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Admittedly, I've never really been a huge fan of Zorro (I'm more of a Robin Hood girl), but one of the better representations of him is in the well-beloved, family-friendly "Zorro: Season One." It has some downsides, but it's a pleasantly upbeat series filled with romance, swordplay, sneering villains and a guy running around in a mask.
Don Diego de la Vega (Duncan Regehr) is called back from his studies in Spain to his family estate in California. It turns out that Los Angeles (a tiny pueblo instead of the megacity it is now) is now ruled by the tyrannical Alcalde Luis Ramone (Michael Tylo).
Additionally, his father Don Alejandro (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) and local tavern-keeper Victoria Escalante (Patrice Camhi Martinez) are opposing the Alcalde, which is putting them in danger. Everybody thinks of Diego as a mild-mannered nerd, and don't realize that he's actually a master swordsman, scientist and acrobat (just how long was he away?!). So with the help of his mute sidekick Felipe (Juan Diego Botto), a secret passage and a wild horse, Diego becomes El Zorro.
And in his guise as Zorro, he must deal with evil doppelgangers, water restrictions, family problems (including his future cousin-in-law), horse races, a stolen baby, a free black man who tries to box his way to freedom, a sinister magician, jewel thieves, a malevolent soldier, a fradulant medium, ghostly visitors and fake priests.
"Zorro: The Complete Season One" is a fun little show, crammed with unabashed swashbuckling, romance, touching moments, swordplay and comedic buttkicking.Read more ›
This set gives viewers the 4-part origin story. When the militia first met Zorro, some immediately thought he was a demon. When he defeated them effortlessly, seemingly magically, they were nearly convinced. Next day Zorro appeared on a hang glider. To their minds he'd dropped out of the sky, on wings no one else could use. After the battle he rode off on a horse faster than any other. In the fourth episode the alcalde believed Zorro was dead, and was over eager to declare it. That mistake allowed Zorro to convince the militia he'd risen from the dead.
Beyond that this set has many great episodes. Including an impostor episode. The impostor was also a master swordsman. When the 2 fought their garb and blades were identical, but their stiles were nothing alike. While the real Zorro fought with joy, charmed and cunning, the impostor fought with fear, rage, and hate.
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One of the first things I noticed was that the video was not cleaned up for the DVD release and no subtitles were added. Although this is somewhat disappointing, perhaps the distributors preferred to keep the cost down. Because of the intended audience, this may not have been a bad decision.
The stories are family friendly, but may move too slowly to engage younger audiences. The four-episode origin story was interesting, and some of the action and sword fighting scenes throughout the season were very well done. As with any good Zorro, he is charming, witty and very athletic. His steed Toronado / Tornado is a great looking and well-trained horse. It is enjoyable to watch all of the scenes with Toronado and Zorro looks very impressive when the horse rears up and Zorro holds his sword high.
On the other hand, the bumbling lancers and evil alcalde get old quickly and most of the stories (while entertaining) seem pretty much written to the same formula.
Zorro: The Complete Series is a better value than purchasing all four seasons individually (and appears to have some extras not included otherwise) and would be the best bet for loyal Zorro fans. If you just want an entertaining show to watch once in a while, you'd probably do better to just pick up the first season.
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Enjoy watching the family friendly episodes of Zorro. Arrived when they said and the discs are very good quality.Published 17 months ago by Debra Schimming
I watched this show when it was originally on The Family Channel in the early 1990's and it's definitely a favorite! Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Williams
If your a ZORRO fan you have to have this for your collection.Published 22 months ago by W. J. Ferguson
I enjoyed the series, they were not my most favorite episodes, but Duncan Regehr was a good actor to portray our hero. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jesse L. Storey