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.


Dr. David Banner finds a blind girl, named Katie, in the forest. As they become acquainted, a meteor hits the ground nearby. David investigates what had fallen from the sky, and, pained by emanations from the meteor, he metamorphosizes into the Hulk—who then touches the meteor. Later, when he returns to Katie's cabin, he changes back—but only half-way between the creature and Banner. 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.



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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: Gets shot by multiple darts after his friend for the episode is whisked away from him (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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