Geeks around the world, however, have plenty to be excited about because this episode was certainly not lacking in that arena. From casting to gadgets, the show kept the viewer engaged with its techno beauty all around.
We begin the episode with a familiar looking blonde, blood-covered and obviously completely out of her mind. Katee Sackhoff, or more familiarly known as "Lt. Starbuck" from Battlestar Galactica, gets shot within the first 2 minutes of the opening, after a group of military-like men surround her. We have no real indication of who she is at this point, except perhaps a lunatic murderer.
Our star of the show, played by Michelle Ryan, takes center stage next as she tends bar, her smile and good charms apparently exited left some time before (because hot female bartenders always serve their liquor with a sullen face -- it's how they make their best tips), and heads home for a good night's sleep. Feminists all around the world considered changing the channel at this opening sequence. Bartending? Really? Oh well, at least she's got clothes on.
The first 10 to 15 minutes of this episode seem to move at a snail's pace, attempting to establish character background, but I'm not sure that it actually did. We're taken on a "day-in-the-life" journey with Jaime as she plays mommy to her sister, goes on a date leaving her girlfriends to watch Becca, confessing to her boyfriend of five months that she's pregnant (despite the foreshadowing earlier in the episode when Becca tells her that she's not a good mom, this scene seemed to be lacking quite a bit). And then, we watch in horror as Jaime Sommers gets plowed into by a blond driving a semi, knowing that this is the moment that will change the woman's life forever.
And the story begins...
Jaime wakes up, looking rather sharp with barely a single scratch on her body. Anthracites are the explanation as to why she looks so good. Man, I could use some of those. Do they have any over the counter?
At this point in the episode, Jaime freaks out, tries to run away, gets caught and "interviewed", then makes a second attempt at escape, led by her suddenly sympathetic boyfriend who just happened to be the guy who completely changed half of her body without her permission. Now, let's hit the pause button here, for a few moments...
I've seen a few people watch this episode and wonder why Jaime made a big deal about the invasion, and I have to say that out of all of the elements on this show, that is probably one of the plot points that I specifically DO understand. It's not one I'd agree with, personally, but there are many people who would rather have a choice, or take the natural death, than have to live after such tragedy. It was one of the more human reactions Jaime had to the whole events that took place. Okay, unpause.
Jaime eventually makes it home, deals with the little (and equally hot) sister, and tries to go back to a normal life.... until that unnamed blond rises from the dead again and appears at Jaime's bar. She's either there to haunt her or have hot girl-on-girl sex with her... it's hard to tell. Either way, we eventually learn that she's Sara Corvis. (Later, during a kick-ass fight scene between the two girls, we go on to find out that Sara Corvis was the first Bionic Woman). After the flirt/haunt session is over, Sara disappears, and Jaime is left to deal with her brand-new heightened senses which, of course, land her at her boyfriend's apartment.
And this is where I think the motive behind this show is truly defined, and that definition does not currently include "feminism" which is a too bad, because that's what the Bionic Woman has represented for decades up until this point. No, it's defined clearly as drama, sci-fi, and action, and perhaps a little bit masochistic as a fight ensues between Sara and Jaime on a rooftop. The two girls fight and talk, and Sara throws many flirty eyes towards Jaime's direction. Jaime seems to deflect them, however, because she's blinded by her love for her freshly-wounded boyfriend. Jaime somehow beats Sara into hiding and stares down the man who owns the bionic equipment in her body, telling him what's up, trying one more time to convince us that the show should attract feminists over geeks. Failing that, the episode ends with Jaime walking away in the rain, which, of course, is symbolism for the death that she has mastered and overcome and the new life she is walking towards. At least, I think.
The show's pilot was enough to keep me interested for the season. The effects were the greatest part about the show. Unfortunately, the plot was the worst part. While we know that they want to unwrap the mystery that is Jaime Sommers throughout the series, I feel there was just a bit too much information missing from the first episode, leaving the viewers more confused than intrigued. I guess they're hoping confused viewers will react the same as intrigued viewers and return to watch the mysteries unravel.
Next week: Jaime's ready to Save the World. In other news, did you know that the machine is nothing without the woman? Tune in for your weekly geek-gasm and watch Michelle Ryan kick some ass!