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A Pressing Engagement

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.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).versusMighty Morphin Power Rangers (2010).
Long view establishment shot of the Youth CenterA long establishment shot of the Youth Center versus the same establishment shot of the Youth Center used after the (original) first commercial break.Close-up view establishment shot of the Youth Center
Jason is trying to break the bench-press record.No longer interested in accidentally promoting Bollinger weights.Jason is trying to break the bench-press record.
Fade to black for a commercial break.In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.Finster, with animated thought bubble, thinks of King Sphinx
Fade to black for a commercial break.In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.Foreshadowing the future battle of Red Ranger vs. King Sphinx
Fade to black for a commercial break.In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.Foreshadowing Squatt and Baboo watching the battle
Bulk rips the bottom of his pants.RIIIIIP!Bulk rips the bottom of his pants as a comic “RIIIIIP!” appears on screen.
Skull laughs at Bulk.In 1993, Skull laughs at Bulk; in 2010, perhaps Skull has learned.[Scene Missing]
Bulk falls downBulk’s gonna fall.Bulk falls down, shaking the frame
Ernie chuckles to himselfIn 1993, the teens run off to answer Zordon’s call immediately and Ernie chuckles to himself; in 2010, the teens run to a commercial break first and we recycle that same Youth Center establishment shot (third use this episode).Close-up view establishment shot of the Youth Center
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.Lightning bolt.The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
Red Ranger dives onto the sceneNow, THAT is the Tyrannosaurus.Red Ranger dives onto the scene with effects and the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord in the background
Black Ranger dives onto the sceneMastodon.Black Ranger dives onto the scene with effects and the Mastodon Dinozord in the background
Pink Ranger dives onto the scenePterodactyl.Pink Ranger dives onto the scene with effects and the Pterodactyl Dinozord in the background
Rita’s Magic Wand descends toward EarthIn 1993, Rita’s wand is thrown toward Earth, passing through space, the atmosphere, and hitting the ground; in 2010, Rita’s been throwing her wand for so many years it travels much faster.[Scene Missing]
Fade to black for a commercial break.In 1993, fade to black was the best way to go to commercial; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode.In a crude Mastodon head-esque outline, Zack skates around the Youth Center
Exterior view of Billy’s homeIn 1993, we establish the outside of Billy’s house; in 2010, the Rangers are all just meeting up in some weird, unintroduced locale.[Scene Missing]
Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spotRed Ranger Tyrannosaurus!Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”
Mastodon raises from its hiding spotBlack Ranger Mastodon!Mastodon raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Black Ranger Mastodon!”
Triceratops raises from its hiding spotBlue Ranger Triceratops!Triceratops raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”
Sabertooth Tiger raises from its hiding spotYellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!Sabertooth Tiger raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Yellow Ranger Sabertooth Tiger!”
Pterodactyl raises from its hiding spotPink Ranger Pterodactyl!Pterodactyl raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!”
Megazord in Tank ModeMegazord Tank Mode!Megazord in Tank Mode with a comic book graphic saying “Megazord Tank Mode!”
Megazord standing up for Battle ModePure sentai footage versus sentai footage plus cartoony effects. Make your own decisions.Megazord standing up for Battle Mode in front of a painted background.
Megazord battles Goldar and King SphinxIn 1993, it was a cloudy dreary day; in 2010, it is a clear day, and the sun reflects off of the metallic Megazord, Goldar, and King Sphinx.Megazord battles Goldar and King Sphinx in front of a colorized blue background
Megazord battles King SphinxIt also causes parts of the Megazord to become invisible (?!).Megazord battles King Sphinx in front of a colorized blue background
Jason is trying to break the bench-press record as the others look on.Once again, that’s BOLLINGER weights...Jason is trying to break the bench-press record as the others look on.
Close on Jason trying to break the bench-press record....and NIKE shoes.Close on Jason trying to break the bench-press record.
Bulk trips over some weights.TRIP!Bulk trips over some weights as a comic “TRIP!” appears on screen.
Bulk trips and fallsEnd 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.Bulk trips and falls as end credits roll
Bulk falls into a cakeSPLATBulk falls into a cake as a comic “SPLAT” appears on screen.
Freeze frame with Executive Producer creditsCOLORS!Freeze frame with the rest of the end credits and a painted background with various effects