The Green Ranger’s Popularity Caused Jason David Frank’s Exit From VR Troopers

With Tommy out of the series, Jason David Frank was cast in a Saban-produced pilot called “Cybertron” — the series’ name was changed to “VR Troopers” — as Adam Steele, the leader of the titular team of superheroes. In the series, the Troopers must defend the world from mutants that live in a different dimension, accessible through virtual reality technology. The series eventually went to air without Frank. According to the Chicago Tribune, the show took advantage of the growing virtual reality fad. Similar to “Power Rangers,” the series relied heavily on Japanese footage. After two seasons, “VR Troopers” was cancelled.

In 2017, That Hashtag Show sat down with Frank to discuss his career. In the interview, the actor was asked about “Cybertron.” Accordingly, after shooting the pilot for the show, Frank received communications from Saban about the Green Ranger’s popularity. Apparently, kids began staging informal protests after he left the series, which pushed parents to petition Saban to bring him back. Unfortunately, since footage of the Green Ranger was exhausted, producers brought him back as the White Ranger, using footage from another season of the “Super Sentai” series.

“So what happened was the Green Ranger was super popular.” Frank explained. “…They said, ‘we have an issue’, and I said ‘what’s the issue?’ You lost your powers from the show, kids around the world, parents, and everyone are calling and saying hey, my kid’s not going to eat, they’re not going to school, so Saban and FOX freaked out and brought me back on the show as the White Ranger. That’s a true story, they had a petition around petitioning ‘we need to bring the Green Ranger back.'”

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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