Jon and Ponch pull over a man for speeding. This is brought to the attention of an LAPD unit called Force Seven wherein all members are experts in martial arts. And a cocky cop who is also ... See full summary »

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Jon and Ponch pull over a man for speeding. This is brought to the attention of an LAPD unit called Force Seven wherein all members are experts in martial arts. And a cocky cop who is also a martial arts expert, is reassigned to the unit. And his do it his way attitude jeopardizes them finding the man. It seems that he is a missile engineer and apparently he is working for someone who wants him to arm one. And eventually they discover that the one who hired him is an old enemy of the unit's leader. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Tom Reilly who plays this episode's main character Rick Nichols returns next season as Bobby Nelson replacing co-lead Jon Larry Wilcox. See more »

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Officer Jon Baker: Now that's what I call heads-up police work, huh?
Officer Frank Poncherello: Typical.
Officer Jon Baker: Typical?
Officer Frank Poncherello: Sure. Crooks just can't escape the long arm of the law, Jon. You know that. Don't you?
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'Force' Yourself to Watch...or Better Yet, Don't!
23 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, CHiPs tries their hand at a spin off episode...only this time, it's even worse than their previous spin off attempt, Mitchell and Woods. At least with the previous episode, there was some sort of connection between the main characters and the episode's 'stars', which isn't apparent here.

Because this is CHiPs, we have to work Jon and Ponch into the action somehow. The episode begins with their pursuit and bust of a 'deuce' (drunk driver). They get the guy to exit the car, with all the usual attitude of course, and then Jon notices a folder that drops out of the car...specs for a missile, one that just happened to be hijacked a week earlier!

All of a sudden, our two heroes are gone--missing from the scene until the very end. We see a blond LAPD officer entering a mysterious building, where he's encountered by a man dressed in a karate uniform. That man is Lt. John LeGarre, played by football-star-turned-actor Fred Dryer, and he leads the Force Seven team, a team of cops that are martial arts specialists. The young officer is Rick Nichols (Tom Reilly), a major league screw-up who's getting a new lease on live via Force Seven (and due to having major martial arts skills). LeGarre manages to cure Nichols' attitude problems by besting him in a karate fight and showing the kid that he has a LOT to learn. We also meet the other members of the team: Cindy, the eye candy (played by Donna Benz, whom some folks may remember from a few Hawaii Five-O appearances) and goofball Sly (Tony Longo, who's played more than his share of goons...here he's just goofy, with an equally goofy ventriloquist puppet to match).

Their mission is to find and disable the missile...using only their martial arts skills...NO GUNS! Ultimately, they find the missile, and the main villain, Nakura, who's responsible for the loss of LeGarre's eye. He's played by John Rhys-Davies, obviously between movies and doing the part for the money.

It's all boring martial arts claptrap that went out with Kung Fu, not even having the camp value of the cheapest of martial arts movies. If they had it so the dialogue was out of sync, it would've been perfect. I also kept expecting David Carradine to show up from behind a piece of scenery and snatch a pebble out of Dryer's hand, but alas, that didn't happen! Maybe it's worth watching to see a subdued Dryer (as opposed to his more famous role on Hunter) or Donna Benz, but not much else.

I should also add...Robert Pine turns up in the final scene with Jon and Ponch, so he doesn't emerge unscathed from the wreckage. Fortunately, none of the regular officers appear. I assume they were rightfully happy to distance themselves from this crap.


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