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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Johnny Yong Bosch has said that he personally played Adam in "Once A Ranger" as someone who had grown into a lone warrior and traveled 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.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Flurious, despite having the Corona Aurora and the jewels gets beaten fairly easily by Mack with the battlizer.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
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    • Among fans of the entire franchise, this set of rangers is among the most divisive. See Designated Hero.
    • Norg gets this reception as of late. He's either hated for being an incompetent Villainy-Free Villain or loved for his comical antics and being a Nice Guy.
    • The brothers are considered to be highly annoying to some fans, though you will find some who actually felt sorry for Moltor when he was killed by his brother, Florious.
  • Broken Base:
    • As this was the last "bad" season (As seen by most of the fans) before Samurai, fans are divided as to which is worse (Turbo and Wild Force being largely Vindicated by History thanks to the two newer seasons) between the two.
    • Either the theme song eventually grows on you or it's among the worst in the entire franchise. There seems to be absolutely no middle ground.
  • Cargo Ship: Ronny/drills, after her reaction to seeing the zords for the first time got Memetically Mutated.
  • Designated Hero: Some feel that the team's 10-Minute Retirement 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 Red Shirts or let the veteran Rangers who have everything perfectly under control handle it'.
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    • 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. note 
      • 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 
      • They also didn't help themselves when, after Moltor blast a mountain and creates lava, the Rangers would rather go after the crown despite Hartford telling them to save the city and has to tell them that the crown was a fake! note 
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
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    • Spencer, the Hartfords' snarky butler who makes the best jokes this season as well as mentoring the rangers. Even those who can't stand the season agree he's one of the few redeeming qualities.
    • 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.
  • Epileptic Trees: Kamdor and Miratrix's motivations baffle fans, leading many to make their own interpretations of the characters.
  • Evil Is Sexy: 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 Ms. Fanservice helps.
  • He Really Can Act: While Overdrive is regarded by many as one of the worst, even detractors said that James Maclurcan was fantastic when it was revealed that Mack was a robot. His shock, sadness and anger came off as genuine.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Tyzonn's actor played a bully in Power Rangers Dino Thunder. 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 Tokumei Sentai Go Busters, Magi Yellow's actor is the Gold Ranger.
    • This was a Disney-owned superhero franchise with an episode featuring Thor and Loki, and since then, Disney's given up Power Rangers for a different superhero franchise featuring Thor and Loki.
  • Iron Woobie: Norg. He's constantly treated by crap by Flurious and suffers a lot of abuse from him, which includes getting zapped by him as a result of his incompetence. Despite all of this, Norg always comes out mostly unharmed and can maintain his playful mood.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You're rich, buy an army!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: While Flurious is never a nice guy from the start, 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 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.
  • Never Live It Down: In 2007, Will's actor, Samuell Benta, stole a banner from the first Power Morphicon, and later smugly stated that he had no intention of giving it back. Said banner was supposed to have been auctioned off to a charity for sick and dying children. Again, this happened in 2007, and it hasn't shown any indication of dying down in the fandom since then, and probably never will, either (understandably and rightfully so, it must be said — people, stealing from an organization intended to help sick kids is a very shitty thing to do). This was evidenced when he claimed he was invited back for Super Megaforce — fans were absolutely outraged, and all of a sudden everything erupted again.
    • This is not helped at all by the fact that Benta has never acknowledged the incident since it happened, despite occurring over a decade ago. He has never publicly apologized nor given his side of the story, and shuts out fans who ask him about it directly. This means that even if he does happen to feel bad about what he did, he doesn't understand and/or care about the weight of his actions. General fan consensus is that unless he apologizes for what he did and shows he has learned his lesson, he will never be forgiven under any circumstances.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The reveal of 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.
  • The Scrappy: The main ranger team is heavily disliked for being Designated Hero incarnate, the sole outliers being Mack, who is praised for his character arc, Ronnie, the Nice Girl of the group, and Tyzonn, who is just seen as a Flat Character. Of all the rangers, Dax and Will get the most hate.
    • With Dax, they tried to give him quirks like Bridge from SPD, but he came across more annoying than funny. He's also supposed to seem like he's underappreciated due to being just the stuntman, but he doesn't give any reasons to make himself endearing or anything to appreciate. While episodes that highlight him as The Everyman rather than a Plucky Comic Relief make him more sympathetic and likeable, they are few and in between compared to his more annoying behavior.
      Linkara: "Shut up, Dax!"
    • Will is a stranger example. During the initial run of the series, he was fairly liked, but after his actor, Samuell Benta, stole a signed banner meant to be auctioned off for charity at the first Power Rangers Morphicon, and refused to return it, the hatred for Benta was unjustly transferred onto Will.
    • "Once A Ranger" made Alpha 6 this moreso than Turbo thanks to having a new, horrible voice.
  • Seasonal Rot: Operation Overdrive has a massive negative reputation among the fans, even among the Disney Era seasons. The shift in the overarching plot was a large departure from traditional Power Rangers fare (which naturally caused some negative feelings due to it being different), the acting was a far cry from the quality set by SPD and Dino Thunder (though it wasn't as bad as some past and future seasons), the late-season Jerkass qualities by Mack due to The Reveal 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.
  • So Bad, It's Good: A few fans see it as this, calling it the Plan 9 from Outer Space of Power Rangers.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The year before, Super Sentai had gone HD. Power Rangers was still SD. The solution? Squeeze the 16:9 Boukenger footage, specifically the Zord battles, into 4:3. The result wasn't pretty. Power Rangers Jungle Fury and Power Rangers RPM simply took the 16:9 footage and cropped it.
    • A building hallway was badly disguised as an Egyptian tomb corridor in one episode.
  • Stock Footage Failure: 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...
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Mack got the most development during the last few episodes of the season 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 reunite with his girlfriend, but was resolved in the last episode before he even has a chance to start looking.
    • Dax. One of the reasons he's rather unpopular (asides from people finding him annoying) is because of how undeveloped he is. They could've explored more on his stuntman career and him being The Everyman rather than being a Plucky Comic Relief.
    • 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: 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, he learns his girlfriend survived 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Once A Ranger got this since Forever Red, the tenth anniversary special, was pretty well received.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: 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 heroic, and 5) Mack, unmorphed, uses Excelsior to 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 one shot the monster. With civilian powers this strong, why complain about not having Ranger powers.
  • Vindicated by History: In recent years though, after everything's cooled down, some fans have admitted there were some good ideas and, compared to SPD and 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 most recent seasons. Though you're as likely to find people who despise Overdrive just as much.


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