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August 13, 2020

Quarantine Cafe: The Six Million Dollar Man Edition

Classic opening of the Six Million Dollar Man tv show.

Opening of one of the first Six Million Dollar Man tv movies, which is similar to, but different than, the opening of the series that followed.

Here's a short video about Steve Austin's flight from a novel called "Cyborg" to the TV screen.

Opening of The Bionic Woman spin-off.

Here's the actual footage of the experimental lifting body prototype shown flying, and then crashing, in the Six Million Dollar Man opening.

The lifting body is the Northrop M2-F2.

The actual pilot was Bruce Peterson, who was, yes, "seriously injured" in that crash. In fact, he lost an eye (as Steve Austin did). However, he otherwise recovered after a long hospitalization.

Brief bit from Steve Austin's fight with Bigfoot. Because it was too unbelievable for the show to feature an actual Sasquatch, they made their Bigfoot a bionic robot created by space aliens to scare people away from their hidden base.

No really, that's the plot as I remember it. I'm only guessing at the "to scare people away" part, but what else could it be?

Although most people know that Andre the Giant played Bigfoot (the Alien Robot) in the first of the Bigfoot appearances, he was replaced by Ted Cassidy -- Lurch from the Adams Family -- for the next two appearances.

That's a lot of episodes with an alien Bigfoot robot.

One episode of an alien Bigfoot robot is a lot of episodes with an alien Bigfoot robot, actually.

Steve Austin punches special guest villain John Saxon in the face, and makes a horrifying discovery.

More of Steve Austin's and Jamie Summers' fights with the robots and their female variations, the "Fembots."

Steve Austin once Pulled a Marvel and had to fight someone with the exact same powers as himself. Here's Austin vs. The Seven Million Dollar Man. I think he cost a bit more because both of his arms were bionic.

Jamie Summers had a bionic dog. I think he might have been an earlier experimental effort for bionic implants. He was called Maximillian. Because he only cost a million dollars.

Were all the bionic experiments coded by cost? I guess so.

A compilation of the various bionic characters.

Scene from a Steve Austin/Jamie Summers reunion movie in 1987.

There were three reunion movies. The second one set up a Bionic Girl. The girl was played by pre-Speed Sandra Bullock.

Overview of the Six Million Dollar Man toy line.

Sold separately: Steve's space capsule/bionics operating theater.

Mattel crapped out this Six Million Dollar Man ripoff, "Pulsar Man."

This wasn't a Bionic Man figure, but I wanted to get one, because Steve had so few enemies: "The Incredible Dr. Steel," either a friend or foe to the GI Joe competitor "Big Jim."

Footage from an unaired pilot, The Bionic Fox.

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