We left the Rangers stranded outside of Corinth in a wasteland with a caravan of people. The groups leader’s Em tell them to come with, Corinth is the only safe place left on Earth. So, they agree and when exiting the warehouse they are exposed to the dry desert air that makes them dry in the mouth. Marv and Chloe walk to the group of people and start asking questions. They met a rich arrogant guy named Chas, from him we learn that its the year 2009. They decide to all get into Em's beat up pick up truck. While driving the Rangers assess their situation. Vesper brings up the idea that this is the future and somehow they already lost? Jack goes, “It doesn’t matter the when, its the where." Trying not to lose hope they decide to talk to Em some more in hopes of finding out more information so they can figure out where they are exactly. She does go on to explain her statement about “the tech falling apart” from last episode. She knows that there is a computer virus named Venjix. (Definitely a bad ass villain in the Ranger Universe.) It’s infected around 37% of the worlds computers. (I don’t think she would know this information unless she is part of the top secret military think tank, Alphabet Soup.) She goes on and mentions Grinders, (the foot soldiers) they are humanoid machines attacking cities. Continuing, she says that world leaders have been telling people to head to the city of Corinth. Just as she says that the radio flickers and they hear a woman’s voice saying, “If you can hear my voice, go now to the domed city of Corinth. It’s the only place you can be safe. But you have to make it before the defense shields are activated please hurry.” Lastly, she mentions Power Rangers with series operators, she’s never seen them but believes it to be a military experiment kind of thing. (Betting money now that she’s 100% from Alphabet Soup.) This excites Marv because that means despite everything they have seen and heard there might still be Power Rangers around. (Never give up hope.)
As Em is driving they noticed that they are passing through the outskirts of an abandoned city. Vesper and Eddie talk among themselves. Vesper goes off saying, “…You are such a good friend, just one time maybe…if you want to,..take me out on just one date after this is all over..(Omg yes lol - at this point Marv and Chloe are ease dropping and their faces are priceless.) Eddie replies, “I totally would love too.” Lastly, Vesper says, “If you tell anyone I would break a leg…your leg with the Ranger buds wretch.”
The sky is getting a bit dark maybe a storm is approaching. Em stops the truck in what looks to be what was a town square. We learn that this is whats left of Omega city. Jack asks, “Why are we stopping." Em turns and points at the sky and says, "It looks like there’s a storm coming, we should take cover. Corinth is about 2 days away.” Jack starts looking around for a place they can rest and wait out the storm. Em agrees and finds a store with its windows broken, so she walks right in. Jack, Marv, and Chloe follow her towards the back of the place. They find a big walk-in freezer, that they can definitely use. They start moving out spoiled food and other weird smelling things in order to fit the people. Meanwhile, outside Vesper and Eddie are helping the people gather up supplies then getting them inside. Including the Rangers, there are 21 people inside now. Marv and Jack decide to keep watch outside in case of anything. While watching the storm approach, they start to chat. Marv says, “I forgive you.” (He believes that Jack got him fired, mentioned in a older episode.) Jack replies, “I’m not the reason you got fired.” The storm is over head now and before any of them could continue talking there's a humming sound from the back of the store. The wind pulls the back door open and a drone shoots around, missing everyone. In fact it probably didn’t even see them. It flies away but in the mist and dirt of the storm Marv and Jack hear more machines in the distance. They draw their weapons ready for anything. (Could it be the Grinders they heard about?) Shots are fired towards them, one of them getting Marv in the arm. He tries to climb to see better and sees five Grinders heading towards their position. Hearing the blasts, Vesper runs out and sweep kicks taking one down. But now she’s surrounded by three. Chloe comes out sees Vesper in trouble and takes out her Hyper Blade spinning in a 360 motion destroying two more Grinders. Eddie is the last Ranger inside and is holding the back door shut. However, something seems to be grabbing it from outside. Quickly thinking, he opens and closes with such force it crushes the machine between the door and the wall. Marv tries to grab the last two Grinders but misses right before they enter the store. He uses the Morpher to tell Eddie that they are coming his way. Eddie comes out from the back and stealthy takes them out. But, just then he hears Em scream “Help!”. He rushes back to see that the door was ripped off of its hinges and that Em is the only one there. The Grinders were able to kidnap the civilians.
The rangers regroup to formulate a plan. Em is the only civilian that wasn’t taken. She begins to blame herself but the Rangers comfort her and say that there was nothing she could do. Instead of using her pick up truck they decide that Chas’ family RV is probably faster so Vesper hot wires it. She starts it up and begins driving. Shortly, they find tracks in the sand and decide to follow it hoping it would lead them to the civilians. They now start heading in the opposite direction of Corinth, outside Omega city. A few minutes in though, they start seeing rock formations and in the distance is a hill. As they get closer, Vesper stops not wanting to be seen by another on the opposite side of the hill. Marv and Chloe run up ahead to peak over. Chloe sees an industrial factory plant with drones circling the area. As the others get out of the RV, lights turn on around the factory and on one of the buildings there’s a tall dark shadowy figure, he has a tall collar and a long black cloak. He’s got weapons strapped on his back maybe a sword and blaster of some sort. (Wonder who that is?) He is currently screaming at two other figures Chloe can’t fully make out probably Grinders. She relays the info back to the team. It doesn’t look like the civilians are there but something is definitely going on there. They decide they are gonna try to sneak around and enter one of the smaller building. They morph, in front of Em and she’s amazed. She’s got quiet a few questions for them now. (I would too.) They say they will explain everything later and go on with their plan. Using the RV as a distraction, they launch it off the cliff as it flies in the air landing and knocking down a smoke stack. With the loud noise this makes, from the building in the area Grinders start running around all over the place. Looks like they stumbled upon a Grinder factory. (Oops, lol)
The Rangers leave Em safely by the hill as they jump into action. Jack runs up, jumps and takes out his hammer hitting the floor causing a quake knocking Grinders down. Chloe explores another area of the complex and finds the civilians chained up. Vesper shouts out that she’s going to attack the main bad guy that Chloe saw on the main building. As she is running up the stairs he jumps down near her. She can get a better look at him now, and sees he’s got slicked back hair and a monocle, plus he is a machine. (Kilobyte from RPM!) He takes out his sword and is about to slash her but Eddie slides between them blocking his attack.
Meanwhile, Marv heads towards Chloe to help the people. They attack the Grinders however, they move to fast and Chloe actually hits two civilians by accident giving them slight cuts nothing too serious. (Wow, that RPM universe for you.) Jack follows close behind and takes them out from behind.
Back to Kilobyte, he is able to grab Vesper’s shoulder and reaches towards the back of her head. She feels like her energy is fading, but then pulses back coursing through her body, it feels hot and her eyes are bright red. He says calmly, “Ah, this is interesting, a robot who thinks and acts like a human being. I can make more of these..” She is now under his control. Eddie goes, “What are you doing to her?”. Kilobyte snaps back, "She’s one of mine now”. Turning towards her he says, “Why don’t you take out your little boyfriend.” Vesper then attacks Eddie, he tries to block her axe but fails. Vesper screams internally but is unable to stop herself. She attacks Eddie again this time with her Cerberus Disk.
When Jack gets to Marv and Chloe he says he saw Vesper attacked Eddie, something is wrong! However, Vesper somehow hears this and uses her morpher to tell Marv not to trust Jack. Not knowing what to do he pulls out his blaster and aims it at Jack, shouting, “What’s going on?” Kilobyte pushes a button and a cage falls trapping the them by the civilians. Next he turns towards Eddie and takes out his double barrel blaster and fires. Eddie is really taking a beating. Vesper then tries pounding him. Eddie trying to reason with her takes out the ranger buds wretch but she grabs it trying to take it from him. Kilobyte gets tired of watching this and attacks Eddie with his sword again. The episode ends with Eddie barely breathing and two Grinders pulling his body away. Before he passes out he tries to say something, “Vesper…I..lov…”
What can I say “get in gear” cause we are in full swing for RPM. RPM being an overall dark tone is definitely showing with our rangers. When Chloe actually hits civilians when missing the Grinders, I was shocked. It just shows that with different media for Power Rangers we can explore more and darker stuff. Malika is absolutely amazing, I’m sure she planned this a long time ago. Her love for Power Rangers doesn’t go unnoticed. Also, I called it (like the second episode in) Vesper being a robot/android of some sort. The way she says things gave it away for me. Also, Kilobyte is a great villain, I’m thinking though because he said something like, “...I can make more of these…” that the Rangers are in the RPM world just as its starting so before the season even started and that's how he got the idea for making a humanoid machines to take Corinth in the series. Just a thought. Also, poor Eddie, he’s got to break through to Vesper before something else happens. I can only imagine what Malika has in store for them next episode.
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