Fortunately for you, you can rent or buy this very fun series which manages to bring plenty of imagination to the table, along with various goofy scenarios in which the bickering duo attempt to figure shit out on their own, fight the baddies and string along a very cute and Lois Lane-ish Connie Sellecca (pre-John Tesh), for the male demographic of the show. Now before you actually go out and take my word for this show’s “fun factor”, remember that it is still quite cheesy with obvious badly dubbed lines showing up here and there, an ongoing subplot about the teacher and his “bad apple” students wasting time in certain episodes and the CGI featuring our “regular guy” hero sucking as badly as in the original SUPERMAN movie, if not worse (that reminds me, the show tosses plenty of superhero one-liners out there, which are cool for any fan of comic books).
Basically, don’t expect the state of the art in terms of a television production (the action sequences are sprinkled throughout and serviceable), but do expect very imaginative plotlines with two interesting characters leading the way (Robert Culp’s gun-totting, ultra-conservative Fed is particularly gritty and enjoyable to watch), plenty of fun superhero scenarios, as well as humor, touches of drama, action and over-the-top storylines. Oh, and did I mention one of the catchiest opening songs in TV history? (remember how George from “Seinfeld” used it a version of it as his outgoing message on his answering machine?). Yes, it’s nostalgic, but it’s also a lot of fun. Contemporary television programmers should take more chances on concepts such as this one! PS: Pay close attention and you’ll note a pre-LETHAL WEAPON Danny Glover in one of the episodes as a patrolman.
Interviews (75 minutes): For anyone interested in seeing how the whole gang from the show is doing nowadays, including our hero with the blonde, puffy beach-hair William Katt, creator Stephen J. Cannell, the great Robert Culp, the lovely Connie Sellecca and the man who thought he was Marlon Brando in the show, Michael Pare, check out this packed featurette of interviews. Cannell passes along some great info on the film’s development (he was not a fan of superheroes before writing this show) and how they’re actually developing a “motion picture” based on the show at Disney right now (now that, I would look forward to!), while Katt lets us in on the fact that he and Culp actually never got along in real life and that he is still remembered fondly for his portrayal of the Peter Parker-esque lead hero.
Culp speaks at length about his fondness for his character of Maxwell and admits that he actually “brought him home” with him, over the show’s 3-year run (upsetting the wife somewhat). Michael Pare also shows up to talk shop with Connie Sellecca and to gush about how much total fun he had on the series (this is also where I found out that he’s the dude who played “Eddie” in EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS).
Booklet (8 pages): The 3-disc set also includes an 8-page booklet in which we are told about the show’s beginnings (created and written by Stephen J. Cannell, the man behind the shows like THE A-TEAM and WISEGUY), as well as some trivia and background info on everyone involved.