1 of season 4
Kenneth Johnson
Original airdate
November 7, 1980
Preceded by
Followed by

Prometheus (Part 1) is episode fifty-eight (and season 4 premiere) of the live-action TV series The Incredible Hulk. It originally aired on November 7, 1980 on CBS.


It is a beautiful day and Dr. David Banner is fishing at a lake when he hears a young woman crying for help. He saves her and brings her back to her cabin. Katie Maxwell was blinded by an accident. While David and Katie are walking, a meteor crashes near them. When David investigates, he is sickened by the radiation and fights a swarm of bees which triggers the transformation into the Hulk.  Later, when he returns to Katie's cabin, he changes back—but only half-way between the creature and Banner (half-Hulk, half-human). David can talk, but his voice is deep, and Katie can feel the muscles under his torn clothing. But when he once again becomes the Hulk, a military organization code-named "Prometheus" thinks he came from outer space and captures him and Katie.



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Ending sequence

  • A great storyline and an impressive production with sharp special effects and lots of excitement
  • Hulk out 1: Kicking over a beehive and then being surprised when the bees are mad at him
  • Hulk out 2: Having a loud speaker saying to get away from that area and a helicopter hovering above. (he was already halfway to the Hulk from a gamma radiating meteor)


  • Some footage from the beginning of this episode, set at the lake in Utah, came from the 1974 movie The Parallax View
  • Laurie Prange also guest-starred in "Death in the Family"
  • Prometheus is very similar (albeit scaled down) to organizations in the Marvel Universe such as S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Bodybuilder Ric Drasin played the half-Hulk/half-human David (aka Demi-Hulk) in the wide shots while Bill Bixby did the close-up shots. Executive producer Kenneth Johnson stated in the episode's DVD commentary that he wanted someone with a bigger body than Bixby but not as big as Lou Ferrigno. Also, Drasin dyed his blonde hair black for the role.


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