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Genre: TV series, Drama
Country: United States
Starring: Robert Urich, Phyllis Davis, Bart Braverman, Greg Morris, Will Sampson, Tony Curtis
Guest stars: Dick Sargent, Garry Marshall, Robert Loggia, Wolfman Jack, Michelle Phillips, Tanya Roberts
Eye candy: All kinds. Strippers, showgirls, hookers, everyone is apparently hot in Vegas.
Creator: Michael Mann
Run time: 9 hours, 51 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
DVD extras: Episodic promos on selected episodes. That’s it.
Robert Urich is back in fine form as Dan Tanna in Season Two, Volume Two of Vega$, out March 29th from Paramount Home Entertainment. His old army buddies continue to come out of the woodwork to become victims, hot women always remember him from the night they spent together, and people around him continue to drop dead from a variety of murder-related afflictions.
Tanna’s partners get involved early on. In the first episode, Binzer (Bart Braverman) gets programmed by a hypnotist to blow up a basketball star with a bomb in a points-shaving scheme. In the second episode, a former assistant (and also, of course, former army buddy) comes back to town with his singing-magic show, just in time to have his wife murdered…also with a bomb. And then in the third episode, Tanna’s assistant Bea (Phyllis Davis) hooks up with a new man, and Tanna suspects that he intends to murder her. Possibly with a…bomb.
I still like Vega$, and it’s a nice diversion from time to time, having the show sitting around on a shelf ready to go at any time. I like throwing an episode on now and then when I have a 40-minute workout planned. But it’s not the kind of show where I can sit through an entire box set. Some TV shows are compelling to the point where I will watch the entire set as soon as I get into it, but Vega$ doesn’t work that way. It’s strictly one episode at a time, whenever the mood strikes. But that’s still better than I can say for most shows.