I do not remember much about the original Bionic Woman series only that Wonder Woman eclipsed it for best female superhero show of the 1970′s. So I was expecting a mind-blowing action series when the multi-million dollar advertising campaigns for the new Bionic Woman series starting coming in from all ends of the media spectrum. LOST, for me at least, re-defined the action-drama-mystery genre for television and this series looked like it might have similar potential. Unfortunately, everything LOST does well: namely revealing tiny bits of a larger picture each episode and shrouding its characters in mystery and beguile, are obsolete in this pilot episode.
We are introduced to our lead character, Jaime, only about five minutes before her inevitable accident. In that short time the show abrasively forces on us a couple of things it thinks we should know about: Jaime has a much younger sister, a father they both don’t appreciate, and a mysterious boyfriend with intentions to marry her. Most noticeably, however, is the show’s opener which identifies that there’s already at least one other pre-existing bionic woman and she’s gone bezerk, presumably for love. Oh yes, and her lover is also a bad-ass scientist who shoots a 9mm round in her head just before professing his love. All of this before the first commercial break. This first segment also jams the paralyzing car accident scene before the commercial as well as one other twist that really seems all to sudden: she was hit by the crazed (and somehow revived) pre-existing bionic woman.
Before the second commercial break, Jamie is already conscious and her bionic parts have been installed. To cut on costs, this is all laid out for us through the dialog, including exactly how her mechanics will work. Her mysterious boyfriend also happens to be the lead scientist involved in her reconstruction, who gives Jaime the bad news (you lost 3 of 4 limbs and an eye) and the good news (you’re now a cyborg).
The remainder of the show focuses on Jamie discovering her powers. In one scene stolen from the pages of the first Spiderman and Matrix movies, she makes a single attempt to jump from one building roof to another across the street. The pre-existing, bionic bitch also makes a few appearances, testing Jamie’s fighting moves and killing that mysterious boyfriend/fiance of hers.
Even with all that goes on in this pilot, it feels very incomplete, even rushed. With series like LOST and Heroes, there is something to keep us guessing until the next episode. Within the first ten minutes I felt like I was given a whole episode only dumbed down and stripped of a budget. There was a lot the writers did not need to reveal to the audience, but they did right away. I assume the potential for action sequences propelled this decision into fruition, but even those suffer from lack of originality and choreography.
By the end of the episode we have a better idea of what we’re getting into for the rest of the season and the season looks pretty boring. I doubt the producer’s will kick up the production value for any future episodes this season as it’s typically the pilot that gets all the attention. All they can hope for is that the writers have some tricks up their sleeves to roll out some shocking twists or this show won’t last longer than Christmas.
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