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Island of Illusion 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:

Establishment shot outside of the Youth Center. Shot fades to zoom out and pan up from Zack’s feet as he dances across the Youth Center Gym area. “Island of Illusion Part I” title card fades in at bottom of screen.

Original: Establishment shot is the exterior of the Youth Center, a woman in pink passes in front of red car parking behind truck, a girl in blue walks by and waves at a guy who gets out of it.

Reversion: Establishment shot is upward angle of Angel Grove Youth Center Gym and Juice Bar sign. Fade to second shot begins later (after original fade ends).

In slightly slowed motion, Bulk is splashed with Kimberly’s milkshake.

Reversion: A comic-style “SPLOOSH!” in purple lettering in a yellow bubble starburst grows and shrinks away over Bulk.

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

Slow zoom in on Rita, as she stands before altar, gesturing hand and chanting during continuous lightning flashing. Baboo & Squatt embrace to one side, while Scorpina & Goldar watch her from the other.

Reversion: Red-tinted white cloud effects rotate around the frame. Rita’s eyes glow red. Starts one frame early.

As the crowd and Bulk look on, Zack performs a 720º spin in the air.

Reversion: A white streak follows Zack’s left hand as he performs his spin. When he lands, the frame briefly shakes out of alignment. After he lands, the white streak turns into crackling electricity.

Bulk falls backwards and Skull falls forwards into four decorative columns.

Reversion: A comic-style “CRASH!” in black-lettering appears and then shrinks away as they fall down.

A Putty flies through the air before doing a flip and landing off-screen.

Reversion: The Putty’s legs gain a purplish glow and when it reaches its zenith, dives through two pointed purple shapes.

Kimberly does a jumping split-legged kick, hitting two Putties.

Reversion: Near the zenith of her jump, Kimberly is cut out from a pink spinning, radial gradient background with four heart shapes near each corner of the frame. Last twelve frames cut. Runs an additional thirty frames longer.

Quick zoom in to close up on Zack, who looks behind and then back forward, raising eyebrow slightly.

Reversion: Near the end, shot is frozen with Zack cut out from the background which is now black with moving white vertical beams. Shot transitions from color to black-and-white and back again. Last four frames cut. Runs an additional thirty frames longer.

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 grows toward the camera and changes colors to match as each Ranger flips over it. Ranger-colored particles also emerge from behind the coin shape in front of a spinning gradient background.

Scorpina & Goldar leap up and at camera with weapons poised to strike.

Reversion: At their zenith, shot is frozen with Scorpina & Goldar cut out from the background which is now purple with red, horizontal flares and purple magic particles flowing in on the left and right. Scorpina appearing in front of a jagged purple polygon, Goldar in front of a jagged red polygon. When shot resumes, Scorpina’s boomerang gains a red glow and Goldar’s sword gains a purple glow.

Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s head slowly rises from the molten red ground. Close up of Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s hands as it rises up. Close up of Tyrannosaurus Dinozord’s knees as it rises up.

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

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

Triceratops Dinozord appears within the sands of the desert. Triceratops Dinozord 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!”. Alternate cuts of all three shots.

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!”. Alternate cut of first two shots.

A volcano erupts. Different angle on volcano spewing upward magma and smoke. Pterodactyl Dinozord soars upwards amid lava lights. Pterodactyl Dinozord flies straight up out of now-active volcano. Pterodactyl Dinozord raises and lowers head while continuing to fly amid molten lava lights.

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

Distant shot of Megazord and Mutitus locking against one another with both arms, they switch places, then break, allowing Mutitus to sparkily smash it in the chest. Suddenly, the sky goes from hazy blue to pitch black, prompting the confused Megazord to look up and around.

Reversion: As they lock up, Megazord’s fists are surrounded by a white energy glow and Mutitus is emitting a red, yellow, and purple circle effect. Once locked up, the glow turns yellow and covers both of their upper torsos. As they break, a purple energy shape grows between them. As Mutitus rears back and punches forth, a purple energy wave follows and grows with the punch. As Megazord looks around, a series of three red-outlined, white question marks appear above its head.

Mist sprays down upon spot where Mutitus stands, fading soon to reveal a new, taller form with horns.

Reversion: After the spray clears, a glow is present on Mutitus’s extremities, slowly fading away as more purple circles are emitted.

Water starts to churn in Angel Grove Bay, bubbling up furiously. Closer on the bubbling waters, as the head of the Dragonzord rises from beneath the waves.

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

In Command Center, camera zooms in as Alpha turns around as panel smokes behind him, finally tilting head. Choppy zoom in on floating Island of Illusion, floating above brown mist amid blackness.

Original: First shot transitions to second shot via four page split.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted. First shot fades to black in to commercial break. Second shot fades from black out of commercial break. Original transition cut.

Image of Goldar’s head floats in the sky above the palm trees.

Reversion: Goldar head image has a faint, red-and-yellow rotating radial gradient surrounding it.

Distant shot of a clearing as Pineoctopus, Snizzard, Pudgy Pig, Shellshock, and Eye Guy fade in.

Reversion: Before fading in, four faint, colored energy balls appear in the place of Pinecotopus (orange), Pudgy Pig (blue), Shellshock (green), and Eye Guy (gray). Pineoctopus, Pudgy Pig, and Shellshock appear after similarly colored lines descend from above and wrap around their individual locations.

Close on Zack, saying “I hate snakes!”, and grimmacing with fear. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before fade to black begins, black snake-like shapes begin slithering horizontally across the screen in both directions, covering the screen.

Camera fades from black out of commercial break to establishment shot of a snake on a branch.

Reversion: Before returning from break, shot of five colored polygons with corresponding Rangers plus a green circle in the middle with Green Ranger. Just as Black Ranger is about to be shown receiving his Power Axe in the Command Center, the frame shatters and transitions to a bumper focusing on the Black Ranger: With roughly cut-out Black Ranger in lower-right, an outlined frame shows Black Ranger flipping a Putty over onto its back as text is typed on screen - Black Ranger. Weapons: Blade Blaster, Power Axe. Zord: Mastodon Dinozord. Camera zooms out to reveal two other outlined frames joining the first, all now in the upper-left, showing the Black Ranger readying his Power Axe, and the Black Rnager spreading legs outward as he flies through the air with Power Axe.

Side angle view of Kimberly, Trini, Billy, Tommy, and Jason as they try to encourage fading away Zack off-screen. Shot of Zack by himself, upper torso fading in and out. Image of Goldar’s head floats in the sky above the palm trees. Five teens all turn their heads right and upward to look at Goldar off-screen. Zack looks upward at Goldar off-screen as his upper torso continues fading in and out. Image of Goldar’s head floats in the sky above the palm trees. Five teens, in disbelief, each individually turn back to face Zack off-screen.

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

Long shot of Kimberly, Trini, Billy, Tommy, and Jason on the left and partially faded away Zack on the right. “TO BE CONTINUED...” fades in and out over bottom of frame. 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, black snake-like shapes begin slithering horizontally across the screen in both directions, covering the screen.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0218:4700:3120:50
Reversion00:3001:0218:5800:0420:35

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