Bio-Man (Unaired Adaptation of Choudenshi Bioman; 1986)
|The Bio-Man team from Choudenshi Bioman. The pilot would've used the same costumes.|
Originally airing from 1984 to 1985, Choudenshi Bioman was Toei's eighth entry in their long-running Super Sentai franchise. In 1986, Israeli-American television producer Haim Saban produced a television pilot adapting the series for American audiences under the title Bio-Man. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the series a was space adventure series about five kids with identical "bio-rhythms" who defend Earth against Zadar's attacks, a half-human, half-robot who wanted to conquer the world. Said article also mentioned that actor's unions and a coalition of television producers were locked in contract negotiations. While negotiations between the two groups were settled and a pilot was filmed, Bio-Man ultimately never aired.
In 1992, however, Saban Brands reused footage from the pilot mixed with footage from the 1992 series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger as promotional video for Bandai entitled Galaxy Rangers. While Zyuranger would be adapted as Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers starting in 1993, it, understandably, utilized different actors from the Bio-Man pilot and the complete pilot has never been released.
Efforts to Find the Pilot
On April 23, 2016, user Moodiecitymadman set up a search team on the Lost Media Forums to find the lost pilot. On August 2, 2016, actor Miguel A. Núñez Jr. was contacted who confirmed to still have a copy of the pilot. Actor Paul Schrier was also contacted and said that he had seen the pilot, but doesn't have a copy. However, he did say that it's likely in the Saban archives. Only time will tell if a copy of pilot surfaces online.