Sunday, January 02, 2005
Better than I remembered!
More often than not, unfortunately, our memory of these shows tend to "gloss-over" just how bad a lot of them were. I'm here, with proof, that this isn't always the case.
One of my gifts I got for Christmas this year was Season One of KUNG-FU. This set includes the original 90 minute pilot, as well as the entire 15 episode run.
I probably haven't watched any of these since they were first broadcast in 1971-72 so I've had only the memory of an 11 year old kid to go by and that's not always too reliable, but so far I've watched the first four episodes, and all I can say is.... WOW!
It's MUCH better than I remembered. Here's a bare bones synopsis of the show, David Carradine portrays the half breed (American/Chinese) Shalon monk who wanders the west of the late 1800's. He's wanted for a murder he committed in China and is searching for his half brother.
To say that KUNG-FU was unique would be an understatement. The stories, characters, pacing, even the direction was unlike most of the dramatic TV of it's time. Perhaps what I found really amazing is just how unique it is compared to dramatic TV of today!
There aren't many extras on this set, a few "How it was made" features, no commetaries unfortunately, but the quality of the picture and sound for a 30+ year old show more than makes up for that.
If you've never seen this show and know only about it through parodies or catch-phrases ("grasshopper", "snatch the pebble from my hand") then I reccomend that you give it a shot. It's a dramatic show that's not really a western, not really a martial arts show, who's prtagonist is a quiet talking pacifist and guest stars early performances of Jodie Foster and Harrison Ford - to name but a few.