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Bionic Ever After?

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Bionic Ever After?
Based onCyborg
by Martin Caidin
The Bionic Woman
by Kenneth Johnson
Screenplay by
Story byMichael Sloan
Directed bySteven Stafford[1]
Starring
Music byRon Ramin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producersMichael Sloan
Richard Anderson (co-executive producer)
ProducerMichael O. Gallant
Production locationsCharleston, South Carolina
CinematographyGideon Porath
EditorFrank Jimenez
Running time96 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • November 29, 1994 (1994-11-29)

Bionic Ever After? is a made-for-television science fiction action film which originally aired on November 29, 1994 on CBS. The movie reunited the main casts of the television series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off The Bionic Woman. Series regular characters Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner), Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson), and Dr. Rudy Wells (Martin E. Brooks) are featured along with new characters Kimberly Harmon / Haviland (Farrah Forke), Carolyn MacNamara (Anne Lockhart), John MacNamara (Alan Sader), and Miles Kendrick (Geordie Johnson). In the movie, the long-overdue wedding of Steve and Jaime is put in doubt when Jaime's bionic systems begin to fail and Steve is caught in a tense hostage situation.[1][2]

This is the third and final reunion movie in the franchise featuring most of the original actors from the 1970s television series, following The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987) and Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989).[1][2]

Plot

Jaime Sommers is counseling OSI agent Kimberly Harmon, who was severely traumatized on her last mission and begs Jaime for help getting out of the OSI. Jaime informs Oscar Goldman that Kimberly is unfit for an upcoming mission and needs time to heal. On the way to meet her fiancé Steve Austin at his boat, her bionic ear malfunctions, greatly amplifying the sounds around her and causing her to wince in pain. The two discuss the plans for their upcoming wedding. Later, while playing a bionically-intense racquetball game with Steve, Jaime's right hand appears to be giving her trouble, allowing Steve to win for the first time. The next evening, her hand pain begins to worsen and Steve takes notice. That night as Jaime lays immobile in bed, someone replaces one of the computer chips in her bionic right arm with a new one labelled "Phase 2".

At the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas, Oscar visits with U.S. Ambassador John MacNamara and his wife Carolyn, who are preparing to host a ball with guest of honor, tennis star Astaad Rashid. Oscar leaves with regrets, explaining that he is best man at Steve and Jaime's wedding and can't stay. On the day of the ball, an armed team in a black van infiltrates the Embassy, taking the Ambassador, his wife, and their guests hostage. The group, led by Miles Kendrick, deploys a Scud missile with a nuclear core pointed at the heart of the city as insurance against a rescue attempt and demand that Rashid by handed over to them.

Back in Washington, Jaime explains to Oscar that her bionic systems seem to be breaking down and that she's worried about the impact it will have on Steve and their wedding. The discussion is put on hold as word of the embassy attack comes in. Later, while in a counseling session with Kimberly, Jaime collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Dr. Rudy Wells, the pioneering bionic surgeon, tells Steve that Jaime might have neurological damage and may never be bionic again. In the hospital, Jaime sends Steve away, and he is forced to cancel the wedding.

Not willing to sit idly as Jaime suffers and to repay a life-saving debt to John MacNamara, Steve asks Oscar for an assignment to resolve the embassy situation. Kimberly meets with Steve, telling him that Oscar assigned her as his partner on the mission. Inside the embassy, Kendrick's men are searching for Rashid, hidden somewhere within. Steve and Kimberly arrive in Nassau and begin making preparations for the rescue. After giving him a cup of drugged coffee, Kimberly cuts open Steve's bionic arm in the same way Jaime's was earlier.

Dr. Wells discovers that Jaime is suffering from a computer virus which has infiltrated her bionic systems. He resolves to shut down her power supply completely and replace the infected chips. Jaime wakes and Rudy tells her that he took the opportunity to make some "improvements". Rudy talks to Oscar, explaining that he had an associate in his bionics research, Dr. Jason Haviland, with whom he had a falling out and who he suspects might have a motive and knowledge to sabotage Jaime. She and Oscar visit Connie Haviland, Jason's widow, who explains that leaving the OSI and bionics research took a toll, causing him to drink heavily until he died of cirrhosis four months earlier. They spot a picture of Kimberly in Connie's house, revealing that Kimberly Harmon is in fact Kimberly Haviland, Jason's daughter, and that she is familiar with her father's work. OSI finds shortwave radio equipment in her apartment, revealing that she has been in contact with Kendrick.

Steve makes his entry into the embassy by bionically jumping to the water tower which is coincidentally where Rashid has been hiding. Kendrick's men, hearing sound from the tower, capture Rashid instead of Steve. Steve's bionics begin to break down and he, too, is captured by Kendrick and thrown into the basement.

Jaime arrives in Nassau and confronts Kimberly before making her way into the embassy under cover of darkness aided by bionic night vision, one of the "improvements" of which Rudy spoke. She kicks down the basement door and rescues Steve and the other hostages. A radiation alert rings out across the city and Oscar sends a nuclear containment (NEC) team into the embassy. Kendrick's men change into matching NEC outfits to cover their escape by replacing the real NEC team. Kendrick's team loads into an NEC truck, driven by Kimberly, taking an unconscious Rashid with them. Steve and Jaime give chase, bionically running after the truck. Miles pulls out a remote detonator telling Kimberly that once they escape, he'll ensure no one will follow them. Jaime grabs a manhole cover and, using a new bionic targeting display, throws it at the truck, causing it to flip over. In a moment of regret, Kimberly whispers a warning to Jaime about the detonator. She tells Steve, who shoots the remote and ends the threat.

Some time later, the wedding of Jaime and Steve commences. Rudy gives away the bride to Steve, who eagerly skips straight to the "I do". The couple kiss, ignoring the rest of the formalities, and the annoyed minister pronounces them husband and wife.

Cast

Starring
Featuring
  • Ivan Sergei as Astaad Rashid, a charismatic tennis star
  • Lee Majors II as Jim Castillian, an OSI agent
  • Robert D. Raiford as Minister
  • James Shanta as Rock
  • Michael Hartson as Stone
  • Ann Pierce as Connie Havilland
  • Michael Camden Richards as NEC Technician
  • Shanghai Stafford as Marine Captain
  • General Fermon Judd, Jr. as Bahamas Policeman
  • Michael Burgess as Delta Commando
  • Steffen Foster as Reporter
Cameo
  • Dave Thomas (uncredited) appears as one of the hostages held in the embassy basement. Thomas is the founder of the Wendy's fast food chain.

Production

During development, the movie was titled Bionic Breakdown referring to the subplot involving Jaime's failing bionics.[2]

Response

The movie was ranked #29 in the Nielsen ratings for the week it first aired, with 18.0 million viewers, a 12.1 rating, and an 18 share.[3]


Home media

All three reunion films were included alongside The Six Million Dollar Man in a 40-disc DVD set from Time Life on November 23, 2010[4] and a 35-disc DVD set from Universal Home Video on October 13, 2015.[5]


References

  1. ^ a b c Sherman, Fraser A. (2000). Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television. McFarland & Company. pp. 23–24. ISBN 978-0-7864-4341-3. LCCN 99-86392.
  2. ^ a b c Pilato, Herbie J (2014). "Chapter 12: Reactivated". The Bionic Book Reconstructed. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-62933-007-5. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  3. ^ DeRosa, Robin (December 7, 1994). "Nielsen Ratings". USA Today. p. 3D.
  4. ^ Lambert, David. "The Six Million Dollar Man - Official Time-Life Press Release and Package Art for 'The Complete Series'!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ Lambert, David. "The Six Million Dollar Man - 'Wide' General Retail Release for 'The Complete Series' on DVD!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-01. Retrieved 6 April 2018.

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