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Riptide!

Roaming through the old VHS collection again, and I has Riptide now! Not as much as I should do, sadly - another tape had gone mouldy (perils of living in a damp house). The mouldy one had a label saying "Riptide - holiday, casino, pirates" (basically I suck at Riptide episode titles). I did Research, and I think that means "Fuzzy Vision", "Oil Bets Are Off" and "The Pirate and the Princess" have now gone to the big VHS player in the sky. But! I still have an episode with Cody handcuffed to a boat, and one with Richard Hatch being a rock star. I appreciate that the former isn't too specific, but the latter should be obvious. I think Richard Hatch being a rock star only happened once.

I like the Richard Hatch episode a lot, so it was nice seeing that again. It's season three, mind, so it has the updated, appalling titles. Yes, I know it was the 1980s. That's no reason to hammer me over the head with it. Seriously:





Who looks at that, and thinks it's a good idea?! It's a good episode, though. Okay, so at some point just about every detective show seems to do a "rock star has a comeback and old members of his band get killed off" storyline (actually I think Riptide managed it twice), but it's how you do it that counts.

Exhibit A: Richard Hatch being a rock star.



I think the guitar suits him. Being evil definitely does. It's a shame that the end of the episode didn't go well for him, as I would have enjoyed a rematch. Cody would possibly not have enjoyed that though, as it was one of his angst episodes, leading to the obligatory "Cody Has A Thoughtful Walk On The Beach To Quiet Piano Music" ending. The show always liked a good sprinkling of them.

The other episode is right back at the start of season one, and involves Quinlan being more of a jerk than usual; the robot being over used in the name of much belaboured sight gags; and a hideous bracelet. Also, aside from being handcuffed to a boat, Cody manages to get chained to an engine block as well, which is an impressive tally even for Cody. Also there's grenades.

Exhibit B: Handcuff party (hideous bracelet is just about visible).



Exhibit C: Utterly glorious car.



Exhibit D: Grenades! Guns! Big pink helicopter!



I still really don't like Murray, though. Usually the geek would be my favourite character, but every scene with Murray is like a sledgehammer, repeatedly concussing me with the fact of his geekiness and general ineptitude. And I want to punch him every time he does that stupid OTT giggle. This makes me feel like a bad fan, but I don't care.

Yes I do. But never mind.

Still. Riptide!

Comments

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ladygretchen
Mar. 15th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
You are so funny with the titles. I used to do the same thing on my VHS tapes. I never paid attention to episode titles, for a long time I didn't realize shows had titles as most don't show it in the credits. omg, those credits look straight out of the cartoon Jem and the Holograms! It doesn't get more 80s than that! I like that phrase you used, 'concussing.' haha.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
They are horrendous credits, aren't they! The first two seasons had been pretty sensible, and then the third season went insane. Maybe the designer got drunk.

Have you seen "Riptide"? I think it's one you'd like, if not.
ladygretchen
Mar. 17th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Riptide. I'll have to give it a look one day. I'm currently watching 21 Jumpstreet, but I'm not even gonna touch the movie. ick. Hulu keeps giving me A-Team Ads..not interested in that. I want to watch Magnum P.I and Netflix removed it from streaming. It might be on Hulu. I can only handle so many series 80's at a time. LOL I'm still just ready to start the 3rd season of 'Murder She Wrote.' :) And I'm itching to watch 'The Scarecrow and Mrs. King' which was recently put on DVD, or one of the seasons I believe.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 17th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
I think it's season one of "Scarecrow & Mrs King" that's out. I used to like that show, but I've not seen it in forever! "Magnum" is definitely worth seeking out. It's a lot of fun. Made by the same people who did "Simon & Simon" of course, leading to fun crossovers. Always thought it's a shame that TV doesn't do that sort of thing more often!
jekesta
Mar. 15th, 2012 06:25 am (UTC)
Things shouldn't be allowed to eat riptide and steal it. I have all the eps as .avi files if you ever want me to send you a copy. Season 3 is a little bit sadness but the pirates were the least sad bit of it.

OH MY GOD I LOVE APOLLO.

Richard Hatch being a rock star only happened once

HE IS ALWAYS A ROCKSTAR.

I LOVE THAT FOR A WHILE HE WAS NEAR CODY. I love that he was evil and Cody was disgusted by him and everyone was disgusted by him. I LOVE HIS VOICE. He showed up in Dynasty - I am not watching Dynasty, but my sisters both are - and they said that I was a fool and his voice was nothing special, but that is only because they have been listening to too much Dex Dexter and are spoiled for voices. I LOVE HIM.

I love Murray as well. I thought I was going to hate Murray and then he was one of my favourite things instead. I am sorry you hate him but I sort of understand but I am sorry.
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Should have known you'd like the rockstar episode! He's really good in it, actually. It makes me a bit guilty for having overlooked him so much in BSG (although the script writers did too, which stops me feeling too bad). He should guest in everything as a bad guy. He does it really well.
tinx_r
Mar. 15th, 2012 08:23 am (UTC)
I have also never liked Murray, and I refuse to call myself a bad fan :) Nick and Cody are quite all that Riptide needs, I think personally :D (But I know I am biased).

I totally agree with jekesta, nothing should be allowed to savage Riptide. Ever.

Cody should really be tied to more things, more often. Ideally, Nick...

:) Yay for Riptide episodes!
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh good. I was worried that hating Murray might be seen as a bad thing! I don't want to hate him, and I like the idea of Nick and Cody having a techie guy to help out. I like the computers. It's just that the character is written to be too much of a stereotype, I guess.

Cody does get tied to a fair few things. He did quite well at that. I don't remember him being tied to Nick though, now you come to mention it. I'm quite surprised at the writers for missing that one.
tinx_r
Mar. 15th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Well, naturally, some people think hating Murray is a bad thing :) And come to think of it, I made comm rules which say people cant hate any of the three boys out loud (in the interests of anti-wank). However, personally I agree with you totally on the way he's written.


Just this one time, I think :D
swordznsorcery
Mar. 15th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Has Murray fallen asleep there?!

Making rules like that for a comm makes sense. Some people get sensitive about such things, and some people get aggressive, and the last thing you want is fights. It's a subject that could make an interesting discussion though, I think.
tinx_r
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe he's just looking away: Nick and Cody in neoprene, tied to each other? I expect one can only take that in, in the flesh, in short glances, without one's brain exploding :)
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