B.L. Stryker: Season 1
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B.L. Stryker, a former New Orleans detective, returns to his native Florida and is thrust by circumstances into the life of a private investigator. His lifestyle and principles clash with those of the rich and powerful in Palm beach as he solves crimes in conjunction with the local police. Stars Burt Reynolds, Ossie Davis and Rita Moreno, with guest appearances from Abe Vigoda, Kristy Swanson, Maureen Stapleton, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Chiklis and many others. Each of the episodes was a 2 hour Sunday Night Movie. (414 minutes)
About the Actor
Burt Reynolds is one of the most enduring stars in Hollywood, making scores of movies over 40 years. Starring roles in The Longest Yard, Semi-Tough, Smokey and the Bandits and countless other action and comedy hits made him one of the biggest male stars of the the '70's and 80's. His role in Boogie Nights in 1997 reinvigorated his career.
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Reynolds filmed this show in the late 1988-1989 near his home in Jupiter Florida. Reynolds incoporated the south Florida landscape as a character in itself.
This serious was played in a fashion to the John D MacDonald Travis McGee novels, which Reynolds tried to get for a film or two. However, This series seemed akin to McGee as well as the Rockford Files.
Another factor is Ossie Davis play sidekick to Reynolds. Davis acts like a Meyer to Reynold's McGee. His small part of the washed out boxer friend steals every scenes without really trying. This is a testimate to the actor and the man.
These Stryker mysteries are well done for a television production. This first season is only five 94 minutes episodes, but each are well crafted whodunits. With scripts by noted writers like Robert B Parker, who created Spenser novel, this show is sharp.
Now let me say these copies are clear masters. They could be shown today if the networks needed shows to put on.
The TV GUIDE imprint is semi new DVD division of Arts Alliance America, but they have released two Banacek volumes, the second season of Charles In Charge, and the complete Crow tv show. This show fits right in with this
Go get it, I want a lot of sales, so they can release the second (and Final( volume of this series
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
Reynolds starred as B.L. Stryker, a former New Orleans cop turned Palm Beach private investigator, who lived and worked out of a run down houseboat. Ossie Davis co-starred as Burt's only confidante, an ex-boxer who usually got involved in the cases as well. Burt also had a kooky secretary (Dana Kaminsky), a wealthy computer genius neighbor who was the butt of many of Burt's jokes (Alfie Wise), and a wealthy ex-wife (Rita Moreno) who still carried somewhat of a torch for him. Despite the talented actors in these roles, the characters were largely underwritten and underused, a far cry from the well drawn ensemble that supported Tom Selleck on Magnum.
The shows themselves were definitely a mixed bag. Because each episode ran about 95 minutes (to fit, with commercials, in the two-hour mystery movie time slot), the scripts were often quite padded. The crime elements of most of the shows were laughable, with third rate drug dealers, loan sharks, and mob enforcers played by fourth rate actors proving no match for Burt. So, during the parts of the episode in which Burt wasn't playing tough guy, he alternated between playing the snarky Burt, making fun of the cops and the Palm Beach elite, and the sensitive Burt, interacting with Davis and some of the guest stars. The sensitive serious parts of the episodes often worked well, but snarky Burt often proved quite grating, as his putdowns included people like Wise and the local police chief who really deserved better treatment, as well as the Palm Beach elite who needed to be knocked down a peg.
The best episode of the show was co-written by Robert B. Parker, creator of Spenser, and his wife. In Blues for Buder, Burt befriends a boy (Neil Patrick Harris), who has fallen under the spell of a sleazy televangelist (Michael Chiklis) and become an obnoxious brat who tries to convince everyone he meets they are degenerate sinners. Burt's scenes with Harris are quite touching.
The box set contains the five episodes from the first season of the show. All in all, only one (Buder) is completely satisfying, but most of the rest have something to recommend them. Ironically, the first, pilot episode is the weakest of all with Burt trying to catch a serial rapist who targets his new girlfriend (Helen Shaver). A bad mystery mixed with an unsettled format and an uncomfortable star does not make for quality television. The remaining episodes feel like good one hour episodes stretched into two mediocre hours of material. Anyone thinking about purchasing this first season should be aware that these episodes, along with the second and final season of the show, are available in a complete series box set that may offer better value for the money. Fans of Burt will want to see B. L. Stryker, but those hoping for a newer Magnum will be disappointed.