I’ve had a rough few days after a cold front decided to roll through. It feels like the Oklahoma weather followed us to Alabama and that sucks. So, given that, I’d almost forgotten that I wanted to start this little bi-weekly tradition (along with Follow Fridays that’ll start next week and that I already know who I’ll be promoting). So what am I gonna write about?
How bout an underrated show that was my first introduction to both westerns (long before I really got into them) and the weird west? How bout a show with one of the most entertaining actors out there? How bout The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.?
Why was this show so great? Well, just going off my little 8 year old self’s memories, it was fun. It was a lot of fun. It was silly and there was action and a smartass horse and before I knew who Bruce Campbell was, I thought he was fun to watch. Interesting. Now, technically, Back to the Future 3 was my first weird western, but that was part of a trilogy. I only partially count it but it shared something that got expanded for me with Brisco County: science in the west. This was also a very early introduction to steampunk before it really had a name, before anyone really knew what it was. There’s probably some of you who had this experience as well.
So you have this show starring a smartass bounty hunter seeking revenge for is father’s murder and getting into all sorts of shenanigans. You have a whole host of various characters with various tropes, and you have anachronisms out the wazoo. Action, romance, drama, comedy (and slapstick at that, which Bruce has always been amazing with), literally everything you could want. I really need to watch the whole series as I never saw the whole thing. It made a lasting impact though. Part of that impact came from this:
There’s a scene, I couldn’t tell you which episode, where that damn thing is glowing and sparking and maybe I’m remembering the whole scene wrong but it made an impact. It seared itself into my brain. So, for a throwback, for an early work that influenced me and others no doubt, look up The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and give it a watch. It’s gonna be silly and cheesy and very early 90s, but that’s part of the charm. And Bruce Campbell.