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Six Million Dollar Sloppyness

robots_cyborg_bionicman_telemetry2Even as a child watching the Six Million Dollar Man, it bothered me that the show never explained how his remaining organic body would support the use of his bionic limbs. At the beginning of the show, when they showed the schematics for his bionics, there were no additions to his spinal column or any of his other skeletal system to allow them to support the activities of lifting huge weights or running 60mph.

C’mon, this bullshit must have bothered you too? Right?

Anyway, as mentioned in the previous post I’ve been watching that show in reruns this month. It kind of holds up, if you leave out the technical problems I mentioned above, and make allowances for it being a pretty inexpensive network show. I never missed an episode when I was a kid watching it when it was new.

I have to admit, I was not impressed by the Bionic Woman. Seemed a bit weak to me, but I’ve seen a few of those lately too, and it’s kind of fun. In fact, the other night I saw the SMDM episode in which they introduced Jamie Summers, the Bionic Woman, and she dies at the end. The icing on the cake was the final scene, with Steve Austin singing a sweet tune about how much he’ll miss Jamie! bwahahahaha. As it turns out, the Jamie Summers character was popular, so they came up with a way to bring her back. Yep, you guessed it — suspended animation. They froze her until she could be brought back. Nice. I’m sure it meant some nice additional income for the guys who played Oscar Goldman and Dr. Rudy Wells (the bionics dude).

And who can forget Steve Austin’s epic battles and alliance with Sasquatch? Not me. That was the best!