The latest issue of sci-fi magazine INFINITY (UK) had an article about THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN.
|Posted: 31 March 2018 at 1:53am | IP Logged | 1
Three interesting facts are worth sharing here, I feel.
A columnist called Robert MacKenzie felt that bionics, and plans for bionic body replacements, would become obsolete by 2050, and that replacement limbs would be grown organically. Isaac Asimov, however, praised the show for its plausible use of bionics. Makes me think of that thread elsewhere about predicting the future.
Lee Majors was wary about accepting the role of Steve Austin, due to concerns it would be as campy as BATMAN. Bless him, but the shadow of Adam West's BATMAN loomed large for years.
Finally, due to the success of the likes of STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, NBC wanted to change the direction of THE BIONIC WOMAN. They wanted Jaime Sommers to find an alien civilisation inside the Earth - and then go travelling around the universe with a being called the Star Man.
Regarding that, it wouldn't have worked for me. I liked it when aliens and Bigfoot showed up in both shows, but I wouldn't have wanted to see Sommers travelling around the universe.
It seems entertainment can never resist a bandwagon, eh?