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One of those shows that don't wear well over time.
on 29 December 2009
When The Equalizer was being shown on television, I looked forward to it with great anticipation each week. That was then - many moons ago.
So, of course, I was thrilled to find it on DVD and could hardly wait to see it. I told my husband how wonderful the show was. And now I'm wearing egg on my face.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why The Equalizer seemed so great at the time. Though Edward Woodward handled the part as well as anyone could have, the fact is that the stories and scripts were terrible. Trite dialog, sometimes to the point of campy. Stupid and unbelievable plots. Single dimensional characters. Predictable and utterly trite.
The Equalizer is an American fantasy world: Hero leaves "the agency" because of its corruption to help the downtrodden - for free or almost free. Hero steps up and fixes the problem of bad guys who are bereft of anything but badness. Poor victim never stood a chance, though the hero shows them how to take care of themselves.
Some old shows wear well - especially British ones that relied on story and script. Others, like The Equalizer, make you embarrassed that you'd ever watched them. Could I really have liked that show?