, the 13th spin-off series in the venerable Power Rangers
franchise, retains the key elements that keep kids coming back to the show--elaborate battles between robots and monsters--with a serial-style spin involving the retrieval of jewels for an all-powerful object. Adventurer and scientist Andrew Hartford's discovery of the Corona Aurora, a crown that bestows unlimited power upon its possessor, attracts the attention of two warring brothers--the ice creature Flurious and Moltor, a fire demon--who dispatch their hideous minions after its new owner. In response, Hartford assembles a team of five teens from various background (including his own son) and reworks their DNA to transform them into Power Rangers, who seek out the five missing jewels that active the crown's powers. The first six episodes of the series (including the two-part opener, "Kick It Into Overdrive") cover the discovery of the crown, the assembling of the Rangers, and the search for the first jewel, which brings them to Atlantis ("The Underwater World") and in contact with the pirate Brownbeard, who seeks a valuable bauble as well. As with all Power Rangers
series, the action is the core of the show, and it's plentiful but never particularly violent (the fighting is strictly Zord-on-Zord), and the elaborate array of exploratory vehicles operated by the Rangers will delight any younger viewer who's just discovered the particular magic of heavy equipment. The single DVD includes a bio on Red Ranger Mack Hartford (played by James MacLurcan), and a multiple choice trivia quiz tricked out as a Ranger Reserve Training Course. -- Paul Gaita
Five brave teens set out on an exciting global treasure hunt to track down five long-lost jewels from the Corona Aurora, Crown of the Gods. They must decode mind-crunching puzzles, embark on mythical adventures and overcome spectacular battles or Dark Forces will wear the Crown and evil will be unstoppable. The Entire universes fate rests in the hands of Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive.