History Series / TheSixMillionDollarMan

15th Aug '16 12:46:59 PM MarkLungo
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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: As noted in [[Headscratchers/TheSixMillionDollarMan Headscratchers]], the non-bionic parts of his body would have trouble handling the forces created by his bionic limbs. He's also subject to the SuperStrength issues of this trope. When later adapted as a comic book in the early 2010s, this was lampshaded by having virtually all of Austin's body replaced by bionics, except his brain, essentially making him a variant of Robocop.

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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: As noted in [[Headscratchers/TheSixMillionDollarMan Headscratchers]], the non-bionic parts of his body would have trouble handling the forces created by his bionic limbs. He's also subject to the SuperStrength issues of this trope. When later adapted as a comic book in the early 2010s, this was lampshaded by having virtually all of Austin's body replaced by bionics, except his brain, essentially making him a variant of Robocop.Franchise/{{Robocop}}.
15th Aug '16 12:46:30 PM MarkLungo
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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: the episode ''The Ultimate Imposter'' barely featured Steve at all. The hero was an OSI agent who had skills directly uploaded to his brain; this was an example of a BackdoorPilot.

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* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: the episode ''The "The Ultimate Imposter'' Imposter" barely featured Steve at all. The hero was an OSI agent who had skills directly uploaded to his brain; this was an example of a BackdoorPilot.
15th Aug '16 12:44:11 PM MarkLungo
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Majors, an acclaimed actor from such films as ''The Ballad of Andy Crocker'' and ''The Francis Gary Powers Story'', but best known for his work in westerns like ''The Big Valley'', was chosen because of his stoic demeanor, although episodes such as "The Coward" (in which Austin discovers the fate of his long-lost father), and "The Bionic Woman" showed that he had the range if he required it. His co-star, Richard Anderson (''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''), played Oscar Goldman and provided a fatherly figure to both Steve and, later, Jaime. Three actors played Dr. Rudy Wells: Oscar-winner Martin Balsam in the first pilot, noted voice actor Alan Oppenheimer for the first 2 seasons, and Martin E. Brooks thereafter. In 1977, Anderson and Brooks made US TV history by becoming the first lead actors to play the same roles in two ongoing series on two competing networks, when they were allowed to appear on both ''Six Mil'' on ABC and ''Bionic Woman'' on NBC. They also reprised their roles for the later reunion films.

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Majors, an acclaimed actor from such films as ''The Ballad of Andy Crocker'' and ''The Francis Gary Powers Story'', but best known for his work in westerns like ''The Big Valley'', ''Series/TheBigValley'', was chosen because of his stoic demeanor, although episodes such as "The Coward" (in which Austin discovers the fate of his long-lost father), and "The Bionic Woman" showed that he had the range if he required it. His co-star, Richard Anderson (''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''), played Oscar Goldman and provided a fatherly figure to both Steve and, later, Jaime. Three actors played Dr. Rudy Wells: Oscar-winner Martin Balsam in the first pilot, noted voice actor Alan Oppenheimer for the first 2 seasons, and Martin E. Brooks thereafter. In 1977, Anderson and Brooks made US TV history by becoming the first lead actors to play the same roles in two ongoing series on two competing networks, when they were allowed to appear on both ''Six Mil'' on ABC and ''Bionic Woman'' on NBC. They also reprised their roles for the later reunion films.
15th Aug '16 12:43:32 PM MarkLungo
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''The Six Million Dollar Man'' was based upon the science fiction novel ''Cyborg'' by Creator/MartinCaidin, and the original pilot TV movie, aired in 1973, was written by Henri Simoun and an uncredited Steven Bochco (''Series/NYPDBlue''). It was followed by two more TV movies produced by Glen Larson (''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'') that attempted, without success, to recast Austin as a Film/JamesBond-like character. When the series returned as a weekly hour-long show in January 1974, it was now produced by Harve Bennett (''Franchise/StarTrek''), who restored much of Caidin's original characterization to Austin (though Caidin's version of the character was rather different -- he was more of an assassin, carried a poison dart gun in a bionic finger, and his non-seeing bionic eye was a miniature camera). Later, Kenneth Johnson, who later went on to be involved with the TV series ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk,'' ''Series/AlienNation,'' and ''Series/{{V}}'', joined as a writer and went on to create the character of Jaime Sommers and produce the spin-off. Johnson advocated a somewhat "kindler, gentler" show, and it was in a two-parter he wrote that the show's most iconic recurring character, Bigfoot, first appeared.

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''The Six Million Dollar Man'' was based upon the science fiction novel ''Cyborg'' by Creator/MartinCaidin, and the original pilot TV movie, aired in 1973, was written by Henri Simoun and an uncredited Steven Bochco (''Series/NYPDBlue''). It was followed by two more TV movies produced by Glen Larson (''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'') (''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'') that attempted, without success, to recast Austin as a Film/JamesBond-like character. When the series returned as a weekly hour-long show in January 1974, it was now produced by Harve Bennett (''Franchise/StarTrek''), who restored much of Caidin's original characterization to Austin (though Caidin's version of the character was rather different -- he was more of an assassin, carried a poison dart gun in a bionic finger, and his non-seeing bionic eye was a miniature camera). Later, Kenneth Johnson, who later went on to be involved with the TV series ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk,'' ''Series/AlienNation,'' and ''Series/{{V}}'', joined as a writer and went on to create the character of Jaime Sommers and produce the spin-off. Johnson advocated a somewhat "kindler, gentler" show, and it was in a two-parter he wrote that the show's most iconic recurring character, Bigfoot, first appeared.
21st Jul '16 11:43:57 AM skidoo23
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** He seems to also have the skull equivalent of a glass jaw.

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** He seems to also have the skull equivalent of a glass jaw.jaw (which is in contrast to the original novels in which his skull was also replaced).



** There are limitations to how far down Austin and Sommers can jump.



* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: The fact three different actors played Rudy Wells becomes evident on numerous occasions: by the time of the episode "Return of the Bionic Woman", Martin E. Brooks had taken over the role from Alan Oppenheimer, but flashbacks to the first Bionic Woman episode were required, which featured footage of Oppenheimer. The syndicated version of the pilot, aired as "The Moon and the Desert", featured Martin Balsam as Wells, and Balsam recorded new dialogue for the syndicated version. However the opening credits still credited Martin E. Brooks.

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* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: The fact three different actors played Rudy Wells becomes evident on numerous occasions: by the time of the episode "Return of the Bionic Woman", Martin E. Brooks had taken over the role from Alan Oppenheimer, but flashbacks to the first Bionic Woman episode were required, which featured footage of Oppenheimer. The syndicated version of the pilot, aired as "The Moon and the Desert", featured Martin Balsam as Wells, and Balsam recorded new dialogue for the syndicated version. However the opening credits still credited Martin E. Brooks. One later episode of SMDM featured a number of key flashbacks to an Oppenheimer episode, resulting in the actor returning for a one-off guest appearance and substituting for Brooks.
9th Jun '16 10:21:37 AM faduda
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** Or older. In Irish mythology, the pre-Christian Celtic god/king Nuada received a working silver arm fashioned by the physician Dian Cecht and the wright Creidhne, after losing his arm in battle.
18th Mar '16 6:52:39 AM Prfnoff
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'''''The Six Million Dollar Man''''' -- the show that put "bionic" into the popular lexicon. More importantly, it set the stage for the SuperHero genre to be taken seriously in popular entertainment.

Lee Majors starred as Col. Steve Austin ([[NamesTheSame no, not ]][[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin that one]]) in this sci-fi action-adventure series that ran from 1973 to 1978. Seriously injured in a test flight, former astronaut Austin is given artificial ("bionic") replacements for his legs, his right arm, and left eye, leaving him with superhuman speed and strength and telescopic vision. He can run more than 60 MPH, jump several stories, see objects from miles away and in the dark, and lift impossible weights. Upon his recovery, he goes to work for Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), head of the Office of Scientific Investigations (there are many other definitions for OSI out there -- this is the one actually seen on TV). Other regular or recurring characters includes:

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'''''The ''The Six Million Dollar Man''''' Man'' -- the show that put "bionic" into the popular lexicon. More importantly, it set the stage for the SuperHero genre to be taken seriously in popular entertainment.

Lee Majors Creator/LeeMajors starred as Col. Steve Austin ([[NamesTheSame no, not ]][[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin that one]]) in this sci-fi action-adventure series that ran from 1973 to 1978. Seriously injured in a test flight, former astronaut Austin is given artificial ("bionic") replacements for his legs, his right arm, and left eye, leaving him with superhuman speed and strength and telescopic vision. He can run more than 60 MPH, jump several stories, see objects from miles away and in the dark, and lift impossible weights. Upon his recovery, he goes to work for Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), head of the Office of Scientific Investigations (there are many other definitions for OSI out there -- this is the one actually seen on TV). Other regular or recurring characters includes:
26th Nov '15 7:29:02 PM nombretomado
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The series was followed by made-for-TV movies in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]] and early [[TheNineties 1990s]]. In the last of these, Steve and Jaime finally got married. As for bionic kids -- Austin's estranged son by a pre-series marriage, Michael, appears in ''The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman'' (1987), where he is fitted with bionics far, far exceeding those possessed by his father. In the second film, ''Bionic Showdown'' (1989), a new bionic woman named Kate Mason is introduced, played by SandraBullock in one of her first roles.

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The series was followed by made-for-TV movies in the late [[TheEighties 1980s]] and early [[TheNineties 1990s]]. In the last of these, Steve and Jaime finally got married. As for bionic kids -- Austin's estranged son by a pre-series marriage, Michael, appears in ''The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman'' (1987), where he is fitted with bionics far, far exceeding those possessed by his father. In the second film, ''Bionic Showdown'' (1989), a new bionic woman named Kate Mason is introduced, played by SandraBullock Creator/SandraBullock in one of her first roles.
28th Jun '15 8:04:13 PM kchishol
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'''''The Six Million Dollar Man''''' -- the show that put "bionic" into the popular lexicon.

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'''''The Six Million Dollar Man''''' -- the show that put "bionic" into the popular lexicon.
lexicon. More importantly, it set the stage for the SuperHero genre to be taken seriously in popular entertainment.
28th Jun '15 5:13:30 PM nombretomado
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''The Six Million Dollar Man'' was based upon the science fiction novel ''Cyborg'' by Creator/MartinCaidin, and the original pilot TV movie, aired in 1973, was written by Henri Simoun and an uncredited Steven Bochco (''Series/NYPDBlue''). It was followed by two more TV movies produced by Glen Larson (''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'') that attempted, without success, to recast Austin as a Film/JamesBond-like character. When the series returned as a weekly hour-long show in January 1974, it was now produced by Harve Bennett (''Franchise/StarTrek''), who restored much of Caidin's original characterization to Austin (though Caidin's version of the character was rather different -- he was more of an assassin, carried a poison dart gun in a bionic finger, and his non-seeing bionic eye was a miniature camera). Later, Kenneth Johnson, who later went on to be involved with the TV series ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk,'' ''Series/AlienNation,'' and ''Series/{{V}}'', joined as a writer and went on to create the character of Jaime Sommers and produce the spin-off. Johnson advocated a somewhat "kindler, gentler" show, and it was in a two-parter he wrote that the show's most iconic recurring character, Bigfoot, first appeared.

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''The Six Million Dollar Man'' was based upon the science fiction novel ''Cyborg'' by Creator/MartinCaidin, and the original pilot TV movie, aired in 1973, was written by Henri Simoun and an uncredited Steven Bochco (''Series/NYPDBlue''). It was followed by two more TV movies produced by Glen Larson (''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'') Galactica|1978}}'') that attempted, without success, to recast Austin as a Film/JamesBond-like character. When the series returned as a weekly hour-long show in January 1974, it was now produced by Harve Bennett (''Franchise/StarTrek''), who restored much of Caidin's original characterization to Austin (though Caidin's version of the character was rather different -- he was more of an assassin, carried a poison dart gun in a bionic finger, and his non-seeing bionic eye was a miniature camera). Later, Kenneth Johnson, who later went on to be involved with the TV series ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk,'' ''Series/AlienNation,'' and ''Series/{{V}}'', joined as a writer and went on to create the character of Jaime Sommers and produce the spin-off. Johnson advocated a somewhat "kindler, gentler" show, and it was in a two-parter he wrote that the show's most iconic recurring character, Bigfoot, first appeared.
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