Cobra

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(ended 1994)

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Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr., is an ex-Navy SEAL who went A.W.O.L. after refusing to blow up an enemy command center housing civilians. He disappeared to the wilderness of Alaska, changing his name and appearance, and became a teacher in a small Inuit community. But a part of his past caught up to him and he was shot in the face, his comatose body left for dead. He awoke in the hospital three weeks later and found himself with a new face and a new chance at life, thanks to a woman named Danielle LaPoint. Danielle offered him a job with Cobra, an undercover anti-crime agency that provides justice for victims who haven't benefited from the system. Scandal is reluctant to leave his Alaskan life behind, but then her boss, Dallas Cassell, makes him an offer he can't refuse: the chance to catch the man who murdered his father five years earlier. From behind the wheel of his classic A/C Cobra, Scandal dispenses justice in the fictional Bay City, California. Starring Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja), Allison J. Hossack, and James Tolkan (Back to the Future), Cobra was created by legendary television producer Stephen J. Cannell, along with Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle (both of whom later went on to create/executive produce The Pretender for NBC), and was filmed on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. THE CHARACTERS Robert "Scandal" Jackson, Jr.: A martial artist, an expert marksman, an ex-Navy SEAL, and a former investigator for NSI, Scandal is perfectly suited to be Cobra's lead field operative. The only part of his past that remains is his vintage Cobra, which he helped his father restore when he was younger. He's also developed an attraction for Danielle LaPoint, but he doesn't let it get in the way of doing his job. Danielle LaPoint: The niece of Cobra's founder, Quentin Avery, Danielle is more or less Scandal's partner. Her mother was killed ten years earlier, and as a result she turned to helping victims like herself by working for Cobra. She holds a Ph.D from Harvard University and was personally responsible for recruiting Scandal after arguing with her uncle that he was the perfect choice. Dallas Cassel: A former F.B.I. agent, Dallas is the director of Cobra. He almost got off on the wrong foot with Scandal when he faked Scandal's death in order to secure him an honorable discharge from the Navy, but Scandal ultimately realized the faking was for the best. TRIVIA Cobra was originally called Viper. However, Chrysler Corp. sued Stephen J. Cannell for trademark infringement, and also because Chrysler was already working with CBS on a series with the same title and featuring a brand new Dodge Viper concept car. (That show ultimately aired on NBC.) Since that series centered around a modern day Knight Rider of sorts and Cannell's show centered on a crime fighter (Scandal), he figured the name could be changed without sacrificing the creative concept of the series, and so the title was changed to Cobra. Interesting enough is that three episodes had already been filmed when the title change took place, so it appears Scandal would have still been driving the Cobra even with the show called Viper. (Source: Variety.com; March 24, 1993) The main theme by the music group Saga originally had lyrics, but the producers decided to not use them at the last minute. Saga produced several songs for the series, to be featured in specific episodes, but most were never used. Their 1995 album "Steel Umbrellas" contained most of these songs. The CD rereleased in 2002 and left off one song from the '95 version, but contained a previously-unreleased song, "Push It" (likely written for the episode of the same name). Gerald O'Brien, who provided Cobra's instrumental score, co-wrote one song ("Never Alone"), and creators Steven Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle wrote "Push It." CAST BIRTHDAYS Michael Dudikoff - October 8, 1954 Allison J. Hossack - January 26, 1965 James Tolkan - June 20, 1931moreless
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    February 13, 2007 DVD Releases

  • James Tolkan

    James Tolkan

    Dallas Cassel

    Michael Dudikoff

    Michael Dudikoff

    Robert "Scandal" Jackson Jr.

    Allison Hossack

    Allison Hossack

    Danielle LaPoint (as Allison J. Hossack)

    Lochlyn Munro

    Lochlyn Munro

    Clifton Campbell

    Alice Ghostley

    Alice Ghostley

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