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.