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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.