M.A.N.T.I.S. 1 Season 1995

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Season 1
(10) IMDb 4.5/10

24. Ghost of the Ice TV-NR CC

MANTIS and his friends encounter a ravenous Tyrannosaurus.

Starring:
Carl Lumbly, Roger Rees
Runtime:
45 minutes
Original air date:
March 17, 1995

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Ghost of the Ice

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action
Director Kim Manners
Starring Carl Lumbly, Roger Rees
Supporting actors Chris Gartin, Galyn Görg, M.C. Gainey
Season year 1995
Network NBCUniversal
Producers Dean Barnes, Sam Hamm, Tim Iacofano, Coleman Luck, Brad Markowitz, James Duff McAdams, Paris Qualles, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert, Bryce Zabel
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on June 12, 2008
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M.A.N.T.I.S. was a Classic TV Sc-Fi series on Fox from 1994 that featured a truly unique and unexpected super hero. I loved the show, but have a hard time arguing with folks who complain it was really cheesy. In my defense, it was huge FUN and that allowed me to ignore its obvious flaws and thoroughly enjoy the series.

Originally airing on Fox, it premiered on Aug. 26, 1994. It was cancelled the following year, but its final unaired episodes were shown for the first time in 1997 on the Sc-Fi Network, which was airing repeats of the entire series.

Quiet, brilliant Dr. Miles Hawkins, portrayed by Carl Lumbly (best known from roles in Alias and Cagney & Lacey), became an unexpected crime fighter. Hawkins was a scientist/inventor with a thirst for justice who could not walk after a robber's bullet left him paralyzed and also cost him his family.

Hawkins invented a shell in which he could overcome his disability and free him from his wheelchair. In effect, the suit, a metal exoskeleton, provides superhuman abilities that ultimate serves to bring out Hawkins' alter ego.

What Hawkins' invented was a "harness" from cutting-edge technology equipped with headgear allowing transmitters in his brain to bypass his damaged spine. Translation: he can walk again and more - he unexpectedly finds that in the suit he has increased strength, speed and agility.

With help from his invention, the Mechanically Augmented Neuro Transmitter System (M.A.N.T.I.S.) and a few supportive colleagues, he decides to fight the criminals that the police could not find. At first a reluctant hero, Hawkins is drawn into the world of fighting crime because the violence that turned his life upside-down is doing the same to the world around him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on June 10, 2008
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I loved this show from its inception. I am not sure if this love origniated from my longing to see a black superhero or for the sheer fact that his character was a gentle kind and loving man who defied his disability and happened to be black. I admit that the insect theme was initially hard to swallow even as a child, but then I rememember SPIDERman, BATman, the thunderCATS, Gargoyles, mightyMOUSE and that thrilling and grotesque movie called "The FLY" and decided that I loved them so there was room for him too!! I wish this selection were available in box-set. I would buy it, so that I could share the adventure that was cut short in the middle of the season with my children. They need to become aqainted with the fact that black men are heros too, in real life and on the big screen!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 1, 2008
I was in the 5th grade when this show came out. Young black kid from not so great parts of the city. And when we started watching it became an instant hit, for my entire family. Remembering what it was like to have a black superhero role model who wasn't a sidekick... it does alot for you as a kid. My cousins & I haven't spoken in years, but this might be just the thing to help!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TUCKER BABY on December 9, 2008
I love Carl Lumbly and will purchase any movie,series or whatever he appears in. There are only a few superheroes I'm into,and M.A.N.T.I.S is one of them. I'm looking forward to seeing all the episodes on dvd.
M.McGee in Chi-Town
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NewChicago on February 28, 2013
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For an early effort at a black superhero, M.A.N.T.I.S. was a welcome to the entire sci-fi community. Though it suffered in storyline after the pilot episode, the world was given a glimpse into a new hero.
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