The Rockford Files: Season 3
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As usual, there are plenty of good lines, like Robert Loggia's "I expect him to tell me the truth. If he doesn't, he's gonna end up in the flower business--as a soil additive" ("Drought at Indian Head River") and Garner's "Stop batting your eyes like that or you're gonna get a muscle spasm" ("Return to the 38th Parallel"). The best part about season three is simply that it adds depth to Rockford's relationships with the four people most important to him: Angel, dad Rocky (Noah Beery Jr.), detective Becker (Joe Santos), and attorney Beth (Gretchen Corbett). The only extra feature is "Quickie Nirvana," an episode from the fourth season. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Although there is no such thing as a "bad" episode of Rockford Files, and I would give five stars to each season, it was in this season that series really hit its stride. In the first season, most episodes were about Rockford helping some beautiful "damsel in distress", even ones who get involved with mobsters. In the second season, we see Jim getting into serious trouble frequently because he allows himself to be used as a patsy, even by close friends, and frankly, this sometimes gets on my nerves, even if it is by the otherwise lovable Angel Martin (it should be pointed out that the audience didn't care for this either since the ratings for the show declined during that season). However, in Season 3 there was a major turnaround. We now see stories about Jim encountering real problems and real abuses people have with the police and other institutions who often abuse their power. For example, there is the two-part episode "The Bees, the Trees and T T Flowers" where Strother Martin puts in a fine performance of a eccentric older man who is falsely declared senile and incompetant in order to gain control of his property. Another excellent two-parter is "To Protect and to Serve" where Joyce Van Patten plays a lonely, bitter woman who's only pleasure in life is hanging around the police (who mistakenly allow it) and secretly enjoying seeing other peoples' tragedies. Another episode, which is James Garner's favorite is one where he is jailed for contempt of court, showing the abuses of the District Attorney's powers to compel people to testify, in defiance of their concience. It was also in this season the Rockford's biggest police nemesis, Lt Chapman, is introduced.
If someone wants a good introduction to the series, I would recommend this as the first DVD set to purchase.
You NEVER had to worry back then about Dancing With The Stars or Grease or any one of a thousand pathetic reality TV shows.
Is it any wonder that so many of us will glom onto these DVDs of great old television shows.
But in my opinion, The Rockford Files was at or very close to the top of the list.
And I agree with a previous reviewer who stated that the show really hit its stride in this season. In fact, I personally loved this season for the introduction of Lt Chapman alone. Of course, Rockford and "Chappie" (as Lance White called him) bumped heads right from the get-go and poor old Chapman was usually (always..??) on the receiving end of some of Jimbo's best barbs..!! Seriously, was there anybody on TV who could turn a phrase as well as our world-weary cynical friend Rockford..??
This show was a classic example of a brilliant marriage between the writers, who consistently churned out some of the best scripts week in and week out / year in and year out and the star, James Garner. Nobody could deliver the lines or conjure up scams as well as Garner / Rockford.
And was it just me or did anybody secretly wish that just once, they'd like to see Rockford solve a case and enjoy a big pay day instead of having to hear yet another excuse why he was going to be stiffed on his fee..???!!
This was a great, great series and I'm so grateful that we can now enjoy these episodes again 30 years later (God, was it really thirty years ago that this show ran on television..???!!)
The only extra we get here is "Quickie Nirvana" an episode from the fourth season (written by David Chase) and while I don't mind having a preview of succeeding great seasons (and "Quickie Nirvana" is an extremely good episode), I'd rather see Universal include some interviews with some of the cast including Gretchen Corbett as Beth(am I the only kid who was in love with her when she was on the show? The show had a gaping hole when she left)who stepped in often as Jim's attorney.
Either way this is a top notch season and well worth getting.
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Some of the DVDs freeze up or skip sections. I was disappointed because I was unable to watch some of the programs. Bumber!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
love the old detective stories where they had to do actual detective work without cellphones AND COMPUTERS!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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