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Riptide

Season 1 Episode 1

Riptide

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1984 on NBC
8.7
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Kimba Hall is the lone survivor when the Trade Wind explodes at sea. She is rescued by Mama Jo and brought back to Pier 56. Kimba becomes a suspect in the explosion and the Riptide Detective agency sets out to prove her innocent. 

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  • When a young woman is found dazed at sea after witnessing the boat she was staying on explode, killing everyone on board, the newly formed Pier 56 Det. Agency take her case, to prove she was not behind it and find the culprits. Great Pilot to the series..moreless

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    'Riptide' is sometimes classed by some as "a poor man's 'Magnum'". Personally I think that's a little sweeping and lazy. Certainly they both involve crime-busting adventures by the sea, and Cody's moustache is surely influenced by the unshaven top lip trend highlighted by Tom Selleck (as were a great many male characters in the early 1980s, particularly on US TV!), but I wouldn't call the show a direct rip; it has so many original ideas. They both feature Vietnam veterans, but what US action-adventure show of that era DIDN'T?! Err... they both feature helicopters I guess. Either way, I really love both shows.



    Unusually for a show of its type coming from America in that era, 'Riptide' didn't get much exposure here in the UK. Going through my collection of old TV Times (hey, I have absolutely no life, I admit it!), I see that it did pop up on the odd region, but not for any lengthy run from what I can make out, and not everywhere showed it. As such, 'Riptide' skipped me in the early days (not sure if it was ever shown here in the London region at all); the first time I ever encountered it was circa 1992, at a friend's house, where I caught the end of an episode on $ky. Being a massive fan of 1980s action-adventure shows, and particularly of ones by the late, great Stephen J. Cannell ('The A-Team' is my all-time favourite show, check my profile for my detailed fan site), I instantly liked it. Unfortunately, $ky only broadcast one further ep after that (I think it was a repeat run for them and they were just using it as a filler), so I couldn't collar my friend into recording the series for me.



    A year or so later I did get hold of a couple of (late) episodes... but they were dubbed into German!! Finally, in 1998, the series popped up in the early hours of Saturday night / Sunday mornings, on Channel 5. I managed to record the entire series, but for some reason, they did not show the Pilot (and skipped three other stories).



    Eventually, on my early days on the internet, I managed to hook up with someone who kindly did me a private use copy of the Pilot recorded from the very early days of $ky, but it was a rather worn picture quality (taken from an x-th generation copy) and, I found later, edited quite a lot for time (including Cody and Nick's first ever scene, their first ever scene with Quinlan, and various other sequences). But with the series finally released on DVD (go for the Canadian release of Season One, the US version has most of the opening teasers missing!), I finally get to see the Pilot uncut, and plan to watch the entire series through once again.



    Anyway... I find this to be a great Pilot to the series. The Pilots for some shows sometimes have a lot of differences to the regular series, and the feeling of things finding their feet, but with this one, things feel to be batting from the off; Other than the obvious introductions, much of it feels like a regular, typical 'Riptide' adventure.



    The three leads slip into their roles immediately. All of them are great; Cody is really cool and likeable, Nick is maybe a little serious for my liking but still good… but everyone's favourite HAS to be Thom Bray as the wonderful Murray. Just the little touches and quirks Bray gives the character bring to life what could have so easy been a two-dimensional, repetitive character; it's a shame Bray didn't go on to bigger roles.



    The story is pretty interesting, and has all of the regular Cannell (and Frank Lupo) touches that made their various shows such a delight to watch. I enjoyed this opening half - with just the right mix of comedy and adventure - enough to give it 10/10.



    Review continued on Part 2...moreless
Anne Francis

Anne Francis

Mama Jo

Joe Penny

Joe Penny

Nicholas 'Nick' Ryder

Perry King

Perry King

Cody Allen

Thom Bray

Thom Bray

Dr. Murray 'The Boz' Bozinsky, PhD

Karen Kopins

Karen Kopins

Kimba Hall

Guest Star

Robert Viharo

Robert Viharo

Mike Santana

Guest Star

Patrick Dollaghan

Patrick Dollaghan

Dex Dexter

Guest Star

Jack Ging

Jack Ging

Lieutenant Ted Quinlan

Recurring Role

Gianni Russo

Gianni Russo

Straightaway

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the Screaming Mimi is flying over Mike Santana's estate, the registration code on the side of the Mimi can still be seen to have one of the numbers changed and an 'X' added at the end from when Cody and Nick rescued Boz previously. But when the Mimi crashes on the estate and they get out, the changed number and the X are suddenly gone.

    • When The Screaming Mimi cuts out right over Mike Santana's estate, there is a shot of Cody and Murray where the clothes that they are wearing suddenly change! (This shot is actually taken from the end of the story, when the Mimi cuts out over the beach).

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  • NOTES (7)

    • The shots used on the first season opening credits all originate from the pilot (until mid-season, when a couple of shots were altered).

    • The Germans called this series "Trio mit 4 Fäusten," which translates to "Trio with 4 Fists." (Sorry, Boz!)

    • German Title: 1. Die Drei von der Riptide

    • The events of how Cody and Nick first met Murray that are mentioned in this episode are seen in flash-back form in the 2nd season episode 'Boz Busters'.

    • The electronics games company that Boz has fallen out with when we meet him in this episode, is seen (of sorts) again in the 2nd season episode 'Beat The Box'. There is also mention of 'Bozer And The Brickbats', the game they have fallen out over here.

    • In this and the very early episodes, Cody and Nick's business is called the 'Pier 56 Detective Agency' (throughout most of the series, it was the 'Riptide Detective Agency'). However, in Part 2 of this story, Cody does refer to 'The Riptide Detective Agency' when talking to mobster Mike Santana.

    • The original version of this Pilot was in two-hour format. As with most Pilots and 2-hour episodes of TV shows, it was later edited into two-part format for syndication.
      The two-part versions use the the first season opening credits sequence, but the original feature-length version contains the credits over the first scene.

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