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Power Ranger Punks

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:

Baboo lifts up empty flask, just before mixture container bursts with a bright smoke that causes him to waggle hands in glee before departing.

Reversion: After the small explosion, a squished skull & crossbones image rises out of the vessel, wavily stretching out to its natural shape.

Close on a tray of five glasses with clear liquid, all briefly changing to a red, bubbling liquid indicating their potion-filled nature, before changing back to clear.

Reversion: A comic-style “DANGER” in orange-outlined, yellow lettering flies in at the bottom of the screen and pulses.

Sitting on a picnic table, Kimberly and Billy drink from the glasses - their torsos briefly glow red before they react with disgust and then, after a red flash, throw away their glasses, Billy shoving the other glasses off the table as well.

Reversion: As they drink, a pink trail shows the potions’ dissent into their now-glowing yellow stomachs.

Rita has her back to us, as Finster talks. Flashback extreme close up of Terror Toad’s right ear twitching. Flashback extreme close up of Terror Toad’s left ear twitching. Flashback extreme close up of Terror Toad’s right hand spreading out from fist. Flashback extreme close up of Terror Toad’s left hand spreading out from fist. Flashback zoom out from Terror Toad’s gaping mouth. Close on Finster at clay workspace as he talks and nods.

Original: First shot fades to flashback shot. Last shot fades from flashback shot.

Reversion: Each flashback shot is in a non-square frame in front of a red, tongue-like-textured background. First flashback shot is replaced with a static shot of Terror Toad. Terror Toad’s eyes glow red in flashback shots one and two. Second flashback shot transitions to third via horizontal flip. The bones in Terror Toad’s hands glow in flashback shots three and four. Third shot flips and flies upward off-screen as fourth shot flies upward from off-screen. Fourth shot transitions to fifth shot via veritcal flip. Red, orange, and yellow circles emerge from Terror Toad’s mouth during zoom out in fifth shot.

Close up of Finster nodding while standing at clay workspace. Static shot of Angel Grove High School crest sign, high on building exterior

Original: First Shot transitions into second shot via downward rolling paper effect

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted - before transition, far shot of exterior of Rita’s Lunar Palace. A small insert frame appears center-left showing zoom out from Terror Toad’s gaping mouth as red, orange, and yellow circles emerge. Frame shifts left off-screen as much larger frame appears top-center of zooming in shot on Terror Toad patting its stomach, picture of Blue Ranger helmet glowing with blue briefly. In insert frame, close up of Terror Toad’s stomach, as a picture of Yellow Ranger’s helmet appears upon it, glowing briefly, prompting him to pat it. As camera frame grows to fill screen, shot of picture of Black Ranger’s helmet on stomach, glowing briefly, as camera pans up to Terror Toad taunting. Camera fades to black in to commercial break. Camera fades from black out of commercial to original second shot.

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.

Red Ranger leaps up and at camera with Bladeblaster thrust forth. Black Ranger leaps up and at camera with Bladeblaster thrust forth. Yellow Ranger leaps up and at camera with Bladeblaster thrust forth.

Reversion: Before reaching his zenith, a static, cut out Red Ranger appears in front of a textured background with a stylized black-and-white Tyrannosaurus Power Coin in the background for sixteen frames. Before reaching his zenith, a static, cut out Black Ranger appears in front of a textured background with a stylized black-and-yellow Mastodon Power Coin growing toward the camera in the background for eighteen frames. Before reaching her zenith, a static, cut out Yellow Ranger appears in front of a textured background with a stylized black-and-white Sabertooth Tiger Power Coin in the background before flying upward for sixteen frames.

Close up of Terror Toad’s stomach, as a picture of Yellow Ranger’s helmet appears upon it, prompting him to pat it.

Reversion: After fading in, the Yellow Ranger helmet briefly glows yellow.

Pan up from picture of Black Ranger’s helmet on stomach to Terror Toad taunting the remaining Ranger (off-screen).

Reversion: After fading in, the Black Ranger helmet briefly glows black.

As Alpha 5 looks on and the forcefield powers down, zoom in as punks Billy and Kimberly drink from the glasses Alpha provided, each flashing with green energy briefly before dropping the glasses and beginning to come out of the spell.

Reversion: The liquid in the cup glows green and flows downward into the teens’ stomachs before swirling and glowing briefly and then dissolving away.

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.

Baboo taunts the remaining Pink Ranger before being joined by Terror Toad, then zoom in on a picture of Blue Ranger’s helmet on his chest.

Reversion: After zooming in, the Blue Ranger helmet briefly glows blue.

Zoom out as Pink Ranger joins four teammates in posing.

Reversion: Before shot finishes zooming out, frame is replaced with a green textured background with beams radiating from the center, with cut out group of five Rangers rotating into place in front of an explosion effect. Shot runs an additional twelve frames.

Bulk and Skull collide with the volleyball net and begin to get twisted up. Close up on one of the supports, which falls to the left. Close on the bottom of the support tipping over. Medium on Bulk and Skull, now tangled and embracing, falling to the ground. Long shot as they continue to struggle as the guys look on and Kimberly and Trini walk into view on the right. Close on Bulk and Skull tangled in the net, Bulk talking, then Skull, then both looking at each other briefly before looking away.

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

Looking downward at Bulk & Skull just off-screen, the teens smile and laugh. 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, the teens are outlined in black and cut out from a desaturated background as a group of five Ranger-colored light beams descend from the upper left of the frame then flow across and off the screen to the right. Two pink streams of light descend from above Billy and Kimberly, growing once over their heads and finally transforming into dissolving white light orbs over their stomachs as the shot fades to black.

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.