CatDog is an American animated tv series created for Nickelodeon by Peter Hannan. The series depicts the life of conjoined brothers of different species, with one half of the resultant animal being a cat and the other a dog. Nickelodeon produced the series from California; the first episode aired on April 4, 1998, following the 1998 Kids' Choice Awards, before the show premiered in October of that year. The Season 2 episode "Fetch" was shown in theaters with The Rugrats Movie in 1998 before airing on television; the series was canceled on June 15, 2005, leading to a total of four seasons and 68 episodes over 7 years. The series was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Peter Hannan Productions, was released on DVD in Region 1 by Shout! Factory. Two animation studios—Saerom Animation through Watchview Studio and Rough Draft Studios through Rough Draft Korea—worked on the animation for the show; the series revolves around Cat and Dog, a conjoined twin hybrid of a cat and a dog who share the same body with no tail or hind legs.
Although they are best friends and brothers, they have different personalities, similar to The Odd Couple and the original Looney Tunes shorts, mixed with elements of Laurel and Hardy and Costello and fellow Nicktoon Ren and Stimpy. Cat is cultured while Dog is fun-loving and enjoys chasing garbage trucks and exploring many things Cat does not want to be involved with. Dog enjoys eating at fast food restaurants; the series takes place in Nearburg, a town dominated by anthropomorphic animals and the occasional humanoid. Cat, a cat, is the more cunning of the two, he devises plans to trick Dog into getting what he wants, such as making Dog smarter in an attempt to have more in common with him, or having him win a dog sledding contest by training him in a hard and militaristic manner, as a result of his greediness and selfishness, these schemes all blow up in his face. With his brains and constant ridiculing from the rest of the characters, he is the more defensive and short tempered of the two.
He and Dog are sometimes seen fighting with each other or bickering, Dog tried to eat him once in the episode "Meat Dog's Friends". Despite his quirks and spats with Dog, he loves his brother with his whole heart, he cares so that he ends up helping Dog in the end once his guilty conscience gets to him. Cat has a "crush" on Shriek. In one episode, Cat admits his love for Shriek and kisses her after Shriek kisses Dog and tells him she loves him. Cat tends to go to excessive lengths in order to gain them, he is intelligent and enjoys reading and listening to classical music. He is somewhat uptight and believes in being polite and neat, he is a stickler for cleanliness and, like most cats, has aquaphobia. Despite his sophisticated personality, Cat has a dark side. Whenever he snaps, he becomes a ruthless, psychopathic maniac of whom the Greasers are scared, once they see what he is capable of doing. Dog is the more naive of the two, he is the source of clumsiness. As his name implies, he is a dog, he is ambitious when Cat or any other character convinces him to take on a task, diving right into it with full force and energy.
Dog is the typical loyal dog and is convinced. He will believe everything he is told, his attention span is short and he is distracted by balls, garbage trucks, bones and his overactive imagination. Because of his more simple nature, Dog is the one who gets the pair into trouble. Not paying attention to Cat's warnings, his actions always end up with some severe consequences. Despite this, in many of the episodes, it is shown that Dog is the one, more popular and athletic of the two, such as the episode when CatDog both went back to school to complete Cat's last day of High School. Like Cat, Dog adores his brother and looks up to him no matter how many times Cat steers him into danger, he is distracted with chasing shadows and chasing after tennis balls, loves eating garbage. Much to the neat-freakish Cat's dismay, Dog leaves a mess everywhere he goes; the Greaser Dogs are a street gang of three tough dogs named Cliff and Lube. They serve as the main antagonists of the series, they act no differently from school playground bullies, picking on anyone either weaker or different from them by "pounding" them.
They pick on CatDog because of their freakish nature. Dog sometimes gets along with them because he is a canine, they initiated him into the gang. The Greaser Dogs have a fear of ticks, which renders them helpless in any situation; the name Greasers is a reference to the greaser subculture. Clifford Maurice "Cliff" Feltbottom: The leader of the Greasers, he wears a black jacket with a picture of a dead cat on the back of it. He is short-tempered and speaks to Winslow with a Brooklyn accent only not as high, he got a taste of his own medicine when Eddie was accidentally glued to his jacket, which turned them into "Squirrel Dog". Once this happened and Lube kicked him out of the Greasers because now he was a "two-headed freak." Cliff learned the pain of being an outcast. However, once he was free of Eddie, he returned to his old bullying ways and rejoined the Greas
Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer believed to have been active in the impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888. In both the criminal case files and contemporary journalistic accounts, the killer was called the Whitechapel Murderer and Leather Apron. Attacks ascribed to Jack the Ripper involved female prostitutes who lived and worked in the slums of the East End of London whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations; the removal of internal organs from at least three of the victims led to proposals that their killer had some anatomical or surgical knowledge. Rumours that the murders were connected intensified in September and October 1888, letters were received by media outlets and Scotland Yard from a writer or writers purporting to be the murderer; the name "Jack the Ripper" originated in a letter written by someone claiming to be the murderer, disseminated in the media. The letter is believed to have been a hoax and may have been written by journalists in an attempt to heighten interest in the story and increase their newspapers' circulation.
The "From Hell" letter received by George Lusk of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee came with half of a preserved human kidney, purportedly taken from one of the victims. The public came to believe in a single serial killer known as "Jack the Ripper" because of the extraordinarily brutal nature of the murders, because of media treatment of the events. Extensive newspaper coverage bestowed widespread and enduring international notoriety on the Ripper, the legend solidified. A police investigation into a series of eleven brutal killings in Whitechapel up to 1891 was unable to connect all the killings conclusively to the murders of 1888. Five victims—Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly—are known as the "canonical five" and their murders between 31 August and 9 November 1888 are considered the most to be linked; the murders were never solved, the legends surrounding them became a combination of genuine historical research and pseudohistory. The term "ripperology" was coined to describe the analysis of the Ripper cases.
There are now over one hundred hypotheses about the Ripper's identity, the murders have inspired many works of fiction. In the mid-19th century, Britain experienced an influx of Irish immigrants who swelled the populations of the major cities, including the East End of London. From 1882, Jewish refugees from pogroms in Tsarist Russia and other areas of Eastern Europe emigrated into the same area; the parish of Whitechapel in London's East End became overcrowded. Work and housing conditions worsened, a significant economic underclass developed. Robbery and alcohol dependency were commonplace, the endemic poverty drove many women to prostitution. In October 1888, London's Metropolitan Police Service estimated that there were 62 brothels and 1,200 women working as prostitutes in Whitechapel; the economic problems were accompanied by a steady rise in social tensions. Between 1886 and 1889, frequent demonstrations led to police intervention and public unrest, such as that of 13 November 1887. Anti-semitism, nativism, social disturbance, severe deprivation influenced public perceptions that Whitechapel was a notorious den of immorality.
In 1888, such perceptions were strengthened when the series of vicious and grotesque murders attributed to "Jack the Ripper" received unprecedented coverage in the media. The large number of attacks against women in the East End during this time adds uncertainty to how many victims were killed by the same person. Eleven separate murders, stretching from 3 April 1888 to 13 February 1891, were included in a London Metropolitan Police Service investigation and were known collectively in the police docket as the "Whitechapel murders". Opinions vary as to whether these murders should be linked to the same culprit, but five of the eleven Whitechapel murders, known as the "canonical five", are believed to be the work of Jack the Ripper. Most experts point to deep throat slashes and genital-area mutilation, removal of internal organs, progressive facial mutilations as the distinctive features of the Ripper's modus operandi; the first two cases in the Whitechapel murders file, those of Emma Elizabeth Smith and Martha Tabram, are not included in the canonical five.
Smith was robbed and sexually assaulted in Osborn Street, Whitechapel, on 3 April 1888. A blunt object was inserted into her vagina, she died the following day at London Hospital. She said that she had been attacked by three men, one of whom was a teenager; the attack was linked to the murders by the press, but most authors attribute it to gang violence unrelated to the Ripper case. Tabram was killed on 7 August 1888; the savagery of the murder, the lack of obvious motive, the closeness of the location and date to those of the Ripper murders led police to link them. The attack differs from the canonical murders in that Tabram was stabbed rather than slashed at the throat and abdomen, many experts do not connect it with the murders because of the difference in the wound pattern; the canonical five Ripper victims are Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly. Nichols' body was discovered at about 3:40 a.m. on Friday 31 August 1888 in Buck's Row, Whitechapel.
The throat was severed by two cuts, the lower part of the abdomen was ripped open by a deep, jagged wound. Several other incisions on the abdomen were caused by the same knife. Chapman's
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a 2000 anime dark fantasy film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The film is based on the third novel of Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D series, Demon Deathchase; the film began production in 1997 and was completed with the intention of being shown in American theaters. It was shown in twelve theaters across the United States and received positive reception from American critics. Charlotte, a young woman, is abducted by Baron Meier Link, a vampire nobleman, known not to harm humans needlessly. Charlotte's father, hires D, a dhampir, to find her and rescue her, alternatively, kill her humanely if she's been turned into a vampire, he offers D $500,000 as a down payment, offers him $10,000,000 if he carries out the job. D has Elbourne double the payment, agrees to search for Charlotte. At the same time, Charlotte's older brother hires another group of vampire hunters, the notorious Marcus brothers, composed of the leader Borgoff, a hulking man named Nolt, a blade master named Kyle, a physically disabled psychic named Grove and a woman named Leila who hunts vampires because of a personal grudge rather than for monetary gain.
The two parties race inexorably after Meier Link. However, Meier Link hires the mutant Barbarois, they consist of a shape shifter. Throughout the course of the film, two of the Marcus brothers and Kyle, end up being killed by the mutant Barbarois, while Leila and Borgoff continue their search for Charlotte; as the story progresses, Meier Link's abduction of Charlotte turns out to not be as it seemed, as it's revealed that Charlotte willingly ran away with Meier Link as his lover. Charlotte rightfully feared that no one would understand their relationship, with her a human and Link a vampire. Throughout their search, after both characters save each other from seeming death at separate points, D has a conversation with Leila, where she reveals that she hunts vampires because a vampire killed her mother. D tells her that he hunts vampires as he has no other choice as a dhampir, she can have a life that someone like him could never have. Leila, having not taken the life of a normal human, instead being a monster hunter, fears that no one will mourn her death when that time comes.
She make a pact with D, that if either one of them survives, the survivor will bring flowers to the other's grave. D admits. In the final act of the film, Meier Link transports Charlotte in his carriage to the Castle of Chaythe, where Countess Carmilla, Meier Link's matron, waits for them. Carmilla, a ghost of a vampire who died long ago, reigned supreme within the Castle of Chaythe when vampires were all-powerful and unchallenged. However, her bloodlust was so strong that D's father, an ancient, noble vampire king, killed her in disgust. Carmilla promises Meier Link and Charlotte travel to a far away city known as the City of The Night, where they can be free to love each other, which they will travel to in a large and ancient spaceship-like structure hidden beneath the Castle of Chaythe. Carmilla explains that most ancient castles had similar ships hidden within them, that back when vampires reigned supreme, these ships weren't an uncommon means for vampires to travel to far regions. Carmilla notes that the ship is old and hasn't flown in a long time, that she doesn't know if the ship will fly safely, but that Meier Link and Charlotte are allowed to take that risk, if they so wish.
D and the remaining Marcus brothers separately trail Meier Link to the Castle of Chaythe, as they enter the castle in their search for Charlotte, Carmilla plays psychological tricks on them. Borgoff, for example, is shown Nolt and Kyle, the dead members of the Marcus brothers, returning to life. Borgoff is killed in his surprised and ecstatic state by Carmilla's ghost, it turns out Nolt and Kyle never returned to life at all. However, Borgoff appears, having been turned into a vampire. Grove surprise attacks him with his psychic form, before blowing up Borgoff with an embrace, but this exerts Grove's physical body to the point he dies as well; this leaves Leila as the only surviving member of the Marcus brothers as she continues her search for Charlotte inside the castle. Carmilla manipulates D's mind, shows him a vision of his mother, in which she apologizes to D for birthing him as a dhampir, states that she couldn't help it as she was a human in love with D's vampire father, attempts to explain that humans are capable of loving vampires.
D strikes this vision of his mother down with his sword and returns to a normal state. In a plot twist, Carmilla turns on Meier Link and Charlotte, as Carmilla had plotted to kill Charlotte all along, with the reasoning being that Carmilla needed the blood of a virgin to leave her ghostly, ethereal form and return to life. D destroys Carmilla's ghost just as Carmilla is performing the ritual and draining Charlotte of her blood. D, still with a job to do in bringing Charlotte safely back home, engages Meier Link in battle, as Meier Link doesn't want D to take his lover away from him. D stabs Meier Link through the chest with his sword, but not through his heart, injuring Meier Link but allowing him to live. During their encounter, Charlotte has died due to the ritual that Carmilla had been performing and D takes the ring off of her finger as proof of her death to bring back to Elbourne, as he ceases battle with Meier Link. D, along with Leila, make their leave of the Castle of Chaythe, allow Meier Link to
Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland within the United States. Baltimore was established by the Constitution of Maryland as an independent city in 1729. With a population of 611,648 in 2017, Baltimore is the largest such independent city in the United States; as of 2017, the population of the Baltimore metropolitan area was estimated to be just under 2.808 million, making it the 20th largest metropolitan area in the country. Baltimore is located about 40 miles northeast of Washington, D. C. making it a principal city in the Washington-Baltimore combined statistical area, the fourth-largest CSA in the nation, with a calculated 2017 population of 9,764,315. Baltimore is the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic; the city's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States. In addition, Baltimore was a major manufacturing center. After a decline in major manufacturing, heavy industry, restructuring of the rail industry, Baltimore has shifted to a service-oriented economy.
Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University are the city's top two employers. With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has been dubbed a "city of neighborhoods." Famous residents have included writers Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Hamilton, Frederick Douglass, Ogden Nash, H. L. Mencken. During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" in Baltimore after the bombardment of Fort McHenry, his poem popularized as a song. Baltimore has more public statues and monuments per capita than any other city in the country, is home to some of the earliest National Register Historic Districts in the nation, including Fell's Point, Federal Hill, Mount Vernon; these were added to the National Register between 1969–1971, soon after historic preservation legislation was passed. Nearly one third of the city's buildings are designated as historic in the National Register, more than any other U. S. city. The city has 33 local historic districts. Over 65,000 properties are designated as historic buildings and listed in the NRHP, more than any other U.
S. city. The historical records of the government of Baltimore are located at the Baltimore City Archives; the city is named after Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore of the Irish House of Lords and founding proprietor of the Province of Maryland. Baltimore Manor was the name of the estate in County Longford on which the Calvert family lived in Ireland. Baltimore is an anglicization of the Irish name Baile an Tí Mhóir, meaning "town of the big house." The Baltimore area had been inhabited by Native Americans since at least the 10th millennium BC, when Paleo-Indians first settled in the region. One Paleo-Indian site and several Archaic period and Woodland period archaeological sites have been identified in Baltimore, including four from the Late Woodland period. During the Late Woodland period, the archaeological culture, called the "Potomac Creek complex" resided in the area from Baltimore south to the Rappahannock River in present-day Virginia. In the early 1600s, the immediate Baltimore vicinity was sparsely populated, if at all, by Native Americans.
The Baltimore County area northward was used as hunting grounds by the Susquehannock living in the lower Susquehanna River valley. This Iroquoian-speaking people "controlled all of the upper tributaries of the Chesapeake" but "refrained from much contact with Powhatan in the Potomac region" and south into Virginia. Pressured by the Susquehannock, the Piscataway tribe, an Algonquian-speaking people, stayed well south of the Baltimore area and inhabited the north bank of the Potomac River in what are now Charles and southern Prince George's counties in the coastal areas south of the Fall Line. European colonization of Maryland began with the arrival of an English ship at St. Clement's Island in the Potomac River on March 25, 1634. Europeans began to settle the area further north, beginning to populate the area of Baltimore County; the original county seat, known today as "Old Baltimore", was located on Bush River within the present-day Aberdeen Proving Ground. The colonists engaged in sporadic warfare with the Susquehanna, whose numbers dwindled from new infectious diseases, such as smallpox, endemic among the Europeans.
In 1661 David Jones claimed the area known today as Jonestown on the east bank of the Jones Falls stream. The colonial General Assembly of Maryland created the Port of Baltimore at old Whetstone Point in 1706 for the tobacco trade; the Town of Baltimore, on the west side of the Jones Falls, was founded and laid out on July 30, 1729. By 1752 the town had just 27 homes, including two taverns. Jonestown and Fells Point had been settled to the east; the three settlements, covering 60 acres, became a commercial hub, in 1768 were designated as the county seat. Being a colony, the Baltimore street names were laid out to demonstrate loyalty to the mother country. For example King George, King and Caroline streets. Baltimore grew swiftly in the 18th century, its plantations producing grain and tobacco for sugar-producing colonies in the Caribbean; the profit from sugar encouraged the cultivation of cane in the Caribbean and the importation of food by planters there. As noted, Baltimore was as the county seat, in 1768 a courthouse was built to serve both the city and county.
Its square was a center of community discussions. Baltimore established its public market system in 1763. Lexington Market, founded in 1782, i
Howling Mad Murdock
Captain H. M. "Howling Mad" Murdock, played by Dwight Schultz, is a fictional character and one of the four protagonists of the 1980s action-adventure television series The A-Team. The character of Murdock was written out of the series before it aired, as the producers found the character too "over the top"; the popularity of the character among the test audience convinced the producers to keep the part of Murdock. Murdock appeared on The A-Team from the series beginning in 1983 until its cancellation in 1987. South African actor Sharlto Copley played the character in the 2010 film, while Schultz appeared in a small cameo as his neurologist; the A-Team is a group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who were wrongly convicted of a crime during the Vietnam War. They fled to Los Angeles, where, as fugitives, they work as soldiers of fortune, using their military training to fight oppression or injustice. Murdock, along with Hannibal Smith, B. A. Baracus, Templeton "Faceman" Peck make up the team.
Although Murdock was not convicted of any crime, unlike the other three, he is still a full-fledged member of the team. Considered the best chopper pilot of the Vietnam War, Murdock is declared insane when the other three are imprisoned for robbing the Bank of Hanoi. Although he was alleged to be the A-Team's pilot during the robbery, he is instead committed to a psychiatric hospital, it is never made clear if Murdock is insane or only exceptionally good at pretending he is. He is stated as having paranoid anxiety and intermittent memory loss, it is suggested one has to be insane just to do the stunts he does as a helicopter and airplane pilot. Murdock is committed to a Veterans Administration Psychiatric Hospital, although he escapes to accompany the A-Team on their missions; the symptoms of his "insanity" vary from episode to episode, but include self-identification with fictional characters and belief in the "intelligence" of inanimate objects, among others. Murdock appears childlike and is shown playing video games in his room and watching cartoons like Woody Woodpecker or Looney Tunes.
He "channels" a certain character for the duration of a mission or becomes fixated on a particular subject to the point of obsession. He frequently refers to his invisible dog, "Billy". B. A. uneasy with Murdock's unusual behavior, is annoyed by Murdock and refers to him as a "crazy fool". Murdock is always seen in a baseball cap, a customized A-2 leather flight jacket with a picture of a tiger and the words "Da Nang 1970" on the back, a pair of khaki pants, a pair of black Converse sneakers, he often wears a t-shirt with a comical caption or a picture of cartoon characters like The Jetsons on it. Schultz said in a interview that he was the one who devised the captions on the shirts, saying it was his "one constant contribution to the show." Although Murdock was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, he is capable of flying any type of aircraft, including passenger planes, fighter jets, autogyros. It is mentioned in the pilot episode that Murdock flew with the elite United States Air Force Thunderbirds.
In the episode "Bounty", it is revealed that Murdock served two tours in Vietnam, has three unit citations and a Silver Star, was wounded twice. Unlike B. A. the initials H. M. were never explained in terms of what Murdock's actual first and middle name were, the nickname "Howlin' Mad" were attributed to them. Not his driver's license reveals what "H. M" stands for, it was revealed in the first season that Murdock and B. A. share the same blood type—AB negative, the rarest type. In the episode "Black Day at Bad Rock", B. A. receives a transfusion from Murdock, sprung from the hospital for just that reason, despite B. A.'s protests. This was again referenced in the second-season finale "Curtain Call" when Murdock is shot and B. A. wants to donate his own blood to save him. This episode has several touching moments between the two, as B. A. spends most of the episode caring for and comforting Murdock and showing that, for all their bickering and disagreements, he and Murdock are very good friends. Due to his nature, many of the details of Murdock's life are unknown, or embellished.
According to Amy in the pilot episode, Murdock's mother died. If he is to be believed, he was raised by his grandfather. In one episode in the third season, B. A. says. The exact state of his insanity is never made clear, though he implies that it is his ticket to his "room and board". Despite his purported mental status, Murdock is a competent member of the team when needed to be. Indeed, because he is not wanted by the military, Murdock is the only team member to evade capture by a given episode's antagonists, he has single-handedly rescued the other team members several times. On the other hand, his visibility and location as a mental patient make Murdock an easy target, he is abducted twice from the hospital; the first time, in the episode "Bounty", Murdock was taken by bounty hunters who wanted to capture the rest of the team. In the episode "Whe
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series that ran on NBC from 1983 to 1987 about former members of a fictitious United States Army Special Forces unit. The members, after being court-martialed "for a crime they didn't commit", escaped from military prison and, while still on the run, worked as soldiers of fortune; the series was created by Stephen J. Frank Lupo. A feature film based on the series was released by 20th Century Fox in 2010; the A-Team was created by writers and producers Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo at the behest of Brandon Tartikoff, NBC's Entertainment president. Cannell was fired from ABC in the early 1980s, after failing to produce a hit show for the network, was hired by NBC. Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Cannell as a combination of The Dirty Dozen, Mission Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, Mad Max and Hill Street Blues, with "Mr. T driving the car"; the A-Team was not expected to become a hit, although Stephen J. Cannell has said that George Peppard suggested it would be a huge hit "before we turned on a camera".
The show became popular. The A-Team was portrayed as helping the oppressed; the show remains prominent in popular culture for its cartoonish violence, formulaic episodes, its characters' ability to form weaponry and vehicles out of old parts, its distinctive theme tune. The show boosted the career of Mr. T, who portrayed the character of B. A. Baracus, around whom the show was conceived; some of the show's catchphrases, such as "I love it when a plan comes together", "Hannibal's on the jazz", "I ain't gettin' on no plane!" have made their way onto T-shirts and other merchandise. The show's name comes from the "A-Teams", the nickname coined for U. S. Special Forces' Operational Detachments Alpha during the Vietnam War, although this connection was never mentioned on-screen. In a 2003 Yahoo! survey of 1,000 television viewers, The A-Team was voted the "oldie" television show viewers would most like to see revived, beating out such popular television series from the 1980s as The Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider.
The A-Team is a episodic show, with few overarching stories, except the characters' continuing motivation to clear their names, with few references to events in past episodes and a recognizable and steady episode structure. In describing the ratings drop that occurred during the show's fourth season, reviewer Gold Burt points to this structure as being a leading cause for the decreased popularity "because the same basic plot had been used over and over again for the past four seasons with the same predictable outcome". Reporter Adrian Lee called the plots "stunningly simple" in a 2006 article for The Express, citing such recurring elements "as BA's fear of flying, outlandish finales when the team fashioned weapons from household items"; the show became emblematic of this kind of "fit-for-TV warfare" due to its depiction of high-octane combat scenes, with lethal weapons, wherein the participants are never killed and seriously injured. As the television ratings of The A-Team fell during the fourth season, the format was changed for the show's final season in 1986–87 in a bid to win back viewers.
After years on the run from the authorities, the A-Team is apprehended by the military. General Hunt Stockwell, a mysterious CIA operative played by Robert Vaughn, propositions them to work for him, whereupon he will arrange for their pardons upon successful completion of several suicide missions. In order to do so, the A-Team must first escape from their captivity. With the help of a new character, Frankie "Dishpan Man" Santana, Stockwell fakes their deaths before a military firing squad; the new status of the A-Team, no longer working for themselves, remained for the duration of the fifth season while Eddie Velez and Robert Vaughn received star billing along with the principal cast. The missions that the team had to perform in season five were somewhat reminiscent of Mission: Impossible, based more around political espionage than beating local thugs usually taking place in foreign countries, including overthrowing an island dictator, the rescue of a scientist from East Germany, recovering top secret Star Wars defense information from Soviet hands.
These changes proved unsuccessful with viewers and ratings continued to decline. Only 13 episodes aired in the fifth season. In what was supposed to be the final episode, "The Grey Team", after being misled by Stockwell one time too many, tells him that the team will no longer work for him. At the end, the team discusses what they were going to do if they get their pardon, it is implied that they would continue doing what they were doing as the A-Team; the character of Howling Mad Murdock can be seen in the final scene wearing a T-shirt that says, "Fini". During the Vietnam War, the A-Team were members of the 5th Special Forces Group. In the episode "Bad Time on the Border", Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, portrayed by George Peppard, indicated that the A-Team were "ex-Green Berets". During the Vietnam War, the A-Team's commanding officer, Colonel Morrison, gave them orders to rob the Bank of Hanoi to help bring the war to an end, they succeeded in their mission, but on their return to base four da
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury is a 2004 made-for-DVD adult animated science fiction film. It was directed by the Korean-American animator Peter Chung, features Vin Diesel reprising his role of Richard B. Riddick, it acts as The Chronicles of Riddick. Shortly after escaping the planet from Pitch Black, Riddick and the Imam are picked up by a Mercenary spacecraft. Although Riddick attempts to conceal his identity from the mercenaries by impersonating William J. Johns over the intercom, they voice-print and identify him. Captured by the mercenaries, the trio of survivors discover that their captors have unusual plans for them; the ship's owner, Antonia Chillingsworth, collects criminals, whom she freezes and keeps as statues that are, in her view, art. Although the criminals are frozen, they are conscious. To her Riddick is the ultimate "masterpiece" for her collection. Riddick and Imam must fight their way through the army of human and alien creatures at her disposal or they will meet a fate crueler than death.
Riddick is pursued much of the story by his mercs/bounty hunters. Mercs are kept in suspended animation, they are released to confront company aboard the ship. Jack has important character development, as she discovers her violent side by shooting the ship's owner just before she can kill Riddick; this discovery is a source of worry for Riddick and Imam as the three escape from the mercenary ship. Riddick decides to deliver both Imam to New Mecca, where they'll be safe. Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick Rhiana Griffith as Jack Keith David as Imam Abu al-Walid Roger L. Jackson as Junner Tress MacNeille as Antonia Chillingsworth Nick Chinlund as Toombs Dwight Schultz as Skiff A. I. Sarge as Escort Merc Julia Fletcher as Merc Squad Leader Hedy Burress as Lab Tech Andrew Philpot as Tech Rick Gomez as Lead Merc The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury on IMDb The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury at AllMovie The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury at Rotten Tomatoes