There are a lot of unmade films, television shows and episodes out there. Gene Roddenberry is best known for being the creator of Star Trek. But some of his ideas weren’t nearly as successful, for example 1974’s Planet Earth…
Although Star Trek had been cancelled in 1969, it had great ratings in syndication and by 1972 was considered a cult hit. Gene Roddenberry was in demand again and created a pilot for Warner Bros & CBS called Genesis II. CBS went with Planet of the Apes, and Warner and Roddenberry tried again at ABC…
The concept remained the same as from Genesis II, Dylan Hunt was a scientist who was put into suspended animation in 1979 and was revived in 2133 after “the final war of the 20th Century” by an organisation known as Pax. He still works for them going on missions using Sub-Shuttles. The plot feels like an episode of Genesis II, even using an idea (“The Poodle Shop”) from the show’s pitch (although the idea appeared earlier as “The Pet Shop” in the original Star Trek pitch)
But this time togas and caves Pax had have been replaced by Star Trek style jumpsuits and a futuristic looking city. Hunt (now played by John Saxon) now leads an Star Trek away team style “Pax Team 20”
On a mission to explore the people and areas around Southern California, Pater Kimbridge is wounded by the mutants called the Kreeg. Now there’s just 60 hours to find Dr Connor who disappeared about a year earlier in an area where women keep their men as drugged docile pets (and apparently wasn’t important enough to look for until now). Star Trek’s Kirk-style, Hunt heads in, romances the head female, undermines their society and saves it from the Kreeg, proves how great men are and saves Dr Conner just in time to save Kimbridge. And everyone’s happy and ready for the next adventure.
ABC played it as a movie of the week, but never picked it up.
Roddenberry would abandon the idea, but Warner tried one more time, keeping Saxon but changing the name and altering the premise to become Strange New World.
The Kreeg make-up would be later used for Klingons in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
The name Dylan Hunt would be used as the name of the main character in Andromeda.