Disclaimer: I don't own the Power Rangers franchise; last I heard Saban bought it back from Disney or something like that. Nor do I own the idea of Zedd's race; that part came from a fanfic entitled Never Too Late by Ellen Brand.
All I own are the names of the Rangers, and a couple ideas that will be introduced later.
The majority of the dialogue is taken from the series premiere episode Day of the Dumpster, with modifications to fit my story. Other ideas are taken from the Season 2 premiere episode The Mutiny: Part One.
Premise: Basically the same as the show except for the following differences:
1) Zordon chooses six different teens to be Rangers.
2) Zedd and Rita are together from the start.
3) Rito Revolto is also a part of the series from the start, but other than that, he's the same.
3) There are six Rangers from the start: White, Black, Pink, Blue, Yellow, and Red.
4) Other differences will be explained as the story goes on.
Other than that, enjoy!
CHAPTER ONE - EVIL FROM OUTER SPACE
The surface of the moon was desolate, the only thing of beauty being the Earth hanging in the sky above. The two astronauts slowly made their way toward a nearby crater, still keeping in mind not to stray too far from their ship.
Their peacefull, idyllic moonwalk was suddenly and rudely interrupted by a huge robotic dragon landing on the moon's surface. The two space explorers could only stand there and gape at the gargantuan thing. It was certainly bigger than anything they'd ever seen in their lives, and the expression on the dragon's face didn't exactly scream 'friendly'. They started shaking in fear, knowing that whatever was inside the thing, it wasn't good.
Meanwhile, inside the dragon's cockpit, a being sat on a throne above the pilot's seat. The being was tall, nearly six-five, with a metal plate and grill for a face, and absolutely no skin. He was Lord Zedd, Emperor over all that he gazed at. At the control panel was his faithful servant, Goldar, a winged dark blue space monkey in a golden suit of armor.
Zedd glowered down at the driver of his personal zord, known to all as the mighty Serpentera. He was just about to speak when the door to the corridor slid open and in walked his brother-in-law, Rito Revolto, who was a skeleton in a suit of bone armor. The Emperor of Evil inwardly groaned and waited for the skeleton to speak. Rito was a great warrior, to be honest, but he'd kinda been skipped over in the brains department.
Zedd didn't have long to wait, as Rito strolled right over to the throne and slung his arm over the back before bending down to address his relative.
"Ed, when're we gonna stop for lunch? The short blue guy ate everything in the kitchen, and we've already passed three Burger Lords in two hours! I mean, come on...have a heart!"
Rito then turned and noticed Goldar at the controls.
"Hey Goldie, are we there yet?"
Serpentera's driver whirled to face his questioner.
"It's GOLDAR, you idiot...GOLDAR!" he snarled.
"Oh, riiiight..." Rito trailed off, digesting this latest piece of information, before repeating his previous question.
"Are we there yet?"
Goldar growled an unintelligible response, although Zedd was fairly sure whatever his pilot had said wasn't exactly polite. Rito simply began repeating his question over and over, while Goldar gripped Serpentera's controls harder and harder, until Zedd was worried the steering column might snap off under Goldar's vice-like grip. Come to think of it, he was getting pretty annoyed with Rito himself...
"SILENCE!" he roared, and barely held back laughter at Goldar's mutter of 'thank you!'. He was about to continue when he heard a noise that made him cringe.
His wife, Rita Repulsa, strode into the command chamber, her tan robes flowing behind her. Around her neck was an elaborate collar, nearly three sizes too big; Zedd personally thought the thing was hideous, and had no earthly idea why his wife wore it. Nor did he have any idea why she wore the odd twin-horned silver headdress she was so fond of; it was the only thing weirder than the collar get-up. But it was what she wanted to wear, so he let her go and kept his mouth shut.
"Yes, my dear?" he asked wearily.
"Well? Where are we?" was his wife's next statement.
"A nice, desolate moon, my love," Zedd replied, and then gestured out the forward viewscreen. "And look...a planet ripe for invading!"
Rita cackled with glee. "By the time we're through, they won't know what hit 'em!"
Zedd was about join in laughing when he realized the other members of their 'family' hadn't bothered to come with Rita. These were Finster, a white-haired wizened-looking alien, Squatt, a blue-skinned hobgoblin whose intelligence matched that of a dustbunny, and Baboo, a black-and-white vampire-ish creature with somewhat-deformed wings.
"Where are the other three?" Zedd demanded.
"Back in the common area, Zeddy," Rita replied. "And don't worry...I left Finster in charge; it'll be fine."
"FINSTER?" her husband exploded. "You left FINSTER in charge? He might be a fine monster maker, but he's not really authoritative when it comes to saying things like, 'No, don't set that on fire' or 'Don't touch that lever; you'll blow out an airlock'!"
"Oh, don't be a worrywart, Zeddy!" Rita snapped. "And besides, Baboo's also with him; he'll do all right!"
"Baboo...HA!" Zedd growled. "If Baboo's considered intelligent, then THIS one," he gestured to Rito, "is a certified genius!"
Rito grinned and approached Zedd, slinging a comradely arm around the boss's shoulder.
"Gee, thanks for the compliment, Ed! Always knew you'd warm up to me!"
"IT'S ZEDD, YOU MORON...ZEDD!" The Emperor of Evil screamed, his hands just itching to throttle the skeletal twit.
"Never mind that, Zeddy!" Rita admonished. "Let's set up the palace and get ready to invade Earth!"
"I beg you, my Emperor...let me lead the first attack!" Goldar prostrated himself before Zedd, who looked on him with contempt.
"Out of the question! I may need you here for more important matters! Our initial attack will be led by an old friend of yours, Rita," he replied. "Tell me...do you think you could get in touch with Scorpina?"
"Of course, Zeddy!" his wife replied. "In fact, she's currently dormant on Earth! All we'd have to do is wake her up and tell her our plans...she'd be glad to help!"
"Excellent!" Zedd proclaimed. "And when those puny Earthlings get a taste of Scorpina's wrath, they will all bow before the might of the great Lord Zedd!"
Serpentera's cockpit was filled with the sounds of evil laughter as the Emperor and Empress of Evil finalized their plans.
The Angel Grove Youth Center was filled with the sounds of teenagers glad to be done with another school day. Jeff Anders and his best friend J.W. Price were on the workout mats, sparring. Marcus Howard had been watching them, but was now gazing longingly at Jenna Winford, captain of Angel Grove High School's girl's basketball team. He'd had a crush on her ever since eighth grade, but could never seem to make a move.
In another part of the room, J.W.'s sister Kendra was encouraging head cheerleader Taylor Cain as she went through another gymnastics routine. Taylor loved gymnastics, and was considered by many to be good enough to compete professionally, but she always declined any professional offers, stating her wish was to become a veterinarian, a perfect career choice due to her love for animals.
And over by the juice bar, engrossed in a book, was Mischa Fox, who was known to all of AGHS as the school's only certified genius. She was only fifteen, but was a junior. With her smarts, she could've easily gone to college at the age of twelve, but she'd put her foot down and demanded at least a slightly normal childhood. She claimed being skipped two grades in school was enough, and her near-impossible 5.0 GPA boggled the mind of her teachers and school officials alike.
Mischa was a whiz at computers, and when AGHS's computer lab had gone down unexpectedly, rather than wait for professionals to come and repair them, Principal Caplan had let Mischa try her hand at fixing the problem. Thirty minutes later, the lab was up and running again, and Mischa was denouncing the virus she'd found to 'have been built by a bunch of trained monkeys'.
The Youth Center's occupants were going about their business until suddenly the building began to shake. This being California, a building shaking usually meant an earthquake, so nearly everybody headed for the exit. Marcus, Taylor, and Kendra immediately headed over to Jeff and J.W., which Mischa merely continued reading her book, seemingly out of touch with the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, out in the mountains, the earthquake was being felt as well. In an odd-looking building that was designed to blend in with the rest of the landscape, a small robot named Alpha 5 was panicking like the citizens of Angel Grove.
"Danger! Danger! It's the big one, I know it! We'll all be destroyed!"
His associate Zordon, an interdimensional being from the distant planet of Eltar, watched with bemusement from his energy tube.
"CALM DOWN, ALPHA...IT'S ZEDD AND RITA. THEY HAVE FINALLY COME TO THIS PART OF THE GALAXY AND THEY ARE ATTACKING THE PLANET."
"Ai-yi-yi! What do we do?"
"TELEPORT TO US SIX OVERBEARING AND OVER-EMOTIONAL HUMANS."
If Alpha could use human expressions, he would've looked at Zordon with an expression that would've clearly said, 'Oh, crap!'.
"No, not that!" Alpha pleaded. "Not...teenagers!"
"THAT'S CORRECT, ALPHA," Zordon replied, a slight inflection of humor in his voice at his robot companion's reaction.
"I was afraid of that," Alpha muttered, but moved to do as Zordon instructed.
Back in Angel Grove, the earthquake continued. Jeff and his five friends were huddled together, preparing to head for the door, when J.W. noticed Mischa still reading her book, looking as if she didn't have a care in the world.
The wrestling team captain gaped at the young woman sitting there so unconcernedly. He had to admit she either had guts or a death wish, but he didn't want to see anyone killed if he could help it. Breaking away from his friends, he managed to make it up the steps leading to the juice bar area and over to Mischa's table.
"Are you crazy? You just wanna sit there and be killed? It's a earthquake...get up and move!" he yelled at her over the commotion.
Mischa glanced up at him, and after apparently deeming him uninteresting, turned her attention back to her book.
"It'll stop eventually," she replied before calmly turning a page.
J.W. swore under his breath before reaching down and scooping her into his arms. Mischa started to struggle almost instantly.
"What the hell are you doing? Put me down immediately!"
"I'm possibly saving your life! You're welcome, by the way!" J.W. snapped in return as he headed back down to rejoin his friends.
No sooner had he reached them than Alpha's teleportation sequence activated.
"What's happening?" Taylor's voice was nearly hysterical.
"Hold on!" Jeff yelled to everyone else, seconds before the six teens disappeared in different colored beams of light.
Only seconds later, the teens arrived at the Command Center, falling in a heap on the floor.
"It's not exactly the mall," Taylor murmured.
Mischa was looking around the room like someone who'd just won a $300 million dollar Powerball Lottery.
"This place is magnificent!" she enthused.
"I don't get it...how'd we end up here?" Jeff demanded.
"I just wanna know where 'here' is," Kendra put in.
"Maybe the answer's in this computer," Mischa replied, and began looking at the many control panels in an attempt to figure things out.
"I think I've found the master panel," she announced less than ten seconds later, causing all three guys to look at her in amazement.
"Alien technology, and she manages to figure it out in the space of ten seconds...incredible," Marcus murmured under his breath, obviously impressed.
"I've heard she was a computer whiz, but that's scary," J.W. murmured.
"The government must be watching her like a hawk," Jeff put in.
Mischa heard their comments and rolled her eyes.
"In response to your comments, guys, one, it's not hard to figure out if you've perfected the basic layout of any computer, two, thanks for the compliment, and three, apart from a few shining examples - which aren't all that shiny to begin with - those idiots wouldn't know their ass from a hole in the ground."
Mischa moved to touch what she deemed was the master panel.
"No, don't touch that...whoooaaa!" a robot exclaimed, moving to stop Mischa before suddenly losing its footing and falling flat on its face.
If Mischa looked like she was in heaven before, she was even more ecstatic now.
"Incredible...a fully sentient, multifunctional automaton! I've never seen anything like it!"
"WELCOME, HUMANS," Zordon greeted, immediately attracting the group's attention.
"Uh-oh..." Marcus murmured.
"So who are you?" J.W. asked.
"More importantly, what are you?" Taylor added.
"I AM ZORDON, AN INTER-DIMENSIONAL BEING CAUGHT IN A TIME WARP."
"And my name is Alpha 5," the robot put in.
"Ok, but why'd you bring us here?" Kendra asked.
"IT IS QUITE SIMPLE," Zordon replied. "THIS PLANET IS UNDER ATTACK, AND I HAVE BROUGHT YOU HERE TO SAVE IT."
"Yeah, right," Jeff muttered, causing Taylor to giggle.
"AH, A NON-BELIEVER," Zordon stated. "LOOK BEHIND YOU AT THE VIEWING GLOBE. YOUR DOUBTS WILL BE ANSWERED IN THE IMAGES YOU SEE."
The six teens turned to the device Zordon indicated, which looked like a large crystal ball. At first the picture was nothing but static, but soon showed pictures of Zedd and Rita.
"Oh, eww..." Taylor proclaimed when she laid eyes on Zedd.
"THIS IS LORD ZEDD AND HIS WIFE RITA REPULSA, AN INTERGALACTIC WARLORD AND HIS SORCERESS WIFE, BOTH BENT ON CONTROLLING THE UNIVERSE. WITH THEIR HENCHMEN AND PUTTY PATROLLERS, THEY PLAN TO CONQUER EARTH."
"What does all of this have to do with us?" Kendra asked, turning back to look at Zordon.
"YOU'VE BEEN CHOSEN TO FORM AN ELITE TEAM TO BATTLE ZEDD AND RITA. EACH OF YOU WILL BE GIVEN ACCESS TO EXTRAORDINARY POWERS DRAWN FROM THE ANCIENT EARTH CREATURES YOU CALL DINOSAURS."
"Dinosaurs?" Taylor commented skeptically.
Suddenly belts appeared on the waists of all six teens, the buckles of which got all their attentions.
"BEHOLD: THE KEYS TO YOUR POWERS," Zordon intoned.
"Whoa...what are these?" Marcus held up his buckle for closer inspection.
"THOSE ARE YOUR POWER MORPHERS. WHEN IN DANGER, RAISE THEM TO THE SKY, CALLING THE NAME OF YOUR DINOSAUR, AND YOU WILL MORPH INTO A FORMIDABLE FIGHTING FORCE KNOWN TO ONE AND ALL AS THE POWER RANGERS."
"Morph?" Taylor asked.
"Metamorphosis, which means 'to change'," Mischa responded automatically, still looking like a wanderer who'd finally found her home.
"AS POWER RANGERS, YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO A UNIVERSE OF POWER, AND WILL COMMAND A FLEET OF FIGHTING MACHINES CALLED ZORDS."
"I don't get it," Kendra replied.
"J.W., BOLD AND POWERFUL, YOU SHALL COMMAND THE TYRANNOSAURUS DINOZORD. MARCUS, YOU ARE CLEVER AND BRAVE. YOU SHALL COMMAND THE MASTODON DINOZORD. TAYLOR, GRACEFUL AND SMART, THE PTERODACTYL DINOZORD SHALL BE YOURS. MISCHA, PATIENT AND WISE, YOU SHALL COMMAND THE POWERFUL TRICERATOPS DINOZORD. KENDRA, FEARLESS AND AGILE, THE SABER-TOOTHED TIGER DINOZORD WILL BE UNDER YOUR COMMAND. JEFFREY, A BORN LEADER, COMMAND OF THE MIGHTY TITANUS SHALL BE YOURS. OBSERVE THE VIEWING GLOBE."
The six teens did as instructed as Zordon continued his explanation.
"JUST AS THE SIX OF YOU WORK TOGETHER, SO DO YOUR ZORDS. WHEN YOU NEED HELP, YOU NEED ONLY TO TURN TO THE POWER OF THE DINOZORDS, WHICH, WITH TITANUS IN SUPPORT, WILL COME TOGETHER TO FORM THE MIGHTY MEGAZORD."
"Power Morphers? Megazords? Uh-uh," Marcus balked, turning to address Zordon. "Sorry, but this is just too weird for me. It's been real, but I gotta go."
"Yeah, see ya," Taylor followed him.
"You guys coming?" Marcus asked the others. "Jeff, J.W.?"
"What?" J.W. responded absently, still thinking about what he'd just seen.
Jeff shook his head in awe, but followed his girlfriend and Marcus. Kendra touched her brother's arm.
"Are you coming?"
J.W. sighed, but nodded and followed his sister. Mischa reluctantly followed the others, the expression on her face showing she was deep in thought.
"VERY WELL, THEN," Zordon responded. "LET THE POWER PROTECT YOU."
"Well now, that didn't go very well, did it? Ai-yi-yi..." Alpha muttered resignedly.
"What's this?" Zedd exclaimed when he felt the transfer of the powers.
Rita noticed the change in her husband's stance and hurried over. "What is it, Zeddy? What's wrong?"
"Zordon of Eltar is on Earth, and thinks he can stop us with six pitiful teenagers!" Zedd responded, and Rita's eyes widened in surprise at hearing the name.
"Zordon? That can't be, Zeddy...he was destroyed during our last conflict with him!"
"So we thought, but we were never able to fully confirm it," Zedd replied, before turning and gazing out at Earth from the balcony of his and Rita's newly-built palace on the moon.
"So, Zordon, my eternal enemy, this is where you've been hiding for the last 10,000 years!" he growled. "Well, your time has come! Earth will be mine, and there is nothing you can do to stop it!"
He whirled around to face his army of Putty Patrollers, standing dormant off to one side, and raised his staff.
"Those fools don't know who they're messing with! Arise, my Putty Patrollers! Go down to Earth and destroy those teenagers!"
"Those Putty Patrollers'll make space dust outta those kids!" Squatt enthused, with Baboo nodding in eager agreement beside him.
The six teens walked outside the Command Center to find themselves in the middle of nowhere.
"Great...he could've sent us back into town," Taylor complained.
The teens continued walking, but uncertainty soon overcame one of them.
"We shouldn't have left, guys," Jeff stated. "I mean, he chose us to save the world."
"I agree...I say we do it," J.W. seconded.
"Do you really think we can?" Kendra asked her brother.
"Hey, guys, you don't even know what you're talking about. I mean, we were talking to a giant floating head," Marcus put in.
The peacefulness of the day was interrupted by a large explosion very close by.
"Everybody down!" Jeff yelled.
"What was that?" Kendra asked, crouching down with the others.
Seconds later, the group found themselves surrounded by odd-looking beings in silvery outfits, who wasted no time in letting the teens know they hadn't shown up to be friends.
"Get 'em!" Jeff yelled.
Jeff, J.W., and Marcus immediately dropped into defensive stances. Kendra, having also taken martial arts classes, followed. Taylor attempted to use her gymnastics agility to escape, while Mischa - whose field was the sciences and not hand-to-hand combat - simply relied on her observation skills and her wits.
It was soon quite obvious the silver aliens were gaining the upper hand, and soon all six teens were in heap on the ground, the Putties standing in a group a short distance away, waiting for them to get up and make their next move.
"This day is too weird!" Taylor complained.
"What do we do now?" Kendra put in.
"Zordon said these Power Morphers would give us power," Jeff reminded them. "Let's do it!"
The group got to their feet, pointed their morphers at the sky, and followed Zordon's instructions.
Even with their new powers activated, the Putties still proved to be a formidable match for the Rangers. At least, they did until J.W. found their secret. The Red Ranger was fighting three Putties at once, and when he punched the 'Z' on the chest of one of his opponents, he was stunned to see the being reel back as though he'd been dealt a fatal blow. Before J.W. could do anything , the Putty shattered like a piece of pottery that had been dropped on the floor and vanished.
"Guys, I found their weakness! Aim for the 'Z' on the chest!" J. W. yelled.
With various shouts of acknowledgement from the others, the battle continued. Armed with the knowledge on how to defeat their opponents, the Rangers quickly cut them down to size. Within five minutes, all the Putties had been destroyed.
"What? Impossible!" Zedd roared, upon seeing his Putties defeated so easily. He turned to his wife.
"Wake up Scorpina...she'll make snacks out of those pesky teenagers!"
Back on Earth, the six newly-minted Rangers glanced around, looking for more Putties but finding none.
"Ok, how do we get these outfits off?" Taylor wanted to know.
Her question was answered by an evil-sounding female laugh. The Rangers turned to see an attractive young Asian woman dressed in gold battle armor.
"Rangers, behold your doom! I am Scorpina, ally to the great and all-powerful Lord Zedd! He has ordered me to destroy you, now prepare to die!"
"Ok, what, exactly, did we do to deserve all this hate?" Taylor inquired to no one in particular.
"Standard superhero kinda deal," Marcus informed the group, not that anyone was really listening. "There's almost always a hot dominatrix or Amazon-looking chick wanting to kick the hero's ass."
"THAT'S your explanation for this?" Kendra looked at the Black Ranger like he'd lost his mind.
"Well, yeah," Marcus apparently found nothing wrong with his statement. This prompted a discussion between everyone.
Meanwhile, Scorpina had brought her fighting blade up into an offensive stance, and the weapon itself was now glowing with energy. Mischa noticed what was happening, and tried to get the attention of the others.
"Um, guys, based on my basic knowledge of weapons, blades don't glow like that, so it's almost a certainty that something bad will happen when the energy contained in said blade is released, and we will probably be victims of it."
J.W. heard what she was saying and looked at her, tearing his attention away from the others.
"What are you talking about?"
At that moment, Scorpina brought her blade outward in a slashing motion, sending a bolt of energy whipsawing its way amongst the Rangers. All six were hit and sent crashing to the ground in pain.
"That," Mischa groaned. "That's what I was talking about."
"Ow..." Marcus muttered.
Scorpina stood triumphant and laughed.
"Fools! You're pathetic! Lord Zedd will have no trouble in conquering this puny planet!"
Meanwhile, back on the moon, Zedd watched as Scorpina sent the six Rangers crashing to the ground with a single blow.
"HA!" the Zarakin warlord laughed. "I was right...what a fool you were, Zordon, choosing mere teenagers to do the job of highly-skilled warriors!" He turned to his wife. "Time to start Phase Two!"
Zedd and Rita crossed their staffs. "Make Scorpina grow!" they yelled in unison, causing bolts of lightning to erupt from the upper end of both weapons and streak down to Earth.
The Rangers got to their feet quickly as the lightning struck Scorpina and she started to grow larger. However, she didn't remain in her human form; she transformed into a deadly two-legged scorpion.
"Not good," Marcus quipped.
"Now what do we do?" Taylor asked no one in particular.
"We use the zords Zordon told us about!" J.W. replied. "Dinozord power!"
The second the Red Ranger called this out, the Dinozords began emerging from their various hiding places. The Tyrannosaurus from a deep fissure in the Earth. The Mastodon from a glacier. The Triceratops from the desert. The Saber-Toothed Tiger from the jungle. And finally, the Pterodactyl from a volcano.
Jeff rose his own hand to the sky. "I call on the power of Titanus!"
True to Zordon's word, Titanus emerged from its hiding place in the mountains and headed to heed its new master's call.
As soon as his zord arrived, J.W. leapt into its cockpit. "Log on!" he announced.
The other Rangers boarded their own zords in a similar manner.
"Marcus here...this is sweet!"
"This is Mischa, all systems go!"
"Kendra here, ready to rock!"
"Hey, nice stereo!" Taylor commented.
"Titanus online!" Jeff reported.
"Megazord power, on!" J.W. ordered.
"Kendra here...this is amazing; I seem to know how to drive this thing!" The Yellow Ranger exulted.
"Affirmative...I do, too! It's almost like second nature to me," Mischa chimed in.
The five Dinozords came together to form a massive tank.
"All right guys, let's go get her!" Jeff ordered, an affirmative response coming from the Megazord cockpit.
Scorpina didn't waste time at all and opened fire, hitting the Megazord with a powerful blast. J.W., Kendra, Mischa, Taylor, and Marcus groaned as the vehicle staggered under the onslaught.
"You and your weapons are no match for me!" Scorpina snarled, looking on the Rangers with the utmost contempt.
"Wanna bet?" Jeff muttered, and fired Titanus' guns full-blast, catching Scorpina - who was busy watching the Megazord - completely by surprise. The bipedal alien scorpion screamed in pain and crashed to the ground.
"What's she doing down there, taking in the scenery?" Zedd roared. "Finish them, you fool!" he yelled down at Earth, much like a football fan would yell instructions to his favorite team from high up in the bleachers.
"All right, guys...let's see what this baby can do!" J.W. encouraged the others.
With that said, the Megazord added its own powerful blast, scoring even more hits on Scorpina.
"Yeah...zap her again!" J.W. yelled.
This time the Megazord fired laser beams from all the Dinozords' eye sockets, sending Scorpina - who'd just managed to get to her feet - crashing to the ground again. Excited cheers resounded in the Megazord's cockpit.
"Right...let's squash this bug!" Jeff ordered, with the others in full agreement.
"Let's power it up...activating Megazord battle mode!" J.W. stated.
"Megazord sequence has been initiated!" a robotic voice intoned, as the Megazord began changing shape. It rose onto two legs and the Pterodactyl Dinozord locked into place on its chest, causing the robotic voice to state, "Megazord activated!"
Scorpina attacked immediately, leaping through the air and slamming her blade across the Megazord's chest plate, rocking the cockpit and causing the five Rangers inside to react in surprise. The huge zord fought back, however, slamming a fist into Scorpina's face. The two traded blows for awhile, before a lucky hit to Scorpina's chest caused to to once again crash to the ground.
"GET UP, YOU WORTHLESS BUG!" Zedd yelled, upon seeing Scorpina go down yet again.
"Yeah, get up, Christina!" Rito joined in, causing Zedd to whirl on him in a fury.
"IT'S SCORPINA, YOU INCOMPETENT! CAN'T YOU GET AT LEAST ONE OF OUR NAMES RIGHT?"
Rito turned to him, apparently surprised by his outburst. "Whoa, Ed, you seem a bit touchy. Might be time to switch to decaf."
Zedd resisted the powerful urge to bang his head against something hard. He knew if his forehead had had skin, there'd be a vein throbbing in it right about now.
Meanwhile, Scorpina quickly got to her feet. Worried, Mischa turned to J.W.
"That blow didn't even phase her!"
"She's coming at us!" J.W. yelled, watching Scorpina prepare for yet another round of combat. She snaked out her tail, wrapping it around the Megazord and then sent a huge round of electricity through it, causing several explosions that rocked the zord and fairly unrattled its occupants.
"Forgot about me again, didn't you?" Jeff snarled, and Titanus let Scorpina have it again, thereby breaking her hold on the Megazord and sending her flying. She got to her feet with a look of pure fury and headed Titanus' way.
"Look out, Jeff!" Taylor yelled at seeing her boyfriend in danger.
"You fools are finished!" Scorpina snarled, moving in for the kill.
"Yes! She's finally going to do it!" Zedd crowed, and everyone crowded on the palace balcony to watch eagerly.
"Power Sword!" J.W. ordered, and a huge silver sword came down from the heavens, burying itself in the Earth. The Megazord walked over and picked it up.
"You think a sword's going to stop me?" Scorpina scoffed.
"No, but this will!" J.W. retorted, and all five Rangers in the Megazord raised their right fists and swung them down in a slicing motion.
The Megazord's eyes lit up, and it raised the Power Sword in the air, drawing energy in until the sword glowed white. It then copied the Rangers' motion, sending the energy in the sword arcing toward Scorpina.
"You're finished, scumball!" Jeff growled. "Titanus Mega-Blaster, lock on and fire!"
Titanus opened fire with everything it had, its blast impacting with Scorpina simultaneously with the energy bolt from the Megazord.
"NOOOOO!" Scorpina screamed as she crashed to the ground and exploded.
"All right!" Marcus exclaimed.
"We did it!" Mischa exulted.
"Nice work, guys," Jeff's voice filtered over from Titanus' cockpit.
On the moon, silence reigned for a few brief seconds, as those on the balcony absorbed what had just happened. Everyone but Rito turned to look at the fuming Lord Zedd, who was actually glowing red he was so pissed off. It was then that Rito decided to break the silence.
"Huh...didn't expect that," Rito stated, before turning to Zedd. "Just goes to show ya, Ed...you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself." The skeleton warrior shrugged and turned away from the balcony, totally unconcerned with the crushing defeat his side had just suffered.
Squatt and Baboo whimpered in fear of what Zedd would do, while Finster and Goldar stared after Rito briefly before turning and looking at each other as if to ask, 'Is he really that stupid?'.
Rita - wiping tears from her eyes due to the loss of her friend - raised her other hand to put it on her husband's shoulder in comfort, but Zedd - still glowing with anger - snapped a hand up to halt her movement. He then turned and stalked out of the throne room.
The group blinked in surprise at how quiet Zedd was being, but suddenly from another part of the palace there came a Zarakin battle cry, followed by several loud and resounding crashes accompanied by words that weren't exactly fit for children's - or Squatt and Baboo's - ears.
Meanwhile, back in the Command Center, the six Rangers were talking excitedly amongst themselves.
"CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE," Zordon commended them. "NOW THAT YOU HAVE BECOME POWER RANGERS, YOU MUST FOLLOW THREE BASIC RULES OR LOSE THE PROTECTION OF THE POWER. FIRST, NEVER USE YOUR POWER FOR PERSONAL GAIN. SECOND, NEVER ESCALATE A BATTLE UNLESS ZEDD AND RITA FORCE YOU. AND FINALLY, KEEP YOUR IDENTITIES SECRET. NO ONE MAY KNOW YOU ARE A POWER RANGER."
"Wait a second," Marcus spoke up.
"YES, MARCUS? WHAT IS IT?" Zordon gave the Black Ranger permission to speak.
"I'm not sure we're all up to this," Marcus stated his doubts. "I mean, we were pretty lucky this time."
"LUCK HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT," Zordon replied. "THE SIX OF YOU HAVE COME TOGETHER TO FORM AS FINE A GROUP OF SUPERHEROES AS THERE HAS EVER BEEN."
"Really?" Taylor asked, pleased by the compliment.
"YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH AN EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE TOGETHER," Zordon continued. "YOU NEED EACH OTHER NOW, AND THE WORLD NEEDS YOU."
"I'm in!" J.W. exulted, with Jeff agreeing right after him.
"Me, too!" Marcus replied.
"You can count on me," Kendra put in.
"Affirmative," Mischa replied.
Taylor didn't join in right away, and her silence was enough to cause her five companions to turn to her questioningly. She avoided looking at them for a few moments before turning to them with a grin.
"Gotcha! I'm in too!"
"Let's do it!" Jeff replied, placing his hand out.
The other five piled their hands on top before jumping into the air.
There's a new guy in town, but when he uncovers something thought lost forever, can the Rangers convince him to join with them, or will they find themselves battling both Lord Zedd and one of their own?
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