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Power Rangers Hexagon - the original season 11
  • Did you Power Ranger fans know that before the 11th season of Power Rangers became Power Rangers Ninja Storm, the original was far different from that. Amit Bhaumik, the television writer best known for his work on Power Rangers Wild Force, planned to adapt Ninja Storm's Japanese source to create a season that connected everything from past seasons as well as tie up loose ends and resolve anything that wasn't resolved before. This season would've been known as "Power Rangers Hexagon".

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    Hexagon Power Rangers:

    Power Rangers Hexagon
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    - These Rangers would be a team of 3 (Red, Yellow, and Blue). They are young recruits to the Hexagon and the organization's active duty superheroes. Their ninja-based powers would "likely" be derived from Ninjor. These Rangers would be sent by their mentor, Tommy Oliver, on missions to wherever on Earth or in the universe they're needed in response to attacks by the villains. They'd travel in Hexagon's special stealth chopper.
    - The Red Ranger would turn out to have been the main villain's son who was raised by the good guys and is destined to become evil due to his origins.

    Beetle Rangers
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    - These Rangers would be a team of 2 or 3 (Dark Red, Dark Blue {and Dark Yellow, depending}). They would operate outside of Hexagon's network of superhero teams. They would be less in the traditional goody two-shoes mold of Rangers and have more of a rebellious, anti-authoritarian attitude to them. They would reject the Hexagon mentality of all superheroes operating under the leadership of one man and instead advocate Rangers should be independent and operate on their own, with Jason appearing as "almost a mirror opposite of a Tommy-style mentor for them"
    - "As all Power Rangers seasons tried to have at least two female Rangers per season, Amit would have lobbied to add a second girl. He said on his Tumblr that he would have pushed "for the creation of a US-exclusive third Beetle Ranger – probably a Dark Yellow color – female Ranger". The Rangercast podcast have reported that in Amit's original notes, it was Navy Thunder who would have been the girl."

    Green Ranger
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    - See "Tommy Oliver"
    - "Rangercast claimed that in the original notes, the Green Ranger would have been a different character called Derek (continuing the Eric, Merrick sounds for sixth Rangers). He'd be working as a deep-cover agent, altering the costume - with/without vest and the different helmet - depending on which Ranger faction he was with."

    Hexagon other characters:

    Thomas "Tommy" Oliver
    - The leader of the Hexagon organization and the Hexagon Rangers' mentor. He is a veteran Power Ranger, having served as Mighty Morphin Green, Mighty Morphin White, Zeo Red, and Turbo Red. His network of Ranger connections made him essentially the new Zordon and most Ranger teams could be called upon by him. His organization's conflict with the Beetle Power Rangers puts him at conflict with their leader, his old friend and former Ranger teammate Jason Lee Scott
    - Tommy had been keeping in touch with various Rangers in the years since the episode Passing The Torch, Part 2.
    -This older Tommy Oliver would be "No longer the ponytailed, wifebeater-wearing teenager of MMPR days, Tommy would now look more like a federal agent in a suit.
    - Tommy would later become the Green Ranger in the series.As the Green Ranger this season, Tommy would occasionally help the Rangers in their battles. Paying homage to the Green Ranger mini-series, Tommy and Jason would even battle each other once again.
    -For plot purposes, Tommy's Green Ranger would be called the most powerful Ranger ever created because he would in the end be the final challenge the Rangers would have to unite against to fight.Tommy would even become the main antagonist by the end of the season as the base Rangers eventually rebel against the Hexagon after realizing it had grown out of control. In the end, the heroes would fight and eventually force Tommy to see the errors of the Hexagon’s concentration of power open to being abused by people, prompting him to ultimately disband the Hexagon, scattering the heroes once and for all to their own corners of the Power Rangers universe.

    Joel Rawlings
    - The pilot for Hexagon's special stealth chopper who takes the Hexagon Rangers where they need to go. He was Green Lightspeed Rescue Ranger. Now married to Angela Fairweather.

    Ninjor
    - He is a ninja master who restored the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' powers as well as aided them in battle against the forces of Rita & Zedd and Master Vile. He was also the creator of the original Power Coins, the new Power Coins, the Battle Borgs, and presumably the Shogunzords and the Aquitian Power Coins. He provides his ninja powers to Hexagon's three young recruits to turn them into Power Rangers Hexagon.
    - He is "one of many returning characters who would contribute to the season’s story".

    Jason Lee Scott
    - The mentor of the Beetle Rangers. He is a veteran Power Ranger, having served as Mighty Morphin Red and Zeo Gold. His team's conflict with Hexagon puts him at conflict with their leader, his old friend and former Ranger teammate Tommy Oliver.
    - Jason was to have been more of a casual, been around the block, big brother type of figure for the Beetle Rangers rather than a commander like the Hexagon Rangers had.
    - Paying homage to the Green Ranger mini-series, Tommy and Jason would even battle each other once again after Tommy becomes a Green Ranger again.

    Hexagon villains:

    - There's be many villains, both old and new. Though there is a main villain, the villains for the season would be various and not unified.
    - Some returning villains include Prince Gasket & Archerina, Scorpina, and Lokar (they were among the unresolved villains from previous seasons that Amit hoped to provide some resolution to during the season).
    - One of the villains (the Mara character from Ninja Storm) would have been the Red Ranger's "betrothed".
    - The villains were to be used in the show as representing different villain factions and the monsters-of-the-day that the Power Rangers would fight each episode wouldn’t always be from the same group. For example, the robotic monsters-of-the-day might be Machine Empire minions of Prince Gasket, while a more organic monster might be a minion of Scorpina – who would have become a much more fleshed out character than before – or one of the new Hurricaneger villain factions.

    Hexagon headquarters/lairs

    Hexagon
    - Hexagon is the Hexagon Rangers' base of operations. It's a Power Rangers umbrella organization that was founded to unite all Power Rangers as a single strike force. It also employs regular civilians. It is named "Hexagon" because it’s one step above the Pentagon. It allows the Power Rangers to be supported by a ground crew and a command structure that went far beyond just the Rangers themselves.
    - The name Hexagon came from the idea that the base of operations for the season's Power Rangers would be a giant building like the Pentagon, except with six sides to symbolize the number of Power Rangers on most teams. It was conceived as a much larger version of Zordon's Command Center except with its location and purpose known to the public. An impregnable fortress staffed by hundreds, if not thousands, and far too well-defended for any of the villains of the Power Rangers universe to try attacking.

    Beetle Rangers' base
    -no details revealed

    Villains' base(s)
    - no details revealed

    Hexagon other details:

    - Before the sale to Disney, Bhaumik was going to work on Power Rangers Ninja Storm (under the working title of Ninja Force). As writing for Wild Force finished and production was wrapping up, Amit began researching and drawing up plans to adapt Hurricaneger for an 11th season expected to start filming in LA. Hexagon was a plan in the very rough stages and was birthed during a rocky time of transition when the direction and even continued existence of the show was in doubt. This was just one of many potential visions for a season of the show.
    - Just as Power Rangers In Space essentially brought together and wrapped up the five preceding seasons of Power Rangers (MMPR-PRT), the intention was for the 11th season to bring together and wrap up all the preceding seasons.
    - The story of Power Rangers Hexagon would've originated with the Forever Red episode from Wild Force.
    - The power dynamic typically seen between heroes and villains in the show would be flipped for this season. Instead of an invasion of a vast army of evil against a few heroes operating in secret, this time the good guys would have the apparent advantage in terms of numbers and infrastructure.
    - It would be implied that other Ranger teams were operating under the command of the Hexagon and there would be occasional cameos by other Rangers as our heroes would travel to respond to threats across the Power Rangers universe. Silver Hills, Angel Grove, Mariner Bay, Turtle Cove, and even possibly Aquitar, Mirinoi and KO-35 would all be seen on a regular basis "(the fact that they all happened to look like LA would help a lot with filming)".
    - "Hexagon would have featured two factions of Rangers, Tommy Oliver’s Hexagon, a government style organization of united Rangers, and Jason Lee Scott’s Beetle Rangers that were to operate outside this network of superhero teams and oppose the united structure of the Hexagon."
    - It would take the perfunctory battles to their logical conclusion by making them all but inconsequential, because if we’ve seen ten years of six power rangers defeating every monster that came along, having sixty of them makes it a foregone conclusion. But if the fights against the monsters don’t matter, that raises the question of just where all the tension would’ve come from, and for that, there’s a pretty obvious answer. It comes from the Rangers fighting each other.
    - The central conflict of the season was to be the rivalry between the Beetle Power Rangers and the basic three Hexagon Rangers. The mental image of six Rangers divided in half by a line, with an explicit "Which side are you on?" drove much of the idea of the season. As Amit noted, this was years before Marvel's Civil War. The two teams of Rangers might have occasionally fought each other, without being under any mind control or brainwashing. They would often join forces to fight monsters like in Hurricanger, but this was definitely not intended to be a single team of Rangers for the season.
    - With Tommy in charge of the “official” Rangers, the renegades would be led by Jason, building on the arrogance and seemingly strained friendship that he and Tommy showed in “Forever Red.” He’d be an ideological counterpoint to Tommy’s strategy of meeting opposition with regimented overwhelming force, valuing independence above anything else. Considering that the two characters always teased a fight against each other but never had a proper showdown, seeing them battle it out ideologically through their proteges, while an entire decade’s worth of Rangers operated in the background, was an idea that had a lot of appeal — and keep in mind, this was a few years before Marvel’s Civil War would be built around a very similar idea.
    -Rangers from past seasons would eventually find themselves choosing one side of the conflict over the other, making themselves available to assist one group but unavailable to the other. For example, maybe Delphine and the Aquitian Rangers reject the Hexagon and either refuse to cooperate with the Hexagon Rangers or show up to help the anti-Hexagon Rangers. The main focus of the show would be on the new characters of the season, but many of the guest stars would be previous Rangers. One of the main recurring Ranger roles was to be Jason the Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger who was to definitely be on the side of the anti-Hexagon Beetle Rangers and almost a mirror opposite of a Tommy-style mentor for them.
    - The Hexagon season, especially its finale, would in a sense be the end of an era of Power Rangers beginning in season one and ending in season eleven, eliminating any unresolved issues and excess baggage to pave the way for a fresh start for the show to go any direction it chose for season twelve.
    - By late 2002, the new owner of the Power Rangers franchise, Disney, decided to replace (almost) the entire crew and move production for the show to New Zealand, ending the idea of the Hexagon. Instead, Hurricaneger would be adapted into Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
    - "There was a plan to explain how certain Rangers in Forever Red regained their powers. There was a plan for revealing the Phantom Ranger's identity. There was a plan for explaining Terra Venture's interstellar technology from Lost Galaxy which contradicted the non-spacefaring, modern civilization all other seasons took place in (it was a refurbished Dark Fortress and part of a grander conspiracy). There was a plan for the Silver Guardians. There was a plan for a Power Rangers Wild Force team up with Merrick, Zen-Aku, Jindrax, and Toxica (the latter two now leading a traveling carnival) aligning with the anti-Hexagon Rangers, and Cole, Taylor, Alyssa, Max, and Danny assisting the Hexagon Rangers, before all joining together to fight the good fight."
    - "In many ways, it was designed to clean up the Power Rangers universe and its vast mythology. The idea wasn't to reduce the potential of possibilities of the show but to clarify the elements intrinsic to every incarnation of the Power Rangers concept from Zeo to Lost Galaxy to Wild Force to beyond. Hopefully providing resolution to old fans, establish legacy and importance to younger fans, and refine the basic blueprint of what makes a Power Rangers season, to be expanded upon for future seasons to come."
    - "Virtually every idea that you read about in Hexagon other than the Hexagon itself would show up later in Power Rangers in one form or another. Tommy came back as the mentor figure in Dino Thunder — a show that asks us to believe that he got a doctorate in paleontology at some point after MMPR, which is difficult if only because dragons are not actually dinosaurs — and in Japan, Go-Busters did the idea of Rangers as a government agency with a ground crew. Even the idea of using a plot that would require a ton of original footage that barely tied into the Japanese version would come about with Power Rangers RPM, unquestionably the high point of the franchise. More importantly, though, ten years later, there was an entire season built around the idea of bringing back past Rangers."

    Here's the best way I can think of to summarize
    POWER RANGERS HEXAGON
    For 10 years, a number of villain factions came one at a time to conquer Earth . Now the Earth now faces a larger threat as many villains, both new and old, are all trying to conquer Earth at the same time. This time, the Earth is prepared as a secret Power Ranger organization called Hexagon, led by former Ranger Tommy Oliver, has been preparing for a day like this to come. Three young recruits are chosen to receive Hexagon's technology and ninja powers from Ninjor, the ninja who helped the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers many years ago, and become the newest Power Rangers to defend the Earth from evil wherever it strikes. They become Power Rangers Hexagon. Unfortunately, the battle to save the world will be harder than ever as past allies become the newest Rangers' enemies. This includes a small rogue team of beetle-themed Power Rangers led by another former Ranger. The Power Rangers face a challenge like never before as they must face so many villains while dealing with the incredible tension between Ranger teams, which will force past heroes to choose sides.

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    Sources:
    http://comicsalliance.com/ranger-station-interlude-hexagon/
    http://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/power-rangers/234583/the-power-rangers-seasons-we-never-saw
    http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Amit_Bhaumik
    http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Hexagon

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  • This is what I think about this Power Rangers Hexagon plan.

    1: Man, this season sounds a bit darker than Time Force. Two Ranger teams fighting each other, Tommy and Jason as rivals, past Rangers being forced to choose sides rather than work together, Tommy being the final enemy as a Power Ranger. Geez! As interesting as this season sounds and how awesome it could be, I'm sure glad this didn't happen. It would taint the Ranger series. Everything we found to be pure and fun would be corrupted. Peoples' memories of the past seasons would be dreadful knowing how they'd turn out, plus future seasons will carry a sense of dread from then on.

    2: I love the idea of all past Rangers and regular civilians working together as a large organization to stop evil, though as long as the producers handled the organization thing the right way, sort of like what was done with Zordon's Command Center and Lightspeed Rescue's Aquabase.

    3: Having each of the Ranger factions getting their powers differently is pretty cool. Having Ninjor as the source for the Hexagon Rangers' ninja powers is clever. I wonder how the Beetle Rangers would get is, but it'd probably be epic. Green Ranger probably would've got his powers the same way as the three Hexagon Rangers.

    4: Hadezukin's TentoRaiger from Super Sentai Akibarangers could've been a potential Yellow Beetle Ranger, minus the evil organization sign on her chest. Though they wouldn't have been able to use the costume as it didn't appear until 2013 while the costumes for this season appeared in 2002.
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    5: Bringing back so many villains of the past definitely would've given them a chance to settle unresolved issues for good, plus it'd be epic and nostalgic.

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