Picks and Pans Review: The Bionic Showdown

UPDATED 05/01/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/01/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., April 30, 9 P.M. ET)

B-

They're baa-aack: Lee Majors, the Six-Million-Dollar Man and Lindsay Wagner, the Bionic Woman, are reunited—again—to protect the world from...well, that's the problem: There doesn't seem to be much reason to protect the world now that we have glasnost. "What if peace did break out?" a panicked CIA man asks. "Think of all of us out of work!" Like The Forgotten (above), this flick says that world harmony is a drag. But our bionic heroes manage to find just enough evil to fill two hours: A guy in a Nixon mask (wow, what irony) steals some American secrets and threatens to undo detente until the world is saved by Majors, Wagner, Richard Anderson (as good of Oscar Goldman) and Sandra Bullock as the latest bionic being, a young woman who gets a computer in her head. Okay, so these shows aren't exactly IQ tests. But they are always good excuses for neat slo-mo, special-effects action scenes. At the end of this one, there's a great festival of bionic action. Turn off your bionic brain and enjoy.

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