Unfortunately, Genesis II didn't sell. In a repeat of the reaction to the first Star Trek pilot, the network brass found the show too cerebral, and felt that its hero (played by Alex Cord) looked and acted too much like a liberal arts college professor - one who probably slept with his students. (Okay, that's pure speculation. But I found him creepy.) CBS went with Planet Of The Apes instead.
But Warner Brothers wasn't ready to give up on the concept, and persuaded ABC to fund a new pilot. Roddenberry tried again. This time, he hired Star Trek veteran Marc Daniels to direct, collaborated with writer Juanita Bartlett on a more action-oriented script, and recast the character of Dylan Hunt. This time around, the character was played by John Saxon, who brought much more of a "Captain Kirk" vibe to the role.
The search leads them to the Confederacy of Ruth, a matriarchal society where women rule and men are mere chattel, belittlingly referred to as "Dinks," and drugged into subservience by their mistresses. Hunt and Harper-Smythe attempt to infiltrate the Confederacy, with Hunt posing as Harper-Smythe's slave, but the leader of the group, a woman called Marg (Roddenberry favorite Diana Muldaur) claims Dylan as her own property. Hunt is then given "training" and prepared for auction.
Warners Archive site or through Amazon: Planet Earth (1974 TVM)
I really like Planet Earth. As I said above, it's my favorite of the three tries at the concept, and it had a lot of potential. Ultimately, I think it's a really good 70's sci-fi pilot, and had it gone to series, I can guarantee you that 10-year-old me would have been perched in front of the tube every week, loving every minute of it.
John Saxon will return (though, not as Dylan Hunt)... in Strange New World, the final installment of the "PAX Trilogy!"