I very much enjoyed Wednesday night's premiere episode of BIONIC WOMAN.
And apparently, the nation was just as intrigued as I was, since it won a 5.5 rating among adults 18 to 49, beating the show it played opposite, PRIVATE PRACTISE, which received a 5.1 rating.
My favorite thing about the episode was the storytelling. The scenes were cut in and out, back and forth, in such a way that the "establishing of location" shot - - one long shot showing a building, then an internal shot showing the character in a room in the building and THEN starting the scene - - was not used very much.
This lead to rapid advancement of the story, yet it didn't lead to confusion, either. I loved it.
And I loved the new Jaime Somers, Michelle Ryan, for all the reasons that some other "online critics" hated her - - she underplayed everything.
In contrast the "bad bionic woman" - - Katee Sackhoff playing "Sarah Corvus" - - ate so much scenery, I was afraid I was watching a Disney villain. One sure way to make an audience know that you're crazy is to play KAH-RAY-ZEE!
Well, she did. And even though I'm a big ol' fag who loves camp, I wasn't looking for camp in my new BIONIC WOMAN series.
And from what I could tell from the rest of the episode, neither were the creators. Ms. Sackhoff, however, gave the people what they wanted; she brought in the KAH-RAY-ZEE and apparently she was the hit of the episode.
This pilot episode had to establish Jaime, her family, her boyfriend, her relationship with her boyfriend, her boyfriend's secret government agency, that agency's agents, that agency's first bionic woman, how Jaime becomes the new bionic woman, how those bionics work, how a civilian gets is forced / convinced to work for this agency, how the new bionics affect her life, her body and her relationships AND most importantly, this episode had to give us a kick-ass bionic battle.
It had to do ALL of that in 40-something minutes.
So, all of you who thought that Ms. Ryan wasn't up to snuff or the script was lacking or the acting was bad or whatever - - write your own fucking script, go to Hollywood, sell it, get it produced and see it made into a pilot.
If all of your BRILLIANT ideas make it into that pilot, then by all means, give us your opinion on EVERYTHING.
Until then, give the series a little breathing room and let it find it's voice.
Oh, and if you really want something to compare this to, go back and watch the two-part episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN where Jamie Somers was introduced in the 70's.
It ends with Lee Majors singing - - SINGING!!! - - a song about how much he loves Jaime...
...in a song called "Jaime" or some such bullshit...
...it's sung over the credits of the second episode of this two-parter...
...because she DIES at the end.
Yep. Jaime Somers died at the end of the two-part SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN episode in which she was introduced.
They brought Jaime back from the dead to be THE BIONIC WOMAN and star in her own series.
And since she was introduced as a Steve Austin's old girlfriend, she also gets a case of - - you guessed it - - amnesia.
So the writers wouldn't have to deal with too many crossovers between the two series.
Back from the dead with amnesia.
Can you imagine how the bloggers would have reacted to THAT back in the day?