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Farewell, Equalizer

For some reason I feel compelled to do obits, but PLee summed it up best during our e-mail reminiscing about The Equalizer today.

It was awesome. My sophomore year of college, we would stay up until midnight to watch the reruns on A&E. It was achingly 80s. Johnny from Cobra-Kai Karate played his wussy son, Stewart Copeland from the Police did an all-synth soundtrack.

Particularly great:  a two-parter when McCall went missing, and his son had to round up an E-Team of guest stars to rescue him, led by Robert F—— Mitchum.

Also, the one with the crimelord who was a self-styled samurai. McCall introduced him to an Okinawan chain weapon used to bitch up guys with samurai swords.

This would be an awesome franchise for Patrick Stewart or Terrance Stamp to revive.


Woodward actually popped up in a few other areas of nerd interest (Hot Fuzz, La Femme Nikita, Crusade, 1990), but he’ll always be The Equalizer to this child of the 80s. Farewell, Mr. Woodward.

By | 2017-03-17T02:54:12+00:00 November 17th, 2009|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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  1. PLee February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    That's probably all you need to know about Raven, right there. Ex-Special Forces rogue ninja hanging out Hawaii with his big doughy mess of a sidekick.

    And actually, it was a lot closer to "Street Justice" or similar WGN Saturday afternoon time-wasters than Equalizer.

  2. Carlin February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I also don't remember Raven. Must have been on at the same time as Misfits of Science or something like that I was watching instead.

    Based on the beginning of this video, it appears it was on CBS.

  3. Jeeg February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I have ZERO recollection of Raven. Though it appears to be early 90s awesomeness. Was it on in syndication?

  4. PLee February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Actually, although he's a Canadian, I could totally see Victor Garber in this role, too.

    Interesting that crime in NYC was such a problem in the 1980s that you needed a vigilante SAS guy in a nice suit. You just don't see shows like that anymore, do you?

    Speaking of 1980s awesome …. anyone remember Raven? With the ninja Special Forces vet in Hawaii and Lee Majors as the big fat sidekick?

  5. Carlin February 23, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    Based on my limited understanding of the show and the movie "The Limey," my vote would be for Terrence Stamp to take over this role in a remake.

    Although, Edward Woodward's son, Peter Woodward, would also make a good replacement as well.

    I told Jeeg and PLee today that I'm glad season one is on DVD. I've added it to my Netflix queue and should be able to get to it sometime around March of 2015.

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