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Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.jpg
Format Action-Adventure, Drama
Starring Mic Chaturantabut
Sean Cw Johnson
Alison MacInnis
Keith Robinson
Sasha Williams
Monica Louwerens
Rhett Fisher
Ron Roggé
Jennifer L. Yen
Neil Kaplan
David Lodge
Kim Strauss
Michael Forest
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Producer(s) Jonathan Tzachor
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Saban Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel FOX (Fox Kids)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run February 12, 2000 – November 18, 2000
Chronology
Preceded by Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy (Season 7)
Followed by Power Rangers: Time Force (Season 9)

Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue (often abbreviated as PRLR and often simply called Lightspeed Rescue) is the 2000 incarnation of the Power Rangers TV franchise, based on the Super Sentai series Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive.

It was the first incarnation of Power Rangers to have the Rangers' identities to be known to the public from the onset, as opposed to previous incarnations where a Ranger's identity was to be kept secret, revealed only in extreme circumstances. The series is unique as it was the first where the Ranger's powers, Zords and weapons were man-made 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-produced Power Rangers series to feature the main villain in its Super Sentai counterpart. The next series to feature the main villain in its Super Sentai counterpart would be the Disney-produced Power Rangers: Mystic Force, which premiered 6 years later.

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Synopsis

LR takes place in the fictitious city of Mariner Bay, California, which was built on an ancient demon burial ground. When the demons threaten to rise again, 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, 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.

Characters

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The Lightspeed Rangers

The Lightspeed Rangers
Carter Grayson 
The main character and the leader of the team. He was a firefighter when he was recruited to become the Red Lightspeed Ranger. Grayson is very serious about his work and often does not engage in fun. He holds himself up to high standards. He was portrayed by Sean Cw Johnson.
Chad Lee 
The aquatic specialist. His main interest is with the sea, and was a dolphin trainer before he was recruited to become the Blue Lightspeed Ranger. His interests includes scuba diving. He was portrayed by Michael Chaturantabut.
Joel Rawlings 
Known as the "Sky Cowboy" for his acrobatic stunts in the air, he was the most reluctant to join, wanting to leave immediately after he was taken to the Lightspeed Rescue base. However, after seeing people getting hurt, he joined the team, becoming the Green Lightspeed Ranger. He also has a massive crush on Ms. Fairweather, the scientist who developed the Lightspeed weapons. He also provides most of the comic relief during the series. He was portrayed by Keith Robinson.
Kelsey Winslow 
Known as the adventurous person on the team, her main interest is with the outdoors, especially with roller-blading and rock climbing. She became the Yellow Lightspeed Ranger and was the first muscle-developed girl to join as a Ranger. Portrayed by Sasha Williams.
Dana Mitchell 
Captain Mitchell's daughter, she was the first person to inform Mitchell that the demons had escaped. She worked as a paramedic in the Lightspeed base before becoming the Pink Lightspeed Ranger. Portrayed by Alison MacInnis.
Ryan Mitchell 
Captain Mitchell's son. When he and Dana were little, they were in a car accident; Captain Mitchell swerved to avoid a truck and went off a cliff. Ryan held onto Mitchell's shoe, and slipped. Diabolico came and told Captain Mitchell he'd save Ryan, but wouldn't see Ryan until his 20th birthday. At first Captain Mitchell refused, but then agreed and Diabolico saved Ryan and took him away, telling Ryan that his father let him fall. Ryan makes his entrance as the Titanium Ranger, having stolen the test morpher. However, Ryan remembers the past, has a change of heart, and joins the Lightspeed team. Portrayed by Rhett Fisher. The Titanium Ranger is the first Power Ranger to be 100 percent American made and has no Sentai counterpart. The next time for this to be done is the A-Squad in SPD, followed by the Spirit Rangers in Jungle Fury.

Allies

  • Captain William Mitchell: The commander of Lightspeed (and father to Dana and Ryan). He is the first Power Rangers mentor to be a parent of at least one of the Power Rangers under him. Others are Kanoi Watanabe (father of Cameron Watanabe), Udonna (mother of Nick Russell, whose real name is Bowen) and Andrew Hartford (father of Mack Hartford). He is portrayed by Ron Rogge.
  • Angela Fairweather: The weapons designer of Lightspeed. (later marries Joel Rawlings, unknown if she changed her last name) Portrayed by Monica Louwerens.
  • Galaxy Power Rangers
  • Time Force Power Rangers

Villains

  • Queen Bansheera: Evil matriarch of the Demons and mother of Impus/Olympius. Gave orders in a spiritual form at the beginning of the series and returned in a mangled bodily form after an attempt by Spellbinder to bring her into human world. Gained a ghastly final form by absorbing Vypra's life energy. Had no regard for her minions (even her own son) and used them for her own gain. Attempted to open gateway to the Shadow World to unleash all of its fallen monsters but ended up becoming a resident herself after Carter kicked her into the gate and fell through because of Diabolico's doing. (voiced by Diane Salinger)
  • Prince Olympius: The son of Queen Bansheera. At the beginning of the series, he was an infant called Impus. But he gained Diabolico's star power and used it to mature into his current form. This sparked a rivalry between them after Diabolico returned. Later in order to escape the Shadow World, was forced to absorb fallen monsters to gain another mutated form, was reverted back to adult form when defeated by Rangers. Gained a super-powerful draconic final form near the finale and was successful, along with Diabolico in destroying nearly all of Rangers' zords, was destroyed for good by Lifeforce Megazord. Was armed with double-bladed spear in adult form. (voiced by Michael Forest)
  • Diabolico: Original antagonist of the 1st half of Lightspeed; he is a demon equipped with the Star Power. First appeared to save Ryan from death and took him into custody. Was destroyed twice in the series, first time was when he fought the Rangers in the Lightspeed Solarzord (in episode 16), and again when facing Olympius. Was revived in advanced form along with Olympius and was destroyed by Lifeforce Megazord. Fiercely loyal, he tries to assist his friends Vypra and Loki and turns on Bansheera when he is forced to destroy Loki against his will. Assists the Rangers in spiritual form in sealing Bansheera up in the Shadow World in the finale. Armed with skull-headed staff in normal form and a sword in super-demon form. (voiced by Neil Kaplan)
  • Vypra: Female demon who attacks with her dune buggy vehicle, the Vyprari. Died near the end of the series when she was absorbed by Bansheera for failing her too many times. Later returned to life in Power Rangers: Time Force to revive the super demon, Quarganon to fight against both Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force Power Rangers. Was destroyed again along with Quarganon by Wes, Carter, Eric, Chad, and Joel. Armed with a sword. (portrayed by Jennifer L. Yen)
  • Loki: Warrior demon who is a friend of Diabolico's. Was forcibly destroyed by Diabolico when Bansheera took control of his body. Was armed with a two-pronged staff. (voiced by David Lodge)
  • Jinxer: Monster-maker demon, creates monsters using magical cards and incantations. His fate was unknown as he was last seen piloting the Omega Megazord in placing the six stones for Bansheera's ceremony. The Omega Megazord was destroyed, but it is unknown if Jinxer survived or not. (voiced by Kim Strauss.) In "Olympius Unbound" Jinxer assumes the disguise of hypnotist Mister Mesmer and during a carnival show plants a evil suggestion in Captain Mitchell's subconscious. (Mesmer played by Benton Jennings.)
  • Batlings:
  • Ghouls:
  • Cyborg Rangers:

Arsenal

  • Rescue Morphers: Developed by the Lightspeed organization and given to five hand-picked individuals who would become the Lightspeed Rangers. After crying out "Lightspeed, Rescue!", the Rangers open their morphers and utilize a four-digit keypad to morph.
  • Titanium Morpher: A specially designed morpher brandishing a solar-panel pattern that proved too much for Carter to handle once he tested it. It is currently in the possession of Ryan Mitchell, who initially used his Ranger powers to aid Diabolico before seeing the error of his ways and joining the other Rangers. Ryan calls out "Titanium Power!" and opens the panel on his morpher to morph.
  • Battle Booster: These gadgets materialize from the Rescue Morphers and are activated by a numeric keypad which serves to power up weapons and Zords, and summon the Mega Battle Armor.
  • Rescue Blaster: Each of these standard Ranger sidearms features a Baton Mode and a Blaster Mode. In addition, the handle can be detached and combined with either a V-Lancer or a Rescuebird component.
  • Thermo Blaster: Intense heat blasters color-coded for each Ranger. Their firepower can be boosted once a Battle Booster is attached.
  • Rescuebird: This weapon, which can be rebuilt to become the Unilaser, is launched from the Rail Rescue Bay whenever the Rangers call for it. When in Unilaser Mode, it fires the team's combined power at opponents. The Rescuebird can be split into a Drill, a Cutter, a Laser, an Injector and a Claw, each used for either combat or rescue purposes as the situation dictates. When separate, each component must be attached to each of the Rescue Blasters.
  • V-Lancer: The V-Lancers are staff-like weapons that materialize from a red V when summoned. Each V-Lancer acts as a blaster in addition to its default spear-like mode, by attaching a Rescue Blaster handle, and can launch the Spectra Blast, a blast which is even stronger than the Unilaser, to destroy enemies.
  • Titanium Laser: Titanium Ranger's personal weapon is an interchangeable blaster and battle axe. The battle ax can absorb blasts and launch them back.
  • Mega Battle Armor: Designed by Miss Fairweather and her brother Clark, and activated by entering "861" into the Battle Booster, the Mega Battle Armor equips the Green Ranger with a buzzsaw and the Blue Ranger with an ice cannon.
  • Rescue Rover: This jeep serves as standard Ranger transport to carry them to the scene of an emergency.
  • Lightspeed Cycles: Motorcycles used for high speed transportation. The Red Lightspeed Cycle has a detachable Rescue Speeder, which can be launched for high powered attacks.
  • Trans Armor Cycle: A motorcycle that can transform into Battlizer armor for the Red Ranger.
  • Mobile Armor Vehicle: A one-man aircraft controlled by the Red Ranger. On its first day out, the MAV malfunctioned, causing Carter's day to repeat in a time loop. The MAV was ultimately sacrificed to destroy the rogue Omega Megazord.

Zords

The first Zords in Lightspeed Rescue were all based on rescue vehicles. The Rail Rescues carried these Zords out of the holding bay, and could also form their own Megazord. The Max Solarzord was a space shuttle-zord that was piloted by the Titanium Ranger. The Omegazords were space vehicles that were also created by Lightspeed Rescue. The Lifeforce Megazord was similar to the Lightspeed Solarzord, but required the energy of the Lightspeed Rangers as power.

Video game

Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue had a video game based on it. It was 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.

Episodes

# Title Original air date
1 "Operation Lightspeed" February 12, 2000
2 "Lightspeed Teamwork" February 19, 2000
3 "Trial By Fire" February 26, 2000
4 "Riding the Edge" March 4, 2000
5 "A Matter of Trust" March 11, 2000
6 "Wheels of Destruction" March 18, 2000
7 "Cyborg Rangers" March 25, 2000
8 "Up to the Challenge" April 1, 2000
9 "Go Volcanic" April 8, 2000
10 "Rising from Ashes" April 15, 2000
11 "From Deep in the Shadows" April 22, 2000
12 "Truth Discovered" April 29, 2000
13 "Ryan's Destiny" May 6, 2000
14 "Curse of the Cobra" May 13, 2000
15 "Strength of the Sun" May 20, 2000
16 "The Cobra Strikes" May 27, 2000
17 "Olympius Ascends" August 19, 2000
18 "A Face from the Past" August 26, 2000
19 "The Queen's Return" September 2, 2000
20 "The Omega Project" September 9, 2000
21 "The Fifth Crystal" September 16, 2000
22 "The Chosen Path" September 23, 2000
23 "Yesterday Again" September 30, 2000
24 "As Time Runs Out" October 7, 2000
25 "In the Freeze Zone" October 21, 2000
26 "The Mighty Mega Battles" October 28, 2000
27 "The Great Egg Caper" November 3, 2000
28 "Ocean Blue" November 4, 2000
29 "Trakeena's Revenge, Part I" November 6, 2000
30 "Trakeena's Revenge, Part II" November 7, 2000
31 "The Last Ranger" November 8, 2000
32 "Sorcerer of the Sands" November 9, 2000
33 "Olympius Unbound" November 10, 2000
34 "Neptune's Daughter" November 11, 2000
35 "Web War" November 13, 2000
36 "In the Limelight" November 14, 2000
37 "Wrath of the Queen" November 15, 2000
38 "Rise of the Super Demons" November 16, 2000
39 "The Fate of Lightspeed, Part I" November 17, 2000
40 "The Fate of Lightspeed, Part II" November 18, 2000

External links

Preceded by
Lost Galaxy
Power Rangers
2000
Succeeded by
Time Force

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