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Green with Evil Part V

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:

Camera approaches Squatt as he talks with wide arm gestures, then leans down and picks up something to eat. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: At the beginning of the commercial break, a stylized lightning bolt drops in from the top of the screen, causing lightning to crackle and form the 2010 MMPR logo at the top of the screen, followed by individual comic-style letters sliding and fading in to form “DANCE OFF” at the bottom. Split-screen of Alpha in the Command Center and Zack posing while demonstrating Hip Hop Kido, with stylized “ALPHA 5”, “vs”, and “ZACK” overlayed on the screen. A comic-style “BEGIN!” grows over a black background. Fade to footage of Zack showing Alpha 5 how to dance in the Command Center from Teamwork. Shot of a Command Center alarm light spinning. A comic-style “ALPHA 5 BEGIN!” grows over a black background. Fade to footage of Alpha 5 dancing in the Command Center (and shorting out various controls) from Teamwork. Scene fades to black, over which a comic-style “WINNER:” fades in above a still of Zack posing while demonstrating Hip Hop Kido with comic-style “Zack” overlayed. Finally, the initial Dance Off card is repeated. Camera again fades to black in to commercial break. Runs for over sixty-two seconds in total.

Shot of Zordon’s empty tube.

Original: Camera fades from black out of commercial break to shot of Zordon’s empty tube.

Reversion: Camera fades from black to shot of Rita laughing as she stands behind her Repulsascope and camera zooms in on lens featuring superimposed shots of previous scenes as lens is circled in blue. Shot of Tommy warming up in the Youth Center gym. Shot of Tommy initially receiving the Green Ranger powers. Shot of the five Power Rangers being hit by Scorpina’s boomerang. Shot of Megazord sparking and flailing arms about. Shot fades to shot of Zordon’s empty tube.

Skull says that they’re the ones who should be on TV, causing Bulk to pause, stick his finger in his mouth and look upward, imagining being on TV.

Reversion: As Bulk imagines, the entire frame gains a cloudy glow effect.

Close on bubbling water, as the head of the Dragonzord rises from beneath the waves.

Reversion: At the end, shot freezes in a slanted, shaking frame.

Water sprays through the air as Dragonzord’s tail tip lifts up out of the sea and is flung at camera.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is noticeably increased. Halfway through, shot freezes in a slanted, shaking frame with a striped, radial gradient in the background.

Dragonzord’s tail swings into dock equipment, causing an explosion as it slams into orange crane tower. Dragonzord’s tail crashes back into the bay behind a pair of warehouses, sending a burst of water splashing over them. Far shot of Dragonzord standing in the unsettled waters behind the seaport, leaning back and reaching out.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Dragonzord’s tail and then Dragonzord itself.

Sharp zoom out of Green Ranger holding up arms, then leaping up.

Reversion: After holding up arms, shot freezes briefly with Green Ranger cut out from a shaking, now-slanted frame with a slight starburst on a green background.

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 sharply as Green Ranger lands on high level roof, while the Power Rangers look up at him, Red talking.

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

Slowed, five Rangers on rooftop turn to our right urgently, stepping back and posing defensively.

Original: Camera fades to black in to commercial break at end of shot.

Reversion: Camera fades to a bumper focusing on the Yellow Ranger: with Yellow Ranger in the lower right, three frames with black outlines fly in to the upper-left, showing: Yellow Ranger rolling, catching thrown Power Daggers, and posing; Yellow Ranger free falling toward office building; and Yellow Ranger posing, all while yellow arrows rotate around in the background. Yellow Ranger pixelates out and then back in at the center of the frame as text is typed on screen - Yellow Ranger. Weapons: Blade Blaster, Power Daggers. Zord: Sabertooth Tiger. Camera fades to black in to commercial break at end of bumper.

Camera fades from black out of commercial break to shot of five Rangers on rooftop urgently stepping back and posing defensively. Far side angle of Dragonzord shooting missiles from fingertips over rooftops at seaport, causing an explosion behind one. A pair of spark bursts explode around the five Rangers on rooftop, flinging them back off their feet. Pink & Red Rangers fall off the roof into alleyway. Zoom out as Red and Pink Rangers hit crane truck as they drop to the debris-strewn alley. Yellow, Black & Blue Rangers fall off the roof into alleyway. Quick zoom out as Yellow, Black & Blue Rangers hit the cement, writhing beside rubble-buried police car. Close on Dragonzord at chest level, throwing up hands, five red lights on chest plate lighting up, then holding hands forth. Shot of seaport warehouse section as explosions increase in frequency, until one burst decimates the area from our left outward. All five Rangers get up from crouching in alleyway, fire blazing in front of screen, as they stand together and look upward. Upward angle slow zoom on Green Ranger, standing on roof edge, pointing Dragon Dagger at us while talking, gesturing left arm outward.

Reversion: All but last shot are cut entirely - over fifteen seconds cut. Camera fades from black out of commercial break in to last shot.

Shaky shot of all five Rangers in alley, covering heads defensively and staggering about during earthquake. Shaky shot of buildings in the distance. Shaky shot of all five Rangers moving closer to side of building in alleyway as more debris drops down, Blue gripping cement post and talking to his teammates.

Reversion: Last frame of first shot cut. Second and third shots cut in their entirety.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord roars and arm motions in foggy shot.

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

Mastodon Dinozord curls up trunk in foggy shot.

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

Triceratops Dinozord lifts up head and opens mouth briefly in foggy shot.

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

Pterodactyl Dinozord raises and lowers head in foggy shot.

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

Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord roars in foggy shot.

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

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord lumbers forth from side to side.

Reversion: Before taking the first step, shot freezes briefly with Tyrannosaurus cut-out from a now-slanted frame with a rotating, black radial gradient on a white background.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord shoots up into the air, arms and legs out, as tail provides the momentum.

Reversion: At end of shot, Tyrannosaurus is cut out from the red background with a radial gradient as black paint splotches appear.

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

Reversion: Shot freezes at end with multiple white beams emerging from center behind the now-standing Megazord, rotating clockwise as a static fireball rises from bottom-to-top in front of a yellow, roughly-painted surface.

Zoom out as Megazord holds Dragonzord in both hands over its head and begins to spin around.

Reversion: As Megazord begins to spin, a comic-style stamp reading “VICTORY” appears near the lower middle of the frame.

Quick zoom out as Red Ranger poses in smokey quarry with Power Sword.

Reversion: An aura of red energy grows outward from the Power Sword.

Quick zoom out as Green Ranger poses on quarry hill, crossing Sword of Darkness with Dragon Dagger causing bluish electricity to crackle about.

Reversion: An aura of green energy pulses outward from the Green Ranger as he swings his weapons about.

Red Ranger falls, rolls, but gets back up into a crouching position with Bladeblaster in right hand and Power Sword in left. Green Ranger ceases playing Dragon Dagger, holds out weapons, then dashes at the screen and kicks at it.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted between shots. First shot pauses at the end as the camera fades to black in to commercial break. Camera fades from black out of commercial break to a bumper focusing on the Green Ranger: as an electricity effect moves left-to-right across the lower portion of the screen, a cut out Green Ranger appears. A green energy splash reveals a shot of Green Ranger posing in a slanted frame. Another green energy splash reveals a shot of Green Ranger posing at the top of a rock quarry. Another green energy splash reveals giant Green Ranger slashing the Sword of Darkness downward as text is revealed on screen - Green Ranger. Weapons: Dragon Dagger. Zord: Dragonzord. Second shot then immediately plays with no transition.

Green Ranger stabs Sword of Darkness into the ground, sending a wave of dirt erupting in a line at Red Ranger, causing him to spark burst when it reaches him.

Reversion: An aura of green energy pulses outward from Green Ranger. A series of comic-style “S”’s follow the wave of erupting dirt and a comic-style “BOOM!” in red lettering appears over the Red Ranger as he is hit.

Jason & Tommy shake hands; just-off-camera Zack places hand on Tommy’s shoulder.

Reversion: As Jason & Tommy shake hands, a glowing, yellow circle surrounds their hands, red and green light beams shooting outward.

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.

Fades in from white to zoom out from Red as all six Power Rangers stand in quarry, looking to our upper left.

Original: Sky above is gray.

Reversion: Gray stylized “tribal” coin drops down into blue sky, light reflecting off of coin.

Close on Red Ranger, posing with arms up, crossing to a pose to our left, then a final one to our right.

Reversion: Shot freezes at end with Red Ranger cut out from background which now shows Tyrannosaurus Dinozord lumbering forth behind faint yellow, spinning, radial gradient.

Close on Green Ranger, posing with arms up, crossing to a pose to our right, then a final one in center.

Reversion: Shot freezes and shakes at end with Green Ranger cut out from background which now shows Dragonzord emerging from bubbling waters behind faint green, spinning, radial gradient.

Close on Black Ranger, as he goes from posing to our left, to posing to our right and nodding.

Reversion: Shot freezes before the nodding with Black Ranger cut out from background which now shows Mastodon Dinozord exhaling its icy breath behind faint blue, spinning, radial gradient. Eleven frames cut.

Close on Blue Ranger, crossing arms in front of face before posing down in a crouch, then another to our left.

Reversion: After first stage of pose, shot freezes with Blue Ranger cut out from background which now shows Triceratops Dinozord raising its head and opening its mouth behind faint blue, spinning, radial gradient.

Close on Yellow Ranger, punches left hand forth, right hand down, left hand down with right arm up behind her in a pose. Then quickly punches with right hand downward, before thrusting left hand outward, right arm curled behind.

Reversion: Shot freezes at end with Yellow Ranger cut out from background which now shows Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord opening its mouth behind faint yellow, spinning, radial gradient.

Close on Pink Ranger, raising both arms at sides then crossing at the wrist in front of chest, bending down and throwing arms back like wings before standing back up and crossing arms as she holds right arm up and back while left hand is held poised near waist.

Reversion: Shot freezes at end with Pink Ranger cut out from background which now shows Pterodactyl Dinozord flying out of volcano behind faint pink, spinning, radial gradient.

Red and Green, side by side, cease their posing and mirror each other as they go into a new pose, followed by a final, arm out pose.

Reversion: Shot freezes at end with both Rangers cut out from background as a black, radial gradient spins in the background.

Far upward shot of all six Rangers posing against quarry mountain wall.

Reversion: Entire frame shifts upward after twelve frames, with 2010 MMPR logo rising up from the bottom in now-black space and original shot phasing and shifting about as lightning finishes forming logo.

Close up of Dragonzord’s face as red eyes flash under red visor. Zoom out as Dragonzord in Fighting Mode stands completed, as Tyrannosaurus Dinozord is off to the left fidgeting.

Reversion: Updated green comic-style narration box with stylized Dragonzord Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Dragonzord Fighting Mode!”.

Close on an open watch case holding a green Communicator. Billy hands the open case to Tommy as Jason walks up, speaks, and extends his hand, Kimberly walking up and putting her hand on Tommy’s shoulder. Shot of Zordon talking. All six teens look upward, listening as Zordon speaks, Jason extending hand to the center of the group, followed by Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy, and finally Tommy.

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

Distant, high camera shot of teens standing in a circle with hands extended toward center, stacked. They push their hands down, and then upward while jumping up and shouting “Power Rangers!” 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. After freeze frame, each of the teens is cut out from the background with a slight glow as a radial gradient spins slowly in the background and Viewing Globe and ringed Command Center lights are all outlined in bright neon colors, ringed light closest to the camera pulsing on and off.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0217:3500:3119:39
Reversion00:3001:0218:5700:0420:34

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