Having characters be rescued is dangerous for a story because it can easily rob the rescued character of all dignity. It also tends to come off as sexist if the rescued character is female and the rescuer male, since there is a widespread cliche of male characters rescuing female characters. But rescues don't have to be that way.
To preserve the rescued character's dignity, try having them play a part in their own rescue. For example: John infiltrates the badguy's fortress to save Sally, but as soon as he does, guards close in and surround them. It takes John and Sally's combined power to defeat the guards and escape. Or for extra competence, the guards have strong armor that John and Sally's attacks can't penetrate, and they are slated to lose - until Sally tricks them into standing next to the Proton Reactor. She shoots it and it blows up and kills the guards. Either way, John has still rescued Sally, but you've done it without turning Sally into a useless damsel in distress.