The Bionic Woman: Season 2, Episode 13

Doomsday Is Tomorrow (19 Jan. 1977)

TV Episode  -   -  Action | Sci-Fi | Adventure
8.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 52 users  
Reviews: 1 user

Dr.Elijah Cooper invites four eminent scientists to present his Doomsday device - a Uthenium bomb that will go off the moment any country on Earth explodes a nuclear bomb. In effect he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(created by), , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 38 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 2860 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Doomsday Is Tomorrow (19 Jan 1977)

Doomsday Is Tomorrow (19 Jan 1977) on IMDb 8.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Bionic Woman.
« Previous Episode | 27 of 58 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
...
...
Dr. Elijah Cooper
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Dr. Victor Evtuhov's impersonator / Dmitri Muskov
David Opatoshu ...
Mr. Satari
Sam Chew Jr. ...
...
Kurosawa
...
ALEX 7000 (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Dr.Elijah Cooper invites four eminent scientists to present his Doomsday device - a Uthenium bomb that will go off the moment any country on Earth explodes a nuclear bomb. In effect he is forcing the world to live in peace or face the consequences. Written by The TV Archaeologist

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 January 1977 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

No rope (or rope-shadow on the hillside) is visible during the final part of Dmitri Muskov's scramble up the cliff. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Elijah Cooper: [on TV screen] It is awesome, isn't it? Supreme devastation. But let me tell you this, my friends: It is only a very small scale compared to what will happen the next time, such a nuclear detonation occurs. Because I have now created a device that can render the entire world lifeless.
See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Best Episode of the Series (Some Spoilers)
20 January 2008 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

There is a rarity in television, and that is a story that compels on all of the basic dramatic levels. It has humor, suspense, horror and a very sobering message. Jaime goes undercover to find out if a massive supercomputer, designed by Dr. Elija Cooper, really has the power to obliterate all life on Earth, as he claims. Upon the discovery that this is indeed the case, Jaime is compelled to find a way to disable the computer. She finds herself fighting a faceless foe (no offense to the fembots) whose sole purpose in existence is to carry out Dr. Cooper's agenda; To monitor the entire planet for signs of any kind of thermonuclear detonation, and destroy all life if one is detected. Cooper's intent is to scare the world into an immediate cessation of all tactical nuclear operations. His hope, albeit a naive one, is that this will force all of the powers of the world to come together, talk, and perhaps attain a lasting peace. He'll settle for a world where all wars are fought with conventional weapons, theoretically reducing the loss of civilian life.

Unfortunately, a foreign power with it's own newly developed nuclear arsenal believes Dr. Cooper's "Doomsday Ultimatum" to be nothing more than a foolish hoax, and refuses to cancel a planned test blast. With literally less than a day to do it, Jaime has to do battle with Cooper's supercomputer, ALEX7000. It seems an impossible task, as the computer is so advanced, it can even scan Jaime and determine that she is a cyborg, and adjust its defensive strategies to compensate.

What makes this episode so amazing is the deftness of the handling of such a fantastical premise by Lindsay Wagner. She shows just what a genuinely talented and insightful actor she is, as she literally carries the majority of the action in part two with nobody to play off of but a disembodied voice. ALEX7000 is dispassionate, omnipresent, and horrifically clever. It can do something one would not expect of a computer (outside of a Doctor Who or Star Trek episode); it can improvise. When Jaime realizes this, the terror she feels becomes all the more real. On the one hand, yes, she is able to surprise the computer. On the other, it is able to learn from her and adapt.

This episode is a success in all directions. From the lighting, cinematography, and the use of music, to the directing, script, and Lindsay Wagner's outstanding performances, it stands out as not only the most enthralling episode of this and its parent series, "The Six Million Dollar Man," but also as one of the best stories told by virtually any other episodic television series of its time. It is as stark a departure in quality and intensity for "The Bionic Woman" as "The Body" was for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Not to say it doesn't have a few faults. ALEX7000 is obviously a thinly veiled rip-off of the HAL9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey," and some of the effects belie the lack of budget a bit too much, but that still does not diminish the episode as the ultimate tour de force for Wagner and the series as a whole.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Opening Theme mark40511
How old are the people who like this show?? ellie-girl182
If Ratings Were Good, Why Did it Move to NBC? cltbruh
New Bionic Woman series Ben71
Reunion Movies Bigfoot and Fembots powerforceentertainment
Season 1 Episode 11 - Fly Jaime NellyGooch
Discuss Doomsday Is Tomorrow (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?