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.
Outside the Rangerverse, Eddie Guzelian worked his tail off to get the fandom the best show he possibly could, and got canned for it.
Fake Brit: Flynn whose actor Ari Boyland is from New Zealand playing a Scot.
Hey, It's That Guy! / Retroactive Recognition: Yet another aspect of RPM that is unique among Power Rangers: The Rangers' actors all had substantial prior acting experience before becoming Rangers, as opposed to the majority of the other seasons where the show serves as the first big job for many young actors. RPM has also had one of the most successful casts in the entire franchise:
Rose McIver from The Lovely Bones as Summer. She filmed scenes for that movie before joining the cast of RPM.
She was starred a couple of Disney Channel Original movies the first being aired SIX years before RPM and the second two years before meaning many fans internationally might have already been familiar with her.
Li-Ming Hu and Olivia Tennet from Shortland Street as Gemma and Dr. K respectively.
Prior to RPM, Rose McIver and Olivia Tennet starred in a little-known children's post-apocalyptic fantasy series titled Maddigan's Quest as Garland and Lilith respectively. Milo Cawthorne appeared in one episode as an important one-shot character named Bolek. Here is a clip of all three of them in the episode "Newton".
Plus Olivia had a bit part in The Two Towers as the girl who flees with her brother when Orcs invade Rohan. Now all we need is for someone to have been in The Return of the King and we'll have the whole trilogy.
In 2014, Rose has signed on to an adaptation of Comic/iZombie.
The independent film Blood Punch features much of the show's cast and crew. Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, and Ari Boyland play the leading roles of Milton, Skyler, and Russell, with Mike Ginn and Adelaide Kane appearing in supporting roles. Eddie Guzelian wrote the film, and his wife Madellaine Paxson, who wrote two episodes of RPM ("Ranger Blue" and "Prisoners"), directed it. Neil Cervin, the show's cinematographer, also was the film's cinematographer. The film made its world premiere at the 20th Austin Film Festival in October 2013, earning a mostly positive reception. Though it has not been widely distributed, it has won several awards on the festival circuit, and the three main actors picked up nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor at the Hoboken International Film Festival.
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.
One of Us: Adelaide Kane, who is a fan of comic books and has even appeared at a convention as Wonder Girl.
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.
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.
If Eddie ran the Zoo for the finale, the following was rumored to have been planned: Dillon would have been a sleeper body for Venjix, making "Dillon" non-existent since he was hybridized, causing the first Shoot The RANGER ending in PR history. However, this rumor was confirmed to have been false by Dan Ewing and several of the other cast and crew members.
A similar concept to this would later be used for a certain Sentai season whose premises seems to borrow ideas from RPM.