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jumped the shark...
on 17 July 2017
Series 3 of Bionic Woman really isn't a patch on the first 2. In fact 'Brain Wash' is the only episode here that really lives up to the general standard of the earlier episodes, with it's entertainingly camp hairdressing salon setting, and evil Javier Bardem-lookalike bad guy.
But mostly series 3 feels cheaper (check out 'The Martians Are Coming' for the worst special FX of a ufo ever), more rushed, tries to incorperate Jaime's boring new 'bionic dog' companion at every opportunity (I'm a dog lover, but it just doesn't work), and certain episodes are beyond silly in premise. The new 2-part Femmebots episode pales in comparison to the previous ones, and what Evel Kneivel is doing here I don't know.
Elsewhere, the typical banter between Jaime and Oscar Goldman in the OSI offices that would begin most episodes in S1+2 is gone, now replaced usually with Oscar's voice recording on a telephone describing her mission over an establishing shot. - Goldman now also constantly and un-ironically refers to Jaime as 'babe' throughout the entire series. Girl power, eh.
The box set is well put together with 3 episode commentaries, all 3 reunion movies plus more, but Brain Wash aside if you're looking for episodes as good as series 1+2 you'll probably be disappointed.