Power Rangers RPM
|Power Rangers RPM|
|Written by||Eddie Guzelian
|Directed by||Mike Smith
Li Ming Hu
|Theme music composer||Stephen Hampton
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||32 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Koichi Sakamoto
|Location(s)||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Production company(s)||BVS Entertainment|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||March 7, 2009 – December 26, 2009|
|Preceded by||Power Rangers Jungle Fury|
|Followed by||Power Rangers Samurai|
Power Rangers RPM is the seventeenth season of the American children's television series Power Rangers. As with all previous Power Rangers series, RPM uses footage, costumes, and other props from the Super Sentai Series, in this case, from Engine Sentai Go-onger. With the re-branding of Jetix to Disney XD, all Power Rangers shows were dropped from the channel in the United States and RPM was only broadcast during the ABC Kids block on ABC stations. It was the final season to be distributed by Disney and Renaissance-Atlantic Entertainment before the franchise was re-acquired by Haim Saban and his company Saban Capital Group. RPM has a much more mature and darker tone in comparison to some past seasons of Power Rangers, which includes several death scenes.
An AI computer virus called Venjix takes over all of the Earth's computers, rendering all communication useless while creating an army of robot droids to try to destroy virtually every city in the world. Humanity's last known safe and stable city became the domed metropolis of Corinth. Surrounded by Venjix's forces and a force field, it is nearly impossible to enter without luck or firepower. When the force field is lowered to allow surviving humans into the sanctuary, Doctor K's RPM Power Rangers fight Venjix's forces to protect Corinth from being destroyed.
The Power Rangers Samurai two-part episode Clash of the Red Rangers, a crossover with RPM, establishes that RPM is actually in an Alternate Timeline to the other seasons of the Power Rangers franchise.
Australian actor Eka Darville, who previously starred in series three of Blue Water High, was reported to have a role in September 2008 in what was then unknown as RPM or Racing Performance Machines which began production in September 2008 in New Zealand. He is still cast as the Red Ranger, Scott Truman. Heidi Kathy Bradhurt had been cast as an extra, but her profile initially listed her as the Yellow Ranger, named "Kayla," whose name and actress has since been changed to "Summer" played by Rose McIver. Daniel Ewing had been reported in November 2008 to be playing a major character named "Dillon," revealed to be the Black Ranger. Other cast members include Murray Keane in the role of "Benny," Charlie McDermott voicing "General Crunch," and Jason Hoyte as a guest role named "Mr. McAllistair."
An article of The New Zealand Herald reported that Power Rangers RPM was to be the final season of the Power Rangers series. Production manager Sally Campbell stated in an interview "...at this stage we will not be shooting another season". A September 1, 2009, revision to Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia by Disney's head archivist Dave Smith states that production of new episodes of Power Rangers ceased in 2009. A re-version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers began broadcasting in early 2010 instead.
- Eka Darville as Scott Truman, Ranger Operator Series Red
- Ari Boyland as Flynn McAllistair, Ranger Operator Series Blue
- Rose McIver as Summer Landsdown, Ranger Operator Series Yellow
- Milo Cawthorne as Ziggy Grover, Ranger Operator Series Green
- Daniel Ewing as Dillon, Ranger Operator Series Black
- Mike Ginn as Gem, Ranger Operator Series Gold
- Li Ming Hu as Gemma, Ranger Operator Series Silver
- Olivia Tennet as Doctor K
- James Gaylyn as Col. Mason Truman
- Damien Avery as Col. Hicks
- Mia Koning as Vasquez
- Murray Keane as Benny
- John Sumner as Fresno Bob
- Adelaide Kane as Tenaya
- Andrew Laing as the voice of Venjix
- Mark Mitchinson as the voice of Gen. Shifter
- Charlie McDermott as the voice of Gen. Crunch
- Leighton Cardno as the voice of Kilobyte
Zord Attack Vehicles
The Zords in RPM are referred to within the series as the "Zord Attack Vehicles". Each Zord Attack Vehicle is an animal-themed motor vehicle with large optical sensors that the Rangers say resemble anime-style eyes. When summoned by the Rangers, they must plug their Engine Cells into their respective Zords in order to power them up and enlarge them.
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