Friday, March 14, 2008

The Equalizer

I’m a nerd at heart. A few weeks ago I was at a local store and stumbled across the DVD set for season one of The Equalizer; a television series that starred Edward Woodward and aired sometime in the mid-1980s. It was a television series I had all but forgotten about, but when I saw the DVD set I couldn’t help myself—heck it was even on sale.

I wasn’t very old when The Equalizer was being produced—ten, twelve?—but I do remember I loved it. And the opening credits rocked. I think, some twenty years later, that they still define what I think of New York City. A city I have visited several times over the years, but I still think of it as the playground of thieves, dealers, thugs, perverts, sickos, weenies and general weirdos, and everyone else are their victims. (I know this isn’t the case, especially over the last decade, but still…)

So we’ve watched several episodes, and I still like it. Woodward is great as a slightly over-the-top hard guy, and the stories are so 1980s—they feature vigilantism, cold war paranoia, greed, and good old-fashioned car chases and shootings. But the best part is the brief introduction, and here it is direct from YouTube. Enjoy.

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