Tales of the Gold Monkey

Season 1 Episode 4

Legends Are Forever

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1982 on ABC
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Legends Are Forever
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A former Flying Tiger asks Jake's help in finding the fabled lost treasure of King Solomon and help him to provide medical support to those who need it.

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  • Jake's old Flying Tiger buddy, Gandy Dancer, convinces him to help deliver urgent medical supplies to a native tribe – and possibly locate the fabled lost treasure of King Solomon's Mines. One of the best episodes of the series...moreless

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    After having some mixed feelings about the previous episode, 'Black Pearl', I wasn't sure if I was completely looking forward to the next episode or not. I needn't have worried – 'Legends Are Forever' renewed my faith in the series, being one of the single best episodes of the show's one season run.



    The story is penned by Mark Jones. Often I find Jones's work a bit generic and uninspired (particularly some of his scripts for 'The A-Team'), but he seems more at home here, and delivers a really enjoyable tale.



    William Lucking (a very regular 1980s TV guest star, who many people my age will identify as Colonel Lynch in 'The A-Team') puts in a great, charismatic performance as Jake's old friend, Grady Dancer. So it comes as somewhat of a shock that Grady actually dies at the end of the story, as the character had much more mileage left in him (although he does appear in "flashback", in 'Honor Thy Brother' a few stories later.

    However, Donald P. Bellisario obvious saw the potential in the character, and moved him to the modern day, with Lucking playing a virtually identical character, Sam Hunter, in the third season (1983) episode of 'Magnum, p.i.' called 'Two Birds of a Feather', a backdoor pilot for a series based around Hunter (see my review for that episode for more). The pilot didn't sell, although Bellisario did take some of the basic elements of the adventures of an ace pilot, and work it into 'Airwolf'.



    Anyway, character connections aside, 'Legends Are Forever' is a pretty darn good story. It is much better paced than some of the other episodes (as my other reviews will reflect, I feel that sometimes episode pacing was a little *too* slow for its own good), and have lots of enjoyable moments.



    The reunion fight (!) between Jake and Grady is fun in a vintage "comic-book TV" sort of a way, and it's amusing how Louie stands and both cheers them on, and totes up the damage, as the knockabout brawl continues.

    Speaking of Louie, it's nice to have him more at the centre of the proceedings for once, not just stuck back at the Monkey Bar. Sarah takes a back seat for this one, only appearing at the beginning and end, but it's nice to see another character getting slightly more time in the spotlight for a change.



    The story does not really sag at any point, with some good action sequences (even if the Goose low flying over the rope bridge, to scare the natives away, is quite clearly back projection, and would look far more realistic nowadays). As mentioned previously, Grady actually dying at the end is quite expected; watching this for the first time without knowing the outcome, you'd be forgiven for expecting the cure to be found just in time.

    His final scene was nice – and I wonder if Jake really *had* Solomon's gold, or if he just said it to put Grady at peace?



    Either way, this is a great episode, and another example of why it was such a shame that 'Tales of the Gold Monkey' only ran for one season. At time of writing (February 2011), this ep is the highest rated story of the series here on this site, and although there are others that I also really like, it would probably be in my Top 3. I give this one 10/10.moreless
William Lucking

William Lucking

Gandy Dancer

Guest Star

Badja Djola

Badja Djola

Oomupwah

Guest Star

Les Jankey

Les Jankey

Gushie the Waiter

Recurring Role

Ahmed Kalane

Ahmed Kalane

The Bartender

Recurring Role

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