We learn how Kwai Chang Caine became known as Grasshopper and that it was his respect for his elders that won him a place in the Shaolin monastery. Throughout the series, Caine is identified as a Shaolin Priest by the dragon scars on the insides of his arms and it is during this Pilot episode, we learn how he attained these 'badges of honour'. We also find out why Caine becomes a wanted man in China and that this is the reason he flees to America. Caine's past (monastery training in China) is shown through many different flashbacks and these continue throughout the series. Radames Pera played a very convincing young Caine and David Carradine's younger half brother Keith played adolescent Caine. Keith only got one line and was obviously cast because he looked like his brother. Phillip Ahn, who played Master Kan, had a superb speaking voice which was very well suited to his character. Keye Luke's blind Master Po was also a pleasure to watch. David Carradine's Kwai Chang Caine was simply brilliant and I cannot imagine any one else playing him. I am aware of the controversy re who should have been cast as Caine but that can't take away from David Carradine's excellent portrayal of such a unique character.
My only problem, which I never let bother me too much, was that despite many characters on the show saying Caine looked Chinese, I never once thought David Carradine looked even slightly Chinese.