Series Created by Stephen J. Cannell & Frank Lupo Starring George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Melinda Culea
All twenty-two second season episodes
Bonus Knight Rider episode: “Brother’s Keeper”
Released by: Universal. Rating: NR. Region: 1 Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: If you’re a fan, then buy it.
There’s only so much you can say about this show. Granted, I covered a lot of ground in my review of the first season, but I’ll try and sum up here. Basically, four elite asskicking soldiers went to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. They’re elite, but they somehow manage to miss 99% of their targets while firing weapons. Anyway. So now they’re living life on the run and underground, basically helping out the helpless and fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves. The Magnificent Four, I guess you would call them.
It’s got a huge Velveeta factor. And compared to what we see on television these days, it’s incredibly tame. The very fact that hardly anybody winds up getting shot (unless it’s a plot point, check the last episode of the season for that) is one thing that’s nearly comical. And the show has certain cards that they play constantly: Murdock getting broken out of the sanitarium, B.A. (T) having to be knocked out before he flies anywhere, Hannibal’s (Peppard) horrible, horrible disguises, and their ability to construct victory out of paper clips and some old aluminum siding. But because this is the first real action show that a lot of remember from growing up, it’s nostalgia that drives our desire to see it now. And hey, it’s worth a chuckle or two.
The only feature we have on the disc is a bonus episode of Knight Rider, so there’s not much to that. Again, some kind of retrospective interview featurette would have been nice. Or a commentary on one episode. But this show’s lucky to hit DVD, more than likely, so fans will simply have to be content with what they have.
If you’re a fan, you’ll want to grab this. If you’re not familiar with the show, you should at least rent this to have an appreciation for how far we’ve come. I’m sure there’s a drinking game in this somewhere.