My wife has been looking forward to watching "Bionic Woman" since NBC starting running promos two months ago. I point this out only because my wife is not a sci-fi or action fan, but something about the character -- a young woman thrust into a shadowy high-tech world against her will -- appealed to her. I supppose it's the same thing that attracts "Heroes" fans -- superpowers without the spandex, and conflicted "ordinary" characters who don't know quite what to do with their extraordinary abilities. (With the addition of "Chuck" and "Journeyman" this season, "accidental sci-fi" is turning into quite the cottage industry for NBC.)
I, on the other hand, am a certified sci-fi geek. They had me at "bionic."
The series premiere last night was pretty good, but not great. My wife was diappointed after two months of build-up, though I think I'll keep the DVR spinning for at least few more episodes.
I'm sure you picked up on the premise during the endless promos: Bartender Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) is in a horrible car wreck, then squirreled away to some secret government lab where she's given military-grade, super-high-tech implants to replace her lost legs, arm, eye and ear. She's pissed off at first, but by the end of the episode seems ready to become an "Alias"-style secret agent.
The pilot adds the oblique filigree that's become standard-issue since "The X-Files," "The Matrix," "Lost"... take your pick. Is Jaime's boyfriend a good guy or bad guy? Who's the dude in the shadows in the corner? Is he the same dude from that other scene, or another shadowy dude? Is this really a secret government conspiracy, or is it a secret anti-government conspiracy secretly working from within a rogue pro-government secret agency?
You can expect to find out in about 47 episodes. Maybe.
In the meantime, the most promising development was the introduction of a second bionic woman -- complete with a rainy rooftop robot-strength rumble! The other lady -- played by "Battlestar Galactica's" Katee Sackhoff (shout-out, fanboys) -- should make for double the action. Or at least double the secrets.