I finally had the time to finish watching all of the DVDs in this SEASON ONE set and I loved every single minute of it! Not only do you get all the crossover episodes from "The Six Million Dollar Man," which introduced Jaime Sommers, but you also get the follow-up episode that brought her back to life after she died on TSMDM, or so we thought (I always wondered about that, hahaha) and the pilot episodes for BW.
I used to sit glued to the TV set when THE BIONIC WOMAN came on and I must say that I'm still impressed as an adult viewer. I'm amazed at the production value that went into this series from the special effects, to the actual shots of actress Lindsay Wagner (Jamie Sommers) or Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) landing in a helicopter. Even Wagner's stunt double looked like her from a distance, whereas Lynda Carter's double on "Wonder Woman" looked rather man-ish at times.
The series looks nice and sharp and the story lines are intriguing. There's a "play all" feature or you can play by episode selection. I really enjoyed "Mirror Image," which introduced the character "Lisa Galloway," who got plastic surgery to look like Sommers, to infiltrate the OSI (Wagner in a dual role). The scenes from this episode remained fresh in my mind after all these years along with the line, "I might have yo' looks Jaime Sommers, but I sho' don't have yo' moves!" I also enjoyed "Ghost Hunter," which follows "Mirror Image" on DVD 4, because it also stands out in my mind, and has a young Kristy MacNichol as a guest star.
Anyway, the extras on this set include:
===== EXTRAS ===== * Gag Reel - 01:41-minutes Behind-the-scenes footage of the actors flubbing line or laughing etc.
* "Bionic Beginnings" - 24:27-minutes Present day featurette that discusses how the show got off the ground, how filming was done, and why it became such an iconic hit. Those taking part in the interviews include Lindsay Wagner (Jamie Sommers), Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman), Kenneth Johnson (Creator/director/writer), Martin E. Brooks (Dr. Rudy Wells), James D. Parriott (Writer), Alan J. Levi, Jerry London (BW Directors), Inge Rosenberg (Wagner's stunt double), Robbie Rist (Andrew - AKA "Oliver" on the Brady Bunch) and Janice Whitby (Katy Fembot).
The featurette was very informative and it was great seeing some of the lesser known actors who had memorable performances on BW particularly Robbie Rist, who played Jamie Sommers's student "Andrew" in the first few episodes and Janice Whitby who played the "Katy Fembot." I don't remember if Whitby had any lines, she doesn't make an appearance until the second season, but she had such an impact on me as a kid! Maybe she was the first fembot who got her face mask ripped off and you saw she was a robot or it was the serene, robotic, beautiful expression that lacked any kind of emotion on her face, but whatever it was, it scared the crap out of me so much so that her image stayed with me throughout the years. When I saw her pop up on this featurette, I knew exactly who it was! Too bad Jennifer Darling (Peggy Callahan) wasn't part of this featurette, because she's the only one missing next to Lee Majors. Maybe the studio is saving those interviews for upcoming season releases?
I can barely wait for seasons 2 & 3 of THE BIONIC WOMAN to be released! I want to see the Fembots, and the sentient defense system named "Alex" that tried to stop Jaime in "Dooomsday Is Tomorrow pt.2." Not to mention the return of "Lisa Galloway" in "Deadly Ringer 1 & 2." Oh boy, do I need a life!
Trivia: This is probably an urban legend but I heard that the TV series "Wonder Woman" was done as a temporary replacement for ABC's "The Bionic Woman" after Lindsay Wagner was injured in a car accident and had to stop production on BW, and ABC wanted another female hero type show to fill the spot.
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Alex Honda (Sox575)
Dec 6, 2010
May 19, 2011 04:59 AM UTC
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