Bionic Woman is an American science fiction television drama created by David Eick, under NBC Universal Television Group, GEP Productions and David Eick Productions that aired in 2007. The series is a re-imagining of the original television series, The Bionic Woman, created by Kenneth Johnson and based upon the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, and retains its forebear's premise while taking on a more contemporary setting. David Eick also serves as executive produceralongside Laeta Kalogridis and Jason Smilovic.
The series revolves around bartender Jaime Sommers, who is saved from death after receiving experimental medical implants. While adjusting to her new bionic powers and raising a rebellious younger sister, Jaime agrees to work for the Berkut Group, a quasi-governmental private organization that performed her surgery. Production of the series was halted due to a strike by the Writers Guild of America, and it was not included in the Fall 2008 schedule announced by NBC in early April 2008. The series was cancelled as the result of low ratings.
Bartender Jaime Sommers struggles to make ends meet in San Francisco, California, while serving as a surrogate mom to her teenage sister. Nearly killed in a car accident, Jaime is saved by a cutting-edge operation — performed by her boyfriend, Will Anthros — that leaves her with advanced bionic prosthetics and implants. With extraordinary new strength, speed and other artificially enhanced abilities Jaime begins working for the Berkut Group, the organization responsible for her operation. Now, Jaime must learn how to use her new abilities while working to understand the new life that she has been thrust into.
Jaime's modifications are: bionic legs, a bionic right arm, a bionic right ear, a bionic eye like that of Steve Austin, and nanomachines called anthrocytes which are capable of healing her body at a highly accelerated rate.
The series met with mixed critical reception. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times wished that the episodes following the pilot were just as good as the pilot itself, and wanted Katee Sackhoff to play the lead role. Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times felt that Bionic Woman was more about "fembot martial arts and slick Matrix-ish special effects than about character development"; oriented towards young male viewers. Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle felt that the remake was "a lot darker than the campy original", but said that "trouble lies in the casting and the concept".
Goodman thought that "Ryan seems too inert, not nearly aggressive enough for the role", and that even Sackhoff was "infinitely more likable as an antiheroine". He said that they either "got the wrong bionic woman", or "they need to let the bad bionic woman get a whole lot more screen time". Michael Idato of The Age said that since the series had gone "through a series of writers and producers", it was "no surprise that what finally lands is a little messy".
However he said that "despite some early uncertainty, Ryan becomes a likeable Sommers, leaving only the show's dark tone and relentless pace as potential problems." He said that they were great for setting up the story, "but could become too much as the season progresses". Not all reviews were as optimistic; Michael Hinman of SyFy Portal referred to the show as "a disaster".
Season 1 Episodes
1.02 Paradise Lost
1.05 The Education of Jaime Sommers
1.06 The List
1.07 Trust Issues
1.08 Do Not Disturb