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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Year, 23 Jan 2009
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Scott Mcintyre "ssosmcin" (Long Island, NY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Six Million Dollar Man: Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The second season of The Six Million Dollar Man was, for me, the apex of the series. The first season was solid, but dry. This was perhaps necessary to sell the concept, but the second year worked on humanizing Steve Austin a little more. They also worked in a little more science fiction into the series, which might sound strange when talking about a show with a sci-fi premise. However, the serie smostly, with a few exceptions, kept things closer to the real world with spies, kidnappings, hijackings and the like. However, someone must have realized that fans got a kick out of seeing Steve fighting people in slow motion, people with equal strength and sound effects (lol).

This season has a number of great episodes:

The Pioneers - Oscar and Rudy secretly use two astronauts as part of an experiment in cryogenics. It goes wrong and the capsule crashes. Pre-MASH Mike farrell plays the crazed astronaut who reacts badly to the chemicals and becomes super strong. Steve tracks him through the forest and fights him in a couple of nice sequences.

The Seven Million Dollar Man - this is my all-time favorite episode. Monte Markham plays Barney Miller (changed to Hiller in a sequel episode thanks to the Hal Linden series), a man who was given four bionic limbs before Steve's accident. Barney can't handle it and gets drunk with power. There are two amazing bionic action sequences: the first when Barney roughs up a gang of terrorists ("it's wild Steve! It's wild!") and the final showdown between Steve and Barney. Also, a bionic arm-wrestling match is great fun to watch. There's a nice joke at the end which Lee Majors delivers nicely and this episode becomes a classic.

Straight On 'til Morning - Meg Foster plays a stranded alien colonist trying to get home. A good7 years vefore ET, Steve helps her get there.

Deadly Replay - Steve gets to relive his accident in the rebuilt lifting body he crashed, to finally conclusively discover that it was not his fault.

Return of the Robot Maker - awful title, but a great episode. A sequel to The Day of the Robot (actually the thrid in the trilogy which also included Run, Steve, Run from the first year), Henry Jones returns with an Oscar Goldman robot. There's some amazing action as Steve dodges a war games session. The episode caps with the great Steve vs Oscar bionic fight. Looks like Richard Anderson had a great time in a role he would sort or re-do in the later Six Mil/Bionic Woman crossover "Kill Oscar."

Steve Austin, Fugitive - The season finale is another sequel, this time to the first year's Eyewitness to Murder. Steve is framed for murder by Gary Lockwood, who returns as Hopper, a criminal he put behid bars. This is also the first appearance of Jennifer Darling as Callahan.

Finally (but not the last episode) is the great Bionic Woman two part episode. Steve reunites with his childhood sweetheart Jaime Summers (Lindsay Wagner). The fall in love all over again, but their new life is endangered when she is critically injured in a shydiving accident. Steve begs Oscar to save her with bionics. He does for for a price: he will ask her for her services when needed and Steve must allow it without argument. Steve agrees. She is saved, and after a period of adjustment, Jaime accepts Steve's marriage proposal. All seems swell, but Jaime seems to be having shooting pains and bionic spasms she keeps to herself. Then, Oscar calls in his marker. Steve falters in his promise, but Jaime wants to repay Oscar for saving her life and they both go on a mission. Her spasms and pain nearly cause the mission to fail, but they get away with it (recovering a perfect money printing plate). But the real tragedy comes when Rudy Wells discovers her body is rejecting the bionics and she suffers a massive cerebral hemmorage. And dies.

This is an epic, heartbreaking episode, one that rightfully earns its place in television history. One one thing keeps this episode from being my favorite: Lee Majors sings. Not just a little number for color, but at least three full songs! It wouldn't be so bad if he could sing, but his attempts are laughable. Not only that, they take away from the drama of the story. Such a shame, but not even his paethic warbling could ruin so classic a story. Only the follow-up at the network's insistence in the third season would render this episode's climax hollow.

another downside: the print of the Bionic Woman is not the original two part episode. It is the video edit version, which motis the end credits of part one, the intro and recap and episode titles of two. There are jumps in music and scenes, the joins are obvious. It's clear Playback is giving us the syndicated versions of each show, although uncut. The Bionic Woman's "Kill Oscar" release in that show's second year makes it obvious.

The transfers are acceptable. Hopefully, the legal issues which have kept this series off of American DVD will be cleared up and the series will be remastered and restored. It would be great to have the series complete, with crystal clear picture and with the crossover episodes rightly placed in the respective series' running order (with counterpart episodes included as bonuses like in the Magnum PI sets, etc.).

Until then, these will have to do and it's a great placeholder to keep the impatience down. Hopefully, Playback with finish both Bionic shows soon.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality is much better for series 2...., 28 Oct 2006
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B. Beaupain (Auburn, WA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Six Million Dollar Man: Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Wow what a difference a year makes! I just received my copies of both 2nd seasons of SMDM and BW and am impressed with the transfer of both. Now if they would go back and remaster and restore season 1, that would be even better. A bonus on the 6th disc is that the episode The Bionic Woman is presented in its 95 minute form, not given the syndicated 2 part version treatment that was used on season 1 set for the three pilot episodes. So great job on that as well. Hopefully they wont wait as long to release seasons 3 through 5 and maybe someday they will release it in the United States though I must say that ordering from amazon.uk is quicker than waiting for it to be shipped in U.S. and I live down the street from Amazon...and it still takes 8 - 10 days. Anyway. Great item for the true fans.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Order this set from AMAZON.CO.UK!, 5 Feb 2007
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T. Edler "Oscar Goldman" (Florida, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Six Million Dollar Man: Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I live in the USA. Forget about the stupid trademark infringement wars between studios! Just head down to your local Wal-Mart and buy a $39 all-region DVD player that converts PAL to NTSC on the fly! I did, and the episodes look awesome!

Shipping time from the UK took about 2 weeks. The staff at amazom.co.uk are pleasant and knowledgable.

I will be placing many more orders from them for TV DVD sets that the idiots in the USA won't release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Austin 2, 20 May 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Six Million Dollar Man: Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
WARNING. BEFORE BUYING THIS PRODUCT LET ME TELL YOU THAT SINCE WRITING THIS REVIEW EARLIER THIS YEAR IT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT THE COMPLETE SET OF ALL FIVE SEARIES OF THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN WILL BE RELEASED IN JANUARY 2012 AND AT THE MOMENT WILL COST OVER 100. IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT THEN WAIT AND BUY IT IF YOU WANT THE FULL FIVE SEASONS.
I PERSONALLY FIND IT ANNOYING THAT IF LIKE ME YOU ALREADY HAVE SERIES ONE AND TWO THEN WE ARE FORCED TO RE BUY THOSE AGAIN. I ALSO HAVE THE SPIN OFF TV MOVIES AS WELL AND I DONT KNOW IF THEY ARE INCLUDED IN THE COMPLETE SET OR NOT.

Season Two of the Six Million Dollar Man continues the adventures of Steve Austin. In Series one, the story had been based on a book called "Cyborg" by Martin Caidin, The title role of Steve Austin was played by Lee Majors. The story from the original novel and the later series is the crash of former astronaut Steve Austin as he tests a new craft, Austin is severely injured in the crash and is "rebuilt". His right arm, both legs and left eye are replaced by "bionic" implants that enhance his strength, speed and vision far above human normality.
There is now a consistency in the way that the bionics are presented in the production. There are electronic sound effects and slow motion running along with various camera angles covering Austin as he jumps incredible distances. The stories follow simular themes to series one. With Austin trying to contain a nuclear disaster, trying to help The seven million dollar man who becomes a problem when his body rejects his bionics, battling the Robot maker seen in series one, helping a Japanese soldier who thinks World War Two is still raging and getting back together with his first love who suffers a parachute accident and ends up becoming the Bionic Woman. This two part story is very moving and shows that the series had a lot to offer.
. For some people the show was just far fetched nonesence. Some people would even dismiss it as daft. However, the show had one major ingrediant. It was fun. This is science fiction where anything is possible. Where the "what if" thought comes into play. This was a good show that you shouldn't take too seriously. It was meant to be far fetched, fun and entertaining. The world is serious enough so this was great escapism.
This series Two is longer than series one with over twenty episodes. The picture and sound are good despite there being no restoration work. It is a good fun series with some interesting ideas that are not over complicated.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars steve austin is back !!!!, 7 April 2007
This review is from: The Six Million Dollar Man: Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Firstly its great to have these episodes in season format as there is a whole generation waiting to discover them. After the success of the first series you can tell the studios were rubbing their hands at the thought of a second series and Harve Bennett delivered a good 22 episode season that still hold up well. One of my favourite episodes is 'Taneha' with the gorgeous Jess Walton.
But that's not my problem.
My problem is with universal and the awful way the second series has been repackaged. The episodes are by no means 'remastered' as they look as if they've been left out in the sun for a week! They are faded and the sound track is in mono - where's the stereo sondtrack? The packaging is cheap too. The first season had a book page package where these episodes are two discs in wafer thin slip cases in an almost paper case ! and there are still no extras in this set.
Universal please look at warner brothers efforts on say, wonder woman. Beautiful picture quality, so-so packaging but at least they provide a bonus documentary !
I wish i was in charge of it all......
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars., 9 Jun 2014
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I use to watch this as a kid on the tv.
I was always hoping it would return to our screens one day.
Looked for the DVD for ages.
Glad I have got both season 1 and 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars back to my youth, 2 Feb 2014
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enjoy this dvd set takes me back to wen I was a kid growing up in the 1970s great times
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5.0 out of 5 stars bionics, 1 Feb 2014
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another look back at the 70s and how we all thought we had bionics ,so good to watch,i laugh at the times I thought I was bionic as every child would,well recommend this for adults and all children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tv, 25 Dec 2013
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Emma j "Mrs E" (RYE, EAST SUSSEX United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Dont make them like they used too with Lee majors as Steve austin the bionic man, everybody that loves sci fi should buy these box sets brilliant tv at its best
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4.0 out of 5 stars dvd, 21 April 2013
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i bought this for my husband as he was a big fan when the original series was on tv and he absolutely loves it. brownie points for me!!
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