|This article is about a/an series entry (the 15th) in the Power Rangers franchise.|
Power Rangers Operation Overdrive is the fifteenth season of Power Rangers, based upon the Super Sentai series, GoGo Sentai Boukenger. The series commemorated the 15th anniversary of Power Rangers, while Boukenger celebrated the 30th anniversary of Super Sentai. It aired on ABC Kids starting on March 3, 2007 after starting on Jetix a week earlier.
- 1 Production
- 2 Synopsis
- 3 Characters
- 4 Arsenal
- 5 Zords
- 6 Episodes
- 7 Comics
- 8 VHS/DVD Releases
- 9 Reception
- 10 Notes
- 11 See Also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
The early working title for the series was Power Rangers Drive Force, but was later changed to "Relic Hunters" and then "Operation Overdrive".
In early pre-production, on July 26, 2006, the series' logo was posted on a fan message board called "Fuñaroboard."
The logo is very similar to that of its Sentai source series Boukenger in the basic design and format.
On November 14, 2006, Disney had set up its official website for Power Rangers Operation Overdrive.
With the fifteenth anniversary of the series upon them, the producers elected to reward the fans and the show's legacy with a two-part anniversary special uniting Rangers from each of the previous Disney-era shows, coupled with a popular Ranger from the show's most popular shows during the 1990s. It had been long established that Johnny Yong Bosch had gained a noticeable reputation as Adam Park amongst the fanbase, and thus was asked to be the returning veteran Ranger for the special.
This series also became the first since Power Rangers Zeo (excluding the preemption of the S.P.D. episode Wormhole) to end with a one-episode finale. The series also contained one of the more thought-provoking episodes of the series run, Things Not Said, which began a darker direction for the Red Ranger Mack.
Jackie Marchand says Overdrive was pitched as "Indiana Jones... a new exotic location every episode" and Disney responded favorably - only to then give them a small budget and ask for the use of more stock footage. This made the show more of a challenge to work on.
Many years ago, two brothers named Flurious and Moltor try to steal a legendary crown known as the Corona Aurora and are imprisoned throughout the galaxy. Sentinel Knight scatters the crown and its jewels on the planet Earth in hopes of preventing it from falling into the wrong hands. In the present day, world-renowned explorer Andrew Hartford uncovers the crown, which frees Flurious and Moltor from their imprisonment. Andrew recruits four elite teenagers to become Power Rangers and stop the Corona Aurora from falling into the wrong hands. Although Hartford is originally opposed to it, his son Mack becomes the fifth team member - the Red Ranger. The Power Rangers search ancient civilizations and all over the world to uncover the first jewel which was once used by Neptune - King of Atlantis. In the process, they encounter the illustrious Miratrix, who is determined to find the jewels and free her master Kamdor.
While searching for the Toru Diamond, the Rangers encounter an alien named Tyzonn. Tyzonn came to Earth from the planet Mercuria to stop the evil Fearcats who are intent on releasing their army which had been previously imprisoned in a mirror world. After the apparent demise of his fiancée Vella, Tyzonn is reluctant but is eventually convinced to join Operation Overdrive as the Mercury Ranger. Together, the Rangers encounter Thor and Loki, two of the Norse gods. Their involvement leads to the discovery of the Blue Sapphire, which is stolen by Kamdor and Miratrix.
When Thrax, son of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa escapes imprisonment from the Sentinel Knight, he recruits Flurious, Moltor, Kamdor, Miratrix, and the Fearcats to form an evil alliance and destroy the Rangers' connection to the Universal Morphing Grid. The Rangers must go on a quest to seek out the legendary sword Excelsior which is capable of restoring their powers and the Sentinel Knight. With the help of five former Power Rangers – Adam Park-the Black Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger, Xander Bly-the Green Mystic Ranger, Bridge Carson-the S.P.D. Red Ranger, Kira Ford-the Yellow Dino Ranger and Tori Hanson-the Blue Wind Ranger, the Power Rangers unite and take down Thrax, which breaks apart the evil alliance.
After the Rangers encounter a virus, Mack makes a startling discovery about himself. Realizing that he is an android, Mack begins to question his very existence but he still pulls through for his friends by merging with the Sentinel Knight to become the Red Sentinel Ranger. Meanwhile, when another Fearcat named Crazar shows up, Tyzonn discovers that Vella is still alive. Also, the Rangers uncover the Star of Isis, the fourth jewel of the Corona Aurora.
The Octavian Chalice holds the power to uncover the final jewel to the crown. In an ultimate struggle for it, the Fearcats are destroyed for good and so is Kamdor, but not before imprisoning Miratrix inside a gem for eternity. Flurious destroys Moltor and steals the crown and gets his hands on the jewels as well. Now with the power of the Corona Aurora at his disposal, Flurious freezes all of San Angelas. In a desperate attempt to save the world, Mack sacrifices himself to destroy Flurious once and for all. The Sentinel Knight appears and uses the Corona Aurora to bring Mack back to life. As Mack awakens, he realizes that thanks to the crown, he is now human. Thanks to Norg, Tyzonn is reunited with Vella and the Power Rangers move on with their lives now that they have saved the world from evil.
|Red Overdrive Ranger||Mack Hartford||James MacLurcan|
|Black Overdrive Ranger||Will Aston||Samuell Benta|
|Blue Overdrive Ranger||Dax Lo||Gareth Yuen|
|Yellow Overdrive Ranger||Ronny Robinson||Caitlin Murphy|
|Pink Overdrive Ranger||Rose Ortiz||Rhoda Montemayor|
|Mercury Ranger||Tyzonn||Dwayne Cameron|
|Sentinel Knight||Sentinel Knight|
|Black Ranger||Adam Park||Johnny Yong Bosch||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers|
|Blue Wind Ranger||Tori Hanson||Sally Martin||Ninja Rangers|
|Yellow Dino Ranger||Kira Ford||Emma Lahana||Dino Rangers|
|S.P.D. Red Ranger||Bridge Carson||Matt Austin||S.P.D. Rangers|
|Green Mystic Ranger||Xander Bly||Richard Brancatisano||Mystic Rangers|
- Lava Lizards
- Evil Overdrive Rangers
|Red Overdrive Ranger||Evil Red Overdrive Ranger|
|Black Overdrive Ranger||Evil Black Overdrive Ranger|
|Blue Overdrive Ranger||Evil Blue Overdrive Ranger|
|Yellow Overdrive Ranger||Evil Yellow Overdrive Ranger|
|Pink Overdrive Ranger||Evil Pink Overdrive Ranger|
Power-Up and Team Blaster
- Legend:◆ piloted zord, ❖ aux zord; colors are in reference to Rangers who piloted them and not the physical color of the zords
- DriveMax Ultrazord ◆◆◆◆◆❖❖❖❖❖
Rescue Runner System
- BattleFleet Megazord / BattleFleet Battleship Formation ◆◆◆◆◆
- DriveMax Megazord Drill Formation ◆◆◆◆❖
- DriveMax Megazord Shovel Formation ◆◆◆◆❖
- DriveMax Megazord Drill & Shovel Formation ◆◆◆❖❖
- DriveMax Megazord: Mixer Formation ◆◆◆◆❖
- DriveMax Megazord: Drill and Crane Formation ◆◆◆❖❖
- DriveMax Megazord: Drill and Mixer Formation ◆◆◆❖❖
- DriveMax Megazord: Crane Formation ◆◆◆◆❖
- DriveMax Megazord: Rescue Formation ◆◆◆❖❖
Flash Point Megazord
- Flash Point Megazord: Drill and Shovel Formation ◆❖❖
- Flash Point Megazord: Drill and Mixer Formation ◆❖❖
- Flash Point Megazord: Dozer and Sub Formation ◆◆◆
- Flash Point Megazord: Crane Formation ◆❖❖
- DriveMax Ultrazord: Rescue Formation ◆◆◆◆◆❖❖❖❖❖
Operation Overdrive Arsenal Ready
- Moltor's Zord (Moltor)
- Dragonizer (Lava Lizards & Flurious)
- Lavadactyls (Lava Lizards)
- Flurious' Robot (Fearcats)
- Cybernetic Rex (Moltor & Lava Lizards)
- Kick into Overdrive (1)
- Kick into Overdrive (2)
- The Underwater World
- Heart of Blue
- Weather or Not
- Pirate in Pink
- At All Cost
- Both Sides Now
- Follow the Ranger
- Lights, Camera, Dax
- Face to Face (1)
- Face to Face (2)
- Man of Mercury (1)
- Man of Mercury (2)
- Behind the Scenes
- Just Like Me
- It's Hammer Time
- Out of Luck
- One Gets Away
- Once A Ranger (1)
- Once A Ranger (2)
- One Fine Day
- Ronny on Empty (1)
- Ronny on Empty (2)
- Things Not Said
- Red Ranger Unplugged
- Home and Away (1)
- Home and Away (2)
- Way Back When
- Two Fallen Foes
- Nothing to Lose
- Crown and Punishment
- Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (Complete Season) [RC2]
- Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)
Since its release, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive has received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Many have criticized the overall weak plot, plot holes/threads and very weak characters. The toyline, which was the first which involved Bandai of America using their own molds for the mecha as opposed to simply importing the Japanese counterparts, was also panned due to the obvious drop in quality (with the Flashpoint Megazord never receiving a western release.)
- This is the first Power Rangers series to not air on ABC Family.
- Power Rangers Operation Overdrive follows the pattern of executive producer, Bruce Kalish, by having three word titles for the Episodes. SPD had one word episode titles and Mystic Force (excluding The Snow Prince) had two word episode titles.
- Operation Overdrive and Wild Force, are the only shows where none of the cast members reprise their roles. Although the Rangers do appear in Super Megaforce (during the Legendary Battle), they stay morphed throughout this appearance.
- There was a special Behind the Scenes Episode on Friday, February 16, 2007 on Jetix.
- Despite the fact that there are twenty-three monsters in this series (excluding the Mechs), around eleven of them are reduced to small roles, making Power Rangers Operation Overdrive have the least amount of monsters in the entire Power Rangers franchise.
- Behind the Scenes featurettes are at Ranger Secrets.
- This was the first and only series to have a completely non-living Ranger as part of the main team. Mack, the Overdrive Red Ranger, was completely robotic, but was programmed with human emotions. Mack is also the youngest Ranger ever, being built just 2 years before the beginning of the series.
- This series was the first series to be completely released on DVD and was the only season to have done so before Shout! Factory's announcement of a DVD set containing the first seven shows of Power Rangers.
- This is the first series to have four different factions of villains.
- This is the first Power Rangers show to borrow the title logo from its Sentai counterpart.
- While Boukenger was the first Super Sentai show to be aired in widescreen, starting with Operation Overdrive, Disney cropped every single Sentai footage to fit for the 4:3 aspect ratio television until RPM.
- This is the last season where all the Rangers demorph by saying power down.
- GoGo Sentai Boukenger - Super Sentai counterpart . See comparison page.
- Operation Overdrive (Toyline)
- Toku Rants interview with Jackie Marchand: 52:32 to 554:01