It's been thirty years since I've watched The Six-Million Dollar Man.
I used to quite like the show, particularly the early seasons. I also have fond memories of the original novel Cyborg
by Martin Caidin that inspired the series.
Recently the first season became available separately as a season set on DVD. Previously the series was only available as a box set and was rather pricey. A few days ago I ordered the Season 1 set from Amazon and it arrived this afternoon.
This evening I just watched the first pilot film...
This closely parallels the original novel Cyborg
by Martin Caidin. I'm sure there are some finer points where it diverges, but I haven't read the novel since the '70s so I can't recall exactly where it diverges. I do recall that in the novel Steve Austin could only run about twenty-five m.p.h. while in the pilot and series he can reach sixty m.p.h. I also recall that the novel covers more of his training with his bionics.
That said the pilot film is well written, well cast and well performed by Lee Majors, Martin Balsam and Darren McGavin. McGavin is particularly interesting as OSO Director Spencer, a toned down s.o.b. who spearheads Steve Austin's rebuilding so to speak. Good stuff.
The action is low-key by today's standards, but I rather like the more realistic approach to Austin's abilities without overdone visual and audio f/x. The only real nitpick I have with this is the sometimes obtrusive music, but it's only occasional.
Looking at the pilot alone it's easy to see how this could be updated and made to work today. I would hope they would have a similar approach and tone to the story overall and the characters. And it would be a piece-of-cake for them to depict Austin's capabilities today and make it look convincing.
I'm looking forward to the next episodes.