Revisiting The Six-Million Dollar Man...

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  1. Chris_Johnston

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    Yeah, I loved the first season the most, or at least anything pre-Bigfoot (that's when they officially ran out of ideas).
    Especially the more natural sound effects, like that satisfying metallic WHUMP! when Austin deflected a falling I-beam, or scored a palpable hit on the Saxon-bot.

    Population: Zero was the first SMDM I ever saw, since my folks wouldn't let me watch the pilot movies.
    That whole scene of him stumbling across the landscape after his deep-freeze ordeal, then gradually warming up and breaking into the classic slo-mo run (with the sound of his steady heartbeat) for the first time is still the best example of Lee Majors' excellent running abilities (on account of his track & football background). I see other action stars run in movies, like Clint, and they just seem to take these short bouncing steps, while Majors had these long, smooth strides, with his eyeline following a straight horizontal path through space. Hell, I dunno how to explain it.
    Anyways, another detail I liked in that sequence was how his shirt had sweat stains on the left side, but the right side was bone dry. (Y'know, cuz, bionics don't sweat!)

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    My favorite episode in the second season was The Deadly Replay, where Austin has to re-fly the HL-10.
    If you look close, you'll see the former American Airlines 747 that would later be converted into the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft sitting on the tarmac as Steve arrives at Edwards!

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    Also, there's a really touching moment at the end, when it's learned that Steve's near-fatal crash had also been the result of sabotage, and Steve walks over to the bird and lays his hand on her nose, as if it were a horse that'd thrown him. You can almost hear him say, "It's okay, girl. It wasn't your fault."

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  2. Captaindemotion

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    I would just like to point out that my wife was catching up on her Grey's Anatomy Sky-plussed shows and Lee Majors was in it as a patient.

    I asked if he was in getting an artificial leg, arm or eye connected. Nope, he wasn't. He was getting a heart operation and was worried about the scar, because it might ruin his appearance (his character was ageing but vain).

    I asked if he had said anything like 'I look like a million dollars. I look like SIX million dollars.' He hadn't.

    In disgust, I left the room. What a waste of a wink to the audience!
     
  3. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Yeah, I remember that. Cold was Austin's kryptonite. Great scene. And I think it was in the same episode where he was in a jeep with Rudy Wells and had to jump off to take care of the bad guys; as he moved to go, Wells put his hand on his arm and said, "No, Steve." A nice, understated expression of concern.
     
  4. Warped9

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    A nice touch of detail I never noticed before. Cool! :techman:
     
  5. the G-man

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    To be fair, perhaps as an actor Majors would prefer to not have every role turn into a wink.
     
  6. Noname Given

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    Or even a - "Nick, Jarrod, there's a fire in the barn!"
    (Lee Majors of course played Heath in The Big Valley in the mid 1960ies ;))
     
  7. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

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    True. I just like to slag off Gray's at every opportunity!
     
  8. DWF

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    I started watching the pilot on DVD last night and I had forgotten that Spencer made it kind of clear that the entire project would cost six million dollars, so I have to wonder just how much Steve's bionics cost.
     
  9. Silvercrest

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    For what it's worth, the original novel priced him at four million dollars for initial parts and labor, plus half a million dollars a year for testing and follow-up for an indefinite number of years. Six million is what was granted the project out of the starting gate, based on that estimate.
     
  10. DWF

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    Thanks I was wondering about the novel it's been ages since I've read it and I do remember not liking Oscar in the book.
     
  11. WillsBabe

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    I know absolutely what you mean by "the run", and this was the first episode I saw as a kid, too. I was so impressed by this episode when I saw it recently as an adult, particularly Lee Majors' athleticism.
     
  12. david g

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    I first began watching SMDM when I was about 5. I think the first episode I can remember watching was "The Bionic Woman." In any event, what I truly became hooked on was THE BIONIC WOMAN series. Watching it today it still holds up beautifully, for the most part, mainly because of Lindsay Wagner's incandescent acting.

    But I have been enjoying rewatching and more often watching SMDM episodes for the first time on the Time Life set. I used to find Lee Majors wooden and dull, but now I find him perfect--iconic yet human, witty, even, in his deadpan low-keyness.

    The show is really hit or miss, but it's always fun. Sometimes it's quite touching, too. And is there anything more galvanizing than Bionic Action in all of its forms?

    I quite like "Burning Bright," and I think Shatner is, while as ever Shatner-esque, quite believable in the part. The climax high on the scaffold is quite stunning.
     
  13. ToddPence

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    Perhaps you're thinking of Star Trek's own "Where No Man Has Gone Before?"
     
  14. Warped9

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    No, but it could also be Shatner in an old Outer Limits episode.
     
  15. Noname Given

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    ^^^
    When I was 10 years old - that was the first scene I saw from The Six Million Dollar Man as I had heard about the series at school - but kept forgetting when it was on; so one Sunday I finally remembered; and flipped to channel 7 to see Austin fighting the robot; and made it a point to write on my calendar to remember to tune in at the start of the show the next week.