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Throwback Thursday-Bionic Woman TV Series (2007)

Television has a way of reflecting the reality of the audience.

The 1970’s were a time of change in America. Women were demanding their rights, no longer content or willing to just be the meek and mild help meet to the men in their lives.

The Bionic Woman was on the air from 1976-1978. It told the story of Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner), a female athlete who wakes up from surgery after an accident to discover that she has artificial limbs and extraordinary capabilities.

In 2007, the show was rebooted. Michelle Ryan stepped into the very large shoes of Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.

The creative team was banking on nostalgia and the demand for female characters that go beyond the traditional roles women have played on-screen. While I have not seen the original show, I knew enough to know that the reboot was a pale comparison of its predecessor.

Do I recommend it? No.

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