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YMMV / The Bionic Woman

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Each episode credits the show as being based upon Martin Caidin's novel Cyborg. But you'll never find Jaime Sommers in any of Caidin's books, as she was created by Kenneth Johnson. The credit for Caidin was mandated by the use of Oscar Goldman, Rudy Wells and the occasional appearance by Steve Austin, plus the fact the series continued the concept of bionics as established by Caidin in his original novel.
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  • Channel Hop: It started on ABC but for moved to NBC for the final season.
  • Idiot Ball: In "The Return of the Bionic Woman," Rudy and Oscar worriedly debate the dangers of treating Steve in the same hospital where they're hiding the secretly-alive Jaime. Perhaps parking Steve's gurney just outside Jaime's open door while they have this conversation isn't the smartest way to prevent Steve from noticing her.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Jaime's class of preteens. Since they figured into the story from the beginning, they don't count as Cousin Oliver...though you might think they did, considering the class actually included Cousin Oliver.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Fembots were quite freaky-looking when their faces got ripped off (which was often).
    • The "Deadly Ringer" two-parter is perhaps the show at its darkest, with Jaime's impostor Lisa Galloway taking several levels in Not-So-Harmless Villain (especially with her sanity deteriorating) and trapping Jaime in a prison where several members of the staff have been paid off to gaslight Jaime into believing she's Lisa. When Jaime escapes, she's hounded by half the police in the state, and ultimately becomes desperate enough to take an innocent bystander hostage just to buy herself some breathing room.
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  • Recycled Premise
  • Recycled Script: As noted above, the series was guilty of this several times in its first season due to the extremely short notice given between its commissioning and its debut. The most egregious case is probably "Fly Jaime", which not only recycles its plot but also several clips from The Six Million Dollar Man's "Survival of the Fittest".
  • Special Effect Failure


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