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Life’s a Masquerade

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:

As Skull hits a staple gun against his forehead, Bulk tugs on a stuck string of gold garland, finally giving it a yank. Close on the legs of a chair as it begins to tip over as the garland underneath a leg is freed.

Reversion: A comic-style “YANK!” in pink lettering grows over the center of the screen as Bulk does so, finally stretching up and to the left as the chair tips in that direction.

The aforementioned chair tips over to its right, knocking into its neighboring chair, followed by that chair doing the same to a third.

Reversion: As each chair hits the next, a small comic-style “Bink!” in white lettering appears over the collision.

With mouth agape, a pink bucket containing white paint lands on Bulk’s head.

Reversion: A comic-style “SPLOOSH” in brown lettering in front of rounded starbust grows and shrinks in the middle of the screen.

Emerging from smoke, Frankenstein lumbers forward toward the camera with arms raised before stopping and jerking to its right, back forward, to its left, and back forward again, then growling.

Reversion: As it stops, Frankenstein is hit with electricity from the upper right. Facing right, Frankenstein shoots lightning bolts from its fingers. Facing left, Frankenstein again shoots lightning bolts from its fingers. Once facing forward again, three lightning bolts strike the fingertips of each of Frankenstein’s hands from above. Near end of shot, Frankestein is cut out from the background and grows toward the camera with a large green shadow behind it. Last twenty-six frames cut. Runs thirty-one frames longer.

A Putty slaps two wads onto a big boulder of red Super Putty. Zoom out from close on Alpha 5’s chest as he is talking with and surrounded by three touchy-feely girls.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted. One frame before the first shot ends, a bumper focusing on the Red Ranger: 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 dropping down after completing the Power Blaster, with stylized red-and-black Tyrannosaurus Power Coin in the background. Slight zoom out to reveal a cut-out Red Ranger as text is typed on screen - Red Ranger. Weapons: Blade Blaster, Power Sword. Zord: Tyrannosaurus. [Recycled from Green with Evil Part II.] Camera fades from black out of commercial break into 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.

Zoom out as Blue Ranger does his pose in cave.

Reversion: A blue glow grows from behind Blue Ranger, a stylized black-and-white Triceratops Power Coin drops in from above and then downward off-screen.

Close on Frankenstein’s right bolt, getting yanked out of his neck by his right hand.

Reversion: A surge of electricity follows the bolt out of Frankenstein’s neck.

Close on Frankenstein’s left bolt, getting yanked out of his neck by his left hand.

Reversion: A surge of electricity follows the bolt out of Frankenstein’s neck.

Zoom out as Frankenstein holds big neck bolts crossed against one another, then outward, connected by a chain.

Reversion: Electricity surges between the two bolts when they are crossed together and again when Frankenstein pulls them apart.

Rita stands on top of huge ball of Super Putty as it finishes rising above city skyscrapers, hovering in place.

Reversion: Near end of shot, three lightning bolts shoot out from Rita (who is now glowing white) as purple circles begin to radiate out and the frame gains a slanted crop. Runs an additional eighteen frames, during which Rita continues her ascent.

As camera shakes, Rita talks with a left hand gesture, atop her giant clump of Super Putty.

Reversion: Near end of shot, a fiery lightning effect in front of a purple background appears behind Rita as spinning dotted-black and solid-purple radial gradients also appear and spin in the background. Runs an additional fifteen frames.

Slow zoom in on Rita talking while holding her left hand outward, still standing on hovering Super Putty boulder.

Reversion: Two frames before end, a fiery lightning effect in front of a red lava background appears behind Rita. Runs an additional twenty frames.

Zoom in on Rita, talking with a wicked grin.

Reversion: Near end of shot, shot freezes with Rita cut out from the background as a fiery lightning effect appears in front of a red lava background. Last eighteen frames cut. Runs an additional fifteen frames.

Rita stands in front of blue sky, happily gesturing right arm to chest and proclaiming. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Saturation of blue background is increased, creating a white halo around Rita. Near end of shot, shot freezes with Rita cut out from the background and growing to camera as four lava beams are emitted from center to each corner of the screen behind her.

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 as five Rangers pose with Power Weapons.

Reversion: Near end of shot, shot freezes with the Rangers cut out from a now blue-and-green background with textured shapes rotating in and out of view. Rangers gain rough outlines as they skew closer and farther from the camera. Last eleven frames cut. Runs an additional nineteen frames.

Frankenstein leaps up and at camera with bolts in hand.

Reversion: Before Frankenstein gets too close to the camera, its cut out from a green radial gradient background with multiple lightning bolts. Last nine frames cut. Runs for an additional seventeen frames.

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 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!”. Alternate cut of first and second shot. Third shot runs two frames longer.

Original: Triceratops Dinozord raises head while driving at us in desert.

Reversion: Triceratops Dinozord appears within the sands of the desert. Updated blue comic-style narration box with stylized Triceratops Power Coin slides in on lower left, reading “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”.

Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord runs through the air, hits the ground and keeps races along the horizon.

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 raises and lowers head while continuing to fly amid molten 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!”. Alternate cuts of both shots.

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.

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!”.

Dragonzord in Fighting Mode stabs golden-swirling drill tip into Frankenstein’s chest, with energy-rays coming out of his back.

Reversion: A large, green energy orb emitting electricity is superimposed over the drill tip as Frankenstein is impaled, obscuring all but the top of its head.

Close on Alpha 5 as Ernie affixes the blue ribbon on his torso. Shot of Bulk & Skull, perplexed and then angry. Close on one of the touchy-feely girls from earlier, attempting to find out how to remove Alpha’s head to discover his true identity. Bulk is also curious, and turns to Skull asking for a can opener, which Skull produces from his jacket. Shot of Trini smiling and Kimberly laughing in response. Close on Alpha as he signals goodbye and begins to exit the shot.

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

Alpha exits the frame to our left, accompanied by the three girls and followed by Bulk & Skull. The other teens step forward and share a laugh. 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, the teens are cut out from a multi-colored, textured background and gain white outlines as they slowly grow toward the camera. Ends twenty-five frames early.

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.