Day of the Dumpster

Revisiting Power Rangers is a project which compares the video of the original airings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with that of the reversioned ones which aired on ABC Kids in 2010. For the most part, we leave it to the fan to make their own (educated) decisions on whether the changes are improvements or not.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) versus Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (2010)
An establishment shot of a rogue planetoid.

In 1993, an establishment shot of a rogue planetoid.

In 2010, Rita is on the moon, so who needs this establishment shot?

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Two astronauts arrive on a rogue planetoid during the day, with the Moon and Earth in the background

In 1993, two astronauts arrive on a rogue planetoid during the day, with the Moon and Earth in the background.

In 2010, two astronauts arrive on the Moon at night, with the Moon (?!) and Earth in the background.

Two astronauts arrive on the Moon at night, with the Moon (?!) and Earth in the background.
A shot panning the horizon.

A shot panning the horizon is cut (for time).

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A glowing light in the distance.

A glowing light in the distance.

A glowing light in the distance (at night).
They go to check it out.

They go to check it out.

They go to check it out (at night).
A space dumpster!

A space dumpster!

A space dumpster (at night)!
They open it up.

They open it up.

They open it up (at night).
Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo emerge

And we have a problem.

Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo emerge (at night)
Squatt approaches the dumpster.

Squatt approaches the dumpster.

Squatt approaches the dumpster (at night).
Rita emerges from the space dumpster.

Rita!

Rita emerges from the space dumpster, as the space background becomes a painted background with lightning strikes.
Finster

At night, Finster has a nice glow.

Finster, glowing at night
Squatt & Baboo

Squatt & Baboo

Squatt & Baboo at night
Writer credits appear on screen.

Moving the writing credits in this case is a good call.

Writer credits appear on screen, shifted so as to not cover the principals.
Director credit appears on screen.

And, smaller, less-obtrusive text is nice.

Director credit appears on screen in a smaller font than the original.
Static shot of the Earth.

As the villains don't get the same (blatantly obvious) introduction as the Ranger teens, here's our cast of characters...

Comic book style intro for Goldar (Sinister Space Simian), Baboo & Squatt (Half Rate Henchmen), Finster (Master Monster Maker), and Putties (Cosmic Clay Cohorts)
Static shot of the Earth.

...and the Evil Sorceress.

Comic book style intro for Rita (Evil Sorceress).
Establishment shot of the Angel Grove Youth Center Gym and Juice Bar outdoor signage.

“Angel Grove Radio” apparently no longer needs to do station identification in 2010 as we fade in.

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Scene transition from the Youth Center to the Moon.

The vertical blinds transition and establishment shot of the Moon are cut.

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Jason performs a tornado kick.

In 1993, Jason does a tornado kick and the viewer is impressed.

In 2010, Jason does a tornado kick, causing the screen to flip, and the viewer is...?

Jason performs a tornado kick with the frame responding as if hit with said kick.
Bulk crashes onto the mat.

In 1993, Bulk lands HARD on the mat.

In 2010, Bulk lands so hard that the screen shakes.

Bulk crashes onto the mat with the frame responding as if Bulk crashed down onto it.
Jason poses before a commercial break.

Changes in the location of commercial breaks over the years lead to new transitions.

Jason poses before a scene transition, with the background replaced with stylistic painting.
The Power Teens experience pre-teleportation.

The addition of a whisp of light is a nice touch.

As the Power Teens experience pre-teleportation, a yellow whisp of light passes amongst them.
Before a commercial break, a Putty scares Kimberly.

In 1993, Putty Patrollers terrorize a teenage girl.

In 2010, let's forshadow the future in LOTS OF PINK.

Pink Ranger does her standard pose in front of a split background showing future scenes featuring her.
A putty is kicked from behind by Kimberly.

OOF!

A putty is kicked from behind by Kimberly as a comic 'OOF!' appears on screen.
Zack performs a side kick into a putty's midsection.

Snap!

Zack performs a side kick into a putty's midsection as a comic 'Snap!' appears on screen.
Billy and a Putty bump into each other accidentally.

BONK!

Billy and a Putty bump into each other accidentally as a comic 'BONK!' appears on screen.
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.

Meteorologists have come to find out that even lightning has changed in the last 15+ years.

An updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
The newly morphed Rangers strike the standard team pose...

And, with lightning, comes rain...

The newly morphed Rangers strike the standard team pose under a growing storm cloud...
The newly morphed Rangers strike the standard team pose...

...and explosions of color.

The background is replaced by painted colors.
Goldar crosses his arms across his chest.

Nowadays, Goldar truly brings the doom and gloom...

Goldar crosses his arms across his chest under a large storm cloud.
Putties appear.

...and putty rains down from the clouds.

Putties rain down from the cloud.
Red Ranger strikes his standard pose

In 1993, the Q-Rex was still trapped in the past.

In 2010, apparently not?

Red Ranger strikes his standard pose
Black Ranger strikes his standard pose

Connect-the-dots!

Black Ranger strikes his standard pose, in front of a painted, tattered background.
Blue Ranger strikes his standard pose

Star power!

Blue Ranger strikes his standard pose, in front of a painted background featuring stars
Yellow Ranger strikes her standard pose

Flying arrows!

Yellow Ranger strikes her standard pose, in front of a painted background featuring arrows
Pink Ranger strikes her standard pose

LOOOOOOOVE!

Pink Ranger strikes her standard pose, in front of a painted background featuring hearts
Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot

For those of you following along at home, these are the robots we love.

Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!

Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying 'Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!'
Mastodon raises from its hiding spot

Black Ranger Mastodon!

Mastodon raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying 'Black Ranger Mastodon!'
Triceratops raises from its hiding spot

Blue Ranger Triceratops!

Triceratops raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying 'Blue Ranger Triceratops!'
Sabertooth Tiger raises from its hiding spot

Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!

Sabertooth Tiger raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying 'Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!'
Pterodactyl raises from its hiding spot

Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!

Pterodactyl raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying 'Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!'
Megazord in Tank Mode

Megazord Tank Mode!

Megazord in Tank Mode with a comic book graphic saying 'Megazord Tank Mode!'
The Rangers laugh in the Command Center

End credits now run over the last act of the episode to save time. Compared to the old way, the credits are arguably more readable now.

The Rangers laugh in the Command Center as end credits roll
Freeze frame with Executive Producer credits

POWER RANGER COLORS!

Psst... we still love you guys!

Freeze frame with the rest of the end credits and a painted background with stars, arrows, hearts, etc.