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The Bionic Woman

Opening credits
Genre Science Fiction
Creator(s) Kenneth Johnson
based upon Cyborg by Martin Caidin
Starring Lindsay Wagner
Richard Anderson
Martin E. Brooks
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 58
Production
Running time 60 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC, NBC
Original run 11 January 1976 – 13 May 1978
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The Bionic Woman was a television series which spun off from The Six Million Dollar Man. It starred Lindsay Wagner as Jaime (sometimes, Jamie) Sommers, a tennis professional who was nearly killed in a sky diving accident, and was rebuilt by Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) and Dr. Rudy Wells (Martin E. Brooks), who had also rebuilt The Six Million Dollar Man. As the result of her surgical implantation, Jaime Sommers had amplified hearing, a greatly strengthened right arm, and enhanced legs, enabling her to run faster than a speeding car. Image File history File links Bionicwoman. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Kenneth Johnson (born 26 October 1942) is an American screenwriter, producer and director best known as the creator of the series V. His creative efforts are almost entirely concentrated in the area of television science fiction. ... Cyborg is the title of a science fiction/secret agent novel by Martin Caidin which was first published in 1972. ... Martin Caidin (1927-1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. ... Lindsay Wagner (born Lindsay Jean Ball on June 22, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. ... Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man Richard Anderson, born Richard Norman Anderson (born August 8, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA) is an actor in film and television. ... Martin E. Brooks (born 1925) is an American character actor best known for playing Dr. Rudy Wells on the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman; this role was originally portrayed by Alan Oppenheimer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Part of The Bionic series The Six Million Dollar Man was an American television series about a cyborg working for a U.S. secret service called OSI. The show was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, and aired on the ABC network from 1973 to 1978. ... Lindsay Wagner (born Lindsay Jean Ball on June 22, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. ... The Bionic Woman was a television series which spun off from The Six Million Dollar Man. ... A tennis net Tennis is a game played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponents court. ... Skydiver about to land Parachuting, or skydiving, is an activity involving the breaking of a free-fall from a height using a parachute. ... Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man Oscar Goldman is the name of a fictional character portrayed by Richard Anderson in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series. ... Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man Richard Anderson, born Richard Norman Anderson (born August 8, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA) is an actor in film and television. ... Martin E. Brooks (born 1925) is an American character actor best known for playing Dr. Rudy Wells on the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman; this role was originally portrayed by Alan Oppenheimer. ... An implant is an artificial device made to replace and act as a missing biological structure. ...


The series ran on the American Broadcasting Company from 1976 to 1977 and on NBC from 1977 to 1978. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...

Contents

Overview

Jaime Sommers first appears in a two-part episode of The Six Million Dollar Man in 1975 entitled "The Bionic Woman." In this episode, Steve travels to his old hometown of Ojai, California, to visit his mother and step-father and take a vacation from his work. During his visit, he rekindles his old relationship with Jaime Sommers, now one of America's top tennis players. Their relationship progresses rapidly to the point where Steve proposes marriage. The Bionic Woman was a television series which spun off from The Six Million Dollar Man. ... Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced ) is a city in Ventura County, California, United States. ... A tennis net Tennis is a game played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponents court. ...


During an outing, Steve and Jaime take part in some skydiving. Jaime's parachute malfunctions and she plummets through a clump of trees and hits the ground, suffering traumatic injuries to her legs, right arm, and head. Austin makes an emotional plea to his boss, Oscar Goldman, even going so far as to commit Jaime to become an operative of their secret government organization, the Office of Strategic Intelligence (OSI). Goldman agrees to assign Dr. Rudy Wells (played at this point in the series by Alan Oppenheimer) and the bionics team to rebuild her. Skydiver about to land Parachuting, or skydiving, is an activity involving the breaking of a free-fall from a height using a parachute. ... The Apollo 15 capsule landed safely despite a parachute failure. ... Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man Oscar Goldman is the name of a fictional character portrayed by Richard Anderson in both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman television series. ... Alan Oppenheimer (born April 23, 1930 in New York City, New York) is an American voice-actor who has had an active career in cartoons since the 1940s. ... Bionics (also known as biomimetics, biognosis, biomimicry, or bionical creativity engineering) is the application of methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology. ...


Jaime's body is reconstructed with parts similar to Steve's. The actual cost of rebuilding her is not revealed but is said in dialogue to be less than the $6 million it cost to rebuild Austin because the replacement parts were smaller. (The German dub of the show contradicts this - the show is called The 7 Million Dollar Woman). Like Steve Austin before her, Jaime is given two bionic legs, capable of propelling her at speeds exceeding 60 mph, and her right arm is replaced by a lifelike prosthetic capable of bending steel or throwing an object for a mile. Whereas Austin received a bionic eye, the inner mechanism of Jaime's right ear is replaced by a bionic device that gives her the ability to hear a whisper a mile away. These bionic implants cannot be distinguished from natural body parts, except on occasions where they sustain damage and the mechanisms beneath the plastiskin become exposed.


After Jaime recovers from her operation, Steve attempts to renege on his promise that she will work for OSI. But Jaime agrees to go on a mission for Oscar Goldman, despite Steve's objection. During the mission, however, her bionics malfunction and she experiences severe and crippling headaches.


Dr. Wells determines that Jaime's body is rejecting her bionic implants, a massive cerebral clot apparently causing her headaches and malfunctions. Soon after, she goes berserk and crashes her way out of the hospital. Steve takes pursuit and eventually catches up with her, where she collapses in his arms. Soon after, Jaime dies on the operating table, her body shutting down. The episode ends with Steve weeping at her memory.


The character was so popular that ABC asked the writers to find a way to bring her back. In the first episode of the next season it is revealed that Jaime hadn't died after all, although Steve Austin was not informed of this fact. He discovers it when he is hospitalized at Dr. Wells' bionic clinic after a mission goes bad and he suffers severe damage to his bionic legs; he sees Jaime as he is being rolled into the operating room for repair, just before slipping into a coma. In medicine, a coma (from the Greek koma, meaning deep sleep) is a profound state of unconsciousness. ...


As Steve later learns, Wells' assistant, Dr. Michael Marcetti, had urged Rudy (now played by Martin E. Brooks) to try his newly developed cryogenic techniques to keep Jaime in suspended animation until the cerebral clot could be safely removed, after which she was successfully revived. It has been suggested that stasis (fiction) be merged into this article or section. ...


A side-effect of the procedure causes Jaime to develop amnesia and forget her relationship with Steve; any attempt to make her remember her life with Steve causes her headaches and pain. Steve reluctantly lets her go on to live her own life, as an agent for the OSI. Amnesia or amnæsia (from Greek ) (see spelling differences) is a condition in which memory is disturbed. ...


Jaime, now retired as a tennis player, takes a job as a schoolteacher in Ojai. She lives in a converted farmhouse rented from Steve's mother and stepfather, who were aware of her and Steve's bionic nature and their double lives as secret agents. In later episodes, Jaime adopts Maximillion, a German shepherd that had been given a bionic jaw and legs. He was an experiment to see if trained animals could benefit from bionics and was named Maximillion because the cost of his bionics was one million dollars. When he was introduced, he started experiencing symptoms that suggested an age-related variant of bionic rejection and was due to be dissected, but it was discovered the condition was actually psychological owing to resurfaced memories of a traumatic fire that threatened Max in his youth. Maximillion was a German Shepard dog in the 3rd and final season of 1970s television series Bionic Woman. ... The German Shepherd Dog or Alsatian (see Breed names), is a breed of dog. ...


Jamie also worked frequently with Steve Austin on missions and the two reestablished their friendship, although no romance resulted initially.


The close connection between The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman was highlighted by the fact that Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks were credited in the openings of both series; this continued even after The Bionic Woman was cancelled by ABC and was immediately picked up by NBC. It is believed that Anderson and Brooks were the first (and, to date, only) actors to play the same roles in two concurrent television series airing on two different networks.[citation needed] NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ...


The most notable of the frequent crossovers between The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman included a two-part episode in which the two characters squared off against Austin's sometimes-friend/sometimes-enemy Bigfoot, and a three-part story arc entitled "Kill Oscar" that aired two parts as Bionic Woman episodes and the third as an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. Sasquatch redirects here. ...


On her own, Jamie's most noted enemies were the Fembots, a line of powerful androids that Jaime fought twice in the series. Arguably her most vital mission was the thwarting of an insane billionaire's plan to destroy the Earth using a doomsday device. Jaime's mission's frequently involved undercover work in which she takes on a number of roles, such as a nun, a police officer, a college student, an air-steward, a singer, and a professional wrestler. Her tennis background also came into play occasionally, and she was also from time to time seen having adventures with some of her students in Ojai. A Fembot (sometimes spelled Femmebot) is an alternate name for a gynoid depicted in two major productions, The Bionic Woman television series and the Austin Powers film series, which parodied the name. ... The android Data, portrayed by Brent Spiner, from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation An android is a robot made to resemble a human, usually both in appearance and behavior. ... Many hypothetical doomsday devices are based on the fact that salted hydrogen bombs can create large amounts of nuclear fallout. ...


As with many spy films at the time, Jaime was frequently kidnapped (more often than not with the use of chloroform or a drugged drink) and placed in dangerous situations from which she would need her bionic abilities to escape. Typically she would be bound or handcuffed to a bomb which she could escape with ease once she woke up. However, on one occasion she was handcuffed to a friend, so she could not use her bionic strength to escape as this would pull off the friend's hand. For the song Chloroform by Spoon, see A Series of Sneaks Chloroform, also known as trichloromethane and methyl trichloride, is a chemical compound with formula CHCl3. ...


Jaime dealt with a number of bizarre cases, such as a villain who operates a hair salon using a "truth serum" shampoo to extract information from OSI agents. In another episode, a convict named Lisa is given plastic surgery and tries to replace Jaime. In a later episode, Lisa ingests a clay-like substance that gives her temporary super-strength, allowing her to fully replace Jaime at OSI while the real Jaime is imprisoned and led to quesion her own identity. Lisa, however, did not know of Jaime's bionic implants and believed her powers to come from the substance. The final episode of the series is acknowledged to have been inspired by The Prisoner; Jamie resigns from the OSI and finds herself being pursued by entities concerned about the secret information she possesses. The Prisoner was a 1967 UK science fiction television series, starring Patrick McGoohan. ...


Jaime's bionic abilities were depicted as being similar to Steve's. She could run about 60 mph, like Steve, and could bend steel bars with her right arm, and could jump to and from great heights with her new legs. But Jaime's and Steve's powers have their limitations. In one episode, Jaime jumps from the window of a particularly tall building while trying to escape the Fembots. Due to the height from which she jumped, her legs malfunctioned upon impact with the ground, knocking her unconscious. Her right ear, however, is extremely sensitive and can detect most sounds regardless of volume or frequency (she is often shown using this ability to break into safes). As it is encased in her body, it is also typically not subject to the negative effects extreme cold has on bionic implants.


In later years, the love between Jaime and Steve rekindled and this was further explored in three made-for-TV reunion movies in the late 1980s and early 1990s (see the article for The Six Million Dollar Man for more information). Part of The Bionic series The Six Million Dollar Man was an American television series about a cyborg working for a U.S. secret service called OSI. The show was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, and aired on the ABC network from 1973 to 1978. ...


In the first reunion, The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, Jaime Sommers and Steve Austin are reunited after nearly ten years of living separate lives. Jaime's memory is fully restored (according to Oscar Goldman, Jaime was in an accident that involved an explosion, and "she remembered everything" after she recovered from her concussion) and she tries to reconcile her feelings for Steve, while at the same time helping train Steve's son Michael in the use of his own recently acquired updated bionics. Jaime challenges Michael to a friendly race, and is outpaced, making the comment she feels like an "obsolete model".


In the final reunion film, Bionic Ever After?, a computer virus corrupts Jaime's bionic systems. Dr. Wells informs Steve that "she may never be bionic again," but Steve's main regard is he wants her alive above all else. She undergoes a major upgrade, which not only increases the power of her bionics but gives her night vision. Finally, after so many years of waiting around, the bionic couple say their I Do's. A computer virus is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. ...


DVD releases

Name Cover Art Region 1 Region 2
The Complete Season One TBA September 26, 2005
The Complete Season Two TBA October 23, 2006

A North American DVD release was suggested by Universal Studios press material issued in mid-2004, but as of February 2007 this has yet to occur. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Spin-off books

Two novels adapting various episodes were published to coincide with the series: Welcome Home, Jaime and Extracurricular Activities, both by Eileen Lottman. The UK editions of these two books were credited to "Maud Willis" and were retitled Double Identity and A Question of Life, respectively. Although the closing credits of every episode says the series was based upon Martin Caidin's 1972 novel, Cyborg, this only refers to the bionics concept, the characters of Rudy Wells and Oscar Goldman, and the occasional appearance by Steve Austin; Jaime Sommers does not appear in any of Caidin's novels. Martin Caidin (1927-1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. ... Cyborg is the title of a science fiction/secret agent novel by Martin Caidin which was first published in 1972. ...


A short-lived comic book series by Charlton Comics was published in 1976-77. The character was also to have appeared in a 1996 comic miniseries entitled Bionix by Maximum Press. Although the magazine was advertised in comic book trade publications, it was ultimately never published.[1] A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Big C logo, used from Sept. ...


A possible reference to Sommers occurs in the Star Trek novel, The Eugenics Wars Vol. 2: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh by Greg Cox, which mentions a blonde agent with a strong arm. The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ... Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including The Eugenics Wars, (Volume One and Two), The Q Continuum, Assignment: Eternity, and The Black Shore. ...


Merchandise

Like its parent program The Bionic Woman spawned its own line of toys. Kenner produced an 11-inch doll of the character, with similar features to the Steve Austin version (bionic modules and removable bionic limbs), except instead of a bionic eye the doll's head would click when turned, simulating the sound of Jaime's bionic ear. Accessories for the doll released by Kenner included additional fashions, and a Bionic Beauty Salon playset. Kenner Products was a toy company founded in 1947 by Albert, Phillip, and Joseph Steiner, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was named after the street where the original corporate offices were located. ...


Television Remake

In August of 2002 it was announced that the show was to be remade by producers Jennifer and Suzanne Todd ("Team Todd") for the USA Network; media reports suggested that Jennifer Aniston was being considered for the title role. After the initial press release was issued, the show never made it out of pre-production and no other announcements were made as to the show's fate. However, on October 9, 2006, NBC Universal announced that it is bringing the project back, with new producers and reportedly a radical reworking of the concept. The project's one hour pilot was given an official green lightby NBC on January 3, 2007. On February 13, 2007 it was announced that British actress Michelle Ryan has been cast as the title role for this pilot. Katee Sackhoff will play Sara, the bionic woman nemesis. [1] Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress. ... October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Michelle Claire Ryan[1] (born April 22, 1984) is an English actress, best known for her role as Zoe Slater on the BBC1 soap opera EastEnders. ... Kathryn Ann Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980 in Portland, Oregon), better known as Katee Sackhoff, is an American actress. ...


Bionicon

In June 2006, the first Bionicon fan convention was held in Tampa, Florida which united fans, actors and film makers from the Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man TV shows along with other science fiction series. Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson and Kenneth Johnson attended. Part of The Bionic series Bionicon (sometimes referred to as Bionicon 1. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Kenneth Johnson (born 26 October 1942) is an American screenwriter, producer and director best known as the creator of the series V. His creative efforts are almost entirely concentrated in the area of television science fiction. ...


References in Pop Culture

  • In the 2005 episode of Duck Dodgers titled The Six Wazillion Dollar Duck, Duck Dodgers is injured and repaired with "cyborganic" parts, an obvious reference to bionics. Dodgers' mentor in the episode, "Steve Boston, the Cyborganic Man" is married to "Jamie Wynters, the Cyborganic Woman", references to Steve Austin The Six Million Dollar Man and Jaime Sommers, The Bionic Woman respectively.
  • In the 8th episode of third season of Veronica Mars titled "Lord of the Pi’s", Veronica Mars and her dad are trying to break into a villa. Veronica is climbing over the wall and when she lands, she makes the famous Sha-na-na-na-na-na-na! sound, as well as imitating the body language of the Bionic Woman.
  • In the third episode of Freaks and Geeks, Bill dresses up as The Bionic Woman.

Duck Dodgers is an American full-fledged animated television series based on the classical cartoon shorts Duck Dodgers produced by Warner Bros. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Part of The Bionic series The Six Million Dollar Man was an American television series about a cyborg working for a U.S. secret service called OSI. The show was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin, and aired on the ABC network from 1973 to 1978. ... This article is about the Veronica Mars TV series. ... Lord of the Pis is episode 8 of season 3 of the television show Veronica Mars. ... Veronica Mars is the fictional lead character on The CW television series, Veronica Mars, which debuted on UPN during the fall 2004 season. ... Keith Mars is a fictional character on The CW television series Veronica Mars, which debuted during the fall 2004 season. ... Freaks and Geeks was an American television series, created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 TV season. ...

Episodes

Here is a list of the Bionic Woman episodes: // The Bionic Woman - The Complete Season One Welcome Home, Jaime Part 1 (originally aired on January 14, 1976 as an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man but later syndicated as a Bionic Woman episode. ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ... This article is about the television series. ... Statue of Mary Tyler Moore in downtown Minneapolis, located on the corner of 7th and Nicollet Photo ©2004 Keir Briscoe The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a long-running sitcom that appeared on CBS from 1970-77, one of the most critically acclaimed shows—and one of the most... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or, officially, Universal City Studios), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is one of the major American film studios that has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of...

References

  1. ^ Ex-Eastender Zoe transformed into Bionic Woman. Retrieved on 2007-02-14.

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