They should have called this ”The Incredible Death of the Incredible Hulk” — who’s going to believe that Bill Bixby would kill off his annual chance for employment?

Bixby, who also directed and coproduced, does his usual David Banner shtick, whispering his lines slowly, so they all sound profound, and staring soulfully at everyone to convey the terrible burden of his overdeveloped, emerald alter-ego.

And speaking of the Hulk, this time around poor Lou Ferrigno has been handed an inexplicably poor wig to wear — instead of wild Hulk hair, it looks as if an oat-bran muffin is growing out of his head.)

But I’m procrastinating. You want to know, does he really die? Well, I don’t want to give too much away, but… oh, heck, yes, I do: At the end of the show, the Hulk falls out of an exploding plane full of terrorists, hits the pavement awfully hard, turns back to David Banner, says, ”I’m free,” and closes his eyes; fade to black. In other words, it sure looks as if he’s a goner.

But then again, we’re talking superheroes here. We’re talking a series that once featured the Mighty Thor as a special guest. I’m betting the next time you see Bill Bixby on television, it’ll be about a year from now, in ”The Resurrection of the Incredible Hulk.” D