When I was a kid, I loved the Six Million Dollar Man. He was pretty awesome and had all sorts of cool adventures every week using his bionics to do everything from throwing bombs into the ocean just before they explode and giving Big Foot a bionic beatdown to planting a cybernetic smoochie on Sandy Duncan the space alien. I had the action figure with the big red button in the back and the bionic modules on his arms.
Even when Steve Austin grew a mustache, I still watched the show. Yeah, there may have been some shark jumping by that point, but by God it was bionic shark jumping.
I even watched the Bionic Woman, she was pretty cool too. I wasn’t as big of a fan of the recent update, though. They may have struck paydirt on BSG but making the new Bionic Woman all boo hoo wangsty and making the secret government orginization anything but a group of 100% idealistic, altruistic troubleshooters was where they missed the mark. Not including a bionic dog guaranteed that the show wouldn’t last.
Steve Austin needs to make a comeback. And a serious one at that. No hammy Jim Carrey rubber limbing his way through slow motion running required. Make him a smart, quick on his feet, good guy armed with his bionic strength, a roguish grin, and the occasional quip. Make the OSI (or whatever you call it) the good guys who give him the file every week and tell him he’s the only one who can stop the bad guys and save the day.
So now here’s my question. If the Bionic Man were built today, would he be better than the one built in the 1970’s because of the increase in technology and standardization of parts or would he be worse considering that six million dollars won’t get you as much as it did back then?