M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994– )

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A paralyzed African-American scientist builds a powerful exo-skeleton in order to walk again, and uses his new abilities to fight crime.

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 Dr. Miles Hawkins (22 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 John Stonebrake (22 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Taylor Savage (22 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Lt. Leora Maxwell (22 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Capt. Ken Hetrick (9 episodes, 1994-1995)
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Miles Hawkins thought he had it all -- money, brains, a great family and a killer serve. A bullet changed his life. Left him paralyzed. Now, today, it's about to change again. Hawkins has invented a "harness." It's a piece of cutting edge technology with a headgear which allows the transmitters in the brain to bypass the spine. Translation: he can walk again. Actually, he can do more than that. He has more than he had before. Increased strength, speed, agility. The one thing he can't do is be normal. Either he's in a wheelchair, or he's in this techno-getup. Can't take a stroll in the park like you or me. What's he to do? At first a reluctant hero, Hawkins is drawn into a world of fighting crime because the violence which turned his life upside-down is doing the same to the world around him. While in the harness and headset, he assumes the identity of the Mantis and fights back. He's armed with a sophisticated array of hi-tech tools like the Chrysalid, a prototype police vehicle that ... Written by BZTV

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In the pilot, "M.A.N.T.I.S." stood for: Mechanically Augmented Neuro-transmitter Interception System. Otherwise known as the "exo-skeleton". But the network felt that the public would get confused by this, and would always be asking themselves, "What's that suit called again?" So the actual series producers, Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo (who had previously done "The Flash") had one of the supporting characters in the first episode of the actual series run, upon seeing the title character in the suit for the first time, say "Wow, you know? It kinda looks like a Mantis!" thus removing the need for an acronymic title. The only mention of the acronym in the TV series is in the episode M.A.N.T.I.S.: The Eyes Beyond (1994), where a computer display shows what M.A.N.T.I.S. stands for. However, in this graphic, the word "Integrated" is used instead of "Interception". See more »

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"You can call me.. THE MANTIS" !

"A paralyzed African-American scientist builds a powerful exo-skeleton in order to walk again, and uses his new abilities to fight crime." OK, for starters; this intro rocks !

I loved that dreamy concept. Can you see the brilliant metaphor here? That paralyzed man is just you and me in front of many ugly crimes in our worlds. And now, this show just gives him, and us, the opportunity to get up, leave the chair, and be the hero who saves the city from its evils.

It managed to be peculiar. From the main character as paralyzed, to being an African-American, all wasn't familiar. For a disabled superhero, I can't remember but Dare Devil. And for a black superhero, in the American TV, I can't remember any !

Further, unlike other shows, and naturally after the generation's hit; The X-Files, this show was stylish. It differs than many of the action shows where usual is all the style you can get. It had such a dark sense that lead actor Carl Lumbly's sullen performance got matched with perfectly.

Lumbly, as Dr. Miles Hawkins, owned the screen. He was charismatic and unforgettable. I thought he saw the character as someone who has great pain and bitterness, yet conceals that whenever he's the staid Dr. Hawkins, but when he gets to be the hero, that inner suppressed rage comes out. So sorry that he couldn't be a lead of an action show again, just a supporting role in (Alias) years later.

I won't forget the moment in which the title character answers the question of "Who are you?" for the first time. He said in the most macho, cool and serious ways ever "You can call me.. The Mantis." WAW. It's real inspiring, because when I wrote my own superhero comic series; I put in the very first episode a similar line, but it went like this "You can call me.. Bakir 1.".

At one of the 1990s years, I don't remember which, I used to watch it everyday at 8: PM, on the second channel of our national TV. Then one day it vanished from the screen, and I didn't get to watch it again. Well, sure it got canceled pretty early. I don't know the reason yet (they didn't like its title ?!). But I do feel rage when, at the same year, another show begin to never stop.. named (Friends). You can guess whose the persons that I wished for the mantis to destroy for years and years later !

(M.A.N.T.I.S.) is in my list for 1994 top entertaining shows, along with (Earth 2), (One West Waikiki), and – why not – (The Cosby Mysteries).


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