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A Star is Born

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:

Side angle on Tommy doing a backflip in the hallway at Angel Grove High as Zack and Kimberly look on.

Reversion: A comic-style “FLIP!” in green lettering follows Tommy’s flip.

Rear angle on Tommy doing a backflip in the hallway at Angel Grove High as Bulk & Skull look on.

Reversion: Five curved, green-outlined white streaks follow Tommy’s rotation.

Camera tracks left from side to front around Goldar as he talks, raising sword, and gesturing it. Camera 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. After Red Ranger is shown receiving his Power Sword and just before Black Ranger is shown receiving his Power Axe in the Command Center, the frame shatters and transitions to 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, a shot of 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. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Arriving on the beach with Skull trailing behind him carrying various objects, Bulk is struck in the chest with an errant beach ball, causing him to stagger and then collapse backwards into Skull and then to the ground.

Reversion: As Bulk is hit in the chest, a comic-style “BONK!” in white lettering in a black starburst grows and then shrinks in the middle of the screen. As Bulk crashes into Skull and then the ground, a comic-style “CRUNCH!” in gray lettering rises up from below and shakes a little, before falling back down off-screen.

Bulk stares happily in to the distance as Skull squeezes a bottle of sun tan lotion too hard, expelling all of its contents all over Bulk’s face and upper body.

Reversion: A comic-style “sploosh!” in white lettering in a black bubble starburst grows and shrinks away over the middle of the screen.

During his audition, long shot of Bulk repeatedly punching at the air while spinning around in a circle, then preparing to do a spin kick.

Reversion: Puffs of smoke shoot out of Bulk’s fists as he punches.

During his audition, close on Bulk as he completes a spin in mid-air, poses happily after landing, and then moving arms about before taking a step forward.

Reversion: Seven curved, white streaks follow Bulk’s rotation.

During his audition, over-the-judges’s-shoulder shot as Bulk karate chops the table in front of the first judge, steps to his left and karate chops the table in front of the second judge, steps to his left and prepares to karate chop the table in front of the third judge, before thinking better of it and starts to turn back to the mat.

Reversion: As Bulk strikes the table each time, the frame shakes out-of- and then back in-to-place and a puff of dust kicks up from where the table was struck.

During his audition, long shot of Bulk again facing away from the judges, then picking up a pile of papers on a table to their right, then throwing it up into the air. Over-the-judges’s shoulder shot as Bulk punches at the pieces of paper as they fall through the air. Close on the middle judge as she puts hand to chest in astonishment. Closer on Bulk over the judges’s shoulders as he continues to punch at the papers, finally posing.

Reversion: Additional yellow, confetti-like debris falls from above along with the papers.

Zoom out from close on Tommy with arms crossed, reacting to what Bulk (off-screen) had said. The other five teens are at the beach, volleying a yellow volleyball to each other in a circle.

Original: First shot fades into second shot.

Reversion: Additional commercial break inserted. Before scene transition begins, a bumper focusing on the Green Ranger: a green energy beam flows across the screen, revealing a cut out Green Ranger in the lower right, 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. [Recycled from Green with Evil Part V.] Camera fades to black in to commercial break. After commercial break, shot of 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 reciving 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. [Recycled from The Spit Flower.] Camera fades from black out of commercial to original second shot.

Close on Scorpina’s head, looking to our right.

Reversion: Near the end of the shot, shot freezes with Scorpina cut out from the background which is now black with white streaks, purple magical dust, and a growing, white-cracked surface. Last eight frames cut. Runs an additional sixty frames.

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.

Original: Red Ranger flips over the camera with Power Sword in hand. Black, Blue, Yellow, and Pink Rangers flips over the camera at alternating angles with Bladeblasters in hand.

Reversion: Blue, Red, Yellow, Black, and Pink Rangers flip over camera at alternating angles. 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. [Recycled from Island of Illusion Part I.]

Interior shot of the Rangers trapped in Weaveworm’s cocoon as it begins to roll. Camera fades to black in to commercial break.

Reversion: Before fade-to-black begins, 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.]

Camera fades from black out of commercial break. Interior shot of the Rangers trapped in Weaveworm’s cocoon, readying Bladeblasters.

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 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, three outlined frames fly in on the upper-right, showing the Black Ranger readying his Power Axe, spreading legs outward as he flies through the air with Power Axe, and flipping a Putty over onto its back. Text is typed on screen - Black Ranger. Weapons: Blade Blaster, Power Axe. Zord: Mastodon Dinozord.

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 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!”.

Babe Ruthless grows gigantic amid fading smoke.

Reversion: While growing, Babe Ruthless has an additional blue aura glow and there is purple-gray magical dust raining down from above.

Goldar rises up while growing amid fading smoke.

Reversion: Goldar is roughly cut out from the blue sky background, which has now been largely replaced with red as well as growing flames and yellow magical dust.

Scorpina in monster form rises up while growing amid fading smoke.

Reversion: Scorpina is roughly cut out from the blue sky background, which has now been largely replaced with a purple texture on black. Scorpina has a spinning radial gradient behind her as she grows.

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.

Close on the bubbling waters, as the head of the Dragonzord rises from beneath the waves. Close up of Dragonzord’s upper body, as he reaches up while leaning back, spraying water everywhere.

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

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!”.

Zoom out from Dragonzord Fighting Mode, motioning out arms then making Tail Staff fade in and appear in right hand, then places it vertically in front of it, as Tyrannosaurus Dinozord stands to the side.

Reversion: Tail Staff materializes within a green and yellow beam, which reveals the staff vertically from the middle. Frame shakes as Dragonzord Fighting Mode repositions Tail Staff.

Dragonzord Fighting Mode stabs golden-swirling Tail Staff into Babe Ruthless’s chest, first shooting energy into it to soften it up, then once impaled in him, causing him to surge with bluish electricity, before sparks burst out his back.

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

Zoom out from Pink Ranger as the five Rangers pose together.

Reversion: Near the end of the shot, the Rangers are cut out from the background, which is now filled with a pink-and-white texture on black. A stylized black-and-white “tribal coin” shape slides in from the bottom and sits behind the Rangers as they rotate toward the camera. Last four frames cut. Runs an additional sixty frames.

Dragonzord drills sparkily down the side of the cocoon.

Reversion: The cocoon has an added white smoke texture overlay. Dragonzord’s tail drill has an additional green glow.

Close up on cocoon as it splits open, smokily, and the Megazord helps the sides fall.

Reversion: Megazord’s eyes have an additional yellow glow. An additional pink smoke texture overlays the existing smoke in the cocoon.

Megazord is freed as the cocoon falls apart.

Reversion: The additional pink smoke texture overlay dissipates as the cocoon falls open. Megazord has an additional yellow glow, glistening briefly.

Camera fades from black out of commercial break. The six teens sit at the Youth Center Juice Bar, watching television, as Ernie walks up and begins to speak to them.

Reversion: Before returning from break, the so-called “final episode montage”: zoom in on a grid (at least 16x15) of various shots that were edited as part of the Reversioning. Zoom in to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Tommy. Pan up and right to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Billy. Pan down and slight left to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Kimberly. Pan up and left to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Jason. Pan left and slightly up to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Trini. Pan right to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Zack. Pan up and left to a group of edited frames largely focusing on Bulk & Skull. Pan down and slight right to a group of edited frames largely focusing on the villains. Zoom out to reveal the majority of the grid as a stylized lightning bolt drops in from the top of the screen, causing lightning to crackle once it hits its final destination, forming the 2010 MMPR logo. Runs for over 48 seconds.

Over-the-shoulder shot of Billy & Kimberly, and Ernie to the left, watching the debut of Tommy’s commercial on the television. Shot of Tommy, Jason, Trini, and Zack, reacting to the commercial. Close on Bulk & Skull, looking disgusted/disappointed. Back to over-the-shoulder shot as Tommy finishes his routine during the commercial. Long shot of all nine reacting to the commerical. Close on Bulk & Skull, the former grabbing the latter by the shoulder and throwing him toward the exit.

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

Ernie and the teens laugh in reaction to Bulk’s comeuppance. 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 teen is slowly outlined by Ranger-colored beams (Zack’s is white) as the background fades away and the rest of the foreground fades to black-and-white. Tommy drops off-screen behind the others before reemerging in karate gear, sliding in from lower left and punching toward camera.

Episode Segment Lengths
Airing“Today on Power Rangers”Opening CreditsEpisodeEnding CreditsTotal
Original00:3001:0217:2400:3119:28
Reversion00:3001:0218:5900:0420:35

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