Series / Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

"Overdrive, Accelerate!"
Morphing call, 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 Trackers 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 worrying about being replaced.

While ratings for this season started out good, they would later 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:

This subseries contains examples of:

  • 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 Monza to begin with. The Monaco Grand Prix takes place on a street circuit.
  • Ascended Extra: Zuban the Team Pet becomes the Big Good Sentinel Knight.
  • 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 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.
  • Bowdlerize: For some reason, this season really hated CG fire; almost every instance of it was recolored and/or had sparkles over it.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Despite what most believe, there had been foreshadowing throughout the season involving Andrew Hartford's secret from his own son. In "Kick Into Overdrive Part 2" where Spencer tells Mack to not feel like one of his dad's "possessions". In "Out of Luck", Hartford says Mack should not have been affected by magic that alters luck. 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • During Mack and Bridge's battle with Flurious in "Once A Ranger", Bridge tosses his Delta Blasters to Mack. In the anniversary movie Go Go Sentai Boukenger Vs Super Sentai, AkaRed, the embodiment of the Red Sentai Spirit, does the same thing with Satoru by giving the D-Magnums, the Delta Blasters' Dekaranger counterpart.
    • From the same episode, we have characters saying "back to action" and "morphinominal".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: James Maclurcan (Mack) and Rod Louisch (Mr. Hartford) are not very good at hiding their New Zealand accents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • When the rangers go to St. Lucia (in the Caribbean), they talk about how it's haunted by the ghost of Brownbeard the Pirate. Dax says, "A ghost pirate? That's so cool they should make a movie franchise about that!". Since Power Rangers was owned by Disney at the time, it's pretty obvious what he's referencing.
    • Likely coincidental, but the city San Angeles shares the same name as the one in Demolition Man.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: At one point, Mack and Moltor pointing their weapons at each other caused enormous explosions.
  • 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".
  • 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!"
  • This Is a Drill: The Drill Driver and the Drill Blaster are drill weapons.
  • 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.
  • Villain Teamup: Not frequently, but it's still there. Almost immediately followed by Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • 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 6 says this when he has some trouble repairing the morphing grid in "Once A Ranger."
  • 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.