Commentary: Trek Stars 108: Airwolf Stole Our Blue Thunder! / by Mike Schindler

Taylor, Part 3: Blue Thunder.

After the cancellation of Quincy, M.E., Jeri Taylor began work on the writing staff of a new television series in 1984. Blue Thunder is a spinoff of a popular action film from the previous year about a high-tech police helicopter which is used to fight crime in Los Angeles. The series stared James Farentino as the lead, American football legends Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith as, essentially, themselves, and a pre-SNL Dana Carvey as the young computer-wiz.

In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, Mike is joined by Tysto to look at Taylor's second television production. We discuss the 1980s TV trend of military-grade law enforcement, the bizarre casting, and the possible similarities between Blue Thunder and Star Trek: Voyager.


Running Time: 47 minutes 18 seconds


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The Movie (00:02:09)
The Series (00:07:02)
The Pilot (00:17:39)
The Cast (00:23:46)
Taylor's Influence (00:29:20)
Wrap-up (00:38:37)

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