Launching in 2007 and running for 32 episodes, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive was the fifteenth season and anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. It is based on the Super Sentai series GoGo Sentai Boukenger.
As always the series focuses on a bunch of young people, in this case five, who are chosen by billionaire explorer Andrew Hartford (Rod Louisch) to search for several magical jewels that were long ago taken from the Corona Aurora in order to prevent them from being stolen by the evil Moltor (voiced by Mark Ferguson) and Flurious (voiced by Gerald Urquhart), two brothers who are connected to ice and fire. Following their attempt at stealing the jewels, Corona’s guardian banished them forever…ish.
Now back to our billionaire explorer Andrew Hartford, it was he who discovered the location of the Corona Aurora but in doing so allowed Moltor and Flurious to escape their exile and link up with their old allies. Hartford’s response to this? Find five youths and modify their DNA so they get cool combat powers to battle evil! This creates the Overdrive Rangers:
- Mackenzie “Mack” Hartford; The Red Overdrive Ranger and team leader (played by James Maclurcan)
- Veronica “Ronny” Robinson; The Yellow Overdrive Ranger (played by Caitlin Murphy)
- William “Will” Aston; The Black Overdrive Ranger (played by Samuell Benta)
- Rose Ortiz; The Pink Overdrive Ranger (played by Rhoda Montemayor)
- Dax Lo; The Blue Overdrive Ranger (played by Gareth Yuen)
As the series develops Moltor and Flurious soon became rivals with Kamdor (voiced by Adam Gardiner), Miratrix (voiced by Ria Vandervis), and the Fearcats joining in the hunt for the jewels. With all these people hunting the jewels the Overdrive Rangers get help from a Mercurian named Tyzonn (played by Dwayne Cameron) who becomes the Overdrive Mercury Ranger. Further help throughout the series comes from a range of classic rangers who all turn up to help at times. These include returns from…
- 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.
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