Bionic Woman: Too Much Like Battlestar Galactica

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October 19th, 2007

The Bionic Woman on NBC

And not in a good way, either. The pilot for the 2000s version of BSG was among the best science fiction I have viewed in the last 10 years. Season one and season two were pretty good as well. But by the time season 3 rolled around, it was waning for me precipitously.

I have been at the point at some time now of just wanting it to get to the end already. That will will happen at the end of the coming season.

The problem for BSG is that the overall story arc didn't really support so many episodes worth of good science fiction and some of the characters are too dark, too scary, too psycho to ever be embraced by the masses.

Even if you can suspend disbelief around the fact that, you know, the Cylons just could have destroyed the human race and been done with it, which I can - they had to go to an awful lot of filler, and an awful lot of character drama that just wasn't all that interesting. Still, the overall story arc is interesting in both science fiction and fantastical ways.

We BSG fans want to see how the story plays out around "it all happened before, it all will happen again." Why and how did it happening before relate to it happening now? Who are all the Cylons and how did they wind up so human? It's an interesting storyline, just not one that supported 100 episodes well. Still, the pilot and first couple of seasons were outstanding. But now? I just don't care how psychologically damaged Starbuck is.

The problem with Bionic Woman isn't that Katee Sackoff who plays Starbuck on BSG has a big role as Sarah Corvus. I like Katee Sackoff (a lot!). The problem is, Bionic Woman isn't playing up the science fiction/superhero end of things enough. It didn't have a great pilot, and it's first season is not off to being anywhere near as good as BSG's first year. It's like they jumped right in to the style of shows BSG had as filler in Season 3 (I'm not talking about the exciting season finale).

Perhaps the science fiction angle should be underplayed because maybe it's not for the masses - but in that case, the super hero angle should be played up much, much more. I'm not against shows with a bunch of dark characters. The writing of BSG in the first couple of seasons plus the dark characters were among the reasons I enjoyed it so much. That may work on a Friday or Sunday Night on the SciFi channel. It's not going to fly on NBC at 9pm on a Wednesday.

Here is some "expert" reader feedback on Bionic Woman.

 
  • Dwayne

    any way you cut it the new battlestar galactica
    sucks.

    Bionic Woman I didn't think I would like and it turned out pretty good. It is dark, but not crappy new BGS dark. Bionic Woman has more action, with a lot of questions that need to be answered.

  • Dwayne

    any way you cut it the new battlestar galactica
    sucks.

    Bionic Woman I didn’t think I would like and it turned out pretty good. It is dark, but not crappy new BGS dark. Bionic Woman has more action, with a lot of questions that need to be answered.

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