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In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire ... The A-Team.

This was the introduction to one of the great TV series of the eighties. The purpose of this blog is to build up the definitive episode guide to the show across its five seasons which ran from 1983 to 1987. So this isn't too much of a burden, I'm intending to watch a couple of episodes a week and given that there were around 100 episodes made during its run, this will turn into a year-long project!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Sheriffs of Rivertown s3ep10

co-starring: Robert Davi as Boyle, Wendy Kilbourne as Nikki Monroe, Edmund Gilbert as CEO Wilkins, Ismael Carlo as Captain Cordoba
Written by Mark Jones
Directed by Dennis Donnelly

The team are hired as sheriffs in a South American town that is the backdrop for the construction of a power plant.

A solid episode from the generally reliable pen of Mark Jones, this is always entertaining even though it does lack some of the polish of the best episodes. The sets tend to look a little underdressed and there’s certainly no sense of location. The setting is supposed to be South America but it’s all very clearly filmed in the brush just outside LA. Towards the end, one character bids farewell with “Adios Amigos” and such is the lack of anything pertaining to South of the border throughout the rest of the episode, you’d be forgiven for wondering why he says it.

Still, there’s much to enjoy here, including two early scenes in which a cleaning lady is mistaken for Hannibal in disguise and BA attempts to avoid eating whichever hamburger contains the sleeping powder. If the woman playing the cleaning lady looks familiar, it’s because Elsa Raven also played the prison doctor in the season one classic ‘Pros and Cons’.

Much of the humour comes from the team being on the right side of the law for a change and gives Murdock a good opportunity to play cop. This inevitably leads to Dragnet-style voiceovers (Murdock: “The city was at peace with itself but it wasn't going to be that way for long. And when the peace is broken, that's when I go to work. I wear a badge”. BA: “You ought to wear a muzzle”).

Davi makes an excellent villain and the episode benefits from an intriguing storyline, though it inevitably breaks into the familiar capture/construction/battle routine in the closing third. The final fight is nothing special and some of the footage looks familiar but it serves its purpose well enough and the end joke is a good one. 8/10

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