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Gemini Man (NBC 1976, Ben Murphy, Katherine Crawford)

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Gemini Man was a science fiction adventure series. While attempting to recover a space capsule from the ocean, Intersect Agent Sam Casey is caught in an underwater explosion that, due to heavy radiation, effects his DNA molecular field structure and causes invisibility.

By incorporating sophisticated subminiature DNA stabilizer in a nuclear powered digital wristwatch, Dr. Abby Lawrence finds a means by which to control Casey’s invisibility: when the three gold contacts on the base of the watch touch his skin, he remains visible; however, by pressing the stem of the watch, Sam can change the frequency and revert to invisibility for a limit of fifteen minutes a day; any longer and he will disintegrate.

Stories depicts Sam’s assignments on behalf of Interesect (International Security Technics), a U.S. government research organization.

The show was quickly cancelled in the US after 5 episodes but was a hit in the UK where all 11 episodes aired and quite a bit of merchandise followed including a Tie-In annual in 1977. Somewhat strangely a TV movie called Riding With Death aired in 1981, this was cobbled together from the episodes Smithereens and Buffalo Bill Rides Again.

Gemini Man

production details
USA / NBC-Universal-Harve Bennett / 1x95m-e 11x60m-e / 23 September 1976 – 28 October 1976 The pilot film aired on NBC on May 10th, 1976

Music: Lee Holdridge, Mark Snow / Executive Producer: Harve Bennett / Producer: Leslie Stevens, Frank Telford / Director: Alan J. Levi, Michael Caffey, Charles R. Rondeau

cast
BEN MURPHY as Sam Casey
KATHERINE CRAWFORD as DR. Abby Lawrence
RICHARD A DYSART as Leonard Driscoll, their superior (pilot film)
WILLIAM SYLVESTER as Leonard Driscoll (series)

THE EPISODES
PILOT (10 May 76)

SEASON ONE 23 September – 28 October 1976
1. SMITHEREENS (23 Sep 76)
2. MINOTAUR (30 Sep 76)
3. SAM CASEY, SAM CASEY (7 Oct 76)
4. NIGHT TRAIN TO DALLAS (14 Oct 76)
5. RUN SAM, RUN (28 Oct 76)
6. TARGETS
7. BUFFALO BILL RIDES AGAIN
8. ESCAPE HATCH
9. EIGHT-NINE-TEN, YOU’RE DEAD
10. RETURN OF THE LION
11. SUSPECT YOUR LOCAL POLICE