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The Bionic Criminal 

Oscar and Rudy are performing a test on Barney Hiller to see if his bionic power can be turned on and off again when needed. A concerned Steve Austin proposes to keep an eye on Barney for ... See full summary »

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Oscar and Rudy are performing a test on Barney Hiller to see if his bionic power can be turned on and off again when needed. A concerned Steve Austin proposes to keep an eye on Barney for the full 48 hours he has possession of his full strength. After competing in a car race, Barney loses control, panics and turns to a former O.S.I scientist who wants to use him for criminal purposes. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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9 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Even though Martin E Brooks had assumed the role of Dr Rudy Wells at the beginning of Season 3, Alan Oppenheimer returned to play Wells one final time in this episode. There were several flashbacks to the Season 2 episode "The Seven Million Dollar Man", in which Oppenheimer appeared. Rather than re-shoot the scenes using Brooks, it was more cost effective to have Oppenheimer return for this one episode. See more »

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The vault door never moves when Barney is supposedly forcing it open, yet the sounds of creaking tearing breaking metal are heard. Then in the later shot of the open safe door, the locking-pins are not bent or broken the way they would be if the door had been forcibly wrenched open. Obviously just an undamaged vault door that's been opened normally by someone who knew the combination. See more »

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Carla Peterson: [about Barney] I don't know. In the next world, he's probably gonna be some laser beam with overhead cams or something.
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Featured in The Six Million Dollar Man: The Secret of Bigfoot (1976) See more »

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The Bionic Monte Markham
15 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Follow up story to The Seven Million Dollar Man episode but, sadly, not half as good as that pull-out-all-stops action block buster. The Bionic Criminal is also missing what helped make The Seven Million Dollar Man so good: a totally outstanding music score!

But The Bionic Criminal is still one of the better episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man as Monte Markham is just sooooo good in the role of Barney! There is just something about this guy's face, only when he plays Barney, that grabs the attention of the viewer. Over the years I have seen Markham in other shows, mainly Baywatch, and it makes me yell out: "What a waste of talent!"

Markham should have gone onto big roles in big movies, but then we will always have his two bionic hours to keep us thrilled for decades to come!


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