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Revisiting Power Rangers compares, frame-by-frame, the original airings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (which ran on Fox Kids in 1993) with the reversioned airings (which ran on ABC Kids in 2010), seeking to document any striking visual differences between the two.

For the most part, it is left to the fan to form their own personal opinions on this reversioning.

Watch the complete reversioned versions on Amazon Video. (off-site link)

Reversion: [Added footage recycled from Day of the Dumpster.] Fade in from black to darkened shot as red gem on space dumpster gleams, astronaut grasps it then lets go. Top of space dumpster is pulled off, and colored streaks land on horizon becoming Goldar, Finster, Squatt, and Baboo, with lightning. Squatt reacts excitedly to being freed from the space dumpster. Squatt walks up to and then shouts into the space dumpster. Rita rises up from inside space dumpster, stretching out arms happily. After rising out of space dumpster, Rita is cut-out of background with jagged white outline and purple moon-scape in back, followed by four concurrent lighting strikes as shot zooms in slightly. Squatt, with hands over mouth, turns to look up toward Rita, then fumbles in satchel as Baboo walks up and smacks him on the head. Close-up on Finster, who facepalms and talks before shaking self straight. Medium on Squatt and Baboo, with latter talking and then walking over to help Rita out of space dumpster. Rita stumbles upon escaping, turning to Baboo irritatedly. Rita turns view to space dumpster cover as camera pans and zooms in. With her minions standing behind her and the astronauts still visible in the distance, Rita uses her wand to blast and destroy the space dumpster, causing the monsters to briefly cheer. With space dumpster remains in the foreground, monsters continue cheering. Rita turns to talk menacingly to the astronauts. Monsters also turn toward astronauts as Rita continues. Rita and her minions turn to their right as the camera quickly pans towards the Earth in the sky. Overlay appears in upper left over shot of Earth, showing “Goldar, Sinister Space Simian”. Overlay appears in upper right over shot of Earth, showing “Baboo & Squatt, Half Rate Henchmen”. Overlay appears in lower left over shot of Earth, showing “Finster, Master Monster Maker”. Overlay appears in lower right over shot of Earth, showing “Putties, Cosmic Clay Cohorts”. Overlay appears in center over other overlays, showing “Rita Repulsa, Evil Sorceress”. Center overlay enlarges as screen fades to black.

Rita, her back to us, stands at balcony railing, facing the cut-out of Earth and gestures a lot. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before fade-to-black begins, white flash as five colored polygons with corresponding Rangers in each of them fly in from all directions from off-screen, forming a unified rectangle with electricity. Red polygon loses color overlay, showing Red Ranger receive his Power Sword in the Command Center. Black polygon loses color overlay, showing Black Ranger receive his Power Axe in the Command Center. Yellow polygon loses color overlay, showing Yellow Ranger receive her Power Daggers in the Command Center. Blue polygon loses color overlay, showing Blue Ranger receive his Power Lance in the Command Center. Pink polygon loses color overlay, showing Pink Ranger receive her Power Bow in the Command Center. Picture shatters from center, revealing zoom out from Red Ranger’s head as five Rangers pose with new Power Weapons.

Kimberly cartwheels over a trash can rolling down the hallway, as Bulk, Skull, and Sharkie look on.

Reversion: A comic-style “FLIP!” in pink lettering follows Kimberly’s flip and then drops off-screen as she lands.

Close-up on Bulk and Skull as they crash into each other’s embrace, then react horrified, pushing each other away.

Reversion: Shot appears within a skull-and-crossbones border, with frame shaking as Bulk and Skull collide and a comic-style “SMOOSH” appears and elastically expands and contracts horizontally. Bordered-shot zooms in and out as Bulk & Skull scream.

Panning aerial view of an industrial waste site. Fade to a shot of a red sign on a chainlink fence reading “Angel Grove Industrial Waste Site”. Shot fades out to right-panning shot of debris and unidentified liquid spill. Shot fades out to right-panning shot around storage drum, then pans upward to show metal staircase. Shot fades to large collection of rusty trash as Kimberly and Trini walk in from our right, Kimberly curling lip with disgust. They enter through the already opened gate, Kimberly turning around slightly.

Reversion: Shot of red sign holds longer. Shortened pan of liquid spill has added wavy effect and quickly fades out early to shot of storage drum, which also has a wavy effect which extends to distort the staircase and also quickly fades out early to shot of rusty trash. Shots with Kimberly and Trini slowed down unnoticeably to re-sync.

Stock footage of an industrial site, with an unidentified liquid spill encircling a storage tank.

Reversion: Wavy effect added to liquid spill. Ends one frame early.

Trini is in the process of doing the splits, as one Putty stumbles away to our far right and another flies off to our medium right.

Reversion: A comic-style “Split!” in yellow lettering appears mid-screen, splitting in half as Trini completes her splits.

As Kimberly runs up some stairs, a Putty grabs her shirt, stopping her and pulling her back slightly.

Reversion: A comic-style “YANK!” in pink lettering appears mid-screen, being stretched backward toward the Putty.

Inside the Command Center, Zack and Alpha are watching the Viewing Globe. Camera pans right, tracking Alpha walking and reacting worriedly, throwing arms into the air, then clutching head and rocking left-to-right.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Thirty pre-fade-to-black frames are cut, removing much of Alpha’s reaction. Two rows of three cells each holding static frames are shown on pink background. Zoom in on the first cell. Pterodactyl Dinozord fires blue electricity from its wings while strafing. Four bursting explosions take out six Putties. Pan over to second cell as the background changes to blue. Triceratops Dinozord folds up tail. Triceratops Dinozord fires cannons on folded up tail. Triceratops Dinozord approaches from the desert distance while firing cannons. Minotaur is struck by sparkily blasts in his chest. Pan over to third cell as the background changes to yellow. Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord fires yellow beam from folded up tail. Minotaur is sparkily bursted twice in the chest as he stumbles slightly backward. Pan down and over to fourth cell as the background changes to black. Mastodon Dinozord exhales its icy breath. Minotaur is covered by icy mist, blocking it with his shield. Pan over to fifth cell as the background changes to red. Tyrannosaurus Dinozord twirls back onto his feet as Minotaur stands in the foreground facing it. Pan over to sixth cell as the background changes to orange. Giant Minotaur leaps at us in midair with arms stretched forth as camera zooms in within the border of the frame, Minotaur breaking out of the frame with a shattering effect with animated flames in the background, before falling toward us off-screen.

A stylized lightning bolt drops in from the top of the screen, causing lightning to crackle once it hits its final destination.

Original: Lightning bolt is from 1993 MMPR logo.

Reversion: Lightning bolt is from 2010 MMPR logo.

A Putty is deposited head first into a waste drum by Kimberly.

Reversion: A comic-style “STUFFED!” flips over and follows the Putty into the drum, contracting and expanding vertically.

A stylized lightning bolt drops in from the top of the screen, causing lightning to crackle once it hits its final destination.

Original: Lightning bolt is from 1993 MMPR logo.

Reversion: Lightning bolt is from 2010 MMPR logo.

Sharp zoom out from Pink Ranger’s head as she and Yellow Ranger pose. Putty leaps out of barren tree.

Reversion: After pose, Rangers are cut-out from yellow-colored background with a white/pink starbust as a pink heart spins out from the center and a yellow arrow flies out from the background. Eight frames cut from end of first scene and nineteen frames cut from start of second scene, removing the fact that the Putty was in the tree before starting its descent.

High angle on Blue, Red, and Black Rangers getting rocks rained upon them until they stagger away.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted - scene is split and runs before and after commercial break. Camera fades to black in to and out of commercial break.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s head slowly rises from the molten red ground.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”.

Mastodon Dinozord surfaces from its icy domain.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Black Ranger Mastodon!”.

Triceratops Dinozord appears within the sands of the desert.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”.

Close up of Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord’s legs running through jungle.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!”.

Pterodactyl Dinozord flies straight up out of now-active volcano.

Reversion: Comic-style narration box slides in on lower left, reading “Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!”.

Rangers in Megazord cockpit raise fists then turn into their power colors.

Reversion: A trio of white light beams fly around the Rangers counterclockwise, each speeding up and growing in size as the Rangers change.

Warning! The video clip above violates the three-flashes-per-second rule and as a result may cause seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Zoom out from Red Ranger’s head as five Rangers pose with new Power Weapons. Shot of Red Ranger as he raises Power Sword as it gleams brightly red, posing with it when it ceases.

Reversion: After posing, Rangers with weapons are cut out from the now solid blue background with a starbust, as red “GO!”’s appear first above and then below, growing toward the camera, as white-outlined-in-yellow streaks from the center starbust fade-in. 57 frames of Red Ranger swinging sword as it gleams before it charges up are cut.

Zoom out from helmet, as Black Ranger shifts Power Axe into blaster mode before throwing it.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Mastodon Power Coin appears in upper right background.

Zoom out from helmet, as Pink Ranger crosses Power Bow to her side then flings it upward.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Pterodactyl Power Coin appears in upper right background.

Zoom out from helmet, as Yellow Ranger twirls Power Daggers, crosses arms, then throws them upward.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin appears in upper right background.

Zoom out from helmet, as Blue Ranger holds both ends of Power Lance in the air, then throws them upward.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Triceratops Power Coin appears in upper left background.

Close up of Red Ranger as he looks up, gestures arms while holding Power Sword, and leaps up. Red Ranger floats up to combined weapons and prepares Power Sword to add to them.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Red Ranger.

Red Ranger drops back down from the air with Power Blaster in his hand.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Red Ranger. Stylized black-and-yellow Tyrannosaurus Power Coin appears in upper middle background.

After Red Ranger lands, the other four Rangers join his side, each grabbing onto the Power Blaster or touching another’s shoulders.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Rangers and Power Blaster.

Warning! The video clip above violates the three-flashes-per-second rule and as a result may cause seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Five Rangers remain together as Power Blaster unleashes five beams of power at the screen.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Rangers and Power Blaster.

In the hallway at Angel Grove High, medium on Billy and Trini, listening to a transmission from the Command Center on Jason’s communicator, Trini looking up, and then all laughing as camera pans left. Cut to Alpha dancing in the Command Center, banging right fist on console, causing it to spark, then close-on left hand tapping another console, causing it to spark. Long shot of Alpha spinning around, then middle shot of Alpha as he grabs head and motions dizzily and exhaustedly. Wide shot on teens in hallway, with Zack responding to the transmission. Then medium on Zack as he continues to explain, as Jason and Kimberly look on.

Reversion: End credits run over bottom half of frame during final scenes of the episode, rather than the :30 second outro.

In the hallway at Angel Grove High, still listening to the transmission on Jason’s communicator, Jason and Zack laugh, Billy and Trini smile, then Zack puts his palm over his face. Freeze frame. Fade to black.

Original: After freeze frame, Executive Producers credit fades in over center of frame.

Reversion: End credits continue running over bottom half of frame. Teens are cut-out from background as multiple five-color rainbows and two white clouds fill in the background, followed by a pair of growing blue stars. A yellow arrow shoots in from the left and a red heart beats into the lower middle right, as cut-out Jason grows toward the camera.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:0900:3120:13
Reversion00:0001:0219:2100:0420:27

Thanks to SirStack’s Morphylogeny (off-site link) for the use of some clip descriptions.