V – The Series (1984) – The Overlord, and The Dissident

While Julie (Faye Grant) confronts allegations of treason, Donovan (Marc Singer), Elias (Micheal Wright) and Tyler (Micheal Ironside) could be walking into a trap when they agree to help a small mining town take on some Visitor backed villains. The Overlord was written by David Abramowitz, and first aired on 30 November, 1984. The town…

V – The Series (1984) – The Sanction, and Visitor’s Choice

The battle for Earth continues this week, along with a healthy dose of melodrama, as I continue exploring V – The Series. Up first is The Sanction, written by Brian Taggert, who worked on The Final Battle, this story first aired on 16 November, 1984. Mike Donovan’s (Marc Singer) son, Sean (Nicky Katt) is being…

V – The Series (1984/1985) – Breakout, and The Deception

Plot holes, and continuity errors begin to crop up in the V The Series already, when Breakout comes to the screen this week. Written by David Braff, this episode, the third in production, and intended to be broadcast as such, wasn’t aired until 24 May, 1985. This causes some problems with characters meeting, and the…

V – The Series (1984) – Liberation Day, and Dreadnought

V – The Series brought the Visitors and the renewed battle for Earth to television on a weekly basis, and despite being a costly production (a calculated one million dollars per episode, which was unheard of at the time), it just seemed doomed to fail. I mean with a budget like that, you think someone…

Miami Vice (1984) – The Great McCarthy, and Glades

Vice cops Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) enter the fast-paced world of speedboat racing, when they go undercover to stop a drug smuggler who is using the race to funnel drugs into Miami. The Great McCarthy was written by Joel Surnow and Philip Reed. It debuted on 16 November, 1984, and added…

Miami Vice (1984) – One Eyed Jack, and No Exit

Edward James Olmos joins the main cast this week as the division’s new lieutenant, Martin Castillo, and with his steely eyed glare on Crockett (Don Johnson) the story swings into high gear. One Eyed Jack was written by Alfonse Ruggerio Jr., and first aired on 2 November, 1984. An old flame of Crockett’s Barbara Carrow…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Tran Quoc Jones and Luther Gillis: File #001

  It’s back to Paradise for the Thursday visit with Thomas and company… Up first is Tran Quoc Jones. This episode was penned by Chris Abbott and had an airdate of 29 November, 1984. The titular character, Tran Quoc Jones (Roland Harrah III), is an illegal Amerasian boy, who sells knick knacks on the streets…

Magnum, p.i. (1984) – Blind Justice and Murder 101

  Chris Abbott wrote Blind Justice, which aired 8 November, 1984, and this poses a wonderfully ethical problem for Thomas (Tom Selleck). The private investigator is approached by his friend, prosecuting attorney Carol Baldwin (Kathleen Lloyd) about helping out on her case as a witness, as well as doing some investigating for her. She wants…

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…

Airwolf (1984) – Flight #093 is Missing and Once a Hero

Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent), Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) and Caitlin O’Shannessy (Jean Bruce Scott) take to the sky again this week, and this time they take on two elements that seemed to permeate 80s culture… Plane hijackings, and Vietnam M.I.A.s. First up is Flight #093 is Missing, which aired 17 November, 1984. It was written…

Airwolf (1984) – Fallen Angel and HX-1

Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine) fly into more adventure this week. First up is Fallen Angel, written by Deborah Pratt, which aired 3 November, 1984. String and Dom are laid up in a hospital by the end of the opening titles because of a stunt they did crashing a biplane into a…