And here we go!
Friends and podcasters John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson have been hosting Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast, which devotes itself to discussing the cult-classic TV series The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman. The first three regular episodes of the podcast covered the trio of TV movies which introduced Steve Austin and his bionic bad-assitude to audiences, and with those now in the archives, John and Paul now turn their attentions to the weekly series. First up? The very first hour-long episode, “Population: Zero.” Knowing how much of a fan I am of the series and this episode in particular, the gents kindly invited me to join them for the discussion, and the result is about 90 minutes of good-humored nostalgia and nerdity.
Tasked to a degree with re-introducing Austin and the series premise for weekly audiences, “Population: Zero,” for whatever the heck my opinion’s worth, manages to do just that in fine fashion, all while telling a pretty decent story in its own right. We get to see the now iconic opening credits sequence (with what amounts to a condensed version of Steve’s “origin story”) and the very familiar theme music for the first time, and we also get our first real look at Steve doing what will soon become the habit of every little kid in every little neighborhood everywhere: running in slow motion.
(Yeah, there was some slo-mo in the pilot movie, but it didn’t have the same “Oomph!” which would eventually drive the series and the full-out bionic action. So, there.)
So, enough of me rambling about this: Check out John and Paul rapping about the episode, and bringing me along for the ride: Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast – “Population: Zero”
Thanks so much to John and Paul for inviting me over to play, as I had a lot of fun hanging out. I’ll actually be teaming up with them again in a couple of weeks as I take my next turn in the “rotating guest host” chair and we record another podcast for another first-season episode.