Gemini Man

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Gemini Man
Genre
Based onThe Invisible Man
by H. G. Wells
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Opening themeLee Holdridge
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (plus two-hour pilot)
Production
Executive producer(s)Harve Bennett
Producer(s)Frank Telford
Cinematography
  • Enzo A. Martinelli
  • Vincent A. Martinelli
Editor(s)
  • Earle Herdan
  • Gene Ranney
  • Robert F. Shugrue
Running timeApprox. 50 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatTechnicolor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 23 (1976-09-23) –
October 28, 1976 (1976-10-28)
Chronology
Followed byRiding with Death
Partial shot from the opening sequence, showing Ben Murphy as Sam Casey and the countdown digital watch that served as his DNA stabilizer.

Gemini Man is an American action-adventure drama series that aired on NBC in 1976. The third television series based on the H. G. Wells science fiction novel, The Invisible Man, Gemini Man was created to replace the previous season's The Invisible Man, using simpler and less expensive special effects.

Plot[edit]

The series starred Ben Murphy as laid-back denim-clad motorcycle-riding secret agent Sam Casey who, while diving to retrieve a fallen Soviet spy satellite, was exposed to radiation in an underwater explosion, which rendered him invisible. The agency he worked for, a high-tech government think tank called Intersect ("International Security Techniques"), found a way to return him to visibility and control his new power by the use of a special wristwatch referred to as a "DNA stabilizer," which was invented by scientist Abby Lawrence (Katherine Crawford). Pressing a button on the digital watch would make him vanish, clothes and all, which was a helpful tool in his line of work, but he could only do this for 15 minutes per day or else he would die.[1]

A pilot of the series aired on May 10, 1976, and the series began airing on September 23 of that year. Although 11 episodes were produced, only five were aired in the United States before the cancellation of the show, although the entire series was seen in Britain with somewhat greater success that led to a record album and hardcover annual based on the show. Richard Dysart played Casey's boss, Leonard Driscoll, in the pilot and William Sylvester played Driscoll during the series.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot[edit]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Gemini Man"Alan J. LeviLeslie StevensMay 10, 1976 (1976-05-10)

Series[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Smithereens"Alan J. LeviFrank TelfordSeptember 23, 1976 (1976-09-23)
2"Minotaur"Alan J. LeviTeleplay by: Robert F. O'Neill & Frank Telford
Story by: Robert Bloch & Robert F. O'Neill
September 30, 1976 (1976-09-30)
3"Sam Casey, Sam Casey"Michael CaffeyJames D. ParriottOctober 7, 1976 (1976-10-07)
4"Night Train to Dallas"Alan J. LeviSteven E. de SouzaOctober 14, 1976 (1976-10-14)
5"Run, Sam, Run"Charles R. RondeauFrank TelfordOctober 28, 1976 (1976-10-28)
6"Escape Hatch"Paul StanleyLeslie StevensUNAIRED
7"Eight-Nine-Ten, You're Dead"Andy Sidaris & Alan CroslandTeleplay by: Frank Telford & Richard Fielder
Story by: Richard Fielder
UNAIRED
8"Targets"Michael CaffeyJames Carlson & Terrence McDonnellUNAIRED
9"Suspect Your Local Police"Paul KrasnyTeleplay by: Steven E. de Souza
Story by: Rick Mittleman & Steven E. de Souza
UNAIRED
10"Buffalo Bill Rides Again"Don McDougallFrank TelfordUNAIRED
used as part of Riding with Death
11"Return of the Lion"Alan J. LeviSteven E. de SouzaUNAIRED

Television movie[edit]

Two episodes, "Smithereens" and "Buffalo Bill Rides Again", were re-edited into one 90-minute television movie titled Riding with Death, which was released in 1981.

Riding with Death used scenes from Colossus: The Forbin Project as establishing shots for sweeping computer room scenes. The "Guardian" logo ("Guardian" was the Russian version of "Colossus") appears in at least one segment. Though not immediately verifiable, at least one segment uses the "Colossus" speaker/microphone.

The film had to deal with the dropping of Katherine Crawford from the cast by the latter episode, the length of time between filming (William Sylvester had grown a thick bushy mustache in the interim), and the appearance of an arch-villain in the second "half" who did not exist in the opening of the series (covered via an overdub referring to the villain's elusiveness in the final minutes of the first segment). Both parts feature singer Jim Stafford as a trucker named "Buffalo Bill" who befriends and helps Sam.

In 1997, Riding with Death was featured in an episode of movie-mocking television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike Nelson and his robot friends highlighted the thin connection between the two halves of the "movie", and the general incoherence of the plot.

Home media[edit]

The complete TV series was released as a region 2 DVD in the French territory in November 2013 by Elephant Films with two language tracks, French and English.[2] The episodes are uncut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Gemini Man'". tv.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "Le Nouvel homme invisible (1976) - DVD Gemini Man". dvdfr.com.

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