S.W.A.T. The Final Season
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I really enjoyed the first season of S.W.A.T. but what I have enjoyed even more about the second season besides the fact that there are more episodes is the fact that they go on location a lot more and it brightens up the episode.
As they did in the first season a lot of the episodes focus on a member of the team in a side story to the episode or being involved in the actual story line and then there are a lot of episodes where the whole team is involved. A good mix of episodes.
Since I am a fan of Mark Shera and watch the show because of him, the episodes that feature his character, Dom Luca are my favorites. That said I can't think of any episode in this season that I have not enjoyed watching over and over again and look forward to seeing on DVD.
Update- Now that I have the actual DVD set, I can say that the quality on the episodes is good, right on par with the first season. One thing I really appreciate it that this final season set has chapter breaks which the first season put out by Sony did not. That makes a big difference. I definitely will be enjoying these episodes over and over.
In Season Two, almost all non-police action has been removed. No more of the guys hanging around Crazy Mary's having a beer after work. Almost all references to girlfriends, wives and children have been removed. Retconned Hondo (I call him Horndog Hondo) even chastely lusts after some of the female guest characters (does Betty know about this? Hondo, how could you do this to your sons!) Another change is that Hondo is now front and center of every single episode, with the other guys on the squad often relegated to background characters. The show also reused sequences from two season 1 eps in season 2.
On the other hand, Chief Roman is still the chief even though he's mostly spoken of and not seen. And the Ritchie crime family still serves as The Sopranos of SWAT-land, even if none of the characters from "Hit Men" in season one are reprised. And good old Deke seems to have stayed married, although Clio is not seen in season two.
Several actors appear again playing completely different characters: Sal Mineo, Christopher George, Robert Webber, Robert Loggia and Loni Anderson among them. New guest stars in season two include Ann Francis, Elinor Donohue, Frank Gorshin, Diedre Hall, Lesley Ann Warren and Susan Dey.
The first season rotated two directors all season, while the second season added different directors each week, which gives the show a slightly different feel.
The stories were largely tightened up and the police action is more intense and better filmed. No more entertaining yet ridiculous plots like "Death Score" or "The Steel-Plated Security Blanket.Read more ›
S.W.A.T. was a favorite show that came out of the 70's and I still enjoy it as much today as I did back then since it was shown on TV Land for a month and was on Antenna TV for about a year, but I read all these reviews saying that the show doesn't transcend to today but I think that is totally wrong. Many teenage boys think the show is as cool as I did back in the 70's.
I only had a few complaints about this cop drama.
1)They would change details from 1 season to the next without explanation, such as in the first season TJ was engaged but in the 2nd Season, he was out dating again. That seemed to happen a lot on shows in the 70's.
2) SWAT always seemed to focus mainly on the character of Lt. Hondo(Steve Forrest). Each episode seemed to make him out to be the hero, instead of ever letting one of the other members of the team get any glory.
All in all I think this was a great TV show that never got the praise it deserved.
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It's one of my favorite series' but I wish it was Blueray!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
great throwback to the 1970s. entertaining and interesting seeing stars from that period.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Packaging is good, standard DVD size with flipping individual DVD holders. The show is typical for that period. Read morePublished 4 months ago by RM
Not the most thrilling episodes, but nice to have the final seasonPublished 6 months ago by Paula Willson
I waited a long time for this season to come out on DVD and it was worth the wait.Published 6 months ago by Doreen
Now,i have completed my entire collection of the old ABC/Spelling-Goldberg TV series,"S.W.A.T."-Highly Satisfied!Published 7 months ago by JOE S HILL