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Saturday, December 20th, 2008
9:31 am
[drewshi]
"Stranger in Broken Fork"
 I have been remiss in posting my episode listings in recent months, but I had to say a few words about the episode I watched last night, "Stranger in Broken Fork".  As fans, we tend to list episodes like "The Secret of Big Foot" or "Population: Zero" as our favorites.  They stand out as memorable for various reasons.  "Stranger in Broken Fork" is one of those gems that often gets lost in the shuffle of listings of great episodes.  Steve has a bionic malfunction that causes him to lose his memory and crash his plane near the quiet town of Broken Fork.  He is befriended by a psychologist who is running a home for mentally disturbed people.  Most of the town fears them and wishes they were gone, their hatred fanned by the local shop owner.  It doesn't help that Steve shows up and performs some unexplained feats of strength, which lends to the town's fears.  
There are strong performance in this episode, including Lee Majors as the confused amnesia.  (Some might argue that wasn't a stretch.)  The best part of the entire episode is the very end as Steve tries to get someone in the town to let go of their fear and reach out as a friend to those in the home.  You didn't see Steve coming across as a healer very often in the show.  He would show up, save the day, and head off into the sunset without any real lessons learned.
If you haven't seen this episode, or haven't watched it in a while, it deserves a look.

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
7:38 am
[drewshi]
Someone's Trying To Out-Alex Our Own Alex7000
 


Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
12:08 am
[alex7000]
Bionic Thriller
Just in time for Halloween.
Friday, September 5th, 2008
4:48 pm
[alex7000]
Official Soundtrack: The Return of Bigfoot, Part 2


The second official Bionic Woman soundtrack is scheduled for release September 15, 2008, exclusively through JoeHarnell.com. 24 tracks, including alternate tracks and library cues. You can pre-order it now at the website. Check out the track listing with 6 preview clips and an "online bonus supplement" featuring a track-by-track examination.

The last preview clip includes a cue called, "Bionic Trio" (where Steve, Jaime and Bigfoot race to stop the volcano eruption) and it's one of my all-time favorites; Joe marries the Bionic Woman theme to the Six Million Dollar Man theme in brilliant counterpoint. Lovely.

Ordering, track listing, and clip previews.

Overview and track-by-track examination.
Friday, August 29th, 2008
5:45 pm
[drewshi]
The Last of the Fourth of Julys
169Writer: Richard Landau

Director:
Reza Badiyi

Guests:
Steve Forrest (Quail); Kevin Tighe (Root); Tom Reese (Joe Alabam); and Arlene Martell (Violette)

Plot:
Steve is a one man army who must storm an island and stop the international criminal known as Quail from carrying out his deadly plan for the Fourth of July.
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First Aired: 4/5/74

How'd You Do That:
Violette asks how Steve managed to set off their radiation alarms. Steves responds, "It's my accent."

Beige Factor: Steve wears beige pants and a beige shirt for this mission.

Belt Buckle: Yes, on the mission.

W.T. Zacha:
Not here.

Aren't You The Colonel Austin:
Those who know who Steve is aren't surprised by him. Quail doesn't recognize him and Steve never reveals who he is, even at the end when Violette remarks, "You never told me your name," and he responds, "You're right."

Thoughts:
This is one of my favorite episodes in the entire series. It has the feel of a James Bond type story as Steve takes on the baddie with the plan to disrupt the world with his laser aimed right at a peace conference. There's a beautiful Bond girl and an overeager henchman in the form of guest star Kevin Tighe, who is very unlike his character of John Gage on Emergency!. The bionics in this episode are actually minimal. It doesn't deter from the overall coolness of the story.

Trivia: Viewmaster released a three disk copy of this episode. I have it in my collection.

Overall Rating: 10 out of 10.


Current Mood: busy
Friday, August 15th, 2008
8:16 pm
[drewshi]
I Am Sufficiently Disturbed By This


Current Mood: distressed
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
7:18 am
[drewshi]
"Dr. Wells is Missing"
Writer: Elroy Schwartz and Krishna Shah & William Keenan

Director:
Virgil W. Vogel

Guests:
John van Dreelen (Alfredo Tucelli)

Plot: 
Steve travels to Austria to look after Rudy who is receiving an honorary doctorate from his alma mater.  Rudy is kidnapped by a Alfredo Tucelli, who wants his own bionic man.  When Steve comes to his rescue, he is captured and must try to convince Tucelli that he is not bionic.
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First Aired: 3/29/74

How'd You Do That: 
Nobody questions Steve's abilities.

Beige Factor:  Steve briefly wears beige pants at the beginning of the episode.

Belt Buckle: No belt.

W.T. Zacha: 
He was not in this episode, although I always thought he was.  He would have fit in perfectly with Tucelli's goons.

Aren't You The Colonel Austin: 
While Tucelli makes no reference to Steve's astronaut career, he does refer to him as Colonel Austin.

Thoughts: 
I like this episode, but there is something odd about it that I can't quite put my finger on.  It features quite a bit of bionic action which is always good.  I think what I had a problem with was the whole build-up as Steve as a hiring agent for a pharmaceutical company that wants Rudy to develop a bionic man for them and the Tucelli not buying it.  He's right not to buy it, but there is no reasoning behind it.  He just orders Steve bound by chains and walks off.  Whatever his thinking process was in not believing the story works, but it doesn't translate on screen.

Trivia:  This is the first episode where Steve jumps straight upward.  There is no sound effect for the upward jump as there is for the downward leap.  The bionic sound effect is used once for Steve, but twice for Yamo, one of Tucelli's goons.

Overall Rating: 
9 out of 10.


Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, August 9th, 2008
8:36 pm
[drewshi]
"The Rescue of Athena One"
Writer: D.C. Fontana

Director:
Larry Doheny (oddly enough, he's not given an onscreen credit)

Guests:
Farrah Fawcett-Majors (Kelly Woods), Paul Kent (Flight Surgeon Wolf), John S. Ragin (Flight Director), Quinn Redeker (Capcom)

Plot: 
Steve must come to the aid of America's first female astronaut when her craft develops a malfunction that injures her companion, forcing them to dock with Skylab.

First Aired: 3/15/74

How'd You Do That: 
Steve catches a studio light and Kelly asks how he managed to do it with one hand.  "Well, two hands are for beginners."  Steve later admits that he had an accident and that he was put back together with some improvements.

Beige Factor: 
Steve briefly wears beige pants.

Belt Buckle: No belt.

W.T. Zacha: 
He was not in this episode.

Aren't You The Colonel Austin: 
Considering the nature of the episode, it would make sense that everyone would know who Steve is.

Thoughts: 
This is another great episode.  First, you have to give the series kudos for avoiding having any sort of dramatic sound effects for their space shots.  And they are consistent with that throughout the entire series.  This episode really dates the series though as it involves the use of Skylab, an orbital station that is now a memory.  Fawcett's first turn on the series (She would appear a total of four times.) is her best as she plays a determined young woman who is not looking out for herself compared to the characters she would play in the series in future episodes.  Writer Fontana proves she can do more than just write Star Trek, although she couldn't help including the line at the end when Steve comments that space really is the final frontier.

Trivia:  Jules Bergman was the science editor at ABC News at the time, so his appearance lends some real authenticity to the story.  Oscar smokes for the first and only time in the series.

Overall Rating: 
10 out of 10.


Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
2:39 pm
[drewshi]
Proof!
Oscar was in love with Jaime - watch!



Current Mood: silly
Friday, July 25th, 2008
9:45 pm
[drewshi]
"Eyewitness to Murder"
Writer: William Driskill

Director:
Akf Kjellin

Guests:
Gary Lockwood (John Hopper and his twin), William Schallert (Lorin Sandusky), Ivor Barry (Mr. Hanley), Regis J. Cordic (Host), Leonard Stone (Lt. Tanner)

Plot: 
Steve witnesses the assassination attempt of the district attorney in a mob trial, only it looks like he may have the wrong guy.

First Aired: 3/8/74

How'd You Do That: 
When Steve captures Hopper, Hopper asks, "What are you?"  Steve replies, "Just a man who knows what he sees."  Sandusky asks Steve at the end of the episode how he managed to see Hopper from the rooftop in the dark.  "I eat a lot of carrots."

Beige Factor: 
Steve is wearing beige the night of the assassination attempt.

Belt Buckle:
No belt.

W.T. Zacha: 
He was not in this episode.

Aren't You The Colonel Austin: 
Both Tanner and Hanley recognize Steve.  Tanner asks Steve why he's working with Goldman.  "Goldman's got something on me."

Thoughts: 
Now here is an episode that has everything - bionic action, character development, and, at least if it's the first time seeing it, an actual mystery of how a man can be seen killing someone and be on television at the same time.  Sure, you could have your suspicions about Hopper and his twin, but until you see that first split screen scene, that's all you've got are suspicions.  And the character interplay between Oscar and Steve as Oscar first doubts Steve's first account is well played.  Finally, you have more bionic action than you can shake a stick at.  Infrared bionic night vision, jumping off a roof (only the second such jump from a above so far), ripping off a cab door, and lots of running.  (including a rapid run scene which actually works because it's from Hopper's point of view.)

Trivia: 
Steve makes reference to being a detective as more Oscar's "bag."  It doesn't jibe though because if Oscar was once involved in some from of local law enforcement, he should know about procedures for prosecution and he clearly had to have it described to him by Sandusky.

Overall Rating: 
9 out of 10.


Current Mood: accomplished
9:23 pm
[drewshi]
"Doomsday, and Counting"
Teleplay:  Larry Brody     Story: Larry Brody and Kimmy Sangster

Director: Jerry Jameson

Guests: Gary Collins (Vasily Zhukov), Jane Merrow (Irina Leonova), William Smithers (General Koslenko)

Plot:  Steve comes to the aid of his cosmonaut counterpart when his fiance is trapped beneath a top secret Russian research facility on a countdown for destruction.

First Aired: 3/1/74

How'd You Do That:  Steve saves Vasily from certain death be deflecting a falling girder.  When asked to explain he responds, "Well sometimes that potato vodka does more for you than just give you a headache."  He later goes on to explain his accident.  Vasily figures out he's bionic.

Beige Factor:  Steve is wearing beige pants and a jacket at the beginning of the episode.  When he travels to the complex, he's decked out in brown.

Belt Buckle: It's tough to tell if he's wearing the belt.

W.T. Zacha:  He was not in this episode.

Aren't You The Colonel Austin:  Since this episode refers back to Steve's days as an astronaut, it's pretty obvious that everyone would know who he is.

Thoughts:  I really want to love this episode as it has so much going for it.  I think what keeps me from love is just that it's a little on the slow side as far as pacing and action.  I do love the ending in which Steve races the clock, not by running, but by trying to find the main power line and short circuit it, thus halting the countdown.  I also liked the fact that the director chose not to have all his Russian characters speaking with Russian accents.  I have never been a fan of Gary Collins as an actor, but he makes for a believable Russian in this episode since he didn't have to try to fake the accent.

Trivia:  We learn that Steve has a Geiger counter in his arm.  I believe it is used later in the series.

Overall Rating:  7.5 out of 10.


Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
2:25 pm
[drewshi]
"Little Orphan Airplane"
Writer: Elroy Schwartz

Director: Reza Badiyi

Guests: Scoey Mitchill (Major Chooka), Marge Redmond (Sister Anneti), Lincoln Kilpatrick (Captain Braco), Greg Morris (Josh Perkins)

Plot:  Steve travels to an African country to retrieve the film taken by a spy shot down over enemy lines.

First Aired: 2/22/74

How'd You Do That:  Steve starts the engine of an old airplane by tugging at the propeller.  He explains that he has a way of sweet talking machines.  Later, he shrugs off Perkins' questions by stating that Perkins needs a security level six (Perkins is a five.)  Eventually, Steve explain that it's because of an accident he had where they gave him certain improvements.  Later, as he lifts an engine block from a truck in front of the nuns, Perkins cracks, "It's because of his improvements."  Finally, Steve beats the nuns, carrying Perkins in a wagon, to the site of the airplane.  "I took a shortcut."

Beige Factor:  Steve is wearing beige pants and a jacket on the mission.  He also has a beige jacket at the beginning of the episode.

Belt Buckle: Steve wears the belt buckle at the beginning of the episode in Oscar's office.

W.T. Zacha:  He was not in this episode.

Aren't You The Colonel Austin:  (A new segment where we look at people who recognize him and others who don't.  I will go back and correct the old episodes.)  Sister Anneti knows of Steve's walk on the moon and Dale Robertson mentions it at the end of the episode.

Thoughts:  After a really bad episode, we bounce back with one of the best of the season.  The nuns provide just the right amount of comic relief while it's great seeing Greg Morris in a new role besides Mission: Impossible.  Elroy Schwartz was one of the best writers of the early episodes.  In fact, he was one of the best series writers overall.

Trivia:  This is the first mention of the security level clearance.  One needs a six or better to know about bionics.  Perkins only has a five.  We do learn later in the series that there is a security level seven.  This was also the first off screen appearance of "Mister Secretary", presumably the Secretary of State.

Overall Rating:  10 out of 10.


Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
4:32 pm
[drewshi]
"Sister Jaime"
daytonward and I conducted a panel on the two Bionic Woman series this past weekend at Shore Leave 30.  How come we missed talking about this?



Current Mood: silly
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
7:40 pm
[drewshi]
"Day of the Robot"
Teleplay: Del Reisman    Story: Harold Livingston

Director: Leslie H. Martinson

Guest:
John Saxon (Fred Sloan/Robot), Henry Jones (Chester Dolenz), Lloyd Bochner (Gavern Wilson)

Plot:  Steve plays bodyguard to his friend, the developer of a new guidance system.  The problem is Steve thinks his friend may be bionic.  He's not; he's simply been replaced by a robot that is out to steal the system.

First Aired: 2/8/74

How'd You Do That:  Steve beats Fred in three straight sets of tennis, something he's never done before.  He cheated, of course, using his bionic eye to follow the ball more accurately.  When Fred confronts him on his winning streak Steve responds, "I've learned to keep my eye on the ball."

Beige Factor:  Steve is wearing beige pants and a jacket when he travels with Fred.  Fred also wears a beige jacket.

Belt Buckle: Steve is not wearing it this episode.

W.T. Zacha:  He was not in this episode.

Thoughts:  It's very sad that an episode that boasts such behind the camera luminaries as Martinson and Livingston and such actors as Bochner and Saxon could be so horrendous.  The pacing is incredibly slow and the robot is just not that threatening.  The Fembots are much scarier.  I also couldn't help but find it weird that there was a homosexual vibe throughout the story.  Not that there's anything wrong with it, but Steve's not gay and if he was gay then for God's sake kiss the man and let's get it over with.  Maybe this was their way of trying to bring out Majors' softer side, but it just came out as, well, gay.

Not only was the robot not very scary, but Dolenz was a buffoon.  The threat was never really there.

Some interesting trivia is when Steve asks Oscar if he's the only bionic man.  Oscar is quiet a moment and says, "The simple answer, no."  Now, we know Barney Miller (Hiller) will be showing up next season, but Oscar wasn't technically lying.  Barney was no longer powered up at this stage of the game.  And I don't know if Steve would have been worried about a bionic dog.

The first, and if I'm not mistaken, only clunker of the season.

Overall Rating:  2 out of 10.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
12:35 pm
[drewshi]
Hey!

It's been awhile since I've posted.  I'm going to get back to my look at the first season of the series at the end of this week.

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, June 6th, 2008
4:59 pm
[drewshi]
New SMDM Promo


Current Mood: chipper
Monday, May 19th, 2008
10:25 pm
[drewshi]
Joe Harnell Alternate Theme

You can order a CD of the music to the two Bionic Woman episodes of the first Fembot story from Joe Harnell.com.  It's a cool CD that includes a never used version of the theme song.  Someone put it with the actual opening credits and it works perfectly.

Current Mood: impressed
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
7:41 am
[drewshi]
Get the Flock Out of Here!


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
6:38 pm
[drewshi]
Elastic Jazz Group does SMDM


Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
12:47 pm
[alex7000]
More Original Bionic Woman Score!


The Bionic Woman - Episodic Collection Vol. 1 - Kill Oscar Parts 1 & 3

This is the first (posthumous) CD release from JoeHarnell.com to exclusively feature Bionic Woman music. (The 2002 compilation CD, The Film Music of Joe Harnell featured select Bionic Woman suites but also included music from other Harnell shows like, The Incredible Hulk, V, and Alien Nation.) This 2008 release features the complete soundtracks from Kill Oscar, Parts 1 and 3 (Part 2 was a Six Million Dollar Man episode and was not scored by Harnell). The disc also includes the composer's unused alternate Main Title and bonus tracks.

Here's the official Press Release from JoeHarnell.com:

"JoeHarnell.com presents the original television soundtrack recording to THE BIONIC WOMAN: KILL OSCAR PARTS 1 and 3 in loving memory of the great Joe Harnell. While the second part of KILL OSCAR contained music composed by J.J Johnson, this release only contains music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell for the first and third parts. This release includes the complete scores to both episodes, including an alternate Main Title theme that ended up not being used in the series. In addition, original musical sound effects he produced for these episodes are also included. THE BIONIC WOMAN: KILL OSCAR PARTS 1 and 3 is an exclusive joeharnell.com release, professionally mastered, factory manufactured and limited to 1000 units.

"JoeHarnell.com presents THE BIONIC WOMAN: KILL OSCAR PARTS 1 and 3, featuring music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell for the 1970's cult television show, THE BIONIC WOMAN, created and developed by Kenneth Johnson (THE BIONIC MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, V) and starring Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Ford Rainey, Martha Scott and Jennifer Darling.

"Produced during the second season of THE BIONIC WOMAN, KILL OSCAR was an epic three-part story that began in THE BIONIC WOMAN, crossed over to THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and concluded on THE BIONIC WOMAN, which was very rare for genre shows produced at that time. Long considered a favorite story by fans of the show, KILL OSCAR finds Jaime Sommers fighting evil female robots called Fembots who are part of an evil scheme by Dr. Franklin to kidnap OSI Chief Oscar Goldman and obtain an experimental weather control device. The great John Houseman guest-starred in the three-part story as the nefarious Dr. Franklin. At the end of the first part, Jaime lay near death and the story crossed over to THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, where the duty fell to Steve Austin (Lee Majors) to join the struggle against Dr. Franklin and his Fembots. And in the third and final part of KILL OSCAR, Jaime joins forces with Steve Austin to capture Dr. Franklin on his island while his weather machine cooks up a fierce tropical storm around them."
-- JoeHarnell.com

This release is limited to 1000 units, so order yours with bionic swiftness!

Current Mood: ecstatic
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