Slowly but surely we are finally getting the series on dvd. This will complete the second season of this neat Robert Urich series.Filled with a Vegas background, raving beauties and handsome lead man make this a winner. Plus so many classic tv stars like on Love Boat guest every week.Maureen McCormick, Red Buttons,June Lockhart, Robert Reed, Dick Sargent, Priscilla Barns, Heather Menzies and the list goes on……. Plenty of action keeps this series very entertaining plus our lead man changes his shirt on camera at least two times and episode insuring many female and male viewers to some wonderful eye candy.Robert is gone but lives on in our hearts a truly dramatic actor, and great man gone too soon.
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While I give CBS/Paramount a big ‘thumbs-down’ for giving this series their split-season treatment on DVD, I am glad they are continuing to bring us the volumes at such a reasonably swift pace.
This set consists of the last 11 episodes of the Season Two, originally airing Wednesdays at 10 pm on ABC during 1979-80.
Like other Aaron spelling productions, “Vega$” in its second season, had already become very formulaic but was still a pleasant diversion with its glitzy locale and wide range of guest stars.
Robert Urich continues to carry the show effortlessly, with his macho-lite/easy-going demeanor. Greg Morris, Phyllis Davis and Bart Braverman are all still along for the ride as his superior, secretary and sidekick.
The guest stars this ‘go-round include Lloyd Bochner, James Darren, Natalie Shafer, female impersonator Jim Bailey, and Cameron Mitchell. It’s interesting to see Urich paired with guest star Dennis Cole, whom I always felt made for a blonde, more suave version of Mr. Urich.
The best episode of this lot is the two-part “Golden Gate Cop Killer”, which guest-stars Michelle Phillips and Tanya Roberts and was basically the pilot for an unsold series titled “Ladies in Blue”, featuring the two beauties as lady cops. Based on this appearance, Roberts landed her role as Julie Rogers on “Charlie’s Angels” when the producers wanted to replace Shelley Hack.
Like the previous releases, the only bonus features are the original episode promos. These show some wear-and-tear and have not been cleaned up for DVD like the episodes themselves. Still, they are kind of campy and fun to watch as a warm-up.
The cover art on this set is the best yet. I love the purple design and the cast photos they chose. Everyone looks terrific and it’s a sharp-looking set.
There doesn’t seem to be much use in pre-ordering. I did so about one month ago. It came out on Tue., the 29th. Today is Thur., the 31st and it has yet to ship.