Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman Nov 21, 2017 23:11:44 GMT -5 Michael, MechaGodzilla, and 1 more like this
Post by codystarbuck on Nov 21, 2017 23:11:44 GMT -5
The Deadly Replay
Guest Stars: Robert Symonds (Col Baldwin on MASH, Dynasty) as Jay Rogers, Clifton James (Sheriff Culpepper in Live and Let Die, Cool Hand Luke) as Shadetree, Jack grigg (High Plains Drifter, Mannix) as Ted Collins, Lara Parker (Dark Shadows, Incredible Hulk pilot as Laura Banner) as Andrea Collins,
Episode Synopsis: Steve has landed at Rdwards AFB, where he is greeted by Jay Rogers, his old boss. He is reintroduced to the HL-10, the lifting body craft that nearly killed him.
He meets up with the old crew, including Shadetree (crew chief extraordinaire), and Ted and Andrea Collins (she's involved with medicine, his role is a bit more vague). Of, Steve and Andrea were an item; but, now she's married to ted. Se keeps smiling at and gushing over Steve, so Ted is hitting the bottle. Oscar doesn't want Steve to fly the plane; but, Steve says something about horses and Oscar eats a sandwich. Later, Steve hustles Shadetree on the golf course, with a little bit of Alan Shepard.
Steve gets checked out in a simulator and freaks out. Everyone thinks its mental; but, he says he was drugged. They run it again and he lands the plane. Meanwhile, we see a mysterious phone call about sabotaging the plane and we see a maintenance guy loosening some control cable. Before the flight everybody parties and Steve dances with another man's wife, so he gets drunk and pissed.
Can't imagine why he is upset...
Next day, Steve gives one to the ladies...
then takes off and pilots the HL-10 and the stick turns into lead. he uses bionics and pilots it down, while Shadetree nabs the maintenance guy. Steve sticks the landing and doesn't recreate the opening sequence. He then goes off to make peace with the plane.
Bionic Stunts: Steve hits a looooong par 3 on the golf course and bionics the HL-10's controls.
Trashin' Fashion: Lot of polyester short-sleeve shirts
and double-knit golf clothes
General Thoughts: Another favorite. The episode mixes in actual footage of the HL-10, including the safe landing. We do get a glimpse or two of the M2F2, as it sways, as seen in the opening crash. This is the HL-10
this is the M2F2...
Note that the M2F2 doesn't have a central tail fin, like the HL-10; plus, it has a squarer nose. The separation footage is the HL-10, the wildly swinging footage and the crash is the M2F2. This one shows more of the actual HL-10 flight, which was a successful flight. The M2F2, piloted by Bruce Peterson, ended up like this...
Bruce Peterson survived and came out a heck of a lot better than Steve (banged up, but whole); but, an infection cost him an eye.
This nicely revisits the crash and Steve must face whether it was his error, a fault in the plane, or sabotage. Turns out, it was sabotage; or, at least, this time it was. Steve comes face to face with that which nearly killed him and proved he was stronger. The Bionic Blog calls this boring; I say it was great. then again, I come from a family of plane nuts.