Friday, May 15, 2009
The Further Adventures of Nicodemus Legend.....sort of.....
There were two Steampunk TV shows, in the early 90s (and have fairly large followings) that I was never able to see. The first is The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne which takes the premise that Jules Verne wrote his famous stories later in life based on the adventures he had as a young boy....It seems like a pretty good idea.
The other one is this, Legend, which featured Richard Dean Anderson and John De Lancie. This is from IMDB:
Ernest Pratt, a dime-store novelist in the old west, lives with his scientist friend Professor Janos Bartok in the small town of Sheridan, Colorado. The people of Sheridan mistakenly believe that Pratt--a drinker, gambler, and womanizer--is the audacious and pure hero of his novels, Nicodemus Legend. Bartok and his associate, Ramos, convince Pratt to assume the Legend persona while supplying him with Legend-like futuristic gadgets that they invent. Together, Bartok and the reluctant Pratt (as Legend), adventure throughout the west solving mysteries, capturing wrong-doers, and even making scientific discoveries.
One thing I was a little surprised about...Who knew Richard Dean Anderson had such good comic timing! This show looks like it could have either been really good, or typical syndication television fare...alas we shall never know...but below is a three part "best of" from the pilot that will give you a taste of what the whole thing was about. Enjoy!