Bionic Woman: Expert Reader Feedback

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October 19th, 2007

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:

Bionic Woman on NBCI 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.

 
  • http://IAmATVJunkie.com Joe Bua

    I have a feeling that their going to start addressing the issue of private military companies, this Berkut Group being one.

    And I wish they'd get to it. It's a very topical issue right now. There's a big storyline in Jericho with a private militia called Ravenwood, too.

    I wrote about that just moments ago.

    http://iamatvjunkie.typepad.com/i_am_a_tv_junki

  • http://IAmATVJunkie.com Joe Bua

    I have a feeling that their going to start addressing the issue of private military companies, this Berkut Group being one.

    And I wish they’d get to it. It’s a very topical issue right now. There’s a big storyline in Jericho with a private militia called Ravenwood, too.

    I wrote about that just moments ago.

    http://iamatvjunkie.typepad.com/i_am_a_tv_junkie_a_blog_f/2007/10/jericho-and-bio.html

  • DG

    Interesting angle and insight Joe Bua, but as a basic tv viewer, I get enough tragedy news about Iraq and our mess ups, especially with Blackwater, that I kinda dont want to come home from work, flip on the tube and see more stuff about news I want to get away from.

    In the days before 24/7 news, maybe this plotline would be new, fresh and compelling and insightful. And maybe the writers will still treat it this way in the show. But my hunch is people just want to escape when they turn on to network primetime. They want pure entertainment that takes them to a different world then their 9 to 5 one. And seeing plots that are a fictionalized rendition of what i just read on Drudge or read on yahoo news or saw on CNN is not my idea of entertainment at 9pm.

    But maybe that is just me. I may just want to escape more. Certainly the Idol and dancing with the stars success tells me that I am not alone.

  • DG

    Interesting angle and insight Joe Bua, but as a basic tv viewer, I get enough tragedy news about Iraq and our mess ups, especially with Blackwater, that I kinda dont want to come home from work, flip on the tube and see more stuff about news I want to get away from.

    In the days before 24/7 news, maybe this plotline would be new, fresh and compelling and insightful. And maybe the writers will still treat it this way in the show. But my hunch is people just want to escape when they turn on to network primetime. They want pure entertainment that takes them to a different world then their 9 to 5 one. And seeing plots that are a fictionalized rendition of what i just read on Drudge or read on yahoo news or saw on CNN is not my idea of entertainment at 9pm.

    But maybe that is just me. I may just want to escape more. Certainly the Idol and dancing with the stars success tells me that I am not alone.

  • http://www.watchingbionicwoman.com Ryan

    The show has turned out to be a disappointment, that is for sure.

    However, I think most of the problems stem from creative control and differences it appears right off the bat. Before the show even aired, producers left and a slew of folks from Friday Night Lights were brought over to run the production.

    BW shows great promise, but you are right, it better get there fast or it won't make it. However, I do think it needs to be moved to Mondays after Heroes. The placement on Wednesday doesn't make much sense.

  • http://www.watchingbionicwoman.com Ryan

    The show has turned out to be a disappointment, that is for sure.

    However, I think most of the problems stem from creative control and differences it appears right off the bat. Before the show even aired, producers left and a slew of folks from Friday Night Lights were brought over to run the production.

    BW shows great promise, but you are right, it better get there fast or it won’t make it. However, I do think it needs to be moved to Mondays after Heroes. The placement on Wednesday doesn’t make much sense.

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