Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bionic Woman redux

Now that some of the potential tv shows set to air for next season have been picked up I should probably get back into thinking about new tv mode. It's amazing to think that yet another tv season has come and gone. And while you can probably guess that I am most excited to see the Sarah Connor Chronicles come to light next season, I am also getting interested by a few other projects on the September horizon. There are a few very interesting sounding sci-fi and genre shows looming. The ones that immediately spring to mind are Journeyman, Reaper, and two updates of older shows whose original incarnations were unfortunately both before my time: Flash Gordon, and The Bionic Woman.

More on those other shows in posts to come. For now I wanted to share these photos of Michelle Ryan, former EastEnder, and soon to be cyborg on FOX. These picks were grabbed off the Access Hollywood site and I assume are from the pilot episode, in which we meet our titular heroine, and learn how she gets her go-go-gadgety upgrades. I wish I'd seen the original series, sounds kinda cool, although everyone who tries to describe the effects to me makes it sound terribly cheesy (apparently slow motion used to equal fast).

She's pretty sexy, even though I'm not sure if that super flippy hair should stay. I'm looking forward to a cool new action show with decent practical effects. And so far, reports say that the show is a decent combination of Dark Angel, Smallville, and Alias; which all things considered is not a bad genre pedigree. AICN has some reviews of the pilot episode up that you can check out if you like. Also its probably worth mentioning that fan favorite Starbuck herself, Katee Sackhoff plays a potentially recoccuring villian in the series.

I for one am intregued...


Anonymous said...

What a coinkydink. I just this past weekend started watching Battlestar Galactica - and so far am very impressed. Much more than I had anticipated being. Agreed on the "flippy" hair thing. I fear though that next year will see the arrival of duds piled on top of duds. That and apparently a looming writer's guild strike could lead to even more super blase reality show tripe. sigh.

Tara said...

To add to the crazy coincidence -- I just started to watch Battlestar Galactica this weekend too!! Great minds think alike.

Chappy said...

I've only seen part of the first season of Battlestar Galactica, and while I really loved it I got sidetracked by real life. :( Hopefully I'll get back to it one of these days.

Speaking of Bionic Woman though...
Care of here's some more info on it, although this write up contains what some would consider minor series SPOILERS

"BIONIC WOMAN" - Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, "EastEnders") didn't think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death's door, Jaime's only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price. With a whole new existence and a debt to re-pay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good, while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. Ultimately, it's Jaime's journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman. Also starring are: Mae Whitman ("State of Grace") as Becca, Jaime's younger sister; Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan") as Jonas, the man who employs Jaime's boyfriend; Chris Bowers ("Rescue Me) as Will, Jaime's boyfriend, who performs the operation; Will Yun Lee ("Witchblade") as Jae, the specialized operations leader; and Molly Price ("Third Watch"), as Ruth, Jonas' second-in-command. "Bionic Woman" is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio and executive-produced by David Eick ("Battlestar Galactica"), Glen Morgan ("The X-Files"), Michael Dinner ("Kidnapped") -- who also directed the pilot -- and Jason Smilovic ("Lucky Number Slevin"). Laeta Kalogridis ("Birds of Prey") is also an executive producer on the pilot.