Despite such issues, The Six Million Dollar Man was largely positive in terms of its depiction of human nature, and regarding man's ability to shape and re-shape his world in a positive way.
We hear, on the soundtrack, a strong, persistent drum-beat, which suggests the martial or military nature of this test flight.
In the following shot, "separation" occurs, and the test is underway.
Again, we are not seeing him clearly or directly, but through the filter of those flashing computer lights, and flickering numbers (+000). Again, this makes the moment seem simultaneously real, and awash in in the modern age of technology.
Technology has failed. The plane failed, and now Steve's very life is in danger.
We might even go deeper. Mlitary technology (as represented by the persistent dream beat on the soundtrack) has failed.
And white signifies, in visual terms, the light at the end of the tunnel, or Heaven itself.
But since our mode is "technological" and not spiritual, there is a twist to come...
Near death, Steve is not ensconced among the angels in Heaven, but aglow under the white, immaculate lights of a high-tech operating theater.
Traditional spiritual imagery -- represented by the white light -- is thus recruited to suggest that medical technology is our savior.
Also, we have moved directly to the second "part" or half of the montage. What (military) technology has nearly taken away, (medical) technology is about to give back...
And then, Oscar Goldman speaks.
"Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster."
And then he establishes that such technology can not only save Steve Austin, but actually improve on nature itself.
Steve will be "better than he was before."
In these shots, we see Steve's plight, and again, that plight is diagrammed on screens or monitors.
Next, the bionic arm is placed, and we see visual evidence of Goldman's words. As a bionic man, Steve can lift 500 lbs. This is something that, as a natural man, not yet re-born, Steve could never achieve.
Below, The Six Million Dollar Man introductory montage in all its glory: