The pilot for the new NBC version of Bionic Woman
screened in front of a few thousand people this morning at San Diego Comicon, and the verdict is still out. The show has potential, obviously, but the execution in the pilot leaves a lot to be desired. The crowd gave the pilot raucous applause upon its ending, but I think that was politeness more than anything. It was certainly a disappointment to me, and I have to imagine that the critical response will be lukewarm at best.
That's not to say that Bionic Woman
can't turn it all around. David Eick has steered Battlestar Galactica
in the right direction, and if anyone can turn around a Bionic Woman
it's him. The version we saw was not a full one, nor will it be the same come premiere time. They completely recast the sister of Jaimie Summers, who in our version was deaf and in the upcoming real version, uh, won't be deaf. That said, the pilot we saw was clunky, the characters were underdeveloped, motivations were unclear, the action was unmemorable, and the dislogue was mediocre. Other than that, it was alright.
Do I need to rundown the plot? Jaimie Summers is a college dropout. She gets into a massive car accident and she is rebuilt faster and stronger with two new lergs, one new arm, one new eye and some brain implants. The government wants to use her, she is reluctant, but eventually she comes around (thanks to a little confrontation with another bionic woman, Sarah Corvix, played by Battlestar Galactica
's Katee Sackhoff
is going to be fine as Jaimie Summers. The British import seems like a good enough actress and she sells the physicality of the role pretty well. The problem, I think, is the script. There's a lot of poorly worded exposition that is just plain awkward. At the panel afterwards, David Eick was joined by Michelle Ryan and Kattee Sackhoff, among others. There was nothing groundbreaking or newsworth revealed in the panel, mostly that the show would have a new story/adventure every week, but also have an over-arching mythology. The famous Bionic Woman
sound effect would be thrown into the show in a variety of ways, which should be pretty cool for fans.
The good thing here is that the powers-that-be at NBC realized that the pilot needed some changes and are aggressively addressing the issues. Hopefully, the end product will be better than their first result.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Photo courtesy of Oscar Dahl)