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The Incredible Hulk

Season 4 Episode 1

Prometheus (1)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 1980 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After being exposed to the radiation of a meteor that had just crashed to the Earth, David's transformation back from the Hulk stops midway, leaving him half-Hulk/half human.

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  • The Hulk vs. a Meteor: The series departs from formula by presenting a two-part sci-fi blockbuster for its fourth season opener.

    At this point in the series, The Incredidble Hulk had settled into a rather predictable -- but entertaining -- formula of one hour character drama with two appearances of the not-so-jolly Green Giant per hour. Series creator Kenneth Johnson blew the formula out of the water for this fourth season opener that is a sci-fi television blockbuster that also adheres to the show's mainstay element of character-driven drama. Johnson crafts a memorable two-parter in which a meteorite drenched in gamma radiation causes Banner's transformation back from the creation to stop mid-metamorphosis, leading a shadowy government agency to surmise he is an extra-terrestrial. Much of the episode plays bigger than the medium of television, for which Johnson is understandably proud. His episode commentary on the fourth season DVD release is not only entertaining and enlightening, it's one of the best bonus commentaries we've enjoyed on any series or feature film. Guest star Laurie Prange and regulars Bill Bixby and Jack Colvin deliver their A game here. And even Lou Ferrigno, normally confined by appearances limited to only a few minutes per normal episode, really gets to flex his muscles here. A fan favorite, "Prometheus" is the high-point of the latter half of the series.moreless
  • Too many filler with shots.

    The theme is intriguing—David gets stuck in half hulk half man. Unfortunately, this is not really one of the better stories, and what’s worse is it’s stretched out into two episodes. After the viewer gets his eyeful of half-and-half, the thrill is pretty much gone. There is far too much repetitive footage of scenery or bird’s eye view circles of the hulk raging. The second episode goes right into excess footage of an underground government plant that deals with the hulk with a voice over the P.A. system ticking off measures to take, monitoring, etc. This is fine for the first five minutes, but really gets old fast and you better have a fast-forward control to bypass the bore. The climax is exciting, but the story concepts are far too few and inbetween.moreless
John O'Connell

John O'Connell

Col. Harry Appling

Guest Star

Stack Pierce

Stack Pierce


Guest Star

Jill Choder

Jill Choder


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jack McGee: (to Captain Welsh) Enjoy your exercise.

    • David: (seeing a reflection of his half-Hulk/half-human self) It's never happened like this... never before.

    • (Katie inadvertantly knocks a fragile item off her piano)
      Katie: Then I heard they're going to make a Katie Maxwell doll. You wind her up, she walks into a piano.
      David: Maybe just a little bitter?
      Katie: Maybe just a little.

    • Pilot: Captain...what crashed up there anyway?
      Captain Welsh: I wish we knew.

    • Katie: (Apologizing to David for snapping at him) I didn't mean to bite the hand that saved me.

    • Capt. Adam Welsh: Do you live near here, sir?
      Jack McGee: No, no, no. I'm just a visitor like yourself, only you brought more friends, some of whom wear strange uniforms. What's going on?
      Welsh: (lying) Training exercise.
      McGee: Oh really?
      Welsh: Yes.
      McGee: I thought those usually took place on a military reservation.
      Welsh: Usually. Not always, as you see.
      (McGee points to a soldier wearing a Prometheus uniform)
      McGee: What kind of uniform is that?
      Welsh: Civilian.
      McGee: On a military exercise?
      Welsh: Yes.

    • (A storekeeper has become the latest person to have seen the Hulk)
      Storekeeper: Well, uh, how about those ten thousand bucks?
      Jack McGee: Well, that's for information leading to the capture.
      Storekeeper: Yeah, yeah. You'll get him.
      Jack: Well, maybe this time we will.

    • (David and a blind Katie feel the impact of the meteor crashing to the ground)
      David: Maybe I should go take a look.
      Katie: Wish I could say the same.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Guest star Laurie Prange also co-starred in the second pilot episode "Death In the Family" in 1977.

    • Portions of footage from the beginning of this episode set at the lake in Utah were recycled from the 1974 movie "The Parallax View." On his episode commentary, writer-director Kenneth Johnson explained that stars Bill Bixby and Laurie Prange were even costumed so that they would be indistinguishable from actors who were present in the stock footage.

    • The 1980-81 season was delayed by an actor's strike. As a result, The Incredible Hulk's fourth season consisted of 18 first-run episodes, instead of the usual average of 22.

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