Season 1 Episode 7

Echos From the Past

Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1984 on CBS

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  • After meeting an old acquaintance offering details on MIA brother St. John, Hawke is in an air crash. He awakens in hospital months later, greeted by doctors who tell him that Dom and Archangel are dead, but St. John is free. One of 'Airwolf's greats...

    This review contains spoilers.

    For a time after 'Airwolf' had finished it's original 1980s run here in the United Kindgom, I only had literally a couple of off-air recordings, and this episode, which was stitched together with 'And They Are Us' (broadcast in a few episodes time) by CIC home video to form a feature-length story (they also released a heavily re-edited version of the Pilot; see my reviews for that story for more). As such, 'Echos From the Past' is an episode that I am extremely familiar with, and have watched MANY times.

    The episode is carried out with a real air of mystery, and, although we suspect all along that something is quite not right, I really like how, until later sections of the episode, we are given no real clue as to the elaborate plot Hawke is being subjected to.

    We also get the return of St. John... sort of. It turns out to be an impostor (although it is never really stated, I assumed he had undergone plastic surgery to try and look like St. John). He is played by Christopher Connelly, who would be used for all photos and flashbacks in the original run – and looking extremely different to Barry Van Dyke's version of St. John in the Canadian-produced fourth season season!

    One point of note with this episode is the hoax news reports fed to Hawke about the divorce of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, which is sadly ironic when viewed all these years later.

    Even when overlooking the horrendous Canadian-produced season, I often marvel at the sheer difference between the epic espionage tales of the first season and the somewhat generic action-adventure, "family feud"-solving stories of the third season. And this is one such example; can you imagine the series doing something of this scope in the third season?!

    The in-episode musical score of this episode is also very good. In many of the episodes he scored, Sylvester Levy would often come up with a dedicated theme for the episode at hand, and he does so here; it fits the tale perfectly.

    It is interesting to note that "Dr. Holgate", the Russian psychologist, remains back at the hospital when her cohorts lead Hawke to retrieve Airwolf, and as such she avoids being blown away at the climax. I wonder if this was the set-up for some kind of future return that never happened? Or maybe the Firm just swooped in and grabbed her before she could escape?

    As I say, this is one of the 'Airwolf' episodes that I am most familiar with. In a way, I had almost forgotten just *how good* it is. But watching it on DVD again tonight to review, I was once again blown away by this awesome episode. It is one of the 'Airwolf' greats, and I give it a solid 10/10.
  • Hawke falls victim to an elaborate East German plot to wrest possession of Airwolf from him. With the unexpected aid from quick-thinking Dom Santini, Hawke turns the tables on his abductors and delivers some sweet payback.

    Having just purchased the Airwolf series on DVD, I am viewing the episodes in the order in which they aired. "Echos" is my favorite so far. The early part of the episode keeps one guessing about what's going on (though the viewer certainly gets the sense that things aren't occurring in Hawke's best interest). Once we learn that Stringfellow is the victim of an elaborate East German plot to con him into turning Airwolf over to them, the fun really begins. Ultimately, he (with the help of Dom Santini) regains control of Airwolf, despatches his abductors and the MIG squad escorting them into hostile territory and returns Airwolf to its lair deep within the volcano. Intelligently written, well-paced and brought to an exciting conclusion. Superb in every way!
  • Hawke is brainwashed into believing he crashed his chopper and that hes been in hospital 8 and a half months. he is told dom and archangel have been killed rescuing st.john who is now alive and well...

    Hawke recives a mystery gift dropped out of a bi-plane. on opening it he sees it belongs to his missing brother St.John who has been missing in vietnam since the war ended some 15 years ago. with a note attached arrabnging a rendezvous hawke takes off in his chopper to crofton air strip. There he is greeted by old fore Peter Mcgregor Moore, who tells him St.John is alive and well in a prison camp in north vietnam on flying back hawke is taken ill and crashes his chopper into a mountain. on coming round in hospital he meets st.john who was rescued when Dom and archangel lost their lives, or so he thinks.. on finding out what the terrorist group are up to he plays along when he finds dom hiding out in airwolf they get the better of the crooks and get away....
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