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Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman

Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  96m  •    •  Directed by: Alan J. Levi.  •  Starring: Lindsay Wagner, Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Yagher, Martin E. Brooks, Lee Majors II, Josef Sommer, Geraint Wyn Davies, Lawrence Dane, Robert Lansing, Carolyn Dunn, Jack Blum.  •  Music by: Bill Conti.
      Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers are back. This time Steve is working security at an International Goodwill Games. Oscar goes to his office and is attacked by someone who broke in. Later Steve discovers that his security clearance has been downgraded. He and Jamie are told of the incident that Oscar had, and that the person who broke in knew about O.S.I. security protocols and that person was also bionic. So someone is planning something at the Games. So while Steve and Jamie try to find out what is going to happen, Oscar quits the O.S.I. when his nephew is injured, and his request that Rudy Wells operate on his nephew is denied. He is later taken captive. Steve then goes to the General and tells him they need to put someone bionic at the games, and the best person is Kate, Rudy's latest creation.

Review:

Image from: Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989)
Image from: Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989)
Image from: Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989)
First, I'll preface by saying I am a huge fan of The Six Million Dollar Man. I started watching the show as a kid, and it has never lost favor with me. Same with the Bionic Woman. Both shows were enjoyable, whether they were being serious, or tongue in cheek. That said, I was somewhat disappointed in this film, as I was in its predecessor. The writing and directing were far too choppy, as if they were trying to compress 4 hours of television into 90 minutes. There are times where it also seems like it was trying too hard to sell a pilot. Like "Return of The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" a few years earlier, the film was composed as a pilot for a series that would spin off from the saga of Steve and Jaime, and, as with most pilots, the network and the studio were characteristically stingy with the budget. The video effects used to make Kate look "more powerful" than Steve and Jaime were far too schlocky and poorly realized, and all of the characterizations were melodramatic pastiches of the originals. Gone was Steve's subtle sense of humor, and Jaime's compassion was twisted into a stereotypical Aaron Spelling-like mom character. Sandra Bulloch's character was ironically the most coherently realized, probably because it was her character that the new series would be based on.

Thank goodness for the caveat at the end, leading to Steve and Jaime getting engaged. It made for a nice lead-in to what would turn out to be the best (by a wide margin) of all the Bionic Reunion films. Much as i love the hows, I have to give this film two bionic thumbs down... although, I'll still watch it every now and then, like a guilty pleasure.


Review by E. Adam Thomas from the Internet Movie Database.