SF Obscure: The Bionic Woman Reboot


Remember when they rebooted the BIONIC WOMAN? Remember? If you blinked, you may have missed it.

Eight episodes were aired in 2007. Everyone blamed the Writer’s strike for its demise. Maybe.

To recap…The Original  The Bionic Woman aired in for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 starring Lindsay Wagner. It was a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Lindsay Wagner played Jamie Sommers, a pro-tennis player, who is injured in a skydiving accident. Thanks to intervention by her boyfriend Steve Austin- the six million dollar man- she is given bionic implants. A bionic arm, bionic leg implants with super speed, a bionic ear. She also had a bionic dog named Maximillion, that ran at super speed and had a bionic jaw.

I am old enough to remember this show and pretending to be a bionic woman. I loved making my own sound effects running around in the yard pretending I had bionic super speed. Those were the days.

The Reboot starred Michelle Ryan as Jamie Sommers. This time, she’s a bartender  with a younger sister to take care of. After a car accident, her boyfriend implants her with advanced prosthetics (legs, arm, ear, eye, and nanobots that heal) and she gets recruited for an underground covert ops type of thing.

Clearly, the network wanted a different angle than the original. The original was fun, but a bit on the goofy side, and this looked to be more of an action based covert ops sort of show.

The problem was that it never quite came together. The Writer’s strike probably hurt it, but I feel like it suffered from casting choices. Michelle Ryan is not a bad actress but she was overshadowed by Katee Sackhoff who played Sarah Corvus. Corvus was supposed to be a guest spot role as Jamie’s nemesis-  an earlier bionic woman gone wrong.  Corvus may have been insane or maybe just malfunctioning; she claimed to have all sorts of secrets about the covert group; she had an affair with the special operations officer Jae Kim (played by Will Yun Lee) which made him all screwed up. In the end, this storyline overshadowed Jamie Sommer’s-and the episodes without the Corvus character were a bit dull. In one episode she goes to South America to help in a covert op (despite having no experience whatsoever); in another she goes undercover at as a British student (Ryan using her real voice rather than the American accent she uses for the show)  for some reason that I quickly forgot and lost interest in, mainly because the only point of the episode seemed to be to allow Michelle Ryan to drop her fake American accent for a change.

(Was there any reason the Bionic Woman couldn’t have been British? Is she required to be American? The show was filmed in Canada, so why not Canadian?!)

Maybe what the new Jamie Sommers needed was a bionic dog.


So, Smart Girls Readers, tell all in the comments. Are YOU fit to be a bionic super-person? Defend your choice.

10 thoughts on “SF Obscure: The Bionic Woman Reboot

  1. I totally missed the reboot! The romantic in me was sad when Jamie didn’t remember loving Steve. I like happy endings and it was never going to happen, then or ever. My favorite moment from that time, a sign in a Penney’s store: 10% off the Six Million Dollar Man. 🙂

  2. What an evil question! Am I to be honest? Or live in the fantasy world of Bionic woman? I loved Lindsay Wagner’s Jamie Sommers, but I have no recollection of the reboot. Am I fit to be a bionic super-person? Sure, why not. It would be absolutely wonderful to be able to see what as become the increasingly tiny print in books again. Thank goodness for the electronic age where I can increase the font size to my current comfort level. But to be able to see it perfectly again, and be able to read it quickly, I am ready for that, maybe. 😉

  3. I loved the original Bionic woman. I was a kid, so I didn’t think about how goofy it was. I was just excited they had a “girl” in the starring role. And I remember imitating the noise and the slow-motion-super-fast running, too! I did watch the reboot but remember very little about it, except the she seemed more like a “victim” to me. Maybe a more real person than Jamie Summers, but less to admire.

    Am I worthy of bionics? Probably not. I’ve never been a runner and I have no real interest in being a spy. No, I don’t need extra power, but I would like to be young again. When that’s on offer, let me know. 😉

    • I did the sound effects too!!!
      You know, she was more victim this time around. I wonder why. I also wonder why they changed her from pro tennis player to a struggling bartender/waitress. It seems odd considering the reboot was made when there was more of a push for ‘stronger’ women roles.

  4. Bionics legs would be wasted on me. I move at my own pace, and it certainly isn’t super fast. Bionic hearing would annoy me. I’m usually trying to Not hear all the noise and chatter around me. A bionic dog, however, would be awesome.

  5. I loved the original as a showcase for strong women, bionic or otherwise. I tried to like the reboot, I really did. But yes, Katee Sakhoff’s character totally ran away with it. I think a half crazy bionic woman would have been a much more engaging super spy/ops agent.

    AS for having bionics…I don’t know. Would it allow me to type faster?

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