But contemporary film and TV execs seem to have determined that audiences don’t want their action heroes to be perky and wacky; they want them dark and moody. (Hey, it works for Batman
, doesn’t it?) The reinvented Jaime Sommers (played by Michelle Ryan
) is a frustrated brunette bartender raising her troubled teenage sister. When a truck slams into her car, her scientist fiancé arranges for synthetic replacements for Jaime’s destroyed body parts. Freaked out by her new superpowered physique, her indentured servitude to the mysterious organization that funded the cyborg procedure, and various indications that her subsequently murdered fiancé had been plotting all along to experiment on her, Ryan’s angry rebel is a far cry from Wagner’s happy camper.