01/05/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Region Two DVD: pub: Universal FHED2764. 1 DVD 87 minute film. Price: about GBP 6.50 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Lindsay Wagner, Lee Majors, Richard Anderson and Martin E. Brooks.
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In many respects, ‘Bionic Ever After?’ (also known as ‘Bionic Breakdown’) is the TV movie that ‘The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man And The Bionic Woman’ should have been. No new bionic people, just the relationships between the first two bionic beings coming to the end of their careers and getting ready to marry. Thrown into this mix is a problem Jaime Sommers (actress Lindsay Wagner) is having with her bionics suddenly breaking down and her reluctance for Steve Austin (actor Lee Majors) to marry someone who might be stuck in a wheelchair and a crisis in the US Embassy in the Bahamas when it is taken over by a small military force looking for a defector.
Summing up the plot in a single line does tend to do the story a bit of a disservice but there are areas here which are spoiler territory and the story is more character than action-driven. Saying that, there should be enough of the latter to keep you occupied and there are some nice bionic moments, especially in how to open a door when you don’t have a key. The story works well as a detective format with odd twists alone the way in terms of supporting character’s motivations. The twist of how the commando team get away is something that has been repeated in other films since this one shown in 1994 so other people must have been paying attention to it.
It’s surprising in other respects that they didn’t do a follow-up to this story but having them walking off into the sunset at least brings a respectable closure to both series from the 70s and of the three later movies, I like this one the most.
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