Bionic Woman

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 2007 on NBC
8.2
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546 votes
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Jaime Sommers is a normal, hard-working woman caring for her younger sister and managing a romantic relationship. Her life is turned upside down after she is involved in a horrendous car accident, leaving her with injuries so severe she can only be saved using bionic body parts which bestow amazing abilities beyond Jaime's control.

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  • Great ep!!!

    9.4
    This episode was just amazing it really had promise if only they could make the rest of the episodes like this! Michelle Ryan also had a good start. For some reason she got worse hummm??? WEIRD or wat! Katee Sackhoff ofcourse was stellar. the fight scene between Sarah and Jaime was great it so reminded me of B and Faith fighting eachother. The death was quite sad it seemed Jamie really loved him. Jamies lil sis was also good. Lucy Hale really has talent!! The rest of the cast was good and all together it was a good start which turned for the worse.moreless
  • i really enjoyed this episode and all that followed...

    9.0
    This is one of the best pilots i have seen in a while last one probably being the lost pilot so thats alot to say and i watched this show weekly before it being pulled from the schedule.This episode shows just how anyone would react in a situation that leaves you less human and more machine.But for her she has only lost one arm ,both legs,her right ear and right eye.So she hasn't lost every bit as much as the original bionic woman who is introduced in the first minute or so of the pilot.The first ended up completely bionic so in a was jamie the new one is more human with having one arm left an eye and ear.So lets see what would happen in a fight a cyborg win jamie, or sarah the robot i believe its all speculations now since the show was cancelled so quick...so check it out its worth a watch..moreless
  • a decent pilot

    8.6
    If anyone but a creative force behind the new Battlestar Galactica hadn't been involved with another 70s science fiction remake, no one would have taken any notice. Since one did however, it became a promotional frenzy as NBC piled huge stacks of money to promote the show and label the show as the second coming. For if the mind behind Battlestar Galactica can update an old franchise gracefully, maybe he could do the same for the spinoff to The Six Million Dollar Man. I was curious to see if it would be worth it. The pilot episode. . .it's not the best pilot episode out there. Pilot episodes are always strange. Some can be good, for example the Heroes, House, Scrubs, and Supernatural, etc. pilots were pretty phenemeonal. And this episode wasn't completely awful. The problem was, it felt extremely. . .rushed. It was like they were literally trying to cram as much drama in forty-forty-five minutes as possible. The first Bionic Woman is shot by her former lover/agency agent, Jamie must deal with a bratty sister that doesn't want to be near her and still be the idealic big sister, figure out if she loves her boyfriend Will, telling Will that she's pregnant and Will proposing, B.W. 1 ramming their car because Will's father is a criminal jerk that made her bionic, Will turning Jamie into a half-robot, Jamie finding that she lost her baby, but no matter, now she has juiced up robotic superpowers, escaping from the evil agency her boyfriend works, managing her superpowers, an odd sexual scene (PG-13) with B.W. 1 and a priest, Jamie struggling with her new superpowers, battling B.W. 1 after she killed Will, Jamie agreeing to work for evil agency, and Will's evil father busting out of jail. And this is all in forty-forty-five minutes. The scenes are so rushly edited and tight, emotions are barely shown when there should be. For instance, Jamie barely gives a second thought that she lost her unborn child and she shows almost equal impassion for Will's death. If they really wanted to fit all that material in, they should have spread it out into three episodes, because all this material should have fit between three episodes, not stuck in a tight wild maddash. The special effects are, for tv standards, pretty amazing. The Jamie run scene was particular amazing to watch. There's a wonderful fight scene between Jamie and Bionic Woman 1. The acting was pretty good, with a particular nod to Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff, as the emotionless, homicidal Sarah "Bionic Woman 1". However the material was too packed in and it would have been better if the writers had just taken their time to relax and enjoy it a little. Could it have been more? Yes. However, the show was untimely axed so it will forever be relegated to being a failed remake attempt.moreless
  • the start of something amazing

    10
    I never the saw the original Bionic Woman. I am only 18 so I wasn't around but I really enjoyed this one. I only decided to watch it cos I used to watch Michelle Ryan in EastEnders (I'm British) and I wanted to see if she could pull off an American accent. I really enjoyed this episode and will definitely be tuning in next week and the week after and so on. This is one of the best pilot episodes I have seen in a long time. It is also a great new edition to my Sunday television lineup. Fun, fantastic stuff.moreless
  • Pretty good!

    9.0
    Jaime Sommers is a normal woman with a boyfriend and a little sister to take care of. Becca, her sister, is a teen with attitude. Will, her boyfriend, loves her. She tells him that she's pregnant and he's thrilled and wants to marry her. They get into a car accident. Jaime is fatally injured, so Will takes her to a labratory where they put bionic parts into her. Now, she is almost indestructible. She meets Sarah, another bionic woman. She caused the car accident and is believed to be dead. Jaime begins to understand her powers. Will is shot by Sarah in the shoulder.



    This episode was pretty good! It's kind of confusing, but the action is cool! I recognized Lucy Hale from American Juniors. I give this episode a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
Chris Bowers

Chris Bowers

Will Anthros

Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Anthony Anthros

Guest Star

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Prison Guard

Guest Star

Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Sarah Corvus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It's interesting to note that this series starts with the same mood the original series in which ended. In The Bionic Woman (1976) Jaime Sommers was a proud agent of the OSI until the last episode "On the Run" where she ran away from the organization to have a normal life. In the new series Jaime Sommers does not trust the organization at the beginning and she obeys orders unwillingly; she will trust it as the story evolves.

    • Goof: When Jaime Sommers attempts a first jump from one rooftop to another, you can clearly see that she is wearing high heels, but as she climbs over the parapet wall, you see that her high heels have disappeared.

    • Goof: In the crashing scene we can perfectly see from the camera inside the car that the truck hit the entire side of Will's car. However, in one of the following outside shots, the truck just hits a small portion of it and in a totally different angle.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Jaime: By the way, Sarah Corvus says 'hello'.
      Jonas: (to Ruth) Tell Jae we have a candidate.

    • Jae: You know what scares me about you? Your father. He seemed normal too.
      Will: If I'm anything like my father, you just made a big mistake.

    • Ruth Treadwell: (as Jaime is escaping the Wolf Creek biotech facility) Letting her go isn't a bad idea. You want her loyalty? Give her freedom... or the illusion of freedom.

    • Jaime: What do you want from me?
      Jonas: I don't know, maybe you died 3 days ago and you just haven't realized it yet.
      Jaime: Is that a threat?
      Jonas: There are no free agents here Miss Sommers. Sooner or later, you're gonna have to make a choice. It goes something like this: heads, you lose; tails, you die. Welcome to the game.

    • Sarah: (lighting up a cigarette) The anthrocytes in our blood can filter out any impurities in our lungs. Fringe benefit of being a freak.

    • Jae: Sarah Corvus is a time bomb. We both know it.
      Anthony: Well, time bombs only matter to those who have time.

    • Ruth: We're here to talk about our feelings.
      Jaime: How do you feel about me being kept here against my will?
      Ruth: I was speaking editorially. Actually, we're here to talk about your feelings.
      Jaime: Something no one seems to have any regard for.
      Ruth: Curve balls will do that.

    • Jonas: Jae can you train her?
      Jae: Um, the last one we screened, tested, and there was psych evaluations, and she was a soldier. Look where that got us.
      Will: We always talked about non-military applications. Here's our chance.
      Jae: Your opinion isn't valid here, you're too close to the subject.
      Will: This from the guy who played house with the last one.

    • Ruth: Born Jaime Wells Sommers. Van Horn, Iowa. February 23rd, 1983. Mother deceased, cancer. She's clean except for a sealed court record from 1998.
      Jonas: What's in it?
      Ruth: It's sealed.
      Jonas: Unseal it.
      Ruth: I'm working on it. I think she's a good candidate.
      Jonas: Let's pretend I'm solliciting opinions. Why?
      Ruth: She's stable. I pulled up an old Minnesota multi-phasic personality inventory. I liked what I saw. Plus, the situation with her sister shows loyalty. And she's smart. I found an old IQ test.
      Jonas: How did she do?
      Ruth: A little better than you. Sir.

    • Will: While we're on the subject, why are you with me?
      Jaime: You're not entirely uncharming...

    • Jaime: Come on, Will. I am a bartender and a dropout. You're a professor.
      Will: And a surgeon.
      Jaime: How can you take me seriously?
      Will: What makes you think I take you seriously?

    • Jaime: That's not real food!
      Becca: You're not a real mom.

    • Will: So, I'm thinking Coltrane if it's a boy, Billie if it's a girl.
      Jaime: You don't have to do this, you know.
      Will: Actually, I'm pretty sure you have to name them.

    • Jaime: What do you want from me?
      Sarah: Honestly, I'm not sure. Jogging partner?

    • The Man: The doctor. Did you kill him?
      Sarah: It was like a ride at Disneyland.
      The Man: Which one?
      Sarah: I've never been.
      The Man: I'll take you. You'll love it.

    • Jaime: Who are you?
      Jonas: You have $50 million worth of my property inside you, so I guess you could say I'm your landlord.

    • Sarah: You only have one bionic arm. You should really do something about that.

    • Little Girl (after seeing Jaime running through the forest): Mommy, there's a lady out there running really fast. Like as fast as a car!
      Mom: Sweetie, what did I tell you about making things up?
      Little Girl: I just thought it was cool that a girl could do that, that's all.

    • Ruth: I'm Ruth.
      Jaime: I'm pissed.

    • Sarah: You're gonna have to do a little better than that.
      (they fight more and Jaime punches Sarah and tosses her)
      Jaime: How am I doing now?
      Sarah: Not bad. Not bad at all.

    • Jaime: I almost killed a man. I didn't even know what I was doing. What did you put in my head?
      Will: Microscopic chips have been implanted in your cerebral cortex. My father... developed the technology for the military. The program was meant to help amputees in the gulf, of course, he saw the combat applications immediately.
      Jaime: You made me into a soldier.

    • Jaime: Who are you?
      Sarah: Without being too melodramatic about the whole thing, I'm Sarah Corvus, the first bionic woman. Tada!

  • NOTES (15)

    • NBC reported that the first episode of Bionic Woman reached 13.6 million viewers, earning a 5.5 rating and a 14 share, and building on its lead-in from the previous hour by 112 percent. It won its time slot overall, and was the #1 show of its broadcast night in adults 18-49.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 4th, 2007 on Network 7
      Denmark: January 7th, 2008 on TV3
      New Zealand: February 3rd, 2008 on TV3
      India: February 12th, 2008 on Star World
      United Kingdom: March 11th, 2008 on ITV2
      Netherlands: July 3rd, 2008 on rtl5
      Germany: March 3rd, 2010 on RTL II
      Slovakia: August 21st, 2012 on DAJTO

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for "Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Sound Effects and Foley."

    • This is the only episode in which the actor who plays Becca is credited as Lucy Hale. In every other episode she's credited as Lucy Kate Hale.

    • Bionic Woman marks Miguel Ferrer's return to the Cybernetic Crime Fighter genre. He also portrayed Bob Morton, a rising star at OCP, in the 1987 film Robocop.

    • Thomas Kretschmann is billed as a Special Guest Star in this episode.

    • Although Chris Bowers (Will Anthros) is credited as a star, this is the only episode in which he appears.

    • Jaime's middle name is Wells, which is the last name of Rudy Wells, the doctor in The Six Million Dollar Man and original Bionic Woman.

    • At least three versions of the pilot episode were shot.

    • Battlestar Galactica alumni: Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), Aaron Douglas (Tyrol), and Mark A. Sheppard (Romo Lampkin) have previously appeared together as cast members of Battlestar Galactica (the re-imagined series). Dominic Zamprogna appeared as Jammer on BSG. Creator and co-executive producer David Eick also serves as co-executive producer of Battlestar Galactica.

    • Featured Music:
      "Breathe Me" by Sia
      "Whoo, Alright, Yeah" by The Rapture

    • This episode was made available for free before the official airdate on Amazon's Unbox service as a promotional tactic (possibly a change in strategy after NBC Universal didn't renew their contract with iTunes to sell episodes).

    • Lucy Hale's character, Becca Sommers, was originally going to be deaf, but the idea was later dropped. They originally cast Mae Whitman as Jaime's deaf sister, which drew criticism from hearing-impaired rights groups when it was learned the actress wasn't deaf in real life.

    • The show was picked up for a pilot on January 3, 2007.

    • Filming Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Better, Stronger, Faster:
      The pilot's trailer describes Jaime as being "Better, Stronger, Faster". This was the catch phrase from the title sequence of The Six Million Dollar Man.

    • Berkut:
      Berkut, the name of organization that enhances Jaime, means "golden eagle" in Ukrainian. It's the name of the Ukranian national police's SWAT team special units.

    • Superman:
      A little girl looks out her car door while her mother is distracted and tells her about the girl outside running as fast as the speeding car, and is then told not to make up stories. This is reminiscent of Lois Lane as a child in the original Christopher Reeve Superman movie looking out the window of the train and telling her distracted mother there's a boy outside running as fast as the speeding train, and being told not to make up stories.

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