Magnum, p.i. (1987) – Murder By Night and On The Fly

  It’s time for a classic noir whodunnit in the first episode up this week. Murder By Night originally aired 14 January, 1987 and was written by Robert Hamilton. This episode sees Magnum (Tom Selleck) as a private investigator in the 1940s, nosing around the murder of a newspaper publisher, Maxfield. All the familiar faces…

Body Snatchers (1993) – Abel Ferrara

  My time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues as I examine the next iteration of the classic sci-fi tale of the Body Snatchers with this 1993 update. This version features Gabrielle Anwar in the lead supported by Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker and R. Lee Ermey. Anwar is young teenager Marti Malone, who is on…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Under World and Fragments

  It’s more fun and excitement in Hawaii this week as Thomas (Tom Selleck) and company end up in trouble, adventure and the target of murder… First up is Under World, written by Reuben Leder, this episode had an original airdate of 25 October, 1984. T.C. (Roger E. Mosley) is flying a honeymoon couple to Maui, where…

The A-Team (1983) – Children of Jamestown and Pros and Cons

  Here’s where the series gets really underway, this week’s episodes see the A-Team falling right into the groove, or the jazz, that we know they’ll be following for the next couple of seasons (to the point where it will become predictable, perhaps even cliché). First up is Children of Jamestown, written by Cannell with…

The Greatest American Hero (1982) – Plague and Train of Thought

  Bill (Robert Culp) and Ralph (William Katt) are exposed to danger this week in the episode Plague, which aired 6 January, 1982, and was penned by Rudolph Borchert. Picking up an assignment from Carlisle (William Bogert) that none of his fellow agents want, Bill gets a number of inoculations before going into the field…

Magnum, p.i. (1982) – Past Tense and Black on White

  Things are rough in Hawaii this week for Thomas (Tom Selleck) and the guys! First up is Past Tense, which originally aired 21 October, 1982 and was written by Reuben Leder. It features an appearance by Ice Pick (Walter Chotzen) but the role was later recast. When conflicting schedules cause T.C. (Roger E. Mosley)…

Airwolf (1986) – Day of Jeopardy and Desperate Monday

  Airwolf flies into action again in these two episodes! First up is Day of Jeopardy which aired 25 January, 1986 and was written by Everett Chambers and Rick Kelbaugh. It also boasts guest stars Anne Lockhart and G. Gordon Liddy. Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) is less than pleased when the identity of a witness he’s…

Airwolf (1985) – Crossover and Kingdom Come

  More high-flying action this week as Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) flies Airwolf into more danger! First up is Crossover, written by Elliot West and airing 26 October, 1985, this episode sees String working alone to bring a father daughter team over from Czechoslovakia, to the U.S. through Mexico. The pair are defecting and have…

Airwolf (1985) – Eruption and Short Walk to Freedom

Season 2 of Airwolf wraps up with this post. First up is Eruption written by T.S. Cook and Kevin Hartigan, this one originally aired on 6 April, 1985. String (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dom (Ernest Borgnine) are using Airwolf to take readings around what was thought to be a dormant volcano, everything seems to be going fairly well…

Airwolf (1985) – Dambreakers and Severance Pay

An exciting adventure for Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) leads off the episode installments this week! Dambreakers was written by Westbrook Claridge, Alfonse Ruggiero and Douglas Steinberg, with an original airdate of 16 March, 1985. Hawke flies an eager, young reporter, Kelly Dayton (Heather McNair) to a remote religious community to do a story. Having been invited,…