An action series featuring a strong, yet vulnerable heroine, this 2007 remake of the 1976-1978 The Bionic Woman
series is a completely different show than its predecessor--a fact that is just as apt to earn it condemnation from diehard fans of the original series as it is commendation from contemporary audiences. What's impressive about this new series is the impeccable casting of virtual newcomer Michelle Ryan as the totally believable everywoman-turned-superhuman following a devastating car accident and the prevalence of special effects which, though not quite on par with the quality of current full-length films, are far superior to those typically seen on a weekly network series. What's not so great about this new series is the lack of continuity of peripheral plot points from episode to episode and its often awkward juxtaposition of the family drama playing out between Jamie and her sister Becca (Lucy Hale) and Jamie's action-packed work life. The eight episodes that comprise this full season begin with Jamie's horrific accident and her reconstruction with bionics and then move on to explore her difficulty adjusting to super-strength. Jamie's sense of moral and monetary obligation to the Berkut Group for saving her life, along with some significant pressure from Berkut's Jonas (Miguel Ferrer), convinces her to join the company's crusade against world criminals and quickly plunges her into missions ranging from apprehending arms dealers to stopping deadly biological attacks and thwarting assassination plots. All the while, Jamie struggles to provide a stable home and relatively normal existence for her younger sister. When the first bionic woman appears, the psychologically unstable Sarah Corvus played by Battlestar Galactica
's Katee Sackhoff, she threatens Jamie's physical and mental well-being and brings into question the potential life expectancy of bionic technology and Jamie herself. The pilot commentary by executive producer David Eike details the contentious, tension-filled atmosphere that accompanied every aspect of the show's production as well as some of his personal regrets regarding the quality of the special effects used in the series. Other bonus features include a brief look at the making of the car crash with visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel; an interview with Melissa Stubbs about Michelle Ryan's training and the stunt work in the show; profile interviews with Ryan, Sackhoff, Ferrer, and executive producer David Eike; and a look at the reality of bionics in modern day medicine. Bionic Woman
is an action series rich with drama and psychological undercurrents that will captivate those able to put aside preconceived notions about the Bionic Woman
series. --Tami Horiuchi
Join one of TV's most stunning breakout heroines as the action-packed series Bionic Woman leaps into DVD! From executive producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) comes this gripping re-imagining of the universally beloved character. Jamie Sommers is a hard-working woman struggling to take care of her younger sister. But after a serious, life-threatening accident, Jamie is saved by a top-secret procedure that makes her much more than just an ordinary woman…it makes her superhumanly bionic. Starring hot newcomer Michelle Ryan, as well as Miguel Ferrer (Crossing Jordan), Molly Price (Third Watch), Will Yun Lee (Witchblade), Lucy Kate Hale (How I Met Your Mother), and guest stars Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), it's a non-stop thrill ride unlike anything you've seen before!