The Incredible Hulk (1982)

Season 1 Episode 1

Tomb Of The Unknown Hulk

Aired Unknown Sep 18, 1982 on NBC
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Tomb Of The Unknown Hulk
An intense solar flare from the Sun creates a wave of radiation over the Earth. At the same time, Gamma Base is in charge of the highly powerful substance Perium-99. With the base's radio communication equipment rendered useless by the radiation, Dr. Octopus decides to use this opportunity to steal the Perium-99. As Rick checks up on Bruce at the base, Banner begins spontaneously changing into the Hulk due to the radiation wave. Rick subdues the Hulk and restores Banner to normal, but they soon both leave the base in case Bruce begins to change again. As Doc Ock's men infiltrate the base, Major Talbot discovers their presence and alerts General Ross. After trying to locate Banner for their investigation, Talbot follows Banner, but the radiation flares up again and Banner transforms into the Hulk, who trashes the army's trucks as well as the base's radar. With no warning, Doc Ock's men take full control over Gamma Base, and Ock himself quickly steals the Perium-99. Meanwhile, Rick leads the Hulk to Banner's desert fallout shelter, where he is trapped. After the Hulk calms down and turns back into Banner, Rick visits Rio's for supplies and he tells him that all contact with the base has been lost, and so they both go to investigate. They free Betty, the General and Talbot, but Ock escapes with the Perium, intending to turn everyone into mutations. Watching from the shelter, Banner turns into the Hulk and after breaking out, heads for Gamma Base for the final showdown.moreless

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  • The Incredible Hulk in 80's starts its run.

    For a pilot it's not too shabby. However, it's typical of the other Marvel productions during the same era. They even use the same music that they used in Spider-man and his Amazing friends here with a couple of alterations of course.

    The cartoon is decent though. The voices are ok, the animation is passable and storylines are entertaining.

    A couple of gripes is that they don't go into great depth into how Banner became the hulk. Instead they briefly mention that he was hit by Gamma Rays. Ignoring that though the pilot was decent. Doctor Octopus appears a lot here but he never does fight with the Hulk until the last few minutes of the episode. Instead they show him orchestrating the chaos through a video screen. On the bright side too this is very close to the comic version and seeing the Hulk talk (which he does do in the comic) is another positive.

    They also put a lot of emphasis into Banner's conflict with changing into the Hulk. All in a decent pilot.moreless
  • A decent start to the show, with a decent villain who manages to show off the Hulk's power quite effectively.

    The first episode produced does a good job in creating a sense of building jeopardy, with the solar flares first almost causing the Perium-99 to destroy the base, and then later almost turning Banner spontaneously into the Hulk. Doc Ock is a strange and original choice for a Hulk villain, but at least he does represent a real threat. As for the characters so far, Banner himself successfully comes across as a tortured soul at the mercy of the Hulk, and Rick too feels great remorse at inadvertently causing the Hulk\'s creation. This is pretty moody stuff for an animated network series, and shows just how much Michael Reaves understood the original comics. One thing that does stretch credibility is the very easy way in which Doc Ock\'s men infiltrate the base, simply due to luck. Ock\'s plan to turn people into creatures is also pretty B-movie stuff, and slightly out of character. Thankfully the final battle between the Hulk and Ock is quite action-packed, and the final scene between Banner and Rick very nicely shows how each feels responsible for the other.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Why doesn't the axion beam thing Octopus uses on the Hulk not work as it had on other men? Though he is not a mental giant, the Hulk's brain still works the same as a human being's to control his muscles.

    • How many Army bases have their own rocket launch gantries on site?

    • Why are there people cooking in the kitchen when Rio arrives? Octopus and his men are obviously on the base for several hours to complete the rocket and satellite, since it was dark when they arrived and it's light when the rocket launches. Surely, though, they'd not waste time eating. Plus, if Octopus disabled the base's power, how can the appliances in the kitchen be working? It is plausible Octopus would reactive the power needed for the labs and the rocket, but, why specifically reactivate the power for the kitchen, too?

    • If Doctor Octopus disabled the power to the entire base, how come there is power to run the security camera Bruce Banner eventually activates from the bunker and discovered the Doctor on a rampage?

    • How, exactly, can the Hulk, or anyone, tie knots in Doctor Octopus's arms that would stay? Since by design they are flexible, why couldn't Ock just contract two of the arms, while leaving the other two stationary, and undo the knots himself? Also, not to insult the Hulk, but... does he even have the necessary intelligence to tie a knot?

    • In Doctor Octopus's own words, he will turn the population of the United States into "beast like creatures, monsters!" in his bid to conquer the continent. Just how would this work? Surely, turning people into beasts/monsters would make the stronger.

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  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is available on the VHS Marvel Matinee Volume 2 and The Incredible Hulk Triple Volume 2.

    • Most of the music composed by Johnny Douglas for this series was reused in the later Marvel Productions series, Dungeons And Dragons (1983).

    • Some of the Hulk's stock roars from this series were used for the Juggernaut in "A Fire-Star Is Born" from Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends (1982) and for Unicron in Transformers: The Movie.

    • This particular animated incarnation of Dr. Octopus first appeared in the solo Spider-Man series of 1981 ("Bubble, Bubble Oil And Trouble") voiced by Stan Jones. After this appearance in the Hulk, he next appeared in the third season of Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends ("Spidey Meets The Girl From Tomorrow"), again voiced by an (uncredited) Michael Bell.

    • Debut of Hulk-out sequence 1 - Banner on all fours gradually turning into the Hulk. This sequence was seen 7 times in the series, and later shown in "Origin Of The Hulk" (twice), "The Creature And The Cavegirl", "It Lives! It Grows! It Destroys!", "The Incredible Shrinking Hulk" and "The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow".