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Green with Evil Part I

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)

Today on Power Rangers:

In the Youth Center Gym, Tommy spin kicks three times, punches, and otherwise practices in front of two onlookers.

Reversion: At the end of the scene, frame freezes with Tommy cut-out from blurred background as a green energy stream twists around behind him while he moves slight right.

Having watched Tommy, Trini comments that he must be a new kid at school, Kimberly comments on his cuteness, and Jason raises a confused eyebrow before resuming preparing for his match. “Written by Gary Glasberg & Stewart St. John” card fades in and out at bottom of screen.

Reversion: Multiple red hearts emerge and rise behind Kimberly as she comments on Tommy.

Far shot exterior of Rita’s Lunar Palace. Establishment shot of “Martial Arts Expo” banner.

Original: Between shots, camera fades to black in to commercial break and fades from black out of commercial break.

Reversion: Commercial break removed - first scene fades into second scene.

Jason kicks Tommy in the midsection, causing him to fall & roll and for the referee to intervene.

Reversion: As Tommy is kicked, a comic-style kanji character () appears on screen which transforms into “ya”, all while a rotating, striped gradient fills the screen.

The referee signals to begin and Jason rushes in with a jump kick, Tommy ducking and rolling underneath it.

Reversion: As Jason jumps and Tommy rolls, comic-style kanji characters (ソーレ) slide in from the right, soon joined by a comic-style “woosh” from the left, while a rotating, striped gradient fills the screen.

Jason attemps a low spin kick but Tommy back flips to avoid, Jason tries again followed by a high spin kick, but Tommy ducks.

Reversion: Before Tommy backflips, comic-style kanji characters (フリップ) grow over him and then spin and transform into “Flip” before shrinking away, all while a rotating, striped gradient fills the screen.

Tommy catches Jason with a body scissors and takes him down to the mat, the referee preparing to intervene.

Reversion: As the two hit the mat, a giant comic-style “BOOM” appears between the two and the background, then shakes into kanji characters (プーム) before fading away, all while a rotating, striped gradient fills the screen.

The match time clock ticks down from 5 seconds remaining to 4 and then to 3.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted - before ticking down to 3, clock holds on 4 and camera fade to back into commercial break. Fade from black from commercial break as 4 ticks down to 3.

Tommy finishes a forward flip, landing on his back on the mat, Jason preparing to strike. Close on Jason punching Tommy in the midsection, Tommy’s body jolting in response.

Reversion: Both shots are slowed. Jason’s fist and forearm have a red glow which spreads to Tommy briefly after the punch. Tommy’s jolt afterwards is cut.

Tommy’s POV of Kimberly standing next to her locker, Bulk & Skull quick-walking away down the hall and into the distance, Bulk almost tripping and falling at the end.

Reversion: Last twenty-three frames are cut, removing Bulk’s trip-and-near-fall.

Slow zoom in on Kimberly as she says bye to Tommy.

Reversion: Three pink flowers slide in to all but the upper left corner of the screen which has two exploding, pink fireworks.

Three Putties flip onto the scene. Zoom out from their feet to reval Tommy surrounded by Putties, two more appearing just in front of the camera as he looks around.

Reversion: As the two front Putties land, the scene freezes in a skewed frame, with the Putties and Tommy cut out from the background, a green glow and a striped, circular gradient behind him. Additional commercial break inserted - second shot fades to black into commercial break. Both shots repeated as edited after commercial break.

Zoom out from a Putty’s feet before it punches Tommy in the midsection, causing him to stumble backwards into the arms of another Putty, which he arm drags into a pile of cardboard boxes, before posing ready to attack.

Reversion: As the Putty is landing in the cardboard boxes, comic-style kanji characters (バム) emerge from the boxes, then rotate-transform intto “BAM!”

A Putty holding a trashcan lid is thrown backwards away from the camera, dropping the lid, and crashing into a pile of cardboard boxes.

Reversion: As the Putty lands, comic-style kanji-characters (クランチ) appear on it, before stretch-transforming into “CRUNCH!”

In the alley, Tommy is looking upward at the rooftop as he is hit by a green and yellow beam, enveloping him in a green and yellow cloud and causing him to disappear.

Reversion: Additional electricity effect is added to the beam and cloud.

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

Tommy stands up into frame, as green lights flash and smoke covers the screen, dissipating to reveal the transformed Green Ranger, who clenches and further raises right fist while speaking.

Reversion: At end of shot, the scene freezes in a skewed frame with the Green Ranger cut out from the blurred background as a green orb of light moves across the screen behind him.

With camera tilted to our right, Zordon talks while flashing in and out, with electrical veins added.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before fade out can begin, shot of Megazord in oval frame as its head rocks around, sparks and smoke pouring from it, as shot zooms in. Pan up and right to a circular segment frame close on Squatt, punching upward with each arm, then pointing. Quick pan to left to a circular segment frame of Giant Goldar approaching a mountain with sword held up. Quick pan to center to a circular segment of zoom in on Green Ranger on top of cliff face, holding up clenched fist, two green lightning bolts appearing on both sides of frame. Zoom out to show all frames, lower oval frame now showing the teens in the Command Center, walking toward the Viewing Globe.

Medium on the ripped out Command Center console panels.

Reversion: Three sequential electric surges pulse between various circuits.

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.

Zoom out from Red Ranger’s helmet as team of morphed Rangers pose with Bladeblasters.

Reversion: At end of shot, the scene freezes in a skewed frame with the Rangers cut out from the blurred background as a white orb of light and a lens flare moves across the screen behind them.

Five Rangers turn together to our right, reaching to the sky with their right hands, summoning their Dinozords.

Reversion: During the summoning, the Rangers are cut out from the background which is replaced with a shot of Megazord Tank Mode with flashing Ranger-colored beams emitted from upper right corner of frame.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s head slowly rises from the molten red ground. Tyrannosaurus Dinozord rises up above flames and smoke, facing us.

Reversion: Updated red comic-style narration box with stylized Tyrannosaurus Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”.

Mastodon Dinozord surfaces from its icy domain. Mastodon Dinozord exhales its icy breath. Close-on Mastodon Dinozord’s walking feet. Mastodon Dinozord stomps along the snowy surface.

Reversion: Updated black comic-style narration box with stylized Mastodon Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Black Ranger Mastodon!”.

Triceratops Dinozord appears within the sands of the desert. Triceratops Dinozord’s wheels pass through the desert sands. Triceratops Dinozord raises its head and opens mouth while driving through the dusty desert.

Reversion: Updated blue comic-style narration box with stylized Triceratops Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”.

Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord sprints through the jungle. Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord opens its mouth in a close up. Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord leaps out of the greenery.

Reversion: Updated yellow comic-style narration box with stylized Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!”.

Pterodactyl Dinozord soars upwards amid lava lights. Pterodactyl Dinozord flies out of the smoking volcano and disturbs trees as it reaches them.

Reversion: Updated pink comic-style narration box with stylized Pterodactyl Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!”.

Megazord Tank Mode rumbles forth.

Reversion: Updated gray comic-style narration box with stylized “tribal” Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Megazord Tank Mode!”.

In the Megazord cockpit, the Rangers all look upward and then turn around as Green Ranger opens back door, holds up fist, then camera zoom in as he punches Yellow.

Reversion: As Green Ranger opens back door, the scene freezes for a moment in a skewed frame with a starburst glow being emitted from Green Ranger.

Sharp zoom in on Green Ranger, posing with arms posed menacingly.

Original: Shot freezes at end. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: At end of shot, the scene freezes in a skewed frame with the Green Ranger growing toward the camera, cut out from a green background.

Close on Jason and Zack, Jason speaking. Medium on Trini, Billy, and offline Alpha 5, as Billy points toward the Viewing Globe. The five teens turn around and begin walking toward the Viewing Globe. In Viewing Globe, Green Ranger holds left arm high, speaking.

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

In the Command Center, the teens are watching the Viewing Globe, each turning to each other for guidance. Freeze frame.

Original: After freeze frame, “TO BE CONTINUED...” fades in and out over bottom of frame followed by Executive Producers credit fading in over bottom of frame. Fade to black at end.

Reversion: End credits continue running over bottom half of frame. Before credits end, “To Be Continued” fades in over middle of frame. After freeze frame, each teen is roughly cut-out from background in Ranger-colored regions, Billy gaining a comic-style speech bubble reading “WE’RE DOOMED...”, all while background slowly fades out.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:3600:3120:39
Reversion00:3001:0218:5700:0420:34

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