Power Rangers Turbo

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Power Rangers Turbo
PR Turbo logo.png
Genre Action
Adventure
Science fantasy
Superhero
Created by Haim Saban
Toei Company
Based on Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie &
Gekisou Sentai Carranger
by Toei Company
Developed by Saban Entertainment
Toei Company
Starring Jason David Frank
Nakia Burrise
Blake Foster
Johnny Yong Bosch
Catherine Sutherland
Carol Hoyt
Jason Narvy
Paul Schrier
Gregg Bullock
Hilary Shepard Turner
Tracy Lynn Cruz
Patricia Ja Lee
Roger Velasco
Selwyn Ward
Composer(s) Kenneth Burgomaster
Jim Cushinery
Paul Gordon
Jeremy Sweet
Ron Wasserman
Inon Zur
Glenn Scott Lacey
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 45 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Producer(s) Jonathan Tzachor
Production 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.
Distributor Saban International (previously)
20th Television (formerly)
Saban Brands (previously)
MarVista Entertainment
SCG Distribution/Hasbro Studios (current)
Release
Original network FOX (Fox Kids)
Original release April 19 (1997-04-19) – November 24, 1997 (1997-11-24)
Chronology
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.[1] 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,[2][3] 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.

This is the last Power Rangers season which used the Century Schoolbook typeface which is used from the MMPR episode "Day Of The Dumpster" for opening and ending credits.

Plot[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

Characters[edit]

Turbo Rangers[edit]

Original Team[edit]

  • 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.

Successors[edit]

  • 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.

Allies[edit]

Villains[edit]

  • Divatox
    Portrayed by Carol Hoyt (ep. 1-25) Hilary Shepard Turner (Movie, ep. 26-45, In Space)
    The series' main villain and is known throughout the universe as the Queen of Evil, Dark Queen of Space and the Beautiful Queen of Darkness.[7] Divatox is an intergalactic space pirate who leads a large number of cutthroats in her evil conquests throughout the universe. From her base, the gigantic fish-shaped submarine known as the Subcraft, Divatox and her minions travel about the universe plundering riches to satisfy Divatox's greed. In Power Rangers in Space, when the Red Space Ranger shattered Zordon's energy tube, the resulting wave destroyed the majority of the universe's evil forces, but "purified" others instead. Divatox was among those purified, along with Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd. [8]
  • Elgar
    Voiced by David Umansky
    The dimwitted nephew of space pirate Divatox and General Havoc, and grandson of Mama D. Elgar was armed with the Card Sword, named as such due to the blade looking like a row of playing cards. Elgar could fire blasts of energy from the sword, as well as teleport. During Dark Specter's Universal Conquest (Countdown to Destruction), Elgar was sent to Earth lead the Piranhatrons and Quantrons in Angel Grove. He remained there for the time being, until he was caught by the energy wave of Zordon, which reduced him to mere sand, as did the Quantrons and Piranhatrons on Earth in Power Rangers in Space.
  • Rygog
    Voiced by Alexis Lang
    The mutant servant of Divatox. He serves as her loyal warrior and able to fire lasers from his eyes.
  • Porto
    Voiced by Scott Page-Pagter.
    An alien resembling a life raft with portholes in it that has limbs, with one showing his goggle-wearing face. Porto is Divatox's top advisor.
  • Mama D.
    Portrayed by Carol White.
    The mother of Divatox, General Havoc, and an unidentified fourth child (the unnamed parent of Elgar), and is grandmother of Elgar.
  • General Havic
    Voiced by Tom Wyner (uncredited).
    The son of Mama D, the brother of the space pirate Divatox, and an unnamed third sibling (possibly Dimitria, who is on the side of good), as well as the uncle of Elgar.
  • Piranhatrons
    Divatox's armored piranha-like foot soldiers.
  • Putra Pods
    Divatox's Stegosaurus-like soldiers. Divatox uses them in the movie to attack the Ghost Gallion, an old pirate ship the Turbo Rangers were using to go after her.
  • Chromites
    General Havoc's foot soldiers.

Episode list[edit]

Acclaim Comics[edit]

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.

Home media[edit]

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[9] and the second volume containing the remaining 22 episodes.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1997-03-28). "Power Rangers Encounter 'Turbo'-Charged Villainess". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  2. ^ "TV Playbook: Let's Add a Kid!". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Power Rangers Fans Get Their Kicks". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  4. ^ Ellin, Harlene (1997-05-15). "Newest `Power Rangers' As Shoddy As Ever, But It Gives Kids What They Want". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
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  7. ^ Thomas, Kevin (1997-03-28). "Power Rangers Encounter 'Turbo'-Charged Villainess". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  8. ^ Ellin, Harlene (1997-05-15). "Newest `Power Rangers' As Shoddy As Ever, But It Gives Kids What They Want". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Power Rangers: Turbo, Vol. 1". Amazon.com. 1 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Power Rangers: Turbo, Vol. 2". Amazon.com. 3 June 2014. 

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