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Dr. Wells Is Missing 

Rudy Wells is kidnapped on a trip to his old study grounds. Luckily Steve Austin has some time off and follows Rudy unannounced to Innsbruck, Austria. The trail soon leads to the wealthy ... See full summary »

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Desk Clerk
Jim Shane ...
Yamo
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Julio Tucelli
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Anton Brandt
Norbert Schiller ...
Porter
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Fraulein Krueger
Ynes Holt ...
Switchboard Operator (as Ynes van Holt)
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Kurt (as Dave Cass)
Terry Leonard ...
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Rudy Wells is kidnapped on a trip to his old study grounds. Luckily Steve Austin has some time off and follows Rudy unannounced to Innsbruck, Austria. The trail soon leads to the wealthy Tucelli family, who want to force Dr. Wells to give up the secret of constructing a bionic man. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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29 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Features a rare instance of Steve killing people (when he pushes the car off the cliff and it explodes). Steve killed in the first few episodes but this practice was stopped to show more 'moral' values. See more »

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At one point Col. Steve Austin asks a pretty cafe waitress at small town in Austria how to say a certain phrase - "in Austrian". Austrians speak German. See more »

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Alfredo Tucelli: Now I don't understand anything about science or scientists, but you are a man, Dr. Wells. And I know how to get a man to cooperate with me.
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Edited into The Six Million Dollar Man: Run, Steve, Run (1974) See more »

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The Six Million Dollar ... Bond

OSI Colonel Steve Austin apes James Bond for all it's worth in this uneven but enjoyable 1st season episode from THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN -- Steve travels to Innsbruck, Austria to rescue Allan Oppenheimer's Dr. Rudy Wells from the clutches of an international crime figure bent on creating his own army of bionic thugs to loot the banks of Europe. Plenty of authentic European locations, settings, hotels, chalets, women, and fancy cars make this somewhat out of step with the rest of the series and yet an unofficial extension of the 3rd Pilot Episode, the similarly themed "Solid Gold Kidnapping."

It's all pretty routine until Steve manages to find Dr. Wells and is himself captured by the kingpin, finding himself in a sort of Bionic Olympics as he is forced to fight single handed against a gang of NFL sized supporting actors to see how many men it will take to bring him down. The hi-light of the episode is a slipping, sliding free-for-all on the grounds of the head baddie's villa as Steve dutifully holds his own against seven huge lummoxes, sending them sliding across the wet snow with bionic judo flips until they finally bring him down en-masse, damaging his bionic arm in the process.

The climax of the episode is a doozy and one of the most brutally violent sequences from the whole series as Steve & Rudy escape, the goons pile into a car and take after them, obliging Steve to then have to fight for his & Rudy's lives against the bloodthirsty apes bent on outright killing them: I made the body count at about four dead, including the occupants of an exploding car flipped off a cliff by a good bionic shove. Steve of course wins, and in later syndication package form some of the violence was toned down a bit after the series became a family-oriented show rather than a somewhat gritty action fantasy for grown ups. I especially enjoy the scenes where Steve is shown seeming to run at 60mph in relation to the pursuing car, and the interrogation scene where Rudy and Steve come clean on his bionics and their capabilities is classic in every sense of the word.

Granted, the opening 30 minutes or so get a bit tedious as Lee Majors apes 007 with his sunglasses & expensive Euro cars, but once the big men start to fly this is a pretty decent example of what made the show popular. And, according to a trivia entry, the first time Steve is shown jumping high in the air via some trick reverse photography. Unpolished but interesting, and Yamo's demise is nothing but sheer brutality.

7/10


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