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The Trouble with Shellshock

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).
SquattSpecs for SquattProfile of Squatt
Rita, sleepingZZZRita, sleeping, as comic “Z”s appear on screen
Zoom out on Rita, sleeping, as comic “Z”’s appear on screenZZZZoom out on Rita, sleeping, as comic “Z”’s appear on screen
Zoom out on Rita, sleeping, as comic “Z”’s appear on screenZZZZoom out on Rita, sleeping, as comic “Z”’s appear on screen
Baboo holds a turtle monster mold??????????????Baboo holds a turtle monster mold as comic “?”’s appear on screen
Shellshock emerges from the Monster-maticSpecs for ShellshockShellshock profile
A Putty bumps into Zack on the basketball courtFOUL!A Putty bumps into Zack on the basketball court as a comic “FOUL!” appears on screen
Tommy hits a Putty in the stomach with a basketball as it flies byPASS!Tommy hits a Putty in the stomach with a basketball as it flies by as a comic “PASS!” appears on screen
Zack dunks the basketball in the hoopSCORE!Zack dunks the basketball in the hoop as a comic “SCORE!” appears on screen
The hotdog vendor makes Bulk and Skull work for himEPIC FAILThe hotdog vendor makes Bulk and Skull work for him as a comic “EPIC FAIL” appears on screen
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.Lightning bolt.The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
Yellow Ranger reacts to being hit with the “Go” beamA new warp effect as Yellow Ranger go-go-go’s.Yellow Ranger, with a speed effect, reacts to being hit with the “Go” beam
Yellow Ranger runs offA new warp effect as Yellow Ranger go-go-go’s.Yellow Ranger, with a speed effect, runs off
Red Ranger flips over the cameraColorful group coin.Red Ranger flips over the camera with Red team coin symbol in the background
Black Ranger flips over the cameraColorful group coin.Black Ranger flips over the camera with Red team coin symbol in the background
Blue Ranger flips over the cameraColorful group coin.Blue Ranger flips over the camera with Red team coin symbol in the background
Pink Ranger flips over the cameraColorful group coin.Pink Ranger flips over the camera with Red team coin symbol in the background
The Rangers land ready to attackA cut-out effect.The Rangers land ready to attack with streaked background
Baboo, Shellshock, and Squatt are blastedBOOM ブーム BOOMBaboo, Shellshock, and Squatt are blasted as a two comic “BOOM”’s and a “ブーム” appear on screen
Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spotRed Ranger Tyrannosaurus!Tyrannosaurus raises from its hiding spot with a comic book graphic saying “Red Ranger Tyrannosaurus!”
Green Ranger practices in the Youth CenterOne day, Green Ranger’s powers will be drained. On this day, Green Ranger has TOO MUCH power.Green Ranger practices in the Youth Center as green power swirls about
Green Ranger practices in the Youth CenterOne day, Green Ranger’s powers will be drained. On this day, Green Ranger has TOO MUCH power.Green Ranger practices in the Youth Center as green power swirls about
Yellow Ranger obtains the flowersThe Saber-toothed tiger dinozord helps Trini find the flowers (?!), so we’ll throw a coin logo here.Yellow Ranger obtains the flowers with a superimposed Saber-tooth Tiger coin symbol in the background
Tommy towels offTommy now has to wait an entire commercial break to wipe off the sweat and here his communicator.Establishment shot of the Youth Center
Tommy towels offTommy now has to wait an entire commercial break to wipe off the sweat and here his communicator.Shot of the Youth Center exterior signage
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.Lightning bolt.The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
Dragonzord walks toward the harborGreen Ranger Dragonzord!Dragonzord walks toward the harbor as a comic book graphic saying “Green Ranger Dragonzord!” appears on screen
Dragonzord walks toward the harborGreen Ranger Dragonzord! + effectDragonzord walks toward the harbor in front of a green background as a comic book graphic saying “Green Ranger Dragonzord!” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.Time filler on return from the break: Bulk & Skull’s Greatest HitsBulk and Skull crash into each other as “Bulk & Skull’s Greatest Hits” appears on creen
Fade from black from a commercial break.Time filler on return from the break: Bulk & Skull’s Greatest HitsClose on Bulk and Skull crash into each other as “Bulk & Skull’s Greatest Hits” appears on creen
Fade from black from a commercial break.UH! OH!Bulk and Skull yell at the camera as “UH! OH!” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.These hits take the cake... or pie!Skull reaches for a cake as “These hits take the cake... or pie!” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.KRAK?Bulk chops the cake as a comic “KRAK?” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.Still killing time...Bulk and Skull prepare to fight the Ranger teens
Fade from black from a commercial break.TRIP!Bulk trips over a weight as a comic “TRIP!” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.SPLATBulk falls face-first into a sheet cake as a comic “SPLAT” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.Still killing time...Skull laughs as Bulk emerges from the cake, face covered
Fade from black from a commercial break.Still killing time...Skull is hit in the face with a pie
Fade from black from a commercial break.FOOD FIGHTSkull, cut-out from the background as a comic “FOOD FIGHT” appears on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.Time to split!Black screen with “Time to split!” on screen
Fade from black from a commercial break.YAY!Bulk and Skull run away from the camera as “Yay!” appears on screen with colors
Billy prepares to school Zack with his basketball skillsEnd 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.Billy prepares to school Zack with his basketball skills as end credits roll
Freeze frame with Executive Producer creditsCOLORS!Freeze frame with the rest of the end credits as the Rangers high-five with “HIGH 5!” on screen