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Wing Of Gold Goes Platinum

pwog_s01e01_071I really wanted to start this piece “aren’t interesting anniveraries fun to talk about?”  I was then going to regale you with list of interesting anniversaries I’d found.  This would then culminate in the frankly obvious, based on the article title and picture above, reference to today being the 20th anniversary of the first showing of the TV series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold.

However, the list of major events going back over 1000 years yielded little in the way of fun.  And sadly, many of the happenings (wars, extreme weather etc.) are still going on today.

Anyhoo.  P:WOG, as we know it here, was one of Kathryn’s first major TV series roles.  She had done a few guest roles including a couple pilot episodes before but this was a lead role in a complete run.  Possibly inspired by Meg Ryan (there are definite similarities) in the the 1996 film Courage Under Fire, Kathryn played Lt. Annalisa “Stinger” Lindstrom, a helicopter pilot in an elite military unit.

The first half of the two part opening episode premièred on the CBS network (that later brought Kathryn back as a lead in Cold Case) on the 15th of September 1997.  Twenty years ago today.  I understand that platinum is the material of the modern 20th wedding anniversary, hence the title.

P:WOG ran for three seasons of 22 episodes.  Unlike most shows the cast changed significantly each year, which sort of made sense as they were sort of trainees who moved on to other assignments, despite being a task force made up some of the best in the military.  Only James Brolin’s Lt. Col. Bill Kelly was constant throughout the three year run.  Most agree that the first season was the best.  How could it not be?

Of course it wasn’t all Baywatch-style running on beaches, sadly there was only a very small amount of that :-(  Each week the squad were called to help in some mission or other, using their skills to over come issues.  There was time for romance too though.  Annalisa’s will-they-won’t-they relationship with squad-mate A.J. (Salvator Xuereb, twin brother of Emmanuel who was in CC episode The River) featured increasingly as the season went on.

Pensacola: Wings Of Gold is available on DVD if you prepared to look for it.  In these days of binge-watching series why not celebrate this milestone with a P:WOG season one marathon this weekend?

If you don’t have time to do that (who does?) then enjoy all the P:WOG related material in the KM UK Gallery HERE.

Xena Part 2 – The Convert

Xena_S04E18_155Previously on KM UK:  Crusader.

Najara’s back.  Makes a change from her front, which made up much of the focus of the earlier episode 😉

Again I have to display my ignorance of the Xenaverse.  I believe that the Najara character had such an impact that they decided to bring her back.  What I do know is that that means more Kathryn :-)

Najara’s back and this time it’s slightly less personal.

More screencaps and a video clip can be found in the Gallery.

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Xena Part 1 – Crusader

Xena_S04E08_110The Gallery

You’re reading this?  Why?  The image above wasn’t enough to make you go straight to the Gallery?  The image is a link to the Gallery (as is that).  I even put an extra link right under the image to make it very clear and to save you scrolling down through the text to find it!

Still reading?  Really?  So I have to write some more text?  Damn!

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