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Takes off well, plummets shortly thereafter
on 24 April 2014
Though it is now very (very, very) dated Airwolf is a bit of a guilty pleasure. Turn your brain off and enjoy often terrible acting, worse scripts, surprisingly good action and brilliant aerial sequences and one of the best theme tunes (and most gorgeous aircraft) ever.
The first season is actually pretty good to be fair, and has some cracking episodes that really make good use of Cold War paranoia, shades of grey morality and surprisingly intelligent ideas for a show like this - introducing restrictions and limitations on what Airwolf can do and suggesting why and how it can do it in the first place, plus raising questions like just how DO you look after your stolen/'loaned' billion dollar super chopper (is there a Haynes manual for Airwolf? If not there needs to be)? How hard would it actually be to find this unique vehicle? How hard is it to fly a supersonic jet-chopper that may or may not have artificial intelligence? The exploration of the uneasy alliance between Airwolf's new crew/owners and the intelligence agency that developed it is also quite well done.
The second season more or less squanders all of that in favour of more family friendly and brain unfriendly fare but has some standout episodes.
The third season was basically just, well, bad, with the introduction of the obligatory cute kid and String and Dom unleashing the Lady for laughably ridiculous reasons. By this point they're just not even trying.
The fourth season was so abominably bad it isn't included here likely because of licensing issues and the fact it was just so, so terrible. Seriously, just don't.