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Critical Assignment - The Bionic Woman Season 4 Writer Brandon Jerwa

John and Paul have been given a new Critical Assignment.  With the success of The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 by Dynamite Comics, it stood to reason that a The Bionic Woman Season 4 comic would follow.  But as most bionic fans know, The Bionic Woman does not usually feature the same kind of story telling as her male counterpart.  Dynamite’s previous attempt at a Bionic Woman comic was less than stellar.  Is it possible they can get it right by using the original source material?  Writer Brandon Jerwa has been tapped for the assignment and he sits down with John and Paul to discuss what he feels it will take to make The Bionic Woman a successful comic for both the fans of the series and the general comic book reader.

00:00 - Show introduction

03:00 - Bionic Renaissance

04:10 - Brandon Introduction

08:00 - “Where you a fan of Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Woman?”

12:45 - Viewing the Differences Between the Two Bionic Shows and Characters

19:55 - Announcing The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6

21:30 - Where Dynamite’s First Bionic Woman Went Wrong

23:25 - Picking Up Where “On the Run” Left Off

25:55 - An “All Ages” Comic

29:00 - Dialogue That Sums Up Jaime Sommers

31:25 - How Brandon Got the Gig

35:20 - Brandon Will Come Back If We’re Not Satisfied

35:55 - Who From the Series Will We See?

37:10 - “Will We See the Coach House?”

38:35 - “Where Does the Story Take Place in Relation to Six Million Dollar Man Season 6?”

40:10 - Likenesses of the Characters

44:45 - Brandon’s Documentary and the Prism Award

53:45 - Brandon on the Web

55:20 - Sign Off

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Brandon Jerwa is a writer, musician, and recently, a documentarian. He’s been writing comics for over 10 years - and is no stranger to licensed tie-in storytelling. In 2003 he broke into the industry - literally - as a fan, submitting a GI JOE script to DEVILS DUE COMICS who was publishing the title at the time. They liked it, hired him to write the story for A G.I. Joe anthology and then gave him the main book to write a few months later. He even had a GI JOE action figure made in his likeness!

In 2006 Brandon went to work for Dynamite Comics, doing a stint on their HIGHLANDER tie-in before enjoying a very popular run on their BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA tie-in 2007.

Since then he’s written for more high-profile comics publishers like IMAGE COMICS, VERTIGO and DC Comics.

In 2011 Brandon ventured into documentary filmmaking with an ambitious peak into the world of comic books and telling the stories of the people who make them. We’ll talk more about that later on.

In 2012 Brandon’s work on the Graphic Novel SHOOTERS about a Post-9-11 IRAQI War veteran WON a PRISM AWARD recognizing the comic’s accurate depiction of mental illness.

Brandon is no stranger to podcasting, you can hear him DAILY on BJ SHEA’S GEEK NATION PODCAST which covers all things geeky in NEWS, TV, MOVIES, COMICS.

On JUNE 15th of 2014, based on the success of their SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN SEASON SIX title (by James Kuhoric), Dynamite revealed to BLEEDING that they would be releasing a BIONIC WOMAN SEASON FOUR title in SEPTEMBER. Written by Brandon Jerwa, art by David T. Cabrera and a cover for issue one by Sean Chen along with a photo cover of series star Lindsay Wagner. We’ll get to Chen’s cover in a moment, too.

In that brief news item, Brandon is quoted saying, “If you’ve never seen the show, or haven’t read James Kuhoric’s Six Million Dollar Man comic, you’re still totally fine, longtime fans won’t be left out in the cold, though. The Bionic Woman: Season Four is a continuation of the classic TV series, so I’m definitely treating it as such in terms of continuity and thematic carry-through.”

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In our second episode, Judy and Keith discuss the popular NBC series,Quantum Leap , with students Marina Frants and Juliette Moore, and screenwriter Duane Brodnick.  Plus, Keith reviews Classics Illustrated as published by First Publishing and Berkley Books.

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Trivia: This is the episode where we instituted the “Colm Meaney Watch” - a request to our viewers to check in with any appearances of the Star Trek actor as we really wanted him on the show.  We never got him.  The set looks different here, but it’s more in line with what we would be doing in terms of having Judy in the center and the guests about her.

Original Airdate: August 20, 1990

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Cyborgs-A Bionic Podcast: Bionic Shows Roundtable, Part 2

Before we begin our look at each and every episode of the series, we present a Roundtable discussion John and Paul hosted on The Chronic Rift.  This discussion was so big John split it into two parts.  In our second part, they discuss the reunion movies and the resurgence of the popularity of the series.  They also look at the making of the DVD sets.They are joined by Joseph Burns, Matt Hankinson, and James Sherrard, three people who, along with Paul, were involved heavily with the creation of the DVD sets for both series.

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You can pick up all three seasons of The Bionic Woman and the first season of The Six Million Dollar Man on DVD through our Amazon store.  In doing so, you not only get a great series to watch again and again, but you support this podcast and all the fine podcasts in The Chronic Rift Network.  Thank you.

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A cultural phenomenon was born in 1966 with the premiere of Star Trek on NBC.  The show only lasted one year on Thursday nights before being moved to Fridays and was never a ratings hit, but it went on to become part of our lexicon and a mythos that is almost worshiped by some.


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18: In Review - Fiduciary Concerns

The gang is back for another review episode. This time, we take on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Kings, NBC, the How to Grow Your Geek podcast, and the Get Smart collection on DVD. Plus, Andrea offers several new books, David offers praise and lashes for a number of comic books, Derrick reviews Slumdog Millionaire, and Keith opines about midseason replacements Castle and The Unusuals. For more Rift goodness, check us out on the web at


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