Anyone out there as big a fan of the bionic TV franchise as I am? I’m talking The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, and all the various subsequent TV movies and potential spin-offs, including the failed pilot for The Bionic Boy. I couldn’t get enough of that stuff when I was a kid, but they all paled in comparison to Bionic Six.
Yes, I’m well aware that Bionic Six was a crappy Saturday morning cartoon that had nothing to do with Col. Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers and Max the Bionic Dog that was afraid of fire. But what a crappy Saturday morning cartoon it was! For those unfamiliar with one of the greatest crappy Saturday morning cartoons in history, Bionic Six was about a bionic hero, Jack Bennett, who has a wife and several children, two of which are adopted. An accident on a trip to the Himalayas forces Jack to give his family the same bionic surgery that transformed him in order to save their lives. A superpowered team is born, and so is a superpowered 80s theme song.
This show had some of the best toys around: die-cast metal with clear plastic limbs to represent the ones that were bionic. Only problem was the paint would chip off — same as the Silverhawks action figures. They all felt great in the hand, though.
Enjoy the opening sequence, and please continue the reminiscences in the comments, including Who to Cast in the Eventual Live-Action Film and What Limb I Would Lop Off and Make Bionic If Given the Choice.