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Was I glad to see some more of Steve and Jaime. I just loved the 1970's series. However I missed two things in all three reunion movies. First of all, I missed the 1970's look (furniture, clothes, cars, etc.) since I believe the 1970's was the ONLY decade that had style and taste (I hated the 1980's). But most importantly, where were the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman theme music? It was a mistake not to include the themes. In fact, almost all remakes/reunion movies used the theme of the original shows. Just look at Mission Impossible, The Saint, The Wild Wild West, The Avengers, SWAT, etc. They all used the themes of the shows those movies were based upon. It wouldn't be James Bond without the James Bond theme. Yet sadly in none of the SMDM-BW reunion movies the theme from either show was present.
I really did like this film. After The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman which i have only seen the trailer of because the video is not avaliable. I reallly did like this film because it had a good story and basically it was like an extended episode. So good story and good action. Brillant.
This being the second of three specials over a period of 7 years, probably
ranks as my second favorite, mainly because of Sandra Bullock!!!! She
had a great role and her sexy outfit didn't hurt either! It was good to see
Lee Majors and Lindsey Wagner, the originals return as well to show they
still are the best.
Overall rating 3 out of 5
Bionic showdown was by far the best of the reunion movies. I grew up watching Steve Austin and Jamie Summers. When the first reunion movie came out, telling the story of Steve's son becoming Bionic, I had mixed feelings. It was great to see my childhood heroes again, but I didn't like the idea of yet another loved one of Steve's becoming Bionic. But Kate Mason, as played by Sandra Bullock, was much more unique, Not a recycled story, but one of a handicapped young lady, being helped by Bionic technology. I thought Sandra was great in this role. It's too bad the series didn't sell, I would have loved to see Kate's story. As long as Sandra Bullock played the part!
I must admit, when my hubby told me this was going to be on last night, I
laughed out loud. Sandra is/was/will be very cute & perky, & she does a
good job no matter how bad the script/storyline is. The 2 hours I spent in
front of the TV was well worth the laughs I got from the sound & visual
effects. I miss the old Bionic sounds from the TV show!!!
If you have the opportunity to watch this, I'd say do it, but don't expect too much. Instead, just expect a cute story with a bit of a love line & a bit of a spy line.
Another great comeback for Lee Majors and Lindsay Wagner as the bionic duo of Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers. Unfortunately, the movie tended to show more of Sandra Bullock at times than Lee Majors or Lindsay Wagner. Yes, a lot of people who commented here said that she was great. I agree her character was fantastic. Her character, Kate, overcame paralysis when she received a bionic leg. But I felt that her character was only supposed to be a supporting one here, not in practically every other scene. But I think this is probably how she got noticed in this film and made it to the big screen. The story is basically about a bionic villain who tries to assassinate Russian diplomats watching an olympic-type event. Note how they couldn't use the word, Olympics. Probably the IOC said no to the producers.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
First, I'll preface by saying I am a huge fan of The Six Million Dollar
Man. I started watching the show as a kid, and it has never lost favor
with me. Same with the Bionic Woman. Both shows were enjoyable, whether
they were being serious, or tongue in cheek. That said, I was somewhat
disappointed in this film, as I was in its predecessor. The writing and
directing were far too choppy, as if they were trying to compress 4
hours of television into 90 minutes. There are times where it also
seems like it was trying too hard to sell a pilot. Like "Return of The
Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" a few years earlier, the
film was composed as a pilot for a series that would spin off from the
saga of Steve and Jaime, and, as with most pilots, the network and the
studio were characteristically stingy with the budget. The video
effects used to make Kate look "more powerful" than Steve and Jaime
were far too schlocky and poorly realized, and all of the
characterizations were melodramatic pastiches of the originals. Gone
was Steve's subtle sense of humor, and Jaime's compassion was twisted
into a stereotypical Aaron Spelling-like mom character. Sandra
Bulloch's character was ironically the most coherently realized,
probably because it was her character that the new series would be
Thank goodness for the caveat at the end, leading to Steve and Jaime getting engaged. It made for a nice lead-in to what would turn out to be the best (by a wide margin) of all the Bionic Reunion films. Much as i love the hows, I have to give this film two bionic thumbs down... although, I'll still watch it every now and then, like a guilty pleasure.
American cheats to win gold at the Olympics. True story? No, but if it
was, it could be about ANY American athlete...Marion Jones et.al.
Actually, this is a movie which brings back TV favourites "The six million dollar man" and "The bionic woman"...remember? Steve Austin as the six dollar million man? Jaime Sommers as the bionic woman? These two characters are people who have had horrific accidents which nearly kill them, but they are 'fixed' by a secret US government organisation using advanced mechanical/electronic devices (to replace lost or damaged limbs/organs). Austin and Sommers then use their 'superpowers' to fight spys etc. That's the basic plot of the old series.
This telemovie (?) features Sandra Bullock (!!) as a new 'bionic' person. Looks to have been a pilot which never got commissioned into a television series. Surprise, surprise!
If you are nostalgic about the original series, you will enjoy seeing Austin and Sommers again. The special effects are different to the original series. I'm giving this movie a really low score for the stupid Olympics segment I mentioned earlier. Truly inane. Did the US Olympic team watch this movie for inspiration/justification?
Anyway, I first saw this movie LATE at night on commercial TV, maybe a couple of years ago, or so. May even have been a premier! For die-hard fans only.
Another made for TV movie based on the hit show is BACK! This time, they can get the help they could ever need. "The Bionic Showdown" is way more thrilling than the show ever could give. Steve and Jamie(Lee Majors& Lindsey Wagner) get a new assistant who is younger and faster than they are. There's Kate Mason(Sandra Bullock), the first volunteer to become bionic. Jamie had helped her get over the feeling after the accident before becoming bionic. And the action is never lost in this movie. Allan(Geraint Wyn Davies) is a "friend" of Kate, Steve, and Jamie. This guy later showed his true colors to be a spy, and a traitor. When Kate found out while she was racing, She really put her bionics to the test. Allan should have known better about using his bionics. Misuse leads to uncertainty, and most will learn the hard way one way or the other. I thought Barney Miller was a problem in the SMDM. At least he got redemption. Plenty of action, plenty of suspense, and plenty of surprise, this movie got it all, and the reunion goes on and on... Rating 3 out of 5 stars.
A good movie for its day, usual slow motion 60 mph running, Sandra is fab with long black her, whoopping Steve Austin Ass.
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