Quantum Leap (1992) – Ghost Ship and Roberto!

Sam (Scott Bakula) finds himself in the pilot seat in Ghost Ship, the first episode for review this week. Written by Donald P. Bellisario and Paris Qualles, it first aired on 4 March, 1992 and takes place on 13 August, 1956. En route to Bermuda, Sam is Eddie Brackett, an inexperienced co-pilot, and finds all…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – Memories are Forever

This two-parter originally aired as a single full-length feature episode, and gave Thomas (Tom Selleck) even more background for his character. It originally aired 5 November, 1981 and was written by Bellisario. While working on a divorce case, Magnum thinks he spots someone from his past on a passing yacht, and it shakes him to his…

The Rockford Files (1977) – Crack Back & Dirty Money, Black Light

Season 3 of The Rockford Files comes to a close with these two episodes. First up is Crack Back, written by Juanita Bartlett, and aired, originally on 25 March, 1977. Knowing Bartlett had written this one, told me that it would be very character driven, and it did not disappoint. The phone gag this time…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – Never Again… Never Again & The Ugliest Dog in Hawaii

Thomas (Tom Selleck) finds his way into more trouble this week, with this double dose of the Hawaii detective (sorry, investigator). The first episode, Never Again… Never Again, hit televisions on 22 January, 1981. It was written for the series by Babs Greyhosky, based on a story by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell. It was directed by…

Airwolf (1984) – The Shadow of the Hawke (Parts 1 & 2)

Bellisario’s next series focuses on the supercopter Airwolf, its pilot Stringfellow (what a terrible name) Hawke (Jan-Micheal Vincent), his mechanic and co-pilot, Dominic (Ernest Borgnine). The two-hour pilot, released overseas as a theatrical film aired 22 January, 1984. Bellisario wrote and directed the pilot movie that introduces the top-secret organization known as The Firm, which,…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983) – Naka Jima Kill & Boragora or Bust

First off, before I jump in, how gorgeous is that art above, created by Trevor Grove! Check out his work here. This week Jake (Stephen Collins) gets embroiled in assassination plots and claim jumpers in two episodes that see us coming up incredibly quickly on the end of the series, which is so sad, and I…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983) – Cooked Goose & Last Chance Louie

This was the beginning of the end for Jake (Stephen Collins) and company. After a month off, the series came back in March of 1983, in a new time slot, Friday night at 10, hardly beneficial to the show’s target audience. Despite being a critical success, and garnering a growing fan base, the show was…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983) – High Stakes Lady & Force of Habit

Jake Cutter (Stephen Collins) takes a double hit to his love life in the episodes being revisited this week. The first episode, High Stakes Lady (which also has an appearance by Charles Napier – who also appeared in this week’s Rockford Files), originally aired 26 January, 1983, and was written by William Driskill and Lance…

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1983) – Ape Boy & God Save The Queen

Cutter’s Goose flies into a storm of adventure this week with two more episodes in the much beloved, and cut too short series, Tales of the Gold Monkey. The first episode, which aired 12 January 1983, and was written by William Driskill, Andrew Schneider, and Eric Lerner, is a bit of a spin on the classic Tarzan…