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Power Rangers Operation Overdrive
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Genre Action
Adventure
Science fantasy
Superhero
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 by Mark 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
Composer(s) Leigh Roberts
Ry Welch
Gad Emile Zeitune
Wayne Jones
Rhett Nelson
Country of origin United States
Japan
No. of episodes 32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bruce Kalish
Koichi Sakamoto
Producer(s) Janine Dickins
Charles Knight
Jackie Marchand (co-producer)
Production location(s) New Zealand (Auckland)
Japan (Kyoto, Yokohama and Tokyo)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) 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)
Original release February 26 (2007-02-26) – November 12, 2007 (2007-11-12)
Chronology
Preceded by Power Rangers Mystic Force
Followed by Power Rangers Jungle Fury

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, 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.

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"

In early pre-production, on July 26, 2006, the series' logo was posted on a fan message board called "Fuñaroboard." This same logo was later featured on the Disney website, RangerSecrets.com, as part of the preview for the series. 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.

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. 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

  • Rod Lousich as Andrew Hartford, the rangers mentor and Mack's father
  • David Weatherley as Spencer
  • Campbell Cooley as the voice of Alpha 6
  • Nic Sampson as the voice of the Sentinel Knight
  • Beth Allen as Vella

Veteran Rangers:

  • Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park; the second Black Ranger, and previously the Black Ninja Ranger, Green Zeo Ranger and the first Green Turbo Ranger.
  • Sally Martin as Tori Hanson; the Blue Wind Ranger.
  • Emma Lahana as Kira Ford; the Yellow Dino Thunder Ranger.
  • Matt Austin as Bridge Carson; the third S.P.D. Red Ranger, following a promotion at S.P.D.
  • Richard Brancatisano as Xander Bly; the Green Mystic Force Ranger.

Villains

  • Gerald Urquhart as Flurious
  • Mark Ferguson as the voice of Moltor
  • Ria Vandervis as Miratrix
  • Adam Gardiner as the voice of Kamdor
  • James Gaylyn as the voice of Cheetar
  • Lori Dungey as the voice of Crazar
  • David Weatherley as the voice of Benglo
  • Kelson Henderson as Norg and the voice of Mig
  • Glen Levy as the voice of Thrax

Episodes

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