kids)|
|Original release||April 19– November 24, 1997|
|Preceded by||Power Rangers Zeo|
|Followed by||Power Rangers in Space|
Power Rangers Turbo is an American television series and the fifth season of the Power Rangers franchise. The show was prefaced with the franchise's second film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. As with its predecessors, Power Rangers Turbo is a based on one of the entries of the Super Sentai series; in Turbo's case, the source of the series is Gekisou Sentai Carranger. The series introduced a child actor as the new Blue Ranger, and featured the departure of the long-running characters Zordon and Alpha 5, as well the veteran team of Rangers and introduced four new characters to take the place of the veteran Rangers. This was Jason David Frank's last appearance in the Power Rangers franchise until he appeared in the episode "Forever Red" on Power Rangers Wild Force. He later starred in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, which premiered seven years later.
After Maligore's defeat, Tommy Oliver, Kat Hillard, Adam Park and Tanya Sloan graduate from high school and prepare to resume life as normal people, while new 12-year-old Blue Ranger Justin Stewart skips ahead a couple grades and gets to go to Angel Grove High. Seeking revenge, Divatox begins to attack the Rangers. Soon after, the Ranger's longtime mentors, Zordon and Alpha 5 depart to return to Zordon's home planet of Eltar, making way for the spectral Dimitria of Inquiris and the next in the line of robots: Alpha 6. Other changes are also seen as Ernie leaves the series and Lt. Stone takes over the Juice Bar and Bulk and Skull are turned to chimps. Also the first ally Blue Senturion arrives later from the year 2000, with a message for Dimitria and the Rangers that Lord Zedd, Rita, The Machine Empire and Divatox will team up to destroy the universe, but fails to show complete message due to Divatox corrupting it at the end of it, although it is believed to be Dark Specter.
Later, Tommy, Kat, Adam and Tanya, all of whom are leaving for college, are asked to pass on their powers to students T.J. Johnson, Cassie Chan, Carlos Vallerte and Ashley Hammond as the new Red, Pink, Green and Yellow Rangers respectively with Justin being the only remaining member of the team. The New team of Rangers are also joined by other allies such as the Phantom Ranger, a mysterious being from another world. The team eventually learns that Dark Specter has captured Zordon, though Zordon is able to warn the Rangers not to rescue him as it would leave the Earth defenseless. A short while later, the Rangers lose both the Turbo and Rescue Megazords in a battle with the most powerful monster that Divatox created, Goldgoyle. As Dimitria and the Blue Senturion leave for Eltar to help Zordon, Divatox finds the Power Chamber's location. Her army of grunts and monsters infiltrate the Chamber, defeating the team and destroying the Power Chamber. However, before Divatox tries to finish off the Rangers, she receives a message that Zordon has been captured and under the order of Dark Specter leaves for the Cimmerian planet. The powerless Rangers then leave Earth and head for space to save Zordon, with Justin choosing to stay behind with his father, although Justin does make an appearance in an episode of Power Rangers in Space to help the Space Rangers. These events lead to the next incarnation of the franchise, entitled Power Rangers in Space.
- Thomas "Tommy" Oliver
The first Red Turbo Ranger and leader; previously the Green Ranger, the White Ranger and the Red Zeo Ranger. He is portrayed by Jason David Frank.
- Justin Stewart
The Blue Turbo Ranger; when Rocky injured himself at a martial arts match, Justin was chosen by Zordon to be the Blue Turbo Ranger. Justin, however, was twelve years old and inexperienced; to compensate for his youth, he was able to morph into an adult-sized form as the Blue Turbo Ranger. Justin is the only common member between the first and second team of Turbo Rangers. He is portrayed by Blake Foster.
- Adam Park
The first Green Turbo Ranger and second-in-command; previously the second Black Ranger and the Green Zeo Ranger. He is portrayed by Johnny Yong Bosch.
- Tanya Sloan
The first Yellow Turbo Ranger; formerly the Yellow Zeo Ranger. She is also Adam Park's love interest. She is portrayed by Nakia Burrise.
- Katherine "Kat" Hillard
The first Pink Turbo Ranger; previously the second Pink Ranger and the Pink Zeo Ranger. She is also Tommy Oliver's love interest. She is portrayed by Catherine Sutherland.
- Theodore Jay "T.J." Jarvis Johnson
Portrayed by Selwyn Ward. T.J. is the second Red Turbo Ranger and second leader, a friendly and warm-hearted baseball player; chosen by Tommy to be his replacement based on his bravery in protecting others.
- Ashley Hammond
Portrayed by Tracy Lynn Cruz. Ashley is the second Yellow Turbo Ranger, an upbeat and hardworking cheerleader; chosen by Tanya to be her replacement due to her compassion and integrity.
- Cassie Chan
Portrayed by Patricia Ja Lee. Cassie is the second Pink Turbo Ranger, a gutsy and sarcastic singer; chosen by Kat to be her replacement as she helped T.J. and Kat save Tommy.
- Carlos Vallerte
Portrayed by Roger Velasco. Carlos is the second Green Turbo Ranger, a proud and hot-tempered soccer player; chosen by Adam to be his replacement as he helped Adam save Angel Grove citizens who were under attack.
Voiced by Robert L. Manahan.
- Alpha 5
Voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz.
- Rocky DeSantos
Formerly the second Red Ranger and the Blue Zeo Ranger. Portrayed by Steve Cardenas.
Portrayed by Carol Hoyt.
- Alpha 6
Voiced by Katerina Luciani
Voiced by Lex Lang (uncredited).
- Jason Lee Scott
Formerly the original Red Ranger and the second Gold Zeo Ranger. Portrayed by Austin St. John.
- Kimberly Hart
Formerly the original Pink Ranger. Portrayed by Amy Jo Johnson.
- Blue Senturion
Voiced by David Walsh (uncredited until The Accident).
- Farkus "Bulk" Bulkmeier
Portrayed by Paul Schrier
- Eugene "Skull" Skullovitch
Portrayed by Jason Narvy
- Lt. Jerome B. Stone
Portrayed by Gregg Bullock
- Phantom Ranger
Voiced by Alex Dodd
- Robot Rangers
Portrayed by Carol Hoyt (ep. 1-25) Hilary Shepard Turner (Movie, ep. 26-45, In Space)
Voiced by David Umansky
Voiced by Alexis Lang
Voiced by Scott Page-Pagter.
- General Havoc
Voiced by Tom Wyner (uncredited).
- Putra Pods
- Shadow Rangers
In 1997, Acclaim Comics published two one-shots based on Power Rangers Turbo, one titled simply Power Rangers Turbo and the other Power Rangers Turbo vs. Beetleborgs Metallix featuring the Beetleborgs.
In 2012, Shout Factory announced that it had reached an exclusive distribution deal with Saban for shows such as Power Rangers and Big Bad Beetleborgs. Power Rangers Turbo was released on DVD in August 2012, as part of a Time-Life exclusive boxed set containing seasons 1-7. The show later became available independently of the boxed set in two volumes, the first volume consisting of first 23 episodes and the second volume containing the remaining 22 episodes.
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- Shuki Levy (director; writer); Shell Danielson (writer) (September 10, 1997). "Passing the Torch, Part I". Power Rangers Turbo. Episode 18. Fox Kids.
- Shuki Levy (director; writer); Shell Danielson (writer) (September 11, 1997). "Passing the Torch, Part II". Power Rangers Turbo. Episode 19. Fox Kids.
- "Power Rangers: Turbo, Vol. 1". 1 April 2014 – via Amazon.
- "Power Rangers: Turbo, Vol. 2". 3 June 2014 – via Amazon.