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The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Movie 1973) Poster

(1973 TV Movie)

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Continuity 

Applies to the "Moon and the Desert" re-edited syndicated version: although the telefilm was reedited to be part of the regular Six Million Dollar Man series, references to Austin being an civilian are retained, even though "Wine Women & War", the second TV film, and the third and fourth episodes of the syndicated version of the series, retcons the character into being an Air Force colonel.
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Applies only to the reedited "Moon and the Desert" syndicated version: Austin is shown flying to the moon in a solo mission, but just before being shown leaving the moon, a second astronaut appears without explanation in one shot (culled from stock footage).
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Applies only to the reedited "Moon and the Desert" syndicated version: Signage showing O.S.I. is inserted into the episode, however dialogue still refers to the O.S.O. (Office of Strategic Operations).
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Applies only to the reedited "Moon and the Desert" syndicated version: The sequence showing Austin's operation is padded out using footage of Martin E. Brooks as Dr. Rudy Wells, taken from a later episode, even though Martin Balsam, also playing Rudy, appears in the same scene, although he is shown supervising the operation from another room.
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In the sequences of stock footage showing preparation for Steve Austin's launch to the moon, images alternate between shots of the Saturn V Skylab rocket, the Saturn V (moon launch) rocket, and the Saturn 1B on the pad.
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In the hospital scenes, the electrocardiograph is heard beeping Steve's heartbeat, but a flat line is displayed.
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When Steve is first working to free the toddler from the wrecked van, there are several close-up shots of gas dripping on the hot tailpipe and then puffs of smoke and an area of flame, yet in the wide-angle shots of the scene, there is no flame and almost no smoke coming from the van's undercarriage.
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The carrier plane is creating very little visible vapor, yet in the shot of the view from the chase plane that is beneath/behind the bomber, there is a thick contrail spewing from the carrier plane.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Applies only to the reedited "Moon and the Desert" syndicated version: Top of the set backdrop and studio lighting visible in the shot showing Austin and another astronaut preparing to leave the moon.
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Factual errors 

Steve's remaining arm is left intact when in real life it would have to be amputated and replaced with a bionic arm because the original arm and the replacement limb could not properly function alongside each other. This is because the organic arm can't perform some of the feats of strength that a bionic arm can without receiving an injury or tearing off. In fact, Rudy is indeed shown amputating Steve's existing human arm in the BIONIC MAN comic - the amputation is done for Steve's personal safety, not just his health and well-being, which as a doctor, Rudy would be intensely concerned with.
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Miscellaneous 

The "Factual Error" that Austin's human left arm should have been amputated to prevent incompatible balance produces an enormous character error if such had occurred. The friendship that is demonstrated between Austin and Dr. Wells would never allow the latter to amputate a healthy arm of his friend, whether it would be mechanically efficient or not. Further, Dr. Wells is portrayed as the kind of man not to violate his Hippocratic oath of "Do no harm" which such an amputation would be in contrast to.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the sequence of stock footage designed to show Steve Austin's journey to the moon, at one point there is footage of a space walk. This is obviously of Ed White's first space walk in the Gemini program. For moon missions, there would be no need to do a space walk.
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For the sequence showing Steve Austin's journey to the moon, there is a shot of an Apollo Command and Service Module making its way to the moon. It does not have the LM (Lunar Module) attached to it, which is used for the landing a few seconds later.
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