David Eick

'Bionic Woman' producer reinvents retro TV hit

Fans of Eick’s work on “Battlestar Galactica” are all too familiar with bionic women, as sophisticated lady cyborgs pose the greatest threat to humankind on his high-concept update of the popular ’70s series.

Moving from cable to NBC, Eick reinvents another retro TV hit with “Bionic Woman,” exploring provocative questions through the prism of science fiction once again.

“This time, I think the allegory is not about whether a woman is capable of what a man can do,” he says, referring to the original series’ feminist spin, “but do we judge a woman differently when she can?”

Eick was already developing a show that would examine society’s double standard toward powerful women before he decided to wrap the idea in the commercial “Bionic Woman” title. Going against expectations (and without exec producer Glen Morgan, who parted ways with the show Friday), Eick consciously avoided casting another “Alias”-style woman-of-action for the lead.

“Michelle Ryan looks like the girl next door,” he explains. “You don’t think she can kick your ass.”

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