Life’s A Masquerade

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)
A tug on party decorations tips over a chair YANK! A tug on party decorations tips over a chair as a “YANK!” appears on screen
The first chair bumps into and knocks over the second chair Bink! The first chair bumps into and knocks over the second chair as a comic “Bink!” appears on screen
And the second chair bumps into and knocks over the third chair Bink! And the second chair bumps into and knocks over the third chair as a comic “Bink!” appears on screen
A pail of paint falls on Bulk’s head SPLOOSH A pail of paint falls on Bulk’s head as a comic “SPLOOSH” appears on screen
Frankenstein emerges from the mist Electricity. Frankenstein emerges from the mist with electric effects in the background
Frankenstein emerges from the mist Electricity. Frankenstein emerges from the mist and is struck with electricity
Frankenstein emerges from the mist and motions to our left Electricity. Frankenstein emerges from the mist and motions to our left shooting electricity from his fingertips
Frankenstein emerges from the mist and motions to our right Electricity. Frankenstein emerges from the mist and motions to our right shooting electricity from his fingertips
Frankenstein emerges from the mist and motions forward Outlined electricity. Frankenstein emerges from the mist and motions forward, cut-out from the background, shooting electricity from his fingerprints
Scene transition Ranger profiles as a commercial bumper? Not a bad idea. Red Ranger profile
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic. Lightning bolt. The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
Blue Ranger poses in a cave Triceratops coin. Blue Ranger poses in a cave in front of Triceratops symbol
Frankenstein pulls right bolt from neck Electricity. Frankenstein pulls right bolt from neck, exposing electricity
Frankenstein pulls left bolt from neck Electricity. Frankenstein pulls left bolt from neck, exposing electricity
Frankenstein prepares bolt nunchuks Electricity. Frankenstein prepares bolt nunchuks electrically
Frankenstein prepares bolt nunchuks Electricity. Frankenstein prepares bolt nunchuks electrically
Rita appears flying downtown on Putty ball An excess of Rita effects Rita appears flying downtown on Putty ball amidst red spots and electricity
Rita on top of Putty ball An excess of Rita effects Rita on top of Putty ball awash in demon like effects
Shot transition An excess of Rita effects Rita on top of Putty ball awash in demon like effects
Close on Rita An excess of Rita effects Close on Rita awash in demon like effects
Rita laughs maniacally in front of dull blue background “Look at how blue the wall behind me is!” Rita laughs maniacally in front of bright blue background
Rita laughs maniacally An excess of Rita effects Rita laughs maniacally awash in demon like effects
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic. Lightning bolt. The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
Rangers pose with Power Weapons More new color effects Rangers pose with Power Weapons in front of blue decorated background
Frankenstein flies through the air ready to attack More cut-out effects Frankenstein flies through the green electric background ready to attack
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 rushes forward from its hiding spot Blue Ranger Triceratops!; note the change in shot to prevent obscuring the zord’s face with the colored bar. Triceratops rushes forward 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!”
The original pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic. Lightning bolt. The updated pre-morph sequence lightning bolt graphic.
Dragonzord raises from its hiding spot Green Ranger Dragonzord! Dragonzord raises from its hiding spot as a comic book “Green Ranger Dragonzord!” appears on screen
Dragonzord Fighting Mode Dragonzord Fighting Mode! Dragonzord Fighting Mode completes formation as a comic book “Dragonzord Fighting Mode!” appears on screen
Dragonzord Fighting Mode impales Frankenstein A scene that amazingly passed the censors in 1993 doesn’t in 2010. Dragonzord Fighting Mode impales Frankenstein as green electricity masks the blow
Alpha 5 chats in the Youth Center 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. Alpha 5 chats in the Youth Center as end credits roll
Freeze frame with Executive Producer credits COLORS! Freeze frame with the rest of the end credits with the costumed Ranger teens cut out.