Young Maverick: The Complete Series (MOD)

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Young Maverick: The Complete Series (MOD)
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Young Maverick: The Complete Series (MOD)
 
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5.0

Frank & Blanchard are great

By --JThree

from Williston ND

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      Comments about Young Maverick: The Complete Series (MOD):

      For many, many years I have been waiting for Young Maverick to come out on DVD. Ever since I missed a few episodes when it was first telecast in the late seventies, I've been waiting for the moment that these "lost episodes" would come out.

      The picture is beautiful. WB Archives did an excellent job in remastering the picture and sound. This extra effort is really appreciated. Who knew these tv movies could look so good?

      The DVD's start off with the ABC reunion movie, "The New Maverick," which brought James Garner back as Bret Maverick and introduced Charles Frank as his newly discovered nephew, Ben. Jack Kelly also shows up as Bart, in an extended cameo, later in the film. James Garner can carry anything and he makes the telefilm enjoyable as the new characters are introduced since this movie also serves as a potential pilot.

      As for the series itself, Charles Frank and Susan Blanchard are superb in their roles, and their chemistry really shows. I guess being real life marrieds at the time helped.

      My favorite bit of the series is the magnificent instrumental version of the classic "Maverick" theme. It just really conveys an energy that I find energizing. The show is family friendly, which I greatly appreciate. But I wish some of the scripts were slightly stronger. There are times you can almost predict what's going to happen next.

      Some big and future stars show up in YM. James Woods shows up in the opening two-parter, John Hillman and Morgan Fairchild also appear in subsequent series.

      My one big gripe is the omission of the one minute introduction to the regular series that James Garner did with Charles Frank that was presented on it's opening night on CBS. Granted, it's only a minute, but I still remember it. Maybe it'll show up someday.

      --JThree
      Williston ND 58801

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      3.0

      Surprisingly Good Attempt to Revive the Original TV Series

      By ADR756

      from Atlanta, GA

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          Comments about Young Maverick: The Complete Series (MOD):

          Surprisingly I liked these episodes of the 1979 revival of the Maverick TV series much more than I expected. Being a devoted fan of the original series, I have pursued every opportunity to acquire all productions of this legendary franchise. Realizing that the ABC TV movie, "The New Maverick" that served as a pilot for this TV series was mediocre at best, my expectations for this limited run series were marginal. Upon viewing the 8 episodes (including 2 episodes that never aired initially), I was pleasantly surprised at the details suggesting deference to the original series concept. Such details included the continuing use of the original theme song with an updated arrangement, the town and ranch scene sets, the costumes, the casting, the screenplays showing card playing, and moving the Maverick character from town to town each week. It was also a great touch to include the great character actor, John Dehner as Marshall Edge Troy. John Dehner appeared in arguably the most famous episode from the original series, Shady Deal at Sunny Acres.

          Even though this short series revival suffered from some of the same shortcomings as other attempts to update the Maverick character, it had an underlying authenticity sadly lacking from the miserable formulaic Bret Maverick series that aired for one season, two years later on NBC. All attempts at reviving Maverick, including the theatrical release starring Mel Gibson, have simply played the comedy too broadly, rendering the shows much too silly. The original series, created by Roy Huggins, wrote Maverick as a serious western anti-hero character who would do almost anything to avoid conflict and inconvenience but NOT as a con artist coward as subsequent efforts suggested. When pressed by circumstances in the original Maverick storylines, our main character always stood up to the bad guys, often finding ways to outsmart them.

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