Confirmation Day... Not a bad episode. I'm still amazed that they got Burt Young to dive into that polluted water! Maybe they distracted him with some booze first!
The Children's Song... Wow, not one of my favorite episodes... It seems difficult to imagine that McCall would leave the city without being properly armed, even if he was going on vacation with his son.
But he does still manage to both impress upon his son that he is a bad ass and make short work of the local knuckleheads.
We're gonna backtrack like crrraaazzzzyyy once the First Season cast lists are posted and contribute some of our own impressions.
We will say, where The Distant Fire is concerned, this (and the earlier Lady Cop) were the eps we felt everyone was truly starting to get a distinct handle on the series and the character.
One aspect of the show we found laudable was its casting of actors not overly familiar yet distinctively individual in their own right - which is our (inevitably) long-winded way of saying we found De Vries suitably intense and, if not a match for Woodward (very few were), still provided a pertinent conflict for him to play and react against.
More on the alluring Ms. Watson anon, also (she shows up in a drastically curtailed almost-cameo via later ep a season or two down the line).
As for Rubinek's Jason, Coleman provided some juicy behind-the-scenes info on why the character was only in a handful of eps (which had more to do with the writers than anything else - stick around!).
However, nobody could touch Rubinek for the obnoxious/cowardly sociopath Jason was - and his scenes in this (and others) with Woodward were nothing short of immensely enjoyable.
Among the exuberant responses on Amazon's page devoted to Season One, there's this from Coleman
dated December 27, 207 ...
[An unobjective recommendation:
As one of the writers and producers of THE EQUALIZER, I'm very happy that what we did is finally coming out on DVD. The only sad note is that my friend, the legendary Jim McAdams, Executive Producer of the series, passed away in September of 07 and never saw it happen. ]
All of us who love the series ought pause for a moment of magnificent silence in honor of Mr. McAdams and his well-nigh irreplacable role in what the series became and richly remains ...