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David Banner(Bill Bixby) is staying with a young army officer on a chemical research post, and his family while holding down a local job. Things are fine until the officer hitches a lift with a transport truck and helps the driver dump a yellow canister that unfortunately leaks, later blinding them both. Asking David to retrieve the canister as evidence, since he gets no cooperation from his superiors, David to is exposed to the gas, and becomes blind while the military brass decides to cover it up, while coming up with a cure, though the Hulk emerges to expose the conspiracy and battle a tank... Interesting if contrived episode finally gives a military vs. the Hulk scenario out of the comics, though done realistically.
"Blind Rage" is one of those filler episodes from the very solid third
season of the series. David doesn't spend any time working at a cure
but instead gets thrown in a hostile situation from the start.
When an Army Officer David's boarding at suddenly goes blind it's clear that something sinister is up. David investigates and goes blind himself, figuring out along the way an army cover up.
Here's where the Hulk battles an army tanker and comes out a winner, something that probably delighted fans of the original comics. But this episode, while being well made and fairly suspenseful, is one of those "neither here nor there" as David's problems get put on hold and the Hulk has to save the day.
The moral themes of the series play second fiddle to pure drama this
time around, and that's okay because the drama is top notch. Okay, the
depiction of going blind is hilariously bad; the father gets up in the
middle of the night, turns on a light, and says "The damn bulb is
broken again." Even more hilarious, we're told his friend died after
driving through a road sign that said "Do not enter". But while "hero
goes blind" has been done before, it works great because it's an
obstacle that the Hulk's strength can't overcome.
That's just the beginning of the drama, too. The family mother does some great espionage stuff, and the climax takes the classic Hulk action to new heights as he has to battle a whole jeep full of soldiers and even a tank. The whole episode is well-paced and exciting at every step, and as always the heroes of the cast are likable.
The ending is solid, allowing the viewer to fill in some obvious blanks. It's also good that even though the army doctor did the right thing in the end, he still gets court-martialed. Not because I want him to suffer (I don't), but because it's important to not send the message that you can commit crime without facing the consequences, the way "Vendatta Road" did.
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