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Bionic Woman

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Remake is darker, more intense than '70s original.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The bionic woman was created by a shadowy military organization that appears to have its own mysterious agenda, including forcing her to become a secret agent. She didn't consent to the surgery and is rightfully upset about the new direction of her life, which she must conceal from the people around her. Jaime is the primary caretaker for her sister, a hostile teenager, and the two have an up-and-down relationship. On the plus side, Jaime is a strong, powerful female character.

Violence

Bionic-powered fight scenes look pretty intense but don't seem to cause much physical harm. But there are several other graphic scenes, including a very serious car accident and some disturbing amputation images. Other scenes include explosions, gun battles, and threats of torture.

Sex

Some kissing and implied sex (couples shown approaching bed and getting out), but nothing graphic happens onscreen.

Language

"Bitch," "hell," "damn," "douche," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Jaime works as a bartender and is often shown pouring drinks (as well as having some herself -- even to the point of drunkenness). Other social drinking. One of the villains smokes cigarettes. Jaime's sister gets in trouble at school for smoking pot in the bathroom (but this isn't shown).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is much darker and more intense than the 1970s version. The violence here is more graphic (including fights, car accidents, and more), the tone is bleaker, and the characters are more fully developed -- all of which makes the show more interesting for adults, but also more questionable for younger viewers. The main character's job as a bartender means that alcohol makes frequent appearances on screen.

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What's the story?

In this version of Bionic Woman, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) is a San Francisco bartender who's near death after a terrible car accident. Her boyfriend, Will (Chris Bowers), a surgeon who works for a mysterious government agency, makes the rash decision to repair her broken body with bionic implants -- both legs, one arm, an eye, and an ear. Though Jaime just wants to return to her everyday life, her new body parts -- and the amazing powers they give her -- make that impossible. Instead, Will's boss, Jonas (Miguel Ferrer) insists that she become a secret agent, a job that she reluctantly accepts.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The updated Bionic Woman is certainly an improvement over the 1970s original, which suffered from poor writing, awful costumes, and, worst of all, a heroine who sometimes needed saving herself. The characters are more fully developed, especially Jaime, who's conflicted about having to hide her new role as a superspy from her friends and family. The special effects are also a vast improvement.

But the show is still a bit of a disappointment. Jaime's new employers' darkly mysterious headquarters would look at home on a spaceship, but it's out of place on Earth. The dialogue is often flat, and some supporting characters seem clichéd. Worst of all, some of the situations just don't make much sense, even for a sci-fi show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about female TV characters today, versus when the original Bionic Woman aired. Do you think that female characters can now take on more dangerous assignments than they could in shows from the 1970s? Why or why not? Are women tougher today, either on TV or in real life? How does TV reflect our popular culture? Families can also talk about the media's fascination with spies and espionage. Why are they such popular topics?

TV details

Cast:Lucy Hale, Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer
Network:NBC
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bygeo51288 April 9, 2008

This show it's for A mature Audience

I think this show should be a TV-MA and I think kids shouldn't watch it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDman April 9, 2008

Not worth wtaching on TV, but something to watch online.

Lame lines, bad acting and a sub-par soundtrack hold this show back from greatness, or from even being mediocre.
Adult Written byTammy-05 April 9, 2008

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