Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

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"Overdrive, Accelerate!"

The fifteenth anniversary season of Power Rangers, taken from Go Go 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.

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.

One of the more interesting episodes was 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 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 Overdrive Rangers worried about being replaced. While not quite as popular as "Forever Red," "Once A Ranger" has far fewer continuity snarls in part because of Sentinel Knight's involvement.

The season is generally considered one of the weakest seasons, but still not without some merits. Making such a dramatic shift in the formula with traveling the world and multiple foes made it have a less involving Story Arc.

Succeeded by Power Rangers Jungle Fury.

Has a character sheet.


Recurring Power Rangers tropes include:

(each)"Kick into Overdrive! [Color] Ranger!"
(all)"Call to adventure! Power Rangers Operation Overdrive!"

Tropes used in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive include:


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