Speeding down the tracks in a picturesque Western setting, a special train
is carrying John Bly, arch-villain, guarded by his captor, Marshall Brisco
County, Sr., and a hand-picked team of lawmen. His rendezvous with justice
is interrupted when the locomotive drives full-speed into a boulder, carefully
camouflaged with a beautiful painting of the tracks and valley beyond and
placed across the tracks by Bly's gang. Marshall County and his deputies
die heroically in a hail of bullets, as Bly is released by his henchmen.
Dizzy yet? These are only some of the elements of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., inspiration for They Went Thataway! taking place on April 25, at Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad.
The series followed the exploits of (sometimes rival) bounty hunters Brisco and Lord Bowler, assisted by Brisco's faithful steed Comet (an equine of a perspipacity unseen since Dudley Doright's horse, Horse), in their pursuit of the dastardly John Bly, the secrets of the mysterious orb, and , ever elusive, The Coming Thing. Featuring a historical venue informed by contemporary dialogue, references, and in-jokes, it was the precursor to the style now famous in the popular series Hercules and Xena.
Except for obvious anachronistic references (Aaron Viva, a motorcycle-jacket-clad Elvis-impersonator sheriff; Blackbeard LaCutte, who leads a gang of cutlass-wielding, "Aaarrrr matey" crying buccaneers aboard their sail-driven, Jolly-Roger-flying armored stagecoach; and Agent Brown, who works for a mysterious "executive branch" after the orb a la the X-files), the costume designs in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. are impeccable:
John Bly, of course, turns out to be an evil despot from the 25th century and the orbs (there are actually 3) he so covets are, in fact, neither magical nor mystical (despite Timothy Leary's psychedelic cameo delivering a eulogy consisting entirely of old Beatles lyrics), but instead "a man-made, electromagnetic wave-particle net, that captures energy at certain nodal intersections of the space time grid" sent from 5000 years in the future.
To catch an example of what were talking about; you can see it first hand every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. on TNT
© February, 1999 by Kevin Roche
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