Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The A-Team


In 1971 a special forces A Team, John H. "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), Bosco Albert Baracus (Mr T), and Templeton Peck (Dirk Benedict), led a raid into North Vietnam to rob the central Bank of Hanoi, a raid that succeeded but which landed Smith's A Team in trouble when his CO, Colonel Morrison, was killed in a Red shelling. Smith, Baracus, and Peck were court-martialed in 1972 and sentenced to Leavenworth, but en route to prison escaped into the underground of LA. For the next dozen years they survived as soldiers of fortune, aiding those in trouble in the US or overseas, working with their former pilot, Hector M. Murdoch (Dwight Schultz), who has been committed to a VA psycho ward and who must be broken out via confidence games hatched by Templeton Peck, and also dodging the determined pursuit of the Army, first led by the officer who was to escort them to prison, Colonel Lynch (William Lucking), then by the Army's best troubleshooter in Vietnam, Roderick Decker (Lance LeGault), an officer who got the job done irrespective of methods or cost and whose methods earned enmity from Hannibal Smith. After three years Decker was replaced by Harlan Fulbright (Jack Ging), a General whose own lack of success earned him discharge from the Army but which also allowed him to later hire the team to help him find an Amerasian daughter he previously never knew he had. In 1986 a mysterious freelance intelligence operative, former General Hunt Stockwell (Robert Vaughn), struck a deal with the government whereby he in effect kidnapped the A Team for final court martial and had them executed - a ruse for them to carry out covert missions in exchange for eventual pardon.

I remember when I was kid and watching The Ateam on TV, I use to look forward to this every week. An excellent TV series.

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