Sunday, September 23, 2007
I was in need of a good sci-fi action adventure so I watched the first episode of the Bionic Woman remake On Demand. I found it mildly entertaining. It premieres “for real” on NBC this coming September 26th, or you can download it.
David Eick who (along with Ronald D. Moore) developed the new Battlestar Galactica, created this show and like BSG, this is a reimagining of a '70s program in this case the original Bionic Woman (duh). So if you like BSG you might like this. It stars Michelle Ryan in the role of Jamie Sommers. Mood wise, Bionic Woman is a cross between Heroes and Alias with a touch of Dark Angel. It’s got potential but in my opinion it’s gotta’ get more science-fiction-y or superhero-y if it’s gonna survive. The fact that the Jamie character has cool powers is the big draw of the show but in the pilot that is all downplayed for angst and drama.
Here is what I liked in no particular order (spoilers):
The pilot was under one hour. I’m glad it wasn’t stretched out into some boring made for TV move style deal. Tell the story and get it done.
Sometimes Bionic Woman is dark and creepy in the style of grim and gritty superheroes and vampire movies. I liked the scene in the rain quite a bit. It reminded me of Blade Runner for some reason.
Our heroine has a supervillain-like enemy.
The struggle between military and civilian interests.
Jonas Bledsoe as the hard-ass director of the bionics program. Usually I hate these kinds of stock characters.
The writers kept things moving despite some lame dialog and exposition.
The fact that a regular person was uploaded with military combat programs reminded me of Deathlok. I like Deathlok.
Here is what I disliked in no particular order (spoilers):
I wanted Jamie’s accident to be a real accident.
The show needed to present more use of powers.
Bionic Woman is trying too hard to be cool with hip music and a dance club atmosphere.
The characters are all too interconnected. Sometimes things just happen.
There is a dark conspiracy going on that… blah, blah, blah…
Vancouver is getting really old as a stand-in for the US and Sci-Fi shows in general.
I did I mention some lame dialog and exposition (but nowhere near as bad Flash Gordon).
Jamie's recovery was too fast. She didn’t seem very surprised at her newfound powers.
She could have been a little more grateful that her boyfriend saved her life.
There better be a bionic dog, Fembots, and a guest appearance by Lindsay Wagner coming down the pike.