The Mentalist 2.19 Blood Money (2010, Crime Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Creator: Bruno Heller
Simon Baker: Patrick Jane
Robin Tunney: Teresa Lisbon
Tim Kang: Kendall Cho
Owain Yeoman: Wayne Rigsby
Amanda Righetti: Grace Van Pelt
John Ales: Cale Sylvan
Dwayne L. Barnes: Jayden Flower
K. Callan: Annabelle Draber
John Kapelos: Hank Draber
William Lucking: Judge Franklin T. Hildred
Mia Riverton: Dana Munn
Stephen Spinella: ADA Marc Odenthal
Aunjanue Ellis: Madeleine Hightower
Co-Executive Producer: Ashley Gable
Producer: Charlie Goldstein
Writer: Ashley Gable
Writer: Jordan Harper
Director: Adam Kane
Executive Producer: Bruno Heller

Mentalist, The 2.19 Blood Money (2010)

CBI investigate the death of an Assistant District Attorney but identifying the killer isn’t too much of a problem. Because he’s a professional killer, though, catching and convicting him is going to be the hard part.

6/10

There’s some good fun here but this is a slightly more serious episode than most as the baddie is a psychopath and is clearly presented as such and, well, psychopaths are disturbing. Additionally, the series is beginning to struggle under the weight of Jane’s recklessness as he deliberately upsets an armed smuggler, a psychopathic hitman, a murderer and a judge. Though it’s still fun.

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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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The A-Team 1.01,02 Mexican Slayride (1983, TV) – 4/10 review

George Peppard: John "Hannibal" Smith
Melinda Culea: Amy Amanda Allen
Tim Dunigan: Templeton "Face" Peck
Dwight Schultz: "Howling Mad" Murdock
Mr. T: Bosco "B.A." Baracus
Executive Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Co-Executive Producer: Frank Lupo
Writer (Series’ Creator): Frank Lupo
Writer (Series’ Creator): Stephen J. Cannell
Writer: Frank Lupo
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Director: Rod Holcomb
William Lucking: Colonel Lynch
Philip Sterling: Grant Eldridge
Sergio Calderon: Valdez
Ron Palillo:
Melody Anderson: Avon – Airplane Salesgirl
William Windom: Al Massey
Stunt Coordinator: Craig R. Baxley
Second Unit Director: Craig R. Baxley

A-Team, The 1.01,02 Mexican Slayride (1983)

Reporter Al Massey gets himself kidnapped in Mexico but friend and fellow reporter Amy Allen can’t get anyone to help or take her seriously when he doesn’t report in. She hears about a team of mercenaries called the A-Team and sets out to find if they really exist and if she can hire them.

4/10

It’s rather difficult to see what made the A-Team such a successful show from this pilot. It doesn’t have an interesting or even convincing story and the script is regularly so awful, it is as if the makers presume audiences don’t watch their show with the sound on. George Peppard doesn’t even play himself all the way through enlisting a back-of-wig double even for some dialogue scenes. The two things that do stand out about this pilot episode are a number of terrific vehicle stunts and, unforgettably, Mr T. He delivers the gruff exterior / sweet interior character with considerable charm and charisma and would be rewarded by becoming an international icon.

This A-Team, The episode contains bad language and violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.