In my mind, The Greatest American Hero: My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys may be the most poignant episode of this entire series. Oddly, at the same time, it always feels off to me, and this is why.
The show features guest star John Hart as himself. The actor tours the country with a horse named Silver, and he dresses up as the Lone Ranger. Hart did play the character and he had a right to make those appearances. Somehow, though, it felt wrong because in my mind, when I think of the Lone Ranger, I think of Clayton Moore.
However, the lead character of Ralph Hinkley idolizes Hart’s portrayal and keeps saying how he grew up with the show and the character. In fact, I got tired of hearing the remark.
That said, Ralph makes a connection with Hart, and he also gets some much need inspiration to continue using his alien suit and doing good in the world. It is the scenes between the two that really touch your heart and make this show a success.
I thought the drive off at the end could have been better. I think I know what they wanted it to be, but the direction was poor, and they just didn’t get there.