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Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive Volume 1 - Brownbeard's Pearl
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 universe’s fate rests in the hands of Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive.
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That being said, the first (out of five) volume does not fail to deliver episodes on par with what fans and casual viewers of the show alike have come to expect. For the older fans, each episode has the original opening credits sequence, episode with chapter stops where commercials were, and end credits with no alterations to them. Okay, maybe I should say "minor alterations" to some of them to correct a typo in the "Adapted from" section, but this has also been corrected on episodes currently being broadcast. The quality of the DVD Transfer is on par with Power Rangers S.P.D. which up until now, has been considered the best set of five volumes to date, coming closest to a full DVD release.
For casual viewers and young fans there's a nice set of Ranger Bios which are a nice little extra, and the first level of an interactive DVD game which children will probably enjoy; future levels will be added to future discs.
Now for the few problems I have with this release. You'll notice I gave the disc four instead of five stars. This is because of the glaring typo on the episode title for the series premiere, "Kick Into Overdrive," which has been incorrectly marked on the packaging and menus as "Kick IT Into Overdrive," while this may seem like nothing, I would hope that an episode such as a premiere would be given extra scrutiny to avoid this type of mistake. The second pet peeve I have is that "Kick Into Overdrive" has been split into it's syndicated "parts 1 & 2" format, when it initially aired as a one-hour (45-minutes without commercials,) one-part episode special. This might not bother some fans, but to me, when I buy a DVD, I'm expecting the original airings unless otherwise marked on the package, not a potentially syndicated version of the show.
While some people may find the two-part 22-minute version(s) of "Kick Into Overdrive" acceptable, others will undoubtedly be annoyed that the original 44/45-minute version didn't receive a DVD release. However, despite this minor issue, for $15.00 dollars this disc is worth buying. Whether you're a parent, a child, a casual viewer, a die-hard fan, or just a DVD Collector, "Power Rangers Operation Overdrive" Volume 1 is well worth the money. There's a little something for everyone, and despite it's few minor flaws, none of which really detract from the overall viewing experience, it still delivers a little something for everyone. It's far superior to last years "Power Rangers Mystic Force: Volume 1" release, and it's on par with the first volume of "Power Rangers S.P.D." This is a must-own for Power Rangers fans, although casual viewers, children, and parents alike will find the first entry into the 15th Season of the show to be quite well done, and $15 well spent.
Included on the disc are the following six episodes:
1. Kick Into Overdrive
2. Kick Into Overdrive II
3. The Underwater World
4. Heart of Blue
5. Weather or Not
6. Pirate in Pink
Kick Into Overdrive (Part 1)
Kick Into Overdrive (Part 2)
The Underwater World
Heart of Blue
Weather or Not
Pirate in Pink
but i have to keep writing to satisfy Amazons minimum word requirement which I think is stupid.
605-606. Kick Into Overdrive: Explorer Andrew Hartford finds the crown of the Corona Aurora, an extremely powerful artifact which, when reunited with its five missing jewels, could be used for good or evil. However when he inadvertently awakens Moltor and Flurious who also seek the jewels of the crown, he recruits four talented citizens to become Power Rangers and plans to become the Red Ranger. However ,when evil forces attack, it is soon left to Andrew's son Mack to take action. I thought this was an above-average pilot, certainly the best episode here. Yeah, the villains aren't the best, but Moltar is fine & Flurious is tolerable though Nog(?) is annoying. I'd take Elgar over him any day. But I thought the story was interesting & the heroes engaging. Too bad the next few episodes won't live up to the potential. A-
607. The Underwater World: The search for the first jewel of the Corona Aurora begins when Andrew discovers Atlantis. Believing the first jewel to be hidden there, the Rangers travel to the undersea continent however problems arise when Will refuses to cooperate with the rest of the team. Not fantastic, but not bad. B+
608. Heart of Blue: With the scroll from Atlantis, the Rangers need to find the other two in order to continue with the jewel quest. Meanwhile Dax falls in love with a girl named Mira, but seeing her is interfering with his job. A good episode, though flawed it is redeemed mainly for a decent twist and the introduction of a villain that's actually interesting. B
609. Weather Or Not: As the Rangers prepare to head to St. Lucia to search for the first jewel Moltor steals a weather machine and prepares to destroy Earth with it. Mack questions his status as the Red Ranger when he puts a bystander in jeopardy. However when the Weather Machine manages to defeat the Zords and traps the other Rangers in a chasm, Mack must put his doubts to the side if he is to successfully pilot the newest Zord, the Drill Driver. This is where I started getting bored with the series. It's not horrible, just boring. And it has the most stupid creation of a monster ever (the weather machine forms stuff into the shape of a monster around it and it comes to life... how does that even begin to work?!). C
610. Pirate In Pink: The Rangers begin the final leg of the first jewel quest on St. Lucia, however while the other Rangers worry about running into the ghost of Brownbeard the Pirate, Rose refuses to believe in the supernatural spirit. However the ghost of Brownbeard does turn up also searching for the jewel, Rose finds herself forced to trust him while trying to keep it away from Miratrix. Another so-so episode. C
I was into the series at first, but then it got stupid and/or boring. But after I saw the first 2 episodes, I ordered volume 4 since it has the Once a Ranger episodes on it. I look forward to them, especially if they're the best episodes of the show.
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