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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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We’ve advanced so far…well, maybe not

 

So, Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Commander dynasty was interviewed in GQ and pissed off GLAAD, which then made a call to A&E, who then canned Phil and touched off a typhoon of controversy.

First off, this isn’t a 1st Amendment issue because the 1st Amendment only protects you from actions by the government.  A&E is a private company and can employ who they want.  My problem with their decision to fire Phil is purely about the hypocrisy.

I’ve never watched the show, and don’t really plan to either.  I’m not a fan of ‘reality’ programming, even if it is scripted.  It’s just not my cup of tea.  But, from the descriptions of it I’ve read, it seems to be about a conservative Christian family that builds decoys.  Apparently it’s been quite popular.  The premise doesn’t seem to have changed, and the people starring don’t seem to have changed their outlook, so A&E should have known from the get-go that these people are conservative Christians.  If the A&E execs didn’t, then they need to be fired (and I wish them luck in their future careers flipping burgers and/or bagging groceries, because that’s all they are really qualified for).

My problem lies with the fact that they seem surprised that a conservative Christian espouses conservative Christian values when questioned about sin.  Here’s the quote in question that seems to have gotten peoples panties in a twist;

“Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong,” he says. “Sin becomes fine.”

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says.

So, if you subscribe to a conservative Christian philosophy, that probably isn’t very controversial.  But, if you want to have everyone else justify your sinful ways I guess it’s problematic.  And GLAAD, (formerly Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) put in a call to A&E execs to express their outrage that someone doesn’t approve of their behavior.  That’s GLAADs right to express their dissatisfaction, and if they want to boycott the show and/or network over it that is also their right.  A&E decided that they agreed with GLAAD and indefinitely suspended (AKA: fired) him over it.  Once again, it’s A&Es right to fire their employee over conduct they find detrimental.  But, this is also where I take umbrage.

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