L.A. Heat: Season 1 [5 Discs] [DVD]
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Season One of the unabashedly derivative and highly entertaining action series L.A. Heat begins with the pilot episode "Daybomber", in which loose-cannon white LAPD detective Chase McDonald (Wolf Larson) is teamed with level-headed black detective Austin Brooks (Steven Williams) for the very first time. In their efforts to bring a deranged anti-technology activist to justice, Chase and Austin somehow manage to keep alive despite innumerable car crashes and explosions--not to mention the volatile verbal remonstrations of their superior officer, Captain Jensen (Kenneth Tigar). If all this sounds like a rehash of the Lethal Weapon pictures--well, you wanna make something out of it? Later episodes this season include "In Transit", the plot of which bears a marked resemblance to (surprise, surprise!) Lethal Weapon 2; "Electra", in which Chase's actual first name "Chester" is revealed, much to his embarrassment; "Cop Star", wherein the partners are saddled with babysitting the arrogant production crew of a TV reality series; "Rage", featuring series regular Renee Tenison in the dual role of Brooks' wife Kendra and her twin sister Rosie; "Words Will Never Hurt Me", pitting the detectives against a Howard Sternish radio "shock jock" (Robert B. Martin Jr.); "Rap Sheet", in which Brooks demonstrates a hitherto untapped talent as a rap singer; "Old Scores", wherein a murder draws August back into his previous life as a pro boxer; "211 Kidney", a grim new spin on an old urban legend; "Captain Crimestopper", featuring Peter Breck (The Big Valley) as the former star of a popular 1960s "superhero" TV show; and "Kiling on Lily Lane", which marks the last series appearance of Chase's long-suffering girlfriend Jody (Dawn Radenbaugh). The season finale, "Wake-Up Call" provides a valuable service for novice viewers of L.A. Heat) by offering a compendium of highlights from previous episodes--not to mention a compelling guest appearance by Abby Dalton (Falcon Crest) as Chase's mother. ~ Hal Erickson
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