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One arm, two legs, and one ear are bionic implants, giving her super-human speed, strength and hearing. Because the bionics were of a later generation, and because she was a professional athlete prior to her operation, she is at least a faster runner than Steve Austin. (A pure strength comparison has never been seen in any medium.)
Though never referred to as "The Bionic Woman", Jamie Sommers was nevertheless a woman and bionic. Following a parachuting accident, she lost an arm, two legs, and (rather oddly) an ear. Because she was the fiancée of Steve Austin (the titular character of The Six Million Dollar Man), she was fortunate to be fast-tracked into Rudy Wells growing bionic program.
However, her body rejected the bionics and she actually died.
A controversial emergency procedure brought her back to life, but at the cost of near-total amnesia. Slowly her memory came back, but not the emotions associated with them. Thus, although she gradually uncovered memories of being with Steve. She even came to live—as she did in her youth—with his parents. Nevertheless, she was no longer in love with him.
After both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman were off the air, they occasionally came back in movie-of-the-week specials. During these, it was revealed that Jamie had fallen in love with Steve again, and that they got married. This middle-aged version of Jamie has not yet been explored in comics.
Though the comic may not have been a classic, the show from which Charlton drew their inspiration is one of the few spin-offs to eclipse its parent in both ratings and critical acclaim. If you remember The Bionic Woman as "70s cheese", you would do well to consider that Lindsay Wagner got an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series out of the gig. To date, this makes her the only actor in either the science fiction or super hero genres ever to win the Best Actor or Best Actress statuette.
So how do you spell Jamie?
If you don't know, don't feel bad: the producers couldn't make up their minds, either. She's generally credited as J-a-i-m-e. For instance, in the season 4 opener of The Six Million Dollar Man, the credit reads:
Special Guest Appearance
Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers
However the graphic which appears in The Bionic Woman's opening title sequence (of at least the pilot episode) refers to her as J-a-m-i-e. As that graphic is a part of the actual narrative, we're therefore going with that spelling. Bionic Man (2011)
First Appearance: None listed.
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#1 Look-in (1971)
- 'Flight of the Daedalus'#6
- 'Fight Night'#7
- 'Body & Soul'#8
- 'War Machines'#10
- 'Chapter Ten: Heavy Metal'#12
- 'Bigfoot: Part One: Monsters and Men'#16
- 'Collaterally Damaged'#20
- 'Desert Deathtrap Conclusion: End Game'#21
- 'Dangerous Minds, Episode One'#21 (Cover B)
- 'Dangerous Minds, Episode One'#24#25#26
The Bionic Man vs. The Bionic Woman (2013)
#1 The Bionic Woman (1977)
- 'Artificial Part 2'#3
- 'Artificial Part 3'#4#5
The Bionic Woman (2012)
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