I watched every show when it came on TV. I wish they would bring it back. I don't ever see reruns on TV. Maybe they should bring it back as a movie with the bionic woman. I would just hope they don't ruin it as they did the Incredible Hulk.
One of the best shows I ever watched when I was growing up.
First off Steve being an astronaut made good backstory for future stories in the series. Steve is critically injured in a fighter plane accident and suffers a crushed right arm,
lost legs and damaged left eye. After being given a new zoom
in lense camera eye, a new arm with bulldozer strengh, and strong legs that let him run fast he is ready. Now he has a new job working for Oscar Goldman and the government on secret missions. Steve has to combat aliens, robots,a bionic
saquatch, another bionic man and we are introduced to the love of Steve's life who evetually becomes The Bionic Woman.
Great show! Lee Majors was Steve Austin. I hear they are thinking of casting Jim Carrey as a new Steve Austin. I can't imagine it. Majors brought so much weight to that role. The isolation of the hero played out in his solitude... The fear of being a freak. With his arm full of wires... That haunting theme that at full speed could inspire a generation of children to run in slow motion... and yet slowed right down could be so haunting... When you are a child he is just a hero... But watching it again... And you see that hero is so along and insecure.. Fascinating. Majors did such a good job. Can you imagine say Hasslehoff playing that role? Steve Austin was far more than just a 'hunk'. And the introduction of the Bionic Woman with them running and jumping fences together is just about the most romantic thing I have ever seen...
I've been a fan of this show since 1974. My first exposure was the series premier. I was at some babysitter's house
with several other kids and I remember seeing " Population: Zero " .
I remember the
first scene with the cop giving me chills. Then the intro. Whoa! The
coolest intro ever! This looks awesome.
I remember Steve talking to Oscar in the garage talking about
opening up an auto shop. I remember Steve's discovery of the
townspeople alive, Steve being captured by the villain. " I will
reduce you to a six million dollar pile of junk. " Put him in the
freezer. But what I remember the most is him powering up slowly as he
ran after falling a couple times. The heartbeat sound affect. I
thought that was so cool. And running with steel fence pillar, almost
falling from the sonic waves, but no. With one last burst of strength
and then ... boom!
What a great ending. There are better episodes, But for it's
nostalgic value alone, that's probably my favorite. Later, that same week, they showed the pilot movie again, so I saw that after the premere. " Day Of The Robot
" was my next favorite episode. I remember the first year was really a
half season long. Some episodes that I thought were cool then are actually
pretty hokey now, but a guilty pleasure ( Dr Wells Is Missing, Burning Bright , Run Steve Run etc).
Some still stand out.. ( Last Of The Fourth Of Julys, Doomsday and Counting , Eyewitness to
Murder, Etc.. ( Gary Lockwood as John Hopper.. unsung villain).
What Male kid at least back then didn't pretend to be Steve
Austin? Didn't do the hokey Bionic sound affects, or try? I myself
could do a pretty good Bionic eye, still can. And when you ran in slow
motion, always, always... there was Oliver Nelson's music in your
head. Most of the time you were doing it out loud! I have looked my
entire life for a soundtrack album. If anything deserves a soundtrack,
THAT music does. Great jazz, and the percussion.. bongos and drums.
That orchestra must have had fun.
I still remember the birthday in 1975 when I got the action
figure, the trading cards, actually stickers. The movie viewer,
anybody remember those?
Lee Majors brought such a real, sensitive persona to Steve
Austin. And the character was a great moral hero for boys. He refused
to carry a gun. I'm not talking about the first three movies, the only
thing I would count from there is the pilot where he shot some
soldiers because he was scared to death on his first mission. And the
two James Bond type follow-up movies. What was that about? Not right for the
character at all. Majors had more of a hand in development of Austin
when it became a series.
And good old reliable Oscar Goldman, played by Richard
Anderson. People talk about the Picard Maneuver's that Patrick Stewart
did in Star Trek. How many Goldman Maneuvers did Anderson do? How many
different ways can you take off your glasses, how slowly can you do
it, and how many different ways can you say, " We've got a problem,
Pal. " as only he could. Ever see the second and third movies? Oscar
is nasty. Almost like McGavin in the pilot. He didn't like Steve at
all. But over the course, he was like a father figure to Jamie, and
best friend to Steve.
And Jamie. What a timeless character , written for, and dependent so
strongly on the performance of Lindsay Wagner. I'm sorry boys, but
there is only one Jamie Sommers in this world. I remember her being
introduced, and being killed. The chase in the rain. And didn't
Lindsay almost make you feel the sheer agony Jamie was going through. I,
and all of the fans were outraged over the death of a purely fictional
character, which this wonderful and charming actress brought to life.
We wrote, They listened.. ressurection. Her lost memory, ( " Who are you? " , remember that? ) her
heartbreaking trials with Steve, and him always silently sitting back,
waiting for her. Hoping against hope that she would come back to him. Of course, she got her own show. There was even a Seven Million Dollar Man.. Barney Miller.. in the second season.. pre Jamie. Robots, Fembots, Sasquatch, Death Probes and the like filled my screen through adventure after adventure.
Time went by, the episodes started getting lamer. Puberty
hit. Star Wars came out. And the Bionic duo fell by the wayside. But
they never really left my heart. In the 80's, I was re-awaked to my childhood heroes when Richard Anderson arranged for a reunion movie. Kinda holkey... but I'll take what I can get. Best part was... jmaie finally remembered her love for Steve! A second ( Bionic Showdown, with a then unknown Sandra Bullock becoming bionic! ... and Jamie asked Steve to marry him ( because he couldn't get the courage up). And finally, a final mission and the decades long anticipation was over. Jamie Sommers and Steve Austin became husband and wife. Also, for decades... legal litigation and copyrite and royalty battles, kept these two shows from being released on DVD. Well, the wait is over, ladies and gentlemen. In November, Time/Life is releasing the entire series for the first time in any American format in a complete set. Check the Timelife site for details. The Bionic Woman will be released one season at a time in stores starting in October. And I feel like I'm ten years old all over again!!! Those shows were the magic of my childhood... and these were my heroes.
It was,and still is one of the greatest family shows to watch.My chidren who are teens even love the show,it just had everything in a program that people want! the sad part is i have to get my cousin to record the show,then travel 30 miles to deliver it!
lee majors is the only person who could ,and has been able to play steve austin ,i just could\'nt picture another actor playing this role as well as lee majors! He is a legend,the show is an all time classic.the chemistry between majors,and anderson(oscar goldman) was excellent! well im not good at reviews ,so i\'ll stop now,except to say,i can not wait untill it is in stores on dvd! thanks
I recently acquired the series on DVD. I was expecting it to not be as good as i had remembered. I was of course wrong and it\'s still a pretty entertaining show.
Some of it is a bit dated but for the most part its pretty good. I especially like the Death Probe episodes(perhaps the best of the series).
I think it much better TV show in 70\'s. If you are age around 40 or > you much keep one set of this DVD in your house.It is because the story and the visual technical is a great in 70\'s. I think it can compare with STAR WARS and MATRIX that classic movie.
This show was one of the Super heroe classics of the 70's. For its time, the effects were pretty well done for 70's television. One needs to remember that this was before computer aided effects and even fiber optics. They were done the old-fashioned way: smoke, mirrors, and magic!
Lee m ajors did a good job with the part for the first few seasons. of course, I am sure the role got old and it became harder to see Majors as an Air Force Reserve officer with the haircut he sported. Still he filled out a set of dress blues very well.
Richard Anderson played oscar Goldman very well. His cool dimeanor worked well for the part of a cold, calculating, Washington-type.
Maryin E. brooks was the best Dr. Rudy Wells of the series. I wish he had showed up before the third season.
I like most people who are writing reviews, grew up watching the six million dollar man on sunday nights on ABC. I even had the action figure when I was eight years old. My favorite episodes involved Bigfoot or the Probe, (the machine that had the arms stcking out) I would love to see how it could be done with today's technology. Or better yet, since they are re-making every other television series into a movie, it would be great to see what someon like Speilberg or Lucas, or some other director could do with this classic. Bringing this show back today would be better than half the shows that are on TV today.
Colonel Steve Austin was a top NASA pilot, critically injured when his experimental spaceplane crashed. Oscar Goldman, head of the OSI (a government organization that develops new technologies), used Austin as a test subject for an experimental procedure. His body was rebuilt using incredible cybernetic technlogy, making him the world's first bionic man. Now, Austin works for Goldman and the OSI, protecting the nation from a myriad of threats.
It was fun to watch the first TV pilot to see how Steve Austin ended up crashing his aircraft, as I had forgot how that happened from seeing it when I was 8. But....who dreamed up those next two TV pilot episodes?? They were absolutely HORRIBLE!! Trying way too hard to be James Bond-ish, especially Steve trying to be a ladies man, just did NOT work. And who made up the opening credits theme for those first few shows? Again, just terrible, very '70s. Thank goodness its "normal" theme came into play within the first few episodes. Overall however, a fun show to watch, and well worth the cost from Time-Life to get them on DVD.
The Six Million Dollar Man was a show that was entertaining and it actually taught me about romance. I was about six when I first started watching it. I was enthralled by the action and the feats that this man could perform. He had a bionic right arm, two bionic legs, and a bionic eye that could enable him to see great distances. His strength was more than that of ten men. He could run faster than a car and he was a super intelligence agent. Along the way he meets a variety of interesting characters and ones that I have never forgotten about. There was Barney, the seven million dollar man who lets his bionics take over his mind and he uses them for his own benefits instead of that of his agency. Then there was the probe. The probe was a machine that was designed to go to space but never made it there. On Earth, it wreaks havoc and Steve has his hands full with it. Then of course there was Jamie Summers. She was Steve's girlfriend that has a tragic parachuting accident. Steve, blinded by love demands that she is given bionics. She receives them but she has amnesia. There love is tragically put on hold and it is this plot line that for the first time in my young life, I was taught about the power and tragedy of love.
But the best of all the episodes of Steve Austin was the one's centering around Bigfoot. This also introduced the world to Andre The Giant. The Bigfoot episodes were scary. Here is this huge creature that is also bionic and he is a little stronger, a little faster and a little more vicious than Steve Austin. It is some of the best T.V. I've ever seen and it is one that will have a lasting impression on me for the rest of my life.
I remember that I asked my mom how they did all those things. How a man could jump that high, how he could lift a car and such. It was then that my parents explained to me that this was all make believe. That this is what is known as magic. Well it was from that moment on that the movies and TV captured my imagination. And for that I will be eternally greatful to The Six Million Dollar Man.
These are the best episodes of the show. Stephanie Powers was were the good old days. Have plots gotten better over the this was an end to an people got killed with all this blood and gore and where the good guys were pretty I must admit Steve was a lady killer. Lol! Now-a-days he would be tamed.
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