The price tag for the hardware has gone from 6 to 50 million dollars but this time around Miss Sommers has a wayward teenaged sister to contend with along with a general reluctance to be a freakish super woman confronted on all sides by shadowy adversaries.
The bionic babe is played with a raw intensity by Michelle Ryan (Eastenders) who is surrounded by a strong supporting cast including Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan) who always impresses as the swarthy bad guy, Chris Bowers (Rescue Me), and Mark Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica).
There are multiple levels of intrigue at play, it's a little bit Terminator with a slice of Prison Break and some nasty government conspiracy elements thrown in for good measure. The special effects are terrific, the whole production has an oversaturated glow that gives the series an otherworldly presence.
The pilot covers a lot of ground and, like any good drama, leaves a lot of unanswered questions. As a stand alone hour it's enjoyable, a little limp but it is capped off with a rousing bionic cat fight that's sure to please. Still, it's hard to know if this one's solid or not.
Bionic Woman is already in trouble, one of the executive producers (Glen Morgan who worked on The X-Files) has quit citing "creative differences," rarely a good omen and production may be halted in order to, "give the writers a chance to focus on refining the show's directions."
It's hardly fair to judge an expansive concept like this on just one just episode but Bionic Woman could be a real winner depending on where they go from here.
Look for Bionic Woman starting Wednesday, September 26th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Here's a preview:
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FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Struggling as a bartender and surrogate
mom to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, "EastEnders")
didn't think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car
accident leaves her at death's door, Jaime's only hope for survival
is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price.
Also starring are: Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan") as Jonas, the man who employs Jaime's boyfriend; Chris Bowers ("Rescue Me”) as Will, Jaime's boyfriend, who performs the operation; Will Yun Lee ("Witchblade") as Jae, the specialized operations leader; and Molly Price ("Third Watch"), as Ruth, Jonas' second-in-command.
"Bionic Woman" is produced by Universal Media Studios and executive-produced by David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica"), Glen Morgan (“The X-Files”), and Jason Smilovic ("Lucky Number Slevin").
Michelle Ryan - "Jaime Sommers"
In addition, Ryan recently starred alongside
Jimmy Carr and Carmen Electra in the Stephen Surjik-directed comedy,
“I Want Candy.” She has also appeared in the ITV production
of “Mansfield Park,” and can soon be seen in the BBC production
of “Jekyll,” opposite James Nesbitt and Gina Bellman.
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