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The Spit Flower

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, Tommy and Kimberly continue working on her parade float model as five Putties teleport in.

Reversion: The teleportation effect has an added electrical effect, including before the usual yellow-outline effect.

Kimberly turns around toward the camera, looks side-to-side, and then attempts to get away as a Putty grabs ahold of her left arm. Shot slows near the end.

Original: Shot fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before fade-to-black begins, shot fades to five colored polygons with corresponding Rangers plus a green circle in the middle with Green Ranger. Just as Pink Ranger is about to be shown receiving her Power Bow in the Command Center, the frame shatters and transitions to a bumper focusing on the Pink Ranger: black-outlined frames show the Pink Ranger free falling near an office building and the Pink Ranger posing with Power Bow, all in front of a pink background with Pink Ranger and Pterodactyl shape as text is typed on screen - Pink Ranger. Weapons: Power Bow, Blade Blaster. Armor: Pink. Zord: Pterodactyl Dinozord.

Close on a Putty’s hands as it tears flowers from Kimberly’s parade float model.

Original: Camera fades from black out of commercial break.

Reversion: Before returning from break, a bumper focusing on the Red Ranger: slight zoom out from three frames with roughly painted black outlines in the upper-left show Jason posing in the front of his class, the Red Ranger in his standard pose, and the Red Ranger completing dropping down after completing the Power Blaster, with stylized red-and-black Tyrannosaurus Power Coin in the background. A cut-out Red Ranger is on the right as text is typed on screen - Red Ranger. Weapons: Blade Blaster, Power Sword. Zord: Tyrannosaurus. [Recycled from Green with Evil Part II.] Camera fades to original shot.

Tommy does a step up spin kick at a Putty and then dives low to avoid another Putty diving toward him.

Reversion: As Tommy performs the kick, a comic-style “KICK!” in green-lettering appears over the kick and stretches out before quickly shrinking away as a comic-style “DUCK!” appears and follows Tommy down to the ground before folding down to itself avoid the Putty.

With Tommy surrounded by Putties, Jason, Trini, Billy, and Zack arrive at the Youth Center and rush in to join the battle, Jason and Zack both performing spinning kicks as the Putties teleport away.

Reversion: The teleportation effect has an added electrical effect, including before and after the usual yellow-outline effect.

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.

Blue, Red, Yellow, Black, and Pink Rangers flip over camera at alternating angles.

Reversion: A five-dinosaur “tribal coin” shape slides down from above in the background, growing toward the camera and changing colors to match as each Ranger flips over it.

Zoom out as five Rangers pose with Power Weapons in courtyard.

Reversion: Near the end of the pose, the scene freezes, with the shapes of the Rangers spun around in a psychedelic sprial over a white bullseye pattern in the background. Runs twenty-two frames longer.

Spit Flower throws arms up in success, then slowly presses on, clamping hands.

Original: Camera fades to black into commercial break.

Reversion: Camera fades to a bumper focusing on the Blue Ranger: with a cut-out Blue Ranger in front of a spinning blue star in the lower-right, three jagged frames in the upper-left show Blue and Yellow Rangers jumping off a train car, Triceratops Dinozord raising its head and opening its mouth while driving through the dusty desert, and Blue Ranger free falling beside an office building. Zoom out to reveal all three frames as text appears on screen, a triangular cursor expanding details - Blue Ranger. Weapons: Blade Blaster, Power Sword. Zord: Triceratops. [Recycled from Green with Evil, Part IV.]

Spit Flower grows gigantic amid the fading smoke.

Reversion: Almost halfway through the shot, the screen switches to a pile of greens over which a cut out Spit Flower descends from the top of the screen, joined by spinning green flowers and emitting glistening yellow flower petals from its mouth, all before descending off-screen.

A huge mass of flowers that look more like just petals swarm skyward.

Reversion: Each yellow flower glistens like a firefly.

Another sky-shot of flowers flowing through the air.

Reversion: Each yellow flower glistens like a firefly. Ends one frame early.

Long shot of city buildings as flowers fly upward and to our left.

Reversion: Each yellow flower glistens like a firefly.

Close on bubbling waters, as the head of the Dragonzord rises from beneath the waves. Water sprays through the air as Dragonzord’s tail tip lifts up out of the sea and is flung at camera.

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

Mastodon Dinozord surfaces from its icy domain. Mastodon Dinozord exhales its icy breath. Close on Mastodon Dinozord’s feet as it begins to walk.

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 wheels pass through the desert sands.

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!”.

Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops Dinozords fold up into legs as Dragonzord & Mastodon Dinozord parts lower, connecting into body as tail staff drops, blue lightning flashing behind.

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

Close up, side-view of Spit Flower’s mouth, expelling pink and white petals to our right.

Reversion: The pink and white petals are joined by glistening yellow petals.

Dragonzord in Fighting Mode, under a downpour of petals, begins spark bursting.

Reversion: Each yellow flower petal glistens like a firefly.

Close on Spit Flower as he releases vacuum mist. Establishment shot of Command Center exterior.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted. First shot fades to black in to commercial break. After the break, 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. [Recycled from Green with Evil, Part V.] Second shot then plays with no transition.

Zoom out from Red as five Rangers pose with Power Weapons near flowerbed.

Reversion: Saturation of shot is increased, creating a white halo around each Ranger. Just after the end of the first step of Red Ranger’s Power Sword pose, each Ranger is cut out from the background and now slightly out of position, but moving back into place in front of a textured background, before each alternates flying downward or upward off-screen with a Ranger-colored energy trail.

Pink Ranger leaps up in a side angle, firing energized arrow from bow.

Reversion: Arrow is joined by a pink arrow shape with glowing pink tail.

All five Rangers pose with Power Weapons near flowerbed.

Reversion: Saturation of shot is increased, creating a white halo around each Ranger.

Upward shot of all five Power Weapons connecting in a circle and surging with electricity.

Reversion: Starts three frames late.

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. Starts one frame early and ends one frame late.

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

Original: Last frame is a blended frame of the last frame of this shot and the first frame of the next shot.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Pterodactyl Power Coin appears in upper right background. Starts one frame early (first and second frame are identical) and ends one frame early (removing blended frame).

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. Starts two frames early and ends two frames early.

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

Original: Last frame is a blended frame of the last frame of this shot and the first frame of the next shot.

Reversion: Stylized black-and-yellow Triceratops Power Coin appears in upper left background. Starts three frames early (all three are identical) and ends six frames early (removing blended frame).

Close up of Red Ranger as he looks up, gestures arms while holding Power Sword, and leaps up.

Original: Last frame is a blended frame of the last frame of this shot and the first frame of the next shot.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Red Ranger. Ends one frame early (removing blended frame).

Red Ranger floats up to combined weapons and prepares Sword to add to them.

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

Power Sword flashes with red power as it connects with combined weapons, forming the Power Blaster in a flash of blue energy.

Original: Last frame is a blended frame of the last frame of this shot and the first frame of the next shot.

Reversion: Starts three frames early (all three are identical) and ends one frame early (removing blended frame).

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 of first scene. Ends three frames early.

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. Starts two frames early and ends two frames early.

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. Starts eight frames early and ends eight frames early.

Zoom out from Power Weapons being pulled away from one another, to five Rangers posing victoriously near flowerbed.

Reversion: Each Power Weapon has an additional electricity effect while the blue sky in the background is replaced with a spinning white-and-purple pattern.

A battered and bandaged Bulk & Skull react in horror to the flowers Zack has presented in front of them, Skull crossing both index fingers as he and Bulk begin to step away and hold back sneezes. Brief close on Zack holding flowers forward. Viewpoint changes back to behind Zack as Bulk & Skull approach the entranceway, Skull just beginning to sneeze as camera changes back to close on Zack, reacting. Shot of Tommy and Jason, laughing, each turning toward the other. Angle switches to behind Zack again, as he turns to face the camera, laughing in disgust, as Bulk grabs Skull’s shirt to wipe off his face and Skull buries his face into Bulk’s vest.

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

Long shot of Billy, Trini, and Kimberly at the Juice Bar, also reacting to Bulk & Skull in the background. Ernie shakes his head and Tommy & Zack shake hands before Jason and them take the remaining seats at the bar, all resuming watching the parade on the Juice Bar TV. Freeze frame.

Original: After freeze frame, Executive Producers credit fades in over center of frame. Fade to black at end.

Reversion: End credits continue running over bottom half of frame. After freeze frame, Billy, Trini, Jason, Kimberly, and Tommy are each outlined in a Ranger-colored line as multiple flowers fall from above to fill much of the rest of the shot.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:2500:3120:28
Reversion00:3001:0218:5800:0420:35

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