Revisiting Power Rangers is a project which compares the video of the original airings of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers with that of the reversioned ones which aired on ABC Kids in 2010. For the most part, we leave it to the fan to make their own (educated) decisions on whether the changes are improvements or not.
In 1993, an establishment shot of a rogue planetoid; in 2010, Rita is on the moon, so who needs this establishment shot?
In 1993, two astronauts arrive on a rogue planetoid during the day, with the Moon and Earth in the background; in 2010, two astronauts arrive on the Moon at night, with the Moon (?!) and Earth in the background.
A shot panning the horizon is cut (for time).
A glowing light in the distance.
They go to check it out.
A space dumpster!
They open it up.
And we have a problem.
Squatt approaches the dumpster.
At night, Finster has a nice glow.
Squatt & Baboo
Moving the writing credits in this case is a good call.
And, smaller, less-obtrusive text is nice.
As the villains don’t get the same (blatantly obvious) introduction as the Ranger teens, here’s our cast of characters...
...and the Evil Sorceress.
“Angel Grove Radio” apparently no longer needs to do station identification in 2010 as we fade in.
The vertical blinds transition and establishment shot of the Moon are cut.
In 1993, Jason does a tornado kick and the viewer is impressed; in 2010, Jason does a tornado kick, causing the screen to flip, and the viewer is...?
In 1993, Bulk lands HARD on the mat; in 2010, Bulk lands so hard that the screen shakes.
Changes in the location of commercial breaks over the years lead to new transitions.
The addition of a wisp of light is a nice touch.
In 1993, Putty Patrollers terrorize a teenage girl; in 2010, let’s foreshadow the future in LOTS OF PINK.
Meteorologists have come to find out that even lightning has changed in the last 15+ years.
And, with lightning, comes rain...
...and explosions of color.
Nowadays, Goldar truly brings the doom and gloom...
...and putty rains down from the clouds.
In 1993, the Q-Rex was still trapped in the past; in 2010, apparently not?
For those of you following along at home, these are the robots we love; Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!
Black Ranger Mastodon!
Blue Ranger Triceratops!
Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!
Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!
Megazord Tank Mode!
End credits now run over the last act of the episode to save time. Compared to the old way, the credits are arguably more readable now.
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