CHiPs: Season 5, Episode 15

Bright Flashes (17 Jan. 1982)

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Someone is committing robberies using a laser to blind anyone who stands in their way even cops. A former western star whom Jon idolizes was at the robbery and is hesitant to come forward because he did nothing.

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Officer Jebediah Turner
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Someone is committing robberies using a laser to blind anyone who stands in their way even cops. A former western star whom Jon idolizes was at the robbery and is hesitant to come forward because he did nothing.

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Using Lasers To Commit Robberies
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Bright Flashes,a pair of thieves use a laser to blind their victims before committing robberies. One of the witnesses is Wayne Cato, a cowboy actor and boyhood hero of Jon, but he's reluctant to come forward with information.

Ponch enters a race and crashes when he's blinded by a laser. The next day, after Ponch's sight returns, the laser operators blind everyone at a bank and steal a money delivery.

Then,Ponch and Jon are called out to Wayne Cato's house where they're given a description of the van that carried the laser.

Meanwhile, the laser guys rip off a check cashing liquor store and Turner chases their van but is blinded and causes an accident. Ponch and Jon track down the van's owner and arrest him. Wayne ID's the kid just before Scotty comes in to brief the CHP on lasers.

The next day, Ponch is back racing while Bonnie visits Rich's school. At the racetrack, Rich and Scotty rob the ticket office and drive off. Jon gets on a horse to chase them while Ponch follows in the antique car. Jon periodically ducks to avoid the laser and finally jumps on the laser equipped truck and stops them.

This episode provides yet another awkward way of how to commit crimes through the use of lasers,which at that time could be considered high tech.The powerful laser used are used mainly to blinding witnesses.Although I find the story somewhat implausible especially during the show's run,I think that it served as somewhat prophetic of things to come especially with the advent of cell phones many years after.


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