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Eastern Rangers Episode 3: Shadow of Doubt

Act 1
Scene 1
Setting: Inside the Power Chamber. Billy is talking to Zordon and Alpha.

Alpha: This is horrible timing Billy. I can't finish the Zords by myself.

Billy: I know Alpha. I'll be back soon.

Zordon: I believe we can get by for the time being. I will contact the Rangers.

Act 2
Scene 1: Tai's bedroom. It's a Saturday so he is trying to sleep in. His communicator goes off. He grumbles as he reaches for it.

Tai (grogily): Yeah. What's going on?

Zordon: Contact the others and teleport to the Power Chamber.

Tai: Um, ok. We'll be there in a few minutes.

He deactivates the communicator then mumbles to himself: "I hope they don't kill me for waking them up." He activates the communicator again.

Tai: Hey guys, Zordon needs to see us at the Power Chamber.

There is no answer.

Tai: Come on, get up. I know it's early but there could be trouble.

Finaly he can hear Kara's voice.

Kara: For your sake there better be. Go ahead and teleport, I'll finish waking everyone up.

Tai: Ok, thanks.

He deactivates the communicator. He then gets dressed and teleports to the Power Chamber.

Scene 2
Setting: The Power Chamber. Tai teleports in. Billy walks over to him.

Billy: Where is everyone else?

Tai: They're on the way.

As he finishes saying this the others teleport in.

Billy: Good, your all here.

Victor: What's this about?

Billy: I have to leave for a while on an internship for college. I'm afraid we'll have to finish the zords when I get back.

Kara: Hopefully we'll last that long without them.

Billy: The Moble Arsenal should hold up, as long as you repair them after each battle.

Alpha: Leave that to me. I may not be able to finish the zords but I can fix the one's we have.

Billy: Then everything is ready. I'll catch you guys in a few weeks, ok.

Victor and Joe: Later.

Karen, Tai, and Kara: Take care.

Billy: Bye everyone.

He teleports away.

Victor (softly to himself): This oughta be interesting.

Scene 3
Setting: A teachers office at the high school. Joe is sitting nervously in front of the desk. His teacher is sitting behind it talking to him. She is in her mid 30's, average height and weight.

Ms Krandal: I'm very disapointed in your recent scores in my class Joe. I know you can do better.

Joe: I know, it's just that I've been realy busy latley.

Ms Krandal: That's no excuse. School should be your first priority.

Joe: It is, it's just that I have some stuff that really has to be done. I just didn't have time to study for that test.

Ms. Krandal: It's not just the test you did poorly on Joe. All your scores have been low lately. If something is wrong you need to tell me now, or I'll have no choice but to schedule a parent-teacher conference.

Joe (reluctantly): No, nothings wrong.

Ms. Krandal: I will call your parents first thing in the morning and schedule a conference. You may go now, see you in class tomarrow. Try to do better, ok.

Joe: I will.

He gets up and leaves the room.

Joe (to himself): This is bad. This is really bad.

Scene 4
Setting: Teachers office. Joe's parents are talking to the teacher.

Ms. Krandal: Joe's scores have been unsatisfactory lately. I'm quite worried.

Joe's father: He's been very secretive lately.

Joe's mother: I just figured he had some big project or something.

Joe's father: This isn't like him. He's usualy so serious about his work. I'll have a talk with him and find out what's going on.

Ms. Krandal: I would appreciate that. I'd hate to see him fail.

Joe's father: Thanks for letting us know.

Joe's mother: We really appreciate it.

Ms. Krandal: Anytime.

Joe's parents get up and leave.

Scene 4
Setting: Joe's room. Joe is laying on the bed. His father is sitting on a folding chair pulled up beside the bed.

Joe's father: Son, we need to talk.

Joe: It's about my grades isn't it.

Joe's father: Yes it is. Would you like to explain what's going on?

Joe: Not realy. I'll just have to work harder. Thats all.

Joe's father: I'll give you a week to pull your grades up then I start taking privileges away. Got it.

Joe (depresed): Sounds fair.

His father gets up and leaves. Joe just lays there and sighs.

Scene 5
Setting: Angel Grove Youth Center. Joe is talking to Karen at a side table.

Joe: I just don't know what to do about this grade thing. My parents are getting mad.

Karen: We all have to get use to this Ranger stuff. You'll get the hang of it.

Joe: No I won't. I have a week to pull my grades up before my dad starts taking privileges away.

Karen: Ouch. I'll tell you what. We'll study together, then we can get your grades up.

Joe: Thanks for the offer, but I'm not sure I can handle school and being a Ranger.

Karen: Your a great Ranger, you'll get this figured out.

Joe (kinda sarcastic): Sure.

Scene 6
Setting: The Moon Palace. Zedd and Rita watch on as Joe and Karen talk.

Zedd: That little twit is doubting himself. We must crush him while he's vulnerable.

Rita: I agree. Finster, come in here.

Finster runs in from a back room.

Finster: Yes my queen. What can I do for you?

Rita: I need a monster who can use a person's self-doubt against them.

Finster: I have just the monsters my queen. I'll go make him right away.

Scene 7
Setting: Finsters lab. He walks in and grabs a monster mold. He presses some clay into it then removes the clay monster. He places it on a conveyer belt and pulls the lever. His monster-matic starts up. After a few moments a monster appears in a cloud of smoke. Finster and the monster leave and head for the throne room.

Scene 8 Setting: Throne room. Finster and the monster enter.

Finster: Presenting Shadowbot.

Zedd: What can he do?

Shadowbot: My shadow spell can amplify someones doubt enough to crush them. I won't fail you master.

Zedd: You had better not. Finster, get him out of my sight untill I'm ready for him.

Finster: Yes my lord.

Finster and Shadowbot leave the room.

Zedd: That Ranger doesn't stand a chance.

Act 3
Scene 1
Setting: Angel Grove Highschool. Joe, Kara, and Victor are walking down the hall. Thier communicators go off.

Joe: This is just great. How am I ever suppose to get caught up if we keep getting sent into battle?

Victor: Don't be so gloomy. You have no idea why Zordon wants to talk to us. (points to far corner) We can go over there.

They walk over to the corner.

Vicotr: Go ahead Zordon.

Zordon: Teleport to the Power Chamber. I will contact the others.

Victor: Ok. (looks to the others) Let's go.

They teleport away.

Scene 2
Setting: Youth Center. Tai is sitting at a table with a few friends. Karen is working out at one of the excerise machines. Their communicators go off.

Tai's friend: What was that?

Tai: Uh, that's my watch. I have to go. I'll see you guys later.

Tai's friend: Later man.

Tai walks over to Karen.

Karen: Let's go outside.

Tai: Ok.

They leave the Youth Center and go behind the building.

Tai: We read you Zordon.

Zordon: Please teleport to the Power Chamber. I've already contacted the others.

Tai: See you in a few.

They teleport away.

Scene 3
Setting: The Power Chamber. The Rangers teleport in. Zordon begins as soon as they arrive.

Zordon: Behold the viewing globe.

They all turn to face it. A monster is near the lake.

Karen: What's he doing? It looks like he is just standing there.

Zordon: That is Shadowbot. He has not begun attacking yet but I suggest you stop him before he can cause any harm.

Tai: We're on it.


(Fire Morphing Sequence)
(Lightning Morphing Sequence)
(Diamond Morphing Sequence)
(Amethyst Morphing Sequence)
(Onyx Morphing Sequence)

Scene 4
Setting: The lake. Shadowbot is standing there. The Rangers teleport in.

Victor: Allright Shadowbot, I don't know what you're planning but we're here to put a stop to it.

Shadowbot: Doubtful, as your arrival is all part of my plan.

Tai: You'll wish you never said that. Let's get him guys!

Joe: Wait, this could be a trap.

Karen: He's right, we need to be carfeful.

Kara: Forget that. Let's trash him.

Victor, Tai and Kara run towards Shadowbot. As they get closer a flock of tangas appear. They start fighting them. The tangas far outnumber the three Rangers and are winning.

Karen: Trap or not I have to help them.

She takes off toward the fight. She punches a tanga and it falls, taking a few more down with it.

Joe: I suppose I should do something.

He begins to go to the tangas when Shadowbot comes up behind him.

Shadowbot: Not so fast Black Ranger.

Joe turns to see Shadowbot.

Joe: What do you want?

Shadowbot: Nothing really, just THIS!

He brings his fists to the middle of his chest. The gem on his chest begins to shine.


He shoves his fists toward Joe. It hits him and a dark shadow covers his whole body.

Victor: Oh no, that monster got to Joe. We gotta help him.

Tai: Get off me you stupid birds.

He kicks a tanga right in the chest then turns and kicks another in the head.

Shadowbot: My job is done. Have a fun day Black Ranger. Hahahaha.

Shadowbot and the tangas teleport away. The other Rangers run up to Joe.

Karen: Are you ok?

Joe: I'm.......not sure.

Tai: He must have hit you prety hard.

Joe: I should have stoped him. I had the chance.

Kara: What is he talking about?

Victor: Beats me. You sure your not hurt pal.

Joe stands up.

Joe: I told you I'm not sure.

Victor: We'd better have Zordon check him out.

Victor and Karen grab Joe. They all teleport away.

Scene 5
Setting: The Power Chamber. Alpha is running a scanner around Joe.

Kara: So what happend to him out there?

Alpha: We'll know in a minute, the scan is almost done.

Alpha walks over to the main console.

Alpha: Humm, it seems that Shadowbot has cast a spell on Joe to make him doubt himself.

Victor: Hear that Joe. Yeah, how depressing.

Tai: We'll have to help him break it.

Kara: How?

Just then the alarms go off.

Zordon: There is no time now, Shadowbot is attacking in the park.

Victor: Ready guys?

Joe: Um, not really.

Victor, Tai, Kara, Karen: BACK TO ACTION!

They teleport away without Joe.

Zordon: Joe, you must not give into the power of this spell. The others need your help.

Joe: I don'n know how much help I'll be. BACK TO ACTION!

He teleports away.

Scene 6
Setting: The park. Victor, Tai, Kara, and Karen are all fighting Shadowbot. Joe teleports in. He runs to join the battle.

Victor jumps in the air to kick Shadowbot. Shadowbot sees him and smacks him hard into the ground. Karen and Tai try to get some punches in while he is distracted but he counters them. He then grabs Karen and Tai and sends them flying through the air. They land right beside Victor.

Tai: This guy is tougher than he looks.

Victor: No kidding.

Kara is now the only Ranger still fighting. Joe is running to help her. Shadowbot punches Kara. When she starts to fall he kicks her on the way down. She drops instantly. Shadowbot just laughs.

Shadowbot: Some help you are Black Ranger. Hahaha.

Shadowbot teleports away. Joe runs over to Kara.

Joe: Kara, are you ok?

Kara (weakly): I'll be fine, I think.

The other rangers get up and walk over to Joe and Kara.

Tai: Is she ok?

Joe: She'll be fine if she gets some rest. This is all my fault. I shouldn't have waited to come fight. If I would have acted like I was suppose to she would be fine.

Karen: Don't be so hard on yourself. You tried your best.

Joe: Then my best isn't good enough. I'm not fit to be a Ranger.

He teleports away.

Victor: We have to help him out. That spell the monster put on him is really strong.

Scene 7
Setting: The Power Chamber. Joe is talking to Zordon.

Joe: You were wrong to choose me as a Ranger Zordon. If I were fit to be a Ranger Kara wouldn't have gotten hurt out there.

Zordon: Joe, you are a fine warrior. Your doubts are caused by Shadowbot's spell.

Joe: No, I'm just not good enough. I'm quiting the team.

Zordon: Although I cannot tell you what to do, I must urge you not to do this. The other Rangers need your help.

Joe: Yeah right. You can find a much better Ranger than me. Goodbye Zordon.

Joe places his communicator and morpher on the console and leaves the Power Chamber.

Alpha: Aye aye aye aye aye, what are we going to do without a Black Ranger?

Zordon: We'll have to make do with what we have.

Act 4
Scene 1
Setting: The Power Chamber. Victor, Tai, Kara, and Karen are talking to Zordon.

Victor: He did what!?

Zordon: Joe has quit the team.

Karen: Why?

Zordon: He feels that Kara's injuries were his fault.

Tai (angrily): And you didn't even try to stop him?

Zordon: I do not have the authority to command any of you. I will alway offer you my advice but will never give you a command.

The Power Chambers alarms start going off.

Zordon: Shadowbot is back.

Kara: We need Joe.

Tai: We don't have time to go find him. We'll have to fight without him.

Victor (sarcasticaly): Great.

Victor, Tai, Kara, Karen: IT'S MORPHIN TIME!

(Fire Morphing Sequence)
(Lightning Morphing Sequence)
(Diamond Morphing Sequence)
(Amethyst Morphing Sequence)

Scene 2
Setting: Downtown. Shadowbot and some tangas are terrorizing the city. The Rangers teleport in.

Victor: Time to finish this Shadowbot!

Shadowbot: Yeah right Fire Ranger. Tangas, attack!

The tangas charge at the Rangers.

Victor: Weapons, online. Fire Staff, power up!

Tai: Lightning Strikers, power up!

Kara: Diamond Cutter, power up!

Karen: Amethyst Blaster, power up!

Victor swings the Fire Staff and hits 2 tangas. Kara trows the Diamond Cutter. It hits one tanga and defeats it. Four chase after Karen.

Karen: You wanna play rough huh. Take this!

She fires the Blaster 4 times. All 4 birds fall to the ground. Tai is in the middle of a fight with two tangas. He lifts the Strikers and they charge up. He waves one at each tanga. The blast of energy defeats them. With the tangas beaten the Rangers regroup.

Victor: Time to finish this Shadowbot.

Shadowbot: Give it your best shot.

Victor: You asked for it, FIRE!

The Fire Staff lets loose a beam of fire. The Lightning Strikers fire 2 bolts of lightning. Kara charges the Diamond Cutter and throws it. Karen fires the Amethyst Blaster. Shadowbot is hit and there is an explosion.

Tai: Yeah, we got him.

Karen: Oh no, look!

They all look over. The smoke from the explosion clears and Shadowbot is standing there completly unharmed.

Shadowbot: Pathetic. You're nothing without the Black Ranger.

Kara: I suggest we figure something out, fast.

Victor: We can't win this. Let's get out of here.

They all teleport away.

Shadowbot: I knew you would back away from me. I've defeated the Black Ranger, it's only a matter of time untill the others fall to.

Scene 3
Setting: The Power Chamber. The Rangers are talking to Zordon.

Victor: We can't fight him Zordon. We need Joe.

Kara: Maybe if I go talk to him I can get him to come back.

Zordon: That's a good idea Kara. He feels he has hurt you, so only you can help him break the spell.

Kara teleports away.

Scene 4
Setting: Joe's house. Joe is in his room. There is a knock on the door. Joe ignores it. His dad answers it. Kara is standing there.

Kara: Is Joe home?

Joe's father: He's up in his room. Go ahead up.

Kara: Thanks.

She walks upstairs and knocks on his door.

Joe: Who is it?

Kara: It's me.

Joe: Go away, I've hurt you enough for one lifetime.

Kara: That's just it Joe, you didn't hurt me at all. (softly) We all took a chance by becoming Rangers. (normal) I'm fine, really.

Joe opens the door.

Joe: You're not hurt?

Kara: No.

Joe: At all?

Kara: Not a scratch on me. The suit took the punishment for me.

Joe: Then I have no reason to be afraid?

Kara: None at all. We need you. We can't stop Shadowbot without you.

Joe begins to glow. A dark shadow appears around his body, then fades.

Kara: I think the spell is broken.

Joe: It is, I can feel it.

Kara: Than let's go take down Shadowbot.

Joe: Yeah.

They teleport away.

Scene 5
Setting: The Power Chamber. Joe and Kara arrive.

Joe: I'm sorry for how I acted guys.

Zordon: You were under Shadowbot's spell. The power of friendship has overcome that evil force. Now you must all go and stop Shadowbot.

Joe: Let's do it guys.


(Fire Morphing Sequence)
(Lightning Morphing Sequence)
(Diamond Morphing Sequence)
(Amethyst Morphing Sequence)
(Onyx Morphing Sequence)

Scene 6
Setting: Back to where Shadowbot is attacking.

Shadowbot: So you want me to totaly crush you, huh?

Joe: That's not gonna happen Shadowbot.

Shadowbot: What?! Impossible, you're under my shadow of doubt.

Joe: Not anymore. Weapons, online.

The Rangers weapons appear in their hands.

Victor: We'll have to pull it together to stop him. Eastern Blaster power now.

Victor throws the Fire Staff into the air. It stays suspened horizontaly. Tai throws up the Lightning Strikers. They land sideways on top of the Fire Staff. Kara tosses the Diamond Cutter. It sets on top of the Strikers. Karen throws the Amethyst Blaster. It lands on top of the Cutter with it's handle forming the handle of the Eastern Blaster. Finaly Joe tosses the Onyx Chargers and they hook onto the bottom of the Strikers. The Eastern Blaster falls into Victors hands. The other Rangers stand to his sides.


The Blaster fires and nails Shadowbot. He falls to the ground and explodes.

Scene 7
Setting: The Moon Palace. Zedd and Rita are watching the battle.

Zedd: He's not finished yet Rangers.

Zedd and Rita lift up thier wands and cross them over each other.

Zedd and Rita: By the power and force of lightning, make our monster grow.

A bolt fires down to earth and strikes Shadowbot. He becomes a giant.

Scene 8
Setting: The battle.

Victor: Moble Arsenal, online!

The Moble Arsenal vehicles come out of the holding bay. The Rangers teleport into thier cockpits.

Victor: Firebot, power up.

Tai and Kara: Blue-diamond tank, power up.

Karen and Joe: Purple-onyx tank, power up.

They arrive on the scene.

Victor: Hit him with everything you've got.

Tai and Kara: Pattern shot!

The Blue-diamond tank spins around and fires it's guns at Shadowbot.

Joe and Karen: Megafire!

Their tanks biggest gun lets out a barrage of shots.

Both attacks hit Shadowbot at the same time. He is affected and falls back a little. He gets back up and charges toward the Moble Arsenals. He picks up the Purple-onyx tank and throws it. Joe and Karen are shaken inside the cockpit.

Joe: That hurt.

Karen: Tai, watch out!

Tai: What?

Just has he looks out the windshield the tank is kicked into a building.

Tai: Thanks for the warning. Ow.

Firebot turns quickly.

Victor: Arm blasters, fire!

Firebot fires the Arm blasters. Shadowbot explodes before he even hits the ground.

Victor: Is everyone ok?

Kara: We're ok.

Victor: Joe and Karen?

Karen: I think we'll live.

Victor: Let's hope Alpha can fix the Moble Arsenals.

The Rangers drive the badly damaged Moble Arsenals back to the holding bay.

Act 5
Scene 1
Setting: The Power Chamber.

Zordon: I would like to congradulate all of you for a job well done. Especialy you Joe. It was not easy to overcome your doubts.

Joe: I never would have been able to if Kara didn't prove to me she was ok.

Kara: All in a days work. I just didn't wanna get my butt kicked again by that monster.

Tai: Sure.

Kara: Shut up Tai.

Victor: Alpha, can you fix the Moble Arsenals?

Alpha: They are self repairing. They should be back to normal by morning.

Victor: Good, who knows what Rita and Zedd will do next.

Scene 2
Setting: Barren area beyond the Moon Palace. Gridster is stumbling towards a crater. He sits down to rest.

Gridster: Foolish Rangers. When I get my crystal back I'll destroy them all. Hahahahahaha.

The End

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