22 August 2014

TV DVD Review: "Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive": Volume Five: "Pink Emerald"

Rated: TV-Y7 for fantasy violence (US) / PG: "Violence, Frightening Scenes" (Canada)
Starring: James McFay, Caitlin Murphy, Samuell Benta, Rhoda Montemayor, Gareth Yuen, and Dwayne Cameron
Released: 2007 (Jetix premieres)
In this fifth and final volume, the Rangers search for the last jewel of the Corona Aurora...but, their numerous foes will stop at nothing to get their hands on it! Meanwhile, a recent revelations makes the Red Ranger unsure of who he is, and the Mercury Ranger is heartbroken over his lost girlfriend.  With villains everywhere bent on world domination, the Rangers will have to work together and put aside their problems to save our planet...but, with their foes' new powers, even the Rangers' Zords may not be enough.  It all ends here.

The Good
Along with the usual good traits about this season--well-choreographed action sequences, good special effects, great acting, a lack of profanity, sexual content, and drug use, etc.--the two-part finale was so intense that it had me on the edge of my seat.  I just finished it a few minutes ago, and still feel a bit winded because of it.  That doesn't usually happen; then again, I don't often watch episodes of the same series one after another like I did with this one.

The Bad
As good as this is, one complaint still lingers: A retrospective episode--titled "Way Back When"--within this set is mostly a waste of time, as it leads to a revelation that could just have easily occurred within a minute or two.  If you watch these volumes all at once like I did, you might want to skip that one.  Also, the ever-relentless fighting may be too much for some kids and/or their parents, as would a rather scary monster.

What a rush! I've invested a lot of time over the past few weeks watching this fifteenth season of Saban's superhero creation, and the ending definitely delivered!  My heart is still racing several minutes after watching the finale! Though this series as a whole wasn't without issues--as you can see from my reviews of the previous volumes, as well as this one--the two-parter that closes this incarnation of the Power Rangers was amazing! Of course, that's to be expected from a Disney television production; when Operation Overdrive was made, the House of Mouse owned Saban.  This is just one more thing that gives me faith in Disney as a corporation, and makes me all the more curious to see their take on Star Wars next year.

Score: 4.75/5

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