Warner Bros. // 1986 // 1031 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // January 22nd, 2013
Espionage, adventure, romance.
And so this long, strange journey finally comes to a close. The only question you need to ask yourself: Is Amanda King going to have to choke a Communist?
The answer: Yes! Because that's what Amanda King does. She punches Soviets. Not literally of course. She weighs approximately 75 pounds. But she punches them with her heart. And her grit. And her raw determination. Which is why she's an "elite undercover expert," drafted by the government to combat threats to the homeland, plucked from suburban limbo and pressed into service for God and country.
Kate Jackson (Charlie's Angels) is Amanda King, paired off with Bruce Boxleitner's (Tron) super secret agent Lee "Scarecrow" Stetson. Together they regaled a modest percentage of America's primetime with their exciting adventures of espionage and homemaking.
The final season gives us a whole new Lee and Amanda, specifically a duo that is bumping uglies. The big thing that went down last season was their mutual confession of love for each other. The growth of that relationship gets moving pretty quickly in the final season, and SPOILER ALERT! the two eventually tie the knot.
But there's little time for wedded bliss, when the enemies of America are ever-present and always looking to compromise our national security. The fourth season brings us 20 more episodes of spy-jinks...and a Christmas episode!
Despite its goofy premise, Scarecrow and Mrs. King pretty much plays it as a straight spy drama. We get episodes involving terrorist hunts, assassination plots, chemical weapons counter-warfare, gold smuggling, and the narcotics trade. Yet, always lurking is the Red Menace. The KGB and other Russian ne'er-do-wells comprise the main heavies our heroes square off against, and this -- along with Kate Jackson's ever-evolving L.A. Looks-powered coiffure -- provides lovely '80s nostalgia. I don't think that's enough to mandate a 1,000-minute viewing investment, but...what else do you have going on in your sad little life that's better than watching a single mom kicking Red ass?
There is one big, big disappointment here: The series finale. Don't expect much closure or anything remotely memorable. As finales go, this one is anti-climactic. Then again, some cursory web research reveals Kate Jackson had been undergoing breast cancer treatment this season (speaking to her drastically reduced role) and the network cancelled the series. Sounds more like a dead stop than a planned retreat. Still, it would have been nice to see a back-door pilot for a hilarious new sitcom The Scarecrows.
Nothing new on Warner Bros' DVD packaging front: 1.33:1 standard def full frame, Dolby 2.0 Mono, English SDH / French subtitles, and no extras.
Not Guilty. If you disagree, you are likely a Communist and you will be investigated.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Warner Bros.
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 1031 Minutes
Release Year: 1986
MPAA Rating: Not Rated