I'm not a TV expert, I just play one on the Internet, but this response to Bionic Woman: Too Much like BSG comes to us from David Goffin who actually is a TV expert in real life. Goffin executive produced the reality shows "Rock Star" and "On the Lot" for Mark Burnett Productions. From 2001-2004 he was Supervising Producer on American Idol, but he doesn't watch only reality shows and weighed in with this opinion of the new Jamie Sommers. From Goffin:
I want the show to be good since I grew up with the original. But it is so dark, and mysterious. The old Jamie Sommers was a teacher in a school in Ojai. As any good superhero, she "worked" as a Bionic Woman only when needed. Otherwise she was like you and me -- that is important to the genre and the character development. And she worked for the government, who were the good guys (what a concept!)
This Bionic Woman is so deep into some mysterious shadowy organization with strange needs and duties that you might as well have it take place on Mars. Use some Law and Order "current news" plots to bring her crime fighting down to the everyday viewers understanding of the world.
And the Sarah character...does the show have to be about that? Cant it just be a recurring problem that springs up every month or so, like Lex Luther or Moriarty for Sherlock Holmes? They exist to add that level of plot and danger between the regular episodes of saving the world.
The show seems so obsessed with the Sarah / Jamie relationship and mystery that it loses the title of the series as the main character. It should be called, as telecast, the Sarah vs. Jamie show. There are hints of good writing, like the opening cafe scene the episode before this past one.
I dont think it gets renewed at the current pace.