This review contains MAJOR SPOILERS for “Do Not Disturb,” the eighth episode of NBC’s “Bionic Woman.”
When the world comes crashing down around you, do what any other heroine would do — take some time off and have a girly day at the spa.
Unfortunately, after a delivery job goes wrong, Jaime and Beccas (Michelle Ryan and Lucy Hale) weekend away at a retreat becomes the front line for a weapons sale that will have disastrous consequences for the entire world.
One of the problems that the new “Bionic Woman” has been facing is the divide between Jamies personal life with her sister and her bionic life at Berkut — both worlds are so distinctly different and since the beginning Jamie has tried hard to keep them both as far apart as possible.
But, despite the effort that has gone into establishing her duel lifestyle there has always been something missing between the two lives — a buffer zone that will help keep them apart but always keep the tension of discovery around to keep the show alive and exciting.
However, in Do Not Disturb Becca comes closer to entering her sisters alternate life when she starts flirting with a seemingly innocent guy — too bad hes the son of a market man and Jaimes orders are to kill him.
The episode opened with an unexpected follow-up to the passing of Antonio Pope (Isaiah Washington) in the previous episode and it was nice to see some kind of send-off to the character. The entire opening included a bit of feeling to it that the series has thus far lacked and it was only the beginning.
From start to finish, the episode was filled with several of those character moments that rewards those who have been with the show for the beginning — Ruths (Molly Price) surprise admission in the bar, Jonas(Miguel Ferrer) flat statement I just need to know whether or not to wear gloves and a few jabs at Nathans (Kevin Rankin) expense all helped knit Do Not Disturb together.
Although the overall premise of this outing was a little too generic, the dialogue and banter between the characters brought the series to life and kept the story moving along. The music from the chase that immediately followed Popes eulogy very nicely complimented the team goodbye and conveyed Jaimes feeling of loneliness and abandonment after the death of her mentor and her reaction to catching up with the bad guy illustrated this better than any dialogue ever could.
The greatest thing about the episode however was that for the first time Jonas finally had something to do. He wasnt just a guy back in the office or the boss who unexpectedly drops by – he was Jonas Bledsoe: Berkut super spy and nothing gets past him : not even an enemy agent passing as a valet.
In amongst his spy-filled antics were also some real tender moments that revealed his human side. References for his home life, friendly advice for Jaime and also the burning desire to protect his extended Berkut family showed there is more to him that what weve previously seen and all he needs is the right story to bring it out.
What Didnt Work
Selling nuclear technology to North Korea? Come on, give the viewers some credit — we can handle a complex story and there is no need to dumb it down to the lowest levels. The individual stories on the new Bionic Woman have bordered on the banal, offering very little we cant find elsewhere.
Biological weapons, assassinations of foreign officials and now nuclear weapons sales are all very bland and lack the kind of intrigue some of the earlier stories demonstrated. This one was no different and was missing the finesse and excitement that the series is capable of.
Jaime and Beccas trip to the spa was hardly the most intense and gripping adventure ever conceived and lumbers along without any real buzz factor (although it was a nice surprise to see some cross promotion with Heroes).
Having the mission follow Jaime to her time off (and her sister) was an good move as it brought about a sense of urgency and a personal mission for the bionic woman but in the end it was far to easy to abandon Becca for a facial and then run off and save the world.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Do Not Disturb was written by Jason Smilovic and the episode was directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton. Bionic Woman stars Michelle Ryan, Miguel Ferrer, Molly Price, Mark A. Sheppard and Will Yun Lee.
Bionic Woman airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Alan Stanley Blair is the assistant news editor for Airlock Alpha, contributing from his home country of Scotland. He is currently studying for a diploma in Freelance Journalism and Feature Writing as a distance student at the London School of Journalism. He can be reached at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.