Acclaimed Flop: Many regard this as the best Power Rangers season, even if the ratings were crap due to many ABC affiliates either not airing or pushing it to 4 or 5 in the morning.
Channel Hop: Averted. According to Eka Darville, RPM was supposed to make the jump when Toon Disney became Disney XD, but somewhere along the way it was decided it wouldn't, and became ABC Kids exclusive.
See the introduction. And while most cases of Executive Meddling generally end with the production and airing of the show, the Disney Executives overseeing RPM apparently took this to a whole new level by deliberately using members of the Power Rangers fandom to spread rumors about original executive producer Eddie Guzelian mismanaging the budget and schedule of the show, a rumor that has been absolutely denied by every single first-hand source willing to put their names behind their story.
For unknown reasons, long-time Power Rangers writer Jackie Marchand (who had written episodes for every Power Rangers series except Wild Force) departed the franchise early in the first half of this series.
Fake Brit: Flynn, whose actor Ari Boyland is from New Zealand playing a Scot.
Clusterf*!k Megazord for the RPM Ultrazord. (Note: this is also given to the Samurai Gigazord from Power Rangers Samurai, which has the same number of components and similar awesomely cluttered design.)
I Knew It: That Meta Origin bit in the introduction? People have been trying to figure out how the Morphing Grid works for years. After all was said and done, someone has to owe someone else internet drinks.
Mean Character, Nice Actor: Dr. K comes across as aloof, blunt, and sometimes mean, especially towards Ziggy. Olivia Tennet, however, is a very sweet person in real life, and is somewhat of a Genki Girl.
No, this Venjix is not the same one from "Forever Red".
General Crunch is not the same Charlie McDermott who plays Axl Heck.
One of Us: Adelaide Kane, who is a fan of comic books and has even appeared at a convention as Wonder Girl.
The Other Darrin: General Kilobyte switched voice actors between his first and second appearances.
Prop Recycling: Dr. K's sonic blaster, which originated in Big Bad Beetleborgs and was last seen in "Forever Red". And while borrowing from Super Sentai normally goes without saying, special mention must be made of the van with "GO-ONGER" plastered on the side.
The Operation Overdrive Red Ranger helmet in "Ancient History".
Recycled Script: "If Venjix Won" is a new episode written around the same premise as "Legacy of Power" back in Dino Thunder - the mentor is somehow separated from the team, whose attempts to find her lead to unlocking past footage for a Clip Show.
Similarly, there's an enhanced human all alone before meeting up with a preexisting team of Rangers. He's looking for his long lost sister who had been taken from him. A major villain is a pretty girl who despite being young is a trusted Dragon. As the enhanced human begins a romance with the Yellow Ranger, he figures out through his necklace that the Dragon girl is his sister and she switches sides to help him. She is then kidnapped and programmed to be dedicated to evil alone. Near the finale he is able to both save his sister from evil and be a couple with the Yellow Ranger. Sound familiar?
Green Ranger falls in love with the techie chick. Shades of Lightspeed Rescue, anyone?
In fact, it was partly because of the romantic tension between Ziggy and Dr. K that the two actors got together. As Olivia explains in a magazine interview, she and Milo got together in real life "because we thought, well, someone's obviously trying to tell us something." Also, they had appeared in two other television productions in New Zealand prior to RPM.
And now, they've tied the knot!
Screwed by the Network: Half of America couldn't see it because of opt-outs, pre-emptions for college football, and in some areas, an unsociable timeslot (who's awake at 5am?). It was also not shown on Disney XD, as mentioned in the trope intro. UK viewers had to wait six months for the second half of the season, due to Jetix stopping the new episodes when it became Disney XD. It was only thanks to the internet that the season became as beloved as it did.
They Just Didn't Care: Disney point-blank told the producer, "The show is ending, do what you want," which led to the creators to just swing for the fences. It didn't work to save the show (at least in Disney's eyes), but it did become one of the best Rangers seasons so far.
Kimberley Crossman, the New Zealand actress who played Lauren Shiba in Super Samurai, stated that she auditioned for RPM in an interview with RangerCrew. Interestingly enough, Kimberley worked with both Ari Boyland and Olivia Tennet during her tenure on Shortland Street.
The series originally had a MUCH darker ending. After Venjix is destroyed in Danger & Destiny, the series' true finale Ranger Black would begin; Dillion would be revealed as a cyborg sleeper agent created to infiltrate the Rangers, gain their trust/access to the morphing grid, and ultimately serve as Venjix's final host. Everything about his human existence, up to and including Tenaya being his sister, was a fiction created by Venjix in order to lure the Rangers into trusting him. The series would then end with the rest of the team being forced to kill Dillion in order to save humanity and destroy Venjix once and for all.