After Tommy left the series, Jason David Frank was cast as Adam Steele, the leader of the titular superhero team, in a Saban-produced pilot called Cybertron – the series name was changed to VR Troopers. In the series, the Troopers must defend the world from mutants living in another dimension accessible through virtual reality technology. The series eventually aired without Frank. According to the Chicago Tribune, the show capitalized on the growing virtual reality fashion. Similar to Power Rangers, the series relied heavily on Japanese footage. VR Troopers was canceled after two seasons.
In 2017, That Hashtag Show sat down with Frank to talk about his career. In the interview, the actor was asked about “Cybertron”. Accordingly, after filming the pilot for the show, Frank received communications from Saban about the Green Ranger’s popularity. Apparently, kids started hosting informal protests after he left the series, prompting parents to beg Saban to bring him back. Unfortunately, as the Green Ranger footage was exhausted, the producers brought him back as the White Ranger, using footage from another season of the Super Sentai series.
“Well what happened was that the Green Ranger was super popular.” Frank explained. “…They said, ‘We have a problem’, and I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ You lost your powers on the show, kids all over the world, parents, and everyone’s calling and saying, “Hey, my kid isn’t eating, it’s not going to school,” so Saban and FOX freaked out and brought me back Show as the White Ranger. That’s a true story, they had a petition for the petition, ‘We need to bring back the Green Ranger.'”
And the rest, as they say, is history.