The Incredible Hulk: Season 5
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The Incredible Hulk roars again as every thrilling episode from the fifth season arrives on DVD! Reunited with former scientist David Banner (Primetime Emmy Award nominee Bill Bixby) as he takes on more death-defying adventures that place him closer to finding a cure for his alter ego, the ferocious Incredible Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). Will he finally find peace from the rages that make him mean and green? With all-new DVD-exclusive bonus content featuring show creator Kenneth Johnson, and an amazing slate of guest stars, it’s the ultimate DVD set of the season so intense you won’t want to miss a minute!
The television adventures of Dr. David Banner and his muscle-bound, anger-prone alter ego The Incredible Hulk come to an abrupt conclusion with The Complete Fifth Season set. As fans of the cult series know all too well, a slight change in ratings and costs for the series prompted its parent network to pull the plug on the show before its fifth season was launched; prior to this, seven episodes had been shot immediately after the conclusion of the fourth season in anticipation of the union strike that brought TV production to a halt in 1981. The Hulk's producers had hoped to bring the series to a more concise conclusion in its fifth season, but were denied the opportunity to shoot an additional nine episodes in order to accomplish that goal. As it stands, The Incredible Hulk ends on an ambiguous note, with Bill Bixby's David Banner still plagued by the monster (Lou Ferrigno) inside of him, and with no opportunity for a cure in sight; it's a disappointment, considering the care and maturity that the show took in presenting its comic book-inspired material. The final seven episodes are also somewhat lackluster, with only the eerie "finale," "A Minor Problem," as the stand out. Still, fans who've carried the torch for the TV Hulk over the past two decades will want the set, if only to have the complete network run in their collection. The DVD includes two featurettes: the first is a sentimental look back at the show's final days by producer Kenneth Johnson and members of the writing and production team, while the second, a gag reel, does much to imply that Bill Bixby was not as dour in real life as David Banner. However, the continued absence of Ferrigno from the supplemental material remains a curious and glaring oversight. -- Paul Gaita
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So, when I noticed that the original TV Movies and Series/Seasons had come out on DVD, I rounded them up - some on Amazon, some elsewhere, some new, some used. I got he Fourth and Fifth Seasons on a great sale from Amazon just last week. They arrived quickly. And now my set is complete - well, except for one of the two recent movies... not Bill Bixby/Lou movies
As is, this is easily the weakest season overall. Of the 7 episodes, three are worthy of the best the series had to offer.
1. The Phenom: BAD. Bad acting, bad story, lame Hulk action and an overall silly overtone ruin this one.
2. Two Godmothers: Nothing special. Stretches credibility, even by Hulk standards, weak writing and lame acting. OK Hulk-out in the middle but this is overall a forgettable affair.
3. Veteran: Pretty good. Overall a suspenseful episode with a good plot twist, solid acting, good Hulk action and some nifty flashbacks.
4. Sanctuary: Solid. I'd read some bad reviews for this one but I was pleasantly surprised. It's nothing special but it's entertaining nonetheless. I did find it odd to cast Diana Muldaur (previously cast as David's sister in the Season 3 episode "Homecoming") as the head nun.
5. Triangle: Solid. OK affair in which David falls for a woman but fate rears it's ugly head and sends him on his way once again. Nice twist in the end and this proved to be Jack McGee's swansong in the original series.
6. Slaves: BAD. Nice scenery, nice location, OK story and good actors on paper but all is for naught in this very lame episode. Horrible sequences and beyond bad acting performances sink this puppy. It's a credit to Bixby that he managed to keep a straight face among these actors who are not having a good day.
7. A Minor Problem: Good. At least the series ended on a high note with this suspenseful and somewhat offbeat episode. Good story, eerie atmosphere in the beginning and great Hulk action ensure that the final episode is a gem for Hulk fans.
I wish the series had had a proper conclusion but the TV movie "Death of the Incredible Hulk" at least provided some form of closure to fans. This fifth season is a no-brainer purchase for fans and if they're anything like me, they'll find that overall this is a real keeper, just as the first four seasons.
The extras are solid. A nice 18 plus minute featurette with Ken Johnson and co. and a great gag reel which displays Bixby at his comical best.