- Power Chamber
The Power Chamber, and, before-hand, the Command Center, were the
fictional headquarters for the Power Rangersin the television series" Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and its sequels up to "".
Initially, the base was called the Command Center, and used in the first series. At the beginning of ', storylines and a new scene design led to the location being renamed the Power Chamber, though beyond superficial differences there was little to no change in the building's function. It appeared also, as the Command Center, in ', though it had been thoroughly redesigned. Only the external shot of the building remained consistent for all incarnations of the structure.
The building exterior itself is actually the "House of the Book" building at the
Brandeis-Bardin Institute, located in the city of Simi Valley in southern California. The twin-peaked mountain where the Command Center/Power Chamber is supposed to lie is the Vasquez Rocks.
Use of the location continued until
1997with the end of "".
According to the series and "",
Zordonhad set up the building called the Command Center on Earth millennia ago, as an outpost to be used in his fight against evil. Zordon himself was trapped in an energy tube, appearing just as an ethereal head in a column of light, and the day-to-day maintenance of the facility fell to his robotic companion, Alpha 5.
The building was located in a mountainous region, nestled between the twin peaks of a mountain, in the area that would later be called
California. It was located in proximity to the fictional city of Angel Grove, the setting for much of the action in the first five years of the show's run. Its location was, for many years, a closely-guarded secret.
The Command Center was introduced in the first episode of the show, "
Day of the Dumpster". The five original teens were teleported to the Command Center by Zordon and Alpha 5 to receive their powers, becoming Power Rangers. The Command Center thenceforth served as an "official" meeting point for the Rangers, and they would frequently gather there to learn about new threats before leaving to tackle them. Often they would "Behold the Viewing Globe," a large crystal ball-like object that could display pictures of events occurring in the city, most often of attacking monsters.
Zordon and Alpha 5 used the Command Center to construct new weapons and gear for the Rangers, as well as monitor repair procedures on the
Zords in their holding bay when they were damaged.
The inside of the Command Center resembled a large, low, circular podium, on which people could walk, with computer consoles arranged around its edge. On one side was Zordon's plasma tube, and the Viewing Globe was opposite. Beyond the ring of computers were no walls, but rather a blackness, dotted with lights, resembling the night sky. There were no obvious doors leading into or out of the main room (most travel to and from the Command Center was by
teleportation), but occasionally computer-generated doors were added to access secret locations.
In "", the Command Center was featured with a brand new design. In this, the main room was a brightly-lit oval chamber with a large set of sliding double-doors at one end, opposite Zordon's energy tube (similarly redesigned). The computer terminals were still present, but spaced more appropriately around the room, leaving space for coloured glass columns of indiscernable purpose. The Viewing Globe was still present, located to one side.
In the Series 2 episode "Wild West Rangers", the exterior of the Command Center was slightly altered, with the side of the building resembling the Wild West-era style.
Although the location of the Command Center was supposed to be a secret, many villains knew of its location. Rita Repulsa watched Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini, and Kimberly leave the Command Center when they walked back to Angel Grove. She sent Putties to intercept them. [cite episode|episodelink=Day of the Dumpster|title=Day of the Dumpster|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|airdate=1993-08-28|network=Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]
Only a Power Ranger can teleport into the Command Center undetected. Rita used this to her advantage by creating her own evil Green Ranger to infiltrate the Command Center and disable Zordon and infect Alpha 5 with a virus. Green Ranger had to enter the Command Center again when a repaired Alpha almost succeeded in re-establishing contact with Zordon, but Alpha trapped him in a forcefield. Rita had to use one of her spells to release him. [cite episode|episodelink=Green with Evil|title=Green with Evil|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|airdate=1993-10-05|network=Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]
The Command Center's security systems can be weakened by a galactic alert transmission. [cite episode|title=Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part I|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|airdate=1996-02-05|network=Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox] The Command Center's sensors apparently don't function effectively in the basement area, nor in the hidden passages beneath the Command Center. [cite episode|title=Water You Thinking?|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|airdate=1996-02-12|network=Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]
In the Series 3 episode "Changing of the Zords, Part II", Lord Zedd established contact with the Rangers through the Viewing Globe, and forced the Rangers to teleport him into the Command Center, threatening to harm Kimberly (who he had captured) if they refused. Once inside, he blackmailed the Rangers into piloting the Ancient Zords: "Or you can refuse my offer, and we can have a jolly time watching the Pink Ranger waste away". The Rangers agreed, and Zedd teleported out. Although Lord Zedd is not the first villain to teleport into the Command Center, he is the most powerful, and the first time a head villain accessed the Rangers base.
1996, villains Rito Revoltoand Goldarattempted to blow up the Command Center by placing a bomb outside. Master Vilepredicted blowing up the Command Center would start a chain reaction which would disintegrate the "Morphin Grid" forever, robbing any Ranger teams from morphing in traditional methods. This plan was foiled by Alpha 5, who defused the bomb. However, Lord Zeddsucceeded, via a time paradox, to destroy the Rangers' Power Coins. Needing a new power source, the Rangers went through time to reassemble the Zeo Crystal. [cite episode|title=Alien Rangers of Aquitar, Part II|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers |serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers |airdate=1996-02-06|network=Fox Broadcasting Company] [cite episode|title=Water You Thinking?|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers |serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers |airdate=1996-02-12|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
A short time later, Rito and Goldar were able to
teleportinto the Command Center from a forgotten series of passageways running underneath the facility. The villains were able to plant an implosiondevice, take the Zeo Crystal, and leave. The Rangers teleported out to safety, but their mentor Zordonand companion Alpha 5seemed destroyed in the blast. [cite episode|episodelink=Hogday Afternoon|title=Hogday Afternoon, Part II|series=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers |serieslink=Mighty Morphin Power Rangers |airdate=1996-02-12|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
Wandering up to the ruins of the Command Center, the Rangers discovered the Zeo Crystal. It created a hole in the ground which swallowed up the Rangers and took them to the hidden passages. Following the sound of Alpha's voice, the Rangers were led to a vortex. Meanwhile, above ground, the exterior of the Command Center rebuilt itself. Walking through the vortex, the Rangers return to their base of operations, but this is a more futuristic version, the second generation of strategic command outposts. Zordon, still very much alive, announces the facility is known as the Power Chamber. [cite episode|title=A Zeo Beginning|series=Power Rangers: Zeo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Zeo|airdate=1996-04-20|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
The Power Chamber has an unusual shape. It is almost circular, but the back wall curves inwards. The rear wall had windows, with the old Ranger costumes and weapons behind them (minus the
Green Ranger). Above this was a rotating alarm panel. At the front of the Chamber was a plasma tube through which Zordon, and later Dimitria, could communicate. In front of Zordon was a computer bank, and another one to one side. The Power Chamber also contained two double doors at each side, a bio-bed, a viewing globe built into the wall, and two displays on the wall. One of these was a map of Earth, another a diagram of the Chamber.
A new Power Chamber set was introduced for ', and was also used in the ' series. This was a significant change from the original Power Chamber set as seen in episodes of "". Among other things, the windows along the back wall containing the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers suits were changed to colored tubes of light, representing each ranger's color. No explanation was made in the movie or the television show for the significant change to the set.
Off to one side of this Chamber through one of the double doors was access to the Hidden Chamber. This resembled the design of the old Command Center without the console ring, with the columns of light to one side of a plasma tube for Zordon, and other columns of lights and a tube for
Dimitria. In this Chamber, Tommy, Kat, Tanya and Adam transferred their powers to TJ, Cassie, Ashley and Carlos respectively. [cite episode|title=Passing the Torch, Part II|series=Power Rangers: Turbo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Turbo|airdate=1997-09-10|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
King Mondoapparently knew of the location of the Power Chamber, although later Divatoxdid not. King Mondo activated a nuclear non-reflective protective shield around the Chamber so that the Gold Ranger, who was teleporting to the Chamber at the time, would smash into the field mid-transit and be destroyed. The Gold Ranger had to be redirected until Billy could find a way to lower the shield. [cite episode|title=Revelations of Gold|series=Power Rangers: Zeo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Zeo|airdate=1996-10-03|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
When the Earth's temperature was rising rapidly by Mondo's Defoliator monster, there was a danger that the Chamber's heat shield would fail. [cite episode|title=There's No Business Like Snow Business, Part III|series=Power Rangers: Zeo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Zeo|airdate=1996-05-13|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
The Power Chamber momentarily lost power when Main Drain was draining power around Angel Grove to energise himself. [cite episode|title=Inner Spirit|series=Power Rangers: Zeo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Zeo|airdate=1996-05-16|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
When Earth became frozen in time, there was no ill-effects inside the Chamber. [cite episode|title=When Time Freezes Over|series=Power Rangers: Turbo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Turbo|airdate=1997-09-19|network=Fox Broadcasting Company|] When Angel Grove began vanishing, the Rangers teleported to the Power Chamber, to find it not there. In actuality, the Power Chamber had been transported to a hidden dimension where it could not been seen by the Rangers. [cite episode|title=Vanishing Act|series=Power Rangers: Turbo|serieslink=Power Rangers: Turbo|airdate=1997-09-18|network=Fox Broadcasting Company]
At the end of , Rygog and Elgar found the Power Chamber by tracking the Rangers' teleportation beams. Having discovered its location, and having defeated both of the Rangers'
Megazords, Divatox's forces attacked the Power Chamber en masse. Hordes of Piranhatrons raced up to the Chamber, having teleported into the area undetected. The Rangers tried to hold them away from the Chamber, but were forced back inside.
Once there, the Piranhatrons used a battering ram to break open the main doors, while others scaled the walls and smashed in through the roof. Though the Rangers and
Alpha 6fought bravely, they were overwhelmed by the Piranhatrons, and managed to plant explosive charges. When the charges were detonated, the building was completely destroyed by the explosion, leaving only a pile of rock and rubble. Before Divatoxcould claim victory and find the Rangers among the rubble, she was recalled to the Cimmerian Planetby Dark Specter, prompting the Rangers, who had lost their powers due to the explosion, to pursue her into space and abandon the former Command Center location forever.
Footage of the explosion that destroyed the Power Chamber was recycled from the destruction of the Command Center at the end of "Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers".
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