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Tempered Steele

Laura and Remington face a ten million dollar lawsuit when the high-tech alarm system they install in a millionaire’s home fails to prevent a robbery. – from the DVD case

8/10

I love the way this episode opens. Steele is on a “date” keeping a young lady busy and away from any action while Laura and Murphy do the real work. Only, they finished and he kept living the high life, racking up charges. So they cut off his credit line, forcing his date to pay for everything. But everyone still thanks Steele, rather than the person who’s actually paying. It’s a sign of the times that today’s climate it would be denounced as being incredibly sexist. It was mildly sexist at the time, but was played for laughs so got a pass.

The following scene has Steele bursting in on Laura in a motel room as she’s trying to get the goods on someone. He classically fouls things up, giving a scene where the suspect recognizes him and runs out the door. Laura gives chase in a button down shirt and panties. I can only imagine this was pushing the envelope of decency on prime time TV in 1982. It was titillating to 10 year old me.

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License To Steele

While protecting millions in jewels, Laura is approached by a dashing and mysterious man who claims to be special agent intent on protecting those same jewels. – from the DVD case.

 

9/10

The pilot episode to introduce us to all the main characters from season 1. This is an episode that I was never able to view until years later on reruns. Somehow I had missed everything but the very end chase through the airport when it originally aired. And when it ran again later in the year I missed it again, much to my chagrin.

Many of the title sequence images and clips were taken from this episode. We get to see Laura and Murphy providing security for some expensive jewels. And Steele, posing as someone else, staking out the transport of the jewels so he can steal them. Brosnan comes across very sophisticated, handsome and dresses smartly. Later he poses as Steele, unbeknownst to Laura and Murphy. Zimbalist is smart, elegant and beautiful as ever. While Murphy is competent and apparently provides the muscle.

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Remington Steele

Growing up in the ’80’s I watched a lot of TV. One of my favorite shows as a child was Remington Steele. Starring Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist, it was awash with classic movie references, many of which I actually understood, humor and mystery. The 1980’s were awash in detective/crime fighting shows. Today we’d probably refer to some of these as “Cozies”There was Magnum P.I., Simon & Simon, Mike Hammer, Murder She Wrote, Stingray, etc. But Remington Steele was my favorite.

I bought the first, second and third seasons over a decade ago, but held off on the fourth/fifth combined set because I remembered the last couple of seasons being rather weak. Eventually I did pick it up, mostly just to complete the set. For me, the first season was the best, with the most iconic episodes.

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