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Cops 'n' Robbers

What happens when you put a noticeably over-the-hill ex-starship captain, two singers, and a former model together, and give them some fancy uniforms? A bizarrely preachy and right-wing cop show, that's what; with lots of stuff blowing up, just to make sure that the likes of me don't lose interest. TJ Hooker was William Shatner's next big starring vehicle after Star Trek, and boy was it a mixed bag. Shatner himself was hysterical as über-moralistic Hooker, puffing helplessly after speedy young crooks, and always catching them thanks to the wonder of jump cuts. And why did he never stop to wonder about the irony of his name?! The rest of the cast was genuinely good, even if Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear did keep stopping to fix their hair before shooting anybody. The two of them, and James Darren who completed the cast, had a good rapport, and seemed to be having a lot of fun together. William Shatner always looked like he'd wandered onto the wrong set in the morning, but he got to growl a lot about teaching young punks lessons, which seemed to make him happy. It was loud, it was daft, it featured way more poolside shirtlessness than is surely realistic in the world of gritty crime-fighting - but it was fun, and it blew stuff up a lot. Also, James Darren is awesome, as he'd later get the chance to prove properly in Deep Space 9.

Adrian Zmed could be pretty cool as well. Just don't mention Grease 2.


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Jun. 14th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
LOL! You are really giving it to these late 70's/early 80's shows, aren't you? So funny. Was TJ Hooker a captain or anything? He seems a little old to still be a beat cop..and is Heather L ever NOT by a swimming pool or in a bikini? Adrien Zmed, now I know something else he did besides the lame Grease 2! Thanks, haha.
Jun. 14th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Hooker was a sergeant. They explained the age thing away as him having apparently given up promotion in order to remain on the streets where he was needed. Or something. William Shatner and James Darren can't be far off the same age, but the difference between them was remarkable. James Darren looked feasible as a cop. William Shatner... didn't. :D

For vintage Adrian Zmed, you could try "Batchelor Party", also starring Tom Hanks. It's one of those slightly brain-dead films, but it's fun if you're in the mood. My younger sister and I used to love it at one time. Goodness knows what I'd think of it now!
Jun. 14th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
And another one I watched regually. Are we the same age to be wathing the same things growing up?

Just looking through Youtube, I came across this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPLLgNh35MU&feature=related which I always caught if I could, even though the continuity announcers kept pronouncing his name wrong.
Jun. 14th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Matt Houston! He of the even-more-impressive-moustache than Thomas Magnum. I remember it being on BBC1 in the evenings, but I have to admit that my memories of it are rather blurred now. It's out on R1 DVD actually, but I don't think I'll bother with it.

Now you come to mention it, they did mess up his name, didn't they. He always pronounced it "Hooston", as he was American, and the BBC announcers always insisted on being proper, and saying it the British way! I'd forgotten that.
Jun. 14th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I actually remember Matt Houston more than TJ Hooker. Not the biggest Shatner fan. Hart to Hart and Remington Steele, those were my other favourites of this period.
Jun. 14th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
The good thing about TJ Hooker was always the support cast. I can't claim to be any fan of Shatner myself, I must admit.

Remington Steele is excellent. It stands up so well today. The final season perhaps not, but the earlier ones are still really good. If you don't have the DVDs, I'd recommend them. Hart To Hart can be fun, certainly. I seem to have a Hart To Hart tag here, so I must have warbled about it when I bought season one a while ago. I have no memory of that whatsoever.
Jun. 14th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
I remember really liking both Stephanie Zimbalist and Stephanie Power in their roles - interesting capable women, not damsels in distress. I'll have to get myself some RSteele DVD's.
Jun. 14th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
I got so annoyed with the pronunciation that I wrote to the BBC. I like to think they did it better after that.
Jun. 14th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I am mightily impressed. :D
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