Thursday, October 31, 2019

7 Spooky Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Woman Episodes! (UPATED 10-31-21)











It's Halloween! What better time to launch our new Bionicfans Blog and kick it off with something tried and true? Tonight, pop culture nerds will binge-watch their favorite scary entertainment featuring psychos and serial-killers to space-invaders and blood-suckers — preferably while handing out candy to cute little ghosts and goblins.

Fans of the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman are no different! Sure, we'll devour the old standbys like Fembots (the "Kill Oscar" trilogy) and Bigfoot ("The Secret of Bigfoot") but there are other episodes that have tipped the sci-fi scale into the creepy zone. I've shared this list before, but here it is again complete with added "Treats" in the form of links to help keep the fun going!

So, grab your favorite gooey snack and hold on to your broomsticks as Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers encounter all manner of 1970s' macabre — from ghostly doppelgΓ€ngers and mind-controlled zombies to night demons and poltergeists! We'll even throw in some Salem Witch Hysteria and VINCENT PRICE for good measure! 


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#7 “Out of Body” BW S3E19 March 4, 1978 — Teleplay by Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hrs. — not to mention "Death Probe," SMDM and "On the Run," BW). When Jaime's American Indian boyfriend becomes the victim of foul play, he reaches out from beyond to help her catch his attackers and stop the activation of a deadly weapon. Guest-starring Nehemiah Persoff, Charlie Hill, and Richard Lynch.

TREATS:
TRIVIA: How is this episode connected to the TV series, Quantum Leap?
TRIVIA: Nehemiah Persoff also guest-stars in Steven E. de Souza's "Death Probe"
STREAM: Syndicated version free on NBC.com and the NBC app
DISCOVER: Out of Body at the Bionic Woman Files
LAUGH: Astral-project yourself to the Bionic Blonde
CONTRIBUTE: Out of Body at Bionic Fandom Wiki


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#6 "The Ghosthunter" BW S1E14 May 26, 1976 — Co-written and directed by series creator, Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V); Jaime poses as governess to the daughter (Kristy McNichol) of an OSI scientist (Paul Shenar) after mysterious forces threaten the completion of his top secret project. But what of the connection between the little girl's dead mother and the Salem Witch Hysteria?

TREATS:
LISTEN: Kenny Johnson provides detailed audio commentary on the official DVD
STREAM: Free syndicated version on NBC.com and the NBC app
DISCOVER: Behind-the-scenes treats at The Bionic Woman Files
WATCH: Reconstructed ABC promo
LAUGH: You won't stand a ghost of a chance not enjoying this Bionic Blonde review
WATCH: 5min fan music video set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
CONTRIBUTE: The Ghosthunter at the Bionic Fandom Wiki
LISTEN: John S. Drew interviews Kenneth Johnson about Ghosthunter on The OSI Files Podcast


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#5 "The Ghostly Teletype" SIX MILL S4E22 May 15, 1977 — In the last episode of season four, a top secret file vanishes on Steve's watch — leaving him as the prime suspect. But his attempt to clear his name leads to a strange encounter with a pair of paranormal twins and the mysterious Madame Marka.

TREATS:
TRIVIA: Linda Dano appears in two SMDM episodes and they're both on this list.
STREAM: Free syndicated version at NBC.com or on the NBC app
CONTRIBUTE to the episode page at the Bionic Fandom Wiki


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#4 "The Night Demon" BW S2E20 March 16, 1977 — Jaime visits her old school professor, Thomas Bearclaw, an expert in Native American folklore. But when he unearths a mysterious statue from an ancient burial ground, something begins to terrorize anyone who touched the object — including Jaime. Guest-starring Gary Lockwood.

TREATS:
STREAM: Free syndicated version on NBC.com and the NBC app
DISCOVER: Behind-the-scenes goodies at The Bionic Woman Files
LAUGH: You'll be cursed if you don't read this Bionic Blonde review
CONTRIBUTE: The Night Demon at the Bionic Fandom Wiki


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#3 "The Vega Influence" BW S2E09 December 1, 1976 — At a government facility on an remote, isolated island, Jaime is pitted against a living meteorite which has the strange ability to overpower the human will. When her colleagues and closest friends turn against her, she must find a way to interrupt the influence before it can take over the world. Rick Lenz returns as Michael Marchetti.

TREATS:
STREAM: Free syndicated version at NBC.com or on the NBC app
DISCOVER: Behind-the-scenes info and trivia at The Bionic Woman Files
WATCH: Bionic Bob Fan trailer
LAUGH: This review rocks! Bionic Blonde
WATCH: Our own Bionicfans Fan trailer
CONTRIBUTE: The Vega Influence at the Bionic Fandom Wiki


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#2 "Dead Ringer" SMDM S5E18 February 13, 1978 — After suffering a severe concussion, Steve begins to see visions of his ghostly doppelgΓ€nger. When nobody believes him, he enlists the aid of renowned parapsychologist Margaret Winslow, who draws a connection between the mysterious sightings and Steve's infamous NASA crash — where he was clinically dead for 52 seconds. Guest-starring Linda Dano.

TREATS:
WATCH: The promo above is how I imagine it would have aired on ABC.
TRIVIA: Linda Dano also appears in another on this list,"The Ghostly Teletype."
STREAM: Free syndicated version at NBC.com or on the NBC app
CONTRIBUTE: to the episode page at the Bionic Fandom Wiki



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#1 "Black Magic" BW S2E07 November 10, 1976Vincent Price leads an all-star cast of quirky characters in a deadly game of 'Clue.' Can Jaime solve the mystery before the Bionic Lady Vanishes? Guest-starring William Windom. Special Guest Stars, Hermoine Baddelaey, Julie Newmar. And Abe Vigoda.

TREATS:
STREAM: Free syndicated version on NBC.com and the NBC app
DISCOVER: Behind-the-Scenes info and trivia at the Bionic Woman Files
LAUGH: A magical review at the Bionic Blonde
CONTRIBUTE: "Black Magic" at Bionic Fandom Wiki


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Did I miss any? Are there more episodes that you think lean toward the spooky? Let us know! And have a happy and safe Halloween!