Bio-Man (partially found unaired pilot of Haim Saban adaptation of "Choudenshi Bioman" Super Sentai TV series; 1986)


Bio-Man
The Bio-Man logo and cover used by Saban in promotional materials.
The Bio-Man logo and cover used by Saban in promotional materials.
Status Partially Found

Originally airing from 1984 to 1985, Choudenshi Bioman (超電子バイオマン) was Toei's eighth entry in their long-running "Super Sentai" (スーパー戦隊) superhero team TV series 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 was a space adventure series about five kids with identical "bio-rhythms" who defend Earth against Zadar, a half-human and half-robot being who wanted to conquer the world.[1] 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 (恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー) as a 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 - which 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. He confirmed to still have a copy of the pilot buried in a storage unit.

Actor Paul Schrier was also contacted and said that he had seen the pilot, but that he doesn't have a copy. However, he did say that it's likely in the Saban archives.

On April 6, 2017, promotional materials for the series surfaced online. It was also discovered that a snippet of footage from Bio-Man was used in the original Day of the Dumpster pilot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

On April 14, 2017 a petition was launched to release the lost pilot.

Gallery

The Galaxy Rangers promo containing footage from Bio-Man.

References

  1. http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-12/business/fi-18776_1_haim-saban

Comments


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Moodiecitymadman

22 months ago
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The Earth is under attack! Who do you call? A martial arts expert, a cop looking for terrorists (ya know a kids show), an athlete, a fitness instructor, and a writer. Our heroes everyone!
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Anonymous user #1

21 months ago
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I really want to see the original pilot episode of Bio-Man.
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Moodiecitymadman

19 months ago
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A thread has been set up on the Lost Media forum to try and find the lost pilot. We have leads and need the help we can get. http://forum...crollTo=1397
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Anonymous user #2

17 months ago
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I saw this once on YouTube with English dubbing. I couldn't find it
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TsukiCondor'91

17 months ago
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It Was The Filipino Dub
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Markiegee50X

16 months ago
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Bioman!!!
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Anonymous user #3

12 months ago
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I wonder what kind of format Miguel has the pilot in. Will he ever release it?
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Moodiecitymadman

11 months ago
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I wrote to him earlier today. He mentioned last time we talked that he has it in a storage unit and would need to find it there. I've also asked him if he has any contact with Haim Saban or any of his co-stars from the pilot.
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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Can someone please find out what actually happened in the pilot? The events, how the characters got their powers and ended up fighting Zadar?
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Moodiecitymadman

8 months ago
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Shuki Levy talks about editing the Bio-Man pilot in an interview with Den of Geek.

http://www.d...ilot-bio-man
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Moodiecitymadman

8 months ago
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After looking through some old forums for any signs of the Bio-Man pilot I came across this on the ranger crew forum from 2015 http://www.r...ecca-Staples

The short of it is Mark Dacascos, Tricia Fisher and Tom Silardi don't have the pilot. We already know Miguel A. Núñez Jr. does have a copy but it's buried in a storage unit somewhere. I've tried reaching out directly to Shuki Levy.
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Moodiecitymadman

8 months ago
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A petition has been started to release the pilot

https://www....ban-s-bioman
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