Volume 5 brings the final seven episodes of the Operation Overdrive
saga. Fight back those tears!
"Red Ranger Unplugged"
The Rangers square off with a female
dog-monster named Crazar, an enemy the Mercury Ranger appears to have an
intimate knowledge of. But that's not the worst of it—some sinister magic
leads to Ranger clones, forcing our heroes to battle themselves. Meanwhile the
Red Ranger is grappling with the news of his true identity and embarks on a
voyage of self-discovery.
• "Home and Away, Part 1"
The Fearcats are on
the march and have secured something called the Octavian Chalice, which they're
hoping to use to become all-powerful (shocker). The Rangers will have to defeat
them without the help of the Mercury Ranger, who finds himself on a wacky
flashback trip, reunited with his formerly dead girlfriend.
• "Home and Away, Part II"
Having received a
major trouncing at the hands of the Fearcats, now juiced up on the powers of the
Octavian Chalice, the Power Rangers crawl back to home base and work on their
dilapidated Zords. Will the Mercury Ranger find his way back to Earth in time to
help his hopelessly overmatched pals?
• "Way Back When"
The Rangers forget what the
heck's been going on for the past few months and decide to catch up on the
details. Translation: lame clip show!
• "Two Fallen Foes"
The Rangers can almost smell
the remaining jewels for their magic Corona crown and head off to Greece with
the Chalice and unleash a series of special effects to find out the where the
jewels are. Then one of the bad guys turns into a humongous blue jay.
• "Nothing to Lose"
The forces of evil are
dropping like flies and Moltor decides to bring the fight to the Rangers. But
how to retrieve the crown from Moltor's lair, an active volcano that—as
Spencer the helpful butler notes—is uninhabitable for humans? Send in the
Red Ranger for the mother of all one-on-one fights! With Moltor weakened and
desperate, he reluctantly asks his brother Flurious to help. but Flurious a dick
and betrays him and ends up with the crown and the Mercury Ranger's girlfriend
• "Crown and Punishment"
The Rangers locate the
final jewel, but Flurious shows up at their headquarters uninvited and manages
to escape with the fully-jeweled Corona crown, setting up the final
confrontation for the fate of the world.
And that's all, folks. After five volumes worth of screaming and hyperactive
martial arts and lumbering plastic nightmares and obtuse storytelling and plot
devices and more pyrotechnics than all Whitesnake concerts put together, the
tales of the Operation Overdrive Power Rangers have come to an end.
There's enough brain-blistering sensory overload to wire the young viewers, and,
combined with a steady infusion of chocolate cereal, possibly generate a clean,
renewable energy source.
As ludicrous and cheesy as the series is, I have to confess, I kind of
enjoyed it. And if I were 9 years old, I'd probably think it was the greatest
thing ever. The series wraps up predictably (the Pinocchio comparisons
will be unavoidable), but satisfactorily.
Full frame and 2.0 stereo continue to be the technical specs and a
featurette on the Rangers' life lessons and the final installment of the
interactive trivia-based "training course" game complete the