The Bionic Woman - Vol. 1Director: Michelle Ryan, Chris Bowers, Miguel Ferrer, Isaiah Washington
A remake of the popular 1970s fantasy/adventure series of the same name, NBC's Bionic Woman starred Michelle Ryan as Jaime Sommers, the character originally played by Lindsay Wagner. In the earlier series, Jaime was a professional athlete; in the new version, she was a bartender and soon-to-be unwed mother. No matter: In both instances, Jaime was involved in a terrible accident which required emergency surgery--and a complete electronic overhaul. At the behest of her boyfriend Dr. Anthros (Chris Bowers), the first of several characters created for the remake, Jaime was rushed to a secret research lab, where she was outfitted with a pair of bionic legs and a bionic right arm, both of which provided super-strength and the ability to run in slow motion (representing extraordinary speed). She also was endowed with super-hearing skills--and, in an improvement over the original series, a new bionic eye (needless to say, the bill for all this retooling was considerably higher than the six-million-dollar price tag in the earlier show). Whereas the 1970s edition of Bionic Woman was, for all its gimmickry, a fairly straightforward action-adventure offering, the remake bore the heavy influence of 24 and Lost, accommodating a plethora of mysterious conspiracies and sinister secrets which weaved their way through the proceedings, with bits and pieces of vital information revealed on a "need-to-know" basis. There was also a soupcon of the Spiderman movie formula, with a dash of Smallville folded in, as Jamie slowly, awkwardly and sometimes painfully adjusted to her new and awesome powers, and to the responsiblities and consequences attached to them. The cast of characters in the new Bionic Woman included Jonas Bledsoe (Miguel Ferrer), the enigmatic (and slightly satanic) head of the Bionics research program; Ruth Treadwell (Molly Price), Bledsoe's slightly more scrupulous assistant; maverick "program advisor" Antonio Pope (Isaiah Washington), the resident "I know more than I'm letting on" guy; and Jaime's computer-hacker sister Becca (Lucy Hale), who was always in trouble with the cops. This Bionic Woman joined NBC's Wednesday-night lineup on September 26, 2007.
- Release Date:
- Universal Studios
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
Episode 1: Pilot - Commentary With Executive Producer David Eick: On
Episode 1: Pilot - Commentary With Executive Producer David Eick: Off
Episode 2: Paradise Lost
Episode 3: Sisterhood
Episode 4: Faceoff
Pilot Commentary With Executive Producer David Eick: On
Pilot Commentary With Executive Producer David Eick: Off
Features on Disc 2: The Making of the Car Crash
Features on Disc 2: The Stunts
Features on Disc 2: Profiles
Features on Disc 2: Real Life Bionics
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Disc #2 -- Bionic Woman, Vol. 1
Episode 5: The Education of Jamie Sommers
Episode 6: The List
Episode 7: Trust Issues
Episode 8: Do Not Disturb
Features on Disc 1: Pilot Commentary With Executive Producer David Eick: On
Features on Disc 1: Pilot Commentary With Executive Producer David Eick: Off
The Making of the Car Crash
Michelle Ryan As "Jamie Sommers"
Katee Sackhoff As "Sarah Corvus"
Miguel Ferrer As "Jonas Bledsoe"
Executive Producer - David Eick
Real Life Bionics
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Talk about one of the worst shows to ever hit prime time television. This show is pure trash! And I just don't know what else to say about it. Save your money.
This made an attempt at expressing the political and social problems of the time it was made. Many episodes showed major problems in the world and the U.S. in particular. For that, this gets 2 stars. The show however is/was garbage. Jaime seemed to be an overgrown child. Jaime's teen sister Becca seemed more mature than her. Also Lucy Hale was a better actress than Michelle Ryan. In terms of characters and character developed this show is 1 star. Also in terms of Sci Fi, this is a complete flop. The visual implant was linked to computers and a GPS was integrated into the bionics, so Jaime was constantly tracked and monitored. The bionic prosthetics are unbelievably strong and fast. Yet they're being used before scientists figured out how to keep the human body from rejecting them? Worst of all was the anthrocytes. They were nanobots by another name, capable of healing Jaime at an accelerated rate. So: If they had Nanotech Healing, why bother with the prosthetics?! Why didn't they just shoot Jaime up with the Nanobots, and let them put her back together?
AS FAR AS REMAKES GO THIS ONE WAS GREAT. I LOOKED FORWARD TO THIS SHOW EVERY WEEK. TO BAD THEY DIDNT RENEW. MICHELLE RYAN IS WONDERFUL AS JAMIE. WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANOTHER SEASON (CURSE THE WRITERS STRIKE!)