Blue Thunder

Season 1 Episode 1

Second Thunder

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 06, 1984 on ABC
8.1
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The Blue Thunder Unit take on a ruthless pilot who has been recently aerially assassinating police helicopter units over Los Angeles.

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  • Dated with poor effects however it is watchable, especially if you love helicopters.

    8.0
    It’s roughly 22 years since I last watched Blue Thunder and prior to watching the pilot episode I was a little nervous that I would now hate it completely, however it turned out to be OK. I had remembered it to be “fantastic” but over the years action drama’s have become much slicker and in recent years we have been spoilt with all the seamless special effects from big budget productions, so looking at Blue Thunder again it does look very dated and the effects are poor by today’s standards, that being said it is 22 years old. The performances were OK but I think some of the scenes were poor and should have been re-shot, Butowski and Kelsey scenes were particularly poor. Setting aside the analysis the story was pretty good although I do see why they cancelled it after the first season. I think it will be another 22 years before I watch it again.moreless
Dick Butkus

Dick Butkus

Richard ''Ski'' Butowski

Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith

Lyman ''Bubba'' Kelsey

James Farentino

James Farentino

Lieutenant Frank Chaney

Dana Carvey

Dana Carvey

Clinton C. ''JAFO'' Wonderlove

Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper

J.J. Douglas

Sandy McPeak

Sandy McPeak

Captain Edward Braddock

Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch

P.V.C.

Guest Star

Robert Balderson

Robert Balderson

Major McLove

Guest Star

Edward Bonet

Edward Bonet

Air-50 Police Helicopter Pilot

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The shot of Blue Thunder sneaking up on a group of drug smugglers shows the two men not synchronising with the voice, as they react to it later than they should do. The echoed line of James Farentino saying "Federal Officers, put your hands up!" would have been added during post-production of this episode.

    • The shot of Blue Thunder approaching the demonstration audience, which follows after Major McLove says "And here she comes, the most awesome helicopter ever built...Blue Thunder." is speeded up for some reason, possibly to mix in with the dramatic music being played.

    • The special-effect close-up shot, showing sparkles spraying of Blue Thunder's body is repeated a second time after James Farentino says "Now, is that friendly?!". It's possible for the shooting drug-runner to fire his weapon and end up having his bullets hit the same spot of the helicopter, but oddly if you're in a hurry and desperately trying to escape, you usually would hit a different spot of the chopper, perhap's the bullet-proof windows or the cannon turret. But, the production crew obviously only shot one close-up special effects shot.

    • The close-up soundstage shots of P.V.C.'s Mohawk machine-guns firing doesn't show any sky background which would of been used in later episodes, such as Revenge in the Sky and Trojan Horse.

    • The shot taken from behind PVC's Mohawk being shot by Blue Thunder and smoke being feeded off the damaged engine ("Am going away to stay a little while." - P.V.C.) shows a very small helicopter or possibly a specialised flying camera device filming that particulary shot, as the shadow of it is seen on the below mountains.

    • For the sequence where Blue Thunder demonstrates it's capabilities, the whole sequence is again lifted from the original film, but also there are several clips and shots seen which were omitted from the final cut of John Badham's film.

    • For the shots where the police helicopter units are being fired upon, these are lifted from the original film, as you can see they don't match film stock of the more clearer made-for-television stock.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode has been aired over 3 times (due to the series' half season duration) on the UK Satellite & Cable channel Bravo. The series was premiered, starting with this episode on Thursday, 16th May 2002.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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