If there was ever a show that followed a formula until it wore it down into infinity, it was The A-Team. I liked the show for a long time but once you sit down and watch episode after episode, it’s like, really? This is happening again? We did this last episode. Yeah, it’s fun and all but can we grow a little bit, can we become a little wiser or different or more mature?
I suppose a show like The A-Team, where a former crack commando team wrongly accused of a crime go on the run and help people in need, appeals to the stupid young man in all of us. This is not a show that appeals to women. Not at all. You’ve got four men, all former military, working together to fight crime and save the innocent, all the while shooting up anything that moves and winking at hot girls, many of which just happen to be the victims they are saving.
Yeah, a lot of macho guy stuff going on here. Which is great for a while. I love seeing Murdoch, the crazy tech guy, arguing with B.A. Baracus, played with reckless energy by Mr. T, who is the team’s mechanic and muscle. Faceman was the guy that could go undercover, swindle the ladies into anything, and also drive a pretty wicked corvette.
They were led by Colonel Hannibal Smith, played by the character actor George Peppard. They all worked well together and had strange character traits. Murdock was crazy and lived in a military insane asylum and much of the early plots revolved around the rest of the guys busting him out so they go do their thing. And B. A. was deathly afraid of flying.
But you can only do this so much. Each episode begins to get repetitive after forty or so missions. It was a one trick pony. You know they are going bust Murdock out, B. A. will refused to get on the plane but they drug him, they will build something to defeat the bad guys, usually having to do with their van, etc. It’s fun for while at least.