Captain Freedom was a risky proposition. Part The Greatest American Hero ripoff this choice could have been a disaster for HILL STREET BLUES SEASON 2. It was not a disaster and was actually played perfectly by Dennis Dugan, with the ragged, wannabe superhero dressed in orange cape and green gloves and 1930's motorcycle goggles, given not one but two well written All-American speeches that has "Animal" Belker (Bruce Weitz) realizing Captain freedom has the right spirit -- even if he is delusional and a danger to himself.
The ending of the Captain Freedom saga is right out of a well filmed movie. Quite memorable.
As is becoming the standard around the HILL STREET neighborhood, violence strikes a nerve close to home when Joyce Davenport (Veronica Hamel) approaches the end of her career rope when a lawyer colleague is murdered.
Renko (Charles Haid) is having a difficult time coming to grips with his estranged father who is stricken with cancer.
And Grace Gardener (the always "in heat" Barbara Babcock) continues her sexual torment of Esterhaus (Michael Conrad). I personally almost tire of her schtick but I keep watching. She is radiant, to put it somewhat mildly.
I mention some of the lighter fare, here, which is probably the worse part of the show for some, but the drama and police work are truly gritty and real.
I recently saw POLICE Story Season 1 and HILL STREET BLUES SEASON 2 overall is consistently better. Like the 1st season of HILL STREET I continue to have no problem watching 3 episodes in a row.
Greatest show of the 80's -- and then some!?
By the way this is the season policeman Coffey (Ed Marinaro) eventually appears.
Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon movies) has a big part as Hudson a local product who does community work in the neighborhood. Is he for real?
The xtras are two commentaries by actors Haid, Dugan, and Weitz as part of the Capt freedom saga with the writers also commenting on a 2nd Capt Freedom episode. Pretty good. The featurettes are about Belker and that Freedom dude; and there is the HILL STREET BLUES (back)STORY.
Too bad there are not more Gag Reels because one is a laugh riot with (you guessed it) Capt Freedom.