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Space princess helen hunt!, 15 December 2014
9/10

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Wheee! For those of us thought the pariott era would fade away with a whimper, strap yourselves in for a ride...with a space princess! Hmm...let me guess. 1978? Yup. I think even the waltons had a couple alien visitations that year. Here, the aforementioned princess stows away on a plummeting satellite, fleeing from pursuers. Jaime gives her sanctuary, and pretty soon the aforementioned alien pursuers arrive (wearing turtlenecks and blazers, and why not?). What amps up the delight on this silly charmer is fifteen year-old helen hunt (SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, TRANCERS 1-3). Her performance is rather flat...but that may have been an acting choice, as it works fine. Curiously, jaime is reluctant to believe her guest is an alien. Curious, because this is the third time (and third time in four episodes...aah, you crazy post-STAR WARS networks) that jaime's faced aliens.

machine-woman vs. human computer, 9 December 2014
9/10

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Written and directed by series creator kenny johnson, this two-parter is arguably the pinnacle of the series. Alone at an enormous desert complex, jaime takes on a supercomputer which has been programmed by its dying creator (lew ayres - ALL QUEST ON THE WESTERN FRONT, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) to destroy humanity unless all nations pledge to never detonate a nuclear weapon again. When a disbelieving third world country detonates a test bomb, the countdown to Armageddon is begun. Jaime battles against waves of defenses, trying to reason with the computer while descending toward its core. The casting of lew was a brilliant coup - as the star of the DR. KILDARE series, he had registered as a conscientious objector when drafted for WWII. The country was outraged and his career disappeared, until an Oscar nomination in 1948. An opportunity to play dr. kildare again died, when the network refused to honor his request for no cigarette sponsorship. His turn here as the ultimate person of peace is perfect. With no one to play against except a disembodied voice, lindsay turns in a performance a million miles beyond good. The dramatic twists and turns are searing.

cyborg meets non-technological superhuman, 9 December 2014
8/10

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Jaime teams up with a tibetan-trained doctor (granville van dusen - SOAP, HILL STREET BLUES) who can manipulate his body functions, for a mission behind the Iron Curtain. He simulates death, wards off freezing and drowning, and negates the effects of a grievous wound. This was lindsay's most beloved episode, because it's about untapped human potential (in a show based on a technologically-enhanced superhuman). Decades later, we're not much further along in understanding the potentialities or limits of biofeedback (or neurofeedback, as it's been "palatably" renamed), but the medical establishment seems to be taking it more seriously. This episode is a charmer...yes, there's an unintentionally silly aspect as we hear granville's inner "shanti, omm" monologue...you may be a bit dumbfounded by how unabashedly the writers ran with the concept...but all the best elements of the show are firmly in place.

We make fembots the old-fashioned way..., 4 December 2014

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Fembots. Fembots! FEMBOTS!!! This three-part paean to misogyny (the second of which is on 6MDM) might be consigned to the scrap heap, but for one tiny nugget of improbable casting. The spurned doctor-who-plans-revenge- on-Oscar-while-scheming-to-conquer-the-world-with-evil-female-robots? Boys and girls, that would be one john houseman (THE PAPER CHASE, THE NAKED GUN). Mr. Smith freakin' Julliard Barney himself. So yes, keep any actual boys and girls away from this one, but the chilling image of a powerful, beautiful woman with her face removed to reveal wires and circuits is a fright that will never be erased. Jaime and steve storm an island lair, Oscar leaves taped instructions to have him killed...brilliant. Now, mr. johnson, i'd like to discuss my trust issues with women.

Phew! Anybody winded?, 3 December 2014
9/10

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Wheeee! Okay, andre the giant couldn't make this go-around, but ted cassidy (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) is a fine fill-in, and there's plenty of austin/sommers bionic magic. Plus juicy guest star aliens! A two-parter that starts on SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, steve becomes a suspect in some bionic-appearing robberies. Beset by civil war, the aliens restore his memories in order to secure his help. But he acquires radiation sickness, and jaime must step in to take on Bigfoot, who is a pawn of the conquest-bent aliens. The aliens are played by Stefanie Powers (THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E., HART TO HART), John Saxon (MITCHELL, THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN), and Sandy Duncan (ROOTS, VALERIE).

Phew! Anybody winded?, 3 December 2014
9/10

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Wheeee! Okay, andre the giant couldn't make this go-around, but ted cassidy (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) is a fine fill-in, and there's plenty of austin/sommers bionic magic. Plus juicy guest star aliens! A two-parter that starts on SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, steve becomes a suspect in some bionic-appearing robberies. Beset by civil war, the aliens restore his memories in order to secure his help. But he acquires radiation sickness, and jaime must step in to take on Bigfoot, who is a pawn of the conquest-bent aliens. The aliens are played by Stefanie Powers (THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E., HART TO HART), John Saxon (MITCHELL, THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN), and Sandy Duncan (ROOTS, VALERIE).

An action/comedy extravaganza!, 3 December 2014
9/10

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I'm twitching a little, trying to collect my thoughts. Is this a fair way to treat a sexually-repressed culture? Am i NOT supposed to notice normally-hidden feminine charms, and pretend that my eyes aren't falling out?? Okay, let me back up. Breathe. On its own merits, this episode makes any best-of list, as it's a bit of a ballyhoo for ms. wagner's talents. She plays jaime, plus a criminal who's been surgically-altered to look like her. Said criminal is a chain-smoking southern belle. With infiltration and counter-infiltration, prepare yourself for mistaken identities worthy of french bedroom farce. Plus herb jefferson (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, STAR TREK: OF GODS AND MEN) as a suave bahamian who crates jaime and dumps her in the Caribbean. And...i suppose the stage was set with marlo thomas in THAT GIRL, who damn well wasn't going to wear a bra if she didn't damn well feel like it. You can see the occasional resonance of that throughout this series, but this'n might unhinge your non-bionic jaw.

An action/comedy extravaganza!, 3 December 2014
9/10

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I'm twitching a little, trying to collect my thoughts. Is this a fair way to treat a sexually-repressed culture? Am i NOT supposed to notice normally-hidden feminine charms, and pretend that my eyes aren't falling out?? Okay, let me back up. Breathe. On its own merits, this episode makes any best-of list, as it's a bit of a ballyhoo for ms. wagner's talents. She plays jaime, plus a criminal who's been surgically-altered to look like her. Said criminal is a chain-smoking southern belle. With infiltration and counter-infiltration, prepare yourself for mistaken identities worthy of french bedroom farce. Plus herb jefferson (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, STAR TREK: OF GODS AND MEN) as a suave bahamian who crates jaime and dumps her in the Caribbean. And...i suppose the stage was set with marlo thomas in THAT GIRL, who damn well wasn't going to wear a bra if she didn't damn well feel like it. You can see the occasional resonance of that throughout this series, but this'n might unhinge your non-bionic jaw.

Not the queasefest you expect!, 1 December 2014
8/10

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It seems that a beauty pageant episode was an obligatory (and regressively queasy) rite of passage for all action heroines in the 70s. But unlike wonder woman's moment in the slime (which was inarguably that show's nadir), the writers here found a way to make jaime's pageant purgatory palatable. Heck, even silly and standout. It starts with jaime's revulsion at the mere thought, and ends with making the pageant bigwigs the baddies, in some computer circuit caper. And somewhere in between, bert parks (THE FRESHMAN, NIGHT OF 100 STARS II) renders one of the most campily silly fight scenes in the history of Hollywood. You'll hit the rewind button several times to see his facial expressions in slow motion. Gary crosby (OPERATION BIKINI, ADAM-12) hits all the right notes too.

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Angels save semi-naked men!, 16 June 2013
6/10

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Angels, meet beefcake! Beefcake, meet Angel toe! It's long past due that half-naked males get some screen time here. Angels investigate shady doings at a bodybuilding contest. Another episode written by some grade school contest winner - much of the slick detective work seems to consist of breaking and entering in busy buildings in broad daylight...but deny this fun we cannot. And yes, Tanya gives a country full of sex-starved males the most heart-stopping glimpses of girly bits ill-concealed by wardrobe since Farrah and her national treasure chest. One star lost for Kris' convincing an ex-boxer pacifist that he's a sissy.


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