Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive

Common Sense Media says

Violence remains, but this one has substance, too.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Violence is the only means of conflict resolution throughout the series. A father and son come to understand and respect each other. The Power Rangers rely on each other's individual strengths to battle their enemies. The multicultural cast includes Asian-American and African-American characters, and females are clearly the guys' equals.

Violence & scariness

All kinds of action-hero fighting, including laser blasts, kicking, punching, and explosions. Characters are banged around a lot, but no lasting injuries are shown. Some bad guys appear to break into unrecognizable pieces when they're hit. In one scene, a character is thrown into a pit of lava, but the impact isn't shown.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Power Rangers merchandise (toys, games, clothes) gets a lot of publicity from the series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that far-fetched fantasy violence is the name of the game. Human protagonists battle monstrous enemies with oversized weapons (hammer, hand-held bulldozer buckets, water-based gun) and extreme vehicles. The only remotely realistic aspects of the violence are he physical exchanges of punches and kicks, but even they don't result in injuries that are shown. On the positive side, the Rangers exhibit excellent teamwork, and a father and son bridge their relationship with renewed respect for each other. The Power Rangers are heavily marketed to the 5+ set, but they're better suited for kids a year or two older.

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Kids say

What's the story?

The POWER RANGERS: OPERATION OVERDRIVE story begins when wealthy adventurer Andrew Hartford (Rod Lousich) unearths the fabled Corona Aurora -- or Crown of the Gods -- on an archaeological expedition in Africa. His discovery awakens dormant dark forces, who follow his trail in an effort to steal the crown, reassemble its five missing jewels strewn across the world, and assume unparalleled power over humankind. Desperate to save the world from the bad guys' domination, Andrew enlists the help of four extraordinary teens, giving them Power Ranger status so they can battle the nefarious foes alongside him. But when he's captured by the enemy, his thrill-seeking son, Mack (James MacLurcan), suits up in his place and rescues his dad. Once Mack and the others -- Rose (Rhoda Montemayor), Will (Samuell Benta), Ronny (Caitlin Murphy), and Dax (Gareth Yuen) -- adjust to their enhanced DNA and newfound super abilities, they're a power-packed (and colorful) force to be reckoned with.

Is it any good?

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The Power Rangers franchise now boasts a mind-boggling 15 incarnations, and it seems the extensive practice has finally paid off. While most of its predecessors suffered from hokey dialogue, overacting, and substance-free plot, Operation Overdrive changes course with a plausible father-son relationship that strengthens through mutual respect, a real attempt at spotlighting teamwork and appreciation for others' individuality, and relatable teen characters played by actors whose skills actually downplay the fantasy series' campiness.

But as tolerable as Operation Overdrive is compared to its many counterparts, the series still suffers from an overabundance of violence, which -- fantasy or not -- makes the show iffy for the little-kid viewers it's aimed at. Young tweens who can grasp the unrealistic nature of the fights are probably better suited for the crusaders' noble quest and their entourage of extreme gadgets and vehicles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence on TV. How realistic is the violence in this series? Does any part of the fighting seem believable? How is the action on this show different from violence kids have seen in other series? Are they ever frightened by what they see? Why do the Rangers rely on fighting to solve their problems? Does it ever totally defeat the enemy? Parents and kids can also talk about teamwork. What makes a good team? What makes a good teammate? What experiences do your kids have with teams? Finally, Power Rangers fans can discuss how this series compares to others. Kids: Which is your favorite Power Rangers show? Why? How is this one different from the others?

TV details

Cast:James MacLurcan, Rhoda Montemayor, Rod Lousich
Networks:ABC, Toon Disney
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Space and aliens
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byCreate man January 15, 2009
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give then a brack

power Rangers a good show to watch I like it and so do some theor people. just become they fight monstre with super power don,t mean we believe in that we konw the are R from F and besid I realy want to go to the power Rangs Convention

Adult Written bysonny April 9, 2008
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Teen, 14 years old Written byunknown April 9, 2008
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don't let you or your kids watch this show it is terrible

besides unrealistic special effects the badguys in this show are always the exact same. they want to take over the world and either destroy or control the power rangers. when the badguys talk their lips dont move even if they have mouths. every time the power rangers beat a guy they have to turn around and do some stupid pose. and hello the badguys turn into giant robots all the time you would think they would do that in the first place and squash the power rangeres. plus the power rangers never catch on that the badguys turn into the giants all the time. also although it is kind of good there isn't any blood everytime the power rangers hit a badguy with a gun or a sword sparks fly out. also the blade are dull. i mean in the sense they aren't sharp. if you used one of theier swords it would be like hitting someone with a thin bat. this show has the same special effects and unrealalistic badguys blades and goodguys it had in the very first episode.if you want your kid to watch something unrealistic don't listen to common sense media and go for codename kids next door. at least you don't expect realism from a cartoon. also they always have to use some sort of big gun to destroy the badguys.a personally i wouldn't star in this show unless they paid me a billion dollars and my life depended on it.

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