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Season 2 Episode 11

The Vega Influence

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 01, 1976 on ABC
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The Vega Influence
At a government base on an isolated island, Jaime is pitted against a "living" meteorite's strange ability to overpower the human will.

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  • An endearing story and a nice tribute to what science is all about and how it works

    Though this one may seem hokey by today's standards -- yet ANOTHER silly zombie story -- its real value-added elements are the way Jaime and Laurie work together rather than Laurie being just a helpless cripple and the explanations of the scientific method Michael shares with Jaime (and us) as the two of them try to figure out where all the people are. The message: Though there are many different ways people come at the world, they're all equally valid if only we'll work together rather than getting hung up on our differences. The whole outer space theme is also a lot of fun, no matter how low budget. In fact there's something oddly endearing about The Bionic Woman saving the world from an alien takeover without killing the buggers, who end up no worse off after they encounter her than before. Bmoreless
  • Not to miss episode.

    Fun episode finds Jaime together with Dr. Michael Marchetti (again played by Richard Lenz -- as the character that originally brought Jaime back from the dead in the second pilot episode) stranded at a U.S. military outpost where everyone has mysteriously disappeared. Things get really creepy really quickly when zombies start to appear which forces Jaime and Michael to barricade themselves at various locations in order to figure out what is going on. Big action scenes and high suspense make this episode a winner.moreless
Jamie Smith-Jackson

Jamie Smith-Jackson

Laurie Boylin

Guest Star

Roy Poole

Roy Poole

Dr. Boylin

Guest Star

Phil Carey

Phil Carey

Major Andrews

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • If Jaime wanted to stop the "zombies" from loading the meteroite onto the plane and flying off with it, why didn't she just run over, jump up on a wing, and bend one of the propeller arms beyond repair? That would've stopped them at least long enough to get the fire truck and the liquid CO2.

    • If Laurie Boylin had been deaf for 4 years as she said, her speech would not been as perfect as it is. Within a very short period of time, speech becomes affected by the distinctive in-the-throat sounds that deaf people make... especially if they are part of the small percentage who lose all of their hearing.

    • In the opening scene on the plane, Michael brings Jaime a styrofoam cup. The way Lindsay Wagner holds and tilts the cup, it's obviously empty.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Major Andrews: You two take this [hangar]. I'll take the next one. Now sing out if you see anybody.
      Jaime: (salutes) Loud and clear, sir. Probably will be more like a piercing scream, though.

    • Jaime: Y'know, times like this, it's kinda nice being a girl, 'cause I can admit to being scared.
      Sergeant Roberts: Well, I'll match goosebumps with you about now.

    • Oscar: How did it work?
      Dr. Boylin: Well, very simply, it seemed to be a basic life form which infected by ultrasonic communication.
      Michael: Which correspond to the alpha waves of the human mind. Its signals blocked all our thoughts except the basic instinct to help it survive.
      Jaime: That is fascinating.
      Oscar: Fascinating? After all you've been through, fascinating? That's all?
      Jaime: Well, okay, Oscar, I'll admit, it is the most bizarre experience I have ever had in my life, but I must admit that the thought of a completely new life form. I mean, I love it! Where would it come from?
      Dr. Boylin: Something to think about, isn't it? Does it come from our own solar system? From beyond?
      Michael: Well, wherever it came from, I'll tell you one thing: I never want to see another snowsuit.

    • Jaime: What is on Grand Tooley?
      Major Andrews: It used to be an air club base during World War II. You have heard of that war, I presume?
      Jaime: I read about it in my history books.
      Major Andrews: Oh, you're cute, Jaime.

  • NOTES (1)


    • This episode is very reminiscent of the 1971 movie, The Andromeda Strain, based on a book by Michael Crichton.

    • Jaime: Michael? Where are all the people?
      In 1974, a film that was destined to be a cult classic entitled Where Have All the People Gone was released. The film, starring Peter Graves and Kathleen Quinlan, was about a family who are apparently the last survivors of a planet-wide virus that has killed off all human life.

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