T.J. Hooker 3.02 Carnal Express (1983, Police Action Drama) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
James Darren: Jim Corrigan
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Richard Lynch: Virgil Dobbs
Peter Brown: Lt. Drummer
Trisha Noble: Lorraine Daggett
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer: Joe Viola
Director: Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.

T.J. Hooker 3.02 Carnal Express (1983)

Hooker gets involved in a white slavery case but Stacey decides to go undercover as an exotic dancer to speed up the investigation.

5/10

While giving Heather Locklear more to do and less to wear may sound like the recipe for a great episode, she, like bland co-stars Adrian Zmed and James Darren, does not have the charisma or talent to carry the weight of the show. Richard Lynch is a quality bad guy at any time though and there’s still plenty of dirtbags for Hooker to chastise including a joyous epithet spat at Lynch. Also, Hooker on white slavery: "When they’re taken off my streets, like Bonnie, that’s different, and I’m damn well gonna put a stop to it." You know, if we ever cross T.J. Hooker and Valentino Rossi we should appoint him king of the world.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains gun violence.

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T.J. Hooker 3.01 The Return (1983, Police Action Drama) – 4/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
James Darren: Jim Corrigan
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
William Lucking: Jack Clayton
Laurie Prange: Elma Ford Prentiss
James Sutorius: Freddie Hamilton
Troas Hayes:
Marine Jahan: Evelyn West
Richard Herd: Captain Dennis Sheridan
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer: Mark Rodgers
Director: Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.

T.J. Hooker 3.01 Return, The (1983)

Five years after his detective partner was killed during an armed bank robbery, Hooker realises that the man responsible has returned (a one-handed man would you believe) and vows to get him while he can.

4/10

Mighty silly episode that takes itself way too seriously, though the chase sequences are helped no end by some energetic music.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains gun violence.

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T.J. Hooker 2.21 Payday Pirates (1983, Police 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
James Darren: Officer Jim Corrigan
Jean Leclerc: Jake Hendricks
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Paul B. Margolis
Director: Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.

T.J. Hooker 2.21 Payday Pirates (1983)

An armed robbery ends up with Fran getting hit on the head and suffering extensive damage to her optical nerve. As Fran struggles to keep her sight, Hooker struggles to reign in his rage as he relentlessly pursues the maggot responsible. Meanwhile, he assigns Stacy to in-the-field training with no-nonsense cop-with-a-past (of course, what other type of cop is there?) Jim Corrigan.

6/10

A guilty pleasure not to be taken too seriously and enjoyed with a silly grin on your face as Hooker deals with the maggots and scum that might render his wife blind. "If God’s gonna help somebody, it’s not likely to be you, friend." As usual for season two, there are is also a generous amount of good action with two car chases, a Hooker versus stock car showdown and Stacy executing a side-handle baton throw to take down a crook. New cast member James Darren tries to look annoyed with Heather Locklear but fails.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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