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Power Rangers RPM
PR RPM logo.png
Genre Action-adventure
Science fiction
Cyberpunk
Dystopian fiction
Created by Haim Saban
Toei Company, Ltd.
Based on Engine Sentai Go-onger
by Toei Company, Ltd.
Developed by ABC
The Walt Disney Company
Saban Capital Group
Toei Company
Directed by Mike Smith
Jonathan Brough
Vanessa Alexander
Charlie Haskell
Peter Salmon
Starring See "Cast"
Narrated by Olivia Tennet
Theme music composer Brad Hamilton
Composer(s) Leigh Roberts
Wayne Jones
William J. Sullivan
Country of origin United States
Japan
No. of episodes 32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Koichi Sakamoto
Eddie Guzelian
Judd Lynn
Producer(s) Sally Campbell
Charles Knight
Jackie Marchand
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 ABC (ABC Kids)
Picture format 480i / 720p
Original release March 7 (2009-03-07) – December 26, 2009 (2009-12-26)
Chronology
Preceded by Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Followed by Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Re-version)
Power Rangers Samurai

Power Rangers RPM is the seventeenth season of the American children's television series Power Rangers, which uses footage, costumes, and other props from the Super Sentai series. In the case of RPM, the season was an adaptation of Engine Sentai Go-onger, the thirty-second installment of the series.

The season was the third and final to air on ABC stations, premiering March 7, 2009 on ABC Kids. Due to the low ratings of the preceding season, Jungle Fury, RPM was also the final season to be produced and distributed by Disney and Renaissance-Atlantic Entertainment, putting the series on a two-year hiatus until the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai in 2011.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers is its direct sequel.

Story

An AI computer virus named Venjix takes over all of the Earth's computers, creates an army of robot "Grinder" droids and destroys or enslaves almost all of humanity. Only the city of Corinth remains, protected by an almost impenetrable force field from the toxic atmosphere of the wasteland outside. Venjix tries various plans to destroy Corinth and Doctor K's RPM Power Rangers fight to protect it.

Episodes

Cast and characters

RPM Rangers

  • Eka Darville as Scott Truman, Ranger Operator Series Red Eagle.
  • Ari Boyland as Flynn McAllistair, Ranger Operator Series Blue Lion.
  • Rose McIver as Summer Landsdown, Ranger Operator Series Yellow Bear.
  • Milo Cawthorne as Ziggy Grover, Ranger Operator Series Green Shark.
  • Dan Ewing as Dillon, Ranger Operator Series Black Wolf and Tenaya's Brother.
  • Mike Ginn as Gem, Ranger Operator Series Gold.
  • Li Ming Hu as Gemma, Ranger Operator Series Silver.

Allies

  • Olivia Tennet as Doctor K, mentor to the Rangers and creator of the RPM powers.
  • James Gaylyn as Colonel Mason Truman, Scott's father.
  • Damien Avery as Colonel Hicks
  • Mia Koning as Vasquez
  • Murray Keane as Benny

Villains

  • Andrew Laing as the voice of Venjix
  • Adelaide Kane as Tenaya 7/15 and Dillon's Sister. In the final episodes, she joins the Rangers.
  • Mark Mitchinson as the voice of General Shifter
  • Charlie McDermott as the voice of General Crunch
  • Leighton Cardno as the voice of Kilobyte
  • John Sumner as Fresno Bob

Production

Australian actor Eka Darville, who previously starred in series three of Blue Water High, was reported to have a role in September 2008 in what was then unknown as RPM or Racing Performance Machines which began production in September 2008 in New Zealand. Heidi Kathy Bradhurt had been cast as an extra, but her profile initially listed her as the Yellow Ranger, named "Kayla," whose name and actress had since been changed to "Summer" played by Rose McIver. Daniel Ewing had been reported in November 2008 to be playing a major character named "Dillon," revealed to be the Black Ranger. Other cast members include Murray Keane in the role of "Benny", Charlie McDermott voicing "General Crunch", and Jason Hoyte as a guest role named "Mr. McAllistair".

An article of The New Zealand Herald reported that Power Rangers RPM was to be the final season of the Power Rangers series. Production manager Sally Campbell stated in an interview "...at this stage we will not be shooting another season". A September 1, 2009, revision to Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia by Disney's head archivist Dave Smith states that production of new episodes of Power Rangers ceased in 2009. A re-version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers began broadcasting in early 2010 instead. However, in mid-2010, Haim Saban bought the Power Rangers franchise back from Disney and production was restarted during that year for a 2011 series.

Jungle Fury (which was said to have low ratings) was originally set to be the final season, but obligations with Bandai forced Disney to produce one more season.

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