I started watching Bionic Woman (watch it here) last night with high expectations. Of all the high profile shows debuting this fall, had the most going for it: decent concept, decent cast, high production values. This pilot exceeded my expectations and is the only show I've tried this month, out of Chuck, K-Ville, and Life, that I'll continue to watch.
It opened up with a heavily armed group taking down Sarah Corvis (Katee Sackhoff, Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica), who, as many learned from the ubiquitous previews, is the original Bionic Woman, at least in this universe. We then get about five minutes setting up the life of the main character, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, EastEnders), typical fare that takes up about half of Alias. She and her fiancee get in a car accident with Corvis, who rams her with a semi rig. Her fiancee implants her with some type of nanotechnology, and the man behind this project (Miguel Ferrer, from Crossing Jordan and Traffic) needs to be convinced that she is a worthy subject. The fiancee helps her escape, she develops her powers in a montage with nods to Superman: The Movie and Spider-Man, and she runs into Corvis while tending bar. And rainy, rooftop fight ensues, and Sommers enters an uneasy truce with Jonas Bledsoe, the mysterious financier.
What I liked about this show was that it was 40% action, 40% conspiracy, 20% character development. I imagine it was pitched as a cross between The Matrix, Alias, and X-Files. There have been some good to great pilots over the years, none better than The Sopranos, but when comparing this to pilots of action shows such as 24, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and shows that have been long forgotten, Bionic Woman is as good or better than any of them.