Due in part to the World Series being broadcast on ABC the 2nd season started way late on Nov. 4, 1981. Ralph's name was wisely changed back to Hinkley and the 2nd season was underway. This season had its share of problems, too. The network wanting spaceships and monsters with Ralph saving the world every week vs. Cannell's character driven stories set in a more realistic world. Pre-emptions did not aid the ratings battles that season. Also, no one seemed to know what to do about Ralph's son Kevin and although mentioned he was never seen and eventually forgot about altogether.
The aliens returned twice in what became fan favorite episodes and Ralph found new powers in the suit. Some abilities Ralph became better at using that year, showing some thought on the part of the creative team. At the end of the 2nd season the ratings were marginal and it was up in the air whether the series would return.