Bionic Woman: Brought to You by Battlestar Galactica?

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September 28th, 2007

 The Bionic Woman on NBC

 

Note: other than divulging who plays a few of the characters, there are no major plot spoilers in here.  P.S. Gorman will deny any involvement.

Gorman nagged and nagged me until finally I could take it no more and broke down and watched the Bionic Woman.

I am not a spoiler-loving kind of guy, so I hadn't really read much about the show and Gorman, other than his constant, "you must watch this" nagging didn't give away any of the details.  I wound up being pleasantly surprised.  I watched the original version in the 1970s and I wasn't a big fan, but I still probably saw them all on account of having about 8 channels available to me in the 70s. 

This wasn't just an update of the 1970s version, it's pretty much a completely new story other than the bionics and the main character being named Jaime Sommers.   Otherwise, it's very much different and not just because there's no Oscar or Steve Austin. It's a little bit of a dark show. 

It was slightly reminding me of Battlestar Galactica when low and behold, who shows up as a central character -- none other than Katee Sackhoff,  who plays Starbuck on BSG.  In Bionic Woman she plays Sarah Corvus, the first woman to have gone bionic. Like her character on BSG, she's more than moderately tormented, sick and twisted. 

I didn't do the Google searches to figure it out, but I wouldn't be shocked any to find out Bionic Woman was produced by the same crew who does BSG.   I would have much preferred Tricia Helfer who plays Number Six/Caprica  on BSG over Sackhoff, but I'd prefer it if my iPhone would work with Verizon.  You can't have everything. Sackhoff does seem perfect for the role. Aaron Douglas, who plays the part of "Chief" on BSG had a cameo role in Bionic Woman's premier.

Other than the first few minutes of set-up not coming off all that well for me, I thought the pilot was fairly well done.  Great special effect and seemingly they only paid homage to the original's stupid sound effects when using the bionics once.  The 2007 version has much better bionic tech -- it's more Terminator-esque 

Without Gorman even nagging me I'll probably take a look at a few more episodes, but I don't know yet whether I will become hooked.  This seems ripe for being a weekly "get the bad guys" kind of story, and that's not really up my alley.  I like shows with bigger story arcs than that usually unless they're comedies.

Michelle Ryan plays the role of Jaime and according to NBC's website, she's a British thespian.  That being the case, I'd give her a high score for her American accent.  You can make Gorman and the gang at NBC happy by checking it out.  You can watch it for free on NBC's website.

 
  • Joshua Kapellen

    Funny you made the connection between BSG and Bionic Woman. Did you notice what was playing on the TV in the house in “Paradise” city? It was none other than Battlestar Galactica. :)

  • Joshua Kapellen

    Funny you made the connection between BSG and Bionic Woman. Did you notice what was playing on the TV in the house in “Paradise” city? It was none other than Battlestar Galactica. :)

  • Mistanut

    I noticed the same thing. I'm waiting to see who pops up next, maybe Apollo or someone else. I think there will be a lot of cameos or something that will always be BSG on the show like Steinfeld always has a superman somewhere in an episode.

  • Mistanut

    I noticed the same thing. I’m waiting to see who pops up next, maybe Apollo or someone else. I think there will be a lot of cameos or something that will always be BSG on the show like Steinfeld always has a superman somewhere in an episode.

  • http://thebrandbarry.com TheBrandBarry

    And notice who plays the surgeon’s father, it’s the same actor who played the defense attorney for Baltar on BSG.

  • http://thebrandbarry.com TheBrandBarry

    And notice who plays the surgeon's father, it's the same actor who played the defense attorney for Baltar on BSG.

  • Robert Seidman

    TheBrandBarry: I can’t believe I missed that! You’re far more observant than I am…

  • Robert Seidman

    TheBrandBarry: I can't believe I missed that! You're far more observant than I am…

  • Masume

    Actually, the list of BSG alumni goes deeper than that, and it’s obvious they are sending a lot of nod offs. Other than the ones mentioned (The Tv, the father, the chief and katie), there is a host of small cameos from BSG actors. The Principal was the Priestess/Oracle to Roslin before she was killed. The man Mugging Jamie was the Cag for Galactica’s battle group before he was killed in the mini series, and I could have sworn I saw Jammer in the beggining as one of the guys in the emergency chopper. The best was the TV though, with the Pegasus going down. One of the best episodes they could have shown.

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