M.A.N.T.I.S.

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M.A.N.T.I.S.

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This is the scientific journal of Dr. Miles Hawkins, to be published in the event of my death. I know when the truth is known, people will wonder why I felt it necessary to create the "M.A.N.T.I.S.". The reality--I never did. The M.A.N.T.I.S. asked his own creation and I could not refuse him.

Dr. Miles Hawkins, a scientist/inventor who cannot walk, invented a shell in which he can walk and do various stunts. With the help from a few colleagues, The Doctor will be able to fight criminals that the police can't find.
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  • Great show if you only watch the first half of the series.

    7.5
    I really liked this show. Although I did not see it when it originally aired, I did see it when aired on The Sci-Fi Channel. The show only lasted one season, but it is understandable why. The first half of the series, although fantasy, seemed to have an heir of believability to it. Then somewhere around the middle of the first and only season it seemed to just move into more of a silly sci-fi fantasy show. The opening themed changed (for the worst) and the stories just lost credibility. Although I like the show, I prefer to watch only the first half.moreless
  • To a 10 year old kid, it was great!

    7.0
    Part of me would like to see a DVD release for M.A.N.T.I.S., but it's with hesitation, as I think the nostalgic love I have for this show would be diminished if I watched it again.



    M.A.N.T.I.S. was my Friday night routine when I was 10. It was how I knew the weekend had officially begun. The larger-than-life, cartoon inspired action was manna from heaven for a kid who grew up with Batman and the like. I remember Miles and Roger Rees as the computer tech/sidekick (of all of the unlikely sidekicks for a superhero...Roger Rees?! Nicholas Nickleby Roger Rees?!) Beyond that, it's mostly a blur.



    Of course, adapting any superhero to TV is difficult, and sometimes even well-done adaptations can't catch on with viewers (take "The Flash," for example). The game becomes even harder when you're trying to push an original creation with no comic book foundation on to audiences. I admit, the premise is shaky, but deep down everybody dreams of being a superhero at some point in their life and we all have enjoyed watching them fight crime and save the day.



    Would I like to see it again? Sure! But I doubt it would play as well to a 23 year old as Brisco County Jr. does today. M.A.N.T.I.S. may be better left in the past, as a memory of my childhood not to be revisited.moreless
  • This was a guilty pleasure of mine for a few episodes. Then the producers apparently lost their minds and shot the show in the head!

    7.5
    M.A.N.T.I.S.: a good idea gone very bad. Premise: a brilliant, but paralyzed scientist finds a way (donning a special suit he developed) to not only walk, but fight crime as well! And he may have been the first African-American superhero on television. Exciting!



    Well, the deal is people stopped watching this because the producers/writers changed the focus of the show after the 1st few shows, completely trashing the story line they'd started with and ending up with a cartoon. A bad one. So this is one of those shows that had great promise, then foolishly committed suicide in full public view.moreless
  • ...and he can walk perfectly fine. He doesn't need a wheelchair but his acting here is so convincing you'd think he would. Which brings us back to what the Mantis or M.A.N.T.I.S. was designed for...moreless

    7.0
    Let's face it I've got an odd taste in shows. Case in point you have M.A.N.T.I.S. or as I like to call it simply the Mantis. At anyrate this show tookplacein canada. Initially it was this mishmash betwixt conspiracy and Ironman with Miles Hawkins being cast in Tony Starks shoes from what I can gather. Like Tony Stark Miles Hawkins owns an organization that specializes in technology. Also like Tony Starks he had an unforeseen accident that rendered him somewhat handicapped. But the comparisons end there. What separates the Mantis from Ironman are a couple things. One Tony Starks is Italian, Miles Hawkins is black. Another is Ironman can fly,The Mantis must use a versatile vehicle called the Chrysalid to do so. In contrast Ironman fires rocket, The mantis fires tranquilizer darts to temporarily imobilize people on the spot. They freezelike someone playing redlight greenlight,LOL. Incidentally the guy who plays Miles Hawkins(Carl Lumbly) went on to co-star with Jennifer Garner in Alias, and he can walk perfectly fine. He doesn't need a wheelchair but his acting here is so convincing you'd think he would. Which brings us back to what the Mantis or M.A.N.T.I.S. was designed for... You guessed it to replace the wheelchair. The first episode was fine what with him playing basket ball in it then rescuing a woman fromapushy boyfriend. But then it gets all weird near the end ofthe series. Leora Maxwell was a nice looking woman but I just couldn't follow the series after a while so I stopped. I heard his character died somehow. Hopefully they didn't just have him shot as that would be bogus in that it completely negates the logic of the series opener in which he's shot and the weaving of the Mantis is so tight that its like a cavalier vest.moreless
  • A super hero (Dr. Miles Hawkins)in a cybernetic suit at night fighting crime. Disguised as a black man(scientist) in a wheelchair at daytime. This show was very similar to (Nightman).

    10
    I-actually-thought-this-show-was-fascinating-at-the beginning-and-middle-of-the-season. On the last episode (Ghost Of The Ice) the producers decided to kill of the hero which I thought was very stupid. Why get very creative with a unique sci-fi-black-super-hero-show, if you are not going to embrace it? The show had tons of fans so why kill the show after only 1 season? They-could-have-at-least brought-Miles-back-somehow-and-stretched-the-show-a-couple more seasons. I'm hoping they didn't cancel the show because the hero was a black man.....that would be an even more stupid reason to kill off Dr. Miles Hawkins. If the super-hero was a white-man would they have killed the hero off?moreless
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    cool gadgets, characters with double lives, for nerds, cheap special effects, futuristic technology