* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Creator/JohnnyYongBosch has said that he personally played Adam in "Once A Ranger" as someone who had grown into a lone warrior & travelled the world using his Ranger powers to help people, and that his remark about going back to his dojo in Angel Grove at the end of "Once a Ranger" was a lie.
* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: Flurious, despite have the Corona Aurora and the jewels]] gets beaten fairly easily by Mack with the battlizer.
* BrokenBase: As this was the last "bad" season (As seen by most of the fans) before [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]], fans are divided as to which is worse (''Turbo'' and ''Wild Force'' being largely VindicatedByHistory thanks to the two newer seasons) between the two.
* CargoShip: Ronny/drills, after her reaction to seeing the zords for the first time got [[MemeticMutation Memetically Mutated]].
* ContestedSequel: ''Operation Overdrive'' has a massive negative reputation among the fans, even among the Disney Era seasons. The shift in the overarcing plot was a large departure from traditional Power Rangers fare (which naturally caused some negative feelings [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks due to it being different]]), the acting was a far cry from the quality set by [[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]] and [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]] (though it wasn't as bad as some past and future seasons), the late-season {{Jerkass}} qualities by Mack due to TheReveal were rather inconsistent and unfounded, and the explosion count became '''insane''', topping in at over 250 in the entire show. Thanks to all of this, this commonly is on the top of many "Worst Season" lists.
* CostumePorn: The Boukenger/Overdrive suits are very popular with the fandom, despite the negative reputation surrounding the season itself. Some people even consider the suits to be the only good thing about the season, even though since they, like virtually all costumes, came from its source material, one could argue that the suits don't even count as part of the season.
* DesignatedHero: Some feel that the team's TenMinuteRetirement after losing their powers in the "Once A Ranger" anniversary special runs entirely opposite to the idea that even without powers, a Ranger never gives up, and that the Overdrive Rangers aren't worthy of being Rangers as a result. Although for what it's worth, none of the past teams who endeavored to keep fighting without their powers had backup; Previous Rangers had to decide between 'keep fighting or let the bad guys go unopposed.' The Overdrive Rangers' options were 'Be the RedShirts or let the veteran Rangers who have everything perfectly under control handle it'
** With that said a valid argument could be made for a Power Ranger team-up episode to have the two ranger teams actually work together. Even if the Overdrive Rangers stuck to battling the Brothers and flunkies while the Rangers handled the major threats, or they stood on to act as support in some fashion, it wouldn't have been received with quite the same negative reaction.
*** It doesn't help that when Hartford reminds them of their mission of finding the jewels to the Corona Aurora, Will outright states that their job was to be Power Rangers. Despite the fact that Hartford outright stated that the primary mission of Operation Overdrive was to find the jewels ''in the first episode''! [[note]]Second technically, but it was a two-parter.[[/note]]
* {{Earworm}}: The theme song, ''YES YOU READ RIGHT!'' As hated as it is, you watch the series episodes back to back, guaranteed it ''will'' get stuck in your head.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Spencer, the Hartfords' snarky butler who makes the best jokes this season.
** As far as the villains go, Kamdor and Miratrix are pretty well received, some go as far to state that ''they'' should've been the season's main bad guys instead of the brothers.
* EvilIsSexy: Miratrix, also an in-universe example.
-->'''Dax''': I'm sorry guys, I never meant to get sidetracked like that.
-->'''Will''': I can't blame you, she was hot. Evil, but hot.
** The fact that her Sentai counterpart Kaze no Shizuka is a MsFanservice helps.
* FanNickname: [[spoiler:[=iMack=]]]
* GodModeSue: Mack with his battlizer. This is always an issue with the red rangers with these depending on how much they're used, but even [[spoiler: Flurious with the Corona Aurora and its jewels]] which the rangers spent the whole series trying to gather, could even barely slow him down.
** A bigger example would be Mack with the sword Excelsior. He jumps in the air and [[spoiler:slices the giant monster the veteran rangers were struggling to defeat in half]]... unmorphed. It beats Serpenterra's defeat in ''Forever Red'' in how absurd it is.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Tyzonn's actor played a bully in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''. Guess which yellow ranger his team fights with in "Once a Ranger"?
** It seems that the Magi Yellow/Mystic Yellow outfits leads to wearing gold- Chip's actor, Nick Sampson voices Sentinel Knight in this season, while in ''Go-Busters'' Magi Yellow's actor is the Gold Ranger.
** This was a Disney-owned superhero franchise with an episode featuring [[NorseMythology Thor and Loki]], and since then Disney's given up ''Power Rangers'' for a different superhero franchise featuring [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor and Loki]].
* HeReallyCanAct: While Overdrive is regarded by many as a sub-par season, even detractors said that James Maclurcan was ''fantastic'' when it was revealed that Mack was [[spoiler:a robot]]. His shock, sadness and anger came off as genuine.
* NeverLiveItDown: Will's actor, Samuell Benta's "banner incident" ''still'' hasn't seemed to die down in the fandom yet, and it happened in ''2007''. This is because, when he was invited back for ''Super Megaforce'', fans were absolutely ''outraged'', and all of a sudden everything erupted again. Although, generally speaking, stealing from a charity for sick and dying kids is generally a very good way to be remembered for just that one thing for as long as you live no matter what else you do in your life.
* NightmareFuel: The reveal of [[spoiler:Mack's disembodied head on a table.]]
** Quite a few people view the Sentinel Knight's CG head bursting out of the Battlizer's chest to be this.
* {{Irony}}: While ''Overdrive'' is considered to be one of the weakest seasons by many fans, the Sentai it was based on, ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'', is actually considered to be one of the ''best,'' even by people who don't normally watch Sentai.
* MoralEventHorizon: While Flurious is never a nice guy from the start, [[spoiler:tricking his brother, who'd come on his hands and knees offering peace, into handing over the Corona Aurora with an offer of friendship, then killing him off in cold blood definitely pushes him over the line.]]
** Kamdor crosses it when [[spoiler:he traps Miratrix in the same jewel she freed him from when he tells her she is no longer of use to him. Sure, Miratrix was a greedy ninja who used Dax's affections, but her fate crossed it for her master]].
* TheScrappy:
** The show had even less popular Rangers (save for Mack and Ronny, who are well-liked by fans). Of all the rangers, Dax seems to sit on top of the list.
*** They tried to give him quirks like [[EnsembleDarkHorse Bridge]] from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' but he came across more annoying than funny. That being said, he's far from being one of the most hated Rangers ever, but he isn't very popular among Blue Rangers.
*** Though the episodes that highlight him as TheEveryman instead of a forced PluckyComicRelief are considered his better moments.
** Will has become a Scrappy these days, mostly due to his actor being seen as an [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] {{jerkass}} in the eyes of a significant portion of the fandom. And for stealing a banner in the first Power Morphicon -- which was supposed to be auctioned off for charity!
*** Before the banner incident with his actor, however, Will was actually relatively popular. But after that, he started getting unfairly bashed.
** Norg is also seen as a Scrappy by the majority of the fan base.
** Tyzonn isn't necessarily ''hated'', but he's widely considered to be one of the franchise's blandest sixth rangers, due to his lack of personality and just being kind of "there". His thin backstory and naivety doesn't really help.
** "Once A Ranger" made Alpha 6 this moreso than ''Turbo'' thanks to having a new, horrible voice.
* SoBadItsGood: A few fans see it as this, calling it the ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' of Power Rangers.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Pretty much everything Dax says.
* SpecialEffectFailure: A building hallway was badly disguised as an Egyptian tomb corridor in one episode.
* StockFootageFailure: Ronny in her morphed form. When? Well, check out when the rangers do their roll call, near the end. If they're all in a group...
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Mack got the most development during the last few episodes of the season [[spoiler:due to learning he was an android]], so the other rangers received little. The ones that needed it the most were Ronny, Rose and Tyzonn. The latter especially, since his backstory featured his quest to avenge his friends by destroying the Fear Cats and [[spoiler:reunite with his girlfriend]], but was resolved in the last episode before he even has a chance to start looking.
** Thrax being the long lost son of Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa had much potential as a character. Unfortunately, said character, despite successfully cutting the Overdrive rangers from the morphing grid for most of "Once A Ranger", ended up becoming rather inept, getting angered easily and making several mistakes during his plans.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Tyzonn's backstory was pretty tragic with losing his friends in a cave-in and vowing to avenge them by defeating the Fear Cats. However, [[spoiler:he learns his girlfriend sruvived the cave-in and decides to go searching for her. This is resolved... by Norg bringing her to Tyzonn at the mansion after the rangers defeated Flurious]]. So Tyzonn didn't even get a chance to even officially start his new quest.
** "Once A Ranger" had the potential to be a great team-up and anniversary, but extremely botched. It's the first time Angel Grove is in Power Rangers since the Zordon Era, but is set in a warehouse and none of the familiar locales are seen (Probably because of a low budget, recreating them would've been too expensive). The son of Rita and Zedd is introduced, and then ended up being extremely underwhelming. Five past rangers return, though mostly favoring the Disney Era and Alpha 6's return meant Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force and Wild Force were not referenced at all, along with the veteran team being shown more effective than the Overdrive team.
* ToughActToFollow: ''Once A Ranger'' got this since ''Forever Red'', the tenth anniversary special, was pretty well received.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: The Overdrive Rangers are meant to come off as sympathetic in "Once A Ranger" when they lose their powers and feel useless enough that they quit. However: 1) They still have their civilian powers, 2) Their mission was not to be just Power Rangers, but to find the jewels, which they could still do while the veteran rangers dealt with the monsters, 3) All of them, save for Tyzonn, were gloating about how awesome it is to be Power Rangers before being reminded it's about saving lives, 4) They only return because they found returning to their old lives boring rather than wanting to actually do something heroi, and 5) Mack, ''unmorphed'', uses Excelsior to [[spoiler:''slash through a giant monster in half'']]. While Excelsior's power is hyped up this episode, the fact remains that Mack had to jump several hundred feet in the air, and perform a slash powerful enough to [[spoiler:one shot the monster]]. With civilian powers this strong, ''why complain about not having Ranger powers''.
* VindicatedByHistory: In recent years though, after everything's cooled down, some fans have admitted there were some good ideas and, compared to ''Mystic Force'', at least managed its characters better (actually focusing on the rangers this time and distributing equal time to the villains. Especially since there are four factions this time). The serialized nature of the season in contrast to others meant that the plot was always moving forward- finding this MacGuffin to find the other, which leads to the next Jewel, which starts the hunt for the next MacGuffin... The execution, on the other hand, really hampered the series and brought down what otherwise is a pretty decent globe-trotting adventure story. The general opinion on ''Overdrive'' these days is "Interesting premise, lackluster execution."
** To a lesser extent people have compared it favorably to the [[PowerRangersSamurai most]] [[PowerRangersMegaforce recent]] seasons. Though you're as likely to find people who despise OO just as much.

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