The Incredible Hulk

Season 3 Episode 20

Deathmask

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 14, 1980 on CBS
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  • A Near Lynching

    6.0
    The Incredible Hulk Series joins a list of other TV Shows where crowds of people want to take the law into their own hands,and nearly lynch the wrong course nobody should be lynched regardless of innocense,or becomes a near lynching makes it worst is that the real guilty person carries a would take the appearance of the Hulk to not only prevent another injustice from taking place,and to bring the real culprit to justice,
  • Dark and atypical. But an outstanding episode.

    9.5
    By this point in the series, episodes of The Incredible Hulk were typically mediocre and formulaic, punctuated by several outstanding episodes such as "The Psychic" and "Prometheus."

    "Deathmask" not only is an outstanding episode, it is atypical in the series for its subject matter and unrelenting dark mood. John McPherson's direction and producer Nicholas Corea's script were both personal bests for the series. As usual, Bill Bixby's pitch perfect portrayal of Banner is a highlight. His interaction with habitual "Hulk" guest star Gerald McRaney (making his fourth and final guest shot in the series) during the interrogation scenes are outstanding for the show and any other drama series at the time. Minor quibbles we have are the killer's rather predictable motivation ("daddy issues") and the exaggerated mob mentality of the townspeople. In addition, after having been identified by the FBI in the preceding episode ("A Rock and Hard Place"), we can only imagine the dramatic interplay that would have ensued had McRaney's character been the one to actually discover David's true identity. Nevertheless, it's an excellent episode and an unusual break from the family-friendly themes that were the series' norm throughout its five year run.
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