Last day of Comic-Con stuff!
Saturday morning we waiting in a huge, huge, huge line for Ballroom 20, which would contain the panel for HEROES. Yes, even hours before that panel started, people were camping out in the room. But I, myself, was truly interested in this first presentation: a preview of NBC’s upcoming BIONIC WOMAN. All in all, it looks pretty good—it starts out with a lot of creepy potential, but by the end, I felt that it lost a little momentum. However, the premise is dark and intriguing, veering away from the original show just like the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA veers away from the old series. (And no wonder—David Eick is a driving force behind both shows, and that gives me major hope for this series.) Now, we were told that this presentation was the “first pilot,” which was actually scrapped in favor of the new one that will be shown as a fall premiere. They recast Jamie Sommers’ sister, among other things, I guess. Don’t know why—the sister was pretty good.
Without further ado, here are my impressions as I watched. Spoilers ahead, you all.
* Oooo—a chilling opening with Katee Sackhoff (BATTLESTAR’s Starbuck) covered in blood and hovering over a corpse. What a damned great hook.
* There’s a definite philosophical bent about “being different” and how far a person will go/not go to embrace that. I like how there’s deeper meaning layered below the action.
* The scenes go quickly, the transitions coming fast. In fact, the inciting incident (Jamie’s accident and operation) kicks in before the first commercial break.
* Sackhoff plays a badass with a mysterious agenda and a needy streak. She’s “the last one,” meaning that she was a bionic woman, too. Love that addition to the mythology.
* There’s some mystery to Jamie’s character, too—she has sealed court records that are mentioned briefly, but this adds an interesting level to her character.
* The scene in which Jamie sees her bionic legs for the first time gave me goosebumps, even though I’ve seen it before in promos. Well done, that.
* I really like that they’ve set this in the Pacific Northwest. It gives the tone a noir feel and adds an ominous nature-versus-technology edge.
* Yes! As Jamie runs for the first time, we hear a sound that’s reminiscent of the old show’s “zzz-zzz-zzz-nnnn-ggggg” effect. The audience dug that.
* If you’re a BATTLESTAR fan, you’ll be happy with the cameos. Sackhoff isn’t the only cast member who has loaned her talents.
After the preview, Eick, Sackhoff, and Michelle Ryan (Jamie Sommers), among others, came on stage for the Q&A session. Basically, we heard that Ryan is British and she just does a good American accent for the series (She was on EAST ENDERS in Britain.). Everything else has pretty much already been said above.
I have hope for this show, but we’ll see how the general audience takes to it. It got a good response at the Con though….
Okay. That’s it, you all. Another year, another Con over....