The Greatest American Hero: A Chicken in Every Plot

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From season two, The Greatest American Hero: A Chicken in Every Plot takes place on St. Pierre, an island of superstition where Ralph, Pam, Bill, and Ralph’s four main high school students travel to.  Now that last part is a bit of a stretch, but this is fictional television.  

One of the things that I thought was intriguing is that the show contains a hint that Ralph’s childhood wasn’t all roses and perhaps that someone helped him and that’s why he became a teacher.  They didn’t elaborate much on this, but I liked that it was part of the hour.

This is a pretty standard plot of some questionable leaders of a small country battling among themselves.  It is a marshal law society.

Ron O’Neal does a decent job as the man in charge of carrying out the law.  He’s somewhat in the middle of knowing what is right and being forced to follow the bad guys.  O’Neal has power in his voice and demeanor and is a natural to play these types of roles.

Connie Sellecca’s character of Pam Davidson once again gets kidnapped.  It’s a common theme that is a bit overdone in the series.  She’s not alone this time, though, as the high schoolers are also abducted.

Faye Grant as Rhonda, one of the students, really overdoes the panicky voice in this show.  I know she’s supposed to be young and frightened, but it felt overplayed.  I was even disappointed in Michael Paré’s portrayal.  He didn’t seem to take it as seriously as I would have liked.

Another guest star was Thalmus Rasulalaa.  He’s rather nifty in this role with a twist. I actually tend to always notice him because I remember him back in his early days when he was on the soap opera, One Live to Live.  He had a different name then, though, but I liked him.  He’s played all types of roles, and proof of that is actually seen in this part.

The dancing by the natives has a real beat to it.  I wish it wasn’t for voodoo purposes, but even so, it’s haunting and alluring both.

The had some holes in it, but it still managed to entertain.


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