Tuesday, December 1, 2009

21 Jump Street - The Blog-o-Rama Christmas Show A Day.

Johnny Depp appears on the fifth season DVD co...

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Christmas In Saigon

Long before the role of Captain Jack Sparrow ever entered his mind, Johnny Depp began as a television star on 21 Jump Street. Depp rose to prominence as Officer Thomas Hanson, Jr. on Jump Street and quickly became regarded as a teen idol. Uncomfortable with that characterization, he turned his focus to film roles that he felt were right. He initially came to film prominence as the titular character of Edward Scissorhands, and later found box office success in roles such as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and his role as the quirky Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

21 Jump Street aired on Fox from 1987-91. The show is about a group of young cops whose youthful appearances enabled them to work undercover in both high schools and sometimes colleges to catch troubled youths. The show's plots covered typical issues of its time, including alcoholism, hate crimes, drug abuse, racism, homophobia, AIDS, child abuse, and sexual promiscuity. Similarly, each problem was often solved by the end of the hour long show, giving an implicit moral about the impact of a particular activity.

This episode first aired on December 20, 1987  In this episode,   Officer Ioki is faced with immediate dismissal from the Chapel when he's uncovered as a Vietnamese refugee.

So, for all of you Johnny Depp fans out there, here is 21 Jump Street.

Incidentally, you can watch a total of 55 episodes of 21 Jump Street at Hulu.Com.  And in a side note,  although all five seasons were released by Anchor Bay Entertainment between 2004-06, the releases contained extensive music substitutions and inaccurate cover art.  However, in October it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment, famous for it's low cost/low quality DVD's had made an agreement with Stephen J. Cannell to distribute seven of his series, including this one.  No release date has been set, but they say that they are working on them.

I bought the Steve McQueen western Wanted: Dead Or Alive series a month ago which was released by Mill Creek and only paid 21 dollars for it.  I was expecting the quality to be poor and was really shocked to find that the shows from this 1950's western were of very good quality.  Either the masters had been well preserved or Mill Creek did a great job of remastering them.  Keep your fingers crossed that this will be the same case for 21 Jump Street.

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