Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Rex Smith, John Rhys-Davies, Marta DuBois, Nancy Everhard, Nicholas Hormann, Not much of a trial, No cameo from Ally McBeal
Directed by: Bill Bixby (why Bill?Why?!)
Written by: Gerald Di Pego
Edgar – “I don’t know how Daredevil got involved.”
WHAT IS IT? It’s the second (of three) Incredible Hulk TV movies and featured a guest appearance by Marvel’s blind super hero, Daredevil!
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA: With The Incredible Hulk TV show winding down it seemed like a good idea to inject a few more heroes from the pages of Marvel Comics into the mix, to springboard potential spin-offs once the show had come to a conclusion.Unfortunately The Incredible Hulk was not the right platform for such an endeavour as the show had garnered a lot of praise for its ‘non comic-book’ approach to the material.By shoehorning other characters into Dr David Banner’s ongoing story it just detracted from what had made the show such a success in the first place.It also didn’t help that there wasn’t really much of a trial in The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk; so no nail-biting drama on that front either!Oh...and Daredevil’s redesigned black/ninja-style costume made him look a tit!.....But, he was blind, so he probably didn’t notice anyway.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
David Banner (Bixby) is minding his own business when a couple of hoodlums who are up to no good...start makin’ trouble in his neighbourhood.Unfortunately for David he gets fingered (for the crime) and is taken to jail and charged for attacking a woman called Ellie Mendez (DuBois).He knows it’s been a lonely few years as of late, but he would never attack a woman and thankfully his lawyer Matt Murdock (Smith) believes him too!But Murdock has his own reasons for taking on David’s case, because it’s connected to mob boss Wilson Fisk (Rhys-Davies).This is significant to Murdock because he’s secretly the kung-fu, ass-kicking, vigilante Daredevil, who cleans up the city of scum at night, whilst dressed as a pervert.
Generally speaking Daredevil’s choice of outfit would be laughed at, but because he’s blind it’s forgivable and there’s also the fact that he does some good in the city.So as his latest good deed Daredevil attempts to rescue Ellie, but when it all goes a bit Pete Tong (that’s rhyming slang for ‘wrong’ for all the non-UK Comics Code fans) he starts to lose his nerve.The balls-up over the rescue attempt knocks his confidence and he starts moaning about it to David, telling him he wishes he was a better super hero/vigilante/pervert.David tells him to quit his jibber-jabber as he’s got his own problems, because he keeps turning into the frickin’ Hulk and he’s gone through six pairs of shoes since breakfast.
Realising he’s being a right douche bag, Matt comes out of his funk and with a bit of snap back in his turtle he once again dons his pervert outfit and heads back into the night.This time however he’s joined by the Hulk and the combination proves a force to be reckoned with as they rescue Ellie and screw over Fisk.With Fisk out of the way David tells Matt that it is time he was moving on as his journey is far from over...and also because he’d Hulked-out earlier in the day and squashed Matt’s seeing-eye dog.
JURY’S OUT: *Although David and the Hulk hardly spent any time on trial during The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk, the general rule of thumb is that trials actually do take up a bit of time in a person’s life.Some of the most notoriously lengthy trials have included the OJ Simpson trial and the Michael Jackson trial.The Hulk wasn’t present at those trials either.
*Some people believed that Matt Murdock/Daredevil wasn’t actually blind and that he pretended that he was so that he could claim benefit money from hard working tax-payers.The git!
*To date, Daredevil has lost 14 seeing-eye dogs and a seeing-eye cat in freak accidents.Although no one was able to prove the accidents were his fault he was not allowed to have anymore cats or dogs to help him around the house.He now has a seeing-eye budgie.