Switching Places

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)
Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera

Today! On Power Rangers!... UH! OH!

Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera as a comic 'UH! OH!' appears on screen
Fade to black for a commercial break.

In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.

Squatt rubs the Genie's lamp
Fade to black for a commercial break.

In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.

The Genie escapes from his lamp
Fade to black for a commercial break.

In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.

The Genie grows to giant size
Fade to black for a commercial break.

In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.

The Genie poses for the camera
Fade to black for a commercial break.

In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.

The Genie jumps through the air and at the camera with his drill
Bulk thinks of what Billy's machine can do

Strawberry Cake!

Bulk thinks of what Billy's machine can do - make a strawberry cake
Skull thinks of what Billy's machine can do

Bulk & Strawberry Cake...!?

Skull thinks of what Billy's machine can do - make Bulk into a strawberry cake
Billy throws the switch

FRZAP!

Billy throws the switch
Quick cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly

In 1993, the switches between Kimberly and Billy were much more rapid and interspersed with explosions.

In 2010, the switches are not as extreme.

Cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly as a comic 'FRZAP!' appears on screen
Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera

UH! OH!

Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera as a comic 'UH! OH!' appears on screen
Bulk and Skull crawl into Billy's garage

WOOF WOOF!

Bulk and Skull crawl into Billy's garage as a comic 'WOOF WOOF!' appears on screen
Quick cut back-and-forth between Bulk and Skull

In 1993, the switches between Bulk and Skull were much more rapid and interspersed with explosions.

In 2010, the switches are not as extreme.

Cut back-and-forth between Bulk and Skull
Bulk and Skull scream at the camera

UH! OH!

Bulk and Skull scream at the camera as a comic 'UH! OH!' appears on screen
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Kimberly applies makeup poorly
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Kimberly bakes poorly
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Billy teaches computer science poorly
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Kimberly's souffle inflates out of control
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Billy's computer monitor explodes
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Storyboard showing results of explosions (souffle and monitor)
Fade into next scene.

In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes.

In 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial.

Billy and student are surrounded by smoke
Power Teens teleport to the scene of the upcoming battle

In 1993, the teens teleport in.

In 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center.

The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt
Power Teens teleport to the scene of the upcoming battle

In 1993, the teens look around.

In 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center.

The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt
The Genie's lamp lays on the ground in the park

In 1993, there's the lamp.

In 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center.

The Rangers teleport to the Command Center in streaks of color
Zack picks up the lamp

In 1993, Zack retrieves the lamp.

In 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center.

The Rangers teleport to the Command Center in streaks of color
The Power Teens gather around Zack and the lamp

In 1993, the teens gather around the lamp.

In 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center.

The Rangers teleport to the Command Center in streaks of color
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.

Lightning bolt.

The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
The Rangers pose battle ready

Power Rangers!

The Rangers pose battle ready with colorful background
Alpha teleports the Rangers in the Command Center

In 1993, the Rangers teleport from the Command Center and start the battle.

In 2010, we add an extra pose.

The Rangers pose in a different location battle ready
Alpha teleports the Rangers in the Command Center

In 1993, the Rangers teleport from the Command Center and start the battle.

In 2010, we add an extra pose... and colors.

The Rangers pose in a different location battle ready with starburst effect in the background
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 in front of a painted background which oddly features Time Force's Q-Rex
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
Rita in front of bluish gray sky

A much nicer day in 2010 than in 1993.

Rita in front of over-colorized blue sky
Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot

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 standing up for Battle Mode

Pure sentai footage versus sentai footage plus cartoony effects. Make your own decisions.

Megazord standing up for Battle Mode in front of a painted background
The Genie jumps through the air and at the camera with his drill

A MUCH nicer day in 2010 than in 1993.

The Genie jumps through the air and at the camera with his drill in front of over-colorized blue sky
Rita laughs evilly

A MUCH MUCH nicer day in 2010 than in 1993.

Rita laughs evilly in front of over-colorized blue sky
Quick cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly

In 1993, the switches between Kimberly and Billy were much more rapid and interspersed with explosions.

In 2010, the switches are not as extreme.

Cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly
Trini ponders whether or not Bulk and Skull should be switched back

Trini puts some thought into whether or not Billy should switch Bulk and Skull back.

[Scene Missing]
Trini ponders whether or not Bulk and Skull should be switched back

A lost shot of Bulk, Skull, and Trini before Billy tells them to step up to the machine.

[Scene Missing]
Bulk and Skull step into the machine.

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.

Bulk and Skull step into the machine as end credits roll.
Freeze frame with Executive Producer credits

COLORS!

Psst... we still love you guys!

Freeze frame with the rest of the end credits and a painted background with Skull and Billy cut-out.