T.J. Hooker 2.20 The Hostages (1983) – 7/10 police action drama TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Jonathan Banks: Freddy Baker
Lance LeGault: Lt. Decker
Edward Walsh: Henry Baker
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Robert Earll
Director: Cliff Bole
Executive Producer: Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer: Leonard Goldberg

T.J. Hooker 2.20 Hostages, The (1983)

After foiling an armed robbery, shooting and injuring one (“not nearly bad enough”) and arresting another with another two getting away, Hooker discovers that they are all members of the same family. Trying to locate the two missing robbers, it quickly becomes clear that they are going to try and break their injured father out of hospital… where Hooker’s ex-wife Fran works and Stacey has gone to visit a critically ill child (of course).

7/10

Snappy classic Hooker action with Shatner demonstrating yet again that he is a true TV hero (and Adrian Zmed, though very pretty, is not). The casting is good as Jonathan Banks does what he does best (be a maggot) and Lance LeGault also does his thing (hard-headed arrogance). The writing isn’t too good with the requirement that Hooker always be right leaving the aforementioned Lance LeGault as his usual bad good guy but there are some nice action moments to make up for it (especially Hooker vaulting a hospital gurney) and the laudable tension is momentarily relieved by the world’s slowest elevator. There’s also a really nice epilogue where Hooker gets a hug from the little girl he saved.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains adult dialogue and violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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