So where does all of this leave us? Which of the named domes occupy which positions? What can we say about the unnamed domes? What's up with the Ocean Dome?
Here is a round-up of what we know. (It's helpful to keep in mind below that episode 15, "Redemption Day," had a lot of weirdness all around.)
The red dome was shown a number of times, but not in connection with any dome name.
|M||This shot is from episode 5. It's mirrored.|
|This is from episode 18.|
|And here's the dome in episode 43 just before Trakeena (apparently) destroys it.|
|On this schematic from episode 30, the rightmost dome was named the "Industrial Dome." Red could reasonably be placed here under a non-mirrored orientation (though that conflicts with the otherwise bizarre schematic from episode 15).|
Well, orange didn't have a connecting tunnel in schematics for some reason. Otherwise, we don't know much about it, and we never even saw a good close-up of it.
|This is about the best we got (down there in the background).|
It appeared in episode 24 (after some arguably incorrect appearances in episode 15).
Yellow wasn't named, but we did get a decent look at it.
|From the same shot as above, this is the best look we got at yellow's contents. What is it?|
Let's not talk about yellow filling in for the Mountain Dome in episode 15.
The green dome also wasn't named (there's a pattern here!), but it was seen fairly well on at least two occasions.
|This is the standard (albeit fairly rare) close-up shot of green; it was used in episodes 25, 28, and 39 (there were clouds in the way in 39).|
The dome looks industrial, and yet there's only one "the Industrial Dome," right? So what's this one? Who knows.
Blue has a good chance of being the Mountain Dome, per episode 37. (That name was also used in episode 35, but there was no accompanying establishment shot in that episode.)
|M||This shot from episode 27 is mirrored. It preceded a scene set in wooded mountains, but it wasn't named at that time.|
|This shot from episode 37 was used in conjunction with the name "Mountain Dome"; that was where Leo had the others meet him and Mike.|
Who knows what those lights are down in that valley.
Also note that the Mountain Dome was the setting of episode 15 as the Scorpion Stinger drained the colony's energy through it (the Magna Defender also died here). That episode, however, mostly used shots of yellow and purple to depict the Mountain Dome at this time, with the exception of the tunnel attack:
|M||In this mirrored shot, the Scorpion Stinger seems to be blasting near the blue dome, and Leo and Maya (who were just in the Mountain Dome) may in fact be running away from blue. (Then again, it would be very unlike the rest of episode 15 to include a dome shot that halfway makes sense.)|
Purple was shown in a lot of establishment shots for foresty/mountainy areas. It was apparently named the Forest Dome once. (The Forest Dome's name was also mentioned in episode 4 as the future home of a particular fruit tree cultivated by the Science Division.)
|This shot was used in episodes 4, 6, 9, 14, 29, and 33. Episode 29 used the shot in conjunction with the name "Forest Dome"; that was where Mike found villains bringing in parts for Kegler's laser.|
|M||And of course we can't forget the episode 15 debacle, wherein this (apparently mirrored) diagram was supposed to depict the Stinger's energy drain from the Mountain Dome. And there was that one shot of the Stinger draining energy from purple. But that's episode 15 for you.|
The Ocean Dome was mentioned by name in episode 27, and its beach was shown in that episode and probably several others (episode 41, for one). Where was it?
|Episode 27 apparently showed it here (red and yellow could be swapped if that shot was mirrored). Your call as to whether that's a reasonable location, but I wouldn't have figured one of those tiny domes would hold much more than a couple of houses. The Ocean Dome looked pretty big inside.|
|Episode 41 used this establishment shot before a beach scene (though it wasn't specifically called the Ocean Dome).|
What is this shot supposed to imply? Is yellow supposed to be the Ocean Dome? Is it one of the tiny domes attached to yellow again? If so, upper or lower cluster? The shot in episode 27 was a bottom cluster. This shot zooms in closer toward upper.
Personally, I know Lost Galaxy had a skewed sense of scale at times, such as trying to fit all of sentai Tokyo into the city dome, but I just can't see that huge ocean landscape fitting into the tiny dome from episode 27 — unless you wanted to say all of the tiny domes together made up the Ocean Dome through some sort of fragmented spatial warp. That would be crazy enough to be interesting.
Otherwise, if I were writing a fanfic and had to place the Ocean Dome somewhere, I suppose I'd put it in either yellow or orange. Yellow is nice and big, but its landscape looks pretty dry. We saw so little of orange that that might be the best way to go, in lieu of a better candidate. But I'm not really happy with having to ignore those two establishment shots above.
Parting thought: Why did the orange dome have a low tunnel that never appeared on schematics?
Thanks for reading.