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 Posted:   Jan 18, 2008 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

You forgot Mickey, played by Keith Szarabajka!

 Posted:   Jan 18, 2008 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

My, My, MY, aren't we anxiously eager to get around to Mickey, Sis (and welcome back, how was the vacation?).

Does your hubby know about this public infatuation?

Actually, m'dear, Da Mick isn't in the Pilot. Patience, Impatient One ... wink

 Posted:   Jan 21, 2008 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

2. China Rain

Guest starring:

Lauren Tom

with an especially riveting appearance by Ching Valdes-Aran

as the mysterious enigmatic but subtly insidious Tommy Li

Steven Williams as Jefferson

and introducing (hay, Sis!!!)

Keith Szarabajka

as Mickey Kostmayer!

McCall: "I am the war you need to avoid!"

 Posted:   Jan 22, 2008 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Oh yeah....that Keith is H-O-T !!!!!!!

Thanks for that one!

 Posted:   Jan 22, 2008 - 12:23 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I seem to recall that Mickey was portrayed as a pretty scary loose cannon in his first few appearances but seemed to be written differently after that.

 Posted:   Jan 23, 2008 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Spot-on sentiment, Mike, and there's a right royal reason for it, also.

According to Coleman Luck,

Da Mick was originally brought aboard by those involved in the earliest (still evolving) concept of the series, mostly to handle all the rough-and-tumble physical stuff for McCall.

As the original staff faded away (and left of their own generally dissatisfied accord), the second regime arrived, which included Coleman.

He then provided a fascinating insight into the whys and wherefores of what goes on behind-the-scenes in a Writing Staff for a series, in that there are certain characters (and actors) the writers love scripting for. Mickey and Control were at the top of that list (after Robert, natch).

This is why there's more in-depth revelations, scenes, circumstances, conflict, charm, romance and that special bond between McCall and Mickey

the series shined its special spotlight on over the course of the next three years ... smile

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2008 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

3. The Defector.

Melissa Leo as Irina,

Robert Joy as Stock (his first of a series of stints as the character),

Joe Silver as Felix

and, of course,

Robert Lansing as Control.

McCall: “You know who I am. And you know I do not make threats: I make promises ...”

4. The Lock Box.

Maureen Anderman (in her first guest-starring stint before becoming a semi-regular later in the series),

J.T. Walsh (in the first of his two impressive appearances) as her husband.

Paige Price as their kidnapped daughter,

And Adam Ant as the nefarious trans-continental pimp whose high-level clients prevents his being brought to justice by the authorities -

Until he meets The Authority:

McCall’s Lady Friend Anjelica (played with an immense amount of style by Sara Botsford

when they spot a hawk in Central Park: “I wonder why he stays?”

McCall has a magnificent Mona Lisa response which we won’t spoil until you see the ep itself,

but it’s a beaut (and if it doesn't make you laugh out loud at its sweet subtlety, then, bub, somethin's wrong with you wink

 Posted:   Jan 28, 2008 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I only watched a handful of episodes of "Equalizer" when it was on, but I did know Coleman Luck's son Coleman Jr. in college (when I found myself without a recording VCR the night Gulf War I began and I wanted to tape the news coverage, I ended up buying Coleman Jr.'s on the spot for $50!). Coleman Sr. was also an alumni of Wheaton College and spoke on campus once (this was when the show was still on the air).

I may give it a look on DVD down the line though the only episode I remember was "Blood And Wine" with Telly Savalas in the third season I think it was.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2008 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Your path has crossed with some truly noteworthy individuals, HooRaq (not simply Coleman's son but we were also thinking specifically about your 9/11 personal connection, may they RIP).

Coleman Luck has a truly fascinating personal and professional pedigree, having been decorated for his Vietnam service (with relatives even now part of the Navy Seals).

In fact, we've been wanting to involve you in this since (which you may or may not know) - most pertinent to your pedigree - Coleman is also a reverent committed Christian, which might strike some as astonishing that someone with his religious foundation (to say nothing of his worldly war-time experience) could also become such a captivating writer.

Actually, this was what made him particularly important in imbuing Robert McCall with, in Coleman's words, "an Old Testament need for redemption", exemplified by the haunted nature of the character permanently seeking redress, peace, balance and inner, as well as HIGHER, forgiveness for what he was and what he was trying to transform in his current persona.

Check out Coleman's for some intriquing and revealing revelations of how his beliefs could - and could not - accommodate Hollywood's varied hells and occasional heavens.

As for "Bread and Wine" - Coleman's brilliant 2-parter about Redemption and Forgiveness which included both McCall and Telly Savalas' former-terrorist-turned-Priest - it's our choice for Greatest Equalizer Ep of All (a truly tough choice considering some of the other unforgettable 2-parters he penned, though "Memories of Manon" is probably tied for that top spot).

By all means, DO give the series a shot from its First Season beginning; we don't feel you'll be disappointed (and may even be, pardon the concept, converted). wink

Further along, we'll share portions of one of our most prized possessions, a letter we received from Coleman a year or so ago with some fond recollections of his cherished time with the show,

a period he equates as the apex of his admirable career ...

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2008 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I wasn't going to bring that point up about him, neo, but since it's been done, I'll add that his talk at Wheaton was on the theme of being a Christian in the Hollywood realm. Our library I can remember built up the event by having tapes of the Equalizer playing in the corridors. And "Blood And Wine" I could tell did reflect a desire to write an episode that drew on the Christian theme of forgiveness for sins, even particularly brutal ones since the Christian has to remember that all sin, even ones we regard rightly as heinous, can be forgiven by God.

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2008 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Which is probably why that ep is most likely Coleman's favorite and closest to his heart (excluding his "Nothing real has happened since 1958" line in a later show that's the bane of every Equalizer fan as it drives us utterly nuts since he'll never reveal exactly what he's alluding to, never mind what it means! ... big grin

 Posted:   Jan 29, 2008 - 7:39 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Maybe someone here can help me. I was able to score a review copy of S1. I watched the pilot and it was a 60 minute episode(well, 48 minutes w/o commercials). Now, I remember the pilot being a 90 minute episode. Of course, that was 22+ years ago. Can anyone here confirm whether it was a 60 min episode, and I'm thinking of something else, or that it was a 90 min episode, and I did remember correctly?

 Posted:   Jan 30, 2008 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

So far as is ascertainable, the pilot was the usual hour-length (except for the always odious but unavoidable commercials), Saint-er. Now, behind the scenes, evidently it was cut from something coming close to two hours but at no time was it ever aired in anything close to that length.

Incidentally, before the inspired choice of Stewart Copeland

to handle the musical end, didja know evidently the first one to fashion a (discarded) Equalizer score was none other than Lalo Schifrin ...

(Oh, and we'd love to read your review. Care to send us a copy or is it available for perusal somewhere in cyber space?) smile

 Posted:   Jan 30, 2008 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I first saw Edward Woodward as the policeman sent to investigate the disappearance of a child in THE WICKER MAN, but was later most impressed with his superb performance (along with Brian Brown and others) in BREAKER MORANT. In one part of MORANT (in a flashback) he sang most beautifully, and I've always wondered if that was really his voice. Either way, he was (and presumably still is) an actor's actor, a man of great talent who could have done THE EQUALIZER in his sleep -- but didn't.

EDIT: I guess it was his singing voice in BREAKER MORANT, based on IMDB bio.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

(Oh, and we'd love to read your review. Care to send us a copy or is it available for perusal somewhere in cyber space?) smile

Unfortunately, I don't work in the review department at my job. I was able to get this because one of the writers who got it wasn't interested in either reviewing it or keeping it.

I've only watched 2 episodes so far. The only complaint I have is that the prints used are grainy & dark. As I was unable to tape the 1st season episodes first run, I can't compare and contrast with the episodes I have on tape. I'm hoping the prints get better as I go further into the set.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I hope this isn't going to be like the Miami Vice box sets...

The first season box, in particular, has some really great transfers and, equally, some TERRIBLE grainy transfers.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Universal will sometimes go the very cheap print route if they can get away with it. Every season of "Emergency" has had some very *horrible* looking prints with the kind of splice marks and dirt you'd only expect from a PD release of 16mm prints.

 Posted:   Jan 31, 2008 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)


This disparity in quality is definitely NOT what we wanted to hear. Guess we're just gonna haveta grin and (knot) bear it ... mad

 Posted:   Feb 1, 2008 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

I really don't get why a tv/film company would use cheap prints.

The prints used for Perry Mason & Naked City look much better than what I've seen of The Equalizer, and those shows are decades older in comparison.

Just watched "The Defector". Print quality wasn't bad, though there was one scene that was grainy.

 Posted:   Feb 1, 2008 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I think it depends on whether the studio will pay to remaster the original elements in the vault, and if they don't want to do that, then they'll just release the last set of transfers that were made however many years ago that was. Universal tends to be worse in that regard, whereas Paramount has been going back to the source elements for their new DVD releases.

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