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The last line of the theme song was said in a sexy male way--"You're
just so damn slick."
I had never heard of any of these actors before so had no preconceived notions. I didn't know that Shannon Tweed had been a Playmate of the Year and one of Hefner's women but that made this show all the more remarkable for ignoring that background and creating sweet, vulnerable characters, and plots that dealt with other issues. She was good at her craft and put the character across very well.
I loved the back story. Sally had lived in podunk nowhere and had seen the planes land with all the beautiful people and longed for that lifestyle. The catch was she didn't have any money. Heaven knows she was beautiful enough to marry for money but that wasn't Sally. She invented a persona as phony and seemingly wealthy as Remington Steele. In a sense, she was the Laura Holt of Canadian charter aviation. She didn't have a plane. She didn't have a pilot. She couldn't fly a plane. She was just a crazy kid with an entrepreneurial dream.
She managed to get two pilots to sign on and they managed to hang onto a plane (at one point literally when the seller tried to trick Sally and make off with it) which they painted with her logo of Slick!, a name she had on her car license plate and affected in her business dealings. Jean-Phillipe, a romantic adventurer with enough money to suit him, seemed in sympathy with her aims, although not usually with her methods, and Mack was won over by her moxie and treated her like his little sister. Both had back stories that gradually came out of why two excellent pilots were working for usually no salary and in Mack's case, a share of a company that barely existed.
The show was shot in fabulous locations when they weren't in Vancouver. (Mack lived on the US side but we didn't see much of the area.) Most of the locations were in the south of France the home territory of Jean-Phillipe, who came from the upper crust. (I have to say that the plot about his tortured love affair gone wrong was best forgotten. He really couldn't do emotionally tortured. I counted the show down one point because of that.)
There was a friend who got into trouble quite often (with customs, with criminals) and therefore got them into trouble quite often, because, well, you help out a friend, even a troublesome one. And because Slick Air hovered on the brink of bankruptcy all the time they took on a lot of clients who were shady at best. I liked the one with the gold plates and the mob going to a family funeral in Salerno--not Italy as they mistakenly thought but California.
One of the best parts of Fly By Night was that it was a buddy show. Very unusually, (and in fact I've never seen this happen on an hour long US TV show where they always run out of ideas, rely on manufactured sexual tension, and then have the characters get together and the whole show goes downhill), the main characters on this show weren't sexually involved with each other. It was charming to see them hoping each one of them would "get a life" and not be stuck with celibate slickdom. And in fact in one of the shows Sally did hook up with an unexpected person for a brief interlude although it was played for gentle laughs, and the fellows were pleased and hoped maybe she would unpack her boxes and do more than merely exist outside of work.
I taped most of the episodes and have played them many times. It isn't true that you can find everything on the internet. Some of the quirkiest, least Hollywood shows that ever aired have come out of Canada. Late night gems that once graced our TV sets. But try to get them on DVD or online and it either costs a fortune or it can't be done.
I well remember having seen this on Friday evenings at 7p.m. back in
the early Nineties, and I remember beautiful Slick, but this review of
mine is actually just a hopeless plea to the powers- that-be to release
this. There is lots of evidence on the Net that the female fans fondly
remember David James Elliott and the slightly older generation does
have more money than the kids, so, while I am a Shannon Tweed fan, I do
side here with powerful allies who would support this product if it was
released as a DVD.
All I really remember besides beautiful Slick is an episode in which they had to fly cattle in the plane, a new low point for them, but I promise to one day erase this poor miserable bit of whining with a proper review if somebody could help me see it again, even if only one episode.
I have been searching for years and this show is sadly mostly forgotten, although I did find a site featuring it. I am however unequipped for any downloading involving credit cards although I an more than willing to shell out for old favorites. Please, anybody out there, release this if you have the power, or share it with poor old RavenGlamDVDCollector. I'll wait patiently at my gmail.com address, come on, surprise me!
Six stars is actually kinda generous.
That David James Elliot was able to escape Canada and make a success of himself on JAG is truly amazing.
It's been many long years since I watched 'Fly By Night', where (oh gee; I nearly called him 'Harm') Elliot's character 'Mack' played the hotshot pilot of a company called 'Slick! Air', owned by Tweed's character, Sally Slick.
Slick! was always struggling one way or another; mostly financially.
As a chartered airline company with one jet, a pilot, owner and (what did that French guy really do again?) Slick! Air was usually one client away from being permanently grounded.
There was obviously supposed to be some unresolved ...tension between Mack and Sally, (with two 'attractive' leads, this was formula and cheese rolled into one) but I don't think it was ever resolved before the series was cancelled.
One thing that sticks out is part of the show's theme, which ended with the seductive words: "You think you're so slick..." I guess since I can't recall much more about the show and only fleeting bits and pieces from two or three various episodes means it had average writing, average acting and less-than-average production values. Typical of Canadian television.
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