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Switching Places

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)

Rita smiles wickedly, turns to our right and points with her right hand while shouting.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before finishing shouting, frame freezes and transitions with whit dust effect to Squatt rubbing magic lamp which shines before camera pulls out to reveal palace balcony and something emerging from lamp. Inset frame on middle-left of close-up of magic lamp landing on park grass. Inset frame on center of crouching, giant Genie standing up. Inset frame on right of Genie performing arm movements before pointing to head and quickly extending, spreading white dust effect as entire frame transitions to giant Genie diving at camera with weapon.

Crouched slightly on side of R.A.D.B.U.G., Bulk talks to Skull, turning slightly toward us, Skull pondering what he is saying, motioning left eyebrow, then right.

Reversion: Thought bubble emerges from Bulk’s head, showing a strawberry covered cake on checkered tablecloth. Thought bubble then emerges from Skull’s head with similar cake, Bulk’s head emerging from cake.

With Kimberly and Billy in the thought transfer apparatus, Billy throws the large switch, causing a large spark and purple electricity indicating the device is operational.

Reversion: A comic-style “FRZAP!” in blue-outlined, yellow-lettering appears as the switch is thrown.

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

Original: Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Two white flashes as cluster of wires spark twice. Long shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as left side sparks. Two white flashes as the ground sparks twice. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Ground finishes sparking. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Upward angle shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as right side then left side spark. Ground sparks. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Billy slowly transitioning to Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as cluster of wires spark. White flash as ground sparks. Upward angle shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as ground sparks. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Kimberly slowly transitioning to Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Upward angle shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as ground sparks. White flash as power switch sparks.

Reversion: Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Long shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as left side sparks. White flash as ground sparks. Cluster of wires spark. Ground finishes sparking. Cluster of wires spark. Upward angle shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as right side then left side spark. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Close on Billy slowly transitioning to Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as ground sparks. Upward angle shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as ground sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly slowly transitioning to Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Upward angle shot of entire thought transfer apparatus as ground sparks. Power switch sparks.

Kimberly (wearing glasses) and Billy turn from facing each other to face the camera and scream as the camera zooms in.

Reversion: Comic-style “UH!” in blue lettering and “OH!” in pink lettering fold down backwards before turning around to face forward at the bottom of the screen.

Low angle on the rear corner of Billy’s garage as the outside door opens. In crawls Bulk on hands and knees, followed by Skull. They stop, both comically looking to their left, then right, then proceeding forward.

Original: After glancing around, Bulk and Skull glance at each other mischievously.

Reversion: After glancing around, frame freezes for two seconds as Bulk & Skull are cut-out from now pink-and-black concentric circle-covered background. Bulk has gained a brown tail as comic-style “WOOF WOOF” lettering appears on screen.

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

Original: White flash as the ground sparks. Two white flashes as cluster of wires spark twice. Long shot of entire thought transfer apparatus with Skull & Bulk inside. Two white flash as the ground sparks twice. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Ground sparks. White flash as cluster of wires spark. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Bulk slowly transitioning to Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as cluster of wires spark. White flash as the ground sparks. Long shot of entire thought transfer apparatus with Skull & Bulk inside. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Skull slowly transitioning to Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus.

Reversion: White flash as cluster of wires spark. Long shot of entire thought transfer apparatus with Skull & Bulk inside. White flash as the ground sparks. Cluster of wires spark. Ground sparks. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Bulk slowly transitioning to Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as cluster of wires spark. White flash as the ground sparks. Long shot of entire thought transfer apparatus with Skull & Bulk inside. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Skull in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Skull slowly transitioning to Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus.

Skull and Bulk semi-stumble out of the device, Skull turning to Bulk and ripping off his cap and placing it on his own head as Bulk laughs. Skull turns to Bulk as Bulk looks down at himself, then both back up at each other before turning to the camera and screaming.

Reversion: Comic-style “UH!” in gray lettering and “OH!” in red lettering fold down upside down before spinning around with directional arrows at the bottom of the screen.

Exterior doorway of Angle Grove High School, guy passes by on skateboard as another bounces basketball off wall.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted - Inside comic-frame, Kimberly (wearing glasses) smears lipstick on her face while looking in locker mirror. Move to comic-frame with Kimberly (wearing glasses) using a hand-mixer and the contents splashing out of the bowl. Move to comic-frame with Billy and friend reacting to computer monitor shaking, then ducking under desk. Move to comic-frame with large souffle bubble growing from bowl in front of scared Kimberly (wearing glasses). Move to comic-frame with computer monitor screen exploding. Zoom out to show multiple comic-frames of different camera views of these situations. Move to comic-frame of Billy and friend rising form under desk, reacting to smoking monitor, turning toward each other. Crash to commercial break. Camera fades from black out of commercial break.

Close up of Alpha’s hand, pressing buttons, on console. Wide angle on sandy area as Ranger-color streaks descend into frame revealing the five Ranger teens. Close-up of magic lamp sitting on park grass as Zack runs into view and picks it up, pull out to reveal other teens catching up to him, all forming a circle to discuss. Fade to close on magic lamp on top of console in the Command Center as camera pulls out to reveal teens and Alpha (motioning arms), all looking up toward Zordon.

Reversion: Last nine frames of first shot cut. Second shot cut completely. Third shot cut completely and partially replaced with the 2010 MMPR logo stylized lightning bolt dropping in from top of the screen followed by an initially darkened shot of five Ranger-colored streaks teleporting to the Command Center. Final shot fade-in starts later.

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 Red Ranger as he and fellow Rangers pose.

Reversion: Rangers are cut out from now-black background, as blue-flower pattern rotates and orange fireball blasts move left-to-right behind them.

Genie leaps up and throws swath of white streaming strings from both his hands.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a slight halo-effect around Genie.

Five morphed Rangers teleport out of the Command Center. Red Ranger poses, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: [Added footage recycled from Day of the Dumpster.] After teleporting out, a scene of the Rangers standing upon the roof of a building, gray cloud appearing behind them, striking their signature one-stage poses, as scene freezes as background is removed and white beams of light radiate from the ground behind them and ground itself also has pink and black stylized textures. Added scene fades into shot with increased saturation of Red Ranger in front of blue background. Upon completing first-stage of pose, scene freezes with Red Ranger cut-out from background. Red-and-black pinwheel-overlay with obscured Q-Rex appears in background as camera zooms in slightly on Ranger. Second stage of pose (29 frames) is cut.

Black Ranger poses, Zord-summoning style. Blue Ranger poses, Zord-summoning style. Yellow Ranger poses, Zord-summoning style. Pink Ranger poses, Zord-summoning style.

Reversion: Ending of each clip fades into the next. After first stage of pose, scene freezes with Black Ranger cut-out from background with spinning black-and-blue pinwheel-overlay with white dotted texture appearing in background as camera zooms in slightly on Ranger. (First three frames are cut and third stage of pose removed completely.) After second stage of pose, scene freezes with Blue Ranger cut-out from background with spinning blue-and-black pinwheel-overlay appearing in background as camera zooms in slightly on Ranger and two blue star shapes shoot toward upper corners from center. (First three frames are cut and third stage of pose removed completely.) After second stage of pose, scene freezes with Yellow Ranger cut-out from background with slight yellow starburst pattern with red dotted texture appearing in background as four darker yellow arrows shoot toward upper right from lower left and a white arrow shoots clockwise around Ranger from behind head to front right side. (First three frames are cut and third stage of pose removed completely.) Upon completing pose, scene freezes with Pink Ranger cut-out from background with large red heart appearing behind Ranger as two smaller pink hearts shoot out to either side in front of dark pink, heart-textured background. (First two frames and last eight frames are cut.)

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

Bright flashes of light and yellow energy bolts herald the appearance of Rita Repulsa on Earth, atop a hillside. Standing atop rocky hill, against blue wall-sky, Rita speaks.

Reversion: First 17 frames cut to reduce flashing. Saturation of blue background is increased slightly, producing halo effect around Rita.

Standing atop rocky hill, against blue wall-sky, Rita speaks, then laughs and aims point of Magic Wand forward a bit, shooting pink electricity.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased slightly, producing halo effect around Rita.

Zoom out from Rita on rocky hill against blue sky-wall, speaking, then laughs as she aims Magic Wand forth. Genie grows giant amid smoke.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased slightly, producing halo effect around Rita and Genie, initially partially washing out Genie.

Genie rises up with his staff weapon, motioning arm to chest. Close up of Rita against blue sky-wall, proclaiming with right fist. Giant Genie, semi-side upward angle, does chest arm motion again.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased slightly, producing halo effect around Rita and Genie.

Upward angle of giant Genie raising right foot and slowly pressing it down at camera.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased slightly, producing halo effect around Genie.

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!”.

Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord sprints through the jungle. Sabertooth Tiger opens its mouth in a close up.

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

Pterodactyl Dinozord soars upwards amid lava lights.

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

Megazord Tank Mode rumbles forth.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Megazord Tank Mode.

Megazord Tank Mode folds up into body of the standing Megazord.

Reversion: Multiple white beams emerge from center behind the now-standing Megazord and rotate clockwise as a static fireball rises from bottom-to-top in front of a yellow, roughly-painted surface. Runs 28 frames longer.

Genie leaps up in the air, cranking drill on top of staff, aiming it at us as he falls forth.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Genie.

Genie tosses white streaming strings from his right hand. Close up of Megazord becoming ensnared in strings. As Genie stands there with strings attached to hand, Megazord sparks, then bursts brightly. Close up on string-covered Megazord sparking, then bursting brightly.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Genie, Megazord, and buildings in background.

Megazord collapses onto its right side in front of us, with Genie approaching.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Genie, Megazord, and buildings in background.

Slow zoom in on Rita, standing atop grassy hill, holding red lamp, laughing then holding right hand out while talking.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Rita.

Rita, standing atop grassy hill, holding red lamp, laughing.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Rita.

Close up of Rita, grinning wickedly, then laughing widely.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, producing halo effect around Rita.

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

Original: Wide angle on Kimberly (wearing glasses) and Billy in the thought transfer apparatus, as Zack, Trini, and Jason look on. White flash as something sparks. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Billy slowly transitioning to Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as something sparks. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) slowly transitioning to Billy in the thought transfer apparatus.

Reversion: Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy slowly transitioning to Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. White flash as cluster of wires spark. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Billy in the thought transfer apparatus. Close on Kimberly (wearing glasses) slowly transitioning to Billy in the thought transfer apparatus.

Close on Billy, who annoyedly turns head to his right, then back and asks “should I?” Trini, uncertain, looks at Bulk & Skull, before turning to her left, speaking, and then turning back to Bulk & Skull, angrily speaking, as Bulk & Skull recoil slightly. Close on Zack and Kimberly, Zack thinking they learned their lesson. Back to uncertain Trini, who turns slightly and glances at Bulk & Skull.

Reversion: Last ten frames of first shot and first twenty frames of second shot cut, largely removing Trini’s look of uncertainty. Last fifteen frames of third shot cut and fourth shot cut in its entirety, again removing Trini’s look of uncertainty.

Original: White flash as cluster of wires spark. White flash as the ground sparks. Close on Skull slowly transitioning to Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus.

Reversion: Cluster of wires spark. Close on Skull slowly transitioning to Bulk in the thought transfer apparatus.

As Billy & Trini watch from our right, Bulk & Skull step out of the thought transfer apparatus, Skull speaks as he turns to Bulk, and they both excitedly extend fists, as Billy looks toward Trini. Close on Zack and Kimberly reacting.

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

Now standing in front of the thought transfer apparatus, Skull motions for Billy to come to him as they both step forward, Billy looking confused. Skull puts his arm on Billy’s shoulders, asking to borrow Billy’s brain for an upcoming test. Billy lightly shakes his head, flicks Skull’s hand off his shoulder, rolls his eyes, and replies, Skull curling lip at response. 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. Shot freezes with characters cut out from green background with radial starburst and paint splatter.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:4500:3120:48
Reversion00:3001:0218:5800:0420:35

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