I've looked over your charcater articles and they are great! I have just a few notes: please restrict the text details to the character. Many of your details move beyond character and into episode summary. Take a look at the edits I made to the Samuel Gordon Hart article. Notice that I removed all extraneous details about the plot and Arleen's plight. It now succintly explains who Hart is and what his primary role is in the show.
However, I LOVE your details regarding the plot. I will look at the episode page for Jaime's Shield and see if they can be absorbed into the summary there.
I haven't checked the Chronology yet. I look forward to seeing what you've done there. I'll try to take a look this week!
Just wanted to say I love your site. Really cool. I'm actually writing a book soon to be published called "The Bionic Enterprise: Architecting the Enteprise of the Future" That takes some of the genral concepts of bionics and increased capabilities of humans and extends that to organizations, corporations, military etc. The idea of the intelligent enterprise and the path toward what is known as "The Singularity" The title and theme of the book was inspired by the two original series.
I know that Ojai is supposed to be the home of Steve and Jaime. Does anyone know where the exterior scenes for the Coach house were shot and and also where, specifically the scenes at Lake Casitas were shot at the large log/tree?
Kevin Brett http://bionicenterprise.blogspot.com/
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Absolutely LOVING the podcast! I'm all the way into season 4, but listening to your show (just finished up Population Zero) makes me want to go back and start from scratch. I have just ONE little nitpick about the cover of the SMDM theme song you use on the opening of your show...the bass line and the melody are played in two different keys. Hope that comment doesn't land me on your shit list, but I had to say something! Other than that, this podcast is so much fun!
I get confused sometimes about where this show takes place. I know Oscar is based in D.C., but does Steve live in California? I'm not sure because either Steve lives out west and has a hell of a lot of frequent flyer miles given how often we see him in Oscar's office, or Oscar travels out to Cali to see Steve quite a bit! There've been a number of episodes which were clearly set in Cali, but Oscar shows up in the final moments to wrap things up! In 'Welcome Home Jaime,' he appears on the tennis court in Ojai where Jaime is playing, seemingly out of nowhere. In one of the latter Season 3 episodes, where Jaime makes an appearance in Oscar's office (in D.C.), Steve says that maybe he'll drive up to Ojai so they can spend some time...wait, drive from D.C. to California on a whim? Those two locations are STILL thousands of miles apart in the bionic universe, right? I also know that the producers didn't give much care to the fact that terrain that was obviously west coast was being doubled for D.C., which makes it all the more confusing!
Not much explaining needs to be done regarding Steve being in Oscar's office at the start of missions - nor when Oscar shows up at the end of those missions (wherever they may be). That's the nature of their business. Steve shows up for the assignment and Oscar goes anywhere he wants - usually by jet.
As for Welcome Home, Jaime - that took place at hospital/rehab center in Colorado. But even if it had been in Ojai, it's hardly surprising that Oscar shows up, considering the conversation that follows.
I think you're talking about Big Brother when Steve talks about Jim and Helen's anniversary. When he says he'll drive up to Ojai, I doubt he's talking about from DC. HA! Steve has been shown to have apartments in the Washington area as well as in California.
This is not to say, however, that the show didn't played fast and loose with DC and California - especially when it came to Rudy's labs.
I can recall even as a 10 year old kid being frustrated at how Steve's speed is portrayed. Putting aside the physics of a man running up to 70 miles an hour coming to a stop as though he's running normally (which Steve does all the time, when he would most likely need a runway to come to an appropriate stop), I think the slo-mo is cool, but it always felt like in terms of spatial relationships (whether he's chasing a car, chasing a bad guy, etc.) it seemed like he was actually running in slo-mo! There was one episode where he was chasing a car; he takes off in slo-mo, we cut to the car, then we cut back to Steve in slo-mo, but the background is still the same, indicating he's made little progress in catching up to the car! I also love how he's able to make turns, run on forest and hilly terrain, all without a single stumble!
I was thrilled to see Eyewitness To Murder, which I must have missed as a kid in first run, wherein it was the first time I ever saw a shot of Steve running full speed, no slo-mo. I can only recall two other episodes where we see this: the one where he pushes an injured Greg Morris in a cart and another episode where a bad guy sees Steve running via binoculars. As a kid, I always LOVED seeing the shot of Steve running full speed in the show opening, so it's fun to see it all these years later in these episodes that I missed back then. Really wish the producers would have mixed it up a little with the slo-mo- vs. real time (Steve picking up the barbells in Love Letter To Tanya) vs. hi-speed bionic activity.
Yeah, they move away from fast-motion running fairly quickly. I would have enjoyed seeing it occasionally throughout the show. Same goes for the Bionic sounds - they were all over the place by the end.
We talk about these issues on our Cyborgs podcast. Take a listen! It's a new show - just started in January - twice a month we talk about a different episode. You can start at the beginning or listen to "Eyewitness to Murder" here:
Not that I should let physics get in the way of enjoying the show, but I could see where bionics limbs would give Steve and Jaime super strength, given that the limbs are atomically powered and the brain is sending impulses to the circuits to apply pressure, which the limbs can generate in excess of a normal person. But the brain would not be able to send signals quick enough to generate the speed they are capable of and their left arms which are still organic would be flung out of their sockets when they're running full tilt, right? The muscles (lower abs?) in the waist would be pulverized into jelly, depending on where the bionic legs were inserted. Well, OK, I can suspend my disbelief, but I just find it funny when Steve's whole body is moving in fast motion when he's just using his bionic arm or legs (the most ingregious instance thus far for me occurs in The Bionic Boy, when he flings the logs into place to corral the bull, obviously the producers sped up the entire frame which means we get a FULLY bionic Steve Austin!) Also, with that same scene, I can accept how accurate Steve is if I accept that his eye is also used as a targeting device, which I did not know until I started watching the DVDs).
I've always wondered how Steve's eye works. Can he control its use, or does he constantly see the scope, which I imagine would drive him insane. How does he turn it to 'infra-red' and 'night vision' mode? I guess the same would apply to Jaime's ear, does she have control over it's volume or is she constantly hypersensitive to sounds, which would also drive her insane, I would imagine.
By the way, after some clean-up I did on the References article, I found a commercial from the 90s where some college kids were arguing about who was better because of how much money was spent on them: the Six Million Dollar Man or the Bionic Woman. It was on a tape Danny sent me with a bunch of Muppet appearances on talk shows. I'd have ripped it, but there was only a couple seconds of it. It doesn't appear to match the description of any of the other commercials on that page. Sound familiar?