Series: Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
The fifteenth anniversary season of Power Rangers
, taken from GoGo Sentai Boukenger
. Legends speak of the Corona Aurora
, the Crown of the Gods; an ancient jeweled relic with inconceivable power. According to the myths, millennia ago, two brothers warred with each other in their pursuits of the crown, only for the crown to turn them both into monstrous forms and seal them into planets. Afterward, the crown was taken and its jewels removed, all being sent away to an Insignificant Little Blue Planet
In the present day, Adventurer Archaeologist
Andrew Hartford has at last found the crown - but the discovery frees the brothers, Moltor and Flurious, from their respective prisons. Realizing that they and other villains would come seeking the crown's power, Hartford uses his wealth to assemble and equip a team to track down and claim the crown's five gemstones before they fall into the wrong hands. He assembles a team of four people with unique histories - Rose Ortiz, a former Child Prodigy
and a teacher with incredible intellect, Ronny Robinson, an F1 driver, Will Aston, a notorious thief, and Dax Lo, a Hollywood stuntman with dreams of acting. Hartford grants them their Overdrive Morphers and one by one enhances their DNA to have genetic powers. Hartford initially intends to take on the Red Ranger role himself, but he's prevented from doing so by an attack from the villains. His sheltered son Mack transforms himself to save him, earning him the last spot on the team.Operation Overdrive
has a few quirks compared to a usual Ranger season. For one thing, instead of using mainly self-contained Monster of the Week
adventures, the season tracked the Rangers and villains as they followed a trail of clues around the world to the location of the jewels. It also had a Big Bad Ensemble
instead of just one Big Bad
, and they tended to fight each other as much as they fought the Rangers. Over the course of the series, Red Ranger Mack also learned something horrifying about his own origins that nearly destroys his faith in himself and his relationship with his father.
The series also contained the 15th Anniversary special
"Once A Ranger" where a new villain comes into play, the son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd
, Thrax. Targeting the Morphing Grid
itself, they manage to cut the Operation Overdrive Rangers off from their powers. To stop their plan of decimating the entire grid and eliminating all Power Rangers, the Sentinel Knight commissions Rangers from previous seasons
to form a new team (all of the Disney-era shows, with one before they took over) Xander Bly
, Bridge Carson
, Kira Ford
, Tori Hanson
, and Adam Park
(most characters were Ensemble Darkhorses
, the return of Johnny Yong Bosch
especially was appreciated). In addition, Alpha Six takes on a role. The two-parter involves the Operation Overdrive Rangers worried about being replaced.
While ratings for this season started out good, the ratings would go on to crash and burn
- a trend that the two final
Disney seasons never really recovered from.
Succeeded by Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Has a character sheet
Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:
- Action Girl: Ronny and Rose.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us
- Artistic License – Sports: Occurs twice, both in the case of Ronny's being a racing driver. During her introduction, she is shown winning the Italian Grand Prix (a Formula 1 race)... in a NASCAR car. For anyone not familiar with Formula 1, this is functionally equivalent to winning the Indy 500 in a milk float made of concrete. It doesn't happen. However, it gets worse: during the episode Once A Ranger, Ronny is shown winning the Monaco Grand Prix. Not only is pretty much the exact same shot with a different subtitle and attendant concrete milk float error (perhaps inevitable due to budget restrictions and the thematic context of the episode), in doing so it uses the same strip of tarmac in the middle of an ocean of grass that looked almost nothing like Imola to begin with. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place on a street circuit.
- Big Bad:
- Big Good: Andrew Hartford.
- Chest Insignia: Team compass logos on the chest.
- Chrome Champion: Tyzonn
- City of Adventure: San Angeles, though the Rangers are just as often out on missions.
- The Dragon: Miratrix, to Kamdor.
- Five-Man Band:
- Five-Token Band: The Red and Yellow Rangers are Caucasian, the Black Ranger is Afro-Carribean, the Blue Ranger is Chinese, the Pink Ranger is Filipino, and the Mercury Ranger is a space alien.
- Home Base: the Hartford Mansion; partly an Elaborate Underground Base
- Humongous Mecha
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum
- Made of Explodium
- Make My Monster Grow: Obviously, though compared to every previous season, it's used rather scarcely.
- Mentors: Hartford
- Mooks: Chillers for Flurious, Lava Lizards for Moltor
- Never Say "Die": Par for the course, but it's notable here in which the "SUICIDE" label is blurred out in the Flashpoint Megazord.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: Power Rangers as ADVENTURER ARCHAEOLOGISTS!
- Stock Superpowers:
- Weapon of Choice
- Word Power
This subseries contains examples of:
- Adventurer Archaeologist
- Airplane Arms: Miratrix
- Artifact Collection Agency
- Artificial Human: Mack
- Artistic License – Sports: No, the Italian grand Prix doesn't use stock cars for the race. But, that is what Ronny gets out of once she wins her race at the beginning of the show.
- Ascended Extra: Zuban the Team Pet becomes the Big Good Sentinel Knight.
- Avengers Assemble
- Avenging the Villain: Thrax, avenging parents Rita and Zedd.
- Who are, notably, not actually dead, per se. But they pulled a Heel-Face Turn and he didn't, so they're dead to him.
- Well, their Heel-Face Turn was forced onto them by Zordon's good energy. So, technically, the good guys "killed" who they once were, and what they were clearly like when Thrax was born, given his appearance.
- Badass Normal: Lampshaded by Adam in "Once A Ranger", as the only Ranger without a civilian superpower.
- Become Your Weapon: Sentinel Knight merges with the sword Exelsior. Later both merge with Mack for his Battlized mode.
- Big Fancy House: the Hartford mansion
- Big Damn Heroes: The old rangers in "Once A Ranger" when the current rangers lose their powers. They forced the baddies to retreat in less than 2 minutes!
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Norg the Yeti, his cousin is called sasquatch.
- The Bro Code: called "Man law!" in "Both Sides Now"
- Cain and Abel: Moltor and Flurious
- Chekhov's Gun: The mummy case in the Hartford's living room, which is where the last Corona Aurora jewel is conveniently hidden.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Dax
- Continuity Nod: When making the Defender Vest, Hartford says he acquired a dragon scale from a guy in Briarwood named Toby.
- Cool Crown: The Corona Aurora.
- Cosmic Keystone: the Corona Aurora
- Crimefighting with Cash: Hartford kind of makes a big deal of his funding the team.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Norg in the finale, able to fight off six Chillers to protect himself and Tyzonn's fiance Vella.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spencer
- Disney Death: Mack. Justified as it is was made by Disney.
- The Ditz: Norg
- Death Seeker: Mack, once he learns of his true nature. He doesn't use the "d" word, obviously. Never Say "Die".
- Despair Event Horizon: The Rangers themselves, after Thrax cuts them off from the Morphing Grid in "Once A Ranger". Seemingly subverted when they're reminded that they still have their genetic powers to fight, but fall into this when they prove to be ineffective. And then there's Mack finding out he isn't human.
- Does That Sound Like Fun to You?: When Rose explains why her mods to the Sentinel Sword aren't compatible with biological beings. Dax still has to think about it.
- Drill Tank: Drill Driver
- Elaborate Underground Base
- Elemental Rivalry/Fire/Water Juxtaposition: Between Moltor and Flurious.
- Enfante Terrible: Thrax, who is quite the evil mastermind for someone whose age is between seven and nine.
- Everything Is Online: Kamdor zaps the DriveMax Megazord with a computer virus, which spreads to the base and to Mack.
- Eviler Than Thou
- Expy: Flurious and Moltor seems to be based on The Miser Brothers, since they are brothers who hate each other as well as the fact that Flurious is ice and Moltor is fire.
- Fake Defector: Will in "Both Sides Now", complete with Shoot Your Mate (though what Kamdor doesn't know is that he's shooting a teleportation beam).
- Fake Memories: Mack
- Fiction 500: Andrew Hartford has a mansion with 27 bathrooms complete with a secret cave underneath with genetic scramblers, ranger technology and zords, all which he basically designed for his own private use rather than needing to have it go public in any way. He owns a film studio, had Will break into his own bank, has pioneered holographic recording technology and even built his own absurdly lifelike robot just for his own use, and even has time to spend "twice the net worth of new mexico" just to go treasure hunting in his spare time. It's pretty crazy.
- Five Second Foreshadowing: A subtle one happens at the end of "Ronny On Empty, Part 2", as the Rangers have a costumed Halloween party. Andrew and Spencer exchange worried looks when Mack shows up dressed as a robot, then decide to shake it off. Turns out, we'd soon learn that Mack IS a robot, and nobody but Andrew and Spencer knew, not even Mack who was full of Fake Memories of having a real 20-or-so years of life.
- Fun with Acronyms: The Special Hydro Aero Recon Craft is just one Xtreme Kool Letter away from it.
- Gotta Catch Them All: The show revolved around the five jewels to a magical crown (other artifacts empowered by them were clues, but also powerful themselves.)
- Gratuitous Spanish: One of the artifacts is named the "Piedra Aztec del Compás". Following proper Spanish grammar, it should be named the "Compás Azteca de Piedra".
- Horrible Judge of Character: Norg.
- Human Aliens: Tyzonn and Vella.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: as Bruce Kalish's third season, every title had three words.
- If It Swims, It Flies: Sub Driver uses Dump Driver to cleverly avert this.
- Ineffectual Loner: Will, at first. He ends up becoming an Effectual Loner.
- Infinity+1 Sword: The Sentinel Knight ends up possessing one.
- Innocuously Important Episode: "One Fine Day" First hint that Mack isn't quite human as he thinks...
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Tyzonn copies Will in "Just Like Me".
- It's Personal: In the Episode "Two Fallen Foes" when Kamdor adds insult to injury by reminding Will of his previous failures, Will declares "Now it's personal!"
- The Jeeves: Spencer
- Jumped at the Call: Mack
- Law of Inverse Recoil: Averted for once; the Drill Blaster requires the Defender Vest to counter its recoil.
- Legion of Doom: Thrax, son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, uniting the four villain factions in "Once A Ranger".
- Leitmotif: Each villain faction gets their own theme music.
- Linked List Clue Methodology
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The "Home and Away" two-parter has Tyzonn put into one of these by Crazar. He's made to believe that his fiancé is still alive, he was never mutated into a Lava Lizard, and the entire season never took place.
- Master of Disguise: Spencer
- Meaningful Name: Rose the Pink Ranger
- Meet Cute: Weaponized version used by Miratrix to lure Dax.
- Mook Promotion: Moltar holds a deathmatch between his Lava Lizards. The strongest one turned into the Monster of the Week, Volcan.
- The Mountains Of Florida
- Mr. Exposition: Rose, the genius, is Ms. Exposition.
- Multinational Team
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: male example with Hartford
- Mythology Gag: All of Boukenger's monsters were homages to previous seasons' Humongous Mecha. It doesn't fully translate to Operation Overdrive, between homages to seasons that never made it overseas and American-designed monsters that don't homage anything, but still.
- The One With Mjolnir seems to have one involving actual mythology: One Norse tale has Thor crossdressing and posing as Freya to get Mjolnir back. Operation Overdrive has
Ronny posing as Freya Spencer crossdressing and posing as Ronny-as-Freya to get Mjolnir back.
- Nerdgasm: In-universe example — Ronny seems to have a "zordgasm" seeing the zords for the first time. And then another one when she checks out the Drill Blaster. All for the sake of adapting Natsuki's genkiness into her...
- One-Book Author: Caitlin Murphy (Ronny) is actually not a full-time actress, making Ronny her only acting role. After leaving the show, she got married and became a school teacher. As of 2014, her name is now Caitlin Anthony.
- The One True Sequence: Used and abused.
- One-Winged Angel: Almost all the villains. Flurious gets the funky chess-piece-looking thing, Miratrix becomes a giant monster bird, the Fearcats get their armored forms, and Kamdor... uh... opens his face mask to reveal another one. Hey, they can't all be winners. But if we don't count Norg as a real villain, Moltor is the only Overdrive villain who never gets an upgrade. Then again, you might consider his usual form the upgrade of his apparently-human form from flashbacks.
- Operation Blank: Of course.
- Orcus on His Throne: Flurious does next to nothing for most of the season.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Brownbeard's ghost has the standard ghostly abilities of turning invisible and possessing someone, but he can also conjure a sword from out of thin air, and seems to be solid most of the time, being able to hold objects, and can even be put at risk from a monster attack. Oh, and he gets a shave at the end of the episode.
- Our Homunculi Are Different: The Fearcats create a giant homunculus called "Agrios" by combining three relics within the Octavian Chalice.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Mack
- Public Domain Artifact: Thor's hammer Mjolnir (originally in Boukenger as Uchide's mallet, another Public Domain Artifact)
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A race car driver, a stuntman, a Classy Cat-Burglar, a perpetual grad student and a Rich Idiot with No Day Job team up and save the world. Then joined by the Elemental Shape Shifter Human Alien from Mercury.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Will. It's never spelled out wither or not he's a Reformed Criminal when the series starts, but during his ten-minute retirement in Once A Ranger, he's shown working as a security consultant. It takes a thief and all that.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Is Mack ever one.
- Robotic Reveal
- Sealed Cast in a Multipack: It may be an example; as almost every member of the Big Bad Ensemble was sealed away before the series started. Not that anybody wanted to unseal more: two were released by the discovery of the series' MacGuffin, two were freed by allies and then got caught up in the conflict, and one freed himself.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: All four big bad factions has someone sealed inside a different can. Moltor and Flurious were sealed inside two lifeless planets, one of extreme heat and the other of extreme cold respectively, when they tried to grab the season's MacGuffin, and freed when said MacGuffin was discovered on Earth. Kamdor is initially sealed in a blue gem necklace until he is freed with a stolen device by his partner Miratrix, who incidentally later becomes sealed in same said necklace when Kamdor double crosses her. Then there is the "Prison Mirror" which contains an army of Fearcats, but was destroyed with only Benglo escaping. In another episode, Thrax, the son of Rita and Zedd, repeats the same line his mother made when released from a Space Dumpster, after what could not have been more than two or three years.
- She's a Man in Japan: Crazar, from the episode "Red Ranger Unplugged", was originally a male Ashu named Ouga who appeared in Tasks 40 through 42 of Boukenger (the "petrified Eiji" min-arc).
- Single-Stroke Battle: Kamdor's last stand vs. Will. At least, it came down to one of these after an entire episode of fighting it out.
- Shout-Out: Every monster is designed to look like a previous Megazord, albeit in abstract (this is a carry-over from Boukenger, which was a big milestone celebration series).
- Stuff Blowing Up: At one point, Mack and Moltor pointing their weapons at each other caused enormous explosions.
- Super Re-Powering: Sentinel Knight, at least in "Once A Ranger".
- Survivor Guilt: Tyzonn
- Symbology Research Failure: In mashing up San Diego and Los Angeles into "San Angeles", the creators probably didn't realize they were naming their city "Saint Angels".
- Tagline: On ABC Kids, various commercials for Power Rangers Operation Overdrive used the phrase "Kick into overdrive!" at one point or another, sounding similar to the "Shift into Turbo!" morphing call from Power Rangers Turbo.
- Take My Hand: Mack to Will.
- Teen Genius: Rose
- 10-Minute Retirement: The Rangers, ALL of them, after fully reaching their Despair Event Horizon (having to be saved by veteran Rangers) decide to go back to their lives (save for Mack) in the first part of "Once A Ranger".
- Theme Tune Rap: Complete with such nonsensical lyrics as "Five fingers pointing to the sky in five ways! Five Rangers walking through the sun for five days!"
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs:
Mr. Hartford Andrew
- This Is a Drill: the Drill Driver and the Drill Blaster.
- Time Abyss: Power Rangers has long had aliens who talked about thousands of years ago as if it was yesterday, but the Sentinel Knight takes the cake: the continents were one when he scattered the jewels, which means he was known to be active 250 million years ago, and lived until at least a few years back when he sealed Thrax; doubtlessly a series record.
- To the Batpole!
- To Make a Long Story Short: Bridge in "Once A Ranger"
- Tomato in the Mirror: Mack, again
- Truly Single Parent: Hartford
- Villain Teamup: not frequently, but it's still there. Almost immediately followed by...
- Volcano Lair: The villain Moltor heads his operations inside one of these, in sharp contrast to his brother Flurious, who resides inside of an icy cave lair.
- WHAM Line: "We decided to leave Operation Overdrive."
- (After a computer virus infects the base - "Good thing. Good thing. Good thing..."
- What Would Zordon Do?: Alpha in "Once A Ranger"
- Wrench Wench: Ronny
- You Are Already Dead: The aforementioned Single-Stroke Battle ends with Will seemingly collapsing and Kamdor walking away... only to explode on the spot.
- You Look Familiar: Subverted; Kelson Henderson returns yet again, as confirmed in the opening credits, but thanks to the Yeti suit and yet another vocal characterization (he's Norg), it's impossible to recognize him.
- Younger Than They Look: Mack, being an android, has had the physical appearance of a 17 or 18 year old since his 'birth' (or in his case, design).
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: or rather, Your Jewel Is In Another Location.