The six million dollar man-The secret of bigfoot

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When I was in kindergarten this was probably the highlight of the 1975-76 television season or at least I thought it was. So did my brother actually he was a much bigger fan of the Six million dollar man than I was. He was in middle school then and it was probably his favorite show while my favorites at the time were likely Scooby Doo and The land of the lost. Anyways not content to just take on evil geniuses and foreign spies Steve Austin winds up taking on some different adversaries in this two parter.

Two of Steve Austin’s friends who are also geologists vanish while setting up earthquake sensors. Could it have been the Loch Ness monster? Nope, wrong country. The abominable snowman? Nope, too far south. Chupacabara? Nope, too far west. Plus the big old footprint they find leads them to one only logical, scientific conclusion-it must be Bigfoot. The dude from the vanished couple comes back, but not the woman. The dude is all hazy and not a lot of help. Fortunately Bigfoot comes to them for an attack. Steve Austin does battle with him and rips one of the fuzzy fiend’s arms right off! Leading to the assumption that the effects on this show are really cheap  beast is really a robot of sorts. Old fuzzy runs off and Steve follows. He ends up getting knocked out, but when he wakes up he’s told some tale about being in an alien colony under the earth and stuff about earthquakes and volcanoes. Wait, you sure this isn’t a dream because it sure sounds like a messed up crazy dream. Only it’s not and Steve works with the alien and the Bigfoot robot (created to scare off people from the aliens hideout). There’s lots of talking, cheap sets shaking about and Bigfoot being cooperative so yeah the first part is way better. Everything turns out okay but with good ratings we know that Bigfoot will be back.

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The negatives-The time after we find out what Bigfoot is are not as strong as the parts before we know what he is. As a whole it’s not as good as I thought it was as a kid.

The positives-There is enough going to make a two parter decent enough. Andre the Giant was a good choice for Bigfoot.

The Six Million Dollar might be many people’s choice for best sci-fi show of the 70’s. It was certainly popular for most of it’s run and it ran five years so longer than any other sci-fi show that decade. Frequently the action elements outweighed the usually slim sci-fi parts. This two parter goes more into the sci-fi world then this show normally did and they handled it alright despite cheap sets and that awful wig that Stefanie Powers had to wear.

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Bigfoot and the abominable snowman

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Growing up in the 1970’s there was definitely a fascination at least for me with the idea of Bigfoot, the abominable snowman, the yeti and other giant beasties that may or not exist. Back then shows and cartoons worked these creatures and the mystery surrounding them into a plot of some sort. I ate it up not matter what when I like in first to third grade. I checked out any book on the subjects as well from my school libary. The librarian probably thought “goodness, why can’t this goofy kid check out normal books about dogs or cars”. Anyways back then I had a definite fascination with the subject and that’s why I am dedicating this week to these monsters as they were portrayed on TV in the 1970’s. Hope you enjoy the theme week.

 

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Bigfoot, Sasquatch and a Yeti in children’s fiction books

 

 

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Don’t squish the saquatch-

The Sasquatch gets on the bus and doesn’t what anyone getting close to him. Various animals hop on this loony bus and eventually our title character lightens a bit on his stay away from me attitude.

Story- B

It’s sort of cute for little kids and has that repetition of repeating the title.

Illustrations-B

Simple, but large and colorful with an old style cartoon look. Not sure about a green sasquatch that has a frog looking head, but overall it’s pretty good.

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The boy who cried bigfoot!

Yes, it’s the boy who cried wolf only with Bigfoot. The boy calls Bigfoot and people come only to see nothing. He pulls this trick once too often and no one comes when the real deal shows up and he’s actualy a nice Bigfoot. The boy is upset that no one comes and at the end he takes his camera out to get real evidence.

Story-C

Adapting classic stories with a twist has been a trend for quite some time, but this one is just okay. Other than having Bigfoot in it there is not a whole lot else that makes it special. Other thn Bigfoot it’s kind of a dry book.

Illustrations-C

The illustrations have a simple sketch type look that I like, but the characters look a bit around the eyes and the dark colors  make things blend together more than I wish they did.

Worth a look for young bigfoot fans, but not one they’ll reach for a lot.

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Yeti, turn out the light

Yeti wants to sleep but he keeps seeing scary shadows that turn out to be various woodland animal friends. It turns out all is okay because there is no monster lurking in the shadows. Yeti says goodbye to his woodland animal buddies and settles in for a long sleep in his bed.

Story-B

It’s a simple there is nothing to be scared of tale with the twist being that the main character is a “monster” himself. It’s cute and havign the Yeti instead of a usual choice like a bear makes it unique.

Illustrations- A-

The illustrations have a very early 1960’s influence to them in shape, color and tones. The Yeti’s wild eyed look is set off by the large soft eyes of deer and other forest animals. Also make sure to scan the background of the Yeti’s house for cool photos and various items made out of wood. Obviously the Yeti is a master craftsman. A very fun book to look at and to read either alone or with kids.