The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)
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Kindred Spirits 

David 'Barton' joins an expedition that has found evidence of a pre-historic Hulk and is recognized by a young doctor who was inspired by him. Together they try to find out if the earlier Hulk might have found a cure.

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Dr. Gabrielle White
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David 'Barton' joins an expedition that has found evidence of a pre-historic Hulk and is recognized by a young doctor who was inspired by him. Together they try to find out if the earlier Hulk might have found a cure.

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This is first time a character recognizes David Banner and confirms that he is indeed alive. See more »

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Prof. Williams describes the Hulk as the missing link in human evolution. The "missing link" is the supposed missing transition between the earliest humanoids and the lower order ape like creatures in the fossil record. The Hulk could not in any way be considered this missing link, something a professor would know. See more »

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Gabrielle White: I always thought that I'd work in hospitals. I was studying medicine, but one afternoon a guest lecturer came into one of my classes. He spoke on the comparative anatomy between man and ape. Three weeks later I enlisted in a course of archeology. Here I am. You know, I never got to thank him. I read that he died. But I never forgot what he looked like. His name was Dr. David Banner.
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Cave Drawings
1 May 2017 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

David hops aboard an archaeological expedition. See, the head of the expedition has found a cave painting of a vaguely human-shaped figure with a much smaller human-shaped figure inside it holding a twig, and from this the professor has concluded that there must have existed a super-strong species of human in prehistoric times. David takes his theory one step further: This painting represents a prehistoric Hulk, and the twig is from a plant which cured him.

It's amazing how much one can deduce from crude cave paintings, isn't it? If your five-year-old daughter did the painting seen in this episode, you'd say, "Oh, that's beautiful, sweetheart," while peering at it and thinking, "Okay, those two crude shapes must be me and her, but what are those things we're holding and what are we doing with them?" But if it's a cave painting, it clearly is showing a prehistoric man who transforms into a green monster when he gets angry and is curing himself of this condition by eating a leafy plant.

I suppose I should let that one slide, since it's common enough in genre television, and from my limited archaeological readings I have a sinking suspicion that such leaps of logic are not too far removed from the way archaeology is practiced in real life. But this episode still feels oddly lacking the usual realism of the series.

At the same time, though, it's a very routine episode: David gets a job, makes friends, they run afoul of criminals, and Hulk conveniently saves the day just as David would. It's mostly enjoyable, and the writers do a good job of emphasizing that the villains (a gang of disgruntled Native Americans) have legitimate grievances without suggesting that their actions are justified. But reflecting on it, I find relatively little to like about this ep.


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