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on 8 May 2007
Season 2 of the Bionic Woman had pretty much all you could ever wish for in a television show. The scripts were sharp and witty, the plots were either suitably dark and twisted (Kill Oscar, Doomsday is Tomorrow) or light and funny (In This Corner Jaime Sommers, Sister Jaime) and in Lindsay Wagner the show had a beautiful, charismatic lead who could genuinely act. Lindsay Wagner - make no mistake - was very easy on the eye but, leaving my churning hormones to one side for a second, she was first and foremost an extremely talented actress. If you watch her in Deadly Ringer where she portrays a woman suffering a complete psychological breakdown you can see just how good she was. Lindsay Wagner, as you would expect from the lead in what was primarily supposed to be an entertaining sci-fi show suitable for children and adults alike, could do funny and dynamic and stylish and sympathetic. After all she dominates every episode in the series so she effectively had to provide the likeable focal-point all the time, but she could also do dark and tortured. In Deadly Ringer she plays a dual role, being both Jaime Sommers and a woman who looks just like her but who has a very different character, and given the opportunity to go through the entire range of emotions from euphoria to the darkest of dark despairs she really shines as a very talented actress.
The best stories here are the two and three parters such as Jaime's Shield, Doomsday is Tomorrow, Deadly Ringer and Kill Oscar - the last of which introduced the rather sinister fembots. My personal favourite is Doomsday is Tomorrow in which Jaime battles against a beautifully-mannered computer in an attempt to prevent the world being destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. It is, quite honestly, as good and dramatic a piece of televison as I have ever seen.
The stand alone episodes tend, in general, to be a little more light-hearted and give the lead characters greater scope to show their comic talents. Some of the little scenes between Lindsay Wagner and Richard Anderson (who played the charming and reassuring Oscar Goldman) make for great televison. You can sense the genuine affection between the actors and the scenes really shine as a result. Indeed watching the series as a whole you do get the feeling that the entire team of actors, directors, story-writers etc., all had a great deal of affection for the programme and gave it their very best in order to make it a success.
Season two shows the programme at the height of its powers. More settled, and with less to prove, than in the first series but still fresh and innovative. I, for one, am very glad to see this fabulous little box set on the market. Seventies TV at its beautiful, charming, daring, likeable, charasmatic best.