The Equalizer, Robert McCall, was the dark hero, unlike the other shows of this period, he was ivolved in helping people despite the cost to himself, his personal life and regardless of sometimes not being wanted. A man with a past who did what was needed to help those in need.
Robert McCall was not the young sexy hunk with the hip night clubs or talking cars but the mature man of experience who sought to give back some good to a world he had seen to much bad of.
Intelligent and often sarcastically witty, the show was before it's time and inventive despite dealing with many issues that were taboo at the time. 1 episode was not universally aired due to the topic therein.
Edward Woodward was appealing and comforting as the hero in the black hat, capable, conversant and knowledgable, he made the show what it was...a before it's time classic.
Guest stars included Robert Mitchum, Richard Jordan, Robert Lansing, Christian Slater, Kevin Spacey, Adam Ant, Telly Savalas, and many more.
It would be great to see the series re air before the movie was released...and it is too much to hope that Edward Woodward or his son Peter will be in the movie.
It was not the actor's accent that made the show, it was his style combined with calm strength...distinguished but not flashy or pretentious. Fitting the mold will not be easy.