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The A-Team Ė Season Three


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: D†††† Episodes: C



One of the most successful of reaction TV in the 1980s and hit TV without a brain at that was The A-Team, now unthinkably being considered for a big screen revisit, is coming out in its original episodes in the meantime on DVD.Season Three offers the 1985-86 episodes as the silly show continued to help NBC position itself as the number one network of the time.Of course, the idea that they are soldiers of fortune the U.S. Government was always preposterous, for you donít need the latest digital technology to find Mr. T, people bought it and the show did well.


Another one of Universalís wacky action series form the period, the show has aged very oddly post-9/11 and their trusty van feels more like a relic of the 1970s.However, the show is simply a bad 1980s time capsule of goofiness and it has actually become worse.I never thought this show was funny and it may be one of the most plastic productions to have a Vietnam connection ever made.The late George Peppard (who did not get along with Mr. T) pretty much cashed out his credibility, sick and tired of not getting better roles.Dirk Benedict finally found a hit after Battlestar: Galactica.The rest of the cast is mostly identified with this show, which had its share of strange moments and character actors.In some ways, the show foreran the bombastic films, TV and even videogames that are making people deaf today.And this was the good old days?


The box claims that this was the most popular season and with NBC on the rise, that makes sense, but the show is surprisingly repetitious and dull, though this was considered a new approach at the time.Now it is echoed in hundreds of bad cable, straight-to-video and other serial productions.On a more serious note, the Rollback politics of the show are embarrassing, as if Vietnam could have been won if it was not for that bureaucracy that made them criminals when they were not.Now, we guess this show could be considered their crime.


The 1.33 X 1 image shows its age with grain and substandard color, though in fairness to the show, it was not supposed to look polished.It is no better or worse than the broadcast prints.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is on the same level, though it is a little soft for a TV show of the time.There are no extras.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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