The Six Million Dollar Man

Season 2 Episode 14

The Last Kamikaze

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 19, 1975 on ABC

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  • Actual emotional depth in this one.

    Season 2 had skidded off the road until this episode. John Fujoka is exceptional in his role as the Japanese Kamikaze still fighting WWII on the island, totally cut off from the rest of the world for 30 years. When Steve is captured by him and they begin to get to know each other, the script is quite good and we see genuine feelings of respect and empathy from Lee Majors' Steve Austin to this lost man, Kuroda. At the end of the episode we see great emotion from John Fujoka as his character deals with the internal conflict he faces of admitting that he has lived a lie for 30 years and that he has not died as a true Kamikaze. The plot is fairly pedestrian but its execution and the emotional subplot are superb.
  • Kamikaze, Harakiri, Bushido, Bionica.

    The bionic man is again called upon to recuperate the remains of a crashed plane. (This is the 11th lost airship in the series!) The particularity of this mission is that the onboard prototype atomic bomb might fall in to the hands of a surviving Japanese kamikaze pilot!

    The unusual combination of these surprising elements : Japanese WWII soldiers and atomics, make an interesting outset.

    Steve quickly catches up with the forgotten Japanese man, known to the locals as 'the old devil'. Still dressed in his original uniform, Kuroda, has lived in isolation for three decades, and has never heard of the new inventions, or men walking on the moon! Steve certainly can't convince him Japan has surrendered 30 years ago after two major cities were completely destroyed in an atomic blast. For Kuroda, Colonel Austin is the enemy, but when he falls in a trap and his bionics are exposed, the soldiers eyes are opened to a new but inevitable thruth.

    The middle part of this episode is a bit slow while the cast seems to run around in circles through the jungle. But what a cast! The acting of John Fujioka and Lee Majors is very compelling and touching while really drawing us in to witness the evolution of this relationship from fear to respect and even friendship.

    A special mention goes to writer Judy Burns, who perfectly ballances the Six Million Dollar Man series 'classic' elements with a serious 'deep' subject such as war, guild and regret.

    This is a great episode with a very human aspect.