History Series / TheSixMillionDollarMan

14th Jun '17 10:04:18 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/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.

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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/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}}'', ''Series/{{V 1983}}'', 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.
3rd May '17 4:45:08 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheCastShowoff: For reasons known only to the producers, the decision was made to allow Lee Majors to sing not one, but two original songs (one built loosely around the melody of the SMDM theme) in the original "Bionic Woman" two-parter.
4th Mar '17 11:29:58 AM nombretomado
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In the 1970s, the utterly exorbitant $6 million seemed about the right cost to create a bionic man[[note]]You might say it [[IncrediblyLamePun cost an arm and a leg]].[[/note]]. Oddly enough, due to the rapidly-falling costs of technology, it still seems about right, despite inflation. A proposed film remake starring MarkWahlberg will be [[RidiculousFutureInflation heavily inflation-adjusted]] with the name, ''"The Six '''Billion''' Dollar Man"''.

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In the 1970s, the utterly exorbitant $6 million seemed about the right cost to create a bionic man[[note]]You might say it [[IncrediblyLamePun cost an arm and a leg]].[[/note]]. Oddly enough, due to the rapidly-falling costs of technology, it still seems about right, despite inflation. A proposed film remake starring MarkWahlberg Creator/MarkWahlberg will be [[RidiculousFutureInflation heavily inflation-adjusted]] with the name, ''"The Six '''Billion''' Dollar Man"''.
6th Feb '17 12:38:38 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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->''"Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. "Gentlemen, WeCanRebuildHim. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster."''

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->''"Steve ->''Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. "Gentlemen, WeCanRebuildHim. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster."''



** Combines with SpecialEffectsFailure whenever Steve takes off in one model of plane...and lands in a completely different plane.

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** Combines with SpecialEffectsFailure whenever Steve takes off in one model of plane... and lands in a completely different plane.
27th Nov '16 1:19:38 AM Tallens
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* MaleMightFemaleFinessse: "The Secret of Bigfoot," which has Steve encounter a band of aliens living in a secluded woodland. They have a huge android called Sasquatch, whose strength keeps Colonel Austin in check. Sasquatch's chief controller is Shalon, an alien humanoid female with a device on her UtilityBelt that allows her warp time around herself, an effect that mimics teleportation. Only Steve's bionic eye can track Shalon in this accelerated mode.

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* MaleMightFemaleFinessse: MaleMightFemaleFinesse: "The Secret of Bigfoot," which has Steve encounter a band of aliens living in a secluded woodland. They have a huge android called Sasquatch, whose strength keeps Colonel Austin in check. Sasquatch's chief controller is Shalon, an alien humanoid female with a device on her UtilityBelt that allows her warp time around herself, an effect that mimics teleportation. Only Steve's bionic eye can track Shalon in this accelerated mode.
27th Nov '16 1:19:13 AM Tallens
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* MaleMightFemaleFinessse: "The Secret of Bigfoot," which has Steve encounter a band of aliens living in a secluded woodland. They have a huge android called Sasquatch, whose strength keeps Colonel Austin in check. Sasquatch's chief controller is Shalon, an alien humanoid female with a device on her UtilityBelt that allows her warp time around herself, an effect that mimics teleportation. Only Steve's bionic eye can track Shalon in this accelerated mode.
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.
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