T.J. Hooker 2.07 The Survival Syndrome (1982, Police Action Drama) – 6/10 TV review


Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Robert Fields: Lawson
Chris Mulkey: Thomas
Mark Soper: David Harmon
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Dallas Barnes
Writer: Joanne Barnes
Director: Charles Picerni

T.J. Hooker 2.07 Survival Syndrome, The (1982)

After Romano is shot in the head by car thieves (fortunately, it just misses his hair), Hooker comes under close personal scrutiny from the media when he is filmed apparently shooting the unarmed teenage criminal who was shouting “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!”. Hooker and Captain Sheridan know that it was the thief’s accomplice that shot him but until the bullet can be delicately removed from the teenager’s spine, they will have no proof.

6/10

Fast-moving (there are three plot strands) and entertaining but too much strain is placed on Adrian Zmed’s acting ability. Still, we get a great scene where Hooker sorts out Romano’s posttraumatic stress disorder (here called survival syndrome) by wrestling with him (obviously, the best way to sort out any anxiety disorder) and there’s a welcome car chase in the middle. You don’t get many car chases in cop shows nowadays and I miss them.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains gun violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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