The Six Million Dollar Man

Season 1 Episode 4

Population: Zero

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 18, 1974 on ABC

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  • First post pilot(s) episode, one of a groundbreaking nature.

    Critics of The Six Million Dollar Man have often turned to this story questioning why such a high standard could not have been constantly maintained. To a large extent they are correct, the script is of a higher class, to such an extent, that even Lee Majors looks interested with the proceedings. Don Porter adds panache as the vengeful Dr. Bacon seeking big bucks and an ego booster, via the destruction of an army batallion and a still rather uptight Oscar Goldman (his relationship with Steve hasn't quite turned into the bowling buddies schtick we would see by 1976). Population Zero, if one chooses to be stoically cycnical, looks like it was devised for another show, the production standards are certainly not like those Universal usually concieved for The Six Million Dollar Man, so much so, that parts of this could actually be passed off for a cinematic outing. The highlight is the tension of the will he/won't he scenario where Steve shows his human guile by breaking free from the freezer, slowly warming up to full power after a few tumbles, and gloriously returning to full strenght with only the sounds of an increasing heartbeat to prove his humanity always outweighs his electronics. An all time television classic.