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Get ready to take off for action and adventure as all 22 one-hour episodes of Airwolf Season Two soar on to a spectacular five-disc DVD set for the first time ever! Cruise the skies once again with Airwolf, the cutting-edge, high-tech surveillance and defense helicopter of the future, and Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent), its reclusive renegade pilot, as they touch down on dangerous secret missions from Afghanistan to the jungles of Central America. From drug runners to dambreakers to demented businessmen, there's no one who can hide from the Airwolf team's high-tech gadgetry and fighting power. Co-starring Ernest Borgnine and Alex Cord, this suspenseful and daring Emmy-nominated series from TV producer Donald P. Bellisario (Magnum P.I., Quantum Leap) is sure to be a thrill-ride fans won't want to leave!
Jan-Michael Vincent stars in Airwolf as Stringfellow Hawke, who, with trusty sidekick Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine), embarks on perilous missions for a top secret agency known as The Firm, which in turn allows him fairly free rein as he searches for his long lost brother. Vincent, then 40 years old, was still a year or two away from ruining his career with substance abuse problems, but his work here is hardly of Emmy-winning caliber; indeed, it's a lazy performance pretty much devoid of emotional resonance. Borgnine, on the other hand, is always reliable, but even the former Oscar winner (in 1955, for Marty) can't overcome Airwolf's procession of cardboard characters (especially the villains) and credulity-challenging scripts, which find our heroes traveling to a Laotian prison camp, battling nuclear terrorists in California, rescuing the president of a South American banana republic, investigating a religious cult, fending off jungle cats kept on a Texas hunting ranch, and saving a country singer from the nefarious machinations of her manager-husband, among other silliness. In fairness, creator-executive producer Donald Bellisario (who also brought us Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap, and JAG) and his team make an effort to inject a human element; there's an episode in which Dominic is arrested for murdering his faithless wife, and a couple that find the guilt-ridden Hawke searching for his brother, Saint John (pronounced "Sinjin"), who was presumed lost during the Vietnam War when Stringfellow left him in the jungle. What's more, considering its relatively ancient pedigree, technology-wise, the effects work isn't bad, and there are some cool moments when the Airwolf helicopter does what it does best (i.e., blow stuff up).
It's unlikely that anyone will fondly look back at Airwolf as one of television's finest moments. That doesn't mean that this five-disc set containing all 22 episodes from the series' second season (1984-85) won't find an audience eager to re-live the adventures of a super high-tech helicopter and the renegade flyboy who pilots it (heck, even Knight Rider, featuring David Hasselhoff and his talking car, has its adherents). Nonetheless, low expectations are definitely in order for anyone who wasn't, say, ten years old when the show was on the air.But overall, the show lacks a strong vibe, a recognizable sense of style and pace to draw viewers in and make believers out of us. Not terrible, not terrific, Airwolf is just sort of there. --Sam Graham
- 22 episodes on five discs
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In addition to that, the Second Season is when Jean Bruce-Scott joins the case & crew as Hawke(Jan-Michael Vincent) and Dom's(Ernest Borgnine)spunky fellow pilot(Caitlyn O'Shaunessy), which made the episodes of AIRWOLF more interesting and enjoyable than the First Season along with AIRWOLF showing off more features too.
Therefore, I think this is the second best season of AIRWOLF that made its debut in January of 1984, but the Third Season is even better than the first 2 seasons throughout AIRWOLFs whole 2 1/2-year run on CBS, despite the fact that this show didn't last very long and started getting a drop in ratings during this 1984-1985 Season which resulted in AIRWOLF's cancellation in the Spring of 1986 which was when KNIGHT RIDER was cancelled too.
It was also interesting seeing guest stars in this 1984-1985 Season like
*James Whitmore, Jr. in the "Sweet Britches" episode before his co-starring days as Hunter & McCall's ornery fellow officer (Det. Bernie Terwilliger)on the police drama HUNTER
*Jared Martin in the "Santinis Millions" episode during his co-starring days on DALLAS
*Mills Watson in the "Eruption" episode after his co-starring days as the doofus Deputy Perkins on SHERIFF LOBO
*Lance LeGault playing a crooked Sheriff in the "Sweet Britches" episode during his co-starring days as the ornery Army nemesis(Col. Decker) on THE A-TEAM & his co-starring days as Magnum's disgruntled Navy nemesis(Col.Green)on MAGNUM, P.I.
*Jennifer Aniston's father(John Aniston) in the "Short Walk To Freedom" episode before his co-starring days on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
*Anne Lockhart in the "Random Target" episode after her co-starring days as Sheba BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
*Nick Campbell in the episodes "Prisoners Of Yesterday" and "The Inn At The End Of The Road" after his earlier co-starring days as THE HITCHHIKER, which was of course before Nick Campbell was replaced by Page Fletcher
*Jeffrey McKay during his co-starring days as Magnum's gullible Navy buddy(Mac Reynolds)
*Noble Willingham in the "Natural Born" episode before his co-starring days on the police drama WALKER TEXAS RANGER
*Martin Milner in the "Severance Pay" episode after his co-starring days on ADAM-12
*David Graf in the "Sweet Britches" episode during his co-starring days in the POLICE ACAMEDY flicks
*Arte Johnson in the "Severance Pay" episode after his co-starring days on the GONG SHOW
I also couldn't help finding it intriguing how Jared Martin and Joseph Ruskin not only both guest starred in the "Santini's Millions" episode of AIRWOLF, but they coincidentally also happened to both guest star in the "Knight Of The Drones" episode of KNIGHT RIDER that same season.
Therefore, we used to be able to watch Super-Autos every weekend back in the Winter of '85 since ABC had STREET HAWK on Friday nights at 9PM, CBS had AIRWOLF on Saturday nights at 9PM, and NBC had KNIGHT RIDER on Sunday nights at 8PM which all coincidentally just happened to be Universal owned TV shows that were all filmed at Universal Studios in Hollywood on top of that even though the supercar series KNIGHT RIDER, this superchopper series AIRWOLF, & the short-lived supercycle series STREET HAWK were all in competition with one another & despite the fact that STREET HAWK had stole a lot of viewers away from AIRWOLF & KNIGHT RIDER, but then STREET HAWK hit a speed-bump after only 9 weeks since it didn't get the ratings ABC wanted which was probably due to the fact that STREET HAWK was too closely related to KNIGHT RIDER & AIRWOLF since it gave viewers too much of the same thing every week, giving us too much competition, & redundancy since they all premiered too soon after one another on top of that since KNIGHT RIDER debuted on NBC in the Fall of 1982, AIRWOLF debuted on CBS in the Winter of 1984, and then lastly STREET HAWK debuted on ABC in the Winter of 1985, but had tanked & cancelled in the Spring of 1985 with no 2nd Season underway.
This season also reminds me of the days when CBS's motto was "CBS: We've Got The Touch", since that was their slogan on CBS from September of 1983 thru August of 1986. The only problem I have with this AIRWOLF-SEASON 2 DVD is for some reason it freezes and skips on the "Santinis Millions" episode and the episodes didn't come with a brief summary of each episode displaying their original air-dates unlike the AIRWOLF-SEASON 1 DVD.
For instance, the original air-dates to each of these 1984-1985 Season episodes on CBS was
10/13/84-THE TRUTH ABOUT HOLLY
10/27/84-SINS OF THE PAST
11/17/84-FLIGHT #093 IS MISSING
11/24/84-ONCE A HERO
1/12/85-THE AMERICAN DREAM
1/26/85-INN AT THE END OF THE ROAD
2/9/85-PRISONER OF YESTERDAY
3/2/85-OUT OF THE SKY
4/13/85-SHORT WALK TO FREEDOM
By the way, I just got word that the Shout Factory will be releasing short-lived STREET HAWK out on DVD on Tuesday July 13th, 2010 which should give all you high-tech TV program viewers something else to look forward to.
Today, there are radio control flying reproductions as kits of this helicopter,
and it certainly is most striking. I am building one with all working lights
including strobes, opening doors, scale initerior, and retractable landing gear.
Airwolf is a great series, and a fantastic helicopter.
I bought the entire 4 seasons..I love watching them all.