Day of the Robot
Submitted by sock on Mon, 11/07/2011 - 17:35
The Six Million Dollar Blog - The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
Friday, February 8, 1974
Plot in a Nutshell:
The creator of an anti-missile system is replaced by a robot in order to steal the device.
Our villains, Dr. Dolenz and Gavern Wilson, are watching a body builder attempt but fail to lift weights over his head. The body builder steps aside and the robot, Maskatron, is brought in to lift the weight himself. He lifts it over his head with one hand.
Maskatron will be used to replace Major Frederick Sloan in order to steal the anti-missile system Sloan invented.
Meanwhile, Steve and the real Major Sloan are briefed by Oscar on the trip they will take to the ordnance testing center to test Sloans new anti-missile system. They will be bringing along the activator card that is needed to make the system work.
As they drive to the testing center, Sloan becomes sick to his stomach. They pull over at a gas station where, while Steve fills the car with gas, Sloan is abducted and replaced by Maskatron.
Steve and Maskatron hit the road while Dolenz and Wilson monitor the trip. Maskatron is driving and he has a problem with his foot, resulting in him driving much too slow. Steve comments on this and Maskatron compensates and ends up driving much too fast, resulting in the car driving off the road into a ditch
Steve lifts the front end of the car out of the ditch and then watches in amazement as Maskatron lifts the back end of the car.
That evening, Steve slips out of the hotel room to call Oscar from a pay phone. Dolenz and Wilson, believing that Steve is on to them, resolve to take care of Austin the next day.
Morning comes and Maskatron is driving while the bad guys follow in a car and a helicopter. They use a planted explosive to blow out a tire on Steve's car. When Steve gets out to check the tire, Maskatron knocks Steve out, takes the activator card, and leaves for the testing center with one of the bad guys.
The guy in the helicopter then chases Steve around a field until Steve ducks into some trees.
Maskatron makes it to the testing facility and steals the activator box. As he's about to escape, Steve catches him and the fight begins.
At first, Maskatron gets the upperhand:
But Steve soon figures out how to turn the tables:
And Maskatron is defeated...
...with the help of a steel girder:
Although there are several awkward scenes in this episode, and the final fight slow-motion is maybe just a bit too slow, the seeds of greatness have been planted here.
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