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The Six Million Dollar Man was my favourite TV series at one time and this is without a doubt the best episode of the show (actually a double episode).
Steve Austin and the OSI agency are in the woodlands of California conducting some research into earthquakes. A routine day, one would expect. Wrong! Bigfoot is also on the prowl and he kidnaps two scientists. Austin finds the trail of footprints and soon catches up with Bigfoot. They battle each other and eventually Bigfoot flees. To add to Austin's troubles, an alien race is hiding in the hills and their experiments are about to cause the deaths of countless innocents. Can Austin save the day?
This is the best episode of the series. For starters, the sexy Stefanie Powers is in it. Secondly, late wrestling star Andre the Giant (who was about 6 foot 11 inches) does a good job as Bigfoot. Thirdly, the episode is pure action and fantasy. Having Bigfoot and aliens in one show may seem like stretching credibility but the story is actually very good and very gripping.
The whole show is good but the best bits are when Austin battles the huge Bigfoot. Great scenes.
All in all, the best episode of one of the best TV shows ever. As far as the UK goes, I know it is available as part of a video boxset which also includes an A-Team video and a Knight Rider video. Check it out!
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This is it. The grand daddy of them all. This is best episode of any
television series ever. The Six Million Dollar Man meets Bigfoot is
unparalleled in action, suspense and it's propensity to scare the hell
out of you. What a concept. Steve and the crew are up north somewhere
to investigate a mysterious disappearance of Marlene Becky. Once there
Oscar and Steve encounter a guide of Native American descent and after
examining one of the huge footprints, he deducts that it is the
legendary Sasquatch. From there Steve Austin goes in search of the
beast and when he finally encounters him, all hell breaks loose.
Andre The Giant plays Bigfoot, and he was built for this role. He exudes the fear that a beast like this would invoke on us. When the titans clash in the woods, in the middle of nowhere, I was afraid for Steve, when I was 5.
This is as good as TV gets and I am very much looking forward to the DVD's.
Yes, the famous "Bigfoot" episode might as well be called "The Six
Million Dollar Man Meets Sesame Street." It's like Big Bird's friend
Mr. Snuffleupagus got mad and went on a rampage. A lot of Six Million
Dollar Fanatics love it, but I think the makers of the show fumbled on
"The Secret of Bigfoot" starts with promise. Oscar Goldman and Steve Austin talk about the fault-line and the earthquakes and how they have the technology to possibly mitigate the severity of those earth- shattering disruptions that occur from time to time.
Majestic music plays as the camera rolls across the California mountain countryside. Then it ends too quickly. Haunting music plays as a pair of mysterious legs walks across the woods. That ends too quickly, also. The whole sequence is too fast-paced.
Still, there is hope of a good drama. A husband-and-wife team of geologists pitches camp by the lake at the edge of the woods. "This will be our second honeymoon," one of them says. The viewer is led to believe a real adventure is about to happen. Then...
...it turns ridiculous. The action is unnaturally fast-paced, as if they're afraid of the viewer losing interest. I think of "The Pioneers," a Season Two classic that, like "Bigfoot," involves something bizarre happening in the woods. The camera work and the suspense are superb. I also think of the Sergio Leone epic, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." The sparsity of dialogue is accompanied by a haunting score and a slow-moving camera.
"The Secret of Bigfoot" is the opposite of "The Pioneers" and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." "Bigfoot" spells a lot of the action out for the audience, as if we've transformed into a bunch of kids. Yes, I loved the "The Six Million Dollar Man" as a kid because it was exciting to watch Steve Austin run in slow motion and get the bad guy. I love it even more as an adult because it gives us some excellent stories. The show worked so well for two and a half seasons. Why change now?
From "Population: Zero" (January 1974) to "The Bionic Criminal" (November 1975), "The Six Million Dollar Man" is a fun and fascinating television series. That's 42 episodes--I count two-part episodes as one--and while not every single one of them is good, there's a consistency of quality.
Then comes "Bigfoot." "The Secret of Bigfoot," the 49th episode, first aired in February 1976. It comes near the end of Season Three, and I fear it marks a turning point.
Good fiction requires the creation of a world the reader or viewer can believe. I believe in the microcosm inhabited by Colonel Steve Austin and his boss, Oscar Goldman. Space exploration is still new and exciting. A few men have even walked on the moon, and one of them is Steve Austin. World War II has ended thirty years ago, with a lot of veterans still alive. The veterans' grandchildren are being born, and in real life, one of them is Yours Truly. "The Six Million Dollar Man" takes me back to a simpler time, and it transports me to a world I can believe.
I don't believe "Bigfoot." There seems to be a conscious effort to reach a children's audience, as if they're advertising to be switched to Saturday morning. Of the Season Three episodes that follow "Bigfoot," two of them are kiddie stuff.
Am I telling people not to watch "The Secret of Bigfoot?" If you're committed to seeing the entire series, then watch it and judge for yourself. Otherwise, the various elements of "Bigfoot" are better expressed in other installments. If you want something strange happening in the woods, then watch "The Pioneers." If you want excellent fighting, then watch "Day of the Robot" and "Look-a-Like." If you want the epic fight of television history, then watch "Day of the Robot."
Does "Bigfoot" signal "The Six Million Dollar Man" jumping the shark? No, it doesn't, because "Bigfoot" doesn't even make it over the shark. I only hope "Bigfoot" doesn't signal the series getting swallowed by the shark.
(This review is dedicated to the memory of Alvin James Miller, 1960- 2007. He was born on May 9th, and he's the most fun-loving person I've ever known.)
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The Secret of Bigfoot was to me, the halfway point of the Six Million Dollar Man series. The show took its first turn toward the direction of Science Fiction with the introduction of the Bionic Bigfoot played by Andre the Giant as well as the hidden colony of alien beings. I loved Stephanie Powers character and her attraction to Steve. The initial battle between Steve and the Sasquatch is a highlight of this 2 part episode. Oddly enough, I think this may have been the start of late 70's scifi shows with alien beings in polyester jumpsuits, cheesy special effects and laser beams, and giant monitor screens for communications. In addition to the SMDM, the Bionic Woman series as well as Wonder Woman, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers were all notorious for doing this in the late 70's but you what? I love it anyway!! The Return of Bigfoot was also a great 2 part Bionic Crossover with both Steve and Jamie and Bigfoot was played by Ted Cassidy. Unfortunately, the last Bigfoot episode (also with Ted Cassidy) called Bigfoot V made in season five fell flat and was pathetic. Avoid that one. But this first Bigfoot 2 parter is high on the recommendation list.
I'm a big fan of the complete series of six million dollar man; and this episode is the best of all I've seen. I hope If they gone a make a movie of the six million dollar man, they respect the story and the tradition of this character. I'm only have 3 years old when I see for first time this episode and let me tell you that this experience is still in my memory. the character of big foot it was so real, Andre was the perfect actor to be this character. I'm only can say that at the present days, I can not find another character as Steve Austin (Lee Majors)in all TV's series, and I think that in many years we can see another one like the big one SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN.
I hadn't seen "The Six Million Dollar Man" for 30 years, and it was fun
to watch this episode for awhile, hear the sound effects of Lee Majors
doing his bionic stunts, etc., and letting my children have a good
laugh at what passed for entertainment in my own teen years.
However, this initial fun turned quickly to boredom once the inane plot began to develop about 15-20 minutes into the first hour of this two-parter. We sat through it, hoping it would get better, but nothing doing.
How the IMDb fans rated this a 7.0 out of 10 is beyond comprehension to me, but obviously not everyone enjoys the same kinds of entertainment.
I was pretty fascinated with the TV series back in the day, but watching this revealed to me just how cheesy it all was -- not just the wooden dialogue and acting, but the sets and script-writing as well.
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