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A really lovely theme here, specially composed by Tangerine Dream, and accompanied by multitudes of flying vehicles. Let's face it - if you can't blow something up, and shooting it isn't necessarily an option, then catapulting it into the air is always going to be a good idea instead. Always say yes to airborne cars and motorcycles.

And particularly say yes to this airborne motorcycle. Street Hawk was a super bike designed by hugely endearing techie-geek Norman Tuttle, and driven by former motorcycle cop Jesse Mach. It hurtled through the streets in hyperthrust mode, somehow managing not to plaster itself and its rider across the side of the nearest building in the process, all thanks to Norman's genius, and a complete disregard for the laws of physics. Supposedly it was completely non-sapient, unlike near rival KITT, but for something that didn't have a mind, it was remarkably good at posing whenever there was a camera pointing in its direction. It was especially good at posing next to fires, so that the flames caught its shiny black paint job just so. Sometimes it even managed to do that in mid air.

It's an unfairly maligned one, is Street Hawk. Less well remembered than its cousin Knight Rider, it's arguably rather a lot better. For one thing it doesn't have David Hasselhoff in it, and for another it doesn't have David Hasselhoff in it. Instead it has Rex Smith, sometime dancer, sometime apprentice pirate, and occasional blind superhero, alongside Joe Regalbuto - who so far as I know has never been a pirate or a superhero, but don't let's count that against him. Never able to decide whether it was a light-hearted buddy-movie style show, or a gritty and violent drama, Street Hawk may have been tonally all over the place, but it was never less than fun. Also, a lot of stuff blew up. And Street Hawk had its own really big guns. And it jumped over stuff a lot.

Also, it didn't have David Hasselhoff in it. A small point, but one that I think bears repeating.


NB: Otherworld update. Episode six is the one set in the city ruled by women, and it's hysterical. I guess it's meant to be a racism and segregation analogy, but it takes "ham-fisted" to a whole new level. This is a show where a scene involving a teenage boy being sold into slavery, and attacked with a cattleprod, is played for laughs. And that's not even one of its more baffling moments. Even the title - "I Am Woman - Hear Me Roar" manages to be funnier than some entire sitcoms. It's just a shame that some of the performances aren't really up to scratch. The two teenage children, and the evil soldier chasing the family, are managing to do a wonderful tongue-in-cheek job, but I think the father still thinks it's a serious drama. Not sure what the mother thinks she's in, but it seems to be a different show to everybody else.

Oh, and they found their younger son again, which is good. I guess he must have been down the back of the sofa.

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eandh99
Jun. 23rd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
while I never watched THIS - presumably I thought I was too cool for this kind of show -- I do love Rex Smith. Saw him play Joe Gillis to Dionne Warwick's Norma Desmond in the touring company of Sunset Boulevard way back in 96. Before I even know who John Barrowman was.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 23rd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't know he'd been in Sunset Boulevard. It's worth looking up the movie of Pirates Of Penzance, if you've not seen it. He's Frederic, and Kevin Kline is the Pirate King. Lots of fun.
eandh99
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I've seen that too, but only on TV - it is indeed fun. The live show of SB was brilliant.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 23rd, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
LG again-
Oh dear...I like David Hasselhoff!

Never saw Street Hawk, but I remember seeing clips and the motorcycle. Weren't these shows just awesome? And that's right, Rex Smith was the original Daredevil in the Incredible Hulk film, and he played Chauvelan in the Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, well, he replaced Terrance Mann.
swordznsorcery
Jun. 23rd, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
He was good as Daredevil. I think being a dancer helped him to get the movement right for the part, which was something that the recent Hollywood movie screwed up.

Hasselhoff is okay, in small doses. :p It's just that he really can't act!
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