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The Specialist

It's sort of fun to have my local station jumping all around the episode order.  I never know what's going to air next.




I was actually thinking The Specialist was a first season episode.  It's early second season, but whatever its chronology, it ranks as one of the dullest episodes.  There's very little action, and not much in the way of humor, banter, or character development to make up for it.

The oil field at the end stands out for two reasons.  One is that, per their usual way of working with each other, Hutch tends to take the lead.  Starsky even asks him, "What next?"  What occurs to me this time around is how this is support for my presumption that Starsky never served combat when he was in the army, the latter of which is a canon fact.  Because, if Starsky had, one would think he would be the one leading in such strategic, life-threatening situations.

The second thing about the oil field is just how blatant it is that when they run behind the oil drums, and fall to the ground behind them, there's a slight delayed reaction before Hutch's lower body lands on top of Starsky's.  Almost like DS was thinking, "Oops, we forgot to intertwine body parts", so he made an immediate decision to correct the situation.  However it actually came about, I just love that they're so determined to intertwine body parts.

Of course, the motel room scenes are wonderfully intimate.  How Dobey can sit on the bed next to Starsky, with Starsky's widely-spread legs, and talk normally to him....  I mean, wow.  Who's idea was that anyway? Was that in the script?  And Hutch just seems to treat Starsky's body position as normal.

The Kleenex thing is lovely, too.

I love how, when they're approaching the massage parlor (whatever the name it went under), Hutch said, "I guess it means they appreciate a well-toned body", and then he immediately asks Starsky, "What are you looking at?"  As though Hutch is relishing the idea of Starsky looking at him.  And then, Starsky saying he's "in the mood for tails" before their little charade.  Man, the double entendres in this show.....

I don't see much point in commenting on the blatant sexism.  Thankfully, the guys seem to have matured somewhat by the time early third season rolls around with the Roz Kelly character in "Fatal Charm".

The whole "what if" scenario toward the beginning would have worked better if there would have been some proactive rhythm and cadence to it.  Instead, both guys seemed as bored with the dialogue as I was with watching the episode.