The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)
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Bring Me the Head of the Hulk 

A mercenary arrives at the National Register to offer Jack McGee's help in pursuing the Hulk. But when it comes to light that the man's real intention is to kill the creature, he is turned ... See full summary »

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A mercenary arrives at the National Register to offer Jack McGee's help in pursuing the Hulk. But when it comes to light that the man's real intention is to kill the creature, he is turned down by the Register, only to be hired by rival publisher Limelight. Written by 4-Kane

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The title of this episode is an allusion to the Sam Peckinpah film "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia". See more »

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At the end Dr. Jane Cabot asks David if he knows anything about the creature. Although she was presumably unconscious when David transformed during the lab's fire, everyone else trapped in the room saw it happen, so it should be common knowledge that David is the Hulk, and therefore Cabot should also know it. See more »

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Mark Roberts: What makes you think that you can capture the Hulk when everybody else has failed?
Le Front: I said nothing about capture.
Jack McGee: Well, what makes you think that we would give you a license to kill the Hulk?
Le Front: This particular issue does not require a license, I want a business agreement. For one million dollars I guarantee results.
Mark Roberts: A million? We could never afford a sum like that.
Jack McGee: Mark, it isn't a question of the money.
Mark Roberts: Well, I know.
Jack McGee: We don't want the creature killed, just captured.
Mark Roberts: That's exactly what I meant.
Jack McGee: ...
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Edited from The Incredible Hulk: The Incredible Hulk (1977) See more »

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It's all in the buildup
30 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode feels dramatically different from most episodes in the series. From the opening scene of the Hulk smashing up a lab, the pacing is smooth and dramatic, with crisp dialogue that doesn't waste a single word. The slow pace of most of the series isn't always a disadvantage, and indeed is a strong asset in the best episodes, but most of the time a good snappy pace like this makes for the best drama.

The plot development reminds me somewhat of the classic espionage novel From Russia with Love, in that the early scenes are largely told from the perspective of the villain, a top dollar mercenary called La Fronte, as he sets an elaborate trap to kill the Hulk for a $1,000,000 reward. These scenes effectively build up La Fronte as cold-blooded, focused, cunning, and resourceful - the perfect adversary for the Hulk.

Sadly, as with "The Snare", the episode doesn't deliver a true confrontation between the villain and the Hulk, who is instead saved from La Fronte by what is so blatantly a contrivance that calling it "thinly veiled" would be too generous. It's a truly immense disappointment after such a build up.

Yet even that doesn't completely tarnish the truly exquisite drama on offer here. Aside from the main plot, Banner's debates with the blindly driven Dr. Jane Cabot strike right at the heart of what the Hulk is about. Unlike Bruce Banner of the comics, David Banner was transformed into the Hulk because of his own mistakes, and this ep lets us see that David has never forgotten that. He holds himself responsible both for what the Hulk does, and for creating the creature in the first place, and that's part of what makes him so compelling.


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