The Six Million Dollar Man: The Bionic Criminal

episode number: season 3, episode 9 (1975)
viewing setting: home DVD, 3/26/11

episode synopsis: Barney Hiller, the other bionic man, is re-powered and then forced to commit crimes by someone who's kidnapped his wife.

impressions: This was the return of the seven-million dollar man. We already knew he wasn't mentally suited to be a bionic agent, but his frustrations really become evident in this one - he's trying to reclaim past glory, but he can't (even with bionics) and this makes him an easy target. There were some decent bionic battle scenes here, though not as much as the last time.

notable guest stars: Monte Markham returns as the other bionic man. Veteran actor Donald Moffat is the disgruntled bad guy.

significant bionic antics: Steve and Barney race, leap, and lift weights. Steve spots a bad guy and later identifies him. Even later, Steve kicks a gun out of someone's hand, then kicks down a door. Barney lifts an armored car (using a lever) and punches through its window, and throws bad guys around.

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