Plenty of TV shows make a pilot that fails but still impresses the network enough to call for a rework or a whole new pilot. Star Trek is rather famous for that, when the pilot episode “The Cage” was rejected but NBC asked for changes and we ended up with “Where No Man’s Gone Before”. We also saw a pilot for Justice League yesterday that ended up not being used. Well, add to that list Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, the kids series that somehow has managed to last through three owners (one of them twice) and numerous incarnations. Owing a lot to the “super sentai” series in Japan where the action footage and most of the costume design (and when possible actual costumes and props) came from, the show has gone through numerous changes but not only keeps members of the audience who grew up with it but drawing in a new generation of kids. Usually without chasing off current fans, so stop acting like that isn’t possible to keep old fans and create new ones. If kids shows can do it and adult shows can’t, maybe the kids show is the better product, you snobs!
Tonight we have a rare treat for Saturday Night Showcase. From a fan posting as the original pilot did air once on Fox Kids as a special event, and from a posting of the actual episode on the official Power Rangers YouTube channel, we can compare both versions of the first episode, both titled “Day Of The Dumpster”. While a number of beats and even dialog remains intact, there are also a lot of changes and it’s worth talking about. Enjoy.