Monday, January 18, 2010

Syndicated Incorporated: TekWar

In today's segment, we talk about something that was very big for a little while and then faded into obscurity.  Besides Greg Evigan, we are also going to talk about the television series based on William Shatner's novels in which he starred.  They also had four made-for-tv movies, but that is for another day.
Basically, it is a pretty stock future.  Fancy gadgets, fast cars and holograms, etc.  What is unique, however, is the idea of Tek.  Basically, it is like logging into the internet, only it zaps your neural cortex and gives a drug-like effect.  Mind you, for many people, that describes the actual internet, but that's beside the point.

Our hero is a tough-talking, play-by-his-own-rules detective who works for a private security firm run by a billionaire.  Said billionaire is played by Shatner himself, clad in as many brightly-colored, overly-patterned shirts you could possibly imagine.  For him, the future looks a lot like very-dated 90s fashion!

The guy has all of the usual trappings too, including the smart girlfriend and the black partner.  If you expect anything other than cliches here, you will be somewhat disappointed.

One issue with the series in what I watched of it were references that are never quite explained.  For example, they refer to some big battle in Brazil in the 2nd episode, which I imagine is a bigger plot point in the books.  It's not terrible, just a little distracting.

If you like fun cliches and action, do yourself a favor and check out this series on DVD.  It won't blow you away, but it won't really disappoint either.

Next up, a tv show starring a staple of late '80s/early '90s action: Michael Dudikoff.  Unfortunately, it got a bit upstaged by a now-equally obscure television show.  Stay tuned...

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