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“Doomsday, and Counting”

S1 E6

Production 40005
Original Airdate: March 1, 1974
SMDM 106 Doomsday Steve Bars
Steve breaks through.
Produced by
Sam Strangis and Donald R. Boyle
Teleplay by
Larry Brody
Story by
Larry Brody and Jimmy Sangster
Directed by
Jerry Jameson
Guest Cast
Guest Star(s)
Gary Collins as Vasily Zhukov
Jane Merrow as Irina Leonova
Special Guest Star(s)
William Smithers as General Koslenko
With
Bruce Glover as Capt. Voda
William Boyett as Air Force General
Walker Edmiston as Russian Operator
Anne Newman as Female Technician
Rico Cattani as Male Technician
Broadcast Order
Season 1
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"Little Orphan Airplane" "Eyewitness to Murder"
Related episodes
Death Probe
Death Probe (Part II)

While trying to rescue the fiancée of a cosmonaut friend, Steve must also prevent the detonation of a nuclear bomb.


Synopsis[]

Col. Vasily Zhukov, a Soviet cosmonaut and friend of Steve Austin from his NASA days, travels to Washington, D.C. to seek help from the U.S. government in developing a joint U.S.-Soviet nuclear powered manned mission to Mars.

Five cosmonauts and five astronauts will be recruited. The plan is to use a former early warning station located on Kamkov Island in eastern Russia, which contains a nuclear reactor deep underground, to develop and test the new spacecraft.

While he is still in Washington, Zhukov is informed that a major earthquake has taken place on Kamkov Island, and he therefore cuts short his visit in order to return to the U.S.S.R. immediately.

Steve insists on going with him to help. When they arrive on Kamkov, they learn that the earthquake has caused extensive damage to the facility and that Zhukov’s fiancée, Irina Leonova, is trapped underground.

Shortly afterwards, another tremor strikes the Island, and Steve’s bionic powers are exposed when he saves Zhukov from a falling girder. As a result, Zhukov convinces Steve to help him rescue Leonova — against the express orders of his superior, General Koslenko.

Once they are beneath the island, a further tremor strikes and results in the two men becoming trapped. They eventually locate Leonova, who was knocked unconscious during the earthquake, but is otherwise unharmed.

She warns them that the station is protected by a computer which will trigger a nuclear explosion and destroy the island if it detects an attack. When they discover that the computer has already interpreted the earthquake as an attack, they set out to stop the computer's countdown.

Oscar Goldman arrives on Kamkov and General Koslenko briefs him on the situation. With less than an hour to detonation, both agree to remain behind while the island is evacuated.

Meanwhile, underground, Zhukov inadvertently activates a defense system and is killed by lasers. Steve and Leonova struggle on and eventually reach the main computer room.

There, with the aid of technical information relayed to him by telephone from General Koslenko and through the use of the Geiger counter in his bionic arm, Steve uses his bionic powers to short-circuit and destroy the computer with only two seconds to go before detonation.

Memorable Quotes[]

Oscar Goldman: Steve, nobody, nobody is going to approve the outlay of billions of dollars for construction and equipment on land that's on an earthquake's fault.
Steve Austin: Tell that to the people in San Francisco, pal.


Steve: Say, is Irina a cosmonaut?
Vasily Zhukov: No. Uh, women in the space program are not interested in marriage. No, Irina is definately a perfect woman.


Zhukov: That girder, how did you do that?
Steve: Well, sometimes that potato vodka does more for you than just give you a headache.


Zhukov: You Americans, you are always so... so optimistic.
Steve: My friend, I don't know any other way. Let's go.


Oscar: General, there was no mention of a nuclear weapon.
General Koslenko: Well, there was no need to mention it.


Steve: Look, Oscar, there's nothing you can do. I don't know if there's anything I can do. Now you get out of here and get out of here now.
Oscar: Pal, I've got more faith than brains. Good luck.


Irina Leonova: Of course! You have a geiger counter in your arm.
Steve: It came with the equipment. I never thought I'd have a use for it, though.

Trivia[]

Bionics[]

  • Steve's has a Geiger counter in his arm; he uses it for the first time in this episode.
  • Zhukov tells Steve that Russian scientists have been conducting experiments for years with Bionics but have gotten nowhere.

Cast[]

  • Bruce Glover, playing Capt. Voda in this episode, is familiar to fans of James Bond movies.  He played the villanous Mr. Wint in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He will play Mr. Buckner in the season three episode, "The Song and Dance Spy."

Characters[]

  • Irina returns in the "Death Probe" two-parter.
  • Steve's "NASA detente" was first hinted at in "Survival of the Fittest," where he's returning to Washington after dialogue with cosmonauts. However, Wine, Women and War also revealed that he and the crew of Apollo 19 were once invited to Moscow, where he met and befriended Alexi Kaslov, a Russian rocket scientist.
  • Oscar risks death when he decides to stay on the island rather than abandon Steve. Later, he will similarly put his life on the line for Jaime Sommers in "The Jailing of Jaime."

Story[]

  • The basic story of infiltrating an underground complex in order to disable a computer and prevent it from triggering a nuclear weapon will be revisited in the Bionic Woman story, "Doomsday Is Tomorrow."

Real World[]

  • Steve and Zhukov's friendship may be inspired by the real space program. At the time this episode was aired, US astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts were training for the joint Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission, flown in July 1975. It had no official mission number, but it was often referred to as Apollo 18.

Gaffes[]

  • Framed photographs displayed around the command center appear to show US space achievements (e.g., a Gemini launch), not Soviet ones.[citation needed] 
  • In the final segment of the episode, a framed photograph of the earth rising above the lunar surface is behind Steve. This appears to be a copy of Earthrise, a photograph taken by astronaut William Anders in 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission. The Soviet Zond-7 and Zond-8 unmanned missions brought back similar photos of the earth in 1969 and 1970. But details of the Soviet lunar missions were not released until 1990.[citation needed]
  • In the scene where Steve is clearing rubble that is blocking a tunnel, a large cement rock smacks him on the head with an audible sound effect. Yet he appears only distracted by what otherwise would have been a damagaing blow. In Martin Caidin's original Cyborg novel, Steve has a steel-reinforced skull — but not his TV counterpart.
  • At the start of the episode, Steve and Vasily get into a 1969 Series 75 Cadillac limousine and drive away. But the next aerial shot shows a different model.

Nitpicks[]

  • Russian characters do not speak Russian to each other, nor do they have Russian accents.
  • The national crest hanging in the command center is that of the DDR (East Germany), not the USSR. There is a line of dialogue regarding taking something from the island back to Russia, suggesting the island may not actually be in Russia or the Soviet Union. Given that in the 1970s the various Iron Curtain countries were closely allied with the USSR, it's possible the island might actually be located off the coast of East Germany, in which case the DDR logo makes sense.

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