Bionic Woman

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 2007 on NBC
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8.2
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  • 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.
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