For most people my age, Power Rangers was pretty much the cornerstone of a productive upbringing. No matter what ungodly hour Saban chose to air those Putty-fighting teens, any self-respecting parent knew to be ready with a remote and preferably some snacks.
My young self would have been shocked to learn that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers I knew and loved was actually keeping something from us for years. That something was an unaired pilot that didn't make it to air until 1999 as part of a special celebrating the series ever-evolving run.
Trust me, it's worth watching, but you may find yourself cringing at what looks to be a pretty rough draft.
See? I wasn't lying about the cringing. Here are some of the major differences that were changed before Power Rangers could become a full-blown phenomenon.
Trini was played by a different actress
Thuy Tran made the Yellow Ranger my absolute favorite of the bunch, so I can't say I'm too disappointed about this one. But poor Audri Dubois was cut from the cast after supposedly asking for more money.
Zordon had a different name
I don't know about you, but I feel much more comfortable taking orders from "Zordon" over "Zoltar," the mentor's original name. Additionally, zords were first known as droids.
Bulk and Skull were actual bullies and not lovable goofs
So Bulk and Skull were always a thorn in the side of the team, but they were really ineffectual all the time. In the original pilot, there's a group of bullies that are much more aggressive and legitimately threatening. The leader was eventually retooled to be Skull, and Bulk was kept but made much more mild.
Alpha 5 got an updated look
Much improved, robot friend!
The team morphs into actual dinosaurs
I think we can all agree that they didn't have the biggest budget for this, so it was a wise decision to alter that morphin.
Across the board, these changes were for the better, but I still appreciate the campy goodness of the original pilot.