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The Incredible Hulk: S3
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07.17.2008 By: Chris Bumbray
The Incredible Hulk: S3 order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Bill Bixby
Lou Ferrigno

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
As per the opening narration: "Dr. David Banner: physician; scientist. Searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. And now when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. The creature is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. David Banner is believed to be dead, and he must let the world think that he is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him."

IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I know a lot of people are going to HATE me for saying this- but THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series is nowhere near as good as people remember it being. In fact- in many ways at times it's actually pretty lousy. To be fair- unlike many of the people that love this show- I did not watch it during it's original run. I was born in '81- so the only time I caught the show as a kid was in re-runs. I remember watching (and enjoying) some episodes as a kid- but truth be told- I was always more of a KNIGHT RIDER fan. As it's stands- I'm probably not the best person to be reviewing the DVD box sets

THE INCREDIBLE HULK season 3 picks up with David Banner still on the run- and by this time the formula of the show was practically a science. Basically- each episode goes like this: Banner walks into some small town after hulking out. He meets up with the weekly guest star- who more than likely is in some kind of trouble. Banner tries to help them out- but ends up hulking out and making a mess towards the middle of the episode. He then has to sort everything out, and hulks out once more towards the end of the episode to sort out the weekly villain- and then he departs the small town. The last shot, as always, is Banner walking along a lonely road- hitchhiking, while the famous "Lonely Man" theme plays on the soundtrack. Whatever my feeling might be about the show- the "Lonely Man" ending of each episode is great- and makes the show almost worth watching.

Another noteworthy aspect of the show is the late Bill Bixby as Banner. Bixby is a seriously solid actor- and he manages to make even the crappiest episodes (and there are some mighty bad ones in here- like the episode where Banner ends up working at a carnival) watchable. Also- Lou Ferrigno is one seriously cut dude- and he was perfect casting as the Hulk.

While for the most part I was not all that entertained by THE INCREDIBLE HULK (and I'll freely admit that I ended up fast forwding through several of the lamer episodes)- there are some pretty good installments- such as the one where Banner goes home and visits his family, and the wacky episode where the Hulk hooks up with a rock star.

THE EXTRAS
Remembering the Hulk- an American Classic (17:32)- a quick featurette explaining how the writers/and producers went about making the third season. Not a bad watch if you're a fan.

There's also a 3:55 EPK for the new HULK film (which I loved and gave a rave review to a few weeks ago). The box set also contains an 8$ "movie money" ticket to see the film-a although by this point I'm sure anyone who'd buy this set has already seen the film.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall the third season of THE INCREDIBLE HULK was pretty under whelming- but better than the fourth season (more on that later). While I wouldn't recommend this show to the casual modern viewer- I understand that it has a big following out there, and I respect that. Taken in the right context, and compared to a lot of other late seventies shows- THE INCEDIBLE HULK is not THAT bad- and worth revisiting for the hard core fans.

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