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BIONIC WOMAN

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Full Name: Jaime Sommers
Nationality: American
Organization: Berkut Group
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Eick
Time Span: 2007 - 2007

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jaime Sommers is an agent with the Berkut Group.
       That corporation is referred to as a "quasi-governmental organization" which has considerable resources and even greater amount of responsibility. It is this group that "rebuilt" Sommers after a semi-trailer t-boned the vehicle she was a passenger in and very nearly killed her, destroying much of her body. The group did not perform this rescue out of the goodness of its corporate heart - it did not actually authorize it at all. The genius surgeon, and professor, who provides the technological breakthroughs that the Group enjoys had been dating the 23-year-old woman at the time of the accident and it was he that decided he would risk anything to save her.
     [Small point on the genius mentioned above. He definitely is but the true genius and inventor of the technology was his evil and pretty much insane father who breaks out of prison to cause trouble.]
     Bledsoe, the man that Sommers will eventually come to work for at the Group, describes it as "a private clandestine group dedicated to stopping rogue organizations from ending civilization as we know it". He adds, "I can make this simple for you. I could use your help. Are you in or are you out?" Sommers' reaction was interesting; she stared for a moment, chuckled, replied, "I'm definitely out", and then headed to a toilet to throw up.
     Sommers, when we meet her for the first time, is a bartender at a loud, popular hangout for folks her age, making her have to work behind the counter instead of enjoying herself.

     She might have been a student at Harvard, where she had been accepted largely due to her quite impressive IQ, but she took over the raising of her teenage sister when her mother died and her father 'dumped' the younger Sommers on the doorstep of the elder sister.
     Her one positive spot in her life was her relationship with her boyfriend, Anthros, mentioned above and that got a tad trickier when their intimacy resulted in her getting pregnant. He had just proposed while they were traveling in the car when the accident happened and she lost the baby and most of her extremities.
     After the reconstruction, which she was too out of it to agree it, she is understandably dismayed to learn parts of her were no longer parts of her but she recovers emotionally as well as physically fairly quickly. When her boyfriend is murdered shortly after, she reluctantly agrees to work with Berkut, on her terms.
     This is even after she learns that there is another Bionic Woman out there, named Sara, who is having issues with her own equipment and is a tad unhinged as a result. The two women will meet on several occasions and their relationship will be 'unique'.


Good Line:
When her future boss first introduces himself to Sommers, in response to her question as to who he was, he responds, "You have $50 millions dollars worth of my property inside you so I guess you could say I'm your landlord".


When letting her know that she would have to work for the Group to repay for saving her life and for the technology she now possesses, he tells her "sooner or later you're going to have to make a choice. It goes something like this - heads you lose, tails you die. Welcome to the game."


After Bledsoe insists that Sommers come work for him since she has that $50 million dollars of hardware inside her, she counter-offers, "What if I pay you $20 a month?"

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:8
First Appearance:2007
Last Appearance:2007
Network:NBC

REGULAR CAST
Michelle RyanJaime Sommers [ 1 ]
Miguel FerrerJonas Bledsoe [ 1 ]
Lucy HaleBecca Sommers [ 1 ]
Will Yun LeeJae Kim [ 1 ]
Katee SackhoffSarah Corvus [ 1 ]
1 Unaired Pilot
Episode 1-0, first aired 2007
Director: Michael Dinner
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis

Jaime Sommers is a college bartender who turned down a chance at Harvard to take care of her rebellious deaf younger sister. When the elder Sommers is gravely injured in a car accident, she is saved when her boyfriend, Will Anthros, provides her with bionic implants.

2 Pilot
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/26/2007
Director: Michael Dinner
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis

Jaime Sommers is fatally injured in a car accident but saved when her boyfriend, Will Anthros, provides her with bionic implants. Now adjusting to greatly augmented speed, strength, and agility Jaime escapes the organization that provided the operation that saved her life, but is assaulted by Sarah Corvus, another recipient of bionic implants who has been attempting to kill Will. In a sub plot of the episode, Will's father Anthony Anthros escapes from prison.

3 Paradise Lost
Episode 1-2, first aired 10/03/2007
Director: Tim Matheson
Writer: Jason Smilovic

Dealing with the death of Will, Jaime decides to join the group he worked for to develop her powers and put them to good use. While worrying about her sister's progressively worsening behaviour in school, Jaime starts her first assignment; Investigating an attempt to release a chemical weapon in major cities across the US. The assignment clearly draws from "Population: Zero" the first episode of The Six Million Dollar Man.

4 Sisterhood
Episode 1-3, first aired 10/10/2007
Director: Steve Boyum
Writer: David Eick

Jaime's task is to protect a Canadian defense contractor's daughter (played by Magda Apanowicz). Meanwhile, she has to decide whether to help Sarah Corvus save herself.

5 Faceoff
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/17/2007
Director: Paul Shapiro
Writers: Jon Cowan, Robert Rovner

Jaime, while on a mission to rescue an American doctor working in Paraguay, discovers the truth about her bionic lifespan.

6 The Education of Jaime Sommers
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/24/2007
Director: Jonas Pate
Writer: Elizabeth Heldens

Jaime finally gets to experience college when she goes undercover as a British transfer student (with Michelle Ryan using her own British accent) to investigate a professor who is possibly selling neural implants to terrorists. However, her assignment becomes complicated when she unexpectedly falls for Tom (Jordan Bridges), the teacher's assistant, who has been flagged as a suspect.

7 The List
Episode 1-6, first aired 11/07/2007
Director: David Boyd
Writer: Bridget Carpenter

The Berkut Group has to team up with the CIA to catch a dangerous man who is selling a list naming the Berkut Group and CIA operatives. When Jaime and Tom are partnered on the mission in Paris, they find themselves in the city of love, competing and flirting with each other, while still trying to maintain a professional relationship. Meanwhile, Becca lands herself in jail when she tries to impress a boy and Jonas has to bail her out.

8 Trust Issues
Episode 1-7, first aired 11/14/2007
Director: Alex Chapple
Writer: Kerry Ehrin

When an assassination plot of a controversial head of state on United States soil is discovered, Jonas assigns Jaime and Antonio to thwart it. But when Jaime overhears a disturbing conversation by Antonio and the assassin, she is conflicted on whether she can trust her partner, which leads to a deadly confrontation. Meanwhile, Tom and Jaime's relationship moves forward and she invites him over to the house for dinner to meet Becca.

9 Do Not Disturb
Episode 1-8, first aired 11/28/2007
Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Writer: Jason Smilovic

Jaime goes into an unexpected emotional tailspin in the wake of Antonio's death, resulting in Jonas ordering her to take a vacation after completing a minor assignment in Montana, which leads to Jaime being ordered to act as an assassin for the first time.

MY COMMENTS

     I remember back in 2007 watching the pilot episode. I remember enjoying it well enough (no great 'oh yeah!' or 'oh no!' moments) and I likely watched another episode but I truly cannot recall.

     When I decided to make this re-imagining its own entry and not just a footnote to that of the original character, I rewatched several of the episodes and discovered that I actually enjoyed them, likely a lot more than the first time. The dialogue is catchy and fun. I know I will watch the three that I still have not yet reviewed.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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