Incredible Hulk Returns (1988): This is the first of the
Incredible Hulk made-for-TV movies that aired after the original
television series was cancelled. I never liked the TV series, but
the TV movies are incredibly interesting! What I like about the
TV movies is that it broadens the scope of the Hulk saga. Dr.
David Bruce Banner is actually on the verge of curing himself of the
Hulk curse. Along the way, he meets the mighty Thor (played
excellently by Eric Allan Kramer) and his human self Donald Blake
(played by Steve Levitt). Donald Blake can actually transform
himself into the powerhouse superhero Thor.
I know that the producers of this show wanted to
spin-off Thor into his own series and I think it would've made a great
show, but for some reason it just wasn't picked up. This movie
was meant to be groundbreaking for the Hulk's ongoing saga and it
is. Between the inclusion of popular superhero Thor and the fact
that Banner was actually getting somewhere in curing himself of the
Hulk's rages a new peak of excitement is added to the Hulk's story.
What I really like about this show is that you don't
have to be familiar with what happened in the TV series. This is
its own production. And it was good enough to spawn two more