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No Escape 

David 'Baron' is arrested as a vagrant but manages to escape along side a mental patient who thinks he's Ernest Hemmingway. Feeling guilty, David has to track the man down before he hurts himself or his loved ones.

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David 'Baron' is arrested as a vagrant but manages to escape along side a mental patient who thinks he's Ernest Hemmingway. Feeling guilty, David has to track the man down before he hurts himself or his loved ones.

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30 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Jack Kirby: The Police sketch artist is portrayed by the legendary comic book artist and Hulk co-creator. See more »

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Tom Wallace: M'Kola, you're my gunbearer. You know the known equator of the '45, she's gas operated, semi automatic. A typewriter's much heavier than the '45 but both are wonderful made machines. The trouble with this machine, is it takes too long to get results.
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Featured in The Incredible Hulk: Proof Positive (1980) See more »

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Madman Freed
1 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

After seeing the opening scene of this episode, I figured I was in for another winner. This time David apparently has no luck on the job front, and is picked up by the cops as a vagrant. They stuff him in with a guy named Tom who proves to be a dangerous psychotic. When Tom attacks David, he changes into the Hulk and busts loose - setting the psycho free as well.

It's a great setup. Stories where the Hulk is the cause of the problem are important (and in this series, all too rare), in part because it starts to feel like too big a coincidence when David Banner just keeps bumping into problems by chance, but also because the tragic destructiveness of the Hulk is an intrinsic part of the character. In this case at least, it also means that guilt and responsibility serve as convincing motives for David to play hero.

But as it turns out, for the first time this season we have two dud episodes in a row. Certainly "No Escape" has far more redeeming value than "The Disciple", but there are a lot of plot holes, most of them involving David being able to find Tom with no explanation. Also, one of the supporting characters is a supposedly sane man who chooses to harbor Tom. His stated motive: Tom's delusion is that he's Earnest Hemmingway, and he thinks this delusion will make Tom a famous author too. Riiiiight. There's more problems with that than I can fit in this review.

Beyond his delusions, Tom has a number of real world parallels with Earnest Hemingway, and this episode at times feels uncomfortably like Hemingway fanwank, a fantasy in which Hemingway is saved and lives happily ever after instead of committing suicide. There are plenty of good points; most notably, McGee is here and makes good use of what he learned in "Mystery Man, Part 2" to be more of a problem than ever. Overall, though, this is not great viewing.


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