Did you know that Judge David Johnson is actually the super-secret Beige Ranger?
"You two, stop the volcano at its source!"
The twelve millionth incarnation of the Power Rangers (long having jettisoned the "Mighty Morphin'" prefix) blasts out a new crew of Zord-driving, spandex-wearing, sword-swinging, massive-explosion-jumping-in-front-of-ing 20-somethings to take on the forces of plastic evil.
This go-round, the Power Rangers are trained and equipped by wealthy industrialist Andrew Hartford (Rod Lousich). While goofing around a volcano, Hartford discovers a magical crown called the Corona Aurora, which sounds like an imported lager but really is the weapon that has the ability to destroy the universe. Turns out there are some jewels that fit into the crown and it gives the possessor limitless power. These jewels were scattered throughout the earth and now the evil douchebag brothers Moltor and Flurious are searching high and low for the jewels.
Hartford enlists the help of hippest, coolest kids to combat this evil and beat the bros to the jewels. And using his limitless resources, he's constructed super armor and weapons, a gene reorganizer that grants special abilities to the Rangers and, of course, some cool new Zords that looks like Dollar Store specials but in fact can form together to make a fearsome mighty robot that has the maneuverability of the Tin Man duct-taped to a Lazyboy.
Volume One kicks off with the two-part series starter and the subsequent four episodes.
• "Kick It Into Overdrive, Parts 1 and 2"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: If you want something, then work for it! Also, always give in to the whining of your stupid kids; it will make parenting a lot easier.
• "The Underwater World"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: The Black Ranger, so used to working on his own in his old life, is resistant to the idea of teamwork, but eventually learns that he needs teammates to succeed.
• "Heart of Blue"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Being horny puts your team at risk.
• "Weather or Not"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Don't give up on yourself!
• "Pirate on Pink"
Valuable Life Lesson Learned: Nobody likes smart people.
Bottom line: there may be new faces and new Zords and a slightly modified plot, but everything that makes the Power Rangers the Power Rangers is present and accounted for in Operation Overdrive—explosions, frantic martial artistry, screaming, squealing and bizarre, fake-looking monsters. Best viewed when freebasing Lucky Charms.
A fuzzy full frame transfer and a 2.0 stereo audio mix are expected and just about adequate. For extras, you get some Ranger bios and an irritating multiple choice game called "Ranger Reserve Training Course."
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