The Seventies was the one interval, better than another, by means of which the monster-hunting neighborhood focused on the controversial Furry-man/UFO connection. Or, relying in your perspective, the lack of connection. Definitely, as we communicate, the overwhelming majority of Furry-man investigators are extraordinarily intolerant of the idea there could also be a hyperlink between cryptid apes and aliens. Although, I positively recommend Stan Gordon’s 2010 information, Silent Invasion, which is an excellent look at of Furry-man and Fortean high-strangeness in Seventies-era Pennsylvania. And, it was moreover inside the seventies that the fascination for the UFO-Furry-man hyperlink spilled over into the world of fiction.
The Six Million Buck Man was one of many very important widespread television sequence of the Seventies. It starred Lee Majors as astronaut Colonel Steve Austin who, whereas test-flying a model new, prototype airplane, suffers a excessive accident by means of which he loses every of his legs, his correct arm, and his left eye. It may need spelled the highest of any type of vital life for Austin. Apart from one issue: as a result of work of a secret authorities firm – the Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI) – Austin is rebuilt, using refined robotic experience often called bionics. In short, he turns right into a cyborg: a half-human, half-machine, prolonged sooner than Robocop was on the scene. The long-running sequence was an instantaneous hit with the viewing public. And it provoked a spin-off current, in 1976, The Bionic Woman (starring Lindsay Wagner).
“The Secret of Furry-man” was a two-part Six Million Buck Man journey that aired in February 1976. It was, and nonetheless is, one of many very important widespread of all. The story is about inside the carefully forested mountains of California – from the place a considerable quantity of real-life sightings of Furry-man have been made. From the outset, the story is shrouded in intrigue. A pair of geologists, monitoring earthquake train inside the house, have vanished. The OSI, beneath Steve Austin’s boss, Oscar Goldman (actor Richard Anderson), is working with the geologists, Ivan and Marlene Bekey. Due to this, Austin rapidly performs a primary place inside the quest to look out the pair. And notably so when large, human-like footprints are found inside the house.
Whereas Marlene stays missing, Ivan turns up, in a scenario of near-hysteria. He isn’t the one one who turns up. An infinite Furry-man (carried out by wrestler, Andre the Hulking) is rapidly on the scene, too, and launches a violent assault on Austin’s and Goldman’s encampment. It’s in the midst of the assault that Austin wrenches off one among many arms of the fuzzy thriller beast, which reveals it to be not a flesh and blood animal, nonetheless a extraordinarily refined robotic. We moreover research that the Furry-man is managed by a gaggle of aliens, who’ve a secret arrange constructed inside one among many large mountains.
Austin rapidly turns right into a sufferer of alien abduction, by means of which he discovers that Marlene and Ivan had been attacked on account of they’d inadvertently uncovered proof of the alien base. Even worse, OSI’s analysis inside the house current that the whole West Coast is about to be hit by a devastating earthquake, one which may doubtlessly kill hundreds and hundreds. The one accessible risk is to detonate, underground, a small atomic machine on the fault line, thus stopping the quake from occurring. Unknown to Austin, the aliens attempt to cease the atomic explosion from occurring, since they think about – precisely – that it’d moreover destroy their mountainous, secret abode.
Throughout the final scenes, we see that the atomic explosion does actually cease the catastrophic earthquake from occurring. As suspected, nonetheless, it moreover causes principal hurt to the extraterrestrial facility. We moreover see Ivan and Marlene reunited. Due to this, Austin – with help from Furry-man, no a lot much less – supplies the aliens assist in repairing the damaged elements, and methods, of their base. Cautious to guarantee that the fact of the alien presence, and of the particular nature of Furry-man, stays hidden, the friends from previous wipe out Austin’s reminiscences of the bizarre and near-catastrophic events. Furry-man is as quickly as as soon as extra the enigma that it on a regular basis has been.
Such was the success of this express story, Furry-man was launched once more, in September 1976, for yet one more two-part story: “The Return of Furry-man.” As soon as extra, the principle goal was on aliens, Man of the woods, and underground bases. To help improve scores on The Bionic Woman, part-two of the story grew to change into the opening episode of the model new sequence of that particular current, by means of which Austin and the bionic woman herself, Jaime Summers, battle with every ETs and Man of the woods. Andre the Hulking, nonetheless, was modified by Ted Cassidy (Lurch, in The Addams Family), who, in 1977, took on the place however as soon as extra, in a one-off episode titled “Furry-man V.” For followers of The Six Million Buck Man, “The Secret of Furry-man” stays a company favorite. However, it perhaps makes numerous Furry-man-seekers cringe, and notably so these rigidly inside the “Furry-man is solely an unknown ape” camp.