Rating: Not Rated
“Keep your eyes to the skies for non-stop action as the complete Season One of Airwolf soars on to DVD for the first time ever! Jan-Michael Vincent stars as Stringfellow Hawke, a reclusive renegade pilot who’s assigned to top-secret missions for the CIA by the mysterious ‘Archangel’ (Alex Cord). Hawke’s weapon of choice is the high-tech battle helicopter of the future, Airwolf. Loaded with cutting-edge surveillance equipment and unbelievable firepower, Airwolf takes Hawke and his friend Dominic (Ernest Borgnine) around the globe in search of dangerous international spies and criminals. Ride along with guest stars Lance LeGault, James Whitmore Jr., Shannen Doherty and David Carradine on all 11 episodes, including the thrilling two-hour pilot, of this amazing action-adventure series.”
Airwolf is not rated.
Airwolf was kind of a cross between Knight Rider and a Tom Clancy techno-thriller. The show had a cool, futuristic machine that stole the show any time it appeared on the air (even if many of the aerial battles seem to just use stock footage of the helicopter flying around). It also had the whole spy thing / political thriller going that allowed the characters to go to a wide variety of locations and situations. And being set right in the middle of the Cold War, this allowed for some interesting situations involving Russia, spies, and international intrigue.
The cast was decent. Jan-Michael Vincent is handsome and rugged as Stringfellow Hawke. He makes a believable adventurer and pilot, but the scenes with him playing the cello were quite cheesy. Ernest Borgnine serves as comic relief as Dominic Santini. Despite being on of the ugliest actors on TV, Borgnine served as a good contrast to Vincent’s brooding character. Alex Cord was interesting as Michael ‘Archangel’ Coldsmith Briggs III, the mysterious leader of the secret spy organization. Jean Bruce Scott also added a little sex appeal as Caitlin O’Shaughnessy in the otherwise male dominated show. Also look for guest appearances by Shannen Doherty and David Carradine.
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