Bionic Woman

Season 1 Episode 4

Faceoff

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2007 on NBC
8.2
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Faceoff
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Jaime is sent on an assignment that requires her to rescue an American doctor who is working in Paraguay. While there, she discovers the truth about her life expectancy.

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  • Poor conceptually, thus fails in execution

    6.6
    The plot in this one returns to one with a feeling on underdevelopment. I understand why they took the route of having BW schematics turn up on the open market, but the way it was written wasnt convincing enough for me. The feeling is worsened by the quality of some of the acting, which isnt to say its bad, but the feeling of not being convinced pours forth from the actors themselves.



    The main problem I found reoccuring through the various episodes is the lack of credibility in this show. For a top secret highly classified organisation they sure do have alot of problems keeping a handle on their assets! Maybe they should fire Ferrer and put someone else in charge.



    Putting that aside, I found the whole rescue sequence possibly one of the worst contrived action scenes ever made! The idea that the supervisor leads Jaime into what is essentially an apparently lose/lose situation, where she has to start thinking as a bionic superperson and not plain old Jaime just didnt cook properly. When they let their captors take them, why would anyone take them directly too their rescue target? Surely, they would quarantine the two new captives, ask for orders and probably take them to another part of the complex or at least different holding cells - not to someone/thing important to the bad guys!



    Then the escape sequence was very poorly done, as Jaime gets shot striding the girders. As for the end, well that just about had resonance in that Jaime was always warned she should focus on completing her mission and not let sentiment in. And predictably she does and the mission fails with a uncommonly (for this episode) spark of a twist at the end. It was predictable enough though.moreless
  • I liked it!

    8.5
    Jaime lies to Becca about her work. Jaime and Pope go on a mission to save an American doctor that is being held by terrorists. When Pope wants to interrogate him, Jaime tries to save him. While trying to escape, Jaime is fatally shot. She and Pope have a disagreement and fight. The team captures Sarah. Jonas wants to know where Will's father is, but Jae falls for her and she escapes. Becca learns that Jaime lied to her about going with Carly.



    This episode was pretty good! I like the Jaime/Becca storyline. The whole thing with trust. This episode reminded me of Alias. In Alias, there was an episode where Sydney and Dixon are on a plane and they talk about how they can't tell anyone what they do. In Bionic Woman, in this episode, Jaime talks to Pope about not telling anyone what they do. This episode gets an 8.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Such bad writing!

    5.0
    I literally think a high school writing class could do better.

    Maybe during the writers strike the fans could rewrite the dialogue?



    Seriously, "no I'm a boob man" is supposed to pass for good writing?



    I like all the supporting actors (except the homophobe guy) and have seen them be good in other shows. The plot is good and is building nicely.



    However the dialogue is so bad it makes my ears bleed and my brain hurt! It's so bad my boyfriend won't watch the show anymore and it makes me want to watch the show on mute and just get a synopsis of what new information we found out.moreless
  • This show still isn't clicking.

    6.7
    I'm quickly running out of patience and wondering if anyone's finally going to decide what direction they're going in. While there is still a draw for me based on concept and potential, the show's writers desperately need to sit down in a room together and talk. I've noticed that we've had different writers and directors for every show so far. While I realize this isn't necessarily unusual, it does begin to explain some inconsistencies. On the plus side, they seem to be finding a place for the Antonio Pope character. He's finally finding a place in the story where he isn't being redundant. It does seem strange that Jonas is the sympathetic one while Antonio is more business. You'd figure that it would be the other way around. He also seems to posses super powers as his character miraculously got out of a building jam packed with armed bad guys. Looks like someone's been dipping into the anthracite jar.



    Now, while I enjoy the Sarah Corvus character, I wish they were a little more consistent and clear on her motives. I thought it was an interesting idea to portray her as a junkie in the previous episode, even if it was done clumsily and a little heavy handed. But in this episode we have her walk into a situation she said she wouldn't put herself in and ends up walking out without them really accomplishing anything with the whole situation. I also don't feel like anything was really revealed in this episode other that Jaime's degenerating condition and the presence of a flash drive that will probably come into play at some point. They could have better utilized the time to at least straighten out Jaime home life (meaning clean up the direction rather than resolve the conflict), which has been handled poorly by the writers. Barring that they could have used it to actually build up Sarah as a dynamic villain rather then just have her tread water. They need to focus . . . fast.moreless
  • Brain rotting program

    1.0
    I have been watching this program from the start and the more that I watch it the more I am sure that my brain is becoming soft.The story lines have holes that you could drive a truck through sideways.The main character Jamie is a complete whiner who even though she was nearly killed is given a second chance at life and just whines that her life is ruined.Then you have the bionic aspect that she can hit with almighty force and yet when someone is hit they don't get hurt and keep on coming back for more.Also how the hell can she run in stilletos at high speed.These episodes are the pits .And yes I will stop watching this rubbish.moreless
Brian Hallisay

Brian Hallisay

Dr. Mark Stevens

Guest Star

Michael Benyaer

Michael Benyaer

Raul

Guest Star

Lara Gilchrist

Lara Gilchrist

Carly

Guest Star

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Sarah Corvus

Recurring Role

Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington

Antonio Pope

Recurring Role

Kevin Rankin

Kevin Rankin

Nathan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Jaime and Antonio are fighting in the bodega and Jaime kicks Antonio into the wooden shelving unit, it's obvious that it's a stunt double, because he looks significantly different than Isaiah Washington.

    • Goof: In the ventilation system, Jaime stops the huge fan blade and bends it to let her and Antonio pass through. The moment she stops the fan, the motor, or place where the belt connects, is shown to smoke and all the sounds of that fan running cease. Even after Jaime bends the fan, it does not attempt to keep moving, giving the impression that the motor has been disabled. Yet when they go to escape, she bends the fan blade back into its original shape, and the fan starts spinning and is back to its original speed in seconds.

    • Nitpick: Once again Becca mentions using the Internet, even though in the episode "Pilot" Jamie states that Becca has a court order stating she can't use computers connected to the Internet. Jaime apparently forgot about the court order, and is just upset that Becca is meeting up with guys from a chat room.

    • Nitpick: Antonio tells Jaime they are landing on the airstrip in a Gulfstream jet, however the two shots of the plane in the show are definitely NOT a Gulfstream.

    • In this episode it's revealed that Jaime is afraid of flying. The Jaime Sommers of the original The Bionic Woman was a skydiver, meaning she was definitely not afraid of flying.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Antonio: (when Jaime is damaged) You're a machine, don't think about it.
      Jaime: Even if it's not real, it's still attached. I'd like to keep it that way.

    • (While trying to repair Jaime's toe)
      Nathan: I'm going to have to shock that thing into submission. (puts a device over her toe). Now this shouldn't hurt at all. On 3... 1... (presses the button that shocks Jaime's toe).
      Jaime: You suck!

    • Sarah: From you, I want nothing. Kill me or let me go.
      Jonas: You know I tried that once before it didn't work. This time I thought I'd help.

    • Becca: Usually those internet chatroom guys, you know they turn out to be reasonably cool.
      Jaime: Oh my God!
      Becca: (laughs) I'm kidding. God do you think I'm retarded?

    • Sarah: (about Jae) This is my boyfriend. It's an on-again off-again sort of thing, you know how it is. I kill all those people, he shot me in the head. Our friends call us the Bickersons. Isn't that right honey?

    • Ruth: People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
      Sarah: Or have sex without curtains.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Sarah: Mister Ed won't drink, you grab him by the mane force him under, hold him there long enough - he'll swallow.
      Sarah is referring to the talking horse named Mister Ed, who starred in a 1960's show called Mister Ed.

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