Lancer as a WesternRating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes
Lancer, created by Sam Peeples, aired in September of 1968; at the end of the long era of TV westerns. Although, at its debut, it was compared to both Bonanza and Big Valley, the show was not a clone of these earlier western dramas.
Lancer was more intense, and its characters more complex. The hour long pilot (with minimum edits) was the most powerful of the shows that were broadcast. Taking place in the early 1870's, the story began with an introduction to the two Lancer sons: Scott, a privlidged Bostonian (Wayne Maunder); and Johnny (James Stacy), a young man about to die in front of a Mexican firings squad.
The fates bring them together in California when both young men are passengers on a stage heading for Morro Coyo. There is a playful exchange between the two even before the stage arrives in town: the brash young pistolero teasing what he perceives to be some eastern dandy.
When the stage arrives in Morro Coyo, it is greeted by the young woman, Teresa O'Brien. When she calls out for Mr. Lancer, both young men respond. Things get even more interesting from there.
The meeting with their father (Andrew Duggan) is tense: both young men obviously have questions as to why the man has been absent from their life. Before any questions can be broached, the fire bell rings, and the ranch is attacked by the outlaw and landgrabber, Day Pardee.
And so the adventure begins: father and sons reunited in a common cause to save their land. It is going to be a bumpy ride.
Review posted on Tuesday, October 5th 2010 at 5:20 am