Talkin’ ’bout Steve Austin. No, not the wrestler.

Friends John Drew and Paul K. Bisson have launched a new podcast, “Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast.” One of several podcasts operating beneath the banner of The Chronic Rift, a long time podcast and former public access television show, “Cyborgs” is devoted to discussing the cult-classic TV series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

For those of you not into such pop-culture geekery, the shows are currently enjoying renewed interest thanks to recent DVD releases for both series, as well as a new line of comics from Dynamite Entertainment and other new merchandizing efforts, and even ongoing rumors of a big-screen revival of one or both shows.

(Yes, we know there was a “re-imagined” version of The Bionic Woman a few years ago. We try not to speak of such things here.)

As for “Cyborgs,” well, here….let John and Paul tell you about it:

“We can rebuild them; we have the technology”

The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman were two of the most influential television programs of the 70’s. During the height of their popularity, Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Summers (Lindsay Wagner) would battle Fembots, Bigfoot, Venus Death Probes, deadly duplicates, foreign spies, and bitter cold to protect the United States’ interests through the O.S.I.

Every other Sunday, hosts John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson talk about one episode from either series in depth with another fan of the series. The podcast looks at the episodes, the pilot movies, and the reunion movies covering them from synopsis to review to a look at the mythology of both series.

In addition to themselves, John and Paul are inviting other folks to sit down with them to talk about various episodes as they go along. They’ve recorded podcasts for each of the original three SMDM TV movies which preceeded the weekly series, and the first of those-which is devoted to the original pilot film–will go live this coming Sunday. Tonight, I get to hang out with the guys as they record the podcast focusing on the regular series first episode and one of my personal favorites, “Population: Zero.”

I’ve been a fan of both shows since childhood, and the recent DVD releases have given me the opportunity to revisit the series at length. In addition to rekindling some of the fun I had watching the show as a kid, I’ve learned that my kids simply can’t get enough of “Steve Austin!” Not a weekend goes by where I’m not hit up by one or both daughters and their latest request to watch some of that good old-fashioned bionic action. I rambled about that earlier this year, when I took a long look at the SMDM series DVD set. Check it, yo: The Six Million Dollar Man – The Complete Collection.

As I said, we’re recording the episode tonight, and it’ll go in the production queue in order to be ready for next month. It’ll be the first of a handful of episodes I’ll be babbling about with John and Paul over the coming months, as I enter a rotation of “guest hosts” who’ve been approached to join in on the fun. So, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go run in slow motion and get ready for the show.


10 thoughts on “Talkin’ ’bout Steve Austin. No, not the wrestler.

    1. I’m okay with Bryan Singer, but I don’t know about DiCaprio. Nothing against him personally; I just don’t think he’s right for this part.

      Back when Kevin Smith wrote his script for a SMDM update/reboot (which is now the basis for the Dynamite comic), I saw Ben Affleck…but that likely was because Smith is and always has been a big Affleck champion.

      I could see somebody like Chris Evans (Captain America) making it work.


  1. Great blog, great post, Love this. I always wondered something about the bionic man though. How did he manage to bend a steel bar with only one bionic arm? Wouldn’t the ‘normal’ arm twist or break off?

    and I don’t blame you for not mentioning that monstrosity of a show the bionic woman. The old one was great but this new feministic (is that a word) version sucked apples!


    1. How did he manage to lift a car without his bionic arm tearing away from his not-bionic shoulder? These are the sorts of questions which keep us coming back. Well, that, and my kids can’t seem to get enough of the show. Monsters, I’ve created.

      Thanks for giving the place a look-see!


    1. The monthly comic series The Bionic Man from Dynamite is actually a pretty decent updating of the concept. It takes its cues from a movie script Kevin Smith wrote as a reboot several years ago, with some tweaks to accomodate the format. I’ve been following it from the beginning and have been enjoying it. Dynamite is set to launch a companion series, The Bionic Woman, in the spring.


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