Jonathan Chase was a British college professor at New York University who had the unusual ability to transform into any kind of animal. He used his powers to battle crime alongside pretty policewoman Brooke and Vietnam-war pal Ty. Written by
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Glenn Larson's concept of the lead character's ability to manifest into the body of an animal stalker posed creative solutions to the production team. Using a "really alive black panther cat", or a "bird", or a "snake", for the actor's transition, was a study in discipline for cast and crew. The production designer was required to coordinate, with the director, set decorator, stunt supervisor, the cat's wrangler, and with the actor, every instance the script's action motivation occurred using any of the animal(s) involved. Location filming was most difficult, whereas within the stage environment, this allowed a more controlled environment to use the beasties! When a cobra snake was required in one script, the entire set's perimeter floor and wall had to be sealed preventing the cobra's escape. A barricade low (2'-0") wall placed in the open end of the set in order to seal the entire stage set environment to secure the staging area. The camera crew lifting their equipment into the interior of the setting to just set up to film the action with the snake. The snake's trainer, "wrangler", supervising the required snake's movement and directed motivation within the reach of control. See more »
gives a whole new meaning to 'bringing out the animal inside you'
Like the previous two commentators,I remember watching this series when I was a kid and I absolutely enjoyed it.Glen Larson who I understand was the exec producer of this show also the driving force behind Knight Rider and also went ballistic with Automan and perhaps other sitcoms with unusual style of fighting crime. Getting back to the show,the casting was perfect esp Simon McCorkindale as the charming,slick Prof JC who at least is in control of his metamorphosis unlike the Incredible Hulk where Bill Bixby transforms in a green troll even if he stubs his toe on the coffee table!The plots were mildly intriguing.Sure it was cheesy and sometimes downright ridiculous but hey it was the 80's,what do expect in retrospect?I can think of worse shows that hit the jackpot.Also what was irritating was the requisite chemistry between prof and his pretty police associate.But whats important is that they are not trying to redo Kafka!This was a lot of fun and did not deserve to die so quickly.
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