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After Emergency! finished its 6 year TV episode run, the show then had 6 "made for TV" movies that were released in 1978 (the year following the last season of Emergency!) and 1979. So, technically, this is not "Season 7", although there is about 12 hrs. worth of programming on this set. It would be cool if they released the Emergency +4 cartoons with this final movie set - but I seriously doubt that will happen.
These movies included:
"Survival on Charter 220" - where a small plane collides mid air with a larger passenger jet. They land in a neighbor and the havoc ensues. If I'm not mistaken, Squad 51 is crushed by a part of a plane and Johnny and Roy are trapped inside a house. (2 hr. movie)
"The Steele Inferno" - basically a high rise building fire stretched into a 2 hr. movie.
"What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing?" - Johnny and Roy travel to San Francisco. (2 hr. movie)
"Greatest Rescues of Emergency" - Johnny and Roy are promoted to Captain and reminisce about their days on the squad. The movie is made up mostly of flashback scenes from the TV series, but it is still nice to see Johnny and Roy promoted to Captain (2 hr. movie)
"Most Deadly Passage" - Johnny and Roy travel to Seattle (2 hr. movie)
"The Convention" - Johnny and Roy return to San Francisco (2 hr. movie)
For those who have never seen these two hr. movies, be forewarned that you don't see A LOT of Johnny and Roy in most of these movies (with the exception of "Greatest Rescues of Emergency" - where you see A LOT of Johnny and Roy - but this "movie" consists mostly flashbacks). In fact, there are a number of very long segments in the other movies with no Johnny and Roy.Read more ›
First, after six seasons what sort of rescue hadn't these guys done? That episode in season six where the guys play basketball for about twenty minutes was the shark-jumper. I imagine the cast and crew were up for trying something new at that point.
Second, in the mid-seventies cable TV hadn't taken off yet, so the networks were not only competing with each other, but also with movie theaters, especially on the weekends. Their biggest weapon in this battle was the TV movie, which was usually mediocre, but had the virtue of being free.
And in the mid-seventies TV nearly did kill off cinemas in the US. Westerns were dead and during the VietNam era war movies were out of fashion. This left Hollywood macho with few options, thus the disaster movie was born. It started with "Airport" in 1970, which divided like a bacteria to produce Airport '75, Airport '77, and Airport '79. One of the biggest disaster flicks was "The Towering Inferno" in 1974.
These disaster movies were very formulaic. You spend an hour getting to know (and either love or hate) the innocent bystanders, then - WHAM! Disaster strikes, and for the rest of the film the audience plays "Guess Who Croaks." You can see why Star Wars was such a big deal.
Anyway, "The Steel Inferno" and "Survival on Charter 220" clearly follow the disaster film plan. Roy and Johnny have to take a back seat so the victims' characters can be developed. This is disappointing, but the emergency response action scenes are as good as ever.
As an Emergency! fan, this is the last of the DVD sets I would buy.
I purchased "Greatest Rescues of Emergency!" on VHS when JEMS carried it. You really see how Johnny and Roy worked together as partners, and after going through their adventures for six years, the bonding that took place. They looked out for each other, and worked as a team. My favorite line is, "Were going to be staying in touch with one another. Right, it's not like we are moving out of town or anything. We are still here, still in the same department, still friends." I was a little kid when I saw this episode on December 31, 1978, and nearly cried that Johnny and Roy were departing ways.
About six years ago, a local independent showed re-runs, and I purposely stayed up late the week the movies were shown. I felt OLD seeing the San Francisco EMS ambulances, because the manufacturer no longer makes those "converted Winnebago ambulances", and San Francisco EMS no longer exists - it merged into the San Francisco FD sometime in the 1990's. Another part that made me laugh really hard was when the Haz-Mat unit showed up at the chemical explosion - that Hazardous Materials gear looked useless.
I read that the idea was for R.A. Cinader to resurrect "Emergency!" at a different location, and the San Francisco movies were intended as pilots for a spin-off (unfortunately, NBC didn't pick it up). The format of San Francisco seemed like a good place to do this, where the filming crew could spend a third of the time on Rescue (at the fire station), a third of the time at the hospital (note that John De Lancie from Star Trek played a doctor), and the rest on the ambulance. I remember the discussion of navigating San Francisco streets, which are narrow and hilly.Read more ›
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My family and i love watching this season of emergency. The final rescues.Published 11 days ago by Kathleen Stamour
If you are a huge fan of the Emergency! series like we are and you're looking to insert a Roy-and-Johnny IV TKO for a steady drip of your favorite paramedics, you're going to be... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Lady Ann
This was OK, you can tell the series was winding down. John and Roy are the only 2 from station 51 in it at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daddy of 3 girls
Gage & DeSoto are still great but I miss the crew - Captain Stanley, Marco, Chet etc.Published 2 months ago by dee
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