The Bionic Woman Classic

Season 2 Episode 15

Doomsday Is Tomorrow (1)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 19, 1977 on ABC
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Doomsday Is Tomorrow (1)

Dr. Elijah Cooper, an aging scientist, threatens the release of a doomsday device unless world peace is maintained.

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  • "The Bionic Woman" at its most ambitious.

    "Doomsday is Tomorrow" parts 1 and 2 are "The Bionic Woman" at its most exciting and adventurous. The anti Nuclear arms/sentient computer plotline is still riveting and timely 30 years later. Wagner is stellar as Jaime Sommers in perhaps her most challenging storyline of the series. Accomplished British actor Lew Ayres guests as the man behind the plot to force the World leaders into nuclear disarmament. Along for the ride (and the real villain of the episode) is Alex 7000, a sentient HAL-inspired computer brain. Good locations, stock footage and special effects add to the realism of the episodes. Only gripes: painfully bad foreign accents abound throughout and some of the military flight scenes drag on a bit too long.moreless
Lew Ayres

Lew Ayres

Dr. Elijah Cooper

Guest Star

Kenneth O'Brien

Kenneth O'Brien

Dr. Victor Evtuhov (Dimitri)

Guest Star

David Opatoshu

David Opatoshu

Mr. Satari

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Dimitri reveals that the Soviets have experimented with bionics too, but with less success than the OSI. Their bionic experiments with animals worked, but resulted in two deaths when tried out on humans. So far they have not succeeded in creating a bionic human.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Jaime: You realize that I have to get to the central core of this complex and stop this from happening, don't you?
      Alex: It is foolish to even make the attempt.
      Jaime: Well, I'm going to.
      Alex: The central core housing the Doomsday Device is more than a mile underground, and I have sufficient defenses to stop you. I am programmed to show no mercy. You will die if you make the attempt.
      Jaime: So, then it is a duel, between you and me.
      Alex: Yes. May the best... one... win.

    • Dr. Cooper: It's funny how people never feel closer to life than when death is right there upon them.

    • Dmitri: (winded) You... you... you... you... you... you're a cyborg!
      Jaime: A what?
      Dmitri: Cyborg. Cybernetic organism.
      Jaime: Well, I prefer to call it bionics myself. It has a much nicer ring to it.

    • Dmitri: How you pull me up like that?
      Jaime: Oh, just a little leverage, that's all.
      Dmitri: Little leverage?! Woman, you're speaking to a man very familiar with the laws of physics. Now, I'd like to know how you do that!
      Jaime: Doctor, I am a little stronger than I look, so let's just leave it at that.

    • Dr. Kurosawa: Who's Alex?
      Rudy: We spoke to him when we came in here. Now who is he? Where is he?
      Dr. Cooper: You're standing inside of him. Alex is the master computer that controls every phase of this complex. He is the highest form of computer art and design. Until this very moment, I've had him operating on only half efficiency, but from here on, his eyes and ears will watch over and govern this complex and it's defenses. He is supremely intelligent, yet passionless. Aren't you, Alex?
      Alex: Yes, Dr. Cooper.
      Dr. Cooper: A perfect guardian of the peace. So now, if any nation detonates a nuclear bomb, not even I can stop the Doomsday Device. The choice is clear and simple, my friends. It's peace - or oblivion.

    • Rudy: Dr. Cooper, no one man can be allowed to play God!

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