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 Posted:   Feb 2, 2008 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

5. Lady Cop.

Karen Young

as (Office Stahl).

Esai Morales (Office Miguel),

and Will Patton

(as Braxton) (who’s the catalyst for probably the first truly titanically ICONIC Equalizer sequence – “You are … Scum! You are … SCUM! …”

Ya gotta see the rest of it for yourself – Woodward is absolutely spellbinding!

(And his boldly confronting the trio of crooked cops in their nightclub lair has to be seen to be believed, to say nothing of his final encounter on the street with Braxton).

There's also an end ep appearance by Robert Lansing as Control.

A truly intriguing post-script is that director

("Blue Steel", "Point Break", "K-19")

contributed the story for the ep

 Posted:   Feb 2, 2008 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Great episode... Will Patton is a great corrupt scumbag in this episode. This performance predates NO WAY OUT, doesn't it?

 Posted:   Feb 3, 2008 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)


And, on our P.O.P (Planet of Perception), he woulda secured at least a Nomination for Best Supporting Scumbag ... wink

 Posted:   Feb 3, 2008 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Ok, I just found this on youtube... I think this is going to bring a smile to your faces!

And I also found this link engaging...

Includes comments from Woodward, Stewart Copeland and Michael Sloan.

 Posted:   Feb 4, 2008 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Mucho obligo, amigo.

Hope others head over for their visual fill of those vignettes (which we've viewed puh-lenty of tymes, you durn betcha) ... wink

 Posted:   Feb 6, 2008 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

6. The Confirmation Day.

Burt Young,

Anne Jackson,

Lois Smith (in the first of a handful of appearances in various roles),

And the only actor to play the antagonistic nemesis to both James Bond

And The Equalizer

Joseph Wiseman!

7. The Children's Song.

William Zabka as son Scott.

Dana Barron

plus, in one of his earliest roles, Bradley Whitford


 Posted:   Feb 6, 2008 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

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.

 Posted:   Feb 10, 2008 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I have happily received my shipping confirmation from Amazon regarding THE EQUALIZER: SEASON ONE.

 Posted:   Feb 10, 2008 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

The Wizdom According to Nick Fury:

... wink

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2008 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

8. The Distant Fire.

Alberta Watson as Carla,

the first of McCall's women from his haunted past.

Jon DeVries as Michael, former lover/competitor with McCall for Carla's affections, and current assassin - but for who and aimed towards who?

George Morfogen as Vezay, Carla’s husband/McCall’s replacement.

and the first appearance of Saul Rubinek

as Jason, the Yuppie (remember that word?) Agency Wanna-Be Spy We Loved to Hatefully Despise!

... wink

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2008 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Great episode...

I have mixed feelings about the guy they cast as the assassin. He was pretty good but it seemed like a missed opportunity to cast someone of similar stature as Edward Woodward.

Alberta Watson was good in this episode...

Saul Rubinek was so well cast as this annoying pain in the ass... The scenes with him and Woodward are great. I wonder why they didn't keep him around longer as an antagonist.

 Posted:   Feb 12, 2008 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Got my Amazon confirmation yesterday! Tapping my toes waiting for this one!


 Posted:   Feb 12, 2008 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

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.

As for your nifty news, Sis, WUNDERBAR! ... smile

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2008 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

It has arrived! I'm working from home today (due to ice storm). When I went to check the mail, there was a lovely brown box from amazon.

Since I'm officially working, I cannot watch right now.

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2008 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I'm expecting it to be in the mail when I go home for lunch today.

My good friend, BSM, has informed that there is commentary from Michael Sloane and also included is a bonus episode from Season 2, Beyond Control.

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2008 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

It has arrived! I'm working from home today (due to ice storm). When I went to check the mail, there was a lovely brown box from amazon.

Since I'm officially working, I cannot watch right now.


 Posted:   Feb 13, 2008 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

OK, I'm sneaking a look-see on my home desktop and it's full screen!

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2008 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)



 Posted:   Feb 14, 2008 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

F.Y.E(qualizing).I. Department:

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 ... frown

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2008 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

I haven't had a chance to scrutinize the discs individually... I'm hoping there is commentary from Sloan on more than one episode but I suspect it is only the pilot.

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