The Sentinel - The Complete First Season
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This 3-disc set includes all 10 action-packed first season episodes, each of which features our hero, Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi), learning to control the extraordinary -- but unpredictable hyper-vigilant senses of perception he developed while fighting for survival in the Peruvian jungle. The series follows him as he adjusts to his new role as a police detective and sentinel of justice, using his powerful senses to be an ever-vigilant watchman in the war against crime.
A cool premise is the foundation for The Sentinel, a TV cop series presented here on three discs containing all ten shows from 1996. The pilot episode provides the backstory: Former Army Special Operations Captain Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi), sole survivor of a helicopter crash in the wilds of Peru, returns to the States, where, five years later, he's a detective on the Cascade, Washington police force. Seems his time in the jungle has had some unforeseen consequences, as Ellison's five senses have become, well, sensationally developed: he can hear things from so far away that Superman would be envious, smell things a bloodhound couldn't distinguish, see through pitch darkness, and so on. All of this is a mixed blessing; Ellison's sleuthing skills are clearly on a higher level than anyone else's, but his hyperactive senses are a little scary, not easy to control, and accompanied by some very weird side effects. Enter Blair Sandburg (Garett Maggart), a dorky-but-cute anthropologist who helps Jim sort out what's happening to him, in the process becoming his sidekick and the show's comic relief (it's a role somewhat like that of Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula's holographic mentor in Quantum Leap). The Sentinel's stories are all over the place, involving warped serial killers, paramilitary goons, gangs and drugs, crooked cops, mob hits, and more. Fairly ordinary cop stuff, basically, except when co-creators Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo go the extra mile to exploit their premise, as in "Night Train," when a dose of cough syrup sends Ellison on a trip of psychedelic proportions. Overall, the show is slickly realized, with snappy dialogue, appealing characters (Bruce A. Young is a standout as Ellison's boss, Capt. Simon Banks), and some pretty decent special effects and action sequences. At the very least, it's enough to make one hope that The Sentinel's three subsequent seasons will be released on home video as well--maybe with some bonus features, of which there are none in this set. --Sam Graham
- 10 episodes on three discs
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super-man. All the supporting cast were great--I love the little guy who plays the sidekick. I found this story-line totally believable and would
really like to see more episodes.
As I watched a few more episodes, I remembered that this kind of treatment wasn't just reserved for the pilot episode.
The only problems with this set are the short (10 episodes) length of the season and the fact that the last few episodes of this first season weren't as strong as the first six or seven. (Maybe the weaker end to the season is part of the reason the rest of the series hasn't been released yet?)
Highly recommended to those who like action with some mysticism thrown in. If you liked Doc Savage and The Destroyer, pick this up while you still can!
It has a bit of everything action, humour, excitement, drama, and it's basically great fun to watch. It's amusing when Blair hardly gets called by his first name but everyone either just calls him Sandburg or he gets called all sorts of nicknames like "Chief" and "Hairboy". It's these sorts of little details that make series so watchable for the fans.
I ordered the DVDs as soon as I finished watching season 1. I am eagerly awaiting the release of seasons 2 - 4 when those at be decide to do so, it's been 4 years since season 1 was released, so they're not exactly rushing to release them!!
I would recommend anyone to purchase these DVDs and watch the show on CBS Action or wherever it's shown (on SyFy as well apparently) - you'll be glad you did.
The ten episodes cover an variety of crimes and opponents, from simple killers to serial murders to gunrunners and drug traffickers. Jim and Blair make an appealing team, if often hamstrung by clunky dialogue and very limited special effects. Most episodes provide Ellison one or more opportunities to solve a crime or save a life using his remarkable ability to see, hear, smell, touch, or taste better than the average human. One memorable episode has Blair trapped inside police headquarters, which has been taken over by a criminal gang, while Jim tries to break in. Another, exceptionally innovative episode has Jim and Blair escorting a criminal on a train, only to have Jim's senses go haywire from a dose of cold medicine.
The series was interesting in its time, and worth a look-back now.
the cast of characters made the daily actions of any police department more real and added to the action and the drama.
AWESOME in all detail!!!!
Syfy channel is being stingy in their re-airing of this series, some episodes are skipped, and the ones they do show have scenes cut, so I am very eager for the release of the subsequent seasons on dvd. Please, please release season two soon!
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