Episode 903: The Pumaman
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 4 April 1998
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
This kinda reminded me of that.
Only, in The Pumaman, the hero wasn't visited by aliens, exactly. And he didn't lose the instructions to the suit. And Stephen J. Cannell wasn't involved. And there's no Connie Sellecca.
Other than that, and a few other things, they're the same.
|Good actor. Bad film.|
I saw a lot more of The Greatest American Hero than I ever did of The Pumaman. That was on purpose.
I kinda got bored with TGAH in either late first season or early second season, and quit watching it. Didn't take nearly as long with this movie.
|The Inca is an Aztec.|
Blofeld is trying to find The Pumaman by throwing Americans out of windows or something, but an Aztec (should be an Inca) is looking for him too, so he throws a paleontologist (who's an attorney in real life) out a window, but the lawyer unfortunately survives, which means he must be The Pumaman, so Aztec Joe give Pumaman a magic belt that lets him fly like a dork, and they team up to defeat Blofeld, which consists of Pumaman looking silly and seeing in the dark and getting his ass handed to him and Aztec Joe finally beating the bad guys up, then the aliens come back and take a magic ask, and everyone lives happily ever after, except for all the people who got pushed out windows. The end.
The special effects weren't very special. Of course, that's about par for the course in an MST3K movie.
Thought I can't find a link to any actual interview where this was said, there are reports that Donald Pleasence said this is the worst film he ever did. And he was in Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie as well as Episode 501: Warrior of the Lost World.
Oh, and they spelled his name wrong in the credits.
This episode has lots of good things about it, but it just isn't quite as good as Episode 902: The Phantom Planet.
Of course, that's a tough standard to live up to. This one's okay.