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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!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Moving Targets s3ep19

Co-starring: John Saxon as Kalem, Sue Kiel as Salina, Frank Annese as Senbet, Jack Heller as Jabur
Written by Mark Jones
Directed by Dennis Donnelly

The team are hired to protect a woman who is under threat days before her wedding.

Although perfectly watchable, there is something rather familiar about this episode, having a plot that recalls previous better entries in the show’s run (Till Death Us Do Part, Harder Than It Looks). The episode gets off to a strong start with an opening infiltration action sequence, though it isn’t helped by having one of the most obvious stunt doubles in A-Team history when Hannibal somersaults through a window. The doubling is rather poor throughout actually, made even more obvious by the use of slow motion.

Murdock’s ‘Pasadena’ persona isn’t a great source of comedy and, once again, is reminiscent of an earlier better episode, the character he adopted in ‘The Maltese Cow’. The main humour comes from Hannibal having to promise BA he can get even with the rest of the team for being tied up in a plane. As a result we get to see BA smiling and whistling as he thinks of ways to get his own back.

As the main villain, Saxon gives a less mannered performance than he did as the cult leader in ‘Children of Jamestown’, though the character is less interesting and only really appears in the second half. Plot-wise, there’s plenty of double-crossing going on to maintain the interest and there’s a clever jail breakout scene before the final fight. The action is workmanlike rather than memorable (the final battle on board a boat is reminiscent of ‘The Maltese Cow’ again) but the final scene pays off BA’s promise of revenge to good effect. 7/10

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