Power Rangers Operation Overdrive

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Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
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Genre
Based on GoGo Sentai Boukenger
by Toei Company
Developed by Jetix
The Walt Disney Company
Toei Company
Written by Bruce Kalish
Jackie Marchand
John Tellegen
David Garber
Directed byMark Beesley
Britta Johnstone
Jonathan Brough
Mike Smith
Charlie Haskell
Vanessa Alexander
Starring James Maclurcan
Caitlin Murphy
Samuell Benta
Rhoda Montemayor
Gareth Yuen
Dwayne Cameron
Rod Lousich
David Weatherley
Kelson Henderson
Gerald Urquhart
Ria Vandervis
Nic Sampson
Theme music composer The Transcenders
Herman van Doorn
ComposersLeigh Roberts
Ry Welch
Gad Emile Zeitune
Wayne Jones
Rhett Nelson
Country of originUnited States
Japan
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers Bruce Kalish
Koichi Sakamoto
ProducersJanine Dickins
Charles Knight
Jackie Marchand (co-producer)
Production locationsNew Zealand (Auckland)
Japan (Saitama, Kyoto, Yokohama and Tokyo)
Running time22 minutes
Production companies BVS Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
Ranger Productions, Ltd.
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Disney-ABC International Television
Release
Original network Toon Disney (Jetix)
Picture format NTSC
HDTV 720p
Original releaseFebruary 26 (2007-02-26) 
November 12, 2007 (2007-11-12)
Chronology
Preceded by Power Rangers Mystic Force
Followed by Power Rangers Jungle Fury
External links
Website

Power Rangers Operation Overdrive is the fifteenth season of the American television franchise Power Rangers. The season uses footage and other material from the 30th Super Sentai series GoGo Sentai Boukenger , which celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of that franchise. In addition, this season's team-up episode, "Once a Ranger", commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. The season premiered on February 26, 2007, [1] on Toon Disney's Jetix programming block. It was the first season to use high definition footage from the Super Sentai franchise, although this footage was scaled down to 4:3 aspect ratio.

Contents

Unique among Power Ranger series, Operation Overdrive has the Rangers exploring, operating and fighting in many different countries around the world, rather than focusing only on their home city of San Angeles.

Pre-production

The early working title for the series was Power Rangers Drive Force, but was later changed to "Relic Hunters" and then "Operation Overdrive" [2]

In early pre-production, on July 26, 2006, the series' logo was posted on a fan message board called "Fuñaroboard." [3] This same logo was later featured on the Disney website, RangerSecrets.com, as part of the preview for the series. [4] The logo is very similar to that of the parent series Boukenger in the basic design and format.

On November 14, 2006, Disney had set up its official website for Power Rangers Operation Overdrive. [5]

Synopsis

Five brave, skilled, and adventurous young people are chosen to search for several magical jewels that were long ago taken from the Corona Aurora (literally "Crown of the Dawn"), so as to prevent them from coming into the possession of Moltor and Flurious, who are brothers connected to ice and fire banished long ago by the Corona's guardian for having attempted to steal it. [6] When the billionaire explorer Andrew Hartford discovered the Corona Aurora, they escaped their exile and rallied their allies. In response, Andrew Hartford selected the talented youths and modified their DNA so as to grant them exceptional physical powers by which to combat the evil. Although Moltor and Flurious initially attempted to work together, they soon became rivals. The Corona Aurora fell into Moltor's hands; yet without its jewels, it could not grant the owner universal power. Later, the evil warriors Kamdor and Miratrix began hunting for the jewels, as did the extraterrestrial 'Fearcats'. Now the Rangers, joined by a Mercurian named Tyzonn who joined their ranks as the Mercury Ranger, are forced to fight multiple villains and travel worldwide in the effort to capture the jewels before their enemies can.

In order to accomplish this purpose, the members of Operation Overdrive are equipped with futuristic technology similar to that featured in previous Power Ranger continuities, which improves in sophistication and power with successive episodes. Each time a new Ranger, new weapon, or (in one subplot, if not more) new reason for battle is introduced, that Ranger, weapon, or reason produces the decimation of one major enemy (such as Kamdor and Miratrix) or a host of foot soldiers. Thereafter the odds resume their former state. The physical powers granted by genetic modification are seldom used, seen, or mentioned, except when one or more Rangers is rescued by their use. Throughout the series, legends are included or invented to give a feeling of antiquity: these include Thor's Hammer, Atlantis and Poseidon, who is mentioned under the Roman name, Neptune.

Cast and characters

Overdrive Rangers

Allies

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Reception

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References

  1. "Rangersecrets.com" . Retrieved 2007-02-09.
  2. The working titles for the series were "Power Rangers Relic Hunters" and "Power Rangers Drive Force".http://powerrangersrelichunters.com was registered by Disney in early 2005. In June 2006, "Power Rangers Operation Overdrive" was listed in an official press release Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine .
  3. "Power Rangers Operation Overdrive (LOGO INSIDE!)". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-07-26. (The original post featuring the logo.)
  4. "RangerSecrets.com" . Retrieved 2006-11-04.
  5. "Home — Power Rangers Operation Overdrive — JETIX" . Retrieved 2006-11-15.
  6. "DVD review: Power Rangers Operation Overdrive". BBC. July 14, 2008.
  7. "Rod Lousich Details" . Retrieved 2007-02-11.