His name is Zorro,
This review is from: Zorro: Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)Zorro is one of the more underrated heroes out there -- a sort of Hispanic cross between Robin Hood and Batman.
Admittedly, I've never really been a huge fan of Zorro (I'm more of a Robin Hood girl), but one of the better representations of him is the well-beloved, family-friendly "Zorro: The Complete Series." It has some downsides, but it's a pleasantly upbeat series filled with romance, swordplay, sneering villains and a guy running around in a mask.
Don Diego de la Vega (Duncan Regehr) is called back from his studies in Spain to his family estate in California. It turns out that Los Angeles (a tiny pueblo instead of the megacity it is now) is now ruled by the tyrannical Alcalde Luis Ramone (Michael Tylo). His father Don Alejandro (played first by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and then by Henry Darrow) and local tavern-keeper Victoria Escalante (Patrice Camhi Martinez) are opposing the Alcalde, which is putting them in danger.
Everybody thinks of Diego as a mild-mannered nerd, and don't realize that he's actually a master swordsman, scientist and acrobat (just how long was he away?!). So with the help of his mute sidekick Felipe (Juan Diego Botto), a secret passage and a wild horse, Diego becomes El Zorro, who rides out and battles Alcalde Ramone and his successor Ignacio De Soto (John Hertzler), as well as various bandits, thieves and killers of all kinds.
"Zorro: The Complete Series" is a sunny, entertaining little show. It's crammed with unabashed swashbuckling, romance, touching moments,swordplay and comedic buttkicking. The dialogue has plenty of snappy (sometimes slightly cheesy) witticisms, especially when Diego is charging around in full Zorro garb.
Some of the episodes are on the darker side (including one where Zorro battles a sadistic soldier), but overall the tone is sort of like an Errol Flynn movie stretched over four seasons. And while it sounds like the premise would be limited, the writers actually did an excellent job keeping things fresh with varied plots -- we've got pirate attacks, Japanese fishermen, jeweled swords, democratic elections, strange diseases, hypnosis and stolen gold, plus countless other stories.
Downsides? The American Indians are pretty stereotypical, and the Christmas episodes are... schmaltzy. Seriously, Santa Claus visits the pueblo? Are you high? Whose idea was THAT?
Regehr looks like he's having fun as Don Diego -- he gets to sweep around with a black cloak, slashing sword and big gleeful grin. But he also does a powerful job in the more emotional moments, such as when Zorro inadvertently puts his loved ones in danger.
Darrow is great as the strong, hot-blooded Don Alejandro, and is somewhat better suited to the role than the frail-looking Zimbalist; Camhi-Martinez is pretty solid as Victoria (even though she's in peril almost every episode); Tylo and Hertzler are entertainingly villainous, and James Victor provides hearty comic relief as Sergeant Mendoza (who constantly complains about Zorro wrecking his uniforms).
"Zorro: The Complete Series" has some cheesy moments (did I mention SANTA CLAUS?!), but overall it's an entertainingly sunny, action-filled series.