Bugs was amazing. Pure and simply.
As a child I was about 8 years old when Bugs came out. It fascinated me and I was infatuated by the mix of science, technology and the heroic intentions of the BUGS team versus the villains.
Ok, it may not match many programmes that are out in this day and age with the 90s effects but at the same time; many can't match the vibe of this programme.
I loved the upbeat aims of the team against dire circumstances; polluted water supplies, money laundering, mind controlling machines... many of these themes stilla enthrall today. So what was special about Bugs?
Well to me it captured the human spirit for good. The hapless Beckett yet manly and heroic saving the day. The independant and determined Ros that just wouldn't give up. Ed with his action packed stunts and smile (ladies :P).... Jan - the boss with the harsh exterior but just as vulnerable and dedicated inside and Alex also, the quiet girl who really could come into her own and made herself and equally essential part of the team... It's hard to sum up the feel of the series but I think it was one of Britain's best. Scientific theory with that iconastic British humour. The jokes were at times just too tacky, but it was great fun!
For example, in one episode Ros's car gets crushed and the boys are making a joke of it being a "compact". Obviously unimpressed at the loss of a car but not a bad sport she turns around and says; "at least it'lll be a doddle to park". Classic acting, classic humour and an upbeat vibe.
The science may not have been perfect but the theory was all good - sticking black boxes on computers to trace them... flawed maybe, but if you get into the feel of the programme you know there's some clever electronic device like the modern day ones we see today.
To summarise the series, it was just great upbeat fun with a diverse and strong cast. Unfortunately, I do feel towards the end of season 4 it lost it's way a bit. One reason, was the loss of Craig McLachlan whom was known from Neighbours I think (but I was too young to like him for this reason). The new Ed just didn't catch his character to such a level... but we still got some good action scenes. Also, the BBC changed the timeslot which may not have helped. However it was still well worth watching as all cast and plots were really satisfying to watch.
I think the failing of the series was that it became much harsher in reality; from the lighter humoured saving the world action to darker themes of blackmail and the reality of live. For me, the most painful part of season 4 was that Ros and Beckett split up from finally getting together in season 3 and it was just downhill friction all the way.
However, the series is still worth investing in. As long as you remember to end the cliffhanger happily ^^ (yes that's right... Ros and Beckett together forever :p). Ultimately, getting back on topic, if you want an action-packed fun series that is very easy to watch and entertaining - give BUGS a try. Don't be a stick insect until you've tried it. :)