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The Wheel of Life


An ex-soldier runs into a former colleague he believed dead in Vietnam. Now the friend is an influential leader of an upcoming political movement and asks him to participate. He finds out that his friend's stupendous ascent was fated by the cosmos.



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 13, 1978
  • Repeat - August 12, 1978





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4 Responses to Episode 0797

Anyone out there who read the original "X-men" comics, before they came to the big screen? Remember "The juggernaut", the big bad guy who was "Professor Charles Xavier's" half brother. The juggernaut was a bully, not a mutant, but while in combat in Viet Nam he stumbled into a secret temple and found a jewel that turned him into that big creature he became? There's sort of a similar plot here. Two friends are in combat (Viet Nam?) and one, right in the middle of a jungle battle, stumbles into some secret underground chamber where a group of weird monks are all playing with abacuses (abaci? :? ) and there's a big wheel turning. One of the monks tells him (telepathically?) that he's in the presence of the "wheel of life" that we all live on, and that those monks are essentially controlling all things that go on in the world. The "head monk" asks the soldier what he wishes and the soldier tells him...the leader says "How better it would have been if you would have asked to get off of the wheel" but sends him off to his destiny...

M. Trocolli

I really like the scenes with the monk talking about how it doesn't ultimately matter what happens in our lives if we are still on the wheel of illusion. that is some of my favorite RMT material. The story around it was a bit weak, though.


One of the most creative in the series. In my opinion, Lloyd Batista is either on or this episode he was great.

Thomas c.

Lloyd Battista is not on of off, in my opinion. He fills in a lot, as all of the actors did, but he has great range and when he's given the chance to shine, he takes it and runs away with it. He's on the money is this episode, and, as heard in other episodes, has unusually good chemistry with Russell Horton. I wish they had been in more episodes together. The concept works better here than the actual story, but they make it work.


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