Friday 30 June 2023

Episode 18 - Steve Shows Dave Some Sleight of Hand

Is this the best episode of the series?  I dunno.  Is it the best of season 1?  Not sure.  Is it my favourite episode? No.  Is it the best so far?  Yes, probably.  That said, the episode itself is quite different than you normally get from Rockford.  This is much more intense, and much more dark than we're used to from our hero.

This one is based on the novel 'Thin Air' as was a 1982 Simon and Simon episode.  Hey wait, Gerald McRaney was in both!

It's nice seeing Jim as a sort of family man, with the kid.  I found that very sweet.  Garner played it super convincingly.  

Indeed, Garner's performance in general in this one is really strong.  

Hey, the guy who played Abe Mencken in Mad Men is in this one!

This one could easily have been feature length or a two parter.

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Wednesday 14 June 2023

Episode 17 - Dave and Steve Say Farewell Aura Lee

I'm happy with this week's title.

Hey, it's Lindsay Wagner!  I wonder if this would have become a more permanent gig for her if she had not started to play the Bionic Woman.

Happy New Year 1975!  It's the International Year of the Woman!

Lots of flounder jokes, oddly.

Jackie Cooper directed this one.  He shows up a few times in the show as an actor (in a couple of episodes from now actually) and a director.

Of course this week there's a Steve's Spotlight.

Hey this one has Robert Webber.  Another common 70s and 80s actor.  Hell, he was in Midway!  Why does this excite me?  I just watched it again the other day.

Jim doesn't like art made by a guy that played Sara's brother in another episode.  Look, it would creep me out too ok.

Lots of electric piano this week.

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Wednesday 7 June 2023

Episode 16 - Steve and Dave Lose

Considering last week's clever title, this one was easy.

Lotsa padding early on.

Some really good Rocky moments too.

'Damned suspension'.

One of my favourite things in this episode is watching Jim watch other people drive.  He likes it and it's like he's taking notes.

There are some real 1970s gems in this one!

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Friday 2 June 2023

Episode 15 - Dave and Steve Profit

Hey a two parter!

They loved the two parters in the 70s.  

This one has Ned Beatty!  

It's also quite prescient, what with the computerized trading and the behind the scenes stuff that is at best shady.

Some good guest stars in this one generally.

There's a Steve's Spotlight this week, not sure what it is yet, because I write these basically generic posts before we record....

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Episode 52 - The Steve and Dave Hour

Wait, Burt Young?  In his Rocky year?  Yes, before he did Rocky, he did this Rockford. Boy children's services in LA in 1976 work fast.....