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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!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Trouble on Wheels s3ep7

co-starring: Mills Watson as Hoyt Plummer, James Luisi as Jimmy Durkee, Joe Santos as Rudy Garcia, Dennis Pratt as Williams, Ken Gibbel as McCormick
Written by Mark Jones
Directed by Michael O'Herlihy

The team are hired to expose a gang who are forcing workers at a car plant to steal parts.

An odd episode in many ways, this starts off in a rather flat and mundane way and stays that way for much of this first half. Then, suddenly, the whole episode turns around to become as entertaining as any entry in the third season.

It doesn't help that the early scenes are rather dark and serious, keeping the team either off-screen or separated for most of the first half. The scenes that work in this early section tend to do so on an individual basis, notably BA cleverly using sounds from a microphone in Hannibal's watch to ascertain where he was taken when abducted by the gang.

Thankfully, the tone lightens considerably in the second half, aided by Murdock's Marlon Brando impression when posing as a crooked parts dealer and a great scene in which the team are recognised by a local cop. The action finale is particularly strong, mainly down to the team constructing one of their most impressive combat vehicles (leading Hannibal to remark, “We really excelled ourselves this time”).

There's a good running gag about damage to BA's foot and another final joke at his expense when the A-Team van makes one of its more unusual appearances. There are so many good moments here, it is disappointing that things take so long to get going. Worth watching all the same. First half 5/10, second half 9/10, overall 7/10.

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