Colonel Steve Austin, astronaut and test pilot, is badly injured when he crashes while testing an experimental aircraft. A covert government agency (O.S.I.) is willing to pay for special prosthetics to replace the eye, arm, and both legs he lost in the crash. Highly advanced technology (bionics) built into them will make him faster, stronger, and better than normal. In return, they want him to become a covert Agent for the O.S.I. It will cost six million dollars to rebuild Colonel Steve Austin.Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
Martin Balsam was the first actor to play Dr. Rudy Wells. See more »
When Steve first regains consciousness after the accident, a POV shot shows his view of Rudy Wells moving in and out of focus. But human vision focuses by adjusting the angle of each eye toward an object, rather than changing the distance between the lens and the retina, in the fashion of a camera. So, with only one eye, Steve wouldn't be able to adjust focus. See more »
[watching Steve Austin run on a monitor]
He's not even breathing hard!
Dr. Rudy Wells:
Well, you see, his lungs are used to handling oxygen for the blood supply for two arms and two legs. Now they only have to take care of one.
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The reedited version is retitled "The Moon and the Desert" Part 1 and 2. Among footage added is a lengthy introductory segment showing Austin's first moon landing. See more »
First TV movie pilot that introduced Lee Majors as Steve Austin, a former astronaut who had walked on the moon, but now is test piloting an experimental aircraft that unfortunately crashes, badly injuring Steve near death, but with the skill of brilliant surgeon Dr. Rudy Wells(played by Martin Balsam) and funding by secretive government representative Oliver Spencer(played by Darren McGavin) rebuild Austin with bionic limbs and sight, increasing his strength and survivability immensely, making him an ideal government operative, if he can only emotionally adjust to his new condition... Good setup to the eventual series has a smart, thoughtful script and good direction by Richard Irving. Pity this realistic style wasn't continued though...
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