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A paralyzed African-American scientist builds a powerful exo-skeleton in order to walk again, and uses his new abilities to fight crime.


Sam Hamm, Sam Raimi

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1995   1994  
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Complete series cast summary:
Carl Lumbly ...  Dr. Miles Hawkins 22 episodes, 1994-1995
Roger Rees ...  John Stonebrake 22 episodes, 1994-1995
Chris Gartin ...  Taylor Savage 22 episodes, 1994-1995
Galyn Görg ...  Lt. Leora Maxwell 22 episodes, 1994-1995
Gary Graham ...  Captain Ken Hetrick / ... 9 episodes, 1994-1995


Miles Hawkins thought he had it all -- money, brains, a great family and a killer serve. A bullet changed his life. Left him paralyzed. Now, today, it's about to change again. Hawkins has invented a "harness." It's a piece of cutting edge technology with a headgear which allows the transmitters in the brain to bypass the spine. Translation: he can walk again. Actually, he can do more than that. He has more than he had before. Increased strength, speed, agility. The one thing he can't do is be normal. Either he's in a wheelchair, or he's in this techno-getup. Can't take a stroll in the park like you or me. What's he to do? At first a reluctant hero, Hawkins is drawn into a world of fighting crime because the violence which turned his life upside-down is doing the same to the world around him. While in the harness and headset, he assumes the identity of the Mantis and fights back. He's armed with a sophisticated array of hi-tech tools like the Chrysalid, a prototype police vehicle that ... Written by BZTV

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Call me... the Mantis!


Action | Sci-Fi



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Release Date:

26 August 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The series was subjected to a drastic overhaul midway through its first (and only) season. After a half-season of serious urban action stories with a science-fiction twist, the show's focus shifted to overt fantasy, involving parallel universes, super-villains and monsters. This failed to reverse the program's weak ratings and the show was cancelled at the end of the season with two episodes unaired. The final episode anticipated this cancellation by killing off the title character. See more »


Referenced in Crysis (2007) See more »

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Curse you, Mantis!
16 February 2003 | by XarathosSee all my reviews

Yes, it was a poor series. So poor, in fact, that I could tell you the entire plot of the episode within about two minutes of its start. Sam Raimi produced this nightmare I believe and boy was I surprised. I really thought it would turn out OK. It went on right before the X-files, a spot which became legendary for its cancelled shows. The acting was poor, not due to the talent of the actors I believe, it is just hard for people to buy into this stuff into the first place.

I can't remember much about the plots of the shows since its been almost ten years, however there was this one where this buff guy turned out to be a robot. The writing was so lame. In comic books a decent writer can make a super hero come to life and comic fans (like me) buy into it, here I just gasped at how uninteresting it was. I only watched because I wanted to watch a show about superheros.

On a positive note I was flipping around the channels when I saw the unaired final episode of Mantis on the Sci-Fi channel. And god bless Raimi's heart, the main character mercifuly dies at the hand at of an invisible Tyrannasaurus Rex, his main squeeze by his side. Quite lame, Quite appropriate.

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