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A good show starring Russell Wong as Tom Chang, an unfairly jailed former cop-turned Martial Arts teacher and bounty hunter in a small town. In turn, he served as a mentor to a group of pretty white kids with problems.
When the story concentrated on Wong's character, the show was at it's best. We saw his realistic and dramatic reunion and rekindled relationship with his little daughter. And he truly seemed to care for his students, whose problems varied from love issues to abusive fathers. And some of the show's best dialogue came from Tom Chang's conversations with his own sensei, played by beloved character actor Mako. Russell Wong and Mako are excellent actors and thankfully, they were not given the common stereotype of speaking with a thick Chinese accent.
The high schooler stories were routine, saved only by the decent acting of the "teen" cast (consisting of two very hot females). "Sash" did get into the rut of every ep ending with Russell Wong fighting someone. He's not Bruce Lee, but at least he's skilled. At least the fight scenes were grounded in reality, and not the wired, acrobatic stuff we're so accustomed to. The teens were shown as novice fighters able to defend themselves, rather than super-teens who can wipe out masses of people.
Unfortunately, Black Sash had no fair chance to grow in the ended Dawson's Creek time slot, for it had the same Sunday time slot Alias once had. As soon as I saw Black Sash was pitted against Sydney Bristow, I felt I should watch it while it lasted. I wasn't disappointed.
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