Vengeance Unlimited

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Vengeance Unlimited

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When people can kill someone you love and get a book deal out of it--just because they hire the right lawyer or an acting teacher who teaches them to cry on camera--who can you turn to? Mr. Chapel (Michael Madsen), of course! He will help you get your revenge with both charm and finality. There´s no killing involved. He just turns the tables on the bullies, often using their own tactics against them. The only problem is the fee. He charges one million dollars. If you can´t afford the fee, you can help him to help others. Mr. Chapel´s past is unknown, but obviously something horrible happened to him and his family. His tragic history is slowly revealed in piecemeal fashion over the course of the show. KC Griffin is his friend, a former client and a beginner when it comes to the fine art of revenge, but she is a quick study. She provides balance to Chapel´s quirky character. This well-written series, though short-lived, was intelligent, exciting and funny. Vengeance Unlimited was cancelled prematurely because it aired against powerhouse shows like Friends. Some critics claimed that the show was too violent and that Mr. Chapel's actions blurred the concepts of right and wrong. The critics, however, may have missed the point that this was black humor, if in an extreme form. Vengeance Unlimited offered its fans a true guilty pleasure: exciting, fast-paced entertainment and the vicarious thrill of watching the bad guys get what they deserved.moreless
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  • ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS EVER ON TV

    10
    Not only was this one of the most creative and intelligently written shows on TV but while we were trying to save the show we had the privilege of communicating with the creators and they told us many interesting things of how they came up with the idea how they set up scenes etc. I had posted that the newer show leverage is almost a copy of the show. Vengeance unlimited show was created by scratch from creators John McNamara and David Simpkins in 1998

    What I like the most about it was the fact much like the show leverage how they created these elaborate schemes that were truly believable not fantasy to draw the criminals or the people getting away with crime back into their own game.

    On one of the chat we asked the creators how in the world they ever came up with this idea because even though there had been similar shows there had been nothing as elaborate as the writing on the show. They joked and said they came up with the ideas from being bullied a lot when they were in school. LOL

    But truly I think the thing that everyone liked about the show was there is so much in life that is unfair and there are so little resources to fix it and at the end of vengeance unlimited each episode you felt good like the good guys won and leverage is much the same. It is too bad real life is not that way. It is also a shame that both these intelligently written shows are off the air. We tried very hard to save vengeance unlimited and the creators told us that unfortunately TV was heading to an area where people just did not want to watch shows that made them think anymore unfortunately. TV is full of reality shows and that is too bad because both the shows were excellent. But you had to have an IQ to watch them.

    I also agree with the previous poster that Michael Madsen did an excellent job and had some of the wittiest lines ever. A lot ad lib. The creators told us that when they first thought up the idea for the show they only had Michael Madsen in mind to play the lead and they agreed between them if he would not do it they were not going to do the show. They said they had lunch with him in Malibu and they showed him the script and he only had to read the first page before he said yes. I think it was a perfect blend of excellent creators, writing, acting and even lighting. They opening credit lighting and cinematography is also very creative. We even put an ad in variety trying to save it but it didn't work it almost worked but it didn't. They said it will never come out on DVD because of all the music they used in that they cannot get the rights to it. I am trying to rated at 10 but for some reason the site will not let memoreless
  • Vengeance Unlimited featured the mysterious Mr. Chapel who got justice for people whom the legal system failed. He used cleverness and favors from previous victims he'd helped to nail the bad guys.moreless

    10
    Vengeance Unlimited was absolutely ahead of its time. Today, I think that it would be a major hit, especially on one of the "edgier" networks (FX, TNT, Showtime.) VU would fill the vacuum that exists today for complex, thought-provoking material on the big three "traditional" networks, with their inane reality shows and copycat, formulaic dramas.



    VU's strength was in its writing and acting. The basic premise created a moral question: what does one do when the justice system fails (as it often does)? The quest for justice is a basic human need, and Mr. Chapel tackles the question head on. The cases are complicated, with no patently simple solutions. The viewers actually have to think about the ethical issues involved, and follow the fiendishly clever plot. The show did not sermonize. In the midst of hunting for justice, Chapel had some of the funniest, wildest, and over-the-top lines ever written for TV. You might have had to exercise your brain, but you'd be laughing while you did. Michael Madsen's acting was some of the best ever seen on TV. This was a brilliant series that was cancelled far too soon.moreless
  • Too bad they canceled it.

    6.7
    This show, for UK viewers, was buried at, oh, 3am on a Saturday/Sunday morning on channel four. It was sheer fluke that I caught it, but so glad I did!



    The idea of the show was that a person who had suffered an injustice that had gone unpunished would receive an anonymous note offering 'Vengence Unlimited'. They would then receive a visit from Mr Chapel, who would offer to help them get justice in exchange for either One million dollars, or, somewhere down the line, a single favour. Of course, none of the victims could afford that, so this left a very good trail of people in varying positions and authority to help right other people's wrongs later in the show. The first episode followed a quest to set up the murderer of a mother, who was freed by a corrupt lawyer. Kathleen York's character was introduced as just another person who owes Chapel a favour for, Unlike the other people he had helped though, at the end of the first episode she tracked him down help him help others. This was a good vehicle for Michael Madson, as he got to play his usual cool likable rogue but as a good guy, so not someone to be killed off at the end! The plots were intelligent, and it was always fun to try and work out how he would finally the bad guy. Another one to chalk up on the 'why did they cancel this?!' list.moreless
  • Mr. Chapel was the king of cool. He didnt have to hurt you he could just scare the poop out of you. It was one hour of intelligent non violent (though it seemed ultraviolent)good clean family fun.moreless

    10
    One cannot express the need for more shows like this. It taught moral lessons in creative ways that would stick to you and remind you to be good. Mr. Chapel was the essence of justice, comic book characters could only dream of being that cool. But like all masterpieces subjected to ABC, it was doomed from the git-go. And us poor loyal network viewers were subjected to reality shows that treated people 10x worse than Mr. Chapel would. Yet he was the bad guy? Boo to you ABC, good thing CSI airs on CBS or it would have failed too.moreless
  • Chapel would be the person to contact or be contacted by in need of help. Anywhere from someone trying to sell you a bogus house to having a loved one murdered. He's the man to get the revenge for you, for a price or a favor for another.moreless

    10
    I absolutely loved this show. I still talk about it to this day. I was very disappointed when the show went away. Most people I talk to have never heard of it, but when I start telling them about it, it really peaks there interest. On a positive note, I did manage to tape most of the episodes, but it would be so much better to have it on DVD. The Monopoly money one sticks in my mind so well. I just loved the look on that guys face when he saw everyone paying with Monopoly money. And then the look on his face when he was told it was Monopoly money. Anybody that has ever seen this show is nodding there heads right now, and picturing that look on his face. Please, help to put this show on DVD. It would be great to have it all, as I am sure I missed 1 or 2 episodes in my taping them.moreless
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