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Nash Bridges: Season 1
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First of all, let me just say that 'Nash Bridges' is one of the best police drama series of all time, if not the greatest. What made it great was its ability to fuse action, drama, comedy and heartfelt emotion together into one cohesive package that brought a wonderful hour of entertainment each week to millions of fans. I'm sure most of us NB fans are still scratching our heads over why this show was cancelled after six wonderful seasons, because quite frankly there wasn't anything near as entertaining on TV at the time, nor has there been since, with a few exceptions. It was very unfortunate that we did not get a season finale, let a lone a series finale, as it stands the last episode was sudden and without warning, with many plot threads left unresolved which will be left up to our imagination, but there is a bright side to this magnificient series' untimely demise, which is that the wait until we can see it again from the beginning on our DVD players is just a few months away:) Here's to Nash and Joe, one of the best cop teams ever, long live 'Nash Bridges'!
Why we hate syndication in the first place. Naturally, the thought of enjoying the series in its original form was hopeful. Too bad that's not what we got. Some scenes were still edited from their original airing and choppy. The biggest disappointment was replacing all the music scores. It's blatantly obvious in the episode "Vanishing Act" where James Brown music was replaced with some kind of hip hop background poorly dubbed in. Scenes were re edited poorly and jumpy. You might as well watch the syndicated shows. They're free. It's subtly evident in the pilot episode where two Neal Hefti charts were replaced with some kind of weird pseudo jazz music. The scene was where Nash meets Kelly in the bar to discuss their final married moments. Dialog doesn't change but the weird background music is a let down. Totally changes the mood and scene establishment. Doesn't ruin the show but degrades it considerably. If you don't care about those things, you will like the DVD release. The music redux is annoying and the chopping certainly doesn't help. Just don't expect what you originally viewed. It's not there.
Still it never really was on re-run on TV. Or I am wrong? And not until now it is released on DVD - not moment too soon!
I must say that despite this cop-show's quality it became forgotten among the average person and the TV-channels. I don't know why.
It is very 1990's in a way. Maybe thatäs the reason. But this fact makes it even more interesting to watch now.
They mixed suspensful drama, fast action, cool details and cool atmosphere, with humour and - maybe mos important - charachters you got a liking for, very human! When it comes to nitty gritty (does one say so? It's your language, I'm just trying to use it!) there is a special bond between the charachters. Especialy between Nash and Joe, and between Nash and his father - I love that relation they had. It was sometimes very touching, I am not kidding.
I must add that the series actually gets better with the years. Maybe becasuse you then know the characjters and consider them almost family. This first season is good - no question about it - but I find season two even better. So I will wait with the 5 stars until later. But it is a solid four star. Season two and on are solid fives...
Don Johnson is a super actor. I never understood why he never was in more big screen movies. That is a mystery. I find him as good as any of the big ones. Despite that he will never be forgotten. I mean HE PERSONALLY chnged or set the trend for a whole world of men's fashion with his role in Miami Vice.
Don's role as Nash Bridges is different from Sonny Crockett in Vice. So don't think that they are alike, because they're not. Which is good!
I have written way too much already. Enjoy Nash Bridges on DVD, and look forward to the release of season two!
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Don Johnson and Cheech Marin are a GREAT combo!! Loved this show when it was on and now I am loving it all over again!!Published 19 months ago by lb29
This is a gift for my son. He adored Nash Bridges. He called everyone "Bubba" for awhile like Nash Bridges.Published 19 months ago by Caroline
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