The Incredible Hulk: Season 2
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Hit the road again with mild-mannered scientist David Banner (Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bill Bixby) as all 22 Season Two episodes of The Incredible Hulk smash onto DVD for the first time! After accidental exposure to gamma radiation causes him to transform into the uncontrollable and enraged Hulk (Lou Ferrigno), Dr. Banner travels from town to town seeking a cure. Along the way, he finds action-packed adventures that require his heroic abilities and his alter ego's immense strength and power. Joining his quest are guest stars Pat Morita, Gerald McRaney, and Mariette Hartley in the role that won her Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Featured in this must-own 5-disc set are incredible bonus materials, including an all-new on-camera interview with producer Kenneth Johnson and more.
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This is also the season when the overzealous nosey reporter Jack McGee(Jack Colvin)discovers that the Hulk is actually a man who transforms into a green monsterous creature under extremely stressful situations and finally realizes how the Hulk is able to just get from place to place all over the country, but still not piecing together the fact that David Banner(Bill Bixby)is still alive as well as the man who becomes the Hulk either.
This 1978-1979 Season also had some interesting guest stars like
*Mariette Hartley in the "Married" episode who co-starred on ONE LIFE TO LIVE
*Sherman Hemsley in the "No Escape" episode during his co-starring days as George Jefferson on THE JEFFERSONS
*Jerry Douglas in the "A Solitary Place" episode during his early co-starring days as John Abbott on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
*Gerald McRaney in the episodes "Ricky" and "The Disciple" before his co-starring days as the short-tempered gonzo private investigator(Rick Simon)on the detective drama SIMON & SIMON
*Kathleen Lloyd in the "On The Line" episode before her co-starring days as Carol Baldwin on MAGNUM, PI
*Rick Springfield in "The Disciple" episode before his teen idol days
*William Lucking in "The Antowuk Horror" episode before his co-starring days as the overzealous nemesis(Col. Lynch)on THE A-TEAM
*Dana Elcar in the "Escape From Los Santos" episode before his co-starring days on MACGYVER
*Lance LeGault in "The Antowuk Horror" episode before his co-starring days as the hard-nosed nemesis(Col. Decker)and Thomas Magnum's bitter nemesis(Col. Green)on MAGNUM, P.I.
*A. Martinez in the "Kindred Spirits" episode before his co-starring days on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
*Shelley Fabares in the "Stop The Presses" episode before her co-starring days on COACH and on ONE DAY AT A TIME
*Howard Morton in the "Vendetta Road" episode before his co-starring days on GIMME A BREAK
*Markie Post in "The Confession" episode before her co-starring days on NIGHT COURT and before her co-starring days as Colt's agent(Terry Michaels)on THE FALL GUY
*Kim Cattrall in the "Kindred Spirits" episode before she was even famous
*Morgan Woodward in the "Vendetta Road" episode before his co-starring days on DALLAS
*Julie Cobb in the "Stop The Presses" episode before her co-starring days on CHARLES IN CHARGE
The Hulk's 2nd Season also takes me all the way back to memory lane to when I was 6 years old in the 1st grade and how I always used to look forward to watching this show every weekend when it was part of CBS's Friday night line-up with WONDER WOMAN at 8PM, THE INCREDIBLE HULK at 9PM, and DALLAS at 10PM, but at one point CBS had briefly moved THE INCREDIBLE HULK to Wednesdays back in the Winter of 1979 when THE DUKES OF HAZZARD made its debut on CBS, but was moved back to Fridays in the Spring of 1979.
I just wish Universal had provided each episodes original air-date like Universal did with the first 3 seasons of KNIGHT RIDER, MAGNUM, & THE A-TEAM for instance & just like Warner Bros. did with CHiPs, WONDER WOMAN, and THE DUKES OF HAZZARD too.
For instance, the original air-dates to each of these 1978-1979 Season episodes on CBS were
9/29/78-THE ANTOWUK HORROR
10/20/78-A CHILD IN NEED
11/3/78-ALICE IN DISCO LAND
11/24/78-STOP THE PRESSES
12/1/78-ESCAPE FROM LOS SANTOS
1/24/79-A SOLITARY PLACE
1/31/79-LIKE A BROTHER
3/2/79-MYSTERY MAN(Part 1)
3/9/79-MYSTERY MAN(Part 2)
5/11/79-THE QUIET ROOM
The Second Season makes amends for some things that didn't go well the first time around. For example, David doesn't need to be in life threatening situations for the Hulk to surface. In fact, in an episode called The Antowuk Horror David transforms simply because he gets extremely irritated. That set a good tone for how much of a curse his condition really is. And you see this pop up on occasion during the second season. Another thing the show betters here; it finds it's raison d'etre (i.e. socially conscious). You could easily see in the first season that the creators had more brainpower than simply having the Hulk pop up and wreck things. More energy was put into David Banner and his lonely quest for a cure and some shows featured very strong storylines and some were really dramatic.
Many episodes here focus on social matters; Alcoholism, mental illness, societal alienation, corrupt megacompanies, the Harlem ghetto, child abuse and more. Those deep storylines make for very entertaining 45+ minutes and you can't but admire the effort of the writing team and they're ability to conjur up interesting story lines, since the shows always change scenery and subject matter.
The Second does have some definite highlights. Married is one of the best episodes I've seen so far, totally captivating and the tragic storyline moved me very much. Top notch acting from Bixby and Mariette Hartley and the desert Hulk scenes look spectacular. A Child In Need is great as well, has a difficult subject matter but handles it mostly very well. Great Hulk scenes in that episode too. And let's not forget Mystery Man, the two parter where we really get to know Jack McGee and his reasons for pursuing the Hulk as relentlessly as he does. Jack Colvin owns that episode, but then he's always good.
Not every Season 2 episode is a classic but most of them are good and some are outstanding.