A scientist who has created a super helicopter has defected to Libya and taken the machine with him. A secretive government agency hires an ex-Vietnam War pilot to go to Libya, steal the chopper and bring it back.
Donald P. Bellisario
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Barry Van Dyke,
Geraint Wyn Davies,
Lt. Frank Chaney of the LAPD is a maverick cop with unorthodox methods who is assigned to the Blue Thunder Team, which uses a very advanced gadget-filled helicopter in its fight against crime. "Blue Thunder" is capable of great speed and maneuverability, can run silently in "whisper mode", and is armed with the most powerful weapons in development. His partner is a fresh-faced rookie with the improbable name of Wonderlove, and ground support is supplied by ex-athletes Ski and Bubba, who drive a sophisticated van. Written by
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Though this show was named after the movie, and even used the same model helicopter as the movie, it was nothing like the movie.
The whole point of the movie was to warn people about the over-militarization of big-city police departments, and about the dangerous scapegoat treatment given to the residents (usually minority residents) of a city's poorer quarters. In the half season this series ran, none of that survived. Instead, a sympathetic crew takes on the kind of case you never hear about in real life, because it never happens.
What a cop-out. At least Airwolf had a more believable basic premise, and ironically came closer to the premise of the Roy Scheider movie: just because the government has a cool gadget, doesn't mean what the government means to do with it is just as cool.
Then again, the movie was thirty-one years ahead of its time. This series was a product of its time, just as shallow, and suffering even more for its hackneyed writing and the wooden performances of its regulars.
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