Daring to Dream
Writing credits: Indy & Chris Silva
First released: July 17th, 2000
Title reference: A large part of main characters' inner struggle and decision making is shown through their dreams while sleeping.
Length: 51,373 words (the complete work); 11 chapters
This story starts its own unique timeline and Rangerverse. It presents an original interpretation of events depicted in the episode "Good Times, Bat Times" and tries to answer the question of what could have happened if Foxglove fell in love not with Dale but with Chip instead.
The Rescue Rangers
many well-known characters from other Disney cartoons and popular TV shows and movies, not to mention Elvis and John Wayne themselves
The Ranger Wing
While this work being the first Dale+Gadget epic is important and influential, it can be argued that the whole 'parallel universe' setting weakens authors' point of view and implicitly states that in the canon universe the possibility of D+G relationship is very low. Here is what Dr. Indy says on the matter:
Chris and I both knew that "Daring to Dream", the first part of The Untold Ranger Tales, was big, and it would rock the boat of a lot of Rangerphiles. In the weeks before the initial story's release, we contacted several influential Rangerphiles, including Rachel, Julie and Natasha, testing the waters and gauging how much a novel-sized D+G story would affect them.
It was my decision alone to point out that "Daring to Dream" was a variant to the "Good Times, Bat Times" episode--I felt that the story was liable to produce such emotions in people that I wanted to soften the blow and give them a way to rationalize the story if they needed to. As it turned out, it was emotional no matter what we did to ease the blow.
If I ever go back to do a re-ediit of it, which Chris asks about every now and then, we'd probably take out the "variant" idea and just let the story stand on its own merits. The variant idea was a product of the era it was written in and has no real bearing on its acceptability now.
As to the story itself, Chris and I were very satisfied with the outcome. "Daring to Dream" broke new ground and even forced us to think about Chip and Dale in new ways. As the Untold Ranger Tales progress, our focus began to change, but in good ways. We found ourselves re-discovering the characters and in some cases reinventing them, but always with respect to what had come before.
Daring to Dream at Dr. Indy's Ranger Museum
1st Part of The Untold Ranger Tales Authors' Commentary: A Look Back at the URT devoted to "Daring to Dream" at Dr. Indy's Ranger Museum