Wednesday, July 11, 2012

From The Archives: The 'Other' Wizards And Warriors

(originally published on July 16, 2010)

Most everyone from my generation will remember Wizards and Warriors as a classic nintendo fantasy adventure.

This world of epic daring do pitted a bold medieval warrior against sorcerers, the four elements, and whatever else Japanese software designers could dream up. BUT! Did you know there was also a short lived television series by the same name?

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the other Wizards and Warriors!

As you might have guessed, the series is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but that's what makes it work so well. The humor was smart, snappy, and fun, the battles were grand (for their time anyway), the staging was epic, and the writing intelligent.

It's set in the future, rather than the past actually, in a world where science is so advanced only wizards can comprehend it. Our locale is the dragon shaped continent of Aperans, where the sunlit southern kingdom of Camarand is under assault by the vile northern kingdom of Karteia and its dread ruler, Prince Dirk

Blackpool portrayed by the multi-talented Duncan Regehr!

But never fear, for at every turn Blackpool finds himself beset upon and foiled by the valiant efforts of Prince Erik Greystone, defender of Camarand!

Who some of you may remember looking like this on the ABC/NBC sitcome Taxi!

So that's your premise. It's Bobby Wheeler vs. the Monster Squad's Count Dracula for the fate of a medieval kingdom in the future! And if that's not enough uncut awesome to satisfy you, would you believe it was directed by the Incredible Hulk?!?!

Bill Bixby who played Dr. David Bruce Banner in the CBS television series based on the Marvel Comics Character actually lent his expertise behind the camera, and boy did it show!

Unfortunately, with a series this original, fantastic, and ground breaking, you'd have to realize it couldn't last long. The show premired in 1983 and lasted until ... yep, you guessed it, 1983. Only eight hour long episodes were made and the series has never had a release on vhs or dvd.

The show has a cult following despite this, and quite frankly it deserves one. For those of you who might remember this series from your youth, for those who are interested in fantasy, or for those who are just looking for a good time, Wizards and Warriors might just be the fix you've been searching for!

For the curious among us who are eager to learn more, please follow the below link where you'll find an excellent fansite just brimming with fun and exciting content!

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