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A Very Badly Written TV Show; A Big Let-Down,
This review is from: Bionic Woman: Volume One (DVD)
Don't bother with this. BIONIC WOMAN failed miserably for obvious reasons, reasons that had nothing to do with the 2007 writer's guild strike:
Michelle Ryan is very pretty, but she does not have the acting style or stage presence of a physically dynamic, athletic action hero. She belongs in comedies and historical soap operas. The only dynamic female presence on the show was Katee Sackhoff, and she was playing a villain! It's not a good sign when viewers clamor to see less of the heroine and more of the villainess!
All of the support characters were repulsive. There was no one to root for. The younger sister (who looked, ridiculously, like she could almost be Ryan's age; why didn't they hire an actual 14-year-old?) was an annoying brat. The boss was cold, harsh, dark, and cynical. The scientist/surgeon boyfriend was a liar. The company she worked for was a creepy paramilitary group based on Blackwater, that everyone was hearing bad things about in the news. Why watch a TV show featuring nasty characters you hope will soon be arrested by the proper authorities?
The show was dark, ugly, didn't have enough action, and too much RAIN. I want to see admirable, sympathetic lead characters in a weekly adventure TV show, even though flawed. But combine a bland lead actress with an overpowering female co-star, unexciting SFX, unappealing support characters, an amoral story structure, and zig-zagging show direction, and don't be shocked when viewers abandon it by the millions. Which they did. Once they got rid of Sackhoff, they didn't even have good villains, and villains are what make a superhero story.