MMPR - Day of the Dumpster

Airing differences in Rita's release

This page compares Rita's release across the "lost" pilot, the aired version of "Day of the Dumpster" (1993), and the newly edited version (2010).

Be forewarned that images below from the lost pilot are much darker than from the 1993 aired version. This is a quirk either of the lost pilot's video quality in general or of my particular copy, but note that it persists throughout the episode. Compare the shots below from the Rangers' debut in Angel Grove: at left is the lost pilot, center is the 1993 aired version, and right (included for novelty's sake) is the 2010 version which featured added visual effects.

"Lost" pilot Episode 1 (1993) Episode 1 (2010)

Now let's begin the comparison of Rita's release. Note that in the lost pilot, her release was preceded by a bowling alley scene and ended with Rita triggering an earthquake in Angel Grove, whereas the aired pilot (both versions) opened with her release and then went on to introduce the Youth Center.

Also note that the dialog between the 1993 and 2010 aired versions is identical in this scene, though its timing is slightly different as the astronauts first spy the gleam in the distance.

"Lost" pilot Episode 1 (1993) Episode 1 (2010)

"We interrupt this program with a special report. We take you live to the moon, where astronauts are about to uncover what may be the first alien object ever found."

(no dialog)
(Shot omitted)
(Shot omitted)
(no dialog)

(no dialog)

"Hey, you smell something funny?"
"Nah. Maybe it's your space suit."

(no dialog)

"Hey, look at that!"

"I think it's coming from there!"

"Hey, look at that!"

(no dialog)

"Yeah, now I smell it! Let's check it out!"

"Let's go!"

(same)

"It looks like a big trash dumpster!"
"Wow, it stinks!"

"What do you think it is?"
"It looks like a giant space dumpster!"

(same)

"Let's open her up!"

"Let's open her up!"

(same)

(no dialog)

(no dialog)

(no dialog)

"Hey, what's that?!"

"What's that?!"
"Who cares! Let's get outta here!"

(same)

"I'm not waiting to find out!"

(villains cackling)

(same)
(Shot omitted)
"All right! We're out!"

(same)

(yelping)

(yelping)

(same)

"Uhh, hey, Rita, wake uu-up! (pats rim) Come on, come on! We're free-ee!"

"Rita, wake uu-up! Wake uu-up! We're free-ee!"

(same)

(yawns)

"Ahhh!"

(same)

(grunts) "Morning breath! Here's a mint!"
(bonk)

"Uh oh, morning breath! Let me get you a mint!"
"Stop it!"

(same)

(chuckles) "After 10,000 years, it's good to be free again!"

"Oh, it's good to be free after 10,000 years!"

(same)

"Let me help you, o powerful one. Walk with me, talk with me..."
"Oh, jeez, you made me step in a puddle. Out of my way, monkey-face."

"Here, your evilness, let me help you. Walk with me, talk with me..."
(groans) "You made me step in a puddle, you nitwit! Get out of my way, monkey-face!"

(same)

(no dialog)

(no dialog)

(no dialog)

(yelping) "Help!"

(yelping)

(same)

"So, you want help getting away, do you? I think I can arrange that."

(laughs) "Don't leave. You'll miss my coming-out party. That's when I destroy the nearest planet!"

(same)

(blows)
(Shot omitted) (Shot omitted)

(yelping)
(Shot omitted) (Shot omitted)

"To celebrate our freedom, I think we should pay the Earth a visit. And then..."

(laughs wickedly)

(same)

"...destroy it!"
(Shot omitted) (Shot omitted)

(no dialog)

(no dialog)

(no dialog)

In the lost pilot, Rita's beam struck the Earth and proceeded to cause buildings to shift around (and one to fly up and, as seen later in the Viewing Globe, return with Rita's palace atop it); this also caused quaking in the bowling alley and the Command Center. The aired versions merely ended with a pan up to the Earth above (the 2010 version pausing here to show and name Rita and her forces); the quaking came later, without explanation.