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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A professor, who has been paralyzed in an attack by mob hitmen, builds a suit that enables him to walk and fight crime.

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Stars: David Ackroyd, Anne Schedeen, A Martinez
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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)
Galyn Görg ...
 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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an excellent black superhero show!

i saw this show when i was 7 years old. even back then it was a cool show. there weren't-and still aren't-many black superheroes out there, save for Spawn, Blade, & Bishop; and this show introduced a cool concept. basically, a paralyzed scientist creates a bio-suit that allows him to walk and he uses it to fight crime.

after it was canceled, re-runs aired on the sci-fi channel for a while. the only way to see it now is on video.

worth looking into if you're looking for a new black superhero.


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