Wednesday, December 26, 2012

County Hunter

Not sure what made us think of Brisco County, Jr. I think we had only seen one or two episodes of this 1993 Bruce Campbell western TV series - we wanted to like it, we did like it, but never got into it. But since we've been watching some westerns, and seeing Campbell in Burn Notice, we thought we'd give it a try again.

The movie is set in the American West, ca. 1890. Campbell plays Brisco County Jr., a bounty hunter hunting the men who killed his father, Brisco County. I hope the oddball name gives you some idea of the slightly off-kilter humor of the series. He has been hired by a group of robber barons, who assign a pantywaist lawyer, Socrates Poole (Christian Clemson) to manage him, and play Artemis Gordon to Campbell's Jim West. John Astin's steampunk mad scientist completes the Wild Wild West feel of the show.

There is also a mysterious orb from outerspace with mystical powers.

The adventures are colorful and silly, there are a few pretty girls and terrible villains. But out favorite is probably rival bounty hunter Lord Bowler, a ferocious black man in an army uniform decorated with Indian beadwork and accessorized with sawed-off shotgun holstered on his back and a bowler hat. Lord Bowler is played by Julius Carry, who was, believe it or not, Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem in Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon.

Not sure how many of these we'll watch - it only ran to 27 episodes, so not more than that. Also, they are only available on disc, not streaming. But we'll definitely watch a few.

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