Switching Places

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) versus Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (2010)
Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera. Today! On Power Rangers!... UH! OH! Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera as a comic “UH! OH!” appears on screen.
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. Squatt rubs the Genie’s lamp.
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. The Genie escapes from his lamp.
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. The Genie grows to giant size.
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. The Genie poses for the camera.
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. The Genie jumps through the air and at the camera with his drill.
Bulk thinks of what Billy’s machine can do. Strawberry Cake! Bulk thinks of what Billy’s machine can do - make a strawberry cake.
Skull thinks of what Billy’s machine can do. Bulk & Strawberry Cake...!? Skull thinks of what Billy’s machine can do - make Bulk into a strawberry cake.
Billy throws the switch. FRZAP! Billy throws the switch.
Quick cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly. In 1993, the switches between Kimberly and Billy were much more rapid and interspersed with explosions; in 2010, the switches are not as extreme. Cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly as a comic “FRZAP!” appears on screen.
Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera. UH! OH! Kimberly and Billy scream at the camera as a comic “UH! OH!” appears on screen.
Bulk and Skull crawl into Billy’s garage. WOOF WOOF! Bulk and Skull crawl into Billy’s garage as a comic “WOOF WOOF!” appears on screen.
Quick cut back-and-forth between Bulk and Skull. In 1993, the switches between Bulk and Skull were much more rapid and interspersed with explosions; in 2010, the switches are not as extreme. Cut back-and-forth between Bulk and Skull.
Bulk and Skull scream at the camera. UH! OH! Bulk and Skull scream at the camera as a comic “UH! OH!” appears on screen.
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Kimberly applies makeup poorly.
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Kimberly bakes poorly.
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Billy teaches computer science poorly.
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Kimberly’s souffle inflates out of control.
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Billy’s computer monitor explodes.
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Storyboard showing results of explosions (souffle and monitor).
Fade into next scene.. In 1993, we seamlessly change scenes; in 2010, we foreshadow the rest of the episode before a commercial. Billy and student are surrounded by smoke.
Power Teens teleport to the scene of the upcoming battle. In 1993, the teens teleport in; in 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center. The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt.
Power Teens teleport to the scene of the upcoming battle. In 1993, the teens look around; in 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center. The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt.
The Genie’s lamp lays on the ground in the park. In 1993, there’s the lamp; in 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center. The Rangers teleport to the Command Center in streaks of color.
Zack picks up the lamp. In 1993, Zack retrieves the lamp; in 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center. The Rangers teleport to the Command Center in streaks of color.
The Power Teens gather around Zack and the lamp. In 1993, the teens gather around the lamp; in 2010, they remove this scene entirely and cover the gap with teleporting the teens to the Command Center. The Rangers teleport to the Command Center in streaks of color.
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.. Lightning bolt. The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic..
The Rangers pose battle ready. Power Rangers! The Rangers pose battle ready with colorful background.
Alpha teleports the Rangers in the Command Center. In 1993, the Rangers teleport from the Command Center and start the battle; in 2010, we add an extra pose. The Rangers pose in a different location battle ready.
Alpha teleports the Rangers in the Command Center. In 1993, the Rangers teleport from the Command Center and start the battle; in 2010, we add an extra pose... and colors. The Rangers pose in a different location battle ready with starburst effect in the background.
Red Ranger strikes his standard pose. In 1993, the Q-Rex was still trapped in the past; in 2010, apparently not? Red Ranger strikes his standard pose in front of a painted background which oddly features Time Force’s Q-Rex.
Black Ranger strikes his standard pose. Connect-the-dots! Black Ranger strikes his standard pose, in front of a painted, tattered background..
Blue Ranger strikes his standard pose. Star power! Blue Ranger strikes his standard pose, in front of a painted background featuring stars.
Yellow Ranger strikes her standard pose. Flying arrows! Yellow Ranger strikes her standard pose, in front of a painted background featuring arrows.
Pink Ranger strikes her standard pose. LOOOOOOOVE! Pink Ranger strikes her standard pose, in front of a painted background featuring hearts.
Rita in front of bluish gray sky. A much nicer day in 2010 than in 1993. Rita in front of over-colorized blue sky.
Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot. Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus! Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”.
Mastodon raises from its hiding spot. Black Ranger Mastodon! Mastodon raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Black Ranger Mastodon!”.
Triceratops raises from its hiding spot. Blue Ranger Triceratops! Triceratops raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Blue Ranger Triceratops!”.
Sabertooth Tiger raises from its hiding spot. Yellow 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 spot. Pink Ranger Pterodactyl! Pterodactyl raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Pink Ranger Pterodactyl!”.
Megazord standing up for Battle Mode. Pure sentai footage versus sentai footage plus cartoony effects. Make your own decisions. Megazord standing up for Battle Mode in front of a painted background.
The Genie jumps through the air and at the camera with his drill. A MUCH nicer day in 2010 than in 1993. The Genie jumps through the air and at the camera with his drill in front of over-colorized blue sky.
Rita laughs evilly. A MUCH MUCH nicer day in 2010 than in 1993. Rita laughs evilly in front of over-colorized blue sky.
Quick cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly. In 1993, the switches between Kimberly and Billy were much more rapid and interspersed with explosions; in 2010, the switches are not as extreme. Cut back-and-forth between Billy and Kimberly.
Trini ponders whether or not Bulk and Skull should be switched back. Trini puts some thought into whether or not Billy should switch Bulk and Skull back. [Scene Missing].
Trini ponders whether or not Bulk and Skull should be switched back. A lost shot of Bulk, Skull, and Trini before Billy tells them to step up to the machine. [Scene Missing].
Bulk and Skull step into the machine.. 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. Bulk and Skull step into the machine as end credits roll..
Freeze frame with Executive Producer credits. COLORS! Freeze frame with the rest of the end credits and a painted background with Skull and Billy cut-out..