Interview with Lindsay Wagner, Guest on SyFy’s Warehouse 13
by Michael Arthur Jewell
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An actor’s career can go up and down throughout the decades. Only a few are lucky enough to benefit from the support of a dedicated following that will buttress them throughout their years on the screen. The science-fiction community is notoriously loyal to their favorite subjects and have been known to clamor for a favored star’s return. Former Bionic Woman star Lindsay Wagner will treat her fans to an appearance of Syfy’s upcoming episode of its acclaimed hit Warehouse 13 (SyFy, Tuesdays 9/8 central) on the 17th of august.
Wagner, who won an Emmy award for her role in the successful spin-off of The Six-Million Dollar Man in 1977, is semi-retired from acting. She focuses her attention on her series of workshops and seminars entitled “Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart,” the subject of which she devoted much of our interview expounding upon. The former Rockford Files star and centerpiece of over forty films for television dedicates herself to teaching meditation and “energy” healing with techniques adapted from acupuncture and other alternative modalities of healing, or in her words “the least invasive” process of healing which deals with synchronizing the body with its supposed mental and spiritual elements.
Her return to television as a guest on this Tuesday’s episode of Warehouse 13 involves her playing an attending physician to the staff of government agents supervising a storehouse in South Dakota which safeguards the US Government’s catalog of supernatural items. Her character is trained as a “physical doctor” but uses techniques from the “energy medicine field” in this week’s episode with a tactic the writers adapted from Wagner’s own website.
Wagner, whose favorite project has been Shattered Dreams, a film about domestic violence developed in part as an enlightened response to The Burning Bed is not bothered in the slightest by her other work being eclipsed by her notoriety as the “bionic woman.”
“The response from kids who are now adults has been very nurturing to me.” She feels satisfied that adults were able to grasp the metaphors about the human condition in the 1970s television show. “They really got it.”
She discussed the evolution of special effects technology since her experience with blue screen, a primitive form of “green screen” technology which can mimic an off-camera location to place the actors in a film project, although she remarks “you have to dig much deeper as an actor” to respond to a not-yet realized set. Her son Dorian from her marriage with professional stuntman Henry Kingi has more experience with modern special effects.
She has spent most of her time working to improve the lives of abused children and women with her film and advocacy work, as well as accentuating positive messages in television, which today. “We get discouraged by severe negativity sent out to the youth through the medium of TV.” She finds more solace in her spiritual pursuits, which doesn’t involve the “inhuman hours” of television work, where it is “difficult to give your best when you’re exhausted.”
Although there have been no prolonged conversations, there has been discussion of a second appearance later in the series. Between the two appearances, Wagner can get all the rest and relaxation she needs while pursuing her own business and personal life. In the meantime, fans can catch her guest appearance on the SyFy network Tuesday the 17th of August at 9/8 central time.
Michael Arthur Jewell is a cartoonist and writer living in Chicago. Place-mats in Chinese restaurants say that he is affectionate, yet shy. You may check out his website here: http://www.funnyanimalbooks.com.
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