Aug 16, 2013
The A-Team “Cowboy George” (part 1 of 2)
SUMMARY: Face gets the team involved in a vague bank robbery scheme where he accidentally books Boy George into a country western club, instead of the country act he thought he was hiring. No, this isn’t an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati I accidentally watched. It’ll all make sense in the end. Provided you’ve recently sustained a sharp blow to the head with a blunt object.
For our second look into the wild world of The A-Team, we jump forward to season 4. By this point, the show was starting to slip in the ratings, and the following fifth season would be its last. Still, the fourth season features some of the most bizarre episodes of the series in terms of guest stars. Rick James guest stars as himself, Hulk Hogan makes two appearances, and the current episode features none other than Boy George himself.
What do you mean, you don’t remember the guy? Okay, I don’t really either, but he was popular because… Well, for some amount of time in the ‘80s he was a very popular music act with his group Culture Club. Hell, what do you want from the guy? You can only coast so far on androgyny as your main personality trait before people get bored and start looking elsewhere. I would imagine the heroin addiction didn’t help much either.
Stunt casting like this is generally not a good sign for a series. I suppose it helps when the show is cheesy to begin with, but suffice to say, when “Cowboy George” aired, the shark was keeping an eye out for a shadow passing overhead, if you know what I mean.
The plot of this episode, what little there is of it, is utterly superfluous in the extreme. The bad guys are barely there, and there’s enough room for Boy George to do three songs. And yet, it still manages to be a fun ride. As for George’s performance, he does what he needs to do and comes off as likable, so I can’t really complain too much.
The opening spiel is still the same as the second season, though there’s a little in-joke thrown in during the credits where Dirk Benedict is at Universal Studios, and he does a double take when a Cylon walks past him. Yes, there was a time when Battlestar Galactica was thought of as just a cheesy series from the late ‘70s that got canceled and inspired a god awful spin-off. Ah, memories.