Saturday, January 16, 2010

Guilty Pleasure

The TV show opened with the sequence...
"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they did not commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade and to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you could hire the A-Team"

M, P & I watched this show on Tuesday nights in the 80's, religiously. We met up with our friends, Patty, Danny & Gary and would "pretend" to be the A-Team, riding around on our bicycles.

It was a feel good show about these 4 men who were just misunderstood by the military, by loved by those they helped. They were courageous, skilled and loyal.
The plot (for each episode) was that a group of people from a neighborhood were being bother by either the mob, corrupt law enforcement, bullies, bad neighbors or gangs. They contacted the A-Team (through friends) and the A - Team arrived to set up a complicated plot to lure the bad guys to them. The Team would build elaborate props, buildings, cars etc in order to capture and humiliate the bad guys who would then repent. Just at the A-T finished up their job, the military would arrive just seconds behind to capture them, only to be foiled and miss the team by moments. The Team were fiercely loyal to one another and an example of a untraditional family unit. They always won, good prevailed over evil and no one ever got hurt or died.

Hannibal Smith was the leader - always chomping on a cigar, "I love it when a plan comes together", he would say as the team helped the innocents and captured the bad guys.

Howlin' Mad Murdoch - clinically insane was the comic foil for the show. He was the technician, but also had a love-hate relationship with the muscle of the team.

B.A. Baracus - the super strong, "heavy" of the group, the only one that looked intimidating. He was big, could come across as mean and was constantly annoyed at Murdoch. Oh, and he had this fear of flying, so when the team would have to drug him, unsuspectingly, each episode in order to transport him to the various jobs. Also, his catchphrase was "I pity the fool who _____".

Templeton Peck (Face) - the last of the guys. He was the looker of the group, the ladies man who brought a polished presence and could pull off wearing a suit or playing the rich man.

Fun, silly show that we adored!

Well, Hollywood is making it into a movie starring Liam Neeson as Hannibal Smith and Bradley Cooper as Face.
This should be interesting....

1 comment:

piera said...

I loved this show. Which character were you D? I remember being face.