Headscratchers: The Six Million Dollar Man
- His back is only flesh and blood. Why doesn't lifting huge weights injure it?
- Most likely his entire skeleton (except his head and his left arm) was reinforced, otherwise his legs would also injure him when running. (Not to mention when landing a high jump.)
- This troper has heard, second-hand, that one episode mentioned reinforcements that got implanted in his back for exactly this purpose.
- The made for TV movie made much later than the series does mention this reinforcement.
- Martin Caidin, the creator of the character and also the writer of non-fiction works on aviation and science, has been quoted as saying he knows aspects of the bionic man were physically impossible, but a level of suspension of disbelief is needed in order for the concept to work.
- The novelisations stated that Steve and Jamie's skeletons were strengthened. In fact, the entire bionic conversion was explained in detail in every book.
- So exactly how did the Venus probe manage to not explode during the long trip from Venus to Earth through the vacuum of space, when it couldn't even handle being lifted a few hundred feet up from the Earth's surface before exploding?
- Fatigue stress from all the forces the probe was subjected from launch, including the Venus flyby and re-entry into Earth's atmosphere? Eventually every material will fail given enough stress applied to it.