Missing: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr

Posted on July 18, 2012

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In 1993, I’d been out of the Army for about a year. I was struggling to find rewarding work, and I didn’t spend a lot of time watching television. I knew who Julius Carry was (because I’d seen The Last Dragon), but not Bruce Campbell. So this one slipped by me completely when it originally aired.

We Watched It

Brisco County, Sr (R. Lee Ermey) is the West’s greatest lawman. The pinnacle of his career is capturing John Bly (Billy Drago) and his gang. Unfortunately for Senior, Bly has a plan, and an associate on the outside named Pete Hutter (John Pyper-Ferguson). Bly and the gang get loose and murder Senior.

The West’s robber barons hire Brisco County, Jr (Bruce Campbell) a Harvard-educated lawyer, to track down Bly and Bly’s gang. Junior agrees, because he was out West anyway, looking for the coming thing. He’s very aware that the Nineteenth Century is ending, and the Twentieth about to dawn. He’s sure that somewhere the future is being born, and he wants to find it.

And then things take a weird turn…

 

Missing

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr was a tongue-in-cheek, weird West, cliffhanger of a show.

It had memorable, colorful, characters, like Professor Albert Wickwire (John Astin), Sheriff Aaron Viva (Gary Hudson), Lee Pow (James Hong), US Attorney Ginger Breakstone (Ashby Adams), the Swill Brothers (Will, Bill, and Phil; played by Denis Forest, Jeremy Roberts, and Tracey Walter, respectively), and the Schwenke sisters (Katrina and Ilsa, played by 6-time Miss Olympia Corinna Everson and her real-life sister Cameo Kneuer).

This show saw the top and went over it every chance it got. They managed a cliffhanger before every commercial break, and its lack of predictability made it compelling watching.

Not to mention, the stars (Bruce Campbell and Julius Carry) clearly loved making a Western.

WTF

Sadly, not enough people watched it. Brisco got two seasons and then it was gone. Fortunately for all of us, you can get the complete series on DVD.

The boxed set has eight discs, the last of which is all special features. It comes with a booklet with a synopsis of each episode, and insightful notes, written by Bruce Campbell himself.

Thoughts?

It’s not the show I miss so much as the characters. Have you ever fallen for a character?

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