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14th Apr '13 1:43:52 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:320:Turn invisible now. [[FashionDissonance Please.]]]]
->''"Special Federal Agent Sam Casey was assigned to Operation Royce Explorer, to retrieve an unidentified satellite from the ocean floor. During the course of the salvage operation, the submerged satellite exploded. The radiation from the blast left Casey alive but invisible. The [[LawEnforcementInc Intersect]] Radiation Lab fitted him with a 'DNA Stabilizer'. This enables Casey to both become invisible and to materialize. The complete details are Top Secret: File #487384."''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration to ''''''''Riding With Death'''''

''Gemini Man'', based VERY loosely on HGWells' ''TheInvisibleMan'', was a [[LiveActionTV TV series]] from 1976 which followed the adventures of government operative Sam Casey, who worked for a CIA-like agency known as INTERSECT. After a radiation accident in the first episode, he was rendered invisible, but was supplied with a watch-style device called a "DNA Stabilizer" that allowed him to control the invisibility - with the catch that he could only stay invisible for 15 minutes per day or else he'd die. The series was canceled after only five episodes.

Most mid-70s action series with a lifespan that short would quickly fade into obscurity. However, a [[CompilationMovie TV movie compiled from two episodes of the show]] entitled ''Riding with Death'' was released five years later and continued to run on television for many years. The episodes used were series premiere "Smithereens" along with "Buffalo Bill Rides Again", the latter of which didnít air in the network run, and are linked via the common themes of vehicles MadeOfExplodium and country singer Jim Stafford.

For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version of ''Riding With Death'', please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E14RidingWithDeath episode recap page]].

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!!The show made use of many tropes [[ActionAdventureTropes common among action/adventure fare]] of the era, among them:

* AdventureTowns: We don't remember their names, and neither will you.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: the DNA Stabilizer, an LCD wristwatch Casey uses to become visible again.
* YouFailBiologyForever: Apparently people have an invisibility gene. Who knew?
* BaldOfEvil: Dr. Hale, the patent-paper wielding villain.
* BlessedWithSuck: If Casey stays invisible too long, he dies or [[PowerIncontinence gets stuck that way]]. He can monitor how long he's been invisible with a display on top of his DNA stabilizer. [[OhCrap The stabilizer turns invisible, too...]]
* CompilationMovie: A clumsily-done example, to be sure. You'd think having an invisible character would make ADR dirt simple, but noooooooooooo.
** What makes it hysterical is that Casey claims that Driscoll grew a thick, bushy mustache ''[[YouFailBiologyForever in a single month]]''!
** At the end of the first half of the movie, after Casey turns invisible in a purportedly comedic moment, Driscoll has a poorly and obviously dubbed in line, "You're more elusive than Robert Denby!" This serves as a link to the villain of Part Two.
** Abby has absolutely no purpose in the second half of the...er, film, but to forge some sort of link to the first half we occasionally see her watching the action on a monitor, mumbling some pablum.
* CrystalClearPicture: The monitor Abby uses to...monitor Casey in the second half of the movie has a better resolution than the rest of the film.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Dr. Hale's supposed gasoline additive is actually a explosive three times more powerful than Nitroglycerin and can be made from common chemicals. He concocts an elaborate scheme to defraud the government rather than just selling his new, cheap, explosive that is vastly more powerful than Nitroglycerin. Of course, this makes perfect sense when you inevitably realize as the movie goes on that Dr. Hale is kind of an idiot.
* DistressedDamsel: Abby in the first half of the movie.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Averted for the most part. Casey sensibly drives the speed limit even before he learns about the explosive properties of his cargo. He's a bit of a spaz behind the wheel of a racecar, though.
* FashionDissonance: Bell-bottoms and seventies hair abound, but Casey wears a jacket so bad it's a good thing he can turn invisible.
* FemmeFatale: Cupcake, believe it or not.
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: Averted in the ''Riding With Death'' version. The first half of the "movie" used a clip from the pilot episode to establish the origin of Sam Casey's powers and made no attempt to cover up the fact that Driscoll was being played by another actor in those scenes.
* FormFittingWardrobe: Abby and Casey.
* FramedForHeroism: Casey often uses his invisibility to help others accomplish certain tasks or feats. Like helping Buffalo Bill win a bar fight using a huge whiffing air-punch that would make a [[ProfessionalWrestling pro westler]] roll his eyes in disgust.
* ILoveNuclearPower: It makes me invisible and stuff! Sadly, since the series was canceled, we'll probably never see a continuation titled ''The Invisible Cancer Patient''.
* AnInsert: When making ''Riding With Death'', they needed something to tie the two episodes together -- so they overdubbed some dialogue in both episodes to tie them together, added some footage they had of [[HotScientist Reasonably Okay-Looking Scientist]] Abby watching a viewscreen which featured the events of the second episode. Occasionally Footage-Abby would chime in with overdubbed dialogue, quite possibly taken from yet a ''third'' (fourth?) episode.
--> '''Footage-Abby:''' Go get 'em, Sam! Give it the old college try!
** There's also a flashback during the first half of the movie that is actually a clip from the pilot episode. The flashback has no relevance within the actual plot other than to clumsily shoehorn exposition regarding the origins of Sam Casey's powers.
* InformedAttribute: Even though Tripolodine is allegedly much more powerful than nitroglycerin and capable of "blowing the whole town to smithereens," the explosion from the semi carrying it could only "maybe singe the side of a bed n' breakfast." Casey himself allegedly graduated from Harvard...
* InspectorJavert: Whiny Scientist Guy thinks Leonard Driscoll is one of these, because of his devotion to busting (The Elusive) Robert Denby. [[spoiler:He's wrong.]]
* InspiredBy: HGWells ''TheInvisibleMan''. Very, very, ''very'' loosely.
* {{Invisibility}}: But remember, if Casey spends more than fifteen minutes invisible, he stays that way [[PowerIncontinence FOREVER]]! Or dies. Sources conflict. Maybe he dies and nobody can find the body.
* JiveTurkey: Casey.
* LargeHam: Driscoll.
** Jim Stafford is ''made'' of ham.
* LawEnforcementInc: Intersect
* LiveActionEscortMission: Though the treacherous Dr. Hale is ''trying'' to be TheLoad and get Casey killed.
* LyingToThePerp: Casey does this to determine whether Dr. Hale is really inside his truck or not.
-->'''Casey:''' Sorry about that ''last bump'', Doctor.
-->'''Abby:''' What bump?
* MadeOfExplodium: Tripolodine, mere drops of which form an explosive violent enough to knock papers off of a desk. The riffers at {{MST3K}} question the InformedAttribute of tripolodine, stating they weren't sure that would have taken out the ''whole town''. Maybe singe the side of a bed-and-breakfast inn.
* MagicalSecurityCam: So in ''Riding with Death'' Abby's watching [[strike:the second episode]] the second half on the movie on a monitor that can apparently follow Casey or other random characters around, pick up important aspects of the story, switch angles, and film inside buildings and race cars. Are there invisible camera fairies flitting about? [[ParanoiaFuel Are they watching you? Right now?]]
* MagicBrakes: Actually averted. Though the sinister mechanic Carl sabotages the brakes of the semi, the movie acknowledges this isn't a huge problem. The huge problem would be the series of vicious switchbacks and hairpin curves Casey is bearing down on at high-speed.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Sure it doesn't boost mileage, but what military wouldn't want such a potent explosive?
* MissingEpisode: The show got fewer than half of its completed episodes on the air. The CompilationMovie partially justified itself by using one of the missing episodes for the second half. The linking factor was that both episodes featured guest shots by country/novelty musician Jim Stafford, as well as being about dangerous vehicles (hence the movie's title).
* NeutralFemale: Abby. But she's some gal!
* NitroExpress: The premiere features the hero driving a semi across the country to deliver a fuel additive, along with its creator. Halfway through, it is revealed the creator is pulling a Face Heel Turn: After finding that Tripoline inevitably breaks down into an unstable explosive, he decides to embezzle ten million dollars from his research firm and then use the substance to fake his own death when some random pothole the truck runs over sets off the bottle.
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Set in the '80s, it is ''painfully'' obvious the wardrobe is from the '70s.
* TheOtherDarrin: Richard Dysart played Casey's superior Driscoll in the show's pilot, but was replaced by William Sylvester in the actual series. The ''Riding with Death'' version uses footage from the pilot in one flashback which had Dysart as Driscoll.
* OutdatedOutfit: Even by the terms of the 70s, Casey's hideous jacket was dated.
* PluckyComicRelief: Buffalo Bill. Like most comic relief, he will make you wince every time he opens his mouth.
* PullTheThread: At one point Sam calls Dr. Hale to apologize for a bump in the road that didn't actually happen. When Hale plays along and acts like it did, it reveals that he's not in the truck at all.
* PutOnABus: Abby's character was dumped mid-series. ''Riding With Death'' clumsily deals with that.
* RecycledScript: One of the original five broadcast episodes shared a script about a look-alike infiltrator with ''Series/TheBionicWoman''.
* RedScare: Turns out Denby had his bomb-car outfitted in [[CommieLand East Germany]].
* RummageSaleRejects: Gaze upon the page pic and despair!
* TheSeventies: ''And how''. In fact, it was in 1976 when truckers and CB radios were a popular fad, with C.W. [=McCoy=]'s "Convoy" being a #1 hit, and the kid's board game "10-4 Good Buddy" released as well.
* SpringtimeForHitler: The inventor of the faulty fuel additive in ''Riding With Death'' planned to fake his own death while Casey was driving the truck he was hidden in.
* StockFootage: The part of Intersect's mainframe will be played by "Guardian" from ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''.
** "I'm running a film now of a previous pilot ejection."
** ''Riding with Death'' features spliced-in footage from the pilot in order to show Casey's origin story.
* {{Superhero}}: Casey, theoretically anyway.
* SyndicationTitle: The only themes tying the two episodes together were vehicles, deadly explosions, and an annoying country musician, and apparently "Riding With Death While Yodeling" tested poorly.
* ThisCannotBe: "This can't '''BE?!''' You're '''''DEAD?!'''''"
* TraitorShot: Of Karl the mechanic after we see the brakes on Casey's truck cut.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''Gemini Man'' was set in the far-flung future of [[TheEighties 1983]], but it's hard to tell considering how much the show's atmosphere conjures up [[TheSeventies the era when it was made]].
* VisibleInvisibility: Casey's awfully clumsy when he's invisible...
* WordSaladTitle: "Gemini" ostensibly refers to the 'dual' nature of the hero (as ''visible'' and ''invisible''), but that's rreeeeeaaaaalllllyy stretching the definition of the word.
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[[quoteright:320:[[http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-143885161322585207 http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gemini.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:320:Turn invisible now. [[FashionDissonance Please.]]]]
->''"Special Federal Agent Sam Casey was assigned to Operation Royce Explorer, to retrieve an unidentified satellite from the ocean floor. During the course of the salvage operation, the submerged satellite exploded. The radiation from the blast left Casey alive but invisible. The [[LawEnforcementInc Intersect]] Radiation Lab fitted him with a 'DNA Stabilizer'. This enables Casey to both become invisible and to materialize. The complete details are Top Secret: File #487384."''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration to ''''''''Riding With Death'''''

''Gemini Man'', based VERY loosely on HGWells' ''TheInvisibleMan'', was a [[LiveActionTV TV series]] from 1976 which followed the adventures of government operative Sam Casey, who worked for a CIA-like agency known as INTERSECT. After a radiation accident in the first episode, he was rendered invisible, but was supplied with a watch-style device called a "DNA Stabilizer" that allowed him to control the invisibility - with the catch that he could only stay invisible for 15 minutes per day or else he'd die. The series was canceled after only five episodes.

Most mid-70s action series with a lifespan that short would quickly fade into obscurity. However, a [[CompilationMovie TV movie compiled from two episodes of the show]] entitled ''Riding with Death'' was released five years later and continued to run on television for many years. The episodes used were series premiere "Smithereens" along with "Buffalo Bill Rides Again", the latter of which didnít air in the network run, and are linked via the common themes of vehicles MadeOfExplodium and country singer Jim Stafford.

For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version of ''Riding With Death'', please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E14RidingWithDeath episode recap page]].

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!!The show made use of many tropes [[ActionAdventureTropes common among action/adventure fare]] of the era, among them:

* AdventureTowns: We don't remember their names, and neither will you.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: the DNA Stabilizer, an LCD wristwatch Casey uses to become visible again.
* YouFailBiologyForever: Apparently people have an invisibility gene. Who knew?
* BaldOfEvil: Dr. Hale, the patent-paper wielding villain.
* BlessedWithSuck: If Casey stays invisible too long, he dies or [[PowerIncontinence gets stuck that way]]. He can monitor how long he's been invisible with a display on top of his DNA stabilizer. [[OhCrap The stabilizer turns invisible, too...]]
* CompilationMovie: A clumsily-done example, to be sure. You'd think having an invisible character would make ADR dirt simple, but noooooooooooo.
** What makes it hysterical is that Casey claims that Driscoll grew a thick, bushy mustache ''[[YouFailBiologyForever in a single month]]''!
** At the end of the first half of the movie, after Casey turns invisible in a purportedly comedic moment, Driscoll has a poorly and obviously dubbed in line, "You're more elusive than Robert Denby!" This serves as a link to the villain of Part Two.
** Abby has absolutely no purpose in the second half of the...er, film, but to forge some sort of link to the first half we occasionally see her watching the action on a monitor, mumbling some pablum.
* CrystalClearPicture: The monitor Abby uses to...monitor Casey in the second half of the movie has a better resolution than the rest of the film.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Dr. Hale's supposed gasoline additive is actually a explosive three times more powerful than Nitroglycerin and can be made from common chemicals. He concocts an elaborate scheme to defraud the government rather than just selling his new, cheap, explosive that is vastly more powerful than Nitroglycerin. Of course, this makes perfect sense when you inevitably realize as the movie goes on that Dr. Hale is kind of an idiot.
* DistressedDamsel: Abby in the first half of the movie.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Averted for the most part. Casey sensibly drives the speed limit even before he learns about the explosive properties of his cargo. He's a bit of a spaz behind the wheel of a racecar, though.
* FashionDissonance: Bell-bottoms and seventies hair abound, but Casey wears a jacket so bad it's a good thing he can turn invisible.
* FemmeFatale: Cupcake, believe it or not.
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: Averted in the ''Riding With Death'' version. The first half of the "movie" used a clip from the pilot episode to establish the origin of Sam Casey's powers and made no attempt to cover up the fact that Driscoll was being played by another actor in those scenes.
* FormFittingWardrobe: Abby and Casey.
* FramedForHeroism: Casey often uses his invisibility to help others accomplish certain tasks or feats. Like helping Buffalo Bill win a bar fight using a huge whiffing air-punch that would make a [[ProfessionalWrestling pro westler]] roll his eyes in disgust.
* ILoveNuclearPower: It makes me invisible and stuff! Sadly, since the series was canceled, we'll probably never see a continuation titled ''The Invisible Cancer Patient''.
* AnInsert: When making ''Riding With Death'', they needed something to tie the two episodes together -- so they overdubbed some dialogue in both episodes to tie them together, added some footage they had of [[HotScientist Reasonably Okay-Looking Scientist]] Abby watching a viewscreen which featured the events of the second episode. Occasionally Footage-Abby would chime in with overdubbed dialogue, quite possibly taken from yet a ''third'' (fourth?) episode.
--> '''Footage-Abby:''' Go get 'em, Sam! Give it the old college try!
** There's also a flashback during the first half of the movie that is actually a clip from the pilot episode. The flashback has no relevance within the actual plot other than to clumsily shoehorn exposition regarding the origins of Sam Casey's powers.
* InformedAttribute: Even though Tripolodine is allegedly much more powerful than nitroglycerin and capable of "blowing the whole town to smithereens," the explosion from the semi carrying it could only "maybe singe the side of a bed n' breakfast." Casey himself allegedly graduated from Harvard...
* InspectorJavert: Whiny Scientist Guy thinks Leonard Driscoll is one of these, because of his devotion to busting (The Elusive) Robert Denby. [[spoiler:He's wrong.]]
* InspiredBy: HGWells ''TheInvisibleMan''. Very, very, ''very'' loosely.
* {{Invisibility}}: But remember, if Casey spends more than fifteen minutes invisible, he stays that way [[PowerIncontinence FOREVER]]! Or dies. Sources conflict. Maybe he dies and nobody can find the body.
* JiveTurkey: Casey.
* LargeHam: Driscoll.
** Jim Stafford is ''made'' of ham.
* LawEnforcementInc: Intersect
* LiveActionEscortMission: Though the treacherous Dr. Hale is ''trying'' to be TheLoad and get Casey killed.
* LyingToThePerp: Casey does this to determine whether Dr. Hale is really inside his truck or not.
-->'''Casey:''' Sorry about that ''last bump'', Doctor.
-->'''Abby:''' What bump?
* MadeOfExplodium: Tripolodine, mere drops of which form an explosive violent enough to knock papers off of a desk. The riffers at {{MST3K}} question the InformedAttribute of tripolodine, stating they weren't sure that would have taken out the ''whole town''. Maybe singe the side of a bed-and-breakfast inn.
* MagicalSecurityCam: So in ''Riding with Death'' Abby's watching [[strike:the second episode]] the second half on the movie on a monitor that can apparently follow Casey or other random characters around, pick up important aspects of the story, switch angles, and film inside buildings and race cars. Are there invisible camera fairies flitting about? [[ParanoiaFuel Are they watching you? Right now?]]
* MagicBrakes: Actually averted. Though the sinister mechanic Carl sabotages the brakes of the semi, the movie acknowledges this isn't a huge problem. The huge problem would be the series of vicious switchbacks and hairpin curves Casey is bearing down on at high-speed.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Sure it doesn't boost mileage, but what military wouldn't want such a potent explosive?
* MissingEpisode: The show got fewer than half of its completed episodes on the air. The CompilationMovie partially justified itself by using one of the missing episodes for the second half. The linking factor was that both episodes featured guest shots by country/novelty musician Jim Stafford, as well as being about dangerous vehicles (hence the movie's title).
* NeutralFemale: Abby. But she's some gal!
* NitroExpress: The premiere features the hero driving a semi across the country to deliver a fuel additive, along with its creator. Halfway through, it is revealed the creator is pulling a Face Heel Turn: After finding that Tripoline inevitably breaks down into an unstable explosive, he decides to embezzle ten million dollars from his research firm and then use the substance to fake his own death when some random pothole the truck runs over sets off the bottle.
* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: Set in the '80s, it is ''painfully'' obvious the wardrobe is from the '70s.
* TheOtherDarrin: Richard Dysart played Casey's superior Driscoll in the show's pilot, but was replaced by William Sylvester in the actual series. The ''Riding with Death'' version uses footage from the pilot in one flashback which had Dysart as Driscoll.
* OutdatedOutfit: Even by the terms of the 70s, Casey's hideous jacket was dated.
* PluckyComicRelief: Buffalo Bill. Like most comic relief, he will make you wince every time he opens his mouth.
* PullTheThread: At one point Sam calls Dr. Hale to apologize for a bump in the road that didn't actually happen. When Hale plays along and acts like it did, it reveals that he's not in the truck at all.
* PutOnABus: Abby's character was dumped mid-series. ''Riding With Death'' clumsily deals with that.
* RecycledScript: One of the original five broadcast episodes shared a script about a look-alike infiltrator with ''Series/TheBionicWoman''.
* RedScare: Turns out Denby had his bomb-car outfitted in [[CommieLand East Germany]].
* RummageSaleRejects: Gaze upon the page pic and despair!
* TheSeventies: ''And how''. In fact, it was in 1976 when truckers and CB radios were a popular fad, with C.W. [=McCoy=]'s "Convoy" being a #1 hit, and the kid's board game "10-4 Good Buddy" released as well.
* SpringtimeForHitler: The inventor of the faulty fuel additive in ''Riding With Death'' planned to fake his own death while Casey was driving the truck he was hidden in.
* StockFootage: The part of Intersect's mainframe will be played by "Guardian" from ''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''.
** "I'm running a film now of a previous pilot ejection."
** ''Riding with Death'' features spliced-in footage from the pilot in order to show Casey's origin story.
* {{Superhero}}: Casey, theoretically anyway.
* SyndicationTitle: The only themes tying the two episodes together were vehicles, deadly explosions, and an annoying country musician, and apparently "Riding With Death While Yodeling" tested poorly.
* ThisCannotBe: "This can't '''BE?!''' You're '''''DEAD?!'''''"
* TraitorShot: Of Karl the mechanic after we see the brakes on Casey's truck cut.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''Gemini Man'' was set in the far-flung future of [[TheEighties 1983]], but it's hard to tell considering how much the show's atmosphere conjures up [[TheSeventies the era when it was made]].
* VisibleInvisibility: Casey's awfully clumsy when he's invisible...
* WordSaladTitle: "Gemini" ostensibly refers to the 'dual' nature of the hero (as ''visible'' and ''invisible''), but that's rreeeeeaaaaalllllyy stretching the definition of the word.
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14th Apr '13 1:40:35 PM MarkLungo
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* JiveTurkey: Casey

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* JiveTurkey: CaseyCasey.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''GeminiMan'' was set in the far-flung future of [[TheEighties 1983]], but it's hard to tell considering how much the show's atmosphere conjures up [[TheSeventies the era when it was made]].

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''GeminiMan'' ''Gemini Man'' was set in the far-flung future of [[TheEighties 1983]], but it's hard to tell considering how much the show's atmosphere conjures up [[TheSeventies the era when it was made]].
25th Mar '13 3:40:15 PM Mhoram
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''Gemini Man'', based VERY loosely on HGWells' ''TheInvisibleMan'', was a [[LiveActionTV TV series]] from 1976 which followed the adventures of government operative Sam Casey, who worked for a CIA like agency known as INTERSECT. After a radiation accident in the first episode, he was rendered invisible, but he was supplied with a watch-like device called a "DNA Stabilizer" that allowed him to control the invisibility - with the catch that he could only stay invisible for 15 minutes per day or else he'd die. The series was canceled after only five episodes.

Most mid-70s action series with a lifespan that short would quickly fade into obscurity. However, a [[CompilationMovie TV movie compiled from two episodes of the show]] entitled ''Riding with Death'' was released five years later that continued to run on television for many years. The episodes used were series premiere "Smithereens" along with "Buffalo Bill Rides Again", the latter of which didnít air in the network run, and are linked via the common themes of vehicles MadeOfExplodium and country singer Jim Stafford.

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''Gemini Man'', based VERY loosely on HGWells' ''TheInvisibleMan'', was a [[LiveActionTV TV series]] from 1976 which followed the adventures of government operative Sam Casey, who worked for a CIA like CIA-like agency known as INTERSECT. After a radiation accident in the first episode, he was rendered invisible, but he was supplied with a watch-like watch-style device called a "DNA Stabilizer" that allowed him to control the invisibility - with the catch that he could only stay invisible for 15 minutes per day or else he'd die. The series was canceled after only five episodes.

Most mid-70s action series with a lifespan that short would quickly fade into obscurity. However, a [[CompilationMovie TV movie compiled from two episodes of the show]] entitled ''Riding with Death'' was released five years later that and continued to run on television for many years. The episodes used were series premiere "Smithereens" along with "Buffalo Bill Rides Again", the latter of which didnít air in the network run, and are linked via the common themes of vehicles MadeOfExplodium and country singer Jim Stafford.



* MissingEpisode: The show got less than half of its completed episodes on the air. The CompilationMovie partially justified itself by using one of the missing episodes for the second half. The linking factor was that both episodes featured guest shots by country/novelty musician Jim Stafford, as well as being about dangerous vehicles (hence the movie's title.)

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* MissingEpisode: The show got less fewer than half of its completed episodes on the air. The CompilationMovie partially justified itself by using one of the missing episodes for the second half. The linking factor was that both episodes featured guest shots by country/novelty musician Jim Stafford, as well as being about dangerous vehicles (hence the movie's title.)title).



* NitroExpress: The premiere features the hero driving a semi across the country to deliver a fuel additive, along with it's creator. Halfway through, it is revealed the creator is pulling a Face Heel Turn: After finding that Tripoline inevitably breaks down into an unstable explosive, he decides to embezzle ten million dollars from his research firm and then use the substance to fake his own death when some random pothole the truck runs over sets off the bottle.

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* NitroExpress: The premiere features the hero driving a semi across the country to deliver a fuel additive, along with it's its creator. Halfway through, it is revealed the creator is pulling a Face Heel Turn: After finding that Tripoline inevitably breaks down into an unstable explosive, he decides to embezzle ten million dollars from his research firm and then use the substance to fake his own death when some random pothole the truck runs over sets off the bottle.
20th Mar '13 8:33:17 AM nombretomado
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* RecycledScript: One of the original five broadcast episodes shared a script about a look-alike infiltrator with ''TheBionicWoman''.

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* RecycledScript: One of the original five broadcast episodes shared a script about a look-alike infiltrator with ''TheBionicWoman''.''Series/TheBionicWoman''.
11th Oct '12 6:47:51 AM erforce
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-->"Special Federal Agent Sam Casey was assigned to Operation Royce Explorer, to retrieve an unidentified satellite from the ocean floor. During the course of the salvage operation, the submerged satellite exploded. The radiation from the blast left Casey alive but invisible. The [[LawEnforcementInc Intersect]] Radiation Lab fitted him with a 'DNA Stabilizer'. This enables Casey to both become invisible and to materialize. The complete details are Top Secret: File #487384."

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-->"Special ->''"Special Federal Agent Sam Casey was assigned to Operation Royce Explorer, to retrieve an unidentified satellite from the ocean floor. During the course of the salvage operation, the submerged satellite exploded. The radiation from the blast left Casey alive but invisible. The [[LawEnforcementInc Intersect]] Radiation Lab fitted him with a 'DNA Stabilizer'. This enables Casey to both become invisible and to materialize. The complete details are Top Secret: File #487384.""''



* StockFootage: The part of Intersect's mainframe will be played by "Guardian" from ''ColossusTheForbinProject''.

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* StockFootage: The part of Intersect's mainframe will be played by "Guardian" from ''ColossusTheForbinProject''.''Film/ColossusTheForbinProject''.
13th Jul '12 9:29:12 AM JAF1970
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* InformedAbility: Even though Tripolodine is allegedly much more powerful than nitroglycerin and capable of "blowing the whole town to smithereens," the explosion from the semi carrying it could only "maybe singe the side of a bed n' breakfast." Casey himself allegedly graduated from Harvard...

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* InformedAbility: InformedAttribute: Even though Tripolodine is allegedly much more powerful than nitroglycerin and capable of "blowing the whole town to smithereens," the explosion from the semi carrying it could only "maybe singe the side of a bed n' breakfast." Casey himself allegedly graduated from Harvard...
13th Jul '12 9:28:45 AM JAF1970
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* MadeOfExplodium: Tripolodine, mere drops of which form an explosive violent enough to knock papers off of a desk. The riffers at {{MST3K}} question the InformedAttributes of tripolodine, stating they weren't sure that would have taken out the ''whole town''. Maybe singe the side of a bed-and-breakfast inn.

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* MadeOfExplodium: Tripolodine, mere drops of which form an explosive violent enough to knock papers off of a desk. The riffers at {{MST3K}} question the InformedAttributes InformedAttribute of tripolodine, stating they weren't sure that would have taken out the ''whole town''. Maybe singe the side of a bed-and-breakfast inn.
13th Jul '12 9:28:12 AM JAF1970
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* MadeOfExplodium: Tripolodine, mere drops of which form an explosive violent enough to knock papers off of a desk.
-->'''Mike:''' ''(after the truck explodes)'' I'm not sure that would have taken out the ''whole town''.

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* MadeOfExplodium: Tripolodine, mere drops of which form an explosive violent enough to knock papers off of a desk.
-->'''Mike:''' ''(after
desk. The riffers at {{MST3K}} question the truck explodes)'' I'm not InformedAttributes of tripolodine, stating they weren't sure that would have taken out the ''whole town''.town''. Maybe singe the side of a bed-and-breakfast inn.
3rd May '12 6:42:02 PM chico
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Most mid-70s action series with a lifespan that short would simply fade into obscurity. However, ''Gemini Man'' remains notable because of a [[CompilationMovie TV movie compiled from two episodes of the show]] entitled ''Riding with Death''. The two episodes featured the common themes of vehicles MadeOfExplodium and country singer Jim Stafford. This version of the show featured on the eighth season of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in 1997 -- [[VindicatedByCable making it infamous to this day]].

If you want to see the original episodes, you can find many of them uploaded to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. You can also find the MST3K episode on YouTube as well, as [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes due to rights issues]], it is not likely to show up on DVD anytime soon.
Not to be confused with ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan3 that]]'' Gemini Man.

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Most mid-70s action series with a lifespan that short would simply quickly fade into obscurity. However, ''Gemini Man'' remains notable because of a [[CompilationMovie TV movie compiled from two episodes of the show]] entitled ''Riding with Death''. with Death'' was released five years later that continued to run on television for many years. The two episodes featured used were series premiere "Smithereens" along with "Buffalo Bill Rides Again", the latter of which didnít air in the network run, and are linked via the common themes of vehicles MadeOfExplodium and country singer Jim Stafford. This version of Stafford.

For
the show featured on the eighth season of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in 1997 -- [[VindicatedByCable making it infamous version of ''Riding With Death'', please go to this day]].

If you want to see
the original episodes, you can find many of them uploaded to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. You can also find the MST3K [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E14RidingWithDeath episode on YouTube as well, as [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes due to rights issues]], it is not likely to show up on DVD anytime soon.
Not to be confused with ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan3 that]]'' Gemini Man.
recap page]].



* YouFailGeographyForever:
-->'''Mike:''' They have 13 hours to drive from Torrance to Long Beach? [In reality, they are less than 20 miles apart]



* FilmingForEasyDub: Allusions to someone being "as elusive as Robert Denby" or planning on retiring from the trucking business to drive racecars were dubbed in to ease the transition between the episodes, and always take place when the speaker's face isn't visible.



-->'''Crow:''' ''(seeing Abby)'' Operation Camel Toe!
-->''(later)''
-->'''Crow:''' ''(seeing Casey)'' The rare ''male'' camel toe!



-->'''Crow:''' ...is she in heaven?



-->'''Mike:''' ...under Operation: Admit the Dumb.



-->'''Crow:''' In that they were both written in English.



* JiveTurkey: Casey -- [[RunningGag emphasis on "Turkey"]].
-->'''Servo:''' I'm not cool, so I'll have to shake regular.

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* JiveTurkey: Casey -- [[RunningGag emphasis on "Turkey"]].
-->'''Servo:''' I'm not cool, so I'll have to shake regular.
Casey



-->'''Crow:''' Ooh, he's mellow but ''cunning''.



-->'''Servo:''' Maybe would have singed the side of a bed-and-breakfast.



* MirandaRights:
-->'''Crow:''' (As policemen leading Dr. Hale away) [[JiveTurkey You have the right to remain mellow. If we rap with you, you have the right to an attorney present.]]



* {{Mondegreen}}: In the climax of the second "half", Jim Stafford says something that the ''MST'' crew hears as "New England journalists", which prompts a lively debate over the merits of journalists from all over our fine country.



* ObviouslyEvil.
-->'''Servo:''' Ah, so your company is called Evil Co., eh?



-->'''Mike:''' ''(seeing Abby)'' Code name: Muskrat Suzy!
** The MST3K episode has Tom Servo become inspired to write a song about the 70s, except he got confused and wrote one about [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the decade following [=70AD=] ]]



* StockFootage: The part of Intersect's mainframe will be played by "Guardian" from ''ColossusTheForbinProject''. In the MST version you can hear Servo (or perhaps Kevin Murphy) mutter "''Colossus''!" during this scene, providing a slight lampshade.

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* StockFootage: The part of Intersect's mainframe will be played by "Guardian" from ''ColossusTheForbinProject''. In the MST version you can hear Servo (or perhaps Kevin Murphy) mutter "''Colossus''!" during this scene, providing a slight lampshade.



-->'''Mike:''' "No ''I'm'' '''''NOT?!'''''"\\
...\\
'''Crow:''' "It can't '''BEEE?!''' You're '''INVISIBLLLLLLE?!"'''



-->'''Servo:''' They don't call me "Karl" for nothing!




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!! The ''{{Mystery Science Theater 3000}}'' presentation of ''Riding With Death'' featured:

* AlanSmithee
* AmbiguouslyGay: Observer, again. This time, he's dressed as a female nurse, while calling himself a Red Cross medic. (Of course, no field medic has ever been in a nurse's dress.)
-->'''Pearl:''' Brain Guy, what the hell is ''your'' deal?
-->'''Observer''': My race is pacifist and does not believe in war. We only kill out of personal spite.
* CallBack: At one point Mike mocks Abby's screams of "[=SaaaaAAAAM=]!" by saying "[=VaaaaAAAAAAANCE=]!" like Dr. Langer in ''TheGiantSpiderInvasion'' - a movie they'd seen just four episodes previous.
** Near the end of the [[strike:second episode]] third act, before Denby is arrested, Crow notes "hey look, a couple of [[IncrediblyLamePun VaaaaAAAAAAANS]]!"
** Servo even gets in a "[=JeeeeeEEEEEEEEEeeeeed!=]", to which Crow moans, "Oh, here we go!"
* CrazyEnoughToWork: During the credits, Crow seems to consider the idea that the movie had an "Executive Story Consultant" unbelievable.
-->'''Crow:''' An executive story consultant?!
-->'''Servo:''' ''*as the consultant*'' Yes. I advise that you cast the most annoying cracker you can find and slam together two incomprehensible stories!
** Incidentally, the show's executive story consultant was... StevenBochco. THE Steven Bochco.
* DoubleEntendre: Mike and the bots' commentary during the sequence when Buffalo Bill's truck is used to slow down Casey's out-of-control vehicle:
-->'''Mike:''' Ma' well-oiled chassis is comin' up on yer backside, now.
-->'''Servo''': My rigid grill structure is bearin' down on yer unprotected cargo door.
-->'''Crow''': My oft-complimented Peterbilt is rhythmically nudging that sweet honey pot of yours?
-->'''Mike and Servo''': Crow!
-->...
-->'''Mike''': Drained and satisfied, I'm tracin' lazy circles on yer' supercab now.
-->'''Crow''': You said ''I'' was bad...
-->'''Mike''': You inspired me.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: The TropeNamer rides again. "(W)hat's that, ''three'' for you now?"
* RunningGag: Turkey jokes for JiveTurkey Sam Casey.
** "Leave Robert Denby alone!" This one was actually carried over into other episodes whose featured movies starred William Sylvester (''{{Gorgo}}'' and ''Film/DevilDoll'', in case you were wondering)
** "You're so elusive!"
** The joke about Hale being inside the truck when he's not leads to such riffs as:
--->'''Servo:''' Don't come back here, I'm doing, eh heh, naked burpees!
--->'''Mike:''' ''(when the truck explodes)'' Sam, I'm blown to several thousand bits, but my patent papers!
** Driscoll's filthy, filthy glasses.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Servo seems to consider it a blessing when the disclaimer pops up in the credits.
-->'''Mike:''' All characters depicted are...really stupid and disgusting.
-->'''Servo:''' Any similarities to actual persons would be ''really sad.''
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Inspired by a multitude of references to turkeys in the film (okay, one or two), Crow takes up the mantle of Turkey Volume Guessing Man!, who is able to instinctively calculate how many turkeys could fit in a given space, i.e. express something's volume in units of turkey. Crow is very disappointed to learn that Mike shares this power.
** Briefly. He then becomes excited at a superhero ''team'' of turkey guessers.
--->'''Crow:''' Up, and [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud whoooosh!]]
* YouLookFamiliar: The actor playing Robert Denby appeared in a previous {{MST3K}} film, ''Night of The Blood Beast.''
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[-That Abby. She's some gal!-]

<<|AmericanSeries|>>
<<|MysteryScienceIndex3000|>>

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\n----\n!! The ''{{Mystery Science Theater 3000}}'' presentation of ''Riding With Death'' featured:\n\n* AlanSmithee\n* AmbiguouslyGay: Observer, again. This time, he's dressed as a female nurse, while calling himself a Red Cross medic. (Of course, no field medic has ever been in a nurse's dress.)\n-->'''Pearl:''' Brain Guy, what the hell is ''your'' deal?\n-->'''Observer''': My race is pacifist and does not believe in war. We only kill out of personal spite.\n* CallBack: At one point Mike mocks Abby's screams of "[=SaaaaAAAAM=]!" by saying "[=VaaaaAAAAAAANCE=]!" like Dr. Langer in ''TheGiantSpiderInvasion'' - a movie they'd seen just four episodes previous.\n** Near the end of the [[strike:second episode]] third act, before Denby is arrested, Crow notes "hey look, a couple of [[IncrediblyLamePun VaaaaAAAAAAANS]]!"\n** Servo even gets in a "[=JeeeeeEEEEEEEEEeeeeed!=]", to which Crow moans, "Oh, here we go!"\n* CrazyEnoughToWork: During the credits, Crow seems to consider the idea that the movie had an "Executive Story Consultant" unbelievable.\n-->'''Crow:''' An executive story consultant?!\n-->'''Servo:''' ''*as the consultant*'' Yes. I advise that you cast the most annoying cracker you can find and slam together two incomprehensible stories!\n** Incidentally, the show's executive story consultant was... StevenBochco. THE Steven Bochco.\n* DoubleEntendre: Mike and the bots' commentary during the sequence when Buffalo Bill's truck is used to slow down Casey's out-of-control vehicle:\n-->'''Mike:''' Ma' well-oiled chassis is comin' up on yer backside, now.\n-->'''Servo''': My rigid grill structure is bearin' down on yer unprotected cargo door.\n-->'''Crow''': My oft-complimented Peterbilt is rhythmically nudging that sweet honey pot of yours?\n-->'''Mike and Servo''': Crow!\n-->...\n-->'''Mike''': Drained and satisfied, I'm tracin' lazy circles on yer' supercab now.\n-->'''Crow''': You said ''I'' was bad...\n-->'''Mike''': You inspired me.\n* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: The TropeNamer rides again. "(W)hat's that, ''three'' for you now?"\n* RunningGag: Turkey jokes for JiveTurkey Sam Casey.\n** "Leave Robert Denby alone!" This one was actually carried over into other episodes whose featured movies starred William Sylvester (''{{Gorgo}}'' and ''Film/DevilDoll'', in case you were wondering)\n** "You're so elusive!"\n** The joke about Hale being inside the truck when he's not leads to such riffs as:\n--->'''Servo:''' Don't come back here, I'm doing, eh heh, naked burpees!\n--->'''Mike:''' ''(when the truck explodes)'' Sam, I'm blown to several thousand bits, but my patent papers!\n** Driscoll's filthy, filthy glasses.\n* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Servo seems to consider it a blessing when the disclaimer pops up in the credits.\n-->'''Mike:''' All characters depicted are...really stupid and disgusting.\n-->'''Servo:''' Any similarities to actual persons would be ''really sad.''\n* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Inspired by a multitude of references to turkeys in the film (okay, one or two), Crow takes up the mantle of Turkey Volume Guessing Man!, who is able to instinctively calculate how many turkeys could fit in a given space, i.e. express something's volume in units of turkey. Crow is very disappointed to learn that Mike shares this power.\n** Briefly. He then becomes excited at a superhero ''team'' of turkey guessers.\n--->'''Crow:''' Up, and [[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud whoooosh!]]\n* YouLookFamiliar: The actor playing Robert Denby appeared in a previous {{MST3K}} film, ''Night of The Blood Beast.''\n----\n\n[-That Abby. She's some gal!-]\n\n<<|AmericanSeries|>>\n<<|MysteryScienceIndex3000|>>----
25th Mar '12 6:14:48 PM Saurubiker
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* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: Averted in the ''Riding With Death'' version. The first half of the "movie" used a clip from the pilot episode to establish the origin of Sam Casey's powers, where it was obvious that Driscoll in the flashback was being played by another actor.

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* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: Averted in the ''Riding With Death'' version. The first half of the "movie" used a clip from the pilot episode to establish the origin of Sam Casey's powers, where it was obvious powers and made no attempt to cover up the fact that Driscoll in the flashback was being played by another actor.actor in those scenes.
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