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I remember watching this back in the early 1990's when, aside from the Star Trek franchise, there was very little in good sci-fi on TV. This show had some good potential that, unfortunately, never got explored. The vision of the future was well done (one of the better semi-dystopian interpretations on TV since Max Headroom), and the ongoing chemistry between the two leads was pretty good. Never intended to be "the bionic woman" that one reviewer labeled it, Yancy Butler does well as the new-model robot/android, with the right touch of unintentional sexuality in a character just learning the nuances of actual human interactions (esp. between the sexes). Plus, they didn't bring on all of her artificial abilities all at once, instead developing them - and the relationship between the two leads - as they went along. (The scene where she takes out her eyes, and her partner's reaction, comes to mind as an example.) Would it have survived if they'd given it the full season to blossom? In the TV environment of the day, probably not, but it probably would have fared better today on the cable landscape.
Being of the generation that was too young to have watched the Bionic
Woman, I was just getting into SF when Mann & Machine came around..
*Wow* what a great show. Until Mann & Machine, the only android
character on TV that I was accustomed to was Data from Star Trek and
even then as young teen, I was absolutely fascinated by his journey to
and among humanity. Mann and Machine neatly addressed my android
fascination by following Eve in her learning of humanity, and to me
this was by far the most interesting part of the series. Today's
equivalent (albeit in a different setting) might be Kyle XY. I think
that the cop show genre worked well, as did added that addicting little
"will they or won't they" that seems to be present in so many cop
series that have male and female partners.
Since Mann & Machine, technology has made huge advances (check out the Actroid Robot on YouTube), and Sci Fi is becoming more mainstream. I think that this concept still has a lot of potential and hope that someone out there decides to give this idea another go, it could do really well.
Wonderful early 90s show.
Full of life and with great performances.
It's really too bad that NBC changed its mind about its commitment to Dick Wolf at that time and dumped this show and South Beach into the Summer so they could kill them without really giving them a chance. Both shows were extremely well-made and would have been big hits if they had been given any support by NBC.
Later Law and Order's ratings picked up and dick Wolf became again their knight in shining armor.
It's also too bad for Yancy Butler who ended up doing awful movies and shows like Witchblade, and for David Andrews who is only now seeing a well-deserved career revival.
Yancy Butler as the Bionic Woman? The star of Switchblade played a robotic woman of the future who fought off the bad guys... Mann & Machine was a filler show that only lasted about 9 episodes. I remember getting very excited about this show coming on (as I LOVED the Bionic Woman) but this one just couldn't measure up. It was actually yesterday (March 1, 2004) that I came across the pilot episode that I taped back in 1992...after watching it (12 years later) I see a lot of the hit show "Alias" & the motion picture "Laura Croft" mixed in it. Still, it wasn't a great show, but maybe in 2016 (12 years from now) I will watch again & give it another shot! For now I'll give it a 5 out of 10.
Any time I have seen a TV series, especially one like "Mann & Machine,"
which I found to have some of the best irony subplots of any movie or
TV series, I find out what was used as a pilot for that TV series. By
viewing the pilot, I find myself even more interested in the series
because things are generally revealed about the plot, or the characters
or something intrinsic, that makes me want to see how it plays out in
the upcoming episodes.
I have been trying to corroborate who the actors were in the pilot, and to find out the name of the pilot, which I think was a made-for-TV movie, but have had no success. I recall Craig Stevens and Gary (of Alien Nation TV series fame) as two of the main actors in the pilot. For me, this pilot allowed me to enjoy the TV series more. Does anyone recall the name of the movie?
This entertaining mid-season sci-fi action show was just not original
enough to keep viewers. Yancy Butler (who would star in the vastly
superior "Witchblade") played Eve, an android, the first of her kind.
She is recruited to the police, where she is partnered with Detective
Mann. Together they fight crime, but she's super strong and that gives
them the edge.
The parallels with Eve and Commander Data from ST:TNG were far too obvious. Both characters were trying to find their humanity, but Star Trek just happened to explore that first. However, Butler did very well to show a child-like innocence and vulnerability in Eve, without completely imitating Brent Spiner's Data.
Unfortunately the stories were routine, and the lead "Mann" was very flat. It's a show that would have made it if Gene Roddenberry created it.
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