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Season 2 discussion (spoilers)

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    123home123

    [1]Dec 29, 2006
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    I got the Season Two DVD for Christmas. It's my 1st Hunter DVD set. I've watched the 1st two episodes so far, "Case X" and "Night of the Dragons." Besides these episodes I've only seen one other episode since the show went off the air in the early 90s. I saw the later TV movies though.

    Anyway, I can see why the show might have bothered some of the critics back in the 80s. I also see why so many people (including me) watched it. The episodes seem to be shot on shoestring budgets. The stories and characters aren't as deeply developed as they are in modern police shows like NYPD Blue. On the other hand, the show is fun to watch.

    "Case X" was OK but not great. The opening scene in the porn studio was a little risque (especially for network TV in the 80s) and McCall's photo session while undercover is remembered as one of the sexiest scenes from the series. It was moderately entertaining.

    "Night of the Dragons" was enjoyable as an almost pure action episode but with some comedic moments. Hunter and McCall got involved in a gang war between the Vietnamese and the Chinese in Chinatown. Hunter's fistfight with the guy he kept calling "Whale Bait" was less than convincing but it's amusing to see. The punches were thrown very slowly and the fight choreography was too apparent. It didn't look like a real fight. The "Whale Bait" line made me laugh though.

    The episode went over the top towards the end, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Hunter looked like he was in a war movie, with automatic weapons firing left and right, a team of angry thugs after him and winding passageways underground to explore. Hunter was on the prowl with a Terminator or Rambo-style shotgun. He fought off perhaps a dozen of the bad guys before the SWAT team showed up. Did it make any sense? Maybe not. Was it entertaining? In a word, yes!
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    123home123

    [2]Jan 2, 2007
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    "The Biggest Man in Town" was OK but not great. Hunter and McCall went undercover in a resort town to find the killer in a blackmail plot gone awry. Hunter seems to be on the hunt for more than just criminals. He's also doing his best James Bond/Captain Kirk impression and chasing every skirt that crosses his path.

    The scenes where McCall is supposed to be singing fell flat. Even though Stepfanie Kramer is a trained singer, it doesn't appear that she is singing. She's not even doing a good job lip-synching. The main investigation was only moderately entertaining. Nana Visitor (from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) had a featured role in the episode.

    On the other hand, "Rich Girl" was an excellent episode. Hunter was hilarious in an undercover role as a two-bit scam artist pretending to be a professional basketball player. I don't know how smart it was for him to go undercover, however. He attended a trial related to the investigation as himself. As a result, people involved in the case kept recognizing him, including the suspect herself!

    Hunter and McCall worked out a nifty plan when it appeared the suspect might get away with murder. The final scene focused completely on Cynthia Flagg. At first, I thought this would be a standard whodunnit episode. As the story progressed, it turned into a look at the sorry life of Cynthia Flagg. She was a pathetic character despite all of her family wealth. I was pleasantly surprised with this episode. This was quite a good dramatic story. It worked even without large-scale gun battles and car chases.
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    123home123

    [3]Jan 7, 2007
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    "Killer in a Halloween Mask" was an average episode. The story was a little odd. The criminal was attacking actors from his former TV show by spraying them in the face with an acid gun. He wore a Halloween mask and had a heavily scarred face. It reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera story.

    "Rape and Revenge (Part 1)" is the famous episode in which McCall is raped. The sensitive storyline was handled pretty well. The sexual assault itself was not shown. Though there were some scenes of McCall in tears, the episode stayed away from lingering on the recovery. Since this is an action series, the plot quickly switched to Hunter's reaction and his desire for revenge. His actions were almost surreal. A real police detective would not be able to get away with many of the actions he does, but then again, it's just a TV show. A very good episode. I haven't watched the conclusion yet.

    I wrote up a recap for "Rape and Revenge (Part 1)," my first recap for any show since last spring.
    Edited on 01/08/2007 3:15pm
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    BRAH

    [4]Jan 10, 2007
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    The "Rape and Revenge" 2-parter is not only the best episode(s) of Season 2, it's quite possibly the best episode(s) of the entire series!
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    TVAddict1987

    [5]Jan 12, 2007
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    You know, those two eps have always been my favorite eps of the series. It really showed deep down how important those two were to each other, without the romance.
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    Lil_Miss_Riss

    [6]Aug 12, 2008
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    Anychance someone could upload a clip or two? I've heard this episode was good and I've been really into Hunter videos on youtube. Oh, and Show123 you're recap was great. Bravo. lol
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    OnePerCentClub

    [7]Mar 23, 2010
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    I started watching this show in season 3, but I will buy the DVD because the show is such a good memory of my childhood and it's amazing I was allowed to watch Hunter when I was only 9.
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