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Fabulous 70s Nostalgia
on 6 February 2007
I have to confess that sober critical judgement rather goes out of the window where The Bionic Woman is concerned. You see my youthful little self, sat in front of the TV in the 70s when this was first aired, was a little sweet on Jamie Sommers. Indeed I couldn't even listen to the theme tune without dribbling and getting a little hot under the collar. Still, wiping away the tears of nostalgia, what do I make of it all thirty years later? Well, it's still fabulously good entertainment. Lindsay Wagner could certainly act and during the course of the thirteen episodes that make up the first season of The Bionic Woman she goes through the entire range of human emotion, carrying the audience with her as she confronts the loss of all memory about her past and comes to terms with her new super powers and the opportunities, and possible dangers, they bring with them, not to mention coming face-to-face with someone claiming to be her mother (long thought to be dead) and battling a whole range of shifty looking blokes with dodgy taches, cheap suits and nasty looking firearms.
Richard Anderson provides excellent support as Oscar Goldman, the boss we'd all like to have: authorative, fair, supportive of the people who work for him and as smooth as a dry martini; while Lee Majors crops up from time to time to go all doe-eyed at Jamie (not that I blame him).
The stories themselves vary in quality but they are never less than entertaining and sometimes, such as in "Mirror Image", "Jamie's Mother" and the two part "Welcome Home Jamie" they reach genuinely dazzling heights of invention. The acting and writing in this series was consistently good, making it obvious that the whole team really cared about the show and regarded it with a great deal of affection.
All in all this is a fabulous little box set and well worth a look for anyone with happy memories of early evening TV in the 70s: funny, dramatic, moving and clever (and yes, thirty years on, I'm still a little sweet on Jamie).