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First show I can remember being a real fan of. Netflix only has seasons 1 and 2 available, but does have all of The Bionic Woman. I have all three reunion movies taped off the actual original broadcasts on VHS but would like to see them cleaned up on DVD (especially the first two). Don't forget the second one was Sandra Bullock's big break.

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I used to love the Bionic shows as a kid; bought a few seasons on DVD a long time ago, and some of them are still fun today, but many of them are unwatchable.   It's amazing how little we understood of simple physical concepts like leverage in those days (having one mechanical arm wouldn't make you stronger unless every muscle and limb attached to the arm was similarly 'strong'; just as two 'bionic' legs wouldn't make one any 'faster' either... there is an upper limit to bipedal locomotion.  I guess we just didn't care in those days...).

They're silly fantasies, but fun. 

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In terms of nostalgia, that set looks really tempting, if only for the interviews and extras. But i dunno whether I'd watch all those episodes again. Maybe the Bigfoot ones (well, for sure, the Bigfoot ones...!) And whatever other faves I could remember. I did love this show as a kid. But unlike other shows of that period, this one didn't come with me into adulthood... Damn, Lindsay Wagner was like a preteen crush though...

This show had the best theme tune! And incidental music... and sound effects! Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SZMn_711s4

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

 

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In terms of nostalgia, that set looks really tempting, if only for the interviews and extras. But i dunno whether I'd watch all those episodes again. Maybe the Bigfoot ones (well, for sure, the Bigfoot ones...!) And whatever other faves I could remember. I did love this show as a kid. But unlike other shows of that period, this one didn't come with me into adulthood... Damn, Lindsay Wagner was like a preteen crush though...

This show had the best theme tune! And incidental music... and sound effects! Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SZMn_711s4

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

 

Have to say, the "$6 Million Man" theme song is one of the most memorable of my youth; I wish I could loop it, and play it over-and-over when I exercise on my stationary bike... :laugh:

Six Million Dollar Man theme song

As for Lindsay Wagner?  I have to say this; she was a terrific actress who really sold it well.   With her Jamie Summers, one could actually relate to the simultaneous wonder (and horror) of waking up a turbocharged freak.

I remember at Comic Con 2012, I was lucky to have shared a table with Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman himself!) and his 'handler' left him in my care for about 40 min or so, and we had a delightful conversation (the guy is almost 90, but sharp as a tack... very observant and full of wonderful stories!).  I tried hard not to fanboy myself as he talked about his fight to bring Lindsay Wagner back to the show (her character actually 'died' on "6MDM"), and he and Wagner became very close.   He also championed her own spinoff (which she got, of course).   Anderson was a wonderful person and a delight to talk to; our Comic Con table chat is one of my fondest memories. :)

Overall, I found the Bionic Woman slightly more 'human' than the pulp novel adventures of her male counterpart's show.  Though I gotta say; the Bigfoot episodes of 6MDM are absolutely hysterical.  I remember in the '70s everyone was all about Bigfoot.   :giggle:

lp4ef3f42c.jpg << Han & Chewie, the first round of auditions... :P

Oh man, those were innocent (and silly) times... 

 

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In terms of nostalgia, that set looks really tempting, if only for the interviews and extras. But i dunno whether I'd watch all those episodes again. Maybe the Bigfoot ones (well, for sure, the Bigfoot ones...!) And whatever other faves I could remember. I did love this show as a kid. But unlike other shows of that period, this one didn't come with me into adulthood... Damn, Lindsay Wagner was like a preteen crush though...

This show had the best theme tune! And incidental music... and sound effects! Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SZMn_711s4

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

 

Have to say, the "$6 Million Man" theme song is one of the most memorable of my youth; I wish I could loop it, and play it over-and-over when I exercise on my stationary bike... :laugh:

Six Million Dollar Man theme song

As for Lindsay Wagner?  I have to say this; she was a terrific actress who really sold it well.   With her Jamie Summers, one could actually relate to the simultaneous wonder (and horror) of waking up a turbocharged freak.

I remember at Comic Con 2012, I was lucky to have shared a table with Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman himself!) and his 'handler' left him in my care for about 40 min or so, and we had a delightful conversation (the guy is almost 90, but sharp as a tack... very observant and full of wonderful stories!).  I tried hard not to fanboy myself as he talked about his fight to bring Lindsay Wagner back to the show (her character actually 'died' on "6MDM"), and he and Wagner became very close.   He also championed her own spinoff (which she got, of course).   Anderson was a wonderful person and a delight to talk to; our Comic Con table chat is one of my fondest memories. :)

Overall, I found the Bionic Woman slightly more 'human' than the pulp novel adventures of her male counterpart's show.  Though I gotta say; the Bigfoot episodes of 6MDM are absolutely hysterical.  I remember in the '70s everyone was all about Bigfoot.   :giggle:

lp4ef3f42c.jpg << Han & Chewie, the first round of auditions... :P

Oh man, those were innocent (and silly) times... 

 

I recall you telling me of you meeting Richard Dean Anderson and what a lovely feller he was (and I'm sure still is). It's good to know. Back in the day, when 6MDM was a big thing and the two-parter called The Bionic Woman aired, everyone at school was severely heartbroken when Jaime Sommers died. I think i was actually an even bigger fan of that show because, like everyone, i was in luuuurve with her and it was a huge deal that she got her own show. Wagner was definitely a good actress... she was the perfect 70s pin-up girl, wholesome but somehow sexy, alluring by being smart.

Additionally, in the UK, we had a weekly comic called Look-In that had comic strips of both 6MDM and the Bionic Woman. Dunno if the stories were up to much by today's standards, but I loved them as a kid and the art was (and still is) really great. Lookee here:

http://bionic.wikia.com/wiki/The_Bionic_Woman_(Look-in_strips)

http://theartofseanphillips.blogspot.com/2011/07/bionic-woman-by-john-m-burns.html

http://look-in.wikia.com/wiki/The_Bionic_Woman

http://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2011/05/martin-asbury-for-bristol-comic-expo.html

 

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I recall you telling me of you meeting Richard Dean Anderson and what a lovely feller he was (and I'm sure still is). It's good to know. Back in the day, when 6MDM was a big thing and the two-parter called The Bionic Woman aired, everyone at school was severely heartbroken when Jaime Sommers died. I think i was actually an even bigger fan of that show because, like everyone, i was in luuuurve with her and it was a huge deal that she got her own show. Wagner was definitely a good actress... she was the perfect 70s pin-up girl, wholesome but somehow sexy, alluring by being smart.

Additionally, in the UK, we had a weekly comic called Look-In that had comic strips of both 6MDM and the Bionic Woman. Dunno if the stories were up to much by today's standards, but I loved them as a kid and the art was (and still is) really great. Lookee here:

http://bionic.wikia.com/wiki/The_Bionic_Woman_(Look-in_strips)

http://theartofseanphillips.blogspot.com/2011/07/bionic-woman-by-john-m-burns.html

http://look-in.wikia.com/wiki/The_Bionic_Woman

http://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2011/05/martin-asbury-for-bristol-comic-expo.htm

Great '70s artwork in those!  Puts me right back to that time and place by the mood it creates. 

There was also a terrific article on The Bionic Woman in Starlog magazine #1 (recently posted by Space Elf); I used to read Starlog religiously as a kid.  It was the internet in the dark time before the internet.   They were usually my first wave of information regarding a new science fiction TV show/movie:

 Starlog Magazine #1 Archive

And yes, I agree that Lindsay Wagner was a terrific role model and a very healthy, wholesome, poster girl.  Your crush is entirely understandable (for me, it was Lynda Carter & Erin Gray... oh my!).    Wagner had an earthiness and a believability that made some of the more outlandish plots that much easier to swallow.   Terrific actress.   I believe (?) she won an Emmy Award for her work on the show, if I'm not mistaken.  

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Wagner was like the girl next door, very pretty and caring.

Now, Lynda Carter and Erin Gray were like.........I dont know how to put into words............the goddess next door LOL

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They still are.

Gus

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Sehlat DUDE that Starlog archive is epic! I didn't know it existed. I used to read that religiously as a kid, too. Also Starburst the UK equivalent (which was usually amusingly scathing in its reviews of practically everything).

Lookit what i found on page 2, issue 2:

https://archive.org/stream/starlog_magazine-002/002#page/n1/mode/2up

Gus, my dad loved Lynda Carter and while i see and appreciate her beauty and charms, I just couldn't go there, y'know?

I forgot about the fembots. OMG fembots!

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Sehlat DUDE that Starlog archive is epic! I didn't know it existed. I used to read that religiously as a kid, too. Also Starburst the UK equivalent (which was usually amusingly scathing in its reviews of practically everything).

Lookit what i found on page 2, issue 2:

https://archive.org/stream/starlog_magazine-002/002#page/n1/mode/2up

Isn't that an EPIC picture??  Seriously; Lindsay Wagner cozying up to Bigfoot! 

* sigh *

Gave guys like me hope in my bachelor days.  :laugh:

I forgot about the fembots. OMG fembots!

They were pretty spooky when I was a kid, I must say...

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robot.jpg

^

That was some pretty creepy, disturbing s#!t for my then-9 or 10 year old self to process....:ohmy:

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That freaked me out too. So did this, which I saw first - then they aired that ep of the Bionic Woman!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8Tn7GiBkUo

Weeeeeeird! The whole idea of robots masquerading as human beings really creeped me out - especially if they were mimicking characters I loved. Even though i really liked the idea of robots themselves. My first experience of the Uncanny Valley, I guess.

The androids in Star Trek's What Are Little Girls Made Of touched upon this - though there, it was Ruk who freaked me out...

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Sehlat DUDE that Starlog archive is epic! I didn't know it existed. I used to read that religiously as a kid, too. Also Starburst the UK equivalent (which was usually amusingly scathing in its reviews of practically everything).

Lookit what i found on page 2, issue 2:

https://archive.org/stream/starlog_magazine-002/002#page/n1/mode/2up

Isn't that an EPIC picture??  Seriously; Lindsay Wagner cozying up to Bigfoot! 

* sigh *

Gave guys like me hope in my bachelor days.  :laugh:

I forgot about the fembots. OMG fembots!

They were pretty spooky when I was a kid, I must say...

6viAIf.gif 

robot.jpg

^

That was some pretty creepy, disturbing s#!t for my then-9 or 10 year old self to process....:ohmy:

I have little experience with the Bionic shows, but that image reminds me of the Doctor Who story "The Android Invasion" starring Tom Baker:

Android_Invasion.jpg

Edited by kenman

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Lyndsay and Lynda Carter - then and now.

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Gus

Lovely as ever... seriously; they both look amazing.  

I saw Lyndsay Wagner at Comic Con a few years ago (didn't get an autograph sadly) and she looked every bit as lovely in person too.  If I saw Lynda Carter in person, I'd probably faint dead away...

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Always enjoyed seeing Lyndsay on Warehouse 13. Haven't seen Lynda in much lately but she was in Super Troopers, The Dukes of Hazzard movie, and Sky High (where she got a great final line asking all the bad students "who do you think I am? Wonder Woman?").

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I liked the Death Probe episodes myself. 

After I posted before I found the VHS tape of the reunion movies and watched the first two (the 3rd isn't that great, sadly). Did you know they were trying to use the second one as a pilot to restart a new bionic series which would have used Sandra Bullock's character? 

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They even did a photo shoot with what they were hoping would be the cast though it seems they were just planning on Wagner and Anderson being part time with Bullock and Jeff Yeagher as the stars. 

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I liked the Death Probe episodes myself. 

After I posted before I found the VHS tape of the reunion movies and watched the first two (the 3rd isn't that great, sadly). Did you know they were trying to use the second one as a pilot to restart a new bionic series which would have used Sandra Bullock's character? 

The Death Probe episodes are a gas... :laugh:

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